ROHM: automotive-grade buck-boost power supply chipset

first_img Continue Reading Previous A.R. Bayer DSP Systeme: new features in Corelis’ ScanExpress software version 9.0Next Infineon and XAIN to collaborate on bringing blockchain into the car ROHM has announced the availability of a buck-boost power supply chipset that provides the lowest current consumption in the industry along with stable performance (transient response characteristics) in automotive ECUs for cluster panels and gateways used in start-stop vehicle systems. The chipset integrates a buck DC/DC converter with boost functionality (BD8P250MUF-C) and a dedicated boost IC (BD90302NUF-C). The primary chip (BD8P250MUF-C) utilizes ROHM’s novel buck-boost control technology, dubbed Quick Buck Booster, that enables configuration of a buck-boost power supply without degrading buck power supply characteristics by simply adding the dedicated BD90302NUF-C boost IC to the subsequent stage.The BD8P250MUF-C buck DC/DC converter integrated in ROHM’s chipset utilizes Quick Buck Booster control technology developed by leveraging proprietary analog design expertise, making it possible to easily switch to buck-boost operation without degrading buck performance which features superior characteristics over buck-boost.As a result, an output voltage fluctuation of ±100mV is achieved at a no-load current consumption of 8uA and 44uF output capacitance even in buck-boost configuration, making it the industry’s best buck-boost power supply (70% lower current consumption and 50% smaller output capacitance vs conventional products), contributing to greater energy savings and stability in a range of applications while reducing both the size and cost of the output capacitors.ROHM’s chipset with Quick Buck Booster technology makes it possible to provide a common design that combines both buck and buck-boost power supply operation on a single board along with the requisite peripheral components and noise countermeasures. This makes it easy to switch from buck to buck-boost operation by simply adding a dedicated boost IC, reducing design load by as much as 50% compared with conventional methods utilizing separate power supply boards.To meet market demands, the BD8P250MUF-C integrates a spread spectrum function as a countermeasure against noise (EMI), allowing it to clear the international standard (CISPR 25) for noise in the automotive sector. At the same time, ROHM’s original ultra-high-speed pulse control technology Nano Pulse Control is utilized to enable high speed operation at 2.2MHz that eliminates the effects on the AM radio band (1.84MHz max.), making it possible to achieve stable 5V output for ECU drive from high-voltage 36V input. This ensures low electromagnetic interference while enabling low voltage output from high voltage input without AM radio band interference, contributing to stable operation in automotive systems sensitive to noise.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

a month agoWATCH: Valencia fans protest against owner Peter Lim and president Anil Murthy

first_imgWATCH: Valencia fans protest against owner Peter Lim and president Anil Murthyby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia fans have protested against owner Peter Lim and president Anil Murthy.Supporters arrived at Sunday’s game with Leganes at Mestalla with various banners and placards protesting against the ownership of the club.Lim has come under fire for the sacking of Marcelino due to the Spanish coach’s impressive achievements during his time with Los Che.”Anil stay away from Mestalla,” chanted the Valencia fans.”Peter go away now,” was another song.Varios centenares de aficionados protestan en la puerta de Mestalla contra Lim y Murthy. Debo decir que pensaba que habría más gente.— Nacho Sanchis (@sanchis14) September 22, 2019 About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Mile End’s guide to New York & Montreal

first_img The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets Feasting is our column dedicated to cooking, grilling, eating and discovering what’s on the menu across America and the world.We love delicious smoked meat here at The Manual, and we think you guys can agree with us. There are many places that do it well, but we can’t deny our love for the traditional Jewish delicatessen, especially in cities that are known for them like New York and Montreal. Which is why we’re so in love with Mile End, a Jewish deli that’s committed to breathing new life into old-world traditions with locations in both Manhattan and Brooklyn.From smoked meats and fish to pickled goods and freshly baked breads, Mile End has been feeding hungry New Yorker’s the Jewish comfort foods of owner Noah Bernamoff’s Montreal youth since 2010. Because these guys have such great taste, we wanted to know some of their other favorite spots when they’re not getting down on matzo ball soup and smoked meat poutine. So Noah and co-owner Joel Tietolman gave us the inside scoop on their picks for date night, noodles, great cocktails and more in both NYC and Montreal. Check out their recommendations before your next visit to these two great cities.NOAHBest place for date nightMontreal: Vin PapillonSmall plates and natural wines from Dave, Fred and Vanya of Joe Beef. Enough said.New York: LucaliBest pizza in NYC, candle lit room, BYOB (Jay-Z and Beyonce also do date night here)Best place to take the parents when they’re in townMontreal: MilosClassic, straightforward, high quality seafood, very expensiveNew York: Russ & Daughters CafeA fresh take on familiar Jewish appetizing. Food for the soulBest place for a fancy cocktailMontreal: Nora GraySexy room, delicious food and probably the best bartenders in the cityNew York: Grand ArmyBecause of Damon Boelte, space cowboy and bartenderBest outdoor diningMontreal: Liverpool HouseAmazing food served among raised beds filled with vegetablesNew York: Frankies 457Super chill and comfortable, tucked away under the F trainBest place to see a showMontreal: La Sala RossaPerfect acoustics for an old marxist meeting hallNew York: Bowery BallroomSuper professional production yet a small and intimate venueBest bagelsMontreal: St-Viateur BagelOne of the oldest and still the tastiestNew York: Black SeedBecause it’s the best, no further explanation neededBest noodlesMontreal: VIPIt’s dirty and smells like old oil, just like a noodle shop should.New York: Biang!Hand-pulled and done up real nice even though it’s in FlushingBest coffee shopMontreal: Cafe MyriadeFirst cafe in Montreal to really care about coffee as a premium beverageNew York: Stumptown on West 8thIt’s beautiful and you can order a pour-over of nearly every coffee that Stumptown roasts.Best doughnutsMontreal: Saint DonutBecause it’s my old roommate’s company and she makes whiskey donuts.New York: DoughSo light, so fluffyRelated: Celebrate National Doughnut Day with America’s BestBest butcher shopMontreal: Boucherie LawrenceAll grass-fed, always localNew York: The Meat HookBecause Brent and Ben are the best dudes and always know how to have fun.Best burgerMontreal: Moishes SteakhouseCharred on the steak grill, served plainNew York: Prime MeatsBlend of funky dry-aged trim, served a proper medium-rareJOELBest place for date nightMontreal: Garde MangerIt’s the right blend of ambiance and great food where you don’t necessarily have to leave feeling stuffed like some of Montreal’s other notable dining establishments. It’s in magical old Montreal, so a romantic walk along the old port or the cobblestone streets is in your future after dinner.New York: LucaliAmazing Neapolitan style pizza usually made by the owner Mark himself in an insanely hot wood burning oven. They only serve pizza and calzone with a few daily fresh toppings. The interior is so charming, and you might be dinning next to Jay-Z & Beyoncé who also like this spot for dates! It’s BYOB, which keeps the date cheap in case the pizza is better than the date. I had my first date here with my fiancé – trust the power of a great pizza pie and some Lambrusco.Best place to take the parents when they’re in townMontreal: Schwartz’s DelicatessenNothing is more Montreal than a smoked meat sandwich, and Schwartz’s has barely changed in 75+ years, so you can’t beat the vibe. Really, just take anyone here!New York: CarboneSimply put, they aim for a certain kind of American-Italian dining experience, and there could not be a higher level of this example. Familiar and comfortable dishes prepared to the highest standard and a service level that is second to none.Best bagelsMontreal: St-Viateur BagelsGet it hot (24 hours) and rip and dip into Liberté scallion cream cheese. Don’t just try sesame, the poppy are outstanding as well.New York: Black Seed / Smith Street Bagels / Bagel HoleI’m biased but also not the only one who thinks the best bagels in NYC these days are made by our team at Black Seed Bagels. I’m even starting to like them better than the ones I grew up with from Montreal, and that’s saying a lot. For a pure NYC bagel shop, I really like my local spot in Cobble Hill, Smith Street Bagels, as well as Bagel Hole in Park Slope.Best coffee shopMontreal: Café OlympicoLocated in the heart of the Mile End area, this coffee shop was originally a hang out for older Portuguese gentleman in the area, but now you can find it filled with hipsters. Also, the people watching is amazing if you can snag a seat outside.New York: Stumptown on West 8thAmazing coffee in a completely beautiful interior. If you are a coffee geek, check out the pour over/tasting room in the back.Best burgerMontreal: Mister SteerThey make amazing, almost spherical juicy little burgers with steer meat and fresh cut susie q fries (curly fries). Get the twins – one burger topped with cheese and a second topped with bacon.New York: Prime MeatsThe burger is huge on flavor and size, and I think I enjoy it more every time I have one.  Those Franks (the owners) might have made a name for their Italian food next door at Frankies, but their burger is outstanding.To learn more about Mile End and check out their menu, visit Editors’ Recommendations 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? 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Technology and Education Ministries to Sign MOU to Boost Animation Industry

first_imgThe Ministries of Education and Science, Technology, Energy and Mining are to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to facilitate the identification of talent within local high schools that will support the development of the local Animation industry.The announcement was made by Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, held on June 6.[RELATED: Submit Entries by June 16 for Animation Competition]He said both Ministries are collaborating to further develop the business of animation among high school graduates, and enhance their skill level in the industry. “We are going to be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) soon, because the business process outsources have informed us that persons coming out of the high school system are not at the required level, so more needs to be done to boost their creativeness,” Mr. Robinson said.He pointed out that the Ministry will be providing the appropriate training and expertise, so that such persons can tap into the animation industry, effectively. The Minister said that Jamaica is poised to develop a lucrative animation industry, which will present significant opportunities for job creation and foreign exchange earnings, but there are some hurdles or gaps in the development process, which require support from the Ministry to resolve.“We have an abundance of talent here, but there are gaps preventing us from converting them into businesses that can generate income. That we are seeking to change,” he said.One of the biggest challenges facing the industry, the State Minister said, is that persons have brilliant ideas, but cannot afford to leave their day jobs to invest the time and effort to translate their ideas into realities.“In essence, we have to provide the money, the business support and mentorship for such persons, so that their ideas can come to fruition,” he stressed.The State Minister said that the development of the animation industry is a general thrust by the Government to drive entrepreneurship in Jamaica, and expose talents, so that Jamaicans can be more marketable worldwide. He added that Jamaicans are talented in all respects, including animation, application, and software development, which can move the country in a positive direction.“We are going to build on the creativity that exists here in Jamaica, because our primary responsibility as an administration is to find ways to stimulate economic growth,” Mr. Robinson said.He noted that the industry is labour intensive, and requires a lot of work, but is confident that Jamaicans will capitalise on it if the right structures are put in place.The Kingston Animation Festival will be held from June 20 to 21 at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies, Mona campus.The festival, which is an initiative of the Technology Ministry, is being staged in partnership with the World Bank and the Government of Canada.Contact: Jeneva Gordonlast_img read more

Sending Dhoni to bat at No 7 was a team decision Shastri

first_imgLondon: India head coach Ravi Shastri revealed that sending M.S. Dhoni to bat at No. 7 in their 18-run World Cup semifinal loss to New Zealand was a team decision. In the first semifinal which was played over two days due to rain in Manchester, India restricted the Black Caps to 239/8 in 50 overs. But chasing the modest 240 for a place in the final, India were blown away by the Kiwi bowlers led by Matt Henry (3/37) on the reserve day. India lost four top order batsmen for just 24 runs inside 10 overs before Ravindra Jadeja (77) and Dhoni (50) shared a 116-run seventh wicket stand to raise hopes of an unlikely victory. However, it wasn’t enough in the end as India fell short by 18 runs. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day But Dhoni was sent in to bat after Dinesh Karthik who came in at No. 5 followed by Hardik Pandya, raising quite a few eyebrows. “It was a team decision. Everyone was in with it — and it was a simple decision, too. Last thing you wanted was Dhoni coming out to bat early and getting out — that would have killed the chase,” Shastri was quoted as saying by the Indian Express. “We needed his experience later. He is the greatest finisher of all times — and it would have been criminal to not make use of him in that way. The whole team was clear on it,” Shastri reasoned. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty India came into the tournament as one of the favourites to lift the crown. Throughout the group stages of the 10-team event, the Men in Blue played true to their favourites tag by winning seven of the eight games with the one against the Kiwis getting called off due to rain. They lost to England, but still managed to top the group with 15 points from nine matches. It was in the semifinal that they stumbled and Shastri, like skipper Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma, said 30 minutes of bad cricket cannot undermine the fact that India were good throughout the campaign. “Walk out with your heads held high. Be proud. Those 30 minutes can’t erase the fact that you guys have been the best team in the last couple of years. You guys know it. One tournament, one series a” and that, too, 30 minutes of play can’t decide that. You guys have earned that respect. Of course, we are all hurt and disappointed but, in the end, be proud of what you have done for the last two years.,” Shastri said to the Indian team, he revealed to the Indian Express. Asked about India’s long standing problem of finding a stable No. 4 batsman, Shastri admitted that has been a area of concern and in the long run, the team needs a solid batter there. “In hindsight, yes, we did need a solid batsman out there in the middle order. But now, that’s something for the future. That’s a position that was always giving us problems, but we just couldn’t nail it. (K.L.) Rahul was there but then Shikhar Dhawan got injured. Then Vijay Shankar was there, and he got injured. We just couldn’t control it.” Shastri added that this Indian team is on the right path and with a couple of youngsters in the batting order, it would be more stronger.”This is a tough team. A magnificent team. Look at how we bowled. The way the batsmen batted. A couple of youngsters might come in the middle and make this even more stronger. It’s a team on the right path a” they know it. “When you have played good and tough cricket for the last 30 months, this loss in the semi-final would hurt. It’s a tough pill to swallow and we are all gutted, but this is sport. That’s why we play it,” he concluded.last_img read more

Chandrayaan2 roverlander tested on moon surface created with Salem soil

first_imgChennai: The Indian space agency has done some hard work on the ground so that its moon lander — Vikram — can soft-land safely and rover — Pragyaan — can move around, said a senior retired official.”The surface of the earth and that of the moon are entirely different. So we had to create an artificial moon surface and test our rover and lander,” M. Annadurai, who retired as Director, U.R. Rao Satellite Centre (URSC), formerly ISRO Satellite Centre told IANS. Also Read – MP woman hangs herself after killing three childrenThe moon’s surface is covered with craters, rocks and dust and its soil is of different texture as compared to earths.Annadurai said the legs of lander and wheels of the rover had to be tested before their flight.While moon light dinners are known for the human beings, Indian space agency created moon light environment for testing its rover.Importing lunar soil like substance from the US was a costly affair and ISRO looked for a local solution as its need was about 60/70 ton of soil. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Many geologists had told ISRO that near Salem in Tamil Nadu there were “anorthosite” rocks that would be similar to features of moon soil or regolith.The ISRO finalised to take the “anorthosite” rocks from Sithampoondi and Kunnamalai villages in Tamil Nadu for moon soil.According to Annadurai, the rocks were crushed to the required size and moved to Bengalure where its Lunar Terrain Test Facility was located and the test bed created.”Initially a sum of Rs 25 crore was budgeted for the purpose but it came down drastically as the service providers did not charge us,” Annadurai said. Artificial lighting was also set up to resemble the Sun-lit environment on the moon.”Initially the rover was of four wheel configuration. But we changed to six wheel configuration after experiments to give it more stability. Some changes were made to the wheel size as well,” Annadurai recalled.He said helium balloons were used to reduce the weight of the rover to simulate the moon’s gravity which is less than that of the Earth’s.The communication compatibility of rover and the lander were checked at HAL’s facility, Annadurai said.In order to test the lander, a test bed was created at ISRO’s facility at Challakere in Chitradurga district in Karnataka.Artificial moon craters were created at Challakere, similar to the site where lander Vikram will set down its legs.Prior to its soft-landing, Vikram’s sensors would check whether the terrain is safe to land. Even after landing if the terrain is not suitable then the lander will go up and settle down at a nearby spot.”We put the sensors in the small plane belonging to NRSC (National Remote Sensing Centre) and flew it over the test bed couple of times to check the sensors as to whether it can read the terrain properly,” Annadurai said.Other space agencies too, build such terrain facilities to test their equipments so that when the lander actually lands on the moon it does not topple.According to him, the actuators of the lander were tested at ISRO centre at Mahendragiri and the thrusters were also tested.The strength of the lander legs was also tested in two ways-falling when the engines were switched off and in a calibrated landing. The legs have to absorb the landing shock, he added.The landing process is divided into “rough braking” and “fine braking”.The descent trajectory of Vikram has to take into account the variation in local gravity. Further the landing site, landscape features should not result in a communication shadow area.The next challenge is the moon dust. The moon’s surface is covered with craters, rocks and dust. Firing the onboard motors close to the surface will result in backward flow of hot gases and miniscule, hard/barbed/jagged dust.Its negative charge makes it stick to most surfaces, causing a disruption in deployment mechanisms, solar panel and sensor performance.last_img read more

Woman tries to sneak revolver into metro station arrested

first_imgNoida: A 22-year-old woman travelling via the Delhi metro’s blue line was found to be in possession of a licensed revolver in her bag at sector 62 metro station of Noida. Police have arrested the woman who has claimed that the pistol belongs to her husband and she forgot to take it out from her purse. According to police, the woman has been identified as Payal Chaudhary, a resident of Sector 49 in Gurgaon. Payal works with a private TV news channel. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderShahvez Khan, Station House officer of sector 58 police station said that the woman was arrested on Tuesday night while she was trying to board metro at the Sector 62 metro station. “The woman was arrested by CISF personnel around 10 pm and was handed over to police. A license pistol has been recovered from her purse and she told police that it belonged to her husband who has its license. She said that he had put it in her purse but she forgot to remove it before leaving the house. The woman could not produce her license for the revolver on the spot,” said Khan. The officer further said that an FIR has been registered into the matter while the woman has been sent for judicial custody. “The woman was produced in a local court on Wednesday which has remanded her in judicial custody. Such a possession of firearm in metro train is illegal while the pistol also didn’t belong to her,” added Khan.last_img read more

A woman is raped every 40 minutes in France Survey

Rabat – The number of reported rapes and sexual assaults in France has shot up 18 percent over the past five years, a new survey revealed.The new figures were issued by the French National Observatory of Crime and Criminal Liability (ONDRP) and published on Tuesday by France’s Daily Le Figaro newspaper.The new figures revealed that a woman is raped every 40 minutes in France. This means there were 33 sexual assaults reported in France each day, reported Le Figaro. The ONDRP noted that there were 12,700 sexual assaults reported in France in 2014, “a leap of 18 percent since a similar survey in 2010.”The survey also recorded a 20 percent increase of sexual assault against minors in 2014 compared to the last year. The number increased from 5,751 to 6,936.However, multiple media reports in France suggest that the real number of rapes might be much higher. This survey only dealt with assaults that were reported to police and shared with prosecutors, and thus did not reveal the exact number of attacks.France’s The Local quoted the Director of the ONDRP Christophe Soullez as saying that that these statistics represented nothing more than the “tip of the iceberg.”“These reports represent only around 10 percent of the total rapes,” Christophe Soullez concluded.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Couple Accused of Recruiting for ISIS Await Verdict of Retrial

Rabat – Moroccan-born Aziz Zaghanane and his Mexican wife Ana Marilu Reyna were first on trial last year accused of recruiting for Islamic State (IS). Zaghanane was sentenced to six years in prison and Reyna, one. The verdict for their retrial is set to be announced this week.The Spanish National Court ruled that a retrial was necessary. Their reasoning was that the evidence in the first trial was incomplete, as it did not include statements from three others involved in the case. The three other suspects had also been accused of recruiting for the IS but had confessed to the crimes, unlike Reyna and Zaghanane.The couple argues that their social media, which was used as evidence against them, discusses world events related to the IS, but does not condone violence. Reyna’s storyWhen the couple was first arrested, it was for distributing propaganda with the intention to persuade individuals to join the IS movement. Reyna gives a detailed account of the arrests in an interview with NPR, which was released in a 2-part series.For the interview, the reporter went to Pinto, her small village south of Madrid. Reyna told the story of how she converted to Islam, which happened as learned more about the religion through teaching the Abrahamic faiths in a Catholic school.Reyna met with Muslims and read materials which explained their beliefs. She quickly accepted the idea that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam, against her previous misconceptions. Reyna said: “So I start reading it, and I say: ‘Oh!’ I mean, everything I had believed started to vanish. I couldn’t believe it.”Reyna said that she dispelled the prejudices she’d previously held about Muslims and became increasingly impressed with the way Muslims worship, she was soon conflicted about teaching in a Catholic school. She quit her job and officially converted to Islam.Today she is not without a sense of humor about her identity: “I’m a Muslim, a woman, Mexican, and a Muslim woman. Don’t let Trump see me (laughs).”Reyna later felt it was time for her to get married. She said, “Well, I knew, in Islam, you complete your… the religion when you get married. So, in Islam… well, it’s that. You have to… celibacy isn’t conceived of.” She signed up for online dating and met Aziz, a divorced Moroccan man working in Spain.In Reyna’s words, she describes him by saying, “Aziz was… very direct. He said: ‘OK, I’m a person… a very serious person. I’m very responsible,’…‘I’m looking for someone to marry.’ And I said: ‘And who is this guy?’”After a long-distance relationship, Reyna came to Aziz and they got married. She again tells is with humor: “Afterward, on December 28th —Día de los Inocentes, like April Fool’s Day (laughs). And, well, it was an event for 60 people more or less, and half of them went. The other half thought it was a joke. (Laughs)”She moved to Pinto, where there is a prominent Muslim community, which made her feel welcome. However, people there spoke Arabic, which Reyna didn’t speak, so she was somewhat of an outsider. The Spanish people would assume she was from an Islamic country and make comments on the streets. After some years with Aziz, they had two children.Under suspicion of recruitmentWhen the police came to their door to arrest Aziz, Reyna’s initial thought was that they were being robbed. Aziz was later accused of leading a group that handed out IS propaganda. The police had been investigating him since 2014. Reyna was shocked, saying, “If I had seen something strange in him, however small it may be, I would grab my kids right away and go. But if I never saw anything strange in him, well no. I’m not going to turn my back on him.”When, a year later, Reyna was arrested in front of other moms from her children’s school, she thought, “Maybe they’re confused. Maybe they want to give a statement maybe and they’re saying I’ve been arrested just to say it.”According to the interview, it wasn’t until she was finally before a judge that she learned she was being accused of “recruitment, promotion, and indoctrination.”Her arrest warrant explains that she quickly changed her appearance to a “rigorous esthetic, with the most radical precepts of Islam” and it said she had no female friends, which was also suspicious.The warrant also accuses Reyna of using social media and emails to recruit extremists. She was said to be “performing the functions of a sheik [religious leader] over the others.” Reyna had regularly posted advice on how to worship in Islam on her Facebook page.From the moment she discovered that she was a suspect, she felt certain that “things will be cleared up.”Her sentence was eventually cleared in June 2018. The Supreme Court ordered a retrial in November 2018, though Aziz remained in jail until February 2019, when he was released on parole.The verdict for the couple will be released this week. read more

Fuel allowed into Gaza but other crossings still closed say UN officials

29 February 2008One border crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip was opened for fuel today, allowing 400,000 litres to enter Gaza, but the three crossings for humanitarian and commercial goods remain closed, the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) reported. Today’s opening means the electricity situation inside Gaza, home to an estimated 1.4 million people, has returned to where it was last week, according to UNSCO. That means power cuts of up to 12 hours a day in Gaza City and central Gaza.Supplies of essential goods in Gaza have been dwindling since Israel imposed tight restrictions last month on entry to and exit from the area, in response to rocket attacks by Palestinian militants in Gaza against targets in southern Israel.UN officials, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, have repeatedly expressed concern in recent weeks about the humanitarian impact of the restrictions on daily life in Gaza.Meanwhile, the Bureau of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People issued a statement today saying it was “seriously disturbed by the escalation of violence in the occupied Palestinian territory, especially in the Gaza Strip.”In just the past two days, the Bureau noted, 31 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli strikes, including eight children and one infant, while an Israeli living in the town of Sderot was killed by a rocket launched from Gaza. “Moreover, while overshadowed by the crisis in Gaza, Israeli military incursions into Palestinian towns and villages in the West Bank continue unabated, resulting in casualties and arrests,” the statement said. The Bureau stressed that “the vicious cycle of violence must be broken and a ceasefire put into place.” read more

Financial market highlights on Monday SPTSX 1516536 down 945

Highlights at the close Monday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,165.36, down 9.45 pointsDow — 21,629.72, down 8.02 pointsS&P 500– 2,459.14, down 0.13 of a pointNasdaq — 6,314.43, up 1.96 pointsCurrencies:Cdn — 78.93 cents US, up 0.02 of a centPound — C$1.6548, down 0.05 of a centEuro — C$1.4535, up 0.20 of a centEuro — US$1.1473, up 0.19 of a centOil futures:US$46.02, down 52 cents(August contract)Gold futures:US$1,233.70 per oz., up $6.20(August contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:$21.212 per oz., up 20.4 cents$681.97 per kg., up $6.56 read more

UN official sees big potential at small islands conference

The week-long meeting in Nassau is part of the preparatory process for a meeting slated for later this year in Mauritius to review progress since the adoption, in 1994, of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States.”For the conference in Barbados, our slogan was ‘Small Islands, Big Issues,'” said Anwarul K. Chowdhury, the Secretary-General of the Mauritius meeting. “For Mauritius, reflecting today’s realities, I would like to adjust it to say: ‘Small Islands, Big Potential.'”Mr. Chowdhury also acknowledged that in spite of the efforts made by small islands, the expectations for international cooperation for the implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action have not materialized. Mr. Chowdhury revealed that the overall assistance for small islands has fallen from $2.3 billion in 1994 to $1.7 billion in 2002.”In order to enhance implementation of the priorities that the small islands identify, I urge development partners to enhance official development assistance (ODA) directed towards these countries,” he declared. “I also urge them and the international financial institutions to enhance flows of concessional financing through regional and other multilateral financial institutions to promote the economic growth and human development and enhance the domestic and regional capacities of the small island developing State.”The UN Under Secretary General for Social and Economic Affairs, Jose Antonio Ocampo, also addressed the Bahamas meeting, which was opened in the presence of the country’s Prime Minister and some 300 representatives of small islands, including several ministers, many donor countries, UN officials, experts and non-governmental organizations (NGO).The Bahamas forum aims to develop a common platform in preparation for the International Meeting to the 10-year review of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of the Small Island Developing States to be held in Mauritius from 30 August to 4 September. This conference will address pressing issues for small islands such as the rising level of seas due to global warming, vulnerability to cyclones, trade, tourism, freshwater, energy, transport and communications, good governance and HIV/AIDS. read more

Brock profs examine doping issues facing Olympic games

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro will be played under a cloud of cynicism according to a Brock University professor.Department of Sport Management associate professor Hilary Findlay says the doping scandal that resulted in Russia’s weightlifting and track teams being banned from the Rio Olympics will leave many questioning the legitimacy of any extraordinary accomplishments over the next two weeks.“Any exceptional performance, any good performance … it will carry great doubt with it. We’ve become very cynical, but in many cases, not all, but many, that has proven to be true,” Findlay says.The doping scandals currently plaguing international sport are “a mess,” she says, but this type of cheating isn’t new.“It’s nothing different than what has been going on forever, but it’s public now,” says Findlay. “But we have to distinguish between the athletes themselves using some sort of banned substance and the kind of state-sponsored process that was put into place (in Russia).”Findlay believes the doping conversation will quiet down as the games get fully underway, but there will be many tough questions to be answered by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Olympic Committee down the road.“After the Olympics, it will become a very interesting conversation,” she says. “It’s the opportunity for a turning point. Some really obvious actions need to be taken.”She also says not banning the entire Russian Olympic team was the right thing to do.“Olympic games are national team events, but performances are individual, records are individual. I think it’s just wrong to punish the clean athletes.”When it comes to the history of anti-doping policy in the Olympics and sports in general, Brock University’s Ian Ritchie is a leading expert.The Department of Kinesiology associate professor is currently writing a book about the history of anti-doping policy in the Olympic movement and co-authored the 2006 book “Fastest, Highest, Strongest: A critique of high performance sports” with Queen’s University professor Rob Beamish.“Doping has an old history. There are examples and evidence going back to the ancient Greek games,” Ritchie says.Unlike today however, doping wasn’t considered cheating or immoral. It was often led by scientists who were simply trying to see what the human body was capable of. That started to change in the 1920s and 30s.“That’s when we see the first moral condemnation of athletes using drugs, but there was a real divide between condemning amateur athletes, but not professionals. It was really divided among classes,” Ritchie says.Doping started to become a major issue with the rise of the Cold War after World War II when Eastern Bloc countries used the Olympics to further the political fight.“Steroids hit the scene in the 1950s primarily in weightlifting,” says Ritchie.It wasn’t until after the death of a cyclist in the 1960s was believed to be caused by amphetamines (although it wasn’t) that the IOC started drug testing for the first time.“Once the rules were set, it became a race to create testing and then scientists and technicians got involved and it took off from there.”Ritchie says what most people don’t realize is that the anti-doping movement was never the result of a desire to protect the health of the athletes or to level the playing field.“Doping was banned primarily because of the politics of amateurism,” he says. read more

Brock art show public lecture to delve into Niagaras past

A two-part event meant to unravel the history of the Niagara region will take place at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts this week.An art exhibition, Memories Known and Unknown, will be paired with a public lecture presented by Walker Cultural Leader Julie Crooks, entitled “The Bell-Sloman Collection at Brock University: A Fugitive Archive.”Julie Crooks, PhD of History of Art and Archaeology, will present her Walker Cultural Leader lecture on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.Presented by the Department of Visual Arts as part of its ongoing celebration of Canada 150, the exhibition includes photographs and ephemera selected by Professors Keri Cronin, Linda Steer and Amy Friend from the Bell-Sloman Collection of the James A. Gibson Library. The collection, donated to the University by Rick Bell in 2010, includes more than 300 photos and various papers spanning more than a century that document the Bell and Sloman families, who descended from former slaves in the American south.The exhibition features a collection of reproductions and originals, including tintypes — a kind of photograph produced in the second half of the 19th century, said Linda Steer, Professor of Art History.“Many people may not have seen them as originals,” she said of the collection’s appeal.These tintypes, as Crooks claims are “remarkable in that they depict black folks creating and asserting an identity at the time of emancipation in the U.S.”Crooks received her PhD in the Department of History of Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, U.K. She was most recently appointed Assistant Curator of Photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her public lecture will draw on current research that examines the ways in which by the mid- to late 19th century, black people in settlements throughout southern Ontario used photography as a critical and powerful tool for self-representation. She situates the Bell-Sloman Collection as a “fugitive archive,” built with defiance and resistance in order to preserve, salvage and recover the histories of black Canadian communities whose stories and material artifacts are often left untold or subject to erasure.The goal of the event is to “attempt to make visible those histories that might be forgotten or underrepresented; the histories of black families in southern Ontario,” Steer said.The exhibition and public lecture are different, but work together in a way that will “allow people to consider the questions and claims that Crooks makes,” she said. “It will also help (the audience) to reflect on local history and more broadly, on the process of self-documentation, something most of us now do daily on our smartphones, and the meaning of family photography.”Held in the Visual Arts Exhibition Space of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, the exhibition showcases some of the material being presented in the Walker Cultural Leader lecture on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. in the MIW Theatre.The event is free but tickets are required and can be reserved through Eventbrite.  Limited onsite parking will be available.The exhibition, which leads into Black History Month in February, opened in mid-January and will continue until Friday, Feb. 9.Regular visiting hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.  A special reception on the evening of the Walker Cultural Leader lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Visual Arts Exhibition Space. read more

Limera1n premier jailbreaker de liOS 41

first_imgLimera1n, premier jailbreaker de l’iOS 4.1Limera1n est l’un des premiers outils de jailbreak du système d’exploitation d’Apple iOS 4.1 à sortir. GreenPoison, lui, se fait toujours désirer.L’outil de jailbreak Limera1n vient de voir le jour alors que la sortie de GreenPoison ne cesse d’être repoussée. Limera1n permettra de craquer les systèmes d’exploitation iOS 4.0 et 4.1 sur iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPod Touch 4G et iPod Touch 3G. L’application fonctionne sous Windows uniquement, mais des versions Mac et Linux sont en cours de développement.Pour rappel, le jailbreak est un processus qui permet de cracker le système d’exploitation d’un iPad, d’un iPhone ou d’un iPod Touch. On peut alors accéder à de nombreuses extensions et des thèmes qui n’étaient auparavant pas disponibles via l’AppStore. La pratique reste cependant désapprouvée par Apple, aux yeux de qui elle signifie une rupture des conditions de garantie de l’appareil concerné. Le 12 octobre 2010 à 09:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Sports Hall of Fame gets first inductees all women

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Oct 2015 – There were three inductees for the Turks and Caicos into its first Sports hall of fame on the weekend. The event held at the Gus Lightbourne gym saw the facility transformed with an ambience befitting the slew of winners at the first ever gala. Rita Gardiner, Sonia Bien-Aime and Judith Robinson – all women are the first to be inducted. Another winner on the night was 2015 IAAF World bronze medalist and future Olympian, Delano Williams. Among the officials supporting this spectacular gala on the weekend were Deputy Premier and Minister of Sports, Hon Akierra Missick and Premier Rufus Ewing. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Delano Williams return home postponed due to weather Team Great Britain’s 4x400m relay team disqualified!! The Nation will stand still to watch the country’s first Olympian Recommended for you Related Items:alierra missick, delano williams, judith robinson, premier rufus ewing, Rita gardiner, Sonia Bien Aime, tci sports awardslast_img read more

64 of Londoners use holiday for health appointments

first_imgAlmost two-thirds (64%) of London-based respondents take a day of annual leave in order to attend health appointments, according to research by healthcare provider Bupa.Its survey of 1,000 workers in London also found that 59% say they are too busy during the working day to make time for health appointments such as the dentist, GP and physiotherapist.The research also found that:57% regularly cancel or reschedule appointments because of work commitments.Almost half (47%) of respondents cite last-minute work deadlines as the key reason for not attending appointments with health practitioners. Over a third (37%) name covering for other colleagues as a key factor, while 24% worry spending time out of the office will reflect badly with their colleagues or superiors.More than half (54%) avoid booking an appointment when they have a health issue because they struggle to get time out of the office.More than a third (34%) of respondents say that clinics with longer than normal opening hours are the biggest help to booking health appointments.For 44% of respondents, the inability to attend an appointment has caused a health complaint to worsen, resulting in sickness absence.39% say that being able to attend health appointments would have a positive impact on their job satisfaction, while 38% believe it will increase their productivity.28% of respondents wait a month before having time to book a health appointment.Lee Martin, manager at Bupa’s flagship clinic in Canary Wharf, said: “We know that people struggle to fit their health and wellbeing needs into their busy working lives. This means some aren’t addressing health issues promptly and others are having to use precious holiday time just to get a routine appointment.“Alongside our jobs, it is crucial people don’t neglect their health because this may lead to time out of the office in the long run.”last_img read more

Chief Ministers of the Telugu states team up to solve water

first_imgHyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy asserted that it would be their endeavour to ensure that water reaches every nook and corner of both the states for cultivation, drinking water purposes and for the industries and assured that they would go forward in utilising the water resources available in both the state totally and efficiently. Also Read – Woman found dead, relatives stage dharna in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Both the Chief Ministers have resolved to work together in this direction. They said their aim is to ensure that there will not be any scarcity of water for agriculture, industries and for the drinking water purposes in both the states. The Chief Ministers have announced that the disputes and issues pertaining to river water sharing have been forgotten in the spirit of let the bygone be bygone and both the states are in unanimity to get optimum benefit to both the states and its people. They said they are not looking both the states as different and their aim is to work for the betterment of the people. Also Read – TRS is institutionally strong: MLA Govardhan Advertise With Us They vowed that the respective governments would work for the development and welfare and benefits of both the states. Both the Chief Ministers have decided to divert the Godavari water to Srisailam, as availability of water in Krishna River is less, which is causing hardships to Rayalaseema region in AP, Palamuru and United Nalgonda districts in Telangana. To mitigate the hardships faced by these regions for decades together, it was decided to divert Godavari water to Srisailam. They have instructed the officials concerned to prepare a strategy to divert water from Godavari to Srisailam Reservoir. Telangana State CM Sri KCR made the opening remarks and clarified that after the elections in AP, there is a qualitative change in relations between the two States for the better.last_img read more

Terrorists barge into womans home in JKs Pulwama shoot her dead

first_imgVisual from outside the house of the deceased woman in Jammu and Kashmir.Twitter/ANI Suspected terrorists on Wednesday, June 5, shot dead a woman inside her house in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. A man was also injured in the incident.The deceased, identified as Nigeena Bano, was critically wounded in the shooting incident in Narbal village of Kakapora area.The injured man has been rushed to a nearby hospital while the woman was declared brought dead on arrival. “Terrorists fired upon a man and a woman at Singoo-Narbal in Pulwama district. The injured man is being treated,” said a police official as quoted by a news agency.An investigation is underway to nab the accused gunmen.(This is a breaking story. More details awaited)last_img read more

2 Indians held in Jessore with 200 pieces of survey maps

first_imgCustoms officials detained two Indian nationals, along with 200 land maps of six districts of Bangladesh from Benapole checkpost on Thursday, reports UNB.The detainees are Vikas Kumar, 25, son of Joydev Karadora and Sureh Behara, 29, son of Sudam Behar, residents of Bhabeshwar Gajapati of Odisha in India.The Indian nationals are the employees of Surabaya Association of Bhubaneswar, India. They came to work for the oil line project in Chittagong’s Padma oil company two months ago.Benapole customs deputy commissioner Maruful Islam said the two Indians, arrestedalong with 200 pieces of survey map of six districts, were handed over to Benapole Port police station. A case was filed.last_img read more