On reading

first_imgWhat do you read?Add this: https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201607/the-golden-age-teaching-yourself-anythingI’ve always been a bookworm and generally prefer reading to social interaction. My book consumption peaked in high school at 5-7 per week, though much of that was pabulum like science fiction. Probably most of my reading then was escapism from the Jesuits. Today I go through about 4-5/month. Probably half of that is technical material; the rest a mix of history, biography and fiction.Then there’s the Internet. It’s marvelous to have so much information just a click away. All of my newspaper consumption is online, with the exception of Sunday’s Carroll County Times, which is more about agriculture than culture. Unfortunately, most of my technical magazine consumption is online, too, since there are basically no print magazines for professionals anymore. It’s interesting that successful print magazines seem to be targeted at people’s avocations rather than vocations. We’re willing to write a check for Fine Woodworking, but not for Electronics or Computer Design (remember those magazines?). I do think print is more user-friendly than the ‘net, but that could be the old fart in me speaking.I do pay for access to some sites and to print pubs like Circuit Cellar Ink. We “pay” for other on-line content by tolerating ads. I’d happily pay cash for the old-style EDN and other technical publications because the ads that pepper the site just slide by the eyeballs. Back in the day of print the ads were juicy technical content we read to keep up with what products were available to aid our work.(Bernie Sanders wants to make college free; one wonders if salting textbooks with ads could offset the costs. I disagree with him, feeling that one should have skin in one’s hugely-important education, but do agree the costs are unconscionable.)Never have there been more books published each year, and never, because of on-line retailers, has it been easier to buy them. Yet sales are down. In my circle of friends I see some whose incessant browsing of Facebook (an ironic name in this context) has largely replaced reading real books, or even ebooks.Never has any sort of literacy been more available. Consider scientific literacy: the world is awash with great and very accessible books describing every aspect of science. (A recent favorite of mine: The Emperor of All Maladies, by Siddhartha Mukherjee, which is about the push to eradicate cancer.) According to a recent article this is the best of all times to be an autodidact. Yet it seems scientific illiteracy is rampant. I can’t find any reliable data about whether this is the norm, improving, or getting worse. But it is clear that science and technology has never been more important to mankind, so you’d think there would be a rush to the, alas too small, science section at Borders.In this political season plenty of tomes are out promoting various views. Last week I read Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance based on a breathless review by Rod Dreher, but was disappointed. Though an interesting story about growing up poor in Appalachia, the writing is subpar and the focus too personal to honestly draw large conclusions. In fact, I find most of those sorts of books unremarkable due to their shallow analysis or hopelessly-biased viewpoints. Do you find yourself immersed in political books?Is reading in decline? It’s hard to know since there’s so much content on the Internet which is likely trumping books. But I wonder if video is subsuming reading. YouTube alone gets 4 billion views per day. The amount of time people spend on that site is growing 50% per year. I have a hate/tolerate relationship with online videos. They can consume vast amounts of time to no useful end. But occasionally there’s something I want to learn where a video is truly worth 1000 pictures. I always crank the speed up to 1.5X which is a bit more efficient.How are your reading habits changing? Do you find yourself spending more or less time huddled with a book, and how much of that is for technical content versus the sheer joy of being immersed in a story?Jack G. Ganssle is a lecturer and consultant on embedded development issues. He conducts seminars on embedded systems and helps companies with their embedded challenges, and works as an expert witness on embedded issues. Contact him at . His website is . September 6, 2016 at 4:52 pm Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram 2 thoughts on “On reading” Log in to Reply Continue Reading Previous Small/Home office? Computers down? Who ya gonna call?Next Feel the power with TI’s power supply design seminars “I love reading — and I prefer real books — I guess I spend my time 50:50 between fiction (science fiction and fantasy) and science, technology, math, and history books.nnI used to save (hoard) every book, but I had a big clear-out about 10 years ago w Max The Magnificent says: Colin Walls says: “I am right with you on the topic of YouTube, Jack. As usual, you’re a man after my own heart. I loved “I always crank the speed up to 1.5X which is a bit more efficient.” – I thought I was the only person on the planet that did that! :-)” September 4, 2016 at 2:27 pm Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

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2009 Be Active Super League

first_imgTompkins Claim First Men’s Open CrownThe Tompkins Park Sharks have claimed their first ever Men’s Open trophy, claiming the 2009 Be Active Super League crown with a dominant 9 – 5 victory over Perth Brothers in Perth tonight (Sun 8th Nov).Hosting the finals series, Tompkins Park flew out of the blocks to take a 3 – 0 lead in just the first three minutes, and although Brothers never lost touch with the Sharks, the home side always looked in control of the match, after taking a 7 – 2 lead into half time.In the Women’s Open division, Northern Districts made it back to back Super League victories, defeating Perth Brothers 5 – 3 in the final.Surprisingly to some, Shelley Matcham donned heavy protection to her knee and contributed to the win, while fellow Australian representative Zoe Aiken-Dacey took control in the middle of the ground.Earlier in the day, the Fremantle Rebels took the Mixed Open title over Bunbury.  Both teams were locked at 4-all at half time, and although Bunbury’s Jeremy Te Uira crossed for four touchdowns in the match, it wasn’t enough to stop Freo from running over the top of the south west team to win 9 – 6.The focus of teams now shifts to the Be Active State Championships, appearing in November for the first time.  The State Championships will feature 42 teams and players from around Western Australia from 20th – 22nd November at McGillivray Oval.2009 Be Active Super League – Scores & AwardsMen’s OpenTompkins Park Sharks (9) def Perth Brothers (5).Keith Harris-Walker Medal – Jessie Murphy (Tompkins Park)Finals Referees   Karen Woods                                Brendon Antrobus                                Tony ArnelWomen’s OpenNorthern Districts Spirit (5) def Perth Brothers (3)Karamea Dorset Medal – Michelle Gilpin (Northern Districts)Finals Referees   Phil Galvin                                Justin Parsons                                James McMahonMixed OpenFremantle Rebels (9) def Bunbury (6)Finals Referees   Richard McIlroy                                John Bedford                                John CorserRelated Filesmedia_release_081109-doclast_img read more

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10 months agoRangers, Celtic rival Burnley, Huddersfield for Fran Sol

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rangers, Celtic rival Burnley, Huddersfield for Fran Solby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWillem II striker Fran Sol is a target for a raft of British clubs.The Mirror says the 26-year-old, currently plying his trade in Holland with Willem II, is one of the Eredivisie’s top-scorers with 12 goals already to his name.Sol is nominally out-of-contract at the end of the season, although there is a one-year option in favour of his club who are certain to activate it given his current form.Celtic and Rangers have both sent scouts to watch him during the past few months.But they are not alone. Burnley, Cardiff, Huddersfield, Leeds, Derby and Swansea have also checked on him. last_img read more

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Matt Taylor of Tracksmith Found his Calling at Yale

first_img 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More Editors’ Recommendations NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy World-Class Runner Caryn Lubetsky Didn’t Run Her First Marathon Until She Was 40 Matt Taylor: I’m a runner. As a kid growing up in Pittsburgh, I played a lot of sports but ultimately speed and endurance won out. In high school I ran cross country and track and distinguished myself enough to be able to compete in college at Yale. It was during those four years that I really fell in love with the sport. I love its purity and history, but most of all I love the process of training and racing. It’s grueling yet incredibly rewarding. There’s a delayed gratification inherent to running that doesn’t exist in most sports. As an entrepreneur, delayed gratification is a huge part of the process, so I’ve been able to draw from those experiences as a runner.After graduating, I got my first job in the sports industry at IMG. From there I started carving out a niche in running and marketing. Essentially, what I gravitated towards was storytelling. Outside of an Olympic year, running really struggles to reach a mainstream audience. And that’s a shame because our sport is incredibly rich in every way – drama, personalities, legacy.But, the more time I spent in the industry, the more frustrated I became with the way that established brands were marginalizing elite achievement in favor of watered-down fitness messaging. This frustration is what ultimately inspired me to start Tracksmith: an independent running brand celebrating the style and culture of competitive running.We launched with men’s apparel in 2014, and have since introduced our magazine, METER, and rolled out women’s apparel. Every product or piece of content we make is rooted in the love we have for the sport, its distinct culture, and the specific needs of committed runners. Take for example, our Bislett Pants. Back in the 1980’s a now-defunct Wellesley company, Bislett Sports International, made 300 sets of the original Bisletts. We redesigned them for the modern runner, taking the best qualities of the originals (their durability and fit) and adding performance details like our four-way stretch fabric and perfectly positioned pockets for the long haul. They’re hands down the best running pants on the market.We’re only two years old, but we’ve found that our focus on core running culture is really resonating. And it’s not just about making great shorts or telling a good story, it’s about the whole lifestyle and mindset of racing and the pursuit of getting faster. This summer we debuted a new program called the PR Bonus, where we challenged our customers to race for a personal record. If they hit their goal we’d reward them with $250 in store credit.Tracksmith is based in Wellesley, MA at the halfway point of the Boston Marathon (literally – you can see the “1/2M” mark from our windows). I live within walking distance of the office with my wife and our two kids. My personal style is a mix of entrepreneurial utilitarianism with a classic New England aesthetic. I’m – no surprise – a huge running and Apple nerd so that tends to inform a lot of my favorite purchases and collections. I have one of the two socks Usain Bolt wore when he first broke the 100m world record as well as a large collection of first-generation Apple products.More on my personal style:Jeans: I know this might sound un-American, but I don’t wear jeans. I think I have one pair from the Gap in the bottom of my drawer.Shirts: Brooks BrothersPants: Outlier 60/30 chinos. If I could only wear one pant every day, it would be these.Suits: I haven’t worn a suit since my wedding day 14 years ago, but when formality calls I go with a classic J. Press blazer.Shoes: Summer or winter, a good pair of Tretorn‘s always does the trick.Accessories: I have an early prototype of a Tracksmith 5-panel cap that I wear on weekends.Outerwear: A first-generation Outlier Liberated Wool Peacoat has gotten me through three Boston winters thus far.Favorite Cologne: I haven’t worn cologne since 1993. Back then, though, it was Drakkar all day every day.Your favorite App: I really enjoyed the NBC Sports App during the Olympics. It allowed me to watch a lot more of the games than I would have been able to see otherwise.Favorite piece of technology: It’s hard to imagine life without an iPhone. And I often run with a 4th generation iPod shuffle to listen to podcasts on easy runs.Next tech purchase: A Sonos Play.last_img read more

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Capacity to Respond to Tsunami Adequate – ODPEM

first_img In the meantime, ODPEM is advising residents of coastline communities that in the event of a tsunami, they might not feel an earthquake, but if they see the sea withdraw to an unusual distance or hear a loud rumble or roar, they are to immediately seek safety and protection at higher ground. Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Major Clive Davis, says the island’s capacity to respond to a tsunami or an earthquake is adequate. An earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale, with the epicentre at latitude 17.5 north, longitude 83.6 west at a depth of 20 miles, occurred between the coast of Honduras and the Cayman Islands, resulting in the tsunami threat for Jamaica. Story Highlights Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Major Clive Davis, says the island’s capacity to respond to a tsunami or an earthquake is adequate.Major Davis pointed out that the response by State agencies to the tsunami threat on Tuesday (January 9) was rapid. The threat was later downgraded.An earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale, with the epicentre at latitude 17.5 north, longitude 83.6 west at a depth of 20 miles, occurred between the coast of Honduras and the Cayman Islands, resulting in the tsunami threat for Jamaica.A tsunami advisory is usually issued if there is a threat, as its action can produce strong currents or waves which can prove to be dangerous to persons living near the coast. The threat of a tsunami may last for several hours after the arrival of the initial wave.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on January 10, Major Davis pointed out that between 10:00 and 11:00 p.m. on January 9, the State agencies were communicating with each other, to respond to the tsunami if it impacted the island.“We’re seeing an increasing collaboration among agencies and if they are that active when nothing has happened, it stands us in good stead were something to happen. I’m confident they will rise to the occasion,” he said.In the meantime, ODPEM is advising residents of coastline communities that in the event of a tsunami, they might not feel an earthquake, but if they see the sea withdraw to an unusual distance or hear a loud rumble or roar, they are to immediately seek safety and protection at higher ground.Local expert on earthquakes and tsunamis and Head of the Earthquake Unit at The University of the West Indies, Mona, Professor Simon Mitchell, said that although the earthquake or tsunami did not impact the island, there is still the potential for one to occur.“We are on the northern marginal Caribbean plate and we are directly affected by earthquakes. One day there will be a tsunami in Jamaica. The trouble is we don’t know when. Last night’s earthquake was a big one, but it was a long way off (over 800 kilometres away), so no event was reported,” he said.Head of the Meteorological Service, Evan Thompson, pointed out that a tsunami is not an atmospheric or meteorological phenomenon and so the unit did not have direct responsibility. However, he that because they have a 24-hour monitoring role, their participation was virtually automatic.“Our role is to monitor the atmosphere around us. Information is broadcast to us in regular plain language, in coded messages and so tsunami warning messages have to be monitored. Our responsibility is to monitor and act immediately as any minute lost could lead to the loss of a life and when it comes to tsunamis, we don’t have a lot of time to act,” he said.last_img read more

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Seacat Services Launches New Ranger

first_imgzoom Offshore energy support vessel operator Seacat Services has launched its latest 24-metre British built wind farm service vessel, named Seacat Ranger.For the launch of Seacat Ranger – the latest 24-metre DNV GL class-certified vessel to be built in the UK – incremental build improvements include a new bow and fender design that enhances stability when the vessel is pushing onto the wind turbine foundation.Further modifications include additional crew loading and access space near the bow, to help accommodate the engineer’s equipment.Accommodating 12 wind farm technicians and 3 crew members, the aluminum-hulled catamaran is propelled by twin Rolls Royce water jets and is capable of carrying 20 tonnes of equipment – 15 tonnes forward and 5 tonnes aft.With a sprint speed of just under 30 knots, Seacat Ranger will be deployed for operational use on offshore wind farms throughout Europe.“As the European offshore wind market continues to evolve with a need for larger vessels and more stringent guidelines, we are constantly looking at ways in which this evolution can be incorporated into the design of our workboats,” said Ian Baylis, Managing Director, Seacat Services.“We now have one of the largest crew transfer vessels ready for deployment to European offshore wind projects, which, with her latest bow and fender design should make the transportation of engineers and equipment a safer and increasingly comfortable process.”Sea trials for Seacat Ranger begin immediately. Once complete, the vessel will be join the existing Seacat Services fleet for operational use and deployment across a number of UK and European offshore wind farms.Prior to active service, Seacat Ranger will be exhibited at Seawork 2014 in Southampton from the 10th to the 12th June 2014.May 22, 2014; Image: Seacat Serviceslast_img read more

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Adult Learners Graduate in Truro

first_imgWhen April Sorichetti became a mother, she found herself wanting to pursue a fulfilling career that could support her family and inspire her children. At the age of 34, her first step was to obtain her high school diploma. “From the Amherst Adult High School I have acquired the necessary confidence and skills to pursue my goals,” said Ms. Sorichetti. This year, more than 500 adult learners across the province will receive their high school graduation diploma. Today, June 29, Ms. Sorichetti is one of 73 students graduating in Truro. The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning co-ordinates a range of education programs for adults who want to improve their reading and math skills, or complete their high school diploma. This year marks the school’s fifth anniversary and the graduation of about 2,000 adult Nova Scotians with a high school diploma. “There have been more than 20,000 enrollments in the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning in five years. It meets a significant need in our province for adults to improve their education, and ultimately, their job skills,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “I congratulate the graduates for taking steps toward a brighter future for themselves and their families.” The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning works in partnership with Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), regional school boards, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations to offer programs at more than 170 sites across the province. The high school graduation diploma for adults was introduced in 2001. “I am so proud of our graduates as they have each worked hard and made personal sacrifices to achieve their goals,” said Coleen Davidson, co-ordinator of community education and partnerships for Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. “Each graduate has taken a critical step forward in his or her life to pursue either ongoing studies or improved career options, and I am confident that they will all make a significant contribution to the future success of their communities, families and the province.” The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is part of the provincial government’s Skills Nova Scotia initiative that involves job skills training, workplace learning, and basic literacy skills upgrading.last_img read more

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Madonna Announces Completion Of Ten Schools In Malawi

first_imgAs part of Madonna’s ongoing commitment to support orphans and vulnerable children in poverty stricken Malawi, ten primary schools have been completed that will serve to educate 4,871 children.These schools are located in rural villages across Malawi and are a result of the partnership between Madonna, her charity Raising Malawi and the global nonprofit buildOn. The ten schools, which were scheduled to be built over 18 months, have been completed six months ahead of schedule. Six of the schools are already in use and all ten will be up and running in January 2013 for the first day of school in the New Year.The project was originally announced early this year as a major initiative of Raising Malawi, which has already provided millions of dollars in support of orphanages, a network of orphan care service providers, health clinics, a scholarship program for girls, and the schools with buildOn.The location for each school was chosen from a list of communities in need of new infrastructure. The Ministry of Education Office in the Kasungu District was an important partner, providing both the teachers and curriculum after each school was completed.“I am overjoyed that my commitment along with buildOn’s to help educate the children of Malawi has come to fruition. In a country where girls have little opportunity for education, it’s additionally inspiring to know that more than half the students attending will be young girls. The fact that more than 4,800 children in Malawi will get to go to school next year is a tremendous step forward for their individual growth and the growth of Malawi,” commented Madonna.Consistently ranked among the world’s 20 least developed countries on the UN’s Human Development Index, Malawi has long been challenged by economic stagnation and a lack of access to education. With support from Madonna and Raising Malawi, buildOn was able double the reach of its school construction program within a year.“Madonna’s commitment to the children of Malawi is inspiring,” said Jim Ziolkowski , founder and CEO of buildOn. “Through Raising Malawi’s support we were able to build 10 schools that will educate literally generations of children who need it the most.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Varun triggers yet another controversy

first_imgLucknow: BJP MP Varun Gandhi has mastered the art of creating controversy after controversy. The young Gandhi is currently campaigning for his mother Maneka Gandhi in Sultanpur that goes to the polls in the sixth phase on May 12. Varun said on Monday that people should vote for ‘Bharat Mata’. “My mother is contesting from here and she is a noble soul. You all should vote for ‘Mata’ that is ‘Bharat Mata’. You are living in Hindustan and you should vote for Hindustan. If you vote for others (read SP-BSP alliance), you will be voting for Pakistan,” he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Earlier, Varun Gandhi had said that those who are contesting against his mother were the ones who used to tie his shoe laces. The reference was to the BSP candidate Chandra Bhadra Singh a.k.a. Sonu Singh and his brother Yash Bhadra Singh. Sonu Singh was a staunch Varun loyalist when he held the Sultanpur seat, but is now an alliance candidate. In yet another controversy, Varun lashed out at the Yadav clan of the Samajwadi Party. “Till about 10-15 years ago, these people were making cow dung cakes in Saifai and today they are travelling in cars worth crores. Whose money is this? Is it not public money?” he asked. Varun Gandhi’s statements in the past 24 hours in Sultanpur have generated considerable heat in the constituency.last_img read more

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Even fewer will attend school due to falling basic education aid –

23 April 2009Steep drops in aid to basic education in developing countries threatens to roll back progress made towards achieving the global goal of universal primary schooling, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) cautioned today. Steep drops in aid to basic education in developing countries threatens to roll back progress made towards achieving the global goal of universal primary schooling, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) cautioned today.Total aid commitments to basic education has dropped over 20 per cent from $5.5 billion in 2006 to $4.3 billion in 2007, according to the latest figures from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).At present, there are 75 million children out of school, with many millions more dropping out before completing primary education, the 2009 report of the UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report Team said.It also predicted that the goal of achieving universal primary education by 2015 will be missed by at least 30 million children.Commitments made by donor nations have not been sustained, with only 5 per cent of all education aid going towards basic education in 2007. Only the United States’ aid to basic education rose significantly in 2007, but too few countries stepped in to fill the financing gap.“The concentration of aid to basic education among just a few donors means that financial assistance for countries is highly unpredictable,” said Kevin Watkins, Director of the UNESCO report.The current global economic crisis could drive aid for basic education even lower, possibly even driving assistance down more than $1 billion by 2010, the study warned.“This is not the time to be cutting aid to basic education,” Mr. Watkins said. “With the economic downturn pushing millions of vulnerable households into poverty and putting budgets under strain, donors should be providing a fiscal stimulus aimed at keeping children in school.”The new report put the price tag for meeting key education goals in the world’s poorest countries at $11 billion, of which only one-quarter was received in 2007.“Millions of children stand to be hardest hit by the [current economic] crisis, and face irreversible long-term consequences if denied health, nutrition and education,” said Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO. “We must invest in their future and provide them with the education they need to end poverty and improve their lives.” read more

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Precision paramount in new Minesight SubBlocking

first_imgGeologic modellers will enjoy a new level of precision for their 3D block models with MineSight Sub-Blocking, released this month by Mintec. This delivers two notable advantages over traditional sub-blocking approaches, the company says. Firstly, a sub-blocked model can carry multiple divisions. For example, you may wish to sub-block a model by geologic codes and by a phase design. Once each set of solids is coded to the model, simply alternate between the two sub-block divisions within the one model.Secondly, sub-block divisions can be updated at any time. So, if you receive additional geologic data or a new pit design after the initial sub-blocking, you can easily update the model without the need to rebuild the model from scratch.“Models with very small block sizes and hundreds of items can quickly become unmanageable due to their file size,” said Mintec President, John Davies. “Sub-blocking in MineSight generates an additional file associated with the 3D block model that is only applied to sub-blocked areas and items. This includes geologic characteristics, grades, and other information, such as mined out flags. It can be created to redefine resolution along contacts.”“This provides unprecedented precision without the performance hit.”Information in the sub-blocked file is stored independently for each item and items can be added to sub-blocked storage at any time. Sub-blocks can be defined by coding from solids and surfaces, set from user calculations, or interpolated from composites.MineSight Sub-Blocking features a new, improved query that can group like-items into zones and create a visual breakdown of individual parent blocks. The ability to query parent and sub-blocks by showing zones and editing items offers great detail and flexibility.The new software is part of MineSight Version 8, which saw the long-awaited release of MineSight Atlas, a complete package for manual scheduling and stockpile management. Like Atlas, MineSight Sub-Blocking’s ability to aid in reserve calculations and clarify troubled cuts, lies in its full integration with other MineSight products, particularly Compass, Interactive Planner and Atlas.last_img read more

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ABB Mining User Conference addresses challenging market conditions

first_imgABB, the power and automation technology group, recently hosted its global Mining User Conference at the Four Seasons Vancouver. The conference – with eight years of tradition – hosted 42 key companies from the mining industry, coming from 17 countries and all continents. The 43 educational topics, presented by end users, ABB specialists and suppliers, covered the entire mining spectrum. In addition, ABB said that “various interactive discussion sessions further enhanced the open and distinctive knowledge exchange platform by opening the floor to more in-depth discussions about the latest challenges of the industry. A volatile commodities market, financing, safety and employment issues – the pressure on mining companies to be efficient, productive, and profitable has never been greater.”“Within interactive workshops, interesting topics like how to reduce CAPEX and optimise OPEX, as well as developments in mining applications, support capabilities and service needs were discussed. Furthermore, the interactive sessions included live demonstrations of the newest mine tracking system at Boliden’s Garpenberg mine in Sweden, ABB’s updated state-of-the-art automation and control System 800xA and the ServicePort.”“The mining industry is highly technical and very challenging, in every aspect. It is absolutely critical to the success of our industry that we develop and apply the best technology possible’, said Sean Waller, President Candente Copper Corp. “Furthermore, the minerals industry is a global industry, and conferences such as this one are extremely important to ensure that the very best technology is available for all of us, wherever we may be. I thank ABB for an excellent conference, and for continuing to bring leading edge technology to the global minerals industry.”last_img read more

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New York mayor receives suspected deadly poison letters

first_imgLETTERS SUSPECTED OF being laced with the deadly poison ricin were sent last week to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and to an official with the gun law lobby that he supports, police said yesterday.The letters were opened in New York on Friday and by the director of the Bloomberg-supported Mayors Against Illegal Guns in Washington on Sunday.The letters contained “anonymous threats” and “when tested locally, preliminarily indicated the presence of ricin,” New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said in a statement.“The writer, in letters, threatened Mayor Bloomberg, with references to the debate on gun laws.”Members of the New York police emergency service unit who came into contact with the letter at a Manhattan mail facility had “minor symptoms of ricin exposure” on Saturday that have since abated, according to Browne.“The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and the NYPD Intelligence Division, which is responsible for the mayor’s protection, are investigating the threats,” the statement said.Bloomberg, a multi-billionaire media and financial information magnate, has thrown himself into the politically explosive debate over gun control, including giving financial support to pro-restriction candidates in elections.- © AFP 2013.Read: Suspect arrested after ‘ricin’ poison letter sent to Obama>Read: Deadly poison ricin sent in post to US Senator>last_img read more

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001 of Wikipedia turned into 5000page book

first_imgI don’t know about you, but I do not miss having to turn to a dictionary or set of encyclopedias to look up information. They are expensive, heavy, and filled up a lot of shelf space as well as taking an age to find anything in. Thankfully, the Internet came along and Wikipedia was created, providing us with a fantastic resource that rivals the very best in reference books.Graphic Design student Rob Matthews decided that this valuable knowledge database shoun’tld just be available in digital form, and went about turning part of Wikipedia into a book. We say part because printing the entirety of Wikipedia would probably lock up all printing presses in the world for years.AdChoices广告What Matthews did was to select 437 articles from Wikipedia and get them printed and bound into a hardback book. Even with so few articles the book manages to span 5,000 pages and measures 1ft 7″ thick.The rather ridiculous book is Matthews’ way of making a statement about how we have all come to rely on the Internet for answers, but at the same time the quality of that information is below what the old reference books hold. As for what the book contains, all the articles are “featured”, meaning they are deemed better quality by the Wikipedia masses.Due to the thickness of the book it stretched the limits of what was possible with traditional printing and binding methods, but he got it to work and managed to produce the finished version in just two weeks. How easy it is to read is questionable, however.While we commend Matthews on managing to create such a huge book, I think we’ll be sticking to the digital version of Wikipedia, or at least waiting for the e-book version rather than having this shipped.Read more at The Telegraph and Digital Inspirationlast_img read more

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Greek language remains in Coburg West Primary Schools 2019 curriculum

first_imgA campaign to avert the discontinuation of the Greek language program from Coburg West Primary School’s (CWPS) was successful.On Monday CWPS Principal Mark Colagrande assured the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) that the program will indeed be part of the school’s 2019 curriculum plan.In a telephone conversation with GCM’s vice president and Education convenor Theo Markos, Mr Colagrande said that the school will set in motion a series of consultation sessions with teachers, parents and members of the Greek community in Coburg, to ensure the future of the program.From his part, Mr Markos reaffirmed the GCM’s support to the program, promising that the Community will continue working to safeguard the program.“I would like to congratulate the parents for their immediate reaction and their interest in the continuation of the program,” Mr Markos said, offering praise to Neos Kosmos for campaigning for the issue, but also to Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos, who brought the issue to the attention of the Minister of Education, James Merlino.“Ms Mikakos proved once again that she is a firm supporter of Greek teaching in public schools,” Mr Markos stressed. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Vietnam exploration de la plus vaste grotte du monde

first_imgVietnam : exploration de la plus vaste grotte du monde Des spéléologues anglais avaient découvert au printemps 2009, dans la jungle de Hang Son Doong, au Vietnam, une grotte géante. La plus grande du monde. Les spéléologues ont enfin pu l’explorer et y ont découvert des cours d’eau sous-terrains et une forêt tropicale. Le dernier numéro de National Geographic rapporte que la grotte la plus vaste du monde vient d’être explorée au Vietnam, après avoir été découverte pour la première fois en 2009. Cette grotte a, par endroits, une hauteur de 80 mètres sur 80 mètres de large. A d’autres endroits, les dimensions peuvent aller jusqu’à 240 mètres de hauteur sous voûte. Du jamais vu. À lire aussiLa migration de millions de crabes rouges filmée sur l’île de ChristmasL’entrée de cette grotte était connue depuis 1991 par les habitants locaux mais ils en avaient trop peur pour s’y aventurer. Quant aux précédentes expéditions réalisées dans la région, elles étaient toujours passées à proximité (quelques centaines de mètres) sans jamais la découvrir. En effet, la grotte est complètement cachée par la jungle. L’équipe de spéléologues  a également découvert une rivière courant sur les premiers kilomètres de la caverne ainsi que des stalagmites de plus de 70 mètres de haut. Ces mesures, réalisées par laser permettent de déterminer au millimètre près les différentes tailles. Grâce à ces technologies, d’autres mesures devront être effectuées sur les grottes déjà connues, elles se révéleraient en réalité plus petites que ce qui était jusqu’alors estimé.  Quoiqu’il en soit, la grotte de Hang Son Doong est incontestablement la plus grande jamais découverte, trois fois la taille du stade de Wembley à Londres indique Andy Eavis, le président de l’Union internationale de spéléologie, située en France.Le 8 janvier 2011 à 13:42 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Famous Bad Video Game Studio Quantic Dream No Longer Sony Exclusive

first_imgStay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form David Cage sucks. He sucks. And while I’m sure there are plenty of talented developers at Quantic Dream, as long as the team is completely at the whim of his wannabe amateur film auteur ego its games have also sucked. Heavy Rain sucks. Beyond: Two Souls sucks. And last year’s Detroit: Become Human is so bad I don’t know if its stupidity or its racism offends me more. And that’s just the games, that’s before you start digging into creepy details like a nude model of Ellen Page made without her permission or David Cage suing journalists who investigate credible sexism complaints at this studio.But none of that is new. So why bring up Quantic Dream today? Admittedly one of the studio’s strengths is creating games with shockingly photo-realistic human characters (humans then made to participate in the dumbest “realistic” games and stories alive) and that technology historically has been used to show off the graphical prowess of PlayStation hardware. But now Quantic Dream is getting a new partner and is leaving Sony exclusivity behind. And at GDC the team revealed that former PlayStation exclusives Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human are all now coming to PC through the Epic Games Store later this year.Quantic Dream is remaining independent, but it is getting a substantial investment from huge Chinese publisher NetEase, whose other projects include Diablo Immortal, whatever Bungie is working on besides Destiny, and probably a bunch of mobile games that a earn billion dollars per day. Quantic Dream made this announcement with a stunningly creepy video given to Variety featuring one of its beautiful android lady slaves from Detroit, whose sole existence is to smile and explain this dry and arguably dystopian financial news to you before turning herself off.Given how advanced their technology is, and how ultimately limited the market for its games probably are, we suspect Quantic Dream had to rely on Sony for its ambitious projects just to get funding. But with NetEase’s help, Quantic Dream will have the resources it needs to make games for whatever systems it wants, from the beefiest gaming PCs to whatever the PlayStation 5 and next-gen Xbox turn out to be. Heck, they might even make a Nintendo Switch game.And even if it didn’t ultimately prevent the deal, NetEase reps did say they were aware of the controversy surrounding the studio. But the most important takeaway here, and this can’t be said often enough, is that David Cage still sucks. For good PlayStation 4 exclusives check out our reviews of Spider-Man and God of War.last_img read more

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Central Florida homeowner records cell phone video of sinkhole destroying her home

first_imgAPOPKA, Fla. (WSVN) — A homeowner in central Florida was recording video on her cell phone of her home the moment a sinkhole opened up and swallowed part of her house.Elena Hale says she noticed her home in Apopka was starting to sink a little on Monday. By 4 a.m. Tuesday morning, part of the bathroom had collapsed.Hale grabbed a few beloved possessions and evacuated her home, where she’s lived for 49 years.The sinkhole ripped her kitchen in half and destroyed the rest of the bathroom.At last check, the sinkhole is 25 feet across and 15 feet deep, and is still growing.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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New twist in Hayath Nagar woman kidnap case

first_imgThe accused who kidnapped the B Pharmacy student has been identified as Ravi Sekhar, said the police adding that he was involved in several criminal cases in the past and hails from Vijayawada. Ravi who claimed himself a doctor kidnapped the woman from their hotel on the pretext of offering a job. He arrived in a car and took the woman, her father and brother. Later the accused dropped them mid-route and escaped with the girl. The car used by the accused was also stolen in Karnataka, said police. Bengaluru and Vijayawada police launched a hunt to nab Ravi Sekhar.last_img read more

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