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Rogers Media Expands Local Coverage in Waterloo Region with Debut of KitchenerTodaycom

first_img Facebook KITCHENER, ON Residents of the Tri-Cities have a new home for local community news with the launch of KitchenerToday.com. Led by Rogers Media’s award-winning news and talk radio station, 570 NEWS, the digital site features local news, community events, obituaries, entertainment, current affairs, and weather.KitchenerToday.com also features live stream video from the Rogers tv community channel. With a focus on hyper local content, audiences will get their morning started with The Jennifer Campbell Show, and stay engaged and informed on current affairs throughout the day with The Mike Farwell Show.“The debut of KitchenerToday.com shows how committed we are to investing in our community,” said Mark Campbell, Director of News Programming, 570 NEWS. “As today’s media landscape continues to evolve, we saw a great opportunity to expand our local news coverage in Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge, and to continue to deliver award-winning stories that our audiences rely on.” Advertisement In collaboration with Village Media, the digital news network is offered on smartphone, desktop, and tablet.Highly respected in the industry for building successful locally-focused digital news sites, KitchenerToday.com marks the third collaboration between Rogers Media and Village Media. Indicative of audiences’ desire for hyperlocal content, both HalifaxToday.ca and OttawaMatters.com, have experienced great success reaching more than 1 million people since launch in October 2017, and 300,000 people since launch in March 2018, respectively*.KitchenerToday.com serves residents of Waterloo Region and Southern Ontario. Rogers Media is the exclusive advertising representative to sell Canadian advertising inventory on KitchenerToday.com.Source: *Google Analytics, since date of launch to June 13, 2018Social Media LinksLike KitchenerToday.com on FacebookFollow KitchenerToday.com on Twitter @KitchenerTodayAbout Rogers MediaRogers Media is a diverse media and content company that engages more than 30 million Canadians each week. The company’s multimedia offerings include 55 radio stations, 29 local TV stations, 23 conventional and specialty television stations, 9 magazines, podcasts, digital and e-commerce websites, and sporting events. Rogers Media delivers unique storytelling through its range of powerful brands: Maclean’s, City, OMNI Television, Today’s Parent, TSC, KiSS, FX, Sportsnet – Canada’s #1 specialty network, and the Blue Jays, Canada’s only Major League Baseball team. Rogers Media is a subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX, NYSE: RCI). Visit RogersMedia.com. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Inspector warned duck boat company of design flaws last year

first_imgA private inspector said Saturday that he warned the company operating duck boats on a Missouri lake about design flaws putting the watercraft at greater risk of sinking, less than a year before the accident that killed 17 people during a sudden storm.Steve Paul, owner of the Test Drive Technologies inspection service in the St. Louis area, said he issued a written report for the company in August 2017. It explained why the boats’ engines — and pumps that remove water from their hulls — might fail in inclement weather.He also told The Associated Press that the tourist boats’ canopies make them hard to escape when they sink — a concern raised by regulators after a similar sinking in Arkansas killed 13 people in 1999.The accident Thursday evening on Table Rock Lake outside the tourist town of Branson also is raising questions about whether storm warnings in the area went unheeded and whether any agency can keep boaters off the water when inclement weather approaches.“If you have the information that you could have rough waters or a storm coming, why ever put a boat on that water?” Paul said.A witness’ video of the duck boat just before it capsized suggests that its flexible plastic windows might have been closed and could have trapped passengers as the hybrid boat-truck went down. It does not show passengers jumping clear.“The biggest problem with a duck when it sinks is that canopy,” Paul said. “That canopy becomes what I’ll call a people catcher, and people can’t get out from under that canopy.”A spokeswoman for Ripley Entertainment, the company operating the duck boats in Branson, did not respond Saturday to telephone and email messages seeking comment. Spokeswoman Suzanne Smagala has noted that Thursday’s accident was the only one in more than 40 years of operation.An archived version of Ripley’s website said it operates 20 duck boats in Branson and described them as “built from the ground up under United States Coast Guard (USCG) supervision with the latest in marine safety.”In central Wisconsin, Original Wisconsin Ducks in the Dells has no plans to change how it operates after 73 years of safe rides, general manager Dan Gavinski said. But his company operates World War II-vintage boats, not the modified modern version.Since 1999, duck boats have been linked to the deaths of more than 40 people, with a troubled safety record on the road and water alike. Their height can obscure cars, pedestrians or bicycles from a driver’s view, and maintenance problems can be severe.Paul said he won’t know until the boat that sank is recovered from the lake whether it’s one of the two dozen he inspected for Ripley Entertainment in August 2017.The U.S. Coast Guard said the boat that sank was built in 1944 and had passed an inspection in February, The Kansas City Star reported . But Paul said the boat would have been heavily modified to make it longer so that only part of it dates to World War II. He said it would still have the design flaw he identified in his report.He declined to share a copy of his report with The Associated Press but said he said he is willing to make it available to authorities.“I’m sure eventually it will be subpoenaed,” he said.Paul said the duck boats he inspected — which the company had just purchased or repaired — vented exhaust from the motor out front and below the water line. He said in rough conditions, water could get into the exhaust system, and then into the motor, cutting it off. With the motor off, he said, its pump for removing water from the hull would not operate.“If you watch that video, that water is definitely being slammed up into that exhaust without a doubt,” Paul said.After the deadly sinking in Arkansas in 1999, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended doing away with the canopies and adding more floatation capacity so duck boats could remain upright and keep floating even if they took on water.The industry took little heed, said Robert Mongeluzzi, a Philadelphia attorney who has represented victims of duck boat crashes. The canopies can protect customers from rain or sun, he noted, and closed windows allow companies to heat the cabins, extending operating hours.The NTSB called the industry’s response to the recommendations disappointing, saying companies cited the cost of engineering and installing additional flotation capacity as prohibitive.“The duck boat is notoriously unstable and unsuited for what they were attempting to do with it,” said Daniel Rose, an attorney whose New York-based law firm has represented victims in several accidents. “It tries to be a boat and a car and does neither, really, except under ideal circumstances.”State officials said the Coast Guard regulates such craft; its officials did not immediately respond to requests for more information. Spokesmen said the Department of Transportation doesn’t regulate duck boats because they’re amphibious, and the Department of Public Safety doesn’t in this case because it’s a commercial vessel, as opposed to a recreational one.It’s also not clear that any agency had the authority to keep boats off the lake. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built it in the late 1950s, but its officials said they don’t have such authority.Witnesses have said the weather appeared calm before a storm suddenly whipped up strong waves and spray.But nearly eight hours earlier, the National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the western and central Missouri counties.A severe thunderstorm warning that went out at 6:32 p.m. specifically mentioned Table Rock Lake. The first emergency calls over the accident occurred just after 7 p.m.Meteorologist Elisa Raffa of KOLR-TV in Springfield said in a phone interview Saturday that her station was forecasting the threat of severe weather all morning.“This storm didn’t come out of nowhere,” she said. “That is what pains me. I feel like we did everything, at least we tried to do everything, by the book as meteorologists and we still had this horrible tragedy on our hands.”___Hanna reported from Topeka, Kansas. Johnson reported from Seattle. Jim Salter in St. Louis; Denise Lavoie in Richmond, Virginia; Roxana Hegeman in Wichita, Kansas, and James MacPherson in Bismarck, North Dakota, contributed.last_img read more

Ombudsman sends notices to Pandya Rahul for deposition in sexist remarks controversy

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed BCCI Ombudsman Justice (Retd) D K Jain has issued notices to India players Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul to appear for deposition for their sexist comments on a TV chat show. Pandya and Rahul were provisionally suspended by the Committee of Administrators (COA) for their loose talk on chat show “Koffee With Karan” before the ban was lifted pending inquiry by the Ombudsman. “I have issued notices last week to Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul asking them to appear for deposition,” Justice Jain told PTI on Monday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHowever, it is not clear how the BCCI will co-ordinate with Pandya and Rahul’s respective franchises Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab to arrange for their deposition in between the ongoing IPL. It is learnt that they might depose ahead of teh April 11 clash between the two teams in Mumbai. “Both are playing IPL and the itinerary is packed with back to back matches and a gruelling travel schedule,” a BCCI official said. The Ombudsman, who is also the BCCI’s ad-hoc Ethics Officer, made it clear that for the matter to reach its logical conclusion, the duo needs to depose. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”As per principles of natural justice, I need to hear their side. It’s up to them now to decide when they want to appear,” Justice Jain said. It is understood that both players have to appear in person and not through their legal representatives. The controversial episode was aired in the first week of January, triggering outrage, which prompted the COA to call the duo back from the tour of Australia handing them provisional suspensions. The two tendered unconditional apologies and their ban was provisionally lifted pending inquiry. Once Jain assumed his role, the COA handed over the matter to him for the completion of inquiry. Jain has also received a complaint about former India captain Sourav Ganguly’s alleged ‘Conflict of Interest’ in his dual role of being the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president and an adviser to IPL franchise Delhi Capitals. “I am supposed to receive a fresh set of complaints on various issues today. I don’t know whether the issue (Ganguly’s Conflict) is in this lot or not. As and when I get the details, I will have a detailed look into the matter,” said Jain.last_img read more

Protest to be staged outside Maldivian HC against killing

Yameen’s father, Hussain Rasheed, in a recent visit to Sri Lanka, appealed to the diplomatic community to pressure the Maldives government into expediting investigations into the murder of his son, the abduction of Ahmed Rilwan, and other politically and religiously motivated violence and intimidation. Yameen was brutally stabbed to death in the stairway of his apartment building in Male, in the early hours of Sunday, April 23, 2017. He had been receiving death threats from religious extremists since 2014, and had lodged multiple complaints with the Police, however, the Maldivian Police Service failed to follow up on any of them. Activists, journalists and members of Sri Lankan civil society are to gather outside the Maldivian High Commission (25, Melbourne Avenue, Colombo 4,) at 3.30 p.m next Monday to protest against the recent murder of Maldivian blogger Yameen Rasheed.Yameen ran a satirical blog called The Daily Panic and was a vocal critic of government authoritarianism and religious fundamentalism. He also lead the #FindMoyameehaa campaign, seeking justice for his best friend and investigative journalist Ahmed Rilwan (a.k.a. Moyameehaa), who was abducted in 2014, and has been missing since. Sri Lankan civil society members have previously condemned the murder in a public statement. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Professor helps make schools in North Ireland more welcoming

Participating at the Welcome Schools launch (front row, from left) Meabh Toman, Remik Machowski, Eibhnin Derby, Elze Pranckienaite from Presentation and Tanaghmore Primary Schools with (back row, from left) John Novak, International Fund for Ireland chair Denis Rooney and Jane Simms, Welcoming Schools project manager.A Faculty of Education professor was in Northern Ireland this fall to help launch a project to make schools more welcoming.John Novak was the guest speaker at the launch of the International Fund for Ireland’s Welcoming Schools Project. The three-year initiative aims to make schools more welcoming and inclusive. Novak, an expert in invitational education (making schools welcoming to everyone) participated in the initial training for schools.Twenty-four Irish schools will take part in the pilot project. At the Sept. 23 launch, Novak said it could impact education globally.“Connecting with the inviting school movement is a chance for educators from around the world to sustain creative practices that make a difference in students’ lives,” he said. read more

SNCLavalin board hears from big shareholders about handling of internal crisis

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted May 1, 2012 4:43 pm MDT MONTREAL – SNC-Lavalin is getting an earful from its largest shareholders about the engineering giant’s handling of internal problems that have sullied its reputation.The Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec has become the second large investor to criticize how the Montreal-based company’s board has dealt with recent events, including $56 million of payments to unknown agents.“Like other investors, many of our questions about recent events and the many allegations made about the company remain outstanding and we wish to express our discomfort,” Marie Giguere, vice-president of legal affairs, wrote in a letter dated April 30 to SNC chairman Gwyn Morgan.The missive was sent just days before SNC faces shareholders in Toronto for the first time since the events led to the resignations of three senior executives, including its chief executive.Canada’s largest pension fund manager said it would support SNC’s proposals, including remuneration paid for senior management such as nearly $5 million to former CEO Pierre Duhaime.But it said SNC-Lavalin must better inform shareholders as investigations shed light on what happened.“The Caisse expects more transparency in this respect going forward given the extremely serious nature of these allegations…and the measures that will be put in place to ensure these events don’t happen again,” she said.Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd., SNC’s largest shareholder, also accused directors on Monday of failing to provide proper oversight leading up to an internal investigation into the overseas payments.Duhaime was “relieved of his duties” for approving the payments requested by former vice-president Riadh Ben Aissa in breach of SNC’s code of ethics.Ben Aissa sits in a Swiss jail on suspicion of corrupting a public official, fraud and money laundering tied to his dealings in North Africa. Justice officials said SNC’s former head of construction has been in custody since mid-April, stemming from an investigation the agency launched last May.At its request, the RCMP executed search warrants at SNC-Lavalin’s Montreal headquarters, Switzerland’s federal prosecutor’s office has said.Ben Aissa, who parted ways with SNC-Lavalin in February, was in charge of business dealings in his native Tunisia as well as Libya, where the company won lucrative contracts with the former regime of Moammar Gadhafi.The whereabouts of former controller Stephane Roy weren’t known.The shareholder angst was expressed as SNC-Lavalin continues to announce lucrative contracts that industry observers believe could ease investor concerns about the company’s ability to win new business.SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) said it has been awarded a five-year contract worth an estimated $1.6 billion to design and build portions of AltaLink’s transmission lines in Alberta.The Montreal-based engineering giant said the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement extends its services to its fully owned AltaLink subsidiary that were set to expire on Wednesday.SNC said it was awarded a portion of the new contract following a competitive bidding process launched by the Alberta Utilities Commission. It said an independent adviser who oversaw the process described the agreement as “fair to all participants.”“This further demonstrates that we have a competitive value proposition for all of our transmission and distribution clients and further strengthens our track record of delivery,” stated executive vice-president Patrick Lamarre.The contract to deliver transmission lines and substations will be based on need assessments and permitting.SNC-Lavalin didn’t put a price tag on the contract, but Pierre Lacroix of Desjardins Capital Markets estimated it is worth $1.6 billion. That constitutes the lion’s share of the development project’s estimated $2 billion cost.He described the contract win as a “significant development” for the embattled engineering giant even though it owns AltaLink.“This contract, combined with recent wins (total value of $1.5-2 billion), should offset, to a reasonable degree, investors’ concerns about SNC’s ability to win new business following recent internal issues,” he wrote in a report.The AltaLink development relates to a list of prospective projects directly assigned to AltaLink by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO). These include a $1.7 billion Southern Alberta Transmission Reinforcement project to connect it to 2,700 megawatts of proposed wind generation projects.SNC-Lavalin has already won the Western Alberta Transmission Line (WATL) project expected to start in early 2013. The project is estimated to be worth about $1.4 billion.SNC’s shares closed up $1.38, or 3.72 per cent, at $38.52 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. SNC-Lavalin board hears from big shareholders about handling of internal crisis read more

Review New Dropcam Pro a hightech nanny cam for users with hefty

TORONTO – There’s another reason to fret over your Internet plan’s data cap — at least for consumers who are interested in the new Dropcam Pro, a camera that beams live video from your home onto the Internet and offers a PVR-like experience to watch it through a website or mobile app.Think of it as an Apple-esque nanny cam. It’s a slick, easy-to-use device that lets parents keep an eye on their kids or pets while at work and functions as a security camera that can automatically store video online.It isn’t terribly expensive for how well it works. But there’s a catch.The newest version of the camera, which was made available in Canada for the first time on Thursday via Dropcam.com and Amazon.ca, may gulp through more than 65 gigabytes of data a month if left running 24/7.For many Bell and Rogers customers on a less expensive Internet plan, that’s either more than their monthly data allotment or close to it — before accounting for data used during regular web surfing and video streaming through YouTube, Netflix or other websites.Dropcam CEO Greg Duffy said the company knows data caps are more of an issue in Canada than in the U.S., where the streaming product’s data requirements haven’t been an issue. He believes most Canadian consumers will be fine using a Dropcam, especially if they take advantage of a lower quality streaming mode to cut their data consumption in half, or only turn on video streaming as needed.“We did do the research on all of the major ISPs in Canada to make sure we could support the data caps that are in place,” Duffy said.“Generally we’re seeing data caps that will allow you to fit Dropcam in, even if you’re using some other services along with it.”After a simple setup to connect to a WiFi network, you just need to find a good spot to place the camera, within reach of an electrical outlet. It has a wide angle lens to capture a large field of view, but it can’t rotate or tilt via remote control.“That means that camera is going to be more reliable and obviously fit in a little better in the average person’s living room,” said Duffy of the decision to make the camera stationary.By default, the camera is always running, although it can be manually turned off to save on data. Some users might find they don’t need the camera streaming overnight, although it does have an effective night-vision mode. The camera can also be scheduled to automatically turn on and off at certain times.Watching video live is free, but users need to pay for a subscription to have the camera record video for later playback: it’s $10 a month to have the last seven days of video accessible online or $30 a month to have 30 days of video archived.It’s easy to scan through a day’s worth of video as the Dropcam web interface flags moments in a timeline showing when the camera captured movement. It’s also possible to be alerted by email or the mobile app when the camera detects movement or sounds.Duffy said many Dropcam customers have asked whether the subscription service can be turned on after the fact, to access video from a previous date. The answer, he said, is no, since the company does not record video streams for non-subscribers.“If you’re not on one of the recording plans or if you turn your camera off … no video is being recorded. We look at that as a pillar of respecting people’s privacy, if they’re not on a recording plan then it wouldn’t make any sense to record the video,” he said.“Sometimes something will happen when they’re not on a recording plan and they call us up and ask us if we could retroactively turn on recording and we’d love to be able to do that for some of the things people have had (happen) — break-ins happen or something they weren’t expecting — but we just can’t access the video because it doesn’t exist.”Duffy insisted that users don’t need to worry about their privacy when using Dropcam, unlike some video baby monitors.“We encrypt all video, even if your WiFi network is not secure your Dropcam video is,” he said, adding that by default a Dropcam stream is set to private, although users can invite friends or family to tune in.The newer Dropcam Pro sells for $220, while an older unit with lesser video quality goes for $160. Apple and Best Buy stores will start carrying Dropcam products in Canada on Oct. 22.Duffy said plenty of Canadian consumers previously bought a Dropcam in the U.S. and seem to have dealt with the data issue, so he’s not overly concerned about it.“We have a pretty large number of users in Canada who have imported Dropcams and have been using them for a while and other than with the most restrictive Internet plans … we don’t really have many reports of people having problems,” he said.“That was part of the reason we thought it was a great time to launch (in Canada), when users are going through the trouble of importing the cameras themselves … it really starts to drive on our side (the motivation) to get placed in that market.” by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 10, 2013 11:36 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Review: New Dropcam Pro a high-tech nanny cam for users with hefty data plans read more

South Korea orders more checks on Galaxy Note 7 batteries

SEOUL, South Korea – Samsung Electronics on Thursday was ordered to carry out more safety checks of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones before they go back on sale following an unprecedented global recall after defective batteries caused some of the phones to burst into flames.Under a recall plan agreed to by the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards, Samsung’s battery supplier will have to X-ray test every single lithium-ion battery intended for the Note 7 before the batteries are shipped, and Samsung Electronics will also carry out a quality test on every battery when it arrives from the supplier.“If there are 10 million units, all 10 million will be reviewed,” said Nam Taek-joo, the official at the government agency responsible for product safety and recalls.Samsung Electronics also agreed to do more for consumers who wish to ditch their Note 7s and get another brand. Consumers who missed a deadline on Monday to get a refund for the Note 7 smartphone, now have until the end of the month to get an iPhone or any similar device from the same mobile carrier in exchange for the Note 7.The Galaxy Note 7 phone went on sale in August to glowing reviews but has now become Samsung’s biggest crisis in years. With consumers reporting that the high-end phones were overheating and catching fire, Samsung stopped sales on Sept. 2, just two weeks its launch, and recalled 2.5 million units citing a battery manufacturing error.But the recall caused confusion as Samsung sent conflicting messages about whether it was safe to continue using the phone. This week, it started shipping new Note 7 phones with safe batteries in the United States, South Korea and other countries, while urging consumers to hand in their phones for replacements.The product safety agency said Samsung had also agreed to send text messages to individual Note 7 users who still have not exchanged their possible dangerous phones for new ones.“We need more measures to actively inform consumers,” Nam said. “It appears that consumers are not active in seeking an exchange or a refund.”Employees at mobile carrier shops in Seoul said Samsung had not supplied them with enough units of the new Note 7 phones, meaning some customers will have to wait to exchange their old ones.Samsung Electronics did not answer emails on Thursday seeking comment.Samsung has received 92 reports of the batteries overheating in the U.S. alone, including 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage, including fires in cars and a garage.The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued an official recall on Sept. 15. The commission website said consumers can get a refund or a new replacement device and it did not say if there is a deadline for getting a refund.In South Korea, the government did not issue an official recall but the company was required to submit the voluntary recall plan for the government to review.___Follow Youkyung Lee on Twitter at twitter.com/YKLeeAPHer work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/youkyung-lee FILE – In this Sept. 10, 2016, file photo, a woman walks by an advertisement of the Samsung Electronics Galaxy Note 7 smartphone at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea’s government asked Samsung Electronics to extend the refund period for its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that have been subject to an unprecedented global recall. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File) South Korea orders more checks on Galaxy Note 7 batteries by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Sep 22, 2016 6:38 am MDT Last Updated Sep 22, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Micromine Geobank and Pitram to come under PDAC 2019 spotlight

first_imgMICROMINE says attendees at the upcoming Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada Convention (PDAC) in Toronto, Ontario, will be able to witness software demonstrations for Micromine 2018 and Geobank 2018, while also hearing about its artificial intelligence and machine learning initiatives for Pitram 2019.All three solutions have been developed on the back of extensive consultation with MICROMINE’s key clients from across the globe, the company said.The mining software provider has exhibited at PDAC for eight years and says it has experienced, first-hand, the growth, stature and influence of the conference over the years.Amelie St-Onge, Regional Manager MICROMINE Canada, said: “Many exciting things happened for the company since last year’s conference, and we are proud and excited to share these news as well as information on our upcoming releases with our clients and with the mining community.”Specialists attending the conference from March 3-6 include Technical Product Manager for Micromine, Frank Bilki; Regional Manager for Canada, Amelie St-Onge; Technical Pre-Sales for Pitram, Chris Hunt; Training & Support Consultant for Micromine, Liam Murphy; Technical & Support Consultant for Micromine/Geobank, Caleb Birchard; Business Development Manager, Jeremy Pestun; Business Development Manager, Joel Jeangrand, and; Regional Marketing Coordinator, Maryam Abbaszadeh.Geobank is a data management solution that helps mining and exploration companies maintain the quality, integrity and usability of their essential data, according to MICROMINE. Geobank 2018 includes a range of features and enhancements including a new and improved user interface, Global Substitution Parameters and increased functionality when designing or editing Graphic Reports.Micromine, the company’s 3D modelling and mine design solution, is due a new release in the December quarter of 2019. This is set to include a range of new features and enhancements that increase the overall usability and performance of the software, according to MICROMINE.MICROMINE said: “While the initial look and feel of Micromine 2020 will be the same, the new version will come with some new features, these include:“New charting tools for Geostaticians; swath plots, boundary analysis, QKNA, top cut analysis, multiple charts, and ternary charts;“New unfolding tool for model interpolation – Micromine has long been considered the #1 product for un-folding complex orebodies for interpolation and our new unfolding tool takes this to the next level allowing us to model more complex orebodies, more rapidly;“New Stope Optimiser which will enable engineers to design optimal stope shapes based on economic and design constraints from a block model;“Improved scheduler; the existing Scheduler module has had significant improvements made to it for MM2020. A new Gantt chart and the ability to schedule auxiliary tasks are important but the biggest change will be the ability to use Gurobi to solve the schedule. Gurobi is the world leader in schedule optimisation solving and its integration with Micromine Scheduler will enable engineers to schedule larger, more complex problems, and;“Enhancements to Implicit Modelling and Pit Optimiser modules.”MICROMINE is also releasing new underground mining precision software to refine and enhance loading and haulage processes as part of its Pitram solution in early 2019.“This new offering will see the introduction of Artificial intelligence to take loading and haulage automation in underground mines to a new level,” MICROMINE said. “Utilising the processes of computer vision and deep machine learning, on-board cameras are placed on loaders to track variables such as loading time, hauling time, dumping time and travelling empty time. The video feed is processed on the Pitram vehicle computer edge device, the extracted information is then transferred to Pitram servers for processing and analyses.”last_img read more

RTÉ presenter who claims she was discriminated against loses Equality Tribunal case

first_imgAN RTE PRESENTER who claimed she was “discriminated against” by the national broadcaster on the grounds of gender and age has failed to win her case at the Equality Tribunal.Frances Shanahan, who worked on programmes such as Farm News and Countrywide, said that in 1998 she was appointed to a full-time fixed-term staff position with the respondent as a reporter/presenter and that from 1989 to 1999 she was working as a producer on the two programmes.She said that in 2004 she was not consulted about changes in her role in the Agriculture Department and that in 2006 further changes were announced without consultation, claiming that these changes “favoured a younger male colleague”.Shanahan claimed that in 2009 her union proposed she should be the stand-by presenter for Countrywide and in March 2010 she joined the Countrywide team but was not given a “meaningful role” she said.Stand-in presenterIn 2011, she was passed over and not afforded the opportunity to present Countrywide when the regular presenter was on leave, stating that RTÉ went outside the organisation for the stand-in presenter to someone with less radio experience and who was younger than the herself.Shanahan said as a result of “side-lining” she was consigned to the role of researcher on the Mooney Show and only after she protested was she restored to a role on Countrywide and delivering reports for Drive Time.However, RTÉ claimed that the resourcing process agreed that regionally based employees, such as Shanahan, would be given roles in mainstream Radio 1 programmes like ‘The Mooney Show’ and as she was based in Galway it was agreed she would work with the programme team on that show.When she expressed her dissatisfaction with this and it was agreed thatshe would be moved back to the role of presenter for Countrywide and Drivetime.It was also found that Shanahan had rejected a one-off payment of €1,500 in 2006 and a second offer of €10,000 to settle her salary claims.In response to the claims RTÉ submitted that Shanahan was not entitled to be put on the producer-in-charge pay scale and denied that this was because she was a woman.Equality Officer Hugh Lonsdale said Shanahan had withdrawn her claim in relation to equal pay.The equality officer said the evidence, given by a number of witnesses who were in senior positions with the respondent involved in programming in RTE Radio 1 during the period in question, was that the “complainant was an experienced, knowledgeable and respected reporter/presenter but she was not considered suitable by the Editorial Board to present an hour long live radio programme”.Lonsdale said Shanahan had failed to establish a “prima facie case” of victimisation and discrimination.Read: Woman with disabilities awarded €30k after employer refused to provide her with a chair>Read: School discriminated against a student because he was Protestant>last_img read more

Note on Luke Harper and Erick Rowan WWE Live dates in UK

first_img November 23, 2017 at 4:31 pm I think WWE should change things up and start giving people longer names, like Lucas Ebenezer Harper and Erick Alexander Johansen Rowan. It would be so much cooler than the single names that roll off the tongue and are easy to chant. Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Pinterest Mat Thompson Glen Värîs November 23, 2017 at 1:26 pm Now Playing Up Next They join the ranks of Cesaro and Rusev. Videos Articles Kurt Angle WWE kicks off their semiannual week and a half long European Tour today And all of it the doings of Vince McMahon and WWE Non-Creative. and elias and big e Cesaro November 24, 2017 at 11:48 pm November 24, 2017 at 3:53 pm Roman Reigns is in Remission Michael Gilstrap Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan added to WWE Clash of Champions on September 15 Now Playing Up Next Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articlescenter_img Now Playing Up Next New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Videos Articles unknown Twitter Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp So stupid, like everything else about pro wrestling today. Its actually quite fitting that they have regular one-word names. It matches the bland one-dimensional characters that they have: just a bunch of regular looking people that you see on the street every day. The Northwesterner November 25, 2017 at 12:17 am Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Seth Rollins Google+ November 23, 2017 at 6:45 pm Rob Giles 6 COMMENTS Now Playing Up Next Note on Luke Harper and Erick RowanWWE.com is now listing Luke Harper and Erick Rowan simply as Harper and Rowan.The two debuted under the new Bludgeon Brothers tag team name on Smackdown Live this past Tuesday night in Houston, getting a win over The Hype Bros.If you missed the segment, you can check out a highlight below courtesy of WWE.WWE Live dates in UK in May 2018WWE.com confirmed the following dates for the company’s next European tour in May 2018 including the scheduled RAW and Smackdown Live tapings in London.* Bournemouth, England (May 9)* Belfast, Northern Ireland (May 10)* Dublin, Ireland (May 11)* London, England (May 14, RAW taping)* London, England (May 15, Smackdown Live taping)* Birmingham, England (May 15)* Liverpool, England (May 16)* Newcastle, England (May 17)* Sheffield, England (May 18)Additional dates announced earlier this week includes:* Oberhausen, Germany (May 10)* Braunschweig, Germany (May 11)* Bremen, Germany (May 12)* Prague, Czech Republic (May 13)* Budapest, Hungary (May 14)* Geneva, Switzerland (May 16)* Vienna, Austria (May 17)* Munich, Germany (May 20)Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions O like Harper and Rowan, Harper especially, from interviews and stuff he’s done, but anyone else hate the Bludgeon Brothers name? Ergh, I do hope it works for them. As long as I don’t have to hear Micheal Cole repeatedly refer to Shinsuke Nakamura as ‘Shin’ like he did at survivor series. THAT was aggravating Comments are closed.last_img read more

Atalanta star Josip Ilicic admits he contemplated quitting football

first_imgAtalanta star midfielder Josip Ilicic has revealed how he had considered in many times of quitting football especially when he was sick and in hospital.Earlier, the Slovenia international spent most of the summer in and out of the hospital as a result of a bacterial infection at his lymph nodes.“As a man, the illness changed me a great deal,” Ilicic told Sky Sport Italia via Football Italia, after Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Parma.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“I want to thank everyone who stood by me during this difficult time. I look at the world differently now. I thought many times that I might have to give up football, especially when I was in the hospital.“I’m glad that Atalanta are doing well and it’s not about me, but the team. Finally, we’re getting the goals that we deserved to score earlier in the season.”The Atalanta midfielder missed out on the 2010 FIFA World Cup but made his debut for the national side in a friendly match against Australia in August of the same. He scored his first international goal against Cypruslast_img read more

Hugo Sanchez offers himself to coach Real Madrid

first_imgIn a feeble attempt to get noticed by Real Madrid, Mexican legend Hugo Sanchez offered himself to manage the club on television.When anybody talks about Hugo Sanchez the player, we immediately revive the incredible years he had in Spanish football playing for both Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.During that time, the Pentapichichi won a total of five top-scorer trophies and became the biggest player in Mexican football history without a doubt.Maybe Rafael Marquez won more collective accolades when he played for Barcelona in modern times, but nobody can ever rival what Hugo did for Real Madrid during his golden era.The problem here is the following, all that success happened over 30 years ago and the players from the new generations barely remember Hugo Sanchez despite what he did in Spanish football.Another problem is his managerial career, one that was relatively short-lived and very controversial.Coaching Pumas was the best moment of Hugo’s career as a manager, he won the championship twice in a row and even defeated Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabeu trophy during the summer of 2004.That success he has with Pumas was the biggest at club level, everything changed when he tried his luck in Europe as the Almeria boss.💥 ¡GOLAZO DE CHILENA! 🇲🇽 @hugosanchez_9🗓 1988/89🆚 @realvalladolid#RMHistory https://t.co/7UovG4pld9— Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) November 2, 2018Sanchez’s first year in La Liga was relatively successful as he managed to save the club from relegation, but wasn’t able to maintain the level during the next season and he was ultimately sacked.His biggest moment for that club apart from saving it was the 1-0 defeat against Barcelona, on the day when his player Chico neutralized Xavi Hernandez.But that was about it, nothing more exciting happened for Hugo Sanchez during his managerial career in European football.A different story was told when he coached the National Team from his country, Sanchez was able to leave the Mexican squad on third place at the 2007 Copa America in Venezuela and completed an impressive achievement on the international stage.Hugo’s whole plan with Mexico was to reach the 2010 World Cup and compete at the highest level, but this man is historically famous for not controlling his ego and it played him a bad joke when the 2008 Olympics were about to happen.Hugo being himself, decided that he would manage the u-23 Mexican squad and didn’t count on being eliminated from the competition that qualified every nation to the event. This got Sanchez sacked and nobody ever looked back on that decision.⏱ #Cronómetro📋 #ENCUESTA🗣 @hugosanchez_9: “Son pocos en el mundo que pueden estar al frente de ese vestuario y se lo digo a Florentino Pérez, ya estoy listo”.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.🤔 ¿Hugo Sánchez es buena opción para dirigir a @realmadrid?🔃 RT: Sí❤ MG: No🎙 #JoserraVSPuig pic.twitter.com/J6nNM2nkqk— Cronómetro (@ESPN_Cronometro) October 30, 2018Today, Sanchez works as a football pundit for Mexican ESPN and keeps looking for that second chance with Mexico… or that golden opportunity for Real Madrid which he attempted last week.In the wake of Julen Lopetegui’s dismissal, Sanchez took it upon himself to offer Florentino Perez his services and let everybody make a mockery out of his strange approach.“Very few people in the world can handle that locker room and I want to tell Florentino Perez that I’m ready to his face. If you call me, you know where to find me,” sputed Hugo Sanchez.“I am capable and well-prepared for the challenge, but if you don’t call me, then keep on looking and see if you find someone. Now you know Florentino, I’ll be waiting for your call.”“Zidane is the most recent example with one La Liga trophy, three Champions League, two Club World Cups, and two European Supercups.”“He won many titles, but the players are looking for someone to respect and admire. I’ve been where they are right now, I’ve done everything they have and I can tell them what to do,” he added.#HugoSanchez se candidatea para dirigir al Real MadridSe escucha ya hasta malSe candidateo para dirigir a:@miseleccionmx @tigres @Rayados @ClubAmericaEtcéterasY nadie lo pela, ya se lo dijo @Faitelson_ESPN no tiene curriculum como DT por Dios. Ya hablen con él pic.twitter.com/dU9YSUuMV5— Golden Boy ⚽️️👍🏻 (@intelecto7) October 30, 2018What do you think about Hugo Sanchez’s offering to Real Madrid and Florentino Perez? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

San Diego Police find a man fatally wounded inside vehicle

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter July 13, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Officers found a man fatally wounded inside a vehicle in the Bay Terraces community of San Diego, a police lieutenant said today.Officers discovered the vehicle off the road with no other vehicles around and it did not appear to have been involved in a traffic crash, San Diego Police Lt. Paul Conley said.Officers dispatched to the location a little before midnight in the 7000 block of Paradise Valley Road walked up to the vehicle and discovered a man behind the wheel suffering from a gunshot to the upper body, Conley said.Paramedics rushed the man to an area hospital, where he died from his injuries, he said.The San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit asked anyone with information regarding the shooting to call them at 619-531-2293. San Diego Police find a man fatally wounded inside vehicle KUSI Newsroom Posted: July 13, 2019last_img read more

To nab drugs US border agents turn to drivethrough Xray scanners

first_img3:54 10 “The size of a few grains of salt of fentanyl, which is a dangerous opioid, can kill a person very quickly,” Michael Humphries, CBP’s Nogales port director, said during a press conference at the time. “We’ll use all our resources to prevent the entry of dangerous narcotics into the United States — our officers, our technology, our canines and everything we can to throw back at them.”President Donald Trump says a physical border wall is necessary to stop the flow of drugs into the US. But data from CBP paints a different picture, showing that the majority of narcotics make their way into the country through ports of entry. In 2018, for example, 90% of heroin, 88% of cocaine, 87% of methamphetamine and 80% of fentanyl seized by officials was smuggled through legal crossings. At these ports of entry, the government is increasingly relying on X-ray technology to detect such illegal drugs. screen-shot-2019-06-20-at-4-27-50-pmContraband seen in X-ray imaging of a cargo shipment. AS&E It’s not just drive-through scanners that agents are using. They also have smaller machines, similar to those that luggage goes through at the airport, and portable handheld X-ray devices that can target specific areas on a vehicle. CBP calls this tech “nonintrusive inspection systems” and says it allows agents to investigate more vehicles faster. Some worry how exposure to the X-rays will affect people’s health as they drive their vehicles through the machines. X-ray radiation is known to cause cancer and contribute to other health risks. The CBP says the machines’ radiation is “low” and that it would take 2,000 exposures to equal one hospital chest X-ray.In all, a CBP spokesman told CNET, the agency has more than 300 drive-through scanners, 3,500 small-scale X-ray machines and 35,000 handheld devices deployed at US ports of entry. In the 2019 federal budget, CBP received an extra $520 million for additional nonintrusive inspection technology at land border ports of entry. “The focus is not just to replace aging systems,” Robert Perez, deputy commissioner of CBP, said before the House Committee on Homeland Security on May 9, “but to transform port operations in order to expertly facilitate legitimate travel and trade, while successfully interdicting deadly fentanyl and other contraband.”The Drug Enforcement Agency, which is tasked with combating drug smuggling, declined to comment on its investigative techniques.Scaling upWhen the driver of the tractor trailer full of cucumbers slowly passed through the X-ray machine, his vehicle was hit from the top and on both sides with a type of imaging called backscatter. The machine then likely showed agents a series of black-and-white images of the truck that highlighted metallic and organic material, such as drugs.That 649 pounds of fentanyl and methamphetamine hidden in the trailer’s false floor probably lit up the images in bright white.CBP has been using drive-through X-ray machines since 2008. The first machine, called a Z Portal, was set up in San Ysidro, California, which is the busiest land port of entry in the Western Hemisphere, according to the federal government. CBP has since put the scanners all along the southwest border. Z Portal’s manufacturer, AS&E, didn’t respond to a request for comment.screen-shot-2019-06-20-at-4-43-47-pmViken Detection’s handheld X-ray scanner can penetrate a car’s steel exterior. Viken Detection On an average day, CBP says more than 1 million travelers and $6.3 billion worth of legal cargo cross through the country’s ports of entry. Screening each person and vehicle is nearly impossible, which is why the government has turned to X-ray tech.”CBP consistently seeks advanced and novel solutions to assist officers,” the CBP spokesman said. These new tools help the agency more easily inspect “smaller confined spaces to view inside fuel tanks and small compartments, behind walls of conveyances, and identify false walls in containers.” CBP awarded a $28.8 million contract last October to Viken Detection, which makes a handheld X-ray device called the HBI-120. Like the drive-through machines, these scanners also use backscatter imaging. Local law enforcement agencies and drug task forces have been using these handheld scanners for about a year.Before X-ray imaging, officers would have to rip out door panels and dashboards and search tire wells if they were suspicious of a vehicle. When the large-scale X-ray machines came on the scene, they were powerful enough to see through a vehicle’s thick steel exterior. But it wasn’t until the past couple of years that smaller devices could handle this type of imaging. These officers had a screwdriver or canine unit to try to find stuff, and now they’re literally finding things in minutes. Jim Ryan, CEO of Viken Detection Backscatter X-ray imaging of a vehicle reveals smuggled bottles of alcohol, reportedly hidden to avoid paying duties. AS&E A large tractor trailer filled with cucumbers pulled up to the Nogales border crossing in Arizona in January. The busy port of entry on the US-Mexico border sees more than 1,500 trucks pass through it daily, but something about this specific trailer made local officials suspicious.Rather than waving the truck through, US Customs and Border Protection officers had a trained dog sniff around it and ran the vehicle through a room-size X-ray machine. What they saw in the grainy black-and-white X-ray images was jaw-dropping.It turned out to be the largest stash of the synthetic opioid fentanyl ever seized in CBP history. Underneath those cucumbers, in a false floor in the rear of the trailer, was nearly 254 pounds of fentanyl and 395 pounds of methamphetamine — with a street value of about $4.6 million. Trump wants a border wall. Texas may want a smarter alternative DHS’ X-ray scanners could be cancer risk to border crossers At Texas border, tech can’t keep pace with immigrant influx A high-tech, low-tech game of cat and mouse along the border 22 Photos Comments “It won’t tell you exactly that it’s this type of drug or that type of drug,” Ryan said. But “you’ll be able to see those drugs hidden in parts of vehicles that shouldn’t have lumps of organics in them.”Viken Detection is also developing a drive-through scanner called Osprey. Both the CBP spokesman and Ryan said the government is stepping up large-scale X-ray imaging of vehicles at the border. Ryan likened the increased scanning to when the Transportation Security Administration decided to screen all checked baggage going onto airplanes after 9/11.”Basically the goal is, can we start screening privately owned vehicles crossing the border at a much larger scale than what they’re doing today,” Ryan said. “Now it’s a matter of how do we get the best technology, something that’s future-proof.” Donald Trump Share your voice Related stories Now playing: Watch this: Not all Texans want a border wall Tags Culture Security Politics Roadshow “These officers had a screwdriver or canine unit to try to find stuff, and now they’re literally finding things in minutes that would take them hours before,” Jim Ryan, CEO of Viken Detection, said in an interview. “With our instruments we can basically walk around the vehicle, put our handheld instrument up to it and scan.”When using the HBI-120, officers will see images scroll by that are typically dark. But if they scan over organic material, like a package of drugs or bundle of cash, they’ll see an intense white signal. last_img read more

Israeli EV startup Ree wants to pack everything but the battery inside

first_img Share your voice Post a comment 2019 Acura NSX review: Hitting its stride 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous By now, with electric cars having fully and thoroughly entered the mainstream, the formula for how they’re made is pretty well established. You have one or two motors driving the wheels via traditional axles, a single-speed transmission and a big battery pack mounted as low as you can get it.That formula is established because it works pretty well, and it’s easy for automakers that have traditionally made internal combustion-powered cars to adapt to. But what if there were a different way to do it? Israeli EV startup Ree thinks it’s found one.Ree announced its new tech on Tuesday, and based on what we’re seeing so far, it could actually work. So what’s different about Ree and its design? To start, the drive components for the EV are contained wholly inside the wheels. This means that there is no bulky drive unit sitting between the front or rear wheels.That gives the advantage of having a completely flat floor for more passenger and cargo space in a given application. Having individual motors in each wheel also opens the door for really advanced torque vectoring, which would — in theory, at least — improve both safety and handling.Ree’s idea to put all the drive components inside the wheel isn’t necessarily a new idea, but it’s going further by including not only the motor inside the wheel but the steering, suspension, drivetrain, sensing, brakes, thermal systems and electronic components as well.Details on the actual designs are a little thin on the ground, but the suspension aspect can be fleshed out a little by looking at the company founder’s other project, Softwheel. Softwheel is designed for use on wheelchairs and bicycles and eschews traditional hard-mounted spokes for three gas struts mounted to the rim and the wheel hub.From there, you can infer some possible solutions where packaging is concerned. The motor could replace the traditional hub of an undriven wheel; the electronics and thermal management aspects would likely also be attached to the motor. Steering would be fairly conventional; we’d imagine with linkages, etc.Ree is really championing the scalable, modular nature of its technology. Since the architecture of a vehicle would be significantly simplified by having all of its drive and suspension systems inside its wheels, along with a flat floor that is made up of a structural battery pack, you could conceivably whack any body you like on top of it, depending on your need.We’ll be super interested to see if Ree can get any real traction with its designs, because it’s a fresh new way of looking at EVs and we kinda dig it. 4:33 Rinspeed Snap is a modular driverless pod and chassis concept More From Roadshow 25 Photos 0 See what your new electric car needs to break it in right Now playing: Watch this: Electric Cars Concept Cars Auto Techlast_img read more

Did Amitabh Bachchan sense trouble minutes before Vivek Oberoi tweeted about Aishwarya

first_imgAmitabh Bachchan and Vivek OberoiInstagram/Varinder ChawlaVivek Oberoi made headlines recently for his “insulting” tweet involving Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. But just some time before the controversial tweet, the actress’ father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan made an advisory tweet that goes perfectly for Vivek.Vivek tweeted out a meme that involved him, Salman Khan and Abhishek Bachchan with Aishwarya. The tweet did not go down well with majority of people, who trolled and lambasted the actor on social media.The concerned meme involved three pictures of Aishwarya – one with Salman, one with Vivek and the last one with Abhishek, referred to as “opinion polls”, “exit polls” and “results” respectively. This co-incidence came to notice of a lot of people, who were surprised to see the veteran actor making this tweet just some minutes before Vivek created the controversy. While some called it a mere co-incidence, some felt it to be Amitabh’s strong “sixth sense”.”Must say that AB’s tweets have prophetic tendencies. He had put out a tweet shortly before Sridevi’s death, and this tweet was put at 12:07 pm & at 1:23 pm Vivek Oberoi tweeted about Aishwarya Rai, Salman Khan & Abhishek Bachchan,” one person replied to Amitabh’s tweet. A lot of people agreed to it as well.It is to be mentioned, something similar had happened before Sridevi’s death. Just a few hours before the news of Sridevi’s death had broken, he had made a tweet that many felt was a premonition from the megastar.Just a few hours before Sridevi’s demise, Amitabh had made a tweet expressing a sense of unease. While Vivek eventually deleted his tweet and apologised for it as well, he might have refrained himself from making this tweet if he had seen Big B’s advice. Just some time before Vivek made the tweet, Amitabh  tweeted advising people to be careful with their posts on social media.”Social media par soch samajh kar zikr karo, ae-dost, kahin saamajik aitabaar se gair munaasib na ho,” his tweet in Hindi read.last_img read more

Oil companies conduct LPG Panchayat to spread awareness

first_imgKolkata: The oil companies have started organising ‘LPG Panchayat’ in the state in a bid to conduct massive awareness among consumers who are still skeptical about using LPG. The awareness campaign involving Panchayat members at the village level will cover 14,000 villages in the state byMarch 2019. “We have found out that a section of rural people are still hesitant in using LPG, particularly due to the occurrence of fire hazards. The campaign in the village is aimed at alleviating this fear and ensuring 100 percent LPG coverage in the state as soon as possible,” said Abhijit Dey, General Manager (LPG), Indian Oil Corporation LTD. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to IOCL’s Chief General Manager (Incharge) and State Level Coordinator of Oil Industry, Amitava Majumdar in 2014, the LPG coverage in the state was 40.5 percent with 86.64 lakh customers. “This has gone up to 88.1 percent with a customer base of 195.75 lakhs. We along with the other oil marketing companies are expediting the drive to increase the coverage up to 100 percent,” he said. In the latest Cabinet Committee, a decision was made to release deposit-free LPG connections to poor families, who were earlier not considered for release of connections under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana for their names had not appeared either on Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) list or the seven identified categories — SC/STs households, beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana(PMAY) (Gramin), Antyodaya Anna Yojana(AAY), Forest dwellers, Most Backward Classes (MBC), tea and ex-tea garden tribes, people residing on Islands or river islands. Now, all poor families are expected to be covered under the Expanded Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (EPMUY)-2 scheme. In Bengal, 68.82 lakhs connections have been issued so far under the scheme. The scheme was launched in 2016 with an objective to provide LPG connections to 8 crore households in the country under it with a budgetary provision of Rs 12,800 crore.last_img read more

Firefox Extensions to use different storage type in Firefox 66

first_imgFirefox Extensions to use different storage type in Firefox 66 by Martin Brinkmann on February 16, 2019 in Firefox – 23 commentsFirefox 66 is the upcoming stable version of the web browser by Mozilla. The version is currently in the Beta channel and will be moved to Stable on March 19, 2019 according to the release schedule.Firefox 66 incorporates several extensions related changes. One of them changes how extensions use local storage. Extensions in Firefox use JSON files for that currently: starting with Firefox 66, extensions will use IndexedDB instead.Good news is that the migration happens automatically; developers don’t need to change extension code and storage used by extensions already installed in pre-Firefox 66 versions will be migrated to the new storage format when the update happens as well.Note: It is recommended that you back up Firefox before you make the change as it is not clear right now whether it will be possible to downgrade the browser after the upgrade. If there is any chance for a downgrade, back up Firefox. Mozilla does not delete the old storage files but adds .migrated to the filenames. You find them in the browser-extension-date folder of the Firefox profile.The change to IndexedDB is beneficial to performance and memory usage according to Mozilla.This results in a significant performance improvement for many extensions, while simultaneously reducing the amount of memory that Firefox uses.Extensions that store “small changes to large structures” benefit highly from the change; many ad-blockers do so according to Mozilla.Mozilla’s Luca Greco created a short video that demonstrates how beneficial the change is in regards to performance.The video is silent, unfortunately, and it is a bit difficult to understand what is going on. Focus on the startup performance of the Firefox web browser. You will notice that the browser loads the test site a lot faster in Firefox 66 (with an ad-blocker installed) than previously.Whether you will see an improvement depends largely on the installed extensions. If they do use local storage and make lots of smaller changes, you may see noticeable improvements.Firefox 66 comes with another memory improvement related to extensions. Extensions that load objects from storage to memory use less memory than before thanks to an improvement implementation.Firefox users who run Beta or Nightly versions of the web browser should see the benefits of the new implementation already.Now You: What is your general take on Firefox performance?SummaryArticle NameFirefox Extensions to use different storage type in Firefox 66DescriptionFirefox 66 moves the storage type that extensions use from JSON files to IndexedDB databases to improve performance and memory use.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more