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first_img(REOPENS DEL35)(REOPENS DEL35)As per the committees suggestion to organise a “Run for Casteless India” on the lines of “Run for Unity”, an amount of Rs 171.76 lakh has been released to Nehru Yuva Kendra functioning under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.On April 14, the birthday of Ambedkar, NYKS will organise it at 105 selected locations such as state capitals.In another significant move, all 17 volumes of collected works of Ambedkar have been converted into Braille script for the convenience of the visually impaired.There was also a suggestion to give at least 10 decimal land to homeless Dalits for construction of house.The panel also came up the with idea that villages with more than 30 per cent population of Dalits should be declared Ambedkar Adarsh Gram where amenities are created at a priority level.Another suggestion is to open one Ambedkar Residential School in each block in which 75 of seats should be reserved for SC/ST students, where they are free food and cloth.In the first meeting of the national committee on July 23, last year, the committee made a number of suggestions like the need to make efforts for encouraging admission of students belonging to SC/ST in private university.Modi laid the foundation stone for construction of Ambedkar International Centre in the national capital last year and has begun the process for setting up Ambedkar National Memorial at Alipur Road here.Besides, the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) Pune, Department of Electronics and Information Technology, has been entrusted to design a virtual museum with 3-D interactive panorama to make people aware of life and works of Ambedkar as a champion of the underprivileged.advertisementSources in the committee say that the preliminary virtual museum has been created by the C-DAC. On January 14, this year, some more artifacts on Ambedkar have been provided to C-DAC. PTI AMR SMN SC SMNlast_img read more

Andy Murray targets top ranking after Wimbledon triumph

first_imgWorld number two Andy Murray has set his sights on overtaking Novak Djokovic at the top of the rankings after capturing his second Wimbledon crown on Sunday.Murray, who reunited with coach Ivan Lendl last month, has reached the finals of his last five tournaments, winning in Rome and at Queen’s Club before beating Milos Raonic in straight sets to end a 36-month hunt for a third grand slam title.Murray’s triumph and Djokovic’s third-round loss means 4845 ATP ranking points now separate them.TOP RANK IN SIGHT”I would love to get to number one, for sure, and the way to do that is to show up every week and be focused on that event,” Murray told British media.”It’s definitely a goal. It’s something I spoke to my team about, something I chatted to Ivan about.”This has been a great tournament for me but, if I want to win a few slams over the next few years, I am going to have to get better. I know that he (Djokovic) will come back strong from this because of the player he is.”Djokovic arrived in London as the holder of all four grand slams and the Serb had not been beaten on the big stage since losing to Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in the 2015 French Open final.”Novak is still clearly number one in the world right now. He is not just going to go away because he has had one bad tournament. You can’t forget what he has done in the last 18 months or so — it has been incredible,” Murray added.advertisementlast_img read more

How flash memory can support functional safety requirements

first_imgSafe Reset In situations when the Flash device stops responding to the host/system, the Safe Reset feature can initiate a SPI Flash hardware reset, independent of the device’s operating state using existing SPI signals: Chip Select (CS#), Serial Clock (CK), and Serial Input (SI/DQ0). With the increased reliance of automotive and industrial systems on electronic control, failure of the underlying computing systems can have serious consequences for people and property. Consequently, these systems are typically designed with many safety-related features in hardware and software so that a single malfunction is not hazardous. For these mission-critical systems, designs trace those features to requirements specified in ISO 26262 for the automotive industry and IEC 61508 for industrial control systems.ISO 26262 defines functional safety as “The absence of unreasonable risk due to hazards caused by malfunctioning behavior of electrical/electronic systems.” In electronic systems, the cause of failures leading to system malfunctions can be systematic faults in design or random faults due to soft error or probabilistic reliability failures over time. Functional safety ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 standards define safety integrity levels (e.g ASIL A to ASIL D for automotive and SIL 1 to SIL 4 for industrial systems) with each level denoting more stringent safety levels and less likelihood of failures.Although meeting functional safety requirements is an expansive undertaking, safety critical system design can benefit significantly from the ability of individual components to support those requirements (Figure 1). For example, safety features implemented in a typical design’s Flash components free up the MPU/MCU and the SPI bus from reading Flash contents periodically to ascertain integrity of its for larger image Figure 1: Safety implementation in automotive systems. (Source: Cypress) Like many semiconductor products, NOR Flash has evolved from the narrow scope of its original purpose. In fact, advanced NOR Flash architectures integrate a processor core with additional logic IP and firmware that provide advanced functionality to system designers (Figure 2). For functional safety applications, devices such as the Cypress Semper NOR Flash family extend this architecture with features designed to meet the automotive industry’s ISO 26262 functional safety standard. click for larger image Figure 2: Embedded processor core in Cypress Semiconductor’s advanced Semper NOR Flash architecture. (Source: Cypress) NOR Flash uses a relatively larger memory cell compared to NAND Flash to provide high endurance and long data retention. Combined with a byte-addressable architecture, NOR Flash is ideal for boot code—including execute-in-place systems—and transaction data. Applications such as factory automation are demanding Flash memories that are optimized for performance, reliability and fail-safe operation.Here’s a list of the most impactful functional safety features found in today’s NOR Flash devices designed for safety critical applications. Data CRC NOR Flash designed for Functional Safety applications also implement Data CRC functions. These perform a Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC) calculation over a user-defi­ned address range. The CRC process calculates the check value on the data contained at the starting address through the ending address to detect any faults during system boot or per user command. Advanced Sector Protection (ASP) If the bits in a Program/Erase transaction sent by the host change because of a noisy channel or random failure, the Flash device may perform the operation on incorrect sectors, which can cause system operation failure. NOR Flash implements sector protection features which protects any sectors from inadvertent program and erase operations. Endurance/Retention Partitioning All Flash memory is subject to physical degradation that can eventually lead to device failure. Some industrial functions require high endurance while others need high retention in Flash devices, and lower data retention or endurance may affect the system functionality. With endurance/retention partitioning, such as is implemented in Cypress’ EnduraFlex architecture, a single NOR Flash can be divided into multiple partitions, each independently configured for either high endurance or long retention. For frequent data writes, a partition can be configured to deliver up to 1.28 million program-erase cycles for 512 Mb density parts and 2.56 million cycles for 1 Gb parts. For code and configuration storage, a partition can be configured to retain data for 25 years. SafeBoot – Bootup Failure Recovery Many industrial applications use NOR Flash to store code used during boot up. If the NOR Flash device itself does not boot up correctly, then the respective application may not initialize correctly. To prevent this outcome, the NOR Flash will either stay in the busy state or report a boot failure through the status register upon boot failure. Interface CRC Modern NOR Flash devices are high-frequency memories supporting up to 200 MHz double-data-rate speed. Raw data might be corrupted because of a noisy channel or errors introduced by the transmitter, receiver, or both. To keep the system running safely, one of the most-critical aspects of communication between a host and a slave device is ensuring the integrity of the information transferred. NOR Flash designed for functional safety applications have an Interface CRC, which is an error-detecting code used in devices to detect accidental faults during data transmission between the host and memory. Error Correction Code (ECC) Memories may encounter soft errors or hard errors. Hard errors are permanent once they manifest. They are caused by defects in the silicon, a disturbed bit, or metallization of the package because of aging, vibration, or environmental stress. Soft errors are caused by charged particles, radiation, or cosmic rays. When a Flash memory cell is affected with such errors, the read data will be corrupted and might impact the application’s functionality. NOR Flash devices support Single Error Correction and Double Error Detection (SECDED) by generating an embedded ECC during memory array programming. This ECC is then used for error detection and correction during read operations.center_img Sector Erase Power Loss Detection In conventional Flash devices, if a power failure occurs when the system is performing a sector erase operation, the system remains unaware of the status of the respective sector erase operation. This can be problematic in applications requiring functional safety. NOR Flash optimized for these applications implement an erase power loss indicator for every sector to tag brownout events during sector erase. Configuration Data Corruption A power brownout or a hardware reset occurring during the update of the nonvolatile configuration registers means that the nonvolatile configuration data used to configure the device may get corrupted. NOR Flash can detect a corrupted configuration and enter a default mode where the device can be accessed. Continue Reading Previous Anritsu: 116-Gbit/s PAM4 error detector with high PAM4 Rx sensitivityNext Emerging solutions enhance electric-vehicle power management Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Memory/Storage NOR Flash is favored over NAND Flash for storing boot and application code as well as application data. Although designers can find a wide range of NOR Flash products, choosing a NOR Flash designed for functional safety applications provides architectural benefits and helps speed up system-level functional safety implementation.Manish Garg works with the Memory Products Division at Cypress Semiconductor in Product Marketing. Previously, he has worked in different roles in Product Planning and Marketing at Altera (now Intel PSG) and Lattice Semiconductor. He holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Santa Clara University. 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

Revealed: The most prolific PL divers

first_imgPremier League Revealed: The most prolific Premier League divers Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 16:51 2/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Dele Alli Ashley Young Willian Getty/Goal Premier League Chelsea Crystal Palace Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal Manchester United Manchester City Liverpool From Manchester United to Chelsea to Middlesbrough, Goal takes a look at the teams who have been booked for diving the most Goal takes a look at the teams who have received the most bookings for diving between 2013-14 to 2017-18.last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit: This College Football Team Got Screwed

first_imgKirk Herbstreit On College Football's Most "Intimidating" StadiumESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit believes one major college football team really got screwed by the referees last weekend.LSU star safety Devin White had a controversial targeting call during last week’s win, which will force him to miss the first half of next weekend’s game against No. 1 Alabama.The call has been widely criticized. LSU fans are putting up billboards to protest the call, too.Herbstreit addressed the incident during his recent podcast.“The guys upstairs have to save that,” Herbstreit said on the Herbstreit and Fitzsimmons Podcast.“They did not. And now LSU has to deal with trying to play against Tua (Tagovailoa) without Devin White which would be like Georgia taking Roquan Smith out of their defense from last year. Sure, they’ve got a really talented player behind him but not Devin White, not the way he’s playing with Phillips next to him. They are playing at an elite level. He’s their alpha. He’s the guy that gets them right. They look in his eyes and believe in him.”Herbstreit expanded:“I’m not an LSU fan,” Herbstreit said. “I’m not a ‘this isn’t fair jumping up and down.’ But I’m going to say, objectively and fairly, that was a terrible call. I should preface that by saying, on the field, give the official or referee who’s standing within 10 feet of the hit, you have to give him a break. He made the right call on the field. I’m not telling you there should be a change in the rule. Here’s what the rule is. The guy on the field makes the call because he sees the quarterback get knocked back and he thinks the contact was in a grey area. Just to be safe, I’m going to make the call. No problem. Make the call. Now we send it upstairs. That’s your safety net.“… If you go back and watch that tape, the reason I’m upset about this is Devin White probably had to be retrained on how to hit a quarterback when he blitzes. He’s probably worked really hard with Dave Aranda on where to hit him to try to get low. You can’t get too low. If you get too low, that’s a penalty. Don’t get too high. Here’s our launch point. If you really go frame by frame, you can see that the upper chest is where the first, initial contact is. His hands come through and follow through and it gives that look that his head is being sent back and then he goes down. The official upstairs should have said it’s a 15-yard penalty, roughing the passer, waive off the targeting and give them a 15-yard penalty, automatic first down, let’s play the next play. Devin White stays in the game.”Alabama and LSU are both off this weekend before meeting in Baton Rouge, La. next weekend.The Crimson Tide and the Tigers are set to meet next Saturday night at 8 p.m. E.T. on CBS.last_img read more

Is Akshay Kumar playing a 16th century king in Housefull 4?

first_imgIs Akshay Kumar playing a 16th century king in Housefull 4?Akshay Kumar may play a 16th century king in his upcoming film Housefull 4. The fourth film in the popular Housefull franchise will reportedly revolve around the theme of reincarnation.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 12, 2019UPDATED: April 12, 2019 12:09 IST A photo showing Akshay as a bald man in a king’s clothes went viral last year.Akshay Kumar is reportedly playing a 16th century king in his upcoming film Housefull 4. Earlier, it was reported that the film will revolve around the theme of reincarnation and fresh reports now claim that Akshay will be seen as a bald king from the 16th century, in his past life, in the film. Interestingly, a photo showing Akshay as a bald man in a king’s clothes went viral last year.Housefull 4 is directed by Farhan Shamji and also stars Riteish Deshmukh, Bobby Deol, Kriti Sanon, Kriti Kharbanda, Pooja Hegde, Rana Daggubati, Chunky Pandey, Boman Irani, Sharad Kelkar, Johnny Lever and Jamie Lever.A source close to the development told a leading daily, “The fourth instalment offers a hilarious spin on reincarnation. In the first half that is set in the 16th century, Akshay sports a different look as the king. In fact, the picture of one of his looks, where he is flaunting a bald pate, went viral last year. Bobby, on the other hand, will be seen sporting long hair in this portion. Since Chunkey Pandey’s character Aakhri Pasta has been established as half-Italian in the previous editions, the makers were struggling to incorporate him in the 16th century.”It is also reported that Chunkey will play Vasco Da Gama’s nephew in his past life in the film.Portions of the film relating to the past life of the characters are reportedly shot in Rajasthan, while the current-day portions have been shot in London.Sajid Khan, who has directed all three films in the franchise, was initially named the director of this instalment too, but was replaced by Farhad Samji after allegations of sexual harassment against him surfaced last year. Nana Patekar was replaced by Rana Daggubati following similar allegations.advertisementMeanwhile, Akshay Kumar is riding high on the success of his recently released film Kesari. The actor has also shot for a special song for brother-in-law Karan Kapadia’s film Blank. Akshay is currently shooting for Good News with Kareena Kapoor. The film, which also features Kiara Advani and Diljit Dosanjh in key roles, explores the subject of surrogacy. Rumour has it that Taimur Ali Khan will make his Bollywood debut with the film, which is slated to hit the theatres on September 6.Akshay also has Mission Mangal with Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu and Tamil actor Nithya Menen in the pipeline.ALSO READ: Taimur Ali Khan to make his Bollywood debut in mom Kareena Kapoor Khan’s Good News? Details hereALSO SEE: Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Kiara Advani and Diljit Dosanjh tell fans to be ready for Good NewsALSO WATCH: Akshay Kumar is the real ‘Khiladi’ of BollywoodGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJyoti Kanyal Tags :Follow Akshay KumarFollow Housefull 4last_img read more

Brew Up Some Fun With These 5 Coffee Cocktails

first_img 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Coffee is the lifeblood of our society and so it, rightly, has its own day. To celebrate National Coffee Day, we’ve pulled together a number of tequila and beer-based cocktails that will help you celebrate the beverage the right way—with booze.Don’t forget to check out our roundup of Cold Brew Coffee Cocktails as well.The Double Shot Martini5 parts Avión Espresso Tequila1 part milk or half & halfMethod: Add all ingredients to shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with 1-3 espresso beans.Mole y Avión Espresso 2 oz. Avión Espresso1 oz. Premium Hot ChocolateFresh Whipped Cream and Mint Leaf for garnishMethod: Combine ingredients in glass and heat. Garnish with fresh whipped cream and a mint leaf.The Afterhours 1 part Avión Espresso Tequila2 parts Avión AnejoMethod: Pour ingredients into a rocks glass over ice. Stir.Paradise Stout3 oz Sam Adams Nitro Coffee Stout1 oz Jamaican Rum1 oz Pedro Ximenez Sherry1 whole egg2 dashes Chocolate bittersMethod: Dry Shake, hard shake, strain into snifter and top with nitro stout. Garnish with grated nutmegNitro Coffee Float4-6 oz Sam Adams Nitro Coffee Stout1oz cold brew coffee.75 oz Frangelico.75 oz Braulio (or favorite amaro)Ice cream and condimentsMethod: Shake and strain into Pilsner glass. Top 3/4 of the way with Sam Adams Nitro Coffee Stout (4-6 oz). Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Garnish with crushed hazelnuts, and/or whipped cream, sprinkles, cherry and chocolate. Editors’ Recommendations 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Makelast_img read more

Top News of the Week November 4 – 9, 2013

first_imgzoom Russia: Construction of World’s Largest Icebreaker ProgressesBaltiysky Zavod, a subsidiary of United Shipbuilding Corporation, yesterday held a keel laying ceremony for the new generation nuclear icebreaker of Project 22220. When finished, the icebreaker LK-60 will be the largest and most powerful icebreaker in the world with an approximate lifespan of 40 years.ClassNK Issues Preliminary Findings Regarding MOL Comfort CasualtyFollowing the loss of the container vessel “MOL COMFORT”, ClassNK established a special Casualty Investigation Team in order to investigate and determine the cause of the casualty.New Offshore Patrol Vessels for Royal NavyThe MoD plans to commission three new ocean-going Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Royal Navy in a deal that will sustain jobs in the UK’s warship building industry. The new ships, which will be built by BAE Systems at their shipyards on the Clyde, will play a key role in counter-terrorism, counter-piracy and anti smuggling operations.Norwegian Getaway Leaves Building Dock at Meyer Werft (VIDEO)The float-out of the 146,600 gt cruise ship Norwegian Getaway, which is built for the US cruise operator Norwegian Cruise Line, occurred in the morning of Nov 2nd 2013.New Shipbuilding Contract for Hyundai MipoSouth Korean shipbuilding company Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) today revealed that it has entered into a new shipbuilding contract, this time with a European shipowner.last_img read more

Edmonton public schools to review its books to weed out list due

first_imgEDMONTON – Edmonton Public Schools says it’s taking down its book review site after a leading Indigenous author questioned why some of his graphic novels were on a not-recommended list.David Alexander Robertson, a Governor General-award-winning author who lives in Winnipeg, said he went through the Edmonton Public School Board’s “Books to Weed Out” section after he saw a post on Twitter calling the list a great resource.Robertson said he was disappointed to see his graphic novel series, “7 Generations,” on the list.“There’s a lot of Indigenous writers who are sharing their truths to own those stories about the difficult parts of our history that sometimes we don’t want to talk about, and these are the books we should be bringing into the classroom,” he said. “I’ve done a lot of work over the last decade and spoken to tens of thousands in classrooms across Canada using my books.“It’s pretty troubling to me to see that an entire public school system is not recommending some really valid, important texts — and not just mine, but from other writers as well.”Robertson’s four-book series, written for Grade 9 to 12 students, follows the story of an Aboriginal family from the early 19th century to the present day.On the book review site, the series was not recommended for use in Edmonton public schools because it contains “sensitive subject matter and visual inferencing of abuse regarding residential schools.”The review added that the books “require pre- and post-conversations with students” about the legacy of residential schools.“What is a school there for if they’re not going to have pre- and post-conversations about literature that begin in the classroom? That’s the whole point,” said Robertson, who won a Governor General’s literary award for his book, “When We Were Alone,” for younger students.Officials from the Edmonton Public School Board said in an emailed statement late Monday that the site was created to support teachers in selecting resources that reflect diverse First Nations, Metis and Inuit culture as well as identifying literature that may inaccurately portray Indigenous peoples.“Some books were highlighted for a number of reasons, including the ways in which they portrayed First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, imagery or language,” said Carrie Rosa, spokesperson for Edmonton Public Schools.“The intention was not to suggest these books be made unavailable, but to help educators make informed decisions around how they could use the resources.”Rosa said the language used for the title of the section did not reflect its intent.“For this reason and the fact that the site is now several years out of date, we will be taking the site down for review,” she said.Robertson said taking down the site is a start.“You need to look at who is making those decisions and why,” he wrote Tuesday on Twitter. “Many of the books on this list were #ownvoices books. Portraying truth. I’m Cree and a third-generation residential school survivor. My series is a series of hard truths that every Canadian should learn.”His concerns came less than a week after Alberta’s education minister apologized for an online social studies course asking students about the positive effects of residential schools.Students were asked: “A positive effect of residential schools was?” The four multiple choice options listed were: that children were away from home, they learned to read, they became civilized and they were taught manners.The question prompted a complaint from a student taking the course from the St. Paul Alternative Education Centre.Education Minister David Eggen apologized to the student, the student’s family and anyone else who had been exposed to the course.The province ordered school divisions to thoroughly review all courses offered to ensure they don’t include insensitive material.last_img read more

AFN National Chief Bellegarde backs NDPs Indigenous issues platform

first_imgAPTN National News ENOCH CREE NATION, Alta.–Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde is backing the NDP’s Indigenous issues platform saying it “addresses many of our key priorities.”Bellegarde issued the statement Thursday morning.“The NDP platform is a comprehensive response to our ‘closing the gap’ agenda,” said Bellegarde. “It addresses many of our key priorities and commits to high level engagement to work together to close the gap.”An AFN official said Bellegarde’s support for the NDP’s platform is not an official endorsement of the party.Mulcair unveiled his party’s platform on Indigenous issues Wednesday during an AFN hosted forum in Enoch, Alta. The AFN invited all federal party leaders to the event, but Mulcair was the only one to show up.Mulcair announced an NDP government would invest $1.8 billion over four years into core K-12 First Nation education which would grow to $4.8 billion over eight years.Bellegarde’s statement praised the NDP’s platform for its promises to create a cabinet committee on Indigenous issues, call an inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women in 100 days and invest $68 million in Indigenous languages.“We hold up all federal parties and party leaders that truly listen to First Nations and reflect our concerns,” said AFN National Chief Bellegarde.  “First Nations priorities are Canada’s priorities and I am pleased that yet another party is responding to our agenda.”This is the first time in the election where Bellegarde has singled out a party for their platform on Indigenous read more

North American stocks close higher as oil price surges loonie edges lower

first_imgA surge in oil prices helped the energy sector boost Canada’s main stock index Tuesday, as North American stock markets regained some of the ground lost Monday.Broad losses kicked off the week as trade tensions between the U.S. and China flared up over potential action by the U.S. on technology export and investment restrictions, but trade fears eased up Tuesday, said Craig Jerusalim, portfolio manager at CIBC Asset Management.“The market rebounded today partially off the overreaction yesterday, and there was some downplaying of the trade concerns, and that’s clearly helped lift some of the North American equity markets. Canada’s particularly strong on the back of higher commodity prices.”Crude was the major commodity mover as the August crude contract closed up $2.45 or 3.6 per cent at US$70.53 due to a variety of factors.Oil moved on strong fundamental demand, the production outage that started last week at Syncrude Canada is finally starting to bite, and the most prevalent reason is new pressure from the Americans for its allies to stop buying Iranian oil, said Jerusalim.“Those three things together have resulted in the oil price being up well over three per cent today, which is a big single day move,” he said.U.S. President Trump has already made major steps to disrupt Iranian oil exports with the announcement he would pull out of a nuclear deal with the country and restore sanctions, so the latest move is just added pressure, said Jerusalim.“There was just more rhetoric and commentary coming from different sources of additional pressure. So it wasn’t new news, it was just the rhetoric being ratcheted up slightly.”The increase was enough, however, to counter negative pressure on oil after Saudi Arabia said it was planning record oil production for July of about 10.8 million barrels a day.The rise in energy helped the S&P/TSX composite index close up 96.13 points at 16,280.09, after losing 266.18 points a day earlier.The S&P/TSX capped energy index was up 2.9 per cent on the day to lead index gains on the market.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 30.31 points at 24,283.11. The S&P 500 index was up 5.99 points at 2,723.06 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 29.62 points at 7,561.63.The Canadian dollar averaged 75.15 cents US, down 0.02 of a US cent.The August gold contract ended down US$9 to US$1,259.90 an ounce. The July copper contract was even at US$2.99 a pound and the August natural gas contract was up one cent at US$2.93 per mmBTU.last_img read more

Assembly chief proposes annual meetings to chart progress on antipoverty goals

4 April 2008The General Assembly should meet every year until 2015 to take stock of the progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to hold all partners to account for the commitments they have made to fight poverty and other ills, its President Srgjan Kerim said today at the conclusion of this week’s special debate on the issue. The General Assembly should meet every year until 2015 to take stock of the progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to hold all partners to account for the commitments they have made to fight poverty and other ills, its President Srgjan Kerim said today at the conclusion of this week’s special debate on the issue.Mr. Kerim told the debate participants that while it was clear that significant progress has been made since world leaders pledged in 2000 to try to achieve the Goals, it has been uneven and still too slow, despite the availability of solutions.“The key issue that we all have to deliver on our commitments, scale-up our efforts and accelerate progress,” he said this morning as he wrapped up the four-day debate, adding that Africa and the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) need additional long-term assistance from the international community if they are to catch up.Mr. Kerim stressed that one point made repeatedly throughout this week’s debate was that “delivering on our commitments is a priority and that delivering results a necessity.“Donors need to provide the additional aid and debt relief that they have promised. And, developing countries need to integrate the Millennium Development Goals into national development plans, and speed up implementation of other commitments, including better governance.”He noted that many delegations have already endorsed his proposal for the annual meetings to chart progress worldwide.In addition to the meetings, the President called on the 192-member Assembly to mandate the UN Secretariat and the relevant UN funds, programmes and agencies to provide an annual MDG global monitoring report analyzing implementation across all countries.On 22 September at UN Headquarters in New York, UN Member States will gather for a major meeting on the MDGs, with the focus on Africa’s specific development needs. read more

Giller Prize winner in latest Brock Review

Before she shocked the literary world by taking the $50,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize with a relatively unknown novel, Johanna Skibsrud was getting published at Brock.The author of The Sentimentalists, also a PhD student at the University of Montreal, published “If We Dare To: Border Crossings in Erin Mouré’s O Cidadán” in the latest issue of The Brock Review.Skibsrud made news this week when her novel, which has a small print run through Gaspereau Press, received one of Canada’s top literary honours. read more

Pot producers look past retail focus on medical IP for longterm revenues

TORONTO — Canadians are counting down to the legalization of recreational marijuana this summer, but industry players are already racing to get ahead in a potentially more lucrative market segment for the plant in the years to come: cannabis-based pharmaceuticals.Companies are researching and developing marijuana-based medicines that, they hope, will not only have broader appeal to doctors and patients, but will create lucrative intellectual property that will provide revenues far into the future.This is the next level of the “green rush,” said Har Grover, the chief executive officer of Toronto-based Scientus Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company focused on cannabis.“The potential down the road is far greater than what the recreational market sizes are… What you need to do is deliver medicine in a form that patients and physicians are used to using,” said Grover.Marijuana companies are eyeing the higher margins these value-added products can command compared to dried bud. Licensed medical marijuana producers also see the associated intellectual property as key to their future profitability, providing a competitive edge and a resilient profit stream as cannabis moves towards commoditization like every agricultural crop.While cannabis itself cannot be patented, licensed producers can apply for plant breeders rights protections for marijuana strains if they can sufficiently prove it is new. But innovations such as formulations, delivery mechanisms, and scientific techniques for testing have the potential to qualify for intellectual property protection.“There is certainly a desire by companies to develop cannabis products that can have defensibility from a business standpoint, from an IP standpoint,” said Neil Closner, chief executive of licensed producer MedReleaf.Scientus Pharma and MedReleaf are just two of a slew of Canadian of companies researching and conducting clinical trials examining medical applications for cannabinoids, which are a family of chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant.MedReleaf has been looking at the efficacy of cannabis for a range of conditions, including cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder. Scientus Pharma has been researching various conditions as well, but is focused on pain management, particularly neuropathic pain for cancer patients.Canopy Growth, Canada’s biggest licensed marijuana producer, launched its own biopharmaceutical company called Canopy Health Innovations two years ago.Bruce Linton, Canopy’s chief executive, said its subsidiary has been “running hard” and just last quarter filed 27 patents for combinations of cannabinoids and delivery mechanisms for sleep.Canopy and other Canadian licensed producers have been exporting cannabis to countries such as Germany as they open up their medical marijuana markets and require supply.As Linton expects most of these countries to eventually develop their own cannabis industries, Canopy’s proprietary products and methods can be still be sold or licensed there, generating revenue for the long term, he said.“Your real advantage is your methods and intellectual property, as well as your unique proven products,” he said.Canopy and Scientus Pharma are among the 32 firms with a dealers’ license from Health Canada, which gives them more latitude than a licensed producer to conduct activities with cannabis, such as testing. That number is up from just 22 in February last year.There is relatively little scientific research into the therapeutic effects of cannabis, in large part due to its long-held illegal status, and there is still much to learn about the plant, said Grover.“The cannabinoid plant is a gold mine of drug discovery and development for the next 10, 20, 50 years,” he said. “Much like stem cells were 30 years ago, and we’re getting to that stage now.”And Canada’s relatively progressive cannabis policy gives domestic scientists studying the plant a competitive edge on the global stage.In the U.S., marijuana use is legal in several states but remains illegal on a federal level, creating legal obstacles for research in the U.S., said Dr. Wilson Compton, Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in the U.S.“If you work in a system that has any federal source of support (funding), there may be concerns… It’s really a conundrum, and that impedes science in some important ways,” he told a conference in Hamilton, Ont., last month.Meanwhile, the federal government said last week in its budget that it won’t apply a new excise tax to cannabis-based pharmaceutical products that can be obtained with a prescription. That would put it on par with other drugs, such as opioids, which do not get taxed while medical cannabis in its dried form will be subject to the excise tax.However, to qualify, the cannabis-based product must have a drug-identification number – a classification number from the government obtained after going through a stringent, approval process which allows manufacturers to market and sell the drug in Canada.Medical marijuana itself does not have a drug identification number (DIN), which has been a deterrent for doctors asked to prescribe it and a barrier for insurance coverage.Obtaining a DIN typically involves rigorous clinical research, generally including 10-year double blind studies.The clinical research being conducted by cannabis companies could also get them closer to getting a DIN.“Having a DIN would be a complete game changer,” said Vahan Ajamian, an analyst with Beacon Securities. “You’ll have no tax on medical, you’ll probably have better insurance coverage… and you’ll get doctors that will see this as real medicine.” read more

Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri suspended for remainder of 1st round

The Toronto Maple Leafs will have to do without Nazem Kadri for the rest of their first-round playoff series with the Boston Bruins.The centre has been suspended for the rest of the series by the NHL following his cross-check to the head of Boston winger Jake DeBrusk in the third period of the Bruins’ 4-1 victory in Game 2 on Saturday.Kadri was offered an in-person hearing by the NHL, meaning the league had the option to suspend him for more than five games.He laid the vicious cross-check after DeBrusk hit Patrick Marleau into the curved glass at the end of the bench.It’s the fifth suspension of Kadri’s career.The series is tied 1-1 with Game 3 going tonight at Scotiabank Arena. read more

Superior debuts Freedom™ Feeder

first_imgSuperior Industries, a US based manufacturer and global supplier of bulk material processing and handling systems, continues development of new material processing and handling solutions from Rock Face to Load Out™ with its launch of the new Freedom™ Vibrating Grizzly Feeder (VGF). Manufactured in widths to feed up 1,400 t/h, Superior engineers incorporated several key, differentiating features into their designs for the Freedom Feeder.For improved impact resistance and durability, Superior says material producers will have access to a much more robust pan section than some previous designs on the market. In addition, and exclusive to Superior, the grizzly cartridges are designed to bolt into the feeder’s frame. One set of bars are applicable for flat or 5° applications, so owners and operators can limit their stock to one style. Another key feature, says Superior engineers, are bottle jack lifting points incorporated into the spring section of the Freedom Feeder. Avoid lifting the pan with cranes or bucket loaders and simply use a bottle jack for spring replacement, which greatly increases safety during this common maintenance task.Superior designs and manufactures its new Freedom VGF in pan widths of 914 to 152 mm. The same machine can be incorporated into horizontal/flat or 5° incline applications. Options include customization to the feeder’s width, grizzly sections, punch plate and finger deck.last_img read more

Bank robber targets BBT branch in Tamarac

first_imgTAMARAC. FLA. (WSVN) – – The FBI is searching for a robber who targeted a Tamarac bank, Wednesday.The man was caught on surveillance wearing a ballcap, blue shirt and jeans as he walked into a BB&T bank branch and demanded money from a teller.It happened on North University Drive and 82nd Street, just before 10 a.m. The robber left with an undisclosed amount of money. No injuries were reported.If you have any information on this bank robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

The SupaBoy portable SNES is now available

first_imgPortable version of home consoles have long been the province of famed modders and hackers like Ben Heck, but now a portable Super NES has been mass-produced.The SupaBoy is a fully-featured portable system that plays original Super Nintendo (and Japanese Super Famicom) cartridges for just $79. The system, produced by a company called HyperKin, crams game-playing hardware, a battery, and screen into a system the shape of an original Super NES controller. Altogether it’s slightly bigger than a PSP at 8.5 x 4 x 1.5 inches. The 3.5-inch color LCD screen plays games in their original resolution. For those who need the highest-quality sound out of their portable SNES, there’s also a headphone jack with volume control.Amazingly, the system also works as a home-based console by including A/V output and two of the original seven-pin controller ports to connect to your old controller or a new replica one. As a result, it’s easy to relive those childhood moments of two players glued to their Super NES. On the downside, the system’s battery only lasts 2.5 hours on the go.We covered the SupaBoy back in April of this year, and compared to earlier reports the device gained $10 in price and lost half its projected battery life. Still, the final product is plenty impressive. Most importantly, you can actually buy it.The SupaBoy is showing as available now on Amazon and as a preorder on Hyperkin’s own online store.via EngadgetBlake’s OpinionThe SupaBoy signals a new age for video game hacking. Where portable retro systems were once just one-off oddities by master hackers, the proliferation of replica consoles – new machines designed to play old-school console games – has made it possible to design new electronics that make those replicas portable, like we have here.The NES, Genesis, and SNES have all been faithfully replicated, and knock-off systems that faithfully play games can be had for under $50. Expect replica systems to have a few more great advances, like the SupaBoy, in the future.last_img read more

New App Warns LA Users Of Impending Earthquake

first_imgStay on target Watch: Disneyland Stops Rides After Earthquake Shakes Southern CaliforniaNASA Images Show ‘Earthquake Island’ Swallowed Up By Sea Modern technology is not yet advanced enough to warn people of impending earthquakes.But the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is working on a solution.The government agency has developed an experimental earthquake early warning (EEW) system for “highest-risk areas”—namely California, Oregon, and Washington.ShakeAlert, part of a pilot program designed to caution Los Angeles residents of an impending quake, launched recently as a mobile app.Once downloaded, it requires users to enable notifications and set the phone’s location services to “Always On.” The alert includes a sound and message indicating the anticipated intensity level.“The purpose of the system is to reduce the impact of earthquakes and save lives and property by providing alerts to institutional users and the public,” according to the USGS.Using networks of ground-motion sensors and computer algorithms, ShakeAlert can detect an earthquake seconds after it begins, calculate its location and magnitude, and estimate the intensity of tremors.The creators, however, are quick to point out that, “depending on the user’s distance from the earthquake,” alerts may be delivered before, during, or even after the arrival of strong shaking.While more than 143 million Americans live in areas of “significant seismic risk” across 39 states, most of the country’s risk is concentrated on the West Coast.The average annual loss from earthquakes nationwide surpasses $5 billion, FEMA estimates. A majority of that figure comes from Washington, Oregon, and California—the latter single-handedly racking up some $3.5 billion in damage.Luckily for LA-based dwellers, the West Coast ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System became sufficiently functional in the autumn of 2018, and hit mobile app stores on Dec. 31.More on Animals Predict Earthquakes? New Research Suggests NotEarthquake-Predicting Algorithm Is the Hero We NeedResearchers Used Robotic Snakes to Search for Earthquake Survivorslast_img read more