H-Energy plans to fuel rural India through ‘bullets’

first_imgMumbai: Hiranandani Group’s energy arm H-Energy on Tuesday unveiled India’s first floating storage and re-gasification (FSRU)-based LNG terminal of 4 million tonnes per annum capacity at Jaigarh port in Maharashtra. The FSRU, inaugurated by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, will be operational by 2018-end. Darshan Hiranandani, MD & CEO, H-Energy, in an exclusive interaction with The Hindu talks about the company’s strategy for a gas-based economy. Excerpts.Why did you choose FSRU over a traditional onshore LNG unit?In a regular onshore LNG unit, the economies of scale determine the profitability. The beauty of this project is that with 4 million tonne FSRU, I have the same comparable per-tonne cost as a large 10 million tonne LNG terminal.What was the investment in building the LNG terminal and how long will you take to recover it?It cost us ₹1,600 crore and the recovery time depends on the market, but we are hoping it will take four to five years.Do you have contracts with any global sellers of LNG?We have signed an agreement with Petronas, but the details are confidential.Have you tied up with local buyers?We have tied up with three local buyers. It’s up to them to disclose their identity.Have you signed any long-term LNG contracts?They are spot and medium contracts.Why no long-term LNG contracts?Contracts are not reliable in this country and business models change. Today people don’t know what technology their own plant is going to run on. So there’s no point in telling somebody you sign with me for 20 years as they don’t know what their business model will be in that time. You know your business model for the next three years, I’ll give it to you. You want it this year, I’ll give it to you. You only want one cargo, I’ll give you that. Be sure, be comfortable, everybody remains happy in the whole equation.Are you planning to give piped gas connections to the neighbouring areas?It’s a very simple initiative. The reason why gas doesn’t reach rural areas is because it’s unviable to put pipes when the density is low. Now what we’re trying to do is fill CNG bullets right here and send these to slightly denser pockets within rural areas. We’ll send the bullets straight there. From there they only have to put a small pipe, like the fibre optic for cable TV that comes at home. The idea is that we do away with the big 30-inch steel pipe that costs a million dollars a kilometre, then a 12-inch pipe that costs half a million dollars a kilometre — that’s the way the old system works. We say let’s short-circuit the system. Fill it right here in bullets, send it to the villages, and we’ll replace it once a week. We are hoping the bullets will start by March next year.How can you supply gas when the existing distributor can’t?They can’t start connections because they have no gas. Users in Maharashtra pay 5% more than those in Gujarat due to Value Added Tax, making gas expensive. So they don’t buy it. Even if they connect somebody, what’s the point when there’s no gas to switch on?How is the market for LNG in India? Do you think the government’s goal to make natural gas constitute 15% of the energy sector by 2020 is possible?It’s a conservative goal. It all has to do with infrastructure. If I connect more people, they will all want to use it. If I have 6% usage with 1.5% connections, versus diesel and coal that reaches everywhere in the country, I think it’s an easy target. We have to use new technology to short-circuit the heavy capex. I’m saying it’s still needed. Is pipeline the best way to supply? Yes. But perhaps not in phase one. Start with bullets, start with LNG bullets, let’s get it going.last_img read more

‘More than 70,000 cows died in a gaushala during BJP rule’

first_imgLashing out at the Opposition BJP on the issue of cows, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday said 74,016 cows had died in Hingonia gaushala in Jaipur during the previous government’s five year rule. He accused the BJP of calling the Congress a party of Muslims but stated the Congress had won elections in the ‘cow belt’ of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.‘Cow politics’ “Politics was done in the name of cows. As many as 74,016 cows died in Hingonia gaushala in five years. Congress was called the party of Muslims but the party won elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh,” Mr. Gehlot said, in his reply to the debate on the Governor’s speech in the Assembly. He said the Hindu community had realised the BJP raises the issue of Ram temple ahead of elections. The Chief Minister targeted the former Vasundhara Raje government “for weakening schemes like free medicines which were initiated by the earlier Congress government”. He said the public gave huge mandate to the BJP in 2013 Assembly elections but the Vasundhara Raje government wasted five years and gave misrule to the public.“It was five years of misrule. Financial mismanagement was there. Corruption was institutionalised and the public was looted. The Chief Minister remained unavailable for the public for five years,” he alleged.last_img read more

Man jailed for using someone else’s London marathon number

first_imgShare on Pinterest “He joined in the marathon and completed the latter part of the race.“At the time he hadn’t fully quite appreciated that he was doing anything wrong.“He dedicated the completion of it to his seven-year-old son and to homeless people to inspire them that good things can happen to those that are less fortunate.”The London marathon chief executive, Nick Bitel, said the episode could be seen to damage the reputation and integrity of the race, regarded as one of the best organised in the world, the court heard.Skupian has lived in the UK for around 11 years and suffered a neck injury in a serious car crash at the end of last year, forcing him to take sick leave from a catering trade job, Jamroz said.Around the same time he separated from his wife and became homeless.Shortly before the race Skupian suffered a short, temporary breakdown in his mental state, she added.He was arrested after police searched the multi-faith prayer room at Heathrow airport, where he was found with items including a primary school worker’s ID card and a pink diary holding overtime hours worked by airline staff.Skupian viewed the airport as a temporary home and would pick up left-behind objects to pass to lost property, claiming he was going to return the items, the court heard.Skupian, who wore a grey jumper and used a Polish translator, pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity last month to fraud by false representation and to three unrelated counts of theft.“The offences are so serious as only a prison sentence will suffice,” magistrate Michael O’Gorman said.Skupian was sentenced to 13 weeks for the fraud and three weeks for the theft offences, to be served consecutively.He was also given a criminal behaviour order banning him from Heathrow airport for three years unless he had a pre-booked flight ticket for that day. Read more Since you’re here… Crime … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Guardian Today: the headlines, the analysis, the debate – sent direct to you London Marathon Share on WhatsApp news Topicscenter_img Support The Guardian Share on Facebook A London marathon impostor who swiped a lost race number to see “a dream come true” has been jailed for 16 weeks.Stanislaw Skupian crossed the finish line with legitimate runner Jake Halliday’s number after spotting it 300 metres from the end of the 26.2-mile race, Uxbridge magistrates court heard on Thursday.The homeless 38-year-old was pictured celebrating with a finisher’s medal on 22 April.Halliday, who was running for the charity Bloodwise, dropped his number after stopping short of the finish line to take off his T-shirt during the hottest London marathon on record.Friends later told him someone had been pictured celebrating with his number, with Halliday saying he was “shocked”, the court heard.Defending, Jameela Jamroz said Skupian, a father of one, harboured ambitions of running the race and had started training for it.She said: “He wanted to be there, he was excited. He wanted to see the runners.“He says by chance he saw a race identifier on the floor.“In his excitement he picked up the identifier thinking this was his opportunity to compete in the marathon and that this was in fact a dream come true for him. Athletics Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img read more

India v Pakistan, Boris Johnson’s street rugby and US Open memories

first_img3) From the ridiculous to the ridiculously good: here’s all 13 USA goals against Thailand as the defending champions set a Women’s World Cup record. They’d held the previous one too, from way back in 1991 when they beat Chinese Taipei 7-0 in the very first tournament. You can watch that whole match here.4) The US Open gets under way on Thursday, with Brooks Koepka seeking to become the first man to win it three times in succession since Willie Stewart 114 years ago, though he’d still need another to match the record four titles held by four players, including Jack Nicklaus, whose wins spanned 18 years, from 1962 to his fourth in 1980. Koepka also jointly holds the course record to par (16 under), set in his 2017 triumph. He shares that record with Rory McIlroy, whose 268 in 2011 is the tournament’s best overall score. And if last week’s Canadian Open is anything to go by, Rory’s playing his way back into form.5) Would you trust this man to run the country? Boris Johnson v a child during his London mayoral days (the “Can’t Spake!” remix) Cricket Read more Pinterest Share on LinkedIn YouTube archive 1) Sunil Gavaskar: a career in flip books.2) A rugby league refereeing masterclass as Wigan v Warrington goes to Milwaukee and gets feisty in 1989.3) A world records montage: Phelps, Bolt, Lewandowski and more.4) Boxing scalps from the vaults: Danny Williams floors Mike Tyson in 2004.Spotters badges: GrahamClayton, LeeWall, whobroughtoranges, Perwinkle.Guardian YouTube football channelDo subscribe if you fancy.Guardian YouTube sport channelDo subscribe if you fancy. Share on Facebook features Football Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Topics Share on Twitter US Opencenter_img Since you’re here… Pinterest Twitter 1) There’s no doubt what the most watched Cricket World Cup match will be this weekend (if the rain holds off): India v Pakistan excites passions like few other sporting contests, and it will offer Virat Kohli’s side a chance to atone for their Champions Trophy final defeat in 2017. India have fonder memories of meeting Pakistan in recent World Cups, however, beating them four years ago in the group stage and in the 2011 semi-final. And then there was this Sachin Tendulkar masterclass in 2003.2) Great own goals dept: over in the MLS, the San José goalkeeper Daniel Vega pays the price for a lack of concentration against Dallas. The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Share on Messenger 6) Not safe for work: Japan’s office chair racing competition is becoming an increasingly big deal.Our favourites from below the line last week Share on Pinterest Golf Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

4-Star LB Has Miami, Michigan State, Missouri Hats On Table, Commits To Tennessee Anyway

first_imgA high end zone view of Neyland Stadium(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)For a few minutes, Tennessee Volunteers fans were a bit confused as to why four-star linebacker recruit Quart’e Sapp was no longer considering playing for their program. After all, it was just a few days ago that Sapp officially narrowed his decision down to four schools – Michigan State, Missouri, Miami (FL) and Tennessee. But the high school senior was actually pulling a fast one on Vols fans – while he only had three hats on the table in front of him, he pulled a fourth one out to commit to UT. Check it out, via 247 Sports’ Jake Rowe.Sapp is now the 15th Tennessee commit ranked four stars or better by 247 Sports. UT’s class is rated fourth overall.last_img

Grandmother Of Cancer-Stricken OSU Fan Joshua Chambers Wrote In Urban Meyer For President

first_imgUrban Meyer smiles as Ohio State has historic NFL Draft.Urban Meyer.Urban Meyer apparently has received at least one write-in vote for president.The grandmother of Joshua Chambers, a young boy who has battled acute lymphoblastic leukemia and is a die-hard Ohio State fan, has cast her vote for president for the OSU head coach.The official Twitter account for Chambers’ cancer fight shared the news with a screenshot of his grandmother’s Facebook post.Wanted to share with you how Joshua’s grandma voted…#Urban4Prez pic.twitter.com/BoLFlYjtfQ— Joshua 1:9 Be Brave (@BeBrave_Joshua) November 8, 2016Shelley Meyer, Urban’s wife, retweeted the news.We’re guessing there are a lot of other Buckeye fans who wish they could vote for Urban for Prez.last_img

Sudirman Cup: Japan comeback from behind to defeat Russia 3-2

first_imgSudirman Cup: Japan comeback from behind to defeat Russia 3-2After going down 2-1 to Russia, Japan’s women players came to rescue to win both their singles and doubles matches to guide their team to a 3-2 win.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service Nanning (China)May 20, 2019UPDATED: May 20, 2019 17:47 IST Japan defeated Russia 3-2 in group match of Sudirman Cup (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJapan defeated Russia 3-2 in their group match at Sudirman CupRussia won the men’s singles and doubles matches to lead 2-1Japan won the women’s singles and doubles to win the team match 3-2 against RussiaTop-ranked Japan defeated Russia 3-2 in their Group 1A opener at the ongoing Sudirman Cup, here on Monday.Japan, one of the favourites for the crown, won the opening mixed doubles through Takuro Hoki, the Korea Open 2018 champion, and Wakana Nagahara, the World Championships 2018 women’s doubles winner. They beat the Russian pair of Rodion Alimov and Alina Davletova 21-10, 21-15.After Russia won the men’s singles and men’s doubles matches for a 2-1 lead, Japan regained the upper hand by winning the women’s singles and women’s doubles to seal the victory, reports Efe news.”We were both kind of nervous at first. But we adjusted well and played to our level,” said Nagahara. Hoki termed China as the strongest among all great teams, saying “the goal we made for the Sudirman Cup is to defeat China.”The 63rd-ranked Vladimir Malkov upset the 10th-ranked Kenta Nishimoto 21-18, 21-17 in the men’s singles in 50 minutes. Russia took the lead as All England Open 2016 winners Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov overcame Hiroyuki Endo, winner of Badminton Asia Championships 2019, and Yuta Watanabe, winner of All England Open 2018, 21-19, 21-16 in the men’s doubles.”We have played many times with them and it was a fifty-fifty match. We played well and nearly performed to our best,” said Sozonov.On the performance of his teammate Malkov, Sozonov said, “it’s a surprise for us. It must be an unforgettable match for him. But to play badminton, everything can happen. Japan didn’t send their best players, maybe they made a mistake. Today all of us played well and we deserved the win.”advertisementIn the women’s singles, Nozomi Okuhara, winner of BWF World Championships 2017, broke Russia’s winning streak with an easy victory over the 101st-ranked Natalia Perminova 21-6, 21-16.Japan then recorded its eventual win in the women’s doubles as the second-ranked Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota beat Ekaterina Bolotova and Alina Davletova 21-5, 21-16.Japan will play its last group rival Thailand on Wednesday, while Russia meets Thailand on Tuesday. The top two teams will advance to the quarterfinals.The eight-day Sudirman Cup 2019 kicked off on Sunday with 31 countries and regions participating in the biennial world mixed team championship.Also Read | China beat Malaysia 5-0 in Sudirman Cup openerAlso Read | Sudirman Cup 2019: India eye elusive medal, face tough tests in group stageAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Sudirman CupFollow Nozomi OkuharaFollow World Championshiplast_img read more

World Bank Report Morocco Improves Sustainable Energy Indicators

Rabat – The World Bank has published its report of the 2018 Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy (RISE) that listed 133 countries’ renewable energies improvements, giving Morocco a score of 74. RISE is informs investors of the sustainable energy policies and regulations of a given country.The World Bank surveyed 133 countries based on data provided by governments from 2010 to 2017. Alongside China, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, and South Africa, Morocco emerged as a prominent example of a country that has put in place advanced policy frameworks in support of sustainable energy.The report gave Morocco a score of 74 points for sustainable energy indicators, including access to electricity (100 points), energy efficiency (56 points), and renewable energy (67 points).In terms of energy efficiency, Morocco scored high with 80 points in the national energy efficiency planning indicator, 100 points in energy efficiency indicator, and 96 points in energy efficiency incentives from electricity rate structures. However, Morocco scored low in other indicators, including incentives and mandates put in place for the public sector (13 points), for industrial and commercial end users (13 points), transport (0 points), and minimum energy efficiency performance standards (32 points).Regarding renewable energies, Morocco did well in the legal framework for renewable energy (100 points), planning for renewable energy expansion (83), and attributes of financial and regulatory incentives (83 points).The report gave a medium score to incentive and regulatory support for renewable energy (62 points), counterparty risk (65), carbon pricing and monitoring (50), and use (23 points).Morocco produces 28,000 gigawatt hours of electricity, while the rest is imported from Spain.It seeks to boost its production capacity by 6,500 megawatts by 2020, with solar and wind energies each representing 2,000 megawatts, according to a US International Trade Administration 2017 report. read more

Boys forced into prostitution

However, the government took strong preventative efforts, including the convictions of two labor recruitment agents who committed fraudulent recruitment offenses, and enhanced inter-ministerial coordination through monthly meetings.The U.S report urged Sri Lanka to improve efforts to investigate and prosecute suspected trafficking offenses, and convict and punish trafficking offenders, particularly those responsible for recruiting victims with fraudulent offers of employment and excessive commission fees for the purpose of subjecting them to forced labor; develop and implement formal victim referral procedures; ensure that victims of trafficking found within Sri Lanka are not detained or otherwise penalized for unlawful acts committed as a direct result of their being trafficked, such as visa violations or prostitution; train local law enforcement on victim identification, investigation of cases, and assembling strong cases; facilitate the speedy repatriation of foreign trafficking victims by providing airfare and not obligating them to remain in the country if they choose to initiate law enforcement proceedings; provide witness protection and incentives for victims to cooperate with law enforcement to enable prosecutions; improve services for shelters, legal aid, counseling, and trained staff at embassies in destination countries; promote safe tourism campaigns to ensure that child sex tourism does not increase with expected rapid growth of tourism; promote safe and legal migration rather than discouraging migration or imposing age restrictions on migrants; and improve regulation and monitoring of recruitment agencies and village level brokers. (Colombo Gazette) A small number of women from Thailand, China, and countries in South Asia, Europe, and the former Soviet Union may be subjected to forced prostitution in Sri Lanka, the report said.According to the report last year, the government did not convict any trafficking offenders. Serious problems remain, particularly in protecting victims of trafficking in Sri Lanka and abroad, and not addressing official complicity in human trafficking. Some child domestic workers in Colombo, generally from the Tamil tea-estate sector of the country, are subjected to physical, sexual, and mental abuse, nonpayment of wages, and restrictions of their government. The report says there are reports of children being subjected to bonded labor and forced labor in dry-zone farming areas on plantations, and in the fireworks and fish-drying industries. The U.S State Department’s annual report on human trafficking says in Sri Lanka boys are still more likely than girls to be forced into prostitution in coastal areas for domestic child sex tourism.Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released the report, Tuesday, which placed Sri Lanka on Tier 2 among countries whose governments do not fully comply with the minimum standards to counter human trafficking, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards. read more

Canadian RJ Barrett of Duke named ACC Freshman of the week

Canadian RJ Barrett has earned his first NCAA conference award of the season, taking home the ACC freshman of the week honours on Monday.The first-year Duke forward, from Mississauga, Ont., averaged 24 points and eight rebounds in a pair of wins this past week that moved the No. 3 Blue Devils to 7-1 on the season.Barrett put up 22 points and nine rebounds in a 90-69 win over Indiana on Tuesday, and followed that up with a game-high 26 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals in just 18 minutes in a 113-49 victory over Stetson.Barrett was 12-of-14 from the field in the win over the Hatters, and was 21-of-32 (.656) from the field overall, including 4-of-8 from three-point range in the two contests.He is leading the ACC in scoring with 23.1 points-per game this season.The Blue Devils return to the hardwood Wednesday against Hartford.The Canadian Press read more

LeBron James Upset He Did Not Win Defensive Player

Memphis’ Marc Gasol stopping LeBron JamesIt’s not enough for LeBron James that he is considered the best player on the planet. Apparently he wants to be considered the best defensive player, too.Memphis Marc Gasol was named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year. James finished second in the voting, and the Miami Heat superstar was not happy.“It sucks,” James said Thursday. “It definitely sucks, though, finishing second. Who wants to finish second?”Gasol received 212 points and 30 first-place votes among a panel of media members and analysts. James finished with 149 points and 14 first-place votes.James stopped short of criticizing Gasol’s defensive merits, but the Heat star said he probably put together the best defensive effort of his career this season.James averaged career highs in defensive rebounds (6.8) and overall rebounds (8.0), along with 1.7 steals and 1 block per game. But his defensive impact is measured by the versatility that has seen James defend all five positions at times during the past three seasons with the Heat.Gasol averaged 7.8 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and one steal for a Grizzlies defense that allowed a league-low 88.7 points per game. The biggest case on Gasol’s behalf was that Memphis was 6.8 points per 100 possessions better defensively when Gasol was on the floor.James believes his defensive talent is unique.“I guard everybody on the floor,” James said while sitting at his locker in Milwaukee. “I don’t know if it’s one player in NBA history that’s guarded 1 (point guards) through 5 (centers). It’s over with now, but it’s cool.”The variety of defensive assignments have taken somewhat of a toll on James. But he said he’s never complained or turned down a matchup if the team needed his services. Against Milwaukee, James is likely to defend point guard Brandon Jennings at one stage, and later help in the paint on center Larry Sanders.“I have to know all the likes and dislikes, pros and cons, of each and every player in this league because at some point, I’m going to be matched up with them,” James said. “It’s a challenge for me mentally and physically.”Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has also campaigned on James’ behalf for more consideration as one of the league’s top defensive players. Even before Gasol was officially announced as the award winner, Spoelstra said he would like to see James break through soon as the winner.“I think he’s deserving every year,” Spoelstra said earlier this week. “Possibly in the eyes of other people, they take him for granted, his impact defensively. He guards 1 through 5 every night and he knows and accepts the challenge. In the fourth quarter, whoever the biggest threat is, that’s who he’s guarding.” read more

SG BBM Bietigheim and RK Podravka qualify for Womens EHF CL 201819

rk podravkasg bbm bietigheimWomen’s handballWomens EHF Champions League The German team SG BBM Bietigheim and Croatian champions RK Podravka Koprivnica joined Women’s EHF Champions League 2018/2019 TOP 16 format.The Croatian best team led by newcomer in the women’s handball, Ex-RK PPD Zagreb coach Zlatko Saracevic, won tough encounter against Romanian vice-champions and EHF Cup winners Craiova 22:21.The German girls had much easier task at the final of qualification tournament. They beat Polish side MKS Perla Lublin 34:19.PHOTO: RK Podravka Facebook ← Previous Story Tobias Karlsson to end career in “rainbow shoes” Next Story → FRENCH LEAGUE CUP: Nice beat Aix!

What to expect from Android 40 Ice Cream Sandwich

first_imgLast week Google and Samsung  decided to wait to announce their “next big thing”. The companies say that they will announce a new date and venue in due course, so hopefully the wait for the Nexus Prime/Galaxy Nexus, or whatever else the duo had planned, isn’t too long. In the meantime, the leaks for this device, internally called the Samsung Tuna, have been seeping through the woodwork. Unfortunately, none of the leaks can agree on the Nexus Prime specs, so we’re just going to focus on the updates to the Android Operating System. Here’s what we think of the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich, or Android 4.0.New Unlock ScreenIf you’ve used the lock screen on a Honeycomb tablet, the unlock screen is just a bubble that you drag outside of a ring. When the bubble reaches the ring, the device is unlocked. With ICS, you drag the bubble to an action, and the action will occur. For example, if you drag the bubble to the camera icon, the phone will unlock and the camera will launch. This isn’t a particularly new concept to Android, considering HTC’s Sense3.5 launcher offers similar functionality. In fact, the Sense 3.5 launcher allows for five different kinds of unlock actions on their lockscreen. Similarly designed in the new lockscreen for CyanogenMod 7.1, which allows for even deeper customization.Virtual buttonsLike Honeycomb tablets, the Samsung Tuna does not have any buttons on the face of the device. Instead, you find the digital buttons across the bottom of the screen. For devices like the upcoming Samsung Tuna, the screen size has been adjusted to support this new design. Most of the speculative reports of the Tuna say that it will have a 4.6″ screen. This drew some concern, especially among users who felt that 4.3-inch was pushing it. However, if you take into consideration that the screen will be longer to support the on screen buttons, the width of the device will change very little to support the 4.6-inch display.This doesn’t necessarily mean the death of soft buttons either, for those not pleased with the change. Devices that have soft keys will simply not display the digital buttons, keeping the rest of the user interface in tact. Like its predecessor, the Samsung Tuna is a device pushing new concepts to the market to see if anyone else will follow suit. With the Nexus S, that gamble was with a lack of removable storage and the addition of NFC, neither of which have caught on with any amount of significance in the past year.New LauncherAs a tech community, we spend a lot of time talking about how one group “stole” concepts from another. Most recently its been Apple and Google, but surprisingly the leaked images and videos of the Samsung Tuna have brought little outrage to Google’s move to essentially copy some critical features of their biggest supporters. One of the first things I do with many of my phones, if I find the launcher intolerable, is install a launcher replacement. The two biggest launcher replacements in the Android community are ADWLauncher and Launcher Pro. Typically I will choose ADW because it allows me to quickly set four apps of my choosing into the dock and allows me to move them, as well as the launcher icon itself, at will. Samsung implemented this on the original Galaxy Tab, promising to bring it to future versions of their TouchWiz UI. This functionality is now available in the stock launcher for Android 4.0, allowing you to place any four apps you choose in the dock.Another critical feature to the TouchWiz launcher, and one of the first to implement this as well, was a paginated launcher screen. Rather than flick your finger through an unending list of apps, the launcher allowed you to slide from left to right as you would in iOS. This paginated view was already seen in Android 3.0, nearly every Android tablet supporting this style of app navigation in the launcher. It comes as no surprise that an almost 3D variant on this paginated style launcher has shown up in Android 4.0.Final thoughtsThere’s likely to be dozens of new changes to the user experience, as well as features from Honeycomb. I’d expect to see things like USB Host mode, resizable widgets, and added functionality for NFC.  For a techy guy like me, these changes are exhilarating. I am thoroughly looking forward to the new experience. I have to wonder, however, how consumers who are not like me will respond. I’ve worked for companies where I’ve gotten angry phone calls for slightly adjusting the placement of the send button on a webmail program. This is a pretty significant, complete UI/UX overhaul, but will Google alienate users who just wanted a phone that had the internet on it by altering the experience so much?last_img read more

LED Lantern runs on salt water doubles as a USB charger

first_imgEver since the earthquake and subsequent Fukushima nuclear disaster that occurred in Japan last year technology has been developed to help if such an event were ever to occur again. One of the biggest problems to overcome in Japan was a lack of power, which has led one Japanese company to create a light that runs purely on salt water.Green House Co. Ltd. has developed the LED Lantern (GH-LED 10WBW), which contains no battery, instead replacing it with a water bag. A mix of 350 milliliters of water and 16 grams of salt allow the lantern to act as a light source for up to 8 hours. After that, you just refill the bag for another 8 hours of light.The LED Lantern functions by using the salt water as an electrolyte. Once placed inside the lantern the solution works with magnesium and carbon rods to produce the necessary power for the light. The magnesium rod also needs replacing, but works for at least 120 hours and replacing it with a new rod is thought to be a simple task.The luminous power of the light is rated at 55 lumen, but the lantern isn’t just limited to acting as a light source. On its casing you will find a USB port, allowing you to plug in and charge other devices. So if you are stuck in a power outage at night you can use the LED Lantern to light the way while it charges your smartphone.Green House is expected to release the LED Lantern before the end of September in Japan. The one thing not yet know is the price, but due to the limited parts it uses I can’t see this being a very expensive device, but it’s certainly one lots of Japanese households will want to have ready in a cupboard just in casevia Tech-On!last_img read more

Les gels pour les mains dangereux pour les enfants

first_imgLes gels pour les mains, dangereux pour les enfantsUne récente étude réalisée par les Centres antipoison et de toxicovigilance pour l’Afssaps indique que les gels hydro-alcooliques utilisés pour le lavage des mains seraient responsables d’intoxications chez les enfants.Si les spécialistes rappellent régulièrement l’importance de se laver les mains avant de manger ou en sortant des toilettes par exemple, il n’est pas toujours évident d’avoir accès à une source d’eau. Ces dernières années, s’est ainsi répandu l’usage de gels appelés hydro-alcooliques à appliquer sur les mains pour les nettoyer. Des produits qui rencontrent aujourd’hui tellement de succès qu’il n’est pas rare de voir quelqu’un l’utiliser à l’extérieur ou dans les transports. Toutefois, ces gels ne seraient pas sans danger en particulier pour les enfants, d’après une étude réalisée par les Centres antipoison et de toxicovigilance pour l’Afssaps.Reprise par la revue Prescrire, cette étude révèle qu’en 2009 “248 cas d’exposition aux produits hydro-alcooliques pour lavage des mains ont entraîné des symptômes” comme des irritations, un état de somnolence ou d’agitation et même d’ébriété chez des enfants. Des expositions causées dans la plupart des cas par une ingestion accidentelle du produit et dans 35% par un contact avec les yeux. Or, selon les résultats d’analyse dévoilés, plus de 50% des personnes souffrant de ces symptômes étaient âgées de moins de quatre ans.  Dans son article, la revue Prescrire raconte ainsi le cas d’une petite fille de moins de cinq ans qui a dû être hospitalisée. “Elle a été présentée à un service d’urgence après avoir ingéré environ 170 millilitres d’une solution hydro-alcoolique pour les mains. Elle était hypnotique mais consciente. Une heure après l’ingestion, l’alcoolémie était de 2,2 grammes par litre. Après une nuit d’observation les symptômes se sont amendés”, rapporte France Soir. Des gels à tenir “hors de portée” des enfants À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Le taux d’alcoolémie de la fillette n’a toutefois rien d’étonnant tandis que “la dose d’éthanol pouvant entraîner des complications a été estimée (en 2001 par Mc Guigan) à 1,5 ml/kg de poids corporel, soit environ une cuillère à soupe pour un enfant de 10-12 kg, c’est-à-dire âgé de 1 à 2 ans”, explique l’Afssaps dans son rapport. Selon Prescrire, des effets neuropsychiques de l’alcool sont ainsi survenus dans 12 cas : ébriété (5 fois), agitation (4 fois), somnolence (2 fois), confusion (1 fois). Dans d’autres cas, notamment aux États-Unis, l’intoxication a même conduit au coma.Si la texture des gels n’est pas vraiment repoussante, la plupart d’entre eux ont normalement un mauvais goût. Mais certains fabricants proposent des parfums qui peuvent davantage attirer les enfants. Dans tous les cas, Prescrire rappelle l’importance de tenir ces produits “hors de portée des enfants” et de veiller à ce que leur utilisation reste “exceptionnelle, c’est-à-dire uniquement en l’absence de point d’eau”.Le 5 avril 2012 à 11:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Tomodensitométrie scanner définition déroulement et risques

first_imgTomodensitométrie : définition, comment se passe un examen, et y a-t-il des risques ?Plus communément appelée scanner, la tomodensitométrie (TDM) ou tomographie axiale commandée par ordinateur (TACO) désigne une technique d’imagerie médicale qui permet d’obtenir des clichés en 3D de différents organes du corps humain. Ses indications sont particulièrement nombreuses.Qu’est-ce que la tomodensitométrie ?Cerveau, vaisseaux sanguins, squelette, voies respiratoires, poumons, tissus mous… La grande majorité des parties du corps peuvent être explorées par tomodensitométrie. Ainsi, cet examen scanographique s’avère très utile pour détecter et diagnostiquer de nombreuses affections ou anomalies anatomiques. Il permet, entre autres, de localiser une tumeur et d’évaluer le stade d’un cancer. La tomodensitométrie est également indiquée dans le cadre du suivi d’un traitement ou pour détecter une éventuelle récidive cancéreuse. Basée sur l’utilisation des rayons X, cette technique d’imagerie médicale permet d’obtenir des images en coupes des zones ciblées grâce à des ordinateurs qui vont traduire les signaux émis par les rayonnements lorsqu’ils traversent la matière vivante.Tomodensitométrie : comment se déroule l’examen ?S’il est généralement pratiqué au sein d’un centre hospitalier, l’examen scanographique peut également être réalisé dans certains centres spécialisés. Il faut prévoir environ une heure pour réaliser une tomodensitométrie, voire davantage si le patient est sédaté. Certaines tomodensitométries nécessitent une préparation préalable : lavement, injection d’un produit de contraste, être à jeun… À lire aussiL’Erascan plus qu’un simple effaceur de tableauCes indications sont généralement données par le service avant le jour de l’examen. Le jour J, le patient est pris en charge par un technicien en radiologie. Il devra s’allonger sur la table du scanner en suivant les instructions du manipulateur. La table d’examen est ensuite glissée vers l’intérieur de l’appareil de tomodensitométrie. Selon les cas, il sera nécessaire que le patient retienne sa respiration pendant plusieurs secondes le temps que la caméra réalise les différents clichés.Tomodensitométrie : quels sont les risques pour la santé ?Si les radiations ionisantes sont faibles, elles restent toutefois plus importantes que celles émises par l’environnement ou lors d’une radiographie classique. Ce rayonnement peut accroître lerisque de cancer même si ce dernier reste infime. C’est la raison pour laquelle ce type d’appareil fait l’objet de contrôles techniques réguliers afin de contrôler la dose de rayon émise. En outre, la tomodensitométrie est rarement préconisée en première intention, mais est souvent prescrite à la suite d’autres examens ayant démontré certaines anomalies. Dans 5 % des cas, les patients ayant subi une injection d’un liquide de contraste développent une allergiequi va se caractériser par des troubles gastro-intestinaux, des difficultés respiratoires, des œdèmes… Généralement, il s’agit d’une réaction bénigne et passagère.Le 28 juillet 2017 à 16:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Paco Alcácer on his time at Barcelona and the opportunities

first_imgBorussia Dortmund Paco Alcácer talked about his time at Barcelona and the opportunities found in the Bundesliga.He adds that in Spain playing time were not afforded. He also imagines the possibility of playing together with Achraf Hakimi at the Santiago Bernabéu one day.“Coming home to Spain is always a nice feeling, in Germany, everyone’s a bit surprised at how much time we get off at Christmas,” he stated via AS“We were back on the 4th and have been training twice a day since the 5th; we’ve come here to work, to get back into the rhythm and so it’s like a sort of mini pre-season. It requires a different mentality because it’s another form of training”.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“It doesn’t bother me to watch Barça’s games but I do put the TV on to watch them. I’ve got friends in the squad, players I really get along well with”.Leo Messi: “I never had any problems with anyone at Barça and even less with Messi. He wrote to me when I left the team”.“If a player feels they are important then they are capable of doing practically anything. Confidence is the base in everything. You need confidence from everyone – the coaching staff, team mates, club directors… now I feel like a more complete player, more a footballer. I think I’m a better player and a better person”.“Would I like to play for Real Madrid? I’m only focused on where I am right now”.last_img read more

Millions of Chickens dead in the US means more expensive eggs in

first_img Further investigation warranted in death of Provo man Haitian gov’t official under investigation commits suicide Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Jun 2015 – What does the sanctioned slaughter and mass deaths of 43 million chickens in 15 United States have to do with us here in the Turks and Caicos; well according to Graceway Supermarkets it has led to more expensive eggs in the grocery store. Since an outbreak of Avian Influenza or Bird Flu in the leading egg producing states in the US, the market has seen a 120% spike in egg costs since April due to the extreme shortage of the breakfast time staple. It is being called the most catastrophic hit to the industry ever, with 10% of the United States’ hen laying chickens wiped out. Ken Burns, General Manager of Graceway Supermarkets brought the issue to light in a press release yesterday to Magnetic Media; he says it explains the rise in prices of eggs imported from the US. Related Items:chicken, death, gracewaY SUPERMARKETS, ken burns, US Recommended for you No medical report yet in Capron deathlast_img read more

DOD Orders Civilian Hiring Freeze

first_imgThe Pentagon has implemented a civilian hiring freeze for the office of the secretary of defense (OSD), defense agencies and field activities, Defense News reported Thursday.The freeze went into effect March 20 as the result of an order from Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, and applies to all vacant full-time and part-time, temporary and permanent civilian positions, according to the story.DOD has been trying to reduce its staffing since a 2013 memo from then-Secretary Chuck Hagel directed major DOD headquarters activities to cut personnel by 20 percent. Last August, Work issued a memo requiring major DOD headquarters activities to plan for a 25 percent reduction in funding for fiscal years 2017 to 2020, effectively extending the earlier cost-cutting initiative.The freeze also is being spurred by language in the fiscal 2016 omnibus spending package requiring $250 million in cuts to streamline DOD headquarters staffing and improve estimates of the size of its civilian workforce.In March 22 testimony, Pentagon Comptroller Mike McCord acknowledged the need to trim the number of headquarters employees. “We have instructions, both internal and from the Congress to hold down civilian [jobs] commensurate with draw down in the military, and we recognize that mandate,” McCord said.During two Senate Armed Services Committee hearings last fall, experts said DOD is getting less bang for its buck. The joint staff has expanded to more than 4,000 employees, the office of the secretary of Defense to 5,000 and the combatant commands have grown to more than 38,000, said Michèle Flournoy, a former DOD undersecretary for policy.Arnold Punaro, a former Marine Corps major general, called the freeze a “prudent move” but underscored the need for the department to get a handle on a baseline count of its civilian workforce.“I have argued for years that there should be authorized numbers for OSD, JCS [Joint Chiefs of Staff] and the other HQ elements just like we do for active duty and Guard and reserve end strengths. That is the only true way to control headcount and it would cover all categories, not just defense civilians,” Punaro told Defense News. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more