Protect Your Feet This Winter With Muckboots’ Arctic Excursion Boot

first_img The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather Editors’ Recommendations One of the absolute worst parts of winter is cold feet.Whether you’re commuting across town, exploring an abandoned trail, or working in a snow covered horse pasture, happy feet make a world of difference when the mercury starts falling. We came across The Muckboot Company at Outdoor Retailer earlier this summer. After a few weeks of testing a pair of their Arctic Excursion ($140) boots in conditions ranging from dusty barns at nine-thousand feet, to frigid fall mornings working in corrals and pastures, we’re thoroughly impressed.The first thing you’ll notice is the comfort fit. Like all Muckboots, these feature a soft liner that provides an excellent degree of insulation and moisture-wicking. We didn’t find any issues with sweat up to the mid-forties temperature-wise, and with a cold rating of negative forty, you’d be hard pressed to find a boot as warm as these, with such a wide comfort range. When temperatures do call for that extra insulation, you’ll be glad you sprang for the Flex-Foam upper and thick EVA midsole – No amount of standing in the snow will sap warmth away from your feet. The uppers hit twelve inches up your leg, so it will be a rare event to find snow or mud deep enough to give you any trouble.The outsole is aggressive enough to handle serious mud (and with three horses in the pasture and fall storms, we dealt with plenty), and soft enough that it grips slippery ice. No matter if you’re out running holiday errands, mucking out barn stalls, or shoveling your driveway, you’ll be surefooted. We especially liked that the entire lower foot is wrapped in thick rubber. It provided a little extra protection from yard tools, hooves, and the odd four-wheeler tire that we encountered.Of course, if you want to get a pair with our favorite feature, the all-new Buffalo Plaid patterned upper, you’ll have to wait patiently for the holidays. The Arctic Excursion is available now in Black and Chocolate Brown. Plaid Boots will hit the market in early December. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weather Madewell Men’s Fall Collection Has All Your New Favorites The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventurelast_img read more

Finance Minister Hails Public Sector Agreement

first_imgFinance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, says the signing of an agreement with public sector unions, has provided a level of certainty in the wage bill, without which there would be no deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He said the IMF is “concerned that there should be little risk of surprises” which would require sharply higher expenditure on the part of the Government over the period. The workers’ commitment to wage restraint, over the next three years, provides a certainty as to the trajectory of the wage bill, he stated. In addition to the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) and the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU), approximately 20 other unions representing public sector workers, signed the Heads of Agreement for the 2012-2015 contract period on Wednesday, March 6, at the Office of the Prime Minister. Dr. Phillips said that with the signing, the country has substantially crossed the last remaining barrier to securing a financing agreement with the IMF. “Today’s signing marks, for us, a point of conclusion, once we get all the other groups who have already committed to sign, of the prior action requirements,” he stated. The Finance Minister pointed out that the agreement takes into account the realities of the country’s economic situation. He commended the public sector workers, noting that the agreement “represents a supreme act of patriotism”. He also hailed the bond holders, whom he said, made a similar sacrifice by participating in the National Debt Exchange (NDX). Dr. Phillips said the wage agreement is based on commitments by the Government in relation to non wage issues, including improvements in the working conditions and training for public sector workers. The Government has also agreed to effectively carry out its responsibilities under the Economic Reform Programme as well as ensure growth and job creation in the Jamaican economy. In the meantime, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, with responsibility for the Public Service, Hon. Horace Dalley, who led negotiations on behalf of the Government, said there is an Omnibus Clause in the Heads of Agreement, which requires that all other matters that there might be discrepancy about, will be resolved within 60 days. “This goes to the good faith and trust that has been developed with the unions,” he stated.last_img read more

Bridge Award Honours Local Emerging Producers

first_imgTwo Nova Scotia producers are a step closer to creating their projects by winning the 2009 Bridge Award, sponsored by Film Nova Scotia and CBC Television. Kevin Kincaid and Rebecca Sharratt of Halifax were selected by a panel of industry professionals as winners of the award that provides up-and-coming talent a chance to produce a program for broadcast in the Atlantic region. “The Bridge Award is a fantastic opportunity and I am thrilled we have been chosen to move into production out of the many qualified and talented teams that applied,” said Ms. Sharratt. “The award affords me the opportunity to step fully into the role of producer and with the guidance and support of Film Nova Scotia and CBC, along with that of my executive-producer mentor Kimberlee McTaggart, I am going into this newfound territory with confidence.” What Remains, Ms. Sharratt’s project, is a strong portrayal of the complex relationships that exist within families and how illness can impact them and ultimately how we view life and love. Bernard the Magician, Mr. Kincaid’s project, is the story of how one magic loving social misfit redeems himself despite his lack of talent, no family support and a group of jeering 10-year-olds determined to tear him down. “The Bridge Award is an important step towards my goal of producing dramatic format,” said Mr. Kincaid. “It is a great chance to build long-term relationships in the Nova Scotia Film community and to build confidence in myself that says I can be a part of growing and sustaining an industry.” Each project will receive $20,000 in equity funding from Film Nova Scotia and an equal amount, in the form of licences and services, from the CBC, which will broadcast the finished program. More information on the Bridge Award can be found at .last_img read more

Astronaut David SaintJacques to be first Canadian to perform spacewalk in 12

first_imgLONGUEUIL, Que. — Astronaut David Saint-Jacques will become the first Canadian spacewalker in 12 years when he embarks on a roughly seven-hour mission planned for today.Canadian Space Agency robotics flight controllers will provide support to the Canadian astronaut while he performs his mission with NASA astronaut Anne McClain.Saint-Jacques’ spacewalk comes on his first posting to the International Space Station.It is scheduled to begin just after 8 a.m. EDT. It involves several tasks, including relocating a battery adaptor plate, upgrading the station’s wireless communication system and connecting jumper cables along the midpoint of the station’s main truss to give Canadarm2 an alternative power source.Canadarm 2 is a sort of robotic hand that is crucial to maintaining the space station, and the cables would allow the arm to make repairs in case of an outage without requiring a spacewalk.  The Canadian record for the most spacewalks is held by retired astronaut Dave Williams, who ventured outside the space station three times during a 2007 mission for a total of nearly 18 hours.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Doc who sexually assaulted sedated patients not credible parole board says

first_imgTORONTO — An anesthesiologist who sexually assaulted 21 sedated women during their surgeries shows little insight into the trauma he inflicted on them, the Parole Board of Canada said in denying his bid for early release.In written reasons released this week, the board repeatedly noted that Dr. George Doodnaught showed little insight into his crimes committed at a north Toronto hospital.“You deny committing the offences and blamed the anesthetics for the patients’ belief that they had been assaulted,” the parole board said. “In some cases, you manipulated the victims into believing that they had initiated the sexual contact or that they had engaged you in explicit sexual conversation.”Doodnaught, 70, was arrested in March 2010 and given a 10-year sentence in 2013 for sexually assaulting women 25 to 75 years old over a four-year period. Evidence at trial was that the upper bodies of his semi-conscious victims were shielded by draping, allowing him to sexually assault them in various ways unseen by the rest of the surgical team. His appeal of conviction and sentence was dismissed.In support of his parole bid, Doodnaught admitted to having a “touchy-feely” approach. He said he had pioneered a technique of pinching the abdomens and breasts of female patients to gauge the degree of sedation.The board called the explanation an attempt at justifying his crimes and said it demonstrated his “well documented arrogance” and lack of insight.“Your explanations were not credible,” the decision states.At a hearing April 10 in Gravenhurst, Ont., where he sought day and full parole, Doodnaught claimed “profound empathy” for his victims He offered supportive letters, while some observers were on hand to show support for his release. He said he planned to spend retirement puttering around the house or volunteering.Doodnaught, a full-time unit cleaner in prison, did face a minor and later withdrawn in-custody charge for breaching the rules by having a tube of black hair dye but correctional authorities recommended granting him day parole. The two-member panel also noted he had spent almost 3 1/2 years on pre-trial bail without issue.The board also heard from two victims, who described the ongoing serious psychological trauma his acts inflicted on them, and pressed him to account for his behaviour.Doodnaught admitted to using “impression management” to get what he wanted, a trait he had exhibited for years, the board said. For that reason, the panel found his written statements not credible and denounced his arrogance and desire for power and control as risk factors.The Scottish-educated thrice-married father of five worked for 34 years as an anesthesiologist until his arrest. The board noted an escalation in his offending in the weeks leading up to his apprehension. Overall, the board said it placed significant weight on his lack of insight.The prisoner, the board said, demonstrated a “demeaning attitude” toward women.“Your suggested issues around power and control, as they relate to sexual deviancy, remain unexplained by you even though you have identified them as contributing to your actions,” the panel said. “The board is therefore extremely concerned about your risk to reoffend given your lack of insight.”Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Israeli Minister: “Israel Will Continue Visits to the Arab World”

Rabat – Recent reports have indicated diplomatic “normalization” between Israel and a number of Arab countries, especially the Gulf States.In a speech on Saturday, Hezbollah’s Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah fumed at the growing diplomatic gains. Brandishing the Palestinian cause as a diplomatic red line, Nasrallah said that befriending Israel is a betrayal of the people of Palestine.“We condemn any normalization with the Zionist entity,” Nasrallah said. He added: “The current normalization has put an end to Arab hypocrisy, and removed the mask from the swindlers and hypocrites.” Israel’s rejoinder was quick to come. Speaking on behalf of the Israeli government on Sunday, Regrev slammed the leader of Hezbollah, promising that “Israel will continue normalization with the Arab World.”“To the terrorist Nasrallah: I heard the things you said yesterday about the prime minister and myself and the hospitality we received in the Gulf States. I saw how painful it is for you that there is someone in the Arab world who embraces us and desires us,” Regev retorted. She continued: “We will continue to visit the Arab countries and aspire to peace as the Jewish people have always aspired to…. We will continue to extend a hand to peace and you will continue to threaten the State of Israel and its citizens and engage in terror.”In late October, Negrev was spotted at the Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed grand mosque wearing traditional Emirati garments. The Israeli official, who accompanied her country’s judo team at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, was extended an official visit by officials in the United Arab Emirate in order to tour the country’s largest mosque, which is also the world’s third-largest mosque. Negrev said that during her trip to Abu Dhabi, the hospitality and the warmth that characterized her stay signaled a new chapter in Israel’s relations with the Arab World.“I am happy that I was privileged to be the first senior official from Israel to sign the mosque’s guest book,” she said on Facebook. She called her tour of the mosque a  “dream come true” and the beginning of dawn of a new era for Israel’s diplomatic push in the Arab world.Meanwhile, many in the Arab world have expressed discontent with news of normalization between the state of Israel and fellow “Arab brothers.”In his closing speech at the MEDays forum on November 10, Saeb Erakat, chief negotiator and secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, received a standing ovation when he remarked that there is no normalization with Israel until its forces liberate the “occupied Palestinian territories.”According to Erakat, Palestinians are today living under conditions that are “worse than the darkest hours of apartheid in South Africa.” read more

Morocco and Mauritania to Exchange Gas and Mining Expertise

Rabat – Morocco and Mauritania signed a partnership agreement in the fields of hydrocarbons and mines, on Wednesday in Nouakchott.The Director General of the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM), Amina Benkhadra, signed the agreement with the Director General of the Mauritanian Company of Hydrocarbons and Mining Heritage (SMHPM), Fall N’Guissaly.The convention aims to strengthen the exchange of expertise, training and know-how in the field of hydrocarbons between the two countries, said Benkhadra in a statement to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). Benkhadra added that Morocco and Mauritinia signed the convention on the sidelines of the 5th Mauritanides conference-exhibition of the oil and mining sector in Mauritania, which is being held in Nouakchott, December 11-13.A Moroccan delegation led by the Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, Aziz Rabbah is participating in the Also: Morocco Approves Predator Oil’s License for Gas Exploration in GuercifONHYM’s director also said that the conference is a great opportunity to make contacts with various companies in the fields of hydrocarbons and mines, and with Mauritanian officials.Benkhadra stressed that “this is an opportunity for us to discuss with our Mauritanian counterparts in order to reinforce the cooperation that is already of a high quality between our two bodies (ONHYM and SMHPM) and to consider the various ways of evolution of this partnership.” She also added that the conference is of great importance because it is being held at a time when Mauritania intends to develop its sector and is also an opportunity to promote Moroccan potentialities and to exchange with industry operators on collaboration opportunities between the different parties.The conference is attended by 1500 people, including 100 exhibitors, and the organization of 70 conferences presented by 30 countries.A large Moroccan delegation of operators led by president of the General Confederation of Enterprises in Morocco (CGEM), Salaheddine Mezouar, will visit Mauritania to take part of the Morocco-Mauritania Economic Forum.Scheduled for December 16-18, the economic forum will explore business and investment opportunities and boost trade links between the private sectors of the two countries. read more

Asian, Asian American heroes to power Marvel comics series

Asian superheroes — assemble.Marvel Comics is giving ink to an unprecedented team-up of its mightiest Asian and Asian American heroes, also known as the new Agents of Atlas. Established icons like martial arts master Shang-Chi and newbies like Wave, the first Filipino superhero, will team up in a stand-alone, five-part comic book series starting this summer, the publishing giant told The Associated Press Thursday.The roster of 10 super-powered pan-Asian champions made their debut as a team earlier this month in “The War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas.” That comic book is one piece of an ongoing saga involving several different groups across the Marvel universe, including the Avengers, doing battle with a fire goddess. But the exclusively Asian limited series is set to roll out in August.The man leading the heroic charge is veteran comic book writer Greg Pak. Pak is credited with ushering in a new era of Asian characters in co-creating Amadeus Cho, a Korean-American genius teen. The character first appeared in 2005. A decade later, he absorbed the Hulk’s powers and started going by Brawn.“It’s always been my dream to do a team book using a bunch of Asian and Asian American heroes,” said Pak, who thinks there’s more appetite for representation with the success of the movie “Crazy Rich Asians.” ”There’s literally never been a better time in my memory with more opportunities for doing work that specifically includes Asian and Asian American characters.”The decades-old character of Agent Jimmy Woo (portrayed by Randall Park in last year’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp” movie) leads the pack as head of the revived secret protection society Atlas. Others getting in on the action include Brawn and Cindy Moon, who is the Korean American web-shooter Silk.Other recruits have only previously been seen in Marvel video games or web comics only available in Asian countries. Among them is Korea-born Luna Snow a.k.a. Seol Hee, a K-pop star who can manipulate frozen elements. There’s also Aero and Sword Master, the products of creatives in China.“That kind of diversity within diversity is amazing,” said Pak, who is half-Korean and half-white. “No one character here has to represent all Asian-ness or Asian American-ness. That’s a ridiculous demand for any character.”The rest of the “Atlas” creative team includes writer Jeff Parker and artists Nico Leon and Carlo Pagulayan. In the series, the do-gooders find that someone has flipped a switch and created a “cross-Asian portal city” called Pan. In Pan, Asian neighbourhoods get geographically scrambled and then stitched together into one city. So, the streets of Tokyo could be next to neighbourhoods from Honolulu, Manila and some of Marvel’s fictitious Asian countries.Filipino American Loren Javier, 50, discusses Marvel comics on his “Castles, Capes & Clones” blog and podcast. There were few Asian characters in the lexicon he could look up to as a child, and many were often stereotypical mystics or man-servants.“I love Marvel but I didn’t necessarily see myself in the comics,” said Javier, who recalls being teased by a classmate who called him “the enemy.”“Now, finally, I think about kids who are reading this new generation of comics and heroes and getting to see themselves a little bit more,” Javier said. “It’s very powerful.”Charlie Kirihara, who is half Japanese and half white, was thrilled by “New Agents of Atlas” and tweeted at Pak and Marvel pleading for more content.Kirihara, 26, said it was a welcome change to see characters that represented Asian and American cultures in “The War of the Realms.”“I read through the book and realized that was the first time I’ve read a comic book that was all these Asian characters and that wasn’t manga written in Japan,” Kirihara said, referring to a genre of comics or graphic novels. “I want to see it have legs beyond this storyline.”That’s Pak’s wish as well. But it depends on how Marvel finds the fan response.“If people buy the heck out of it, I’m happy to keep writing them,” Pak said.___Terry Tang is a member of the AP’s race and ethnicity team. Follow her on Twitter at Tang, The Associated Press read more

Ottawa is a lot less in the red than the Liberals had

OTTAWA — The federal government ran a deficit of $11.5 billion over the first 11 months of its 2016-17 fiscal year, putting it well ahead of its spring budget forecast with one month to go. The result compared with a surplus of $7.5 billion during the April-to-February period a year earlier.Not counting a $3-billion contingency cushion, Ottawa’s spring budget projected a deficit of $23 billion for 2016-17.However, Robert Kavcic, senior economist at the Bank of Montreal, cautioned that the government generally runs a large deficit in March as Canadians file their tax returns and receive their refunds.Ottawa is now $14 billion in the red, compared with a $3.2 billion surplus last year“It is going to take us closer and the remainder is probably something that we’ve been seeing already for a while in that a lot of the stimulus spending is taking a little bit longer to get out the door than maybe originally thought,” he said.Ottawa ran a deficit of $9.4 billion in March 2016, $3 billion in March 2015 and $6.7 billion in March 2014.The monthly fiscal monitor report said government revenue for the first 11 months of its 2016-17 fiscal year fell $400 million to $265.1 billion as personal income tax revenue fell, but corporate income tax revenue grew.Program spending increased $20 billion to $254.6 billion.Public debt charges fell $1.5 billion to $22 billion due in large part to lower average effective interest rates.In a separate report Friday, the Parliamentary Budget Office forecast Ottawa will run a deficit of $20.7 billion for the 2016-17 fiscal year.The PBO noted the prediction was $1.6 billion lower than it projected in October, due to higher estimated income tax revenue, especially from corporations.However, the PBO said that compared with its October forecast that deficits over 2017-18 to 2021-22 would be on average $2.2 billion higher due to increased program spending.“More than half of the projected spending increase reflects new policy decisions, such as the indexation of children’s benefits as well as higher transfers to subnational governments for infrastructure and health care,” the PBO report said.“In addition, higher interest rates contribute to increased public debt interest costs over the medium term.” read more

Workshop to provide tips for workplace leaders

Managing people is one of the most important and challenging aspects of a leadership role.An upcoming Coaching Best Practices workshop offers Brock supervisors, managers, chairs and directors a high-level overview of how to build and maintain constructive and supportive relationships with staff and co-workers.The session takes place on Wednesday, May 16 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in Thistle Hall 253 and will be facilitated by Neil Culp, Director, Organizational Development and Effectiveness, Human Resources.It will examine topics such as team culture, staff motivation, employee development, accountability and how to address performance concerns through positive and constructive feedback.Interested employees are asked to register online on Focus on Learning. Space is limited to 30 participants.A second, duplicate workshop is planned for Wednesday, July 18 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is also on Focus on Learning. read more

The Sports Equinox Is Upon Us

Oct. 21, 1973WS Game 71235 Oct. 27, 1985WS Game 71315 Nov. 1, 2009WS Game 41274 Nov. 1, 2010WS Game 5133 Nov. 4, 2001WS Game 71374 Oct. 22, 1972WS Game 71235 Oct. 14, 1973WS Game 21235 Oct. 19, 1980WS Game 51336 Oct. 17, 1971WS Game 71236 Oct. 14, 1979WS Game 51337 Oct. 12, 1980NLCS Game 51348 EQUINOX DATEMLBNFLNBANHL Oct. 15, 1978WS Game 51355 Game 5 of the World Series is tonight, and it could be a deciding one: The Kansas City Royals are looking to finish off the New York Mets after going ahead 3-1 in the series. But Sunday also includes 12 NFL games, seven NBA matchups, and five NHL contests. That makes today a very special day: a sports equinox.A sports equinox occurs when the four major U.S. leagues — MLB, the NFL, the NBA and the NHL — all play at least one game. There’s a very narrow scheduling window when this can happen: Nowadays the MLB season and the start of the NBA season overlap by just a few days or not at all, depending on the NBA tip-off date and the length of the World Series.By our count this will be the 15th equinox in history, and the first since 2010.1We identified equinoxes using scheduling data from the sites. Equinoxes, by our definition, were not possible before the inaugural NBA/BAA season in 1946. They did not used to be so rare: There were nine equinoxes between 1971 and 1980 (when the NBA season tipped off in the first half of October), and several years have more than one. Here’s the full list: GAMES Phoenix, of all places, is the only city to play in all four parts of an equinox. On November 4th, 2001, the Arizona Cardinals lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Phoenix Coyotes lost to the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Phoenix Suns lost to the Houston Rockets. The Diamondbacks salvaged the day, winning Game 7 over the Yankees to capture the city’s first and only championship across the four leagues.2The Mercury, Phoenix’s WNBA team, have three titles of their own.New York and Kansas City sports fans have less luck today. K.C.’s NHL and NBA franchises left for other locales decades ago, and both the Knicks and the Nets are off. But New York has its own packed calendar on Sunday: beyond the World Series and both NFL and NHL matchups, the Red Bulls play their first game of the MLS conference semifinals, and around 50,000 runners will compete in the NYC marathon. It may not quite be an equinox, but it’s still a huge day for NYC sports. Nov. 2, 2009WS Game 5153 Nov. 1, 2015WS Game 51275 Oct. 15, 1972WS Game 21236 read more

MOU for Kalkaroo study signed with Chinese copper producer

first_imgHavilah Resources Ltd has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Wanbao Mining Ltd for the completion of a pre-feasibility study (PFS) for the Kalkaroo copper-gold project in northeast South Australia. This follows on from a six month period of due diligence conducted by Wanbao on the project and the recent announcement of an upgrade of the Kalkaroo resource. Wanbao, at its expense, has engaged RPMGlobal (RPM), an independent mining consulting firm, to manage and complete the PFS work that will draw on RPM’s extensive combined Chinese and Australian experience and expertise.Wanbao Mining is a substantial, Beijing based, international copper and cobalt producer.The objective of the PFS, which is scheduled to be completed in six months, is to provide sufficient information for Wanbao to make a decision on its future participation in financing and development of Kalkaroo (the MOU is non-binding in terms of any further investment beyond the PFS at this time). Havilah has agreed to provide Wanbao with a period of exclusivity for the duration of the PFS study plus an additional two months, until approximately the end of January 2018.Commenting on the MOU, Havilah Managing Director, Dr Chris Giles: “We are delighted to have formed a co-operative relationship with Wanbao Mining, which is a well-respected and successful Beijing based off-shore copper and cobalt producer, with sizeable mining operations in Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of Congo.“The PFS will primarily address the development implications of the recently upgraded resource for Kalkaroo and will increase the confidence in the final processing circuit and associated capital and operating costs for an expanded operation.“This will be very much a co-operative effort with Wanbao bringing its extensive copper processing expertise to the table and Havilah contributing its resource and mine planning knowledge of the Kalkaroo deposit. RPM will co-ordinate the PFS and utilize its pool of highly experienced technical experts across the mining value chain to validate and add value to the study.“It is our shared intention that at the end of the PFS Wanbao will be in possession of all required information to enable a decision on participation in the future development of the Kalkaroo project.Kalkaroo is one of the largest undeveloped copper-gold projects in Australia, containing JORC Measured, Indicated and Inferred resources of 232 Mt of copper and gold for over 1.1 Mt of copper and 3.3 Moz of gold. The project is capable of producing high quality copper-gold concentrates plus copper metal (as native copper) and gold doré. To develop the Kalkaroo project at an optimum mining and throughput rate requires a major capital investment and considerable mining and processing expertise.Wanbao Mining is a Beijing-based specialist international mining company with substantial copper mining operations in Myanmar and copper and cobalt mining and smelting operations in the DRC. Currently Wanbao controls resources of more than 9 Mt of copper, 400,000 t of cobalt and 800 t of platinum. This year Wanbao is targeting 150,000 t of cathode copper production from its Myanmar operations, where it has successfully developed and applied proprietary bacterial leaching technology.last_img read more

Immersive simulators helping Freeport LHD operators train for semiauto

first_imgFreeport McMoRan (FMI) in Indonesia is using training simulators from Immersive Technologies to prepare operators for Caterpillar’s semi-autonomous LHD operations with Cat Command for underground. Command for underground automates the tramming and dumping component of an underground loader’s load-haul-dump cycle.The operator has the ability to control the machine from an office or remote location away from the hazards of the underground mine. One or more machines can be controlled at once, enhancing operator safety and optimising production between multiple machines. In the past Command for underground operators were required to have experience operating the LHD R1600G but with the training features of the Immersive Technologies simulator they are now able to train non-operators.The trainees are given 10 hours of classroom training followed by 20 hours in the LHD R1600G IM360 simulator. Upon completion they then complete further 20 hours of training within the Immersive Technologies’ Command for underground simulator where they advance to practical training and evaluation.“The realism and functionality of our simulators at FMI had to be very authentic as many of the trainees had never been in an LHD. Trainees needed to build up basic operating skills before they could even begin Command for underground Training. The blended learning from our IM360 and Command for Underground simulators delivered a seamless training experience,” says Ravitha Sukumaran, Product Manager at Immersive Technologies.last_img read more

Neuropolis un centre suisse dédié aux neurosciences

first_imgNeuropolis : un centre suisse dédié aux neurosciences Quelque 110 millions de francs suisses (91 millions d’euros), vont être investis dans la création d’un centre de recherche dédié aux neurosciences. Un projet dont le coup d’envoi vient d’être donné, soutenu par Genève et le canton de Vaud, dont l’ambition est de devenir “l’équivalent du CERN(Organisation européenne pour la recherche nucléaire) pour le cerveau”.Soutenus par la Confédération helvétique et la firme Rolex, la ville de Genève et le canton de Vaud viennent de lancer l’ambitieux projet Neuropolis. Mené par l’École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) et les Universités de Lausanne et de Genève, il vise à offrir à la Suisse “la première place dans les recherches sur le cerveau” a affirmé le recteur de l’Université de Genève Jean-Dominique Vassalli, cité par Le Matin.Comme l’explique l’EPFL sur son site Internet, Neuropolis “se matérialise par la construction de deux pôles, à Lausanne et à Genève”, dont la création coûtera quelque 110 millions de francs suisses, soit 91 millions d’euros. Le canton de Vaud apportera 35 millions de francs mais aussi “un bout de terrain stratégique” situé sur le campus des hautes écoles UNIL-EPFL. Il accueillera une infrastructure de recherche et un concours d’architecture sera lancé d’ici à la fin de l’année ou début 2013 pour voir la construction commencer en 2014 et s’achever fin 2015.”Nous voulons construire l’équivalent du CERN(où est abrité le LHC, le grand collisionneur de particules, NDLR) pour le cerveau, c’est à dire une plateforme dont la puissance de calcul et les logiciels seront à disposition des neuroscientifiques et biologistes du monde entier” explique Patrick Aebischer, le directeur de l’EPFL, cité par Sciences et Avenir.Une plateforme pour modéliser le cerveau humainÀ lire aussiLe mariage aiderait à prévenir les risques de démence, mais pourquoi ?Un autre site, proche des Hôpitaux universitaires de Genève, hébergera quant à lui “un nouvel Institut d’imagerie moléculaire translationnelle qui mettra en œuvre des essais pré-cliniques”. Le CentreNeuropolis accueillera en outre la plate-forme de simulation Blue Brain Project, qui a pour but de modéliser le cerveau humain de façon numérique. Ce projet pourrait l’année prochaine être rebaptisé Human Brain Project (HBP) et obtenir le soutien de l’Union européenne. Il a en effet été présélectionné par l’UE et devrait alors se voir doter d’un milliard d’euros sur dix ans. C’est début 2013 que sera annoncée la décision définitive de l’Europe.Le 16 juin 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Kamals harsh word exposes his real character says Quader

first_imgAL general secretary Obaidul QuaderAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday said Kamal Hossain exposed his ‘real character’ by using ‘old Pakistani word ‘Khamosh’ [shut up] with a newsman, reports UNB.”He [Dr Kamal] couldn’t hide his real character through using the old Pakistani word ‘Khamosh’. Though he talks about principles, his real nature has got exposed to people,” he said.Obaidul Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, was talking to reporters after visiting Daganbhuiyan road expansion work in the morning.Dr Kamal has proved with his arrogance that he is the proponent of spoiled politics, he said.”BNP and Oikya Front have become desperate seeing the popularity of Boat. So, Kamal turned more reckless than a reckless driver. Now the country is seeing the mass surge of ‘boat’ and the ‘sheaf of paddy’ is nowhere,” he added.Blaming Oikya Front for the deterioration in law and order in the country, Quader said they started their terrorist acts through the attack on police at Paltan and is now creating chaos themselves to draw media’s attention.Local Awami League leaders and activists were present.last_img read more

Slow Down Campaign

first_imgWard 4 Council member Brandon Todd (D) and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser along with volunteers stood on the corner of Arkansas Avenue NW and Allison Street NW to caution drivers for a “Slow Down Campaign” for students attending their first day of school on Aug. 24. Bowser also greeted children attending Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter School.last_img

For 170000 You Can Buy Your Very Own Solar Car

first_img Tesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in MoscowToyota’s Electric Vehicle Will Transport 2020 Olympic Athletes, Visitors If you’re shopping for an EV right now, you’ve got a lot of great options. One of the newest is the Lightyear One, which stands out for one big reason. It’s solar powered.Most EVs can recharge their cells while driving thanks to features like regenerative breaking, but Lightyear’s massive solar panels take things to a whole new level.They don’t just cover the roof, either. The hood and the trunk are topped with solar cells as well. In total the Lightyear One sports nearly 54 square feet of cells that produce an extra 12km/hr of range. Overall, the company says that the battery and solar array provide up to 800 km (over 450 miles) of range.That’s the top end estimate, naturally. Even in winter with the heat cranked and the defrosters keeping your view clear Lightyear promises at least 400km at highway speed.Lightyear did a number of things to squeeze out as much range as possible. As with any vehicle design, two keys are aerodynamics and weight. The One’s profile helps it slice through the air.(Photo Credit: Lightyear)Its curb weight has been kept down through the use of high-tech materials, and the One’s battery adds less to the total than some of its plug-in competitors. That’s because it doesn’t have to be as large, what with the solar panels recharging it all the time.Being one of the first people one the planet to own the first mainstream solar car doesn’t come cheap. Material costs are high in the early going, notes Lightyear, which pushes the starting cost of the One to around $170,000.(Photo Credit: Lightyear)That’s around $40,000 more than a top-end Tesla Model S. Whether the bump in sticker price is enough to justify the convenience of never having to plug in, never having to pay for power (you can do both in a pinch, the One does have a charging port), and the price of admission to an exclusive club is up to you.So far, Lightyear has racked up 100 pre-orders.Watch: Elon Musk Has Some Advice About Charging Your Tesla BatteryMore on’s Newest EV Is an Ice Cream TruckWorld’s First Five-Seater Air Taxi Completes Test FlightBehold: The World’s First Fully Electric Classic Ford Bronco Stay on targetlast_img read more

Roads in Derbyshire closed due to snow

first_imgThis car aquaplaned on the A50 just across the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border (Image: Derbyshire Police) “The north west of the county has been hit hardest and gritting teams have been working through the night trying to keep routes clear in conditions that were worse than forecast. “We’re doing we all we can in this area to keep vital routes clear as snow continues to fall thick and fast. And we’ll keep monitoring the situation across the rest of the county throughout the day with lighter snow showers falling in places.” A Derbyshire Police spokesman said they had received reports of accidents across Derbyshire this morning – and asked motorists to consider whether their journey was really necessary. Read MoreM5 southbound closed due to accident Speaking at around 6.40am, he said: “In the past 20 minutes RTCs on A38 at Findern, A52 Derby bound near Junction 25 and now reports of an HGV stuck on the A57 Snake Pass. “Seriously, please consider before setting out if your journey is necessary, allow extra time and drive to the road conditions.” The Met Office Yellow Weather Warning for snow remains in force in the county until shortly before midnight tonight. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailRoads are blocked and there are reports of accidents on other routes across Derbyshire this Easter Monday as snow and heavy rain fall across the UK – including North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. Met Office Yellow Weather Warnings are in force across the region – and a number of roads are shut in Staffordshire’s neighbouring county as a result of heavy snow overnight. Among the major routes closed are the A53 between Leek and Buxton, the A54 between Buxton and Bosley and the A537 between Buxton and Macclesfield – with other accidents reported across the area and a lorry stuck on the A57 Snake Pass. The A6024 is also closed. A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said snow was continuing to fall in the county this morning and their gritters were doing everything they could. He said: “Four roads now closed in Derbyshire as heavy snow continues to fall. last_img read more

After 14 years Honduras Cuba sign agreement on territorial waters

first_imgTEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – The governments of Honduras and Cuba on Tuesday signed an agreement outlining territorial waters in the Caribbean, after several other attempts to reach an agreement fell short since talks began 14 years ago.Cuba’s director of consular affairs, Rafael Dausa Céspedes, and the coordinator of the Honduran Committee on Border Sovereignty, Roberto Quiñónez Arita signed the treaty on behalf of their countries.Under the new treaty, both countries defined their Exclusive Economic Zones, where they can exercise the exploitation of resources freely and without interference by other countries.Cuba and Honduras have had several unsuccessful attempts to officially mark their territorial waters since 1998.The two nations restored diplomatic ties in 2002 after having suspended relations in 1961 following the 1959 triumph of the Cuban Revolution led by Fidel Castro. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Costa Rica fans descend on Saint Petersburg

first_imgRelated posts:Serbia defeats Costa Rica 1-0 at the 2018 World Cup Costa Rica, Brazil battle rumors of tension and injury before high-stakes matchup A guide to watching the World Cup in Costa Rica Brazil knocks Costa Rica out of World Cup after hard-fought game A sea of red, white and blue, along with plenty of blue, yellow and green, brightened Saint Petersburg as the National Teams of Brazil and Costa Rica prepared to face off at the 2018 World Cup. As we publish these photos, the game is still at a scoreless tie. Take a look: A Costa Rica supporter cheers ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on June 22, 2018. AFP Photo / Olga Maltseva Paul Ellis / AFP Gabriel Bouys / AFP A Costa Rican fan at the Costa Rica vs Brazil match. Paul Ellis / AFP Paul Ellis / AFP Facebook Commentslast_img read more