Man 50s killed in workplace accident at Cork caravan park

first_img Short URL 2 Comments 21,396 Views Monday 20 Mar 2017, 2:49 PM By Daragh Brophy Share25 Tweet Email4 http://jrnl.ie/3297243 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 20th 2017, 2:49 PM The area near Fountainstown in Co Cork. A MAN IN his 50s has died following a workplace accident at a caravan park in Co Cork.It happened shortly after midday today, a Garda spokesperson confirmed.Emergency services remain at the scene at Fountainstown, where the accident took place.The man was pronounced dead at the scene.Separate Garda and Health and Safety Authority investigations are under way.Fountainstown is a village around 23km south of Cork city.Read: Judge rules winning gamblers have no legal guarantee of being paid > Man (50s) killed in workplace accident at Cork caravan park Separate Garda and Health and Safety Authority investigations are under way. The area near Fountainstown in Co Cork. last_img read more

Une nouvelle piste de traitement contre la tuberculose

first_imgUne nouvelle piste de traitement contre la tuberculoseUne équipe de scientifiques franco-britannique a découvert un acide aminé, l’aspartate, qui sert de source d’azote au bacille de la tuberculose. Cette avancée pourrait permettre de développer de nouveaux antibiotiques ainsi que de nouveaux vaccins contre la maladie.1,5 million de victimes. Ce sont les dégâts que provoque encore, chaque année, la tuberculose dans le monde. Un chiffre notamment dû à une hausse de la résistance des souches de la bactérie et à un vaccin, le BCG, parfois trop aléatoire. Aussi, les recherches se poursuivent pour tenter de lutter efficacement contre le bacille qui en est responsable, le Mycobacterium tuberculosis.C’est dans le cadre de ces études qu’une équipe de chercheurs franco-britannique impliquant des scientifiques du CNRS, de l’Inserm, de l’Institut Curie et de l’Université Toulouse III a fait une découverte intéressante.L’aspartate au cœur de la découverteEn se penchant sur le mécanisme permettant à M. tuberculosis de s’approvisionner en azote, les scientifiques ont étudié un transporteur d’acides aminés appelé AnsP1. Cette protéine a pour fonction de capturer de l’aspartate, un acide aminé, afin de l’introduire dans la bactérie. Après plusieurs essais, les chercheurs se sont aperçus que M. tuberculosis assimilait l’azote issu de l’aspartate.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? Mais ce n’est pas tout, ils ont également découvert que AnsP1 permettait au bacille de capturer l’azote de sa cellule-hôte. Pour vérifier cette découverte, des expériences in vivo ont été réalisées. Les chercheurs ont infecté des souris avec un bacille dont le transporteur AnsP1 était inactivé. Avec ce transporteur d’aspartate bloqué, la souche tuberculeuse s’est révélée fortement atténuée. Réduire la virulence de la bactérie Non seulement elle se multipliait plus lentement mais, en plus, elle endommageait beaucoup moins les poumons des souris que les souches normales, explique un communiqué du CNRS. Ces résultats révèlent un rôle insoupçonné pour le transporteur d’aspartate dans la virulence de la mycobactérie. Affecter ce transporteur pourrait donc permettre de réduire cette virulence, d’après les chercheurs et ouvrir une nouvelle voie dans le traitement de la tuberculose.  Par exemple, AnsP1 et les autres molécules intervenant dans le métabolisme de l’aspartate pourraient constituer des cibles de choix pour de nouveaux traitements antibiotiques. En outre, la souche contenant l’AnsP1 inactivée, qui a été utilisée lors des expériences, pourrait servir de base à la mise au point de nouveaux vaccins, plus efficaces que le BCG.Le 4 octobre 2013 à 20:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Hometown club helped Jordan Hugill

first_imgThe 26-year-old forward had a frustrating time with West Ham United, until he was loaned to Middlesbrough where he has discovered his form once againJordan Hugill was bought by West Ham United from Preston North End on 2018.But the English forward only played 22 minutes in the English Premier League in six months, making him very frustrated.This frustration grew when he had a hamstring injury that made him lose his spot in the first team.But a loan to his hometown club Middlesbrough brought him to life again.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“I feel as though I’m starting to get back to where I was when I went to West Ham,” said Hugill to The Northern Echo.“I still think the time was brilliant for me there at West Ham. I learned a lot, but I wasn’t playing any games so you kind of lose that match sharpness and the stuff that you need in games.”“I think it’s starting to come back now. I know things weren’t happening at the time, but I was more focused on getting my performances better than scoring goals because I know for a fact that when my performances are good, the goals will come,” he added.“I did the first two or three weeks of pre-season, and then I did my hamstring. It’s not ideal because it always puts you a bit behind schedule.”“I wanted to get through a full pre-season and then show what I could do, but that didn’t happen. I’m here now though and I feel as though that’s all coming back,” he mentioned.last_img read more

Health advisory lifted for Vancouver Lake use

first_imgClark County Public Health has lifted a health advisory for recreational use at Vancouver Lake after lab results indicate cyanobacteria — known commonly as blue-green algae — is no longer a threat to the health of people and pets.“Even though it’s late in the season, we are pleased to announce that the lake is again open for swimming and other recreational uses,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer.Melnick still cautioned that people be observant and avoid any pockets of the lake that might have a scummy texture and a green, bluish, brownish, or reddish-green color.Algae blooms are often caused by warm, sunny weather and the presence of nutrients such as fertilizers and agricultural, human, and animal waste.For more information about algae blooms and the status of beaches in Clark County, visit http://www.clark.wa.gov/public-health/pools/beaches.html.last_img read more

George Lois Esquire Covers to Go on Display at MoMA

first_imgLois was creditedwith pioneering cover montages that would often include multiple elements,including clip-art—now a common practice in the digital era—and a minimalist designapproach.His December 1963 cover, featuring boxer Sonny Liston as ablack Santa Claus, sparked substantial criticism and reportedly lost Esquire an estimated $750,000 in adrevenue, according to the release accompanying the exhibit. But ridingcritical acclaim—much of it driven by Lois’ covers—Esquire mademore than $3 million in profit as annual circulation rose from 500,000 to 2.5million. George Lois—the legendary art director whose iconic 1960sEsquire covers influenced an entire generation of magazine designers—is gettinghis due in the art world.Lois’ work for Esquire is set to go on display at NewYork’s Museum of Modern Art later this month. The show, “GeorgeLois: The Esquire Covers,” is scheduled to run from April 25 to March 31,2009.A wall in the gallerywill feature original artwork alongside seven of his most iconic covers,including his controversial portrayals of Muhammad Ali (as the Christian martyrSt. Sebastian) and Andy Warhol. The museum will feature 32 of the 92 coversLois did for Esquire between 1962 and 1972.last_img read more

AIIMS opens Emergency ward blamed for losses in fire

first_imgNew Delhi:The Delhi Fire Service (DFS) on Sunday blamed the AIIMS for the losses it suffered in a major fire even as the premier institute reopened its Emergency ward a day after the disaster. DFS chief Vipin Kantal said the extent of damage at the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) could have avoided had its administration been careful about exits and open spaces and if its security staff had been more alert. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us The Saturday blaze started on the second floor of the PC building and quickly spread to the fifth floor, destroying infrastructure and expensive medical equipment besides a large number of samples and records of patients. It took over 30 fire tenders and several hours to douse the leaping flames. Initial investigation suggests short circuit caused the fire. But no casualties were reported although there was plenty of panic. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us “Our staff would have under no circumstance let the fire spread had it not faced unnecessary hurdles,” Kental told IANS. “The administration should have been a little more careful about exits and open spaces in the hospital and the security staff has shown alertness.” He said where the blaze started, there was a teaching block besides research labs. It also housed an ICU. Next to it was the Emergency block. Advertise With Us “Our first priority was to get the patients out, to avoid any loss of life,” Kental said. He said the rear end of the PC building, where the firemen could have easily placed their high-rise platforms and prevented the fire from spreading to upper storeys, had several high capacity generators blocking the way. “So we had no choice but to place the platforms outside the PC building, a little away from the fire spot. This took time and also hampered our smooth operation. “The administration must ensure proper arrangement of exits and open spaces inside the hospital in case of such an emergency,” he said. Meanwhile, the Emergency department, which was closed following the fire, reopened on Sunday. “The hospital along with the emergency department and emergency laboratories is fully functional,” the central government-run hospital said in a statement. The AIIMS said the fire may have started from the microbiology laboratory area and affected some laboratories and office areas. “The hospital area has not been affected,” it said. As a precaution, the AIIMS administration shifted patients from the AB wing to other areas of the hospital but were shifted back to their wards later. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan reviewed the situation at AIIMS along with the hospital Director and senior faculty members. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also visited the hospital and said both the Delhi Police and AIIKS were investigating the incident. The AIIMS receives hundreds of patients every day, both from the National Capital Region and neighbouring states.last_img read more

TCS may further reduce its employee headcount after plans to shut down

first_imgTata Consultancy Services (TCS) Chief Executive N. Chandrasekaran speaks during a news conference in Mumbai July 18, 2013. [Representational Image]Reuters FileWhile the Indian IT sector is already witnessing a bleak situation, India’s largest IT firm Tata Consultancy Services has said that it may reduce its employee headcount to deal with the economic slowdown. However, TCS has clarified that it does not plan to lay off its existing employees for the purpose.The IT giant has said that the headcount may not rise anytime soon as TCS plans to go slow on hiring for a while and plans to re-skill its current employees to meet the demands of the industry. “It is a fair point. What we are saying is that we are going to be hiring less, and at the same time, we need to manage attrition. We have to continue to upskill our existing people, make sure our utilisation goes up,” Chief Operating Officer NG Subramaniam told Business Line.The employee headcount at TCS went down by 1,414 employees in the last few months and on June 30, there were 3,85,809 employees at the organisation. While the IT giant is said to have lost about 45,000 employees last year, lesser than the average attrition that it is witnessed in the past, the company has said that employees are unlikely to be replaced.”Our utilisation is 81 per cent, including trainees, and 87 per cent excluding trainees. I believe it is not high enough. With our scale of close to 385,000 employees, 10 per cent is close to 40,000. I think we have a lot of room to grow and improve our utilisation. We would be okay to go up to 90-92 per cent,” Subramaniam added.Additionally, TCS like other companies also is embracing automation that is likely to have an impact on hiring. “Normally, during this quarter, productivity gains of about 30-40 basis points are also there. That used to be the trend. But in this quarter, we consciously didn’t apply any productivity elements because we went through an organisational change.”We put in place new teams for all the digital services. We felt that it was important to complete the transition and then make sure the team settles in before we start productivity elements etc. We believe that aspect will help us moving forward.”Meanwhile, the firm has also undertaken consolidation activities and is shutting down smaller and non profit making units. TCS is set to shut down its operations in Lucknow and employees at the facility were reportedly told about it by their team leaders on Wednesday, July 12.The processes functioning out of the Lucknow office are likely to be shifted to other cities such as Noida and Indore. sources told News18 that the company wasn’t making profits and hence it did not make sense in terms of business to carry on with operations at the facility. Also, the IT giant is said to be paying a high rent for the place — Awadh Park in the Vibhuti Khand area of Gomti Nagar — the lease of which expired in May 2017. The company and the builder reportedly couldn’t agree on the new lease terms and the contract has now been extended for just another 11 months. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) chief executive and managing director N. Chandrasekaran speaks during a news conference in Mumbai October 6, 2009. File photoReutersAfter news of TCS shutting down its Lucknow office broke, the IT giant, which has been operating in the city for 33 years now, spoke about it in an official statement as said: “The Lucknow centre had less than 1000 employees. It was not a convenient place for client related work. TCS is looking to consolidate its operations in Uttar Pradesh and the current Lucknow workforce will shift its operations to Noida and Varanasi. All employees will be relocated, no one will be fired.”last_img read more

Dudang dubang meets Kathak in Delhi

first_imgLarik Dancers from Indonesia swayed with Kathak dancers from India, dudang dudang dancers from Brunei joined rhythm with India’s famed kuchipudi artists while the Myanmarese did a cultural synthesis with Laotians. Various song and dance traditions representing 10 ASEAN countries fused in a rich cultural medley to celebrate the common cultural space and civilisation they have shared for over two millennia. The occasion was the ASEAN-India Special Commemorative Summit to celebrate 20 years of their relationship and present at the magnificent Ashoka Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan, India’s presidential palace whose red and cream sandstone glowed in soft blue hues Thursday night, were heads of state and government of each of 10 of these countries. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”The cultural collaboration aimed to bring out the similarities of the common origin shared by Indian performing arts with the existing traditions in the Southeast Asian nations,’ said Suresh K. Goel, director general of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) that mounted the hour-long show.The idea was to bring out the similarities and the common origin shared by Indian performing arts with the traditions in the Southeast Asian nations, represented by the ASEAN grouping.  There were in all 10 groups from each of these groups and 10 groups of dancers and musicians from various parts of India – from Shyopat Julia’s mesmerising performance with the bagpipe, known as the mashak in Rajasthan, and the deft, foot-tapping bamboo dancers of Mizoram to the haunting voice of Sufi singer Renee Singh and the Ramayana dance drama of Thailand. There was also the tinkling dance of Phillipines and the grasshopper dance of Cambodia.  And the grand finale at the end, where all 20 troupes, from across the geographies of this vast Indo-ASEAN region, danced on stage to a common rhythm brought the elite audience to its feet. In the audience were Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, his cabinet colleagues, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and presidents, prime ministers, a vice president and a sultan from Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, the Phillipines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix’Given our cultural affinity, an example of which we witnessed here, physical proximity and shared priorities, the ASEAN-India relationship is showing increasing evidence of becoming more comprehensive and strategic in nature,’ said President Pranab Mukherjee at the grand banquet he gave later for the guests.  ‘A closer integration between ASEAN and India will be to the mutual benefit of the nations that we represent this historic evening,’ he said.last_img read more

A Murder Trial Will Allow DNA Evidence From a Genealogy Site

first_imgThe outcome was not a given. Some legal scholars have suggested that law enforcement’s use of genetic genealogy may violate the Fourth Amendment. That constitutional right safeguards US citizens against warrantless searches and seizures by their government. Typically, courts have held that any expectation of privacy, and the attendant Fourth Amendment protections, evaporates when an individual voluntarily shares material or data with a third party, such as in social media posts or your cell phone’s location services.But this third-party doctrine gets complicated when applied to DNA spit-kit data files uploaded to a family-finding website like GEDmatch. The biological laws of heredity that dictate how much DNA you share with your relatives make it such that someone like Talbott could be identified by the chunks of genetic material he has in common with his genealogy-curious cousins, even though he never volunteered to put his own DNA in the public square. More Great WIRED StoriesAn all-white town’s divisive experiment with cryptoEverything you want—and need—to know about aliensHow early-stage VCs decide where to investThe 4 best password managers to secure your digital lifeHow to make a boomerang you can safely throw indoors🏃🏽‍♀️ Want the best tools to get healthy? Check out our Gear team’s picks for the best fitness trackers, running gear (including shoes and socks), and best headphones.📩 Get even more of our inside scoops with our weekly Backchannel newsletter “Our position has always been that the genealogy stuff is not relevant,” Talbott’s defense attorney Rachel Forde said in an interview outside the courtroom Tuesday morning. She says they plan to treat it just like any other tip police might get, and focus on arguing that the presence of Mr. Talbott’s DNA on the hem of the pants belonging to one of the victims does not mean he committed either of the murders. “This way we don’t have to deal with all the other shiny bells and whistles. Neither us nor the state wanted this to be a three-week advertisement for a corporation.” Proponents of the forensic method maintain that potential privacy concerns have been adequately addressed by updates to GEDmatch’s terms that explicitly telegraph the database’s use by law enforcement and allow users to opt out. But Talbott was identified as a suspect through GEDmatch before those changes were made. Officials announced his arrest two days prior to the site adjusting its policy on May 20, 2018.And according to the stipulation agreement filed in court today, Detective Scharf asked Parabon to use genetic genealogy to help identify a possible source of the crime scene DNA on April 26, 2018, a day after authorities in California announced they’d used the technique in the arrest of the suspected Golden State Killer, and before Parabon had officially begun offering genetic genealogy services. A Parabon representative emailed Scharf a few days later, on April 30, with a report that identified Talbott as a potential source.When WIRED reached out to CeCe Moore, Parabon’s lead genetic genealogist who worked the Talbott case, she said she took on the case pro bono before officially joining the company. And she pointed to a statement that was posted on GEDmatch’s homepage on April 27, 2018, notifying users that the site had been accessed by law enforcement and providing them with information about how to remove their data if they did not want it used for non-genealogical purposes. “I have always stated that I felt a responsibility to the genetic genealogy community,” she wrote in an email to WIRED. “They were well aware and there had been many conversations about the fact that GEDmatch was used for the GSK case by the time I worked on the Talbott case.”With Monday’s resolution in place, the spotlight on genetic genealogy inside the Snohomish County courtroom may have dimmed. But outside its walls, the decision will do little to quiet the intensifying debates around the ethics and legitimacy of its growing use by police.Updated 06-12-2019 12:30 PM ET: The story was updated to correct and clarify the circumstances around the identification of Talbott as a potential suspect. Since the mid-1990s, DNA has been used to identify suspects in nearly 400,000 police investigations. Today, the national criminal database, called CODIS, contains the genetic profiles of more than 13 million people. But now, for the first time, a case is moving forward where DNA was used to single out a suspect not from a match within CODIS, but from clues inside a public repository of spit kit results uploaded by genealogy enthusiasts.Today, jury selection began in the trial of William Earl Talbott II, who was arrested last year for the 1987 murders of a young Canadian couple after police began surveilling him and matched his DNA from a discarded cup to a sample from the crime scene. The break in the decades-old cold case stemmed from work by a small forensic firm that used a genealogy website to trace unidentified DNA back to a particular branch of a family tree.The legitimacy of the method, so far untested in a court of law, was expected to be a major flashpoint in the potentially precedent-setting case. Last week, the defense filed motions to make the DNA evidence inadmissible.But in the latest development, the jury will not hear from the genetic genealogist who worked the case, the company she works for, Parabon Nanolabs, or the lab it contracted to develop its genetic profiles. Instead, a cold-case detective for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office who reached out to Parabon will summarize the work they did to identify Talbott as the source of the crime scene DNA. On Tuesday morning, both parties signed an agreement that will allow the DNA evidence to be admissible, on the stipulation that the discussion of genetic genealogy will be limited to Detective Jim Scharf’s testimony explaining how it led him to focus his investigation on Talbott.last_img read more

G Suite administrators passwords were unhashed for 14 years notifies Google

first_imgToday, Google notified its G Suite administrators that some of their passwords were being stored in an encrypted internal system unhashed, i.e., in plaintext, since 2005. Google also states that the error has been fixed and this issue had no effect on the free consumer Google accounts. In 2005, Google had provided G Suite domain administrators with tools to set and recover passwords. This tool enabled administrators to upload or manually set user passwords for their company’s users. This was made possible for helping onboard new users with their account information on their first day of work, and for account recovery. However, this action led to admin console storing a copy of the unhashed password. Google has made it clear that these unhashed passwords were stored in a secure encrypted infrastructure. Google is now working with enterprise administrators to ensure that the users reset their passwords. They are also conducting a thorough investigation and have assured users that no evidence of improper access or misuse of the affected passwords have been identified till now. Google has around 5 million users using G Suite. Out of an abundance of caution, the Google team will also reset accounts of those who have not done it themselves. Additionally, Google has also admitted to another mishap. In January 2019, while troubleshooting new G Suite customer sign-up flows, an accidentally stored subset of unhashed passwords was discovered. Google claims these unhashed passwords were stored for only 14 days and in a secure encrypted infrastructure. This issue has also been fixed and no evidence of improper access or misuse of the affected passwords have been found. In the blogpost, Suzanne Frey, VP of Engineering and Cloud Trust, has given a detailed account of how Google stores passwords for consumers & G Suite enterprise customers. Google is the latest company to have admitted storing sensitive data in plaintext. Two months ago, Facebook had admitted to have stored the passwords of hundreds of millions of its users in plain text, including the passwords of Facebook Lite, Facebook, and Instagram users. Read More: Facebook accepts exposing millions of user passwords in a plain text to its employees after security researcher publishes findings Last year, Twitter and GitHub also admitted to similar security lapses. Users are shocked that it took Google 14 long years to identify this error. Others are concerned if even a giant company like Google cannot secure its passwords in 2019, what can be expected from other companies. A user on Hacker News comments, “Google operates what is considered, by an overwhelming majority of expert opinion, one of the 3 best security teams in the industry, likely exceeding in so many ways the elite of some major world governments. And they can’t reliably promise, at least not in 2019, never to accidentally durably log passwords. If they can’t, who else can? What are we to do with this new data point? The issue here is meaningful, and it’s useful to have a reminder that accidentally retaining plaintext passwords is a hazard of building customer identity features. But I think it’s at least equally useful to get the level set on what engineering at scale can reasonably promise today.” To know more about this news in detail, head over to Google’s official blog. Read Next Google announces Glass Enterprise Edition 2: an enterprise-based augmented reality headset As US-China tech cold war escalates, Google revokes Huawei’s Android support, allows only those covered under open source licensing Google AI engineers introduce Translatotron, an end-to-end speech-to-speech translation modellast_img read more

Irish emigrants are invited to Come Home with CurrencyFair

first_imgOver the past decade, CurrencyFair has helped Irish nationals move abroad by providing low-cost money transfers without compromise. Now, the international money transfer service is helping those who want to return home with a uniquely Irish contest.CurrencyFairis offering Irish people living abroad the chance to win a relocation package valued at €30,000 to go toward the costs of returning to Ireland, including a year of rental accommodation, flights and car insurance.To enter, Irish emigrants are invited to visit www.currencyfair.com/comehome to tell CurrencyFair what home means to them and why the time is right to return to Ireland by sharing stories, photos and videos. Entries for the contest close on August 31, 2019, and one deserving winner will be chosen by a panel of three judges.“There are about three-and-a-half million Irish citizens currently living outside of Ireland. When you think about why they might like to come back, it boils down to a single common reason: Ireland is home,” said Jarlath Regan, creator and host of An Irishman Abroad podcast and CurrencyFair brand ambassador. “The chance to win a contest like this could be life changing for someone simply wanting to come back to Ireland.”Regan joins other notable Irish personalities who will select a winner, including one of Ireland’s biggest YouTube sensations, Clisare, and Stephen Palmer, founder of the go-to blog for Irish expats in Australia, Irish Around Oz.“We know that moving to a new country —including returning to your home country —can be complicated, which is why we work so hard to ensure that moving money with us is simple, fast and safe,” said CurrencyFair CEO, Paul Byrne. “Ireland is thriving again and it’s an exciting place to live right now, but it’s not without its challenges for returning emigrants. Our contest will help someone hit the ground running and make a fresh start at home.”For each contest entry, CurrencyFair will make a €10 donation to Focus Ireland, the country’s leading not-for-profit working to prevent people becoming, remaining or returning to homelessness.Find out more here.last_img read more

Burst pipe in Hollyhock Avenue

first_imgA burst pipe that can’t seem to be fixed properly has left residents of Hollyhock Avenue without water since Monday morning.At around 9am on March 2, a pipe burst outside Mr Khan’s driveway, with clean water gushing down the street. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite He immediately phoned uThukela, who only sent out workers at 2pm that afternoon. The pipe was fixed when the workers left, but at 6pm the same evening, it burst again.Mr Khan phoned uThukela to notify them of the problem, but workers only pitched up on Wednesday at 1pm. In the meantime, residents had to battle with dry taps.The pipe was fixed a second time, but a huge hole was left in the ground.Within hours, the pipe was spraying water again…“I am so fed up with this ongoing problem and tired of not having water,” says a frustrated Mr Khan.last_img read more

Flexible stickon sensors could wirelessly monitor your sweat and pulse

first_imgAs people strive ever harder to minutely quantify every action they do, the sensors that monitor those actions are growing lighter and less invasive. Two prototype sensors from crosstown rivals Stanford and Berkeley stick right to the skin and provide a wealth of physiological data.Stanford’s stretchy wireless “BodyNet” isn’t just flexible in order to survive being worn on the shifting surface of the body; that flexing is where its data comes from.The sensor is made of metallic ink laid on top of a flexible material like that in an adhesive bandage. But unlike phones and smartwatches, which use tiny accelerometers or optical tricks to track the body, this system relies on how it is itself stretched and compressed. These movements cause tiny changes in how electricity passes through the ink, changes that are relayed to a processor nearby.Naturally if one is placed on a joint, as some of these electronic stickers were, it can report back whether and how much that joint has been flexed. But the system is sensitive enough that it can also detect the slight changes the skin experiences during each heartbeat, or the broader changes that accompany breathing.The problem comes when you have to get that signal off the skin. Using a wire is annoying and definitely very ’90s. But antennas don’t work well when they’re flexed in weird directions — efficiency drops off a cliff, and there’s very little power to begin with — the skin sensor is powered by harvesting RFID signals, a technique that renders very little in the way of voltage.The second part of their work, then, and the part that is clearly most in need of further improvement and miniaturization, is the receiver, which collects and re-transmits the sensor’s signal to a phone or other device. Although they managed to create a unit that’s light enough to be clipped to clothes, it’s still not the kind of thing you’d want to wear to the gym.The good news is that’s an engineering and design limitation, not a theoretical one — so a couple years of work and progress on the electronics front and they could have a much more attractive system.“We think one day it will be possible to create a full-body skin-sensor array to collect physiological data without interfering with a person’s normal behavior,” Stanford professor Zhenan Bao said in a news release.Over at Cal is a project in a similar domain that’s working to get from prototype to production. Researchers there have been working on a sweat monitor for a few years that could detect a number of physiological factors.Normally you’d just collect sweat every 15 minutes or so and analyze each batch separately. But that doesn’t really give you very good temporal resolution — what if you want to know how the sweat changes minute by minute or less? By putting the sweat collection and analysis systems together right on the skin, you can do just that.While the sensor has been in the works for a while, it’s only recently that the team has started moving toward user testing at scale to see what exactly sweat measurements have to offer.“The goal of the project is not just to make the sensors but start to do many subject studies and see what sweat tells us — I always say ‘decoding’ sweat composition. For that we need sensors that are reliable, reproducible, and that we can fabricate to scale so that we can put multiple sensors in different spots of the body and put them on many subjects,” explained Ali Javey, Berkeley professor and head of the project.As anyone who’s working in hardware will tell you, going from a hand-built prototype to a mass-produced model is a huge challenge. So the Berkeley team tapped their Finnish friends at VTT Technical Research Center, who make a specialty of roll-to-roll printing.For flat, relatively simple electronics, roll-to-roll is a great technique, essentially printing the sensors right onto a flexible plastic substrate that can then simply be cut to size. This way they can make hundreds or thousands of the sensors quickly and cheaply, making them much simpler to deploy at arbitrary scales.These are far from the only flexible or skin-mounted electronics projects out there, but it’s clear that we’re approaching the point when they begin to leave the lab and head out to hospitals, gyms and homes.The paper describing Stanford’s flexible sensor appeared this week in the journal Nature Electronics, while Berkeley’s sweat tracker was in Science Advances.last_img read more

Driver dies in Bergville road crash

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite One person died in an accident on the Bergville road in the early hours of Monday morning (today).A Toyota Tazz hit a cow before veering off the road. The car crashed through a number of fences before overturning and landing upside down in a ditch about 200 metres from the road.The driver was alone in the vehicle at the time, and died at the scene. Sharaj Ambulance Services had to use the jaws of life to free the body from the mangled wreckage. Towing services, RTI and police also responded to the scene.last_img read more

Update R103 accident leaves two dead

first_imgThree motor vehicles were involved in the head-on collision early Sunday evening on the R103 near Cornsfields.2 people died, while 5 others sustained minor and major injuries. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Sharaj Ambulance Services responded to the scene and treated the injured.No breathalyser tests were done due to the seriousness of the injuries sustained by the surviving drivers.Some of the accident victims were trapped in their vehicles and had to be cut free. Emergency services battled for close to an hour to free trapped victims, with the ‘jaws of life’ being used to cut through the mangled wreckage.A ‘stop and go’ system was in place for several hours.last_img read more

Island Media to publish 3rd annual Pacific Romance

first_imgThe Pacific Islands are a magnet for couples seeking a special wedding, honeymoon or romantic getaway. But with so many fantastic options to choose from, the real trick is knowing where to go! Which is why the team at Island Media will publish the third annual edition of Pacific Romance Magazine in January 2019.Full of useful information and inspiration about the best romance destinations, resorts and activities across the islands, Pacific Romance is a valuable resource for any travel professional booking in the region. As well as being an effective way for resorts and other operators to promote their unique offer to a trade and consumer market.Pacific Romance will be published January 2019. For more information contact Fran McDermott fran@islandtime.co.nz or +64 21 810 470The post Island Media to publish 3rd annual Pacific Romance appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

Las Vegas NV – Lamborghini Las Vegas sole author

first_imgLas Vegas, NV – Lamborghini Las Vegas, sole authorized dealer for Las Vegas of Automobili Lamborghini, the world’s leading manufacturer of exotic sport cars today announced the launch of Lamborghini Las Vegas, a one-of-a-kind, multi-million dollar venture at the luxurious Palazzo Resort Hotel and Casino. The newest multi-billion dollar resort to open on the Las Vegas Strip in nearly three years.The Palazzo is located adjacent to its sister property the Venetian Hotel Casino Resort. This unique enterprise, valued at over $30 million, includes a Lamborghini dealership, state of the art car gallery, café, retail boutique and Dal Toro, an upscale Italian restaurant which combines fine dining with an exclusive display of the world’s most exotic super cars.Dal Toro offers delectable Italian cuisine from renowned chef Fiorenzo Trunzo. Included on the menu are specialty dishes such as, branzino croccante, scaloppini caprese, as well as traditional Italian favorites. The chef’s use of natural, artisanal ingredients make dining at the restaurant a truly authentic Italian experience.Designed by renowned Italian architect Paolo Cortese, Lamborghini Las Vegas and Dal Toro feature spectacular architecture and design elements. The venue boasts over $2 million worth of artwork through out the space including the Charging Bull by world famous Italian artist, Arturo di Modica and paintings by famous German contemporary artist Horst Kohlem.Dal Toro features a 300-seat restaurant and 60-seat bar, providing a contemporary spin on traditional Italian aesthetics. The luxurious décor includes Italian sculptures, custom-design furniture, white and black marbled floors, wall-to-wall black leather paneling, silk fabrics, glass-enclosed wine cellars with private dining tables, and 13 modern abstract paintings. Guests have the option to dine either inside, or outside on the restaurant’s expansive patio, which is surrounded by white rose bushes and manicured gardens as well as 100 feet of marbled mosaic Palladian fountains. Additionally, adjacent to the restaurant’s main dining room is an energetic upscale Italian style café and bar.The exotic car gallery, located on both upper and lower levels, invites guests to preview an incredible array of “supercars” for sale including: Bugatti, Ferrari, Saleen, Spyker, McLaren, of course Lamborghini and many more. For corporate and private parties both large and small, this state of the art showroom also doubles as a special event space, housing 14 suspended plasma flat screen TVs, a 10’ built in projection screen, a wireless PowerPoint system and a Bose sound system with full club level music capabilities.About The Palazzo The Palazzo Las Vegas is a new resort-hotel-casino of unparalleled luxury, sophistication and contemporary chic. Featuring modern European ambience and design reminiscent of Italian affluent living, The Palazzo is home to more than 3,000 all-suite rooms and offers a unique combination of premium amenities that include: 14 fine dining establishments; extraordinary entertainment with the Tony Award-winning musical JERSEY BOYS and 40/40 Club, a Las Vegas version of New York’s dynamic sports bar and lounge; The Shoppes at The Palazzo featuring luxury stores anchored by Las Vegas’ first-ever Barneys New York, the Strip’s first Lamborghini dealership, and the largest Canyon Ranch SpaClub to date.last_img read more

Unidentified vessel spotted off Akamas was not migrant boat Updated

first_imgA boat reportedly with around 25 migrants on board was spotted off the Akamas in the Paphos region on Monday morning but authorities later said it was not a migrant boat.After receiving the information at around 9am authorities launched sea and land investigations and confirmed the vessel in question was not a migrant boat, CNA reported. You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more