Portwell: Mini-ITX powered by Intel Core i family with up to six core performance

first_img Continue Reading Previous Eurotech: fanless COM Express Type 7 basic module delivers Intel Xeon performance at the edgeNext Kithara: Real Time for 40 Gigabit Ethernet Portwell announces the release of the WADE-8211-Q370, a new Mini-ITX form factor embedded system board based on the 8th Generation Intel Core processor and Intel Q370 Express chipset. Along with four independent video outputs, the WADE-8211 also utilizes the 8th Generation Intel Core Processor, built on 14nm process technology utilizing 3D Tri-gate transistor technology, resulting in increased performance and improved energy efficiency. The Mini-ITX Board includes Intel Turbo Boost Technology for faster processing, Intel vPro Technology for superior remote configuration capabilities and Intel Hyper-threading for multithreaded processing. These features translate into reduced manageability cost and improved security, making the WADE-8211 an ideal solution for Industrial Automation, Medical Equipment, Transportation and Retail Systems.Based on Mini-ITX form factor, the WADE-8211 is right-sized perfectly for applications with small footprint computer and supports the powerful Intel Core i7 / i5 / i3 (8th gen.) and the Intel Pentium / Intel Celeron processor series. It is equipped with the highly performant Intel Q370 Express Chipset and guarantees highest functionality on a small-sized surface with Intel AMT 12.0 and vPro support, 2x Intel GbE LAN and BIOS configurable PCI Express Lane. It is designed and tested for enhanced operating temperature range up to 60°C and 24/7 continuous operation.The WADE-8211-Q370 supports up to 32GB Non-ECC DDR4 memory up to 2133MHz on two 260-pin SO-DIMM sockets making it faster than its predecessor. Its expansion interface supports one PCI Express x16 Gen3 (8.0GT/s) for enhanced video performance and support one Mini-PCIe and two M.2 slots (one M.2 Type E socket (2230) for Wireless, one M.2 Type M socket (2242/2260/2280) for SSD).The board supports four type independent displays, dual DP (Display Port), VGA and 24bit LVDS with greater 3D performance compared to its previous generation. Running with a low TDP CPU (35 watts), the WADE-8211 can provide superior performance in various environments. Moreover, the enhancement in flash playback, rich 2D/3D graphics quality, security and power efficiency enables a fascinating visual experience in a variety of market segments such as Industrial Automation, Medical Imaging, Retail Automation, Transportation, and Digital Signage.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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Failure makes you a better batsman: Cheteshwar Pujara on his return to form in Vizag Test

first_imgFailure makes you a better batsman: Cheteshwar Pujara on his return to form in Vizag TestCheteshwar Pujara was involved in a 169-run partnership for the second wicket with Rohit Sharma, who top-scored with 127 as India declared their second innings at 323 for 4 to set South Africa a target of 395 runs to win the match.advertisement Rohan Sen VizagOctober 5, 2019UPDATED: October 5, 2019 18:26 IST Cheteshwar Pujara missed out on his 19th Test hundred by 19 runs on Day 4 of the 1st Test vs South Africa (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCheteshwar Pujara scored 81 off 148 balls in India’s 2nd inningsIt was Pujara’s first fifty-plus score in his last five inningsPujara and Rohit (127) added 169 for the 2nd wicket which helped India set SA a target of 395 to winCheteshwar Pujara was beaming from ear to ear as he returned to form with the bat and scored 81 crucial runs for India on Day 4 of the first Test which helped the hosts take a commanding lead over South Africa in Vizag on Saturday.Pujara was involved in a 169-run partnership for the second wicket with Rohit Sharma, who top-scored with 127 as India declared their second innings at 323 for 4 to set the Proteas a target of 395 runs to win the match.It was Pujara’s first fifty-plus score in five innings while Rohit became the first batsman in Test history to hit twin hundreds in their first match as opener. South Africa were then reduced to 11 for 1 before bad light forced an early end to the day’s play.After the game Pujara spoke about his return to form and how he adapted to the slow and low pitch at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium and scored runs at a fair clip in the second session.”Yes, I think it was a tough pitch. I was finding it difficult to rotate the strike early. Once I was in, I knew I could accelerate. We wanted to put up a decent total by tea. Things worked out in my favour and Rohit batted really well so that helped me,” Pujara said after the day’s play play.In the 28th over: Rohit Sharma 49* (71 balls), Cheteshwar Pujara 8* (62 balls)20 overs later: Rohit Sharma 84* (118 balls), Cheteshwar Pujara 75* (139 balls)#IndvSA #IndvsSAMohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 5, 2019Pujara ended up with a strike rate of 54.72 which is well below his career strike rate of 46.37. He even hit 2 sixes and 13 boundaries during the knock and almost caught up with Rohit at one stage.advertisementBy the 28th over, Rohit was batting on 49 off 71 balls while Pujara was on 8 off 62 deliveries. In the next 45 balls Pujara scored 46 runs. 20 overs later Rohit was on 84 off 118 while Pujara reached 75 off 139 balls.”I think it was the intent that changed after the drinks break. I knew early on I have to get used to the pace and bounce and once I knew that I knew what kind of shots to play on the pitch. It was slower and it wasn’t easy to play my shots but I knew my impact point had to change in my shots,” Pujara explained.Pujara hard a horrible tour of the West Indies last month during which he only managed 60 runs from two matches at an average of 15.00 with 27 being his highest score. But the Saurashtra batsman put the rare failure behind him and worked on improving his fitness and batting for the home season.”Sometimes just playing one format affects you, but that allowed me work on my fitness and fielding, and I think that worked out well for me. Just have to take it in your stride. You need to get back to form ASAP when you play just one format.”I got a couple of good balls in WI and it had to be accepted. Failure makes you a better batsman and I knew I was just one knock away from getting back into form,” Pujara said.That will be Stumps on Day 4. #TeamIndia have managed to pick a wicket before close of play (SA 11/1). South Africa require 384 runs, & India 9 wickets to win the 1st Test #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/WjPIs55qsMBCCI (@BCCI) October 5, 2019India now need 9 wickets from approximately 98 overs on the final day (weather permitting) in Vizag to win the Test match and go 1-0 up in the three-match series and Pujara is confident that the home team bowlers will be able to deliver a victory on Day 5.”I think there are enough runs on the board and we have 98 overs. Its still a tough pitch to bat on and it’s never easy to play on a two-paced pitch. It’ll spin out of the rough a lot on Day 5 so batting will certainly not be easy,” Pujara said.Also Read | 1st Test: South Africa staring down the barrel after Rohit, Pujara help India dictate terms on Day 4Also Read | Rohit Sharma emulates Sunil Gavaskar with twin hundreds in Vizag TestAlso Read | India vs South Africa: R Ashwin beats Dale Steyn with 27th 5-wicket haul in VizagFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Cheteshwar PujaraFollow India vs South AfricaFollow Vizag TestFollow IND v SA 1st Test Nextlast_img read more

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TEN Reaps the Rewards on Offer in Crude Market

first_imgzoom New York-listed shipping company Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN) reported higher net income for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015, posting USD 37.3 million net profit compared to USD 14.6 million in the first quarter of 2014, a year-on-year increase of 156%. Basic and diluted earnings per share were USD 0.42 for the first quarter 2015. Revenues, net of voyage expenses (bunker, port expenses and commissions), amounted to USD 114.3 million in the quarter, USD 23 million more than in the first quarter of 2014.Improved results were attributed to low oil prices that pushed fuel costs down, cutting overall voyage expenses compared to the prior first quarter.Fleet utilization was 99.3%, effectively full employment, with only one product carrier entering dry-dock for special-survey purposes in the latter part of the quarter. The average daily time charter equivalent (TCE) rate (voyage revenue less voyage expenses) was USD 25,591 compared to USD 21,569 average TCE earned in the first quarter of 2014, an 18.6% improvement.“The first quarter results and the continuous market strengths give us confidence for a very profitable 2015. Looking ahead, the existing supply-demand equilibrium together with the low price of oil enforces our belief that we are in the midst of, finally, a long term up-cycle in the tanker industry,” stated Nikolas P. Tsakos, President and CEO of TEN and current Chairman of INTERTANKO.“If tanker owners refrain from the speculative newbuilding frenzy of the past, the current positive cycle will be prolonged and will substantially increase shareholder value for the long term,”  Tsakos added.The Q1 2015 operating income was USD 45.7 million compared to USD 24.5 million in the first quarter of 2014, an increase of 86.5%.Net income before interest, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounted to USD 72 million in the first quarter of 2015, compared to USD 49 million EBITDA in the first quarter of 2014.“With 23 vessels operating on very accretive spot contracts and 10 under profit-sharing arrangements, TEN remains steadfast in its efforts to fully reap the rewards on offer in the crude space (and with the products market not that far behind). With 73% of 2015 available days in spot related or flexible charters and most vessels of the fleet at charters well above all-in breakeven rates, management is confident that TEN’s increased earnings will be reflected directly to its bottom line and share price,” the company said.TEN said that it was closely considering attractive opportunities for growth, including divestment opportunities, particularly for its first-generation tankers, in order to maintain the young age profile of the fleet, create positive capital gains and generate cash for future investments.last_img read more

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Newbuilding Orders Plunge in H1 2017

first_imgzoom Although newbuilding orders for tanker and bulkers increased during the first half of 2017, the overall number of orders placed has more than halved when compared to the same period in 2015, according to data provided by VesselsValue.A total of 245 new orders were placed so far this year, against 594 new ships ordered in the first half of 2015. When compared to the same period in 2016, the new contracts slightly decreased from the 254 new ships ordered a year ago.Owners’ appetite for tankers was apparent as this type of vessel was in the lead with 145 orders out of the 245 newbuilding deals. Tankers were followed with 70 bulker orders, while LPG ships took the third place with a mere 16 orders. The containership market saw 10 new orders, while only four vessel orders were added to the LNG sector.In comparison, bulkers were in the lead during the first half of 2015 with 229 orders, followed by 181 new tankers deals. Containerships took the third place with 90 new orders. The LNG sector was more active in 2015, with 26 new ship orders placed during the first half, followed by the LNG sector with 18 new ships.The plunge in shipbuilding orders was also noticeable in the offshore sector. There were 50 offshore vessels ordered in the first half of 2015 compared to a complete lack of offshore orders during the first six months of this year.last_img read more

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NPSS students collect donations to install lockers for homeless residents in Fort

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The NPSS Senior Alternate program has successfully been working on projects to benefit both Fort St. John, and the international community.  Right now they are wrapping up a year-long project to help the homeless in our community.Throughout this past school year, the program has completed projects such as sending Christmas shoeboxes, which are small boxes filled with gifts, to less fortunate children of Africa. The program also sponsored a family during Christmas and bought them Christmas dinner and gifts which hopefully helped the family have an amazing Christmas.In addition, they have also cleaned up the school grounds and they have brought greeting cards to the seniors at Peace Villa Care Home to brighten their day. Earlier this year, the class held a clothing and coin drive to provide warm clothing and supplies to the shelter. Walmart Canada also contributed a $1000 grant to this project.Currently, Ronin Medcalfe, who is the lead organizer for the homeless project, is working on getting lockers for the homeless living in our community to use to keep their belongings safe.“I think it makes them feel good like somebody cares,” said Ronin Medcalfe. He’s been working on this project since last year when his proposal letter was read at City Council.“They need somewhere to put their stuff where it won’t be stolen;  their wallets, ID’s, things that they treasure most,” said Medcalfe. Right now Ronin is working on the final stages of buying the lockers and getting them installed at the homeless shelter.“Every homeless person in Fort St. John who uses the shelter will have access to the lockers,” said Medcalfe. The Salvation Army was more than happy to work with Ronin and the other students on this project.“Receiving these donations means a lot to the community that we serve,” said Cameron Eggie, Executive Director for the Northern Centre of Hope. “It shows our guests that people do care about them and it shows our frontline staff that the community supports their work.” This article has been submitted by Cassie Westergaard a student at North Peace Secondary Schoollast_img read more

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Repoll in 168 polling stations of West Tripura LS seat: EC

first_imgAgartala: The Election Commission has ordered a repoll at 168 polling stations out of 1,679 polling stations in West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency, an election official said Wednesday.Repoll in polling stations spread over 26 of the 30 assembly segments of the Lok Sabha constituency will be held on May 12, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti said. Polling in the constituency was held on April 11 last and opposition CPI-M and the Congress had demanded repoll in the entire constituency, alleging large-scale rigging by the BJP during voting on April 11. Expressing dissatisfaction over the EC’s decision, Congress vice-president Tapas Dey said, “We were surprised to find that repoll was ordered only in few polling stations. We have no other alternative but to move the Supreme Court.”last_img read more

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Rapid series of natural manmade crises threaten millions in Horn of Africa

Numerous simultaneous natural and human-made emergencies in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, ranging from drought, floods, polio and fighting to the ills these crises engender such as water-borne diseases and displacement, are threatening millions of people with disastrous humanitarian consequences, according to a United Nations report issued today. Although the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated $57.6 million to life-saving aid, the complexity of the overlapping emergencies requires additional, timely funding with a view to sustained humanitarian assistance and early recovery, says the report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).“The cumulative impact on people’s lives of this string of overlapping crises in the region can hardly be overstated,” acting UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Margareta Wahlström said of this latest overview of emergencies in the Horn of Africa, which has left little or no time for recovery in-between shocks. “Thousands are displaced by recent flooding and conflict in Somalia, Rift Valley Fever is taking its toll in terms of human lives and loss of livelihoods in Kenya, and Acute Watery Diarrhoea is spreading in Ethiopia. Some of the areas worst affected by this multitude of crises are also practically inaccessible for humanitarian workers,” she added, referring to flooding, closure of borders and generalized insecurity. Beginning with drought in late 2005 that decimated livestock and stretched to the limit resources in the mainly pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities in north-eastern Kenya, south Somalia and southern Ethiopia, the extreme weather crisis changed character with the heavy flooding in the second half of 2006, covering roughly the same areas. Drought affected 7 million people and the floods at least 1.5 million of the same people. In December 2006, fighting in Somalia and the simultaneous outbreak of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) caused serious economic losses in livestock and further exacerbated an already grave situation. RVF, a viral haemorrhagic disease that has killed at least 95 people in Kenya, is feared to be spreading rapidly into inaccessible areas in Somalia.Acute watery diarrhoea in Ethiopia following the floods has sickened more than 51,000 people, killing 556 of them, and malaria prevalence is also high due to stagnant water. A yet unknown fatal camel disease is suspected to have crossed the border between the Somali Region of Ethiopia and the conflict-affected Hiran and Gedo regions in Somalia. Although the overall impact in terms of loss of life is as yet unknown, the immediate adverse effect on people’s health, nutrition, protection and security is evident and the more disturbing as humanitarian access to affected populations is hindered or hampered by flooding and/or security measures.Security for aid workers remains uncertain in Somalia. There have been incidents of aid staff being harassed and detained by the Ethiopian military which is backing the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) in ousting Islamist groups, and some aid flights have been refused landing permission.There are concerns of a resurgence of warlords’ power in southern Somalia with reports of armed militia setting up checkpoints on roads leading out of Mogadishu, the capital, and extorting money from travellers, the overview warned. Incidents of rape by militia have also been reported. 19 January 2007Numerous simultaneous natural and human-made emergencies in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, ranging from drought, floods, polio and fighting to the ills these crises engender such as water-borne diseases and displacement, are threatening millions of people with disastrous humanitarian consequences, according to a United Nations report issued today. read more

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Armitage and President Sirisena hold talks

Former United States Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage met President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today.In an OP-ED contribution to Wall Street Journal in January following the Presidential election, Armitage strongly advocated that the U.S. move quickly to take advantage of the opening presented by the newly elected government (of President Maithripala Sirisena)” while laying down a trajectory for the revival of Sri Lanka-US relations. Armitage was once deeply involved in the peace process during the period Ranil Wickremasinghe was heading the Government under President Chandrika Kumaratunga. (Colombo Gazette)

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San Francisco public toilets help homeless cost 200000

SAN FRANCISCO — The sidewalks surrounding Ahmed Al Barak’s corner market in one of San Francisco’s roughest neighbourhoods are filled with cardboard, used syringes and homeless people who have nowhere safe to go at night.But Al Barak says it’s an improvement from a year ago, before the city posted a portable toilet across the street from his business in the city’s Tenderloin district.He no longer regularly sees people relieve themselves in broad daylight, and he doesn’t see as much feces and urine on the streets. In his opinion, it’s the one bright spot in a city where taxes are too high.“We used to have a disaster here. I used to call the city all the time to come and clean, because they don’t know where to go,” he said, recalling one woman in particular who shrugged at him in a “what can you do?” gesture as she squatted to pee.San Francisco started its “Pit Stop” program in July 2014 with public toilets in the city’s homeless-heavy Tenderloin, after children complained of dodging human waste on their way to school. Today, the staffed bathrooms have grown from three to 25 locations, and the program has expanded to Los Angeles. In May, the toilets in San Francisco recorded nearly 50,000 flushes, all logged by attendants.The condition of San Francisco’s streets has been a source of embarrassment to city leaders, and cleaning up is not cheap. The city received nearly 27,000 requests for feces removal in the most recent fiscal year, although not all are human.Mayor London Breed last year announced the formation of a special six-person “poop patrol” team where each cleaner earns more than $70,000 a year.Advocates say steam cleaning requests have dropped in areas surrounding some of the public toilets. The mayor signed a budget Thursday that includes money for seven new Pit Stop bathrooms for a city where a one-night count of homeless people grew 17% in the past two years. The toilets each cost an average of $200,000 a year to operate, with most of the money going to staffing and overhead.Some of the bathrooms are permanent fixtures, while others are portables with two toilets that are trucked in and out. The stops have receptacles for used syringes and dog waste. Attendants who are paid the city’s minimum wage of $16 an hour check after every use and knock on doors to make sure people are not doing drugs or other illicit activity. The bathrooms must shine or they do not open.The staffing is what makes a toilet a Pit Stop, and the work is usually done by men coming out of prison after decades behind bars.The “practitioners” stand guard at some of society’s bleakest intersections of poverty, addiction and mental illness, says Lena Miller, founder of non-profit Hunters Point Family and its spinoff, Urban Alchemy, which staffs the Pit Stops in San Francisco and Los Angeles. They prevent overdoses, break up fights and greet regulars, she says.“Really what we’re doing is we’re creating this space where people know that they can walk into it, and it’s going to smell good. It’s going to look good,” Miller said. “There won’t be trash everywhere, and they’re safe. And I think that makes all the difference in the world.”Nelson Butler was a 19-year-old Los Angeles gangster when he went to prison for 30 years for killing a person. Butler was released last year from San Quentin State Prison, scared and apprehensive and in need of a job. He went to work at a Pit Stop.Technically, his job was to prevent drug use in the bathrooms and make sure homeless people didn’t set up camp.“The reality is I’m a security guard. I was a babysitter, I was a social worker, I was a counsellor. I did a lot of things that was not necessarily in the scope of my job description, but this is my community,” Butler said. “So my thought was, if I saw somebody that needed help, that’s why I’m there — to help.”Homelessness has surged throughout California, and cities are struggling to open more bathrooms. Officials are considering adding port-a-potties and special loos designed by the city of Portland, Oregon, and expanding hours of restrooms in government buildings.Sacramento, which is in a county where a one-night count of the homeless increased 19% in two years, tried a Pit Stop but stopped after a few months because it cost too much.Los Angeles Councilmember Mike Bonin initially thought the stops too pricey, but he now understands that having someone to watch over the bathrooms has its upsides. Los Angeles saw a 16% increase over a year in its one-night count of homeless, to 36,000.“I heard from everyone, from people affiliated with law enforcement, from people who live in the neighbourhood, from homeless advocates, from people who are homeless themselves, that it’s important to have a staff to make sure they stay clean and free of destruction or abuse,” he said.Down the street from Ahmed Al Barak’s corner market is Aref Elgaali’s Z Zoul, a Sudanese cafe. The public bathroom by his eatery has helped, he says, but it closes too early, and there should be many more of the toilets.“Why not to have in this corner one and that corner one and the other corner one? That will solve a lot of problems for the people here in San Francisco,” he said.Janie Har, The Associated Press read more

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WestJet to open call centre in Moncton NB more than 400 jobs

WestJet to open call centre in Moncton, N.B., more than 400 jobs expected MONCTON, N.B. – WestJet says it will open a call centre in Moncton, N.B., later this year primarily aimed at serving French-speaking travellers.Calgary-based WestJet (TSX:WJA) says the new facility will open in September and is expected to create more than 400 jobs, two thirds of them full-time, over the next four years.The province, through its Opportunities NB business development Crown corporation, will contribute a $1-million forgivable loan and up to $2.5 million in payroll rebates.The company says it will begin posting for bilingual contact centre agents in Moncton in the near future. by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 4, 2016 2:10 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 4, 2016 at 3:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Couple celebrates 50th anniversary in same wedding clothes they wore in 1966

first_imgCarole-Ann and Jim Stanfield were shocked to find their old wedding clothes still fit, after going in the loft to find their wedding pictures and coming across the garments.They decided to wear their old wedding clothes on their 50th anniversary.The couple found the clothes because their granddaughter, Hayley, wanted the two to find their old wedding pictures.Mr and Mrs Stanfield from Tamworth, Staffordshire, obliged by rifling through their things in the loft, and came across the wedding dress and suit, gathering dust.The two last wore the outfits on October 1 1966.Mrs Stanfield said: “When Hayley discovered we still had our wedding outfits, she said we should try them on to see if they still fit. “Jim went up and dug them out. Hayley insisted we put them on but I said no, they’d been in the loft and they were dusty and smelly.”But she begged and pleaded so we did it for her – we were gobsmacked when we discovered they still fitted perfectly.”Their granddaughter also said they should have a party at which they could wear their old wedding outfits.The Stanfields thought this was a good idea and invited all their friends so they could celebrate their anniversary in the old clothes. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The two at their anniversary party The two at their anniversary partyCredit:SWNS  “A lot of people knew we were going to wear them, but they were still stunned to see us in them,” said Carole-Ann Stanfield. The two originally visited Malta after their wedding – and now they are planning a “second honeymoon” in Turkey.The couple met in 1962 in the men’s club where Jim Stanfield worked.They said the secret to a long marriage is plenty of laughter, and that the first thing Mr Stanfield noticed about the woman who would be his wife was her big blonde hair.Mrs Stanfield said: “Jim loved my big blonde hair, and I loved his humour – he is such a comedian and always makes me laugh. I think that’s the key,”We have very different interests and hobbies, but the laughter is what keeps us strong.”last_img read more

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Diamond mine economics production costs margins cash flows to 2030 – a

first_imgMany are switching from open pit to underground mining, or exploiting smaller, lower grade satellite orebodies; substantial changes in mine economics will occur as a result. Diamond Mine Economics by GFMS Mine Economics provides, the research company says, diamond miners, financial institutions, governments and other industry stakeholders with “high quality forward-looking insights into the underlying drivers of diamond mine economics. The study provides high quality independent support to investment/lending decisions, risk reward analysis, peer group comparisons and mine benchmarking.The global diamond mining industry is currently under extreme pressure. This is possibly the most challenging period yet faced by the global diamond mining business, as product inventories have risen and prices fallen. As a result, the sector is experiencing serious difficulties. Since late 2008, production has been suspended at some of the world’s largest and (previously) most profitable diamond mines: The industry has fragmented considerably over the last ten years; numerous new entrants have arrived in the sector Alongside these challenges, the current situation undoubtedly presents unique opportunities for some players. A new study from GFMS Mine Economics aims to identify and quantify these. This study clearly identifies and quantifies:Which mines are profitable under different market outcomesWhat is the impact of low prices on the future production profile, in terms of volume and value?What diamond prices are needed for projects to generate acceptable financial returns?When the market recovers, which mines and projects present the best restart and expansion opportunities?Based on a stringent methodology for analysing mine economics, the analysis in this study is derived from ‘bottom-up’ analysis of mine productivity, energy use, mining and processing costs, making it ideal for asset benchmarking purposes.GFMS Mine Economics is undertaking a program of global mine visits in order to gather the technical and operating data included in the new study. Besides an in-depth production cost breakdown, revenues, margins and forward-looking cash flows are presented for each operation.For further information contact Mark Fellows at mark.fellows@gfmsmine-ec.com or Charles de Meester at charles.demeester@gfms.co.uk For many miners, tough market conditions have arrived at a particularly inopportune moment; just as they are implementing expensive expansion and life extension planscenter_img Over the medium term the industry cost structure is undergoing radical change, as existing mines mature Many of the more recent entrants into the business have only recently raised significant amounts of debt and equity finance, acquired mines and projects or commissioned new mines Operating cost rises, which have impacted across the breadth of the mining sector, are yet to unwind, squeezing margins still furtherlast_img read more

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Fluor and IBM Watson to deliver predictive analytics capability for megaprojects

first_imgFluor is driving digital transformation with an artificial intelligence (AI) solution to monitor the status of global projects and drive significant project cost savings. Fluor Corp and IBM have announced the use of AI-based systems to predict, monitor and measure the status of EPC megaprojects from inception to completion. Fluor’ says it “extensive engineering, fabrication, construction and deep supply chain expertise, coupled with artificial intelligence and analytic technologies from IBM Watson, forms the foundation for big data analytics and diagnostic systems that help predict critical project outcomes and provide early insights into the health of projects.”Large capital projects, especially in the energy and chemicals, and mining and metals markets, are incredibly complex with enormous amounts of data, people and moving parts that are constantly changing and need to be understood to keep a project on schedule and budget. To gain insights from project data in nearly real-time and to understand the implications of changing factors, Fluor is introducing the EPC Project Health Diagnostics (EPHDsm) and the Market Dynamics/Spend Analytics (MD/SAsm) systems. Developed with IBM Research and IBM Services, working collaboratively with Fluor, these innovative tools help to identify dependencies and provide actionable insights by fusing thousands of data points across the entire life cycle of capital projects.Fluor selected IBM Research and IBM Services to assist in the development of these advanced systems as part of its global data-centric transformation strategy. Fluor can now leverage a wealth of experience from across its entire historical data store and global workforce to quickly understand markets and monitor project factors impacting cost and schedule to drive improved certainty and cost efficiency across the entire project scope.“Harnessing the power of data to make meaningful insights will alter how megaprojects around the world are designed, built and maintained,” said Arvind Krishna, Senior Vice President and Director of IBM Research. “Together with IBM, Fluor is embracing artificial intelligence as an engine for transformation in data-driven industries that are ripe for innovation including energy and chemicals, and mining and metals construction projects.”“The ability to rapidly analyze and comprehend big data that drives decisions at any point throughout the engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction of today’s megaprojects is an imperative for the success of our company and the protection of our clients’ capital investments,” said Ray Barnard, Fluor’s Senior Executive Vice President of Systems and Supply Chain. “And to be the best at predictive analytics and project execution in our industry, we teamed with IBM to create EPHD and MD/SA, an advanced and effective set of diagnostic tools and capabilities that rapidly predict best-in-class pricing globally, project status and outcomes, and improves the quality of services and decision-making as we serve our clients around the globe.”The EPHD and MD/SA systems are designed to transform complex data into actionable business insights using domain-driven semantic models to guide artificial intelligence-based predictive and diagnostics modelling. A unique feature of the systems is the blending of data with domain expertise to learn models that are operationally insightful. An advanced cognitive user interface provides seamless access to the data, reports and results of the analysis, using EPC domain-sensitive natural language conversational interface. The underlying domain understanding is used to guide project diagnostics and provide natural language summaries based on the reports, with data visualization techniques to ease its quick consumption and understanding.These tools assess the status of a project by:Predicting issues such as rising costs or schedule delays based on historical trends and patternsGaining earlier insights from many sets of complex factors across project executionIdentifying the root causes of issues and the potential impacts of changes as input to the decision-making process including estimate analysis, forecast evaluation, project risk assessment and critical path analysis.“Besides the work Fluor was already doing on predictive maintenance and construction sequencing, five years ago we began investing in predictive analytics and artificial intelligence capabilities to further evaluate performance and determine critical project outcomes as a part of our data-centric journey,” said Leslie Lindgren, Fluor’s Vice President of Information Management. “We will be using these innovations on select large and megaprojects to quickly discover trends, patterns and meaning in our structured and unstructured data that deliver competitive advantage through the digital transformation of data into critical information with significant benefits to our clients, other stakeholders and our company.”As Fluor continues on its global data-centric transformation journey, the company plans to further develop and expand EPHD and MD/SA using analytics and artificial intelligence capabilities from IBM Watson and integrate them into Fluor’s processes.last_img read more

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Housing affordability declining as house prices surge

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The large migration wave to Australia is responsible for surging house prices in Melbourne, according to a Greek ‘Property Professor.’The average Melbourne house price has risen to a record $480,000 in the September quarter-a $30,000 rise over the previous three months.“Just like many Greeks came to Australia in the 50s and 60s and created a huge demand for property, we are seeing that again right now with Indians, and migrants from South Africa,” says Peter Koulizos, lecturer and author of the book, The Property Professor’s Top Australian Suburbs.“Except unlike the Greek and Italians who didn’t come over with much money, these migrants are white collar workers and international students that have the money which is in turn forcing up the price of house prices.”Real Estate Institute of Victoria Spokesperson (REIV), Robert Larocca agrees. “There is an increasing population of 1700 people a week arriving into Melbourne, which is a road of confidence, however creates pressure in the property market as these people need somewhere to live,” he says. According to the REIV report, Surrey Hills enjoyed the largest median increase – up 24.6 per cent, from $905,000 to $1,127,500. Pascoe Vale was second best performer for the quarter with a 23.7 per cent jump from $485,000 to $600,000. Sam Mourtzas, 37, who has been looking to buy a house near Docklands says surging prices has prolonged his search.“Fiscal stimulus and interest rate cuts pushed prices in 2009 beyond justified levels making it difficult for first home buyers or investors like myself to make a move on the property market,” he says.“With demand increasing, property is becoming scarce and people are willing to pay extraordinary amounts for half a block.” A deterioration in housing affordability was evident in the latest HIA-CBA First Home Buyer Affordability Report, which showed a decline of 3.3 per cent in the September 2009 quarter.Despite increasing interest rates and the rapidly looming deadline of the First Home Owners Grant, Koulizos underscores that now is a good time to invest.“Buying property is like moving up an escalator- if you do not get on, then you don’t have the opportunity to move into a nicer property as the value of your first property grows.” He adds that it is advantageous to buy a smaller property closer to the city rather than a larger property further away.“If are looking to make money in property, it doesn’t matter how old the building is, you can change it. Location is the most important factor and the land you own.”Published last year, Koulizos’s book, Top Australian Suburbs advises investors which suburbs across Melbourne have the best capital growth potential over the next 20 years.Based upon affordability and value, here are Koulizos’s current top picks: Braybrook. Median house price: 340,000-10km west of CBD.Two good indicators of capital growth in a suburb is government investment and private investment such as shopping centres. Braybrook shows evidence of both. There are five private and public schools in the suburb. It is serviced by the bus and train, has two large shopping centres. One is known as Central West Plaza which has been highlighted in the State Government’s Melbourne 5 million plan- which is focused on developing new property including apartments. A lot of housing commissions in Braybrook are also being replaced by private housing.Coburg. Median (2 bedroom) Unit price: 315,000-10km north of CBD.Coburg is not only highlighted in the Melbourne 5 million plan but the local council is spending big money in the suburb. Coburg is serviced by the bus and tram and includes eight schools in the area. There is also good shopping along Sydney Road.Kensington. Median (2 bedroom) Unit price: 350,000-4km north west CBD.You can purchase a lovely period style home in Kensington, which is valued more highly than a modern style home. The suburb is going through an urban renewal process due to increased Government spending on transport and infrastructure as well as private investment. So what used to be old abattoir is now becoming brand new housing, which will bringing up the appeal of the area. Flemington. Median Unit (1-2 bedroom) price: 279,000- 5km from CBD.Flemington is so undervalued, despite its close proximity to the city and character housing. Flemington is the Richmond of 20 years ago- which although was once undesirable, became expensive due to urban renewal increases. This is likely to occur with Flemington, which will benefit from the ripple effect of next door Kensington. However, avoid buying property near the Flemington flats.last_img read more

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LiOS4 est officiellement jailbreaké

first_imgL’iOS4 est officiellement jailbreakéÉtats-Unis – A peine lancé, le nouveau système d’exploitation d’Apple a déjà été “piraté”. Désormais, des applications compatibles avec iOS4 et refusées sur l’App Store pourront quand même être installées sur les iPhone.Les hackers ont vraiment la gâchette rapide. A peine disponible, iOS4, le nouveau système d’exploitation d’Apple pour iPhone, a déjà été jailbreaké. Les utilisateurs de ces téléphones modifiés pourront désormais installer des applications refusées par l’App Store. Pour le moment, cette version bêta de RedSnow n’est disponible que sur iPhone 3G et iPod Touch 2G. Mais la Dev-Team, à l’origine de cette action, devrait bientôt présenter une solution pour les autres appareils utilisant le nouvel OS. Le 24 juin 2010 à 14:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Clark Countys GOP takes new path

first_imgo Tea Party: Matt Barreto, politics professor at the University of Washington, described Tea Party members as having diverse conservative views, their uniting principle being their opposition to President Barack Obama. The Tea Party movement was born in 2009 out of protests over Obama and Congress passing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, an economic stimulus package, without any Republican votes in the House and only two in the Senate. Some themes within the Tea Party movement include an opposition to raising taxes, and a desire to rein in government spending and protect the right to keep and bear arms.o Libertarians: Barreto described libertarians as having a more unified vision than Tea Party members. They value personal freedoms and a limited federal government. Alex Hays, of the Mainstream Republicans of Washington, noted that the libertarian movement has been around for years in Washington state politics, though the enthusiasm among libertarians seems to ebb and flow. Experts also noted that there is plenty of overlap in the belief systems between Tea Party members and libertarians.o Cast-iron conservatives: Journalists at the Washington Post recently put out a call to help them describe the U.S. House Republican anti-establishment faction that includes Tea Party and libertarian conservatives. After hearing several suggestions, they settled on the term cast-iron conservatives, noting that the “label is a fitting one for this group who prize principle over politics and believe that any bending in those principles is a prelude to a breaking. … And, like cast iron, it’s very hard to manipulate them — even under intense pressure.”Since the new Clark County GOP’s board was elected in December, the group has passed these resolutions:• Supporting Second Amendment rights.• Opposing a federal income tax and demanding the Internal Revenue Service be abolished.• Opposing the Columbia River Crossing.The lineup of speakers at the Clark County GOP’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner this spring signaled that change was afoot within the local party.Missing was mainstream gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna, headliner at the group’s fundraising event last year, and in previous years. Instead, party members welcomed one of McKenna’s primary challengers in the 2012 elections, Shahram Hadian, who received 3 percent of the statewide primary vote to McKenna’s 43 percent.last_img read more

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Weather Eye Fall off to quick chilly start rain to return Friday

first_imgAutumn is barely off and running and we are setting records — sort of — with early reports of snowfall. Crater Lake received 7.5 inches of snow Tuesday. That is the earliest 7-inch snowfall since 1986. Snow fell in the higher ski areas of the Cascades as well.So much for our anticipated three-day dry spell. It was fairly dry Wednesday, with only a few scattered showers mainly over the higher terrain. Today will be dry but another fast-moving weather system rolls in later Friday for rain. We use that same four-letter word for the forecast on Saturday and Sunday. You get the picture.The next incoming storm will have warmer air associated with it, so freezing levels go up. Whatever snow fell at Timberline and Paradise on Mount Rainier will melt away. Any snow that falls in the mountains in September is just a tease anyway.One thing for sure is that it is definitely cooler. Even with the sun shining yesterday, walking out the door expecting a little warmth like usual, I was disappointed. A jacket kind of weather pattern. Enjoy the break today as we warm to between 65 and 70 degrees.One note of interest is the outlook the National Weather Service in Seattle issued Wednesday afternoon. It expects heavy rain over the weekend in Western Washington. Four to eight inches of rain is possible over the north and central Cascades and the Olympics. Some rivers could reach flood stage. The Skokomish River in Mason County may be the first one to reach flood stage. This seems kind of early in the season for this.last_img read more

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Concrete takeover Indians beat Arabs in buying London property

first_imgLondon PropertyReutersIndians are now the second largest prime Central London Property buyers after overtaking Middle East purchasers driven by a fall in the Gulf investors’ demand on regional economic and political uncertainty and weakening pound in Britain.Data from residential property adviser London Central Portfolio (LCP) show Indian investors ramping up their spending in the capital, with the country’s buyers now accounting for 22 percent of prime property sales in the year 2016-17, compared to just 5 percent of sales recorded in the last audit conducted two years ago, Albawaba reported.Middle East is now in the third position this year, accounting for 21 percent of sales.In 2014-15 audits, the gulf investors were the biggest property buyer in the UK capital with 43 percent of all sales.”The 2014 audit took place during the height of oil prices when Middle Eastern investors were flooding into the prime Central London market,” said Lauren Kemp, senior manager, investment and communications at LCP.”On the other hand, over the last year, whilst the numbers of Middle Eastern investors remain relatively strong, some buyers may now be feeling less well off with decreases in oil prices, coupled with increased uncertainty in the region with sanctions and credit rating cuts,” Kemp said, adding that tax changes on residential property has also been a factor in the decline.However, Indian buyers took advantage of changes made in 2015 to the Liberalized Remittance Scheme in India that led to a rise in the amount of capital buyers can bring into the UK to $250,000 per person.Buyers in India now account for a third of the total spend on London prime property. Past buys like Sahara Group chief Subrata Kumar Roy’s acquisition of the famed London Hotel, Grosvenor House (resold by Sahara this year to GH Equity UK), and the Lulu Group’s M A Yusuff Ali’s purchase of the Edwardian 1-5 Great Scotland Yard headquarters have propelled Indian buyers to the premium ticket league in the real estate business.Abu Dhabi-based retail billionaire Yusuff Ali, one of the wealthiest Indians in the Middle East, had made a $170 million agreement in 2015 with London-based property developer Galliard Homes to create a luxurious five-star hotel at Scotland Yard in London’s Whitehall. The custom-built 92,000 sq ft hotel, to be called the Great Scotland Yard Hotel, was to open in early 2017.last_img read more

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