first_imgJournalist and Children’s Health Fund board member Jane Pauley is reminding donors that the chance to triple your gifts to the charity ends on Friday.“As a journalist, I’ve spent my life on deadlines,” she wrote. “Today I’m writing to you about a deadline — because time is running out for you to triple your gift for children’s health.“For the next few days — until midnight on Friday — we can triple the impact of your support for our nation’s kids.“With back-to-school season on top of us, it’s critical that we give every boy and girl the healthy start they deserve. Your generous gift helps us do just that.“Every dollar you donate by midnight, August 30th, will be tripled—making sure we send boys and girls back to school healthy and ready to succeed.“I’ve seen first-hand the impact of Children’s Health Fund’s work, but none of it would be possible without your support. Please, open your heart to the thousands of boys and girls relying on us every day.”To make a donation, click here.last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER – Hecla Mining Co. says it’s buying Vancouver-based gold miner Klondex Mines Ltd. for $605 million with a mix of cash and shares.Idaho-based Hecla will gain control of Klondex’s Fire Creek, Midas, and Hollister underground gold mines in Nevada, while Klondex will spin out its True North mining operations in Manitoba into a new entity for existing shareholders.Hecla says its focus is high-grade underground mines so Klondex’s operations will fit well into the company and add production while minimizing dilution.Klondex produced 189,500 gold equivalent ounces in 2017, short of its guidance of between 210,000 and 225,000 ounces.News of the deal helped send Klondex’s share price up 62.2 per cent to $2.92 in midday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange, though well off the $7.54 high the stock traded at in September 2016.Along with operations in Alaska, Idaho and Mexico, Hecla also runs the Casa Berardi mine in Quebec where it recently secured a $40 million loan for expansion from Investissement Quebec.last_img read more

At least seven accidents were also reported on the Southern Expressway and the Katunayake Expressway as a result of the poor weather. Lightning killed two people and electricity was disrupted in some areas today as heavy rain experienced in the country since yesterday began to take its toll.The Police said that two people were struck by lightning at a paddy field in Welikanda. The victims were aged 17 and 33. Landslide warnings were also issued for several areas while the spill gates of some reservoirs were opened as water levels rose.Meanwhile, the Department of Meteorology said that the heavy rain was expected to continue around the country today. The Department of Meteorology also warned of lightning and urged the public to take precautions. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile, the Ceylon Electricity Board said that electricity was disrupted in Kegalle, Rambukkana, Matugama and Agalawatte following heavy rain today. read more

“These preliminary figures may rise,” the Mission said today, explaining that at least two attackers wearing police uniforms stormed the Shi’a mosque while several hundred worshippers, including many women and children, were at Friday prayer. According to UNAMA, one assailant detonated his suicide vest outside the mosque, while another continued inside, indiscriminately killing and wounding people. The Mission expressed its condolences to the loved ones of those killed in the attack and wishes a full and speedy recovery to those injured. Islamic State-Khorasan Province claimed responsibility, stating that two of its suicide attackers targeted a Shi’a mosque in Kabul, noted the Mission. “This latest in a series of attacks targeting members of the Shi’a community at worship has no possible justification,” said Toby Lanzer, the UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and acting head of UNAMA. Such attacks directed against congregations and places of worship are serious violations of international law that may amount to war crimes, he emphasized. International humanitarian law prohibits deliberate attacks against civilians and civilian property, including places of worship, and also places a specific obligation on parties to enable religious personnel to carry out their work. Yesterday’s attack was the sixth attack this year targeting Shi’a mosques in Afghanistan, killing a total of at least 64 civilians and injuring at least 118, according to UNAMA. Four of the attacks occurred in Herat and the other two in Kabul. Islamic State-Khorasan Province claimed responsibility for three of the six, including yesterday’s attack. read more

first_imgCentral African Mining and Exploration Co (CAMECO), the AIM company focussed on Africa, has announced its preliminary results for the year ended 31 March 2007. Chairman, Phil Edmonds, said “I am very pleased to report another year of exceptional development for CAMEC. This has been a transformational year where we have rapidly expanded and built on our position as a pan-African fully integrated exploration, mining and production company. We have achieved strong revenue growth for the period with a turnover of £69.5 million (2006: £11.0 million) and that the significant investment in our flagship Luita SX/EW facility is starting to reap dividends, as it is now producing both copper cathode and cobalt concentrate. Acquisitions, including BOSS Mining and SABOT, have been instrumental in our growth and in this vein we are now making a full offer for Canadian listed Katanga Mining, which again has the potential to dramatically enhance our position, by building the company into one of the leading producers of copper in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and potentially the world’s largest producer of cobalt.”Operationally, much of our focus has been related to the Luita SX/EW plant, which is now contributing to revenues. The strategy has been to focus on the rapid development of production, rather than near term profitability. As a result the plant has been designed on a modular basis to expedite production, allowing us to take immediate and growing advantage, as modules are added, of the present high metal prices. The Luita plant is in the process of being completed on schedule and within budget. In addition, its modular design and the reinvestment of early stage cash flow means that the plant is fully funded from existing CAMEC resources and operating cash flow. The project development is on track to achieve our targets of annual production capacity of 40,000 t of copper and 6,000 t of cobalt by end of March 2008 and 100,000 t copper and 12,000 t cobalt by December 2008. “We are aggressively pursuing development programmes at our fluorspar and coal projects in South Africa while our investment in the Pfula platinum project, on the Bushveld complex in South Africa and alongside Impala Platinum, gives us a significant attributable platinum resource base. In Mozambique we continue to develop our coal and agricultural operations. Notably, there now seems to be a global interest in Mozambique coal, as highlighted by recent merger and acquisition activity, while the market at large is also starting to focus on agricultural operations. In Mali, we are advancing our bauxite licence areas with a comprehensive exploration programme. Across the region new opportunities are constantly being reviewed as we seek to continue to expand on CAMEC’s position as a pan-African exploration, mining and production company with a broad and exciting portfolio of investment assets. “Control of logistics is crucial to our operational success and we have accordingly raised our number of Volvo trucks and trailers in SABOT to 450, to ensure that we continue to reap the strategic and logistical benefits that we derive from owning that business in support of our regional growth.”The strategic development of our assets has contributed to our financial performance and I am pleased to report a pre tax profit of £15.7 million (2006: £1.1 million loss) on turnover of 69.5 million (2006: £11.0 million). This is despite an amortization of goodwill charge of £3.5 million.”It is a testament to the whole CAMEC team that we have achieved this financial performance, while at the same time constructing, in 12 months, a state of the art copper cobalt SX/EW facility in the DRC which is already producing copper cathode, and also dealing with the suspension of operations by our joint venture partner on the Mukondo concession area. With regards to the immediate future, our rapid production growth and installation of additional SX/EW modules at Luita as well as the development of the mines at Disele and Kababankola should drive financial growth in the coming year. In addition, management is confident that its continued efforts to achieve a resolution to the Mukondo situation will be successful and, if so, this will contribute to the financial performance in the second half of this year.”I am also pleased to announce that later today we will be issuing our Offer Document for Katanga Mining. This will contain a more comprehensive review of CAMEC’ activities as well as a detailed explanation of the terms of the transaction. The Board is confident that it will obtain the support required to ensure the deal is concluded. Consultancy firm, Behre Dolbear, has produced a [NI] 43-101 compliant Technical Report on the DRC mineral properties for the purpose of the offer. The combined businesses of CAMEC and Katanga will create a leading copper cobalt company with growing production as well as quantified and increasing resources. Management believes that the deal will create significant value for both companies’ shareholders through the realisation of financial and operational synergies. The combined group should achieve a higher valuation rating than either company alone. The new entity will also be well placed to exploit any attractive value creating opportunities that may arise from further consolidation amongst copper cobalt producers in the DRC and elsewhere.”last_img read more

first_img Poll Results: 28,614 Views Nov 30th 2016, 9:30 AM No (12360) Short URL 114 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland Poll: Is Fianna Fáil right to ask Bertie to come back? Fianna Fáil Dublin Central chair Brian Mohan said that Bertie “deserves a second chance”.center_img BERTIE AHERN MAY be about to return Fianna Fáil, after the party’s chairman in Dublin Central confirmed that he’d been invited to rejoin the party.Branch chair Brian Mohan said that while Ahern is “controversial in some people’s eyes, he has been nothing but loyal to Fianna Fáil” and “deserves a second chance”.It’s expected a letter will be drafted by Fianna Fáil HQ informing Ahern of the local branch motion.According to a person familiar with the process, it would then be up to the former Taoiseach to send in an application to join, much like any other member of the public.Considering the application is from a figure as high profile as Bertie Ahern, it’s likely the issue will be dealt with by the National Executive.So what do you think? Is Fianna Fáil right to ask Bertie to rejoin the party? By Sean Murray Wednesday 30 Nov 2016, 9:30 AM Share169 Tweet Email1 YesNoNo interest/No opinionVote No interest/No opinion (1216) Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland Yes (3196)last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s economic sentiment index fell significantly in February, the Institute for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) announced last week. The monthly economic sentiment index dropped to 47.2 points in February from 55.4 in January, a new all-time low. The report recorded worsening conditions in all sectors of the economy with the exception of the services sector, with manufacturing and retail sectors hit harder.Consumer confidence fell afresh in January, reflecting worsening predictions of Greek consumers over the country’s economic condition and their households’ financial situation. last_img

first_imgNucléaire : le parc français n’est pas exempt d’incidentsDimanche a eu lieu à Matignon une réunion de crise rassemblant les hauts responsables du nucléaire français, afin de “tirer les enseignements utiles des événements japonais” concernant les risques liés aux centrales.58 réacteurs répartis sur 19 centrales et âgés en moyenne de 25 ans : la France est un pays hautement nucléarisé, tout comme le Japon. D’où la réunion réunissant hier les ministres concernés, le PDG d’EDF, la présidente d’Areva et d’autres hauts responsables du secteur, pour faire le point sur les questions de sécurité.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéLa France compte quelques zones à risques sismiques : les Alpes, les Pyrénées et la région de Nice. Si la centrale de Cruas, dans la vallée du Rhône, repose déjà sur des plots antisismiques, celle de Fessenheim, en Alsace, comprenant 2 réacteurs en activité depuis 1977, “a été construite selon les règles sismiques des années 1970. Depuis, les connaissances (…) ont évolué”, explique la physicienne Monique Sené, cofondatrice du Groupe de scientifiques pour l’information sur l’énergie nucléaire (GSIEN), qui estime que les améliorations apportées sur ce site ne sont que des palliatifs.Mais bien plus que les séismes, les inondations constituent un problème potentiel majeur. La tempête de 1999 avait inondé plusieurs parties de la centrale du Blayais, en Gironde, provoquant l’arrêt de 3 réacteurs sur 4.Des incidents intrinsèquement liés au fonctionnement, notamment sur les systèmes de refroidissement, peuvent également se produire. Sur une échelle de gravité allant jusqu’à 7 (type Tchernobyl), les plus graves connus en France, survenus à la centrale de Saint-Laurent, dans le Loir-et-Cher, en 1969 et en 1980, atteignaient  le niveau 4 : ‘contamination ou surexposition d’un travailleur sur place, rejet de radioactivité à l’extérieur sans risque important hors du site’. Selon le président de la Commission de recherche et d’information indépendantes sur la radioactivité (Criirad), ce sont environ “un millier d’événements, de gravités diverses, qui affectent chaque année nos centrales”. Le 14 mars 2011 à 14:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgIf you were a fan of comic books during the 90s then you no doubt remember the monster that was Image Comics. In a move that was unheard of at the time, seven of Marvel’s biggest artists left the publishing giant to form their own independent studio. Image exploded right out of the gate and became so big that it rivaled Marvel, DC, and Valiant Comics. It also established many of the tropes and stereotypes that 90s comics have become infamous for.Since we’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of Image Comics, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the original books released by the company. Not all of these can be considered great, but they are each an important part of Image’s history.SpawnSpawn was the most high-profile of Image’s launch books, and it is one of the two that is still being published today. It told the story about a murdered soldier named Al Simmons who made a deal with a demon to be resurrected. Simmons came back with great powers but was horribly disfigured; making it impossible to return to a normal life. With his powers, he battled demons, cyborgs, and even child molesters.Todd McFarlane wrote and drew the first dozen issues before handing over pencil duties to Greg Capullo. This team would go on to create some of Spawn’s most memorable early adventures. Spawn went on to have a successful toy line, an HBO animated series, and a feature film that is best forgotten.WildC.A.T.S.Like a lot of Image’s early books, WildC.A.T.S. was a title that looked great but lacked much substance. It told the story of a group of heroes who fought against aliens called the Helspont who (naturally) wanted to take over the Earth. WildC.A.T.S. was the foundation for Jim Lee’s Wildstorm Universe, which was its own imprint within Image.Wildstorm was sold to DC Comics in 1998, and all of its characters were folded over into that universe. The Wildstorm characters played a prominent role in DC’s line-wide New 52 initiative to varying degrees of success. Since DC Rebirth, the Wildstorm characters have all but gone missing. The company does still own them, so it’s possible that WildC.A.T.S. will be resurrected in the future.YoungbloodYoungblood was the creation of the notorious Rob Liefeld (he created X-Force, you know). Youngblood #1 was the first book Image released and was the biggest selling independent title of the time. Based on an idea he had for a Teen Titans series, Youngblood’s premise is that, if they were real, superheroes would be treated like celebrities.Though it had a best-selling debut issue, Youngblood received a ton of criticism over its poor writing, crude art, and inconsistent schedule. Even celebrated writers like Kurt Busiek and Alan Moore weren’t able to save the book. There are multiple reasons given for why Youngblood ultimately ended up failing, but most of the blame centers on Rob Liefeld himself. This is a shame because the book did have the potential to be something worthwhile.ShadowhawkShadowhawk is easily one of the most criminally overlooked of Image’s early titles. However, it was one of the better books released at the time. It centered on a vigilante who was infected with HIV and wanted to use his remaining days fighting crime. Many books (especially Image’s) were extremely unrealistic, but Shadowhawk was relatively grounded for the most part.Shadowhawk wasn’t the only African-American Image character, but his stories did center on race, urban crime, and dealt with subjects few comics dared to. It had a social awareness the other Image books completely lacked. At the time, it was almost revolutionary to even read a book that delved into issues of race the way Shadowhawk did. Image has brought Shadowhawk back several times over the years, but perhaps with everything currently happening in America, now would be a great time to revive him.Savage DragonLike Spawn, Savage Dragon is an original Image Comic that has continued to be published to this day. Unlike Todd McFarlane’s creation, Savage Dragon is still being drawn and written by its original creator: Erik Larsen. Because it has had the same artist and writer, Savage Dragon contains one of the most consistent tones in all of comic books.Even though he was a giant muscular green man with a fin on his head, Savage Dragon acted like a regular blue collar worker. He was a cop who fought all manner of super villains in the streets of Chicago. But despite that, he managed to be someone you’d like to have a beer with. Like most of Image’s books, Savage Dragon stories were gritty. However, they never descended into obscene territory (for the most part). Savage Dragon is still a worthwhile comic book, even after all these years.WetworksWetworks was meant to be one of Image’s launch titles in 1992. However, due to the death of Whilce Portacio’s sister, the book was put on hiatus until 1994. There wasn’t much that helped set Wetworks apart when it launched — save for the first issue’s blood-smeared cover.The title would continue (with delays) for 43 issues before being canceled. It reappeared in the mid-2000s, but this only lasted for 15 issues. Not to knock the original creators or anyone who ever worked on Wetworks, but the series is forgettable for a reason. It just never did anything truly unique.CyberforceCyberforce was as 90s as a 90s comic could get. It featured mutants whose powers were enhanced by cybernetics — basically, a whole team of X-Force’s Cable. Marc Silvestri initially wrote and illustrated the series but would eventually hand these duties over to other creators.Cyberforce ran for 35 issues before ending. In 2007, Silvestri reinvented the series to have more of a cyberpunk flavor. The five issue mini-series was actually well-received. This is something that can’t be claimed by any of the other attempts at resurrecting early Image books like Wetworks and Youngblood.This article was about the Image founder’s first books, but I do want to quickly look at some of the other books released by the company in the 90’s. Like with the Image founding fathers, these books were by artists who wanted to have control over their creations. Though most of these titles stuck close to the superhero formula that made Image famous, there were hints of the diversity the company would be eventually be known for.The Maxx: One of the weirder and more esoteric Image books of the time, The Maxx featured Sam Keith’s unusual but visually intriguing art style. It would be hard for even a die-hard fan of this series to explain exactly what the plot was about, but that is part of this book’s appeal. The Maxx was also adapted into a short-lived (but excellent) animated series on MTV.Pitt: Artist Dale Keown made a name for himself on The Incredible Hulk thanks to his powerful rendition of the famous gamma-irradiated monster. Pitt was essentially the Hulk with a different head and giant claw hands. Like many of Image’s books, this title was plagued by numerous delays.Astro City: Though it featured superheroes, Kurt Busiek’s Astro City was unlike the majority of Image’s superhero books. Astro City did a great job of both embracing superhero tropes and deconstructing them. Some stories were personal while others were epic in scope, but each painted a picture of what it was like to be a citizen or hero of the titular metropolis.Gen¹³: The series that helped propel J. Scott Campbell to super stardom, Gen¹³ was one of the biggest hits from Image during the mid to late 90s. Though the book wasn’t different than others of the time regarding content, its kinetic and eye-catching art helped give it a fan base that is still going strong today.WitchBlade: A lot of Image’s books featured female heroes who were little more than eye candy for young boys. Though WitchBlade fit that mold from a stylistic standpoint, the title’s lead was a three-dimensional character. The adventures of NYPD detective Sara Pezzini were eventually adapted into a mildly successful TV series on TNT.The Darkness: Created by Marc Silvestri, Garth Ennis, and David Wohl, The Darkness combined elements of crime drama and the supernatural. The series became a best seller and would eventually spawn two video game adaptations that were equally as well-received.Bone: The most visually and stylistically different from Image’s 90s books, Bone was and is a critically acclaimed series. Bone was only an Image book from issues 21-27, but it proved that the publisher was open to all types of comics, and not just superheroes. In many ways, Bone laid the groundwork for the diverse and unique Image Comics that readers have been enjoying for the past ten years.last_img read more

first_imgRIDGEFIELD — Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries is seeking public input on plans for the expanded Ridgefield Community Library. In 2018, the Ridgefield Community Center board donated its building, which is attached to the current library, to Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries.People are invited to share their input on what features they’d like to see in the expanded library from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 7 in the community center, 210 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield.By taking over the community center space, the library can grow from its existing 2,055-square-foot space to up to 11,000 square feet. The library district recently hired Johansson Wing Architecture to develop options and architectural designs for the expanded library, and hopes to start construction this fall.last_img

first_imgFor the 12th consecutive quarter, The Atlantic is reporting gains in print and online revenue. In third quarter 2011, overall advertising revenue is up 19 percent, with digital ad revenue soaring 41 percent and print up 3 percent over the third quarter of 2010. Mobile apps accounted for 2 percent of overall digital ad revenue for The Atlantic in the third quarter, according vice president and publisher Jay Lauf.For the year-to-date, digital advertising is up 27 percent and is expected to exceed the 40 percent growth The Atlantic experienced in 2010 by the end of the year.Print revenue is up 6 percent for the first nine months of the year.  The Atlantic posted its first profit in decades in the fourth quarter of 2010 and reps say the brand is “on track” to post a multi-million dollar profit in 2011, something predicted during a keynote address at the Folio: Show last June by Atlantic Media president Justin Smith.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools has posted the following FIVE openings over the past week:Full-Time Educational Assistant (Pathways) at West Intermediate SchoolFull-Time Math Strategies Teacher at Wilmington Middle SchoolPart-Time Freshman Volleyball Coach at Wilmington High SchoolFull-Time Long-Term Substitute Speech & Language Pathologist at Woburn Street SchoolFull-Time Shared Educational Assistant at Woburn Street SchoolLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 10 New Job OpeningsIn “Education”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 5 New Job OpeningsIn “Education”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 6 New Job OpeningsIn “Business”last_img read more

first_imgFemale aedes mosquitoLocal government and rural development (LGRD) minister Tajul Islam on Wednesday said the deputy commissioners have been asked to take effective measures to prevent the spread of dengue, reports UNB.”An anti-mosquito drive will be conducted between 25 and 31 July,” he told reporters after attending the second sessions on the fourth day of the deputy commissioners’ conference at the secretariat.Replying to a question about the ineffectiveness of mosquito medicine, Tajul said the city corporations will collect samples of mosquito kit and retest it.”A certificate is being taken from the World Health Organisation for the medicine used to prevent the spread of mosquito. We’ve sprayed medicine approved by the WHO,” he said.The number of dengue patients has increased this year.Earlier, health minister Zahid Maleque said the hospitals have received many dengue patients and are treating them.Dengue, a mosquito-borne viral infection, is spread to people through the bite of infected Aedes species mosquitoes.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 100 million people get sick from infection, and 22,000 die from severe dengue.Dhaka South City Corporation mayor Sayeed Khokon said the medicines they are using to kill the mosquitos are “slightly less effective” but assured that the situation “is under control”.There is no specific treatment for dengue or severe dengue, but early detection and access to proper medical care lowers fatality rates below 1 per cent, the WHO says.last_img read more

first_imgDoctor Who is no stranger to the “To be continued…” title card.And, according to Digital Spy, viewers can expect those three dirty words to grace their screens at least twice this season.Long-time Who contributor Toby Whithouse recently confirmed that three chapters in the new series are linked.“Mine is the third part of a three-parter—Steven [Moffat]’s done the first one, Peter Harness did the second, and I’ve got the third,” he told Digital Spy.Famous for creating British sci-fi program Being Human (later remade for US audiences), Whithouse penned half a dozen Doctor Who episodes since the reboot, including “School Reunion,” “The Vampires of Venice,” “A Town Called Mercy,” and “Before the Flood.”He is also credited with writing episode eight of season 10.“It’s set [in] modern day. And I think anything more than that and Steven will come round and kick me in the shin,” he said (probably joking).The trio of adventures, Digital Spy reported, features “the Monks”—a new threat in the form of walking-dead-like creatures, who make a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance in the latest BBC trailer.Other unfriendly faces include Missy, revamped Ice Warriors, Mondasian Cybermen, and Daleks, as well as a slew of new villains set to give the Twelfth Doctor and new mate Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) a run for their money.Whithouse praised the recent cast addition, telling Digital Spy that Macking is not only “terrific,” but also “very different to previous companions.“She has very good comic timing,” he revealed. “And there’s a lovely chemistry between her and Peter.”Whovians in London between March 29 and April 15 (Doctor Who Day!) can hit up the Soho Theater to catch Whithouse in his one-man black comedy Executioner Number One.But make sure you set the DVR for Saturday, April 15, when Doctor Who returns to the BBC and BBC America with series premiere “The Pilot,” starring Peter Capaldi in his final season as the Twelfth Doctor.last_img read more

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The MR16 is used in the commercial sector by restaurants, retail sites, and museums. These are lighting’s especially demanding, finicky customers, as they need lighting to enhance their décor, inspire mood, highlight merchandise, and complement works of art.“It’s more difficult to do this MR16 light, so we choose to do this first to showcase our technology,” Eric Kim, CEO of Soraa, told Forbes. Beyond challenge, though, the commercial sector is a good business move because it will help the company to grow. Commercial customers have to think about initial costs and longer term payback in lighting, at prices that may turn off noncommercial customers. Retail owners, for example, depend on exceptionally good lighting systems to lure people into their shops.The company was started by lighting experts focused on work with LEDs and lasers. Shuji Nakamura, one of the founders, was key to the technology that gives Soraa its core competency. Nakamura is regarded as a pioneer in modern LED lighting; he is known for his work with gallium-nitride. The material gallium nitride (GaN) has been used in bright light-emitting diodes since the 1990s.“We believe that with GaN on GaN, we have truly entered the next chapter in LED technology: LED 2.0.” said Nakamura in a Wednesday news release.Soraa is betting its future on its different development approach to LED lighting to put it ahead of competition. The difference is in the LED crystal structure. Soraa’s technology enables the LED to generate more lumens per area. Soraa’s lamp is based on its trademarked “GaN on GaN” materials, “a perfect crystal structure,” according to the company. Translation: The Soraa team figured out a way to create a combination of gallium-nitride top layer on gallium-nitride substrate.The competitive difference is that LEDs based on dissimilar crystal structures elsewhere result in lower performance. Soraa’s pure GaN crystal is up to one thousand times purer than GaN on sapphire or GaN on silicon carbide substrates, according to the company. The MR16 will be available this quarter. Pricing information was not available at the time of this writing. © 2011 Bridgelux demonstrates silicon substrate LED that produces 135 lumens per watt Explore furthercenter_img More information: Soraa’s press release ( — Soraa, a Fremont, California company founded in 2008, this week launched its first product, a light that uses LEDS (light emitting diodes). The “Soraa LED MR16 lamp” is the “perfect” replacement for traditional halogen lamps, according to the release. The company says it is an ideal replacement for 50-watt halogen because the Soraa product delivers better beam and light quality. Soraa LED lamps use 75 percent less energy, deliver 10x lamp life, and produce higher quality light than halogen lamps, according to the company. Citation: Soraa LED light may dim 50-watt halogen rivals (2012, February 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

first_imgContrary to popular perception, researchers have found that evening exercise is as good as a morning workout. A study published in shows that the effect of exercise may differ depending on the time of day it is performed. “There appear to be rather significant differences between the effect of exercise performed in the morning and evening and these differences are probably controlled by the body’s circadian clock,” said the team of researchers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Morning exercise initiates gene programmes in the muscle cells, making them more effective and better capable of metabolising sugar and fat. Evening exercise, on the other hand, increases whole-body energy expenditure for an extended period of time,” the researchers added. For the study, the research team examined mice and found that exercise in the morning results in an increased metabolic response in skeletal muscle, while exercise later in the day increases energy expenditure for an extended period of time. The researchers have measured a number of effects in the muscle cells, including the transcriptional response and effects on the metabolites. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe results show that responses are far stronger in both areas following exercise in the morning and it is likely to be controlled by a central mechanism involving the protein HIF 1-alpha, which directly regulates the body’s circadian clock. Morning exercise appears to increase the ability of muscle cells to metabolise sugar and fat and this type of effect interests the researchers in relation to people with severe overweight and type 2 diabetes.last_img read more

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first_imgRelated posts:The voices of the Supreme Court in division over gay marriage Ireland could become first country to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote Costa Rica grants first gay common-law marriage in Central America Where is Costa Rica on gay marriage? international community asks WASHINGTON D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court in January agreed to decide a historic question about same-sex marriages. On Tuesday, it will hear oral arguments in those cases.The justices have ordered that the parties to the cases address two questions in their legal briefs: whether the Constitution requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and whether states must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states where they are legal.Q: Hasn’t the Supreme Court ruled on same-sex marriages before?A: In June 2013, the court struck down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), allowing legally married same-sex couples to receive federal benefits. The court also cleared the way for same-sex marriages in California by leaving in place a lower court’s ruling overturning the state’s Proposition 8, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman.However, the justices stopped short of a more sweeping ruling that the fundamental right to marry must be extended to gay couples no matter where they live.Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan declared unconstitutional DOMA’s prohibition on federal recognition of legally married couples — enacted when such unions were only theoretical.Q: What happens Tuesday?A: The court will hold 2 1/2 hours of oral arguments. There are two parts to the arguments: The first will focus on whether gay couples have the constitutional right to marry, and the second on whether states must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states. Lawyers for both sides will make their cases in oral arguments.The court is hearing four cases, but the title case is Obergefell v. Hodges.Q: How much do oral arguments affect the justices’ rulings?A: Justices say the arguments are a time for them to question the legal reasoning advanced by the parties in their briefs. The justices say that sometimes, but not often, oral arguments will affect the outcome of the decision.Q: What else do the justices consider?A: They consider the court’s precedents on the issue, their own theories of constitutional and statutory interpretation, and friend-of-the-court briefs submitted by interested parties — in this case, more than 150. But, as Ginsburg has said, the case is most often decided based on the written briefs submitted to the justices.Q: What will we know at the end of arguments?A: The justices sometimes reveal their thinking on the case through the kind of questions they ask the lawyers in front of them. It is also the first time the justices discuss the case themselves, so the way they ask questions is sometimes a signal to the rest of the court.Q: What happens next?A: Since this case is being argued on a Tuesday, the court will probably meet privately Wednesday and take a vote. The justices go around the table based on seniority, with Chief Justice John Roberts speaking first. The rule, they say, is that everyone speaks once before anyone is allowed to speak twice. Once they have decided the outcome, it’s time to write the opinions.Q: Who writes the opinions?A: If the chief justice is in the majority, he will either write the majority opinion himself or pick another justice in the majority to write it. If he is not on the winning side, the senior justice in the majority gets to make that decision. (Practically everything at the Supreme Court revolves around seniority.)Writing such an historic decision will require some time, and if there are dissenting justices, they will be working on a dissenting opinion as well. All of the justices will either sign on to the majority opinion or state their own reasons about how the case should be decided.Q: When will we know what the majority opinion is?A: A case as important as this one tends to take some time. The ruling will be issued once the majority has agreed upon an opinion and, if there are dissenters, when those opinions are ready as well. The court’s only deadline is that it tries to finish its work by the end of June.Q: What could happen after the ruling?A: If the court rules against the constitutional right to get married, the ability to decide reverts back to the states. Most state officials, even those opposed to same-sex marriage, say they will follow the ruling if the justices say the Constitution requires the recognition of same-sex marriage.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgWyndham welcomes two Hawaii properties to growing portfolioWyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific has taken its first steps beyond the Asia Pacific region with the addition of two properties on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham Bali Hai Villas and WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham Ka ‘Eo Kai, both located in the resort community of Princeville, will be available to timeshare owners in the WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham from January 2018.WorldMark South Pacific Club is a modern and flexible vacation ownership program that gives more than 55,000 WorldMark owners a convenient and affordable way to holiday across a network of 30 resorts in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Thailand and Hawaii.“For a long time our WorldMark South Pacific Club owners have been telling us that Hawaii is among their most desired holiday destinations, and we are thrilled to add two Kauai properties to our resort collection,” said Barry Robinson, President and Managing Director, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific.“We continue to enrich and widen the choice of experiences and destinations available through the WorldMark South Pacific Club, and the addition of these resorts provides even more options and flexibility for our owners when booking their holidays.”Known as the Garden Isle thanks to the thick blanket of rainforest covering much of the island, Kauai boasts famous sites include the Waimea Canyon, Napali Coast, Kalalau Lookout, Wailua Falls and Hanalei Beach.WorldMark Ka ‘Eo Kai offers breathtaking ocean and mountain views, with amenities including an outdoor swimming pool, a children’s pool, tennis court, laundry facilities and concierge services.WorldMark Bali Hai Villas is adjacent to the Makai Golf Club and boasts two outdoor swimming pools, three outdoor hot tubs, a volleyball court and barbecue area.Source = Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacificlast_img read more