Aerial Drones Reveal Hidden Archaeology

first_imgArchaeologists spend much of their professional lives in holes, digging deep underground to discover the remains of ancient communities and cultures. But now, some of them are taking to the skies—with a little help from drones. By outfitting these unmanned craft with thermal cameras, archaeologists have discovered a new and affordable way of seeing what’s underground while flying high above it.Thermal imaging has been “the unexplored frontier” in archaeology for a long time, says Jesse Casana, an archaeologist at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. The idea behind the technique is simple: Over the course of a day and a night, different parts of a landscape heat up and cool down at different rates. Buried stones, for example, tend to retain heat longer than dry soil around them does. That means that in the early morning, the stones will be much warmer than the surrounding earth. Those temperature differences are invisible to our eyes, but a thermal camera—which detects infrared light, otherwise known as heat—can easily record and reveal them. And if those buried stones happen to be the remains of ancient buildings, that camera has just taken a picture of a lost settlement without digging a single hole.But how do you get a thermal camera up in the air to take those pictures? In the past, archaeologists have tried everything from small planes and helicopters to hot air balloons and kites. Casana recalls that one team even sent a graduate student up in a powered parachute—basically a flying go-kart—to snap thermal pictures of a site while leaning over the side. They got “amazing results,” but the technique was time-consuming, expensive, and dangerous, Casana says. So he started thinking about alternatives. What kind of contraption could fly a thermal camera over a large area without much help from humans on the ground—and do it for not very much money? 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They can fly for about 15 minutes on their own, covering much larger areas than a balloon or kite can. Plus, they are cheap (and getting cheaper); anyone can buy a kit and build their own UAV for just a few hundred dollars. All Casana needed to do was strap a thermal camera onto one, program a flight plan over an archaeological site, and wait for its buried features to be revealed.Casana took his drone setup to a known ancient settlement site in northern New Mexico called Blue J. Occupied from about 600 C.E to 1150 C.E. by people known as Ancestral Puebloans, Blue J was populated at the same time as sites around Chaco Canyon, about 70 kilometers to the north. But unlike better studied Ancestral Puebloan settlements, Blue J is buried under a meter of desert sand. Most of its ancient stone architecture is obscured, and it’s hard for archaeologists to even know where to start digging.By sending the thermal camera on four, 11-minute drone flights over Blue J, each at a different time of day, Casana and his team revealed many of the community’s buried structures. Not only did the thermal images accurately record most of the known buildings at Blue J, but they also revealed that some of these structures were much larger than archaeologists previously thought, the researchers report in this month’s Journal of Archaeological Science. Thanks to the drone, the team may have even spotted a great kiva, a type of underground ceremonial structure found in most Ancestral Puebloan communities but, strangely, not yet in Blue J. That’s the kind of discovery that can help future teams of archaeologists pinpoint the most promising places to begin their excavations, Casana says.Drones outfitted with imaging technology such as thermal cameras have “become an amazing tool for identifying archaeological sites and figuring out where excavations should take place,” agrees Austin Hill, a research scientist at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, who has used UAVs for surveys of archaeological sites in the Middle East and was not involved in the Blue J work. There’s just one problem, he says: Drones are “prone to falling out of the sky.” UAVs are still a relatively new technology, prone to glitches and failures. There’s “a steep learning curve” just to get to the point where your drone doesn’t crash every time you try to fly it, Casana says. Luckily, replacement parts are cheap, and like many young technologies, UAVs are improving rapidly. Soon, they may be as indispensable to archaeologists as shovels and trowels—if not quite as easy to use.last_img read more

Cignal guns for crown vs CEU five

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Continent’s best gear up for Asian Karting Open Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Cignal took Game 1, 78-56, in Game 1 last Tuesday. —JASMINE W. PAYOSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Cignal HD may have enough tools to complete a championship sweep but coach Boyet Fernandez reminded how Centro Escolar University could spoil any favorite. ADVERTISEMENT So Fernandez wants his wards to play consistently when his Hawkeyes go for the crown in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Thursday.“This is a team capable of coming back and if you give them that chance, then we have a problem,” Fernandez said of the Scorpions, who stunned No. 1 Flying V in the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Scorpions, who rose from a 0-1 deficit in the semifinals, hope to replicate that feat and force a decider in Game 2 of the best-of-three finals at 5 p.m. at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.“We’re not quitting,” said CEU coach Yong Garcia. “I always push my players to give their best and come out competing. That’s important because it’s not often that we reach the championship.” MOST READlast_img read more

India vs England: 5 things to know about 2nd Test at Lord’s

first_imgThe Anderson-Jadeja row has added more spice to the 2nd Test at Lord’sA lifeless pitch at Trent Bridge ensured the first test between England and India was drawn, despite some remarkable individual performances.The teams have only three days off to prepare for the second test at Lord’s on Thursday.To end its first streak in 21 years of nine straight tests without a win, England has recalled left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan, less than a year after a nightmare debut in the Ashes at The Oval. England has played three tests this summer without a specialist spinner and drawn two and lost one to Sri Lanka. Kerrigan says, if he’s picked, the Ashes experience will weigh on him, but he’s a better player for it.Lord’s is normally a seamers’ track, and India has won only once there (1986) in 16 tests, but both sides were also expecting an England-friendly pitch at Nottingham.Here are five things to know ahead of the second test:ANOTHER SLOW PITCH: Trent Bridge groundsman Steve Birks apologized before the first test for preparing a flat pitch, but that was partly to help Nottingham recoup expenses by trying to ensure the test lasted five days. Lord’s counterpart Mick Hunt had some big-shot visitors on Tuesday, including England captain Alastair Cook, coach Peter Moores, managing director Paul Downton and board pitch consultant Chris Wood. None made a public statement about the conditions, but England batsmen Sam Robson and Gary Ballance were hoping for, more than expecting, a lively track.advertisementEngland seamers James Anderson and Stuart Broad bowled 113 overs at Trent Bridge, and won’t be excited if Lord’s is also placid. Anderson and Cook warned the fast bowlers won’t be able to endure all five tests of the series if they aren’t given pitches with more seam and bounce. “We need to have a contingency plan,” Cook says. “We just need a pitch with a bit of life in it. Lord’s looked green two days before the start, but its condition on Thursday morning will be what counts. It looked the same two days before the first Sri Lanka test in June.”COOK STILL SEARCHING FOR RUNS: Cook’s batting performances have been as lifeless as the Trent Bridge track. He was out for 5 in the first test, and spared from batting again by India batting out the fifth day to confirm a draw. That pressure hasn’t decreased, as his average this year has dropped to less than 14, with a top score of 28. In that department, he was showed up by the tailenders. Last-man Anderson hit his highest test score of 81, and India’s No. 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar rattled off two half centuries. Meanwhile, his captaincy decisions were better, but each side was always going to struggle to bowl out the other twice.PRESSURE STILL ON DHONI: Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not have the best of tests as India captain at Trent Bridge. He ran himself out on 82 in the first innings and ran out of ideas during Joe Root’s and Anderson’s record 10th-wicket partnership of 198. His bowlers continually bowled short to Anderson, despite the pitch keeping the ball low. His fielding setup often allowed Root a single to retain the strike. Both of those errors allowed England back into the game and took the impetus away from India, a mistake he won’t want to repeat at Lord’s.BROAD AND ANDERSON KEY: Broad and Anderson bowled almost 60 overs each at Trent Bridge. Their importance to Cook and England cannot be understated, and the state of the pitch will determine how badly the England captain needs to use them. The effect of pitches that neutralize them, and a test series crammed within 42 days, means Cook is under an extra burden to manage his strike force. Broad is also managing a knee injury that ruled him out of the one-day internationals against Sri Lanka.KOHLI OFF FORM: Virat Kohli was identified as India’s dangerman ahead of the first test. The 25-year-old averages 44 from 25 tests but could manage only nine runs across two innings on a surface made for batting at Trent Bridge. Broad dismissed him both times, and Kohli will be wary of that developing into a trend.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge now available for buy in India

first_imgSamsung’s newly launched flagship phones- Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are now available for purchase in India. The Galaxy S7 with a 5.1-inch screen size comes at a price of Rs 48,900 while the 5.5-inch S7 Edge will cost buyers Rs 56,900.The phones can be purchased from local stores, Samsung’s official online store and e-commerce platform Flipkart. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are Samsung’s top-of-the-line Galaxy S phones for the year 2016-17.The company is also offering a free Gear VR with the phones for those who pre-booked them during March 8- 17.Much alike its predecessors, both Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge come with glass and metal design. The Galaxy S7 sports a curved 2.5D glass, while the Galaxy S7 Edge has a screen that curves on two sides. Both the phones are equipped with a microSD card slot for expandable storage and are powered by the Exynos 8890 processor clubbed with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.While the Galaxy S7 uses a 3,000mAh battery, the Galaxy S7 Edge has a bigger 3,600mAh battery. Both the phones support wireless and quick charging technologies. Both the phones come with IP68 certification which makes them dust-proof and water-resistant over 1.5 metres and up to 30 minutes. On the camera front, both the phones come with a 12-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front camera.Samsung had unveiled both the phones at Mobile World Congress 2016 held in Barcelona, Spain.last_img read more

San Miguel depth in full display during Terrific 12 showcase

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—San Miguel is undoubtedly one of the most talented teams in the PBA with a starting five sharing 20 Mythical Team accolades and two bench players worthy who’ve already suited up for the national team.ADVERTISEMENT This kind of talent allows head coach Leo Austria to use such a limited rotation in the PBA but the other support players aren’t that shabby as well.San Miguel’s depth was in full bloom during the East Asia Super League: The Terrific 12 in Macau when the Beermen played without five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, All-Stars Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot, and for one game Christian Standhardinger.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Filling up their spots were Von Pessumal, Kelly Nabong, and Paul Zamar all of whom used their exposure to prep up their confidence heading into the PBA Governors’ Cup.“I think it’s just a testament to the depth of the team, we have a lot of guys who can fill their shoes and it all boils down to coach trusting us, that’s the first part, the second part is for us to deliver when called upon,” said Pessumal. P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Shawn Porter: After Errol Spence, I want Manny Pacquiao LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Becoming his own man View comments “When you go deeper and deeper into the playoffs you need more guys to play, and this is our preseason going into the Governors’ Cup and it will help us improve for that,” added Pessumal.The sweet shooting Pessumal had his best game in the tournament in the Beermen’s 111-89 loss to eventual winner Liaoning when he had 11 points going 4-of-9 from the field and 3-of-5 from the three-point area.Another player who found his stroke from deep was the bruising Nabong who filled in for Standhardinger in the bronze medal game.Nabong had 14 points, 12 coming from beyond the arch, against Zhejiang but the Beermen fell short 91-89 and finished fourth in the tournament.“Everything’s a learning experience and everything happens for a reason,” said Nabong. “We move forward and go for our third championship.”ADVERTISEMENT “Coach did a great job of making substitutions and he gave us a lot of playing time and when you get that opportunity you go headfirst. It was a great opportunity for us,” added NabongNabong and Pessumal games, however, came off losses but Zamar’s performance proved fruitful for the Beermen when he came off the bench against the Ryukyu Golden Kings in the group stage.Zamar played in just five games in the Commissioner’s Cup and averaged 3.2 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in around 10 minutes per game, but he had nine points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block in San Miguel’s 101-92 win over Ryukyu.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’last_img read more

Vine: John Calipari Criticizes Karl-Anthony Towns, Gets Videobombed By Karl-Anthony Towns

first_imgCoach Cal subbing a player out.LEXINGTON, KY – JANUARY 30: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the second half at Rupp Arena on January 30, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Freshman forward Karl-Anthony Towns was a big part of Kentucky’s close win over LSU, but he was also called for a technical foul that helped spark the huge run that brought the Tigers back into the game. Towns hung on the rim after a dunk, picking up a technical foul. LSU’s Keith Hornsby made one of the two resulting free throws, and drilled a three on the ensuing possession, which cut the UK lead to 60-56.During the post-game interview on the court, John Calipari criticized his star freshman for the foul. While he was doing so, Towns, of all people, decided to photobomb him. The timing here is truly perfect.We just hope that Towns isn’t the next Wildcat to “go missing.” Calipari has a good sense of humor, so he’ll probably laugh it off.[FTW]last_img read more

Debt on Downward Trajectory

first_img Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw said the report from the Financial Sector Adjustment Company (FINSAC) Commission of Enquiry into the collapse of the financial sector in the 1990s is expected to be completed by November.  Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, has informed that the debt trajectory under the Government’s economic programme is expected to fall to 108.6 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) by the end of the 2017/18 fiscal year.Currently, the debt trajectory stands at 115 per cent of GDP.Speaking at a press conference at his National Heroes Circle office in Kingston, on August 25, Mr. Shaw noted that “we’re on a pretty aggressive downward trajectory in terms of our debt as a percentage of gross domestic product”.“As a result of the latest debt operation, total debt will decline by US$58.5 million,” the Minister pointed out.Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw said the report from the Financial Sector Adjustment Company (FINSAC) Commission of Enquiry into the collapse of the financial sector in the 1990s is expected to be completed by November.The Minister attributed the delay to the volume of documents that had to be examined.“The volume of information that had to be sorted is much more extensive than was originally estimated. We’re talking about thousands and thousands of pages of testimonies from the various people of the Enquiry, so it’s taking longer,” he said.Mr. Shaw informed that when completed, the report is expected to shed light on the collapse of the banking and business sectors and will provide certain lessons to “ensure that measures are put in place to prevent this from ever happening again in Jamaica”.The FINSAC Commission was set up in 2008, and more than $120 million has been spent to complete the report. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, has informed that the debt trajectory under the Government’s economic programme is expected to fall to 108.6 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) by the end of the 2017/18 fiscal year. The FINSAC Commission was set up in 2008, and more than $120 million has been spent to complete the report. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Phoenix fiasco goes under the auditor generals microscope for a second time

first_imgOTTAWA – The latest auditor general’s report being released Tuesday could be another black eye for the Liberals over how they’ve managed the rollout of the federal government’s reviled employee pay system.Michael Ferguson’s second, more detailed report into what went wrong with the Phoenix system comes as civil servants argue they’re entitled to damages for the financial hardships government employees have endured since the system was launched more than two years ago.Auditors looked at whether the system was fully tested and whether Public Services and Procurement Canada, which oversees Phoenix, provided the support government departments and agencies needed before it was launched.Designed under the previous Conservative government as a “pay modernization project,” Phoenix was supposed to streamline the antiquated multiple systems that for decades issued paycheques to federal civil servants in dozens of departments across the country.It was also supposed to save taxpayers roughly $70 million annually by requiring fewer people to work on pay files.But in his first report on the system’s failures last November, Michael Ferguson called Phoenix a “fiasco,” and warned that it could ultimately take years to fix, if fixing it is even possible, with a total price tag that could exceed $1.2 billion.Already the government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars implementing the system, and then trying to stabilize it, with $16 million more dedicated in the last federal budget to look for a new system to replace Phoenix.But Ferguson suggested it would not make financial sense to scrap the current system.“If they started all over again, it’s hard to see how they would actually end up in a better situation,” he told a news conference in November after the fall report was released.“Their only real option is to try and resolve the problem within the system as it exists.”After its initial rollout in February 2016 across 34 departments employing 120,000 people, it quickly became clear there were problems with Phoenix.By mid-April of that year, about 30 per cent of civil servants had reported errors in their paycheques.Despite the problems, a second phase saw Phoenix take over the issuing of paycheques for 170,000 employees in dozens more departments and agencies.More than half of all federal workers paid under the system have reported experiencing problems including being underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all.To date, the backlog of pay transactions awaiting processing at the government’s pay centre in Miramichi, N.B., has exceeded 600,000, down from a peak of 633,000 reached in January.Some of the errors, such as minor overpayments, have been relatively easy to correct. In other cases, however, government workers have reported months-long pay nightmares and endless headaches — diminished credit ratings and missed tuition payments among them.While the Trudeau government has apologized repeatedly for the “suffering” felt by public servants under Phoenix, and have pledged to compensate “those who have incurred out-of-pocket expenses as a result,” they have also attempted to distance themselves from the debacle, referring to Phoenix as “the Conservative pay system.”Civil service unions, however, have pointed fingers at the Liberals, insisting the current government is responsible for paying its employees.The Conservatives have also deflected blame; Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer argues that, ultimately, it was a Liberal government decision “to press the start button.”The Public Service Alliance of Canada, which represents about 140,000 federal workers across the country, threatened last month to campaign against the Liberals in next year’s federal election over the pay system problems.And last week the union called on Trudeau to intervene in talks aimed at compensating employees for stress, the time spent dealing with pay issues and the catastrophic financial losses caused by Phoenix.Those talks stalled when government negotiators said they didn’t yet have a mandate to guide them in the negotiations, the union said.last_img read more

Former Toronto pastor convicted in pregnant wifes death to get new trial

first_imgTORONTO – A former pastor convicted of manslaughter in the drowning death of his pregnant wife at their Toronto home has been granted a new trial.In a decision released Friday, the Court of Appeal for Ontario said Philip Grandine should be retried on a charge of manslaughter.The court found the trial judge’s answer to a question from the jury “introduced an unlawful act not previously contemplated or dealt with during the trial” and “materially compromised trial fairness.”Grandine’s wife, Anna Karissa Grandine, 29, was found in the bathtub of their bungalow in October 2011 and he was arrested six months later and charged with first-degree murder.Toxicology reports found a sedative in his wife’s system which had not been prescribed to her.The Crown had argued Grandine plotted to kill his wife in order to continue an extramarital affair with his friend’s wife, who was a parishioner at his church.last_img read more

Syrian rebels overrun jihadist HQ in Aleppo

first_imgDamascus – Syria rebels overran the Aleppo headquarters of the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Wednesday, as clashes between opposition forces raged into a sixth day. The loss in Syria’s northern second city came a day after ISIL’s spokesman threatened to “crush” opposition fighters who have attacked the group in multiple provinces.Elsewhere, a diplomat announced that two Swedish reporters missing in Syria since November had been freed. And the fractious Syrian opposition National Coalition said it was postponing until January 17 a final decision on whether to attend peace talks in Switzerland.On the ground, ISIL battled moderate and Islamist rebels in clashes that erupted on Friday and have killed at least 385 people since then.Monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced the new toll in the clashes on Wednesday, saying it included 56 civilians.ISIL’s headquarters in a hospital in the Qadi Askar neighbourhood of Aleppo city was overrun by opposition fighters, who reportedly freed dozens of prisoners held there.An opposition fighter sits on the back of an armed pick-up truck in the northern Syrian city of Alep …The setback for ISIL came after its spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani issued a defiant message late Tuesday.He urged ISIL forces to “crush them (the rebels) totally and kill the conspiracy at birth”.“None of you will remain, and we will make of you an example to all those who think of following the same path,” he added.Adnani also warned that ISIL had “declared and begun a war” against the National Coalition and the military command of the opposition Free Syrian Army.“Everyone who belongs to this entity is a legitimate target for us, in all places, unless he publicly declares his rejection of that group and of fighting the mujahideen (jihadist fighters).”His message came hours after the head of Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, the Al-Nusra Front, released his own audio message, urging an end to the fighting.Abu Mohamed al-Jolani warned that the fighting “risks costing us dearly on the ground if it continues”.“The regime will gain new life when it was close to collapse,” he added, calling for a ceasefire, exchange of prisoners and the establishment of an Islamic committee to mediate disputes.Priority is ‘fighting the regime’He urged all fighters “to give priority to the fight against the regime”.The Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria, was established in mid-2011 with help from ISIL’s Iraqi precursor.The Iraqi group’s chief later sought to merge his group with Al-Nusra, but they rejected the alliance and pledged allegiance directly to Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.A combo made on January 8, 2014 shows a portrait of Magnus Falkehed (L) taken in Paris on December 9 …Since then, the two groups have functioned separately, though Al-Nusra has remained largely neutral in the latest fighting.Syrian regime operations continued on Wednesday, with the Observatory reporting at least eight people killed in air raids on the town of Tal Rifaat in Aleppo province.A security source in Damascus told AFP that the ISIL-rebel fighting benefited the Syrian regime.“We are the beneficiaries in this situation,” he said, describing the fighting as a way for nations backing different rebel groups to “settle scores”.Elsewhere, Sweden’s ambassador to Lebanon and Syria confirmed that two journalists missing in Syria since November had been freed.The two had been named in the Swedish media as Niclas Hammarstroem and Magnus Falkehed.A spokeswoman for the ICRC in Lebanon said one of the men had been transferred from the Lebanese border town of Arsal to Beirut on Wednesday.Diplomatic sources said the other was freed on Saturday.At least 25 journalists have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011, and more than 30 are thought to be missing.Both regime supporters and opponents have been accused of abducting and killing journalists.In Istanbul, a meeting of opposition National Coalition ended without a decision on attending peace talks in the Swiss town of Montreux on January 22.Amid fierce debate, the coalition’s general assembly decided to delay making a decision on opposition participation until January 17, just five days before the conference.A key Coalition member has said it will boycott the talks, and Damascus has said President Bashar al-Assad’s departure from power will not be up for discussion..last_img read more

Moroccan Branch of Thyssenkrupp Aerospace Fully Operational

Rabat – The Moroccan branch of Thyssenkrupp Aerospace has delivered its first major order for processed aluminum plates. The order signifies that the new site in Casablanca is now fully operational.Thyssenkrupp is a German producer of steel, machines, and industrial services, such as high-speed trains, elevators, and shipbuilding.From its bases in Duisburg and Essen, the company has spread to over 480 locations worldwide. The branch near Casablanca is Thyssenkrupp’s second in North Africa. Egypt was its first on the continent. The Moroccan branch is located on around 3,500 square meter in the Ouled Salah area, between the city center of Casablanca and the airport industrial area.In addition to producing and storing metals (such as aluminum, steel, and copper), the company also uses state-of-the-art machines to cut the material exactly to customer specifications.Even before the official opening of the Thyssenkrupp’s aerospace facility, two supply agreements were signed with aircraft parts Figeac Aero Maroc and ARM Group.Why CasablancaThe Casablanca location provides better proximity to local partners. Being closer to clients is particularly important for short-term delivery requests. In addition to this benefit, customers no longer have to operate their own warehouses. Instead, they can have the required materials delivered as needed.“Our new materials processing and logistics center in Casablanca serves precisely [the] needs and ensures just-in-time supply to our customers,” Eric Cornilleau, managing director at Thyssenkrupp Aerospace France said.Cornilleau elaborated on the company’s plan which highlights customer satisfaction, “we have shortened the distances to our local customers, which benefit our partners and allow developing our relationships with additional volumes to be supplied to the Moroccan companies.”Read also: Canadian Aerospace Firm Bombardier to Sell Plant in MoroccoJoachim Limberg, CEO of Thyssenkrupp Materials Services, stated that the new site underlines Thyssenkrupp’s ambition to be a reliable and strong partner alongside their customers, highlighting “With our broad and deep experience as a system partner, we ensure that our customers can focus even more on their core business by taking on the complete management of logistics, warehousing, and supply chains.”Cornilleau said, “The aerospace industry has been growing rapidly over the last years, which is why reliable, timely supply and sustainable quality via a local presence is very important to our customers.” read more

UK vehicle manufacturers recognised by Queens Award

The Queen’s Award for International Trade has been awarded to two UK vehicle manufacturers. Leyland Trucks and the Sunderland plant of Nissan have been given the award for 2009, which is made by HM The Queen on the recommendation of the Prime Minister. “We are delighted that Nissan and Leyland Trucks’ success have won this important recognition. Despite the economic downturn, British manufacturing continues to move forward with innovation and opportunity,” said Paul Everitt chief executive at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Leyland Trucks is the UK‘s only volume truck maker and has a world-class record for efficiency and innovation.  Its exports, more than doubled in the last three years, now account for 40% of output, with sales to 44 markets world-wide. The firm recently received £300,000 of funding through The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA). Leyland is contributing an additional £200,000 to support the new training scheme for its engineers and technicians. Nissan’s Sunderland plant is recognised for increasing overseas revenues by 51% over three years and selling more than 80% of its production abroad. Recently the workers at Nissan’s plant in Sunderland were introduced to the Qazana. The new car was devised at Nissan Design Europe in London and engineered in Cranfield, Bedfordshire. With spending of £57 million to bring the model to Sunderland, Nissan has increased its UK investment to £2.5 billion and safeguarded 1,000 British jobs. SMMT member company, Bearmach Ltd based in Wales and regular exhibitor with SMMT’s International Department has been awarded the Queen’s International Award. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Maximising the profitability of a PGM ore

first_imgXstrata Process Services (XPS) and Xstrata Nickel – Sudbury Operations recently undertook a characterisation program of the low sulphur-high PGE (platinum group element) zones within the newly discovered Nickel Rim South deposit in Canada. These zones of low sulphur and elevated PGE signatures do not behave the same as high sulphide ores at the Strathcona mill. These zones are low in sulphide mineralogy and appear to be waste rock but for their impressive PGE grades!A testwork program was designed to characterise the mineralogy of the zones, benchmark the flotation behaviour of the ore through the standard Strathcona flowsheet and optimise the metallurgical performance with rougher-scavenger regrinding and PGM promoter concepts.XPS geoscientists reviewed the Nickel Rim South resource block model to build a representative composite of the zone, matching target grades and spatial distribution within the deposit, for subsequent mineralogy and metallurgical testwork. Bench scale rougher-scavenger flotation tests were carried out on a set of test charges, blended using XPS’ proprietary ‘Odds and Evens” blending technique, to benchmark the performance of the ore to the standard Strathcona flowsheet. A staged approach was taken in the optimisation of the metallurgical performance. First various PGM promoters were tested with the Strathcona flowsheet and the best performer used in subsequent stages of optimisation. Secondly, a staged fine-grinding approach was taken with tests performed on two regrind sizes both with and without the best performing PGM promoter.Comparing the results of the optimisation phase with the Strathcona benchmark, a fine-regrind with the best performing PGM promoter showed between 10 % and 15 % recovery improvements of precious metal phases for the low sulphur-high PGE ore! Further work is required to optimise conditions for additional improvements in concentrate grade; in turn improving economics by increasing recovery of fine liberated PGM.Mineralogical work was completed using QEMSCAN (Quantitative Evaluation of Materials by Scanning Electron Microscopy). These results clearly showed the improvement of PGM liberation with the finer regrind.This project presented baseline recoveries as well as flowsheet optimisation with both low and high capital cost additions and their corresponding  recovery improvements. This will allow Nickel Rim South and the Strathcona mill to complete an economic analysis of options relating to the processing low sulphur-high PGE ore.Techniques such as staged grinding and flotation, and reagent optimisation can be used to recover PGM from similar orebodies to potentially maximise the profitability of the ore.Please note IM’s forthcoming feature on flotation in the July issue. We are interested in interesting technical reports on new technologies, new reagents and improved methods. Send to john@im-mining.comlast_img read more

Motorola tips Droid Bionic for this summer says hang tight

first_imgThe Droid Bionic was one of Motorola’s superstar devices at CES in January, and it was supposed to be on the market by now. The phone was rumored to be canceled, then officially delayed, and analysts speculated that the phone was going to be scrubbed altogether. Then, some leaked images of the phone appeared on the Web, but things have been quiet since then. Now, Motorola Mobility tipped on Twitter that the phone is coming soon, and is “slated for [a] summer release.”If you’ve been waiting for the holy grail of a 4G dual-core Android phone on Verizon Wireless, the Droid Bionic has been the phone to wait for. One Motorola Droid owner had been waiting long enough for the Bionic, and decided to take to Twitter and go right to the source: he asked Motorola.AdChoices广告Clint Michel tweeted that his Droid just broke, and he had been waiting for the Bionic as his next Android phone. He begged to know how much longer he would have to wait for it, and noted that he may be forced to buy the Droid Charge – a Samsung phone – instead if Motorola didn’t ship soon.Normally that kind of note wouldn’t elicit a response from a PR or social media team responsible for a corporate twitter stream, but in this case Motorola responded. They told Clint to “hang tight,” and that the Droid Bionic is coming and slated for a “summer release.”They also noted that the Motorola team is working on “some new updates,” which likely point to the design changes Motorola said they were making to the device based on feedback they got at CES.The notable thing about the “summer release” remark is that Motorola’s official statement said they were delaying the Droid Bionic until Q3. Depending on whether or not you consider August to be summer or fall, it means we’re looking at a July or August official release, and an eventual end to the saga of the Droid Bionic.Read more at Twitter, via Nexus404last_img read more

The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Efetova Anna Short URL 8,050 Views Image: Shutterstock/Efetova Anna Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email The 5 at 5: Wednesday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… By Cliodhna Russell 11 Comments Nov 23rd 2016, 4:58 PM EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #DEPOSIT: First-time buyers will no longer need to have a deposit of 20% on properties above a certain value.2. #OLD BAILEY: A man in his 50s has been found guilty of the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox last summer.3. #ON THE RISE: The number of homeless children in Dublin has doubled since last year.4. #HERE ‘TIL 2017: Jurors at the trial of former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick have been told they’ll be needed until well into next year.5. #LUCKY ESCAPE: A woman was seriously injured after she was knocked down by a truck in Dublin this morning. Wednesday 23 Nov 2016, 4:58 PMlast_img read more

Epirus festivities program

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A month long celebration will take place for the 99th anniversary of the liberation of the city of Ioannina on 21 February 1913. The Epirus Festivities 2012 Program is being held under the auspices of His Excellency Mr Alexios Christopoulos, The Ambassador of Greece. The festivities kicked off Friday night, 17 February, with a presentation by his Excellency Mr Alexios Christopoulos, The Ambassador of Greece, at the Reception Hall of the Greek Orthodox Parish & Community of “St Nectarios”, in New South Wales. The topic for the night was “Epirotans, a basic parameter of Hellenism from its beginnings till today”. This will be followed by presentation of inaugural awards to NSW ‘Epirotopoula’ who completed either HSC or University Degree in 2011. Events in New South Wales will also include a Holy Liturgy on Sunday at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Cathedral “The Annunciation of our Virgin Mary” 242 Cleveland Street, Redfern. On Tuesday night there will be a cocktail party at the Greek Orthodox Community Club, 206-210 Lakemba Street Lakemba. Greek consular, religious authorities, government and community officials will also be present.On Thursday 23 February, there will be a presentation made by Napoleon Tsanis at 11 Hassal St, Parramatta on the topic of “Ali Pasha, Greek benefactor or tyrant”. The annual ball will take place on Saturday 25 February at the Westside Lounge, 265 – 273 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville. Live entertainment with four piece band from Epirus, Greece. For entry and tickets, contact Con Tsiouris (02) 9745 4621 or 0412 314 108 or Peter Hatzis on (02) 9637 5389 or 0418 449 947. On Monday 27 February, you will have one last chance to see the Greek band play some traditional Greek folk music from Epirus, at the Greek Orthodox Community Club, 206-210 Lakemba Street Lakemba. A DVD presentation of Epirotan sites will take place on Sunday 4 March at the Pan Korinthian Association, Level 1, 11 Anglo Parade, Campsie. Entry is free. In Victoria, celebrations kick off tonight with a dinner dance at Star International Reception at Preston. Live entertainment with four piece band from Epirus. Tomorrow there will be a Holy Liturgy at Axionisti Greek Orthodox Church at Northcote followed by a lunch at the Pan Epirotic Union of Melbourne & Victoria club room in Abbotsford. A cocktail event will be held on Wednesday 22 February at Moonee Valley Civic Centre in Moonee Ponds. Presentation by Dr. Panagiotis Diamantis on the topic of “Katerina Plessa Crummer, from Ottoman Ioannina to Colonial Sydney”, the first Greek migrant to Australia. The last descendant of Aikaterini Plessa, Ms Patricia Crummer will be present.In South Australia, there will be a memorial service held tomorrow with an annual dance held on Saturday 3 March with live entertainment from a four piece band from Epirus.last_img read more

ATM fees costing hundreds

first_imgFees of about $2.50 are common for withdrawing cash from your bank account at an ATM not owned by your own bank. Every now and again it won’t send you broke, but if you are using a foreign ATM two or three times a week, you could be paying over $300 each year. Avoid this type of charge by sticking to ATMs owned by your own bank or take cash out when you pay for purchases with EFTPOS. You can also make fee-free withdrawals via EFTPOS at Coles and Woolworths and there is no need to make a purchase. The latest bank fee survey from the Reserve Bank shows bank fee income earned from households fell from $5.2 billion in 2009 to $4.1 billion in 2012. Source: Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

13th Century Amitabha Buddha sculpture found at Vuyyuru mandal

first_imgVijayawada: A black stone sculpture of Buddha seated in Padmasana was found at Meduru village in Vuyyuru mandal of Krishna district. Based on the information given by Loya Srinivasa Rao and Jonnalagadda Ramulu of the village, Dr E Sivanagi Reddy, Buddhist archaeologist and CEO of the Cultural Centre of Vijayawada & Amaravati (CCVA), inspected the idol on Thursday as part of Preserve Heritage for Posterity, a heritage awareness campaign launched by the CCVA. Also Read – DGP Gautam Sawang warns over objectional posts on social media Advertise With Us He said that the idol was recovered from below the ground level during the construction of Ramalayam at the centre of the village. It is also said that the Buddha, seated in full Padmasana in Dhyana mudra (contemplating meditation) with Dharma Chakra marks on the right foot and right hand, giving clue to say that the sculpture represents Amitabha Buddha, datable to the 12th-13th centuries AD based on the stylistic grounds. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us Dr Reddy said that the upper part of the idol above the chest was missing and was restored with cement by the local masons. He sensitised the villagers to shift it inside the Ramalayam to safeguard it from sun and rain. Similar Amitabha Buddha sculptures of the same period were found from Amaravati in Guntur district, Motupalli in Prakasam district, Kantheru and Kollapattu in Nellore district, added Dr Reddy. Dr V Vallabharao, Dr Gumma Sambhasiva Rao, and Golla Narayana Rao, president of Andhra Arts Academy participated in the programme.last_img read more

Louisville Men Qualify Eight to NCAA Championships

first_imgStory Links All five of the Cards’ relays are currently ranked within the top-16, including four in the top-eight. Louisville’s ACC champion 400 free relay enters the meet at the No. 2 seed, just a half second behind top-ranked Texas. The Cardinals tied the program record with their ninth place finish at the 2018 NCAA Championships and will look to improve in the standings at this year’s meet with 23 individual swims and all five relays slated to compete. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – On the heels of a record-breaking ACC Championships, the University of Louisville men’s swimming team qualified eight individuals and four relay swimmers to the 2019 NCAA Championships, which will be held on March 27-30 in Austin, Texas. Seniors Zach Harting and Marcelo Acosta will also look to make a splash in their respective individual events. Acosta placed fifth at the 2018 NCAA Championships in the 1650 free and is seeded ninth in the event heading into the competition. Harting will be the ninth-seed in the 200 fly and placed 13th in the event last year. Fellow sophomore Evgenii Somov also won his second consecutive ACC title in the 100 breast (51.90), where he earned All-American honors with a seventh place showing at last year’s NCAA Championships. Somov heads into this year’s meet as the No. 12 seed in the 100 breast and No. 14 seed in the 200 breast (1:53.26). Official Psych Sheet Freshman Mitchell Whyte is also seeded in scoring position in both backstroke events following a breakout performance at the ACC Championships. He is seeded 11th in the 100 back (45.34) and 16th in the 200 back (1:40.39). Louisville qualifiers: Marcelo Acosta (200 Free, 500 Free, 1650 Free)Nicolas Albiero (100 Back, 200 Back, 200 Fly)Andrej Barna (50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free)Zach Harting (200 Free, 500 Free, 200 Fly)Bartosz Piszczorowicz (100 Free, 200 Free)Evgenii Somov (100 Breast, 200 Breast, 200 IM)Daniel Sos (200 IM, 400 IM, 200 Fly)Mitchell Whyte (100 Back, 200 Back, 100 Fly)Relay swimmers: Tanner Cummings, Mihalis Deliyiannis, Nikkos Sofianidis, Colton Paulson Nicolas Albiero enters NCAAs after winning the ACC title in the 200 fly for the second straight year, while also setting an ACC Championship record with a time of 1:40.70. The sophomore is seeded in scoring position in all three of his individual events with the No. 5 seed in the 100 back (44.88), No. 6 seed in the 200 fly and No. 11 seed in the 100 fly (45.37).  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Google Pixel 1stGeneration Available for Just 199 – Brand New Model Available

first_imgThe Google Pixel will end up becoming two years old, but it performs tremendously well in a market littered with bezel-less handsets. The 5-inch device is a very strong contender, even after those humongous-sized bezels. For those that don’t know, it had one of the best cameras at the time and is running the best version of Android, which is stock Android.At Woot, a refurbished model is being sold, and it costs just $199. If you want to know what is a refurbished smartphone, click on the links below to find out. The condition of the Pixel has been detailed below.“Hey, you there! These items are expected to have a moderate level of wear & tear including (but not limited to) scratches, dents, and dings. Outside of their physical appearance, they have been tested to be in full working condition.”The model being sold at B&H is completely new and sports 32GB of internal memory. Other specifications of the smartphone include a Snapdragon 821 chipset, 4GB of RAM and a 5-inch AMOLED panel with a 1080p resolution and the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio. It has a 2,770mAh battery and receives its power from a Type-C USB port. Though it does not support wireless charging, it retains the 3.5mm headphone jack, a port which slowly withering on devices these days.The model being sold through B&H is compatible with all GSM-based carriers around the world, including the U.S. while the one being sold through Woot is Verizon and GSM unlocked.Buy the Google Pixel 32GB model from Woot for $199 [Refurbished]Buy the Google Pixel 32GB model from B&HYou might also like to check out the following:What to Look for When Purchasing a Refurbished Smartphone? Follow These Guidelines to Make Your Life EasierWhat Is a Refurbished Smartphone and Why Should You Buy One? Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more