Karnataka CBI takes over probe into alleged phone tapping case of politicians

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation has officially taken over the case of illegal phone tapping of senior Karnataka politicians – of both ruling and opposition parties – during the Congress-JD(S) government’s HD Kumaraswamy’s time as Chief Minister of the state.The CBI on Friday registered a case in the matter after receiving the consent of the state government, under the relevant sections of the Information Technology Act and the Indian Telegraph Act. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The case first came to light after a leaked phone conversation between the Bengaluru Police Commissioner, Bhaskar Rao and a person known as Faraz purportedly revealed Rao lobbying for the Commissioner’s post. The CBI FIR reveals that Faraz’s phone was being tapped in connection with a separate probe into a Rs 250 crore Ponzi Scheme when the conversation between Rao and him was recorded and extracted allegedly on the directions of then Bengaluru Commissioner, Alok Kumar. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KKumar was replaced by Rao on August 2, days after the BS Yeddiyurappa government came into power this year. The Pandora’s Box that was opened after the leak led to several senior politicians from both the ruling party and opposition BJP, making statements that their phones were also tapped by the Kumaraswamy government, in an attempt to quash dissent. Earlier this month, Yeddiyurappa had said that his government would transfer the probe into the alleged instance of phone tapping to the CBI for an impartial investigation. An interim report by the team probing the case in the state had found the involvement of ADGP-ranked officers in leaking the illegally taped phone conversation, following which demands for an impartial probe by the central agency came forward. According to CBI officials, the case has been registered against unknown public servants and private persons. The CBI’s FIR also raises the possibility of personal information of several senior government servants being leaked in the process. Senior Congress Legislative Party leader Siddaramiah had welcomed the decision of a CBI probe. However, JD(S) national general secretary Ramesh Babu had recently questioned the CBI’s capability to probe a phone-tapping case, alleging that the agency itself has been accused of illegally tapping phones.last_img read more

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Liberia police charge son of exleader in banknote scandal

MONROVIA, Liberia — Liberian police have formally charged the 61-year-old son of the country’s former president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in connection with an investigation into the unlawful overprinting of local currency worth millions of U.S. dollars.A charge sheet shared with The Associated Press by police Monday charged Charles Sirleaf and others, including former Central Bank governor Milton Weeks, with economic sabotage, misuse of public money and criminal conspiracy.The men, arrested Thursday, have been taken to Monrovia Central Prison pending court.Lawyers for the accused did not comment about the charges.Police on Monday said they are also investigating the death of the Central Bank of Liberia’s deputy director of micro-finance.Jonathan Paye-Layleh, The Associated Press read more

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UN humanitarian chief stresses role of reinforced hospitals in disaster mitigation

“Making hospitals safe from disasters is highly cost-effective,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes told a news conference in New York on the eve of International Disaster Reduction Day. This year’s theme for the Day is hospital safety, with the warning that climate change is also clearly increasing the number and intensity of natural disasters around the world. “We calculate that for a new hospital, protecting from disaster on average adds only 4 per cent to their overall costs,” Mr. Holmes said, stressing the importance of safe building codes and citing as an example the South Asian earthquake of 2005, centred on Kashmir, which killed 73,000 and injured over 125,000 more. “One of the main lessons they (the Pakistani Government) did learn was the need to redo and reinforce the building codes they had and not only to make sure the codes were but that they were actually enforced and implemented,” he added, noting that it existing hospitals can also be retrofitted for only 1 per cent of their value while preserving up to 90 per cent of the value of the whole facility. “If we’re going to achieve this goal of safer hospitals, everybody needs to act, we need action from governments, we need action from the United Nations, from international agencies, from regional agencies, from NGOs (non-governmental organizations), health institutions, donor community, financial institutions, and also professional associations.” Disaster mitigation has been a central focus of UN agencies, particularly after the 2004 tsunami. Mr. Holmes – who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator – cited this year’s Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, which killed 140,000 people, as a prime example of a country which had not done anything to reduce risks, and he compared it with measures taken by Bangladesh. “They (Bangladesh) have put in place over the years a very comprehensive series of measures to reduce the risks of those disasters in terms of early warning, building shelters, building embankments, building places where people can go,” Mr. Holmes said. “People go round on bicycles with bullhorns warning people a cyclone is coming which can have the most dramatic effects, certainly on the casualty rates.” When Cyclone Sidra, similar in nature to Nargis, struck Bangladesh, the death toll was less than 4,000, whereas 30 or 40 years ago, it would have been 100,000, 200,000 or even more. “That’s a very good illustration of the difference these kinds of measures can make and the reason why we try to promote the idea of disaster reduction,” he said. “Prevention is always better than cure… So we try to encourage people, whenever they’re giving money in response to a disaster, [that] they should be investing some of that money in disaster risk reduction because it’s an extremely good investment.” The UN has urged the Government of Myanmar to make reduction a priority and it is thinking of putting in place measures similar to those in Bangladesh. “The lessons are, I hope, being learned but they’re not being learned as quickly as we think they should be,” he added. 7 October 2008With natural disasters claiming 230,000 lives in the first six months of this year alone, the same toll as the massive Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, much more must be invested in disaster reduction and the reinforcement of hospitals should be a top priority, the United Nations relief chief said today. read more

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Missing pilot in Darfur found safe UNAfrican peacekeeping force reports

29 July 2010A Russian helicopter pilot missing since the start of the week was found safe late today in southern Darfur, the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in the war-ravaged Sudanese region confirmed. On Monday, a UNAMID helicopter had picked up three representatives of the rebel group known as the Liberty and Justice Movement (LJM) as part of plans to transport them to the Qatari capital, Doha, to participate in peace talks aimed at bringing an end to the long-running Darfur conflict.The aircraft – with four Russian crew members, the LJM delegates and one international UNAMID civilian staff member on board – was diverted several kilometres from where it was scheduled to land in Oum Sader, 55 kilometres north of Nyala, due to poor conditions on the ground.They were then met by a hostile group which robbed and beat several people aboard the helicopter, a UTAir Russian company aircraft contracted to work for the mission.Minus the pilot, the passengers of the helicopter were taken to a nearby Government military camp, where they stayed overnight, before arriving at the UNAMID base in Nyala on Tuesday.The mission was since contacted by Sudanese authorities to have an aircraft on standby, UNAMID spokesperson Kemal Saiki told the UN News Centre.The mission’s helicopter, carrying security officers from both UNAMID and the Sudanese Government, flew to Oum Sader to recover the Russian pilot. He is now at UNAMID’s base in Nyala, where he is undergoing a medical examination.This incident comes as tensions are rising in the region, with UNAMID peacekeepers on patrol in western Darfur being ambushed by unidentified gunmen today in an attack that injured seven blue helmets.According to the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), the troops returned fire on their attackers, who fled the scene, and UNAMID immediately sent reinforcement troops to the scene of the clashes.In another incident, clashes broke out in Kalma camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) over the weekend on the heels of the latest round of the Doha peace talks between those who support the negotiations and those who do not.The gunmen identified themselves as members of the Abdul Wahid faction of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA), one of numerous rebel groups that have been fighting Government forces. One person was injured and no deaths were reported following the violence. Sudanese authorities have arrested two people for attempting to assault a sheikh who attended the Doha conference. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on “all concerned to address their differences through political dialogue and to refrain from any action that could incite violence.”Some 300,000 people have been killed and 2.7 million others have been displaced in the past seven years in Darfur due to fighting between rebels and Government forces backed by allied Janjaweed militiamen. read more

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World must fight intolerance against Muslims Singapore tells UN Assembly

The United Nations must translate its pledges to promote tolerance into concrete and specific actions that will combat anti-Muslim bias, the Foreign Minister of Singapore told the General Assembly today.George Yeo credited the UN for sponsoring commemorative events and meetings to address the problem, but said the results must be operationalized through the use of “everyday language.” He raised a series of sample questions that demand answers: “Are there limits to what politicians can say to win votes? Are religious leaders allowed to preach hatred in places of worship? What do we teach our children in school? What does all this mean to the immigration officer in the airport or the waiter in a restaurant?” A greater tolerance of diversity in the world would create better conditions for peaceful cooperation between Muslims and non-Muslims and influence the debate within Islam itself, he said. Also during this morning’s continuation of the Assembly’s annual debate, Jordan’s Foreign Minister, Farouk Kasrawi, welcomed the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and certain settlements in the northern West Bank while stressing that this pullout must be part of the Road Map peace plan that calls for the establishment of an independent Palestinian State.”Favourable conditions should be created for the peace process as a whole, in order to achieve a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East, on the basis of full Israeli withdrawal from all the occupied Arab territories, including the Syrian Golan Heights, and to reach an agreed solution on the issue of the Palestinian refugees, based on General Assembly resolution 194. Once this has been achieved, it should lead to the establishment of normal relations between the Arab states and Israel,” he said.Nasser Al-Kidwa, Chairman of the Observer Delegation of Palestine, said Israel’s recent withdrawal of settlers from the Gaza Strip and the departure of the Israeli forces from the area had been an important development. He called for rapid solutions for the outstanding issues regarding the Gaza Strip, implementation of the Sharm el-Sheikh understandings, a resumption of talks and implementation of the Road Map. “This is the essence of political movement and it is the path for resolving the conflict,” he said, calling on the Middle East diplomatic Quartet of the United States, the UN, Russia and the European Union to “firmly push in this direction.”Mustafa Osman Ismail, Minister for External Relations of Sudan, called upon the international community to cancel all the country’s debts and to ease all sanctions so that the peace process could flourish amid an improvement in the humanitarian and socio-economic situation. He also pledged to achieve a comprehensive and peaceful settlement to the situation in Sudan’s Darfur region and stressed the importance of promoting human rights throughout the country, particularly in Darfur. Cameroon’s Foreign Minister, Laurent Esso, pointed to a number of positive trends in parts of Africa, such as Burundi, the Central African Republic and Sudan. At the same time, he said the international community must do more to address the situation in Darfur and to work for peace in other hotspots on the continent. The Foreign Minister of Belgium, Karel De Gucht, hailed the establishment of the Peacebuilding Commission. “It is our common responsibility to make it a success,” he said, pledging that Belgium would actively cooperate in the new body’s work, including by sharing its experiences in the transition processes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi.Alcinda António De Abreu, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mozambique, voiced hope that the new Peacebuilding Commission would serve to foster sustained international attention and support for countries in transition from post-conflict situations to recovery and to long-term development. “Indeed, the experience of Mozambique’s transition from post-conflict to reconstruction for development, testifies to the valuable contribution and impact of the concerted support provided by the United Nations and the international community to peace and development efforts,” she said. Kolinda Grabar- Kitarovic, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Croatia, welcomed the achievements of the Summit but emphasized that they must be implemented through action. “When we leave this place let us not forget the principles we have invoked and the pledges we have made. Only this can ensure that we accelerate progress toward achievement of both the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) and United Nations reform.” The Foreign Minister of Serbia and Montenegro, Vuk Draškovic, called for a “European level of rights protection of national communities in Kosovo, the protection of churches and monasteries” and other measures. “We are truly and fully committed to a compromise, and a compromise does not imply that one side should get everything while the other side should lose everything,” he said. “We are for reconciliation and a common European future in which Serbs, Montenegrins and Albanians will be best neighbours and friends to each other.” Choe Su Hon, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea called for the United States to provide light-water reactors to Pyongyang as soon as possible. “We will watch closely how the United States will move in actuality at the phase of action for action,” he said pledging to exert its best efforts to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.The Foreign Minister of the Bahamas, Frederick Mitchell, called for greater attention to the Caribbean from its developed partners, with a focus on investment in education, health care, and democratic governance. “It is not charity that is required but a sound, sensible investment in our common futures,” he said.Denzil Douglas, the Prime Minister of Saint Kitts And Nevis, said that his country had been forced to close its sugar industry following decades of success because it was no longer able to compete “in a world market characterized by engineered low prices for sugar and the unfair trading practices of some countries.” Efforts had been made to diversify the economy and spur growth, “but we need international political and economic support,” he said. read more

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Exploration Sampling

first_imgThe collection of reliable samples from a mineral prospect or mine is an essential basis for the production of an accurate resource estimate, and for metallurgical test work. SRK states “the strategy to be adopted must thus be carefully designed so that at each stage of the process, the chance of taking biased, unrepresentative or contaminated samples is minimised. It lists some of the key factors to be:■ Whether the correct sample volume is being taken■ Whether a change could be introduced which would have significant impact and be cost effective■ Whether the drill hole or sample layout will provide the level of confidence sought for a subsequent resource estimate.“Sampling and sample preparation protocols should be designed to produce the highest possible data quality given the nature of the target mineralisation and the ground conditions. Issues addressed in such protocols include the following:■ Optimum sample length, volume or weight and compositing strategy in relation to the physical characteristics of the mineralisation■ Optimum sampling methodology and collection procedure to minimise contamination, avoid loss of fines in the case of rotary percussion drilling and to produce representative unbiased samples■ The establishment of on-site supervision and checking procedures for drilling and sampling programs■ Monitoring of sample recovery■ Sample homogenisation and splitting procedures■ Duplicate sampling at each stage in the reduction and splitting process to determine the magnitude of errors at each stage■ Quality control procedures to monitor sample preparation and analysis at the mine or commercial laboratory■ Replicate sampling and analysis to determine precision of sample grades■ Comparative studies between assay laboratories and determination of accuracy■ Compatibility of assay databases produced by different sampling campaigns■ Integration of historical data into current exploration efforts.“Appropriate sampling and Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) is essential in all aspects of the mineral deposit evaluation process to ensure the best possible confidence in resultant mineral resource and reserve estimates are achieved; the quality of an estimate is dependent on the quality of the data used.”Sample analysis At the beginning of the year Snowden and SGS announced a Cooperation Agreement to provide an integrated geometallurgical methodology to the minerals sector. This solution aims to deliver to mining companies a better understanding of their orebody by enhancing the technical data set through all the stages of orebody development. The companies said “this collaboration is grounded in the complementary services offered globally by each company and combines market leading technical expertise, operational excellence and proven delivery mechanisms.“Snowden is a premium provider of consulting services, technology solutions and technical training to the mining and related sectors. Since inception in 1978, Snowden has grown a substantial global footprint with offices in Australia, South Africa, Canada, Brazil and the UK.“SGS is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. [It] is recognised as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With over 59,000 employees, SGS operates a network of 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.Snowden noted that “grade is the main initial economic driver used by geologists globally to develop geological models. Grade block models have traditionally driven sample selection for flowsheet design, leading on to processing plant design. Grade is a key driver on economics but cannot be used in isolation since ore variability is not a simple function of grade, but has multiple determinants. By combining the geological, metallurgical and mineralogical data, this methodology will allow factoring of orebody variability into the flow sheet/infrastructure design and production and quality forecasts. The infrastructure for grinding and downstream plant operations is thus optimised and as a consequence the necessary capital and operating infrastructure is pro actively optimised.”Steve Wilson Vice President – Metallurgy from SGS said: ‘I believe the combination of the SGS approach to geometallurgy with the tools and talents of the Snowden Group will bring to this area and create a truly unique and value adding offer to all of our clients.”Around June this year the ALS Group entered into an unconditional agreement to acquire Stewart Group, a global testing services provider to the minerals industry. UKbased Stewart Group is a provider of geochemical, metallurgical and inspection services to the mining and processing industries worldwide. It employs some 900 staff, operating from 26 laboratories and offices throughout North America, Africa, Asia and Europe. The Stewart Group has earned a strong reputation, built on over 40 years of service to clients in a wide range of sectors and operates three main global divisions. The Geochemical Division has operations in Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, South Africa and West Africa, and provides geochemical and assay services to exploration and mining companies. The Inspection Division provides inspection and analytical services to the coal, metals and mineral trading markets through offices and laboratories in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, and southern parts of Africa. The Metallurgical Division operates one of the largest metallurgical businesses in North America via its laboratories in Kamloops, Canada. Stewart Group will be integrated into the Minerals Division of ALS.Metallurgical process plants that cannot achieve design production rates and/or product quality, particularly during the early stages of project life, are a contributing factor to project failures. Snowden stresses that often such problems “can be attributed to the use of inadequate and/or unsuitable test work when designing flowsheets and specifying process equipment. Inadequate test work may lead to increased project development costs, since expensive test work and engineering may have to be repeated.”Snowden recommends larger scale test work for higher level engineering studies and this is a “requirement for feasibility level studies. This would apply even if the technology is considered mature and well proven, as each orebody may have its own unique characteristics. If these are not tested at a larger scale, this will result in significant design shortcomings, which will have to be rectified at later stages of the project, usually at substantial additional costs. Design errors based on incomplete or insufficient larger scale test work have been responsible for cost blowouts on many metallurgical projects.  When developing a process flowsheet, risk is minimised by ensuring adequate test work supports engineering and cost estimation at each phase of project development.“The characteristics of the samples to be taken should also include the mass, particle size distribution and cost.” Sample types that can be used for metallurgical test work and their limitations are listed in the table.”Snowden observes that the quality of sampling and quantity of metallurgical test work carried out during the various phases of engineering studies “is often insufficient to truly support a robust plant design. Good outcomes are often the result of plant design based on benchmarks of apparently similar orebodies or buoyant metal prices supporting cashflows until rectifications can be implemented.“The quality and type of samples used for metallurgical test work are just as important as the metallurgical test work itself. The key characteristic required of any sample is that it represents some defined portion of a mineral deposit. Representivity should take into account the spatial orientation, lithology, alteration, degree of oxidation, mineralogy and competency of the ore. Statistically representative sampling procedures and an appropriate test work program should be designed to bring metallurgical understanding up to feasibility study standard and to give a basis for process plant design.”Getting the sample Reverse circulation drilling has proved to be the best way in obtaining high quality of rock samples consistently, according to one of the users of the Atlas Copco Explorac 220 RC, VM Drilling in Western Australia. “The Explorac carries all its rods, sampling and all other systems on board, which in turn means quick set up and drilling can begin within minutes. It is equipped with fast hydraulics with user friendly controls and hands free handling of rods pulls. The sliding dumping mast can be adjusted to angles ranging between 45 to 90o and slips table height adjustable to 1 m which allows access to the drill hole collar. Safety handling is ensured by the hands free breakout and rod handling systems.”Sandvik says “stationary sampling port cone splitters have proven to be the most representative and operator-friendly form of mineral drilling sample splitters available and are widely used throughout the world.  However, by rotating the cutting ports below the sampling cone, sample representivity is dramatically improved, particularly when material flow bias is present, caused when, for example: the drill rig and/or sampling system is not or cannot be levelled correctly, or a continual fines bias or a random natural flow bias is present (inherent to wet sampling).”Features of Sandvik’s RotaPort Cone Splitter include:■ For continuous wet & dry drill sampling■ Material blockage, bridging, hang-up & cross contamination is minimised■ In wet drilling, centrifugal forces push water out of the rotating sample bag, retaining coarse & fine particulate, removing costly bulk collection & time-consuming evaporation methods post drilling to retrieve samples■ A fraction of the height of any other comparable splitter on the world market■ A lubricated eccentric vibrator improves gravity-fed material flow■ Multiple samples can be taken simultaneously (primary, duplicate, logging, bulk) via radial cutters with options to change split percentages by simply changing cutting blades■ Sample bags are loaded into buckets that are enclosed within the splitter and rotate inside during operation, ensuring total protection from: outside elements during sampling, tearing of bags, sample loss, etc.  Bags can be loaded into buckets on or away from the machine■ As the sampling cone is stationary and only the cutting ports rotate, feed material flows off the cone without spiralling, ensuring a true 360º rotational sample cut per revolution. This enables the cutting ports to rotate faster, providing greater precision and representivity■ Rotation is achieved by variable speed hydraulic motor fitted with antifriction conical thrust bearings to absorb uneven side loads■ A “deflector cone” shrouding the sampling cone ensures all feed material for sampling is directed into the cutting ports, preventing delimitation bias■ Cutter ports are fitted with blades designed in accordance with sampling theory guidelines to prevent extraction bias■ Fines and flow bias through the splitter captured per revolution of the cutters.In the laboratoryIn the sample preparation laboratory considerable attention must be devoted to ensure that the subsamples processed through the laboratories are representative of the samples received from the client. Laboratory cleanliness and quality control systems in the sample preparation areas should ensure that reliable results are generated in the mineralogical, mineral processing and analytical laboratories.Liberation of the valuable mineral components of ores is the paramount requirement and this, we know, requires comminution. Retsch points out that “for chemical and physical analytical methods such as AAS, NIR, ICP or XRF it is essential that the specimen is perfectly homogenised to an adequate degree of analytical fineness. A reliable and accurate analysis can only be guaranteed by reproducible sample preparation.”The choice of grinding tools and accessories must ensure contamination-free and reliable sample preparation prior to laboratory analysis.  Retsch offers a comprehensive range of the most modern mills and crushers for coarse, fine and ultrafine size reduction of almost any material.Retsch points out that to “generate size reduction effect, the comminution principle of the mill should be matched to the breaking behaviour of the particular material. Hardbrittle materials are best pulverised with impact, pressure and friction whereas soft and elastic substances require cutting and shearing effects to be successfully comminuted. Size reduction machines for large particle sizes above 40 mm are known as crushers or shredders while particle sizes below this are processed with mills.“Usually, various size reduction principles are combined in one mill, such as pressure and friction in mortar grinders or shearing and impact in rotor mills.“When selecting a suitable instrument and before beginning the preparation process, a thorough evaluation of the sample material is essential. Properties such as density, hardness, consistency [and] residual moisture have to be examined.”In all cases, the requirements of the subsequent analysis have to be taken into account when carrying out a particular grinding task.Retsch jaw crushers are used for the rapid, gentle crushing and pre-crushing of mediumhard, hard, brittle and tough materials. The company says “no grinder can beat the speed of a Vibratory Disc Mill when it comes to preparing samples for spectral analyses.  The powerful drive of the RS 200 allows for the extremely rapid formation of the movement pattern of the grinding discs inside the jar which leads to analytical fineness after a very short grinding time.  Moreover, the mill provides grinding results with excellent reproducibility. This mill can be used for a wide range of sample materials. With its robust design, it has proven to be very suitable for use in geology, mineralogy [and] metallurgy.”Mixer mills are also very useful for ores and Retsch’s Mixer Mill MM 400 is a laboratory ‘all-rounder’. With a frequency of 30 Hz, it achieves grind sizes down to the low micron range. It features two grinding stations and allows for the simultaneous preparation of up to 20 samples. A classic field of application is reproducible dry grinding, e.g. for sample preparation to XRF analysis. Planetary ball mills are used wherever the highest degree of fineness is required.Sepor began business in 1953 with the introduction of the Sepor ‘Microsplitter’, a Jones-type riffle splitter, developed by geologist Oreste ‘Ernie’ Alessio for his own use in the lab. Sepor grew over the next several decades to offer a complete line of mineral analysis tools, as well as pilot plant equipment for scaled operations. Today it is a manufacturer and supplier of several thousand items of equipment for the mineral processing and related fields.Bico offers crushers, pulverisers, ball mills, centrifuges, and electric furnace and analytical equipment for the laboratory. Endecotts is well known for its sieves and sample collection, preparation and analysis equipment. Its associate company Glen Creston makes a range of laboratory mills, and crushing machine’s for sample preparation (for analysis purposes).Deister offers No.15 Lab Tables, which provide laboratory performance characteristics that can be scaled up to determine commercial-size Table performance. They feature:■ Two interchangeable decks, one riffled for sand and one riffled for slime■ Supplied as a package with mounting bench, launders and water manifold■ Adjustable speed, end elevation and side tilt■ Produces final concentrates in gold operations.Now part of ALS, the laboratory at G&T Metallurgical Services has the ability to apply a wide range of techniques to solve metallurgical challenges:■ One, two and three-product flotation flow sheets (rougher, cleaner and cycle) and reagent schemes■ Mild steel, inert and stirred mill grinding applications■ Gravity determinations (including Knelson and Falcon)■ Leaching applications (including cyanide and acid)■ Galvanox® copper leaching■ Thickening, filtering and magnetic separation techniques.In practiceXstrata Process Support’s (XPS) Dr. Norm Lotter, CIM Distinguished Lecturer 2010/2011, and Jorge Oliveira, presented an initial short course on the representative sampling of ore for flotation testing to the 43rd national meeting of the Canadian Mineral Processors (CMP) in Ottawa early this year. No matter how carefully the flotation tests are performed, the results are meaningless unless the ore sample is representative.The four hour short course, which is now available to XPS clients, explains the minimum sample mass models of Pierre Gy, and how to attest to the fundamental variance of the representative sample, be it taken from SAG mill feed, crushed ball mill feed, or drill core.  Additionally, the sampling of drill core using the distribution method for cases where the drill core is in short supply was presented.At the request of a majority of the attendees, the course is being expanded to include flotation circuits, and will be presented again at the next national meeting of the CMP in Ottawa in January 2012.Bateman Engineering is another group very active in metallurgical test work. The first copper cathode ever was produced from Russia’s Udokan deposit ore recently in laboratory test work in Perth, by Bateman Engineering in Australia. This confirmed in principle, the Bateman process flowsheet developed for the project.This test work was carried out as part of further work awarded to Bateman by Baikal Mining Co (a subsidiary of the Metalloinvest Group), following Bateman’s successful completion of the prefeasibility study for the project. The test work has also allowed all required information to be obtained for development of a definitive bankable feasibility study for Udokan. This deposit located in the Kalarski district of the Chita region, is Russia’s largest known untapped copper resource.Bateman is carrying out the role of general designer for this next stage of the work. The contract also includes coordinating a number of Russian and international subcontractors, on a series of projects leading up to commencement the feasibility study for a 36 Mt/y copper processing complex, inclusive of its support infrastructure.The sub-projects include a trade-off study of different types of main technology to be used in processing the complex copper ore types at Udokan, and piloting the Udokan ore through a proposed technology process. This includes input from world recognised specialists and Russian and international piloting facilities. Other sub-projects include determination of a robust process and reliable flowsheet to take into account the variability and nuances of the oretypes; preparation of a geo-metallurgical model for setting a baseline of production, and operation for the deposit; preparation of a piloting facility close to site, according to the selected processing flowsheet; and preparation of various work packages that will facilitate commencement of the feasibility study. These range from tailings disposal tradeoffs, through to site selection.It is anticipated that Udokan’s 36 Mt/y copper processing complex will be in production by 2016, producing 474,000 t/y of copper cathode and also recovering gold and silver doré. Udokan is a large, complex project in a remote, environmentally sensitive area.The process plant will include crushing, grinding, sulphide and oxide flotation, pressure leaching of the sulphide concentrates and tank leaching of oxide concentrates. The plant will be fully integrated so that the sulphuric acid produced from the sulphide ore pressure leaching is consumed and neutralised in leaching the oxide ores.The leach solutions will be fed to and SX/EW circuit, to produce LME grade A copper cathode for sale on world markets. Gold and silver will be recovered from copper ore residues to produce a precious metal doré. IMlast_img read more

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La Réunion des décharges électriques audessus dun nuage orageux

first_imgLa Réunion : des décharges électriques au-dessus d’un nuage orageux Des jets géants ont été filmés au-dessus d’un nuage orageux. Des images exceptionnelles qui devraient permettre de mieux comprendre ces fantastiques décharges électriques qui grimpent dans l’atmosphère.Certains orages ont une face cachée : les jets (également appelés elfes ou sylphes), qui se déroulent au-dessus des nuages. La lumière ainsi produite provient des molécules d’azote de l’air. Lorsque ces dernières sont excitées, leurs électrons changent de niveau d’énergie. En revenant à leur état initial, ils produisent une lumière : les jets.Observés depuis une vingtaine d’années, ces phénomènes ont pu être filmés pour la première fois le 7 mars 2010 par Patrice Huet de la Maison du Volcan. Des images couleurs de jets géants et des vidéos exceptionnelles de cinq jets, à une distance d’à peine 50 kilomètres, pendant un orage à l’île de la Réunion, ont ainsi été prises et révèlent avec beaucoup de détails la propagation et la structure de ce type de décharges électriques. Celles-ci s’élèvent jusqu’à 90 kilomètres au-dessus du nuage orageux en une demi-seconde à peine. “Ces vidéos confirment que le jet géant démarre au cœur du nuage” explique Serge Soula, du Laboratoire d’Aérologie de l’Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées, qui a coordonné les travaux. Il existe deux types de jets. Le premier jet, bleu, observé pour la première fois en 1994, s’élève à 30 ou 40 kilomètres et démarre au sommet du nuage. Le jet géant, lui, n’a été vu pour la première fois qu’en 2001, à Porto Rico. Il s’élève beaucoup plus haut et part du cœur du nuage, de la zone de convection, comme l’explique Sciences et Avenir.Une différence de charge dans le nuage”D’après la théorie, établie en 2008 par des chercheurs américains, il se produit une série de décharges à l’intérieur du nuage d’orage, entre deux zones chargées électriquement”, explique Serge Soula. “Celle du haut est chargée positivement, celle du cœur du nuage est chargée négativement. Lorsque la zone du haut s’épuise, mais que le cœur est encore bien chargé, il envoie ses décharges vers le haut, où plus aucune charge positive ne l’arrête. Il peut alors se produire une décharge, un jet géant, au-dessus du nuage”.Les vidéos prises à la Réunion confirment cette théorie. “Pour les cinq jets géants filmés, avant leur sortie nous observons une activité dans le nuage, sous forme pulsionnelle : ce sont les décharges intra-nuage”, poursuit le chercheur. “De plus notre collègue hongrois a enregistré des électromagnétiques à très basse fréquence simultanés aux jets géants, qui permettent de déduire le sens du courant et donc de connaître la charge déplacée hors du nuage”. À lire aussiDes Australiens immortalisent un spectaculaire orage en time-lapseLors de l’orage du 7 mars 2010 à la Réunion, qui a duré environ deux heures, trois jets se sont produits en quatre minutes, puis, 40 minutes plus tard, deux autres en seulement trois minutes. “Contrairement aux sylphes, les jets géants ne se produisent pas forcément dans de très gros orages. En revanche l’orage était très développé verticalement, sur 16 kilomètres,” précise Serge Soula, “c’est peut-être l’une des conditions de formation des jets”. Découvrez en vidéo ce phénomène extraordinaire de jet géant sur Maxisciences Le 20 octobre 2011 à 14:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Peachette Makes ‘Mario Kart Tour’ Even More Thirsty

first_img ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Ring Fit Adventure’ Is a Nintendo Switch Exercise RPG Stay on target As much as I love Mario Kart, I’m not too excited for Mario Kart Tour, Nintendo’s upcoming attempt to bring the popular kart racer to mobile. I’m sure it’ll make a ton of money, and new world tour tracks like New Donk City look great. But gratuitous microtransactions sound like a great way to ruin a series that already has a reputation for questionable balancing between fun and skill. Pay $50 to not get hit with a Blue Shell.However, for the thirstiest Nintendo fans among us, Mario Kart Tour now looks like a must-download since Peachette is coming to the game.Hot on the heels of Peachette’s debut, we’re proud to reveal her new special item – The Mushroom Cannon! Designed to resemble a Mushroom, this cannon continually shoots out Mushrooms in front of your kart, making everyone happy! You get a Mushroom…everyone gets a Mushroom! pic.twitter.com/pZ3nvlJLG5— Mario Kart Tour (@mariokarttourEN) September 8, 2019If you keep safe search on you may have missed the biggest gaming fetish sensation of the past year. In the otherwise unnecessary Nintendo Switch port of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, players can control Toadette and transform in a Peach-Toadette combination named Peachette with a special Super Crown mushroom. Makes about as much sense as anything else in Mario. However, soon devious deviant artists began depicting what might happen if other characters went through this transformation. That’s how we got horrifying horny hybrids like Bowsette and other fan art.And now Peachette is coming to Mario Kart Tour, bringing back all of those memories in her dust. Her special ability is a cannon that shoots mushrooms making nearby players go faster (but hopefully not also turn into Peach). When I played Dr. Mario World, I thought Waluigi in a doctor’s outfit would be the most uncomfortably sexual image in a Nintendo mobile game. Oh to be that innocent.Mario Kart Tour comes to iOS and Android on September 25. For more on Nintendo mobile games pour one out for Miitomo and look back on the dark economics of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp before Tom Nook busts all balls again in Animal Crossing: New Horizons next March.last_img read more

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PAGCOR gaming income up 93 in 1H19

first_img Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm RelatedPosts Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Load More Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR has reported income from gaming operations of Php36.57 billion (US$714.5 million) in the six months to 30 June 2019, up 9.3% year-on-year.Net income for the period came in at Php3.08 billion (US$60.2 million), with the remainder swallowed up by Php15.8 billion in expenses and Php19.20 billion in gaming taxes and contributions, the latter of which comprised a 5% franchise tax, 50% government share and contribution to the Dangerous Drugs Board. 1H19’s net income was considerably down on the Php35.79 billion reported 12 months ago although that figure came in the wake of PAGCOR selling the 16 hectares of land upon which Solaire Resort & Casino sits to Sureste Properties Inc – the Bloomberry Resorts subsidiary that operates Solaire’s hotel and non-gaming assets – for Php37.3 billion.In its financial statements for the six months to 30 June 2019, PAGCOR – which also directly operates a number of casinos across the Philippines under the Casino Filipino brand – revealed income directly from casino customers of Php12.13 billion and income from junket operations, non-casino customers and other income of Php25.65 billion.last_img read more

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Wilmingtons Jeff Curtis Creates Market Basket Rules For Dummies

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Looking for a good laugh? Wilmington resident Jeff Curtis recently shared his “Market Basket Rules For Dummies: A Short Version.”1. Upon arrival don’t look for an open parking space, pick out a good spot and just wait in the middle of a row with your turn signal on until one opens up. Don’t be concerned about those people behind you. They can go around if they have no patience.2. Don’t take a shopping cart from the parking lot, they have people for that.3. Aisles 1 and 2 are great places to stretch out. Turn your carts perpendicular to the shelves and take as much room as you need. (Apparently this type of behavior is frowned upon in the other narrower aisles but no less fun.)4. Deli — there are no rules. Park your cart wherever the hell you want, pick a number and wait. If there are a lot of people waiting it’s likely that some uncommitted shopper has given up and left the area. Wait for second call on a missing number and quickly (now this is the trick) just before the clerk is going to call the next number act like you were inattentive and have it and put your real number, crumpled of course, into the number trash cup. If pulled off, this could save you valuable time.5. In the narrower aisles there are no rules of the road. American or British rules apply depending on whether your feeling your colonial heritage or not that day. If you meet another cart head on, pretend you’re looking at something on the shelf until they back down and go around you and then continue on your side feeling victorious.6. Refer to Rule 3 on whether it’s ok to turn your cart sideways in the narrower Aisles.7. When in the frozen food cases don’t look through the glass doors before choosing the item you desire. Open up the door fully (nice breeze on a hot summer day) and use your cart to prop the door open thereby letting other shoppers know you have staked a claim to that section until the, what will be frosted-over door, is closed and you have relinquished control and possession of the section.8. After finishing in the produce section (never start there, the reasons why are too voluminous to explain here) the Wild West of the store, park your cart any which way you want and travel in any direction then head to the finish line*.* If you drop some produce while looking it over just leave it on the ground, they have people for that and besides you wouldn’t want it after it’s been on the ground anyway; and it’s a courtesy to other shoppers; it lets them know that that particular piece of produce has been taken out of circulation.9. If you’re in a hurry always go to the 12 item or less line regardless of your actual count being over. It’s not like anybody behind you minds and actually counts your items when you put them on the belt….Who does that? … don’t be concerned. It’s also fun to reach for a new personal best in your over-item count.10. Inevitably it may be crowded with long lines and you’ll just have to pick a line based your experience. Waiting in a particular line is not etched in stone and you are free to swing left or right to the lines next to you so long as someone leaves at least a two cart-length opening for you to quickly maneuver your cart in front of them. Ideally if you can position yourself between two lines and confuse the shoppers behind you as to what line you’re in you can keep your options open between two lines.11. If you realize you forgot something when waiting in line, don’t fold and get out of the line to go back and get it. Wait until your cart is unloaded on the belt and half of your items are rung up then tell the cashier you’re just going to run back and get it. (Don’t actually run as there is no running in the aisles) Everybody is committed at that point and there’s no turning back so don’t be concerned about people waiting behind you. If you can get the person behind you in line to agree you can run back; that is the best case scenario, as that person by virtue of his/her position speaks for whole line. It doesn’t really matter if you get permission from a fellow shopper, (although it is the polite thing to do) the cashier always folds.12. Don’t act like you plan on paying for the groceries until all items are rung up and properly bagged. Only then should you go through your wallet or bag and carefully choose your preferred available payment method. Take your time as your decision will be final.13. When you return to the parking lot either walk down the middle of the row for your safety without regard to vehicles in the row looking for parking spaces or along the edge of the cars (It’s always fun to see the reactions of drivers when they’re backing out and they don’t see you until the last second).14. Cart return to corral is optional. And in no circumstances should it be expected if you are more then 4 parking spaces away from the nearest corral. Besides they have people for that. It is always fun though to see how far from the corral you can sink one. My best is a 30 yard bank shot off the side. Don’t worry about giving a long shot a try. The carts have rubber bumpers on them and couldn’t possible damage another vehicle on an air ball. Besides who would park next to the corral?…those people are asking for it.15. If you meet somebody you’ve seen around town before, as you approach them try to remember their name, then stop right next to them with your cart. Don’t worry about completely stopping traffic in an aisle jam. This way you can talk at a conversational level and no one can eavesdrop. Completely run through all their family members, and pets, to get the latest updates. If you run into someone rude and agitated who wants to get by, agree with your Market Basket friend to meet in another less hostile aisle and pick up there where you left off.Curtis also asked readers to propose additional rules. Some suggestions included:When approaching the end of an aisle, be sure to maintain speed and barge out blindly without first checking for cross traffic. If you have a collision (or even a near miss) be sure to stare down the person who had the right of way; they should have known that you are more important.The appropriate time to speak up about your preferred bagging method – paper bags, boxes, or cloth bags from home – is any time after the cashier has started ringing up your groceries, and extends until she/he is done. The bagger is always happy to re-bag your groceries at any point.Smoking is not permitted inside the store. Extinguish your cigarette as close to the entrance as possible, and exhale your last lungful as you enter the store. Nearly everyone inside is a frustrated smoker and appreciates the little nicotine fix this provides.Make sure you park in the fire lane if you’re just running in to grab food, unlike everyone else there.Don’t just send one family member in the day before a major storm. Bring the whole damn family from great Nana on down!Don’t get too close to the bakery. There are ghosts. Like 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, September 1, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”SELECTMEN RACE Q&A: Candidates Confront Wilmington’s Biggest Issue — The Market Basket GhostIn “Government”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, July 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Googles radarpowered handsfree Pixel 4 tech could go well beyond phones

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Mobile Computers Tags It could work through clothes or in the darkGoogle’s Soli page talks about how the radar tech in the Soli chip can work through fabric. On a phone, maybe it could work through pants? Apple’s Face ID already works in the dark, but Soli’s ability to work through certain materials (it’s radar) could make it a candidate to embed in walls, dashboards or other objects. It seems like the perfect tech to put in a light switch or door panel.Smart home devices nextI think about Soli, and I think about Google Home. If I could combine voice with a gesture, maybe I could invoke a command without saying “hey Google.” Or I could lower lights by raising and lowering my hand. Or do that with volume. Wear OS Google Assistant Augmented reality (AR) Google 3:00 Google already demonstrated Soli working with a smart speaker back in 2016. In fact, that was the first killer use case for Soli. Now that it’s emerging in a phone, putting it in speakers — or even a Nest — seems like an obvious move.A Pixel watch, screen-free wearables or clothesGoogle’s other demo of Soli, back at its 2016 developer event, involved controlling a watch hands-free, with fine-tuned gestures above the watch display. Watch the video above. Maybe that seems silly when you already have a watch display to touch, but imagine a Pixel watch that used Soli for simple gesture controls that work near the watch: You could use it for answering calls, silencing, launching a workout or who knows what. Or maybe it could lead to wearables with no displays, where Soli is used as the interface. My mind leaps to Project Jacquard, a smart fabric that launched in Levi’s denim jackets. Jacquard needs to be touched to work. Could future smart clothing work with hands-free gestures? Who knows.Car dashboardsI’m already uncertain about using voice when I’m driving, but it’s better than operating a touchscreen. Soli’s wider-range hand gestures seem like they could be a useful way to control things without looking. I say this with a lot of hesitation, since we don’t know enough about driving safety while using something like Soli. But it seems like it could make it possible to operate volume controls or accept a new route suggestion.Perhaps a killer tool for AR headsetsOne thing that leapt out to me about Soli was its ability to recognize finger gestures at a distance. That’s exactly what many mixed-reality headsets such as Microsoft Hololens have been striving for. Hand gestures are still a holy grail of sorts for AR, and Leap Motion’s never-fulfilled Project North Star headset prototype was trying to solve for hand gestures, too. I don’t know how refined Soli’s 3D sense is, but if Google is looking for a future evolution of the still-around-and-evolving Google Glass that strives to work hands into the equation, I’d be curious to know if Soli could be an answer. I’m still skepticalAir gestures sound like the future and I love future tech. But I’ve seen attempts at hands-free control systems fail before. The Microsoft Kinect, which allowed me to totally control a game console with my hands from my sofa, never ended up being a substitute for just picking up a game controller or TV remote. The LG G8 ThinQ phone added camera-based air gestures to operate volume and music playback by hovering over the phone, but pulling off the moves felt like performing a complicated magic trick. Samsung’s had gesture controls in phones and TVs for years, but do you even remember them?For air gestures to work, they’ll need to feel precise and always responsive. Any failure and I’ll feel like I’m flailing. And if that happens, even a few times, I’ll go back to voice, or touch or whatever else works better. What I can remember of the Soli demo I saw a long time ago was that it worked. While the Pixel 4’s going to have a lot of new tech onboard when it hits in October, Project Soli seems like a test drive of a platform that could end up spreading out beyond phones. Google’s Project Soli: Controlling devices using hand… No camera requiredEven though the Pixel 4 has a full new front-facing camera array that uses an infrared dot projector to scan faces, just like the iPhone X, Soli’s radar chip doesn’t need a camera to do its work. In fact, Project Soli first debuted back in 2015 at one of Google’s I/O developer conferences, where I got to see it in a brief demo. Back then, it was being used to control sound with finger gestures in the air, no remote needed.soli-pixel-4-sensor-max-1000x1000The Soli radar chip is just one of the parts of the Pixel 4 front-facing array. Google You could technically use the iPhone X front-facing TrueDepth camera, or the Pixel 4’s similar infrared-equipped camera to recognize hand gestures. But you’d need the camera to be on and looking. The advantage of Soli is that in theory it could be working at any time. And, working without a camera means it could work in devices that could stay camera-free and still allow motion control. This could mean that you wouldn’t need to stud cameras in all your connected home tech. 6 Soli is radar, and it could go well beyond the Pixel phone. Google If you’re looking for a new, weird thing to do with your next phone, consider hands-free use. Google’s upcoming Pixel 4 is going to throw a hands-free twist to its front-camera array: In addition to facial recognition, it’ll sense motion and hand gestures. This technology, originally called Project Soli, uses radar to detect 3D movement in space. And that’s in addition to adding new face-scanning infrared camera tech similar to Apple’s iPhone X Face ID. Google’s Soli tech was FCC approved earlier this year, and was expected in the Pixel 4 before Google confirmed it.So what does this mean, and why is Google announcing all this news now? Google’s upcoming October phone aims to pull off waves and air-swipes that will silence calls, skip songs and operate other shortcuts. But this could be about a lot more than just phones. In fact, it could be Google’s attempt at building a new interface to its ambient computing ecosystem, as Pixel product manager Brandon Barbello hints in Google’s latest Pixel-teasing blog post.Soli is part of Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technologies and Projects Group), which also created the smart fabric Project Jacquard, Google’s first phone-based AR tech, Tango, and the modular Project Ara phone that never ended up happening.If you want to know more about what Google envisions Soli being next, here’s a good place to start. Commentslast_img read more

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Hasina never breaks her promises Quader

first_imgBangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader. File PhotoMentioning that prime minister Sheikh Hasina never reneges on her words, Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said at least one member of every family will be given job if she forms the next government, reports UNB.”Prime minister Sheikh Hasina translates what she says into action. She never breaks her promises,” he said while conducting electioneering in Kabirhat upazila under his constituency, Noakhali-5.Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said the creation of employment facilities for youths was given importance in the Awami League election manifesto unveiled on Tuesday.He said no one will remain homeless and no house will remain without electricity after 2021.Turning to his rival from BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed in the forthcoming parliamentary elections billed for 30 December, the ruling party leader said people believe in work. “They want development and work. Tears or weeping can never bag votes,” he said.He also claimed that Moudud never did any development work in the area although he remained in power for 22 years. “He couldn’t give electricity connection to a single house.”last_img read more

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Avengers Endgame Tops Studios TV Ad Spending

first_imgTV ad placements for MGM’s “The Hustle” (EMV: $3.03 million), Twentieth Century Fox’s “Breakthrough” ($2.6 million) and Warner Bros.’ “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” ($2.57 million) round out the chart. Related $2.57M – Pokémon Detective Pikachu ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Gets Re-Release With New Scene Is Disney’s Domination Good for the Box Office? Impressions: 361,660,366Attention Score: 93.25Attention Index: 110National Airings: 1,298Networks: 39Most Spend On: ABC, NBCCreative Versions: 20Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $12.88MStudio: Twentieth Century FoxStarted Airing: 03/22/19 Top Movie Commercials by Weekly TV SpendData provided by iSpot.tv ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 $4.27M – Long Shot Impressions: 183,800,447Attention Score: 94.57Attention Index: 128National Airings: 402Networks: 21Most Spend On: ABC, TNTCreative Versions: 2Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $4.22MStudio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)Started Airing: 04/07/19 1 Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 04/15/2019 and 04/21/2019.* TV Impressions – Total TV ad impressions delivered for the brand or spot.* Attention Score – Measures the propensity of consumers to interrupt an ad play on TV. The higher the score, the more complete views. Actions that interrupt an ad play include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV.* Attention Index – Represents the Attention of a specific creative or program placement vs the average. The average is represented by a score of 100, and the total index range is from 0 through 200. For example, an attention index of 125 means that there are 25% fewer interrupted ad plays compared to the average.Variety has partnered with iSpot.tv, the TV ad measurement and attribution company, to bring you this weekly look at what studios are spending to market their movies on TV. Learn more about the iSpot.tv platform and methodology. In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Marvel claims the top spot in spending with “Avengers: Endgame.”Ads placed for the superhero film had an estimated media value of $6.28 million through Sunday for 927 national ad airings on 39 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from April 15-21. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Marvel prioritized spend across networks including ABC, NBC and ESPN, and during programming such as NBA Basketball, NHL Hockey and “The Big Bang Theory.” Just behind “Avengers: Endgame” in second place: Lionsgate’s “Long Shot,” which saw 837 national ad airings across 28 networks, with an estimated media value of $4.27 million. $6.28M – Avengers: Endgame Impressions: 422,942,681Attention Score: 94.23Attention Index: 123National Airings: 927Networks: 39Most Spend On: ABC, NBCCreative Versions: 43Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $14.3MStudio: MarvelStarted Airing: 12/06/18 Impressions: 159,901,690Attention Score: 92.53Attention Index: 101National Airings: 617Networks: 51Most Spend On: ABC, NickCreative Versions: 19Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $11.76MStudio: Warner Bros.Started Airing: 11/11/18 $2.6M – Breakthrough $3.03M – The Hustle Impressions: 318,662,065Attention Score: 92.73Attention Index: 103National Airings: 837Networks: 28Most Spend On: NBC, CBSCreative Versions: 17Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $14.44MStudio: LionsgateStarted Airing: 03/12/19 Popular on Variety Notably, “The Hustle” has the best iSpot Attention Index (128) in the ranking, getting 28% fewer interruptions than the average movie ad (interruptions include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV).last_img read more

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first_img News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more July 18, 2011 – MedQuist Holdings Inc., a provider of integrated clinical documentation solutions for the United States healthcare system, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire M*Modal and its advanced Speech Understanding technology for total consideration of $130 million. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including review under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, and is expected to close prior to the end of the third quarter of 2011.M*Modal’s current annualized revenue run rate of $24 million (which includes amounts billed to MedQuist Holdings) is derived from its proprietary cloud-based software solutions that enable healthcare providers to easily convert speech into structured clinical information. This improves physician efficiency, enhances the integration of the physician narrative into electronic health records (EHR) and contributes to the analysis of clinical information for quality and reimbursement requirements. Vern Davenport, MedQuist Holding’s newly appointed chairman and CEO, noted, “This transaction combines MedQuist’s strengths of capturing the physician narrative, our large customer base, global presence and deep domain expertise in healthcare with the innovations of M*Modal’s currently available technologies and strong product roadmap. Their scalable cloud-based solutions, Speech Understanding platform, strong technology pipeline and a large team of speech and language scientists and engineers complement MedQuist’s clinical workflow solutions.” Michael Finke, CEO of M*Modal, added, “Given the outstanding strategic fit between us, we are positioned to create a whole new level of clinical documentation workflow and analytics solutions that address some of the healthcare industry’s most pressing issues. This merger gives M*Modal the immediate resources and access to customers required to accelerate and extend our technology development efforts.” MedQuist and M*Modal provide advanced speech understanding technologies and services that seamlessly capture the physician narrative, according to Davenport. “We have an opportunity to jointly become a more visible, strategic technology enabler of healthcare organizations as they strive to successfully adopt electronic health records, navigate the move to a value-based healthcare system, and derive critical quality and outcomes data from the structured clinical intelligence we create,” he said. The purchase price, which is subject to customary working capital and cash adjustments, comprises $48.4 million in cash paid at closing, $28.8 million in installments paid in cash over the next three years and 4.1 million shares of MedQuist Holdings common stock, currently valued at $52.8 million, based on $12.76 per share using the average closing price over the trailing 10 trading days ending immediately prior to the date of signing the definitive agreement.For more information: www.medquist.com, www.mmodal.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Feature | July 18, 2011 MedQuist to Acquire M*Modal and its Speech Understanding Technology News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Related Content News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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And here are your Sloth Kong Airport Photo Contest winners…

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:World, meet Ms. Sloth Kong. The Sloth Kong dance La Voz de Guanacaste marks holiday with video tribute to beloved northwestern province To conserve the Amazon, the forest must become an economic ‘asset’ Remember back in Marchwhen we announced that our beloved Sloth Kong was taking over Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport? Well, it turns out that the hospitality offered to big SK at his new digs has been overwhelming. Hundreds – perhaps thousands – of travelers passing through Costa Rica’s busiest air hub have stopped to snap their photo with Sloth Kong.We also took the opportunity to launch a photo contest, and here are our winners for the months of March, April and May. Contest rules are simple: Take your photo with Sloth Kong before boarding your flight back home, share it with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email it to sk@ticotimes.net. Be sure to include the hashtag ‪#‎SlothKong‬. Check out our tagboard here: ticotimes.net/skcontest/.Every month, we’ll choose the most creative photo and donate $100 on behalf of the winner to the institution Hogar Sol, for needy children. Visit them at HogarSol.org.Congratulations to our first three winners, Nikole Lee, Ross Rosen (and kids) and Mauricio Zuluaga. You rock!last_img read more

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Phukets popularity set to skyrocket

first_imgPatong Beach, Phuket Phuket Strip The Thai island of Phuket posted record-high sales figures in the first half of 2012 and is expected to become Asia’s “premier resort destination,” according to Jones Lang LaSalle Hotel’s managing director, Mike Batchelor. Investment in Phuket’s hotel property sector is expected to exceed THB 10 billion (US $315 million) by the close of this year.“Phuket has seen record investment in the first half of 2012 and the market looks on track to enter a renewed period of growth as savvy international investors strategically secure landmark properties in Asia’s premier resort destination,” Mr Batchelor said. For the first time ever, international visitor arrivals to Phuket outnumbered domestic arrivals.“With international passenger volumes surging 30 percent in 2011, the island’s international appeal remains strong. This growth has been fuelled by excellent air links and the expansion of low cost carriers across the region.” Increased frequencies and planned airport upgrades are additional factors inspiring growth and development for Phuket. US $180 million will be invested in updating Phuket’s airport facilities, aiming to double existing capacity to 12.5 million passengers per annum. Construction is planned for later this year. Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels acquired three new Phuket properties this year; the Movenpick Resort and Spa in April, the Evason Phuket and Bon Island at Rawai in May and the Laguna Beach Resort in July. The prominent hotel group will launch a new five star property on Phuket’s west coast this week. center_img Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

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Deposits fall for first time since November

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