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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Trump administration and coal industry allies are insisting that a federal black lung trust fund will continue paying benefits to sick miners despite a drastic cut in funding. But the expected shortfalls will be covered by taxpayers instead of coal companies.In January, a tax rate coal companies pay to support the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund was cut in half, leaving sick miners and their advocates fearing future benefit cuts. The fund is about $4 billion in debt.The trust fund offers medical coverage and cash payments to black lung patients.The Department of Labor told the Associated Press on Wednesday that it is obligated to continue to pay benefits to sick miners. The agency says any shortfall would be covered by borrowing from the U.S. Treasury.Dylan Lovan, The Associated Press read more

LONDON — Official figures show that average earnings in the U.K. increased in the three months to April while unemployment remained at its lowest level since the end of 1974.The Office for National Statistics said Tuesday that average weekly earnings excluding bonuses were up 3.4% in the three months to April compared with the year before. That’s up from the 3.3 per cent recorded in March and points to building inflation pressures in the economy.Elsewhere, the statistics agency said the 3.8% unemployment rate is the lowest since December 1974 after another 34,000 people came off the jobless register, taking the total out of work at 1.3 million. The employment rate of 76.1% was also the joint-highest since records began in 1971.The Associated Press read more

The United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Climate Change, Han Seung-soo, today in Bangkok called on countries in the region to pursue sustainable growth.“We can turn the crisis of climate change into a new economic opportunity,” Mr. Han told a committee of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).Mr. Han applauded ESCAP for its Green Growth initiative, which the Commission said calls for a paradigm change in thinking of growth and argues for ecological costs to be fully reflected in market prices.The envoy’s remarks came as Asia prepares to host a conference in Bali next month aimed at hammering out a legally binding agreement capping greenhouse gas emissions to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.Mr. Han said that the new mechanism would work only if all countries participate, especially the world’s 15 major emitters. 19 November 2007The United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Climate Change, Han Seung-soo, today in Bangkok called on countries in the region to pursue sustainable growth. read more

The International Development Association (IDA) and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) of the World Bank has shown interest to mobilize its funds through a credit of USD 100 mn for the Accelerating Higher Education Expansion and Development (AHEAD) Operation.Accordingly, the proposed programme aims to increase enrolment in higher education programs that are important for aspiring upper middle-income countries and to develop the higher education sector in areas of vital importance for future economic development such as modern teaching and learning that blend academic achievement with good socio-emotional skills and a vibrant research and innovation culture that supports the expansion and growth of higher-value industries and services. The project will be implemented by the Ministry of Higher Education and Highways throughout the period of 2017 – 2022.The Financing Agreement and Loan Agreement were signed today at the Ministry of Finance by Dr. R. H. S Samarathunga, Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka and Ms. Idah Z. Pswarayi – Riddihough, Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, on behalf of the World Bank. (Colombo Gazette) Depending on the availability of the World Bank funds to Sri Lanka, it has been proposed to obtain two financing facilities from IDA and IBRD such as a Credit of Special Drawing Rights (SDR) being the equivalent of USD 33 mn from the International Development Association (IDA) and a credit of USD 67 mn from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) of the World Bank. AHEAD focuses on three areas, namely increasing enrolment in higher education in priority areas for economic development, improving the quality of higher education and promoting research and development and innovation. read more

Tories want Ontario public sector pensions changed to defined contribution TORONTO – Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives say taxpayers can no longer afford what they call “gold-plated pension plans” for public sector workers.Opposition Leader Tim Hudak says Ontario faces a $100-billion funding liability for about 90 public sector pension plans that will only get worse if the rules aren’t changed.Hudak says it’s time new nurses, teachers and civil servants were given defined contribution pension plans instead of the more lucrative _ and costly _ defined benefit pensions those workers currently have.He says there’s a dramatic unfairness in the system when some taxpayers with no workplace pension have to pay more to fund generous pensions for public sector workers.Hudak also wants pooled pension plans for private sector workers who don’t have a pension, which would not require employers to make any contributions.The New Democrats called the Conservative idea “reckless and unworkable” and said it would push more retirees into poverty and cost the government millions of dollars in court battles.The Liberal government says it would prefer a “gradual, moderate” increase in the Canada Pension Plan over a pooled plan. by News Staff Posted Nov 19, 2012 1:26 pm MDT read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PAGE, Neb. – The dollars are flowing for Nebraska landowners who are willing to sign quickly to allow the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on their property.Landowners say they’ve received written offers from pipeline builder TransCanada in the last few weeks offering considerably more money than initially promised.But it’s on the condition that they agree soon.The U-S government has yet to indicate when it will decide whether to give the project the green light, but proponents hope to start building this year.One family said it was initially guaranteed $8,900 dollars in 2012, to allow the pipeline through its farm.According to an offer sheet dated Jan. 13, the figure has now surged to nearly $62,000 dollars.Included in the figure is a $27,000 signing bonus that shrinks the longer landowners wait.The pipeline would carry Alberta crude to Gulf coast refineries and has been a flashpoint for environmentalists and others who oppose it. by News Staff Posted Jan 26, 2014 12:32 pm MDT TransCanada offering huge cash payouts to build on Nebraska property: landowners read more

“The profile of the new head of state of the transition could help restore hope,” UN Special Representative, Babacar Gaye, told journalists via telephone from the capital, Bangui. In his first direct briefing to the press since President Michel Djotodia and Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye stepped down on Friday, Mr. Gaye added that the international community would have to accompany this new team on the road “to free, credible and democratic elections”. The country’s Parliament and its new interim leader, Alexandre Ferdinand Nguendet, who headed the National Transitional Council (CNT) prior to the flare-up of violence, could begin the process of selection a new transitional president as early as tomorrow, he said. Under its charter, the CNT has 15 days to organize election of the new head of state of the transition. “We are confident that these timelines will be respected,” Mr. Gaye said. “We may even deliver in less time.”The space for elections will be made possible through the expected reinforcement of the African-led International Support Mission to CAR (MISCA) with a contingent from Rwanda and the continued engagement of French troops, known as SANGARIS.“Hope is within grasp, but not yet in our hand,” said Mr. Gaye, who is also the Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the country (BINUCA).The conflict in CAR erupted nearly year ago when attacks by mainly Muslim Séléka rebels forced then President François Bozizé to flee. In recent weeks, the fighting has escalated further with ex-Séléka and Christian anti-balaka militias fighting each other.Relative calm has returned to Bangui, according to media reports. However, 100,000 people continue to gather around the national airport, and one in five people in the country are believed to be displaced, Mr. Gaye said.“Today, people in Bangui can die because of their religious beliefs, because of their clothing style or just because of their physical appearance,” he said.One of the main items on the agenda of the next Government, noted Mr. Gaye, will be “to…try to start reconciliation between the communities”.Speaking last week to the extraordinary summit of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) in Chad where transitional leadership stepped down, Mr. Gaye, delivering a message to the event on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, warned that the past year’s events have profoundly damaged the relationship between Muslim and Christian communities and pose a long-term danger to the country.In a message, Mr. Ban commended the ECCAS Heads of State for proposing an inclusive national conference to provide all national actors with the opportunity “to share their concerns, agree on common challenges, and collectively find a way out of this crisis”, including through the preparation of elections.He also expressed concern about “widespread human rights abuses”. The UN is working to establish an International Commission of Inquiry to document the violations, in line with a resolution adopted by the Security Council in early December.UN officials have been calling for urgent protection and increased assistance to the growing number of persons displaced by the violence. About half of the population, or some 2.2 million people, are estimated to be in desperate need of humanitarian aid. A donors conference for CAR is set for 1 February in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the African Union has its headquarters. read more

In a statement issued earlier today, Valerie Amos, who is also the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, expressed concern about the flooding that has struck Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. She has since dispatched a team of UN disaster assessment experts to the region, as the Organization’s broader humanitarian response has swung in action. The floods have so far claimed more than 35 lives and affected hundreds of thousands of people, she said. Reportedly the worst floods in the Balkans in decades, emergency responders fear that more rain could lead to further rises in water levels, additional storm surges and landslides. Media reports suggest that Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina have been affected by cyclone Tamara and have been experiencing extremely heavy rain, strong winds and low temperatures. On 13 May, continuous, heavy rainfall began, and the wider region, including Croatia, has recorded three months’ worth of rain in three days“In all three countries, the Government is leading the flood response, distributing food and other relief supplies, and providing emergency shelter. A state of emergency has been declared in Serbia and Bosnia, where tens of thousands of people have been evacuated,” said Ms. Amos in her statement. Reporting that the UN and humanitarian partners have offered assistance to the authorities in the affected countries, Ms. Amos said that she has dispatched a UN Disaster Coordination and Assessment team to Serbia and life-saving supplies are on their way from Brindisi, where the Organization maintains a logistics base. In addition, teams from the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the UN Children’s Fund, (UNICEF) the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are working with the authorities to help assess people’s needs and provide food, clean water and sanitation support and debris removal. “I welcome the speedy response by the national authorities and their partners and the support provided by neighbouring countries and other members of the international community, Mr. Amos said, adding: “We must do all we can to ensure that further loss of life is prevented and help people recover.” Later in the day, WFP announced that it had sent a second batch of emergency relief items to Serbia. The shipment included water tanks, generators and inflatable boats provided by WFP and the Norwegian Government. A further flight is scheduled today to Tuzla, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, with tents and water containers and purification equipment also from the Norwegian Government. WFP says that it will launch a $1.5 million operation to respond to immediate humanitarian needs upon a request from the Government of Serbia and in coordination with the authorities there and other UN organizations on the ground. In Bosnia-Herzegovina, where floods have exceeded emergency levels in the north, WFP is planning to send life-saving food assistance to 150,000 of the most vulnerable flood-affected people. read more

With the accent firmly set on whole vehicle type approval, it is gratifying to see the return of the UK’s bodybuilders to the nation’s favourite road transport event, the Commercial Vehicle Show 2013.Not since the CV Bodybuilder Show in 1994 has there been an opportunity for the road transport industry to compare such a wide range of bodywork and trailers under one roof. In addition, all the companies exhibiting will be showing their very latest technology, designed to maximise payload and reduce fuel consumption.Paul Bratton, Director of SDC Trailers is particularly pleased to be a part of the CV Show 2013. “The 2012 CV Show was a spectacular success for SDC Trailers and certainly made us realise that the industry needed a show that would give our sector a great shop window in which to exhibit our products – and would also provide an excellent networking opportunity. For SDC Trailers, the CV Show ticks all the boxes.”The CV Show will be held from Tuesday 9 April until Thursday 11 April. Opening times are 08:30-17:30.Registration is now open at www.cvshow.com where prospective visitors can register by clicking on the ‘free tickets’ panel on the home page.The Commercial Vehicle Show is owned by the CV Show LLP comprising the Road Haulage Association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and IRTE Services Ltd, the trading company of the SOE (Society of Operations Engineers).Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

first_imgEACH WEEK, WE highlight five apps that are worth downloading for your smartphone and tablet. There are a lot of apps released on a daily basis, but not all of them are worth paying attention to.We’re going to assume that you already have a lot of the most popular apps, so let us do the hard work for you and pick out the latest apps that are deserving of your time. This week includes a messaging app based around selfies, 3D photography and a very clumsy ninja.SeeneFor: iOS Cost: Free What is it: Creates pseudo-3D photos for you to share. Why should I care?- There’s already enough ‘take photos, add filters’ apps out there so it’s refreshing to see something different.- Capturing an image is simple and is processed pretty quickly.- It works better when you capture inanimate objects and/or people staying still. Trying to keep your pet still will only end in tears.- Moving your phone around lets you view the image from different angles, which is a nice touch.- The screenshots here don’t do it justice, but thankfully its Tumblr page shows off what it can do.Sportizr FootballFor: Android Cost: Free (€2.40 per month for past seasons) What is it: A football app jam-packed with stats, lots of stats.Why should I care?- If you’re a Premier League fan on Android, this is the app for you.- Gives you the latest stats from games as they’re being played.- You can check up stats on individual players, managers and the grounds too. It’s almost like Football Manager.- The app goes back as far as 20 years should you require that much info.- Current season is free, but you will have to sign up if you want access to past seasons or extra stats.(Image: Sportizr Football/Google Play)Clumsy NinjaFor: iOS Cost: Free (Includes in-app purchases) What is it: Ragdoll physics game where you help train an inept ninja so he can save his friend. Why should I care?- Shown as a tech demo at Apple’s iPhone 5 event back in 2012, it finally arrived on iOS.- Think Tamagotchi without the annoying bits combined with ragdoll physics and you’re halfway there.- Most of the game is figuring out new and bizarre ways to interact with your ninja, and the game encourages it.- Of course, there’s a main quest should you need something to focus on, but the mechanics are too fun for you to care.- It’s aimed at kids, but adults will definitely get a kick out of it too.React Messenger For: iOS Cost: FreeWhat is it: A messaging app that also uses selfies to express yourself.Why should I care?- Remember we had that piece on messaging apps? You can add this one to the list.- Has all the regular messaging features but each message is accompanied by a small selfie of yourself.- The idea is your photo expresses how you feel, because figuring out someone’s mood through text alone is hard.- It may annoy you now, but the number of selfies apps are only going to increase with apps like Shots of me and Frontback being released.- Cause emojis are so last year.(Image: React Messenger/App Store)InstagramFor: Windows Phone Cost: Free What is it: Popular photo sharing app that popularised filters. You may have heard of it before.Why should I care?- Considering the camera quality of the Nokia Lumia series, it’s about time it arrived (iOS had it since 2010, while Android got it in 2012).- Currently in beta mode, but most of the standard features like filters and explore are there.- Despite the launch not going smoothly, the app performs well and will definitely improve over time.- Video isn’t available yet but don’t worry, you’re really not missing much.- Despite people’s criticisms, it’s still one of the best photo apps out there.(Image: Instagram/Windows Phone)Read: “Apple doesn’t own beautiful and sexy” – Samsung lawyer reacts to €215 million award >Read: Watch: A smartphone that can heal itself when scratched >last_img read more

first_imgTHE ‘NO MAKEUP SELFIE’ trend that has raised much-needed funds for cancer charities across Ireland and the UK this week has social media in the spotlight again. Women posted self portraits of their makeup-free faces and donated to charity, then nominated other friends to do the same. The trend had its opponents who cited narcissism and queried the point of the movement, but cancer charities welcomed the unexpected rise in donations and all was well with the world.It got me thinking, though, about the barefaced truth on social media, or more to the point, the lack of it.Scroll through your Facebook timeline or your Instagram feed. What can you see? Lots of delicious looking food, happy couples, beautiful places, smiling children, stunning views, perfect interiors, coordinated outfits. All perfectly choreographed and styled.Social media isn’t really about real lifeNothing sad, nothing unattractive. Nothing mundane nor pedestrian. Of course not, that’s not the point of social media. It’s our shop window, our way of showing the world how great life is, of escaping. We can show where we have been, and who we have been with. It documents our good times, our nights out, our daytrips with our kids, our holidays. It’s our happiness record. Nobody wants to know about the bad stuff.Social media isn’t really about real life. It could be, but for the majority of users it’s simply not. Yes, there’s serious news there, and photos of atrocities, and tales of sadness and devastation, but not on a personal level. For most users Facebook is about showing off using pictures. Twitter is about showing off using punchy phrases. Instagram is about making the showing off pictures look old or bright or shiny. There’s nothing essentially wrong with this – after all, sharing happiness is a good thing – but it’s not the whole story.Real life has tears and upsets, it’s messy and sticky and not that glossy at all. That’s what makes it real.There seem to be things that exist only outside social media or, as I like to call it, in the real world; things like messy kitchens (and sitting rooms, and bedrooms and playrooms), snotty nosed kids, beige freezer dinners, dirty streets, ghost estates, negative emotions, unattractive people and – until this week – barefaced ladies.More pressure to be perfectWhen we use social media we put a gloss on things, it’s about displaying our personal brand, how we want to be perceived. Foodie, fashionista, hipster, supermum – with the right photos and the right filter we can build that image, almost unquestioned.But who do we serve if we do that? These ideal worlds that we create only put more pressure on everyone to live up to false standards. They sell us an unattainable lifestyle that we cannot reach. We read books and magazines and envy celebrities’ lifestyles, then we go to Facebook and Twitter and envy the lifestyles that our peers represent.We’re doing each other no favours, just adding to the pressure to be perfect.So, inspired by the barefaced selfies I’m starting my own thing, a campaign for people to get more barefaced about life, not a moan but a reality check. Join me, we owe it to each other. It’s about being honest. You don’t have to Instagram your toast or post a Facebook status each time you put the bin out. Just don’t pretend all the time that everything is always exciting and wonderful and glossy.Let me get the ball rolling …Now, it’s not all new to me, if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter you’ll know that  I’ve been brave before, I’ve posted my real life dinners for a few weeks.  I’ve admitted to using stock cubes and tins of soup in my cooking. I’ve confessed about the mess of my kitchen floor and told the real story of bedtime in my house.  These should all make you feel better about yourself.Here are some more of my real life facts from my barefaced life to get the ball rolling.My house is (very) messy and rather sticky too.My nails are usually unfiled and unpainted.We eat everyday food (rarely organic) bought from a discount supermarket off plates from IKEA. (not patterned pretty ones)My laundry pile is my nemesis and is slowly growing to take over my house.There are presses in my kitchen that I need a helmet to open for fear of being hit by falling debris.What are you hiding? Share some facts about your barefaced life and spread the happiness as we realise that nobody’s perfect.Sinéad Fox lives in Wexford with her three young and (often) well behaved children.She spends her time commuting, cooking, wiping noses, mopping up spills and ‘adventuring’. Then, when they’re all asleep she writes about it on her blog Bumbles of Rice.Find Sinéad on Twitter @Bumblesofrice and on Facebook.Read: #NoMakeupSelfie craze causes flood of donations to Irish Cancer Societylast_img read more

first_imgThose poor citizens of the Midwest–they couldn’t even get online to see that their Tumblr pages had been knocked offline. A Comcast outage hit Minnesota, Michigan, and Indiana last night.Comcast spokesman Bill Gerth addressed the problem via the company’s Twitter page, writing, “I apologize for the down time” and stating that the company was looking into the issue. According to later tweets, the downtime was the result of “DNS related issues.”As of this afternoon, Comcast seems to have the issues mostly cleared up, though Gerth is still fielding complaints from a number of Comcast customers in the area. AdChoices广告last_img read more

first_imgApple has finally posted an acceptable “apology” on its UK website after being ordered to do so by a national judge, and after its first attempt at an apology garnered international scorn and ridicule. Now the story has become a global saga instead of something that could have been quickly slid under the rug.It all started last month when Apple actually lost its patent lawsuit against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab in the UK. The judge there did what many other jurisdictions around the world have failed to do, and said that Samsung did not infringe on the rival company’s patents.In fact, Judge Colin Birss felt that it was such a clear-cut decision that he demanded Apple release an apology to Samsung for all the hassle and for generating bad PR for the company. What Apple published was  very unapologetic and clearly showed they did not agree with the judge’s ruling.As you might expect, another UK judge wasn’t too happy about this and demanded the apology be rewritten. It got worse though, as not only did Apple now need to post a full apology on its website, it had to post an apology about its botched apology. The judge gave the company just a couple days to fulfill the new order even though Apple asked for 14.So now, if you go to Apple.com/uk, you will see a statement in a fairly large font at the bottom explaining its error, along with a link to the full apology. Again, this is something that probably wouldn’t have originally made major headlines, but because Apple tried to complain instead of complying, it has gained significant attention.via VentureBeatlast_img read more

first_imgI expected the focus today to all be on Sony and the launch of the PlayStation 4 at 6pm EST. But Microsoft is stealing some of the attention away by allowing its next-generation Kinect sensor specs to leak.It’s expected that the Xbox 720 (codenamed Durango) will ship with a second-generation Kinect motion sensor in the box. But how has Microsoft improved on the original?According to the spec leak VGLeaks has been handed, the new sensor is all about higher precision motion tracking of a larger area. Kinect v2 will still be focused on the same depth range (0.8m to 4m), but has had its field of view (FOV) increased to 70 degrees horizontally and 60 degrees vertically. So it is capable of viewing a much larger area and now no longer needs the tilt function because of it.In terms of what Kinect v2 can detect, Microsoft has improved things considerably with better color and depth streams. The color stream has increased to a resolution of 1920 x 1080 captured at 30fps, while the depth stream is 512 x 424. For comparison, the original Kinect had a 640 x 480 color stream and 320 x 240 depth stream. Overall this means the new sensor is capturing at a much higher resolution (better accuracy) and can detect objects that are up to 3x smaller. Microsoft has also added an Active Infrared stream to the device. It streams at 512 x 424 and 30fps, and will allow the Kinect to better cope with a much wider range of lighting conditions.The latency of the sensor has been reduced significantly, with the new rating being 60ms compared to 90ms of the existing Kinect. Microsoft has also moved to using USB 3.0 rather than 2.0 in order to cope with the extra data being collected and passed to the console.From the player’s point of view these revisions mean that Kinect v2 will be capable of tracking up to 6 people at once. It will also be able to better track skeletons, so open and closed hand states are recognized, more of your body’s movements and positions (sideways on to sensor, for example), and it can better handle standing and sitting players as well as big differences in player heights.As for the Kinect unit itself, apparently we should expect a device that looks very similar to the original Kinect. It will still be separate from the console and connected via a cable, and the best place to position it will be above your TV if possible.last_img read more

first_imgLG réduit l’empreinte carbone de ses smartphonesCorée du Sud – Afin de rendre ses smartphones plus verts, LG s’est engagé à remplacer le magnésium généralement utilisé dans la conception de ce type de téléphones, par un nouveau type d’alliage plus propre qui permettra de réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre engendrées lors de la fabrication des appareils.Actuellement, les alliages de magnésium utilisés dans la fabrication des coques de smartphones sont émetteurs d’un gaz à effet de serre extrêmement polluant, l’hexafluorure de soufre, souligne LG. L’institut de technologie industrielle de Corée (KITECH) a alors mis au point un nouvel alliage, baptisé éco-magnésium, qui ne produit pas ce gaz, mais offre les mêmes qualités que le magnésium classique.Dès 2012, le constructeur coréen intégrera cet alliage propre à tous les smartphones qu’il produira. Une mesure qui devrait permettre d’éviter l’équivalent de quatre kilos de CO2 pour chaque téléphone fabriqué. D’après LG, les émissions de gaz à effet de serre issues du processus de fabrication pourraient être ainsi réduites par un facteur de 24.000 environ. Une diminution non négligeable, qui permettra à la firme sud-coréenne de verdir son image. Le 22 décembre 2010 à 19:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgCentrale de Fukushima : Tepco a relancé les systèmes de refroidissementLundi soir, après une panne de courant, les systèmes de refroidissement de la centrale nucléaire accidentée de Fukushima avaient été brutalement interrompus. Mardi, Tepco, l’opérateur de la centrale, a annoncé avoir relancé l’ensemble des systèmes.Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), l’opérateur de la centrale nucléaire accidentée de Fukushima a annoncé avoir relancé les systèmes de refroidissement des piscines de stockage du combustible usé qui avaient été victimes d’une coupure de courant lundi soir. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”A 00h12, le système de refroidissement de la piscine centrale a été remis en fonctionnement”, a indiqué Tepco dans un communiqué relayé par l’AFP. La société a précisé que la température de la piscine centrale, qui contient plus de 6.000 barres de combustible usagé, avait été mesurée à 31,8°C lors de la relance du refroidissement, soit largement en dessous du seuil de sûreté fixé à 65°C. Cette donnée est importante car avec une température trop élevée, l’eau risque de s’évaporer et de laisser le combustible à l’air libre avec les radiations que cela suppose.Hormis la piscine centrale, les autres piscines se trouvent dans le bâtiment abritant le réacteur dont elles ont hérité du combustible usé. Celle du réacteur 4 contient 1.330 barres de combustible usagé et 200 barres de combustible non utilisé d’où les inquiétudes la concernant.  Tepco se veut néanmoins rassurant, la température de cette piscine ayant, selon l’opérateur, été mesurée à 31°C lors de la relance de son système de refroidissement. Cette marge a été là encore jugée suffisante “par rapport au seuil opérationnel de 65°C”. “Aucun changement important des niveaux de radioactivité n’a été détecté par nos instruments de mesure à proximité”, a souligné de son côté M. Tanabe, écartant la possibilité d’une résurgence de la crise. Le 20 mars 2013 à 18:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgNews H.E.R. Wins Best R&B Album her-wins-best-rb-album-her-2019-grammys 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs Twitter 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Find out more about H.E.R.’s acceptance speech at the 2019 GRAMMYsJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Feb 10, 2019 – 7:48 pm R&B rising star H.E.R. won Best R&B Album for her self-titled album H.E.R., her second award of the night, at the 61st GRAMMY Awards.”So first thing I wanna say is this is unbelievable and second it’s not even an album, it’s an EP” she said after accepting her golden gramophone.  “I’m speechless right now, I’m holding back tears.”Toni Braxton’s Sex & Cigarettes, Leon Bridges’ Good Thing, Lalah Hathaway’s Honestly and PJ Morton’s Gumbo Unplugged (Live) were other category nominees. We recently caught up with the talented multi-instrumentalist and first-time nominee (and winner). “It feels like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be,” she told the Recording Academy.It’s so easy to question your art, even to question what you’re doing, to question the path that you’re on. But this is such confirmation for me; “you’re exactly where you need to be, you’re doing all the right things.” It just feels amazing, it feels like I found my objective and I’m fulfilling it. I’m so blessed.”2019 GRAMMYs: Full Nominees And Winners List Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. 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first_imgNacharam: The two-day ‘Bonalu’ Festival concluded here on Monday. Temples of presiding deities, like Yellammas, were tastefully decorated. Devotees from the morning itself made a beeline to various shrines. Among the visitors to local Yellamma temple was corporator Shanti, and her husband Shekar. Shanti also went round the various temples in the division and made enquiries on the arrangements made for the benefit of devotees. Organisers of temples told her that they had taken care to ensure that there were no hardships to visitors. She told the media that they had worshipped the deity wishing for the welfare of the people in the division and seeking bountiful rains.last_img read more

first_img Ray-tracing software lets researchers visualize science with greater fidelity “Graphics displays have faced a limitation due to their digital nature,” Hanson explained to PhysOrg.com. “For example, handling large ranges in detail is out of the range of standard hardware, such as accelerated graphics cards. With this new system, we can create an accurate, interactive experience, with continuous scaling over different scale ranges. You can wander continuously throughout the universe without any anomalies.”Fu and Hanson’s work tackles several problems that past systems have faced: focusing on objects at different distances, depth perception, and speed. As Hanson explains, it’s a bit like looking at a ladybug on your nose with the galaxy in the background. To improve these areas, the scientists developed a graphics software system that provides a continuously scalable visualization in three dimensions. Citation: In ‘forty jumps,’ scientists model scales of quarks to quasars (2007, January 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-01-forty-scientists-scales-quarks-quasars.html Hanson and Fu designed their software by extending the powers-of-ten framework, shown for common objects in this table. Image Credit: Andrew Hanson, et al. © 2006 IEEE. Comprehending the smallness of a quark or the hugeness of the observable universe is a challenge that most of us find difficult, yet captivating. Placing vastly different scales side by side to explore their relationship amounts to a task not even computers have mastered efficiently. Recently, scientists Chi-Wing (Philip) Fu and Andrew Hanson have developed a visualization system of the universe that may help scientists, educators and film viewers better understand size on a journey through the universe. The content of the system—stars, galaxies, supernovae, etc.—comes from an extraordinary collection of data from exploration systems such as the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, the Bright Star Catalogue, Hubble and other telescopes. In their study, Fu and Hanson present a “powers-of-ten journey,” starting, e.g., from Earth (107 m) up through the solar system (1013), the Pleiades cluster (1018), the Andromeda galaxy (1023), and beyond (see figure).Like previous computer graphics programs studying outer space, Fu and Hanson predict that this system could not only have use for astronomers and physicists studying the universe, but for educational and commercial purposes, as well. IMAX shows and planetarium presentations have excited young enthusiasts with their realistic animations, and as computational power continues to grow, the public can also benefit from Fu and Hanson’s scale visualization technology.“Our motivation was to create a framework for a real-time digital planetarium,” said Hanson. “With this framework, we’ve created a series of layers of objects across an enormous scale range, all on a single screen.”Citation: Fu, Chi-Wing and Hanson, Andrew J. “A Transparently Scalable Visualization Architecture for Exploring the Universe.” IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, Vol. 13, No. 1, January/February 2007.By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.center_img Because a normal “zoom” feature would take an impractical amount of time due to the vast precision required, Fu and Hanson used a new approach: power-scaled coordinates (PSC). The scientists were inspired by a film called “Powers of Ten” by Eames and Eames, which itself was based on the 1957 children’s book Cosmic View: The Universe in Forty Jumps by Boeke. “We asked ourselves, ‘how do you provide that experience [of the film]?’” said Hanson. “We extend that ‘powers of ten’ framework by making this system interactive instead of pre-computed and pre-stored.”Fu and Hanson’s PSC system works by representing coordinates and vectors using logarithmic scaling methods, enabling the system to handle all scales in a single context for interactive control by the user. One of the novel PSC-based ideas in the architecture is a “depth rescaling method,” which can project objects across extreme scales with the needed precision by distorting the vertices of distant background objects. Also, to accelerate the rendering of objects during navigation, the system uses “environmental caching” and “object disappearance” to develop pre-rendered backgrounds and ignore objects that are not large or luminous enough to appear on the screen. On a desktop computer, the program achieves interactive speeds. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. From the top left and moving across, this powers-of-ten journey shows Earth (red line represents the ISS) (107 m), Earth and satellites (108 m), solar system (1013 m), Pleiades (1018 m), extrasolar planets (1018 m), and the Milky Way and Large Magellanic Cloud (1023 m). Image Credit: Andrew Hanson, et al. © 2006 IEEE.last_img read more