UN refugee chief begins visit to volatile eastern DR Congo

António Guterres is expected to fly over the conflict zone in North Kivu province and assess UN operations there, according to a press release issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva.An estimated 800,000 Congolese are now internally displaced within North Kivu, including 170,000 who have been forced to flee in only the past four months since fighting escalated between Government forces (known as FARDC), renegade troops loyal to General Laurent Nkunda and rebels.The security situation is so difficult that UNHCR teams and other relief workers are unable to reach many areas of North Kivu, which borders Rwanda and Uganda in the far east of the vast DRC.Yesterday Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement through his spokesperson expressing alarm at the intense fighting and its impact on civilians.“The United Nations is working closely with the Government of the DRC and with others to help bring peace and security to this troubled region,” the statement noted. “The Secretary-General calls on the forces of Laurent Nkunda to lay down their arms.”More than 4,500 blue helmets with the UN peacekeeping mission to the DRC (known by its French acronym MONUC) have been deployed to North Kivu to help ensure the defence of Goma, the provincial capital, and the key town of Saké.Before leaving Geneva, Mr. Guterres said he was “deeply concerned by the suffering of the people and the terrible humanitarian situation they are facing, made even worse by this fresh round of fighting. I also want to visit our staff who are working under great pressure and security constraints to provide those displaced with the assistance and protection they badly need.”The High Commissioner is scheduled to arrive tonight in Kinshasa, the DRC capital, where he will hold talks tomorrow with President Laurent Kabila. Then he is slated to head to Goma, where he will meet with local authorities, MONUC officials, UN agencies and partner humanitarian organizations. He will also visit areas where the displaced are sheltering, including camps and makeshift sites that are already reaching full capacity.The eastern DRC remains the most violent region in the country, where MONUC has otherwise overseen the transition from a six-year civil war that cost 4 million lives in fighting and attendant hunger and disease – widely considered the most lethal conflict in the world since World War II – to gradual stabilization, culminating in the first democratic elections in over four decades last year. 13 December 2007The United Nations refugee chief today starts a five-day visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where tens of thousands of people are on the move again in the volatile east of the country after some of the worst fighting since the civil war ended in 2003. read more

Springleaf buying OneMain Financial from a Citigroup subsidiary for 425 billion

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Springleaf buying OneMain Financial from a Citigroup subsidiary for $4.25 billion EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Personal finance company Springleaf Holdings is buying Citigroup’s OneMain Financial for $4.25 billion.OneMain Financial Holdings Inc. of Baltimore provides personal loans and has more than 1,100 neighbourhood branches across 43 states. The Citigroup subsidiary, originally founded as Commercial Credit, has about 5,600 employees. It has acquired companies such as The Associates and Washington Mutual Finance over the years.“While this business didn’t fit our strategy, it serves customers who deserve and need credit,” Citi CEO Michael Corbat said in a printed statement.Citi said that it will use part of the proceeds from the sale to retire certain funding that currently supports Citi Holdings. The sale, along with retirement of the related funding, are expected to result in a net addition to earnings before income taxes of approximately $1 billion.Springleaf Holdings Inc. of Evansville, Indiana will consolidate approximately 200 branches beginning in the middle of next year. The combined company is expected to have 1,967 branches across 43 states. The Springleaf brand will begin to be phased out in 2016 and use the name OneMain.Springleaf CEO Jay Levine will lead the combined company.The boards at Springleaf and Citigroup have approved the deal, which is expected to close in the third quarter.Once the transaction is complete, the combined company will be run from Springleaf’s executive office in Connecticut. It will maintain a significant presence in Evansville and Baltimore and run key operations out of Wilmington, Delaware; Chicago; London, Kentucky; Mendota Heights, Minnesota; Tempe, Arizona; Fort Mill, South Carolina; and Irving and Fort Worth, Texas.Shares of Citigroup Inc. rose 56 cents to $54.05 in premarket trading Tuesday. by The Associated Press Posted Mar 3, 2015 5:14 am MDT read more

Element Six synthetic diamond will help hard rock cutting achieve true potential

first_imgDue to confidentiality agreements, Bening would not specify which OEMs are trialling PCD in the hard rock cutting space but confirmed that E6 is working on PCD prototype testing and trials with several leading players and has achieved impressive results.Taking a hard rock cutting unit, E6 can supply the PCD material on its own, the whole component, the pick or the disc cutter, whatever the customer wants, but primarily E6 is a materials expert.Bening told IM: “Today there is a lot of advanced testing and fine tuning using our PCD in the cutting tools of the latest hard rock cutting mining machines. In the next five to ten years I see continuous hard rock cutting going commercial throughout the mining industry and E6’s PCD technology will undoubtedly form an important part of that.”As previously published by IM, major developers of continuous hard rock cutting machines for mining include Epiroc (Mobile Miner), Sandvik (MX650), Caterpillar (Rock Header/Rock Straight) and Komatsu (DynaCut).And hard rock cutting is not the only mining focus. PCD also has potential in down the hole (DTH) drilling where Percussive Diamond Inserts are used on the bits, and again advanced trials are ongoing with the main global manufacturers of drill bits, with a lot of success so far. PCD means a lot of energy savings in bit use, and bits keeping their shape much longer meaning no regrinding is needed. Element Six, as a company, was set up to harness the unique properties of synthetic diamond (polycrystalline diamond or PCD) and tungsten carbide to deliver supermaterials that improve the efficiency, performance and reliability of industrial tools and technology, including in mining.IM recently met with Element Six (E6) Global Sales Director, Mining, Road & WP, Markus Bening, to better understand what this means for the mining industry and what progress has been made.It is worth remembering that the company while focussing on advanced materials also has a unique position in the industry, with diamond mining major De Beers Group the 100% owner of the technologies part of the business, and De Beers Group, itself, part of global mining company Anglo American. Some of the industry’s leading hard rock cutting technologies are already being used by these operators, at Anglo’s Twickenham platinum mine, for example. E6 also has all the required raw material sourcing and manufacturing capability such as advanced high pressure/high temperature presses in house to allow it to supply PCD solutions in the quality, consistency and quantity that will be needed to the mining global market.In mining one of the most interesting markets is hard rock cutting, where the potential for Element Six materials is enormous in rock tools. In relevant ASTM tests such as B611-13, PCD performs up to 500 or 650 times better than tungsten carbide. Of course it has a significant price premium but its performance far, far outweighs this price gap. Bening stated: “PCD is a supermaterial so has a higher price but massive advantages in performance that come with it.”last_img read more

Weir Minerals Warman WBH pumps make the most of slurry handling tech

first_imgWeir Minerals Africa says its locally manufactured Warman ® WBH® range of pumps provide access to the latest slurry pumping technology, helping ensure productivity demands are met.Typically used in heavy duty applications such as mill discharge, slurry transfer and process pumping applications, the Warman WBH is suitable for both greenfields and brownfields installations, according to the company.With a “revolutionary” one-piece frame for correct alignment of bearings, seal and impeller to front liner, the Warman WBH is engineered for enhanced efficiency and operational savings in mind, the company says. “The pump incorporates a fully-adjustable and rotatable throatbush to more evenly spread the wear and maintain the pump’s performance for longer periods.”The ‘One Point’ front liner adjustment feature allows both rotation and axial movement to minimise front impeller gap to reduce wear and maintain performance. “Significantly, this adjustment can be made while the pump is running, eliminating the need to stop production resulting in cost savings for the plant,” Weir says.The company continued: “The streamlined impeller inlet of the Warman WBH pump facilitates enhanced handling of even the most difficult slurries. While the low-flow gland seal, expeller seal and mechanical seal options on the pump mean there is less dilution of the slurry and lower required flow of gland water.”Equipped with large capacity bearings, the pump can withstand high loads without affecting bearing life, according to the company. “The impeller and volute flow paths are streamlined to enhance efficiencies and extend component wear life,” Weir says.last_img read more

New MAJOR FlexMat sensor allows for no downtime screen vibration analysis

first_imgMAJOR, a global leading manufacturer of high-performance screening media, has introduced the Flex-Mat Sensor, “a valuable and easy to operate vibration data measurement tool users can utilise to review results and fine tune their screen machine without shutting down the equipment.” The app-controlled vibration analysis sensor enables readings of screen box vibrations within seconds and generates a report that can be sent or reviewed. The simplicity of the system’s design ensures valuable and actionable data without the requirement for a plant shutdown to calibrate the sensor.“Our focus is on making our customers more profitable and productive. This technology does that by putting a wealth of screen performance data into the palm of their hand,” said Peter Bauer, MAJOR R&D and Innovation Manager. “The simplicity of our system makes it extremely accessible and allows dealers and their customers to make educated decisions to improve performance and profits.”The Flex-Mat Sensor enables users to measure and — almost immediately — view vibration data. The operator connects the single sensor to the Flex-Mat Sensor app on their phone before placing the sensor on one corner of the machine. The user will continue to move the sensor to each corner of the machine until finished. Once the measurement process is completed, the information will be delivered to the phone in the time it takes to climb down from the machine. Alternative systems may not provide the data until the following day. Machine information is stored locally for ease of use and viewing in areas with cellular limitations. Once signal is available, the information uploads to MAJOR’s cloud service where it is viewable from a web browser. Historical equipment performance data is also viewable through the cloud.“The sensor measures g-force, stroke, rpm and orbit, including lateral movement — a measurement not offered by many vibration analysis systems. Producers can use the data to monitor and fine tune screen box performance as well as make parameter decisions with minimal guesswork. For example, it’s difficult to tell just by looking at it whether a screen that’s supposed to be operating at 800 rpm is operating at 900 rpm because the difference in vibration could be just a few millimeters, but the extra could mean too much carryover. The sensor makes that information easy to access. The data can also give indications of what kind of screen media would be most effective on the machine.”Though the sensor is not meant to serve as a screen machine diagnostic tool, the information it provides can point to possible problems with the equipment. One corner of a screen performing differently from the others, for example, may mean further investigation is necessary. The tool allows operators to use the results to determine whether a more technical analysis from an alternative, in-depth system is needed. The sensor kit arrives in professional casing and includes one sensor, instructions, a USB charging cable and instructions on how to download the Vibration app. The app will be available for iOS and Android phones.last_img read more

Man questioned over Cobh hitandrun

first_imgA MAN HAS been detained for questioning in connection with a hit-and-run incident in Cobh, Co Cork yesterday morning.A 52-year-old woman was out walking when she was hit by a vehicle, which failed to stop, at Ballynoe Hill in the town, close to the junction of Ballynoe Hill and the Tay Road.She has been taken to Cork University Hospital, where she is said to be in a serious condition.A man is being held for questioning this morning at Cobh Garda Station under the terms of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.Gardaí are also appealing for any witnesses to get in contact.Read: Two pedestrians killed following crashes in Meath, GalwayRead: Young Irish man dies suddenly in Las Vegaslast_img read more

Karagiozis selfmade entrepreneurbitcoin trader charged with drug trafficking

first_imgSam Karagiozis, the 27-year-old self-made self-proclaimed “serial entrepreneur”, has always described himself as a hustler. Now, just a month after selling his Lamborghini, Karagiozis, the man with the words “self made” tattooed across his knuckles, has more pressing concerns than plunging bitcoin currencies that he has prided himself on trading in.On 7 March,  Australian Federal Police charged Mr Karagiozis with drug trafficking after allegedly playing a key role in directing an organised crime syndicate that dealt with dark web sites, bitcoin accounts and businesses used as covers for the distribution of drugs.A joint taskforce made up of AFP and AUSTRAC financial intelligence agency officials raided properties linked to Mr Karagiozis in Bulleen, Templestowe and malvern where they siezed drugs, cash and cryptocurrency related articles. Police have placed restraining orders on his assets, worth more than $2 million that include bank accounts, property, cars, cash and cryptocurrency.Mr Karagiozis was charged with trafficking about 30 kilograms of drugs that included cocaine, MDMA and methamphetamine. All up, he faces 14 offences relating to drugs.He remains bail-refused following his appearance at the Melbourne Magistrates Court last week. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Une espèce dabeille friande de larmes humaines

first_imgUne espèce d’abeille friande de larmes humainesUn récent rapport d’une société entomologique américaine décrit le comportement d’une espèce particulière d’abeille endémique de la Thaïlande qui, par-dessus tout, se régale du liquide lacrymal des humains, qu’elle butine à la source, souvent à l’insu de son hôte. Selon les experts de la Société entomologique du Kansas, qui ont expérimenté la chose, la lisotrigona, une abeille dont les espèces cacciae et furva ne vivent qu’en Thaïlande, a une prédilection alimentaire pour… les larmes humaines. Probablement attirée par les protéines ou par le sel contenus dans le liquide lacrymal, elle aime à sucer celui-ci en s’agrippant – discrètement – aux paupières des gens. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Elle est alors insensible aux tentatives de diversion par l’offrande d’autres nourritures, comme de la viande ou du fromage. “Dans de très rares cas, l’approche a été si douce que l’hôte humain ne savait pas qu’il avait une abeille accrochée à son globe oculaire, puisant ses larmes. Toutefois, lorsque plusieurs abeilles ont été impliquées, l’expérience a été plutôt désagréable, provoquant une forte coulée de larmes”, explique le rapport relayé par le Daily Mail. “Une fois une abeille installée, lorsque d’autres arrivent, elles ont tendance à se mettre l’une près de l’autre, formant une rangée. La fermeture de l’œil ne déloge pas nécessairement les abeilles, certaines continuant à téter…”, précise t-il encore. Une attirance qui n’a pour l’heure été observée que chez cette espèce thaïlandaise mais qui a tout de même de quoi en effrayer certains.Le 6 mai 2012 à 15:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sane has confirmed the birth of his daughter

first_imgLeroy Sane has announced his partner has given birth to a daughter after leaving the German squad to witness the delivery.Sane, 22, left Die Mannschaft camp on Friday after meeting with coach Joachim Low, with the German Football Association (DFB) citing “personal reasons”.Although there were initial reports that the reason could be a rift between him and Low but the German press later made it clear the pacy winger was expecting a baby.”Mother and child are doing fine. ???” https://t.co/aFnGkvnDyd— Manchester City News (@ManCityMEN) September 8, 2018Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…The former Schalke forward equally thanked Joachim Low for allowing him to be present for the birth of his daughter, who has been named Rio Stella.“Incredibly happy to let you know about the birth of my daughter last night,” he tweeted on Saturday. “Mother and child are doing fine.“Special thank you to Germany and my coach Jogi Low for letting me leave to be at my daughter’s birth. Of course, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for the team tomorrow!”Sane’s daughter has been named Rio Stella, his father Souleymane Sane told Bild.Germany will face Peru in a friendly match on Sunday.last_img read more

Former TCI Premier calls for demonstration and resignations

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 2, 2017 – Providenciales – Former Premier Michael Misick is the latest to issue a media statement about the escalating violent crime which is threatening the TCIs, safe destination reputation and says,  “the British could care less about what is happening here but just want to hang on to us for the strategic importance of having prime real estate 500 miles away from the US.”    The comment is followed by another demand, by Misick for the Police Commissioner to resign and for him to be replaced by a Turks and Caicos Islander.Michael Misick believes it is wrong for the top three police officers of the islands to all be foreign and said the current administration, led by Sharlene Robinson is not strong or assertive enough, he says.   “Our country is going through the worst crisis we have ever gone through, one that if not contained immediately will cost us our economy and livelihood.”In the meanwhile, the leader, referring to Premier Robinson is nowhere to be found.   Michael Misick also believes the public should have been demonstrating and demanding for Governor, Premier and Commissioner to resign.    The former premier, who is on trial for alleged corruption also bemoans the cost of the trial, which he contends is senseless.  He said the price tag is $2M per month of public funds and so far, spent is $100M for “the prosecution is getting rich on the backs of our country and its outstanding, upstanding, law abiding citizens.”Misick said the money would be better used on CCTV, boats, planes, helicopters and other equipment to fight crime.   The 2017 election candidate is calling for a march to end the talk and take action to take the country back from the British, the gunmen, the illegal immigrants and from the Grace Bay Boys.#MagneticMediaNews#Misickcallsfordemonstrationsandresignations Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Misickcallsfordemonstrationsandresignationslast_img read more

San Diego woman suffers lifethreatening injuries after Tinder date

first_imgSan Diego woman suffers life-threatening injuries after Tinder date Updated: 4:26 PM Sasha Foo, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A San Diego woman says a man she met on a popular dating app almost got her killed.30-year-old Korren Knapp-Grada is still recovering from the injuries she suffered on May 29 last year, after she agreed to meet a man in a Gaslamp Quarter bar in San Diego. The two had made contact through the dating app, Tinder.The man who called himself “John” seemed nice when they met. The last thing she said she recalls is that he ordered her a drink.Two weeks later, she woke up in a hospital. She was suffering from life-threatening injuries after being struck by two hit-and-run drivers on Interstate 8 not far from the Viejas Casino.A semi-truck driver came to her rescue and dragged Corren off the freeway to safety.With her right leg mangled, her pelvis crushed and her bladder lacerated, Knapp-Grada said she has had twenty surgeries in the last year and still more surgeries are ahead. She said that while she was in the hospital, tests showed she had been given a “date rape” drug.Although she said she has little memory of what happened that night, she believes that the stranger she met on Tinder will eventually be identified. Knapp-Grada said as she regains her strength, she plans to meet with the California Highway Patrol, to give investigators more information. Posted: April 11, 2018center_img Sasha Foo April 11, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Voters here have national attention

first_imgWashington voters have the nation’s attention as they weigh in this week on key races — for U.S. Senate and the 3rd Congressional District — that could help shift the balance of power in Congress.Ballots must be postmarked by 8 p.m. Tuesday in the state’s top two primary. In Clark County, about 22 percent of ballots had been returned by Thursday. County auditor Greg Kimsey has predicted a 38 percent return when all the ballots are counted. The Clark County Elections Department mailed 218,162 primary ballots in July, the most ever.In one of the state’s marquee races, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, a three-term Democrat who has ascended to the Senate’s leadership circle during her 18 years of service, faces her toughest challenge yet from Republican Dino Rossi, a former state senator and two-time candidate for governor. Rossi, who was recruited by the Senate Republican leadership, is campaigning on Murray’s record as a “big spender” who helped create the mounting federal deficit. Murray has vigorously defended her success in delivering federal projects for Washington. Tea Party candidate Clint Didier, a farmer and former pro football player who landed the endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is considered a long shot to edge out Rossi and place in the top two.last_img read more

Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby Retiring

first_imgChanges to the tourism industry and to halibut regulations help lead to the disillusionment of the Homer Jackpot Derby. Speakman: “Our tourists have changed and the regulations for Halibut have changed and so we have seen a pattern of less tickets sold. And as a major fundraiser for the chamber and as a driver bringing people to Homer, it just wasn’t working anymore.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享After 34 years, the Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center Board of Directors has decided to retire the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby at the close of this year’s Derby on September 15.   Speakman: “The price of conducting the tournament has really gone up and it was important to us to keep the price of the tickets relativity low. But the number of the ticket sales have really decreased.” Executive Director of the Homer Chamber of Commerce, Debbie Speakman: “Well our board got together and we’ve been talking about this for really a couple of years and really trying to figure out what it is and what direction we want to go.” The Chamber plans to premiere a redesigned, two-day Halibut Tournament in June 2020.center_img Stated in the press release from the Chamber: “The Chamber is grateful to all the sponsors and volunteers who have supported and made the Derby successful for so many years.  Don’t despair, Homer is is still the “Halibut Capital of the World”. While the Chamber has always celebrated the largest fish weighed, the tournament was diversified by awarding prizes for both tagged fish and released fish, according to a release from the Chamber. The Homer Jackpot Derby began on Memorial Day, May 26, 1986. The winner that year was a local fisherman, Tony DeMichelle who won $5,000 for his 312-pound fish. Speakman: “So what were thinking is kind of modeling off our Winter King tournament, which is a huge success and really a local tournament. Is in June, and we’re looking at the first two weekends, we’re looking at tides, but really making a fun two-day tournament that brings families down after Memorial day.”last_img read more

Heres the best laundry detergent you can buy right now

first_img Smart Home Enlarge ImageWe gathered a group of top-selling laundry detergent brands, then tested them to see which one cleans the best. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Laundry detergents are not all the same. It turns out that some brands pack more of a cleaning punch than others. That means some are better than others at lifting stains and purging fabric soiled by food, wine, grease and other common contaminants. And even the form of the detergent, liquid or pod, can affect how clean your laundry will get. After comparing the options from various retail outlets including Amazon, Walmart and Costco, we settled on nine detergent brands. We chose them since they’re top sellers at those sites, and because they’re all-purpose detergents meant for mainstream wash-day use. We intentionally did not include specialty products designed to primarily tackle baby clothes or delicate items.  Here’s how to buy your next washing machine 59 39 2:29 8 Photos Arm & Hammer Kirkland 40 All Liquid Now playing: Watch this: All Liquid Tide Pods The tech behind our washing machine testing (pictures) 53 42 52 48 reading • The best laundry detergent: 2019 review of pods and liquid detergents We then systematically put these detergents through our washing machine test lab. The process entailed weeks of washing, over 100 hours in all. In other terms, that’s more than 80 washing machine cycles plus dryer cycles to match. We also painstakingly examined 135 fabric stain strips with an industrial-grade reflectance colorimeter to precisely determine the effectiveness of each detergent.  And when all was said and done, the clear winner was Tide HE Turbo Clean liquid. It was far and away the best at eliminating a host different types of stains and soils. The second best cleaner in our group was another Tide product, Tide Pod 3 in 1 HE Turbo pods. Its stain-fighting abilities came close to liquid Tide. It cleaned with consistently good results from load to load too. That’s something the other detergent pod in our test group, All Mighty Pacs Free and Clear, failed to do. In general, All’s laundry pods couldn’t remove stains as well either. Share your voice 7th Generation 58 Gain Tide Liquid 43 Kirkland Total percent of stains removed Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) 60 Here’s the full list of laundry detergents in our test group Liquids All Free and ClearArm & Hammer Clean BurstArm & Hammer Plus OxiCleanGain + Aroma BoostKirkland Signature Ultra Clean HE LiquidSeventh Generation Concentrated Free and ClearTide HE Turbo CleanPods All Mighty Pacs Free and ClearTide Pods 3 in 1 HE Turbodetergent-photos-4Today’s high-efficiency laundry detergent pods, liquids and washing machines use less water per load. Tyler Lizenby/CNET A note on high-efficiency washing machines Decades ago, washing machines consumed a lot more water than today’s high-efficiency (HE) models. According to Energy Star, modern HE washers use 14 gallons of water per load. Standard washing machines, on the other hand, need 20 gallons. Because of this difference, you can’t use ordinary detergent in an HE washing machine. Instead, these appliances require specifically formulated HE detergent. Most washing machine models sold now are high-efficiency though. The popularity of HE detergents has risen as well, which is why we chose HE instead of standard soap for our test group.    38 7th Generation Tide Pods 6 All Pods The best budget detergent Rounding out our list of top three detergents is the Costco Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean HE Liquid. It came in third in our group with an average of 56.9% stain remaining. It did leave more of our test wine stains behind (45.3%). The same is true for cocoa stains with 54.8% of those still clinging to our test strips. However, you can grab a huge 194-ounce container for $13.59. That calculates to just 7 cents per ounce, the most affordable detergent in this group. Despite its rock-bottom price, the detergent came close to matching Tide’s stain-removing power. Gain The dirt on detergent testing Scientifically evaluating the effectiveness of detergent is a rigorous, labor-intensive process that’s similar to the method we use to test washing machines. There’s a few key differences though. First, we stuck with one washing machine. In this case we used the Whirlpool WTW7500GC. We chose this appliance partly for our own convenience. It was already sitting in a berth inside our test lab. And since we thoroughly tested the washer during the review process, its performance was a known quantity. Using the same washing machine throughout testing also controlled for any appliance-related variables. For each brand of detergent, we performed three test runs. With nine specific detergent brands, that comes to a minimum of 27 washing machine cycles. And after we finished the test cycles, we ran additional wash cycles with just water to purge any residual soap. We didn’t assess the mechanical action of the washing cycle, like we do when we test individual washers. That’s because how physically hard or gentle a machine is on fabric is a characteristic of each individual washer, not the detergent it’s using.  hwtlaundryphotos-8.jpgEnlarge ImageHere are examples of two cloth stain strips. The top is a strip before washing. Below it is a strip after washing. Chris Monroe/CNET Otherwise, our methodology is identical. Inspired by guidelines laid out by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), we use 8-pound loads of laundry, with the same test items in each run. That includes a mix of “filler materials” such as fitted sheets, hand towels and pillow cases, plus specially calibrated cloth stain strips. These strips, which we buy from Swiss test material company Swissatest, meet AHAM’s strict guidelines for soil consistency. Each cloth test strip has five stain areas, each soiled by a different mixture of contaminants. The stains are as follows: sebum (skin oil), carbon (black), blood (pig’s blood), cocoa (chocolate and milk) and red wine (aged).  Each is designed to represent the chemical and physical properties of numerous similar substances. For instance sebum mimics the natural oils produced by your skin. Carbon represents petroleum byproducts like motor oil and mineral oil. Blood is a good predictor of protein-based pigments including grass stains. Cocoa simulates a range of organic pigments, such as stains caused by coffee and chocolate.  hwtlaundryphotos-3.jpgEnlarge ImageWe use an industrial reflectance colorimeter to take readings of our washed stain strips. Chris Monroe/CNET We score the results for each load with the help of a reflectance colorimeter. The sensitive tool allows us to measure the percentage reflectance of each test strip stain, both before and after washing. Comparing these two values then gives us the percent change that has occurred. From there we can calculate a percentage of how much stain a detergent removes (and leaves behind).  detergent-photos-2Enlarge ImageWe found that Tide HE Turbo Clean liquid was the best at removing stains in our test group of laundry detergents. Tyler Lizenby/CNET The best detergent for everything Hands down, Tide HE Turbo Clean liquid is the best detergent. Across the board, Tide got our test loads cleaner, and with the least stains remaining, regardless of the substance. It really shone when it came to stains for wine and cocoa. Only an average of 36.6% of wine stains remained after washing. That number might sound high, but overall it’s actually pretty good, especially compared with the other detergents.  For instance, the worst detergent for removing wine stains was Arm & Hammer Clean Burst. The liquid laundry soap left 52.3% (average) of its wine stains behind on our test cloth strips. And on average Tide left just 40.2% of cocoa stains behind. All Free and Clear liquid was the least effective at ridding fabric of cocoa. After washing, 79.6% (average) of cocoa stains still remained on its test strips.  best-detergents-four-group-correctedEnlarge ImageBoth All and Arm & Hammer had trouble removing cocoa stains. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Across all five tough stains, Tide left 52.1% (average) of staining behind. That makes it the best overall performer in this group of detergents. Tide doesn’t come cheap though. Priced at $11.97 for a 100-ounce container (12 cents per ounce), it’s the most expensive of the liquid detergents we tested. detergent-photos-3Enlarge ImageTide Pods 3 in 1 HE Turbo detergent pods were almost as good at attacking tough stains as liquid Tide. Tyler Lizenby/CNET The best detergent pod Tide triumphed here again. Each little Tide Pod 3 in 1 HE Turbo got test loads virtually as stain-free as Tide liquid did. With an average of 53.5% of stains remaining, it was second best. The Tide Pods were also proficient fighters of red wine (43.6% remaining) and cocoa stains (44% remaining). best-detergents-five-group-correctedEnlarge ImageIn terms of fighting stains, both Tide liquid and Tide pods came out on top. Tyler Lizenby/CNET More impressive though was the consistent clean these pods provided. Across three test runs, the Tide pods notched stain removal results that were essentially identical (52.8%, 53.5% and 54.2% stain remaining). The other laundry pod in our group (All pods) fared much worse. Not only did it leave clothes dirtier on average (58.2% stain remaining), performance was wildly inconsistent between each wash (57.1%, 63.2% and 54.3% stain remaining). If saving cash is your motivation, however, look elsewhere. At $20 for container of 81, these pods are pricey. They work out to about 25 cents per pod (one pod per load). Note: Higher percentages mean worse overall stain removal. Arm & Hammer w/ Oxy Comments 57 Tags CNET Smart Home Tide Liquid 62 See All Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house CNET Smart Home Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected 41 Arm & Hammer w/ Oxy 66 34 • Arm & Hammer Note: Higher percentages mean better overall stain removal. Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected 47 61 Whirlpool All Pods Total percent of stain remaininglast_img read more

Roads badly damaged

first_imgTandur: A brief spell of rain is enough to make commuting miserable in the town. The motorists often fear about the unseen potholes hiding under the inundated roads. Officials of the Roads and Buildings fill the potholes for namesake as they usually get washed away in a short spell of rains. Commuters, who travel by autorickshaws and buses are facing hardships due to the bad condition of roads. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Recent rains have turned the roads unfit for easy commuting. Especially, the road between Vilan School to NTR colony which is damaged and is full of potholes. Even the road near NTR colony is also damaged. Residents of the colony along with commuters appeal the officials to take up the repair works of the roads on a permanent basis.last_img read more

Researchers discover how fruit flies learn to bypass already mated females

first_img(Phys.org) — Researchers have known for some time that young male fruit flies learn over time to bypass females that have already mated with someone else, but until now, no one really understood the mechanism involved. Now a team from Austria has discovered, as they write in their paper published in the journal Nature, that the when male fruit flies mate with females, they leave behind a bit of pheromone that serves as a signal to other males letting them know that further mating is futile. 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. Journal information: Nature Citation: Researchers discover how fruit flies learn to bypass already mated females (2012, August 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-fruit-flies-bypass-females.html To come to these conclusions, the team ran a series of experiments to conclusively demonstrate exactly what was going on with the fruit flies. To begin, they first isolated the pheromone they thought was involved, cVA. Pheromones are chemicals produced by an organism that are believed to serve a signaling purpose when they are noted by others. In studying the fruit flies, the team noted that small amounts of cVA were deposited onto to the bodies of females, by males, during mating.To find out if cVA was serving as a signal for other males, the researchers modified several of them to prevent them from being able to smell or sense the presence of cVA. Those males then attempted to mate with females that had already mated, in essence demonstrating an inability to learn to tell the difference between mated and unmated females.In another experiment, the researchers genetically altered several female fruit flies to cause them to produce cVA on their own. This caused all the males (that had learned to do so) to bypass them.These two experiments convinced the team that it was the depositing of cVA on the females that signaled to latter males that the female was already mated and thus attempting to do so would be futile; they should instead move on. But that still didn’t explain how the young males learned to recognize the signal. To uncover that mystery, the team looked at dopamine levels in the brains of the fruit flies.In humans, dopamine is a pleasure chemical, it’s what drives cocaine addiction. But in insects such as the fruit fly, dopamine has been shown to be involved in learning. As the young males come into contact with the females for mating purposes, dopamine levels fluctuate, causing them to learn to associate rejection with the sensing of the cVa pheromone, which in turn leads them to avoid those already mated females to focus on the virgins instead.This bit of research shows that even the lowly fruit fly can learn based on environmental conditions and to adjust its behavior accordingly, which means, everything for them is not hard-wired. © 2012 Phys.org Researchers discover fruit fly aphrodisiac More information: Dopamine neurons modulate pheromone responses in Drosophila courtship learning, Nature (2012) doi:10.1038/nature11345AbstractLearning through trial-and-error interactions allows animals to adapt innate behavioural ‘rules of thumb’ to the local environment, improving their prospects for survival and reproduction. Naive Drosophila melanogaster males, for example, court both virgin and mated females, but learn through experience to selectively suppress futile courtship towards females that have already mated1. Here we show that courtship learning reflects an enhanced response to the male pheromone cis-vaccenyl acetate (cVA), which is deposited on females during mating and thus distinguishes mated females from virgins. Dissociation experiments suggest a simple learning rule in which unsuccessful courtship enhances sensitivity to cVA. The learning experience can be mimicked by artificial activation of dopaminergic neurons, and we identify a specific class of dopaminergic neuron that is critical for courtship learning. These neurons provide input to the mushroom body (MB) γ lobe, and the DopR1 dopamine receptor is required in MBγ neurons for both natural and artificial courtship learning. Our work thus reveals critical behavioural, cellular and molecular components of the learning rule by which Drosophila adjusts its innate mating strategy according to experience. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Police chase in Cancun leads to arrest of suspects in ATM theft

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — A police chase in Cancun led to the successful arrest of two alleged gang members responsible for the theft of an ATM machine. Police report recognizing the vehicle as being detailed in a robbery while they were surveying the Hacienda Real del Caribe subdivision of Cancun. It was on Leona Vicario Avenue where they saw the vehicle being driven by two suspects. Photo: La Policía Estatal The chase began after the vehicle failed to comply with a police stop request. The intense chase started when the driver of the vehicle instead accelerated while his passenger began firing at police. The pair were finally stopped and arrested at 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of Lakin and Miguel Hidalgo Avenues.center_img Inside their vehicle, state police found a dismantled ATM machine that was reported stolen four days before from Mi Plaza Héroes in Supermanzana 215 of Cancun. Reports say that after withdrawing the cash, the two suspects were on their way to tossing the machine away when they were intercepted by police. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Agfa HealthCare Introduces DR 800 Multipurpose Xray Room at RSNA 2016

first_img Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more November 17, 2016 — Agfa HealthCare announced that it will introduce its new DR 800 X-ray room with Dynamic MUSICA at the 2016 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA 2016). The multi-purpose solution covers radiography, fluoroscopy and advanced clinical applications.The multi-purpose digital radiography suite is designed to enable radiology to meet the growing demand for fluoroscopy, without requiring multiple investments. The DR 800 is a robust and reliable solution that can handle a full range of radiographic exams (skeletal, thorax, abdomen, weight bearing) and fluoroscopy exams (including barium studies, arthrograms, cystograms, myelography and catheter placement, etc.).The DR 800 comes with MUSICA high-speed, multi-scale image processing, which can now also process moving images. Along with enhanced noise suppression and superb brightness control, Dynamic MUSICA processing reduces veiling glare and plays a significant role in enabling potential dose reduction¹.The DR 800 solution also offers high-quality radioscopy and fluoroscopy in supine and upright positions. With its 180 cm SID and auto-positioning presets, no compromises need to be made during chest imaging. The highly customizable DR 800 can be equipped with high-frequency fluoroscopy generator options of 50, 65 or 80 kW, a console for patient-side positioning, a wireless console for remote control, a compressor cone and an auto-switching anti-scatter grid. EasyStitch technology enables fast and high precision Full Leg Full Spine exams, while LiveVision technology allows for accurate dose-free remote positioning by providing a first-person camera view of the patient. Combined with MUSICA image processing, Advanced Cesium Iodide (CsI) detector technology offers high-speed, high-resolution imaging at low dose[1]. The flexible positioning, optimized workflow and premium image quality offered by Agfa’s DR 800 solution, will enhance both efficiency and patient satisfaction.The DR 800 X-ray room is still pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) submission and is not available in the United States and Canada.For more information: www.agfahealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Related Content Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Yvette Peverell has be

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterYvette Peverell has been appointed Director of Communications – Australasia and Japan for InterContinental Hotels Group.With 15 years’ of experience in public relations in the tourism sector, including a decade in the hotel industry, Yvette previously worked for Accor Asia Pacific and for Mantra Group, overseeing both internal and external communications. In addition to her role, Yvette will be the conduit for media in the region to access information from the global IHG network.“We are so pleased to have someone of Yvette’s calibre on board in what is a strategic growth period across Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Our network is set to expand not only in hotel and room numbers but also with the introduction of a new brand to Australia with the launch of Holiday Inn Express. 2016 is truly set to be a landmark year for IHG,” said Chief Operating Officer Karin Sheppard, whose team Yvette will be joining as the region’s senior communications counsel based at the Sydney office.InterContinental Hotels Group currently has a portfolio of 28 hotels in Australia, seven in New Zealand and PNG, and 32 in Japan.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Theocharous website hacked

first_imgMEP Eleni Theocharous’ personal website was attacked by a Turkish hacker group on Sunday.Visitors to the website – www.elenitheocharous.com – are redirected to a video featuring  speeches of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  The logo of the Turkish hacker group Aslan Neferler Tim – Lion soldiers team – appears on the video.The same group last year hacked Armenian government websites. Theocharous’ party Solidarity, said the hacking was reported to the police. You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndo2019 Cars | Sponsored LinksThese 2019 Cars Cost Under $20k2019 Cars | Sponsored LinksUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more