After Election 2014: 21ST CENTURY CURES

first_img21ST CENTURY CURES STREAM AND WETLAND PROTECTION NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION POLICY FUSION SCIENCE This story is the ninth in ScienceInsider’s After Election 2014 series. Through Election Day on 4 November, we will periodically examine research issues that will face U.S. lawmakers when they return to Washington, D.C., for a lame-duck session and when a new Congress convenes in January. Click here to see all the stories published so far; click here for a list of published and planned stories.Today, a look at the 21st Century Cures Initiative, which is expected to produce legislative proposals to improve biomedical research and innovation in the new Congress that convenes in January. 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The goal: to speed up the lengthy and costly process of developing new treatments for disease.So far, the 6-month effort has involved more than a dozen hearings and roundtables on Capitol Hill, plus other listening sessions outside of Washington, D.C. Lawmakers have heard from an all-star list of witnesses, including Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), senior officials at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and advocacy group leaders.21st Century Cures won’t produce its first major product, however, until after the new Congress takes office in January. That’s when Upton and DeGette—the top Republican and a senior Democrat, respectively, on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce—are expected to unveil draft legislation designed to put the talk into action.Biomedical research advocates are watching closely. “I think this effort has really gotten everybody’s attention,” says Margaret Anderson, executive director of FasterCures, a think tank in Washington, D.C. “It’s given everyone an outlet to start to funnel their thinking about what’s going on in medical research.”“I think this is the first time in quite a while where the community has been asked to try and identify specific things that they think Congress can do,” says David Moore, senior director of government relations at the Association of American Medical Colleges, also in Washington, D.C.Exactly what the bill will call for, however, remains something of a mystery. The hearings and roundtable talks have produced an unwieldy list of insights that Moore describes as “95% diagnosis and only about 5% proposed therapy. … What I haven’t heard—and I think what we’re all struggling with—is what are specific actions that Congress can take.”Still, staffers on the Energy and Commerce Committee tell ScienceInsider that the listening tour has helped identify some potential targets for streamlining clinical trials and the drug approval process. For instance, the new bill is likely to propose changes to the system of institutional review boards (IRBs) that approve clinical trials. Now, trials that enroll patients at more than one location—such as at several university hospitals—must get IRB approval at each site. Critics say that’s time-consuming and inefficient and would like to see Congress change the rules to create incentives to encourage centralized IRB approvals for multisite trials.The legislation will also likely take aim at the way FDA evaluates biomarkers—the physiological measurements that indicate whether a drug is acting on its molecular target in the body. Reliable biomarkers could save time and money by serving as surrogates for other clinical trial endpoints that take longer to measure, such as survival or disease progression. But proposals to use biomarkers have created a deadlock in the drug review process: FDA reviewers aren’t confident that the biomarkers submitted in new drug applications are reliable, committee staff members say, while drug sponsors are uncertain that these tools will help them win approval. So the new legislation would set standards for how the agency should evaluate new biomarkers as they are developed.At the hearings, witnesses have dropped other hints about what they’d like to see in the bill. During a 10 September discussion, for instance, Collins suggested “it would be nice” to end a rule that prevents NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences from supporting research beyond phase IIa of clinical testing. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg suggested amending the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act so that clinical trials for medical devices no longer require review by a local IRB. (“Done!” Upton replied.) And Moore says Congress is in a good position to help reduce costly and burdensome federal regulations that universities claim are stifling research.It is possible that lawmakers may use the bill to address another perennial concern—how NIH allocates funding to different disease areas. “There seems to be a real lousy correlation between where we’re spending our dollars and disease burden,” Representative Bill Cassidy (R–LA) told Collins at one roundtable, suggesting that the agency commits too much funding to AIDS research and not enough to Alzheimer’s, relative to the projected impact of the two diseases. Collins defended the scientific reasoning behind NIH’s spending priorities, but also repeated a point made at almost every 21st Century Cures event: “I promise you, this is not just researchers with their hands out, saying ‘Leave us alone.’ We understand the obligation to be incredibly efficient and creative about what we do.”Even if a 21st Century Cures bill eventually becomes law—and that could be a long process—it would have only a limited impact on agency budgets. That’s because it will be an authorization bill, which can set policy but only suggest funding levels; final spending decisions are up to Congress’s appropriations committees.Still, biomedical advocates hope the process will help them make the case for research funding and other reforms. If nothing else, Anderson says, the 21st Century Cures process has “offered up the possibility of more holistic conversation about these issues.”ScienceInsider’s After Election 2014 series will look at a range of issues that will be on policymakers’ agenda once the voters have spoken on 4 November. Look for stories on:BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH FUNDING ADVANCED MANUFACTURING R&D TAX CREDIT EASING RESEARCH REGULATION STEM EDUCATIONlast_img read more

Devendra Fadnavis quits after Ajit Pawar’s resignation citing personal reasons

first_img We had formed the government only after the whole of the NCP came to us in the form of letters submitted to us, he added.Mr. Fadnavis said the BJP will now sit in the Opposition. He also claimed the “only agenda” of the Sena-NCP-Congress combine was the lust of power.“The Common Minimum Programme was put together by the three parties just to keep the BJP out of power,” he said, adding that the government will bury under its own complications.Also Read Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at a press conference in Mumbai on Tuesday. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis resigned on November 26, barely 80 hours after taking oath for the second time, the move necessitated by his deputy Ajit Pawar’s resignation citing “personal reasons”. Mr. Fadnavis handed over his resignation to Governor B.S. Koshyari in the afternoon. “Fadnavis called on the governor and tendered his resignation,” said a statement from Raj Bhavan.  “The Assembly results had given a clear mandate to BJP with 105 seats. This mandate was ours. We had won in 70% of the seats contested as compared to Sena which had won only 45% of the seats it contested,” he said.Mr. Fadnavis said he formed the government only after NCP leader Ajit Pawar was willing to join hands with the BJP. “We believed that the entire NCP was coming with us,” he said.Also Read Watch | Fadnavis’ Second CM Stint Among India’s Shortest Conduct Maharashtra floor test on Nov. 27, Supreme Court tells Governor Fadnavis’ second CM stint among India’s shortestVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:4901:49  | Photo Credit: Vivek Bendre Devendra Fadnavis’ three-day stint as Chief Minister one of the shortest  Addressing a press conference in Mumbai, Mr. Fadnavis said his Mr. Ajit Pawar had tendered his resignation earlier in the day.“After Mr. Pawar’s resignation we don’t have the majority. We will not do any horse-trading,” Mr. Fadnavis said, adding that he would be meeting Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari to submit his resignation.Blaming the Shiv Sena again for playing the “number game”, Mr. Fadnavis reiterated that there had been no agreement with the BJP’s former ally on the Chief Minister’s post.last_img read more

Calcium and bones

first_imgCalcium is one of the most important minerals for the growth, maintenance, and reproduction of the human body. Bones, like other tissues in the body, are continually being re-formed and incorporate calcium into their structure. Calcium is essential for the formation of and maintenance of healthy teeth.Review Date:11/15/2012Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img

Defending champion Advani to lead Indias charge at Asian meet

first_imgBishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Jun 29 (PTI) Ace cueist Pankaj Advani is set to defend his 6-red snooker title with India fielding a strong team at the Asian 6-Red Snooker and Team Championships scheduled here over the next one week. The Indian contingent will be spearheaded by 16-time world champion Advani. He will accompanied by Kamal Chawla, Faisal Khan, Malkeet Singh besides former billiards player Ashok Shandilya, who will be here as a coach.In the 2016 edition in Abu Dhabi, Advani lifted the title to make it his first Asian snooker victory. “I am excited to play an Asian event in a different place (Kyrgyzstan) as well as am looking forward to defending my Asian 6-Red Snooker Title,” said Advani. “This will be the final Continental Championship before the World events commence in August. Therefore, Im looking to add another medal, preferably gold again, and maintain my good run for the season so far.” When asked how the second half of the year is looking, Advani said, “Once this event is over, Ill be gearing up for the IBSF World 6-red Snooker Championship in Egypt in August, followed by another world event in Bangkok in September. “Then itll be time for Billiards where Ill be defending the World Title in the point format in India. The final event of the year will be the IBSF World Snooker Championship (15- red) in Malta. Lots of cue sport action to look forward to.” Advani won the Asian Billiards Championship earlier this year before losing in the final of Asian Snooker Championship. PTI BS AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

BSPHCL is hiring! Apply for Assistant Operator and others @ bsphcl.bih.nic.in

first_imgThe Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited (BSPHCL) has invited applications for the recruitment of Assistant Operator, Switch Board Operator, Junior Line Man, and Technician GR-IV.The online registration started on September 18, 2018, and will be closed on October 8, 2018, until 6 pm.Examination dateBSPHCL exam will be conducted in last week of October 2018. The candidates can modify their application from October 9 to October 10, 2018.Vacancy DetailsAssistant Operator: 300 PostsSwitch Board Operator II: 1000 postsJunior Line Man: 500 postsTechnician GR-IV: 250 postsHow to register for the posts: BPSHCL is hiring. ApplyVisit the official website of BSPHCLOn the homepage click on the link which says,’Online Applications are invited for the post of Assistant Operator/Switch Board Operator-II/ Junior Line Man/Technician GR-IV’You will be directed to a new webpageClick on ‘Register’Fill the registration form and click on submitEducational QualificationsThe candidates who wish to apply for BSPHCL should be at least Class 10 pass or equivalent from a recognised institutionThe applicants should have ITI Certificate in Electrician Trade from any Institution recognised by National Council for Vocational Training, New Delhi (NCVT)/ State Council for Vocational Training (SCVT)Age limit for the postsGeneral candidates: 18 and 37 yearsSC/ST candidates: 18 and 42 yearsFemale (UR) and EBC/BC candidates: 18 and 40 yearsApplication fee and the salaryGeneral and OBC candidates: Rs.1,000SC/ST applicants: Rs 250The candidates who will be selected for the job will get the pay scale of Rs 9,200-15,500.Read: Indian Railways is hiring! Apply for RRB Group C vacancies in sports quota before October 15advertisementRead: RRB Group D Level 1 easier than Group C ALP Exam: A look at candidates’ feedbacklast_img read more

AR Rahman on Thalapathy 63: Haven’t done a film like this in South India

first_imgAfter tasting success with AR Murugadoss’s Sarkar, actor Vijay has moved on to his upcoming flick, tentatively titled Thalapathy 63. This film marks the third collaboration of director Atlee and Vijay, after delivering two hit flicks namely, Theri and Mersal.The shooting of Thalapathy 63 is currently underway and speculations are rife that the film is said to be a sports-based entertainer. In a recent media interaction, composer AR Rahman has opened up about Thalapathy 63 and Atlee’s vision for the film.The Oscar award-winning composer said, “I have done films like this (Thalapathy 63) in Hollywood, but haven’t done one in South India. Director Atlee has seen my films like Pele and Lagaan. He is a passionate person and his sensibility in music is good. He has listened to all my soundtracks and would ask for a particular type of music in his film.”Rahman heaped praises on Theri director and shared, “I love directors like that, who involve themselves in the entire process. Only directors who enjoy the music would justify with their visuals. He is not lethargic and pays attention to each and every lyric and mixing as well.”In Thalapathy 63, Vijay is rumoured to be playing the role of a football coach and is said to have trained for the same. In the first schedule, the makers shot some high-octane stunt sequences in the film.This film has Nayanthara playing the female lead with Daniel Balaji, Yogi Babu and Kathir in supporting roles. Produced by AGS Entertainments, this flick is expected to hit the theatres towards the end of this year.advertisementALSO READ: Priyanka Chopra is a breathtaking bride in new photos from Hindu wedding with Nick JonasALSO WATCH: 2.0 mania takes over India with Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar film releaselast_img read more

Australia refuse to play in Pakistan, PCB announces ODIs in UAE

first_imgAustralia have refused to any of the ODI series matches in Pakistan due to security concerns and the two teams will now compete in the World Cup preparatory five-match rubber in the UAE.After much delay the Pakistan Cricket Board on Sunday finally announced that the one-day series would be played entirely in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from March 22 to 31.The PCB had invited CA to send its team to Karachi to play one or two matches of the and were hopeful of convincing the Australians to come to Pakistan for the first time since 1998.”The PCB was optimistic that it will be able to convince Cricket Australia to send its side for some matches after successfully staging high-profile bilateral series and the Pakistan Super League matches in the past 18 months, PCB Director Cricket – International, Zakir Khan, said.”But, we are disappointed for the enthusiastic and passionate cricket fans in Pakistan who will now have to wait for some more time before they can see Australia cricket team live in action for the first times since 1998,” he said.”Australia are the world champions and this series will provide the Pakistan cricket team an opportunity to assess their Word Cup preparations,” Khan added.Khan, however, said that the CA has assured them that they will send their security expert to oversee the execution of security plans for the PSL 2019 matches”In the meantime, the CA have confirmed they will maintain regular contact with the ICC, Zakir added.In the last 18 months, Pakistan have hosted the ICC World XI, also comprising Australia Test captain Tim Paine and fast bowler Ben Cutting, in September 2017.advertisementA month later, Sri Lanka played a T20I at the same venue.In April 2018, Karachi was the venue for three-T20I series between the Windies and Pakistan. Last month, the Windies women’s team played three T20Is against Pakistan women’s team in Karachi.Also Read | Young fan hit by ball in the stands, George Bailey gifts him a pair of glovesAlso Read | 2019 ICC World Cup: Australia will be one of the main contenders, says Ricky Pontinglast_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer: Man Utd players must embrace Old Trafford expectations

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer: Man Utd players must embrace Old Trafford expectationsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says home players should always embrace the expectations of the Old Trafford crowd.Solskjaer – who was at the Reds for 11 years as a player – accepted Old Trafford can be an intimidating arena, but believes the team should be able to cope.“That comes when you sign for Man United,” he said. “You know you’re going to play in front of the best fans in the world. Confidence is not something you store in the fridge and pick out.“You earn it by your performances, by your training, how you feel. Hopefully this gave them a boost, so I’m happy and looking forward to Boxing Day.“You can never set the bar too high. They’re setting the standard. The players who play for this club have high ­standards to live up to.” last_img read more

Industry’s First LNG Fueled Drillship Taking Shape

first_imgThe JDP will address challenges associated with storing and managing cryogenic LNG safely by combining DSME’s experience developing and applying LNG technology to floating structures with ABS’ technical standards and experience working on a number of gas-fueled, LNG and regasification unit projects.“This project builds on years of collaboration between ABS and DSME to evaluate innovative design concepts and new approaches that serve the needs of our clients and feature enhanced safety and efficiency standards,” says Dr. Hoseong Lee, ABS Vice President, Global Korea Business Development and ABS Korea Energy Technology Center in Busan. “We are targeting the Gulf of Mexico as a key market for an LNG fueled drillship where, given the abundance of affordable shale gas resources in the US, LNG as a marine fuel makes good economic sense.”To initiate the project, DSME has performed a concept design, comparison between two types of LNG storage tanks and analysis of the fuel gas supply system that will be installed on the drillship. ABS’ scope of work calls for concept design review, basic engineering review and a risk assessment of the tank space and access area, fuel gas supply system, machinery space and access area and associated configurations.The verification aspect of the JDP will rely on ABS’ extensive experience as the preferred classification society for the offshore and energy industry for more than 60 years and its experience leveraging these capabilities to help industry move LNG-as-fuel and other gas developments forward.“An LNG fueled drillship is another groundbreaking concept that illustrates how deepwater applications are evolving.””“Many North American vessel owners and operators are making the switch to LNG to achieve substantial operating savings by reducing fuel consumption and lowering emissions to meet the strict sulfur requirements in the North American Emissions Control Area,” says ABS Executive Vice President, Energy Development Ken Richardson. “ABS already has taken the critical first step to develop guidance that addresses the first application of LNG technology on US flagged support vessels for Gulf of Mexico operations. ABS has provided approval in principle (AIP) to numerous floating concepts designed to produce oil or natural gas as well as the largest LNG carriers currently in service and has evaluated a host of gas-related marine projects based on the application of prescriptive requirements and advanced risk analysis to verify compliance with accepted safety standards.Press Release, July 2, 2014, Image: DSME zoom One of DSME’s Drillship Designs (Deepwater Asgard)The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has entered into a joint development project (JDP) with South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) to develop the industry’s first LNG fueled drillship.last_img read more

Goldman Sachs CFO David Viniar to retire Goldman veteran Harvey Schwartz named

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s chief financial officer is retiring, and his replacement is a longtime executive at the investment bank.David Viniar, 57, is stepping down after 32 years with Goldman, the last 12 as CFO. Harvey M. Schwartz, 48, will replace him at the end of January, the bank said TuesdayAfter Viniar leaves the post, he will join Goldman’s board as a non-independent director.Schwartz served most recently as the global co-head of Goldman’ securities division. He joined the firm as a vice-president in 1997, became a managing director in 1999, and was named partner in 2002.In his new role, Schwartz will have oversight of operations, technology and finance at the bank. He will also serve as co-head of the Firmwide Risk Committee.Schwartz “has deep experience in credit, liquidity, market and operational risk,” Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein said. “Harvey’s risk management judgment and broad understanding of our business and our clients have defined his career, and will be the basis of his strengths as an effective CFO.”Viniar made “extraordinary contributions” to Goldman Sachs and “represents the very best of Goldman Sachs and its culture,” Blankfein said.The announcement was made after shares of Goldman slipped 2 cents to close at $119.88. The stock lost another 3 cents, to $119.85, in after-hours trading.Goldman, which is based in New York, said Viniar is the longest-serving chief financial officer of a major Wall Street financial institution.He joined Goldman in 1980 in the Investment Banking Division. He assumed responsibility for the firm’s financing activities in the Treasury Department in 1992 and for the Controllers Department in 1994. From 1998 until 1999, Viniar was deputy CFO.Before becoming global co-head of Goldman’s securities division, Schwartz was global head of the division’s sales operations. Before that, he was co-head of the Americas Financing Group within Goldman’s investment banking business, which centralizes financing-related advice, origination and execution for clients.With Viniar set to join the company’s board as a non-independent member, Goldman said it expects to appoint additional independent directors “in the near term.” Goldman Sachs CFO David Viniar to retire; Goldman veteran Harvey Schwartz named replacement by News Staff Posted Sep 18, 2012 5:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

New ride sharing app to launch in Calgary

New ride sharing app to launch in Calgary A new ride share program in Calgary is looking for drivers.Ride Please is the latest endeavour from the company behind Keys Please.“The customer would be able to download the Ride Please App and book and track their vehicle. From start until end they will receive an estimated cost upon booking the service then at the end at the trip they will receive their receipt via email,” General Manager Ginger Greenwood said.Three information sessions are being held for interested drivers this week who can register here.Ride Please will launch September 8. by audreywhelan Posted Aug 16, 2016 7:48 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email (Stock photo: Pexels.com) read more

UNESCO chief condemns killing of journalist in Texas

“I condemn the murder of Jacinto Hernández Torres,” Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said in a statement. The body of Jay Torres, a contributor to La Estrella, a Fort Worth Spanish-language weekly, was found on Monday, 13 June in Garland, in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. “I call on the authorities to investigate this killing and its motives so that those responsible for it be brought to trial,” Ms. Bokova said. The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with resolution 29, on “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists,” which was adopted by UNESCO Member States at the General Conference of 1997.

Main stairwell in Taro to close next week

Construction crews will be closing off the main (east) stairwell in Taro Hall on Monday, Oct. 31.The stairwell will be demolished in preparation for the Goodman School of Business’ new construction happening on the east side of the building.All floors in Taro will be accessible by the west stairwell and by elevator during this time.Temporary fire exits have been installed on the third and fourth levels on the south side of the building.This closure is part of the $22-million Goodman School of Business expansion project which will feature:79,000 square feet of new and renovated spaceSix new and nine refreshed classrooms with state-of-the-art technologyLarge two-storey engagement AtriumFive employer interview roomsBloomberg financial research labGraduate student study space, faculty research space and additional offices read more

Heres how the Ireland players rated against Sweden tonight

first_imgJonathan Walters: Despite often playing there for Stoke, he looked uncomfortable on the wing, but he still worked hard and contributed significantly to the defensive side of the game. 6James McClean: The one Irish player who demonstrated a constant willingness to take on players. He showed excellent energy down the wing and his discipline typified the Irish side’s maturity. 7 Robbie Keane: Another whose defensive contribution outweighed his effect in attack, despite looking sharp with the ball in the early stages of the game. 6Shane Long: Lead the attack manfully as ever, and did well to win the odd free-kick, though his influence on the game was minimal ultimately. 6Substitutes: None of the three players introduced had much time to make an impact, but Hoolahan looked especially bright in the short time he had on the field. 6Giovanni Trapattoni: Whatever your opinion of Trap is, there’s no denying his tactics proved effective tonight and the majority of his selections were justified. 7LIVE: Sweden v Ireland, World Cup qualifier>We can win in Dublin, insists Sweden boss Hamren> David Forde: Had one or two nervous moments early on, most notably when he came for a cross and missed it, but recovered well and made some decent saves to boot. 7Marc Wilson: Defended impressively and looked comfortable in possession for the most part, despite occasionally lumping it forward all too readily. 7Ciaran Clark: One dodgy clearance to set up Larsson aside, he gave a remarkably assured performance that belied his lack of experience at this level. 7 John O’Shea: Did what he had to do well – an excellent recovery from his error-laden performance against Germany. 7Seamus Coleman: Was lucky not to be punished after conceding possession to Ibrahimovic at one point, but apart from than one moment of uncertainty, his energy and commitment epitomised a gutsy Irish display. 7Paul Green: Gave the ball away cheaply at times, but made up for his occasional errors in possession by showing good positional sense and no shortage of effort without the ball. 7James McCarthy: Consistently showed intelligence and made good decisions on the ball, though his influence faded slightly as the game wore on. 7last_img read more

Researchers put solar cells directly on microchips

first_imgWhat would be better than very low power chips that allow you to have hours and hours of battery life? How about chips that don’t even need a battery, instead generating their own solar power to run off indefinitely?That’s what researchers in the Semiconductor Components group at the University of Twente’s MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology are working on. Working with Nankai University in China and Utrecht University, they plan to achieve it by adding photovoltaic cells directly to the top of microchips allowing them to function as a standalone unit without the need for an external power source like a battery.AdChoices广告The solar cells being used are manufactured from amorphous silicon or CIGS (copper indium gallium selenide) so they can be created separately from the chip and then added as layers on top. This cuts down on problems seen trying to manufacture both together.The good news is the solar-powered chips generate energy even when not in direct sunlight. The bad news is the energy generation is limited, meaning only chips that require less than 1 milliwatt can take advantage of it at the moment.Although limited, it does make for a viable solution when trying to install sensors in locations that have no access to a reliable power source. With this autonomous microsystem in place no power is ever required other than sunlight.Read more at the University of Twente and GizmagMatthew’s OpinionI think there would be a problem if the chips had to be placed in direct sunlight outside as ultimately electronics do not like extremes of heat. But that is not the case, and if you have a sensor drawing very low power this is going to be a highly desirable solution.As the solar cell is placed directly on the chip I can’t see this being an expensive process. Once setup for mass production I doubt there will be much difference in the pricing over normal sensor chips. It’s also going to be much cheaper than setting up a solar power solution from separate panels and wiring it together. You’ll be able to support a much more power hungry system, though.last_img read more

Olympic Air and rival Aegean agree to merge

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s two largest airlines, Olympic Air and rival Aegean, have announced that they have agreed to join forces in a bid to survive the country’s economic downturn and increased competition in the aviation industry.The main shareholders of Olympic Air, Marfin Investment Group (MIG), and Aegean, the Vassilakis group, have agreed on the merger to create an airline servicing 106 domestic and international routes, employing 5,850 staff members and operating a fleet of 64 planes. The new company will carry the Olympic Air name.“The prevailing conditions in the Greek economy as well as in the aviation sector dictate the combination of forces in order to maintain competitive customer prices, protect levels of employment and increase our competitiveness at a European level,” said Andreas Vgenopoulos, chairman of Olympic Air.The Vassilakis group and MIG will each hold an equal stake in the newly formed venture, the two companies said in a joint statement which did not provide any financial details.The two airlines surprised the market in mid-February when they announced that they were in talks to create a single company that will have annual sales in excess of 1 billion euros.Despite initial investor interest in the possible deal, shares in the two companies have under performed gains of 4.85 percent in the broader Athens market in the last seven days.Shares in MIG added 3.35 percent while stocks in Aegean Airline slipped 1.72 percent.Stocks in the newly formed venture will be listed on the Athens stock exchange.The agreement between the two airlines, which jointly control 95 percent of Greece’s air travel market, is subject to approval by European Union competition authorities.last_img read more

Ronaldo is the most powerful footballer exReal Madrid fitness coach

first_imgGiovanni Mauri has worked with at least six Ballon d’Or winners but considers the Portuguese to be the bestGiovanni Mauri is one of the most experienced fitness coaches in the world of football.He has worked with at least six Ballon d’Or winners.He has also work in the biggest teams in the world: AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.But to a coach that has seen the best footballers in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo is the best of them all.“Cristiano is a phenomenon and an elite level athlete,” Mauri told Tuttosport as reported by ESPN.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“He always trains to the best possible level because his way of working is comprised of three things: dedication, competitiveness and a positive attitude.”“To improve football you would need to bring every young player to watch his training sessions,” he said.“He does everything with a smile and not against his will, unlike certain kids even in youth ranks.”“We are talking about a world class player who, when we returned home at 2 a.m. from a Champions League away match would not jet off home in his car,” he explained.“No, he would stop at the training center for at least an hour for various recovery exercises and cryotherapy.”“As well as living a healthy life, he has a total dedication for physical recovery,” he said.last_img read more

ASA Unveils Comprehensive Production Use and Export Data in 2012 Soy Stats®

first_imgThe U.S. soybean industry planted crops on 75 million acres in 2011, producing nearly 3.1 billion bushels and totaling $35.7 billion in value according to the latest issue of the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) Soy Stats®, released last week.The annual publication, now in its 19th year, is a comprehensive resource for statistical information about the U.S. soybean industry and its relationship to world oilseed production. Soy Stats is available at www.SoyStats.com.According to the publication, which comprises data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ASA, and the United Soybean Board, soybeans represented 56 percent of world oilseed production in 2011, 33 percent of which was produced in the United States. Additionally, the U.S. exported almost 1.3 billion bushels, accounting for 37 percent of the world’s soybean trade.In terms of exports, U.S. soybean and soy product exports exceeded $21.5 billion in 2011, nearly half of which—$10.4 billion—went to China. Canada was the largest customer for U.S. soybean meal at $375 million, while Morocco was the largest customer for U.S. soybean oil with purchases of $336 million.Domestically, soybeans provided 66 percent of the edible consumption of fats and oils. Domestic crushers accounted for 1.6 billion bushels, with U.S. ending stocks of soybeans at 275 million bushels.Major funding for the 2012 edition of Soy Stats was provided by the United Soybean Board, with additional financial support from the Illinois Soybean Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Indiana Soybean Alliance, South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, North Dakota Soybean Council, Maryland Soybean Board, U.S. Soybean Export Council, Kentucky Soybean Board, Ohio Soybean Council, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Tennessee Soybean Promotion Council, North Carolina Soybean Producers Association, Kansas Soybean Commission, and Oklahoma Soybean Board.last_img read more

Minivan flips blocks traffic on Mill Plain

first_imgA flipped minivan blocked two lanes of East Mill Plain Boulevard in downtown Vancouver on Tuesday morning, but no one was injured.A crash was reported just after 6:30 a.m. at Mill Plain and C Street, according to emergency dispatch logs. The crash appeared to be between the minivan and a white sedan.Vancouver police were on scene about 7 a.m. directing traffic around the crash as tow truck crews worked to right the van.Call notes said AMR ambulances weren’t needed, said Kim Kapp, Vancouver police spokeswoman. She said police requested two tow trucks and a street sweeper to clean debris.Vancouver police Officer Missy Skeeter declined to release the name of the driver. Alcohol did not appear to be involved, Skeeter said.last_img

Following travel ban an Anchorage lawyer may have less family at his

first_imgJohn Parsi is an Anchorage attorney and immgrated to the United States at a young age from Iran. (Photo by Wesley Early/ Alaska Public Media)Iraq’s neighbor Iran is on President Donald Trump’s recent travel ban list. John Parsi is of Iranian descent and is an Anchorage attorney. He was born in London during the Islamic revolution in Iran. Parsi’s father was a translator for the British and U.S. governments. He said they were forced to move back to Iran when he was three years old. He has a memory of a neighbor’s home in Tehran being bombed. He said he ran outside and the house was gone. He says his family were Zoroastrian, a small religious group that was not treated well after the revolution. His family eventually was granted asylum in the U.S and moved to Arizona in 1985. His parents still live there. Parsi said he’s getting married in the fall and worries his Iranian relatives may not be able to attend the Alaska wedding.Listen nowPARSI: I have one cousin who has fled Iran, again for religious persecution reasons. She’s Zoroastrian and was able to make it to Austria, while there is a U.S. agency that assists people who are religious minorities, Bahia, Jewish, Zoroastrian and Christian who are escaping Iran for religious persecution purposes. They work hand in hand with the U.S. Government to get those people, generally to Austria but to Europe and then from Europe to the United States. So her status, her ability to come to the United States, obviously in limbo, restricted for the next 90 days but in limbo for an unknown amount of time.TOWNSEND: In the order, President Trump said that persecuted religious minorities would be given priority. He mentioned Christians, but do you think there may be a pathway for your cousin who is in this limbo status right now and the fact that your family comes from a small religious minority, Zoroastrian.PARSI: I’m not sure, because the discussion so far has primarily been about Christians from those areas, but that part of the ban or the provisions within the ban that permit people who are members of religious minority groups, the only one that I’m aware of that has been identified are Christians, hasn’t really gone into effect, so we don’t know what the impact will be there. Which religious faith will be selected as being permitted to enter or not enter or what that process will look like.TOWNSEND: Do you think there is any merit to the concerns of the side that says, “Look we have to make sure the Uited States stays safe. So we’re going to do this, even if it’s a little jumbled and confusing for people. This is of national security interest.” Do you think there’s merit in that?PARSI: Yes. I think there’s merit to say that there are security issues and we should be concerned about national security. 100 percent. But I think where I would disagree with that is that I don’t think that a hasty decision, made in this manner, being selective of countries. The kind of way this plan was implemented does very little in my mind to produce that security but instead creates confusion. But I certainly think there are plenty of people who believe that this policy will provide security and that motivations of security are perfectly fine, I just don’t think that this policy, the way that it was implemented, that those things are going to have that desired outcome.last_img read more