ST: 8-bit MCUs with rich analog and DMA in low-cost SO-8 package

first_imgSTMicroelectronics is boosting feature integration in low-cost, low-power 8-bit microcontrollers with the new STM8L050. As the latest in the ultra-energy-conscious STM8L series, it embeds rich analog peripherals, a DMA controller, and separated data EEPROM, all in an inexpensive SO-8 package with up to six user I/Os. Leveraging ST’s powerful, efficient STM8 core running at up to 16 MHz, the STM8L050 delivers economy and performance for resource-constrained products like industrial sensors, toys, access cards, e-bike controllers, home-automation or lighting products, smart printer cartridges, or battery chargers.The integrated DMA (Direct Memory Access) controller speeds application performance by streamlining data transfers between peripherals and memory, or from memory to memory, ultimately saving power consumption. The 256 bytes of separated EEPROM allows applications to store important program data when the MCU is powered down, while allowing maximum utilization of Flash for code storage.Alongside two comparators, the STM8L050 has a 4-channel 12-bit analog-digital converter (ADC) and a low-power real-time clock with programmable alarm and periodic wakeups, allowing designers to minimize external analog components. In addition, support for either an external or internal clock at up to 16MHz further enhances flexibility to balance performance with bill-of-materials savings.Other features include 8Kbytes of on-chip Flash memory, 1Kbyte of RAM, two 16-bit timers, one 8-bit timer, and popular connectivity and debug interfaces including SPI, I2C, UART, and SWIM.As an STM8L device leveraging ST’s ultra-low-power technologies, the STM8L050 provides power-saving modes that cut current to as little as 350nA, and operates over a wide voltage range from 3.6V down to 1.8V. The MCUs are fully specified from -40 to 125°C, ensuring robustness and reliability in demanding applications such as industrial controls or lighting products.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Allegro: advanced transmission speed sensor ICs with ASIL B certificationNext Mouser and Inventek Systems announce global distribution agreementlast_img read more

Kadaikutty Singam release this Friday: 5 reasons to watch Karthi’s rural drama

first_imgActor Karthi started off his career by playing a villager in director Ameer’s Paruthiveeran. His realistic performance in the state award-winning film earned him critical acclaim. However, the actor has been conscious enough to not fall into an image trap.He took more than seven years to opt for another village-based script. With director Muthaiah’s Komban, Karthi once again proved that he can excel in this genre with as much expertise as he can while playing city-based roles.With director Pandiraj’s Kadaikutty Singam, it looks like Karthi is going all out. Right from his looks to his expressions, Karthi has got into the skin of a villager. The film’s cast includes Sayyeshaa, Sathyaraj, Priya Bhavani Shankar, Bhanupriya, Sriman and Arthana. The ensemble cast is also one of the reasons why the film looks authentic.As Kadaikutty Singam gears up for a worldwide release on July 13, take a look at why you need to watch this film.1. Pandiraj’s rootsDirector Pandiraj is known for his realistic scripts. In almost all his interviews, he has spoken about his humble background. He hails from a farmer’s family and Kadaikutty Singam has Pandiraj written all over it.The Pasanga director has always been vocal about the importance of agriculture and farming. His entire family is into farming and that has been an inspiration for him. In an interview, the director said, “I wanted to make a film with a farmer for a hero, who takes great pride in being one. If you treat it as a business, it can be profitable.”advertisement2. Karthi’s determinationFor the past couple of years, Karthi’s filmography is filled with city-based films. But he hails from a family which is deeply rooted in culture and tradition. Even today, Sivakumar and his entire family celebrate important festivals in his villages.Kadaikutty Singam is a film that will focus on the importance of strong relationships. Karthi hails from one such family with rich culture and tradition. Karthi, in an interview, revealed that people need to realise the importance of family no matter how educated you are in life.3. Suriya’s cameoKadaikutty Singam’s premise emphasises familial values. Similarly, Karthi’s brother and actor Suriya was instrumental in assembling the entire team. He was the backbone of the film and made sure the shooting progressed as smoothly as possible.Another reason why Kadaikutty Singam has become a family venture is because of Suriya’s inclusion. In fact, the National Award-winning actor has played a cameo in the film. He was also particular about the film looking as authentic as possible.4. Rekla raceWe automatically associate the phrase ‘village-based entertainer’ with visuals of jallikattu. But there are other sports activities in villages that are lesser known to people.One such sport is the rekla race, which involves bulls lugging carts for a certain distance, and then the winners are awarded. Around 140 carts participated in the race organised by the Rekla Federation of Tamil Nadu. The team of Kadaikutty Singam used the opportunity to film the race and have it as an integral part of the story.5. Good pre-release buzzMonths before the release of Kadaikutty Singam, the team managed to sell the digital and satellite rights for a fair price. It is said that the digital rights have been purchased by Amazon Prime while the satellite rights have been sold to Vijay Television.However, Kadaikutty Singam is taking on Tamizh Padam 2, which has managed to generate a better buzz. If Tamizh Padam 2’s screenplay is engaging, there are high chances that Kadaikutty Singam will emerge as a winner in this box office battle.ALSO SEE | Suriya and Karthi turn singers for Venkat Prabhu’s film PartyALSO WATCH | Tamil actor Surya sends legal notice to PETA for slanderous commentslast_img read more

World Cup 2019: India not worried about No. 4 spot, says Ravi Shastri

first_imgIndia head coach Ravi Shastri believes the team has got all bases covered going into the World Cup slated to be held in England and Wales from May 30.In an interview with Cricketnext, Shastri said India have a flexible team and have players who can play at any position at any given point of time.”I think we have got all bases covered, really. Last thing you want is passengers on the tour. You want to have in those 15 players — a player who can play anytime, at any given time,” Shastri said in an interview with Cricketnext.He also said that they have plenty of options for the much-debated number four slot.Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had named Vijay Shankar as the number four batsman ahead of Ambati Rayadu because of his “three-dimensional” cricket.However, Shankar has been in the scanner as he was not able to deliver as per expectations in the just-concluded edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He scored 244 runs in the 15 matches playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).”I don’t think so because for me we are a flexible team. Its horses for courses, we have got enough ammunition there, enough players who can bat at 4. So, I am not really worried about that,” said Shastri.During the course of the interview, the India head coach also said that the rapport and respect between M.S. Dhoni and Virat Kohli are tremendous and both individuals are committed towards a common team goal.advertisement”I was never ever in doubt about the two of them having the kind of respect they have for each other, wanting to do a good job for each other because in the first phase of my job MS was the captain, the next half Virat. And I can see the commitment both have for each other — it’s tremendous,” said Shastri.He also pointed out that everyone in the team is aware of the achievements of Dhoni and they learn a lot from the former India skipper.”Everyone knows and they know what he (Dhoni) has achieved in the game, the stature that he has and then to see the poise and to see the humility. You know his sheer presence — the composure he brings when he is out there batting or even during (wicket) keeping is something you have just got to watch and learn and try and emulate it,” he said.The 56-year-old also maintained that the existence of different personalities in the dressing room allows players to express them freely.”We don’t want all personalities to be the same in the team and then you know all hell will break loose, but you need that. That kind of a passion from Virat, the calmness from MS and each player is different. Rohit can be different from Shikhar. Kuldeep could be different from someone like Hardik. You would want that,” he said.India will begin its World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5.Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain) Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wicket keeper), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Y. Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami.Also Read | India favourite to win the 2019 ICC World Cup: Mohammad AzharuddinAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s childhood coach says Pakistan stand no chance against India in World CupAlso See:last_img read more

10 Thoughts on Oklahoma State’s Big Win Over Kansas

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! And …But I don’t. No, I don’t feel bad at all.4. Mason Rudolph continues to crush at homeMaybe it’s the comfort of knowing home games are well attended by sorority row. Maybe the sight lines in BPS are clearer for No. 2. Maybe he prefers going east-west rather than north-south. Maybe he just gets rattled on the road. I don’t know. But Mason Rudolph has been a different QB at home than he has been on the road. Career splits.Home: 68 percent | 355 yards/game | 8 TD | 2 INTRoad: 58 percent | 265 yards/game | 6 TD | 8 INTGranted, those numbers are buoyed by Kansas, UTSA and Central Arkansas and he still sailed more throws than I would have preferred on Saturday, but I trust him completely in Stillwater.5. Getting the backups in was a winThere were three potential wins for the team on Saturday. Win the game. Get the backups in early. No injuries. Mission accomplished (pending the injury report). We got nearly a quarter and a half of the oil baron at QB and got enough RayTay for me to wonder if he’s sort of secretly the most talented RB we have. I know that’s probably not a reality, but his performance at least begged the question.6. Emmanuel Ogbah could have beaten Kansas on his ownOn a scale of 1 to seeing the Ring when you were a 10-year-old, how terrifying is this?That actually might be my favorite GIF of the season. It’s just such a perfect representation of Ogbah, the OSU defense and what it has done all year. We might not get you every time, but we’re at least going to make you incredibly concerned.Kansas could only muster 30 rushing yards on 27 carries and barely topped 200 yards overall. I know they’re Kansas, but that’s exactly what you want to see.Also, Devante Averette for RB?7. Mason Rudolph is a stay-at-home momLet me explain. I told Carson this in a podcast earlier this week, and I think he thought I was a moron.Mason Rudolph is the stay-at-home mom your kids don’t appreciate and J.W. Walsh is the working dad who comes home and takes the kids for ice cream and to the movies. Rudolph drops dimes all day and then Walsh comes in and throws a ball eight feet behind Chris Lacy for a touchdown and everybody eats it up like dad just whipped up a five-course meal even though he really just grabbed In-and-Out on the way home.Moms (and Rudolph) … perennially underappreciated.Walsh, by the way, now has 13 total TDs on the season. Rudolph has just 11. This means nothing outside of the fact that Walsh comes in when OSU gets in the red zone. But it’s still interesting.Cool shot of the General getting his second score. pic.twitter.com/IqxltqJqos— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 24, 20158. Did we learn anything about the run game?It’s tough to learn much against a team that looks like it was trying to sign up for C league intramurals and accidentally signed up for A league.@pistolsguy they’re a C League team that accidentally signed up for A League— Eric Williams (@Super_EWilliams) October 24, 2015OSU ran it 47 times for just over 200 yards. Chris Carson and Rennie Childs both got five a pop on the day. But I’m not going to lose my mind over it given Kansas was No. 120 in run defense per carry (5.49 yards). The only thing you can really extrapolate, I think, is that OSU’s offensive line looked better and maybe it can carry some of that momentum into Lubbock (and beyond).9. OSU is 7-0 for the fourth time everThis year, 1945, 2008 and 2011. That’s pretty unbelievable. But today was also a good reminder that it’s ultimately meaning less because …10. This is staggering and devastatingAs somebody with a daughter not much younger than this girl, I just can’t …Reason 997 why you don’t drink and drive. pic.twitter.com/LRhATGpPfp— lex (@AlexisBryan10) October 24, 2015Also, a two-year-old death was recently confirmed which means the death toll is now four. That’s unfathomably sad.We’ll get back to football soon. Not now, though. Not now. BOX SCOREOklahoma State thrashed Kansas on Saturday in Boone Pickens Stadium 58-10 on a day that was heavier than it should have been. Three people were killed in the morning’s Homecoming parade which is completely unspeakable, but then the Pokes and their head coach tried to use words to console themselves as well as those in the stadium.Then they played.I remember last year’s Homecoming game. I wrote a takedown of the Greek community for leaving at halftime of the West Virginia game. It was stupid. The backlash was even more stupid. I miss those days. How do you write about dozens of people you don’t know and will likely never meet other than to say they are you and me and all of us.My parents were supposed to be at this game and likely this parade. I’ve been to it before. Most of you have too. Mary Fallin’s comment about life being fleeting might look calloused at first glance, but she’s right.Fallin: “It was a great remembrance that life can be fleeting.”— Cody Stavenhagen (@CodyStavenhagen) October 24, 2015Life is fleeting. Football is fun. Players are humans. Family is important.[1. “He loves his family.”] It was a sad day in Stillwater, yes, because the world is shattered and not getting better. This is the third time major tragedy has struck the school this century which is obviously three times too many. But it was also, in a lot of ways, a reminder that we’ve still got each other. I’ll let Burns Hargis say it better than I could.“The Cowboy family pulls together,” said Hargis. “Unfortunately, we’ve had to do it before, and we’ll do it again. God bless, and we pray for everyone.”Here are my 10 thoughts about the worst game of the year.1. The game was irrelevantI’m not going to lie, I barely watched the game. Part of that was probably because it was Kansas and covering Kansas games is like changing your kids’ diapers, but I just couldn’t get jacked up about third down blitzes and Mason Rudolph deep outs that quickly after the body bags were zipped up a couple of streets from Boone Pickens Stadium. I’m not saying they shouldn’t have played the game (and I understand why they did), but it felt pretty empty.2. James Washington is disgustingThe other J-Dub had his third career 100-yard receiving game on Saturday with freak show catches like this one.He also had a great end around and several other catches including an over-the-shoulder one right before the one above for the TD. I change my mind about who OSU’s best receiver is on a week to week basis, but this week it was definitely No. 28. I agree with OKC Dave who noted that he’s not a big fan of the narrative that OSU’s receiving depth is a huge strength because I think one superstar plus a bunch of other dudes outweighs 10 really good receivers, but Washington could be that guy. Still a sophomore.3. Bad Kansas is so badI want to feel bad for Kansas because …Kansas football! pic.twitter.com/j3sdxOtY7A— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 24, 2015last_img read more

Watch: Cinematic Highlights of Oklahoma State’s Win over Texas

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! “This is our home. This is our family. This is our team. Are you ready for Cowboooooyyyy football?!” Larry Reece knows how to get you fired up!Per the usual, the Cinematic Highlights production from Oklahoma State’s Orange Power Studios is extremely well done.last_img read more

Leicester vs Man City: Team news & TV guide

first_imgLeague Cup Leicester City vs Manchester City: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Goal Last updated 1 year ago 16:33 12/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Manchester City Spurs Getty Images League Cup Manchester City Premier League Leicester City v Manchester City Leicester City Attentions shift to the Carabao Cup this week as the two Premier League sides meet at the King Power Stadium for this quarter-final clash Manchester City take a break from their Premier League run with a visit to Leicester City in the Carabao Cup quarter-final on Tuesday.Pep Guardiola’s side have won their last 16 games in the league to move 11 points clear of rivals Manchester United.But the cup will be a different prospect, especially if Pep Guardiola takes the opportunity to rest first-teamers ahead of the Christmas period. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game Leicester City vs Manchester City Date Tuesday, December 19 Time 19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Riyad Mahrez Leicester CityIn the United Kingdom (UK) the game is available to watch live on television on Sky Sports, as well as being available to stream live online using the Sky Go app. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Sky Go In the United States (US) , the game will be available via ESPN 3 and the Watch ESPN app. US TV channel Online stream ESPN 3 Watch ESPN SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Leicester players Goalkeepers Schmeichel, Hamer, Jakupovic Defenders Simpson, Chilwell, Morgan, Huth, Maguire, Dragovic, Benalouane, Knight Midfielders Gray, King, Albrighton, Amartey, Iborra, Ndidi, Mahrez, Choudhury Forwards Iheanacho, Vardy, Musa, Slimani, Okazaki, Ulloa The Foxes will be without Wilfred Ndidi, who was sent off in the weekend’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace and faces suspension for the Carabao Cup clash.Matty James and Robert Huth, meanwhile, are close to regaining fitness but are unlikely to play any part in Tuesday’s quarter-final.Potential Leicester starting XI:  Schmeichel; Chilwell, Maguire, Morgan, Simpson; Iborra, Albrighton, Gray, King; Mahrez; Vardy. Position Man City players Goalkeepers Bravo, Ederson, Grimshaw Defenders Walker, Danilo, Mangala, Otamendi, Adarabioyo, Duhaney Midfielders Sterling, Gundogan, De Bruyne, D. Silva, Delph, Sane, B. Silva, Fernandinho, Zinchenko, Toure, Diaz, Foden Forwards Aguero, Jesus, Nmecha Guardiola is likely to make wholesale changes to his regular line-up for the quarter-final, as he takes the opportunity to experiment with both players and tactics.New Young Sports Personality of the Year Ben Foden is in line for a start, while Claudio Bravo is likely to take over from Ederson in goal and Gabriel Jesus could lead the line as Sergio Aguero is rested.Potential Man City starting XI: Bravo; Adarabioyo, Fernandinho, Mangala; Danilo, Toure, Gundogan, Foden; Bernardo, Jesus, Zinchenko.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Phil Foden Mancheser CityMan City are rated 4/9 favourites to advance to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup. Leicester, meanwhile, are priced at 11/2 to beat the league leaders and a draw is considered a 15/4 bet.Click here to see dabblebet’s markets for the game, including goalscorer odds, correct score predictions and more. GAME PREVIEW Pep Guardiola Manchester CityWith Manchester City romping their way to the Premier League title and showing great form in the Champions League, the Carabao Cup is unlikely to be high on Pep’s list of priorities. That fact is likely to be expressed in his team-sheet, with plenty of young prospects and fringe players given the opportunity for a run-out in Tuesday’s quarter. Even with the majority of their all-conquering first team rested, however, City will still be a tough prospect for a Leicester side who will be looking to bounce back after a shock result. This weekend’s 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Crystal Palace demonstrated the Foxes’ fragility, although they remain in the top half of the table in touch with the European qualification places. Manager Claude Puel, then, has a decision to make; field a weakened team in the last eight in the hope of recovering Premier League form over the new year, or pursue perhaps the best chance Leicester have of taking silverware this season. What is certain is that, with plenty of unfamiliar names on the pitch, an open, intriguing 90 minutes of football should be expected at the King Power Stadium.last_img read more

Q&A: George Esquivel of Tumi

first_img The New Gerber Explore Collection Offers Up Great Holiday (or Anytime) Gift Ideas The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men Every traveler worth his weight in carry-ons needs a great weekend bag or wheeled suitcase. After all, if the paparazzi spy you at LAX do you really want to be carrying a beaten and threadbare duffel bag? One of the hottest luggage brands on the market today is Tumi. The New Jersey-based luxury bag line launched in 1975. Known for its utilitarian black nylon carryalls, the company soon expanded to include leather weekenders, titanium roller bags and other items that made it the darling of the travel set in the 1990s. Today, the brand remains an innovator with more than 25 patents for its designs. In early 2013, George Esquivel joined as Creative Director. A shoe designer by trade– Janelle Monae, Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars are fans of his bespoke shoe line–Esquivel has been a longtime fan of Tumi, carrying their bags from his home base of Los Angeles to his factories in Italy.Were you always fascinated by luggage and carryalls? Did you want to be in the business growing up?I would say that for the past 12 to 14 years I have constantly been on the road, either traveling to see accounts or to fit my clients. I have been fascinated with luggage, carryalls and all things travel. When a large part of your life revolves around travel, the subject of how you pack, what you pack, what bags you use, etc., always becomes a point of discussion. Funny how Tumi always ended up in those conversations.What kind of creative team do you have at Tumi and how do you develop styles and designs that don’t look like “been there, done that?”I work with people that love product, truly understand the craft of travel cases and bags/accessories, that also happen to be design fanatics. When we sit and discuss new ideas it always starts with things we love either in furniture, automotive, art, stationery, etc. It starts with a general idea then we get into function, then we move into aesthetics. There are a lot of round table discussions based on the needs of the bag or category that we need to work on. A lot of brands are afraid to come out of their design box so products tend to look the same. At Tumi, the evolution of the product is always being pushed so the look and feel is always moving forward yet it always feels like the Tumi DNA of design excellence and technical innovation.What can we expect to see from Tumi in 2014?For 2014,  everyone can expect to see more of the amazing technical innovations mixed with beautiful luxe materials. To me the marriage of tech/modern with beautiful craftsmanship is the ultimate goal.Can you give us more info about designs and ideas you have for upcoming collections?I think more than just specific designs, it’s the overall feeling and direction of the brand. The goal is to always be moving forward, stay relevant, make super functional items that also look very beautiful and chic. It’s the magic of the consumer having this emotional connection and may not be able to explain why they love our bags, they just do.What bag from your collection is your personal favorite?As I continue to work closely with the Tumi design team, I really want to emphasize  the artisanal design elements that go into a Tumi product. My design influence will be seen throughout all collections and already existing styles but updating in richer leathers and mixing with Tumi’s iconic ballistic nylon material. The Santa Monica collection is totally me. The Kessler bag, originally from the Alpha Bravo collection, is a style I love to use as my carryall. This silhouette is a perfect size that we are able to introduce each season in new and mixed materials. We just previewed a new color way at the capsule show. It’s a cool mix of ballistic nylon and leather.How would you describe your personal style?My personal style is a bit relaxed; growing up in Southern California really played a big part in that. At the same I try to mix in some flavor from my travels to European and Asian cities. On a typical day when I’m traveling and working, it’s a deconstructed blazer, either a polo, v-neck or button down oxford, a pair of dark blue or black jeans and a pair of my boots or shoes.  California, casual with a bit of a twist. The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze Editors’ Recommendations Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffalast_img read more

Shippers Skeptical about Shipping Alliances’ Benefits

first_imgzoom Emergence of major shipping alliances has not convinced major shippers of the benefits they promised to bring.While speaking at this week’s TOC Container Supply China event in Singapore David Panjwani, global logistics director for US machinery manufacturer John Deere said that the emergence of four large east-west shipping alliances, combined with the introduction of larger vessels and deteriorating schedule reliability levels had caused a series of problems in the company’s supply chain that impacted its customers.“Do the larger alliances and vessels cause more headaches for shippers? In a word, yes,” he said.While lines have claimed that by combining networks through alliances structures have led to a greater choice of port calls for shippers, Panjwani argued that the net effect was longer service lead times.“We assume that there will be more port calls per string, and more slow steaming which both extends shipping times, and there are continued challenges with service interruptions.“We don’t have a lot of exciting things to say in terms of reliability of shipping products – if anything, it’s the opposite. I was in Australia last week and it was a very unpleasant experience, because we are continuing to fail to meet our customers’ delivery dates,” he said.According to Panjwani, even though the combined networks looked good “on paper”, now, when there are only four of them, “we have concerns about what this will look like in the long term”.last_img read more

Traffic Advisories Lunenburg County

first_imgLUNENBURG COUNTY: Kingsburg Road Kingsburg Road, from Route 332 to end of pavement, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading. Traffic will be stop and go. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and is expected to continue until Monday, Sept. 30. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Upper Branch Road Upper Branch Road is reduced to one lane for paving and patching. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is expected to continue until Monday, Sept. 30. -30-last_img

Tahla hosts a debate on associative movements in Morocco and issues

first_imgBy Said HaninTahla, Morocco – The Alternatives Forum of Morocco association organized, in collaboration with Adrar Association for Development and Environment, a regional debate in the form of organizational parallel dialogue entitled “Associative Movements in Morocco and Issues of Democracy-building.”The event, which took place on 17 November, 2013 at Ourtou Space in Tahla, Taza province from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, came in the context of the dynamic of Rabat’s declaration of democratic NGOs. Three speakers have participated in the debate: Abedrahim Chahid, Nadir Elmoumni, and Hayat Lahbayli.Abedrahim Chahid, social activist and representative of Zagora’s associative network, spoke about “The dynamics of Rabat’s declaration.” Nadir Elmoumni, university professor and civil society expert, tackled the “constitutional roles of civil society.” The third speaker, Hayat Lahbayli, president of Association Mouvement Alternatives Citoyennes, focused on “Feminism amid ongoing dynamics.”According to Mustapha Elouizi, president of the Adrar Association, the regional debate “is a contribution to strengthen the role of the Moroccan associative movement in enhancing its participation in economic, social, political and cultural life, as well as establishing the values of democracy, human rights, transparency and values of citizenship.”The debate, witnessed the participation of various NGOs from Tahla, Taza, Garssif, Aknoul, and Oued Amlil, aimed at “enforcing the principles of participatory democracy by enhancing the mechanisms of integrating of NGOs in elaborating, carrying out, and taking stock of public policies through enforcing the constitutional provisions,” he added.The scheduled program included a seminar entitled “Associative Movement in Morocco and Issues of Democracy-building”; and three workshops, the first one on “Mechanisms of Democracy-building,” the second on “Battle of Values” and the last one  discussed “Mechanisms of Putting into Practice the constitutional principles”.last_img read more

Moroccan Police Hail Excellent Cooperation with Spain in Fighting Terrorism

Madrid  –  The director of Morocco’s central bureau of judiciary investigations, Abdelhak El Khayam, hailed the “excellent cooperation” between Morocco and Spain in the fight against terrorism.Cooperation between Morocco and Spain in the fight against terrorism is “excellent, as evidenced by the multiple joint anti-terrorist operations,” he said in an interview published Thursday by Spain’s news agency EFE, saying that the security of Spain and Morocco are closely related.El Khayam noted that Spain has recognized, following the 2004 attacks in Madrid, the need for taking preventive measures to deal with terrorist threats, an approach which was adopted also by Morocco. He pointed out that terrorist plans targeting Morocco in recent years were foiled thanks to a “proactive policy” based on a strategy encompassing religious field management and the monitoring of terrorist activities on the web, in addition to Salafists’ rehabilitation measures and the permanent exchange of information with Western countries.Some terrorist cells dismantled had “advanced plans” to commit attacks in Morocco, he added, saying they had targeted public figures and police patrols.“The majority of Moroccan jihadists traveling to war-zones have the ultimate objective of carrying out attacks in their country,” he said, adding that 200 jihadists returning to Morocco were arrested in recent years.With MAP read more

Axiata Telenor in merger talks to create telecoms giant

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia’s Axiata Group Berhad says it is in talks with Norway’s Telenor ASA to merge their Asian operations to create one of the world’s top telecommunications giants with some 300 million customers in nine countries.Axiata said in a statement Monday that Telenor is expected to hold a 56.5 per cent stake and Axiata 43.5 per cent in the proposed “merger of equals.”Both companies operate in Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Axiata also has a presence in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cambodia and Indonesia. It says its Bangladesh operation would be excluded.Annual sales for the merged company are estimated at $12 billion, with earnings of over $4.8 billion.Axiata said the merged company could potentially be one of the world’s top five mobile infrastructure players.The Associated Press read more

DPR Koreas submission of its nuclear declaration very encouraging – Ban

26 June 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the submission by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) of the declaration of its nuclear programmes to China as a “very encouraging development” in efforts towards the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the submission by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) of the declaration of its nuclear programmes to China as a “very encouraging development” in efforts towards the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Today’s submission by the DPRK, “followed by the reciprocal actions of the United States, are important steps forward,” Mr. Ban said, referring to the announcement by the US that it was preparing to remove the country from its list of State sponsors of terrorism and lift some sanctions imposed on Pyongyang.The declaration was submitted to China, the chair of the six-party talks – which also include the DPRK, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russia and the US – aimed at achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner.Speaking to reporters on the eve of a two-week trip to Japan, China and the Republic of Korea, Mr. Ban also called on all six participants to take this opportunity to expedite movement towards the full implementation of the 2005 Joint Statement, according to which the DPRK would abandon its nuclear programme in exchange for economic aid and security guarantees.“I strongly support their efforts towards this end,” he stated.When asked about the issue of abductions of Japanese citizens by the DPRK, Mr. Ban said: “With the situation moving in a favourable direction, I sincerely hope that both the Japanese and DPRK will engage in dialogue so that they can resolve this issue in a peaceful manner.”Of the 17 people officially listed as having been abducted by the DPRK, five have returned to Japan, and the DPRK states that of the remaining 12, eight have died and four never entered the country. read more

Gaza UN agency resumes food distribution to 600000 Palestinian refugees

The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said Israel had for the past two weeks operated workable arrangements as required under international humanitarian law that had allowed the agency to restock its Gaza supplies for another 30 days but it warned that the future of the programme remained in doubt because of new Israeli requirements. Israel, which first imposed restrictions after two suicide bombers infiltrated Ashdod port to the north of the Gaza Strip last month, is now insisting that holes must be drilled in the two-inch wall cavities of containers leaving Gaza so that they can be searched by mini-camera, UNRWA said. The containers are not the agency’s property and such procedures will add to the costs and the delays in providing food to the needy. The earlier restrictions had at first prevented UNRWA from transporting empty freight containers out of Gaza, causing a bottleneck that prevented 11,000 tons of food from entering from Ashdod and costing the agency $130,000 in fees. Under normal circumstances UNRWA delivers some 250 tons of food aid per day in Gaza alone as part of a wider programme of emergency assistance to refugees initiated shortly after the outbreak of strife in the West Bank and Gaza in September 2000. Around two-thirds of the 1.1 million Gaza Strip residents, 80 per cent of whom are refugees, are now living below the poverty line and are increasingly dependent on international humanitarian assistance. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State falls 7459 to Houston suffers Round of 32

Ohio State junior forward Andre Wesson (24) drives toward the basket in the second half of the game against Indiana at the Big Ten tournament in Chicago on Mar. 14. Ohio State won 79-74. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State knew the level of defense Houston had to offer. The Cougars came into the game allowing 61.1 points per game, forcing opponents to shoot 36.5 percent from the field, the lowest percentage in the country. Shooting 38.8 percent from the field, the Buckeyes’ 14 turnovers, including five by sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson, proved to be too costly, as Ohio State lost to Houston 74-59, eliminating the Buckeyes from the NCAA Tournament in the Round of 32. Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann has lost four of his five career appearances in the Round of 32. After a cold start to the second half, missing its first four attempts from deep, Ohio State began to heat up. Senior guard C.J. Jackson hit a jumper and a 3, cutting the Buckeyes’ deficit to five with 11:44 left. But the five-point deficit was one that the Buckeyes could not overcome. After Jackson’s 3, Ohio State did not record another field-goal make until Wesson recorded a layup with 3:27 to go in the game. The Buckeyes shot 32 percent from the field in the second half, making 2-of-12 attempts from 3. In the final game of his collegiate career, Jackson finished the game with a team-leading 18 points, shooting 46.7 percent from the field, including 4-of-11 from deep. The turnovers came early for the Buckeyes, turning the ball over in four of the first five possessions of the game. Ohio State left the half with eight turnovers, including four by Wesson. Turnover troubles continued in the second half, recording two on the first two possessions in the second half. Houston finished the game scoring 13 points off of the Buckeyes’ turnovers. When retaining possession, offense did not prove to be difficult for Ohio State. The Buckeyes connected on six of their first nine attempts from deep, including back-to-back makes by Wesson early in the half. After attempting four shots, all 3-point attempts, in the first half, Wesson finished the game with 15 points and six rebounds, shooting 42.9 percent from the field.However, success from deep slowed, as Ohio State finished the game hitting 10 of its 29 attempts from 3.Houston outscored Ohio State 34-12 inside the paint, outrebounding the Buckeyes 37-31. After scoring 53 points in his previous three games, redshirt senior Keyshawn Woods scored 10 points, making 4-of-11 from the field, missing four of his five 3-point attempts. He added four assists and three rebounds. As Ohio State slowed, Houston took advantage. When redshirt sophomore guard DeJon Jarreau hit a jumper to tie the game at 25 with 7:49 left in the first half, Houston began a 16-6 run, giving the Cougars the 39-31 halftime lead. The Houston offense could not continue its momentum out of halftime, starting the second half missing its first eight attempts from the field.Despite shooting 37 percent from the field in the second half, the Cougars were able to outscore Ohio State 35-28 in the final 20 minutes. Houston senior guard Corey Davis Jr. led the Cougars with 21 points, making 6-of-15 from the field. Ohio State made its second straight NCAA Tournament under Holtmann, losing in the Round of 32 for the second season in a row. read more

Manchester attack Fears over second bomb after police find huge chemical explosive

first_imgThe Manchester suicide bomber may have built a second device which is now in the hands of fellow jihadists, police fear.Officers who raided the home of Salman Abedi discovered a working bomb factory with a huge stash of explosive chemicals and other components.Security sources now believe that Abedi assembled the bomb himself after learning his trade in Libya.But the amount of material in his home has led to fears that he could have built more than one device and and distributed them to other British-based extremists. The building in Manchester where Abedi rented his flat Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. On Thursday night the search for his Islamist network was continuing with a total of eight people being questioned on suspicion of involvement in what officers described as “significant arrests”.However fears that a bombmaker was on the loose were played down. US media outlet reported security sources in America as saying that officers no longer believed that to be the case.It appears officers now believe Abadi is the bombmaker and may have built more bombs which have yet to be discovered. Such a belief is likely to have contributed to the increase in the terror threat level, which was lifted from severe to critical – meaning an attack is imminent – on Tuesday evening.Ian Hopkins, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police said: “I want to reassure people that the arrests that we have made are significant, and initial searches of premises have revealed items that we believe are very important to the investigation.”He previously confirmed that his officers were hunting a “network” linked to Abedi.center_img Sources believe Abedi may have used the £75 a night apartment to put all the components of the device together, before heading off late on Monday evening to make his way to the Manchester Arena where he killed 22 people.The use of two addresses to assemble the device was a tactic used by the 7/7 bombers who also spent months learning how to build a bomb at a training camp in Pakistan.Former Metropolitan Police officer, David Videcette, who helped investigate the tube bombings said it was likely Abedi had spent many months abroad practising how to assemble a device before returning to the UK.He said: “This is not something you can just put together by reading a book or watching a YouTube video. He will have spent time at a camp somewhere, possibly in Libya, being shown how to do it. “But once you have the skills and the materials, assembling the device itself can be done fairly quickly.” A security source told the Telegraph: “The worry is there was enough to build two or three bombs and we can’t rule that out.”Abedi arrived back in Manchester from Libya on Thursday, travelling via Istanbul and Dusseldorf.The following day he visited the Arndale shopping centre in Manchester, where he was caught on CCTV buying a Karrimor rucksack.It is believed he then spent the weekend putting together the main components of the device, including the detonator.On Monday he then travelled the three miles from his home in Elsmore Road in the Fallowfield district to a rented apartment in Granby Row on the edge of Manchester’s Gay Village.The building was raided by special forces at lunchtime on Wednesday and specialist forensics teams and bomb squad operatives were still at the building on Thursday. The building in Manchester where Abedi rented his flatlast_img read more

Oops There was a mistake in last years Junior Cert science paperand

first_imgThe State Examiner said that although the photo was incorrectly used in the exam, “the questions that the candidates had to answer in the examination were not affected in any way by the location of the array or its stated capacity.“Accordingly, this inaccuracy had no affect on candidate answering in the examination. Nonetheless, the SEC regrets that the inaccuracy was not identified in advance of the examination.”BlundersIn 2013, there were a number of errors in both the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate exam papers.The Commission said that staff changes in the past year, coupled with the operational demands of preparing large quantities of papers for the exams, contributed to the errors.In a report into the mistakes, the SEC said the level of error was “higher than normal” – and that did not include this error from the Junior Certificate science paper.Read:Exam body blames ‘human error’ for mistakes in Leaving and Junior Cert>Read: Over 1,600 Leaving Cert results upgraded after appeal> AN INCORRECT PHOTO was used in in the physics section of last year’s Junior Certificate Science paper.An eagle-eyed mother , who is also a chemical engineer, was going through old exam papers with her child recently to help with preparations for this year’s Junior Cert exam when she came across the mistake.ComplaintSubsequently, she complained to the State Examiner about children being “taught ideology and not scientific facts” in the science exam.The question is below:PhotoThe question says that the image on the exam paper is a “solar array in Germany which produces electricity equivalent to the power output of 20 nuclear reactors working at full capacity”.However, the solar array is not in Germany.It is actually in Las Vegas, Nevada.Although it is a solar array (the Mojave Desert-based Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System), the size difference is quite incredible. The Vegas array is the largest such concentrated solar power plant in the world, with an output of 392 MW.Pat Swords, another chemical engineer who was outraged at the error said that the solar array in Germany is only a test unit with an output of 1.5MW.“It’s a big difference,” he said.Swords was so displeased with the error in the exam that he put in an Access to Information on the Environment Request to the Department of Education.The State Examiner replied to Swords stating that:The stimulus information given as part of Question 7(a) on the 2013 Junior Certificate Science Higher Level Examination Paper was taken from a Reuters media article.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Swords said that he was “very annoyed” when the error on the paper was brought to his attention, stating, “it really is unacceptable that such an error is made in a state examination”.Dumbing down“They essentially pointed to something in an exam that doesn’t exist in Germany. Science teachers themselves should have picked up on the error,” he said.Swords added:The economist Morgan Kelly has just come out to say that the dumbing down of our education system is going to have detrimental effect. A 15-year-old should be able to trust that their exam paper is correct and that the basic information is correct.“Exams are stressful and often there is a sense when something is not right. I think putting wrong images like this puts students at a disadvantage, as although they might say that it had no affect on the answer, if they are aware that something is not right, you can second guess yourself and that is not good in an exam situation,” he said.He said that ultimately, his concerns are that the basics are not correct, stating that he felt it was “grossly unprofessional” to have such simple errors in a state exam.Incorrect photoWhen put to the State Examinations Commission by TheJournal.ie, they stated:Your information that there is an incorrectly identified photograph in the Junior Certificate Higher Level Science paper of 2013 is correct.The SEC added that the information used for the exam question was based on a Reuters news article, stating:…The image is a photograph, not of a German solar energy plant, but of one in California. The photograph and the related statement were used as stimulus information to provide a context for two questions that followed.The stimulus information was based on a Reuters news article from 2012.That article reported that, on a particular weekend with favourable conditions, solar energy facilities in Germany had produced a combined energy output of 22 GW, and that this was equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity.In the course of using this news article to generate a simplified statement for such a stimulus and acquiring a useful accompanying image, the solar power facility in the image became incorrectly identified as a German one, and an inaccuracy was introduced into the text, in that the combined output from a number of facilities was referred to as that of a single array.last_img read more

Du Cloud Gaming pour Sony à lE3

first_imgDu Cloud Gaming pour Sony à l’E3 ?Lors du prochain E3, la firme nipponne pourrait annoncer un partenariat qui lui permettrait de se lancer dans le Cloud Gaming.Du jeu à la demande où vous le souhaitez, quand vous le voulez, moyennant abonnement, bien entendu. C’est peut-être le projet qu’est en train de concocter Sony pour le prochain E3, le salon annuel du jeu vidéo, qui se déroule à Los Angeles.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? Le site VG247 explique, en effet, que la marque japonaise pourrait y passer un deal avec Gakai ou Onlive, des sociétés qui lui permettraient de lancer son service de Cloud Gaming. Celui-ci consiste à pouvoir jouer à des jeux depuis son ordinateur ou sa télévision alors que ces derniers tournent sur des serveurs à distance. Un concept qui révolutionnerait le monde des jeux vidéos. Il semble d’ailleurs que Microsoft soit également intéressé par ce concept qui pourrait s’adapter à la Xbox, preuve que ces rumeurs doivent bien contenir une part de vérité. On peut penser que, pour Sony, ce service pourrait aider à ressortir des jeux PS1 et PS2 révolus sans avoir besoin de support physique. Un bonheur pour les nostalgiques des premiers Metal Gear Solid ou Final Fantasy.Le 26 mai 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Digging into big fun at Dozer Day

first_imgLike flies to honey or moths to a flame, not much pulls in small children like life-size versions of their toy trucks and bulldozers and the accompanying dirt and mud.That seemed to be the case for Diane and John Fitzpatrick’s three grandchildren — Kaleb Cutler, 9; Kira Bolliger, 5; and Greg Bolliger, 3 — who all came Dozer Day on Sunday to see and play with the heavy excavating equipment on display at the Grandstand at the Clark County Fairgrounds.“It’s weird, it’s in their blood,” Diane said, not convinced her grandkids would be any less excited by the heavy equipment if they had never seen a backhoe or dump truck in their lives.Whenever Greg sees a bulldozer, Diane said, “He just goes crazy, so we thought this was the ideal thing.”John said they heard about it after getting a text message from Kaleb’s mom, who had a similar reaction.“I mean he just went crazy,” John said, telling Mom about how much he wanted to see the garbage trucks.Kira, they said, wanted to get behind the controls of everything, from the backhoes to the bulldozers.John spent more than 30 years working for NW Natural.“It’s great for the kids to see what Grandpa did,” he said.The annual Dozer Day event at the fairgrounds attracts up to 20,000 attendees each year, and the two-day festival’s proceeds go to the Nutter Family Foundation, which raises money for children’s charities.The foundation, ran by the Nutter family, which operates a construction company, has raised more than $1 million over the life of the event.Michelle Sennet’s 4-year-old, Logan Sennett, was two years old when he first came to Dozer Day, she said after he climbed down from the cab of a tall crane.last_img read more

27 Haitians from last illegal landing sent home

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 1st 2017: Twenty Seven people from last week’s Haitian boat landing in Providenciales have been caught and were on Sunday repatriated.  Twenty Two of them are said to be men, while five of them are women.One week ago, reports began circulating of the arrival of a vessel in North West Point Provo with some 100 Haitians aboard. While no official number has been given to date, it is said that the Police Service working with the Immigration Task Force apprehended 19 migrants initially leaving a vast number at large; that number now stands at 27 captured, Magnetic Media is told.The situation prompted Premier Sharlene Robinson, who was acting Immigration Minister at the time, to issue a stern warning to anyone caught harbouring illegal immigrants. She reminded that the fine for persons found guilty of such an offence stood at $20,000.Premier Robinson said it was time the TCI sent a strong message that it is a country with laws in place to deal with illegal migrants, as it could not continue to use funds intended for developmental purposes, for detention and repatriation.Questions about why the coastal radar did not detect the illegal sloop went unanswered.Anyone with information on the whereabouts of illegal immigrants  have been asked to contact the relevant authorities.#MagneticMediaNews#27HaitiansCaughtAndSentHome#StifferIllegalImmigrantPenalitiesCominglast_img read more

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