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Senator Wants the National Institutes of Health to Spend More on Small Businesses

first_imgA U.S. senator from Maryland wants the home-state National Institutes of Health (NIH) to spend what he sees as its rightful share of stimulus funds on small businesses trying to commercialize medical research.A bill introduced today by Senator Ben Cardin (D–MD) is a shot across the bow at the $30 billion a year agency and the biomedical community. It would repeal a provision of the Recovery Act  that exempted NIH from the normal 2.8% set-aside for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants programs, which covers 11 federal agencies. The exemption amounted to almost $250 million of the $8.2 billion that NIH received as part of the stimulus package. Cardin’s bill would require NIH to spend $150 million of its Recovery Act money on SBIR grants. Legislators from the small business panels in both the House of Representatives and Senate are still steaming about the exemption, which was added to the bill at the last minute. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)They see it as an attempt to undermine a program that biomedical lobbyists have complained is supporting low-quality research at a time when excellent proposals from top scientists are being rejected for lack of funds. “We’ve heard that there is a bias within the review panels, which are made up mostly of academics who see this program as less meritorious than NIH’s regular grants,” says an aide to Cardin, who was infuriated that NIH declined to testify in person at a field hearing this summer that he conducted only a mile from the Bethesda, Maryland, campus. NIH officials testified this fall that they plan to spend roughly $200 million this year on programs that support small businesses.The legislation is part of a broader effort to support small businesses. It is separate from an effort to reauthorize the SBIR program that has languished because of differences between the Senate and House on several provisions.last_img read more

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Thirty Meter Telescope Gets Small Grant to Make Big Plans

first_imgThe Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), a giant observatory that astronomers hope to build by the end of this decade, is expected to cost at least $1 billion. So a grant of $1.25 million may seem miniscule. Nonetheless, the backers of TMT are viewing a new 5-year, $250,000-per-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a significant milestone. Until a few years ago, planners of TMT and its rival project in the United States—the 24.5-meter Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) were hoping to get the U.S. government to bear a sizable portion of their respective project costs. But in December 2011, NSF announced that there was no money available to support construction of either project until the mid-2020s. However, NSF put out a solicitation for proposals offering $1.25 million for the development of a public-private partnership plan that could lead to the construction of a large telescope, should NSF be able to provide funds in the future. The GMT partnership, which is led by the Carnegie Observatories and other institutions, announced in April that it would not make a bid for the NSF grant. That effectively left TMT as the sole contender for the NSF award. TMT announced on Sunday that it had been awarded the grant. 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NSF officials, however, have made it clear that this award does not imply a future commitment. TMT’s proponents expect to start construction at a site in Hawaii in 2014. Site preparation for GMT, which will be built in Chile, has already begun. Meanwhile, the European Southern Observatory and its partners are moving ahead with a third plan for a giant telescope, the 39.3-meter European Extremely Large Telescope, also in Chile.last_img read more

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South Africa now have a lethal spin attack, says Du Plessis

first_imgPace may have been their biggest strength all this while, but South African Twenty20 skipper Faf du Plessis on Thursday said the Proteas now possess a potent spin force as well after the emergence of Imran Tahir.Recently Indian great Sachin Tendulkar had said that Tahir can be an impact player for South Africa on their long India tour and du Plessis endorsed the view ahead of the first Twenty20 international in Dharamsala on Friday.”I suppose they know we have got spinners who can win us games. Imran has proven it right across the world that he has changed his game, specifically with the white ball format. He has changed the way we have played in white ball format. We have always relied on pace to strike first and now our success in one-day team or T20 team is heavily on his (Tahir) shoulders,” du Plessis said at the pre-match press conference.”He is number two in the world in ODIs. It’s nice to know we have also got a weapon in spinning department. JP (Duminy) also has had success in T20 cricket, he gets wickets all the time. Then we have young spinner in Eddie Leie, almost tapping into Imran’s knowledge, so confident our spinning options,” the visiting captain said.Tahir went wicketless in the warm up game in Palam but he contributed in the series against New Zealand and was also among wickets in County cricket in August. He has taken 25 wickets in 16 T20s.Talking about Friday’s match, du Plessis hoped that the wicket will be ideal for T20 cricket even as it looks “damp” underneath as of now.advertisement”But I think with two days of sun to shine on it, hopefully, there will be a lot in it for the batsmen, lots of runs but also good carry. Hopefully we can have a game full of runs, plenty of boundaries will be scored. It’s different than what we practiced in Delhi, probably the quickest wickets I have played in India,” he said.Du Plessis was worried about the dew factor and to counter that they practiced with wet balls.”It came as a big surprise when we came for practice last night. The dew was there at half past six. But it will be pretty much same for both the teams. Dew is never a nice thing for a bowling team or fielding team because the ball gets slippery. The wet ball takes away a little bit of challenge from the spinners because it does not spin much,” he said.David Miller is a big striker of the cricket ball but he has not been in great form off late. Du Plessis though was hopeful that the batsman will find his form sooner than later.”David knows these conditions. As a batsman you take lot of learning from conditions, so he knows the bowlers. We know what he can do. He is a real string hitter,” said du Plessis.Du Plessis admitted that he and his team-mates were in awe of the beautiful HPCA stadium.”I have been here for a few times and you are in awe of the beauty of the ground. The mountain at the back. It is compared to Newlands with the mountain at the back. This is the best T20 ground in the world and Newlands is the best Test ground in the world.”Asked how they plan to cope with gruelling and long tour of India, du Plessis said it indeed was a big challenge “mentally” and the key was to get some quality time away from the game.”Any place not at home can be quite tough mentally. I can fall back on my time in IPL. We (CSK) have been right through almost every season. It’s important how you enjoy away from the game. Our management does (sic) a few plans to make it short, because it can get long. The Test matches are right at the end.”That’s going to be a real challenge for the guys. And we take pride in our status in Test matches, we are number one. Our performance is always of high standard. India is one of the toughest places because conditions does not make it easier. But you work through that,” he said.Du Plessis has shared the CSK dressing room with his counterpart Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina apart from Ravichandran Ashwin but he felt that familiarity with each other would not make it easier for anyone.”It does not take away the edge to win or competitiveness on the field.”advertisementFurther talking about IPL, he said, “IPL has changed the way cricket is played. There is aggressiveness and I have taken a lot from IPL, batting against the best spinners in the world.”last_img read more

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Ball-tampering scandal: Steve Smith defied orders, spoke to media and got into trouble

first_imgSacked Australia captain Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft’s press conference on Day 3 of the third Test between South Africa and Australia has come under scanner now.If reports are to be believed, Smith and Bancroft confessed to ball-tampering in front of the media at Newlands which shocked the cricketing world but they were not supposed to do what they did.Smith and Bancroft were advised to wait a day before going public with their confession, but wanted to be honest about what happened, Fairfax Media has reported.WATCH – Steve Smith breaks down during public apologySmith was reportedly advised to offer few details but to promise to provide more information at a later date but he defied the orders and wanted to own up to his mistake right after.It is understood that Smith was ready to go in front of the media alone but Bancroft made it clear that he wanted to join his skipper.”Today was a big mistake on my behalf and on the leadership group’s behalf” – Steve Smith #SAvAUS pic.twitter.com/VVIsSnJWslcricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 24, 2018The cricketing world was taken aback after the duo confessed to pre-planned ball-tampering with Cricket Australia’s investigation later revealing that vice-captain David Warner was also involved in the whole incident. Warner infact was alleged to have been the chief-conspirator in the scandal.Michael Clarke, Mitchell Johnson devastated after Steve Smith breaks downSmith later stepped down from captaincy on the final two days of the Cape Town Test with Tim Paine taking over. The International Cricket Council (ICC) then handed him a one-match suspension.advertisementBall-tampering scandal: Teary-eyed David Warner fails to win social media sympathyBut the public outrage in Australia put a lot of pressure on CA with even the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calling the trio as cheats. The Australian board then handed out one-year bans for Smith and Warner while Bancroft got a nine-month suspension from international and domestic cricket.Steve Smith a cry baby: British media has no sympathy for fallen Australian heroThe Australian players’ union though called for a reduction in the bans handed out to the tainted trio for their part in the ball-tampering scandal, describing them as “disproportionate”.Steve Smith cries in public: Devastated for shaming cricket”The proposed penalties are disproportionate relative to precedent,” Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) president Greg Dyer told a news conference in Sydney on Tuesday.Warner breaks down and apologises to wife and daughters”We ask that consideration be given to recalibrating the proposed sanctions, to consider options such as suspending or reducing part of the sanction. To consider allowing the players to return to domestic cricket earlier, for example, as part of their rehabilitation.”Ball-tampering scandal: I panicked, I lied and I am devastated, says Cameron BancroftThe players have until Thursday to appeal their bans, decisions Dyer believed were “imminent” but “highly personal” to be decided by the players with their own legal counsel.The trio returned to Australia at the end of last week, all three giving emotional news conferences where they accepted responsibility for their actions with none suggesting they might appeal.Smith and Warner, who were also stripped of their leadership positions, stand to lose millions of dollars in earnings with sponsors dropping them last week and the bans costing them $1.85 million Indian Premier League contracts for this season.Smith and Bancroft were banned from holding leadership positions within the Australian team for two years, while Warner will never be able to hold such a position again.The harsher penalty for Warner reflects the findings of the CA investigation which alleged the opening batsman was the chief instigator of the plot to cheat.Warner, who has said he was resigned to not playing for his country again, attracted some criticism after his news conference in Sydney on Saturday for not answering questions, instead deflecting them with a pre-prepared line.Bancroft was cast as the junior player led astray by Warner, while Smith appears to be well on his way to redemption after breaking down in tears after his arrival news conference.last_img read more

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Football transfer rumours: Arsenal or Liverpool to win race for Max Meyer?

first_imgShare on Pinterest Gareth Bale set to stay at Real Madrid as Cristiano Ronaldo’s successor Read more Share on WhatsApp features Speaking of free agents, Sunderland legend Jack Rodwell is hopeful of earning a contract at Watford. The comeback is on. Step aside, Eric Dier, Qatar 2022 is going to be all about J-Rod. Share on Twitter Transfer window Having spent the past month putting his fingers in his ears every time someone asked him if he was enjoying the World Cup, Anthony Martial has realised that it might be time for a change. While Paul Pogba was adding a second star to France’s shirt, Martial was back in Manchester, sitting on his sofa, twiddling his thumbs and occasionally chucking darts at a picture of a smirking José Mourinho. Thanks for nothing, José! Summer ruined. Even Olivier Giroud got to go to Russia. Share via Emailcenter_img But Martial should look on the bright side, even though he was a notable absentee as France became world champions. He’s still young, there will be other tournaments and Bayern Munich are prepared to rescue him from what his Manchester United hell. A fresh start could be just what the 22-year-old forward needs and United would be unlikely to stand in his way given that selling him would allow them to spend £92m on Ivan Perisic and Ante Rebic. Everyone wins. Apart from Martial, who won nothing this summer. Busy times at Old Trafford, then, although it seems that United are going to miss out on Alex Sandro. The Juventus left-back and Mill favourite has reportedly agreed terms with Paris Saint-Germain. Chelsea, meanwhile, are ready to rival them for Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The Blues could have plenty of money to spend soon, especially if Roberto Martínez has his way. The Belgium manager has endeared himself to Chelsea fans by suggesting that Eden Hazard should join Real Madrid. “Players need new challenges and new projects,” Martínez said. “I would be very surprised if Chelsea didn’t have big offers for him right now.” Thanks a lot, Spanish Bob! Cardiff City are ready to spend £7m on Leeds United’s Rolando Vieira and Brighton will offer £10m for Newcastle United’s Isaac Hayden. Arsenal and Liverpool are both in the running for Max Meyer, who’s available on a free after leaving Schalke. The 22-year-old might need to lower his wage demands, though. Topics The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Rumour mill Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Barca star Dembele ruled out for two weeks

first_imgOusmane Dembele has been ruled out for at least two weeks as his Barcelona career suffers another injury setback.The France international played 69 minutes of the 3-1 win over Leganas on Sunday after going off with a sprained ankle.Subsequent tests have revealed a tear to the left ankle which will see him miss the next four matches. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Dembele is expected to be absent for both legs of the Copa del Rey quarter-final against Sevilla and the La Liga games against Girona and Valencia.He joins an injury list which already includes Rafinha and Samuel Umtiti, both of whom have knee injuries.Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund, the 21-year-old’s career at Camp Nou has been dominated by fitness issues.A hamstring tear saw Demebele miss much of his first season at Barca, and he suffered a similar injury 12 months ago which again derailed his spell at the club.But the 2018-19 campaign had been largely injury free for the Frenchman, helping him score 13 goals and contribute five assists in 27 appearances.Ernesto Valverde’s side are still fighting firmly on three fronts this season.The Catalans are top of La Liga, five points ahead of Atletico Madrid and into the last-16 of the Champions League where they face Lyon.Sevilla are their opponents in the Copa de Rey as they pursue an unlikely quadruple, having already won the Spanish Super Cup at the start of the seasonlast_img read more

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Labour and Social Security Ministry gets own Building in Falmouth

first_imgIn a matter of months, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security will have its own building at 3 King Street, in Falmouth, Trelawny. A contract valued at some $64 .4 million was signed on January 31, for the renovation and expansion of the facility, which was acquired by the National Insurance Fund (NIF) in 2001. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, signed the contract, while Chief Executive Officer of GM Associates, Mr. George Gordon, signed on behalf of his company.  Member of Parliament for Trelawny North, and Attorney General, Hon. Patrick Atkinson, witnessed the signing of the documents. Mr.  Kellier pointed out that the work to be done entails renovation and expansion of the existing building, and will be carried out in two phases. Phase one of the work, which is already complete, included the removal and replacing of the roof with galvanized sheeting. “Phase two, which starts today, will include demolition of the old chattel buildings; construction of approximately 4,000 sq. ft. of new space; and renovation of the main building,” he noted. “The extensive renovation to be undertaken will also include the installation of a new sewage disposal system; installation of a new water storage system; central air-conditioning; new bathroom fixtures and fittings, as well as additional bathrooms to serve everyone,” he added, Mr. Kellier pointed out that work on the facility is scheduled to be completed in six to eight months. Meanwhile, Mayor of Falmouth, Councillor Garth Wilkinson, said that developments of that nature invite ideas, foster community spirit, and build a sense of brotherhood. For his part,  Custos of the parish, Hon. Paul Muschett,  said the contract  signing shows the continued commitment of the Government to the residents of the parish.  The Custos called on residents to play their part in helping to move the parish forward.last_img read more

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ICE Futures Canada Thursday morning Canola prices lower barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — Prices were lower in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Thursday:Canola: Nov. ’17 $4.20 lower $493.00; Jan. ’18 $4.20 lower $499.70; March ’18 $4.10 lower $506.40; May ’18 $4.20 lower $509.40; July ’18 $3.90 lower $509.70; Nov. ’18 $5.60 lower $481.40; Jan. ’19 unchanged $488.70; March ’19 unchanged $491.40; May ’19 unchanged $491.40; July ’19 unchanged $491.40; Nov. ’19 unchanged $491.40.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $148.00; March ’18 unchanged $151.00; May ’18 unchanged $151.00; July ’18 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $151.00; March ’19 unchanged $151.00; May ’19 unchanged $151.00; July ’19 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $151.00. read more

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Office chaired by CBK backs certificate of absence

Families of missing persons who are not convinced of the death of their relatives are eligible to receive the Certificate of Absence. This will give them access to various entitlements granted by the State. The Office for National Unity and Reconciliation chaired by former President, Chandrika Kumaratunge, has hailed the move to issue a “Certificate of Absence” to the families of persons reported missing.“Repeated calls by families of the disappeared to the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation have been rewarded,” it said in a statement. A Cabinet decision of 11 September 2015 based upon a Memorandum by the Ministry of Home Affairs makes provision for issuance of a “Certificate of Absence” to the families of persons reported missing. The Office for National Unity and Reconciliation, chaired by former President, Chandrika Kumaratunge, was established in April 2015.The mandate of the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation is to promote and provide for a society that respects fundamental rights, equality and diversity to achieve lasting reconciliation in the country. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Niagara Police seize 21K worth of drugs in St Catharines

Niagara Regional Police have seized over $21,000 worth of drugs as part of an ongoing investigation in St. Catharines.Officers executed three search warrants around 6 a.m. Thursday, including one at an apartment on Geneva St.Police found heroin, cocaine and marijuana along with about $14,000 inside.Jake Muttart, 29, Joel Andrews, 35, both from St. Catharines, and Jared MacIntyre, 29, of Brampton have all been arrested.They’re charged with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, production of a controlled substance and possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000.Police are looking for a fourth man.26-year-old Christopher Ross from St. Catharines is facing the same charges. read more

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Yemen UNICEF warns conflict shutters one in 10 schools teachers unpaid for

“As of July 2017, 1,600 schools have been partially or totally destroyed, and 170 have been used for military purposes or as shelter for displaced families,” said Geert Cappelaere, the UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, in a statement today. The violence has forced one in ten schools across the country to close, and textbooks and other school materials are in severely short supply, he added, noting that the beginning of the school year has been postponed several times from its usual September start. Adding to the crisis is the fact that three-quarters of the teachers in Yemen have not been paid in nearly a year, compelling them to resort to extreme measures to survive. One such case is that of Hassan Ghaleb, a teacher for the past 20 years and the sole breadwinner for his family of four, who was evicted from his home with his children. He had to sell what was left of his furniture just to feed them and treat his sick sister. “How can [they] teach if [they themselves are] in need?” questioned UNICEF, noting that over 166,000 teachers across the war-torn country are in a similar situation. The children of Yemen have suffered in ways that no human being should have to bear. Education is their only way to secure a better futureLack of education and the protective environment provided by a school is not only robbing the children of some semblance of a normal childhood, it is also leaving them vulnerable to recruitment into fighting or early marriage. “Ongoing humanitarian efforts are only a drop in the ocean of suffering that Yemen has become,” underscored Mr. Cappelaere, urging the parties to the conflict to protect schools, refrain from using schools for military purposes and work together to find an urgent solution to the salary crisis so that children can learn. He also called on donors to step up their assistance and enable the payment of incentives to education personnel, health workers and other civil servants who deliver vital services for children. “The children of Yemen have suffered in ways that no human being should have to bear. Education is their only way to secure a better future and to help put Yemen on the path to peace,” he said. read more

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Safety in numbers in the DRC

first_imgThe Boards of Katanga Mining and Nikanor have reached agreement on the terms of a recommended merger of the two companies. This will create a company with a combined market capitalisation of approximately $3.3 billion and the potential to become by 2011 Africa’s largest copper producer and the world’s largest cobalt producer.The Merger will bring together the adjacent properties in the DRC owned by Katanga and Nikanor, which were previously part of the same mine complex, to create a major single-site operation. Substantial high-grade resources of both copper and cobalt will create a strong foundation for a large-scale, low-cost and long-life operation. Based on work completed to date, the merged company intends to develop a unified mine complex with annual output approaching 400,000 t of copper and 40,000 t of cobalt by 2011. It is believed that the combined operations will be the largest single-site project in the world producing both copper and cobalt. The merger is also expected to result in lower unit operating costs.More cost effective operations are expected to increase revenue to the DRC government. The coordination of the Merged Company’s infrastructure spend and corporate social responsibility activities will also be more effective in producing positive change for the communities surrounding the operations. Officials in the DRC have been kept apprised of the potential merger and have expressed their support. The merger will be implemented by way of an offer by Katanga for Nikanor together with a cash return to Nikanor shareholders of $452 million.The merged company, which will retain the name Katanga Mining, will be led by Arthur Ditto as President and CEO supported by executives to be drawn from both companies. An integration committee consisting of four members, two from Katanga and two from Nikanor, will be set up to oversee the integration of the two businesses. Katanga Mining will make an application to obtain a primary listing on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange within five months of the Effective Date. It will therefore have primary listings on the TSX and the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange. Arthur Ditto, stated: “Combining the assets of Katanga and Nikanor will create an industry leader in both copper and cobalt. We believe it offers the opportunity for a dramatic increase in value for shareholders of both companies and is a transaction where the whole is definitely greater than the sum of the parts. Transacting the deal now gives us the best opportunity to lower the overall capital spending and deliver maximum benefit from a consolidated suite of operations. We will have a much more efficient business model with greater benefits for all stakeholders including employees, shareholders, and the DRC”.Jonathan Leslie, Executive Chairman of Nikanor, said: “Individually, Nikanor and Katanga both present compelling copper and cobalt investment cases; combined, they transform into an African champion with phenomenal resources and potential. This merger is precisely the type of transaction we envisaged when we listed the company more than year ago, creating a premier publicly traded copper and cobalt company and generating significant operating and financial synergies. The combined company will create value for shareholders and other stakeholders alike and be even better placed to help play a positive role in the development of the Katanga Province and as a long-term partner to Gécamines and ultimately to the DRC”.Martin Kabwelulu said: “The DRC government would like to highlight its support for the merger of Katanga and Nikanor. This transaction highlights the quality of Katanga and Nikanor’s deposits and provides a natural platform between these two projects for the development of these assets into a major copper and cobalt producer. The combination of operational synergies between these two companies will result in increased financial benefits for the DRC state and shareholders. The DRC has 10% of the world’s copper reserves and less than 1% of its production. This transaction is a significant milestone in the transformation of the DRC’s mining sector towards production. The DRC government welcomes the merger as proof of the confidence of the business community in the future of the DRC mining sector”.Katanga Mining operates a major copper-cobalt mine complex in the DRC on behalf of the Kamoto Copper Co joint venture, in which it holds a 75% interest. Copper production is expected to begin in December 2007 and the site is expected to reach full production in 2011, when 150,000 t of refined copper and 8,000 t of refined cobalt will be produced a year. www.katangamining.com.Nikanor holds 75% of a joint venture at Kolwezi. The company’s key mine is KOV, containing one of the world’s largest known high quality copper and cobalt orebodies. Nikanor is rehabilitating this well documented brownfield site and intends to build a major state of the art copper and cobalt refinery to produce 250,000 t/y of LME A-grade copper cathode and 27,500 t/y of cobalt products. www.nikanor.co.uklast_img read more

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14 ways Rob the tiny squirrel won over the internet

first_img Source: ironammonite.com4. Rob liked to sleep. A lot 14 Rob now has his own Facebook page, and fans all over the worldAccording to Paul:[Rob is] being fed and kept healthy by some people who’ve raised squirrels before. He’ll be slowly released back into the wild in Sri Lanka.Godspeed Rob!All images and information via Paul Williams’ blogWATCH: Squirrel steals a Snickers bar from a petrol station>14 seemingly harmless things that are out to get you> Today I’ll return Rob close to where I found him near Wilpatu national park. There’s a hotel which has a large number of habituated palm squirrels that come to raid the tables when people leave breakfast. Here they’re tolerated, there’s plenty of food and there are trusted people who are experienced with caring for abandoned baby squirrels before slowly releasing them. 1. On 9 September cameraman Paul Williams found an orphaned baby palm squirrel while filming for the BBC in Sri Lanka2. After failing to locate the squirrel’s mother, he named him Rob and pledged to look after him Source: ironammonite.com3. Over the coming days and weeks Paul fed Rob and documented his progress 7. Paul and Rob were delighted8. Rob was really comfortable with his surroundings9. But Paul wanted him to prepare for life back in the wildcenter_img 6. On 17 September he got his first major media exposure 10. On 21 September came Rob’s first GIF of him stretching and yawning11. And here he is “hand surfing” Source: What on Earth? Photography & Film by Paul Williams12. Rob started to attract attention from all over the world Source: http://www.20min.ch/ Source: http://www.boredpanda.com/ Source: http://www.welt.de/ Source: http://www.publico.pt/13. Sadly, Paul had to prepare for his return to the UKMy aim was to fatten Rob up, get him strong and then find a solution for releasing him. I can’t bring him home, as much as I’d love to try. It would be best to be able to reintroduce him back to the wild. 5. He travelled around with the crew, sleeping and exploringlast_img read more

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The grand Lego design A Stephen Hawking Lego model

first_imgAre you an avid collector of all things Lego? Are you a fan of science, or perhaps just a fan of genius in general? Maybe you’re just a collector of very odd esoterica and like to show off all the weird stuff you have? If you fall into any of these categories, then Amazon seller The Living Brick has just the item for you: A Stephen Hawking Lego kit.The item, which is selling on Amazon for $39.99, comes complete with every piece you’ll need to recreate the venerable physicist, as well as a detailed instruction manual — you know, in case you aren’t the Stephen Hawking of Lego-building and need some guidance. Only 100 of the kits were made, and according to the Amazon page as of this writing, only eight remain. The kit comes with brand-new parts, and ones that are official Lego bricks, rather than some knock-off brand.Checking some of the product reviews, there are reports of the finished model being a little flimsy, with pieces not being sturdy enough to stay together. However sturdy the model is, it’s actually quite impressive that some small, solid-color Lego pieces were able to represent something so complex and make it instantly recognizable.If you’re already inundated with your own Lego pieces and really don’t need more, but still want to build a Hawking of your own, the Eurobricks forum has instructions on how to build both Hawking and his wheelchair. Perhaps Lego will take notice of the model and make a Stephen Hawking minifig?last_img read more

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Lego Unveils Massive New Star Wars Tantive IV Set

first_img The New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet LongLego Makes Building Sets Accessible to the Blind Stay on target Eighteen years ago Lego released their first Rebel blockade runner. In 2009, they followed up with the Tantive IV. This week as fans gathered for the 20th annual Star Wars Celebration, Lego pulled back the curtain on a brand-new version of the iconic ship.The original from nearly two decades ago was part of the Ultimate Collector’s Series. The new Tantive IV — like the one from 2009 — is not. It is, however, an impressively detailed and very large set.In fact, this year’s Tantive IV comes with 21 more pieces  (1,768 in total) than the UCS Rebel blockade runner did. It measures two feet long, so make sure you clear a generous amount of shelf space if you plan on adding the ship to your collection.At 1,700-plus pieces and two feet long, putting your other hand underneath might still be a good idea…Lego’s latest features some very thoughtfully-designed elements. The radar dish, for example, also functions as a handle to make the ship a little easier to transport. There are two removable escape pods and the ship’s exterior opens for access to playable areas like the cockpit, cargo hold, conference room and control console.Updated versions of all five minifigs from the original Tantive IV are included: Princess Leia (complete with pants to change into when the action heats up), C-3PO, R2-D2, Captain Antilles, and a Rebel Fleet Trooper. Lego decided to add one more for good measure, throwing in Leia’s adoptive father Bail Organa as a bonus.The new Tantive IV is slated to hit store shelves on May 3rd and it’ll sell for $199.99. That gives you three weeks to make room in your Lego budget and clear your schedule so you can complete the build in time for your May the Fourth celebration!More on Geek.com:Lego Celebrates Batman’s 80th Birthday With Six New SetsLego Is Back 18 Brand-New Minifigs for Disney Fans11 Best Movie-Based Lego Setslast_img read more

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VIDEO WHS Guidance Director Discusses The College Application Process

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Community Television’s Wildcat TV recently caught up with Wilmington High School’s Interim Guidance Department Curriculum Team Leader Molly Dickerson to discuss the college application process and available scholarships. Dickerson offers some valuable advice to Wilmington juniors and seniors.Watch the short video below:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNAME CHANGE: ‘Guidance Counselors’ Now Referred To As ‘School Counselors’ In WilmingtonIn “Education”News & Notes From WCTV: Wildcat TV After School Club Starting At Wilmington High SchoolIn “Community”Mollie Dickerson Appointed Guidance Curriculum Team Leader For Wilmington High & Wilmington Middle SchoolIn “Education”last_img read more

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Everything Hisense just announced at CES 2019

first_imgR8 series Roku TV: On paper this set looks like a serious rival to TCL’s 6 series, CNET’s favorite TV for the money, which combines Roku’s superb smart TV system with the picture quality chops of full-array local dimming. The R8 has a healthy 64 zones of dimming on the 65-inch size, wide color gamut, 700 nits of brightness and Dolby Vision, all for less than the TCL 6 series. Shipping “later in 2019” the 55-inch size costs $600 and the 65 an aggressive $750. 20190108-104229The Hisense R8. David Katzmaier/CNET H8F series Android TV: This set offers all of the picture quality features of the R8 but with Google Android TV smart system instead of Roku’s. Google Assistant voice control is built-in and the set also works with Amazon Alexa. It will launch in May 2019 starting at $400 for the 50-inch and up to $750 for the 65-inch.H9F and U9F series Android TVs: These step-up models offer improved image quality specs, thanks to quantum dot technology. The H9F (May, $700 for 55-inch and $1,000 for the 65-inch) has 150 dimming zones and gets up to 1,000 nits in brightness, while the U9F (June, available only in a 75-inch size for $3,500) has a whopping 1,000+ zones and 2,200 nits of peak brightness. hisense-u9-frontThe 75-inch Hisense U9 claims more than 1,000 dimming zones. Hisense 100- and 120-inch 4K laser short-throw projector systems: Hisense bests on previous gigantic “TVs” — actually projection systems that consist of the screen, a projector that can sit very close to the wall, and a sound system — by adding a new dual-color laser light engine for improved color. The screens are designed to work well in bright lighting and the sound system is built into the projector, augmented by a wireless subwoofer. Alexa support is built in, available via the voice remote. Pricing was not announced, but for reference the 2018 100-inch setup was $10,000. Post a comment 61 Photos The best TVs of CES 2019 1:24 TVs Audio Google LG Beyond those shipping products Hisense also talked up some of its more future-looking tech.hisense-sonic-one-backThe backside of the Hisense One, said to be the thinnest 65-inch TV in the industry. Hisense ULED XD: Hisense likes to call its high-end sets “ULED” (don’t ask me what it stands for) so this variation is called “Extreme Detail.” It’s an all-new LCD panel design that “layers a 1080p module displaying a grayscale image between a full array LED backlight and a 4K module displaying a full color image.” Hisense claims improved dynamic range, brightness (2,900 nits), and “unsurpassed” black levels. I’m intrigued to check it out in person.4K RGB laser TV: An improvement on its laser projection tech that uses three separate lasers, one each for red, green and blue. The result, according to Hisense, should eventually achieve 100 percet of the Rec 2020 wide color gamut.Hisense One Design: Billed as the “thinnest-self contained 65-inch television in the industry,” the set ranges from less than 1/4-inch at its thinnest to 1 inch at its thickest point. And the screen itself acts like a speaker, similar to some OLED TVs. CES 2019: Complete coverage CES 2019: The schedule so far 14 questions CES 2019 needs to answer CES 2019 TVs preview: Get ready for 8K AI rollable OLED with Alexa CES 2019 preview: Laptops, tablets and PC gaming Google is primed to go big at CES again 0 The Hisense H9F includes Premium ULED quantum dot technology with anti glare reflection and 1000 nits brightness.  Hisense Hisense, one of the TV brands in domestic China, is a less-familiar name to Americans than even TCL, a fellow Chinese brand that has become increasingly successful in the US. For its 2019 lineup, Hisense is taking a page from TCL by improving the picture quality of some of the most popular kinds of TVs: those that use Roku’s operating system. It also introduced a new all-in-one laser “TV” (er, projector) and a few other bits of intriguing TV tech. Here’s the rundown. Share your voice CES 2019 Tags Now playing: Watch this: Hisense reveals latest 4K laser TV techlast_img read more

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Kinect hacker puts himself in the VR body of an anime character

first_imgI won’t fully pretend to understand the anime gaijin, but whatever the source of their fixation, no one can deny that they’ve gifted geekdom with more than their fair share of ingenious hacks, costumes and projects.It was probably only a matter of time, then, that some plucky anime lover with a gift for hacking took a stab at fusing his love for brightly colored cartoons and the gesture-sensing software of Microsoft‘s Kinect to put himself inside an anime.In this case, that hacker is developer Nao_u, who decided to use the Kinect to put himself inside a 3D representation of a wide-eyed anime teenager boasting azure pig tails as long as her slender body. He’s rolled out a sort of Virtual Reality simulation of the Sailor Moon experience, beaming himself through his Kinect into the body of Vocaloid’s Miku Hatsune.What’s cool is he’s not just controling Miku’s skeleton: he’s also wearing a pair of Vuzix’s VR920 LCD glasses to allow him to actually see through the eyes of his character as well.Sure, this isn’t the way most of us would use a Kinect — to put ourselves in the body of a virtual teenage girl — but heck, if someone comes up with a way to put ourselves in the body of the Doom space marine or Gordon Freeman, we’re there.Read more at Ada Fruitlast_img read more

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Fulton Innovation offers devicetodevice wireless charging demo at CES

first_img(Phys.org)—Instead of sharing the pain of how your phone is dead why not share the charge. That is the suggestion posed this week at the CES in Las Vegas among those behind Fulton Innovation’s featured technology, which allows for device-to-device wireless charging. Fulton’s team are offering a solution where a smartphone and tablet, for example, can just transfer power from one to the other. Michigan-based Fulton Innovation, manufacturers of eCoupled wireless chargers, demonstrated the charging technology this week at the show. © 2013 Phys.org Global Qi standard powers up wireless charging This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Fulton Innovation offers device-to-device wireless charging demo at CES (2013, January 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-fulton-device-to-device-wireless-demo-ces.html By placing two Qi-enabled devices back-to-back, a tablet charged up a phone at the show. Other than preventing a dead phone, another scenario would be a tablet user wanting to extend the power of the mobile device to finish work under way and pulling extra power, to make sure the work gets done, from a smartphone.Wireless power solutions have been the focal point of the company for some years. With the rise in mobile computing, how easily people can interact with wireless power is as key as how people interact with networking. A white paper in past years by David Baarman, a company director, “The Need for a Universal Wireless Power Solution,” said that “it is now up to the companies interested in developing and manufacturing these solutions to develop a standard that will allow consumers around the world to power their devices across a broad range of brands and power needs under a single, interoperable standard.” The company’s two-way wireless power approach will be introduced to the Wireless Power Consortium, which is the group that developed the wireless standard Qi. The Consortium was set up in 2008 as an open membership group of Asian, American, and European companies. The consortium’s mission is promoting wide marketplace adoption of Qi. The Qi is the global, interoperable wireless power standard created to work across rechargeable devices.Fulton Innovation’s technology is licensed globally across industries, according to the company site. The company is represented by a team of scientists, engineers, and business people sharing a vision of seeing more devices compatible with Qi wireless charging. The two-way power transfer was for demonstration at CES but time will tell how soon equipment manufacturers license the two-way technology to build it into their mobile devices. When that happens, devices using Qi will play well into the market needs of users who carry multiple mobile devices as well as those who would welcome the idea of being able to share device charges with friends or co-workers.last_img read more

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Being socially active linked to lower dementia risk

first_imgBeing more socially active in 50s and 60s is associated with a lower risk of developing dementia later on, a new research has found. “People who are socially engaged are exercising cognitive skills such as memory and language, which may help them to develop cognitive reserve – while it may not stop their brains from changing, cognitive reserve could help people cope better with the effects of age and delay any symptoms of dementia,” said senior author Gill Livingston, Professor at University College London. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe research, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, used data from the “Whitehall II” study, tracking 10,228 participants who had been asked on six occasions between 1985 and 2013 about their frequency of social contact with friends and relatives. The same participants also completed cognitive testing from 1997 onwards, and researchers referred to the study participants’ electronic health records up until 2017 to see if they were ever diagnosed with dementia. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the analysis, the research team focused on the relationships between social contact at age 50, 60 and 70, and subsequent incidence of dementia, and whether social contact was linked to cognitive decline, after accounting for other factors such as education, employment, marital status and socioeconomic status. The researchers found that increased social contact at age 60 is associated with a significantly lower risk of developing dementia later in life. The analysis showed that someone who saw friends almost daily at age 60 was 12 per cent less likely to develop dementia than someone who only saw one or two friends every few months. They found similarly strong associations between social contact at ages 50 and 70 and subsequent dementia. “Spending more time with friends could also be good for mental wellbeing, and may correlate with being physically active, both of which can also reduce the risk of developing dementia,” added Livingston.last_img read more

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