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Feast or Famine

first_imgEntrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and small businesspeople often have to make a choice between feast and famine.FamineIt’s not uncommon for a small business to end up with so much work that they can’t possibly take on another client. They don’t have any capacity for new work, and taking on new clients means that they may not perform as well for their existing clients, work more hours, or hire additional help.Once they have enough work, they stop their sales and marketing work. They quit prospecting. They stop spending their time and money on marketing, and they hunker down and serve their clients. They’re very happy with their income, and they’re happy with their work.But then, inevitably, they lose a client or two. Given a long enough time line, you will lose every client you now serve. The problem is that you don’t know when that will occur and why, and you will lose many clients through no fault of your own.So begins the famine. But it takes time to build a funnel, and this is where small businesses get themselves in a position where survival becomes difficult.FeastSometimes a small business can have too many clients. So begins the feast. There is an abundance of work, so much so that there is no easy way to take care of all the business.The last thing in the world a small business with too much business can imagine doing is building a funnel. But there are lots of ways to mitigate the potential problems of having more business than you can take on. You can hire contractors to do some work. You can push the start dates for projects. You can outsource some of the work. You can grow your business and hire real employees.But the last thing you can do is give up on the sales and marketing activities that bring in new opportunities. You are always one or two clients away from an existential threat to your business.You have to make a choice between feast or famine. If you believe that dealing with too much work is a problem, try dealing with the problem of not having enough business to be able to keep the lights on. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Seven booked in Gujarat toor dal scam

first_imgSeven persons were booked, including four government officials, after State authorities ordered a probe into irregularities in the purchase of toor dal in Gujarat. More than 1,000 sacks of toor dal were found to have been filled with sand, twigs and substandard dal during the procurement process by the State Civil Supplies Department. The Opposition Congress has alleged “that officials and local BJP leaders were involved in the scam. Toor dal had been procured from farmers at the minimum support price of the State government.”last_img

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Tight security plan for Delhi World Cup ties

first_imgA top Delhi Police official on Wednesday said that militants’ threat perception to the cricket World Cup will be taken into account while providing security for the four matches to be played at the Ferozeshah Kotla starting next month.Delhi Police have made elaborate security arrangements for the World Cup matches at the Ferozeshah Kotla.Karnail Singh, joint commissioner of police ( northern range) gave the assurance a day after he and other top police officers discussed the World Cup security arrangements with the Delhi and District Cricket Association ( DDCA) officials.With this second meeting between the DDCA and the Delhi police – the first one was held at the Police Headquarters on December 27 – over the security and traffic arrangements and the tickets for Delhi matches going into print on Thursday, the preparations for the World Cup have begun in the right earnest here.” The DDCA officials have told us about their requirements and we also apprised them what we would be requiring. Basically, we discussed what needs to be done during the matches. Security for matches at the Kotla has never been a problem in the past,” Karnail Singh told M AIL T ODAY . When asked about the steps that would be taken to meet the threat perception from certain militant outfits, he said: ” We will be having the threat perception in mind while providing the security.” Delhi Police have told DDCA officials that all people, who would be on official duty during the matches, will have to be verified, whatever their numbers may be. All employment and deployment will have to have the police’s permission.advertisementSpecial care will be being taken to scan all the items that will be taken inside the stadium. For this purpose, DDCA will hire big scanner machines to check items like the food, beverages, huge television equipment and cameras etc to ensure safety for all.As part of the security steps, 39 items, including plastic water bottles and coins, will be banned inside the stadium. Some of the other things that will not be allowed, include sharp- edged items, alcohol, pens, pencils, lathis , hard and long sticks for carrying flags ( only slim ones will be allowed), musical instruments, balloons, whistles, papers, binoculars, cameras and laser lights etc.” Spectators will be allowed only paper cups to drink water. We will publish advertisements in newspapers well in advance so that spectators know exactly what all they can’t take inside the stadium,” Ravinder Manchanda, a member of the DDCA security committee and joint secretary ( club), told M AIL T ODAY . ” We will also be very strict while designating people on duty during the matches. In the past, we have made many duty cards but this time we will cut down on numbers; only the minimal required people will get the cards,” he said.The Board of Control for Cricket India ( BCCI) has said that it will fully rely on the local police for security at all eight venues hosting World Cup matches.DDCA will, however, hire private security personnel for checking tickets at the turnstiles and they will also be posted at corporate boxes.However, the capacity of the stadium, which is 47,000- plus, will not be reduced. The tickets will carry detailed instructions on the ‘ dos’ and ‘ donts’ as well as the names of banned items.Only the vehicles of players and match officials – umpires and match referee – would be allowed inside the stadium.While space for only 250 VVIP cars will be allowed in the park in front of the main Kotla gate, spectators will have the parkand- ride facility.Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police ( traffic), said that two spots have been identified for spectators to park their vehicles.” Mata Sundari Marg and Shanti Van, which are in the vicinity of the Kotla, can accommodate quite a large number of vehicles. There will also be shuttle services from two Metro stations – the New Delhi railway station and Pragati Maidan,” Garg told MAIL TODAY . ” We have asked DDCA to arrange for buses and Qualis jeeps in association with the Delhi Transport Corporation to ferry spectators from the Metro stations,” he said.Kotla will host the South Africa- West Indies ( Feb 24), West Indies- Netherlands ( Feb 28), Kenya- Canada ( Mar 7) and India- Netherlands ( Mar 9) matches.last_img read more

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French Open: Have good memories of Paris, will try to have another good run, says Andy Murray

first_imgWith intimations of his Roland Garros demise appearing greatly exaggerated, world number one Andy Murray played it straight by the French Open form book on Tuesday with a mostly regulation 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 first-round win over Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov.After a confidence-sapping run-in to the tournament he came within one match of winning last year, the top seed would have been hoping for an easy introduction to settle the nerves.For the most part, his 73rd-ranked opponent obliged, as the rich run of form that last week took Kuznetsov to the semi-final of the Geneva Open deserted him under the gaze of a packed Philippe Chatrier crowd.Paris’ main showcourt had already played host to upsets in the day’s first two matches, with Murray’s compatriot, seventh-seeded Johanna Konta, going down in three sets to Taiwan’s unseeded Hsieh Su-Wei in the women’s draw, and Spain’s Fernando Verdasco ousting German ninth seed Alexander Zverev in four.For a while, some may have sensed the possibility of a third shock as the Scot began tentatively, his tennis underpowered and his manner subdued.Recovering from illness and injury, his love affair with clay has turned sour this year, with early-round defeats this month to Borna Coric in Madrid and Fabio Fognini in Rome – losses in which Murray said the absence of Ivan Lendl, who tends to coach him only during grand slams, had not played a role.”If things aren’t going well, people will try and find the reason for why that is,” he told a news conference.advertisement”For me, I don’t think that it’s anything to do with Ivan not being there…I do think that ideally we would have spent more time together (but)…that’s the situation that we were in, and it worked fine last year.”Murray was broken when serving for the first set at 5-4, but Kuznetsov handed the break right back in the next game. Murray then lost his bearings midway through the second set, dropping four games in a row to allow the Russian to square the match.Bolstered by the returning presence in his box of Ivan Lendl, his coach in grand slams since 2012 and credited with adding an extra edge of aggression to his game, the Scot then moved through the gears, mixing drop shots with lobs and adding more depth to his groundstrokes.He breezed through the third and fourth sets with the loss of just two games and ended the match full of smiles that hinted at his relief over a potentially tricky hurdle negotiated.”He (Kuznetsov) goes for his shots, he plays very aggressively…so he takes your time away. But it was quite windy today…and that can make things difficult,” Murray said in a courtside interview.”I started to play better as the match went on…I have very good memories of Paris and I will try to have another good run this year.”last_img read more

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G-Bo’s Hard Road From Greece To The NBA

first_imgAnnie-Rose Strasser – Think ProgressWhen Giannis “G Bo” Antetokounmpo was drafted to the NBA last year, no one knew quite what to expect. Before the draft, scouts had flocked to Greece to see the 18-year-old, born to Nigerian immigrant parents and taken under the wing of a Greek basketball coach.But it was still a big surprise when the Milwaukee Bucks drafted him with the 15th overall pick. Even Giannis wasn’t expecting it.“No. No. No,” he told AOL on draft night. “Let me tell you the truth: No. I did not think I would be in the NBA, it was just a dream. How could I think this would happen? And happen now? But I am here now. So I am happy.”Giannis’s name (pronounced “YAHN-iss ahn-teh-toe-KUHN-poe”) is on the map now. But in a relatively small way. In the first four games he played, he averaged just two rebounds and 4.8 points. But Giannis’ life has changed a lot since the Bucks drafted him.Antetokounmpo grew up poor in a country that’s been one of the most tumultuous financial roller coasters since the 2008 global crash. He and his three siblings helped make his family’s ends meet by selling sunglasses and handbags on the street. The kids all slept in one room. They often had to make the choice whether to pay for food or electricity.The challenges were especially great because both of Giannis’ parents were undocumented immigrants. In Greece, that means Giannis and his siblings were too. That made it hard to find work, even in the good times, but it also meant the family faced constant danger of being exposed, Giannis told OnMilwaukee in an in-depth profile piece recently:“For 20 years they were illegal,” he continued. “It’s very hard to live for 20 years without papers. Very, very hard. You have children and you have to go out and work without papers. At any moment, the cops can stop you and say come over here and let me send you back to your country.“For me, my parents, they are heroes.” Things changed when Giannis was up for a spot the NBA. Mostly in good ways, but not all. Giannis’ notoriety brought money and, in fact, it brought him and his brother (also a basketball player) citizenship on May 9, 2013. But it’s also brought the attention of the head of the Golden Dawn, a neo-Nazi nationalist party that rose from the ashes of Greece’s financial ruin.The Golden Dawn is the outlet of anti-immigrant, racist sentiment in Greece, brought on by a feeling that “non-Greeks” are responsible for the nation’s financial difficulties.The Fascist group, which holds events where it plays the anthem of Nazi Germany and hands out food to “Greeks only,” gained control of 18 seats of the country’s parliament in the last election. They call immigrants “parasites.”The danger of the fringe group reached its apex over the last two months. In September, party supporters were accused of stabbing a prominent anti-fascist Greek rapper. Country officials are now looking to ban the party.But the Golden Dawn still has a following and a leadership, and they have set their sights on Giannis’ family. In some ways he is their perfect villain: a young boy, not ethnically Greek, able to achieve success despite poverty and immigration status. He was even fast-tracked toward citizenship because “of special services to the country.”Nikolaos Michaloliakos, leader of the Golden Dawn, called for Giannis’ deportation after that expedited process. When Giannis was drafted in June and cameras captured him celebrating by waving the Greek flag, Michaloliakos asked reporters, “If you give a chimpanzee in the zoo a banana and a flag, is he Greek?”Greece’s Prime Minister jumped to Giannis’ defense, saying, “I thank you for honoring our national colors … I hope you drive them crazy with your slam dunks.”But Michaloliakos lashed out again weeks later, insisting that Giannis and his family should have been arrested when they went to meet the Prime Minister at the Maximos mansion, the equivalent to the American White House. Michaloliakos also posited that Giannis made it onto the Bucks as part of a plot by “fanatical Jew and Zionist but also a big and active antifascist activist” Herb Kohl, the former senator who owns the team.Michaloliakos is currently in jail. He was arrested last month and charged with running a crime gang. Tensions are still high, though, and on November 1st, two Golden Dawn members were shot and killed in a drive-by outside of the party headquarters.Giannis and his family are used to racially-charged bullying. They were the only black family within blocks of where they lived when the kids were growing up.An early article on Antetokounmpo and his brother reports, in a loose Google translation, that the brother was “scorned by the grandstand … in many stadiums in Greece” for being black, and that Giannis had been attacked by a group of racists. Violent anti-immigrant attacks are a signature of Golden Dawn’s members. Such beatings often go unpunished by police, and an investigation last month revealed that Golden Dawn had infiltrated Greek police forces.But Giannis isn’t discouraged by the racial hostility in which he’s found himself in the center. In a testament to the patriotism of undocumented people everywhere, he told On Milwaukee, “It’ll be nice that family can be here and be away from anything that’s happening in Greece. But I love my country. Greece is my country. I’m going to go back home.”For now, Milwaukee is Giannis’s home. He’s already got an affectionate nickname there — they call him “The Alphabet” for his mouthful of a name — and the adoration of his general manager, coach, and teammates.“As a big brother to him, he is fun to be around and it takes me back,” Bucks small forward Caron Butler told The Sporting News. “I got a daughter who is 18 years old, so I look at him more like a son. His spirit is always great, he looks at this and thinks there is nothing he can’t do or be.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Machines can see, hear and analyze thanks to embedded neural networks

first_img March 12, 2018 at 9:58 pm “This content is written very well. Your use of formatting when making your points makes your observations very clear and easy to understand. https://www.promoocodes.com/ Thank you” Log in to Reply PaulChau says: With these features extracted, the NN is used to determine the audio sample’s similarity to a database of audio samples of words or sounds. Like image recognition, the NN delivers a likelihood of a match to a specific word in its database. For those wanting to replicate Google and Amazon’s ‘OK Google’ or ‘Alexa’ Voice Trigger (VT) functionality, KITT.AI provides one solution with Snowboy. A trigger word can be uploaded to their platform for analysis, resulting in a file which can be integrated into a Snowboy application on embedded platforms. The VT word can then be detected without an Internet connection. Audio recognition is not limited to the spoken word. TensorFlow provides an example project for iOS that can distinguish between a female and male voice.An alternative application is the detection of animals and other sounds in and around our cities and homes. This has been demonstrated with a deep-learning bat monitoring system installed in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the United Kingdom. This opens up the possibility of combining visual and audio recognition NN into a single platform. For example, audio recognition of specific sounds could be used to trigger the video recording of a security system.There are many applications where cloud-based AI support is undesirable, due to data privacy concerns, or untenable, due to poor data connectivity or bandwidth issues. In other cases, real-time performance is an area of concern. For example, industrial manufacturing systems demand an instantaneous response in order to undertake real-time actions on a production line, and the latency associated with a cloud-based service simply takes too long.As a result, there is increased interest in moving AI to the edge. That is, placing the power of AI at the point at which it is used. Various IP vendors provide solutions such as CEVA’s CEVA-X2 and NeuPro IP cores that together with software integrate easily with the existing NN frameworks. This opens up the possibility of developing embedded systems that are AI capable, whilst benefiting from the flexibility of low-power processor functionality. A voice recognition system, as an example, could make use of silicon and power optimized integrated AI to recognize a VT and a minimal subset of voice commands (VC). More complex VCs and functionality could then be handled by a cloud-based AI once the application has woken-up from its low-power, voice trigger state.Finally, Convolutional NNs (CNN) are also being used to improve the quality of text-to-speech (TTS) systems. Historically, TTS has used a concatenative process to stitch together many tiny chunks of high-quality voice recordings from a single voice actor. The results are understandable but still have the feeling of a robotic voice due to the strange intonation and inflection in the resulting output. Trying to inflect different emotions requires a completely new set of voice recordings. Google’s WaveNet improves on the current state of the art by using a CNN to generate the TTS waveforms from scratch at 16,000 samples per second. The resulting examples are seamless, of noticeably higher quality and more natural sounding than previous examples.Youval Nachum  serves as CEVA’s Senior Product Marketing Manager for audio and voice product line. Youval brings over 20 years of multi-disciplinary experience, spanning marketing, system architecture, ASIC, and software domains at leading technology companies. He is passionate about anticipating long term trends and leading technical programs to their successful completion. Highly proficient in combining market requirements, product definitions, industry standards and design innovations into breakthrough products, Youval holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Digital, IoT Log in to Reply 4 thoughts on “Machines can see, hear and analyze thanks to embedded neural networks” Continue reading on page two >> March 26, 2019 at 4:12 am MelBrandle says: Continue Reading Previous IAR Systems and Data I/O collaborate on modern workflowsNext Kontron: new DIN Rail industrial computer series KBox A-15x “It’s really quite amazing to think about what the human can create isn’t it. It’s scary too – were humans ever meant to create some form of artificial intelligence that mimics what the human body itself can do? Are we trying to play God? I really do thinkcenter_img polesmith0414 says: The potential applications around artificial intelligence (AI) continue to grow on a daily basis. As the power of different neural network (NN) architectures are tested, tuned and refined to tackle different problems, diverse methods of optimally analyzing data using AI are found. Much of today’s AI applications such as Google Translate and Amazon Alexa’s speech recognition and vision recognition systems leverage the power of the cloud. By relying upon always-on Internet connections, high bandwidth links and web services, the power of AI can be integrated into Internet of Things (IoT) products and smartphone apps. To date, most attention is focused on vision-based AI, partly because it is easy to visualize in news reports and videos, and partly because it is such a human-like activity.Sound and Vision Neural Network (Image: CEVA) For image recognition, a 2D image is analysed – a square group of pixels at a time – with successive layers of the NN recognizing ever larger features. At the beginning, edges of high difference in contrast will be detected. In a face, this will occur around features such as the eyes, nose, and mouth. As the detection process progresses deeper into the network, whole facial features are detected. In the final phase, the combination of features and their position will tend toward a specific face in the available dataset being identified as a likely match.Neural Network feature extraction (Image: CEVA) The hope is that the neural network will provide the highest probability of a match with the face in its database that matches that of the subject photographed or captured by a camera. The clever element here is that the subject may not have been captured at exactly the same angle or pose as the photograph in the database, nor under the same lighting conditions.AI has become so prevalent so quickly in a large part due to open software tools, known as frameworks, that make it easy to build and train an NN for a target application in a variety of programming languages. Two such common frameworks are TensorFlow and Caffe. Where the item to be recognized is already known, an NN can be defined and trained offline. Once trained, the NN can then be easily deployed to an embedded platform. This is a clever partitioning that allows the power of a development PC or the cloud train the NN, while the power-sensitive embedded processor is simply using the training data for the purposes of recognition.The human-like ability to recognize people and objects is closely linked with trendy applications, such as industrial robots and autonomous cars. However, AI is of equal interest and capability in the field of audio. In the same way that features can be analyzed in an image, audio can be broken down into features that can be fed into an NN. One method uses the Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficient (MFCC) to break audio down into usable features. Initially, the audio sample is broken down into short time frames, e.g. 20ms, and then, using Fourier transforms of the signal, powers of the audio spectrum are mapped onto a nonlinear scale using triangular overlapping windows.Sound Neural Network Breakdown (Image: CEVA) Log in to Reply “I was reading a little bit about some of these new t technologies and how many different sensors are being created in order for automation to happen. Obviously it’s quite clear that what we’re trying to do, is recreate some of the neuro-receptors that occ July 24, 2018 at 5:10 am March 26, 2019 at 3:11 am michaelmaloney says: “We are all aware of the fact that machines function according to what we program them to. If we are able to input complex codings into them, they would be able to see, hear and analyze. This is how complicated functioning works and we can decide according Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. 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Tourism Industry Remains Confident

first_imgTourism industry leaders and the Nova Scotia government remain confident in the province’s tourism plan. “We have developed a solid business plan and marketing strategy in consultation with the tourism industry in Nova Scotia,” Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage said today, Aug. 4. “It is customer-focused, research-based and built to work over time.” Despite a soft start to the tourism season this year, Mr. MacDonald said the province’s tourism efforts will continue to support products that customers want and will respond to. Like many other areas of Canada, Nova Scotia is facing a number of tourism challenges this year, including poor weather, high gas prices, and the fact that many Americans are still not travelling outside of the United States. Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick are both reporting soft starts to the season. For Prince Edward Island, the first six months of this year were in line with last year’s difficult season. June and early July were a bit softer for New Brunswick. Nova Scotia had a strong tourism season in 2004, but experienced a five per cent drop in visitation from January through May this year. One of the factors was the cancellation of the Scotia Prince ferry service between Yarmouth and Portland, Maine. “We had some unique circumstances in the early part of the tourism season which we have been working with our industry partners to address,” said Mr. MacDonald. “In an effort to offset some of these challenges, we are taking steps to further strengthen our positioning in the market.” The province will roll out an enhanced mid-summer marketing campaign this month in Atlantic Canada, a market which represents more than half of all visitors to Nova Scotia, and launch an expanded late-summer campaign for the northeastern United States earlier than planned. “In Nova Scotia, the ability of industry and government to work together and respond quickly to factors impacting tourism is a valuable strength for the business of tourism,” said Nicolas Carson, general manager of the Prince George Hotel and chair of the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia, the provincial voice for the tourism industry. Charles Clerk, president of the Island Beach Company and chair of the Tourism Partnership Council, the industry-government partnership that plans Nova Scotia’s tourism marketing, research and product development, agrees. “Our relationship with government enables us to identify and provide timely input in response to visitation statistics,” said Mr. Clerk. “By working together, we have been able to further strengthen our tourism marketing efforts.” In addition to enhancing marketing efforts, Mr. MacDonald and two other cabinet ministers led a business and industry delegation to Portland, Maine, last week to promote the restoration of the ferry service to Yarmouth. Mr. MacDonald and senior department officials will also meet with the new president and chief executive officer of the Halifax International Airport Authority to discuss remaining runway construction work and ensure contingency plans are in place. “We are committed to working with our partners to continue attracting more visitors to the province and make sure their experience in Nova Scotia is the best it can possibly be,” said Mr. MacDonald. Tourism is a major economic engine in Nova Scotia, worth close to $1.3 billion in annual revenues and more than 33,000 direct and indirect jobs. This year’s $7.7-million tourism marketing campaign is the most extensive developed by Nova Scotia’s tourism industry.last_img read more

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Speaker holds talks with Qatars Deputy Prime Minister

During the meetings, they discussed bilateral relations, ways of supporting and developing them, as well as matters of mutual interest. (Colombo Gazette) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had talks with Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in Qatar.The Peninsula reported that Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani had met separately with Karu Jayasuriya, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, Krishna Bahadur Mahara, First Deputy Speaker of the Riksdag (Swedish Parliament), Asa Lindestam and Vice-President of the Bundestag (German Parliament), Claudia Roth, on the sidelines of the 140th General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

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Ultraclass haulers at 16 of global truck payload

first_imgThe generally higher metals prices of the past decade have tended to lower the economic cut-off grade for most metals, and this has contributed to an overall decline in mined ore grades. This trend has been augmented by the introduction of larger equipment, which has lower unit operating costs. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the evolution of the ‘Ultra’ truck. “In 1996, Komatsu delivered the first of a class of mining trucks that became emblematic of the seemingly relentless drive to capture economies of large-scale production at the world’s biggest surface mines,” explains IntierraRMG. The company’s model 930E (with a 290 t payload capacity) remains a favourite for many of these large mines but has been superseded, at least in size, by haulers with payloads of 327 to 363 t.According to a report on Trends in Mining Methods, Technology and Equipment by IntierraRMG, until 1996 the largest capacity mining trucks in use had rated payloads of approximately 218 t (units in this class have since been upgraded to around 231 t). That changed with the delivery of four Komatsu 930Es to copper mines in the southwestern US. While Komatsu had gained a clear early advantage on its competition, first Liebherr (1998) and then Caterpillar (1999) not only introduced their own Ultra-class trucks but extended the size to 327 t. In 2003, Liebherr extended the capacity ‘envelope’ to 363 t. By the end of 2012, there were more than 3,000 of these Ultra-class trucks (payloads of over 290 t) operating at 100 mines worldwide. This largest truck category now represents the fastest growing segment of the large-scale truck market (defined as those trucks having payloads of 90 t+).As IntierraRMG Managing Director, Peter Rossdeutscher explains; “Shipments of these Ultra-class trucks achieved early acceptance, growing from just the four ‘prototypes’ delivered in 1996 to more than 100 units in each of 2000 and 2001 (the latter coming while the market was turning down sharply). As a result, shipments (measured in payload term) grew to 24% of the global market in 2000 before demand succumbed to the protracted 1999-2002 cyclical depression.” By the end of 2002, the total population of Ultra-class trucks approached 500 units but at only 37 different locations, and they still accounted for just 6% of the global truck population (this more than six years after the first 930E was commissioned). At that time there were five major suppliers offering at least one model of over 290t: Komatsu (from 1996), Liebherr (1998), Caterpillar (1999), Unit Rig (2000) and Hitachi (2002).The commodities boom and mining super-cycle that commenced circa 2003 brought with it a near decade-long growth in demand for large mining trucks (interrupted only briefly in 2009). Global shipments of 90 t+ trucks increased from less than an annual 1,000 to nearly 3,000 in 2007. The demand for the largest offerings increased as well, with the 282 units shipped bringing the Ultra-class population to more than 1,100. But, at that point (more than ten years after its introduction), these largest haulers represented just over 10% of installed payload worldwide. Comparing their growth during the first five years of the mining and equipment ‘super cycle’ (2003-2007) to the five previous years (1998-2002) indicates a slower growth rate for the Ultra-class than for any of the ‘more mature’ classes (from 90 to 231 t).But the situation has changed over the past five years. Despite a sharp contraction during 2009, the overall truck market increased to nearly 5,000 unit shipments in 2012, and this time the growth of the Ultra-class far exceed those recorded by its smaller counterparts. Rossdeutscher concludes; “The 640 Ultra-class haulers delivered in 2012 accounted for more than 25% of delivered capacity, and the 3,004 units in service at the end of December last year accounted for more than 16% of the total truck payload in operation worldwide. Looked another way; of the additional 3.6 Mt of truck payload in operation at the end of last year, more than 22% was accounted for by trucks in the 290 t+ range.”last_img read more

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Concern rises over 21yearold woman last seen at a Dublin hospital

first_imgPOLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland say they are increasingly concerned about the whereabouts of a  21-year-old woman who was last seen at a Dublin hospital on Wednesday afternoon.Alexandra O’Brien, who the PSNI say could be described as vulnerable, has been missing for almost 24 hours. It is believed that she may have travelled to Derry after leaving the hospital.Alexandra is described as being around 5’6″ tall with shoulder length light brown hair. When last seen she was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a blue and white striped t-shirt.Police have asked anyone with information about her whereabouts to contact Strand Road Police Station in Derry.last_img

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A 2000yearold ancient Greek papyrus has finally been deciphered

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It has taken scholars over 500 years to decipher the meaning ‘locked’ within a 2,000-year-old papyrus from ancient Greece.Covered in mirrored text, it has been located at the University of Basel’s library in Switzerland for hundreds of years, with the team of researchers continually hitting a wall.However this month they finally announced a major breakthrough. Ultraviolet and infrared images of the papyrus unveiled that it was in fact made up of layers of plant fibre paper that had been glued together.A manuscript specialist was then called in to assist the team, and managed to meticulously separate each individual page, making the Greek text legible for the first time.“This is a sensational discovery,” said project leader and ancient history Professor Sabine Huebner.“The majority of papyri are documents such as letters, contracts and receipts. This is a literary text, however, and they are vastly more valuable.”After further research they discovered that it is a medical text from late antiquity, which describes “the phenomenon of ‘hysterical apnea’”.“We therefore assume that it is either a text from the Roman physician Galen, or an unknown commentary on his work,” Professor Huebner said.One of the most prominent figures in the history of medicine, Galen was a Greek physician who made a name for himself through his work on medicine and philosophy, and his notes and illustrations of the human anatomy.last_img read more

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Espèces menacées la Cites réclame plus de moyens pour les protéger

first_imgEspèces menacées : la Cites réclame plus de moyens pour les protégerDoha, Qatar – A l’ouverture de la réunion lors de laquelle sera examiné le sort de plusieurs espèces menacées et notamment du thon rouge, la Convention sur le commerce international des espèces de faune et de flore sauvages menacées d’extinction (Cites) a réclamé plus de moyens pour assurer la protection de la vie sauvage.Jusqu’au 25 mars prochain, les 175 États membres de la Cites examineront quarante-deux propositions d’inscription de nouvelles espèces au répertoire des animaux et végétaux en danger d’extinction, ou de renforcement des régulations déjà mises en place. Depuis sa création en 1975, la Convention régule déjà le commerce de quelque 34.000 espèces de faune et de flore sauvages. Disposant de 5 millions de dollars par an pour accomplir sa mission de protection des espèces, la Cites assure que ce budget est insuffisant et demande à ce qu’il soit augmenté dès cette année.”Sans financement adéquat, la Cites risque de laisser tomber non seulement les espèces auxquelles nous semblons attacher de l’importance, mais aussi le monde en développement qui se bat pour préserver la vie sauvage”, a averti Willem Wijnstekers, le secrétaire général de la Convention. Pour pouvoir assurer la sauvegarde des espèces menacées par la destruction des écosystèmes, la surpêche ou encore la surexploitation du bois, “il nous faudrait une hausse de près de 30%”, notamment pour aider les pays en développement à faire respecter les réglementations et interdictions du commerce des animaux protégés, estime Juan Carlos Vasquez, de la Cites.A Doha, l’inscription du thon rouge à l’annexe I de la Cites est en ce moment étudiée. Si elle est adoptée par la majorité des pays membres de la Convention, elle entraînera l’interdiction du commerce international de l’espèce. Le sort de quatre espèces de requins mais aussi des coraux sont au programme de la réunion à laquelle participent près de 1.500 délégués, représentant quelque 150 États, de nombreuses ONG et des associations scientifiques.Le 15 mars 2010 à 16:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Turnpike northbound reopened after car fire

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Florida’s Turnpike northbound at Hollywood Boulevard was shutdown , early Wednesday morning, after a car caught on fire.7SkyForce HD was over the scene in the northbound lanes at the Hollywood Boulevard exit where a car was seen engulfed in flames.Officials and fire crews have extinguished the fire and have reopened northbound lanes of traffic after they were shutdown.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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5G will rule on highend phones by years end ready or not

first_img See also Tags Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone Galaxy S10 5G camera, 5G demo at MWC 2019 Comments Review • Xiaomi Mi Mix 3’s slider is almost perfect Mobile World Congress 2019 reading • 5G will rule on high-end phones by year’s end, ready or not MWC 2019: All the phones and gadgets we cared about • See All Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone vendor, unveiled its first 5G phone ahead of MWC during its Unpacked event in San Francisco, and Oppo last week talked up its first, not-yet-named 5G phone. Huawei showed off its 5G Mate X foldable at MWC, and Xiaomi detailed its Mi Mix 3 5G. MWC also marked the debut of LG’s V50 and ZTE’s Axon 10 Pro, and Sony and OnePlus showed off prototypes for devices they’ll launch this year. The initial devices won’t have many places to actually connect to the fast networks, at least not in early 2019. Carriers like AT&T and Verizon are just starting to turn on their 5G networks, which will first be in pockets of cities like Dallas. Even if the carriers say they have 5G coverage in a city, you may struggle to actually get on the network, even with a compatible device. But 5G is coming faster than 4G, Qualcomm’s Amon said. “If you look at the US, by the second half of 2019 and the holiday season, all carriers will have 5G,” he said. Emerging markets’ slower rollout5G is coming slower in emerging markets than in places like the US. In those areas, handset makers will still have 4G versions of their flagships, along with offering a 5G variant through 2019 and early 2020, Amon said.”The intersection point where 4G starts to disappear globally from the flagship is probably in the second half of 2020,” he predicted. That’s likely the same time Apple will have its first 5G phone. The company previously relied on Qualcomm for the wireless chips for its devices, but it’s worked with Intel over the past couple of years because of a patent licensing battle with Qualcomm. Intel’s 5G modem won’t be in phones until 2020, it said. MediaTek, another company Apple reportedly has talked to about 5G chips, also won’t have its modems in 5G phones until next year, Yenchi Lee, senior director of product marketing for MediaTek’s wireless communications business, said last week in an interview at MWC. Its initial 5G modem customers will launch their devices in China, he said. Lee noted that while people will buy their first 5G smartphones this year, there’s still not a clear benefit for the buyers.”Even if they have a 5G device, so what?” he said. “It will take some time for the market and applications for the ecosystem to really benefit from what 5G can bring to the end users.” The hope is that time is 2020.  Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone The Galaxy S10 5G is Samsung’s first phone running on the new, super-fast wireless network.  Juan Garzon / CNET If you’re planning to buy a phone later this year, you may not be able to avoid 5G. Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon last week predicted that by this holiday season or the Chinese New Year in early 2020, all major flagship phones will run 5G — and there may not even be an option to buy a high-end device without the new, super-fast connectivity. “You’re going to see that for the 5G markets, if most of the carriers are rolling out 5G in those markets, you’re only going to have 5G flagships,” Amon said in an interview last week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. That differs from the strategy of the first crop of 5G phones arriving early this year. Most companies are offering one version of their flagship phones that run on the faster network, as well as other variants that only tap into 4G LTE and older networks. Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G is basically its 4G LTE-enabled Galaxy 10 Plus on steroids. And Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 5G is essentially the company’s 4G LTE Mi Mix 3 phone with an added 5G chip.  28 Photos Phones Components 3 Qualcomm ZTE 5G 4G LTE AT&T LG Samsung Sony Verizon Mentioned Above Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 $392 5G has long been touted as a game-changing technology, with the ability to dramatically boost the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. It can run between 10 and 100 times faster than your typical cellular connection today, and even quicker than anything you can get with a physical fiber-optic cable going into your house. But 5G’s rollout is just getting started. The first devices haven’t gone on sale yet, and most carriers haven’t turned on their 5G networks. Most smartphone shoppers early this year likely will still opt for the 4G variants. But if you plan to hold onto your phone for two or three years, which is now typical of most buyers, you may want to spring for the 5G model from your preferred vendor. 5G’s rolloutNearly all big Android handset makers will jump into 5G early this year. Essentially all of them, except for Huawei, will use Qualcomm’s 5G modems. Amon in December predicted that every major Android handset vendor will offer a 5G flagship phone by the holidays of 2019.  May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared 5:18 Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Qualcomm: 5G Android flagship phones will storm the 2019 holidays Galaxy S10 5G, Mate X: Why you shouldn’t buy a 5G phone right now Samsung Galaxy S11 5G may be slimmer, last longer thanks to Qualcomm 5G is still a little magic, a little smoke and mirrors See it Mobile World Congress 2019 Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

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Tiny T rex is the terrible tyrants petsize prehistoric predecessor

first_imgAn artist’s rendering of how Suskityrannus hazelae may have looked.  Virginia Tech / Andrey Atuchin Paleontologists have discovered a dinosaur cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex that suggests the ferocious lizard came from far less terrifying ancestors. The newly named dinky dino is called Suskityrannus hazelae; the first part of the name comes from the Zuni Native American word for “coyote,” as its specimen skeletons were found in New Mexico’s Zuni Basin way back in 1997 and 1998. “Essentially, we didn’t know we had a cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex for many years,” Virginia Tech geosciences professor Sterling Nesbitt, who attended the 1998 dig while a junior in high school, said in a statement. He says that the team first thought it might have found the remains of a Velociraptor, the vicious lizard species that terrorized many of our nightmares in the 1990s thanks to the Jurassic Park movie franchise. As the years went by, scientists began to learn more about the existence of T-rex cousins. The connection between the specimens and its notorious descendant is laid out in a paper in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution. The two-legged mini rex is thought to have stood about three feet tall at the hip, leaning its long snout forward and trailed by a tail that would have made it about nine feet long in all. Still, scientists believe the lizard probably weighed in at only 45 to 90 pounds (20 – 41 kg), comparable to a large dog. That makes this coyote-rex quite the tiny version of Tyrannosaurus, the tyrant king of the dinosaurs, which weighed roughly nine tons full grown, even with its silly, shrimpy arms. But Suskityrannus actually predates T. rex by several million years. “Suskityrannus gives us a glimpse into the evolution of tyrannosaurs just before they take over the planet,” Nesbitt said.  That evolutionary path to world domination would include an awful lot of growth. A single Suskityrannus would be about equal to the size of a fully grown T. rex skull.  Tyrannosaurus rex came from this dog-sized cousin Share your voice Comment Sci-Tech 1 1:53 Paleontology Tags Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

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Zynga launches RewardVille rewards program for Facebook games

first_imgWe whet your appetite back in January by telling you about Zynga’s rewards program, RewardVille, for everyone that plays Zynga games on Facebook. This, of course, includes the insanely popular game Farmville. At that time, it was only a preview site, but Zynga announced yesterday on its blog that the full version of RewardVille is up and running.RewardVille is basically an attempt to get people to play even more Zynga games, as if you weren’t already obsessed enough with Farmville. It allows you to earn Zynga-level points and coins, and unlock exclusive and limited edition virtual items across a plethora of games.The games featured in the rewards program include CityVille, FrontierVille, FarmVille, Mafia Wars, Zynga Poker, Cafe World, Treasure Isle, YoVille, PetVille, and Vampire Wars.Playing those games earns you zPoints, and currency called zCoins. The zPoints allow you to advance your Zynga level, gain zCoins, and unlock different RewardVille items. A maximum of 80 zPoints can be earned per game, or 300 zPoints total in one day. I wonder how many hours of gameplay that would require?So what do you do with all these zPoints and zCoins? You can redeem zCoins for exclusive items that are available only on RewardVille. Of course, these items will help you advance faster in your game, earning more zPoints and zCoins. Do you see the pattern here? Also, as an incentive, anyone who signs up for RewardVille in March will get a free item for each game.To get started with RewardVille, register a RewardVille account through Facebook Connect or through Zynga’s site. Then, start playing one of the above-mentioned games, and wait for the points and coins to start racking up.Check out the video to see RewardVille in action.Read more at Zynga’s blog.last_img read more

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Guatemala volcano roars back to life

first_imgA volcano near the Guatemalan capital roared back to life on Wednesday, spewing ash high into the air, disaster safety officials said.The Fuego volcano, which is just 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Guatemala City and its population of one million people, coughed out gas and ash 4,800 meters above sea level.Despite at least two lava flows, Alejandro Maldonado, secretary of the disaster reduction office CONRAD, said the so-called “Fire Volcano” was not yet sufficiently dangerous to justify the evacuation of nearby villages.Experts say the volcano — one of the most active in Central America — may become increasingly violent in the coming hours and could affect air traffic.In February, a powerful eruption at Fuego forced authorities to declare an alert and close the airport in the capital. Facebook Comments #AMPLIACIÓN: #CONRED realiza monitoreo y evaluación de comunidades cercanas al volcán de Fuego-► pic.twitter.com/nC7OE4NB0d— TELEDIARIO GUATEMALA (@TelediarioGT) October 7, 2015 Related posts:Turrialba Volcano eruption in Costa Rica: Photos from the web Turrialba Volcano erupts again, raining ash over San José UPDATE: Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano erupts incandescent material Possible lava rocks indicate Turrialba Volcano may have entered more dangerous phaselast_img read more

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