Another legal roadblock for TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline.A judge in Montana has blocked approval of the line citing several issues, including the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions.TransCanada had said they planned to start construction on the pipeline in early 2019.The pipeline was denied a permit by U.S. President Barack Obama in 2015, but Donald Trump made it one of his priorities of taking office to approve it and asked the Calgary based company to re-submit the line.Keystone XL, which was first proposed by the company in 2008, would run from Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska where it would connect with other pipelines.
TORONTO — The outgoing head of Canada’s central bank says economic recovery can only happen if banks can rebuild the public’s trust.“To move to a world that once again values the future, bankers need to see themselves as custodians of their institutions, improving them before they pass them along to their successors,” said Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney during a panel discussion Friday at the Toronto Board of Trade.Speaking in front of more than 200 business leaders, Carney said recovery from the 2008 financial crisis has been slow, mainly due to the “fundamental loss of trust” in the global banking system.It was announced Thursday that Carney, who is leaving for the Bank of England at the end of the month, will be replaced by Export Development Canada chief executive Stephen Poloz.The discussion Friday also featured Roger Martin, dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and Convivium editor-in-chief Rev. Raymond De Souza.Carney said the loss of trust has a real economic consequence.“It is making the pace of the recovery much harder and the pain of the aftermath that much worse. The real economy relies on the financial system and the financial system itself relies on trust,” he said.The governor said in the years leading up to the financial collapse, the big banks lost their way when they became more about generating profits, rather than helping their clients — the general public.“Banking is fundamentally about mediation. It’s about connecting savers and borrowers in a real economy but the industry developed increasingly as an apex of economic activity as an end of itself,” he said. ’“Banks became more about connecting with other banks than connecting with clients. Clients became counterparties and banking became transnational as opposed to relationship-based.”To get back to their “core values,” Carney proposed that governments need to strike a balance, to ensure that banks hold enough capital so they won’t too vulnerable to failure, but still be open to penalties for misconduct.Martin said it was the responsibility of business schools to teach those entering that financial sector that they should not just strive for monetary rewards, which can lead to a unethical and “investor-first” industry.De Souza added that the financial industry should be held to the high moral standards of any industry and rewarding those who practice prudence, honesty, justice and those who do service for others.“Economic activity isn’t separate from the world of ethics and philosophy, mortality and faith, even though sometimes it may seem that way,” said De Souza.The Canadian Press
Corning’s Gorilla Glass is already pretty cool stuff, but the company’s next-gen product is even more amazing. It’s going to make your next smartphone incredibly readable in the brightest daylight and keep your filthy fingers from slathering its touchscreen with bacteria.The “hole” you see in the image above isn’t actually a hole. It’s a small, circular area of a piece of glass that’s been treated with Corning’s new anti-reflective coating. As you can see, the difference is night and day. Instead of seeing mostly what’s behind you (clouds), you’ll actually be able to see what you’re looking at (grass).Just imagine being able to pull your smartphone out in full daylight and being able to read incoming text messages without cupping your hand over the screen or squinting at it like a near-sighted pirate.It’s great that Gorilla Glass already makes many of our smartphones incredibly resistant to scratches, chips, and dings, but this new coating is a real game-changer. If you’re going to drop six or seven hundred bucks on a phone, you’d probably like to be able to use it all the time — even when the afternoon sun is beating down from above. Gorilla Glass 4 may very well make that a reality.The fact that it will also keep your screen from becoming overrun by colonies of bacteria is a nice bonus, too, especially if you’re willing to let other people fondle your phone from time to time. You can’t always tell where someone’s hands have been — and you don’t always want to.At least with Gorilla Glass 4’s anti-microbial properties you won’t have to worry about picking something up from the front of your phone. Let’s just hope the rest of the chassis is getting the same treatment.Now read: Lab-grown sapphire smartphone screen shrugs off scratches
25,120 Views By Sean Murray As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: File photo. Mock customs post at the border in Ravensdale. Image: Niall Carson/PA Images Thursday 12 Sep 2019, 7:33 AM Short URL Road blocks, protests and a hard border: UK’s Northern Ireland plans ‘likely to prove unsustainable’ Businesses in the North are likely to face an immediate adverse effect from a no-deal, according to the Yellowhammer documents. Share53 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4805616 Thu 7:33 AM Image: Niall Carson/PA Images 22 Comments Price and other differentials are likely to lead to the growth of the illegitimate economy. This will be particularly severe in border communities where both criminal and dissident groups already operate with greater threat and impunity.Elsewhere, Operation Yellowhammer also says that there would be a “rise in public disorder and community tensions” across the UK after a no-deal Brexit. Preparedness for a no deal remains “at a low level”, it says, with logjams at Channel ports threatening to impact supplies.It adds: “Low income groups will be disproportionately affected by any price rises in food and fuel.”‘A reasonable worst case scenario’The UK government was aiming to play down the implications of the Yellowhammer documents yesterday, which had been previously leaked to the Sunday Times. It stressed that it was “updating the assumptions” in the document, and that it was “neither an impact assessment, nor a prediction of what is most likely to happen. “It describes what could occur in a reasonable worst case scenario,” wrote minister Michael Gove.Boris Johnson’s government will also appeal the Scottish court ruling which ruled that suspending parliament for five weeks was “unlawful”. A spokesman said it was “disappointed” by the decision and would appeal to the Supreme Court.“The UK government needs to bring forward a strong domestic legislative agenda. Proroguing parliament is the legal and necessary way of delivering this,” he said.However, the opposition has called for parliament to be immediately recalled given the looming threat of a no-deal Brexit on 31 October.“I urge the prime minister to immediately recall parliament so we can debate this judgement and decide what happens next,” said Labour’s Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer.However, a government source told AFP that “nothing is changing” until the case was concluded.Later, Johnson took questions from the public in a live address on Facebook, where he was asked if he was the “leader of an authoritarian regime”.“I must respectfully disagree with you,” he replied, adding: “What we’re trying to do is to implement the result of the 2016 referendum.”With reporting from AFP THE UK LABOUR Party has called for parliament to be recalled, after Operation Yellowhammer documents published yesterday warned a no-deal Brexit could lead to the return of a hard border in Ireland.On 13 March, the government said there would be no new checks or controls on goods moving from Ireland to Northern Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit.And, despite the UK government’s wish not to install any border checks in Ireland, the official papers say that “this model is likely to prove unsustainable due to significant economic, legal and biosecurity risks”.It also says that in Northern Ireland, “the automatic application of the EU tariff and regulatory requirements for goods entering Ireland will severely disrupt trade”. The UK government expects that some businesses will stop trade or relocate to avoid paying these tariffs which will make them “uncompetitive”. For those who continue to trade, they would “experience higher costs which may be passed on to customers”. It says the agri-food sector would be hardest hit, given its reliance on cross-border supply chains and the tariffs that would then apply. “Disruption to key sectors and job losses are likely to result in protests and direct action with road blockages,” the Yellowhammer documents say. Yesterday, the PSNI chief constable Simon Byrne called for an extra 800 officers to help deal with the dissident threat. A no-deal scenario would also exacerbate this threat, the documents say. File photo. Mock customs post at the border in Ravensdale. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The ashes of Victorian war veterans are to be protected under new legislation introduced into the state parliament.Currently cemetery trusts have no legal power to extend the tenure of expired ashes without instructions from family members. In the case of the ashes of many WWI veterans with no descendants to ensure their protection, a number of cemeteries have been removing ‘orphaned’ ashes after the obligatory 25 years.Lambis Englezos – who campaigned for WWI soldiers buried in mass graves at Fromelles, France, to be re-interred – said he welcomed the move.“Thankfully the government has moved to protect the sanctity and the remains of war veterans,” Mr Englezos told Neos Kosmos.“Perpetuity is no longer 25 years. For those who had no family to extend their resting place, perhaps we are their family. Their service has been acknowledged.”Mr Englezos said that he would continue to campaign to identify WWI veterans buried in unmarked ‘dirt plots’. Mr Englezos and other researchers claim that the remains of hundreds of Australian servicemen from the Great War still lie unidentified in a number of cemeteries and the grounds of former psychiatric hospitals in Victoria and NSW.“Now the identification and marking of ‘dirt plots’ can proceed, without begrudging bureaucracy,” added Mr Englezos.“We need dignity and identity for our war veterans, and to mark them at their point of burial.” Steve Kyritsis, president of the RSL Hellenic sub-branch, told Neos Kosmos that he also supported the state’s new legislation.“All those who served our country deserve to be respected,” he said.“If the family of that veteran is not known to look after the grave or ashes, the authorities should make sure to protect the history and honour of our servicemen and servicewomen for future generations.” State Minister for Health and Ageing David Davis said that the government had acted after it had “listened to community concerns that cremated remains of war veterans could be discarded or scattered, should trusts not be able to contact their family.”“Thanks to these changes, cemetery trusts will now have the power to convert these limited tenure rights to permanent tenure, where no-one can be found to take responsibility for their ongoing care.”The new legislation comes following recommendations from the state’s Ministerial Advisory Committee for Cemeteries and Crematoria, which provides independent advice on strategic planning in the sector.Mr Davis confirmed that the changes would also give cemetery trusts the ability to move remains to a place of remembrance.“Our new laws will ensure that the ashes of war veterans will be protected for eternity, ensuring future generations can honour the sacrifices of deceased war veterans.”The minister said it was particularly fitting “to pay this tribute to our veterans, past and present, at a time when our nation pauses to consider the momentous and terrible events of the First World War”.
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Firefighters have halted the spread of that roughly 1 1/2-acre brush fire just north of state Route 905 and east of Interstate 805 in Otay Mesa, in the area of Cesar Solis Community Park, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.Firefighters are working to extinguish a brush fire that has spread over about 10 open acres in the area of state Route 76 and Pauma Valley Drive in Pauma Valley, according to Cal Fire. There are no immediate reports of structural threats.Firefighters are also working to extinguish a brush fire in the area of South 47th Street and Solola Avenue in Lincoln Park, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. No structural threats have been reported. Posted: June 10, 2019 Updated: 2:19 PM June 10, 2019 Fire crews battle brush fires around San Diego County Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom,
Hidden treasures stashed away in museum storage rooms will be the topic of May’s “First Thursday” presentation at the Clark County Historical Museum.Harriet Baskas will discuss “Hidden Treasures in Washington’s Museums” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the museum, 1511 Main St.The program will be in conjunction with a current museum exhibit, “Curiosity: Clark County Real and Imagined.”According to Baskas, museums can only display about 10 percent of their holdings because of space limitations. But there also are philosophical, political, artistic and historic reasons why some items never go on display.Baskas is the author of “Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can’t or Won’t Show You.” The Seattle resident also has produced a radio series on the topic that aired on National Public Radio, with Smithsonian-based historians as her advisers.Historical Society members and active-duty military families with ID get in free; for others, admission fees apply: $4 adults, $3 seniors/students, $2 children, $10 families.
AOL has hired Cyndi Stivers as its new homepage editor-in-chief. Her appointment signals the company’s efforts to remake AOL.com as a destination site that more effectively curates content from its network of brands.Starting in June, Stivers will head up the editorial programming on AOL’s homepage, its associated apps and syndicated feeds, says Chris Grosso, AOL’s senior vice president and general manager of AOL homepages.Stivers, who will report to Grosso, is currently editor-in-chief of Columbia Journalism Review, a post she took in late 2011 after leaving Time Inc. earlier in the year following the Jack Griffin shake-up. “As we evolve AOL.com as a content destination, we will look to Cyndi to ensure the site showcases the most compelling stories relevant to our viewers and drive a distinctive editorial voice,” says Grosso. “We’ll also be relying on her creativity to help us ignite our live programming and add more opportunities for visitors to engage with each other around our content.”Stivers was a founding editor of Time Out New York and later joined Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to help launch the company’s Sirius satellite ratio channel, where she worked with then president and CEO Susan Lyne, currently AOL’s brand group CEO.
The state department of Public Safety announced Wednesday that the Alaska State Trooper post in Girdwood will remain operational until June 30 of next year. Earlier this year, the Girdwood post was slated for a January 1 closure due to state budget reductions. But this week, the Trooper post got a reprieve.Colonel Jim Cockrell is the director of the division of State Troopers. He says the post will stay open for a few months more.“Essentially the last month or so the administration, our office and the municipality of Anchorage has been looking at alternatives to closing Girdwood down at the first of the year as was originally scheduled. And a decision was made during that time by the administration to extend our service to Girdwood area and the surrounding areas until the end of the fiscal year, which is June 30. Currently that is what we are planning for. We are planning to be out of Girdwood by the end of June in 2016.”One sergeant and four Troopers will continue to operate out of Girdwood. Cockrell says the plan to shut down the Girdwood post was driven by an increase in crime in the Kenai Peninsula.“As you know, in July we lost 27 Trooper positions and five of those came from the Kenai Peninsula and our intentions were to reallocate the Troopers we were moving out of the Girdwood area into the Kenai Peninsula where we are struggling to keep up with the call volumes and most of them are criminal type crimes, versus what we are dealing with in the Girdwood area, which is more traffic related.”The Girdwood jurisdiction also covers the Seward Highway communities of Bird, Indian and Portage, and the Seward Highway safety corridor falls within the post’s area of responsibility.Traffic accidents are common along the route, and local residents had feared that the shutdown of the Trooper post in Girdwood would result in more of them. Cockrell says three Bureau of Highway Patrol officers will still be assigned to traffic enforcement after the post closes.Although the four communities fall within the municipality of Anchorage, Anchorage Police Department officers do not patrol them, or the highway.The Girdwood ‘s board of supervisors this year initiated a task force that has been working with the city on a way to provide for the public safety needs of the community after the Trooper post closes, although no firm plan has been presented yet.
The Legislative Council meets Thursday to decide what to do about the Anchorage Legislative Information Office. A judge recently ruled the state lease for the building is illegal, because the state didn’t open it up to competitive bidding.Download AudioThe Anchorage Legislative Information Office, March 4, 2016. (Photo by Megan Ahleman)The council could decide tonight whether to buy the building, or to move the office to a smaller space in the state-owned Atwood Building.The LIO owners have offered to sell the building to the state for 37 million dollars. A consulting group says 29 million dollars would be similar to the cost of the Atwood Building space, while 35 and a half million would be competitive for the larger LIO space.Council chairman Kodiak Republican Senator Gary Stevens says the state will pay through July based on the terms of the invalidated lease.The council will meet in a private, executive session. It’s not clear whether it will make a final decision tonight.
new frog speciesVijayakumar/DineshIndian scientists have discovered a starry dwarf frog that is believed to be an entirely new genus and species, while surveying reptiles at a height of 1,300 meters in India’s southern Western Ghats in Kerala.Palaniswamy Vijayakumar who was among the first to spot the new species one night in 2010, initially thought that it was another species of frog. To his surprise, it turned out to be an entirely new species and could even be a new family with a lineage traceable to ancient Gondwanaland period when the sub-continent was part of the African continent before drifting towards Asia.The frog, which looked like any other frog, did not stand out as a different species, initially with its brown back, orange belly and starlike spots, which acted as camouflage against the dark hues and water droplets on the forest floor. It measured just 2 to 2.9 centimeters long that it “can sit on your thumb,” said Vijayakumar Palaniswamy, a biogeographer at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.”I had no clue I was holding onto a 50-million-year-old lineage,” said Vijayakumar. “It’s a unique, old lineage without any close relatives” said Vijayakumar, who is a member of the team that is working on to confirm through genetic analysis and anatomical comparisons to decide whether it belongs to a differently new species.Named starry dwarf frog, the DNA analysis, anatomy and geographic distribution of it stunned the team in the lab when they realised that they had stumbled upon a new species altogether. The frog belonged to sole known species of a lineage dating back 57 million to 76 million years, said researchers. Scientifically named Astrobatrachus kurichiyana, with a genus name that includes “astro” for the frog’s bluish-white starlike dots, and species name refers to local Kurichiyan people in Kerala. The report was published in PeerJ.
There has been unnecessary criticism of the formatSAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty ImagesMagnanimity in victory and grace in defeat are essential qualities for a sportsperson. The Indian team and Virat Kohli haven’t lacked either usually. But after this team suffered a loss in the semi-final of 2019 World Cup, among the fans and in the media, there have been unnecessary discussions about the format of the tournament.People have questioned why a team like India, which finished atop the points table and lost just one game in the league stage, is out of the tournament just because of having one bad day, and New Zealand into the final despite suffering three losses in a row at the back end of their league journey.This argument is incredibly stupid as tournaments like World Cup, across sporting disciplines, tend to have a knock-out format in their latter stages. Whether its football, handball or hockey, no major sports decides its world champion through a league format. So, what’s the big deal about India getting knocked out after losing the semi-final? Kiwis rose to the occassion while India didn’t on the big stageTwitter/Cricket World CupThen, there is the argument that World Cup should have an IPL-style format where instead of semis, there should be play-offs. Now, have you ever heard anyone suggesting that a similar format be used in football World Cups? Most probably, no.It just seems that Indians are unwilling to come to terms with the idea that there team has been knocked out. The argument that this format made India’s achievement of finishing atop points table irrelevant is equally flawed. It is because of being at no. 1 in points table that India got to play the weakest among the four semi-finalists – New Zealand.Just recall the exuberance among Indian supporters when Australia lost to South Africa and ensured that Men in Blue won’t be facing either England – the only team that defeated them in the league stage – or Australia – the second most formidable-looking side in the tournament. If the Kiwis proved too tough to beat for India, then it’s not the fault of the format that they are out of the tournament. India would have faced England if they hand’t finished atop the tableAlso, knockout matches have their own unique atmosphere and dynamics. Rising to the occasion in a semi-final or final is something that turns cricketers into legend. In fact, it is in these matches that the temperament and character of players is tested to the hilt. If a team manages to win all its matches in the preliminary stage but falls apart when it matters the most, why should that team not suffer.In short, India’s defeat and New Zealand’s win were fair and square. It’s time to congratulate the Kiwis for rising from the ashes and delivering on the big stage. Indian fans should rue things like a batting line-up overly reliant on Kohli and Rohit Sharma and a middle-order that isn’t able to deal with good spinners. These are the reasons that India is out of the event and not the format.
By Curtis Knowles, Morgan State University Student As a child, Ron Aaron Taylor said nothing truly demanded his energy. Taylor eventually found his passion for the world of journalism, becoming a reporter at the age of 19, and 50 years later he is still assisting in the cultivation of the profession.Speaking to an investigative reporting class recently at Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism and Communication (SGJC), Taylor reflected fondly on the trials he went through in order to earn the title of journalist.Ron Taylor, who now is a fellow at Morgan State University, spent a lifetime in journalism and now shares his experiences with students. (Photo by Wayne Dawkins for the AFRO)Born in 1948, Taylor claims to have not been the most macho of guys. He read books and kept to himself. His kept his studies up, which landed him at Morehouse College in Atlanta. A self-described shy person, Taylor never foresaw the profession of journalism in his future.While in college he took a tour of the Washington Evening Star was gifted with a stereo. Stereo were the metal plates used as molds for the printing press. The stereo Taylor received contained the obituary of the late Billie Holiday. Taylor realized he held a bit of information that few other people even knew about.As sophomore, he was working for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) passing out journalists’ credentials. Being able to hear the sermons of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was another inspiring moment for Taylor.His summer leading into senior year, Taylor was offered a position at the News & Record newspaper in Greensboro, North Carolina. Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy had just been assassinated five days prior to Taylor’s decision, and the nation’s future was unknown.Taylor decided to leap into the unknown.The world of journalism wasn’t welcoming to a then novice Taylor. Walking into the newsroom he was met the sounds of dozens of typewriters click-clacking, the banging of the printing press, the ringing of land line telephones and the shouts of journalists asking random questions. Thick cigarette smoke hung in the air and Taylor compared the newsroom floor to an “ashtray.”Soon he moved to the Washington Post and remained there from 1971 to 1975. Taylor also worked for the Bureau of National Affairs as a business writer. Taylor’s career took him many places and put him in his fair share of dicey situations.In 1975, Taylor was assigned to cover the riot at the D.C. Jail. Taylor was selected to be a part of a press barrier between the inmates and the police. Taylor got on a bus with prisoners as they were heading to the court house to air their grievances.Taylor sat next to one of the inmates and the man wouldn’t give him room to sit down. At first Taylor believed he just didn’t want to talk. He then realized that this particular inmate had a pistol in his waist band. In that moment Taylor’s fear surged through him: “I thought to myself, this brother is going to get shot, and he is going to fall on me.”The ordeal left Taylor rattled to say the least. Taylor also said a man he was interviewing was growing marijuana plants in his field and also making moonshine with a still. He was walking with a White man who was with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation when the man suddenly drew his gun and fired.“Now, me a being a Black man in southern Georgia, and a White officer just draws his gun, and shoots” recalled Taylor with ire. Turns out the officer was aiming at a copperhead snake.Taylor is currently working at Morgan as a SGJC Fellow. He has assisted on projects such as a multimedia story about African-American women in sports for ESPN’s “The Undefeated.” He essentially acts as a super mentor to the communication students. Taylor assists students in structuring articles, conducting research and other things a man well versed in journalism could shed insight on.“He has a knack for putting students at ease” said Assistant Dean Jackie Jones.
If you’re not familiar with Capy Games (aka Capybara Games) then your gaming life isn’t everything that it can be. These guys worked on iOS sensation Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, DS great Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes, and Sound Shapes, which is still one of the main reasons to get a Vita. Their next game, which was announced at E3 2013 this week is Below.During the Microsoft E3 keynote on Monday Below was briefly mentioned, but the quality wasn’t great and the game didn’t really stand out. In fact, this is all our reporter caught about it:New game, Below, top-down perspective of actioning and puzzling it seems. Very, very zoomed out. Difficult to tell what is going on. Color us intrigued! And intrigued we are, especially after having seen this trailer…It turns out that Below is going to be a modern day rogue-like published by Microsoft for the Xbox One. It’s an atmospheric adventure game with skill-based combat. And, in the vein of SB:S&SEP, there will be nothing in the way of hints, dialogue, or text. Past that, it’s looking like the game will be an Xbox One exclusive (at least initially) and it’s going to be difficult. Below has been described by its creators as being “brutal” but fair.We don’t know too much else, but it’s been confirmed that the excellent Jim Guthrie, is back for the music, which is very good news. (If you haven’t picked up the Sword & Sworcery LP you are very much missing out.)
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 further © 2011 PhysOrg.com In 2009, New Energy Technologies conducted a field test at a Burger King in Hillside, New Jersey. Citation: Speed-bump device converts traffic energy to electricity (2011, November 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-speed-bump-device-traffic-energy-electricity.html A Maryland company, New Energy Technologies, has devised that kind of speed-bump device, which the company likens to a rumble strip, that harvests kinetic energy from vehicles and converts the energy into electricity. New Energy’s MotionPower Express system captures the unused kinetic energy of vehicles at points where they are required to slow down or come to a stop. New Energy has ambitions to see its MotionPower Express devices become a part of the toll booths, rest areas, parking lots, airport arrival and departure areas, city lighting systems, zones in other places where traffic should be slowing down—scenarios that can benefit from a greener approach to energy and electricity cost savings.New Energy has been testing its technology for over a year. The company recently got a boost in publicity by partnering with the city of Roanoke in Virginia to put its MotionPower Express system to the test. According to the company and the city, that test, which was carried out late last month, was successful. Roanoke tested the device that generated energy when vehicles drove over it. MotionPower Express is suited for installation where vehicles are traveling faster than 15 mph and are slowing-down before stopping, including parking lots, border crossings, exit ramps, neighborhoods with traffic calming zones, rest areas, toll booths, and travel plazas.The installation at the Roanoke Civic Center was during a busy time when the center was hosting a gun show and circus. A total of 580 cars passed over the rumble strip in six hours.Reports claim this traffic over this amount of time generated enough electricity to power an average U.S. home for a day. In a commercial context, the traffic over a six hour period was claimed to produce enough electricity for a 150 square-foot electronic billboard or marquee for a day. New Energy Technologies has been field-testing MotionPower for over a year. In 2009, they conducted a field test at a Burger King in Hillside, New Jersey. (PhysOrg.com) — The two little words “speed bump” usually evoke unpleasant memories of spilled coffee and back-seat arguments questioning if and where you learned how to drive. In some green energy circles, speed bumps take on a far more pleasant image. You may even hear a more dignified and important term, such as “kinetic energy recovery device.” At the time of the Burger King test, the company estimated that each MotionPower speed bump would cost $1,500 to $2,000 and earn back its cost in two to three years. A business could use it to offset electricity costs, or sell back energy to the grid if applicable through state metering laws. The City of Roanoke will be publishing results of the trial installation in January.If all this sounds vaguely familiar, it is because numerous companies have been interested in deploying novel solutions that can harness energy. In 2009, news from the UK was that a startup called Highway Energy Systems was installing “Kinetic Road Plates” at a Sainsbury’s supermarket in Gloucester. The goal was to harness energy from vehicles driving in and out of the store’s car park to power store checkouts.Pavegen is a company that says that each time someone walks over its Pavegen tile, renewable energy is harvested from the footstep. Pavegen technology converts kinetic energy to electricity which can be stored and used for a variety of applications. Those applications include street lighting, displays, and signage. Image: New Energy Technologies More information: www.newenergytechnologiesinc.com/motion_power Passing cars to generate energy for new UK supermarket
Explore further Thanks to the radial velocity (RV) technique, over 600 exoplanets have been detected so far, but the number of known RV planets orbiting evolved stars is still small. Filling this gap is needed in order to provide more comprehensive image of the variety of extrasolar planetary systems.One astronomical survey, which has the potential of improving our knowledge about planets orbiting evolved hosts, is the Okayama Planet Search Program. Recently, a team of Japanese astronomers, led by Takuya Takarada of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, has reported the finding of three such exoplanets of this category, by conducting RV measurements at the Okayama Astrophysical Observatory (OAO) in Japan.”We here report two new planetary systems around evolved stars: 24 Boo and γ Lib. This result is based on RV measurements performed at OAO with the 1.88-m reflector and HIDES,” the researchers wrote in the paper.24 Booties (24 Boo for short) is a star of spectral type G3IV, similar in mass to our sun, but almost 11 times larger. Takarada’s team found that this star is orbited by a gas giant planet, which received designation 24 Boo b, every 30.35 days at a distance of about 0.19 AU from the host. The researchers estimate that the minimum mass of the newly found planet is 0.91 Jupiter masses.Gamma Librae, or γ Lib, is around 11 times larger than the sun, has a mass of approximately 1.47 solar masses, and is of spectral type K0III. The astronomers discovered that this star hosts two gas giant planets—γ Lib b and γ Lib c, with minimum masses of 1.02 and 4.58 Jupiter masses respectively. Located about 1.24 AU from the parent star, γ Lib b needs about 415 days to fully orbit its host, while γ Lib c has an orbital period of nearly 965 days as it is separated from the star by approximately 2.17 AU.Notably, both 24 Boo and γ Lib have low metallicities (-0.77 and -0.30 respectively) among the giant stars hosting planetary companions.In concluding remarks, the astronomers emphasize what makes their discovery unique. They note that the planet 24 Boo b has the shortest orbital period ever found around evolved stars with a stellar radius larger than 10 solar radii. Furthermore, γ Lib turns out to have the second lowest metallicity among the giant stars with multiple planetary systems. The researchers also add that the orbital period of γ Lib c is about 2.33 longer than γ Lib b, noting that such ratio is rare among planetary systems around giant and dwarf stars. Using radial velocity method a group of Japanese astronomers has found that two evolved stars, namely 24 Booties and Gamma Librae, are orbited by gas giant planets. They discovered that 24 Booties hosts one planet, while Gamma Librae is circled by two alien worlds. The finding is detailed in a paper published April 11 on arXiv.org. Top: The observed RVs and the best-fit single Keplerian curve for 24 Boo. The horizontal axis is the orbital phase. The derived stellar jitter is also included in the error bar. Red circles and green triangles are data taken with slit- and fiber-mode, respectively. Bottom: The RV residuals to the orbital fitting. Credit: Takarada et al. 2018. Citation: Japanese astronomers discover gas giant planets orbiting evolved stars (2018, April 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-japanese-astronomers-gas-giant-planets.html Four new ‘hot Jupiter’ exoplanets discovered More information: Planets around the evolved stars 24 Booties and γ Libra: A 30d-period planet and a double giant-planet system in possible 7:3 MMR, arxiv.org/abs/1804.04008AbstractWe report the detection of planets around two evolved giant stars from radial velocity measurements at Okayama Astrophysical observatory. 24 Boo (G3IV) has a mass of 0.99M⊙, a radius of 10.64R⊙, and a metallicity of [Fe/H]=−0.77. The star hosts one planet with a minimum mass of 0.91MJup and an orbital period of 30.35d. The planet has one of the shortest orbital periods among those ever found around evolved stars by radial-veloocity methods. The stellar radial velocities show additional periodicity with 150d, which are probably attributed to stellar activity. The star is one of the lowest-metallicity stars orbited by planets currently known. γ Lib (K0III) is also a metal-poor giant with a mass of 1.47M⊙, a radius of 11.1R⊙, and [Fe/H]=−0.30. The star hosts two planets with minimum masses of 1.02MJup and 4.58MJup, and periods of 415d and 964d, respectively. The star has the second lowest metallicity among the giant stars hosting more than two planets. Dynamical stability analysis for the γ Lib system sets a minimum orbital inclination angle to be about 70∘ and suggests that the planets are in 7:3 mean-motion resonance, though the current best-fitted orbits to the radial-velocity data are not totally regular. © 2018 Phys.org 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.
InterContinental Madrid, one of the most renowned luxury hotels in Madrid, has announced the official opening of its four new Presidential Suites, including the decadent Royal Suite. The suites offer more than 1,500 square feet of living space, boast spectacular views of Castellana Street, and provide exceptional comfort, privacy and service for guests. Each of the suites features a master bedroom with its own living room, two bathrooms stocked with a selection of Loewe amenities and a private kitchen. Managed by the prestigious London-based interiors consultancy J2 Design, the Presidential Suites combine classic style with contemporary Spanish elements using the highest quality of fabrics and materials.The large multi-functional living space of each Presidential Suite is rich in color, featuring warm red and gold fabrics by designers such as Kenzo and silk lampshades by Porto Romana. Custom accessories from local stores add a touch of individuality to each of the suites. A blend of traditional and abstract artwork adorns the walls throughout and the latest technology – including Bang & Olufsen sound systems, independent satellite dish, e-Radio Internet radio and iPod connections – can be found in the bedroom and living area.Located on the 8th floor, the Royal Suite offers a master bedroom with its own living area and in-suite bathroom, as well as two additional bedrooms. There is also a main living room, dining room, private kitchen and additional bathroom. A large outdoor terrace overlooking Castellana Street (Paseo de la Castellana) provides the perfect setting for private events, with custom dining and lounging furniture.Throughout the Royal Suite, neutral tones contrast with vibrant rich colors using the highest quality of fabrics and materials. Mother-of-pearl and bespoke patterned Armourcoat walls blend with sumptuous velvets and brightly colored upholstery. The furniture includes elegant and one-off design pieces complemented by beaded and silk lighting shades.InterContinental Madrid´s General Manager Christophe Laure comments, “With the addition of these four new rooms within our suites catalog, our hotel has become one of the best five-star hotels in Madrid. We now have the facility to meet the needs of our most discerning guests. ” Ideally located in the heart of the city, InterContinental Madrid is the epitome of elegance. The hotel effortlessly combines a classic Spanish design with modern standards of accommodation and offers first-class amenities and service. The hotel prides itself on being able to accommodate guests’ requirements and provides fabulous Insider Experiences in the vibrant capital. These include an authentic night of “tapeo” across the capital, where guests can discover Madrid’s vibrancy, energy, culture, and enthusiasm for food and drink.www.intercontinental.com
by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 23, 2018 10:29 am PDT Last Updated Apr 23, 2018 at 11:01 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The CBS All Access digital subscription service is now available in Canada.The direct-to-consumer, video-on-demand service launched Monday on this side of the border.CBS says this is the beginning of an international expansion of the service, which costs C$5.99 per month.The platform delivers commercial-free, full seasons of current primetime programs and daytime and late-night CBS shows.Programming currently available on the service includes “NCIS,” “Bull” and “Seal Team.”New episodes are available seven days after they are broadcast.The service also has some original CBS All Access series, including the first season of “The Good Fight.”Also available are entire previous seasons of certain programming, classic shows and access to the CBSN news service.The original series “Star Trek: Discovery” will not be on CBS All Access in Canada as it is under exclusive licence with Bell.The service is available in Canada at cbsallaccess.ca, on iOS and Android mobile and tablet devices, and on Apple TV and Chromecast.It will launch on other connected devices in Canada in the coming months.CBS All Access first launched in the U.S. in October 2014. CBS launches video-on-demand service in Canada, shows include ‘NCIS,’ ‘Seal Team’
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