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first_imgISSF World Cup: Sanjeev Rajput says change in approach to standing position helped him in RioSanjeev Rajput won India’s 8th quota place in shooting for Tokyo Olympics on Thursday when he shot a silver in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions at ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro. advertisement Next Press Trust of India Rio de JaneiroAugust 30, 2019UPDATED: August 30, 2019 16:26 IST Sanjeev Rajput won a silver in the men’s men’s rifle 50m 3 positions event at ISSF World Cup in Rio (@OfficialNRAI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSanjeev Rajput won India an Olympic quota in men’s 50m rifle 3 positions eventRajpt finished with 462 in the final, 0.2 less than gold medalist Petar GorsaOne of Rajput’s shot was recorded as zero in the ISSF World CupIndia’s latest Olympic quota holder, Sanjeev Rajput on Friday said he was “under pressure and disturbed” after one of his shots was recorded as zero due to a scoring equipment malfunction in the ISSF World Cup here.Staging a remarkable recovery, Rajput secured India’s eighth Olympic quota in shooting with a silver medal in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions event of the World Cup on Thursday.The 38-year-old shot 462 in the final to finish second on the podium behind Petar Gorsa of Croatia (462.2).”I was a little disturbed throughout the qualification as one of my shots was recorded as a zero,” the two-time Olympian said.”We then protested and fired an extra shot, which was a 10 and I qualified comfortably.”In fact we are still in protest and my score should be 1181 and not 1180.”Rajput could have won the gold but for an 8.8 in the last shot, which saw him miss his second World Cup yellow metal, after the one he had won in 2011, by a slender 0.2 point margin to Gorsa, who had won the Olympic quota in air rifle.”It was a delay shot. You have a timing in your mind – like a whole shot process should conclude in say 30-40 seconds,” he said.”When that sequence gets disturbed, the release gets delayed by a fraction – these things can happen in shooting. It is a matter of the tiniest fractions.”The former Indian Navy marksman rallied after a poor start in the final, where he hit the 9s in his first three shots.”There was pressure as I was playing in a final after a long time,” Rajput said.advertisementChange in approach to standing position helped me: RajputHe said a change in approach to shooting in standing position has helped him in the final.”I have made some changes to the way I am approaching the standing position. I was aware that it was my weak area,” Rajput said.”So today even though I knew that the difference was big going into the standing position, I followed the entire process judiciously – you know the whole sequence leading up to the shot release and I guess that helped.”Asked what he thinks about Indian shooting’s recent surge, he said the country’s shooters now go for the top prize.”I think the biggest difference is that now everyone wants to win. When I started it was more about preserving your place in the side. Now they are looking at gold,” he said.”This change in approach is the biggest reason that medals are coming.”Rajput thanked his coach, the national federation (NRAI) and Sports Authority of India (SAI) for his success.”I am very happy especially to do it on National Sports Day. I had a barrel exchange last month thanks to the Tops Scheme and that has helped a lot.”So I want to thank the SAI and the NRAI for the constant support. And also my coach Oleg (Mikhailov). He has always kept faith in me,” Rajput said.Also Read | ISSF World Cup: Abhishek Verma wins gold, Saurabh Chaudhary bronzeAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow ISSF World CupFollow Sanjeev RajputFollow Tokyo Olympics 2020Follow India shootinglast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress workers under the leadership of Indranil Sen, local MLA and Minister of State for Information and Cultural Affairs, took possession of the party office which was forcibly taken over by the BJP at Chandannagar.Sen, along with TMC leaders and workers, went to the party office situated in Ward 6 and put up the party flags. The leaders chanted “Jal Hind” and “Jai Bangla” slogans and put up the party flags on Saturday morning. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaIt may be recalled that TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had instructed the leaders to reclaim all the party offices that have been forcibly taken over by the BJP supporters. In Cooch Behar, a Trinamool Congress party worker was beaten up after he refused to say “Jai Sri Ram”. Meanwhile, trouble broke out at Kanchrapara in North 24-Parganas following a scuffle between the police and BJP workers after the former tried to chase away those who had gathered outside the Trinamool Congress office when a meeting of the Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersparty was going on. Trinamool leaders including Jyotipriya Mallick, state Minister for Food and North 24-Parganas of the party, Sujit Bose, Minister of State for Fire and Emergency Services (Independent charge) and Madan Mitra were holding a meeting to analyse the post-poll scenario in North 24-Parganas with the local leaders. When the meeting was on, some BJP supporters gathered outside the party office and shouted ‘Jai Sri Ram’ slogan. They tried to provoke Trinamool supporters who were present outside the office. Mallick said the BJP leaders were trying to provoke Trinamool Congress workers in the entire North 24-Parganas. It may be recalled that Mamata Banerjee had alleged that by showing trouble on the television, BJP would try to bring in President’s Rule in Bengal.last_img read more

first_imgGhaziabad: A youth was shot dead by five unidentified criminals on Sunday at Delhi-Saharanpur road in Loni area of Ghaziabad.According to the police, the incident took place near Uttaranchal Society in Loni area around 3 am on Sunday when the deceased was coming home along with his two elder brothers. Cops said that the deceased has been identified as Zuber(24), who was a cab driver. “The deceased was returning home along with two elder brothers, Shahnawaz and Sabu from a factory,” said police. Shahnawaz, elder brother of the deceased said that nearly five men shot at Zuber during a robbery attempt. “We were returning home around 3 am on Sunday when a few masked assailants stopped us and asked for money. When we refused, they started thrashing us and during the scuffle one of the assailants shot two bullets on Juber and fled away from the spot when he fell down on road,” said Shahnawaz. Victim’s family alleged that police lodged FIR against only two persons while five persons are involved in the incident. Meanwhile, the police officials said that the family of deceased has suspected a man of killing Zuber in order to take revenge. “Victim’s kin told police that Zuber, on Saturday night, had a fight with a man identified as Anuj who works as labourer at a nearby factory. Anuj was beaten up by Zuber during the fight and they suspect that Anuj had killed Zuber in order to take revenge,” said Neeraj Kumar Jadaun, Superintendent of Police (Rural), Ghaziabad. “Following the incident, we have arrested the prime accused Anuj from his house on Sunday morning. We have interrogated him who confessed to have committed the crime along with his friends. We are further questioning him and trying to arrest other persons involved in the incident” added Jadaun. Police have registered an FIR under the section of 302 (murder) against Anuj and his one of his associates at Loni Police station.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Mercer International says it intends to voluntarily de-list from the Toronto Stock Exchange on June 11, about three months after it lost a six-year-old NAFTA battle with the Canadian government.The U.S.-based forest products company had mounted a $250-million claim against the Canadian government in early 2012.It alleged that BC Hydro and the B.C. Utilities Commission discriminated against Mercer’s power-generating operations at a pulp mill near Castlegar, B.C.However, a North American Free Trade Agreement tribunal ruled on March 6 that there had been no violation of the deal and it awarded Canada approximately $6.9 million in costs.Mercer says that its listing on the Nasdaq global select market will be unaffected by its delisting from the Toronto Stock Exchange.Companies in this story: (TSX:MERC.U)last_img read more

The children -110 boys and 40 girls – were handed over to UNAMSIL chief Oluyemi Adeniji at a ceremony in the eastern town of Kailahun today, the UN operation said in Freetown. Also present were the Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Daniel Opande, and other senior UNAMSIL officials. At the event, Ambassador Adeniji congratulated the RUF leadership for having kept to their commitment to free child combatants. “Today is a big day in the lives of all the children [released in Kailahun] where they can begin to regain their childhoods,” he said, stressing that the children now had “the opportunity, from today, to turn around” their lives.The handover marked the second release of children by the RUF in two weeks, following the transfer to UNAMSIL of 591 children in Makeni on 25 May. The UN Mission airlifted the children from Kailahun to Daru, where child protection agencies will take care of them and help reunite them with their families.In other news, an agreement was reached over the weekend between UNAMSIL, the RUF and the Government of Sierra Leone on the next phase in the process of disarming the country’s armed groups.Meeting in Magburaka on 2 June, the Joint Committee on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) agreed to continue the ongoing process in the Kono and Bonthe districts simultaneously during the month of June, with the parties disclosing the numbers of their combatants in both areas by 4 June. Meanwhile, the process in the Port Loko district will also be concluded once disarmament in Lunsar is completed, the statement said. read more

Thousands of visitors are expected at the NEC from 9-11 April at the Commercial Vehicle Show, the first event since 1988 with international status and Europe’s biggest road transport exhibition this year. The National Exhibition Centre, just off the M42 and M6 near Birmingham, is the place to be and with 57,000 square metres, accommodating no fewer than 420 exhibitors representing over 500 suppliers, it provides the perfect showcase for suppliers of everything from a brake shoe to a 44 tonne artic, throughout three packed halls and an Outside Exhibition Area.Not since before 2009 have so many companies converged on the CV Show, all eager to learn all there is to know about the latest technology and systems driving efficiency in the road transport business.This year, Euro 6 is the hot topic amongst vehicle manufacturers, many of which will be displaying their new ranges. Indeed, not for many years have such a high number of brand new launches been a part of the Show. Whether looking for trucks or vans, visitors will be spoilt for choice when it comes to shiny, new metal, not to mention the fuel efficient powertrains, tyres and body designs.To be sure of leading the market through the next decade, prospective visitors should register for their free tickets at www.cvshow.com. Click the Free Tickets box and get 9-11 April in your diary now.The Commercial Vehicle Show 2013 – everything an operator needs to run a first-class business and all under one roof.The Commercial Vehicle Show is owned by the CV Show LLP comprising the Road Haulage Association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and IRTE Services Ltd, the trading company of the SOE (Society of Operations Engineers).Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Members of the Brock community are reminded of an anonymous hotline and website where they can disclose concerns about suspected improper activity at the University.As key components of the University’s Safe Disclosure Policy, the toll-free phone line, 1-855-484-CARE (2273), and website allow the University community to communicate privately and anonymously 24-7 to Grant Thornton’s CARE service, a third-party consultant that is independent from University administration.Examples of improper activity include a breach of University policy, violation of legal or regulatory requirements, research misconduct and financial misconduct, such as theft, forgery, misappropriation of University assets, using University records or property for personal gain, or receiving payments for goods or services not received or hours not worked.Disclosures must be made in accordance with the Safe Disclosure Policy and Procedures, which apply to all Brock employees, students, volunteers, contractors and suppliers.Whenever possible, disclosures should be made directly to the unit responsible for the area of concern. Additional disclosure avenues include Brock University’s Legal Counsel, Campus Security, Human Rights and Equity, Human Resources and Internal Audit Services.People uncomfortable disclosing in person are then encouraged to use the Grant Thornton CARE service. Upon logging into the CARE system, disclosures receive an access code to a secure portal, which lets the University respond without compromising anonymity.Regardless of the method used, disclosures reported are reviewed by the University’s internal Disclosure Review Team that assesses whether there are reasonable grounds to investigate and whether there is any reason to believe the disclosure is not made in good faith. If the disclosure is determined to have reasonable grounds and to have been made in good faith, the disclosure will either be referred to the appropriate policy owner for investigation pursuant to the applicable policy or referred to Internal Audit Services for investigation if there is no applicable policy.The Safe Disclosure Policy also makes a priority of protecting from reprisal anyone who makes a good faith disclosure — in other words, a report of suspected improper activity that is, “based on reasonable belief and is not malicious, frivolous or vexatious.”For more information on the Safe Disclosure Policy and Procedures or Grant Thornton CARE services, email internalaudit@brocku.ca read more

← Previous Story Alem Toskic to miss Olympic Qualifications in Alicante? Next Story → Pinsent Masons’ London Handball Cup 2012 Left back and captain of HBC Nantes, Rock Feliho (29) signs two years contract with another ambitious French team, Fenix Toulouse. He is out of the contract from the next summer, ready for a new challenge:– The FENIX is a good club, which despite its present position, remains one of the leading teams in the championship. Toulouse is an ambitious project, it suits me perfectly.source: handnews.frPHOTO: EHF Fenix ToulouseFrench handballRock Feliho read more

first_imgPrior to the kickoff of Google I/O 2012, the rumor mill was buzzing — primarily with talk of the Nexus 7 tablet, but some software-related tidbits leaked out, too. Among them: the impending launch of Google Chrome for iOS, which have now become official. Another iOS app has arrived, too: Google Drive.Chrome was tipped about a month ago by a Business Insider source, and it’s about as good a fit as there can be for a third-party browser on iOS. Chrome and Safari both use the Webkit core, after all. The other major desktop alternatives that are also available for iOS (Firefox and Opera) use their own engines, but function as Safari remixes — as all iOS browser apps must do. While some Chrome functionality will be missing because of Apple’s restrictions, Chrome Sync has made the cut. The iOS Omnibox also behaves much like it does on the desktop, presenting Google’s suggestions as you type.Keeping your browser in sync on iOS is great, but having access to all your Google Drive files is pretty awesome, too. A few third-party apps with Drive integration had already popped up in the App Store, but it’s always nice to be able to use an app built by the folks providing the platform. The announcement of Google Drive for iOS wasn’t a surprise, of course — they said it was “coming soon” at the end of April.So, what kind of awesomeness does Google Drive for iOS offer? For one, it’s got the same slick OCR capability that the Android version offers. Drive for iOS also has the same search superpowers: type in ‘cat’ and all those pictures of your favorite feline friend show up in an instant.More at Engadgetlast_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Sunday, July 28, 2019:#1) Wilmington Sons Of Italy / Dominators 3rd Annual Car ShowThe Wilmington Sons of Italy will hold its third annual car show on Sunday, July 28, 2019, from 9am to 2pm, in the Fourth of July Building’s parking lot (142 Middlesex Avenue).The show is presented by The Dominators Hot Rod Club.  (Previously, the club ran a show each year in the Wilmington Sonic parking lot.)  Hot rods, customs, muscle cars, trucks, and classics will be featured.  The first 75 car shows receive a dash plaque.The event will include BBQ/food, drinks, and trophies. The Wilmington Farmers Market will take place from 10am to 1pm on the Swain Green, next to the show.The event is FREE to the public. There’s a $10 entry fee for participating cars.  Contact Jim Gustin (781-929-0335) with any questions.#2) Wilmington Farmers MarketThe Wilmington Farmers Market will be open this Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 10am to 1pm, on the Swain Green, across from the Town Common, at 140 Middlesex Avenue.July 28 Farmers Market Lineup:Vendors:Arrowhead FarmEJ’s Pizza / Grab & GoGaouette FarmGrateful TastesHawaiian Jim’s Shaved IceKC Styles Ma & Pa PicklesPurple Carrot BreadSeafood ExpressSusan Anton, LMTTewksbury HoneyWilmington Clay WorksAdditional Attractions:Wilmington Sons of Italy Car ShowMake A Garden Gnome at the Kids Table#3) Town Beach Open The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.#4) Middlesex Canal Museum OpenThe Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm.  Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.#5) Food ShoppingFood shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Sons Of Italy / Dominators 3rd Annual Car Show Set For July 28In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, July 21, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”PHOTOS: Wilmington Sons Of Italy Hold 3rd Annual Car Show With Dominators Hot Rod ClubIn “Photo of the Day”last_img read more

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 0 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class is the pinnacle of tech… Post a comment 74 Photos Share your voice Preview • 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class first drive: If it ain’t broke… 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Now playing: Watch this: 1:51 Enlarge ImageBased on all the new stuff in here, a five-grand bump almost seems low. Mercedes-Benz When an automaker introduces a new generation of vehicle, it’s usually loaded with the latest and greatest features, which can cause the price to rise anywhere between a little and a lot. In the case of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, the price hike is on the higher side, but what you get in return makes it feel worth it.The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 will start at $76,195, including $995 for destination and handling, the automaker announced on Monday. That’s a decent bump over the outgoing 2019 model, which started at $71,145. That might seem like a big shift, but one look at what you’re getting will put those concerns to rest.Whereas the 2019 GLS450 used a twin-turbocharged V6, the new GLS450 relies on a 3.0-liter inline-6 in conjunction with Mercedes’ EQ Boost 48-volt mild hybrid technology, which can add up to 21 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque as one’s right foot demands it. Additional features not found on the last-generation GLS include keyless entry, LED headlights, a power passenger seat, 64-color ambient lighting, satellite radio, wireless device charging and 9 USB ports.The tech takes the new GLS even further away from its forebear. The tired old 7-inch infotainment screen is swapped out in favor of a 12.3-inch display running the new MBUX system, in addition to a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. There are also so many more safety systems on board, like blind spot monitoring, a parking assistant, a surround-view camera and a warning that aims to prevent people from opening doors into cars or bicyclists. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard for the first time, as well.Of course, this is just one piece of the GLS puzzle. As for the more powerful GLS580, we’ll have to wait a little longer before pricing information is available. The GLS450, though, should be with US dealers by the end of the calendar year. Mercedes-Benz More From Roadshow Tags SUVs Luxury cars 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class brings big luxe to the Big Apple 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More about 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 SUV Mercedes-Benzlast_img read more

first_img More From Roadshow The 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 capably handles mild off-roading challenges Review • 2019 GMC Sierra AT4: A plush truck for mild off-roading What’s in there? A Canyon AT4! Emme Hall/Roadshow This week, GMC invited media to sample the 2020 Sierra HD, but the company packed a surprise for us. It’s an AT4-badged surprise, at that.GMC let it be known that a Canyon AT4 pickup is on the way in a rather creative way. Hopping into the Sierra and flicking on the trailer-mounted camera for towing revealed a highly camouflaged pickup residing inside the unit. The inner walls of the trailer claim the GMC Canyon AT4 is coming in early 2020, so we don’t have too long to wait for an official reveal either.The camouflage does a great job at hiding the truck’s looks so we can’t comment on how the upgrades will change the midsize pickup truck. However, we do know how the AT4 badge treated the GMC Sierra 1500 and can make a few judgements based on the full-size pickup.The Sierra AT4 comes with a 2-inch lift kit, Rancho monotube shock absorbers, all-terrain tires, hill-descent control, a locking rear differential and skid plates. We suspect the Canyon will be subject to similar upgrades, or perhaps go a tad further. After all, the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 exists and GMC could easily borrow some of the Chevy’s goods to create another off-road pickup with more premium trimmings. GMC also added an Off-Road Performance Package option for the Sierra AT4 that outfits the truck with the 6.2-liter V8 as standard, a new air intake and an upgraded exhaust.Certainly don’t expect V8 power for the Canyon AT4, but even more performance goods seem like a no-brainer. The more money GMC can capture before the aftermarket, the better.GMC promised it would slap the AT4 badge on every GMC vehicle back in 2018. We’re nearing the end of 2019, but GMC also reconfirmed a Terrain and Yukon AT4 are still to come. Stay tuned. Tags 5:17 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 first drive: Diesel power and upgraded tech Share your voice 1 Now playing: Watch this: Comment Off-roading with the 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 review: The lovable lunatic Preview • 2019 GMC Sierra: Mo’ tailgates, no problems 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 53 Photos More about 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 GMC Trucks Future Carslast_img read more

first_imgJustin Bieber and Hailey BaldwinGetty ImagesJustin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin were recently spotted in a park where they both seemed to be engulfed into some heated discussion. There were reports that Justin is apparently facing some depression in his life and now the acclaimed model has been urged by Wendy Williams to just get over Justin Bieber and simply divorce him.It was earlier reported that just like Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber is also receiving treatment for depression. Several sources claimed that the Canadian pop singer seems down and tired all the time. He is also claimed to be struggling. Even the “Never Say Never” singer posted on Instagram that he is not having the best days and asked his fans to pray for him.Apparently, this is not the very first time when Justin Bieber has faced depression ever since he got involved with Hailey Baldwin. Back when the reports surfaced that Selena Gomez had an emotional breakdown, there were several stories that alleged that Justin was spotted crying as he walked out of his church.Over the last couple of months, Hailey Baldwin has supported Justin Bieber in everything but as per Wendy Williams, things will get worse when the “Sorry” singer will become a father. As per Williams, Hailey Baldwin should divorce Justin for the sake of love to help him focus on his own health. Justin Bieber and Hailey BaldwinInstagram”Hailey Baldwin is only 22, she’s supposed to be a newlywed,” said Wendy. “I think I’d want to divorce him in the name of love. In the name of love and friendship. I’m 22, I met you when I was 17. Now, he’s with these public cries and what if they want to have kids? Is he going to be an adequate father? What kind of father and husband is he going to be?”Wendy Williams then suggested that all this drama is apparently too much for a 22-year-old model. The acclaimed talk show further stated that ‘in the name of love,’ Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin “can quickly get divorce.”In any case, Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin love each other a lot. There have been some hurdles at the start of their married life but it does not mean that they should part ways. Some suggest that in days to come, the acclaimed pop star will come out as stronger than ever and his beautiful wife will be standing right next to him.You can watch Wendy Williams’ entire episode here where she talks about Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin’s divorce:last_img read more

first_imgEpisode 12: Jordyn WolfeThe Wolfe FileNumber: 23Full name: Jordyn Marie WolfeNickname: WolfeClass: SophomorePosition: OFBats/Throws: L/RHometown:  South Elgin, Ill.High School: St. Charles NorthTravel Team: Beverly BanditsMajor: EducationFun Fact: Post college ambition is to be a second grade teacher  Print Friendly Version The University of Louisville Softball Player Spotlight series features short interviews with each of the Cardinals’ players. Episode 12 features sophomore Jordyn Wolfe.center_img Story Linkslast_img read more

first_imgStay on target 2019 Tech Trends Worth Getting Hyped AboutYou Can Finally Buy A Terabyte SD Card Thanks to Lexar Autonomous transportation could make commutes more convenient in the future. Yandex, a tech company, aims to make this a reality with its latest automobile innovation: a self-driving car.On Monday, Yandex unveiled its self-driving car at CES 2019, and it’s a high-tech ride that comes with advanced operating and safety features. In a press release, the company announced that it will provide demonstration rides in Las Vegas from January 8 to January 11. Yandex hasn’t disclosed a price or release date for its self-driving car yet.Prior to CES 2019, the Yandex team acquired a local car and outfitted it with the right hardware and sensors for self-driving operation. The total process, from obtaining the local car to mapping a route, took roughly 30 days to complete.Once the car was ready, the team used Yandex’s mapping tech to build a personalized HD map of the area around the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The proprietary self-driving software stack was then optimized to adapt to the city’s driving conditions. This test route had the self-driving car handle busy traffic, unprotected left-hand turns, and pedestrians while driving up to 45 mph.Photo Credit: YandexWhen people ride in the self-driving car, there is a safety engineer in the front passenger seat. The company calls this NVO Mode, and has a safety engineer present just in case there is an emergency. Even though a safety engineer was included for rides, the car was able to smoothly change lanes, turn at busy intersections, and notice obstacles on its route.This isn’t Yandex’s first foray into autonomous vehicles though: Early last year, the company began working on its driverless technology and in May 2017, the company revealed its first prototype. Yandex is now testing its autonomous cars internationally and operating robot-taxi services in Russia.More on Geek.com:Sex Toy Stripped of CES 2019 Award Because VaginasThis Fancy Clamshell PDA Is a Phone, Laptop, and Camera in OneThis Wearable AI Translator Lets You Talk in Different Languageslast_img read more

first_img Square array created with the laser burn-out method, with a close-up. Credit: Wei Hsuan Hung, et al. The researchers grew the MWNTs in a tube furnace heated to 650 degrees Celsius. Then they focused a high-powered 532-nm laser through a microscope onto the densely packed vertical nanotubes, burning some of the nanotubes to create the desired pattern. Burnout occurred in less than a second at an estimated temperature of around 800 degrees Celsius in air. The researchers found that burnout required a minimum laser power of 244 microwatts, and they tested the method with laser powers up to 9,000 microwatts.“The initial burnout we observed came as quite a surprise and appeared very striking in our microscope images,” Cronin said. “Typically, carbon nanotubes lying on a silicon wafer are very difficult to heat with a laser.”Until now, most attempts at patterning microstructures have been done with conventional lithography or other techniques. However, lithography is limited to 2D structures and leaves chemical residues that would be incompatible with biological applications. Other methods don’t use nanotubes as the medium, and so cannot take advantage of nanotubes’ desirable properties, such as mechanical strength, high surface area, and electrical and thermal conductivities.Laser burnout seems to offer a good solution, as it’s quick, doesn’t involve chemicals, and the resolution is limited primarily by the spot size of the objective lens. Using Raman spectroscopy, a non-contact method for measuring the wavelength and intensity of scattered light, the researchers could determine the depth of the burn. This testing revealed that burnout depth increased with laser power, and the minimum burnout depth was 5 micrometers, which could be decreased further with the use of a higher numerical aperture microscope lens. 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. Cylindrical pattern created with the laser burn-out method, with a close-up. Credit: Wei Hsuan Hung, et al. Using a focused laser beam to selectively burn regions of a dense forest of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs), researchers have demonstrated a method that may enable rapid prototyping of nanotube microstructures.center_img The researchers, from the University of Southern California and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, have published their results in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters. They fabricated patterns in the nanotubes such as a staircase structure, cylindrical structures, and square arrays with the laser burning method, which might be used for creating gas and liquid transport channels for various applications.“While carbon nanotubes possess many exceptional properties which far exceed most known bulk materials, creating controlled nanotube structures has always been a challenge,” co-author Stephen Cronin told PhysOrg.com. “By overcoming this challenge, our technique enables chemically sensitive fields to take advantage of nanotubes’ exceptional properties and expand their possible applications into new areas.” Citation: Scientists carve 3D microstructures in carbon nanotube forests (2007, September 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-09-scientists-3d-microstructures-carbon-nanotube.html The researchers also noticed an interesting phenomenon that occurred after laser treatment, which was the development of white spots ranging in size from 100 to 200 nm on the top of the MWNT forests. A scanning electron microscope revealed that the white spots were nanotube bundles that aggregate during the burnout process, providing some insight into the dynamics of the process.The researchers hope to use the technique to create well-defined gas and liquid transport channels as well as deep trenches for superhydrophobic microfluidic channels. The checker board-like arrays may also be suitable for field emission applications. Further, the researchers suggest that the method may serve as a basis for developing similar patterning methods in other material systems.“Potential applications are on-chip DNA manipulation, chemical and protein identification, templates for directed stem cell growth, and gas mixture separation,” said Cronin.Citation: Hung, Wei Hsuan, Kumar, Rajay, Bushmaker, Adam, Cronin, Stephen B., and Bronikowski, Michael J. “Rapid prototyping of three-dimensional microstructures from multiwalled carbon nanotubes.” Applied Physics Letters 91, 093121 (2007).Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.last_img read more

first_img Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Cunard, New Tours Posted bycenter_img Travelweek Group VALENCIA — Cunard has announced details about its summer 2020 program, which includes new voyages to the Norwegian Fjords, Japan and Australia.In total, the Cunard fleet – which comprises Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria – will travel over 169,000 nautical miles with calls at 110 destinations in 34 countries, with eight maiden calls including: Bornholm, Denmark; Nordfjordeid, Norway; Ringaskiddy, Ireland; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Kurhiro, Ishigaki and Tokyo, Japan.Cunard will also offer a selection of two-night calls in major cities like Barcelona, Hong Kong and Quebec, and late evening departures that allow guests more time in port in places such as Juneau, Alaska, Aomori, Japan, Malaga, Spain and Tromso, Norway.“2020 represents the most extensive deployment of Cunard ships ever,” said Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America. “In addition to visiting incredible destinations such as Norway, Japan and Asia, we are excited to offer guests longer time in port to enjoy these iconic destinations.”Leibowitz added that nearly 90% of all port calls on voyages in summer 2020 are in port 10 hours or longer.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesHere are some highlights of summer 2020:QUEEN MARY 2:Two Norwegian Fjords voyages ranging from seven to 25 nights, and vie Western European voyages for three to five nightsNine 14- to 15-night transatlantic crossings roundtrip from either New York or LondonTwo 21-night sailings with calls to Canada, Iceland and Scotland, with one sailing roundtrip from New York, the other roundtrip from LondonFourth of July seven-night Independence Day cruise roundtrip from New YorkFour seven-night voyages between New York and QuebecEight 14-night New England & Canada voyagesQUEEN ELIZABETH:Five roundtrip Tokyo itineraries with varying lengths and destinationsFive Southeast Asia voyages ranging from seven to 23 nightsQUEEN VICTORIA:Four Baltic voyages ranging from nine to 16 nightsFour Norwegian Fjords voyages ranging from seven to 12 nightsThree Atlantic Coast/Iberia voyages ranging from 10 to 12 nightsTwo 12-night Iceland voyagesTwo 12-night North Cape voyages with a high likelihood of seeing the Northern Lights at AlesundTwo Western Mediterranean voyages ranging from 14 to 17 nightsOne 12-night British Isles voyagesMaiden calls include Bodo (Norway); Bornholm (Denmark); Riga (Latvia, Nordfjordeid (Norway), Lekness (Norway), Skjolden (Norway), and Ringaskiddy (Ireland) for tours to CorkMore news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksGuests who book launch fares by Nov. 30, 2018 will receive exclusive benefits include free drinks and gratuities in Princess Grill and Queens Grill Suites, up to US$1,000 Onboard Credit based on cabin category and voyage length, and upgrades in select Britannia cabin categories. Use promo code ZED/ZEB.World Club Members also benefit from a 5% past passenger discount off launch fares until Feb. 19, 2019. This offer is applicable on all cruises, for past guests only, with promo code PAX.Plus, Cunard is bringing back its Value Fares for 2020 Summer Program Launch. Value Fares feature the following: up to 25% off launch fares; 3rd and 4th guests receive up to 50% off the Value Fares double occupancy rates; reduced non-refundable and non-transferable deposit (12.5% of the cruise fare instead of 25%); and Cunard Care, available for bookings with Value Fares.For more information go to cunard.com. Here is where Cunard will be sailing to in summer 2019last_img read more

first_imgBefore you rush out to your nearest department store to get mom that fancy espresso machine she’s been eyeing, do a little research. Your pocketbook will thank you.The price of a Mother’s Day gift can vary as much as 71 percent depending on where it’s bought, according to a study by Costa Rica’s Economy Ministry (MEIC). Inspectors from MEIC’s Consumer Protection Office visited 192 businesses in the provinces of Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago and San José from July 28 to 31 and compiled prices of various gift options, including clothes, shoes, jewellery, home appliances, electronic devices and others.Among items surveyed, MEIC inspectors evaluated prices of 204 models of nine appliances. In some cases the price of identical items — same product, same brand — varied hugely from store to store. For example, the price of a Proctor Silex coffeemaker ranged from ₡20.900 to ₡32.900 ($38.70 to $61) — a 71 percent difference.Inspectors also compared similar products but different brands and found that price differences were even bigger. For example, inspectors surveyed the price of flat irons and found prices ranging from ₡4.624 ($9) for a Sankey model to ₡51.103 ($95) for a Remington — a 1,005 percent difference.Economy Vice Minister Geannina Dinarte Romero said the study’s findings confirm the importance for consumers to visit various businesses and compare prices and deals, especially around holidays like Mother’s Day.“Differences are so huge that we call on consumers to really take them into consideration in order to make an informed purchase decision,” she said.MEIC’s study also included an analysis of information displayed at stores and deals advertised in print media. Inspectors looked at the accuracy and clarity of information on price tags and on store signs or banners, including before- and after-discount prices, warranty conditions, special offer restrictions and the exchange rate in prices displayed in dollars.The results showed that 81 percent of businesses (156 of those surveyed) complied with Costa Rican laws regarding truth in advertising, an improvement over the previous year when a similar study found 72 percent compliance.A total of 25 businesses were asked to immediately correct detected errors, while 11 of them were given a written warning that grants them 10 days to comply with the law. Stores that fail to comply can be slapped with monetary fines ranging from ₡2.5 million to ₡10.2 million ($4,680 to $18,773).MEIC conducts price comparisons prior to holidays that boost sales, such as Christmas, Father’s Day and Mother’s Day. The full report can be downloaded (Spanish only) on the ministry’s website. Facebook Comments Related posts:Watch out for Mother’s Day sales tricks, says Economy Ministry Coming Holy Week brings huge price spikes in seafood Supreme Court’s Constitutional Chamber suspends public hearing on proposed changes to mobile Internet rates New banking consumer watchdog agency to open in Novemberlast_img read more

first_imgHowever, Jabu Pereira, the spokeswoman of the local gay rights group LEGBO, said Thursday that the perpetrators didn’t steal anything from Makutle and his body was mutilated in a way that indicates it was a hate crime, an extra charge that leads to greater punishment. Makutle’s body was found under a blanket with his throat cut and tongue removed, Pereira said. His genitals were also cut off and put in his mouth, witnesses told Pereira.“The community is in a state of trauma, they are shocked,” Pereira said. “The community gathered last night and we just stood with the family.”Makutle was a leader in the local gay community, Pereira said. Among other things, she said, he organized the Miss Gay Kuruman pageant.Javu Baloyi, spokesman of the Commission for Gender Equality, condemned the killing.“It was such a barbaric act,” said Baloyi, whose government agency promotes the rights of gays, lesbians and other South Africans.South Africa’s constitution bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, but gays here still face discrimination and violence.The police report said he was 23, while a spokeswoman for the local gay rights group said Makutle was 24. Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) – A young gay man was killed and his body mutilated in South Africa, according to a gay rights group that on Thursday called the killing a hate crime.Thapelo Makutle was found with his throat cut Saturday morning in a room he rented in Kuruman, a town in northwestern South Africa, police said in a statement. The motive of his death is unknown and the case is being investigated as a murder, police said. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Sponsored Stories A memorial service is planned for Friday afternoon in Kuruman. The local gay rights group is organizing a protest before the service.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family How do cataracts affect your vision? Comments   Share   last_img read more