Crickets fatten up to avoid being eaten by spiders

first_imgIt’s tough for a cricket to enjoy succulent foliage when a hungry spider may be nearby. But spiders leave a few telltale cues in their wake. A new study in this month’s issue of Ecological Entomology shows that crickets respond to these cues in unexpected and lifesaving ways. Scientists examined predator-prey responses in lab tests of more than 60 wood crickets (Nemobius sylvestris, pictured) and nursery web spiders (Pisaura mirabilis), both common European species. Crickets placed in a closed pot with a strawberry plant previously occupied by a spider ate 72% more food on average and were more likely to survive a future encounter with a spider. The spiders may have left behind chemical or physical calling cards, which triggered the stress eating. The team believes crickets bulked up as a survival strategy, because they could not flee and spiders are less likely to eat larger prey. These findings surprised researchers, who expected threatened crickets to eat less and lose weight, as seen in other predation experiments. But a cricket’s response to spider cues may depend on the setting. Crickets may prefer to flee but will bulk up if there’s no easy way out. This is an important lesson for pest control. Sprinkling a few spider cues on crops could drive certain pests away, but only if they find an easy exit. Otherwise, they could end up eating more.last_img read more

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Dream duel sealed

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Just too good Paul Lee leads Magnolia Hotshots. PBA IMAGESMagnolia made minced meat of NLEX, 102-74, on Wednesday night to clamp down on the sixth seed and arrange a dream quarterfinal duel with equally popular sister team Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs.With one scenario possibly sending them to a twice-to-win hole, the Hotshots didn’t leave anything to chance at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao and bombarded the Road Warriors from inside and out, finishing with a 6-5 record for the eliminations and drawing the crowd darlings in the first round of the playoffs in the process.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “Our defense proved to be a big factor. We limited NLEX under 90. Otherwise, they would’ve beaten us,” Victolero said.Bong Galanza was the only player who finished in twin digits for the lethargic Road Warriors, shooting 10 points.NLEX trailed by as many as 31 points.The Magnolia mentor pointed to the All-Star break as among the other factors that helped them mount such a performance.“Now, the players have gotten into a rhythm,” he said, adding that a handful of his wards were able to rest for three days, the ones who were “feeling something,” for four days.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View commentscenter_img And coach Chito Victolero does not mind who will be on the opposite side of the floor come Saturday, for as long as he and his Hotshots got what they were shooting for.“We achieved our goal and that is to get the sixth spot,” he told reporters in Filipino. “Now we can focus on the quarterfinals, the playoffs. I’m happy because we were able to secure an equal opportunity—[play in] a best-of-three [series].”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Magnolia win also kept Alaska alive, with the Aces to play the Road Warriors in a KO match for the eighth and last berth after NorthPort claimed No. 7 later in the night with a 100-97 win over the Gin Kings.Ginebra was assured of No. 3 no matter the result of its clash with NorthPort, which wound up with a 5-6 record. MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The Road Warriors and the Aces finished with 4-7 slates and will dispute the last slot—and the right to play No. 1 Phoenix Pulse—on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.Phoenix and No. 2 Rain or Shine would need to win just once over their lower-ranked foes to advance to the Final Four.Paul Lee scored 26 points in under 24 minutes and three more Hotshots tossed in twin digits as Magnolia won with plenty to spare.“It’s going to be hard because we’ll play a top team in Ginebra. But again, it’s a best-of-three. Our foes won’t be enjoying an advantage,” he added.Lee shot the lights out, drilling six triples, with Aldrech Ramos shooting 15 and Mark Barroca 14—all coming from the third period.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

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The Soccer Shame of Greece

first_imgATHENS – Following what was described as the shameful spectacle of brawls between members of Greece’s national soccer team, flares being fired and fish dumped on a bench in a semi-final match for the country’s soccer title, the government said it would move to curb unruliness in the sport.Greek soccer is often tainted by rowdiness, charges that games are fixed and with club owners committing wrongdoing, but the game in which PAOK beat powerhouse Olympiakos, 1-0, has set off new vows to bring the game under control after seven people were arrested at the event in Thessaloninki.“What happened at the PAOK-Olympiakos game last night shames Greek soccer,” said Deputy Culture Minister Yiannis Andrianos, who is responsible for sporting issues.“Immediately after Easter, I will convene a meeting with club chairmen and the relevant officials so they are made to live up to their responsibilities,” he added. “We all have to sit at a table and not get up until we agree on a common plan of action.”Andrianos also said he expected that the police and the judiciary would investigate what happened.He called the match a “disgrace to Greek football,” noting that players involved in the brawls included members of Greece’s national team.Hundreds of flares, which are allegedly banned in stadiums but almost always are used by fans, created so much smoke the game had to be delayed 75 minutes. A fan who dumped a bag of fish on Olympiakos’ bench was arrested.The Pireaus team’s nickname refers to fish. Referees made the PAOK players sit on Olympiakos’ bench as the teams switched sides.The game was stopped frequently as the players – nine of whom are teammates on the national team heading to the World Cup in Brazil in June – brawled with each other as the event got out of hand but was allowed to continue anyway.Dozens of PAOK fans ran onto the pitch at the end of the game to attack members of the Olympiakos team, whose bench was set on fire by a flare.“I have never seen anything like it in my life,” said Olympiakos coach Michel. “It was the first time that I preferred to lose a game. If we had scored, even worse things could have happened,” added the Spaniard.A 36-year-old man was arrested for dumping fish on the visitors’ bench, while five others were taken into custody for fighting with police outside the stadium.PAOK plays Panathinaikos in the April 26 final. The Greek Football Association said the final would be held as planned at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, denying reports of a possible move to avoid more crowd trouble.(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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The banality of bringup evil

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Continue Reading Previous congatec signs sales partnership with FortecNext Joulescope helps simplify energy optimization In the late stages of bringing up an embedded system, when nothing seems to work, paranoia drifts inevitably to imagined design flaws in the hardware. Perhaps control or timing problems or some unusual sequence in the boot-load process are to blame? Schedule pressure amplifies the stress because you seem to be the last barrier to product release. And this should be easy, surely? Everyone else believes that all the real bugs have been found and resolved in component testing. Your job should be a simple walk through a checklist, with maybe a simple oversight here and there to correct. Why are you taking so long to sign this off?Figure. Car ‘explosion view’ which demonstrates the possible complexity of ramping up many functional small parts into a full system (Source: CEVA) We’ve all been there. Others are generally right in assuming that the great majority of bugs have been found and fixed, but those simple oversights can manifest in ways that are not so easy to discover. Maybe this is a one-time problem; you go through the pain once, setup a process to avoid that problem in future and you’re done, right? However, in SoC software integration bringup you’re loading new software builds into the system and there are multiple links in that chain.You must first create the build on a PC, then load it into flash memory in the system. From there, a simple controller may load its own simple program (from a dedicated memory), using which it will then unpack and upload boot data to main memory. Then the controller might trigger a special bootload instruction in the main processor, say a DSP, signaling that processor to execute a second level of unpacking from the main memory into fast tightly-coupled memory (TCM) sitting close to the processor.There are a lot of steps here and a lot of places where a simple oversight, if only you knew about that oversight, can make you wonder if you just bricked your chip.Start with a file-name. If you enter this incorrectly, that’s your own fault isn’t it? But what about the Microsoft “long-dash versus short-dash” problem? MS tools will sometimes ‘helpfully’ autocorrect between short and long dashes, even on copy/paste, where you would assume you are reliably transferring a string; this is incredibly easy to miss and incidentally was a real problem we encountered (as are following examples). A real upload requires many files; this problem happened to just one of them, yet it totally broke the boot. Eventually we traced this back to the programmer who updated the controller software. He copied the name of the file from an email he got from the firmware programmer and that copy/paste created the bug.Still on the controller, who hasn’t experienced this one? A software update under pressure skipped a file, which also happened to be for the controller software. So that software, the first link in the boot chain, was out of date and that broke the rest of the boot. Took a while to find that one, I can personally attest.Or think about working with a processor to which you can add your own instructions. Those instructions may be tweaked during design. Or somewhere along the line the design team decided to switch to a newer rev or model of the processor. For whatever reason these changes weren’t always fully mirrored in software updates. So you upload software, some of which compiles to opcodes that behave in unexpected ways because they don’t map to intended operations. None of this was detected in simulation because your software development was slightly out of sync with the hardware.Complex problems can happen too but in my experience they’re rarely if ever a root cause for basic ‘doesn’t boot’ issues. When you have multiple moving parts in the sequence from code assembly, configuration, a complex boot sequence to ultimate run-time behavior, it’s not surprising that somewhere through bringup, mundane errors will happen. Managing this process for a minimum of surprises requires tight configuration management and debug, built on an understanding of both the hardware and the software. Trying to sidestep any of this – ‘I can manage this part myself with a little scripting and I’ll figure out any problems on the board’ – is a recipe for major headaches. To get an insight into how CEVA users manage these problems, read the post series: The Complexity of Hardware Debugging.Ariel Hershkovitz serves as CEVA’s Senior Manager of Customer Solutions for Software Development Tools. Ariel brings over 14 years of multi-disciplinary experience, spanning software development, verification, integration and deployment of software deliveries, in both technical and managerial roles. He is passionate about user experiences, ease of use and innovative technology. Highly proficient in analyzing complex problems and simplifying them for rapid resolution. Ariel holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Ben-Gurion University, and an MBA from Bar-Ilan University.. center_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

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a month agoArsenal hero Merson: Emery must take blame for Watford result

first_imgArsenal hero Merson: Emery must take blame for Watford resultby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Paul Merson says Unai Emery must take responsibility for Sunday’s draw with Watford.The Gunners blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Vicarage Road, but Merson thinks the result could’ve been better had if not been for Emery.”I’ve got to put it on the manager,” former Arsenal star Merson told Sky Sports .”People will say there were experienced players on the pitch, but he’s the manager and they’re paid to listen to him. You can’t have a manager give instructions on how to play and then they go out and do their own thing. There would be mutiny, so they’re listening to him and he’s not getting it right.”His substitutions weren’t right. They needed to keep the ball in that game but they kept giving it away cheaply. The only player who didn’t give the ball away all game was Mesut Ozil. You just knew that Arsenal needed to score another goal but he was bringing youngsters on in a game when you’re under pressure.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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4-Star South Carolina Quarterback Commit Brandon McIlwain Weighing Football, Baseball Options After Spurrier Retirement

first_imgFour-star quarterback Brandon McIlwain looked like South Carolina’s quarterback of the future after making a good impression at the Elite 11 this summer, but with the abrupt retirement Steve Spurrier and his skyrocketing stock as a baseball prospect, he is rethinking his commitment. McIlwain received a visit from Penn State quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne on Wednesday.Just had a home visit with Coach @RickyRahne ! .#PSU pic.twitter.com/ZytwCXKD8G— Brandon McIlwain (@BFMcIlwainqb12) December 3, 2015His mother, Lena McIlwain, reveals more about his pending decisions in a recent Facebook post. McIlwain is still considering South Carolina, but needs to hear from whomever takes over for Spurrier first. He’s also being recruited by other programs, and has emerged as a top prospect in the MLB Draft. WCIV Sports Director Scott Eisberg shared her post on Twitter.Not a big recruiting guy-but these posts sent to us-USC QB commit Brandon McIlwain’s mom a former Channel 4 staffer. pic.twitter.com/Nqumnh4N3w— Scott Eisberg (@SEisbergWCIV) December 3, 2015lena mcilwain brandon psu coach lena mcilwain brandon future mlb Yesterday, McIlwain was ranked eighth in an ESPN list of the nation’s top prep and college baseball prospects.@BFMcIlwainqb12 is number 8 on ESPN’s list! pic.twitter.com/BI6K4JtqYh— RockNorthBaseball (@crnorthbaseball) December 1, 2015As a potential first round pick in the MLB, and a Top 10 quarterback recruit, McIlwain has some serious decisions to make, especially with uncertainty surrounding the South Carolina job. It is hard to blame him for whatever he choses.last_img read more

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‘Mendy couldn’t resist Real Madrid move’

first_imgLyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed that Ferland Mendy simply “couldn’t resist” the opportunity to join Real Madrid.The Blancos confirmed the signing of the left-back for a fee of £47 million ($59m) on Wednesday, taking their summer spending to almost £300m ($378m) after completing deals for Eder Militao, Rodrygo, Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard.The 24-year-old joined Les Gones from Ligue 2 outfit Le Havre and became one of their key players as they finished third in Ligue 1, with Aulas telling Radio MARCA: “He arrived at Lyon two years ago from Le Havre. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “He started to play for France when he was just 22; his rise has been very quick.”The Lyon president also revealed that he shares a healthy relationship with his opposite number at Real Madrid, which only helped facilitate a smooth transfer.”Florentino Perez and I are very good friends, and this always influences negotiations,” he added.Zinedine Zidane is wasting no time in attempting to re-assert his side as a dominant force in Spain after they failed to mount a title challenge against Barcelona in La Liga, as well as exiting the Champions League in the round of 16 against surprise package Ajax.Ferland MendyIt was the France legend’s call that convinced Mendy to make the switch, Aulas confirmed, adding: “It was Zidane’s request, yes.”When he called [Mendy], he couldn’t resist.””It’s up to Zidane to decide! [whether Mendy starts over Marcelo]”Mendy made 79 appearances for Lyon across two seasons, scoring three goals as the club made their Champions League return ahead of the 2018-19 season.The Frenchman also made his international debut last season, starting in a 1-0 friendly win over Uruguay before going on to make his competitive debut in Les Bleus’ 2-0 defeat to Turkey in Euro 2020 qualifying.Aulas has chosen not to dwell on losing the 24-year-old, and has already signed his replacement ahead of the 2019-20 season.”We’ve signed another player, Heritier Deyonge [from PSV Eindhoven], who has the same characteristics and is a prospect for the future,” he continued.”He’s Belgian and is 17 years old.”last_img read more

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Cabinet Approves Contract to Improve Sewage Treatment at 14 Health Facilities

first_imgCabinet has approved the award of contracts totalling some $846 million to implement sewage treatment solutions at 14 health facilities across the island, and provide portering, and cleaning services at the Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee Hospitals.The sewage treatment contract of $420 million has been awarded to the Scientific Research Council (SRC).Making the announcement at the Jamaica House media briefing, on April 17, Minister of Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, said the sewage system serving health centres and hospitals have deteriorated due to a lack of preventive maintenance, and increased pressure on the outdated systems.She said after conducting an assessment of selected sewage plants, based on reports of frequent system failure, the Ministry of Health has identified for priority interventions, the plants at: May Pen Hospital, Clarendon; Princess Margaret Hospital, St. Thomas; Annotto Bay Hospital, St. Mary; Savanna-la-Mar Hospital, Westmoreland; Black River Hospital, St. Elizabeth; Mandeville and Percy Junor Hospitals, Manchester; Ulster Spring Health Centre and Falmouth Hospital, Trelawny; St. Ann’s Bay Hospital, St. Ann; Lucea Health Centre and Noel Holmes Hospital, Hanover; and the Port Antonio Hospital and Fellowship Health Centre, Portland.Eight will receive new systems, while the other six will be rehabilitated. One solution will serve the Lucea Health Centre and Noel Holmes Hospital in Hanover.Meanwhile, the $423.7 million three-year contract for cleaning and portering services at the Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee Hospitals has been awarded to Jac-Den Enterprises. The company will provide the requisite staff complement to clean some 384,065 square feet of building space; provide 50 porters, and ensure that a cleaning attendant is assigned at all times to critical departments, such as outpatient and accident and emergency.“The contractor is also required to supply all labour material and supplies, equipment, tools and all other things that are needed to ensure the highest level of portering and cleaning services being offered at the hospitals,” Minister Falconer informed.By Alphea Saunders, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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Top court declines to hear Quebec maple syrup case system allowed to

first_imgOTTAWA – The Supreme Court has refused to hear two appeals from opponents of Quebec’s maple syrup rules and allowed the system which controls production in the province to continue.Angele Grenier, a maple producer in Sainte-Clotilde-de-Beauce, says she has a “heavy heart” after hearing the high court’s decision.The defeat is bitter for the farmer, who has been fighting for years in court to sell her maple syrup to anyone she wants.She has accused Quebec’s maple syrup federation of being a “monopoly” that could result in Quebec losing its 70 per cent market share to Ontario, New Brunswick and the U.S.Paul Rouillard, acting director of the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, says it will now push to have the critics work within the system.He says it is democratic institution that represents 7,300 maple syrup companies who vote on collective marketing decisions.last_img read more

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CIBC reports Q2 profit up from a year ago, provisions for credit losses up

The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canadian Imperial Bank Of Commerce has reported a second-quarter profit of $1.35 billion, up from $1.32 billion in the same quarter last year.The increase came as a decline in profit at the Toronto-based lender’s Canadian personal and small business banking business was offset by gains in other parts of the bank.CIBC says its overall profit amounted to $2.95 per diluted share for the quarter ended April 30, up from $2.89 per diluted share a year ago.Provision for credit losses was $255 million, up $43 million from the second quarter a year ago.On an adjusted basis, CIBC says it earned $2.97 per diluted share for the quarter, up from an adjusted profit of $2.95 per diluted share.Analysts had expected a profit of $2.99 per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. Companies in this story: (TSX:CM) read more

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Opposition says MRs army security fully withdrawn despite concerns

The former Minister said that some foreign Governments are taking revenge on Rajapaksa with the support of the current Sri Lankan Government and the withdrawal of the army security earlier given to Rajapaksa is the first step in that direction.Rambukwella also said that the Government is betraying the military by allowing UN officials to inspect military camps in the country. He said that protests were staged even overseas against the former President in an attempt to stop the defeat of the LTTE. Rambukwella said that the refused by Rajapaksa to agree to the wishes of the international community was seen as Sri Lanka making enemies with the West. The opposition says the army security of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been fully withdrawn despite concerns raised over the decision.Joint opposition member of Parliament Keheliya Rambukwella told reporters today that Rajapaksa was the only person who refused to give-in to pressure to stop the war against the LTTE. He said the decision to allow a UN team to visit the Navy base in Trincomalee recently was unacceptable.Rambukwella said that Rajapaksa is now gathering more and more support as a result of some of the actions of the Government and so his army security has been withdrawn. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Federal government should invest 33B into health care for seniors report

Federal government should invest $3.3B into health care for seniors: report by Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 20, 2015 10:11 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 21, 2015 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – A new report has put a price tag on aging in Canada.The Conference Board of Canada study, commissioned by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), says that it would cost the federal government $3.3 billion in the next year to implement three strategies to cope with the wave of aging baby boomers.In the next five years, the price would jump to $17.5 billion as boomers put an ever-increasing strain on the Canadian health-care system.“The reality (is) that it costs more to look after people who are aging,” said Dr. Cindy Forbes, president of the CMA. “There are at least three items that are doable and will make a difference to Canadians in the next budget cycle.”The first strategy recommends giving provinces and territories additional money for health care based on the age of their populations.That would require the federal government to boost funding to the Canada Health Transfer (CHT), the country’s largest handover of cash from the federal government to provinces and territories. Money sent through the CHT must be used for publicly provided health care.The money is currently provided solely based on population, which the report calls uncommon and impractical, because an elderly population has higher health-care costs.According to a recent study in the journal PLOS One, the average cost for care in a patient’s last year of life is $54,000.The Conference Board report says countries like Belgium, Germany and Switzerland all top up their health-care transfers based on age.Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said he’d renegotiate the terms of the CHT when it expires in 2017 so that increases would be tied to population and economic growth.Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said if elected, he’d negotiate the terms of an adjusted CHT with the provinces come 2017. Tom Mulcair, leader of the federal New Democrats, has said an NDP government would reverse Conservative cuts to provincial health transfers.The second potential reform laid out in the report is coverage of the entire cost of medications for all households that are currently spending at least $1,500 per year, or three per cent of their annual income on drugs.A July study by Angus Reid showed that 14 per cent of Canadians have neglected to fill a prescription due to cost.Mulcair recently suggested a similar strategy that would see the creation of a universal pharmacare program. He said that if elected, he’d contribute $2.6 billion to the project over the next four years.Forbes said she’s heartened to see pharmacare being discussed on the campaign trail.However, the Conference Board report says funding a national pharmacare plan would cost $8.4 billion over the next five years. In 2016 alone, it would cost $1.5 billion, more than half of Mulcair’s proposed four-year budget.The report also lays out the costs of making two key caregiver tax credits refundable.According to Statistics Canada, there are currently eight million “informal caregivers” in Canada — people who look after aging or ill loved ones without financial compensation.Those caregivers may be eligible for the non-refundable Canada Caregiver Tax Credit (CCTC) or Family Caregiver Tax Credit (FCTC), which offer a tax return on expenses incurred during the course of caring for a dependant.A refundable tax credit could reduce a tax bill to below zero, essentially refunding some of the money spent on caregiving. It would cost $90.8 million in 2016 to make the credits refundable.While the report doesn’t detail the cost of making the credits refundable past next year, the Conference Board’s Matthew Stewart said the price tag is only expected to grow by about one per cent each year, bringing the total cost to $500 million by 2020.Stewart, the associate director of national forecasting at the board, said it’s up to politicians to decide whether they’re willing to invest the money in these three strategies to cope with ballooning health-care costs as Canada’s population ages.“To me, the most interesting thing in this report is the cost of aging,” he said. “Rarely have we actually put that into dollar amounts.”— Follow @ColeyT on Twitter. read more

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John Deere and Hitachi celebrate 30 years as joint venture partners

first_imgJohn Deere and Hitachi Construction Machinery are proud to celebrate more than three decades of their longstanding joint venture, the Deere-Hitachi Construction Machinery Corporation. “Utilising united manufacturing facilities and integrated marketing and parts distribution, John Deere and Hitachi are providing more value to customers by producing high-quality products backed by a robust dealer network. Since the start of operations as a joint venture in 1988, Deere-Hitachi has manufactured over 55,000 hydraulic excavators for the North, Central and South American markets.”Since 2002, Hitachi sales, marketing and many product-support activities in the Americas, including for mining excavators and trucks, have been managed by the Construction & Forestry Division of John Deere. “Together we use common parts distribution, information systems and training and support programs, ultimately providing you with more value.”“The 30-year Deere-Hitachi partnership is unlike any other joint venture in the industry, and is a testament to the longstanding mutual respect and dedication of our teams,” said Jon Chase, President of Deere-Hitachi. “Combining the strength of Hitachi’s world-leading hydraulic excavator technology with the resources and might of the 180-year-old John Deere brand, the alliance produces excavators for the world’s best customers.”As a result of a relationship dating back to the 1960s, Hitachi Construction Machinery and Deere & Company collaborated to reach an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) supply agreement in 1983 for the manufacturing of construction excavators. Since then, three joint venture companies with respective manufacturing facilities were established: Deere-Hitachi Construction Machinery Corporation in Kernersville, NC in 1988; Deere-Hitachi Specialty Products (DHSP) in Langley, British Columbia, Canada in 1998; and Deere-Hitachi Máquinas de Construção do Brasil SA (DHB) in Indaiatuba, São Paulo, Brazil in 2011.The 1 million square foot Deere-Hitachi manufacturing facility in Kernersville, NC brings together the latest in technological innovation and a skilled workforce of over 800 employees to produce best-in-class 13 to 47 t excavator models. The state-of-the-art facility uses high quality materials, advanced welding robotics, CNC machining centers, plasma plate-cutting machines and cranes capable of transporting as much as 25 t. A lean manufacturing system combined with a thorough quality assurance process enables the facility to produce made-to-order machines with a quick time to market. Elsewhere in the Americas, the Canada and Brazil facilities specialise in producing equipment that meets regional customer needs.John Deere and Hitachi integrated marketing operations in 2002 in the Americas to streamline decision making and improve customer service, supporting construction and forestry equipment, as well as Hitachi’s mining equipment. To improve parts fill and respond to urgent customer needs, John Deere and Hitachi use a comprehensive parts distribution system via a network of regional parts depots. To better serve Latin American countries, John Deere and Hitachi recently opened a new 115,000 square foot regional parts distribution centre in Miami.John Deere and Hitachi are commemorating the anniversary on May 19, 2018 with an employee and parent company celebration day. Over 1,500 attendees including employees, family members and guests will participate in the event. As part of the celebration, the recently restored, first production excavator will be unveiled to the employees and guests.last_img read more

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Marée noire BP a fait disparaître le pétrole de la surface de

first_imgMarée noire : BP a fait disparaître le pétrole de la surface de l’eauGolfe du Mexique – Deux mois après le colmatage du puits de pétrole à l’origine de la marée noire, on constate qu’il n’y a plus aucune trace visible à la surface de l’eau ni sur les côtes. Des dispersants utilisés par la société britannique auraient fait couler le pétrole brut au fond de l’océan.Au large des côtes américaines, la marée noire semble à présent inexistante. Pourtant, selon une étude scientifique indépendante, pas moins de 800 millions de litres de pétrole se sont déversés dans l’océan entre avril et juillet 2010, après que la plateforme pétrolière BP ne sombre.”Où se trouve donc le pétrole ?” C’est la question que se sont posés Arnaud Muller et Thierry Vivier, auteurs d’un documentaire diffusé hier soir sur France 2. Au cours de leur enquête, les deux journalistes ont découvert que BP avait utilisé 7 millions de litres de dispersants dans l’océan pour empêcher le pétrole d’atteindre les côtes. La mauvaise publicité qu’a provoqué la diffusion des photos d’oiseaux mazoutés dans les médias aurait également poussé la compagnie à faire disparaître le pétrole de la surface. Il y a un véritable souci de “dissimuler l’image de pélicans à l’agonie” et de rendre la catastrophe invisible aux yeux du grand public.Dans les faits, des chercheurs américains indiquent que le produit a créé un nuage de pétrole de 300 kilomètres de long à 1 200 mètres de profondeur environ, localisé grâce à des sondes. Une véritable marée noire sous-marine. Pour se justifier, BP explique avoir agi dans l’urgence étant “dans l’inconnu”. À lire aussiMarée noire : un oléoduc déverse des litres de pétrole dans une rivière d’AmazonieCes dispersants étaient apparemment utilisés pour la première fois. Jamais testés auparavant, leurs conséquences, encore inconnues, sont redoutées sur le long terme par plusieurs scientifiques. Le produit, qui ressemble à du liquide vaisselle, pourrait provoquer une irritation de la peau et des yeux pour l’homme. On craint également les effets sur la faune sous-marine. Des analyses sont en cours sur les poissons. Malgré les risques, certains habitants ont quand même décidé de reprendre la pêche par nécessité sans attendre les premiers résultats.Le 22 octobre 2010 à 15:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Twitter Might Allow You to Edit Your Tweets in 2017

first_img How many times have you written out what you thought was a brilliant tweet, only to be forced to delete and repost it because you made a typo? It’s happened to me more times than I can count during the nine years I’ve been using the social media service, and I’ve never understood why there wasn’t an “edit” button, at least a temporary one, to keep me from making these embarrassing mistakes. Sure, I could just proofread better, but mistakes can and do happen.That’s why it’s such great news that Twitter, namely CEO Jack Dorsey, is interested in ways the company can improve the service or create new options for it in 2017. It seems many were concerned with bookmarks and safety and reporting options according to Recode, but the overwhelming replies came in the form of requests for an edit button.Dorsey claims that Twitter is considering all of those things, but asked a follow-up question to users who made it very clear that an edit button was at the top of their wish lists: “Is it more important to edit for spelling/corrections? 5-minute window to edit mistakes or do you need to be able to edit anytime?”The company is “thinking a lot about it,” including improved conversational threading, multiple timelines, and various other implements that will hopefully become a reality in the new year. An edit option takes the cake, since you can put limits on it if you don’t want users going back and changing what they said (though this shouldn’t matter since you can always delete the whole thing). It should have been available all along, and maybe finally we’ll have a crack at self-editing rather than having to mess up the entire flow of our tweets to fix a misspelled word. Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTwitter Tests Subscribe-to-Replies Feature Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Simeone on MorataAtletico move I cant confirm or deny

first_imgAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone refused to confirm whether or not he’s interested in making a move for Alvaro MorataThe Spanish striker is being strongly linked with a return to La Liga in this month’s transfer window with Sevilla director of football Joaquin Caparros confirming their interest this week.Reports in Spain have suggested that Atletico have entered the race for Morata’s services, but Simeone refused to give anything away.“The only thing I’m thinking about is the upcoming match against Levante,” said Simeone, according to Fox Sports.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“I don’t speak about players that aren’t with us, only those that are.“I can’t confirm or deny anything because coaches wait to see what the club can do.“Some players want more minutes, some could be sold by the club, some could arrive. We need to wait until January 31.”Atletico drew 1-1 against Girona in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie after Alexander Lozano cancelled out Antoine Griezmann’s early opener.last_img read more

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Hughton praises Manchester United under Solskjaer

first_imgAccording to the Brighton and Hove Albion manager, the Norwegian has had a very positive impact in the Red Devils this season.After sacking Jose Mourinho, Manchester United hired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the job.And the former Norwegian footballer has won six out of six matches played so far in different competitions.Now they will face Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford on Saturday, and the Seagulls’ manager has praised his colleague.“I think the results speak for themselves. They have been able to win games and look like scoring and playing really well,” Brighton coach Chris Hughton told Sky Sports.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“Any manager coming in after Mourinho, I don’t think they could have expected any more from anybody that would have come in.”“The results and the performances indicate that,” he added.“I have watched their most recent games, and I was there at Tottenham [a 1-0 victory at Wembley] last weekend when I thought they were very good first half.”“They are playing a way that allows for the quality in their team, the speed in their side, they look like they can score goals,” he commented.“They are aggressive in the way they are pressing, so at this moment they are in a really good form which of course makes it a more difficult task for us.”last_img read more

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Target stores nationwide experience temporary system failures

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: June 15, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Customers had to wait in long lines at Target today after systems temporarily went down prohibiting people from making purchases the day before Father’s Day.The chain temporarily closed some of its stores as it worked to fix the problem and later took to twitter to confirm that its systems were up and running again in all the stores.After experiencing a data heist in 2013 that resulted in the breach of millions of customers’ accounts, the chain confirmed that the issue was an “internal technology issue” and not “a data breach or security-related issue.” Target stores nationwide experience temporary system failures KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 15, 2019last_img read more

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ENSTAR Warns Of Recent Phone Scam

first_imgAccording to ENSTAR, this is not in any way associated with ENSTAR Natural Gas. If you have questions about your account, you can call them directly at any of the numbers below: Hobson: “Our employees drive ENSTAR vehicles, they wear vests or clothing that have the ENSTAR logo. You can also ask somebody for their ENSTAR I.D. and certainly you can call our offices to confirm the employee’s identity.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ENSTAR Natural Gas has received several reports of customers receiving a call from 907-334-7818. Caller ID indicates this is an ENSTAR number but the caller is selling insurance or senior benefits. You can call Customer Service at 907-277-5551 to confirm authenticity of anyone representing to be an ENSTAR employee.center_img Enstar’s Lindsay Hobson says the company never contacts customers this way: “If there is an issue with your account we will contact you either by mail or by hanging a door hanger on your door.” ANCHORAGE: 907-277-5551MAT-SU VALLEY: 907-376-7979KENAI PENINSULA: 907-262-9334TOLL FREE: 1-877-907-9767last_img read more

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Deepika Padukones bulging belly at Met Gala 2019 sparks pregnancy rumours Photo

first_imgEarlier last month too some rumours had made the rounds suggesting the Padmaavat actress was pregnant. She had then not only denied the buzz but also had expressed discontent at such speculations being made soon after an actress gets married.”It will happen when it has to happen. Motherhood trumps being married. That’s what I hear from people who have had children. Of course, it will happen at some point but no, I think it is unfair to put women through that, to put a couple through that. I guess the day we stop asking the questions is when we will bring about change,” she had told a publication.Meanwhile, Deepika impressed all with her quirky avatar at Met Gala 2019 red carpet. However, it was Priyanka who hogged maximum limelight with her extremely unusual appearance. She got both positive words for her look as well as trolling comments. Is Deepika Padukone pregnant?Priyanka Chopra Instagram screengrabPriyanka Chopra posted a picture on Instagram from Met Gala 2019 night party where Deepika Padukone can also be seen posing with others. While fans got excited to see the two actresses together, it is Deepika’s slightly bulging stomach that made many wonder if she is pregnant.The concerned photo shows Priyanka, her husband Nick Jonas and Deepika Padukone posing with some other ladies. She captioned it as,”Charlie and the Indian angels end the night… #metgala2019 [sic]”.The glamorous photo received scores of comments, where fans expressed excitement to see the two contemporary actresses gelling well. However, a lot of them noticed a little bulge in Deepika’s tummy, which appeared to them as “baby bump”.While a few of them just expressed curiosity to know if Deepika is expecting a child, some others seem to be convinced that the actress is pregnant. Well, only time will tell if the fans’ guess is correct or Deepika just gulped a little extra dose of food. Priyanka Chopra Instagram screengrablast_img read more

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