Motivational messages help diabetic patients

first_imgResearchers have found that a low-cost text messaging programme improves blood sugar control in patients with diabetes and coronary heart disease. “The effect in this study was not only statistically significant but also has the potential to be clinically relevant by reducing risk of diabetic complications and death,” said study researchers. It may provide a means to better address the burgeoning healthcare demand-capacity imbalance. For the study, the researchers enrolled 502 patients from 34 clinics in China and the patients were randomly assigned to the text messaging intervention or a control group for six months. The intervention group received six messages per week, at random times of the day, from an automated system set up by the researchers. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe messages were designed to provide information and motivation and help patients set goals and manage stress. The control group received two thank you text messages per month. At six months, blood glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) was significantly lower in the intervention group compared to the control group (6.7 per cent versus 7.2 per cent). On an average, HbA1c fell by 0.2 per cent in the intervention group and rose by 0.1 per cent in the control group – a difference of 0.3 per cent between groups. The change in fasting blood glucose was larger in the intervention, compared to control, group (-0.5 versus 0.1 mmol/L, respectively).last_img read more

Four killed 3 injured in fire at ONGC plant operations unaffected

first_imgMumbai: Four people were killed and three seriously injured when a fire broke out at an oil and gas processing plant of ONGC at Navi Mumbai township, a top official and the police said. Those killed include three personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which is responsible for the security of the Uran plant of Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC). The fourth was an employee of ONGC. Officials said the three injured are also CISF personnel. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Oil production was not impacted by the fire but ONGC diverted natural gas produced from fields in the Arabian Sea to a similar processing facility at Hazira in Gujarat. “A fire was reported at around 7.15 am this morning at stormwater drainage unit of the Uran plant possibly due to a gas leak. By 9.30 am the fire was brought under control. Unfortunately, we lost four precious lives in the accident,” Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said in New Delhi. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday He asserted that there was no crisis and things were under control. The Uran facility of ONGC receives and processes about 12.5 million tonnes per annum of crude oil and about 11.5 million standard cubic meters per day of natural gas and associated condensate from fields in the Arabian Sea. The facility extracts value-added products such as LPG, C2/C3, and naphtha before supplying crude oil to refineries and natural gas to downstream consumers. Uran plant handles nearly 48 per cent of ONGC’s total crude oil production and accounts for nearly 12 per cent of its gas sales. It produces nearly 42 per cent of ONGC’s total output of value-added products. Officials said almost half of the total revenue of the Uran plant comes from the sale of LPG. Following the blaze, thick smoke engulfed the area, the police said, adding that they appealed to people staying in villages in the plant’s vicinity not to panic, and assured things were under control. The victims died during a blast while they were trying to check gas leakage at the site, a senior CISF official said. The mishap took place around 6.47 am in the ONGC’s processing plant at Uran town, located around 50 km from here, a police official said. Four people were killed and three others injured in the mishap,” a senior police official said. The deceased included three CISF fire personnel Eranna Nayakka, Satish Prasad Kushwaha, and M K Paswan, who were trying to stop the gas leakage, and resident production superintendent C N Rao of the ONGC, CISF’s Deputy Inspector General (west zone) Nilima Singh said. The injured persons were admitted to a nearby hospital for treatment, she said. At least 22 fire brigade tenders, including those of the ONGC, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Reliance Group, Navi Mumbai civic body and the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation at Taloja, were rushed to the spot. The ONGC on its Twitter handle said: “Fire broke out in stormwater drainage in Uran Plant early morning successfully doused within two hours by fire fighting team. #ONGCs robust crisis mitigation preparedness helped put off this major fire in a very short time.” Earlier, in another tweet, it said, “A fire broke out in stormwater drainage early morning today in Uran oil & gas processing plant. ONGC fire services & crisis management team immediately pressed into action. Fire is being contained. No impact on Oil processing. Gas diverted to Hazira Plant. The situation is being assessed.” The exact cause of the fire was yet to ascertained. According to Singh, a CISF fire station was informed in the morning about gas leakage near the LPG plant of ONGC. The CISF personnel and others then rushed to the site and detected leakage. “They managed to close the valve and were observing if there was any other leakage, but there was a blast and all the three CISF personnel along with ONGC DGM died,” she said, adding that the blast took place in the crude handling plant of the ONGC. The CISF fire team continued with fire fighting and managed to control the blaze. Three other CISF fire personnel also suffered burn injuries and were hospitalised, she said. “Because of the alertness and dedication of the CISF personnel, major damage to the entire plant and township was averted. The CISF personnel sacrificed their lives in the line of duty,” Singh said. Meanwhile, the police said there was nothing to worry and asked people staying near the plant to stay calm. “The situation is under control and we appeal to the villagers staying nearby not to panic,” a senior police official said. The state-owned ONGC is the largest crude oil and natural gas company in the country.last_img read more

Thieves make off with popular tourist attraction from Peggys Cove

first_imgPEGGY’S COVE, N.S. — One of the most-photographed Nova Scotians is missing.Shorty, a wide-eyed, five-foot-two wooden fisherman, was stolen from outside a tourist spot in Peggy’s Cove, N.S., earlier this week.Owner Peter Richardson, who announced the loss on Facebook, said Shorty arrived in August and proved to be very popular.Richardson owns several businesses in the tourist area, including Peggy’s Cove Lobsters. He bought Shorty for $1,000 to draw customers to his lobster-roll food truck.He says the folksy statue was photographed thousands of times.“I’d say one in five people stopped to take a picture with Shorty,” said Richardson, who also owns Peggy’s Cove Boat Tours.“If they were a couple, one would put their arm around him to take a photo.”He suspects it was stolen as a prank.“I hope one of the fraternities got him in one of their dorms. I went to university once and we did stuff like that,” he said.“We just hope that he’s having fun, that he’s OK, and that he’s coming back. We miss him dearly.”Richardson has offered a $200 reward.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Hang Out With The Vamps As They Film Their New Music Video

first_imgThis summer global superstars The Vamps are offering the chance for one lucky fan to make their dreams come true, with an invitation to meet the band and share their spotlight as part of a prize draw to support Stand Up To Cancer.PRIZE DRAW OFFERS FANS ONCE IN A LIFETIME CHANCE TO HANG OUT WITH THE VAMPSThe winner will be invited to join The Vamps as they take a break from their world tour and hang out with the teen heartthrobs on the set of their new music video, witnessing the making of their next big hit. The prize also includes flights to and from the location of the set from anywhere in the world, and accommodation.This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Brad, James, Connor and Tristan will help raise money for Stand Up To Cancer, a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, designed to accelerate new cancer treatments to patients and save more lives.To be in with a chance of winning, visit Each donation of $25 buys five entries in the draw and helps support vital cancer research. Fans can also scoop a limited number of exclusive rewards by donating to the cause, including drum skins signed by The Vamps ($300), a signed guitar ($650), and a personal phone call from the boys ($750).Brad Simpson, lead singer and guitarist in The Vamps, said: “Stand Up To Cancer’s an amazing campaign that will make a difference to so many people by raising vital funds that will help get treatments to patients faster. We wanted to give a really special prize to help raise as much money as possible and we hope our fans will enter the draw and join us as we Stand Up To Cancer!”A video from The Vamps explaining why they’re Standing Up To Cancer this year, including details of the prize, can be found here. To purchase merchandise modelled by the band shop online at Selected items will also be available from Cancer Research UK shops across the country from September.Claire Rowney, director of Stand Up To Cancer, said: “Having support from The Vamps will give a huge boost to our fundraising and it’s a great way to engage their devoted fans with Stand Up To Cancer’s work to beat cancer sooner.“We’ve made amazing progress against cancer in the past few decades but one in two of us in the UK will develop cancer in our lifetime so we can’t afford to stand still. Cancer is a complex disease – there are more than 200 types and thousands of subtypes, that’s why funding more research is vital.”Launched in 2012, Stand Up To Cancer’s fundraising total has so far reached over £23.8m to fund clinical trials across the UK.last_img read more

Dhoni not to play last 2 ODIs, likely to have played last game on Indian soil

first_imgRanchi: India’s seniormost player Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be “rested” for the final two ODIs of the ongoing series against Australia and Friday’s match here could well be his last international outing on home soil. “We will have some changes in the last two games. Mahi will not be playing in the last two games. He will be taking rest ,” India’s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar told mediapersons after the match. With India not having any home matches till October, the match here could well be the last time that Dhoni has played in India Blues on home soil. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherThe World Cup is widely believed to be Dhoni’s swansong in India colours. However, the Jharkhand State Cricket Association believes that they would get one limited overs match during the next home season where Dhoni could bid a proper farewell. Knowing Dhoni’s allergy to publicity, the chances of that happening is pretty dim at the moment. Rishabh Pant will keep wickets during the last two ODIs in Mohali and New Delhi.last_img read more

Spains goalkeeper Casillas to score poverty reduction goals as UN Goodwill Ambassador

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today appointed Spanish football goalkeeper Iker Casillas as a Goodwill Ambassador for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with a focus on promoting poverty reduction, education and health, and issues affecting young people in developing countries.“While my job on the pitch is to prevent goals, my job at UNDP will be to help score them,” Mr. Casillas said at his appointment in Geneva, Switzerland. “Bringing attention to the poor conditions people are enduring around the world is essential to motivate action on the world’s pledges to improve their lives.”The MDGs are a set of eight globally agreed targets that seek to halve world poverty by 2015 by combating hunger, disease, illiteracy, environment degradation and discrimination against women. Mr. Casillas has a history of helping those in need – including the organizing of events such as football charity matches and raising awareness of the needs of children living in poverty in Peru. “UNDP works with people and their governments around the world to end poverty with solutions that will last,” Mr. Casillas said. “Only with that kind of team approach can we win the battle against poverty, and I am proud to add my personal commitment to this work.”Mr. Casillas plays for the Spanish club Real Madrid and serves as captain for both the Spanish national team and Real Madrid. As captain of the national side, he led a young Spanish team to its first European Championship in 44 years. In 2010, he led Spain to their first ever FIFA World Cup in South Africa, where he also won the Golden Glove Award for the tournament’s best goalkeeper.“We are thrilled to have Iker Casillas working with us to help countries reach the MDGs and defeat poverty,” said the UNDP Associate Administrator, Rebeca Grynspan, after presenting Mr. Casillas with his credentials in Geneva.“Iker is not only a role model for young people across the globe, but also a very committed partner in the need to raise awareness and create real opportunities to improve the lives of  the most vulnerable,” she added.Mr. Casillas joins eight other UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors – footballers Ronaldo de Lima, Zinedine Zidane, Didier Drogba and the world’s number one female football player, Marta Vieira da Silva; tennis player Maria Sharapova; Spanish performer Antonio Banderas; Japanese actress Misako Konno; and Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway. The Ambassadors articulate the UNDP development philosophy and help motivate people to improve their own lives and those of their fellow citizens. Soon after receiving his credentials, Mr. Casillas’ first task as Goodwill Ambassador was to launch – along with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke – a brand new comic book entitled “Score the Goals: Teaming Up to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals” in which he features, along with nine other football players.“I am very honoured to be part of this comic book,” he said, at the launch. “It is a fantastic fun way to raise awareness and to educate children around the world about the Millennium Development Goals, and about important life values such as tolerance, respect and team spirit. As it says in the comic book: Together we can make it happen!” The 32-page educational comic book features ten football Goodwill Ambassadors – Emmanuel Adebayor, Roberto Baggio, Michael Ballack, Iker Casillas, Didier Drogba, Luis Figo, Raúl, Ronaldo, Patrick Vieira, and Zinédine Zidane – who become shipwrecked on an island on their way to playing an “all-star” charity football game in support of the UN. Whilst on the island, the team has to tackle the eight MDGs along their journey towards being rescued. 24 January 2011The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today appointed Spanish football goalkeeper Iker Casillas as a Goodwill Ambassador for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with a focus on promoting poverty reduction, education and health, and issues affecting young people in developing countries. read more

100day countdown to launch of cleanestever Euro6 vehicles

Toughest ever standards for new car emissions come into force in September 2015.70% of UK’s 10 best-selling models registered in April 2015 boasted Euro-6 tech.Car manufacturers demonstrate latest tech at key industry event today.This weekend begins the 100-day countdown to the official launch of the strictest-ever European vehicle emissions regulation, Euro-6. From 1 September 2015, all new car models sold in the EU must meet this low emissions standard, making them the cleanest vehicles in history.With three months still to go before the new standard becomes mandatory, the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that UK vehicle manufacturers are ahead of the game, with around half of new car buyers opting for a Euro-6 car last month.In a show of commitment to the latest standards, car manufacturers are demonstrating their latest Euro-6 cars today at SMMT Test Day – a key industry event.Consumers are doing their bit for air quality, too, by opting to buy these low emission vehicles in increasing numbers. In April, almost one out of every two new cars registered (45.9%) boasted next-generation Euro-6 technology, compared with fewer than one in five (18.7%) in September 2014. Meanwhile, a staggering 70.4% of the UK’s top 10 best-sellers registered last month met the standard.Next-generation Euro-6 technology vehicles not only boast the lowest CO2 emissions on record, but they emit virtually zero particulate matter, while nitrogen oxides emissions are more than half those of previous generation motors built in the past five years.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “With 100 days still to go until the new Euro-6 standard becomes mandatory, new car buyers are shifting to these next-generation vehicles. This is the result of huge investment from manufacturers in clean technology – and the quicker we get these Euro-6 cars onto the roads, the quicker we’ll see improvements in air quality.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

New dust collector design helps reduce power consumption

first_imgA new insertable dust collector that features improved filtering and a smaller footprint should help bulk material handlers minimise airborne dust at belt conveyor loading points. The Martin Insertable Dust Collector is an automatic, self-cleaning filter designed to remove dust from the air in conveyor loading and transfer points, silo vents, bucket elevators and screens. The collector design employs filter elements that are approximately one-eighth the size of filter envelopes in the previous system. The smaller filter elements allow a significant reduction in the dust collector’s footprint, so it can be installed in locations where tight quarters complicate the installation of other systems.The mesh-like material filters better and lasts longer — while consuming less energy — than conventional filter bags. The new filters also allow a reduction in fan size to move air through the elements, helping to reduce the overall power consumption of the collection system.Martin Insertable Collectors feature a pulse cleaning system, which uses a short burst of air sent back through the filter to dislodge accumulated material. Filter changes are a no-tool procedure from the clean side of the dust collector.“These new insertable dust collectors can eliminate many of the problems seen with central ‘baghouse’ collection systems, including long runs of ducting, large enclosures, maintenance difficulties and high power consumption,” said Martin Product Engineer Dan Marshall. “They help solve airborne dust problems by keeping fine particles in the load or returning them to the material stream.”The new line of insertable collectors was developed to handle the heavy dust concentrations and air volumes arising from material transfer points. They are designed to remove 99.9% by weight of all dry particulates 0.5 micron and larger (based on a time-weighted average of a properly-installed, operated and maintained unit).The automated “reverse jet” cleaning sequence facilitates continuous operation, keeping filters working effectively with a minimum of compressed air. The small integrated fan runs only when the conveyor is operational, further improving energy efficiency.“These systems eliminate the need for installing or maintaining ductwork, and there’s no haulage or cleanup costs for waste disposal, since fugitive material is returned to the process,” Marshall added. “Probably its most popular feature with operators is the clean-side access for inspection and filter changeouts,” he said. “It’s a quick and easy process, saving further on time and maintenance costs.”last_img read more

Free pooperscoopers offered to tackle dog poo in Limerick

first_imgA PET SHOP is to offer the people of Limerick 100 free long-handled pooper-scoopers as part of an effort to fight dog mess in the city and county.The Stop Limerick Dog Litter campaign is a new initiative launched by Limerick City & County Councils.It has already received the backing of the Maxi Zoo pet store on the Ballysimon Road who have donated 100 long-handled pooper-scoopers valued at €3,000 to help local Tidy Towns volunteers clean up areas.According to Mayor of Limerick Kathleen Leddin, the issue needs to be tackled across Limerick.“The Council’s Environment Section is trying to get the message across that allowing dogs to foul in a public area and then not picking it up is simply unacceptable. I would like to thank Maxi Zoo for coming on board to support Tidy Towns groups and helping to remove dog litter from our streets and green areas.”Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, Cllr. John Sheehan added: ‘TidyTowns groups carry out regular community cleanups and I want to commend them for this. These long-handled pooper scoopers will assist them to deal with dog litter that careless dog owners have chosen not to pick up.”Dog litter causes a significant threat to human health through Toxocariasis, an infection caused by roundworm which lives in the intestines of dogs. This disease can occur when someone accidentally ingests small particles of contaminated soil. Symptoms include abdominal pain, cough, and headache and in extreme cases can result in permanent vision loss.Read: Welsh Police apologise after naming dog poo talks “Operation Irish”VIDEO: Don’t let your dog poo on streets, say wheelchair userslast_img read more

Surgical Robot is Invincible at Operation Board Game

first_imgThis video proves robotic surgery is totally safe. Students at Johns Hopkins University decided to see how the $2 million-dollar da Vinci Surgical System would do at the game where steady fingers is of the utmost importance.And, in case you had any doubt, it can win the game handily. The robot can pick up plastic Adam’s Apples like nobody’s business, without ever touching the metal edges.Surgery is one of the most prominent areas for emerging robotic technologies, and they have been proven to reduce error and increase the success of surgeries.Via Youtubelast_img read more

All for the kings rain

first_imgRapturous applause and  teary eyes greeted the unveiling of the bust of the ancient Spartan King, Leonidas in Sparta Place, Brunswick, yesterday afternoon. The rain did not stop the sizable crowd from turning up for the event. Along with members of Pallaconian Brotherhood of Victoria, was City of Moreland Mayor, Lambros Tapinos, MPs Jenny Mikakos and Kelvin Thompson as well as community leaders. The statue of King Leonidas was commissioned by the City of Brunswick to celebrate the Memorandum of Understanding between Sparta and Brunswick. Prior to the unveiling, the statue was contested by some local traders who accused the City of Moreland of a lack of consultation. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Hook and Emma finally move forward on Once Upon a Time

first_imgFans have been waiting for Hook and Emma’s relationship to go somewhere, anywhere, for years now. Thankfully, the writers of Once Upon a Time finally threw us a bone. They are moving in together. That’s a real, significant step forward that’s going to change the nature of the show at least a little bit. It’s no longer “Will they or won’t they,” it’s “How will they make this work?”This week’s episode introduced a new dilemma for the people of Storybrooke. They need to find normal lives, but they have no concept of normal anymore. For going on six years now, there have been crises, mass memory wipes and newcomers who’ve had their stories interrupted by some curse or another. Each season has involved figuring out how to get each character to their happy ending. Now that most of Storybrooke’s inhabitants have found theirs, where do they go from here?Snow White thinks she has the answer. She finds herself slightly nostalgic for the days before they knew about the curse. You know, all the way back in season one. Not everything was perfect, she admits, but she like being a teacher. She liked having a sense of normalcy. She resolves to get the school going again, and begins by planning to use Doctors Jekyll and Frankenstein to create the craziest, scariest science department the world has ever seen.Jessy Schram as Cinderella in Once Upon a Time. (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)The main story this week focuses on Cinderella. Honestly, it’s surprising they hadn’t gotten to that one yet. For most of the episode, the story is pretty much how you remember it. There’s a ball, Ella’s only nice dress gets thrown in the fire by her evil stepmother and stepsisters, there’s a prince, a glass slipper, you know the drill.The first twist comes when instead of a fairy godmother, she’s given the dress by, of course, Rumplestiltskin. The next twist comes after the ball. Cinderella thinks the Prince doesn’t actually like her because her stepmother told her as much and Cinderella trusts her stepmother because… of reasons. The mouse in the yellow shirt (yes, the one from the cartoon) reminds Cinderella that her mother left her a magic key. A key that opens a portal to The Land of Untold Stories.Just as she’s about to use it, one of her stepsisters, Clorinda, shows up and reveals that she’s actually not so bad. She’s just as trapped under her mother as Cinderella is. But now, she’s fallen in love with the Prince’s footman, which is much to low a station for her mother’s liking and wants to leave. Cinderella agrees to help the lovers escape to The Land of Untold Stories.Lisa Banes as Cinderella’s stepmother in Once Upon a Time. (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)Unfortunately, the stepmother shows up and threatens to break Cinderella’s glass slipper, her only proof that she’s the girl the Prince fell in love with if Cinderella doesn’t disclose where Clorinda is meeting the footman. Cinderella does, and her stepmother breaks the slipper anyway. She’s really got to stop trusting people. The prince recognizes her anyway, and they run off to save Clorinda and her lover. They’re too late, arriving just after the stepmother has knocked out the footman with her cane. She then drags Clorinda into the Land of Untold Stories, hoping to separate the lovers forever.Back in the present, Cinderella, now Ashley, has figured out that her stepsister is now in Storybrooke and has gone to a pumpkin patch to find her. It’s revealed that the stepmother has convinced Clorinda that Cinderella betrayed her and Clorinda is out or revenge. The Stepmother shows up to kill Ashley but is interrupted by Jacob the former footman, now the owner of the pumpkin patch. Seeing that her love is still alive, Clorinda forgets revenge, but Ashley is stabbed by her stepmother. Fortunately, Henry and Emma have been tailing Ashley and Henry is able to get his mom’s powers working enough to heal her.Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) contemplates doing something smart for a change, ultimately decides against it. (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)Crisis over, Emma returns to town and asks Hook to move in with her. Charming finds evidence that his father was murdered and wasn’t killed in a drunk carting accident after all. He’s about to go on a vengeance quest of his own, but Snow talks him out of it by telling him to think about the family he has now. It almost works. He’s about to burn the letter proving his father was murdered, but decides not to at the last minute. Cinderella isn’t the only one who doesn’t learn from past experiences.And just before the credits roll, the Evil Queen breaks Mr. Hyde out of his cell. That can’t be good.This season is moving the show forward in interesting ways. As the characters try to figure out what they’re going to do once, there’s no evil to defeat, the show is opening up to different kinds of stories. The pattern of “defeat and repeat” as Snow puts it will have to end sometime soon and the writers are ensuring there are still interesting stories to be told when it does. Characters still make baffling, stupid choices, but there are signs that the show is evolving into something new. Or building to a conclusion. We’ll have to wait and find out which.last_img read more

Celebrate Star Wars by Building Your Own Astromech Droid

first_img Despite some controversy surrounding the newest Star Wars movie (and no, I haven’t seen it yet, so no spoilers here), The Last Jedi continues to dominate the box office. I’ve long been a fan of the series, well the original trilogy anyway. Aside from the swashbuckling characters, it’s the tech that most intrigues me. The iconic lightsabers, starships, blasters, and of course the droids. Even those who know nothing about the Star Wars universe or haven’t seen a single film, are familiar with R2-D2 and C3PO. And that little chirping R2-D2 astromech droid has especially worked his way into people’s hearts.At Maker Faire NY, I came across several iterations of the enigmatic little droid at the R2 Builders Club booth. They also gave a talk on how to construct your own R2-D2 and related droids. The life-sized replicas are made from a variety of materials including aluminum, plywood, fiberglass, or other traditional materials and processes. Many builds also incorporate CNC and/or 3D printing. You can even build a BB-8 droid. Plans for both droids are available at And there’s a wealth of knowledge and helpful advice in the forums section.Don’t have the room, budget or time to build a full-size R2 unit? No worries. You can build a ¼ scale 3D printed astromech droid by following the U.S. Water Robot’s tutorial, which they made to celebrate International Star Wars Day, this past May. They even have a mod to make the little droid fly by turning it into a water bottle rocket. The parts can be 3D printed even on a very small print bed and in the tutorial they use a Monoprice Select Mini V2. So, if you want to make your own astromech droid, get out your hyperspanners and get to work.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Prepare To Be Amazed By This Tiny Working Lego PianoPlug a Floppy Drive in to Your Android Phone For a Retro Storage Boost Stay on targetlast_img read more


first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAYSHOULD STATE RESOURCES BE UTILISED FOR CAMPAIGN?According to section 91 b of the Elections Act, all presidential candidates are supposed to abide by ethical electoral conduct. This provision states:“A candidate or political party shall not during an election campaign period –(b) abuse or engage in the improper use of property of the Government  for political propaganda purposes.”It is therefore evident that to promote free and fair elections, state resources and personnel should not be utilised for partisan political purposes.last_img read more

Steven Gerrard is still furious

first_imgThe Rangers boss is still angry after the goalless draw against St. Johnstone last Saturday in the Scottish Premier League.Last Saturday, on Matchday 26 of the Scottish Premier League, Rangers and Saint Johnstone drew 0-0 at Ibrox Stadium.This made Ghers’ boss Steven Gerrard so angry that he went to the press conference to say his team will not win the Scottish national tournament this season.The team is currently in the second position of the league with 52 points, eight behind leaders Celtic.And today, three days after the game, Gerrard is still feeling angry about it.“On the evidence of what’s gone before, I don’t think it was brutal,” Gerrard said to STV TV about telling the raw truth to his players.“I think it was honest.”“I think probably 99 out of 100 managers would tell them the same thing if they had seen what I saw on Saturday,” he continued.“Maybe I put it across in a more honest and truthful way but I’m not going to change. I don’t want to lie to the players or mislead them or tell them stuff I don’t believe in.”“The reaction can’t be for me, it’s got to be for the fans and the club. St Johnstone brought 100 or 150 supporters at that game and we had 49,000,” he added.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“They are the ones who deserve the standards and the level of performance. It’s my job to just tell the players and be truthful with them and that’s how I do it.”“I think the St Johnstone game wasn’t just a problem in the 90 minutes,” he said. “Having looked back at the week leading into it, there are certain things that didn’t really look right.”Rangers have a very important match tomorrow night when they play in the Scottish Cup Fifth Round Replay against Kilmarnock after drawing goalless with them on February 9th.“The good thing with this group of players is that they know where they’ve gone wrong,” he commented.“But there’s another opportunity and another chance to put that right on Wednesday.“I think the task will be similar in many ways – we know Steve Clarke will come with a plan and he’s had joy here before,” Gerrard concluded.🎥 A team news update from the manager at today’s press conference.— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) February 19, 2019last_img read more

No Heck Herrera facetoface time in county

first_imgCandidates in the 3rd Congressional District race have reached a stalemate in debate negotiations. The upshot: It appears Republican Jaime Herrera and Democrat Denny Heck won’t meet face-to-face in Clark County — or in Lewis County — before the Nov. 2 election.Herrera spokesman Casey Bowman said Monday that Herrera will not take part in a 30-minute candidate forum Oct. 20 in Vancouver sponsored by the Clark County League of Women Voters. He said Herrera had already made a commitment to participate in a Lewis County forum on that date.“Lewis County debate sponsors had been working on their event since September,” Bowman said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t know the League of Women Voters was hosting a debate until well after all of the other invitations.”Heck campaign manager Grant Lahmann said Heck committed to attend the League of Women Voters forum last week before he learned the details of the Oct. 20 Lewis County event, sponsored by Centralia College, The Chronicle newspaper and the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce. “The Denny Heck campaign has sought from the start to have an accessible, direct debate with Rep. Herrera in Clark County and the League of Women Voters have a strong history of providing a fair and comprehensive format to do so,” Lahmann said. He said Heck will take part in the event whether Herrera shows up or not.last_img read more

Coast Guard searches for a missing cruise ship passenger near Seattle

first_imgThe Coast Guard is searching an area in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca near Seattle for a passenger reported missing from a Holland America cruise ship.The cruise line says the 64-year-old man was aboard the ship Statendam when it sailed from Victoria, British Columbia, Sunday night, but he didn’t check off the ship after it docked in Seattle on Monday.Petty Officer Katelyn Shearer says Holland America reviewed surveillance video and determined the man’s location was last known off the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula. Neither the Coast Guard nor Holland America would immediately say what the video showed.The Coast Guard says it has two cutters, two smaller boats and a helicopter searching for the man. He’s described as a U.S. citizen who had been traveling alone.The Statendam was on a 14-day roundtrip cruise from Seattle to Alaska.last_img read more

The Childrens Home to Present FACES 2014 Fundraiser at Morgan State University

first_imgThe Children’s Home’s FACES 2014 celebration will take place 6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 23 at Morgan State University’s Murphy Fine Arts Center, 2201 Argonne Dr., Baltimore 21218.Approximately 200 guests in business attire are expected to gather for this chic and savory evening filled with an amazing collection of wine, chef cuisine and an assortment of incredible desserts. Guests can demonstrate their own artistic style at interactive art tables and a photo booth. They also can enjoy a one-of-a-kind dinner performance by the Morgan State University student five-piece combo band.The event highlight will be the live and silent auctions featuring a variety of special items, along with unique artwork created by the at-risk children and youth living at The Children’s Home prepared as part of a special mentorship project with Towson University School of Fine Arts.This year’s event theme is “FACES Identity Discovery – ID.” Residents in The Children’s Home’s care respond positively to art as an innovative approach to rebuilding their lives. FACES will showcase their courage for positive change, along with their innate artistic talent.FACES 2014 admission is $75/person through Oct. 10, and $100/person, Oct. 11 through event day ticket sales at the door. Proceeds will help sustain quality programs and services for at-risk children, youth and their families.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 410-744-7310.last_img read more

Local Research Center Launches Study of Black Peoples Brains

first_imgBy J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFROThe Lieber Institute for Brain Development announced the creation of the first African-American Neuroscience Research Initiative (AANRI) Monday.The Lieber Institute, a Baltimore nonprofit research center, boasts the largest repository of human brains in the world.Lieber also possesses the largest inventory of African-American brains in the world.Expanding a collection of African-American brains is hoped to give the AANRI expanded knowledge in the treatment of Black Americans andmitigate risks.The brains are used in research that explores the link between mind and body looking at physical characteristics of post-mortem brains to discover treatments for psychiatric and psychological ailments including post-traumatic stress and schizophrenia.“Research shows that African Americans are 20 percent more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population, and twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease,” a March press release said. “Suicide rates for African-American children under the age of 13 are twice as high as children of European ancestry. African-American infant death rates and premature birth rates also are twice that of European ancestry Americans.”Expanding a collection of African-American brains is hoped to give the AANRI expanded knowledge in the treatment of Black Americans and mitigate risks.“Research has long been hampered by a lack of diversity in basic science and in clinical trials, particularly in the field of neuroscience,” the release reads. “For example, 81 percent of large-scale genomic datasets are of European descent, even though this group makes up less than 16 percent of the world population.”The social construct of race has long been critiqued in the medical community. Race may not matter, but “ancestry matters,” representatives of Lieber say.While genomics (the study of a complete set of DNA) research continues the history of humanity in the African continent, AANI focuses it work on the diaspora in the United States and throughout the Americas.The limited, that is, White, sampling of genomes (“full” patterns of DNA) exposes Black Americans to risks of suboptimal to dangerous drug interactions and other complications in the treatment of mental illness.Soliciting tissue from Black Americans is a fraught topic in the aftermath of the monstrous experiments in Tuskegee and violations of basic bodily autonomy and consent in the case of Henrietta Lacks. Lieber and AANI are taking careful conciliatory steps to make sure Baltimore’s Black community is invited into something that will be by and for Blacks.“My clergy colleagues and I have been studying the emerging science behind precision medicine and believe that this technology has potential for finding cures and treatments for diseases that uniquely affect African Americans,” Rev. Dr. Alvin C. Hathaway, Sr., principal of the African-American Clergy Medical Research Initiative, said in a statement. “This revolution in medicine has largely left behind ethnic minority groups like African Americans, and it is time to change this.”last_img read more

Mozilla engineer shares the implications of rewriting browser internals in Rust

first_imgYesterday, Diane Hosfelt, a Research Engineer at Mozilla, shared what she and her team experienced when rewriting Firefox internals in Rust. Taking Quantum CSS as a case study, she touched upon the potential security vulnerabilities that could have been prevented if it was written in Rust from the very beginning. Why Mozilla decided to rewrite Firefox internal in Rust? Quantum CSS is a part of Mozilla’s Project Quantum, under which it is rewriting Firefox internals to make it faster. One of the major parts of this project is Servo, an engine designed to provide better concurrency and parallelism. To achieve these goals Mozilla decided to rewrite Servo in Rust, replacing C++. Rust is very similar to C++ in some ways while being different in terms of the abstractions and data structures it uses. It was created by Mozilla keeping concurrency safety in mind. Its type and memory-safe property make programs written in Rust thread-safe. What type of bugs does Rust prevent? Overall Rust prevents bugs related to memory, bounds, null/uninitialized variables, or integer by default. Hosfelt mentioned in her blog post, “Due to the overlap between memory safety violations and security-related bugs, we can say that Rust code should result in fewer critical CVEs (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures).” However, there are some types of bugs that Rust does not address like correctness bugs. According to Hosfelt, Rust is a good option in the following cases: When your program involves processing of untrusted input safely When you want to use parallelism for better performance When you are integrating isolated components into an existing codebase You can go through the blog post by Diane Hosfelt on Mozilla’s website. Read Next Mozilla shares key takeaways from the Design Tools survey Mozilla partners with Scroll to understand consumer attitudes for an ad-free experience on the web Mozilla partners with Ubisoft to Clever-Commit its code, an artificial intelligence assisted assistantlast_img read more