A new project is set to begin this month to replace over 3 kilometres of old and damaged water mains in Tamnawood, Lifford.The works along the N14 and onto L-2414-1 will commence in early July and will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Farrans Construction. The project is expected to be completed by late September 2019.The works will involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work. Customers in these areas will benefit from a more reliable water supply due to reduced leakage and bursts.Irish Water, working in partnership with Donegal County Council, has said this project may involve some short-term water shut offs and reductions in water pressure. The project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs. Following these improvement works water supply may take 2-3 hours to return as water refills the network.Explaining further what’s involved, Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead Declan Cawley said: “The replacement of water mains will include laying water service connections from the public water main in the road to customer’s property boundaries and connecting them to the customer’s water supply. We will try to minimise the impact on customers by having short section of works at a time. Traffic management may be in place during this time, but local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.” Works on water pipe replacements to begin in Lifford was last modified: July 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Irish WaterLifford
27 July 2006Nestle SA plans to invest a further R300-million in South Africa over the next three years, the local arm of the Swiss-based company announced on the eve of its 90th anniversary in the country.The world’s largest food and beverage firm was registered as a company in South Africa in 1916, 44 years after its first products arrived in 1872. Nestle has 13 factories in the country, employing over 4 000 people.Speaking to reporters in Johannesburg on Wednesday, Nestle SA chairman and managing director Yves Manghardt said the company also planned to extend its business in southern and eastern Africa.At present, about 85% of its R6-billion regional turnover comes from South Africa alone. “We shall start to balance the 85:15 equilibrium to make it 50:50, but not at the cost of South Africa,” Manghardt told the SA Press Association (Sapa).On black economic empowerment (BEE), Manghardt said his company was waiting for the BEE the charter for the food and beverages sector to be finalised.At the same time, he noted that Nestle has long been involved in empowerment-related activities in South Africa, such as setting up small businesses and other social responsibility programmes, especially in agriculture.In its recently published “Nestle Commitment to Africa Report”, the company notes that it supports “a number of major projects in Africa aimed at reducing diseases such as HIV/Aids, also at reducing malnutrition and poverty.“But Nestle’s greatest contribution to Africa is through the impact of our core business, with responsible, sustainable operations that create jobs and catalyse entrepreneurship.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Three nights later, the Filipinos will host the Taiwanese traveling to Manila for the game at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao with Chinese Taipei likely to be reinforced by Quincy Davis III.Davis III had earlier been ruled out because of an injury, but a Fiba.com report on Tuesday said that the 6-foot-10 naturalized center had recovered well enough and was again part of the Taiwanese’s 24-man pool.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTeam Philippines will be spearheaded by Andray Blatche and reigning four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and will go into both games slight favorites before clashing with Australia in February. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort June Mar Fajardo. Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas’ first two games in the Fiba Asia World Cup Qualifiers will be a tall order, with the Filipinos facing Japan first in front of what could be hostile territory before playing a full-force Chinese Taipei.The 4,000-seat Kamazawa gymnasium in Tokyo has been sold out, guaranteeing that the Filipinos won’t have the hometown support they usually get when Gilas and Team Nippon slug it out on Nov. 24.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PSC Children’s Games draw praise from Unesco official
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace monitoring Chelsea loanee Abrahamby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are monitoring Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham ahead of a potential move in January. The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Aston Villa, but Chelsea do have an option to recall in January.However, the Blues could recall Abraham and loan him back out again to a Premier League club.The Daily Telegraphclaim Crystal Palace would be keen on signing the Englishman as they continue to struggle in front of goal this season.Abraham has netted 12 times for Villa this season and manager Dean Smith remains hopeful he can retain his services for the second half of the season.
Last week, co-founder of Bright Future International Anthony Melikhov attended a private luncheon hosted by music producer Damon Elliott with former Boxing World Champion now philanthropist Mike Tyson.Mike Tyson and his family have taken on two regional Nevada based organizations as causes to put their time and contributions toward.Bright Future International welcomes the support of volunteers from around the world. Their vision is that they believe in order to create a better world for our children, people must as individuals, realize that they can benefit themselves most by helping others.“We hope to make altruism a modern necessity, so more people become interested in participating in selfless acts – where people volunteer and donate their time not because they have to, but simply because they feel compelled to,” says Anthony Melikhov.Celebrities like Mike Tyson have joined the Bright Future Ambassador (BFA) global worldwide program. Forest Whitaker (Actor), Dionne Warwick (Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist), Damon Elliott (Grammy Award Winning Music Producer) have joined the the Network, which is an alliance of diverse individuals; teachers, mentors, celebrities, philanthropists, who posses virtues that mirror Bright Future’s core values and principles. Participants share in Bright Future’s overarching goal to foster an environment of empathy, love, compassion, and perpetual hope. The program unites individuals regardless of race, sex, creed, and financial status who want to give back to humanity by participating in charitable causes, doing good deeds, volunteering, and working with children so they grow up with the hope of a bright future.Mike Tyson is focused on children that are homeless primarily in the Las Vegas. “There are over 7000 homeless children in Las Vegas, Nevada,” says Kiki Tyson, Mike Tyson’s wife and executive of his charities. Bright Future International works with organizations worldwide. It connects with established organizations throughout Russia, USA and Africa. Organizations that are non-governmental and governmental. “We have connected with good people who are leaders of organizations and efforts around the world. We put our trust into the people who are the leadership of organizations,” says Anthony Melikhov, Bright Future International.“During the two hour luncheon the conversation was about Mike’s Broadway show going on the road to 38 cities. Causes for children and the potential of a venture between Bright Future International and Mike Tyson’s charities,” says Richard Victor Mahee. Bright Future and Mike Tyson are preparing a series of events that will also extend into Moscow Russia.Source:PRWeb.com
Polsat has acquired a “significant stake” in Eleven Sports Poland in a deal that values Eleven Sports Network at approximately €80 million.The agreement establishes Polish commercial broadcaster Polsat as a strategic partner in Eleven Sports Poland, with a new management board to feature two members each from Telewizja Polsat and Eleven Sports.Eleven Sports said the transaction will allow it to consolidate its position as the fastest growing sports platform in Poland and enhance its offering for sports fans across the country.It said it also supports Eleven’s global expansion plans with more new markets and several digital projects set to be revealed in the coming weeks and months.“The agreement of this partnership with Telewizja Polsat is testament to our outstanding financial and operational success to date and our potential for further dynamic growth and development,” said Marc Watson, executive chairman and group CEO, Eleven Sports.“This is an extremely exciting time for Eleven Sports and we look forward to working towards the new opportunities that the agreement presents, locally in Poland and internationally on a global scale.”Maciej Stec, member of the management board of Telewizja Polsat and Cyfrowy Polsat said: “Sport has always been extremely important to our Group, our viewers and subscribers…Thanks to the strategic agreement with Eleven Sports we will strengthen our offer, make it even more appealing and continue to provide more real sports emotions.”Stec will now become president of the management board of Eleven Sports Network. Eleven’s current managing director, Krzysztof Świergiel, will become CEO of the company. All senior management of Eleven Sports Network will maintain their current positions.
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 18 2018Scientists at Rice University have developed synthetic protein switches to control the flow of electrons.The proof-of-concept, metal-containing proteins made in the Rice lab of synthetic biologist Joff Silberg are expressed within cells upon the introduction of one chemical and are functionally activated by another chemical. If the proteins have been placed in the cell, they can simply be turned on and off.”This is not a metaphor for a switch, it is a literal electrical switch built from a protein,” Silberg said.The proteins could facilitate next-generation bioelectronics, including complete biological circuits within cells that mimic their electronic counterparts. The possible applications include living sensors, electronically controlled metabolic pathways for chemical synthesis and active pills that sense their environment and release drugs only when needed.The work appears in Nature Chemical Biology. “Biology is really good at sensing molecules,” said Silberg, a professor of biosciences and bioengineering. “That’s an amazing thing. Think about how complex the cell is, and how proteins evolve that can respond to a single prompt in a sea of information. We want to leverage that exquisite ability to build more elaborate biomolecules and use these to develop useful synthetic biology technologies.”The Rice team takes advantage of those innate abilities. “Natural proteins that move electrons more or less act as wires that are always there,” said Systems, Synthetic, and Physical Biology graduate student and lead author Josh Atkinson. “If we can turn these pathways on and off, we can make cells operate more efficiently.”Rice’s metalloprotein switches – so called for their iron content – are quick, Silberg said. Nature typically controls electron flow by using genetic mechanisms to control the production of the protein “wires.””It’s all transcriptional,” he said. “Even in a fast-growing E. coli bacteria, it takes many minutes. By contrast, protein switches function on a time scale of seconds.”To make the switch – which they use in a synthetic electron transfer pathway – the researchers needed a stable protein that could be reliably split along its peptide backbone to allow for the insertion of protein fragments that complete or break the circuit. They based the switch on ferredoxin, a common iron-sulfur protein that mediates electron transfer in all the domains of life.Related StoriesNew study reveals ‘clutch’ proteins responsible for putting T cell activation ‘into gear’Nanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellSlug serves as ‘command central’ for determining breast stem cell healthAtkinson built switches embedded in E. coli that can be turned on in the presence (or off in the absence) of 4-hydroxytamoxifen, an estrogen receptor modulator used to fight breast and other cancers, or by bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic chemical used in plastics.Their E. coli bacterium is a mutant strain that is programmed to only grow in a sulfate medium when all of the components of the ferredoxin electron transport chain – including electron donor and acceptor proteins – are expressed. That way, the bacteria could only grow if the switches turn on and transfer electrons as planned.Silberg said the discovery should lead to custom-designed switches for many applications, including contact with external electronic devices. “It’s why we’ve been so gung-ho about this idea of bioelectronics, a whole field that’s emerging as synthetic biology gets more control over the design,” he said. “Once you can standardize this, there are all kinds of things we can build with cells.”That could include smart pills that release medications only on demand, or gut biome detectors that report on conditions. Or perhaps electrical circuits contained entirely within cells.”We can already map a lot of what electrical engineers do with capacitors and resistors onto metabolism, but until now, there have been no switches,” Silberg said.He suggested multiple switches could also turn a cell into a biological processor. “Then we could see digital parallel processing in the cell,” he said. “It changes the way we look at biology.”The discovery fits with a new initiative led by Silberg and bioscientist and co-author George Bennett and their colleagues to promote training in the field of bioelectronics. Rice recently received National Science Foundation (NSF) support to start a graduate-level bioelectronics program to be administered by the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering. It was also part of the discussion at this year’s bioelectronics-focused De Lange Conference earlier this month at Rice and will be a focus of the Gordon Research Conference co-chaired by Silberg and Rafael Verduzco of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department at Rice, in New Hampshire in June 2019.Source: http://news.rice.edu/2018/12/17/switch-in-a-cell-electrifies-life-2/
Joining Breazeal and Logan on the paper are: Sooyeon Jeong, a PhD student in the Personal Robots group; Brianna O’Connell, Duncan Smith-Freedman, and Peter Weinstock, all of Boston Children’s Hospital; and Matthew Goodwin and James Heathers, both of Northeastern University.Boosting moodFirst prototyped in 2006, Huggable is a plush teddy bear with a screen depicting animated eyes. While the eventual goal is to make the robot fully autonomous, it is currently operated remotely by a specialist in the hall outside a child’s room. Through custom software, a specialist can control the robot’s facial expressions and body actions, and direct its gaze. The specialists could also talk through a speaker — with their voice automatically shifted to a higher pitch to sound more childlike — and monitor the participants via camera feed. The tablet-based avatar of the bear had identical gestures and was also remotely operated.Related StoriesPuzzling paralysis affecting healthy children warns CDCWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaDuring the interventions involving Huggable — involving kids ages 3 to 10 years — a specialist would sing nursery rhymes to younger children through robot and move the arms during the song. Older kids would play the I Spy game, where they have to guess an object in the room described by the specialist through Huggable.Through self-reports and questionnaires, the researchers recorded how much the patients and families liked interacting with Huggable. Additional questionnaires assessed patient’s positive moods, as well as anxiety and perceived pain levels. The researchers also used cameras mounted in the child’s room to capture and analyze speech patterns, characterizing them as joyful or sad, using software.A greater percentage of children and their parents reported that the children enjoyed playing with Huggable more than with the avatar or traditional teddy bear. Speech analysis backed up that result, detecting significantly more joyful expressions among the children during robotic interventions. Additionally, parents noted lower levels of perceived pain among their children.The researchers noted that 93 percent of patients completed the Huggable-based interventions, and found few barriers to practical implementation, as determined by comments from the specialists.A previous paper based on the same study found that the robot also seemed to facilitate greater family involvement in the interventions, compared to the other two methods, which improved the intervention overall. “Those are findings we didn’t necessarily expect in the beginning,” says Jeong, also a co-author on the previous paper. “We didn’t tell family to join any of the play sessions — it just happened naturally. When the robot came in, the child and robot and parents all interacted more, playing games or in introducing the robot.”An automated, take-home botThe study also generated valuable insights for developing a fully autonomous Huggable robot, which is the researchers’ ultimate goal. They were able to determine which physical gestures are used most and least often, and which features specialists may want for future iterations. Huggable, for instance, could introduce doctors before they enter a child’s room or learn a child’s interests and share that information with specialists. The researchers may also equip the robot with computer vision, so it can detect certain objects in a room to talk about those with children.”In these early studies, we capture data … to wrap our heads around an authentic use-case scenario where, if the bear was automated, what does it need to do to provide high-quality standard of care,” Breazeal says.In the future, that automated robot could be used to improve continuity of care. A child would take home a robot after a hospital visit to further support engagement, adherence to care regimens, and monitoring well-being.”We want to continue thinking about how robots can become part of the whole clinical team and help everyone,” Jeong says. “When the robot goes home, we want to see the robot monitor a child’s progress. … If there’s something clinicians need to know earlier, the robot can let the clinicians know, so [they’re not] surprised at the next appointment that the child hasn’t been doing well.”Next, the researchers are hoping to zero in on which specific patient populations may benefit the most from the Huggable interventions. “We want to find the sweet spot for the children who need this type of extra support,” Logan says. Source:Massachusetts Institute of Technology Child life staff provide a lot of human interaction to help normalize the hospital experience, but they can’t be with every kid, all the time. Social robots create a more consistent presence throughout the day. There may also be kids who don’t always want to talk to people, and respond better to having a robotic stuffed animal with them. It’s exciting knowing what types of support we can provide kids who may feel isolated or scared about what they’re going through.”First author Deirdre Logan, a pediatric psychologist at Boston Children’s Hospital Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 26 2019A new study demonstrates, for the first time, that “social robots” used in support sessions held in pediatric units at hospitals can lead to more positive emotions in sick children.Many hospitals host interventions in pediatric units, where child life specialists will provide clinical interventions to hospitalized children for developmental and coping support. This involves play, preparation, education, and behavioral distraction for both routine medical care, as well as before, during, and after difficult procedures. Traditional interventions include therapeutic medical play and normalizing the environment through activities such as arts and crafts, games, and celebrations.For the study, published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers from the MIT Media Lab, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Northeastern University deployed a robotic teddy bear, “Huggable,” across several pediatric units at Boston Children’s Hospital. More than 50 hospitalized children were randomly split into three groups of interventions that involved Huggable, a tablet-based virtual Huggable, or a traditional plush teddy bear. In general, Huggable improved various patient outcomes over those other two options.The study primarily demonstrated the feasibility of integrating Huggable into the interventions. But results also indicated that children playing with Huggable experienced more positive emotions overall. They also got out of bed and moved around more, and emotionally connected with the robot, asking it personal questions and inviting it to come back later to meet their families. “Such improved emotional, physical, and verbal outcomes are all positive factors that could contribute to better and faster recovery in hospitalized children,” the researchers write in their study.Although it is a small study, it is the first to explore social robotics in a real-world inpatient pediatric setting with ill children, the researchers say. Other studies have been conducted in labs, have studied very few children, or were conducted in public settings without any patient identification.But Huggable is designed only to assist health care specialists — not replace them, the researchers stress. “It’s a companion,” says co-author Cynthia Breazeal, an associate professor of media arts and sciences and founding director of the Personal Robots group. “Our group designs technologies with the mindset that they’re teammates. We don’t just look at the child-robot interaction. It’s about [helping] specialists and parents, because we want technology to support everyone who’s invested in the quality care of a child.”
Broadcom CEO Hock Tan visited the White House last November where he told President Donald Trump the chipmaker would be moving back to the US Citation: Broadcom shareholders approve plan to move back to US (2018, March 23) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-broadcom-shareholders.html Explore further Broadcom withdraws Qualcomm offer after Trump blocks bid © 2018 AFP Broadcom said Friday that its shareholders overwhelmingly approved a plan to move the computer chipmaking giant back to the United States from Singapore. 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. The company, which saw its huge buyout offer for rival Qualcomm blocked this month by President Donald Trump on national security grounds, said that the move will be completed on April 4, subject to approval by the High Court of the Republic of Singapore.Broadcom said more than 99 percent of its shareholders voted in favor of the plan.Earlier this month Trump issued an order barring the proposed $117 billion hostile takeover of Qualcomm, citing credible evidence such a deal “threatens to impair the national security of the United States.”It would have been the biggest-ever deal in the tech sector.Trump’s order made no mention of China, but an earlier letter from the US Treasury Department warned that a takeover might hurt US leadership in 5G, super-fast fifth-generation wireless networks now being deployed, and consequently pose a threat to US security.The presidential action was allowed because Broadcom is a foreign entity, but would not have been possible had it completed its redomiciliation.Broadcom was founded in California but moved its headquarters after a 2015 deal that merged it with Avago Technologies.On March 14, Broadcom said it was withdrawing its offer for Qualcomm.
The light has to be focused in a vacuum to stop it being absorbed by air—a difficult technological feat—and the parameters are so small that the machine is working “to within the size of an atom”.The tiniest speck of dust infiltrating the machine could ruin the design, leaving blank spaces on the chips.ASML now employs about 20,000 people, mostly engineers and most in Veldhoven, but it also has sites in Asia and the United States.And as it grows it is hiring. Some 3,000 new posts were added last year, with a similar number of new jobs expected this year. A former vice-president at French rail giant Alstom, he joined ASML in 2010 and has become increasingly passionate about its innovative technology.Accurate ‘to within an atom’The EUV system works by projecting the light through a blueprint, ASML explains. Using a series of complex optics, made by German company Zeiss, “the pattern is reduced and focused onto a thin slice of silicon coated with a light-sensitive chemical”.”The light interacts with the chemical effectively printing the pattern onto the silicon or wafer. When the unwanted silicon is etched away a three-dimensional structure is created.” This is repeated dozens of times, layer upon layer, leaving a grid of hundreds of chips on one silicon wafer. Citation: Dutch firm ASML perfecting ‘microchip shrink’ for tech giants (2018, May 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-dutch-firm-asml-microchip-tech.html ‘Phones are not for calling’Last year after two decades of research and development and billions of euros, ASML shipped its first 12 EUV machines to clients. Each costs about 120 million euros ($145 million). This year it has projected sales of 20 machines—by 2020, it hopes to be selling 35 to 40 a year.It is ironic that these machines, which produce chips of infinitesimally small dimensions, are the size of a bus. Three Boeing 747 aircraft are needed to transport one machine to a client.Long seen as a bellwether of the tech industry, the company is listed on both the Amsterdam bourse, the AEX, and the Nasdaq in New York. And pushing the boundaries of this technology is Dutch company ASML, which since its foundation in 1984 has quietly become a world leader in the semiconductor business.”There is more power in your smartphone today than was used to put man on the moon,” says ASML’s chief operating officer Frederic Schneider-Maunoury, animatedly waving his mobile phone in the air.When you open an app on your phone, the chain allowing you to book a flight, message a friend or check out who’s hot in your neighbourhood arcs all the way back most likely to ASML.Headquartered in Veldhoven, near the Belgian border, it builds sophisticated lithography machines to enable the world’s top chip makers—Intel, Samsung and Apple supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC)—to produce the smallest, most powerful, most cost-effective microprocessors on the planet.Its newest machines use highly-focused extreme ultra-violet (EUV) light to imprint designs on the chips, and are at the cutting-edge of what is scientifically and technologically possible in the art of miniaturisation. Dust is the enemy. A speck of dust inside the manufacturing equipment can ruin chips Last year ASML announced profits had almost doubled to 2.12 billion euros Dutch hi-tech group ASML notches up ‘fantastic year’ Last year it announced profits had almost doubled to 2.12 billion euros on record sales of 9.05 billion euros.Only two other companies in the world—the Japanese giants Nikon and Canon—make lithography machines and neither has yet developed EUV technology. They call it “the shrink”—it’s the challenge of how to pack more circuits onto the microchips which power everything from our phones to our computers, even our coffee machines. A lens used in the manufacturing of semiconductors at Dutch company ASML, whose latest systems project blueprints of circuitry onto silicon wafers ASML employs about 20,000 people, mostly engineers © 2018 AFP Explore further “Our problem is not just to find the technologies, we than have to put it into the products in an economical way,” Schneider-Maunoury told AFP, in his office overlooking ASML’s sprawling site.”Why buy a new phone? It’s not to make calls on. I buy a new phone precisely because it allows me to do things that the previous phone didn’t,” he said.But this is a competitive market, and if the new phone “is going to cost me 10 times more, than I’m not going to buy it”. ASML’s chief operating officer Frederic Schneider-Maunoury has become increasingly passionate about the firm’s cutting-edge technology 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.