Spartans take loss to Shasta; Corning wins over Oroville

first_imgRed Bluff >> The Red Bluff boys tied it up three times in the second and again in the third but couldn’t take over the lead Tuesday night in a 69-59 loss to Shasta.The Wolves took an early lead due to some cold shooting from the Spartans but Red Bluff settled down as the first period went on and scrambled in the second to pull even at 21, 23 and 26. After trailing by seven at the end of the first the Spartans went to the half down just four at 34-30, thanks to a four-point play from Shasta’s …last_img read more

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Sanral to raise R25bn for roads

first_imgAccording to Sanral, accounting and financial management of tolled and non-tolled roads were separate because toll fees were not used to cross-subsidise non-tolled national roads, which were funded by government. “People are responding well to the disruptions due to major road works on such a large scale. We are confident that the ultimate result will be worth the wait for motorists.” Alli explained that the new Gauteng freeway network would be operating on the “user pays” principle after October 2010, with an Open Road Tolling System requiring each vehicle to carry an electronic tag. Briefing investors in Pretoria last week, Sanral CEO Nazir Alli said the agency remained on track to raise the funds needed to undertake its current programme, of which much of the civil works are scheduled to be completed by October 2010. 2 February 2009 The agency is responsible for the design, maintenance, operations and rehabilitation of South Africa’s tolled and non-tolled national roads. The country’s network of national roads currently stands at about 16&nbps;170 kilometres, and Sanral is responsible for extending the network to 20&nbps;000 kilometres by 2010. It raised more than R4.6-billion last year to fund current projects, including the major Gauteng Freeway Improvement Programme (GFIP), which will cost an estimated R20-billion. Apart from the freeways in Gauteng, Sanral’s capital investment programme includes the N2 Tsitsikama Toll Road in the Eastern Cape; the N17 East road extension in Gauteng province; the N1 South and R30 Bloemfontein-Kroonstad road; the N1 Polokwane bypass in Limpopo province; and the Marianhill extension and Dube Trade Port interchange, both in Durban. “Economic conditions are certainly tougher than they were when we began issuing debt to finance the major projects now underway,” he said. “However, indications are that investors will continue to be assured by our good market ratings and track record of efficiently maintaining the network and settling debt.” Source: BuaNews The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is to raise a further R25-billion in debt finance for upgrades and freeway construction projects over the next two years. He said he also expected the agency to complete its projects on budget, although close attention was being paid to the price of bitumen, one variable aspect that was influenced by the oil price determined by international markets. “Tolls will be deducted each time a vehicle passes under one of 38 overhead gantries set about 10 kilometres apart across the Gauteng Freeway System,” he said. “Sanral envisages that tags would be linked to bank accounts, or could be recharged at retail outlets, or through the internet.” Gauteng freeway improvement programme Alli told investors that the Gauteng freeway improvement programme was proceeding well and largely according to plan: “In any road project, there are always weather issues. However, the recent heavy rains in Gauteng have not caused any major setbacks,” he said. Alli was confident that there would be solid participation from capital markets in the company’s debt offerings. Good market ratingslast_img read more

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Brother of boxer Julio Cesar Chavez slain in home in Mexico

first_imgLegendary Mexican boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. Reports say his brother Rafael was killed in his home in Mexico in an apparent robbery. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOCULIACAN, Mexico— The brother of legendary boxer Julio Cesar Chavez was killed in his home in western Mexico, state authorities said Monday.Sinaloa state prosecutor Juan Jose Rios said in a news conference that two men entered the rear of Rafael Chavez Gonzalez’s house in Culiacan on Sunday night. One was armed and demanded money.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Also Monday, in the neighboring state of Sonora, police found over 55,500 rounds of ammunition and 18 rifles, hidden aboard a flatbed tractor trailer.The federal police said they pulled over the driver, and an inspection showed a hidden compartment in the truck’s flat bed.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After rocky road in LA, Russell seeks smooth start with Nets Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA PLAY LIST 01:37PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA01:07Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Some amount of money was handed over, but they demanded more, Rios said. When Chavez resisted he was shot.Another brother, Roberto Chavez Gonzalez, confirmed that account Monday and said his brother was shot in front of his family.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRios also said that overnight about 10 armed men kidnapped a still undetermined number of people from a restaurant in Culiacan. One of the victims has already been released, he said. The restaurant is popular with local politicians.Murders are up significantly in Mexico this year. During the first five months of 2017, there were 9,916 killings nationwide — an increase of about 30 percent over the 7,638 slain during the same period last year. MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 1 dead in Cavite blast, firelast_img read more

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Würth Elektronik eiSos to present new components for smart systems

first_img Continue Reading Previous SYSGO: PikeOS certified according to Common Criteria EAL3+ world-wideNext Conrad introduces its digital platform at embedded world Würth Elektronik eiSos presents a wide variety of new electronic and electromechanical components at embedded world and provides the first insights and outlooks on its new product family sensors: temperature sensors, absolute and differential pressure sensors as well as three-axis acceleration sensors. Moreover, the proprietary module Thebe II, the WiFi module Calypso and the Bluetooth modul Proteus II represent the next represent the next step towards digital communication.The wide bandwidth and high performance of the MagI³C power modules from Würth Elektronik eiSos are represented by MagI³C-VDRM (Variable Step Down Regulator Module). The compact step-down converter scores with integrated inductor and capacitors. Capacitors themselves are represented with no fewer than four different product series of H-Chip aluminum-polymer capacitors.Miniaturization is an important topic for Würth Elektronik eiSos: With WE-CBF HF, the SMT ferrite for high frequency applications, tiny components make a huge impact on suppression. Further product highlights from the EMC specialists’ portfolio: WE-MAPI, one of the world’s smallest metal alloy power inductors, and WE-MCRI, an innovative, molded double choke. USB-3.1 type-C connectors with SuperSpeed technology are presented from the field of electromechanical components.The Wireless Power Congress has been integrated into embedded world and Würth Elektronik eiSos is also very strongly represented in the new form of the congress. Experts from Würth Elektronik eiSos provide information with the following specialist presentations: Market and Future of the Global Wireless Power Transfer Industry; 15W Inductive Wireless Power Transfer with Integrated Data Communication; Wireless Power Transfer in Rotating Assemblies.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

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Worlds 1st LNG Icebreaker Refueled at Tornio LNG Terminal

first_imgOn February 2, icebreaker Polaris refueled for the first time at the Nordic countries’ largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Tornio in the icy Röyttä Harbour. The world’s most environmentally friendly diesel–electric icebreaker joined the fleet of Finland’s icebreaker operator Arctia in September 2016.From the outset, Polaris was designed as an icebreaker that combines efficiency with environmental friendliness.“This is the third winter in the demanding, icy conditions of the northern Baltic Sea for the world’s first LNG-powered icebreaker. Polaris has met our expectations with flying colours proving that it is truly a next generation icebreaker,” Markus Karjalainen, Head of the Winter Navigation Unit of the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency (FTIA), commented.FTIA is responsible for Finland’s icebreaking services and for making sure that Finland’s harbors can be accessed throughout the year.All sectors of transport strive to reduce emissions. As explained by Karjalainen, Tornio’s new LNG terminal enables increased use of LNG when operating in the Bay of Bothnia. “Until now, the northernmost suitable terminal was located in Pori, which is way too far from Polaris’ operating area in the far end of the Bothnian Bay. Some LNG has been delivered by truck, but Polaris has had to rely mainly on diesel.”Constructed at Arctech Helsinki Shipyard, Polaris features a length of 110 meters and a width of 24 meters and can reach a speed of up to 17 knots. The icebreaking capacity of IB Polaris is 1.2 meters at a speed of 6 knots.Arctia, being one of the world’s first shipping companies to start using LNG, promotes the transition towards cleaner future fuels like LNG and biofuels in shipping.“In addition to using LNG, all of Polaris’ operations aim at environmental friendliness. For example, the lubricant used in the ship’s propulsion system is biodegradable. The ship’s grey water, which basically consists of showering water, is collected to a container which is emptied during port calls. In other words, nothing is released to the sea, even if it the water has been purified,”  according to Pasi Järvelin, Master of IB Polaris.Photo: Studio Timo Heikkala Ltd. Rights: Arctia Ltd, Business Finland, Gasum Ltd, Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency.last_img read more

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Companion robots could help our rural schools

Provided by University of Auckland Companion robots could be used in rural schools to help motivate students to study science and technology, and to provide comfort, according to University of Auckland research. Explore further 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. More information: Elizabeth Broadbent et al. How Could Companion Robots Be Useful in Rural Schools?, International Journal of Social Robotics (2018). DOI: 10.1007/s12369-017-0460-5 Citation: Companion robots could help our rural schools (2018, February 15) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-companion-robots-rural-schools.html The study, How Could Companion Robots Be Useful in Rural Schools, has recently been published in the International Journal of Social Robotics.Lead author, Associate Professor Elizabeth Broadbent of the University’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, says, “To date, schools have mainly used robotic kits to teach children how to build and program robots. We were interested in how students and teachers would respond to a different kind of robot, a companion robot. Would it be seen as useful? Would it make students more interested in learning about science and maths?”In all, 207 students and 22 teachers from pre-school to high-schhol, participated in 30-minute sessions with two popular companion robots, Paro and iRobiQ. The schools were in the Central Plataeu and Buller regions. Rural schools were chosen because they typically have fewer resources than city schools.Paro is a fluffy pet-type robot that is built to resemble a baby harp seal. It can respond to touch, light, and sound with movement and seal noises. Dr. Broadbent says to their knowledge, there is no previous research on the use of Paro in schools.iRobiQ looks more like a traditional robot and is used in early childhood education in Korea to teach English, entertain by singing and dancing, tell nursery rhymes, and deliver other educational content. It has speech and face recognition and can communicate with basic facial expressions and speech.The sessions started with a brief demonstration of each robot by the research assistant and then participants could use each robot for up to 10 minutes. After interacting with each robot, students and teachers were asked questions about iRobiQ and Paro.Students generally had a favourable impression of Paro and iRobiQ. Overall 84 percent ofstudents said they would like to have Paro at school and 80 percent said they would like to have iRobiQ at school. Overall, 83 percent of students said Paro made them more interested in science and 77 percent of students said that iRobiQ did.Girls and boys had similar answers to most questions, but on the four questions where there was a gender difference, girls were more positive than boys. Significantly more girls (91 percent) said they would like to have Paro at their school than boys (78 percent). More girls (90 percent) wanted iRobiQ at their schools compared to 72 percent of boys.Dr. Broadbent says that we need to motivate more students to go into science and technology careers, especially girls, so these results are promising.Teachers also had a favourable impression of Paro and iRobiQ, with 68 percent of teachers saying they would like to have Paro at school, 22 percent were not sure, and 9 percent did not know. Responses were similar for iRobiQ with 60 percent of teachers saying they would like to have iRobiQ at school, 20 percent were unsure and would like to see the robot improved, and 20 percent did not want iRobiQ at school.Students and teachers were asked what the robots could be useful for, and many suggested that Paro in particular could provide comfort, like a pet. “Both teachers and children saw Paro as a pet and as useful for providing comfort. Given the prevalence of anxiety and depression in school-age children, robots may be a useful tool in school-based approaches to promote mental health. However, further research is needed to test this.” Can robots help care for people with dementia? read more

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