Quebec teens hospital death from morphine preventable coroner finds

first_imgThe Canadian Press MONTREAL — A Quebec coroner has found the death of a 17-year-old in January following a routine appendix removal was highly preventable.In a report to be made public Tuesday, coroner Dr. Louis Normandin concludes Jimmy Lee Durocher did not receive proper follow-up care after his operation.Durocher went into cardiorespiratory arrest after receiving a morphine dose.The report suggests there were a number of signs Durocher was not doing well after receiving the morphine, but staff at the Joliette, Que. hospital failed to act.His condition steadily worsened, and Durocher was ultimately declared dead after being transferred to a Montreal hospital.Normandin ruled Durocher’s death accidental, noting that no one could have predicted his reaction to the pain drug. But he is recommending hospitals follow protocols for the administration of narcotics.Jean-Pierre Menard, a Montreal lawyer representing Durocher’s parents, said they want to ensure similar lapses don’t happen in the future.“The goal of the parents is to bring some change, to ensure everyone respects and complies with the protocols,” Menard said on Monday. “And to avoid a repetition of such a terrible event.”last_img read more

Abducted man found assaulted

It was earlier reported that the businessman had links to a politician who had joined the government from the opposition. A businessman who was abducted last night was found in Anuradhapura today after being assaulted.The police said that the man identified as Sarath Ratnayake has now been hospitalized for treatment.

Two peacekeepers wounded in attack on UN post in southern Sudan

The two wounded men, part of a UN force supporting a peace agreement that ended a two-decade-long civil war, were hit by ricocheting bullets rather than any fired at them, and initial indications are that the attackers were seeking communications equipment, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) reported today. Three of the gunmen were killed in the attack, which occurred just past midnight on Saturday and ended soon after local Sudanese troops reached the scene. UNMIS said security will be upgraded at the base.Last Wednesday, a local guard was killed and a staff member and a second local guard seriously wounded when two gunmen attacked a UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) compound in Yei, forcing the suspension of the planned repatriation of some of the hundreds of thousands of Sudanese who fled the civil war. UNMIS, which is authorized to field up to 10,000 military personnel to support implementation of last year’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the Government and southern rebels, currently has 6,300 uniformed personnel on the ground. A separate conflict in Sudan’s western Darfur region was not covered by the agreement. read more

Takata air bags may have caused 2 more deaths in Malaysia

In this Wednesday, May 4, 2016 photo, a visitor walks past child seats, manufactured by Takata Corp., displayed at an automaker’s showroom in Tokyo. Two people in Malaysia have died in recent traffic crashes in which Takata air bag inflators exploded with too much force, but authorities have yet to determine the exact cause of either death. Both crashes involved driver’s air bag inflators in older Honda City small cars, according to a statement released Wednesday by Honda. The automaker says cars in both crashes were under recall to fix faulty Takata inflators, but repairs had not been made. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) Takata air bags may have caused 2 more deaths in Malaysia DETROIT – Two people in Malaysia have died in recent traffic crashes in which Takata air bag inflators exploded with too much force, but authorities have yet to determine the exact cause of either death.Both crashes involved driver’s air bag inflators in older Honda City small cars, according to a statement released Wednesday by Honda.The automaker says cars in both crashes were under recall to fix faulty Takata inflators, but repairs had not been made.Both cars had inflators that the company does not use in the U.S. or Canada, but are used in other countries and largely in Asia, the company said.Takata inflators can blow apart a metal canister, sending shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least 11 people have died worldwide and over 100 have been hurt. If the inflators caused both recent deaths in Malaysia, the death toll would rise to 13.The first of the recent Malaysian crashes happened April 16 in Sabah state, according to Honda. A driver’s inflator on a 2006 Honda City ruptured in the crash. The car was part of recall announced on May 21. The second crash happened May 1 and involved a 2003 Honda City. That car was recalled on Dec. 8, 2014.In both cases, Honda officials inspected the cars with the Royal Malaysia Police and determined that the driver’s inflator had ruptured, according to Honda. Representatives of the Royal Malaysia Police could not be reached by The Associated Press late Wednesday.Honda said it is communicating with the drivers’ families and out of respect, would not provide further information about the crash victims. Both Honda and Takata offered condolences to the families, and Takata said it is working with Honda to determine the facts of the crashes.If authorities determine that the inflators caused the two recent deaths, they would be the second and third to occur in Malaysia. On July 27, 2014, a ruptured Takata inflator in a 2003 Honda City killed Law Suk Leh of Sibu, Malaysia.News of the deaths comes just hours before U.S. authorities will announce that the size of the Takata recall in the U.S. will more than double. But a spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the announcement has nothing to do with the crashes in Malaysia.NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind is scheduled to hold a news conference at Wednesday afternoon to make the announcement. Three people briefed on the matter say the agency is likely to add more than 35 million inflators to the recall, which already is the largest automotive recall in U.S. history at 28.8 million inflators. The people requested anonymity because the official announcement has not yet been made. by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted May 4, 2016 8:21 am MDT Last Updated May 4, 2016 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

South Sudan UN chief stresses support for independence and sovereignty

UN spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, addressed the issue yesterday, saying “these reports are completely false,” and stressed that “neither [the Secretary-General] nor the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is aware of any plans or discussions within the United Nations to take such a course of action.”Persistent reports in South Sudanese and regional media have alleged that the UN is intending to place the country under its authority. With Members of the Government of South Sudan also voicing their concern over such reports to the leadership of UNMISS, Mr. Ban sought to make clear the UN position.“The UN has supported the cause of self-determination for South Sudan from the time of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement through to the 2011 referendum and independence,” said the Secretary-General’s spokesman. “None of this would have been possible without the help of the United Nations.”The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and UNMISS chief, Ellen Margrethe Løj, echoed those remarks, stressing that the Security Council consistently underlined the sovereignty and independence of South Sudan in its resolutions on the mandate of UNMISS.“The Republic of South Sudan is an independent, sovereign State recognized by the United Nations, and is a member of the Organization,” she said, adding, that “the United Nations has no tradition of making independent, sovereign countries protectorates. Political in-fighting between South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, started in mid-December 2013 and subsequently turned into a full-fledged conflict that has sent nearly 100,000 civilians fleeing to UNMISS bases around the country.With some 1.5 million people uprooted and more than 7 million at risk of hunger and disease, Ms Løj emphasized the deep concern she felt about the conflict in South Sudan and urged the leadership of the Government and the armed opposition to honour and fully implement the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and to reach a comprehensive peace agreement without any further delays. read more

New state office building in downtown Frankfort officially named

Officials say the name references the Mayo-Underwood School, the African-American school that stood for more than 40 years at the corner of Mero Street and Wilkinson Blvd, where the new building is now situated.In his remarks Sec. Landrum said, History is important. Ive read and heard about the profound impact and lasting memories residents of the area have of the Mayo-Underwood School.It continues to be an enduring symbol of community where doctors, lawyers, teachers and many civic leaders graduated.Related Article: Historical soil in Frankfort making its way to a special displayThe school was located in an area of Frankfort known as the Craw or Bottom.In the 1950s, city leaders started a massive urban development project that saw the demise of the Craw and the construction of the former Capital Plaza Tower.The 28-story tower was imploded on March 11, 2018 to make way for the new 380,000-square-foot office building that will house 1,500 state employees. FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A new state office building was officially named during a ceremony in downtown Frankfort on Tuesday.The new state office building is called The Mayo-Underwood Building.- Advertisement – read more

Serena Williams Thinks Athletes Should Be Grateful for Colin

Serena Williams said every athlete “should be completely grateful and honored” for the protests started by former NFL players Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid.Kaepernick and Reid, two former San Francisco 49ers now out of the league, were each given huge ovations when they were introduced and shown on the big screen during the match between Serena and Venus Williams at the U.S. Open on Friday night. Serena Williams said she was focused on the match and did not notice the pair in the stands. Reid raised his fist and Kaepernick smiled for the fans.Kaepernick tweeted a photo of his young niece with Serena and wrote, “Lani lost it when Serena surprised her after the match!!! Thank you so much Serena!!!”Serena said she was grateful for the stand they took that has seen both players take on the NFL. An arbitrator is sending Kaepernick’s grievance with the NFL to trial, denying the league’s request to throw out the quarterback’s claims that owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protests of social injustice. A similar grievance is still pending by unsigned safety Eric Reid, who played with Kaepernick in San Francisco and joined in the protests.Kaepernick began a wave of protests by NFL players two seasons ago, kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality. The protests have grown into one of the most polarizing issues in sports, with President Donald Trump loudly urging the league to suspend or fire players who demonstrate during the anthem.“I think every athlete, every human, and definitely every African-American should be completely grateful and honored how Colin and Eric are doing so much more for the greater good, so to say,” Serena said. “They really use their platform in ways that is really unfathomable. I feel like they obviously have great respect from a lot of their peers, especially other athletes, people that really are looking for social change.”Serena Williams equaled her most-lopsided victory ever in 30 professional meetings with sister Venus, beating her 6-1, 6-2 in the third round. read more

Volvo Construction Equipments service commitment to Latin America

first_imgDuring the M&T Expo in Sao Paulo, Brazil, at the beinning of June, Volvo Construction Equipment Latin America presented its customer support network strategically distributed across the entire continent. “Volvo is based  on a professional organisation with a strong focus on customer support, which delivers appropriate after-market solutions to met each customer’s needs”, said Yoshio Kawakami, president of Volvo CE Latin America.Known as CST this Volvo CE support area pools all after-market activities that add value to the customer by way of work done by the brand equipment dealer network. “We are continually looking for the most suitable solution for each customer’s operation”, states Juan Gonzalez, director of CST at Volvo CE LA. He notes that sales support staff, engineers and the mechatronics of the dealer network are prepared to track the customer throughout the Volvo equipment’s entire life cycle – from pre-sale, through the technical delivery, covering the entire life cycle of the machines.“Volvo is present even before the equipment is sold”, says the director, as he reminded his audience that Volvo CE’s engineers examine the site where the machines will be deployed, survey details of the operation in which they will be applied as well as studying all the usage details. “This is effectively tailor made delivery”, says Gonzalez. He highlights that Customer Support’s main objective is exactly this: “customise a service solution that will add value to the customer, which means lowest possible overall operating cost and a high level of mechanical availability for the equipment.”Volvo’s Customer Support area offers a number of different services and products with a view to maximising machine mechanical availability at a competitive maintenance cost. This begins with Customer Support Agreements, which are different service delivery agreement models for equipment maintenance, transferring to Volvo, at different levels, the responsibility for machine maintenance, and allowing customers to focus their attention on their core business.Volvo also offers plant remanufactured components, providing fast component replacement for the ones covered in the program, and with the same quality as the equivalent new component, in addition to ensuring a lower level of environmental impact. Operator training, genuine parts, high component availability at the dealer network, Volvo lubricants and specialised, plant trained are other solutions provided by the Customer Support area. “Our engineering and distributor network is dedicated to helping customers in achieving the highest productivity and lower operating and maintenance costs for their equipment”, Gonzalez concluded.last_img read more

Real Madrid dont need Harry Kane…they have Karim Benzema

first_imgEngland’s captain Harry Kane has been linked with a move to Real after his goal took England to the semi-final but it seems Fernando Morientes does not want Tottenham Hotspur striker, Kane to switch to the Bernabeu.One of best Madrid strikers, Cristiano Ronaldo, just departed Real to Juve and left a space that can only be filled by a skilful striker. However, Morientes believes that Tottenham Hotspur striker Kane does not fit into the shoes but went further to acknowledge the greatness in Kane.“Normally, in Real Madrid, all the Galacticos can arrive to the Bernabeu,” he told talkSPORT.“But now it’s very difficult because Cristiano Ronaldo go out [Karim] Benzema stays up front as a number nine.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“And if Harry Kane comes to Madrid, maybe he’s not the same as Cristiano Ronaldo – we need something special.”“All the people say that the more important player now for Real Madrid is maybe Neymar, [Kylian] Mbappe if Benzema does what people thinks and stay for one more year.“We need another type of player, not a striker, because we have Benzema“And if Harry Kane came, two number nines in one big team is very difficult.”last_img read more

Official Alvaro Morata is a new Atletico Madrid player

first_imgAtletico Madrid have finally made Alvaro Morata’s arrival official, the Colchoneros have closed the deal with Chelsea for the next year and a half.There has been a lot of controversy with Alvaro Morata’s imminent arrival to Atletico Madrid, the Spanish striker has a very prominent past at Real Madrid and the Colchonero fans don’t easily forget a player who made them suffer so much during his time there.However, people also tend to forget that Morata was actually a Colchonero before he was part of Los Blancos as he joined the club when he was just a small boy.Morata then decided to leave for Real Madrid, where he made the most of his career and then got the opportunity to become a professional player.Despite having made his debut in Spanish football with Los Blancos, Alvaro Morata didn’t really accomplish everything he wanted with Real Madrid and the lack of participation pushed him out of the club twice already.The first time was a loan to Juventus and the most successful period of his career, as Morata was able to reach the 2015 UEFA Champions League final and was an essential part of the squad that won the Serie A and Coppa Italia that same season.🔴⚪🔴 #WelcomeMorata!Agreement with @ChelseaFC over the loan of @AlvaroMorata for the remainder of the current season and the next one.FULL STORY ➡úpaAtleti— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 28, 2019When he returned to Real Madrid after such a great period with Juventus, Morata’s ideas were still to become Los Blancos’ most important striker but there were several players up front who were considered better than him.Getting past the heroics of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, and Karim Benzema proved almost impossible for Morata as Zidane never really trusted him to play the position.A lack of patience didn’t let the striker wait for his opportunity any longer, which is why he finally decided to leave Real Madrid for good and he signed a new contract with Chelsea.With the Blues, Morata began a relatively good spell under manager Antonio Conte, but he soon started to play less and less in the squad.There were other great players who actually played more than he did, and the English fans were ruthless against the Spaniard when he did have some playing time at Chelsea.Alvaro Morata’s chances of becoming a top club’s main striker were becoming less likely by the minute and he needed to make another major decision.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…🔴⚪🔴 @AlvaroMorata will wear number 2⃣2⃣! 👕 You can now purchase his shirt in our stores! 👉úpaAtleti #BienvenidoMorata— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 28, 2019Now that the Atletico Madrid option presented itself, the player didn’t hesitate and he was announced by the club today: “Álvaro Morata is now an Atlético de Madrid player,” wrote Atletico Madrid on its official website.“The striker has already signed his contract for the remainder of the current season and the next one, after our club reached an agreement with Chelsea Football Club and the player passed his medical at the Clínica Universidad de Navarra.”“The striker spent four seasons at our Academy, having originally joined as an ‘Alevín’, and was a teammate of Koke during his first spell at our club.”“The two will now reunite in our first team. Morata has proven himself as a prolific goalscorer in some of Europe’s most competitive leagues.”“Apart from his time in LaLiga and the Premier League, the striker also played for Italian club Juventus in the Serie A.”“In total, the 26-year-old has scored 82 goals and registered 37 assists throughout his club career.”“Moreover, he has earned 27 caps for Spain, netting 13 goals. With Morata’s arrival, we add a very talented striker to our club, who has the ability to score with his feet and his head thanks to his height (189 cm) and to combine with his teammates,” they concluded..@AlvaroMorata has today joined Atletico Madrid on loan until the end of the 2019/20 season.Good luck, Alvaro! 👊— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 28, 2019What do you think about Morata’s arrival to Atletico Madrid knowing that he was a Real Madrid player for so long? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Russia China again block condemnation of Syria

first_imgUNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council failed again Saturday to take decisive action to stop the escalating violence in Syria as Russia and China blocked a resolution backing an Arab League plan that calls for President Bashar Assad to step down. The double-veto outraged the U.S. and European council members who feared it would embolden the Assad regime.In an unusual weekend session, 13 members of the council, including the United States, Britain and France, voted in favor of the resolution aimed at stopping the brutal crackdown in Syria that has killed thousands of people since anti-government protests erupted a year ago.It was the second time in four months that Russia and China used their veto power to block a Security Council resolution condemning the violence in Syria. Damascus has been a key Russian ally since Soviet times and Moscow has opposed any U.N. call that could be interpreted as advocating military intervention or regime change.The rare double-veto was issued following days of high-level negotiations aimed at overcoming Russian opposition to the draft resolution. In a true display of diplomatic brinkmanship, the U.S., European nations and the Arab League ultimately decided to call Russia’s bluff on its threats to block the measure despite its overwhelming support among council members. Moscow went ahead and used its veto, bringing Beijing along in support.Several European envoys said before the session that they felt compelled to call for the vote despite Russia’s attempts to seek a delay because they were concerned about the latest outbreak of violence in Syria.last_img read more

12 regret not being more engaged with their pension savings

first_imgMore than one in 10 (12%) of respondents regret not being more engaged with their pension savings, wishing they had either joined their workplace pension scheme or moved out of their pension scheme’s default fund, according to research by Aegon.Its survey of 824 adults also found that 14% of retired respondents regretted how they had used their pension pot. This included taking tax-free cash when they did not need it, taking too much income too soon from their drawdown policy, buying an annuity or failing to buy an inflation-linked annuity.The research also found:42% of respondents still at work believe that joining their workplace pension or saving into a personal pension was the best pension decision they’ve made, compared to 19% who feel their best pensions decision was to save for retirement from an early age and 18% think paying extra into their workplace pension was their best pension choice.51% of respondents who are still working cite their biggest saving regret as not starting pension savings early enough or taking a break from saving, compared to 14% who state their biggest saving regret as not making a financial plan.17% of female respondents regret not being engaged with joining a pension scheme or moving out of their pension scheme’s default fund.11% of male respondents wish they had paid more attention to costs, fees and charges associated with their pension scheme.38% of respondents who have already retired regret putting off a saving decision, compared to 18% who regret poor financial planning.Steven Cameron (pictured), pensions director at Aegon said: “With the state pension unlikely to provide an adequate income for most, saving into [a] workplace or personal pension is not something [employees] can afford to delay. For many, it’s the most important saving pot we’ll ever have, so [employees] want to give [themselves] the best chance of building it up over as a long a period as possible. By starting to save for retirement as early as possible, [employees] have a better chance to avoid future regrets.“It’s all too easy to put things off [until] tomorrow, and for those many years away from retirement, delaying paying into a pension, or putting off plans ‘[until] next year’ may look tempting. But our research shows that many people live to regret procrastinating.“There’s a saying; smart people learn from their mistakes, wise people learn from the mistakes of others. When it comes to saving for retirement, it’s easy to fall into bad habits or make decisions [employees will] later regret. But taking personal responsibility and making better financial decisions now will make all the difference to [an employee’s] future.”last_img read more

5 vehicles damaged in Medley transporter fire

first_imgMEDLEY, Fla. (WSVN) — Five vehicles were damaged after a fire broke out in Medley.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to reports of an unoccupied car fire near Northwest 120th Way and Northwest South River Drive, just after 9:40 a.m., Sunday.Crews arrived at the scene to find a large column of smoke coming from two car transporters, one of which was loaded with multiple vehicles.Firefighters quickly put out the flames.Officials said four vehicles loaded on the transporter and one car parked nearby sustained damage.No injuries were reported.The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Honda Mean Mower Facing my fears at tripledigit speeds

first_img More From Roadshow Honda 29 Photos (Not) strapping inApparently, I was born to drive the Mean Mower. It uses a fixed seat, which means anyone taller than 5 feet, 11 inches and heavier than 180 pounds is out of luck. I’m 5 foot 10 and 135 after gorging myself on 11 tacos, so even on my most gluttonous day, I fit the bill.But as thin-boned as I am, even I struggle to shoehorn myself into the Mean Mower’s seat. This is the first time in my life that my hips are too wide for anything, but once I’m in, the snugness provides a modicum of security, at least in my mind. The Mean Mower lacks a safety belt or a roll cage, but has a weight-to-power ratio superior to that of the 1,500-horsepower Bugatti Chiron. Once I’m seated and staring down a quarter-mile of 100-degree asphalt at Honda’s Proving Center in Cantil, California, Team Dynamics team manager James Rodgers briefs me on how to get this bladed brute up to speed. He points out that the clutch, brake and accelerator pedals are made of thin steel bars, not unlike the setup you’d see in a shifter kart. The problem is, the pedals are separated by a centimeter, and I’m wearing wide, MotoGP-style Alpinestars boots, so the threat of simultaneously stepping on the gas and brake pedals is real. My blood pressure is climbing.Honda Mean MowerEnlarge ImageThe controls may look conventional, but they aren’t, which only adds to the sheer terror. Honda Rodgers then shows me the carbon-fiber paddle shifters that actuate the six-speed, sequential-shift transmission. The gear pattern is like a motorcycle’s: you grab the left paddle for first gear and the right paddle for second through sixth. Having been a licensed motorcycle rider for 15 years, “one down, five up” is second nature to my left foot, but not for my left and right hands. Oh, and to initiate a gear change, simply touching the shifter paddles won’t do. Instead, you have to hold the paddles for one whole second, otherwise you’ll miss a shift and freak out the 999-cc chinchilla ahead of your feet.My four quarter-mile runs will take three minutes to complete, which means I have only 180 seconds to rewire years of muscle memory. The Mean Mower can get up to 85 mph in first gear, so messing up a shift at that speed could mean bricking a vehicle that’s estimated to be worth $120,000, and that’s the best-case scenario. Worst-case scenario? Uhh…Honda Mean MowerEnlarge ImageYou haven’t experienced quick until you’ve mashed the loud pedal of a lawn mower than can out-accelerate a Nissan GT-R to 100 mph. Honda Quick doesn’t even begin to describe itEarlier that day, Rodgers warned me that the clutch is extra grabby, like that of a racing car, but as I carefully release the left-most pedal, the engagement is actually more progressive than I’d expected. Rodgers coaches me as I take off. “So clutch out gently. Nice and gently. Feel the bite and then ride the clutch,” he says. I smoothly slip away at a conventional ride-on lawnmower’s pace. So far so good.In spite of my smooth start, I feel in over my head. I attempt to grab second gear, but my brain gets in the way. I still have “one down, five up” in my mind, so I grab the left paddle to shift into second, failing to realize that I only have to grab the left paddle for first gear and that the rest of the upshifts are all on the right. Good thing my habit of pushing in the clutch pedal took over at the same time, so my misguided hands really only amounted to the jerkiness of engaging and disengaging the clutch while in the same gear. Not really harmful to the sequential transmission; the only thing I hurt was my pride.I redeem myself with the second part of my first run, successfully short-shifting at 8,000 rpm all the way up to fourth gear, never lifting off the gas. But then on my next run, I miss another shift into second. Coasting in neutral, I make the mistake of engaging second gear at a slow speed without using the clutch. This time, the transmission makes the sound of a gunshot inside a meat freezer. I can’t believe I haven’t shattered the gearbox, but somehow, the transmission looks past my utter incompetence and engages second gear.Honda Mean MowerEnlarge ImageIf this engine were music, it would be speed metal cranked up to 11 in a nursing home. Honda Seconds later, as though I’m kicking down a front door while leading a SWAT team, I crush the throttle pedal in anger and frustration. Once again, I redeem myself on the second half of my run, but I’m still miffed. After what feels like a week of mental anguish in the span of three minutes, everything begins to click on my final run. I gradually apply throttle through first gear, and about a second after pinning it, I shift into second gear and hold it past 12,000 rpm, then I blast into third gear past 12,000 rpm again before letting off.Returning to the staging area, Team Dynamics test engineer Craig Smith gives me a thumbs up and is smiling. “The last one sounded good,” he says. Then he points to the Racelogic speedometer on the steering wheel hub that’s reading out my top speed: 104 mph. Sure, it’s not 150 mph, but 104 mph on a lawnmower is still absolutely terrifying.The bewildermentThe Mean Mower is certifiably insane, and unlike anything I’ve ever driven. Sure, 0-100 mph in 6.3 seconds might be comparable to supercars, but this goes so much farther beyond the numbers. The Mean Mower is a million miles removed from a supercar with a carbon fiber body, windshield, cocooning leather interior and federally mandated safety equipment. The Mean Mower is a friggin’ lawn mower, and its brutal acceleration is enough to cram several souls’-worth of terror and excitement into one body. Honda’s wild creation has intimidated, terrified, upset and depressed me more than any other conveyance. Yet at the same time, the Mean Mower is the one machine that’s done the greatest job (so far) of helping me appreciate the benefits of facing my own fears. As a result, this ridiculous lawnmower has made me feel more alive than anything I’ve ever driven in my life. Honda worked with its British Touring Car Championship partner Team Dynamics to convert what was once a run-of-the-mill Honda HF 2622 lawn tractor into the fire-breathing harrier we now know as Mean Mower V2, or version two. The original Mean Mower, with half the V2’s horsepower, earned the Guinness World Record for fastest lawnmower when it achieved 116.58 mph in 2014. That record has since been surpassed, thus the creation of the V2.When the pedal hits the metal, the Mean Mower V2 is supercar-quick: this grass-muncher can sprint from a standstill to 100 mph in 6.3 seconds. As Roadshow reported earlier this month, that time was good enough to earn Honda the Guinness World Record for “Fastest Acceleration 0-100 mph for a Lawnmower.”If you’re brave enough to keep your right foot buried, the Mean Mower will surpass 150 mph, which would make it officially the fastest lawn mower on the planet. Honda, naturally, is still working on organizing that Guinness certification. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Honda Mean Mower is the most terrifying thing on four… 7 Enlarge ImageThis image captures one of my life’s most horrifying moments. Honda Imagine trying to learn how to drive a stick-shift at 100 mph. That’s precisely how terrifying it is to attempt high speeds in the Honda Mean Mower. Honda’s hellacious grass-cutter (yes, it can still cut grass) is the antithesis of a Sunday cruise. This work of mad science is a sub-500-pound machine that makes more than 200 horsepower at 13,000 rpm and 86 pound-feet of torque at 11,000 rpm. Beneath the front cowl, you’ll find a tachycardic 999-cc, four-cylinder engine ripped from the Honda CBR1000RR sport bike. 3:53 Honda Mean Mower is 200 horsepower of bladed terror 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Honda Tags Share your voice Performance Cars Commentslast_img read more

Sylhet road crash kills man

first_imgRoad Accident logoA man was killed and three others injured in a head-on collision between a bus and a CNG-run auto-rickshaw on Sylhet-Jakiganj road at Fulbari union of Gopalganj upazila on Sunday morning.The deceased was Abdul Odud, 30, a resident of Ranaping area of the upazila.AKM Fazlul Haq, officer-in-charge of Gopalganj police station, said a bus collided head-on with an auto-rickshaw around 9:30am, leaving one of the auto-rickshaw passengers dead on the spot and three others injured.The injured were admitted to Osmani Medical College Hospital, the OC added.last_img

Trump Tells Congresswomen Of Color To Go Back To Crime Infested Homelands

first_imgBy Calvin Woodward, The Associated PressPresident Donald Trump on July 14 assailed a group of Democratic congresswomen of color as foreign-born troublemakers who should go back to the “broken and crime infested places from which they came,” ignoring the fact that the women are American citizens and all but one was born in the U.S.Trump’s tweets drew a sharp rebuke from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said the president wants to “make America white again.” Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, a Trump critic who recently took steps to leave his party, called the remarks “racist and disgusting.”In this May 18, 2019, file photo, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., speaks during the fourth (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)Trump was almost certainly referring to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and her allies in what’s become known as the squad. The others are Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. Only Omar, from Somalia, is foreign-born.With his remarks, Trump again inserted himself into a rift between Pelosi and the liberal congresswomen, after offering an unsolicited defense of the Democratic speaker days earlier. Pelosi has been seeking to minimize Ocasio-Cortez’s influence in recent days, prompting Ocasio-Cortez to accuse Pelosi of trying to marginalize women of color. “She is not a racist,” Trump said July 12.On July 14, Trump’s tone changed.“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run,” he said in tweets. “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”He added: “These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”Ocasio-Cortez, who is of Puerto Rican descent, was born in the Bronx, N.Y., and raised in suburban Westchester County.Pressley, the first Black woman elected to the House from Massachusetts, was born in Cincinnati.Omar, the first Somali native elected to Congress and one of its first Muslim women, was born in Somalia but spent much of her childhood in a Kenyan refugee camp as civil war tore apart her home country. She immigrated to the United States at age 12, teaching herself English by watching American TV and eventually settling with her family in Minneapolis.Tlaib was born in Detroit.___Associated Press writer Hope Yen contributed to this report.last_img read more

How energyefficient is cloud computing

first_img Sun Microsystems to offer ‘public cloud’ service “Energy efficiency is crucial in two contexts,” Tucker said. “Firstly, if the user device is a mobile device (phone, i-pad, PDA, etc.), then its battery lifetime is a key issue. Secondly, as the use of cloud services balloons, its energy consumption will likewise grow. The US Environmental Protection Agency estimated that in 2007 servers and data centers were responsible for about 0.5% of US greenhouse gas production. The greenhouse gas production that results from power consumption of data centers is expected to double between 2007 and 2020 if we just continue with business as usual. Without careful consideration of the power consumption of cloud services, their growing popularity will become a significant contributor to greenhouse gas production. Therefore, we need to develop technologies and strategies to address this issue before cloud services become more widespread.”When using the cloud for data storage (such as storing documents, photos, and videos using services such as Amazon Simple Storage), the researchers found that cloud computing can consume less power than conventional computing when the cloud service is used infrequently and at low intensities. This is because, at low usage levels, power consumption for storage dominates total power consumption, and power consumption for transport is minimal. But at medium and high usage levels, more energy is required to transport data, so that transport dominates total power consumption and greatly increases the overall energy consumed. Specifically, power for transport can be as low as 10% and 25% at low usage levels for private and public storage services, respectively, and nearly 60% and 90%, respectively, at high usage levels.But overall, cloud storage services use less energy compared to cloud software and cloud processing. For cloud software services (such as Google Docs), the power consumption in transport is negligibly small as long as screen refresh rates are low (lower than 0.1 frames/sec, where 1 frame/sec means that 100% of the screen changes every second; a smaller percentage of the screen changing corresponds to a smaller screen refresh rate). However, for cloud software services, the biggest factor determining energy efficiency is the number of users per server, where more users corresponds to lower power consumption per user. In this case, public cloud computing, with its larger number of users, would benefit more than private cloud computing.For cloud processing services (in which a server such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud processes large computational tasks only, and smaller tasks are processed on the user’s computer), the researchers again found that the cloud alternative can use lower consumption only under certain conditions. The results showed that, for public cloud processing services, data transport consumed large amounts of energy compared to private cloud processing services, particularly at high usage levels. The reason is that the large number of router hops required on the public Internet greatly increases the energy consumption in transport, and private cloud processing requires significantly fewer routers. Still, the researchers found that, for both public and private clouds, a cloud processing service is more energy-efficient than older-generation PCs.The results of the study mean different things for different users. As the researchers explain, home computer users can achieve significant energy savings by using low-end laptops for routine tasks and cloud processing services for computationally intensive tasks that are infrequent, instead of using a mid- or high-end PC. For corporations, it is less clear whether the energy consumption saved in transport with a private cloud compared to a public cloud offsets the private cloud’s higher energy consumption. Private clouds that serve a relatively small number of users may not benefit from the same energy-saving techniques due to their smaller scale. Overall, the researchers predict that the technology used in cloud computing – for example, data centers, routers, switches, etc. – will continue to become more energy-efficient. Most importantly, they recommend that one of the biggest areas of improvement is improving the energy efficiency of data transport, especially as cloud computing becomes more widespread.“Many industry participants see the evolution toward mobility will intrinsically mean an evolution toward cloud-based services,” Tucker said. “The reason is that mobile access devices will have limited processing and storage capacity (due to size and power constraints) and so the most convenient place to put the applications and data is in the cloud. The user device will contain little more than a browser when it is started up. Any application or data that it requires will be brought down from the cloud. When that application is finished, its data will be put back into the cloud and the application will be removed from the user device until it is again required. In this way, the user device is kept simple, energy-efficient and cheap.” 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. ( — Conventionally, data storage and data processing are done at the user’s own computer, using that computer’s storage system and processor. An alternative to this method is cloud computing, which is Internet-based computing that enables users at home or office computers to transfer data to a remote data center for storage and processing. Cloud computing offers potential benefits – especially financial ones – to users, but in a new study, researchers have investigated a different aspect of cloud computing: how does its energy consumption compare with conventional computing? In their study to be published in the Proceedings of the IEEE, Jayant Baliga and coauthors from the University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia, have found that cloud computing is not always the greenest option. They investigated using cloud computing for three different services – storage, software, and processing – on public and private systems. (A public cloud is hosted on the Internet, and a private cloud is hosted within a company behind its firewall.) While previous studies of energy consumption in cloud computing have focused only on the energy consumed in the data center, the researchers found that transporting data between data centers and home computers can consume even larger amounts of energy than storing it.“The most important conclusion in our analysis is that, when comparing the energy consumption of cloud-based services with that of a typical desktop PC, we must include the energy consumption required to transport the data from the user into the cloud resources and back,” Rod Tucker, leader of the University of Melbourne research team, told “This is particularly important if the cloud service is provided via the public Internet. Some papers that have claimed that cloud computing provides a ‘greener’ alternative to current desktop computing fail to include the energy consumption involved with transporting the data from the user into the cloud. In many cases, we may find that the data center used by the cloud-based services are located in another city, state or even country.”In general, not much attention has been paid to the energy consumption used in transmitting data, since cloud computing is more often praised for its other features. Some advantages of cloud computing are that it offers high-capacity storage and high-performance computing from any location with Internet access, while not requiring users to invest in new hardware or upgrade their software. Cloud computing systems can be free (such as Google Docs), or users may pay a yearly subscription fee or fee per resources used. Researchers have found that, at high usage levels, the energy required to transport data in cloud computing can be larger than the amount of energy required to store the data. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons.center_img More information: Jayant Baliga, et al. “Green Cloud Computing: Balancing Energy in Processing, Storage and Transport.” Proceedings of the IEEE. To be published. DOI:10.1109/JPROC2010.2060451 Copyright 2010 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Explore further Citation: How energy-efficient is cloud computing? (2010, October 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

How Humans Plus Machines Will Equal Amazing Advancements

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 5 min read As people seek to unlock new potential for growth — whether in business, science or another endeavor — their greatest collaborators may not be merely teammates or clients in their networks but rather a machine.While much focus has been on human versus machine — Garry Kasparov versus IBM’s Deep Blue in chess matches of the 1990s or the Watson computer pitted against human champions on Jeopardy — the greatest potential for advancement comes from humans partnering with computers.The truth is, in the contest between human and computer, the computer wins. But human and computer collaborating together make an unbeatable combination.Related: 8 Technology Trends Most Likely to Reach Widespread AdoptionThe nature of collaboration is to partner with others to transcend our own limitations. In the past, we have done this with flesh-and-blood colleagues; one is strong where another is weak. But as machines become more sophisticated and also harness much of our skills, they begin to complement and augment us.It is already happening — and in the future will become even more common. Consider machines connected to the brain that help people who are deaf to hear or that operate robotic arms so that a woman who has lost use of her limbs can feed herself, as shown by neuroscientists recently.Rather than respond with fear that smart machines will take our jobs — or, ultimately, take our place — we need to wrap our heads around the potential for collaboration with computers to improve human performance. To paraphrase one of the first videos of Apple CEO Steve Jobs talking about extending human potential, call it putting your brain on a bicycle.Lumbering, flat-footed bipeds that we are, humans are certainly not the fastest creatures. Condors and cheetahs, to name a few, have us beat. But, put a human on a bicycle, and there is no question who is fastest. Human plus machine equal unparalleled performance. Brain plus smart computer achieve similar results.The human-machine partnership makes the most of complementary strengths. “Using machine learning to find a needle in a haystack is where computers can help us transcend our limitations,” says Professor Adam Pah from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and Northwestern’s Institute on Complex Systems (NICO).He gives the example of Foodborne Chicago, which uses computers and code to search Twitter for tweets related to food poisoning. From computer-generated leads, humans take over to determine if there was likely a case of food poisoning. The result has been additional restaurant inspections in Chicago that would not have occurred otherwise.Such collaboration starts with understanding the key talents of the human mind and augmenting those. We humans do not rely on knowledge alone, but also draw upon our intuition and emotional intelligence.For example, our intuition tells us that we know something even before we have the answer. That confidence allows us to pull information that is buried deep within us and even rely on our knowledge to follow our intuition. You can witness this on a TV game show such as Jeopardy, when contestants hit their response buttons before they have the answer in mind, then recall the right answer before their allotted time expires.Related: The Robots Are Coming. Is Your Job Safe?Computers cannot do that. Theirs is an empirical world of seemingly unlimited data to be combed through. What they can do, however, is analyze without the interference of human emotions or external biases. In this way, machines can help humans reach conclusions that make people — and the organizations they create — more effective.Recently, Thomas Oberlechner, a founding partner and chief science officer at AltX, gave the example of how human-computer collaboration can enable investment decisions that are more closely aligned with people’s decision style, investment preference, risk tolerance, crisis vulnerability, financial values, etc. Using data from psychometric assessments, behavioral knowledge is turned into investment decisions.Humans are not good at decision-making, because our attention is fleeting. We are not necessarily rational in our decision-making process, and we do not always know what makes us happy. Humans also have the tendency to lie to themselves. For example, that we make healthier choices (eating and exercising) than we really do, or when assessing the risk we, compared to others, pose when it comes to, say, texting while driving.Imagine, then, having a machine on your shoulder helping with myriad problems and choices. Paired with a smart machine, you would be more effective and potentially less harmful to yourself — more people are going to die this year from “extreme selfies” than shark attacks —  and even potentially happier, healthier and wealthier.And we want to do it fast. In 1996, when Kasparov played IBM’s Deep Blue, the majority of human viewers were rooting for Kasparov to win. In 2011, when Watson was battling the human talents, most viewers were rooting for Watson.As computing speed doubles about every eight months, humans soon will no longer be the fastest computer. The human brain, though, is in no danger of being replaced. Humans possess the always-in-demand skill of creativity, which computers cannot master. With our creativity, we can change and adapt to an environment. Computers, though, can facilitate that change and adaptation to advance human intelligence.Together, the “brain on a bicycle” partnership can lead to “Human Version 2.0” — accelerating breakthroughs and advancing discoveries.Related: With Machine Learning, Businesses Can Capitalize on Information It Would Take an Army to Study Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global February 3, 2016 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

Here is the first mockup screenshot of Firefox 57s new design

first_imgHere is the first mockup screenshot of Firefox 57’s new design by Martin Brinkmann on March 24, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: March 29, 2017 – 115 commentsMozilla plans to make Firefox 57 a milestone release by introducing major changes to the web browser when the version is released.We talked about those in the past already; most notable probably is the focus on WebExtensions in Firefox 57. Classic add-ons will stop working at that time, as they are no longer supported in the stable version of the web browser.If things turn out well, Firefox 57 will also be the version of Firefox that ships with a first version of Quantum. Quantum bits will replace their equivalent in the Gecko engine. It is all about parallelism and modern hardware, and it includes components adopted from the Servo project.What it means for users is that Firefox will get a speed boost when compared to the browser’s current engine Gecko.Note: Firefox 57 is the release target for these changes. There is still a chance that things may be delayed along the way, so that they land in a later stable version of Firefox.Firefox 57: new Firefox themeAlong with those major changes comes a design refresh that runs under the codename Photon currently.Veteran Firefox users may remember the last time Mozilla changed the theme for Firefox. The Australis theme for Firefox 29 was controversial for a number of reasons. Some users thought that it looked too much like Google Chrome, others disliked that customization features were removed when the theme launched that were part of Firefox for years.Users who did not like the design installed extensions like Classic Theme Restorer to restore most of the classic Firefox after the Australis launch.The new Firefox design that Mozilla plans to make the default in Firefox 57 has not been revealed officially yet. But, it was revealed unofficially in a a Firefox Screenshot mockup that revealed the functionality.Note: Mockup means that things may, and probably will, change before release. What you see is not the final product.Probably the biggest change in the new theme is related to tabs in the browser. Mozilla launched curved tabs in Australis, and plans to make tabs squared in Firefox 57. These tabs are full squares, whereas pre-Australis tabs used had rounded edges.The mockup shows no search bar, and the address bar is centered on the main toolbar. While this could mean that Mozilla will hide the search bar by default, it is too early to conclude that or anything else related to the design.Another change that is visible on the mockup is that back, forward and reload buttons are visible on the left side of the main toolbar.If you look at Firefox’s current design, you will notice that the forward button is only displayed when it can be used (meaning when you can go forward in history), and that the reload button is attached to the right of the address field.Here is how Google Chrome’s design looks currently. The tab design looks different, and the placement of the address bar as well if Mozilla plans to keep the address bar centered in the interface of the browser.The button placement on the left of the main toolbar is identical, with the exception of the home button that the mockup of the new Firefox 57 design shows as the home button is missing in Chrome.QuestionsThings will get clearer in the next couple of months. Right now, questions may come up that cannot be answered right now:What is the status of the search bar? Will it be visible by default, hidden for new users?What modifications are supported by default? Can icons still be moved around?Classic Theme Restorer is dead. Will there be something similarly available to modify the interface beyond what Mozilla makes available? E.g. tabs on bottom and not top.How capable is the theme API when Firefox 57 is released?Now You: What are your wishes for a new theme in Firefox? (via Sören Hentzschel)SummaryArticle NameHere is the first mockup screenshot of Firefox 57’s new designDescriptionMozilla plans to launch a new Firefox theme in version 57 of the web browser. Here is the first mockup screenshot of the theme!Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more