December 7 2001 Changing of the guard A few month

first_imgDecember 7, 2001Changing of the guardA few months ago, Ron Chandler took over as Manager of the Metalshop.Pictured: Ron and Megan work on repairing some decorative railing on a small balcony off the roof ofWest Housing. Megan volunteered in the Metalshop for a few months after her Workshop (September).[Photos and text by: Jennifer Thornton]Megan helps Ron prepare a section of railing to be welded. November Workshopper Brendan Doherty also spent a good part of his workshop working with Ron in the Metalshop. One of their projects was replacing a railing leading up the sides of the Lab Building.center_img Other current projects include constructing a rack for the “site truck” and fabricating woodstovesfor cubes (housing) in Camp.last_img read more

Switzerlandbased ADB will showcase a range of ove

first_imgSwitzerland-based ADB will showcase a range of over-the-top (OTT) solutions with regional solutions partner Vector at ANGA COM. ADB and Vector are working together to enable European service providers and operators to “maximise the cloud and deliver superior OTT video services across platforms and devices.”The pair are working together to help local operators launch personal TV services. ADB’s systems solutions deliver content to multi-platform environments and include features like start-over, catch-up TV and cloud DVR.“2015 is sure to be an explosive year for OTT. Consumer viewing habits are changing and more and more consumers are shifting from traditional TV viewing and turning to the smaller screen to watch their favourite content,” said ADB’s CEO, Peter Balchin.“OTT is a significant part of ADB´s software and solutions proposal. We have the right technology, expertise and delivery capability to help operators win and retain customers, and ultimately increase their return on investment.”ADB will demo its full OTT product suite at ANGA COM, including its GraphyneOTT application – a multi-DRM solution that lets OTT service providers upgrade to a live, linear broadcast service.ADB provides and integrates software, system and service solutions to cable, satellite, IPTV and broadband operators – including Swisscom, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Telenet, and Vodafone. ADB and Vector will be exhibiting at ANGA COM at the Vector stand, hall 10.2, booth K15.last_img read more

Some 65 of US TV households now have at least one

first_imgSome 65% of US TV households now have at least one TV set connected to the internet, up from 44% in 2013 and 24% in 2010, according to Leichtman Research Group.The 65% figure relates to smart TVs or those linked to the web via a games console, a Blu-ray player, or a stand-alone streaming device like a Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, or Amazon Fire TV.Roughly 74% of those with connected TV devices have more than one device, with an average of 3.3 devices per connected TV homes, said the research.“Connected TV devices are now in nearly two-thirds of all TV households in the US, and there are actually more connected TV devices in US households than there are pay TV set-top boxes,” according to Leichtman Research Group’s president and principal analyst, Bruce Leichtman.The research found that across all US households the mean number of connected TV devices per home was 2.1, while the mean number of pay TV set-top boxes was 1.8 per home.“New forms of competition from internet-delivered video via connected TVs, along with technological innovations in the pay TV industry, are allowing consumers to choose more options for accessing and watching TV than they have ever had before,” said Leichtman.Other findings of the research include: 83% of households with any type of connected TV device get a pay TV service; 38% of adults with a pay TV service watch video via a connected TV device at least weekly; and 79% of all TV sets in US households are HDTV.last_img read more

Econet Medias Kwesé TV has launched in Zimbabwe t

first_imgEconet Media’s Kwesé TV has launched in Zimbabwe through a partnership with local player Dr Dish, obviating the need to acquire a separate licence of its own, according to local press reports.According to various local reports, Dr Dish, which holds a licence from the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe dating from 2012 that is valid until 2022, will distribute Kwesé’s content.According to the reports, the deal between the pair was struck at the end of last year, but the launch was delayed due to the need to train installers and ensure that licence fees were up to date.Dr Dish previously used its licence to distribute pan-African pay TV service My TV, which is no longer available in Zimbabwe.Econet Media’s pay TV service has launched in a number of markets across Africa, and has been seeking to launch in Zimbabwe for some time. Econet Media’s parent Econet Wireless was founded by Zimbabwean businessman Strive Masiyiwa.The company recently struck a deal with Asian Netflix rival Iflix to bring a new Iflix Africa streaming service to markets across the continent. Iflix said that, as part of that deal, it would bring its content to subscribers in Zimbabwe via Econet Wireless.Rival African pay TV outfit StarTimes launched was reported to be launching a service in Zimbabwe earlier this year under the StarSat brand.last_img read more

Goats milkbased formula good for infants gut health

first_imgGoats being milked in a mechanised milking parlour. Image Credit: Takako Picture Lab / Shutterstock By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDJun 27 2019Researchers from RMIT’s lab analyzed goat’s milk formula and looked at the oligosaccharides present in it. These simple sugars and the prebiotics present within the goat’s milk based infant formula have been found to help develop helpful or beneficial gut bacteria in the infant’s gut and protect them from harmful bacterial colonization in their intestines. The study results were published in the latest issue of the journal British Journal of Nutrition and titled, “Oligosaccharides in goats’ milk-based infant formula and their prebiotic and anti-infection properties.” The study results were presented at the 2019 Annual Nutrition Conference of the American Society of Nutrition in Baltimore, USA.The team writes that human milk is rich in a wide range of oligosaccharides that provide immense health benefits to the infants. One of these benefits includes development of the microbiome in the gut or healthy microbes in the intestines. This development is linked to development of a healthy immune system and also protection against gastrointestinal infections. Cow’s milk based formula is most commonly used for infants but it has been seen that goat’s milk is closer to humans than cow’s milk, write the researchers.The team analyzed two commercially available goat’s milk formula preparations and found that these contain 14 naturally-occurring prebiotic oligosaccharides. Only five of these are found in the human breast milk, they write. Study leader Professor Harsharn Gill explained that this is the first study that explores the diverse nature of the oligosaccharides found in goat’s milk and compare them to human breast milk. He said, “Our results show goat milk formula may have strong prebiotic and anti-infection properties, that could protect infants against gastrointestinal infections. The study indicates the prebiotic oligosaccharides in goat milk formula are effective at selectively promoting the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut.” He added however, “While these laboratory results are promising, further research including clinical trials will help us to confirm these benefits for infants.”Infant formula is substituted for human breast milk when breastfeeding is not possible or inadequate. Till date there have been no studies that compare the benefits provided by the oligosaccharides from breast milk of goat milk based formula milk and their likely benefits to the health.Related StoriesNew methods to recognize antimicrobial resistant bacteria and how they workNon-pathogenic bacteria engineered as Trojan Horse to treat tumors from withinJAMA commentary: Nutrition knowledge essential for today’s physiciansThe team examined two goat milk formula and searched for naturally found oligosaccharides. The formula they studied were “Oli6 Stage 1 for babies aged 0-6 months and Oli6 Stage 2 for babies aged 6-12 months.” They looked for prebiotic properties as well as their infection-protection role.Results showed that goat’s milk contained natural prebiotic oligosaccharides that helped in growth of healthy gut bacteria called “bifidobacteria”. These oligosaccharides also helped in inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria in the gut including pathogenic E. coli. These organisms are responsible for one in three cases of infant diarrhoea explain the researchers.The team used “Liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS)” to analyze the oligosaccharides. The prebiotic potential of the formula was assessed by allowing the formula to help in the growth of bacteria such as “Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis BB12, Bifidobacterium longum BB536, Lactobacillus acidophilus 4461 and Lactobacillus casei 2607” in the laboratory settings in vitro. To test the anti-infective properties, these oligosaccharides were tested if they prevented the adhesion of harmful bacteria such as “Escherichia coli NCTC 10418 and a Salmonella typhimurium isolate” to experimental cell lines called Caco-2 cells.Results revealed that the 14 quantifiable oligosaccharides in stage-1 and stage-2 goat’s milk-based infant formula were similar to those present in fresh goat’s milk. These oligosaccharides helped in growth of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli and also reduced the adhesion of harmful bacteria such as E. coli NCTC 10418 and S. typhimurium to Caco-2 cells.Two oligosaccharides were abundantly found in goat’s milk – fucosylated and sialylated. Gill explained, “Fucosylated are the most abundant oligosaccharides in human milk and are the focus of significant commercial and regulatory interest. These oligosaccharides have been shown to play a significant role in anti-infection properties of breast milk.”Authors of the study concluded, “these results suggest that oligosaccharides naturally present in goat’s milk-based infant formula exhibit strong prebiotic and anti-pathogen adhesion properties and may confer gut health benefits to infants.”As a next step of their study, the team is looking to undertake a clinical trial to confirm the anti-infective and probiotic properties of goat’s milk versus other formula milks.This study was supported by the RMIT and an Entrepreneurs’ Programme: Innovation Connections Grant as well as by the Australian Government and Nuchev Pty Ltd, manufacturers of Oli6. Researchers declared no conflicts of interest with the manufacturers. Source:https://www.rmit.edu.au/news/media-releases-and-expert-comments/2019/jun/goat-milk-formula-gutJournal reference:Leong, A., Liu, Z., Zisu, B., Pillidge, C., Rochfort, S., Almshawit, H., & Gill, H. (n.d.). Oligosaccharides in goat’s milk-based infant formula and their prebiotic and anti-infection properties. British Journal of Nutrition, 1-26. doi:10.1017/S000711451900134X – http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S000711451900134Xlast_img read more

Nearly 80 per cent of Ujjwala recipients opted for refill PradhanNearly 80

first_imgSHARE With launch of Ujjwala scheme, 97% households in Karnataka have LPG connections Published on RELATED COMMENTS This has been the world’s largest poverty alleviation programme, said the Vice President of India COMMENT In the last 32 months, six crore LPG connections have been disbursed under the Ujjwala scheme. File photo   –  THE HINDU January 02, 2019 LPG ‘Ujjwala connections get three refills annually on an average’ SHARE SHARE EMAIL The Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan, said that there have been 23 crore refills under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana till now.Speaking at an event,Pradhan said, “In the last 32 months, six crore connections have been disbursed under the Ujjwala scheme and 80 per cent of the recipients have opted for a refill of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders.”“There have been up to 12 refills in some cases but the average refilling is four for the Ujjwala connections,” he added.Lauding the Centre’s efforts for the success of the scheme, Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu, said, “This has been the world’s largest poverty alleviation programme. There has been no comparable achievement by recent governments. LPG coverage stood at 50 per cent of the country in 2014 when the scheme started. It has now grown to 90 per cent in December 2018.”last_img read more

Telangana govt to come up with new solar policy

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE Telangana The Telangana government is planning to come out with a new solar policy factoring in the changes in the rapidly expanding renewable energy sector.The policy framework will take forward the State government agenda and align with the Centre’s larger target of achieving 175 GW (giga watt) capacity by 2022.The State also plans to come out with fresh solar tenders for capacity addition including for a couple of large floating projects in the two major reservoirs of the State.Ajay Mishra, Special Chief Secretary, Telangana, said that the solar policy announced about five years ago provided a push to the sunrise industry with an installed capacity of about 3,600 MW. And cumulatively, the State’s renewable energy capacity is up at 3,800 MW.Having achieved its near term goals, it is time to re-strategise and look at setting up more capacity by coming out with a new policy that is in tune with the changed requirements, he said.DistributedThe distributed solar installation approach has made a big impact on the State’s energy pool by enabling it to harness the potential of unused transmission networks thereby paving the way for supplying power to deficit locations.Speaking at the Federation of Telangana Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Mishra said the State started with over 30 per cent power deficit and industrial units had to face two days of power holidays in a week, and rural areas had power barely for few hours. However, with a focussed approach, the State managed to ensure 24×7 power supply within months of the new government’s formation in 2014.New capacity“Thereafter, it has grown from strength to strength and we are in the process of developing additional thermal power capacity of 9,000 MW over the next few years,” he said.“Due to elections, fresh tenders could not be floated. We look forward to offer new projects factoring these changes and including the lower prices at which new projects are coming up,” he said. solar Published on New tenders for capacity addition, floating solar plantscenter_img The distributed solar installation approach has enabled the State to harness the potential of unused transmission networks, paving the way for supplying power to deficit locations   –  C.V.Subrahmanyam industrial policy COMMENTS June 18, 2019 COMMENTlast_img read more

Exclusive Pentagon races to track US rare earths output amid China trade

first_img World 29 May 2019 China ready to hit back at U.S. with rare earths – newspapers Markets 15h ago Most Asean markets fall on weak China data; Singapore edges up World 14h ago China says U.S. should ‘not play with fire’ on Taiwan (Reuters) – The Pentagon is rapidly assessing the United States’ rare earths capability in a race to secure stable supply of the specialized material amid the country’s trade conflict with China, which controls the rare earths industry, according to a government document seen by Reuters. The push comes weeks after China threatened to curb exports to the United States of rare earths, a group of 17 minerals used to build fighter jets, tanks and a range of consumer electronics. The Pentagon wants miners to describe plans to develop U.S. rare earths mines and processing facilities, and asked manufacturers to detail their needs for the minerals, according to the document, which is dated June 27.Responses are required by July 31, a short time frame that underscores the Pentagon’s urgency. The U.S. government’s fiscal year ends in September. AdChoices广告The U.S. Air Force, which is part of the Pentagon and created the document, confirmed the document’s existence. The Pentagon’s headquarters did not respond to a request for comment. The responses will be reviewed by two government contractors, including Northrop Grumman Corp, which did not respond to requests for comment.”The government wants to know how much of these minerals we could eventually be producing, and how soon,” said Anthony Marchese, chairman of Texas Mineral Resources Corp, which is working to develop the Round Top rare earth deposit in the state’s western edge.Several miners, though, declined to comment when asked if they will reply to the Pentagon, a sign of the sensitivity around rare earth mine development during the ongoing U.S.-China trade dispute.The document does not directly promise loans, grants or other financial support to U.S. rare earths projects. But the Pentagon’s request is derived in part from the Defense Production Act (DPA), a 1950s-era U.S. law that gives the Pentagon wide berth to procure equipment necessary for the national defence. Some type of financial assistance is ultimately expected for the industry after the Pentagon reviews the responses, according to industry analysts and consultants.CHINA DOMINATESAlthough China contains only a third of the world’s rare earth reserves, it accounts for 80% of U.S. imports of minerals because it controls nearly all of the facilities to process the material, according to U.S. Geological Survey data.It is unclear how much money the U.S. military will spend to boost America’s rare earths industry as the DPA does not set a financial limit. The June Pentagon letter notes that government investments usually range from $5 million (£3.9 million) to $20 million per project.”The overall goal is to secure and assure a viable, domestic supplier (of rare earths) for the long-term,” according to the nine-page document.The Air Force Research Laboratory, which drafted the request, said it wants information related to U.S. rare earth “shortcomings, risks, and opportunities which may be addressed by investments” by the military.”There is no guarantee that any submitted topic will” receive military support, Diana Carlin, the Air Force’s executive agent program manager for the DPA program related to procurement, said in an emailed statement to Reuters. James Litinsky, co-chairman of MP Materials, which owns the Mountain Pass mine in California, said the United States needs “a sustainable supermajor for the Western supply of these minerals.” A supermajor would be a large producer that dominates the global industry. MP Materials, the only existing U.S. rare earths facility, ships its ore to China for processing and has been subject to a 25% tariff since last month.Some industry analysts have called for the Pentagon to broaden the scope of its study and commit to direct government funding of rare earth magnet and motor manufacturing, much like China’s government.”The U.S. government doesn’t have a holistic approach to the entire rare earths supply chain, even now, and that’s a problem,” Jack Lifton, an industry analyst with Technology Metals Research LLC, said in an interview this week.BILLS IN U.S. SENATEThe Pentagon’s request builds on several executive orders from President Donald Trump on strategic minerals, which he has said are critical for national defence.Several U.S. senators have sponsored legislation in recent weeks designed to boost domestic production of lithium, rare earths and other strategic minerals. On Thursday, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, introduced a bill that would let rare earths producers form cooperatives, avoiding U.S. antitrust statutes.None of the bills have passed yet.The Pentagon has also held talks with rare earths suppliers in Malawi and Burundi, department officials told Reuters last month.”There’s a heightened sense of urgency on developing a rare earth supply chain in North America,” said Don Lay, chief executive of Medallion Resources Ltd, which earlier this month said it was studying potential sites across North America to develop an extraction plant for rare earths.(For a graphic on ‘Rare earth export prices perk up after China rattles trade war sabre’, click https://tmsnrt.rs/2Id5tQ2)(For an interactive graphic on ‘Rare earth production’, click https://tmsnrt.rs/2I9MfL5) (Reporting by Ernest Scheyder in Houston; Additional reporting by Mike Stone in Washington; Editing by Amran Abocar and Matthew Lewis) Related News Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more