DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek RCMP are once again looking for Madelyn Whyte.Whyte was reported missing on Monday, March 19 and the RCMP have searched areas of Dawson Creek she has been known to frequent with no success. The RCMP say multiple people have said they haven’t heard from Whyte since Sunday afternoon.The RCMP also said she has been known to leave town on short notice and may no longer be in Dawson Creek. Madelyn Whyte is described as aboriginal, five foot two, weighing 130 pounds with brown eyes.On December 26, 2017, the RCMP in Dawson Creek put out a similar request looking for help to locate Whyte. She was found the next day.
13 March 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, concerned about the current political crisis in Pakistan, has called on the country’s leaders to engage in dialogue to resolve their differences. There is reportedly growing tension in the South Asian nation amid a dispute between President Asif Ali Zardari and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif concerning the restoration of fired judges and other issues. This has been accompanied by increasing demonstrations around the country. “The Secretary-General is concerned about the current political and security situation in Pakistan,” UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters in New York.“Pakistan’s leaders, whether in power or in the opposition, have the responsibility first and foremost to ensure the safety and security of the Pakistani people,” Mr. Haq said. “Any action that they undertake should bear this in mind. “The Secretary-General calls upon Pakistan’s leaders to solve all their differences through an honest dialogue to be able to deal with the multitude of challenges the country and the region face,” the spokesperson added.
Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,776.30, up 55.30 points):Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up 21 cents, 7.24 per cent, to $3.11 on 8.3 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Up 80 cents, or 6.74 per cent, to $12.67 on 5.9 million shares.Hydro One Ltd. Instalment Receipts (TSX:H.IR). Utilities. Up 10 cents, or 0.27 per cent, to $37.00 on 4.6 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up nine cents, or 0.36 per cent, to $25.43 on 4.5 million shares.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Down 72 cents, or 1.01 per cent, to $70.68 on 3.9 million shares.Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TECK.B). Miner. Up $1.18, or 4.26 per cent, to $28.91 on 3.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Shopify Inc. (TSX:SHOP). E-Commerce. Down $2.76, or 2.14 per cent, to $126.19 on 1.9 million shares. Stock prices fell for a second day, following a prominent short-seller’s claim that it’s running an overvalued get-rich-quick scheme. The Canadian technology company issued a defence of its business early Thursday but didn’t specifically refer to allegations published by Andrew Left of Citron Research.TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP). Oil and gas. Up 66 cents, or 1.08 per cent, to $61.55 on 1.3 million shares. TransCanada has cancelled its $15.7-billion proposed Energy East pipeline, cutting off a potential conduit to bring more western Canadian oil to eastern refineries and overseas export markets. CEO Russ Girling cited non-specific “changed circumstances” for the decision in a brief news release Thursday morning. The Calgary-based company refused to give further explanation. TransCanada said it will record a non-cash charge of about $1 billion in its fourth-quarter financial results, reflecting the reduced carrying value of the projects. It said there would be no costs recovered from third parties.
VANCOUVER — The restaurant industry may be booming in British Columbia, but a combination of the high cost of living, tight profit margins and a shrinking workforce has made it difficult for kitchens to find enough staff.Eric Pateman, president of Edible Canada, said the company’s restaurant at Vancouver’s popular tourist destination Granville Island has been short anywhere from two to five chefs at a time for more than two years. That’s meant scaling back the restaurant’s hours or turning down special events, which has been a financial blow, Pateman said.While the cost of living in Vancouver is a contributing problem, Pateman said a range of issues including long hours, low wages, the gratuity system and rising business costs are factors as well.“The millennial generation … even the older chefs I’m seeing and the older cooks I’m seeing, are just saying ‘We don’t want to do this anymore. That’s not the career we want. That’s not how hard we want to work.’ It’s certainly not an easy industry,” he said. “I think there needs to be some levelling in the playing field … to get that wage up to a living wage, which at the end of the day entices more people to be in the industry.”Mark von Schellwitz, vice-president Western Canada with Restaurants Canada, said B.C. may be experiencing a “perfect storm” of challenges in finding chefs but communities across the country are having similar problems.The number of young people getting into the restaurant business is shrinking while the demand is growing, he said.A regional “mismatch” of skills and needs exist that leaves some rural communities without enough young people to hire and people aren’t willing to move to fill the vacancies, he said.“People want to be employed near where they live and these jobs are not high executive paying jobs, it just doesn’t make economic sense to move somebody,” he said.The cost of running a restaurant has also increased significantly — notably with rising food costs — but menu prices have remained stagnant, leaving little room to raise workers’ wages, he said.Jamil Mawani of Jambo Grill in Vancouver said the family run business has turned to non-traditional labour markets and temporary foreign workers to fill the gaps in the kitchen.While the restaurant business tends to attract younger staff, he said they’ve looked to older workers with experience cooking Indian and African inspired cuisine to work as chefs in their kitchen.They do hire plenty of younger staff too, Mawani added, to create a balance of energy and skill.In an industry with a high turnover, Mawani said they’ve managed to hang on to a few long-term employees by improving wages and offering flexible hours.A perk of having the family involved in the business is the owners can “thrown on an apron” when there have been prolonged vacancies, he said.Many are advocating for the federal government to step in and issue more visas for foreign workers to help fill the gaps.Darren Clay, executive culinary chef instructor at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, said international students typically seek visas to stay and work after completing their program, but in the past year those visas don’t appear to be getting approved.“(It’s) a little bit boggling for me because we have such a shortage of workers and these are all well-trained people who work and want to stay here to help out this industry and they are being sent home after their studies,” Clay said.Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada said in a statement all international students can apply for the post-graduation work permit program and can even qualify for permanent residency through an express program. The programs do not address specific labour shortages and industry-based or occupational data is not collected, it said.The department said businesses can apply to hire workers through the temporary foreign workers program if they can demonstrate they’ve been unable to hire Canadians or permanent residents.But Pateman said the process of requesting a foreign worker for every vacant position is onerous and the government could make it easier for small businesses to meet their labour demands.— Follow @Givetash on Twitter
Desai Biswal, who is a graduate of the University of Virginia, began her professional career in Washington DC with the American Red Cross in the mid-90s before she joined USAID in her first stint. As a Hill staffer with the US House of Representatives International Relations Committee from 1999 to 2002, she worked extensively with diplomats from the region before doing another stint with the NGO InterAction. From 2005 to 2010, she was the Majority Clerk for the State Department and Foreign Operations Subcommittee on the Committee on Appropriations in the US, a crucial position close to the purse strings of American foreign aid.Her appointment was met with much delight in the Indian-American community with great approval voiced over social media. Although there have been several other Indian-Americans at the assistant secretary level ( Bobby Jindal, Richard Varma, Karan Bhatia, Suresh Kumar among them), this is the first time an Indian-American is heading the South Asia bureau, a new milestone for the community. The White House announcement said the President intended to nominate Nisha Desai Biswal as assistant secretary of state for “South Asian Affairs,” although in the State Department it is formally known as “Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs” dealing also with the five Central Asian “stans” – Kazakhstan, Kirghiztan, Tajkistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistans. The South Asia bureau itself was originally carved out from what was the Nearest Eastern and South Asian Affairs bureau, with the Central Asian countries added to it some years back. In a striking development, US President Barack Obama nominated Nisha Desai Biswal, an accomplished Indian-American administrator, to head the South Asia bureau in the US state department.When confirmed by the Senate, Desai will become the first person of Indian or even South Asian origin to head the bureau, which oversees US foreign policy and relations with India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan. She is currently the assistant administrator with USAID, which is also headed by an Indian-American, Rajiv Shah, the Times of India reported. Desai Biswal’s nomination is unprecedented in the sense that the South Asia bureau has always been headed by “all-American” diplomats, although there have been many mid-level staffers who are US-born but are of sub-continental origin. Previous assistant secretaries of the South Asia bureau from the time it was formed in 1991 are Robin Raphel, Karl Inderfurth, Christina Rocca, Richard Boucher, and Robert Blake – in that order.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General reiterated that the deliberate targeting of civilians is a “clear violation of international humanitarian law.”He said “every effort” should be made to bring the perpetrators to justice.In the statement, Mr. Guterres also extended his deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.The attack is said to be one of the deadliest in recent months.According to media reports, at least 43 people have been killed and over 80 wounded in the suicide attack that targeted a gathering of about 1,000 people, celebrating a day of special religious significance.The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has deployed human rights investigation teams to establish facts and gather more information.
Pro-active pigs were willing to see whether there was a positive outcome in the mystery bowl.Dr Lisa Collins, from the University of Lincoln, and colleagues wrote: “Reactive pigs in the less enriched environment were more pessimistic and those in the more enriched environment more optimistic.”These results suggest that judgment in non-human animals is similar to humans, incorporating aspects of stable personality traits and more transient mood states”.The researchers wrote in the abstract of the paper that it is the first time cognitive bias has been investigated in non-human animals. Their nature was tested by offering two food bowls at opposite sides of the room, one filled with sugar-coated chocolate sweets and the other filled with disappointing coffee beans.Optimistic pigs were likely to check a third bowl, which was either filled with coffee beans or sweets.Pessimistic pigs would not even bother checking whether it was full of sweets or not.Pigs with less space and straw were more likely to be moody and pessimistic, and less likely to snuffle about for sweets.A bad mood in a pig would mean the animal was more inclined to expect a negative outcome from the bowl; coffee beans instead of sweets. Scientists have found that pigs can be optimists or pessimists, just like humans.In a new study by the University of Lincoln, published in Biology Letters, it was found that some pigs are go-getters, whereas others are moody and see the glass as half-empty.Researchers tested 36 domestic pigs, some of which were given roomy, comfortable living space with extra layers of deep straw. These results suggest that judgment in non-human animals is similar to humans, incorporating aspects of stable personality traits and more transient mood statesDr Lisa Collins Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
One of the best Slovenian goalkeepers, part of Gorenje Velenje duo with Serbian, Ivan Gajić, Matevž Skok (25) decided to accept an offer from the biggest opponent – Celje Pivovarna Laško. The contract is signed for the next two seasons and Skok, child of Gorenje, will have a opportunity to put his performance on some higher level, but probably, not in the EHF Champions League next year, because, Gorenje has 10 points more than Celje PL in the beggining of second phase of the national Championship. Celje PLGorenje VelenjeMatevž SkokSlovenian handball ← Previous Story Laszlo Nagy finally said “NO” to Hungary! Next Story → Albert Rocas: “With 10% of Cesc’s transfer, solve all handball problems”
THE BOARD OF Anglo Irish Bank met 33 times in one year as the directors faced a series of problems at the now-defunct bank.The court at the trial of three former senior executives of the bank heard today that the board would usually have met between eight and ten times in one year, but met four or five times alone in the days following the collapse of Bear Sterns investment bank on 17 March 2008.Counsel for the defence described the collapse of the US bank as the “St Patrick’s Day massacre”.Natasha Mercer, who was the company secretary of Anglo in 2008 said that the board was made up of thirteen people: four executive directors who were involved with the day-to-day running of the bank – David Drumm, Willie McAteer, Pat Whelan and Declan Quilligan – and nine non-executive directors who would come to board meetings, including Sean FitzPatrick.Mercer said that she had taken hand-written notes of board meetings and typed them up afterwards. She told the court that she does not have her hand-written notes but may be able to get them for when she gives evidence again.The court also heard details about the collapse of the share price of the bank. Graphs using figures from the Irish Stock Exchange were put up on three large television screens around the court.A witness from the Irish Stock Exchange confirmed that shares in the bank were trading at €10.72 on 2 January 2008 but had fallen down to just €0.17 by 31 December. Between 2007 and 2008, the share price had peaked at €17.53 at the start of June 2007.Counsel for the prosecution Úna Ní Raifeartaigh said there was a “very clear decline” in the share price of Anglo Irish Bank throughout 2008.The share price hovered around €8 and €10 euro for the first three months of the year before dropping to €6.95 on 17 March. It fell below five euro for the first time on 10 July when it dropped to €4.85. The price gradually increased over the following two months before falling again in September. It ended the year at just 17 cent.Counsel for Seán Fitzpatrick Michael O’Higgins SC asked witness Aisling McArdle of the Irish Stock Exchange if the share price could be seen as a barometer of the health of an institution, and she agreed that it could.He asked the witness if she knew anything about CFDs, but she said she didn’t.O’Higgins said investor Warren Buffet had described CFDs as “weapons of mass destruction” in terms of how they can affect the price of shares in an institution.It is the second day of the trial of Seán FitzPatrick of Greystones in Wicklow, Pat Whelan of Coast Road, Malahide in Dublin, and William McAteer of Auburn Villas in Rathmines in Dublin, who have all pleaded not guilty to charges under section 60 of the Companies Act of counts of providing unlawful financial assistance to people – including the so-called Maple 10 – in 2008 to buy shares in the bank.
iPhone 4 : l’iOS4 pas si parfait que çaFrance – Disponible depuis hier sur Internet, iOS4 connaît des critiques mitigées. Si pour certains, la mise à jour s’est déroulée comme prévu, pour d’autres, ce fut un vrai cauchemar.Les témoignages relatifs au téléchargement d’iOS4 fleurissent sur le Net. Disponible depuis hier, le nouveau système d’exploitation d’Apple pour smartphones ne fait pas que des heureux. Pour les plus chanceux, le téléchargement s’est déroulé en une vingtaine de minutes mais pour d’autres, l’affaire se complique : “iTunes a refusé la sauvegarde et a supprimé toutes mes applications et mes numéros”, explique un internaute. Autre galère : “Le téléchargement a duré 3 heures et l’iOS4 mange toute ma batterie” affirme un autre utilisateur. Près d’un tiers des internautes estiment avoir réussi une mise à jour sans encombre, selon un sondage publié sur Gizmodo. Est-ce une part suffisante pour Apple ?Le 23 juin 2010 à 11:22 • Emmanuel Perrin
Un séisme de magnitude 6,4 crée la panique à SumatraMercredi, à 7H27 heure locale, un séisme de magnitude 6,4 s’est déclenché à l’ouest de l’île indonésienne de Sumatra. Bien qu’aucune alerte au tsunami n’ait été déclenchée, la secousse a créé la panique parmi les habitants. La terre a tremblé tôt ce matin à Sumatra. En effet, aujourd’hui, aux alentours de 7h30 heure locale, un séisme de magnitude évaluée à 6,4 est survenu au large de cette île située dans le nord-ouest de l’archipel indonésien. D’après les informations communiquées par l’Institut de géophysique américain (USGS), l’hypocentre ou foyer du séisme sous-marin était située à 34 kilomètres de la ville de Sinabang, capitale de la petite île de Simeulue et à une profondeur de 22 kilomètres.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Malgré la forte magnitude du séisme, les autorités indonésiennes et australiennes ont précisé qu’aucune alerte au tsunami n’avait été émise. “Le séisme n’a pas le potentiel pour provoquer un tsunami”, a ainsi estimé Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, porte-parole de l’Agence nationale indonésienne des catastrophes cité par l’AFP. Néanmoins, la secousse sismique a tout de même créé une véritable panique sur l’île de Simeulue qui compte quelque 80.000 habitants. “Le sol a tremblé violemment pendant environ une minute à Simeulue”, a témoigné l’un d’entre eux. “Les gens pleuraient et fuyaient hors de leur maison”, a confirmé pour sa part un journaliste de l’AFP. Un mouvement de panique qui a d’ailleurs causé la mort d’une personne, décédée des suites d’une chute alors qu’elle se ruait hors de chez elle, selon les services de secours indonésiens. Toutefois, pour l’heure, aucun dégât majeur ne serait à recenser, excepté quelques fissures sur les immeubles et maisons qui ont tremblé. “L’électricité a été coupée à certains endroits. Je peux apercevoir des fissures sur certains murs”, a ainsi ajouté le journaliste. Quelques heures après le séisme et en l’absence d’alerte, les autorités ont ainsi prié la population de rentrer chez elle, comme l’a expliqué Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, porte-parole de l’Agence nationale indonésienne des catastrophes. Bien que nombre d’entre eux aient ainsi regagné leur foyer, “certains restent dehors par peur des répliques”, a précisé le journaliste de l’AFP.Si le séisme a créé une telle panique, c’est que les habitants de la région sont toujours hantés par la catastrophe survenue en décembre 2004 dans les environs de l’île de Sumatra : un très fort tremblement de terre, de magnitude supérieure à 9, avait provoqué un tsunami sur les côtes d’une dizaine de pays d’Asie du Sud-Est faisant plus de 220.000 morts, dont 170.000 à Aceh.Le 25 juillet 2012 à 10:52 • Maxime Lambert
The International Air and Hospitality Academy is holding a barbecue lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday to benefit the Vancouver Police Department’s K9 Unit. Grilled chili cheese dogs, soda and chips will be served for lunch. Tickets can be bought at the academy, 2901 E. Mill Plain Blvd., room 110, for $4 in advance or $5 the day of the event. For more information, call 360-695-2500.A class at the academy chose to support the K9 Unit through a series of fundraisers.
CLEVELAND — A terminally ill Ohio man who arrived at his daughter’s wedding by ambulance gave her away, from a hospital gurney.Guests cried and clapped as Scott Nagy took part in daughter Sarah’s wedding Saturday at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Strongsville.Volunteer medical professionals helped Nagy, 56, escort the bride, 24, as groom Angelo Salvatore and the Rev. Chuck Knerem awaited their arrival.“It was a promise I made in March, to walk her down the aisle,” he said. “She’s my princess. This is my definition of walking down the aisle.”Nagy was diagnosed last year with urethral cancer and has undergone chemotherapy. He has been at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center since August.Doctors weren’t sure if he would make the wedding, initially scheduled for next year. But with monitor cords slipped under his tuxedo and a tracheal tube attached, he made the trip down the aisle, kissing a grandson who was the ringbearer and giving a thumb’s up.“There was no way he was not going to finish this out,” said his wife Jean.Jacky Uljanic, a nurse practitioner with the hospital, helped make the arrangements for Nagy to attend the wedding. She put him through daily therapy to build up his strength, and she checked on the logistics in advance. Physicians Medical Transport donated the ambulance trip, and a doctor and other medical personnel accompanied Nagy on the ride.Sarah said that since she was a little girl, she has wanted her father to escort her down the aisle when she married. She said her future husband assured her she would get her wish.At the vestibule, she burst into tears and told her father she loved him.“We did it,” Nagy said to her and reminded her not to streak her makeup.
WILMINGTON, MA — Analog Devices, Inc. has officially broken ground on its new global headquarters in Wilmington. The expanded facility will feature state of the art laboratories, design and manufacturing and cross-functional group collaboration space. In addition to 147,000 additional square-feet for research and development, the global headquarters will include a 50,000 square-foot Hub comprising a café, fitness facility and auditorium designed to enable and encourage employees from all departments and functions to gather, connect and engage.At a ground-breaking ceremony on July 11th, the Company hosted Jay Ash, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Senator Bruce Tarr, Jeff Hull, Manager of the Town of Wilmington and other dignitaries from the Commonwealth, Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Town of Wilmington Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee. Following brief remarks from guests including Analog Devices’ Co-Founder and Chairman Ray Stata, executives and speakers participated in a celebratory ground-breaking. A pictorial history of the Wilmington facility was on display alongside renderings of the new facilities and renovations to existing structures that showcased light-filled spaces and greenery in and outside the buildings.“We are committed to building the Analog Devices of the future,” said John Hassett, SVP of Global Operations and Technology, Analog Devices. “We have invested and upgraded our facilities globally to provide more modern, latest technological and work design advances, to support and foster the highest level of innovation. This new campus will be our global showcase – enabling us to highlight our best work, attract top talent and build new partnerships.”With a presence in Wilmington dating back to 1981, Analog Devices is the longest-standing and largest manufacturer in the town. From underwriting local STEM scholarships to sponsoring athletics and contributing to environmental causes, Analog Devices has been a reliable partner and supporter to the local community.“The strength of Massachusetts is exemplified by Analog Devices and its position at the forefront of technology,” said Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash. “Congratulations on breaking ground on your new global headquarters, capping an incredible 53 years of innovation, with many more to come. We appreciate your contributions to the Commonwealth.”Analog Devices partnered with architect Steven Baker on design, and Lee Kennedy for construction. The Company anticipates moving into the new buildings by 2020.About Analog DevicesAnalog Devices is the leading global high-performance analog technology company dedicated to solving the toughest engineering challenges. We enable our customers to interpret the world around us by intelligently bridging the physical and digital with unmatched technologies that sense, measure, power, connect and interpret. Visit http://www.analog.com.Watch the entire ground-breaking ceremony below, which is streamed live on Wilmington Apple‘s Facebook page:——L-to-R: Rick Hess (EVP, Analog Devices); John Regan (EVP, Government Affairs, Associated Industries of Massachusetts); Ray Stata (co-founder & chairman, Analog Devices); Bruce E. Tarr (State Senator, Massachusetts – First Essex and Middlesex); John Hassett (SVP, Global Operations & Technology, Analog Devices); Jay Ash (Secretary of Housing & Economic Development, Commonwealth of Massachusetts); Marnie Seif (Chief Legal Officer, SVP of Communications & Brand, Analog Devices); Jeff Hull (Manager, Town of Wilmington); Mike Errera (VP, ); Greg Henderson (SVP, Automotive, Communications and A&D, Analog Devices)(NOTE: The above press release & photo are from Analog Devices.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Analog Devices Updates Town On $157 Million Campus ExpansionIn “Government”NO-BRAINER?: Will Wilmington Approve A Tax Increment Financing Agreement With Analog Devices, Ensuring Town’s Largest Employer Stays Put? (Article 40)In “Business”Tarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center ImprovementsIn “Government”
Twitter/ICCJust over two weeks after their historic triumph in the World Cup final at the same ground, the English team, albeit in a different format, suffered a humiliating experience at Lord’s. The hosts were knocked over for a paltry 85 in one session after choosing to bat first in the one-off Test – only the third for the Irish team in their young Test history. The destroyer-in-chief for England’s neighbours was seamer Tim Murtagh who finished with figures of 5/13 and becomes the first cricketer from his nation that will have the honour of his name being engraved upon the Lord’s honours board. This is the first time in their history that England have been bowled out in the first session of a Lord’s Test.The devastation started early as Jason Roy, brought into the Test team after his heroics in the World Cup, was sent back by Murtagh in the 3rd over. He was followed by the no. 3 batter Joe Denly in the tenth and the other opener Rory Burns in the very next over. The wicket of captain Joe Root by debutant Mark Adair in the 12th over put the English team in a dangerous situation that eventually produced the horrible result for them. Adair finished with three wickets while the remaining two were picked by former English Test cricketer Boyd Ranking, now representing his native country.The focus now shifts to Ireland’s batting to see whether they can follow up this advantage and pull off one of the greatest upsets in Test history by defeating the oldest Test playing nation.
Touch pressure pad using piezoelectric film (sample) (PhysOrg.com) — Murata Manufacturing Co. is using high-transparency organic piezoelectric film for its two new devices, a remote control that works by bending and twisting, and a touch-pressure pad that connects to PCs. Murata will ship samples of both devices next year. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Murata says the film they are using has a high piezoelectric output constant; high transparency (light beam transmittance of 98% or higher according to the internal haze measurement) and most notably it is free from the “pyroelectric effect.” Murata, in its press release announcing the devices, stresses what is special about its film. Conventional piezoelectric films are usually subject to a pyroelectric effect. The company says this is a drawback because they cannot detect bending and twisting vibrations separately from changes in temperature. Murata instead has developed a high-transparency piezoelectric film that is free from the pyroelectric effect. Murata developed the film through a joint research effort with Kansai University and Mitsui Chemicals. Explore further That bending and twisting movement is the key feature of its new remote control device for TVs. The device is called the Leaf Grip Remote Controller, and it can convey the tv user’s commands by using a bending and twisting motion. The control device uses two piezoelectric films: one for detecting bends and the other for detecting twists. Murata further describes the remote as using pigments to discharge electrons when it receives light, and is assembled with a photovoltaic cell that converts light into electricity to provide it with a “battery-less feature.” Citation: Piezoelectric film used for new remote that twists and bends (2011, September 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-piezoelectric-remote.html The second device that Murata announced is a Touch Pressure Pad, which is a panel that can be connected to a PC. The touch panel can detect vertical and horizontal finger movements and can measure the user’s pressure strength. For example, the user can enlarge an image at high speed by pressing the panel firmly and at low speed by pressing the panel lightly.Murata will exhibit and demonstrate their devices at CEATEC Japan 2011, which will take place from Oct 4, 2011 in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. CEATEC is Japsn’s IT and electronics trade show. Murata will start to ship samples of the sensor and touch panel in the spring and fall of 2012. 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. Leaf Grip Remote Controller using piezoelectric film (sample) More information: Press release Touch pressure pad using piezoelectric film (sample) Japanese company develops world’s first ultra-thin piezoelectric waterproof speaker
Costa Rica’s executive branch backed down Tuesday from a bill to regulate in vitro fertilization (IVF), saying it would wait for separate rulings from theSupreme Court and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) before pushing further regulation.The move follows months of uncertainty since President Luis Guillermo Solís signed a decree legalizing the long-banned fertility procedure in September. Since then, opponents have filed multiple challenges to the decree with Costa Rican courts, while defenders of IVF have responded with challenges to those challenges.Passage of a legislative bill would solidify the fertility procedure’s legality and set out more specific regulations than those outlined in the presidential decree.Some critics of Solís’ unilateral move to legalize IVF said he should have gone through the Legislative Assembly. Now, the president has temporarily abandoned that route.Casa Presidencial said in a news release Tuesday that the proposed bill to regulate IVF would implement stricter regulations than those approved under the executive decree, and therefore “would be discriminatory and regressive in terms of human rights.”Vice Presidency Minister Luis Paulino Mora said the government considers it prudent to wait for pending judicial rulings before making a final decision on the bill’s future. The executive branch sets the Assembly’s agenda of bills for discussion and voting from Dec. 1 to April 30, both in the full Assembly and in commissions.President Luis Guillermo Solís signed the executive decree legalizing IVF procedures on Sept. 11. However, the decree has yet to take effect; It was suspended by an appeal filed before the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, by a group of lawmakers who argued that IVF can only be regulated by law, not by decree.IVF procedures were banned in 2000 by a Sala IV ruling. Solís’ decree was an effort to come into compliance with a 2012 ruling from the regional Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which ordered the country to reinstate the right to IVF. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s Supreme Court to hear challenges to anti-IVF lawmakers Costa Rica government says it will reinstate in vitro fertilization within 6 months Costa Rica’s Solís considers reinstating IVF by executive decree Costa Rican president presents draft decree to legalize in vitro fertilization
Associated PressHANOI, Vietnam (AP) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the U.S. will wait for the results of any new investigation into Yasser Arafat’s death and won’t be responding to rumors.Speaking in Vietnam, Clinton said she was looking forward to visiting Israel next week as part of a two-week foreign tour.She told reporters Tuesday she would discuss a broad range of issues with Israeli leaders, including Middle East peace efforts. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has approved digging up Arafat’s remains and wants an international probe of his predecessor’s mysterious 2004 death. A Swiss lab says it detected elevated traces of a lethal radioactive agent on clothing said to be Arafat’s, and some Palestinians are pointing to this as evidence that he was poisoned.Clinton says speculation won’t help the process.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments Share More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Top Stories Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family