Israeli workers strike nationwide to protest Teva layoffs

first_imgJERUSALEM – Israel’s national trade union on Sunday held a half-day nationwide strike to protest generic drugmaker Teva’s decision to lay off a quarter of its workforce, snarling traffic and shuttering key services across the country.The work stoppage crippled the country’s main international airport and seaports, closed banks and government offices and forced hospitals to scale back services to reduced-staff weekend levels.Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the world’s largest generic drugmaker, announced last Thursday that it was cutting 14,000 jobs worldwide. The cuts are expected to include about 1,700 jobs in Israel, roughly one-quarter of its local workforce. The company is considered a national treasure and is one of the largest private-sector employers.In Jerusalem, Teva workers staged demonstrations outside a company plant, at the entrance to the city and outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office as he was convening his Cabinet for its weekly meeting. The workers blocked traffic, beat drums and chanted slogans against the coming layoffs. “Closing Teva is an attack against the state of Israel,” read one poster.The protest resumed later Sunday when dozens of workers waving Israeli flags again blocked a road near the Jerusalem plant, backing up traffic at the height of rush hour.Speaking to his Cabinet, Netanyahu said that he would be meeting Teva’s new chief executive, Kare Schultz. The Israeli leader has said he would do everything possible to minimize the impact of Teva’s decision on local workers and keep the company operating in Israel.“It started as an Israeli company and we want it to remain as an Israeli company,” Netanyahu said.Schultz last week sent Netanyahu a letter apologizing for the layoffs but saying he had no choice.The company has been hit hard by the expiration of patents on its blockbuster drug, Copaxone, price pressure on its core business of generic drugs and a $35 billion debt load from its purchase of the generics business of Allergan.last_img read more

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Samsung poised to unveil new phones in bid to revive sales

SAN FRANCISCO — Samsung is expected to show off its latest smartphones Wednesday, the latest effort by a phone maker to come up with new features compelling enough to end a sales slump.The new models expected in San Francisco will commemorate the 10th anniversary of Samsung’s first smartphone.Samsung is also expected to provide a glimpse at a highly anticipated smartphone with a foldable screen.Apple touted the iPhone’s 10th-anniversary edition as a breakthrough when it was released in late 2017. But the iPhone X didn’t sell as well as analysts hoped, partly because it carried a $1,000 price tag.Smartphones made in recent years also haven’t made dramatic improvements from earlier models. The lull in innovation has given consumers little incentive to dump their current devices and buy something new.The Associated Press read more

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Governments industry nearing consensus on oil and gas emissions thinktank

OTTAWA — An independent sustainable development think-tank says Alberta, Ottawa and the oil and gas industry are close to reaching a meaningful consensus on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The Winnipeg-based International Institute for Sustainable Development has crunched the numbers of a range of proposals on the table.Vice-president Dave Sawyer says the so-called 40-and-40 proposal that has been floated by the Alberta government is probably the best option, as long as it is modified so that it has a two-tier price for compliance.Such a policy — a 40% improvement in emissions intensity and a two-tiered penalty for missing the target — would cut emissions by 42 megatonnes, and cost about $28 a tonne or 42 cents a barrel.Sawyer says the two tiers would muscle companies into actually cutting emissions rather than simply buying their way out of complying with tougher guidelines.But the scheme would still not take Canada all the way to meeting its international obligations by 2020.“It will get us going. Please, get going,” Sawyer said in an interview. “We’ve been mired in inaction for far too long and we need to get going. And in time we can improve stringency and policy design.”Officials from the federal government, Alberta and key industry players have been in intense negotiations for months and months about how to best control emissions in the oil and gas sector.Canada has committed to reducing its emissions by 17% below 2005 levels by 2020, but federal and provincial policies are only in place to get halfway there — leaving a huge burden on the oil and gas sector, where total emissions are set to grow faster than in other sectors.The negotiators are seized with finding a way to meaningfully cut emissions without making the industry uncompetitive.All the proposals on the table centre around setting an emissions intensity target and coupling it with a price companies would have to pay if they can’t meet the entire target, Sawyer says.For intensity, proposals on the table range from reducing emissions by 20% up to 40%. Sawyer’s paper says the top of that range is both necessary and affordable.As for the price, the proposals are all inspired by the existing Alberta model. Companies would be able to buy offsets elsewhere or pay into a technology fund instead of actually reducing emissions themselves.But Sawyer says that for emissions reductions to truly take place in the oil and gas sector, regulators should impose two different tiers: companies should be able to buy only 30% of their target at a cost of $30 per tonne. Anything more than that would cost $60 a tonne — a price high enough that it would encourage companies to invest internally to cut emissions themselves.Further emissions reductions would depend on how governments invest the money collected in the technology fund, and whether those investments lead to low-carbon alternatives.The cost per barrel would be about 42 cents, and shared by the company and by governments, who would see some of their tax revenues and royalties disappear.A separate think-tank, the Pembina Institute, has said that if Canada wants to meet its 2020 target on emissions, then the price on carbon would have to be much, much higher than the $40 price floated by Alberta.The IISD does not disagree with that analysis, but does not assume that the entire burden of meeting Canada’s emissions target should fall on the oil and gas sector. read more

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Former Eastern Province CM Pillayan arrested

He was shot dead in December 2005 at St. Mary’s co-cathedral church in the Batticaloa town while attending Christmas prayers.The MP’s wife, Mrs. Sugunam Pararajasingham sustained serious injuries in the gunfire while several others were also injured. Pillayan was part of the Karuna Amman led Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pullikal (TMVP) at the time Pararajasingham was killed.The TMVP had split from the LTTE and fought against the LTTE but an internal rift in the TMVP say Pilayan and Karuna go their separate ways and in 2007 Pillayan was made leader of the TMVP.The TMVP contested the Eastern Provincial Council elections in 2008 and won and Pillayan was made Chief Minister. However human rights groups said that Pillayan should be investigated for the crimes he had committed as an LTTE member and as a TMVP fighter. (Colombo Gazette) Pillayan was arrested in connection to the murder of Joseph Pararajasingham, a senior Tamil politician and former Batticaloa district Member of Parliament (MP) of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). Th former Government of Mahinda Rajapaksa used Pillayan to promote the idea of terrorist turned politician who entered democracy. Former Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathirai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today.Pillayan’s spokesman Azad Maulana said that the CID had gone to his house in Batticaloa last night with a warrant to arrest him. However he was not at home and as a result he visited the CID office today where he was arrested. read more

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Antarctic ozone hole is worst ever recorded UN reports

“This year’s hole was caused by the continuing presence of peak levels of ozone destroying substances in the atmosphere combined with a particularly cold stratospheric winter,” the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said of the phenomenon, which appears annually at the start of the southern hemisphere spring.Large holes over the Antarctic are expected to reoccur over the next two decades before a clear decline in size and depth, and the Montreal Protocol and Vienna Convention phasing out ozone-destroying chemicals such as chlorofluorocarbons must be adhered to with the utmost vigilance, WMO spokesman Mark Oliver told a news briefing in Geneva.The agency based its assessments on measurements taken by satellites of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and European Space Agency (ESA), validated by surface based observations of the WMO Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) ozone network.NASA instruments showed that on 25 September the area of the hole reached 29.5 million square kilometres, compared to 29.4 million in September 2000. Each agency uses different instruments, giving slightly different values, and according to ESA, the hole reached 28 million square kilometres on 25 September, very close to its maximum for 2000, which peaked at 28.4 million. The ozone mass deficit in 2006 was measured at 39.8 megatonnes on 1 October, higher than in 2000, which peaked at 39.6 megatonnes on 29 September. Mass deficit is the amount of ozone missing from a vertical column of air compared to a baseline measured many decades earlier before severe ozone depletion appeared.Scientists have become increasingly aware of possible links between ozone depletion and climate change. Increased atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases will lead to a warmer climate at the Earth’s surface. At altitudes where the ozone layer is found, the same increase is likely to lead to a cooling of the atmosphere, enhancing the chemical reactions that destroy ozone. At the same time, the amount of water vapour in the stratosphere has been increasing at the rate of about 1 per cent per year. A wetter and colder stratosphere means more polar stratospheric clouds, which is likely to lead to more severe ozone loss in both polar regions. read more

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Thickener sizing and the importance of testwork especially for paste

first_imgInternational Mining’s monster April issue, including the annual paste supplement is now with the printer. One article for which there was insufficient space is by Outotec’s Andrew McIntosh. He notes that “the sizing of equipment which achieves design requirements and is not conservatively oversized can influence both the financing of a project as well as its long term operational success.” His article goes back to basics, outlining the different options available in thickener sizing, from rudimentary through to highly comprehensive, and explains where each method is appropriate. When planning a project that includes thickening technology, a key element in the process is determining the sizing and expected performance for the thickener(s). This information will facilitate project layout and design, as well as define capital expenditure and operational cost estimates.As thickener performance will have a direct effect on overall plant operation, Process Performance Guarantees from suppliers are generally expected. In certain cases these guarantees are a pre-requisite for the project meeting financing approval, so can be a critical element at early stages.Thickener performance parameters, such as underflow densities and overflow clarities, and the effect of feed variables such as rise rate and solids loading rate, can vary greatly for different thickener feeds. Even for the same types of application, thickener performance will vary at different sites due to factors such as particle size, the presence of clays and organic materials, water chemistry, and the effects of upstream processes such as grind size and the use of reagents.Other parameters, such as the optimal feedwell slurry density for efficient flocculation, and the type and dosage of flocculant will also vary from application to application. These parameters will have an effect on the project’s capital and operational costs. For example, a particular application may require additional dilution of the incoming feed stream via the use of self-diluting systems (such as Autodil or Turbodil) to add supernatant liquor from the thickener surface into the feed stream, while another application may require underflow re-circulation to seed the flocculation process due to a highly dilute thickener feed.Thickener sizing methods Depending on the stage of the project, and whether or not samples of indicative feed material are available, a number of different methods can be used to determine thickener sizing. In general, these can be classified as: rule of thumb sizing, cylinder settling tests, and, lastly, dynamic thickener testwork. These methods differ in levels of complexity and outlay (in terms of time and effort as well as cost) and correspondingly vary in their level of accuracy:1. ‘Rule of thumb’Sizing is based upon experience with the particular thickening application, and is used in cases where indicative feed samples are not available, or for preliminary sizing purposes. Performance achieved at adjacent sites with similar feed types can be taken into account, if this data is available.Generally ‘rule of thumb’ sizing is used at the early stages of project conceptual studies and for preliminary budget pricing purposes. This method is the least accurate method of the three, as assumptions are made re feed material displaying ‘typical’ properties for that particular application, and site-specific factors (such as high clay levels) can be overlooked. For this reason, it would be unusual that a definitive supplier’s Process Performance Guarantee would be provided based upon rule of thumb sizing.Often, due to the low level of accuracy associated with this method of sizing, it is necessary to allow for high safety factors on the sizings. This can lead to conservative sizings and therefore larger size thickeners than required, driving up project costs unnecessarily. Conversely, where feed materials display particularly poor settling characteristics, it is possible for the thickener to be undersized, leading to process performance being below specification.2. Cylinder Settling TestsThese tests and the various mathematical methods developed to interpret their results (such as the Coe & Clevenger, Kynch, and Talmage & Fitch methods) were the traditional method for thickener sizing until the 1990s. These methods are a step up from rule of thumb sizing and provide more accuracy. Cylinder settling tests (or jar tests) can be conducted with a relatively small amount of indicative feed sample, less than that required for dynamic thickening testwork.From the results of cylinder settling tests, interpolations can be drawn as to the expected underflow density in the full size thickener. Optimal feedwell conditions for flocculation can also be ascertained.The downside of cylinder settling tests is the lack of accuracy compared to dynamic testwork, since they do not account for the effects present in full-scale thickening, such as the rotating mechanism. To compensate, it is again necessary to allow for additional safety factors.3. Dynamic thickener testworkThis is the method through which the most accurate thickener sizing and prediction of process performance is achieved.Most reputable and experienced thickener suppliers have developed a number of dynamic testwork units of various sizes and configurations. These dynamic test rigs are essentially scale versions of commercial thickeners, with feedwells, flocculant addition, underflow pumps, and rotating rake mechanisms to duplicate the full-scale thickening process.For example, Outotec carries out most dynamic testwork in a bench-scale 99 mm internal diameter test rig. Other tests rigs include a 190 mm internal diameter with extended wall height to simulate the additional compression in paste thickeners, and 1 m diameter test units of various sidewall depths. The 190 mm and larger tests rigs are used for paste thickening applications and other larger scale test campaigns.Generally, due to the amount of sample required, paste thickening and larger scale testwork campaigns are conducted on-site. This is also the case for bench-scale testwork for feed types expected to age significantly during transport or where the water quality characteristics will affect results of testwork.Dynamic testwork presents a number of benefits including: Ability to accurately ascertain the relationship between feed solids loading rate and underflow density and overflow clarity, and flocculation requirementsAny requirements for feed dilution or solids re-circulation to achieve optimal conditions for flocculation can be determinedThe safety factors necessary with less accurate sizing methods are not required. This leads to lower costs in most cases as smaller thickeners can be specifiedProcess guarantees are available on thickeners sized using this method, thus fulfilling any requirement for guaranteed thickener process performance.Ensuring that the most accurate testwork possible is utilised can mean the difference between achieving desired thickener performance and ‘almost’ achieving it. ‘Almost’ achieving process targets can lead to problems such as:Ability to accurately ascertain the relationship between feed solids loading rate and underflow density and overflow clarity, and flocculation requirementsUnnecessarily high operating costs due to non-optimised flocculant consumptionUnacceptable thickener overflow clarity, meaning possible inability to recycle plant process waterDownstream effects on other equipment in the circuit such as, for example, filter operationComplications with underflow pumping or other intended transportation methodsProblems with tailings disposal, such as unstable tailings deposition, tailings disposal volume consumed at a higher rate than envisioned, additional rehabilitation costsInadequate washing – CCD circuit.So, in summary, in the early stages of a project, rudimentary rule of thumb sizing can fulfil basic requirements. However, the temptation to scrimp on the costs and effort associated with testwork can have lasting ramifications. Comprehensive dynamic testwork performed on indicative feed samples ensures truly optimised thickener performance, achieving process targets and minimising operational costs. It can also avoid costly conservative oversizing, which can mean the difference between whether your project proceeds or not. As tends to be the case in life, investing a little bit of expense and effort up front can save substantial costs and avoid disappointment further down the track.Andrew McIntosh is currently Senior Proposals Engineer, Thickening in Sydney, Australialast_img read more

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Can you name all of these Father Ted characters

first_imgSURE, DOUGAL AND TED are easy, but who else can you identify?Also, is there anything at all to be said for having another mass?A Study in Ted is the work of Stephen Wildish and is reproduced here with the permission of GrandGrand.ie, where you can buy the print. Go on, go on, go on…7 reasons we miss Dermot Morgan>9 Father Ted quotes you can use every day>last_img

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Support for Golden Dawn rises poll shows

first_imgNeofascist Golden Dawn party has increased its popularity among Greek voters. According to a Pulse survey, which was published Thursday in To Podiki weekly newspaper, support for Golden Dawn stood at 10.5 per cent, placing it at third place behind coalition leader New Democracy (25 per cent) and the hard-left SYRIZA opposition party (24 per cent). The once-dominant PASOK socialists have slid to fourth place with 8 per cent of the vote. Golden Dawn and KKE communists were the only parties that have managed to increase their share since the June general elections, the poll showed. Golden Dawn, which wants to rid the crisis-hit nation of all immigrants, has been linked to a number of attacks on foreigners over the past few months. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Expired debts to the state soar to more than 72 bln euros

first_imgHouseholds’ inability to keep up with their tax payments combined with anticipation of the new repayment plans, which were finally announced a few weeks ago, led to expired debts to the state swelling further, as within one month they expanded by 1.6 billion euros to reach 12.5 billion euros from the start of the year to end-November.In total old and new expired debts to the state come to 72.77 billion euros, according to Finance Ministry data released yesterday.The sum of 12.5 billion euros of expired debts created from January to November mainly concerns money owed to tax authorities and social security funds and stems from the reduction in taxpayers’ incomes and the increase of the tax burden, leaving them unable to fulfill their obligations.That sum is added to the more than 60 billion euros in old debts – those still outstanding and created before the end of 2013 – to result in the huge amount of 72.77 billion euros at the end of last month.However, the extensive confiscation of bank deposits, salaries, rents, payments to suppliers with debts to the state, as well as the prosecution of debtors with large arrears have resulted in a significantly improved result compared to the past. In the first 11 months of the year, the sum collected by the state from the repayment of expired debts amounted to almost 3.26 billion euros, of which nearly 1.48 billion euros concerned old debts (created before January 2014), while the remaining 1.78 billion accounted for debts created this year.Total debts of 923 million euros have also been written off.On the inspections front the General Secretariat for Public Revenues will apparently fail to reach its targets: By the end of the year it is supposed to have conducted 720 checks on very wealthy taxpayers, but by the end of November it had only completed 609 inspections.It’s a similar picture as far as checks on major enterprises are concerned: In the January-November period the ministry had only completed 433 checks, while the target set by the government’s agreement with its creditors had been 680 inspections.By Prokopis HatzinikolaouSource: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Victoria police clamp down on elder abuse

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Abuse of elders, particularly by family members, continues to be rife though there is a growing awareness of the problem. The behaviour may be taking place even in subtle ways, such as a disregard for parents or close elderly family members that we may take for granted.Elders, in turn, may consider themselves as being “in the way” and try not to cause any problems for the young. However, this entire train of thought and behaviour within families can easily fall within the abusive category.More often than not, abusive behaviour is closely associated with financial issues, with cases as varied as people taking money from their elderly parents for their own personal needs all the way to property theft. And it is this very situation that the Police of Victoria, in association with the State Trustees, are attempting to tackle with their new initiative.Their collaboration is aimed at informing people of the rights that older people have, as in several cases not even the victims themselves are aware that they are being abused or what steps they can take to prevent it.As the State Trustees Relationship Manager, Luke Wright pointed out, there are many administrators with experience in the field that can help a person discern a behaviour as abusive or non-abusive: “We see a range of cases involving transfer of property and theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars from our clients’ bank accounts, to cases where the older person is deprived of access to their pension and is at risk of eviction because their rent hasn’t been paid,” said Mr Wright.“Often the financial abuse is perpetrated by the person’s son or daughter.”An act as simple as using an elderly parent’s bank account to pay for the weekly shopping or filling up a car’s gas tank is considered abusive, if not done without proper consent from the owner of the account, as the State Trustees mentioned.Victoria Police now have special units in order to identify these particular cases that have received special training in order to be able to properly communicate with older people that suffer from diseases such as dementia.Following the same lines of this initiative, PRONIA have sent out an open invitation to anyone who would like to attend their Plan For The Future events, which will give people information in regards to how they can make their own decisions for their lives, their medical treatment and when and how to use the “power of attorney” and “advance care directive documents.”These events will take place in three different areas (West Sunshine, Clayton and Brunswick) in the first week of May.If you or anyone you know suspect that you are falling victim to abusive behaviour, or would like to know more about this topic, don’t hesitate to call the Domestic Family Violence 24/7 Counselling Service at: 1800 737 337last_img read more

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Chine une vague de froid entraîne des milliers dévacuations

first_imgChine : une vague de froid entraîne des milliers d’évacuations Chine – Cinq provinces chinoises sont touchées par une intense vague de froid accompagnée de pluies verglaçantes et de neige. Alors que des milliers de personnes sont sinistrées, 58.000 habitants de ces régions ont dû être évacués.Cette vague de froid s’est abattue sur les provinces centrales et méridionales du Jiangxi, Hunan, Chongqing, Guizhou et Sichuan, a annoncé ce mardi le ministère chinois des Affaires civiles. Alors qu’une victime est à déplorer, des dizaines de milliers d’habitants ont dû être évacués. Des milliers de maisons sont déjà endommagées ou détruites, et un grand nombre de cultures dévastées. 142.000 hectares de surfaces cultivées seraient touchés par d’importants dégâts, et la perte économique est à ce jour estimée à quelque 1,35 milliard de yuans (154 millions d’euros). La circulation routière est elle aussi touchée par les intempéries qui ont bloqué de nombreux axes.Face à cette catastrophe, des mesures d’urgence ont été prises pour venir en aide aux personnes sinistrées, en leur fournissant de la nourriture, de l’eau et des vêtements. D’après les prévisions météorologiques, la situation pourrait s’améliorer à partir de demain dans certaines provinces, et notamment celle de Chongqing.Le 5 janvier 2011 à 15:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Une nouvelle forme dantimatière vient dêtre créée

first_imgUne nouvelle forme d’antimatière vient d’être crééeDes physiciens viennent de créer la forme d’antimatière la plus lourde et la plus complexe qui n’ait jamais été produite. Des noyaux d’anti-hélium contenant deux anti-protons et deux anti-neutrons viennent d’être créés et observés à New York par des physiciens. C’est une première car, par définition, l’antimatière disparaît au contact de la matière, ce qui la rend très difficilement observable.  À lire aussiDes Japonais créent l’un des champs magnétiques contrôlés les plus puissants jamais enregistrésMais les expériences menées au Relativistic heavy ion collider (RHIC) de New York ont permis cet exploit en faisant entrer en collision des noyaux d’atomes lourds. L’immense énergie qui s’en est dégagée a engendré la création de plusieurs nouvelles particules.  Déjà, l’année dernière, le RHIC avait annoncé la création d’une nouvelle variété d’antimatière. Appelée anti-hypertriton, elle était constituée d’un anti-proton, d’un anti-neutron et d’une particule instable qui avait été baptisée anti-lambda. Jusqu’alors, l’anti-hypertriton était la plus lourde anti-particule connue. Mais les 18 noyaux d’anti-hélium-4 qui viennent d’être observés détiennent aujourd’hui le record.   Toutefois, comme le rappelle Franck Close de l’université britannique d’Oxford, “cela ne nous avance pas plus concernant la question de savoir pourquoi l’Univers n’est pas plein d’antimatière.” En effet, les théories standards indiquent que la matière et l’anti-matière ont été créées en quantités égales au commencement de l’Univers, mais que pour des raisons inconnues la matière a fini par prédominer.Le 23 mars 2011 à 19:16 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Tinder for Foodies Samsung Turns Smart Fridge Into Dating Service

first_imgStay on target When it comes to dating, it’s not what’s on the outside that counts. It’s what’s inside … your fridge.Samsung this week introduced Refrigerdating—a Tinder-esque platform for meeting people based on the contents of your ice box.“By uploading an image of your food, you can get in contact with others who have realized that you are what you eat,” the company said.Part of a stunt to promote Samsung’s pricey Family Hub smart fridges, the dating app lets users swipe right or left based on how appealing they find someone else’s refrigerator interior.Photo Credit: Samsung/RefrigerdatingCheese, orange juice, yogurt, grapes, and homemade salad dressing? Sexy. Moldy leftovers and bargain-bin beer? Thank u, next.The idea, according to CNET, is that peeking into someone’s fridge provides a more authentic look at who they are and how they live. Are they organized and healthy or sloppy and unfit?Don’t worry: If you’ve not already installed a $4,000 Family Hub Refrigerator with built-in camera and touchscreen door, just snap a picture on your phone and upload it to the app.Refrigerdating will then hook you up with various cold storage systems of differing tastes; identify those you like, ditch the rest, and see if you’re a match.The idea seems counterintuitive to the “Family Hub” brand, which suggests that fridge owners already have a household full of people whose calendars all sync with Bixby and send cutesy memos to each other.Photo Credit: Samsung/RefrigerdatingThat’s not to say some customers aren’t looking for more.There are apparently “tons” of single people in Sweden, where the idea originated, CNET reported, citing Elin Axelsson, PR manager at Samsung Electronics Nordic.And niche dating services are definitely a thing.Who’s to say you can’t find love somewhere between a carton of skim milk and a tub of hummus?“At Samsung, we strive to simplify people’s everyday lives. Our way to do that is by using smart and innovative technology to create home appliances,” according to the product page. “In some way that also means facilitating people’s relationships.”More on Geek.com:Woman Unknowingly Bragged About Poaching Deer to Game Warden on Dating AppResearchers Help the Loneliest Frog Find True LoveFacebook Dating Expands to Canada and Thailand, Adds New FeaturesGeek’s Guide to Online Dating Samsung’s 108MP Camera Sensor Is Coming to a Smartphone Near YouHuge Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Doesn’t Have Room For Headphone Jack last_img read more

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What To Expect From CES 2016

first_img CES is upon us and companies are chomping at the bit to show off their shiny new wares at the world’s largest technology trade show.  Tech giants such as Sony, Samsung and Panasonic along with thousands of smaller consumer-electronics companies descend on Las Vegas for the week, where they’ll make arguably some of the largest tech announcements of the year and show off not only what we’ll see in stores this year, but what we can expect to see for years to come.This year’s show officially gets started with Press Day (the day those largest companies will make their big unveils) on Tuesday, with the show floor opening up on Wednesday morning.Here’s a bit of what we expect to be big this year:DronesLast month the FAA officially launched its drone registration program, a sign that the consumer drone market has grown to a level that the government feels the need to regulate it. That growth is definitely demonstrated at this year’s CES. Last year there were just four companies on the show floor. This year, there will be at least 27 (a record), which will cover more than 25,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 200 percent increase over the 2015 show.Related: What’s Behind the FAA’s New Drone RulesMore than just toys, this year’s drones will likely offer capabilities such as the ability to avoid crash landings and perhaps specialized features for using them in different types of environments. Camera technology has also increased over the past year, so expect a lot of those drones to be capable of shooting 4K video and capturing high-quality stills.Connected homeWe’re getting even closer to that home we were promised in the Jetsons. We expect to see a TON of connected home devices at this year’s show. More than just smart lights and thermostats, this year will focus on how all those devices connect and work together – an issue that has hampered the IoT market. Expect to see devices and products utilizing Apple’s HomeKit and Samsung’s SmartThings platforms.Virtual realityLast year consumer virtual reality headsets started to become readily available, and 2016 will be the year they start to improve. More than just headsets, expect to see accessories that can be used in conjunction with eyewear to enhance your VR experience. Facebook-owned Oculus will most likely showcase its latest version of Rift, Samsung will present its Gear VR, Sony will show off its PlayStation VR and HTC is expected to announce the latest breakthroughs for its Vive.Also, for the first time CES will have an augmented reality exhibit, where companies can show of their latest innovations in the space.Related: Virtual Reality Is Proving a Powerful Vehicle for Disaster Relief, Social CausesWearablesWearables have become an increasingly larger category at CES over the past few years, and this year’s show will bring even more of them to the show floor. Expect to see a ton of smartwatches from both major players and some smaller guys. Also fitness trackers will be improved, including going beyond just being embedded in smartwatches to being used in fitness gear and shoes.  CarsCars have always been a part of CES, but this year they’re taking an even larger part of the spotlight. Automaker technology will take up more than 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, up 25 percent from last year. Expect to see some interesting advancements in the world of electric and autonomous car, both from some of the big names – BMW, Chevy and Toyota, to name a few — as well as some new companies, such as Faraday Future, an under-the-radar business backed by Chinese company LeTV. More than just new vehicles, expect to see a large number of devices that will take that slightly older car you have and make it smart as well.Beyond new tech, CES itself has made a few changes this year. In response to recent global tragedies, the Consumer Electronics Association has opted to enact new bag restrictions at this year’s show. Whereas in previous years attendees could walk freely in and out of halls, this year  bags will be searched, rolling bags and luggage aren’t allowed and everyone will be subject to metal detector screening and body pat downs.Also starting this year, makers of hoverboards and scooters will have to restrict the use of those to their booth. That means that those visiting the crowded halls won’t have to worry about getting run down.Stay tuned throughout the week for updates from the show floor and a look at the tech and companies you’ll want to watch this year.Related: Shiny New Gadgets to Smart Homes and Beyond: A CES 2015 Preview  Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Listen Now Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer 5 min read January 4, 2016last_img read more

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The former UAB star led the nation in kickoff retu

first_imgThe former UAB star led the nation in kickoff returns, averaging 38.3 yards per attempt in 2014, while taking four back for touchdowns. But the NFL is a serious step up in competition, so Nelson is making the necessary adjustments to thrive at the pro level.“Just getting the feel of the game, the playbook and learning the NFL terminology,” he said. Nelson was one of seven players the Cardinals selected in the NFL Draft earlier this month. He’s enjoying the opportunity to meet his new teammates.“This is our first time getting together,” said Nelson. “Rally around the guys and coming together and being a family.”Nelson has yet to meet any vets on the team.“No, not yet, it’s coming. can’t wait,” said Nelson. “Waiting for that moment to come out and compete with them, as well as Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu and all those type of guys. I just want to come out and compete and have fun.” – / 8 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact J.J. Nelson, a fifth-round pick and the 159th overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, experienced his first day at Arizona Cardinals rookie mini camp.“It was great putting on an NFL helmet, especially, you know, the Arizona Cardinals,” said Nelson.Nelson, the smallest and fastest player on the roster, has the attention of Cards head coach Bruce Arians.“He’s telling me the little things,” said Nelson in reference to coach Arians’ feedback during camp. “What I did right, what I did wrong, what I need to clean up. He’s doing a pretty good job of helping me and I’m hoping to grow with the things he’s teaching me.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_imgBy George PsyllidesThe cabinet on Thursday unanimously approved the roadmap for the privatisation of state companies that is part of the terms of the island’s €10 billion bailout.Government spokesman Christos Stylianides said the process will be evolutionary, and expected to last three years.“The first privatisation will take place after two years of preparing and restructuring a specific organisation,” Stylianides said, a period when Cyprus is expected to return to growth.The spokesman said there was no question of fully privatising any organisation.Stylianides said Cyprus must first see how to overcome the recession, and at what stage of growth the economy would be when it seeks investors.“The decision will be implemented in the in a manner that will yield the best results for the state,” the spokesman said. “In the meantime, any proceeds from casino licenses for example, or other sources, will be taken into consideration and counted towards our obligation to find €1.4 billion so that we have more flexibility as regards the form and extent of the denationalisations.”Privatisations are part of terms in the island’s bailout agreement. Cyprus must raise €1.4 billion through privatisations between 2016 and 2018.The roadmap was a condition for the release of the third tranche amounting to some €185 million.It must be approved by international lenders before the cash is released later this month.“We are in continuous consultation with the troika. We expect their stance to be constructive,” Stylianides said.The decision ensured the workers’ participation in the procedure and secured their rights. They, as well as the wider public, can also take part in the ownership.Each organisation will be handled accordingly, depending on the nature of the service it provided, the spokesman said.Unions oppose privatisations and have already staged warning strikes. They have threatened to escalate if the government went through with its plans.Stylianides said the dialogue with the unions will continue throughout the transition period so that the best results were achieved.Based on the roadmap, the first organisation slated for privatisation is state telecommunications company CyTA.The organisation’s board said on Thursday that the current period was not suitable for the sale of CyTA or any part of it.In a written statement, the board said CyTA must immediately restructure in a bid to cut costs and increase its value.This way “the state will continue to have an asset of increasing value, which can be used in the best possible way without pressure and timeframes.”You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSenior Living | Search AdsCheap Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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