The social micropayment startup Flattr has rolled out a change to its service today. As we first reported last month, users of the site can now donate specific amounts of money to Flattr users.Flattr lets users “Like” websites and content, but that action is backed with real money. Before this new donation feature was added, the money in your Flattr account was split evenly each month among all the sites you’ve “flattred.” And while you can still use the service that way, you’ll also be able to donate a specific amount – a minimum of 2, up to 50. “We think this will take the system to a whole other level beyond just tips,” says Flattr’s Eileen Burbidge. On every user-profile page, you will now find a “Donate” button. Click it and you can give some of your available means away. This donation can be made anonymously. As we suggested last month, Flattr’s new feature will likely benefit WikiLeaks, as Flattr remains one of the only ways to make a donation to the site now that PayPal, Visa and MasterCard have closed those paths to funding. Beyond the support for WikiLeaks, Flattr has developed a small but thriving network of users: since opening its beta, it has gained 46,056 registered users and has passed more than 114,057 through its peer-to-peer payment system.If you’re still looking for more ways and more things to Flattr, a developer has taken Flattr’s API and built Flattr4Android, a tool that will let users scan a QR code off-line. This code is tied to a Flattr account, making it easy for you to submit and flattr content via your mobile phone.With these changes, Flattr address two things poised to be big trends this year: the growth of mobile money and expansion of peer-to-peer networks. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#NYT#p2p#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watters
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The record books were rewritten twice in an astonishing run spree at Nottinghamshire’s Trent Bridge ground on Monday which saw a record English one-day partnership and the most aggregate runs scored in a List A match.By the close in the Royal London One-Day Cup game between Notts and Northamptonshire, statisticians were checking to see if there had ever been a day like it anywhere in the world.RECORDS TUMBLE The big hitting began from the start with Nottinghamshire’s Riki Wessels and Michael Lumb sharing a record one-day partnership in England of 342 from 39.2 overs.Wessels eventually departed for a career-best 146, from 97 balls, while Lumb went on to make 184, also his best and a record for the county, as Nottinghamshire posted 445 for 8, the second highest score for a List A match in the world.The runs continued to flow when Northamptonshire chased down what would have been another record for a team batting second. But they fell short despite 128 from Rory Kleinveldt.870 RUNS IN A DAY Their total of 425 gave Nottinghamshire victory by 20 runs in a game which saw an unprecedented 870 runs scored in the day, three more than Surrey and Glamorgan managed in 2002.Afterwards Lumb joked: “It was a bit twitchy. What a great game of cricket. Never in doubt.”I was surprised they took it that deep but it’s credit to them. Rory Kleinveldt was unbelievable. It was an unbelievable game. I don’t think we could do too much more. I’m proud of all the boys.”LUMB-WESSELS SURPASS GANGULY-DRAVID advertisementThe Nottinghamshire stand beat the previous record in England of 318 by Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid for India against Sri Lanka at Taunton in the 1999 World Cup.Lumb and Wessels’ English record is the third-highest partnership in List A games, behind the 372 which Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels took off Zimbabwe in the 2015 World Cup.The record for the highest team total is held by Surrey, who made 496-4 against Gloucestershire in 2007.List A matches are played over 40-60 overs.
Serena Williams has pulled out of Rogers Cup in Montreal citing “personal reasons” after putting up the worst performance of her career at Silicon Valley Classic in California on Tuesday.Tennis Canada said on Saturday that Serena had withdrawn from the tournament for personal reasons but did not elaborate. Serena’s withdrawal delayed her start of North American hardcourt season ahead of US Open.”Of course, we are disappointed that Serena will not be joining us. Fans were very much looking forward to seeing her in action, tournament director Eugene Lapierre said in a statement. But beyond the disappointment, the tournament, as a whole, remains a high-level competition.”The entire top 10 is here, along with 22 of the top 25. There are exciting matches in store from the outset.Rogers Cup begins on Monday, where world No.1 Simona Halep is the top seed and world number two Caroline Wozniacki will return after she had pulled out of the Citi Open earlier this week with a leg injury.Serena’s place in the draw will be taken by Germany’s Tatjana Maria.In the men’s division also, Rogers Cup saw two big withdrawal when Roger Federer and Andy Muray pulled out of the tournament.While Federer announced his withdrawal late in July in order to lighten his schedule, Murray recently decided to skip the tournament citing fatigue after the Citi Open exploits.Earlier in the week, Serena suffered the worst loss of her storied career on Tuesday, falling 6-1, 6-0 to Britain’s Johanna Konta in the first round of the Silicon Valley Classic.advertisementAfter a routine hold to start the match, Williams lost the next 12 games in a one-sided affair that lasted less than an hour, stunning the partisan crowd of 3,000 at San Jose State University.”I think she played well in the second set and I think I wasn’t sharp at all in the first set and she got confident and she clearly ran away with it,” Serena had said after the loss.The 36-year-old Serena Williams is making a slow return to competitive tennis following the birth of her first child Alexis Olympia.(With Reuters inputs)
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: Head Coach Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma Sooners during warm ups before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma is replacing Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield at quarterback this season. The odds-on favorite to take Mayfield’s place is Kyler Murray, who backed him up last season.Murray was a top-10 pick in this year’s MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics. He signed a multi-million dollar contract with Oakland, and agreed to devote his time to baseball starting in 2019.As part of the mutual agreement, Oakland is allowing Murray to play football this fall. Oklahoma fans are counting on him to keep the team in national title contention, but things aren’t that simple.For one, Murray’s head coach isn’t willing to declare him the starter just yet. Lincoln Riley told reporters at Big 12 Media Day that Murray and Austin Kendall are competing for the job.Kendall redshirted last season. He played in two games in a backup role in 2016, completing 16 of 22 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns.Lincoln Riley asked about difference b/w Baker Mayfield & Kyler Murray: “Kyler’s not the (starting) quarterback yet. There’s a good competition right now (with Austin Kendall)”— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) July 16, 2018It certainly would be a surprise if Murray didn’t win the starting job. If we had to guess, this seems like Riley just being coy during the summer.On paper, Murray’s dual-threat ability would make Oklahoma’s offense as dangerous as it can be. He also has a little bit more experience than his competitor.If Kendall beats him out, perhaps he should have gotten his baseball career started sooner.
Previous 1 of 12 Editors’ Recommendations Stepping inside, Casa Terra speaks to the history of Central and South America. The red-stained wood continues inside creating a warm and inviting family room. Natural materials like leather and stone were incorporated. Traditional native patterns are seen on living room throw pillows while pottery and woven baskets adorn shelves on an accent wall. Exposed ceiling beams and steel support columns add a touch of industrial style to the space.The roof of the public areas is raised higher to create an open feeling while in private spaces, like the bedrooms, the ceiling is lower to give a more intimate feel. Along with the lower roof line, the wooden side walls of the private areas also extend out beyond the glass walls at the back. This allows people inside to have beautiful mountain views while still having a sense of privacy.The most stunning part of the home is the outdoor veranda. The oversized roof of the home’s public spaces cantilevers out over the concrete patio. Here, the steel support beams, combined with the steel frames on the glass walls, continue the urban industrial style seen inside. The covered veranda features an outdoor dining area, as well as a sitting area that faces the infinity pool and mountains beyond.In all, the folks at Bernardes Arquitetura were able to combine several very different styles into a stunning, masculine home in the mountains of Brazil that is the perfect escape from chaotic city life. What better way to relax after Carnival than to take in mountain views from the infinity pool while sipping a local wine? For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner Next Desert Wing’s Sharp Angles Bring Drama to the Desert Shark House’s Dramatic Angles Have Serious Bite Rio de Janeiro is best known as the party city of Brazil, but what’s the answer for a Rio citizen who wants to unwind away from the noise and crowds? Casa Terra, the perfect getaway hidden in the mountains of Rio.Built as a series of interconnected structures, Casa Terra is a sprawling, hilltop home with breathtaking mountain views. The creation of Bernardes Arquitetura, the home took its main inspiration from nature, but also features prominent nods to mid-century modern architecture, traditional Native American colorways, and features a touch of gritty urban industrial style. From the exterior, Casa Terra’s architecture fits in perfectly with the recent mid-century modern revival. Flat roofs, walls of glass to take in the views of the surrounding mountains, and an emphasis on blending indoor and outdoor spaces. A closer look reveals that the home also beautifully blends in with its surroundings — the deep red hue of the wood cladding was inspired by the nearby mountain peaks, concrete steps are inlaid into the ground to create an entryway that combines man-made and natural materials, and the massive infinity pool was set into the hillside to allow for unobstructed views for swimmers as well as from the patio behind it. This Little House in Washington Has Big Personality Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat
Motorists may notice a great deal of road work taking place across the province this summer. The Department of Transportation and Public Works and the Nova Scotia Road Builders Association begin a construction zone safety campaign today, June 21. Radio, TV and print advertisements will run throughout the summer. “In exchange for better roads, drivers need to be patient over delays and considerate of road workers,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. Orange cones, traffic barrels, and temporary condition signs are usually all that protect highway workers from drivers during road construction. Drivers can get frustrated with delays, triggering dangerous behaviours. Chris Bond knows the consequences. He works for Dexter Construction, where he often has the job at the tail of the paver, controlling the depth of the asphalt. While working on Highway 102 near Halifax, Mr. Bond was walking inside the work zone, when a produce truck hit him. “It could have been the body or the side mirror of the truck. But when I hit the ground, all I knew was that my foot was run over,” Mr. Bond recalled. The traffic was so heavy and so fast that he and his co-workers had been worried. “They saw me get hit and heard the thump of my body against the ground.” Carl Baillie, president of Nova Scotia Road Builders Association, said the least mistake by a driver can lead to vehicles entering the work zone and injuring or killing workers. “There’s a lot of information to process in a work zone,” Mr. Baillie said. “People need to slow down so they can take it all in.” Some things to remember are: Pay attention, especially in the approach to the work area. Slow down when orange barrels, cones and signs are present. Even when work is not underway, there could still be hazards. Do not pass other cars in a work zone or in the transition area. Expect the unexpected. Fewer lanes, new detours, a traffic control person — the roadway may change. Increase space between vehicles, to allow extra reaction time in case of a problem.
VANCOUVER – Neither of British Columbia’s two main political parties are ruling out changing the province’s electoral system without holding a referendum.The New Democrats’ campaign platform included putting the question of electoral reform to voters, but party leader John Horgan said Thursday he’s open to compromising with the Greens, who want the change introduced without a vote.“Quite honestly I believe that this singular moment in history is an opportunity to demonstrate to British Columbians the benefits of a proportional system where two parties can come together and provide good government for B.C.,” Horgan said after his first caucus meeting since the May 9 election.“We campaigned on a referendum to affirm proportional representation, but I’m open to discussions with the Green party about their approach to this question and we’ll take it from there.”Liberal Leader Christy Clark said earlier this week that she wants to discuss the issue with the other parties before taking a firm stand, but added that she campaigned for electoral reform during her time as a radio talk show host in Vancouver.“In the past I have been an advocate for electoral reform,” she said on Tuesday.“Let’s have the discussion with the legislature and other parties first.”The NDP and the Liberals are awaiting the final results of last week’s tight election race and the leaders of both parties have said they are in talks with the Green party over forming a possible minority government.No single party secured a majority of seats in the election, leaving the Liberals with 43, the NDP 41 and the Greens three, although those results won’t be confirmed until after next week’s absentee ballots are counted.The Greens campaigned on a promise to introduce a system of proportional representation. Party leader Andrew Weaver said the exact form of electoral change would be a matter of negotiation.“Our position had been that we would bring in proportional representation without a referendum … but we would be open to discussing a referendum afterwards,” Weaver said on Wednesday.The Greens also want to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 and change the fixed date of the provincial election to October.B.C. has voted on changing the province’s electoral system twice in the last 12 years, but both attempts failed.In 2005, about 57 per cent of people voted in favour of a system of proportional representation, which fell short of the 60-per-cent threshold established by then-premier Gordon Campbell.Four years later, voters were asked to vote on electoral reform but the provincial government actively campaigned against the proposal. The initiative received only 39-per-cent support.— Follow @gwomand on Twitter
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Tom Hickey says he feels safer on the roads almost anywhere else in North America — Toronto, New York, L.A.“It’s insane,” said Hickey, president of Wedgwood Insurance, one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s major providers. “And it’s not just the speeds at which people drive. It’s the aggression and the way they drive.”Nineteen people have died in 12 crashes in the province since Aug. 1, including a 65-year-old man killed Wednesday in a single-vehicle accident on the Trans-Canada Highway southwest of St. John’s.Despite that deadly toll, officers say they still clocked drivers racing up to 173 kilometres an hour during a blitz last weekend.“You go to a city like Toronto and people merge, traffic flows,” Hickey said in an interview. “But here, if you’re trying to merge in, the person in the lane is like, no, you’re not getting ahead of me. I’m not going to let you in.“I feel safer in California. I feel safer in New York. I feel safer in Ontario.”Social media updates from traffic officers tracking multiple drivers hitting over 140 kilometres an hour prompted Hickey to send a blunt notice this week to clients across the province.“While there are many factors that influence accidents, there is one that we see that comes up over and over,” it said. “Speed kills. So here is our message to you drivers doing 144 km/h: We don’t want your business.”The note goes on to say: “We’ll do everything within the rules to see that you end up in Facility Association where the worst drivers belong at the highest prices. Maybe that will slow you down. Why? Because we want to protect our good clients from you.”Hickey has been “bombarded” with calls and messages of thanks since he spoke out, he said.“I’m sort of shocked at the reaction it has got but obviously there’s an undercurrent here of frustration at what’s going on on our highways.”RCMP Cpl. Oliver Whiffen has been a crash reconstructionist for 11 years. The past two months have been especially horrendous, he said in an interview.Four people died in one accident, and two other crashes killed three people each. They are under investigation.So far in 2017, 26 people have died in 19 incidents, compared to 30 deaths in 21 incidents at the same time last year, Whiffen said.“So even though we’ve had a large number of incidents lately, we’re still below our numbers for last year.”That’s not to minimize those tragedies or downplay the seriousness of reckless driving habits that contribute to an average over the last six years of 28 incidents and 30 to 32 deaths a year, Whiffen said.“I’ve seen people reading the paper” behind the wheel, he said. “What people fail to realize is driving is probably one of the most dangerous things you’ll ever do.“You’re hurtling down the road in vehicles that are 3,000 and 4,000 pounds. When you pass another vehicle, you’re no more than two feet from them.”Control is lost “in a heartbeat,” he said. “Driving is a task that requires total concentration.”Still, officers continue to see the four big killers on the roads, said Sgt. Paul Didham of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. They are: impaired driving, not wearing seatbelts, distracted and aggressive driving, and speeding.“I see it every day myself,” Didham said in an interview. The constabulary works with the RCMP to enforce traffic laws in different parts of the province. Collisions in its jurisdiction are down to 5,200 last year from almost 6,300 in 2013.“It’s still a lot,” for a population of about 240,000 on the northeast Avalon Peninsula plus the city of Corner Brook and the Labrador West region, Didham said.Drivers here are paying for it through escalating insurance rates that are the highest by far in Atlantic Canada, and among the most expensive in the country.The average yearly premium for vehicle insurance on the island of Newfoundland in July 2016 was $1,117. That compares to $813 in Nova Scotia, and $775 in both New Brunswick and P.E.I., said Tom O’Handley, Atlantic region manager of government relations for the Insurance Bureau of Canada.Premiums recently went up again.“Newfoundland does have a higher frequency of claims as well as the cost per claim is much higher,” O’Handley said in an interview.The province’s Public Utilities Board is now reviewing automobile insurance in the province, including a study of resolved claims. It continues as police say they’re stepping up patrols to target aggressive, dangerous and distracted drivers.Speeding to save a few minutes isn’t worth it, Didham stressed.“I can speak to hundreds of situations whereby people have had life-altering injuries as a result of these preventable collisions,” he said. “Slow down. The drive is part of the adventure — getting there.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.
“While the world has lost a great visionary and leader, Mrs. Shriver’s legacy lives on through her strength, determination and the organization she founded, Special Olympics,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman.Mrs. Shriver, who passed away earlier this week at the age of 88, was a “tireless advocate for the rights of people with disabilities, a determined champion of children and a true friend and partner to UNICEF,” the agency’s head stated yesterday.The Special Olympics founder believed that all people deserved the chance to reach their full potential, Ms. Veneman said, expressing UNICEF’s condolences to her family and friends.The agency “honors her long-lasting contribution as a true global ambassador of change in helping end discrimination one child, one community, one country at a time,” she added.In a related development, a South African disabilities expert has been appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the Special Rapporteur on Disability of the Commission for Social Development for 2009-2011. Shuaib Chalklen has experience working closely with UN entities, including the World Bank, as well as with donor countries in Europe and other regions, to promote the rights of people with disabilities in the global arena. His mandate is to monitor the implementation of the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, adopted by the General Assembly in 1993, and to advance the status of those with disabilities throughout the world. Mr. Chalklen will be the third person to hold the post, following Bengt Lindqvist of Sweden and Sheikha Hessa Khalifa bin Ahmed al-Thani of Qatar. 13 August 2009The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has mourned the passing of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of the Special Olympics, paying tribute to her dedication to giving hope and opportunities to children around the world living with disabilities.
TORONTO — He’s been a familiar face to Canadians for years — approachable, friendly, and asking them to come shop at his family’s grocery stores.Behind the scenes, he also helped lead Loblaw’s restructuring efforts at a time of intense competition while pushing green, organic and fresh products.But it was his role in one of the biggest takeovers in the country’s retail history as well as his strong stance on the need for change in Bangladesh after the Dhaka factory collapse in April that won Galen G. Weston the title of Canadian Press Business Newsmaker of the Year for 2013.Weston received about 22% of the votes, followed by BCE chief executive George Cope and former Blackberry CEO Thorstein Heins, who tied for second place with 17% of the votes each.“It’s not just one of the largest deals this year — it’s one of the largest deals in Canada ever,” Derek DeCloet, Editor of Report on Business at The Globe and Mail, said in voting for Weston.“It will shape the future of the Canadian retailing sector.”“Tough call here. I voted for Weston, being at the centre of not one, but two of the top business stories of the year,” said Adam Nyp, News Director at CIHR in Woodstock, Ont.It was a busy year for Weston, whose family regularly makes the list of richest Canadians with a fortune that tops $10 billion.Loblaw (TSX:L) moved to acquire Shoppers Drug Mart (TSX:SC) in a blockbuster $12.4-billion deal that will allow it to better compete against retail giants, such as Walmart, and provide cash flow of about $1 billion to pay down debt.The company said it wouldn’t be appropriate for Weston to comment to the media until the Shoppers deal closes. Shoppers’ shareholders recently voted in favour of the takeover offer and the deal is before the federal competition bureau for approval.During the summer, the company also spun off its real estate holdings into a new publicly traded trust, Choice Properties (TSX:CHP.UN), which remains majority owned by Loblaw.Since the drugstore deal, the company, which owns Loblaws, President’s Choice and several other grocery brands as well as the Joe Fresh clothing line, has said it remains focused on winning over customers with lower prices and a bigger selection of fresh foods.It’s not yet back to the point of growing its profits, as it struggles to draw in shoppers in an increasingly competitive retail environment that pits it against Sobeys and Metro, as well as U.S. retailers such as Walmart, Target and Costco. But the company has come a long way from where it was when the younger Weston took over from his father W. Galen Weston as executive chairman of Loblaw in 2006.“Loblaw stores were in a bit of disarray. He was new, they had distribution issues and they had strategy issues and they were turning over some senior personnel as they modified the distributions,” said Ken Hardy, a marketing professor emeritus at Western University’s Richard Ivey Business School.“He was so youthful to take over a major chain and there was this imminent threat of Walmart’s food empire moving north, so yes, I think there was some skepticism,” Hardy said.“But the board plugged in some good people and they went ahead and made the changes, so he had support.”Gord Nixon, chief executive of RBC and a Weston family friend, said the younger Galen and his team should be credited for their role in the restructuring of Loblaw during a time industry margins are shrinking.“I think the Shoppers Drug Mart deal certainly has the potential to be a real home run for them and give them the opportunity to shift their strategies to address some of the changes that are taking place in the marketplace,” said Nixon.“It’s been a transformational year all around given the two big transactions … and some of the progress the company has made in terms of addressing some of their cost issues and efficiency issues.”For several years Weston, whose family is Loblaw’s biggest shareholder, has helped personify the brand and differentiate it from competitors like Metro or Sobeys, which have no official spokespersons.Sobeys has more recently hired British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who bears a physical resemblance to Weston, as to promote its stores. He had previously done the same for Sainsbury’s, a U.K. grocery chain.Weston also positioned himself as a champion for healthy, organic and ethical food, with TV commercials that emphasized those product categories.Monica LaBarge, a marketing professor at Queen’s University, said Loblaw has continued the elder Weston’s philosophy of continuing innovation, but also reflects his son’s own perspective.“It’s an interesting evolution of the brand that is probably affected by him, who he is and the age that he is.”Weston was most visibly in the spotlight this year for his quick and upfront reaction to the collapse of a factory in Bangladesh that made Joe Fresh clothing.More than 1,100 people died when the eight-storey building collapsed in April. While one of the factories in the building produced items for Joe Fresh, numerous other clothing makers were also in the complex.“I’m troubled by the deafening silence from other apparel retailers on this,” Weston said at the time, as he promised to take steps to ensure the structural integrity of the factories.“There are many other retailers involved here and the way that we’re going to make lasting change in countries like Bangladesh — and the industry as a whole — is to act as an industry,” he said.The company has since moved ahead with short-term financial compensation plans for workers and dependents of the company that produced the Joe Fresh Style clothing, and has plans for long-term assistance.Hardy called Weston’s handling of the building collapse “enormously clever and apparently sincere.”“It just added coherence to the already progressive, green imagine. Now the caring humanitarian was added,” he said.“It strengthens the soft goods line, Joe Fresh, and it takes the edge off the critics.”Nixon said the way Weston put Loblaw front and centre in the wake of the collapse and tried to become part of the solution “speaks very well of Galen as an individual, shows good leadership.”“It’s not always easy as a CEO to make those calls, and often you have people telling you not to say things (or) be as out front,” said Nixon.“When I saw that, I was very impressed.”
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The next generation of downstream processing has arrived in the resource rich Pilbara region of Western Australia with the official opening of the Yara Pilbara Nitrates technical ammonium nitrate (TAN) manufacturing plant. The plant, developed in joint venture by Orica Ltd and Yara International ASA, will have capacity to produce 330,000 t/y of ammonium nitrate (AN). Ammonium nitrate is the main component of explosives used in the mining, quarrying and construction industries. The plant is currently in the commissioning phase and is expected to be operational by the end of 2016.The Orica and Yara joint venture facility was opened today by Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett at a ceremony marking the completion of the plant construction phase. The plant is fully integrated with the neighbouring Yara Pilbara Fertilisers ammonia plant, which exports 800,000 t/y of ammonia to world markets. Orica CEO Alberto Calderon said the plant was strategically located in one of the world’s great mining regions. “Ideally situated in the Pilbara, the plant will deliver a local source of ammonium nitrate, improve Orica’s overall responsiveness to customers’ needs, and deliver increased security of supply for our customers across the region. Ammonium nitrate from the plant will underpin predicted growth across the Pilbara mining sector. As such, this is a strategic, long term investment for Orica.”Yara International President and CEO Svein Tore Holsether said the completion of the world-scale plant was an exciting development in the company’s growth strategy and investment inAustralia. “Yara’s decision to go further downstream into AN production in the Pilbara reflects the long term value we see for our business in Australia and also the proximity of both Yara Pilbaraoperations to important Asia Pacific markets,” Holsether said. “We are using Western Australian gas to first create a highly valued product, ammonia, and then undertake further processing to deliver a crucial material for the mining and civil works sector.” As part of the joint venture Yara will operate the plant and Orica will manage sales and distribution of the product.The Yara Pilbara Nitrates plant is the first in the world to be built using modularised construction. Using specialist project teams in Norway, Spain, Indonesia and Australia, key segments of the facility were built offshore and shipped to site. At its peak more than 500 workers were required on site to complete the project. The facility will have 70 operational employees and all will live with their families in the nearby community of Karratha. The Pilbara facility utilises the latest technology and design to minimise its environmental footprint, while production close to where the product will be used reduces the need for transportation, resulting in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Besides announcing its $9 billion quarter, Google also announced a new feature to its popular news service. For those who read a lot on Google News, there is now a sharable news badge for each topic. Starting today, in the US, you can earn Google News badges for reading what you care most about.Google is encouraging users to “come badge up.” To earn a badge, you have to be signed into a Google account and have your web history enabled. You’ll earn badges by clicking on articles on either your desktop or mobile device.The more you read, the more your badges will level up. Meaning, if you read 10 articles a day about Harry Potter, you’ll earn a Harry Potter badge. The left-hand-side of the badge shows stars, and you can earn up to five stars to show you’re a true Harry Potter news fan. You can reach Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and the best of the best, “Ultimate.”The badges that appear for you are private by default, but you can share your badges with your friends via social networks like Google+. Sharing a badge reveals the badge name and level in addition to the number of articles you’ve read about that subject. However, your friends won’t be able to see the specific articles you’ve read.There’s also an option to turn off all Google News. Additionally, you can hide a specific badge from your collection by hovering over it and sending it to the trash can. Once trashed, these badges can’t be restored.If you want to be the first of all your friends to have a slew of Google News badges, Google recommends reading a few relevant articles every day to level up faster. Google says that if you read a couple of articles a day about the same topic, you should earn your first badge in about a week.This is just the first step of Google News badges as the company plans to test the waters to see how badges are used and shared before they take it to the next level.In other Google News news, the company has decided to split its Sci/Tech section into two separate sections. Now the super techy nerds who just want to read about Apple and tablet news all day won’t have to scroll past a story about the rediscovery of the Rainbow Toad.via The Official Google Blog
Stay on target If you consume a lot of Japanese culture, namely anime and manga, you probably know a thing or two about fan translations. Without them, a lot of our favorite properties wouldn’t be available for us to consume. Unfortunately, there are several people out there who capitalize on these acts of benevolence that end up harming the very industry fans should be looking to support.That’s why Japanese police are coming down hard on a supposed underground ring that’s working to translate and post Japanese content on social media for free, which as you can imagine is costing billions of dollars for Japan and the companies that create this media.Various police precincts in Kyoto, Shizuoka, Mie, Shimane, and Yamaguchi prefectures of Japan have been working together to arrest Chinese citizens who are working to put all of this illegal material online, with all of the suspects averaging in their 20s, including a few students as well. They’re supposed to have copied over 15,000 items altogether, which of course “translates” (couldn’t resist that) into a whole lot of work.The investigation is ongoing, and some of those involved are working with the police. The group has, however, arrested someone who has translated the Yu-Gi-Oh Arc-V! translator of the video and manga, who met up with the rest of the translators via online social media platform Weibo, which is a lot like Twitter. The consequences are pretty harsh too, with the suspects potentially facing ten years in prison, civil suits, and up to $90,000 worth of damage. It’s a little scary to think how much this hurts both parties, but it’s an ongoing issue that the industry is looking to clamp down on to keep from hemorrhaging money, and understandably so.This is a good time to remind you to support official releases and not pirate anime or manga, but, well…you already knew that. Hopefully. Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu
Stay on target An international group of astronomers this week revealed the “DNA” of more than 340,000 stars in the Milky Way.This marks the first major release from the Galactic Archaeology survey GALAH, part of a quest to understand the formulation and evolution of galaxies. Once complete, the survey will investigate more than a million stars.The initial data dump, however, should help detect the sun’s siblings.Like all celestial bodies, the sun was born in a cluster of thousands of stars, each with the same chemical composition (or DNA). But the shiny family was quickly pulled apart and scattered across the sky.“The GALAH team’s aim is to make DNA matches between stars to find their long-lost sisters and brothers,” survey observation lead Sarah Martell said in a statement.Instead of the traditional mouth swab or hair sample, though, scientists must rely on starlight to collect information: Light penetrates a telescope before passing through a spectrograph, which splits the rays into detailed rainbows, or spectra.In this case, the team used the HERMES spectrograph at the Australian Astronomical Observatory’s (AAO) Anglo-Australian Telescope in New South Wales.A schematic of the HERMES instrument showing the light path of how starlight from the telescope is split into four different channels. (via the Australian Astronomical Observatory)It takes about an hour to amass enough photons of light for each star, but “thankfully, we can observe 360 stars at the same time using fiber optics,” Jeffrey Simpson of the AAO said.The “DNA” traces the ancestry of stars, showing analysts how the universe went from bearing only hydrogen and helium after the Big Bang to being filled with modern life-sustaining substances.“No other survey has been able to measure as many elements for as many stars as GALAH,” Gayandhi De Silva, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Sydney, said.“This data will enable such discoveries as the original star clusters of the galaxy, including the sun’s birth cluster and solar siblings,” according to De Silva, an AAO research astronomer and HERMES instrument scientist. “There is no other dataset like this ever collected anywhere else in the world.”Since 2014, the GALAH team has spent more than 280 nights recording data at the telescope.“For the first time we’ll be able to get a detailed understanding of the history of the galaxy,” the University of Sydney’s Sanjib Sharma boasted.Today’s survey announcement coincides with an upcoming release from the European Gaia satellite, which, by mapping more than 1.6 billion stars in the Milky Way, is the biggest and most accurate atlas of the night sky to date. Astronomers Discover Planet With Strange, Egg-Shaped OrbitChandra X-Ray Data May Have Revealed Most Distant ‘Cloaked’ Black Hole Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Convicted Oregon child killer Diane Downs says she won’t participate in a parole hearing set for Friday. An Oregon parole board official says the hearing will take place with or without her.Downs made the same threat in 2008 when she was first eligible for release, but then took part.This hearing will take place in Salem, but Downs can testify via video from Chowchilla, Calif., where she is imprisoned at the Valley State Prison for Women.The Oregonian says Downs has written two recent letters to the board, including one Nov. 30 saying she won’t be at the hearing. In that letter, she calls for her release, saying “I’ve never resorted to violence.”Downs’ case inspired the Ann Rule book “Small Sacrifices.” Sentenced in 1984, she is serving a life sentence plus 55 years for killing her 7-year-old daughter and severely wounding her 8-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son.Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com
Nautilus Inc., the Vancouver-based manufacturer of fitness equipment, unveiled several new products today, including three under its Bowflex brand and others under its Schwinn label.“These products are inspired by our consumer insights and truly represent our focus on creating new and innovative designs with features and functionality, making it even easier for our consumers to reach their fitness goals,” Bruce Cazenave, CEO Nautilus, said in a news release.Here are the new products:o Bowflex MAX Trainer, a full-body cardio machine the company says “engages the upper body 80 percent more than a traditional elliptical and is easier on the joints than running on a treadmill.”o Bowflex Boost, a band that tracks calories, steps and distance on a 24-hour basis. o Bowflex SelectTech mobile app, which “delivers an interactive weight-training experience complete with custom Bowflex workouts,” the company said.o Schwinn Cardio Series, including new upright and recumbent exercise bikes and ellipticals at multiple price points. Features of these new products include 29 motivational workout programs and the ability to measure results and upload them to the SchwinnConnect website.Nautilus’ stock, which trades as NLS, closed up 44 cents today, at $7.10 per share. The company’s shares have traded between $2.42 and $9.87 in the past 52 weeks.