Southern Tier veterinary practices prepare for full re-openings

first_img(WBNG) – A few days after Governor Andrew Cuomo gave veterinary practices in New York State the green light to start re-opening more fully, veterinarians here in the Southern Tier are making sure they have all their safety protocols. “We also have implemented a medication pick-up window for clients so that they necessarily don’t have to come into the building,” said Dr. Sara Shafer, an associate veterinarian. “These are trying times and we’re all doing our very best.” These guidelines include limiting clients in the building, screening staff and clients upon arrival, logging cleaning routines, and enforcing social distancing. Dr. Shafer said the practice will start taking appointments like wellness check-ups, rather than solely focusing on emergency services which they and many other practices had previously done before Cuomo’s announcement.  Veterinary care was considered an essential service in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many practices across the state have been operating curbside care, which allows doctors to treats pets while limiting the number of people inside the building. Dr. Diane Wittner is the co-owner of Fur and Feathers Veterinary care, and told 12 News the practice is closely following guidelines listed under the New York State Forward plan.center_img Some pet owners, like Blake McCabe, have expressed their desire to get back to in-person vet visits. Over in Vestal, the Vestal Veterinary Hospital is taking similar measures to enforce a safe experience. “We live with our animals so we obviously have a better understanding of the nuances of their behavior,” McCabe said. “People always talk about stressed an animal gets when they go to the vet, how they don’t want to go. The owners get stressed, too.” Dr. Wittner told 12 News there is no exact time frame to when her practice will allow regular walk-ins to Fur and Feathers, choosing to take it one day at a time.last_img read more

German state signs PRI as Frankfurt eyes green finance sector

first_imgHessen’s government wants Frankfurt to become a centre for green financeAt the beginning of 2019, Hessen became the first German province to make it legally binding for the pension reserve fund to invest according to sustainable criteria.Since then companies producing nuclear energy and fossil fuels have “virtually been excluded” from the fund’s universe, Hessen’s government said in the press release.The fund’s investments are managed by the German Bundesbank according to the sustainability criteria set by the province of Hessen.De Nederlandsche Bank, the Netherlands’ central bank and financial regulator, became the first central bank to sign up to the PRI in March this year.Further readingPRI signatories must report climate change risks from 2020 Earlier this year the PRI said it would require its entire book of 2,250 signatories – including asset owners, investment managers and service providers – to report how they have considered specific climate change risks in their portfolios Hessen, which includes the city of Frankfurt, has become the first of Germany’s 16 federal states to sign the UN’s Principles on Responsible Investment (PRI).The state has joined the initiative for its €3.7bn pension reserve fund, which was established in 1999 to build a funded supplementary retirement provision for its civil servants.The region’s minister for economy, Tarek Al-Wazir, noted in a press release that signing the UNPRI was another step towards enhancing Frankfurt’s and Hessen’s standing in green finance.“By now almost all financial locations worldwide have recognised the significance of green finance and the regional government of Hessen wants Frankfurt to take a leading role in this field,” Al-Wazir said. The pension reserve fund has applied an ESG benchmark to its equity investments since 2007.For several years, the fund’s criteria have been sharpened and adjusted to include ecological and social standards, according to a ‘best-in-class’ approach.last_img read more

West Indian great Shivnarine Chanderpaul names this Indian batsmen as the best in the…

first_imgAdvertisement 3guNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2w5rxsWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ed( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) c290bWould you ever consider trying this?😱l4znCan your students do this? 🌚faifRoller skating! Powered by Firework Former West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul was known for his unusual batting technique yet the southpaw was one of the most formidable batsman during his playing days. The Guyanese was recently seen in action in the Road Safety World Series 2020 a few weeks ago, however, the Covid-19 outbreak resulted in the postponement of the tournament. But before leaving India, Chanderpaul, in an interview, revealed that India skipper Virat Kohli is his favourite cricketer at present and hailed the superstar Indian batsman as the best in the world.Advertisement Photo Credit: CricketCountry“Obviously, it’s Virat Kohli. He has been working on all the aspects of his game, and the results are showing. He is working hard on his fitness; he works on his skills. You see him putting in the hard work, and he is one of those guys who always wants to do well,” the 45-year-old said.Prior to the sudden break, Kohli suffered a bad patch with the bat in New Zealand. In the two Tests against the Kiwis, Kohli managed to register just 38 runs across 4 innings as the guests were whitewashed 2-0 by Kane Williamson and his boys. Moreover, during the entire tour of New Zealand, the RCB captain scored 218 runs with a single fifty-plus score under his belt, something quite rare for a batsman of his calibre.Advertisement But Chanderpaul believes that it’s not easy staying at the top and his records reflect the hard work he put in.“He’s proven it, day in and day out. You have to give credit to him for that. It’s not easy to stay at the top of your game for so long. You got to put in your work, and the results are showing,” Chanderpaul added.Advertisement Kohli himself will be eager to redeem his top form when the Indian Premier League 2020 begins next month as fans round the globe expected to see the vintage Kohli back in form in the 3-match ODI series against South Africa earlier this month. Unfortunately, the series had to be postponed due to the pandemic, after the 1st ODI was washed out in Dharamsala.Meanwhile, the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League has been suspended until April 15 due to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic. You may also like:Poor showing against New Zealand has seen Virat Kohli lose number 1 Test spotVirat Kohli told to practice more after ‘reflexes and hand eye coordination’ found lacking! Advertisementlast_img read more

Barbiturates in Darwin’s Warm Little Pond

first_img(Visited 61 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Are barbituates the missing links to the origin of life?Nick Hud (Georgia Institute of Technology) is a respected scientist in origin of life research, receiving funds from NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his work. His latest paper, published in Nature Communications, claims you can get nucleotides that pair up, like nucleic acids, spontaneously – if you mix the right ingredients. What works, his team found, is a mixture of barbituric acid and melamine (more on those molecules below). These are the “missing links,” the Georgia Tech press release suggests, that could have been “brewed in primordial puddles“. Ben Brumfield’s prose tempts the reader’s imagination with imagery out of medieval alchemy:The crucibles that bore out early building blocks of life may have been, in many cases, modest puddles.Now, researchers working with that hypothesis have achieved a significant advancement toward unlocking a longstanding evolutionary mystery — how components of RNA and DNA formed from chemicals present on early Earth before life existed. It could also have implications on how astrobiologists view the probability of life elsewhere in the universe.In surprisingly simple laboratory reactions in water, under everyday conditions, they have produced what could be good candidates for missing links on the pathway to the code of life.And when those components joined up, the result even looked like RNA.As the researchers’ work progresses, it could reveal that much of the original chemistry that led to life arose not in fiery cataclysms and in scarce quantities, but abundantly and gradually on quiet, rain-swept dirt flats or lakeshore rocks lapped by waves.But did life really start on barbiturates? That’s a depressing thought. Let’s look at the chemical mixture, what they call “a pair of potential chemical ancestors of the nucleobases of RNA.” Barbituric acid (C4H4N2O3) is used to make a variety of barbiturate drugs that act as depressants to the central nervous system. A member of the pyrimidines, it is also one of four ingredients used to make riboflavin, or vitamin B12. The authors purchased their barbituric acid (BA) from a supply house.Melamine (C3H6N6) is an artificially-synthesized poison used in industry for insecticides, insulation and fire retardants, among other things. The authors purchased their melamine from a supply house, and with their order, they bought some ribose for their experimental soup. It should be noticed right off the bat that none of these chemicals occur naturally in any significant amounts, if at all. Ribose is particularly difficult to account for in plausible prebiotic conditions, since it disintegrates readily in water (11/05/04).Despite these drawbacks, Hud is tempted to speculate. He envisions a kind of Darwinian fitness race in the primordial puddle:“Early Earth was a messy laboratory where probably many molecules like those needed for life were produced. Some survived and prospered, while others eventually vanished,” Hud said. “That goes for the ancestors of RNA, too.”Using two molecules known as barbituric acid and melamine, the researchers formed proto-nucleotides so strongly resembling two of RNA’s nucleotides that it is tempting to speculate that they are indeed their ancestors.But are molecules red in tooth and claw? There’s no way Hud could ensure that the ingredients he needs would have survived and prospered in the mix of poisons, except by wishing it were true, and looking back from the fact that life exists, and thinking “Aha! It could happen!” Logic, however, rears its ugly head at these motivations. Could is not the same as did (pigs “could” fly; see 1/26/08). “Ancestor” implies a line of descent of information—not possible here. And the existence of a piece of sculpture does not presuppose it emerged out of a primordial soup of molten bronze. And those are not the only logical fallacies. He needs to rescue his speculation from an inconvenient truth of chemistry:There was one small caveat.“The reaction does not work as well if barbituric acid and melamine are present in the same solution before reacting with ribose because their strong attraction for each other can cause them to precipitate,” Hud said. So, the scientists completed the reaction involving barbituric acid separately from the one involving melamine….If melamine and barbituric acid formed their respective nucleotides (C-BMP for barbituric acid and MMP for melamine) in separate puddles on the early Earth, then rain could have easily washed the components together, where they would have rapidly assembled into what could have been a precursor to proto-RNA.The perhapsimaybecouldness index here climbs 5 notches. (1) Now he needs two warm little ponds. (2) They need to segregate the BA and the melamine. (3) Then, fortuitously, rain washes them together into a third warm little pond, where they rapidly assemble. (4) The product “could” have been a “precursor” to (5) not RNA, but “proto-RNA,” whatever that is.Yet Hud overconfidently states, “It works even better then we thought. It’s almost too easy.”Sure it is, when you run your lab by intelligent design.Hud deceives the public with this paper. He knows full well that this won’t work. For one, he gave no indication that barbituric acid or melamine—two synthetic poisons—would form naturally on earth. Even if they did, would they form in sufficient concentrations to matter? What would make them segregate into separate puddles? What are the downsides of having vast amounts of these poisons on the surface of the earth? What about all the undesirable cross reactions that would most likely swamp any gains in his “precursor to proto-RNA” (whatever that is), precipitating into tarry gunk that goes nowhere? Yet he calls this a “plausible” scenario six times in the paper, including in the title! Does he tell the public that he bought his ingredients from a chemical supply house? No. Here’s a double lie he tells to the press agent:The two ingredients would have been readily abundant for reactions on a prebiotic Earth, Hud said.  “And they would have been well suited for primitive information coding,” he added.That is baloney. Nowhere in the paper does he indicate how likely these ingredients are to form naturally; there’s only a reference to two earlier papers, and the abstracts of those show that chemists used intelligent design to synthesize them. Hud also failed to explain how chance would segregate the molecules into single-handed forms: “we have not shown chiral nucleotide selection, ” the paper admits clearly. Without homochirality (all nucleotides single-handed), you’re not going to get “primitive information coding” even if some “base pairing” occurs. Look at this myth in the paper:In particular, the ability for C-BMP and MMP to form noncovalent supramolecular assemblies could have facilitated the prebiotic localization, organization and subsequent linking of these (or similar) nucleotides into covalent polymers that were then capable of storing and transferring information (for example, by templating the formation of sequence-specific assemblies for the polymerization of additional monomers.The wishful-thinking nonsense in that statement can hardly be exaggerated. It’s like saying, “dropping Scrabble letters onto the floor at random is capable of storing and transferring information.” It’s not the letters, for crying out loud; it’s the “sequence-specific assemblies” that constitute information—sequences that have meaning, that perform a useful function. Molecules at the mercy of chance and natural law have neither the desire nor the power to template anything, to localize, to organize, or to store information. They’re dead, dead, dead!Hud also knows full well that ribose is extremely difficult to obtain (that’s why he conveniently ordered his from a supply house). He told reporter Susan Mazur in 2014, “As you know, RNA is not the most stable molecule” (The Origin of Life Circus, p. 92). But he continues to hold up the moribund RNA world scenario, imagining that if you can get precursors to molecules in a chemical soup (all dead), you are making progress. Criticized that he doesn’t have information, he responds, “Absolutely. We don’t have that yet” (p. 88). Mazur asks him if his work contributes to protocell development:No, we’re really looking at proto-RNA. Proto-nucleic acids. We’re also doing some work on proto-peptides. It’s really proto-biopolymers.He even talks to Mazur about “pre-proto-RNA” after she reminds him RNA falls apart (p. 87). What on earth is that, and what does it have to do with life? This is as silly as Geppetto thinking his Pinocchio woodwork is a proto-boy. Only in fairy tales does that work. Hud knows these things are not alive or becoming alive. He tells Mazur, “It may come down to, yes, you have something interesting. But is it alive?” (p. 93).No, his melamine and barbiturates are not alive. Nor are his proto-whatevers. He only imagines Proto to be alive, using the power of suggestion to personify his molecules, conferring on them the attributes of desire and ambition. “I’m trying to find the simplest molecules that would have been able to take the first steps toward what was needed to start life,” he says (p. 88). Look, Dr. Hud: molecules don’t take steps. They’re dead! They don’t know what is needed to start life. If they fall apart in the warm little pond, that’s perfectly fine with them. The fairy tale gets curiouser and curiouser. Pinocchio meets Dorothy:Proto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore (from The Blunderful Wizard of Flaws, 9/05/08 commentary).Hud also errs in applying natural selection to his dilute synthetic poison soup. He thinks evolution is equivalent to “change over time” because RNA can do that (p. 87). Mazur reminds him that Carl Woese pictured early cells smashing into each other as a form of exchanging information.But just because you can accept that life is not limited to vertical gene transfer [i.e., common ancestry], it doesn’t mean that you have to rule out survival of the fittest at the earliest stages. What it comes down to is that we don’t seem to have the selfish gene early on.Surely Hud knows that without genetic storage, there is no natural selection. There is only error catastrophe as any gains are lost as things smash into each other—whether they be molecules or cells.Why would Hud engage in this kind of fiction? Because he can’t report back to the money bosses at the NSF and NASA that it’s a failure. He has to present an illusion of progress to keep the $$$ spigot running. So even if he has to intelligently design some reactions, made with synthetic chemicals he bought at a supply house, and ignore massive problems in a mythical scenario, he needs job security over truth.This sad state of affairs happens because alternatives to naturalism, like design, have been ruled out. If Hud had to face the likes of Gish, Wilder-Smith or Meyer on a debate stage, he would be turned into a laughingstock in the first five minutes. But because Darwin started the trend of limiting all scientific explanation to methodological naturalism, the truth cannot come out. Some of you readers need to get really, really mad at what Charlie did to science. Government now funds storytellers to spin fairy tales, but censors any criticism. Call your Congressman and demand your tax money back!Footnote: Hud spent 16 years in Catholic schools, Mazur reports. The main thing he learned there is how to conceal his materialism. “He knows how to educate audiences about origin of life without eviscerating belief systems, and losing the crowd.” Sneaky propagandist, he is. Dark times, these.last_img read more

‘Unprecedented’ interest in Africa news

first_img23 May 2008There is currently unprecedented interest in news from Africa, especially from investors who watch for both good news and bad, Reuters Africa editor Barry Moody told delegates at the International Media Forum South Africa (IMFSA) conference in Johannesburg this week.“Africa is no longer a distant curiosity, now it’s a place of expanding potential,” Moody told local and international media and government communicators at the two-day forum that was held to discuss South Africa and Africa’s media coverage abroad.Reuters covers stories related to investment opportunities such as Nigeria’s oil, Kenya’s coffee market, Malawi’s tea farms and Mauritius’ fishing industry.Africa was also a fascinating place to work because of its volatility, he said, adding that Kenya was a good example of this, following the post-election violence.The ‘next big deal’Wall Street Journal Africa Africa bureau chief Chip Cummins said it was his responsibility to find out what sort of news from Africa the publication’s two million print and one million online subscribers were interested in.“There is an insatiable appetite for African stories. Africa is fascinating with many political moving parts. A lot of our readers are looking for what stocks they can invest in,” he said.Africa was seen as the new exploration frontier, he said, where one could find investment opportunities and the “next big deal”.The Journal did not have a sub Saharan Africa-based reporter until late last year when a correspondent was sent to Nigeria and Cummins added that he would like to have a correspondent based in Johannesburg soon.Eyewitness accountBBC News Africa editor Joseph Warungu said the rest of the world was watching South Africa with a keen eye due to the 2010 Fifa World Cup. “It will be a big story and we will be putting a lot of resources into covering it,” he said.The BBC has 250 reporters and 70 bureaus in Africa. “There is nothing that can replace an eyewitness account of an event,” he said, adding that the BBC stood by the principles of evidence and transparency.South Africa The Good News editor Ian MacDonald said there were only a handful of correspondents reporting on a complex continent, which could result in superficial stories, and reporters not covering Africa the best they could.He said South African journalists had a social obligation to report on positive stories. “It can be a harrowing experience to read through a newspaper. There are vast stories that are positive that can be covered,” he said.Tackling major topicsReuters Africa website editor John Chiahemen said they had tried to break new ground when they launched the Africa website because of the growing demand for news from Africa, with the site currently attractive over two million visitors per day.Reuters readers, who are mostly the top 10% of influential people in the world, had been particularly interested in the site’s investing pages. At the click of a button, visitors to the site can find information on mining, oil, agriculture as well as get updates on key African markets and stock listings.Reuters had also recently introduced blogging on all its sites. “It has seen massive success with numerous comments flooding in,” he said.Also attending the IMFSA, was CNN Africa bureau chief Kim Norgaard, who said there was no better feeling than telling successful stories from Africa and changing peoples perceptions.“However, we have to report on the big negative stories too, we can’t ignore them. Our audience expects that of us,” he said, adding that it was important not to squeeze coverage of Africa into one small programme.“We tackle major topics and themes from all over the world to show people how similar we all are.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Corn neutral, soybeans bearish in today’s USDA numbers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileToday’s USDA report had corn production at 13.661 billion bushels, yield of 167.0, and ending stocks at 1.910 billion bushels. Soybean production was 3.550 billion bushels, yield was 46.9, and ending stocks of 475 million bushels.The market has been anticipating this report for weeks. Anticipation can be highly overrated. Yet, it can also be disappointing as the amount of time and energy spent is quickly forgotten once the report is released. Don’t be surprised to just move on.Will USDA finally get it right with corn acres and yield? However, with only 52% of the U.S. corn harvested shown on this week’s progress report, it means even less corn had been harvested when USDA compiled and field reports the beginning of November. Many anticipate the corn yield would decline in the last 20% to 40% of harvest. It could easily be the January 10, 2020 report to get a much better handle on corn yields when final 2019 production and yield are released.Corn has been under pressure in recent weeks due to shrinking export demand. This week it has made several new 30-day lows on the December CBOT contract. Improving weather in South America along with increased acres have combined as negatives for corn. U.S. weekly export sales have been disappointing with actual shipments light as well. Exports could be cut again today. Last month, U.S. corn exports were reduced 150 million bushels to 1.9 billion bushels. It follows a trend which has reduced exports multiple times from the May report when they were projected to be 2.275 billion bushels.Shortly after the report release, corn was 4 cents, soybeans were down 5 cents, and wheat was up 1 cent. Prior to the noon report, corn was down 2 cents, soybeans down 4 cents, and wheat down one cent.The U.S. and China trade talks continue to dominate the news. No one is thrilled with this reality but it is where we are. With the mid-November Chile APEC meeting cancelled, it means a new location must be secured for a trade signing to take place But, first the trade deal needs to be accomplished. The last two days there have been numerous news stories of the tariffs being removed in stages. For word buffs, the word of the day this week has been, “tranche,” defined as slice or portion. It has appeared in multiple news reports. Yesterday, there was even a report in which China denied the idea of slices, instead stating the translation had not been done properly.Trader estimates had the U.S. corn yield at 167.5, last month USDA had 168.4; corn production estimates were 13.643, USDA was 13.779 last month; and corn ending stocks estimates were 1.817 billion bushels, with USDA in October 1.929 billion bushels. Soybean trade estimates had the U.S. soybean yield at 46.6, last month USDA was 46.9; soybean production estimates from traders were 3.510 billion bushels, last month USDA was 3.550 billion bushels, and soybean ending stocks estimates were 428 million bushels, last month USDA was 460 million bushels.The funds have been short corn and long soybeans for many weeks. Their positions have increased both for corn and soybeans this week. It will take a major surprise for them to suddenly change.last_img read more

NFC Gets More Flexible with “Open NFC” for Android

first_imgTags:#Android#mobile#news What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts What he means is that, without something like Open NFC, any smartphone manufacturer that wanted to build phones using chips from another company besides NXP would have had to rewrite a substantial portion of the code found in the Android OS to allow the stack to work with a different NFC controller or combo connectivity chip.What Else Open NFC DoesThe code referencing the NXP hardware is not confined to a thin hardware-specific layer, Martineau said, but is found throughout the stack. With Open NFC’s hardware abstraction layer, however, adapting that stack to new hardware is much simpler.Open NFC itself is not new – it was introduced last year. This is just the first time it has been ported to Android. The Android version of the stack includes the ability to both read and write tags and it supports peer-to-peer communications, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi pairing, interactions with single-wire protocol SIMs and other secure elements and is compatible with smart cards and RFID tags.The stack is also available for WinCE 6.0, Windows Phone 7, Linux 2.6, MeeGo and other mobile platforms in addition to Android. The software download will be available for Android 2.3/2.4 via Inside Secure’s website at the end of the month. It’s free and open-sourced under the Apache License. Developer documentation is available here.Why NFC Matters NFC, a short-range wireless communications technology, has been widely used in other parts of the world, especially in regions within Europe and Asia, but has not yet caught on in North America. But with the launch of Android 2.3 and the newest Google Android flagship phone, the Nexus S, NFC support is built right in.The technology forms the basis for upcoming mobile payments platforms which would allow you to wave your phone at a device at the point of sale in order to make a purchase – no credit cards required. Google is working on a mobile payments service of its own, which would tie together several of its products, including Google Places, Hotpot (local business recommendations) and, of course, Android. Both Apple and RIM have plans for NFC in their phones, too, although less is known about their particular initiatives.More importantly, three of the four leading U.S. mobile operators – AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile, have teamed up on a mobile payments service called Isis which will utilize NFC technology. The service will be rolled out over the next 18 months in key markets, says the group.And other startups are taking advantage of NFC as well. For example, person-to-person mobile payments company mPayy interfaces with NFC technology in its mobile payment services for public transit and brick and mortar retailers. Another startup, Bling Nation, is offering stickers that NFC-enable phones that don’t include the necessary hardware.Forrester research analysts pegged NFC as one of the top mobile trends for 2011, saying that in some regions in the U.S. where NFC infrastructure is in place, the technology will begin to move from the trial stages to broader adoption this year.Note: We’ve reached out to NXP for comment and will update when it arrives. Stay tuned.Update: The following is NXP’s statement from Henri Ardevol, Vice President and General Manager, secure transactions, NXP Semiconductors:NXP is committed to the open-source development of NFC APIs and protocol stacks. We’re working with partners from across the eco-systems which include many parties such as Google, handset manufacturers, mobile network operators to support the development of NFC devices and applications. The NFClib from NXP has a classical layered structure, with a Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) providing a clear abstraction of the underlying Hardware and the Operating System.This HAL represents a fraction of the total software stack, as is typical in any connectivity technology implementation. NXP is the only supplier to provide the full stack in open source, including the HAL.The HAL API is located in phHAL4Nfc.h file and is also available to any other HW manufacturer willing to map their Hardware. Ultimately a standard API for Hardware abstraction will be provided by the NCI currently in specification phase at the NFC Forum. NXP plays an active role in the NFC-Forum to drive NFC related standards. The rest of NXP’s code is developed to support a broad range of industry standards, and is not proprietary to any specific hardware platform. By supporting the industry in this way, we believe that this will drive the creation of compelling NFC applications by handset manufacturers and independent application developers alike.” sarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Semiconductor solutions provider Inside Secure has released an open source NFC protocol stack for Android 2.3, code-named “Gingerbread,” which it will provide to chip vendors, smartphone manufacturers, wireless carriers and software developers for free. The stack, called Open NFC, is the first hardware-independent implementation of NFC (near field communication) for Google’s Android mobile operating system.Prior to this launch, Android’s support for NFC code would only work with NFC chips from the vendor NXP Semiconducters. With Open NFC, however, different NFC chips can be used in Android phones, with less effort than would have been required before.Why Open NFC?Explains Philippe Martineau, executive vice president of the NFC business line for Inside Secure, “Open NFC relies on a separate, very thin and easily adaptable hardware abstraction software layer, which accounts for a very small percentage of the total stack code, meaning that the Open NFC software stack can be easily leveraged for different NFC chip hardware.”“This has tremendous cost, time-to-market and flexibility advantages for NFC chip vendors, smartphone manufacturers and software developers who would otherwise have to contend with rewriting the hardware-specific elements of the Gingerbread NFC protocol stack,” he said. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Legislation Would Repeal Fossil Fuel Ban

first_imgIn a law passed in 2007, the federal government was directed to phase out the use of fossil fuels in new and renovated federal buildings by 2030. Two U.S. senators, one Democrat and one Republican, have introduced a measure that would repeal that plan and replace it with an “all-of-the-above” energy conservation law.Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) said that their proposed legislation would direct building managers to make efficiency improvements that were identified in congressional audits, and require that existing buildings meet new efficiency standards when they are renovated, E&E News reports. But the bill would repeal the fossil fuel phaseout that’s currently on the books, known as Section 433.“Instead of prohibiting the use of fossil fuels in new federal buildings, we should rely on all of our available energy resources,” a statement at Hoeven’s Senate website says. “By encouraging the use of innovative technologies and practices, instituting reasonable goals and allowing building managers flexibility, we can achieve better environmental stewardship in a cost-effective manner.”The two senators introduced similar bills in 2013 and 2015, setting off a debate that could be repeated this year.The Sierra Club and the American Institute of Architects were among those opposing the repeal when the plan was debated in 2016. In a joint letter, the two organization said, “We simply cannot address the threat of climate change without addressing carbon pollution from the building sector, and Federal facilities must represent the best in American design, technology, and innovation.”The American Gas Association, the Alliance to Save Energy, and others supported the repeal of Section 433, arguing there were more practical ways to increase energy efficiency. A competing letter from two dozen industry and trade groups said that the fossil fuel provision was too complicated for the federal government to enforce. “Thus,” the letter said, “there are continuing concerns that it could discourage comprehensive energy efficiency renovations, stifle innovations and result in increased energy costs for the federal government.”Both Hoeven and Manchin are members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and both represent states where energy is an economic powerhouse. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, coal production in West Virginia in 2016 was more than 79 million short tons, the most of any state in the country. North Dakota produced 392 million barrels of crude oil in 2017, second only to Texas.The new bill, unlike earlier measures, does not require that federal buildings reduce energy use by certain percentages each year, E&E said.last_img read more

UAAP Starting Five: Week 9

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES MOST READ FEU needed to win its Sunday’s game against University of the East and the 22-year-old Tolentino heeded the call when the Tamaraws needed a closer.With a 49-49 score board at the end of the third quarter, Tolentino completed a four-point play that completed the Tamaraws’ 21-8 run in the fourth that gave FEU a comfortable 70-57 lead with 3:27 left in the game.FEU held on to win 79-63 to get to 6-6, and the fourth spot, with Tolentino finishing with 10 points, seven in the fourth, and seven boards.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Thirdy Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo already secured the top seed in the league even before it faced University of Santo Tomas on Saturday.That precedent, however, didn’t prevent Thirdy Ravena from putting on a show in front of the hapless Growling Tigers.Ravena finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists in the Blue Eagles’ 102-83 victory over UST and produced one of the best highlights of the season when he jammed home a tomahawk with 2:22 left in the game.Guard: Jerie Pingoy (Adamson University Soaring Falcons)Jerie Pingoy. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhat a surprise, another Soaring Falcon.When Sarr bullied his way through the UP interior, Jerie Pingoy orchestrated in and out of it. And the game’s magnitude wasn’t much of a factor for Pingoy as he put up 15 points, eight assists, six steals, and zero turnovers against the Fighting Maroons.Pingoy’s savvy play helped Adamson take an 86-70 win over UP as the Soaring Falcons calmly perched at the third seed and the 5-7 Fighting Maroons dropping to fifth.Guard: Jasper Parker (Far Eastern University Tamaraws)Jasper Parker. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith his family cheering him on, and the Tamaraws eager to take sole possession of fourth place, Jasper Parker put on a show.Parker led the Tamaraw charge against UE on Sunday with a season-high18 points and eight assists as his family saw him play at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum for the first time.Honorable mentionsBen Mbala (De La Salle Green Archers)Ben Mbala. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s kind of awkward to see reigning MVP Ben Mbala get relegated to the honorable mention spot.Well the reason for that is Sarr’s game with Adamson had a bigger implication as the win led to the Soaring Falcons securing the third spot while Mbala’s Green Archers already had their twice-to-beat advantage in their possession even before the Halloween break.Still, Mbala produced this week’s highest-scoring output with 30 points that went along eight boards. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Matt Nieto (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Matt Nieto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAs Ravena filled up the box scores against UST, Matt Nieto lit up from deep.Nieto had 19 points in the Blue Eagles’ 102-83 win over UST and all five of his field goals came from beyond-the-arc.Not too shabby for Nieto, who exploited the Growling Tigers’ lackadaisical perimeter defense. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Papi Sarr. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPapi Sarr just showed University of the Philippines who’s the boss.The 6-foot-8 Soaring Falcon towed Adamson University in an all-important 86-70 win over the Fighting Maroons on Sunday putting up a gaudy 25-point, 17-rebound line.Sarr’s dominance over UP helped the 9-4 Soaring Falcons seal the third spot with a game to spare in their schedule.Forward: Arvin Tolentino (Far Eastern University Tamaraws)Arvin Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe birthday boy delivered the goods for Far Eastern University when the Tamaraws needed it the most.ADVERTISEMENT Only eight games were played this week as the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament resumed after the Halloween break.ADVERTISEMENT All but one of the Final Four spots are now filled as Adamson University secured the third seed with Far Eastern University currently in fourth.University of the Philippines is a full game behind FEU while National University will now need to have its prayers answered if it wants to get to the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNow that the Final Four scenarios have been settled, here are the best players by position this week.Center: Papi Sarr (Adamson University Soaring Falcons) It’s final: Bundit still Ateneo Lady Eagles coach View commentslast_img read more

NBA: Warriors spend $150K on champagne at nightclub after title win

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage According to TMZ, the newly crowned NBA champs blew through roughly around 300 bottles of premium champagne at Oracle Arena, as players drenched both fans and personnel after claiming the Larry O’ Brien Trophy. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Golden State Warriors celebrate NBA crown with street parade Steph loves champagne. (So do I). Alchemy sent us this pic of the Warriors at the Harlot Nightclub in San Francisco.— Lisa Fernandez (@ljfernandez) June 13, 2017Before celebrating with their hometown fans during the team’s victory parade in the Bay Area on Thursday (Friday in Manila), the Golden State Warriors held a soirée of their own after blowing out the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games in the 2017 NBA Finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Golden State Warriors celebrate NBA crown with street paradeADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img What ‘missteps’? View comments LATEST STORIES World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken The team went on to commemorate its victory by bringing the party to the Harlot Nightclub in San Francisco, where it reportedly spent $150,000 (over P7 milion) on the sparkling wine.The hefty tab included bottles of the fancy liquor custom 6-liter Moet & Chandon Nectar Rose, which was estimated to go for $15,000 (over P700,000) apiece, “if you could buy them,” the report said.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Fil-Am fan who asked Klay Thompson to sign toaster invited to Dubs’ victory paradeADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more