“Also I want to share with you the birth of my son Mateo, who was born extremely preterm and is fighting day by day with the help of the medical team,” he tweeted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City midfielder David Silva pictured during their English Premier League match against Watford at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on January 2, 2018 © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 3 – Manchester City’s Spanish international forward David Silva missed four matches recently because his prematurely-born baby son is fighting for his life, he revealed on Wednesday.The 31-year-old — who returned to the runaway Premier League leaders starting line-up for Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Watford — thanked everyone for their support on his twitter account @21LVA.
Mark Schwarzer believes Chelsea captain John Terry is still one of the best defenders in England.The Blues skipper is waiting for the south west London club to activate a one-year extension to his contract, which expires at the end of the season.And former goalkeeper Schwarzer claims Jose Mourinho’s side should do everything in their power to keep the 34-year-old.“He’s a massive figure at Chelsea,” the Leicester City star told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “When you look at the Capital One Cup final, he scored the opening goal, and then late in the game when it was 2-0, he made an unbelievable challenge to prevent an almost certain goalscoring opportunity.“When you look at him week-to-week he has had a major influence on most games. He’s definitely still one of the best defenders England has, if not the best.”
A man has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of three Donegal women who were returning home from a sun holiday last summer.Margaret McGonagle (69), her daughter Mairead Mundy (37) and their friend Rachel Cassidy Battles (39), from Bruckless were all killed in a traffic collision in Co Louth last July. Jason Rowntree (32) of Plantation House, Kingscourt, Co Cavan, pleaded guilty before Dundalk Circuit Court to dangerous driving causing their deaths.The women were travelling home from Dublin Airport when the collision happened at Aclint, on the Louth/Monaghan border on 21 July 2017.A six-year-old girl in the car was rushed to hospital but survived.Judge Martina Baxter heard Rowntree, a farmer, had no previous convictions and had not come to the Gardai’s attention since the crash.She remanded the accused on continuing bail and ordered a probation and welfare report on him.Man pleads guilty to causing deaths of three Donegal women was last modified: December 4th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
People rush to the scene of the helicopter crash at the Glasgow pub.LATEST: Dozens have people have been injured after a police helicopter crashed into the roof of a busy pub in Glasgow City Centre.People at the scene say there are people still trapped in the venue and emergency services have been dragging customers out of the premises.There are reports of nine people being treated in hospital for serious injuries with other reports of at least three fatalities. Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond had tweeted that the country should prepare itself for fatalities.The aircraft hit The Clutha on Stockwell Street, which faces onto the river Clyde.The bar is very popular with Donegal people living and visiting the city.Reports say around 200 people have been taken to a nearby Holiday Inn for treatment. The emergency services have also been trying to get onto the roof to get access into the pub. Two police officers and a civilian pilot were in the chopper.A picture posted on social media clearly shows it was a Police Helicopter, with a distinct logo on the sign.The bar is popular with Celtic fans.Grace MacLean who was inside the pub described the roof coming in.“There was not a bang that I heard anyway, the roof gradually caved in,” she told Sky News. “There were a few jokes about the band bringing the house down and then there was this dust and I was choking on the dust.“We ran outside and the roof was coming down more. I don’t think the helicopter slammed into the roof.”Claire Morris, who lives near the Clutha bar, told BBC News: ‘We heard this bang. We didn’t really know what had happened and then we heard people coming out and screaming.”Labour MP Jim Murphy was driving nearby when he saw the aftermath. His voice shaking with emotion, Mr Murphy told Sky News that the scene was “absolutely dreadful.”He had gone to help evacuate the injured and his shirt was covered in blood.“Someone told me a helicopter crashed into the pub and as I was there everyone was working hard because we thought there might be an explosion,” he said.Another local MP Anas Sarwar urged anyone who was able to leave the pub to call loved ones to let them know they are ok.Irishman Brendan Riordan, who was in the pub, told the BBC that there were many people injured.BREAKING NEWS: CHAOS AS HELICOPTER CRASHES INTO GLASGOW PUB was last modified: November 30th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:crashdonegalGlasgowhelicopterTHE CLUATHA BAR
Ndejje topped Elgon group (courtesy photos)Ndejje University Football Club over the weekend booked a berth to play in the 2018/19 season of the Uganda Premier League.This was after drawing with Kamuli Park 0-0 in the Elgon group match played at the Kamuli Municipal Stadium on Sunday evening coupled by their nearest rivals Paidah Black Angles losing away to JMC Hippos.The draw took the Luweero based club to 40 points, one ahead of second placed Paidha Black Angels.Ndejje University now joins Rwenzori group winners, Nyamityobora who attained promotion two weeks ago.Nyamityobora were the first to seal promotionNyamityobora ended the regular season with maximum points at home in Mbarara after a 2-0 win against visiting Water with team captain Douglas Muganga and Brian Muluri on the mark for Nyamityobora, a club coached by Uganda U-20 assistant coach James Odoch.The promoted clubs will have to undergo the necessary club licensing procedure before they are fully admitted as full members among the 16 Uganda Premier League clubs.The third club is determined via a promotional play off where the first and second runners up engage in a mini league and the winner of the final joins the top tier as the third promoted club.For the last couple of years, the play off have been held at Muteesa II Wankulukuku Stadium and the Star Times stadium, Lugogo.The clubs that have qualified for the play offs include Kitara FC, Kabale Sharp (Rwenzori) as well as Paidha Black Angels and Kyetume (Elgon).Last season, Mbarara City, Masavu and Maroons were the promoted clubs.All results from matches played over the weekend.• Kamuli Park 0-1 Ndejje University• Jinja Municipal Council (JMC) Hippos 1-0 Paidha Black Angels• Amuka Bright Stars 1-2 Kyetume• Kabale Sharp Vs Simba (Simba failed to travel to Kabale for the match)• Nyamityobora 2-0 Water• Kansai Plascon 2-1 Bumate• Synergy 2-3 Kitara• Kira United 1-0 Ntinda United• Kireka United 5-0 Greater MasakaComments Tags: fufa big leaguendejje universityNyamityobora
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Montreal firm designs a prototypeOne possible solution to this regional housing shortage is a duplex designed by Alain Fournier and EVOQ, a Montreal-based architectural firm specializing in buildings for Inuit and First Nations peoples in arctic regions.Fournier’s team and the four regional organizations with a role to play in providing new housing originally hoped to design housing that would be able to meet the Passive House standard. But that didn’t prove realistic.“The idea was to have the house be Passive House certified, or at least to obtain the objectives of Passive House,” Sami Tannoury, an EVOQ associate architect who worked on the project, told GBA by telephone. “But after the development phase where the engineers calculated the energy reduction, we could not obtain that objective, which was 90% [less] energy consumption compared to building code. It was too deep an envelope. It was not realistic.”The duplex prototype will use 8.5 times as much energy as a Passive House building, Alain Fouriner told NewsDeeply, but still far less than a typical duplex in the region: $3,327 (Canadian) to pay for heat vs. $5,500 to $7,000. RELATED ARTICLES Dealing with permafrostThe 2,540-square-foot building, with two 2-bedroom apartments and a separate 193-square-foot mechanical room, is built on steel pilings driven into the permafrost, a departure from typical construction in the region. To prevent buckling, permafrost must be shielded from the heat leaking from the foundation of a conventional building.Ordinarily, Tannoury explained, houses in the Nunavik region would be constructed over thick gravel bases that keep heat migrating through the floor from melting the permafrost. Houses are supported by height-adjustable stilts sitting on concrete bases bedded in the gravel.Sometimes buildings in northern regions are constructed over thermosyphons, passive systems that that prevent the permafrost from melting and heaving.But on the Quaqtaq project, designers borrowed the steel-piling technique used in other parts of far northern Canada, in part to save the expense of placing a very deep bed of gravel on the steeply sloped building site. Steel piles are connected to a steel frame, which supports a wood flooring system and wood structural walls.Both floor and walls are insulated with blown-in insulation, with a layer of rigid foam insulation added on the outside to reduce thermal bridging. The truss roof is insulated with the same material. EVOQ did not offer details on what types of insulation were used, but said the roof was insulated to R-59, the exterior walls to R-54 and the floor to R-57.Windows are Passive House-certified triple-pane units, and the house is ventilated continuously with a heat-recovery ventilator. Tannoury said that the intent had been to test the airtightness of the building with a blower door, but the government had not budgeted for an outside agency to do the work and the in-house test proved “inconclusive.”Heat is provided by a hydro-air system system which uses an oil-fired boiler to make hot water and air to distribute the heat. The system corrects a long-standing problem engineers had with conventional forced-air systems in the region: even the smallest available furnaces were oversized for the small dwellings.“You heat a lot for 10 minutes and then you stop heating,” Tannoury said. “You start and stop. You start and you stop. The comfort level is not that great.”With the hyrbid system, the air handler can run for long stretches without overheating the house because the water temperature can be matched to the heating load more precisely. Also, the system is zoned, and the boiler can be used to preheat air entering the HRV. These challenging conditions are what face regional planners working to solve a housing crisis that has plagued Nunavik for years, according to an account posted at the website NewsDeeply. The Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau estimates that Nunavik needs more than 1,000 homes, and the Canadian government has earmarked up to $177.7 million (Canadian) to pay for them. The question is what kind of housing to build. A Passivhaus Design for Alaska’s Frigid ClimateA Report from the Passivhaus Front LinesIs Passivhaus Right for a Cold Canadian Climate?Alaskan Glaciers Are Rapidly Melting It’s hard enough to design a house for Minnesota, say, or Maine, where a family can stay comfortable all winter without spending a small fortune on heat. Imagine the same challenge in a region where winters are much longer and much colder, and building materials not nearly as easy to come by.You would have a place like Quaqtaq, one of 14 villages in the Nunavik region of northern Quebec, a remote and sparsely populated area larger than the state of California. At 58 degrees north of the equator, Quaqtaq averages 15,500 heating degree days a year, more than double the total in Minneapolis. In just three months – January, February and March – the number of heating degree days, 6,521, is roughly the same as the yearly total in Portland, Maine.Low temperatures aren’t the only difficulty. Houses are built over permafrost, unpredictable and perpetually frozen earth that can shift and heave when conventional houses are built on top of it. There’s no such thing as a simple slab-on-grade construction. Plus, the region’s native Inuit have cultural expectations for housing that are strongly rooted in history and environment, and may not be compatible with typical housing. Serving the Inuit communityComfort and lower heating bills were important aims, but so was building in features that met Inuit cultural needs.“We work very hard on the cultural integration in our projects,” Tannoury said. “It’s very important to us to have them build an environment that represents their aspirations and their culture.”The design process began with a charrette, a meeting involving all principals in the project. The resulting list of cultural needs for the Inuit people was built into the prototype. One of them is a “cold porch,” an unheated space something like an airlock or mudroom that protects the main entrance from the harsh weather of the region and gives occupants a place to store hunting and fishing gear. It’s equipped with a stainless steel counter that can be used to clean fish and equipment or work on animal skins.The duplex also got a second egress, not typical for construction in the region, because fire protection services can be relatively slow, and the Inuit have a fear of being trapped inside a burning building.In the kitchen, counters are mobile so they can be pushed out of the way to accommodate traditional food preparation and traditional suppers, which are taken sitting on the floor, Tannoury said.There’s no telling yet whether the duplex will be adopted as a template house for the Nunavik region. But according to Tannoury, performance data are being collected and eventually the information will be summarized in a post-mortem that can be used to develop regional housing programs.“It’s my hope that something else will be designed, taking lessons learned from this,” Fournier told NewsDeeply. “I would be very surprised if someone said, ‘Oh, we hit the nail on the head.’”
(Eds: updating with quotes and other details)By Kushan SarkarNew Delhi, Dec 11 (PTI) India will host 81 matches across formats from 2019-2023, 30 more than the previous Future Tours Programme, but the number of playing days for the ever-busy cricketers will come down with the BCCI today deciding to prune the Test schedule against lesser-ranked teams.The revised FTP was agreed upon unanimously at the Boards Special General Body Meeting (SGM) — a move that will see India playing more Tests against Australia, England and South Africa but also addressing captain Virat Kohlis complaints on player fatigue.A working group, comprising all three office-bearers, will take a final call on this.”Earlier, the proposed FTP for the five year cycle (2019 -2023) had 51 matches across three formats. The new proposal has 81 home matches in that cycle,” acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary told mediapersons after the meeting.Chaudhary said that match days at home will go down by 20 percent, there is a marked 60 percent increase in matches at home. However, the series against lesser-ranked teams will come down, a top official PTI on condition of anonymity.While the break-up was not provided, Chaudharys brief made it clear that India will be playing an increased number of T20 Internationals at home while the bulk of big Test series will be against Australia, England and South Africa.The format likely to be hit most will be bilateral ODIs.”Half of our home games, we will play against the big three — Australia, South Africa and England,” Chaudhary said.advertisementWhen asked that whether if it means that only four nations will play more Tests against each other, Chaudhary said: “You can say so.”Asked how Kohlis fatigue issue has been addressed, Chaudhary said: “During the 2015 to 2019, the Indian team, across formats (home and abroad), had 390 playing days. The new proposal between 2019 to 2023 will see them playing 306 days.”This effectively means from an average 97.5 days during the earlier cycle, Kohli and Co. will play 76.5 days at the max during the next cycle.”This excludes the ICC Champions Trophy and Cricket World Cup, both of which will be hosted by India in 2021 and 2023 respectively,” he added.The new FTP has been chalked out in order to ensure that BCCI can get a good broadcast deal when its up for grabs from October 2018. The current broadcast rights with Star Sports ends in March 2018.Among other issues, the BCCI decided to continue its legal fight against the defunct Kochi Tuskers, who recently won a compensation claim to the tune of Rs 850 crore.”An arbitration was awarded to Kochi, which was challenged by BCCI. However, we had interaction with the erstwhile franchise on whether we could come to an out of court settlement.”We then put the matter to our legal team. We have decided we must not settle this out of court. We will continue with legal procedure,” the Secretary said.The conditional revocation of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) happened on expected lines with a rider given to them that former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, who is under a life ban from the BCCI, wont come back in the association in any capacity.Also, the members were apprised of the letters written by the Sports Ministry and NADA about having BCCI as a signatory. The house was unanimous that there was no need to come under NADA fold despite the bodys active demand to carry out dope tests of the cricketers.”We have told them that we have a robust system in place and we are already WADA compliant. Also our testing is done at the same NDTL lab where samples collected by NADA is tested,” he said. PTI KHS PM PM
With regard to the recent analysis of Microsoft’s MS-DOS and Digital Research’s CP/M (see Was Microsoft built on stolen goods? by yours truly and Was DOS copied from CP/M? by Bob Zeidman), I thought I’d mention that Bob will be speaking at the forthcoming Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), which is to be held in Minneapolis, September 21-22, 2016.Bob Zeidman (Source: Carrie Zeidman) In fact, Bob will be giving two presentations as follows:Protecting Your Intellectual PropertyA Crash Course in VerilogBut that’s not what I wanted to talk to you about (LOL). The reason for me waffling on here is that a bunch of us (an “Enigma of Engineers,” if you will — see also A Sillygism of Logic Designers & a Hackerty of Software Developers and A Charm of CPUs & a Deceit of DSPs ) will be meeting up on Tuesday 20 September — the evening before the conference — at the Brit’s Pub & Eating Establishment in Minneapolis.Of particular interest is the fact that Bob will be one of our merry throng. Bob has informed me that he will be happy to discuss the history of Gary Kildall and Bill Gates, of DRI and Microsoft, and of CP/M and MS-DOS, and also to answer questions about his analysis of CP/M, QDOS, and MS-DOS.We’ll probably be wandering in sometime between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. I’ll be easy to spot. Just look for a bunch of outrageously good-looking embedded systems developers with rippling six-pack abs, then keep on scanning the room until you spot the geeky-nerdy-looking guy in the Hawaiian shirt. If all else fails, just shout “Max, would you like a beer?” and you will be assured of my undivided attention (LOL). Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous Book Review: The Innovators by Walter IsaacsonNext Embedded SBCs face uphill battle in IoT gateway market Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry
Continue Reading Previous IBASE: COM Express CPU module for factory automationNext Epson to license SEGGER’s emWin GUI tool for its S1C31D01 series MCUs Efficient and Easy-to-use wireless charging for smartphones, wearables, medical and industrial devices possible with the AURIX and XMC microcontroller families. Infineon Technologies offers flexible chip sets for high performance including software IP for smart and safe wireless charging applications. Working with a systems solution partner, Infineon provides reference designs for both inductive and resonant wireless charging solutions for on-the-go charging, whether in the car, at home or in public places.The controller works seamlessly with power devices from Infineon to provide a complete charging solution. Voltage Regulator and Power MOSFET technology enable high efficiency power conversion, while network ICs serve for reliable communication according to highest automotive standards. The current 15 W charging standards, including fast charge smartphones, and future changes through a software update are supported. an enhanced power stage architecture improves Electro Magnetic Interference (EMI) performance 10-15 dB over existing solutions on the market. A newly developed supplemental Foreign Object Detection system provides enhanced detection accuracy to meet critical customer safety requirements.The Infineon XMC microcontroller provides a powerful and cost-effective platform. The scalable architecture can support everything from a fast charge smartphone, to a 20 W robot, up to a 60 W drone and beyond. Paired with power products, like MOSFETs and Driver ICs, this system can provide full power wireless charging without complicated thermal management, often achieving charging rates equivalent to wired charging.The XMC based 2.5 W low-power solution from Infineon is the industry’s lowest cost resonant wireless charger. It supports both one-to-one and multi-device charging on a single transmitter. By using a higher frequency, very small coils can be employed in a variety of form factors, with no regard to nearby metallic objects. These benefits make the technology ideal for charging wearables, headphones, smart clothing and other connected IoT applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components