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first_img Press Association The 53-year-old is expected to become the new Palace boss after the Eagles agreed compensation with Newcastle for their former midfielder. And he watched from the stands as Yannick Bolasie wasted the visitors’ best chance when he hit the bar with just Brad Guzan to beat. Aston Villa and Crystal Palace fought out a bore 0-0 draw in front of the watching Alan Pardew. Julian Speroni saved well from Alan Hutton and Christian Benteke but it was a dour game between two limited sides. It continued Villa’s goal worries – Paul Lambert’s side having scored just 11 times in 20 games – but Pardew would have been pleased by Palace’s gritty outing. The point could not lift them out of the Barclays Premier League drop zone while Villa, who have won just twice in 16 games, moved up to 12th. The banned Fabian Delph was replaced by Leandro Bacuna while Jores Okore came in for Ciaran Clark and Gabby Agbonlahor was back after suspension for Charles N’Zogbia. Mile Jedinak was out for Palace after linking up with the Australia squad for the Asian Cup and was replaced by Martin Kelly. Villa started brightly and Benteke forced Speroni into a low save inside the first minute and the returning Agbonlahor then skied over. The hosts pinned Palace back and only a fine save from Speroni denied Hutton from point blank range after Aly Cissokho cashed in on Adrian Mariappa’s indecision. But Villa suffered a blow after 15 minutes when skipper Ron Vlaar limped off with a suspected calf injury and was replaced by Clark. And the visitors should have gone ahead after a minute later when Bolasie blew a golden chance. The midfielder capitalised on a lucky break of the ball to run the length of the Villa half, leaving Clark for dead, but only managed to smash the bar with just Guzan to beat. It was the last flashpoint of a dour half though with the teams cancelling each other out. Both lacked the creativity and nous to raise the tempo of a game played at pedestrian pace. Palace had scored just two goals in six matches while Villa had netted just once in their last four outings prior to the game so the half-time stalemate was no surprise. Tom Cleverley’s shot was deflected wide after Villa were jeered off at the break and Benteke planted a header wide as they tried to inject some much-needed excitement. Cissokho then produced a vital tackle on James McArthur on the hour as the sides continued to cancel each other out. But Benteke should have made it 1-0 with 19 minutes left when he arrowed a 12-yard effort over after collecting Carlos Sanchez’s pass. It summed up the game and Speroni punched Bacuna’s free kick away with four minutes left in the final lacklustre action. last_img read more

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first_imgAbout Puget Sound Energy Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Washington state’s oldest local energy company, Puget Sound Energy serves 1.1 million electric customers and more than 750,000 natural gas customers in 11 counties. A subsidiary of Puget Energy, PSE meets the energy needs of its customers, in part, through cost-effective energy efficiency, procurement of sustainable energy resources, and far-sighted investment in energy-delivery infrastructure. PSE employees are dedicated to providing great customer service that is safe, dependable and efficient. For more information, visit www.PSE.com.center_img Submitted by Puget Sound EnergyOLYMPIA, Wash. – Puget Sound Energy’s Rock the BulbTM: The Re-Energize Tour 2012 is returning to Thurston County to give even more of the energy company’s residential electric customers the chance to save energy and hundreds of dollars on their electric bill with free light emitting diode (LED) bulbs. Rock the Bulb will be held at the Lacey Fred Meyer at 700 Sleater Kinney Rd. SE, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.New to Rock the Bulb, customers can receive LED bulbs in addition to compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. Customers who attend Rock the Bulb can exchange up to 15 of their old inefficient incandescent bulbs for the same number of free ENERGY STAR®-qualified energy-saving bulbs, choosing from a variety of compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and up to five LED bulbs.“This is the first time we have ever offered our customers LED bulbs at a Rock the Bulb event and we are thrilled to be able to provide them with the opportunity to try LED lighting in their homes,” said Casey Cochrane, PSE’s local government and community relations manager.LED bulbs use up to 80 percent less energy while producing the same quality and brightness of light that customers are used to getting from incandescent bulbs. ENERGY STAR-qualified LED bulbs have a lifespan of up to 25 years and ENERGY STAR-qualified CFL bulbs can last up to 10 years and use up to 78 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs. The average incandescent bulb can last up to 1,000 hours or one year. While an LED bulb isn’t significantly more efficient than a CFL bulb, its long life makes it more cost effective. LED bulbs are also dimmable, making them a great solution for kitchen and dining room lights.In advance of Rock the Bulb, PSE’s Rock the Bulb Street Team will be visiting a variety of local community events, festivals and public locations, engaging customers with free CFL bulbs and Rock the Bulb Backstage Passes. Customers who bring the Backstage Pass they received in their PSE bill or the Backstage Pass postcard they received in the mail — along with their PSE account number — will receive two bonus CFL bulbs, for a total of 17 free bulbs.At Rock the Bulb exchange events, customers can participate in energy efficient games and activities, learn more about PSE’s programs to help save energy and money, and learn how to stay safe around electricity and natural gas at home. Customers who visit all three activity stations and take a pledge to be more energy efficient at home will receive a free WaterSense®-labeled premium-efficiency showerhead. Local radio stations will also broadcast live from the Rock the Bulb exchange event to encourage customers to participate, be more energy efficient, and give customers a chance to win prizes.At Rock the Bulb’s most recent stop in Thurston County this year, nearly 700 Yelm customers exchanged their old incandescent bulbs for nearly 11,000 CFL bulbs, saving a total of $44,000 per year in energy costs. Rock the Bulb will host a second exchange event offering free LED and CFL bulbs in exchange for incandescent bulbs the weekend of Oct. 27-28 in Bellevue, Wash. (location to be announced).For more information on Rock the Bulb: The-Re-Energize Tour 2012 visit PSE.com/RocktheBulb. To learn more about energy-efficiency rebates and incentives to Re-Energize your home, call a PSE Energy Advisor at 1-800-562-1482, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or visit PSE.com/ReEnergize.last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement wueoNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vst4Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E15( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) hl97Would you ever consider trying this?😱owvCan your students do this? 🌚km73Roller skating! Powered by Firework Heavy rain spoiled the first ODI after West Indies scored 54 for one in 13 overs, forcing the match to be called off just after. The match was already reduced to 43-over-a side, before a ball was bowled as wet outfield forced the toss, to be delayed. The Indian skipper Virat Kohli and his team though, seemed to be in a light mood throughout the rain interruption on Thursday.Advertisement Ravindra Jadeja was seen entertaining one of his teammates in a video posted by BCCI on Instagram, the all-rounder was up against opener Rohit Sharma as they played a ‘Heads Up Challenge’ – a game where Rohit needed to guess who Jadeja was mimicking. Turns out the Indian opener took no time to identify Jasprit Bumrah, but he had to think hard before figuring out Virat Kohli.Kohli, in the background of that video, seemed to be amused at Jadeja’s efforts to imitate him.  Previously the skipper was spotted dancing to local songs at Providence Stadium in Guyana. He also got to catch up with his former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) colleague ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle. However, the Indian captain later added, “It’s probably the worst thing in cricket, the start-stop game. The more stops you have, the more you have to be careful about injuries on the field.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgDeputy President Kgalema Motlanthe casthis vote in Pretoria. IEC CEO Advocate Pansy Tlakula isconfident the commission performed wellin attracting more voters.(Images: Bua News)MEDIA CONTACTS• Kate BapelaSpokespersonIEC+27 12 622 5579 or +27 82 600 6386RELATED ARTICLES• Local govt poll overall successful• South Africans will vote for change• SA’s ‘multiparty democracy thriving’ • South Africa kicks off 2011 election driveBongani NkosiThe concluded local government elections in South Africa have been declared free and fair, with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) taking all credit for yet another successful poll.Brigalia Bam, the IEC’s outgoing chairperson, has confirmed that the voting process and counting was conducted in a transparent manner. The commission released the final results from all the country’s voting stations on 21 May 2011, as planned.South Africans took to the polls on 18 May to vote in their fourth local elections since 1994. The IEC started releasing interim results in earnest to the public by the following morning.“For the past 17 years, our democracy has been enhanced by the holding of free and fair elections,” said Bam. “The recent local government elections are yet another milestone in the evolution of our democracy.”President Jacob Zuma has also paid tribute to the commission, cementing its reputation as an organiser of credible elections.“We end the elections process on a very high note because of the successful and efficient manner in which the elections were run, and the excitement they generated around the country,” Zuma said at the IEC’s official results announcement.“We always trust the IEC to deliver an efficient, credible, free and fair election at all times and they have never failed us as the nation,” Bam said in her speech at the event.‘Barometer of political maturity’Various contesting political parties launched 63 objections to the results, but all objections were resolved, said the IEC’s CEO Advocate Pansy Tlakula. “Not a single party has refused to accept the outcome of these elections,” she added.The number of objections in KwaZulu-Natal, one of the provinces highly active in politics, decreased from 60 in 2006 to eight in this election. KwaZulu-Natal recorded a voter turnout of 61.53%, which exceeded the national average by 12%.This time, parties campaigned freely for votes throughout South Africa. The country seems to have outgrown the 1990s trend of no-go areas, which involved violent attacks on parties electioneering in certain areas which the opposition considered its stronghold.“Free political activity is an important barometer of political maturity and political tolerance in any society,” said Zuma.Impressive voter turnoutLocal elections often battle to attract healthy voter turnout, but this time South Africans went out in numbers to make their mark. A total of 57.6% of registered voters voted, an increase from 48.4% in 2006 and 48% in 2000.The IEC had hoped for at least 40% of the country’s 23.65-million registered voters to turn up on election day. “We have broken an international trend,” said Tlakula.Farewell to Bam Tlakula announced that Bam and some senior IEC board members will bid farewell to the organisation in August.Bam has been the IEC’s chairperson since the publically funded but independent commission was founded in 1997. She’s served the permitted two terms.“It has been a pleasure to serve this nation. South Africa’s multi-party democracy is increasingly being recognised by the international community,” said Bam.Results overviewThe ruling African National Congress (ANC) maintained much of its established support in the 2011 local government elections. Although it took 62% of the votes nationwide, it fell short of the 65.7% backing it achieved in 2006.Support for the Democratic Alliance (DA) grew to 23.9%, with the party becoming the second most popular after the ANC. The Inkatha Freedom Party, whose fortunes have been dwindling over the years, came in third with 3.6% of the votes.The ANC continued to enjoy outright victory in many outlying municipalities. The resounding 80.63% support in Limpopo, 78.9% in Mpumalanga, 71% in the Eastern Cape and 74% in the North West confirmed that the party’s support in rural and semi-rural municipalities remains largely intact.It scored over 70% in the Free State, but its support base in the Northern Cape declined from 76.5% in the 2006 to 63.1% this year.In most provinces, ANC backing dropped by an average of just under 2% compared to the 2006 results. This could be attributed to impressive gains by the DA, which could also be scoring from smaller parties’ dwindling voter base.KwaZulu-Natal is the only province where the ANC’s support registered a percentage growth.Although it’s failed to attract a significant number of voters, the Congress of the People (Cope) may have also contributed to the ANC’s marginal decline. Cope, a breakaway from the ANC, was formed in 2008 and took part in local elections for the first time in 2011.The ANC won seven of the country’s eight metropolitan municipalities, with the exception of the City of Cape Town. The DA managed to hold on to this city by thumping the ANC and taking 60.9% of the votes.The DA has become the first party to enjoy outright victory for the City of Cape Town Council, which was formed by coalitions after previous local government elections.The DA also retained the tightly contested Midvaal Municipality in Gauteng province.The ANC had gone all out to win both Midvaal and Cape Town from the DA, and has expressed disappointment over the results. “We have put up a great fight in Midvaal, pushing the DA back to its backyard. It is unfortunate that we could not win. We accept the results in Midvaal,” the party said.last_img read more

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first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts dan rowinski Amazon CEO Jeff BezosAmazon announced its second quarter earnings today. And, again, investors are supposedly skeptical and growing tired of the company’s insistence on spending everything it makes, the way a high-growth startup looking for customers would.You know what Amazon should tell those investors? Bug off.Amazon boosted its revenue by $2.87 billion in the second quarter compared to a year earlier, to $15.7 billion. Yet it also posted a net loss for the quarter of $7 million. This isn’t a fail like BlackBerry, which is struggling to stay in the black quarter-to-quarter because it lost its grip on the market. Amazon is really rolling, maybe more so than any of the other Big 5 (Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft being the others), and seemingly keeps churning out one interesting service after another.Really, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos shouldn’t care about its investors, the public perception of its stock price, Wall Street predictions or analysts or any of that noise. His company should keep on rolling out new products that enrich our lives and give us more choices for digital media, gadgets and ways to buy stuff. Profits? Who needs ’em?In the last quarter, Amazon:Introduced the Amazon Appstore for Android to more than 200 countries across the globe (and settled a lawsuit with Apple about its name taboot).Introduced the Kindle Fire to 170 countries.Came out with several original pilot television shows for Amazon Prime Video On Demand, several of which will go into full production.Introduced Kindle Worlds for fan fiction authors.Will help pay pay-per-hour employees get associates or vocational degrees.Lowered the price of its EC2 cloud services. Introduced a digital currency—Amazon Coins—for its Android games and apps on Kindle Fire devices.Expanded the choices in its Video On Demand store through a variety of partnerships.Some companies don’t get stuff like this done in a year. It was just a normal quarter for Bezos’ company. You have to spend money to make money, right?If I want, soon I might be able to buy all my groceries through Amazon Prime. Really, what’s not to like? It’s not like Amazon is spending its money willy-nilly (OK, Kindle Worlds may be a little frivolous). Bezos spends on growth and that growth is directly leading to revenue and customer acquisition and more good products for the rest of us.Of course, there’s a downside to Amazon’s seeming uninterest in making profits. Eventually investors will sour, the stock price will drop and the employees who make these great products will get upset and leave when their stock options submerge. Bezos loves growth. It can be addicting. But, like any addict, that may someday catch up with Amazon and hurt it more than helps.Let’s just hope that day isn’t any time soon. (And if it does come, Amazon could make a mint by launching its own ad platform based on its customer data trove, as Derek Brown has argued here at ReadWrite.) Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Amazon#earnings last_img read more

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first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Pau Soriano and Rosemarie Vargas led the Cool Smashers, who have played without skipper Alyssa Valdez since the end of the elimination round, with 11 points apiece while Cesca Raqraquin and Rizza Mandapat combined for 16.And all that scoring began from the playmaking of the league’s Best Setter Jia Morado who put up 34 excellent sets.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 shutoutMary Ann Pantino led the Lady Jet Spikers with seven points. LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline got a head start in the race for the bronze medal after putting down Philippine Air Force, 25-16, 25-21, 25-19, in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Cool Smashers, who went on an 8-0 tear early in the competition, lost two straight to Bali Pure in the Final Four and will now settle for a crack at third place.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PLAY LIST 02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending 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 ‘Pool queens’ eye 1-2 billiards finish for PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgBarcelona captain Messi: Lyon not the strongest nameby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona captain Leo Messi says they cannot underestimate Olympique Lyon.The two teams will meet in the Champions League round of 16.”Lyon was not the strongest name [in the hat], but it will be complicated,” said Messi.”They were equal when they played [Manchester] City; they will be difficult to advance against.”It’s a long way away, a lot of things can happen between now and February.”We don’t know how they’re going to be, how we’re going to be, but we know it’s going to be a complicated game.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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first_imgMan Utd legend Neville: Board must find transfer specialistby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville believes the club will take time to build a world-class transfer department for next season.Jose Mourinho was replaced last week by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has become caretaker manager until the end of the season. But Neville thinks the club’s recruitment, led by chief executive Ed Woodward, needs to be fixed.”Ole’s job in the next six months is to be head coach, head scout, head of recruitment and making sure he feeds back really good information into the recruitment department of what the club needs,” he told Sky Sports’ Gary Neville Podcast.”My concern over the last three to four years is who has been signing the players.”That needs cleaning up and I am certain the club in the next six months will appoint the right people who are best in class to run that side of things.”Manchester United have to start getting it right otherwise they will struggle, but it was a good start yesterday.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Low-power circuit through parallel operation of control and detectionIn conventional MEMS accelerometers, a common electrode is used when alternately switching between control and detection operations. This method consumes much power as a high control voltage is required to switch between operations due to the short duration of the control period. In the proposed sensor, independent electrodes are provided for control and detection, and therefore control and detection operations can be performed simultaneously, and the high voltage required to prepare for control can be eliminated, resulting in a 40 percent reduction in control voltage required for the control operations.In evaluating the technology developed, it was found that the sensitivity (noise level 30ng/√Hz or less) required for sensors used in oil & gas exploration, could be realized with a power consumption of 20mW, which is approximately half that of conventional levels. As a result, it will be possible to apply MEMS accelerometers to situations which require a large number of high-sensitivity low-power sensors, such as the detection of extremely weak ground or building vibrations.Hitachi intends to apply this sensor to various applications including next generation oil & gas exploration, and infrastructure monitoring, to contribute to the realization of a comfortable, safe and secure society. Figure 2. Developed MEMS device structure. Credit: Hitachi Provided by Hitachi Figure 1. Control IC, detection IC and MEMS device in the accelerometer (left), moving mass inside the MEMS device (right). Credit: Hitachi Low-noise MEMS using a moving mass with unique perforationsMEMS accelerometers consist of a moving mass suspended by weak springs and circuits to detect and control movement. The circuits detect the movement of the mass generated by the vibration or the acceleration as electrical charge signals, and control the mass based on the signal to keep it to a balanced position, however, the noise caused by the air molecules colliding with the surface of the moving mass result in reduced sensitivity. In this development, unique perforations with different entry/exit diameters based on fluid dynamics analysis were made on the moving mass, consisting of an SOI substrate, resulting in a halving of air molecule collisions. Tiny sensor used in smart phones could create urban seismic network Hitachi Ltd. today announced the development of a high-sensitivity low-power MEMS accelerometer that can detect extremely weak ground and building vibrations by combining sophisticated MEMS technology with circuit technology. The sensor achieves a comparable sensitivity to that of sensors for oil & gas exploration (noise level 30ng/√Hz) with less than half the power consumption (20mW). Hitachi intends to apply this sensor to various applications including next generation oil & gas exploration, and infrastructure monitoring, to contribute to the realization of a comfortable, safe and secure society. Citation: High-sensitivity low-power MEMS accelerometer for detecting extremely weak ground and building vibrations (2018, February 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-high-sensitivity-low-power-mems-accelerometer-extremely.html The progress over recent years in the fusion of OT (Operational Technology) and IT (Information Technology) has led to an increasing expectation on high performance sensors, which represent a key component. For example, in oil & gas exploration, sensors with three orders of magnitude higher sensitivity than automotive sensors are required as they need to be able to detect extremely weak underground reflection waves resulting from applied artificial earthquakes. Also, power consumption of these devices needs to be drastically reduced to enhance feasibility, as use-cases such as next-generation resource exploration may need to deploy sensors in the order of one-million at sites, or may require a battery-life of many years, as in infrastructure monitoring for bridges and buildings. In conventional MEMS accelerometers, however, it was difficult to achieve high sensitivity and low power consumption at the same time since power consumption increases proportionally to the square of the reduction in noise.To overcome this challenge, Hitachi developed a high-sensitivity low-power MEMS accelerometer by converging sophisticated combination of MEMS and circuit technologies. Features of the developed technologies are as follows. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

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