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Bitcoin mining is putting unprecedented pressure on Irans power grids

The electricity-intensive process used to create units of the digital currency Bitcoin has led to a surge in Iranian energy consumption, putting unprecedented pressure on power grids and forcing officials to cut off supplies to so-called mining farms, according to state media.Iranian miners are taking advantage of the nation’s subsidized power rates and are even mining from mosques, which are entitled to free electricity, Homayoun Haeri, deputy minister for electricity and energy at Iran’s Ministry of Power, told the semi-official Iranian Students’ News Agency.Electricity consumption in the country jumped by 7 per cent in the month ending June 21, Mostafa Rajabi Mashhad, spokesman for the Tadvin Electricity Company, told state TV in an interview earlier this week. He blamed cryptominers for the surge. Bitcoin is in full pendulum mode. With this swing, it closes its best quarter since the bubble Why are investors piling into gold and Bitcoin — and should you do the same? Here’s where billionaire investor Mike Novogratz thinks Bitcoin is going next “The production of each Bitcoin uses the equivalent of the annual consumption of 24 properties in Tehran, or one property’s consumption of electricity for 24 years,” he said.Every kilowatt of electricity is subsidized by 5,000 rials, worth about four U.S. cents at unregulated market exchange rates in Iran. This means the production of a single unit of Bitcoin takes about 350 million rials in state subsidies, or about US$2,700, according to Mehr, a semi-official news agency.Bitcoin traded at US$11,770 as of 6:45 in Tehran on Friday, up 38 per cent this month and more than 200 per cent this year.Iran’s Power Ministry is considering enforcing a special tariff on miners in order to mitigate the cost and reduce the burden on power stations, according to Haeri, the deputy minister. Several mining farms across the country have had their electricity supply cut off and mining machines seized by authorities, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.Iranians have turned to cryptocurrencies as they seek ways to avert U.S. government sanctions that limit their ability to access hard currency. Iran’s central bank banned the use of cyber currencies in financial transactions last year, citing concerns about money laundering and crime.Bloomberg.com read more

Arab culture prize awarded by UNESCO to both Algerian writer and French

Algeria’s Tahar Ouettar, 82, has written several novels including “The Ace,” “The Donkey’s Wedding,” “The Candle and Dark Tunnels,” and helped create the Al-Jamahir and Al-Ahar magazines. He has been president of the cultural association Aljahidhiya since 1989.A life-long student of the Arabic language and Islam, Michel Lagarde, 66, has translated into French the Kitâb al-Mawâqif (“Livre des Haltes”), by Abd Al-Qâdir al-Djazâirî, one of the leaders of Sufism in the 19th Century. He also translated the Great Commentary of Fahr al-Dîn al-Râzi. He teaches at the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI) in Rome, and belongs to the Society of Missionaries of Africa, (White Fathers).Including a monetary prize of $25,000 each, the awards will be given on September 29 by Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO.The Sharjah award was created by the Executive Board of UNESCO with funds provided by the Sharjah Government in the United Arab Emirates in 1998 to honour individuals or groups that have contributed in some significant way to the development, dissemination and promotion of Arab culture in the world, as well as the preservation of Arab cultural heritage. read more

Obama administration proposes new food safety agency consolidating parts of USDA and

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press Posted Feb 2, 2015 9:33 am MDT Obama administration proposes new food safety agency, consolidating parts of USDA and FDA WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is proposing a new government agency dedicated to keeping the nation’s food safe.It would consolidate parts of the Agriculture Department and the Food and Drug Administration.The proposal in the president’s budget released Monday comes after outbreaks of illness linked to chicken, eggs, peanuts and cantaloupe. More than a dozen federal agencies oversee food safety, and consumer advocates have long called for giving it a single home.Currently, the Agriculture Department oversees the safety and inspections of meat and processed eggs and the Food and Drug Administration oversees safety of most other foods.The budget proposes to consolidate the Agriculture Department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and all of FDA’s food safety oversight into one new agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. read more

Deadline for removing Syrias chemical weapons will not be met says OPCWUN

Preparations continue “in readiness” for the transport of these materials, the Joint Mission said in a statement issued in the Syrian port city of Latakia. “However, at this stage, transportation of the most critical chemical material before 31 December is unlikely.”At the end of October, the Syrian Government destroyed critical chemical weapons production equipment, rendering it inoperable. By doing so, Damascus met the deadline set by the OPCW Executive Council to complete the destruction of such equipment by 1 November.According to the plan approved by the OPCW, Syria’s chemical weapons will be transported outside its territory to ensure their destruction in the “safest and soonest manner,” and no later than 30 June 2014. The 31 December date for the removal of the most critical chemical weapons material from Syria for destruction was the first “intermediate milestone” set by the OPCW.“A number of external factors have impacted upon timelines, not least the continuing volatility in overall security conditions, which have constrained planned movements,” said the Joint Mission.The removal of the chemical agents out of the country involves transporting them to Latakia, where they will be shipped on commercial vessels provided by some Member States. They will then be loaded onto a United States ship and destroyed at sea using hydrolysis.The Joint Mission noted that Syria has indicated its specific requirements, which it deems critical to the package and transport of chemical weapons material. A wide-scale procurement effort by individual Member States has been facilitated by the Joint Mission to source, collect and deliver various packaging and transport materials requested by Syria. Logistical challenges coupled with inclement weather have contributed to this delay.The Joint Mission added that the OPCW Executive Council will meet on 8 January, and OPCW-UN Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag will report to the UN Security Council on the same day.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, stressed that the international effort to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons continues to make effective progress, as demonstrated by the “steady achievements” in meeting all previous milestones the past three months.“Despite this delay, the Joint Mission continues to work closely and intensively with the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic and the assisting States Parties to begin safe and secure removal and transportation operations as soon as possible. “The Secretary-General commends the Special Coordinator and her team for their steadfast work in challenging circumstances.” read more

Commentary Bengals let defense running game do the talking in win against

LaDarius Green of the San Diego Chargers tries to make a catch during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Qualcomm Stadium Dec. 1. The Bengals won, 17-10. Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe Cincinnati Bengals increased their lead in the AFC North to two games with a 17-10 victory over the San Diego Chargers.Timely plays by the defense and a steady ground game powered Cincinnati (8-4) to victory against a San Diego team that was coming off an impressive victory over the Kansas City Chiefs one week before.The Bengals played conservatively against the Chargers (5-7) after having lost their last two road games in overtime. By not asking quarterback Andy Dalton to win the game, his mistakes were limited. Though Dalton failed to reach 200 yards for the second straight game, he only turned the ball over once and did not take a sack. Instead, the Bengals decided to let their defense and running game do the talking.With the game tied at seven in the third quarter, Cincinnati’s second-year cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick changed the game’s momentum when he outmuscled 255-pound tight end Antonio Gates for an interception. That play set up a 21-yard touchdown pass from Dalton to wide receiver A.J. Green.Leading 17-7 in the fourth quarter, Bengals safety George Iloka forced wide receiver Keenan Allen to fumble after a 14-yard reception. On its next drive, San Diego only managed to kick a field goal.The Bengals’ ground game would then seal the deal. With just under five minutes to play, Cincinnati ran out the clock with an 11 play, 61 yard drive behind a power running game. In the win, the Bengals totaled 164 yards on the ground.Sunday’s game offered a number of encouraging signs for Cincinnati fans. The secondary, which has not fared well on the road this season, was not daunted by the task of having to slow down the prolific Philip Rivers (23 touchdowns, nine interceptions and 3,633 yards passing). Dalton also seems to be learning that he gives his team a better chance of winning when he simply puts the ball into the hands of the team’s many playmakers. Running backs BenJarvus Green-Ellis (20 carries, 92 yards, one touchdown) and Giovani Bernard (14 carries, 57 yards) showed that they can carry the team to victory in close games.If last week’s bye accomplished anything, it allowed the Bengals to re-establish their identity, which is key for a young team heading into the stretch run before the playoffs begin.The Bengals head back to Cincinnati next weekend to host the Indianapolis Colts. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. read more

Watch families reunite for Christmas at Dublin Airport

first_imgCHRISTMAS IS A HAPPY time everywhere, but it’s especially happy at Dublin Airport as loved ones return home for the holidays.Watch these families and friends greet their nearest and dearest at Arrivals and just try not to shed a little tear.We’re sorry, but this video isn’t available on mobile so you’ll have to wait until you’re on a desktop to see it.  Source: Dublin AirportAirport security guard saves baby in diving catch>Dad films his kids coming downstairs every Christmas for 25 years>last_img read more

Hands on with the Samsung Ativ Book 8

first_imgIn a continued effort to chase down the elusive “no compromise” design for a laptop, Samsung’s Ativ Book 8 offers power and touch with impressive battery life and a nice display.Ultrabooks are a great way to accomplish portable computing, but you inevitably sacrifice something with that design. The light and thin designs are amazing for sliding into your bag and heading out to work, but rarely are you able to do so without also packing your power cord. If you are able to go without your power cord, you’re probably stuck with a 128GB or smaller SSD with not enough RAM to perform complicated tasks. Samsung has made a laptop that packs the right amount of storage, processing power, RAM, and an 8 hour battery that adds up to a machine that is a little too heavy to truly be an Ultrabook.Samsung’s 5.6 pound laptop comes with a 10-finger 1080p touch display that is fantastic as long as you are alright with reflecttve surfaces. Outside of being a serious fingerprint magnet, the laptop previously known as the Series 7 Chronos isn’t quite bright enough to use outdoors. You’ll be fine in brightly lit rooms, but in direct sunlight the laptop dowen’t stand a chance.The 1TB 5600 RPM drive in the Ativ Book 8 causes it to feel a little sluggish on startup compared to its SSD wielding siblings, but the obvious trade off there is the significant boost in storage. Anything else you go to do with this laptop is nice and fast, the 2.4GHz Core i7 and 8GB of RAM deliver more than enough power for most serious tasks and casual gaming.The Ativ Book 8 fits squarely in the desktop replacement category. It’s just enough hardware that you can do anything with it, and just heavy enough that you have to think about it before picking it up and hefting it around. It has 4 USB ports, an SD card slot, an HDMI slot, and an ethernet port. As long as you don’t need an optical drive, there’s no reason this couldn’t replace a desktop for most productivity users.The touch pad and the touch screen both respond to Windows 8 commands, allowing you to take advantage of the Modern UI however you choose. The 15.6-inch form factor makes it just small enough that it is still comfortable to reach out and touch the screen, but just big enough to deserve a full sized backlit keyboard.Despite being slightly heavier than a 15-inch Macbook Pro, the Ativ Book 8 feels like a great machine. Its very clearly targeting users who want just a little more than an Ultrabook can offer, and at $1,100 it’s priced to compete with most of the devices in that category. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Left Side Ports Ativ Book 8Left Side Ports Ativ Book 8Backlit keyboard Ativ Book 8Closed Ativ Book 8Macbook Compare Ativ Book 8Ativ Book 8Right Ports Ativ Book 8last_img read more

En prévention laspirine à petites doses procure plus de mal que de

first_imgEn prévention, l’aspirine à petites doses procure plus de mal que de bienSelon une récente étude britannique, de faibles doses d’aspirine prises chaque jour par des personnes sans maladie cardiovasculaire présenteraient davantage de risques que de bénéfices, en terme de prévention d’un accident cardiaque.Si les bienfaits de l’aspirine pris en prévention font aujourd’hui l’objet de nombreuses recherches, il semblerait que ce médicament fasse, même à petites doses, plus de mal que de bien chez les patients en bonne santé. C’est du moins ce que suggère une récente étude menée par des chercheurs britanniques et publiée mardi dans la revue spécialisée Archives of Internal Medecine. Selon ces travaux, la prise régulière d’aspirine à faible dose entrainerait ainsi davantage de risques que de bénéfices chez les patients sans pathologie cardiaque détectée.À lire aussiGrossesse : la consommation d’antalgiques nuit à la santé du bébéEn effet, l’aspirine, qui prévient la formation de caillots, est régulièrement administrée aux patients souffrant d’une maladie cardiovasculaire. Mais des médecins ont également commencé à prescrire la prise de faibles doses d’aspirine de façon préventive, sans pathologie connue. D’où l’importance de connaitre les risques associées à cette “prévention”. Pour conduire leurs recherches, les scientifiques de l’Université de Londres ont examiné les données portant sur 100.000 participants à neuf essais cliniques.Ils ont ainsi observé certes une diminution de 10% du risque de maladie cardiovasculaire, mais n’ont constaté aucune baisse significative des décès dus à un accident cardiovasculaire ou à un cancer. De plus, la prise régulière d’aspirine à faible dose a entraîné un risque 30% plus élevé de saignements internes, notamment de type ulcère, mettant en danger la vie du patient. “L’effet bénéfique de l’aspirine dans la prévention des maladies cardiovasculaires pour des personnes ayant fait des attaques ou des AVC (accident vasculaire cérébral) est indiscutable. Mais les bénéfices pour des personnes qui n’ont pas ces problèmes sont beaucoup plus modestes qu’on le croyait, et un traitement à l’aspirine peut entraîner potentiellement des dégâts majeurs consécutifs à des saignements”, a expliqué le docteur Rao Sehasai, de l’Université de Londres-St George. Par ailleurs, l’étude n’a donné aucune preuve que l’aspirine pouvait prévenir des décès par cancers.Le 10 janvier 2012 à 14:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

ASAWISHH Participates in DAWN Agri Expo in Lahore Pakistan

first_imgLast week ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program participated in the 2013 DAWN Agri Conference & Expo in Lahore, Pakistan. The ASA/WISHH booth highlighted its work with the Pakistani aquaculture industry as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded “FEEDing Pakistan” program.Close to 1,500 people visited the booth, representing various members of the aquaculture industry, including: members of academia, feed millers, fish farmers, entrepreneurs and Pakistani government officials.ASA/WISHH Country Representative R.S.N. Janjua (center), meets with Agricultural Counselor Richard Todd Drennan (left) and U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson at the DAWN Agri Conference & Expo in Lahore, Pakistan. (WISHH photo)The Honorable Richard G. Olson, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, Richard Todd Drennan, Agricultural Counselor, and Nina Maria Fite, U.S. Consul General in Lahore, received a briefing on the FEEDing Pakistan program from ASA/WISHH Country Representative R.S.N. Janjua at the ASA/WISHH booth. The group was pleased to hear about the development of tilapia production in the country.Janjua also presented on the Soy Value Chain at the Expo on behalf of ASA/WISHH.last_img read more

Purch Gets Membership Rewards Platform with Active Junky Acquisition

first_img “This presents a big opportunity for us as it’s not well-served by publishers, and yet there is tremendous consumer demand,” he says. “It’s similar to the technology market as the products are ‘technical’ and researched extensively online.” Purch, a network of tech sites that marry content and commerce, has expanded into the outdoor gear market with the purchase of online shopping community Active Junky. Deal terms were not disclosed and it comes shortly after a $135 million series C raised in June. Purch’s total raise is now $175 million. The outdoor market is decidedly different than Purch’s up-to-now focus on consumer tech, but it’s big and, according to Purch CEO Greg Mason, outdoor gear shoppers are not that different from tech shoppers. center_img Importantly, Mason tells Folio: that Active Junky’s loyalty platform was also an attractive asset. “We will extend the Active Junky platform to our full brand portfolio, although it won’t be called Active Junky,” he says. “We’ll begin to roll out its loyalty program across our more than 20 owned and operated sites. We believe developing these kinds of ‘Member’ services across our portfolio will augment our strategy to unify content, content, and community—driving more loyalty and repeat visitation, which will naturally strengthen our business model.” The deal combines a new market opportunity—outdoor enthusiasts—with a technology platform that blends membership with cash-back loyalty rewards. Visitors sign up for a free membership with Active Junky, shop for gear at a variety of well-known retailers and receive cash back on their purchases.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for February 7 Police Issued 3 Summonses To Drivers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, February 7, 2019:A gray 2000 Toyota Camry drove off the roadway on Aldrich Road. Unspecified property damaged. Vehicle towed. Police notified DPW of icy road conditions. (6:52am)Michael Anthony Mooreje (43, Lowell) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License. Mooreje was pulled over on Ballardvale Street. (10:09am)Silvio Quiroz (42, Lynn) was issued a summons for Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle and Speeding In Violation Of A Special Regulation. Quiroz was pulled over on Middlesex Avenue. (11:30am)Rosemary Abreau (26, Lawrence) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License and No Or Expired Inspection Sticker. Abreau was pulled over on Salem Street. (12:38pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 22: Evicted Tenant Leaves Behind Cat; Driver Issued Summons; Kids Playing Ding Dong DitchIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 24: Tractor Trailer Involved In Hit & Run; Billerica Man Issued Summons; Driver Hurt In CrashIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 22: You Got In Trouble With The Law; 3-Car Crash On Middlesex Ave.In “Police Log”last_img read more

Sweeney Interior nomination in limbo

first_imgTara Sweeney’s nomination to be assistant Interior secretary for Indian Affairs has been held up for months. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Alaskan Tara Sweeney is President Trump’s pick to be the next assistant Interior secretary for Indian Affairs. But her nomination has been held up for months at the Office of Government Ethics, an independent agency in the executive branch. Alaska’s U.S. senators say the problem holding up Sweeney’s case would be a barrier for many Alaska Natives who might be appointed to high office.Listen nowBack in October, Sweeney’s nomination was widely applauded around Alaska and among Native American groups. She’s Inupiaq and an executive vice president of Arctic Slope Regional Corp. Sweeney is also one of the 13,000 shareholders in ASRC, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski says that stock seems to have stumped the government ethics office.“I tell you, I am so just beside myself at what she has had to go through, for five months now,” Murkowski said.Murkowski spoke with Sweeney in Alaska recently. She says Sweeney has had to put her life on hold while her case is “stuck in this dark hole of the Office of Government Ethics.”OGE is charged with making sure administration appointees don’t have conflicts of interest. The office offered no comment for this story. Sweeney also declined to comment.Normally, if nominees hold stock in an industry regulated by the agency where they’re hoping to serve, they can resolve that potential conflict by selling the stock. Murkowski says that’s not appropriate for shareholders of Alaska Native Corporations, whose stock is issued to eligible Native residents or inherited.“No Native person should be asked to sell off, or give up their birthright in order to serve in the administration,” Murkowski said.Another option is recusal, where Sweeney would agree to stay out of decisions that directly impact ASRC. Murkowski says the Ethics Office has been slow to come up with an agreement for Sweeney to sign. The senator says she’s heard an agreement is coming out shortly.“But we’ve heard that before,” Murkowski said. “We heard that before Christmas. We heard that around Thanksgiving time.”Sen. Dan Sullivan says Sweeney’s job – or the job she’s supposed to be in – is vitally important for Alaska. The assistant secretary for Indian Affairs maintains the government’s relationship with the tribes and oversees land held in trust. Sweeney would oversee, among other functions, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Office of Self-Governance and the Office of Indian Gaming.Sullivan says he’s frustrated but has faith the ethics office will get things back on track with a recusal agreement.“The precedent can’t be that at the end of the day they’re not going to allow an entire class of American citizens to serve in their government at high levels,” Sullivan said. “That can’t be the answer here.”Murkowski says as far as she knows, the only other Alaska Native person appointed to a position requiring Senate confirmation was Morris Thompson of Fairbanks, who became head of the BIA. He was confirmed in 1973, before the Office of Government Ethics was established.If Sweeney’s nomination is sent to the Senate soon, she’ll be among more than 100 still waiting for confirmation.last_img read more

4 hacked to death by a mob of 10 over suspicion of

first_img(Representational Image)Four people were hacked to death after villagers suspected them of being associated with witchcraft in Jharkhand on Sunday.The victims, 60-year-old Chapa Urav, his wife Pira Urav, and two villagers, were attacked by at least 10 villagers at their house at 3 am. They were dragged out and beaten with sticks and sharp weapons. The police rushed to the scene after receiving information regarding the murders. Champa’s daughter has filed a complaint and the police have registered a case against the accused who are on the run. A manhunt has been launched.Killing over suspected witchcraft is not new in Jharkhand. On June 29, a woman and her daughter were beaten and lynched to death after villagers suspected them of witchcraft.The two women were killed when a neighbour fell ill after attending a puja at the victims’ house. The villagers then accused the women of witchcraft and brutally beat the two women.Murders related to witchcraft is common in several parts of India. A similar incident took place in Odisha in January when six men were accused of killing a woman and her four children, including a 10-month-old baby. The villagers had killed them, suspecting that the woman was involved in a ritual killing of a young, reports India Today.last_img read more

PM pays homage to Bangabandhu on 7 March

first_imgPM Sheikh Hasina pays homage to Bangabandhu on 7 March. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday paid rich tributes to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his portrait in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the city on the occasion of the historic 7 March.She first laid a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu as the prime minister.After placing the wreath, she stood in solemn silence for sometime as a mark of respect to the memory of Bangabandhu, the architect of the independence.Flanked by central leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Bangladesh Awami League (AL), placed another wreath at the portrait of the Father of the Nation on behalf of her party.Later, the leaders and workers of Awami League’s associate bodies, including Awami Jubo League, Chhatra League, Mahila Awami League, Sramik League, Krishak League, Jubo Mohila League and Swechchhasebok League, also paid homage to Bangabandhu by placing wreaths at his portrait on the occasion.On this day in 1971, Bangabandhu through his fiery and soulful address made a clarion call to the people to fight against the Pakistani occupation forces to achieve the long-cherished independence.Before a rally of a million of freedom-loving people at the then Race Course Maidan (now Suhrawardhy Udyan) on 7 March in 1971, Bangabandhu in a virtual announcement of independence declared, “Ebarer sangram amader muktir sangram, ebarer sangram swadhinatar sangram (the struggle this time is for our freedom, the struggle this time is for our independence)”.last_img read more

Howard University Hospital Names Sandra Austin New CEO

first_imgHealth Care Executive Sandra Austin.Veteran health care executive Sandra Austin has been named the new chief executive officer of Howard University Hospital (HUH), the university announced recently.Austin previously served as managing director of Alvarez & Marsal Healthcare Industry Group, as chief management officer for the Louisiana State University Interim Public Hospital in New Orleans,  and in several other strategic leadership positions at large hospitals over the past 35 years.In addition to Austin, the hospital welcomed several other new members to its management team–all  from Alvarez & Marsal Healthcare. The changes were part of a management services agreement   entered into by Howard University with Paladin Healthcare on Oct. 6. The new senior leaders and other hospital managers have assumed responsibility for day-to-day operations of the hospital under the oversight of a joint Howard University and Paladin Healthcare Management Committee. Howard  University continues to be the licensed operator of HUH.last_img read more