Mississippi’s capital city sues company over water billing

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi’s capital city is suing the German company it hired to overhaul its water billing system, saying the company orchestrated “massive fraud” and failed to deliver on promises of saving the city $120 million.A lawsuit filed Tuesday by the city of Jackson seeks more than $225 million from Siemens and several black-owned businesses that are subcontractors. That amount would cover the city’s contract costs plus lost water revenue and damage to the city’s credit worthiness.Siemens was hired in 2012, and the $90 million contract was the largest in city history. It called for installation of new water meters, a new billing system and infrastructure work.“This case involves a massive fraud orchestrated by Siemens under the guise of an energy performance contract promising $120 million in guaranteed savings for the city,” says the lawsuit filed in Hinds County Circuit Court. “Siemens committed fraud with respect to who was performing work on the project, what the system would do, and what savings the system would generate.”Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said during a news conference Tuesday that the contract has led to widespread billing problems and thousands of faulty water meters, the Clarion Ledger reported.“Their performance has been woefully inadequate in every aspect of the contract,” Lumumba said of Siemens AG, a German company with U.S. corporate offices in Delaware.Siemens issued a statement Tuesday saying its work on the Jackson water project “has been validated by an independent, third-party review” done by a separate firm hired by the city.“Siemens has gone above and beyond its contractual obligations to help address the city’s well-known challenges, which are complex,” the company’s statement said, according to WLBT-TV . “While Siemens has not yet reviewed the complaint, it is disappointed the city has taken this action and will respond through the appropriate legal channels.”The lawsuit says Siemens “misrepresented its commitment to hire qualified, minority-owned subcontractors” as part of a plan to “provide opportunities for historically-underutilized businesses.”Jackson is a majority-black city, but economic power is still largely held by white-owned banks and businesses.“Instead of abiding by its promise to hire minority-owned businesses to perform 58% of the $90 million contract, Siemens used unqualified, sham subcontractors based on their political connections and influence to carry out a pass-through scheme that ultimately cost the city millions of dollars in inflated costs for an already overpriced water system,” the lawsuit says.For example, the lawsuit says a company owned by a black former state lawmaker, Tom Wallace, was supposed to sell water meters to Siemens for the Jackson project, but the politician’s company bought the meters from another firm and then sold them to Siemens at a higher price, which drove up the city’s expenses.Wallace told the Clarion Ledger on Wednesday that he was involved in more than 100 projects related to the contract, and that he had hired 130 people to work on it. Wallace’s company was tasked with the installation of new water meters, and water plant and sewer line repairs. He said his company performed about 25 to 30 per cent of that work, and contracted out the rest to Hemphill Construction Inc.A spokesman for the Mississippi auditor’s office said he could not comment on whether the office is investigating allegations the city makes in the lawsuit.The lawsuit also says that more than half of the 60,000 water meters were installed incorrectly or did not meet requirements.The Associated Press read more

China offers more facilities to draw Sri Lankan tourists

According to statistics available at the Chinese Tourism Academy, over 60,000 Sri Lankans visited China in 2016. Emily Liu, General Manager of Air China, Colombo Office, addressing the forum said that since Air China entered the Sri Lankan market three years ago, traffic between Colombo and Chinese cities had increased due to the airline’s promotions and services.However she said many parts of China still remained unexplored for Sri Lankan tourists and they hoped to increase the numbers.“We hope to introduce Sri Lankan travel agents to other destinations other than Beijing and Shanghai so that they can promote it among Sri Lankan tourists. In a forum conducted for Sri Lanka’s leading travel agents, organized jointly by China’s national air carrier Air China and the Travel Agents Association of Sri Lanka, Air China said it hoped to provide better services for its travelers between Colombo and Chinese cities in order to increase the number of Sri Lankan tourists.Some of these facilities include enhanced leg space in all its air buses, more localized Sri Lankan meals and luxurious facilities for its business class travelers. China is offering more facilities to draw Sri Lankan tourists, China’s state owned Xinhua News Agency reported on Sunday.Chief of Consular Department of Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka, Wang Keqi briefed local travel agents on the different visa procedures in order to facilitate more tourists to visit China. A forum was held in Colombo on Saturday to introduce to Sri Lankan travelers tourism services and attractive destinations in China. China is today one of the largest economies in the world, which has a rich heritage and a history dating back to many centuries. With its modernized culture in recent years, it has a lot to offer for Sri Lankan tourists and traders,” Liu said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Two killed two others injured in Pottuvil accident

Two people were killed and two others sustained injuries following an accident in Pottuvil, the Police said.The Police said that a car had crashed into four people of the same family along the Pottuvil-Akkaraipattu road. A 34 year old woman and her six year old daughter were killed in the incident.The Police said that a 12 year old girl and a 11 year old boy were injured in the accident and admitted to hospital for treatment.

Violence in Iraq kills at least 1232 people in November – UN

“With nearly 12,000 people killed and nearly 22,000 injured since the beginning of 2014, Iraqis continue to be daily subjected to the unspeakable horrors of killing, maiming, reign of terror, displacement, extreme forms of intolerance and poverty”, said the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov.The UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) reported that the number of civilians killed and wounded was around three times the size of the number of Iraqi Security Forces members, with civilians accounting for at least 936 of deaths and no fewer than 1,826 of those injured. The figures for Iraqi Security Forces personnel killed amounted to 296, though the figures did not include casualties from operations in Anbar, with 608 injured. The worst affected Governorate was Baghdad, which saw 1,253 civilian casualties, including 332 killed. Though the total casualty numbers recorded in Anbar were lower, more people – a total of 402 – were killed. The Mission obtains its figures for casualties in Anbar Governorate from the Health Directorate there and in some cases, UNAMI could only partially verify certain incidents. The Mission also received, without being able to verify, reports of large numbers of casualties who died from secondary effects of violence after fleeing their homes.UNAMI’s figures, which are conservative and which may under-report the actual numbers, should be considered the absolute minimum. Summary Month Civilian Casualties Injured November 2014 936 1826 October 2014 856 1490 September 2014 854 1604 August 2014 1265 1198 July 2014 1186 1978 June 2014 1531 1763 May 2014 603 1108 April 2014 610 1311 March 2014 484 1104 February 2014 564 1179 January 2014 618 1052 December 2013 661 1201 November 2013 565 1186 October 2013 852 1793 September 2013 887 1957 August 2013 716 1936 July 2013 928 2109 June 2013 685 1610 May 2013 963 2191 April 2013 595 1481 March 2013 229 853 February 2013 418 704 January 2013 319 960 December 2012 230 655 November 2012 445 1306 Please note that all figures remain estimates until full investigation and analysis has been carried out. read more

Football No 3 Ohio State survives defensive struggles defeats Minnesota 3014

Ohio State redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) catches a 41-yard touchdown in the first quarter of Ohio State’s matchup against Minnesota. Ohio State won 30-14. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorThe Ohio State defense came out showing it may have learned from its mistakes from the week before. After allowing 22 yards on three plays, including a 13-yard reception by Minnesota junior wide receiver Tyler Johnson, redshirt freshman quarterback Zack Annexstad took a shot, something Indiana did many times against the Buckeyes’ press man coverage. Instead of another reception on a 50/50 ball by the offense, Ohio State redshirt junior cornerback Kendall Sheffield picked the ball off, recording his second interception of the season. The Sheffield interception could have been a launching point for the Ohio State defense. However, when the dust settled, the shock of the interception wore off, the defense struggled in some of the same ways it had before in the first half.However, after shutting out the Golden Gophers in the second half, No. 3 Ohio State  had enough to defeat Minnesota 30-14 for the Buckeyes’ seventh-straight win.After the Sheffield interception, the Minnesota offense had its way with the Ohio State defense. Utilizing an offensive line that pushed the Buckeyes defensive line around up front, allowing no pass rush and creating holes for the backs, the Golden Gophers recorded two touchdown drives in the first half, taking over nine minutes off the clock on a combined 20 plays.Minnesota redshirt freshman running back Mohamed Ibrahim took advantage of the room to run, recording 105 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns in the first half. He finished the game averaging 7.3 yards per carry, with 146 yards on 20 carries.Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was not pleased with the performance of the rush defense and saw similar problems in the passing game, especially in the first half.“That player, their back had 160 yards rushing against us, and that’s not acceptable,” Meyer said. “And like you said, he was only 13 of 23, but I see the same thing, those slants, and we are — we’re a team that challenges every throw, and when you get beat, that’s a problem. So that’s something that’s not a strength right now.”Despite allowing 149 yards in the second half, with backs averaging 4.6 yards per carry, Ohio State did not allow a Minnesota score in the second half, something Meyer said, along with the turnovers, was the difference in the game. Offensively, the storylines for Ohio State stayed the same from its victory against Indiana. Despite the increased awareness of run blocking by both the offensive line and tight end positions in the days leading up to Saturday’s win, Ohio State still struggled, averaging 2.9 yards per carry. Redshirt junior running back Mike Weber led the team with 13 carries, averaging 3.9 yards per carry. Sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins added added 35 yards on 10 rushes, averaging less than four yards per carry for his third straight game. However, the running game did not keep Haskins from continuing his success in the passing game from last week. With a 7-3 deficit in the first quarter, Haskins found redshirt senior receiver Terry McLaurin for a 41-yard score, McLaurin’s seventh of the season and his third in two games. McLaurin wasn’t Haskins’ main target, though. Beginning the game with a 42-yard reception in the first drive, redshirt junior K.J. Hill was the go-to for the redshirt sophomore quarterback. Hill erased Ohio State’s 4-point deficit in the second quarter. After Haskins overthrew him, the redshirt wide receiver brought the ball down on a one-handed catch, running it in for the 36-yard score.“It shows just more trust in the quarterback that, you know, if I can catch it one hand, I’ll definitely catch it two hands,” Hill said. “As a team, you know, I feel like that gave us momentum. I just tried to make a play and give us a spark.”Hill finished the day with a career-high 187 yards receiving on nine receptions, extending his streak of 27 consecutive games with a reception. He added another touchdown in the fourth quarter, a 27-yard touchdown pass from Haskins.Haskins finished the game completing 33 of 44 pass attempts for 412 yards, his second straight game of at least 400 yards through the air, with three touchdown passes.As the first quarterback in Ohio State history to ever throw for 400 yards twice in a career, Haskins said the Minnesota defense proved to be a tough challenge for the offense, but will use their performance as something to grow from.“The offense, not everything’s going to be pretty,” Haskins said. “There’s going to be adversity no matter who we play, especially a team like Minnesota. They’re a great defense. We just had to fight through adversity, made the plays when they mattered, and that’s a good learning tool for next week.”Annexstad continued to move the ball against the Ohio State offense in the fourth quarter. But after starting the drive with a 41-yard completion after a double-reverse, the redshirt freshman quarterback threw a prayer into the endzone, which was intercepted by sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor, securing the victory for the Buckeyes. Redshirt senior kicker Sean Nuernberger was sidelined from the game Saturday after suffering what Ohio State called a “minor strain.” In his absence, sophomore kicker Blake Haubeil connected on three field goal attempts, making a 47-yard field goal in the third quarter. Junior defensive end Jonathon Cooper and junior linebacker Malik Harrison also did not play in Ohio State’s win over Minnesota, both sidelined with concussions. Meyer also said redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette and redshirt junior defensive lineman Robert Landers suffered injuries in Saturday’s win over Minnesota. Sophomore left tackle Thayer Munford left the game with an injury in the third quarter and did not return. Meyer said, after the game, Munford rolled his ankle and has “a little bit of a hip issue,” but expects him to be ready to play next week. No. 3 Ohio State will try and continue its winning streak as the Buckeyes travel to West Lafayette, Indiana to take on Purdue at 7:30 p.m next Saturday. read more

UK weather Storm Ali brings dangertolife warning with 80mph winds

Dangerous flying debris and travel cancellations are expected as the first named storm of the season brings strong winds of up to 80mph to the UK and Ireland.Amber severe weather warnings for the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland were issued ahead of Storm Ali’s arrival in the early hours of Wednesday.Journeys by road, rail and air are likely to be disrupted and the conditions could also damage buildings, lead to power cuts and blow over trees.Flying debris is likely and could pose a danger to life, the Met Office added.Milder yellow wind warnings were also issued across Northern Ireland, Scotland, the north of England and Wales on Wednesday.The amber warnings are in place from 8am to 5pm, while the yellow alerts are scheduled from 6am to 10pm. What should you do if you live in the amber wind warning area? #StormAli 🌬️ pic.twitter.com/MRMkboEu1R— Met Office (@metoffice) September 18, 2018 Wednesday could see winds of 60-70mph, the forecaster said, adding: “Certainly we could see close to 80mph, possibly even higher miles per hour in exposed areas in the far north of the country.”Meteorologist Bonnie Diamond added: “Winds will build quite quickly through the morning and remain very strong.”Temperatures will remain fairly mild though as it brings in mild air from the Atlantic.”Moving into Thursday we will see widespread heavy and persistent rain which looks set to change to sunshine and showers on Friday, before becoming more settled on Saturday.”Temperatures remain above average for this time of year with 24C (75F) possible in London on Tuesday after the mercury hit 26C (79F) in the capital on Monday.The name’s Idris, Storm Idris: This season’s stormsStorm Ali is the first named storm of the season. For more UK weather news, click here. The full list of storm names for 2018/2019 is: Ali, Bronagh, Callum, Deirdre, Erik, Freya, Gareth, Hannah, Idris, Jane, Kevin, Lily, Max, Niamh, Oliver, Peggy, Ross, Saoirse, Tristan, Violet and Wyn.It is the fourth year that the Met Office and Met Eireann have run the Name our Storms scheme, which aims to raise awareness of severe weather before it hits.The season’s names have been compiled from a list of submissions by the public, choosing some of the most popular names and also selecting those which reflect the nations, culture and diversity of the UK and Ireland.UK weather map for Tuesday and week ahead An amber severe weather warning for #wind has been issued: https://t.co/jR2OwmP9pf Stay #weatheraware @metofficeuk pic.twitter.com/pXf9XQjDuh— Met Office (@metoffice) September 18, 2018 Forecasters said that in the areas covered by the amber warning, people should expect:Flying debris which could lead to injuries or danger to lifeProbably some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs or damage through falling trees and branches breakingLonger journey times and cancellations likely, as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affectedPower cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverageSome roads and bridges likely to closeLarge waves could affect coastal roads, sea fronts and propertiesForecasters cancelled a wind warning for Tuesday due to gusts not meeting the power threshold as Storm Helene fades away. Meteorologist Dean Hall said parts of the UK felt gusts of about 30-40mph on Tuesday morning, with wind speeds reaching 50mph in parts of Wales.Storm Helene, which was downgraded after initial warnings it may pose a risk to life, is moving away towards the north east and will have moved on by Wednesday.”We’ve got rain currently across Scotland, northern England, eastern parts of Northern Ireland, associated with what was Storm Helene,” Mr Hall said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Seequent and IMDEX to deliver realtime 3D visualisation for minerals drilling projects

first_imgSeequent, a developer of revolutionary visual data science software and IMDEX, a global leader in real-time subsurface intelligence solutions, have announced an ongoing partnership to deliver a real-time 3D visualisation solution for the mining and exploration industry to dramatically improve the speed and accuracy of decision-making for drilling projects.Seequent and IMDEX are collaborating to integrate IMDEXHUB-IQ™, which provides access to sub-surface data and Central, Seequent’s centralised model management solution for visualisation, tracking and management of an organisation’s geological data. The integration will allow live 3D data collected in the field and synced to IMDEXHUB-IQ™ to be linked in real-time to the same project in Central, enabling 3D visualisation of downhole survey and structural geology data.The mining industry-first enables drillhole progress to be reviewed in Central’s 3D Browser alongside the planned programme and current geological interpretation, giving geologists confidence in decision-making and ensuring issues are identified and managed as they arise.The new solution will be showcased at Seequent’s Lyceum innovation event in Vancouver on 7 November, the first in a global road show series also visiting Perth on 13 November and Santiago on 6 December. “The integration of live data is crucial for mining and exploration projects of the future. Every day there is an increasing amount of data generated and the key to success is being able to understand and respond to that data in real-time or near real-time,” says Nick Fogarty, Seequent General Manager – Mining and Minerals. “Our new co-partnered solution will provide significant benefits to our drilling and resource company clients in terms of risk management and project efficiencies.”IMDEX and Seequent are long-time industry partners, sharing a common interest in developing technology and better workflows to solve ongoing challenges for mining companies. In 2012 Seequent and IMDEX developed the ioGAS™ link to Leapfrog Geo, which is used by hundreds of mutual clients on a daily basis, to share and utilise the range of geochemical data collected during exploration.“Increasingly, geologists are wanting to make decisions in real-time, however, they need to have the right live data available, says Dave Lawie, IMDEX Chief Geoscientist. “IMDEX has been supporting the mining industry for decades to improve the process of identifying and extracting what is below the Earth’s surface for both drilling contractors and resource companies. “We’re excited to be part of an industry-first to deliver real-time 3D data and gain a better understanding of how it fits into other data sources. By collaborating with Seequent, we will substantially enhance critical decision making and how geologists and their teams can work effectively together.”The unique real-time 3D visualisation solution, which brings together two key solutions in a straightforward and seamless way, allows project changes to be tracked over time, enabling Quality Assurance and Quality Control of drillhole data. A number of mining companies are looking to trial this solution on their drilling programmes including First Quantum Minerals (Australia) Pty Ltd. Neville Panizza the company’s Data Systems Implementation Manager – Exploration says they are noticing a major shift in the industry towards integration.“Smart technology companies, like Seequent and IMDEX, are sharing their knowledge and integrating their systems, to build an industry framework which aids exploration groups to focus on their core business of target generation and finding ore bodies. The continuation of this trend will allow exploration groups to gain confidence in this collaborative third party approach, creating an industry expectation and standard,” he says.last_img read more

MacBook Pro dropped from balcony in GForm Extreme Sleeve

first_imgLast month we saw Tom Cafaro show off his G-Form iPad 2 cover with the aid of a bowling ball. No damage was done to the iPad even after the 12-pound bowling ball was dropped from a height of three feet. Well, Cafaro is back in another video with the MacBook Pro G-Form Extreme Sleeve for Laptops.In the video below, we see Cafaro drop a shiny, new MacBook Pro from a considerable height. He doesn’t specify the exact height, but it’s from a deck high above the ground, that’s for sure. G-Form’s slogan, “Soft and Floppy, Extreme Protection,” makes us cringe a little, but it’s right on. The case is made out of a special material called PORON XRD, which lives inside the sleeve’s outer shell. The material is unique because it hardens upon impact. The foam shell absorbs the force somewhat, but the PORON XRD is what really protects the laptop.Both the iPad video and the MacBook Pro video show Cafaro starting the Pixar short film “For the Birds,” and then inserting the iPad or laptop into the sleeve. Instead of seeing a bowling ball drop onto the MacBook, Cafaro drops the MacBook off a balcony, unzips the sleeve, opens the laptop, and voila, the 13-inch MacBook continues to play the adorable Pixar short as if nothing had happened. We would like to see the same test done with the MacBook landing on its edge rather than flat, though.The case is designed for 11-inch, 13-inch, and 15-inch laptops. It’s available for pre-order now at $69.95 for the 11-inch model, and $79.95 for the 13- and 15-inch models.Read more at G-Form, via ZDNetlast_img read more

Authorities raid illegal marijuana dispensary in Fallbrook

first_img Posted: October 25, 2018 October 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Authorities raid illegal marijuana dispensary in Fallbrook FALLBROOK (KUSI) — Authorities raided an illegal Fallbrook marijuana dispensary Thursday, shuttering the business and seizing its stock.Deputies and county code-compliance officers served an abatement warrant at Jah Healing, 1236 Main Ave., about 7 a.m., according to sheriff’s officials.During the operation, the personnel seized “a large amount” of processed cannabis, edible products containing the drug, paraphernalia and business equipment, Sgt. Patrick Yates said.“The dispensary was staffed by four employees,” the sergeant said. “However, no arrests were made.”The county personnel secured the premises by boarding up all the doors and windows.In March 2017, the Board of Supervisors banned marijuana businesses in all unincorporated San Diego-area communities, though two existing medical- cannabis dispensaries — one near El Cajon and another in Ramona — were granted waivers allowing them to operate for five more years before closing.The vote was 3-2, with Supervisors Greg Cox and Ron Roberts voting against the prohibition. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Analysis The Most Important 2018 Candidate Isnt on The Ballot

first_img Share Illustration by Anthony Truong-NguyenThis president casts a big shadow.Donald Trump’s popularity with Texas Republicans could buffer any midterm election blues; if you’re with him and he’s popular, you’re in good shape. If he’s not popular when it comes time to vote, of course, a lot of Republican candidates could go down on Election Day.That said, Texas Republican voters overwhelmingly approve of the job he’s doing now — Democrats, by similar margins, overwhelmingly disapprove — and Republican candidates up and down the state ballot take sides against Trump at their peril.But the president’s shadow is bigger than that.Everybody else in Texas politics is having a hard time getting and keeping the public’s attention. What is ordinarily a three-ring circus is often more like a one-man show.It’s not just a matter of what’s in your Twitter feed. The president is the political equivalent of must-see TV. The little folk down here in the provinces — the governors, legislators, mayors and whatnot — are small beer. It’s always true on some level: the 2010 mid-terms, dominated by the then-new Tea Party, were partly a backlash against Barack Obama’s politics. But Trump is something else entirely, dominating the news, the civic conversation, the public imagination.Everybody and everything else are side dishes, Tom Sawyers to our Becky Thatchers, showing off to try to get our attention.Gov. Greg Abbott got unintended attention this week by tweeting a quote he attributed to Winston Churchill. Sir Winston never said it. Abbott got embarrassed. The grackles on social media had a big day. But look: This started with a governor using social media to get your attention — a “hey, look at me” moment.Anybody else see Trump’s shadow in that?How about this one: State Sen. Don Huffines, R-Dallas, facing a tough reelection race this year, took off for Moscow this week with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and a small group of other pols to tell the Russians to stop messing with American elections. Got your attention?At this point on the calendar two years ago, Texas Republicans had locked in a number of the issues they would pursue in the 2017 legislative session. They were, as they are now, getting ready for a general election. And many of them were nervous that the presidential race between Trump and Hillary Clinton could change things for the small fry on the ballot.They were worried, in the traditional way, about the coattail effect of the candidates at the top.This year, there’s no presidential race. But they’re thinking about the same coattail effect.Trump’s shadow is important in an election in Texas that has so far been — with the notable exception of the race for U.S. Senate — relatively low-key. In fact, it’s a two-coattail ticket, with a race for U.S. Senate that looks competitive and interesting and a race for governor that, so far, doesn’t. Candidates running for Congress — behind the Senate race, ahead of the race for governor — will be somewhat dependent on what’s happening above them. In fact, the Houston Chronicle quoted Ted Cruz this week saying he hopes and expects the president to help him and other Texas Republicans with pre-election visits.Meanwhile, the contest for governor could — if summer polls hold — be a different story, with candidates below more dependent on that outcome than on anything that happens in the top race for Senate.Except for Trump. His shadow might just overwhelm everything else.If Republican voters are out and about in this general election, enthusiastic and defensive of their man in the White House, Democrats’ hopes that the midterms go their way could be wrecked. If he’s doing poorly — that is, if it’s the Democrats who are stirred and motivated and Republicans who suffer the doldrums — the president’s situation could overshadow worries about Lupe Valdez’s strength against Greg Abbott and the effect that could have on candidates down the ballot.Straight-ticket voting accounted for 64 percent of all voting in the state’s ten largest counties in the 2016 general election. If that holds in 2018, almost two-thirds of the vote will be cast with more attention to party than person.No offense to Ted Cruz or Greg Abbott, or to Beto O’Rourke or Lupe Valdez, but the straight-party vote in Texas this year is likely going to be an up-or-down referendum on the most dominant and attention-gobbling figure in American politics right now.Trump’s shadow is the biggest coattail of them all.last_img read more

How its made Crucial SSDs come from very clean rooms

first_imgIf you’ve ever wondered how solid state drives (SSDs) are made, then your wish will be answered over the course of the next 243 seconds. Semiconductor manufacturer Crucial has put together a video explaining just how SSDs are made, complete with some excellent visuals of the process.Here is the basic outline, from the design through packaging:Design the flash storage (Unlike many SSD vendors, Crucial actually does this)Measure memory circuitry, down the the billionth of a meter (a nanometer)Create very tiny paths on wafer (the circuits), just like on a processorOnce the wafers are finished (Crucial skipped a number of steps here) they are cut into individual chipsThe chips are put on circuit boards. They are affixed with gold wires by a very cool machine (1:29 if you want to see it in action)After inspection a protective piece of plastic is molded around each chipFlash memory chips are similarly cut and then tested.After passing testing chips are laser etched with their informationWith the components assembled, actual SSD production begins on a PCB (which Crucial also makes)Flash memory and other components are mounted on the PCB with pick-and-place machinesSSDs are inspected, by computer and visually, before they are separatedThe boards are then put into their 2.5-inch protective housings (this is what see when looking at an SSD)The information sticker is attached and the firmware is installedSSDs are tested for up to 60 hours to ensure stability and performance. Some drives are further tested with a variety of actual computers (not just huge, multi-drive testing machines)Drives are places in their retail packaging and shippedAt the core, building an SSD isn’t too different from a processor, SoC, and other any number of other semiconductors. There are a few extra steps, such as the protective packaging and the installation of firmware, but if you’re familiar with how CPUs are built then most of the scenes from this video were probably quite familiar to you.In case you were wondering, Crucial noted that the majority of this video was shot at the company’s factories in Singapore and China.And that’s how an SSD is made! It’s a very cool process and we’re glad Crucial gave us a bit of insight into its facilities, technology, and wonderfully clean rooms.More how it’s made articles at Geek.comlast_img read more

Contiki is giving agents the chance to win VIP tic

first_imgContiki is giving agents the chance to win VIP tickets, for themselves and an agent mate, to this year’s sold-out Splendour in the Grass at Byron Bay, NSW, July 20-22 2018.For your chance to win, sell two Contiki trips between 14 and 31 May 2018, and jump on the Contiki Agents Aus Facebook page to say what your ideal winter getaway with Contiki would be, and why.Contiki will cover you for the ultimate festival experience – a tent pre-set up so it’s ready when you arrive, a location right near the main festival area, breakfast on festival days, a Contiki hang-out tent and an exclusive performance at the campsite by a surprise Splendour artist. With your special VIP tickets, you’ll also score Gold Bar access – the ultimate Splendour in the Grass experience!CLICK HERE for more information and full T&Cs.IMAGE: @ Splendour 2017 with Contiki agentsContikiIncentivemusicSplendour in the Grasslast_img read more

SyrianKurdish family protesting for Cyprus passports ends latest hunger strike

first_imgA Kurdish family from Syria has ended its second hunger strike of the year after 24 days after being given reassurance that the Cyprus government will do something about their stateless status.The Hasan family have been living in tents outside the Presidential Palace and the Ministry of Interior in Nicosia since March, protesting peacefully for their legal right to Cypriot citizenship.This time the whole family refused food, while sons Akid and Ferhad began a hunger strike in June that lasted for 67 days until August 11.Akel party leader Andros Kyprianou told the family to stop the strike this week and called on Interior Minister Petrides to arrange a meeting on the matter.According to Akid, the minister said he is busy this week but that he will set up a meeting next week. The Hasans haven’t heard back and are waiting every day to be told when the minister will have time for them.Andros Kyprianou on Friday declined to comment on the situation until a later date.“We haven’t been able to leave Cyprus in 12 years,” said Akid, 31, who was married to a Cypriot before getting a divorce this year and has an 8-year old son living in Paphos. “We live in a jail.”Asked what they will do if the situation drags on while winter approaches, Akid shrugged. “What to do? We will continue to live here although we are tired of living in tents.”The family includes father Ibrahim Hasan, mother Sabah, sons Mahmud, Ferhad, Akid , Akef , 16-year old Batran, and daughter Roukan, all of whom arrived in Cyprus between 2006 and 2009.Under EU law they should have been granted Cypriot citizenship after staying in the country for five years, but only one of them, Mahmud, received it in 2015 after an intervention from then Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos, who, according to Akid, promised them all Cypriot passports but later rejected the applications. Mahmud received his papers after refusing food for 57 days and water for five days.The rejection letter stated that one of the reason for turning down the application was that the family hardly speaks any Greek, although two of the siblings finished public schools in Cyprus and the youngest, Batran, is still at a public school. Only the parents don’t speak Greek.The family lost the right to passports in Syria when they refused to abandon their national identity as Kurds and register as Syrian. Without papers they cannot travel, work or open a bank account.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoCrossovers | Search AdsBest New Compact Crossovers for Under 20kCrossovers | Search AdsUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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