first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventA wet winter has dropped an average of 78 inches of rain in Northern California so far – 156 percent of normal, according to the National Weather Service in Sacramento. The snowpack statewide was 125 percent of normal. SANTA CLARITA – The Castaic Lake Water Agency said it will receive its full allotment of water from the State Water Project this year for the first time in seven years due to record rainfall in Northern California. The agency overseeing the valley’s annual California Aqueduct allocations said it will receive 95,200 acre-feet of water from the state Department of Water Resources. An acre-foot is 326,000 gallons – enough to serve about two households a year. Last year’s allocation was 90 percent. The allotments make up more than half of the valley’s annual supply – estimated at 148,000 acre-feet this year, the agency said. The projected demand was 91,500 acre-feet. last_img read more

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell was on hand to help launch ALONE’s new services in Donegal.The singer joined forces with the charity to announce details of the plan in conjunction with the Good Morning Donegal service.Daniel joined with the charity’s CEO Sean Moynihan to raise awareness of the charity’s services. Mary Mc Glinchey, Geraldine Gill, Eileen McKee, Mary Noone Patrica McIntyre pictured with Daniel at the ALONE launch in Donegal. Photo Brian McDaidDaniel O’Donnell pictured with the local Garda at the ALONE launch. Included are Graine Doherty , Micheal Rafferty Terri Lenahan and Superintendent Seamus Mc Gonagle.Daniel O’Donnell sings happy birthday to Philomena Gilespie who had a chance meeting with her idol which on holiday in Donegal form her home in Castlebar. Co Mayo. Photo Brian McDaid.Sabrina Kee and Rosemary Mc Grory at the ALONE launch at the Raddison Hotel.Annemarie Shovlin, Bred Baska and Frank Campbell from Dungloe and Kincasslagh pictured with Daniel O’Donnell at the launch of ALONE .Mary Kate O’Donnell, Bernadette O’Donnell, Anna Mc Ginley and Anne Thomas pictured with Daniel O Donnell at the ALONE launch. Photo Brian McDaid.Daniel helps ALONE launch its new services in Donegal – Pic special was last modified: July 8th, 2019 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)last_img read more

first_imgFrom left, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies, Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan and South African President Jacob Zuma at the Business Interaction Group on South Africa on Friday 22 January, a session of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. (Image: The Presidency)On Friday 22 January 2016 President Jacob Zuma and his delegation held a fruitful and successful interaction with global investors at the World Economic Forum in Davos.The President met with global CEOs and chairmen of multinational corporations during the Business Interaction Group on South Africa, an annual forum where the President and Ministers engage the international investors to discuss opportunities in the country and also to hear their views on improving the investment climate in the country.South Africa recognises the importance of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), which accounts for 42% of the country’s GDP. Inward FDI flows continue to grow in South Africa. A number of companies have expanded operations and engaged in new investments. South Africa is also an important source of FDI for the African continent.In his remarks, President Zuma welcomed the foreign direct investment flows into the country. He shared the country’s response to the depressed economic climate especially the Nine Point Plan to ignite growth. The plan includes agriculture and agro-processing, advanced beneficiation of mineral resources, higher impact industrial policy action plan, boosting small businesses, energy capacity increase, promoting FDI and developing a robust ocean economy, science and technology, water and sanitation and managing state-owned companies. The President added that the country was becoming a frontier for FDI on the green economy, ocean economy, oil and gas and others which provided new opportunities.He also briefed the investors on the establishment on an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Investments and the establishment of a one-stop interdepartmental clearing house to make it easier for companies to invest. “We will focus on among others, cutting the red tape significantly to address the concerns that the investors have been raising,’’ the President said.The President also briefed the BIG meeting on the efforts to improve education and skills development including the building of new universities, training colleges and the building and refurbishment of schools.The investors sought information and also commented on various areas including energy, oil and gas, scrap metal industry, ocean economy, mineral beneficiation, human settlements and its importance in building social stability, regional integration, the need to stabilise growth and set expenditure ceilings.The prudent financial management of the country was addressed strongly by the President and the Ministers with an added emphasis on the country’s robust monetary policy framework. It was acknowledged that South Africa has a good fiscal framework.The global CEOs emphasised the need to ensure that policies are implemented and that there is certainty at all times.The need for predictability was also raised in the context of the recent changes of finance ministers and the impact thereof. The President responded that while governments all over the world are entitled to change Ministers, South Africa had responded without delay when concern was raised especially given the economic climate. The meeting appreciated the swift changes that were made afterwards resulting in the appointment of Minister Pravin Gordhan as the Minister of Finance.President Zuma welcomed the participation of the private sector in building the economy. He also assured the business community that South Africa’s economy is resilient, that the country has a strong and vibrant democracy with an active and vocal citizenry and vibrant media all of which acts as good checks and balances to the leadership in the country.“The BIG meeting has been extremely helpful. We appreciate all the constructive comments and suggestions on all areas from the economy to social development. The positive contribution of the international and domestic business community in such a negative economic climate is very encouraging. This has given us good feedback as we prepare for the State of the Nation Address and Budget next month,’’ said the President.The President said he was generally upbeat about the visit to Davos.“We are very happy with the visit. It has definitely been worthwhile. Team South Africa has done extremely well in Davos, marketing the country in a difficult and very competitive economic climate. We managed to put our message across effectively and received a positive hearing. There is a lot that we need to do and we are already working on many of the issues that the global business community has been raising. Team South Africa will meet at home to discuss all these matters further so that we can work together to build our country and take it forward’’ said the President.Enquiries: Bongani Majola on 082 339 1993 or bonganim@presidency.gov.zaIssued by: The PresidencyPretoriawww.thepresidency.gov.zalast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest BeansThe Tuesday USDA report surprised many with an increase in world bean stocks, making levels the highest in history. With stocks to use rations also very high (third highest ever), conditions are not bullish and significant rallies are very unlikely.To put this into perspective, current U.S. stock levels are more than double levels in the last 10 years. In the last 26 years, stock levels were only higher two other years — 2005 and 2006 — the last time bean prices were under $7.The market seems poised for a long-term downward grind. South AmericaThe South American weather was ideal for corn and beans this year. Production estimates continue to increase. This news hits beans harder than corn because the South American crop is over 50% of the world’s bean production while its only 20% of corn. CornThe USDA report also showed a slight decline in feed usage and a slight increase in corn for ethanol usage. Corn stocks will be the highest on record since the mid-80s, with stocks to use rations the highest since before the 2007 ethanol mandate.For prices to increase long-term, yield reductions will be necessary. The reduction in planted corn acres could have an impact, but it would still require a reduction in yield. A five-bushel (or 3% below trend line yield) would certainly help drive futures levels higher. Unfortunately long term weather predictions currently do not favor this scenario. Still there is potential in corn, and any small weather scare may bump prices back up to $4. However, if yields exceed trend line again this year, $3 corn may be a concern long-term. Getting caught up in the headlinesWith the market not moving much over the last several months, headlines about relatively insignificant issues are ever present. Farmers can get so focused on these issues, that sometimes they miss the big picture and what really affects farm operation profits. Following are three big ones I’ve noticed. Fuel costsMany farmers are always concerned with their diesel inputs. While it’s important to be diligent about all input costs, fuel only represents 1% of a farmer’s overall budget. Let’s look at the numbers. Average farmers use a gallon per acre per field pass, or about three to six gallons per acre per year. Even if fuel prices adjusted a full $1 per gallon this coming year, the added expense is only around $5 per acre. This translates to 3 cents per bushel on corn or 10 cents on beans. The corn and bean market can move that amount in any given day. Realistically fuel fluctuations could be closer to maybe 50 cents per gallon and that would mean a change of only 1.5 cents for corn and 6 cents for beans on the bottom line. FertilizerFertilizer is probably the largest input cost for farmers that has significant cost adjustments. Similar to fuel costs though, even if prices increase or decrease by $100 per ton this year (a big swing), the cost would be about a $15 per acre swing. This equates to about 10 cents per bushel on corn’s breakeven point. Between the two, fertilizer is the bigger worry, but still relatively small in the grand scheme of things. Market prices can swing 10 cents in an active day for the corn futures. The realty of corn production globallyWeather-related events in other countries can also make big headlines. Recently, I read that South Africa will have a bumper crop this year and that they will increase exports. On the surface this seems like a bearish story; however, South Africa only produces 1% of the world’s corn. To put it into perspective, the state of Michigan produces the same amount of corn as South Africa. The market does not get overly concerned if Michigan is having a good year or not. This makes me want to look at the production of other countries in the world.Brazil is the third largest corn producer in the world — equal to corn production in Illinois and Indiana combined.The European Union (28 member countries) produces about 10% more corn than the entire state of Iowa.Ukraine and the other 12 countries of the Former Soviet Union produce about the same amount of corn as Nebraska and Minnesota combined.Argentina usually only produces a little more than Kansas and North Dakota combinedMexico’s production is equal to South Dakota.Canada and Ohio produce almost the same amount each year.Russia, the largest land mass country on the planet, raises no more corn than the state of Missouri each year.India, with the world’s second largest population, only accounts for the same amount of corn grown in Kentucky, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania combinedSo, what does matter when looking at the corn market?The United States (35%) and China (23%) account for 58% of the world’s corn production.If Iowa was its own country it would be the fourth largest producer of corn in the world.Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, Indiana, and South Dakota produce 25% of the world’s corn.Over 8 billion bushels of corn are in storage around the world, or nearly what China produces each year.About 25% of that stored world corn is sitting on farms probably unpriced in bins across the United States. What does have a big impact on farm profits? YieldWhen looking at the big picture, the number of bushels raised per acre has the biggest profit impact. Growing just one more bushel of corn per acre reduces costs by three cents/bushel (one bushel of soybeans reduces costs by nearly 20 cents per bushel). One bushel more in yield can cover a large fluctuation in fuel and has a big impact in fertilizer cost adjustments. WeatherLarge-scale weather issues in the U.S. or China will have a big impact on the market. And while isolated incidents around the world can cause price volatility, it is usually on a short-term basis. Savvy farmers will be ready to take advantage of those small rallies in their marketing plan as they become available. Developing a market strategy that includes market carry and basis planningAs I continue to explain, having a developed marketing plan that considers the farm operation’s goals and objectives and incorporates market carry and basis strategy should not only bring bigger profits to farm operations, but reduce risk.Bottom-line, rather than spending so much time obsessing over all those headlines, sit down and spend your time developing a more sophisticated marketing strategy. If this makes you nervous or you aren’t sure how to start, consider working with a seasoned grain marketer who can explain the more technical aspects in a way that you can both understand the process, and make you feel comfortable about what you are doing. Often there are choices available to farmers that they didn’t even realize. The potential profits available for farmers will likely out-weigh fuel or fertilizer input fluctuations. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. 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first_img Posted: May 3, 2018 RANCHO BERNARDO (KUSI) — Emergency responders were on the scene of a gas leak in the Rancho Bernardo area Thursday, which prompted a shelter-in-place warning and multiple road closures.The broken gas line located near West Bernardo Drive and Via Frontera was reported to SDG&E at approximately 10:30 a.m.As of 1:15 p.m., the gas leak had been contained, said SDG&E spokesman Joe Britton.Authorities asked residents in the area of West Bernardo Drive, Via del Campo, Via Frontera and Via Esprillo in Rancho Bernardo to shelter-in-place as a precaution as utility crews work to halt a natural gas leak in the neighborhood, according to San Diego police.Stretches of those roads also were closed due to the gas leak. All roads were reopened as of 1:15 p.m.No injuries were been reported. There were no service interruptions from the leak. May 3, 2018 Update: gas leak in #RanchoBernardo was controlled at 1:17 p.m. There are no reported service interruptions. Crews will be on the scene for the next 3-4 hours making repairs.— SDG&E (@SDGE) May 3, 2018 Updated: 10:58 PM Gas leak in Rancho Bernardo prompts shelter-in-place warning, road closures , Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_img Laptops Computers Desktops Share your voice Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Nvidia Tags Nvidia announced at this year’s Game Developer’s Conference that it would be bringing DirectX ray tracing (DXR) support to its older Pascal-based graphics cards, so it’s time to buckle in: The drivers are now ready for download. But you may not find the tradeoff between performance and the potentially enhanced quality worth it.The Pascal-generation GTX cards supported include: Titan XP Titan X GTX 1080 TI GTX 1080 GTX 1070 TI GTX 1070 GTX 1060 6GB The Volta-based Titan V and Turing-based GTX 1660 and 1660 TI are also supported. You’ll be able to get the Game Ready driver via GeForce Experience or on GeForce.com, along with some new whizzy demos.The new generation of RTX GPUs based on Nvidia’s Turing architecture arrived last summer, bringing two headline features: processing cores devoted to ray tracing (RT cores) — the same kind of rendering that’s used in almost every 3D animation — and Tensor cores for accelerating the neural network processing which underlies DLSS (Deep Learning Super-Sampling), Nvidia’s new AI-based scaling algorithms which more realistically simulate detail when the graphics processing load starts to punish performance.A less glamorous advance is the concurrent floating-point execution pipeline, which improves overall performance with parallel processing for the myriad calculations which underlie rendering.Ray tracing can make games look better, providing more realistic reflections and shadows, with a lot less work for the developers: The less manual tuning for individual scenes they have to do the more they’ll be able to concentrate on improving the overall visual quality of the game. 0 2:12 17 Photos The DXR programming interface makes ray tracing easily scalable for developers. In other words, they can define rules which determine how to prioritize rendering tasks like reflections and shadows and to what level of accuracy. DXR then applies those rules based on how powerful your hardware is.By opening DXR to the vast installed base of older GTX cards, developers have a lot more incentive to incorporate ray tracing into their games, without any extra work, than they have for the small number of pricey RTX GPUs in laptops and desktops.But here’s where the technical nonsense matters. Pascal-based cards, because they have no RT cores, are really not up to the processing challenges of full-on ray tracing, so DXR will dumb down the effects to fit within the capabilities of the card. And even then you’ll still be taking a performance hit — for effects that may be so subtle as to not be worth it.And it seems like the more noticeable the effect, the more processing it tends to require, with reflections (we like the shiny shiny) and global illumination (which can simulate the changing light over the course of a day, for example), being the most demanding.The newer priced-to-sell Turing-based GTX 1660 and 1660 Ti don’t have any RT cores either. What they do have is the improved floating-point performance. So they’ll still take a performance hit in exchange for slightly better realism, just not as much as some of the older cards.While ultimately I think ray tracing will become common — it always takes some time for new hardware technologies to ramp up and prices to come down — it’s possible that opening it up to cards that can’t do it justice may backfire. Though Nvidia’s working hard to manage expectations, I think the exercise will leave a lot of gamers with an “is that all there is?” letdown rather than a “this is so worth plonking down $350 to upgrade to RTX!” attitude. We’ll have to wait and see what actual gaming reveals. The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 See the first Nvidia RTX gaming laptops in actionlast_img read more

first_img 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. According to Guerin, a scientist at the Institute d’Optique Graduate School in Palaiseau (south of Paris), in order for an atom laser to be practicable for many applications, a method for creating longer wavelengths needs to be found. And, with his colleagues from Aspect’s Atom Optics Group of the Laboratoire Charles Fabry, he has. An article published in Physical Review Letters by Guerin and his coworkers Riou and Gaebler from the team led by Josse and Bouyer, is titled “Guided Quasicontinuous Atom Laser”; it demonstrates how this longer wavelength can be achieved.“By making our atom laser into a wave carrier, we can get rid of the acceleration of gravity,” says Guerin. “We can create an atom laser with a constant.” The French team’s Letter describes how such a laser works with trapped Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC):“The BEC, in a state sensitive to both trapping potentials, is submitted to a rf outcoupler yielding atoms in a state sensitive only to the optical potential, resulting in an atom laser propagating along the weak confining axis of the optical trap.”“By using quasicontinuous outcoupling,” Guerin further explains, “we can get a beam with much less interaction.” A guided quasicontinuous atom laser, such the one described, would allow for better atomic motion control during propagation. Better atomic control would pave the way for more coherent atom sources for use in atom interferometry. Additionally, this set-up for a guided atom laser has the potential to provide a variety of other useful future applications. Quantum transport is another field that could benefit from the work performed by the team led by Josse and Bouyer. The members of the team, though, are especially interested in the interferometry aspects illuminated by this new type of atom laser: “We could use this scheme not only to guide atom laser beams, but also to separate and then recombine them to get an interferometer, which can be used to measure rotations or accelerations.” Guerin also points out that such interferometer could also be realized on atom chips.Designs that can produce atom-wave interferometry can yield progress in sensor technology. One of these technologies, says Guerin, includes “Creating a gyroscope with coherent atomic beams.” The applications and information that could come from the work by the team in France are varied and many. But rather than getting too carried away with the future, Guerin sticks with the basics. “There are two main points that we have realized because of this work,” he says. “First, we have a well-defined and large wavelength. This is new.” He continues his explanation: “And, second, we can control the amounts of interaction. It is great that we can control the flux of the atom laser, by controlling the flux, we control the density inside the beam.” And it is great for the world of atomic science as well.By Miranda Marquit, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com Explore further Is random lasing possible with a cold atom cloud?center_img One of the biggest differences between photons and atoms is that the latter are massive particles, making gravity is a huge factor. It can be seen as an advantage when designing new high accuracy atom interferometers based inertial sensors, but can be a major drawback when controlling atom laser beams. “Gravity makes for higher velocity,” William Guerin explains to PhysOrg.com, “and that means wavelengths become small.” Citation: Guiding an Atom Laser (2006, November 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-11-atom-laser.htmllast_img read more