7 December 2015A state-of-the-art facility to produce nano-structured materials for industrial testing was opened at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria on 3 December.The Nanomaterials Industrial Development Facility was opened by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in partnership with the council. The new establishment will benefit the plastics and cosmetics industries, among others, to develop new nanotechnologies and processes. Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said it would provide the capabilities for the industrial-scale production of nano-structured materials.“All the facilities supported under the Industry Innovation Programme, including the Nano-materials Industrial Development Facility, have the potential to play a role in the development of high-technology small, medium and micro enterprises,” she said. “This facility could enable such enterprises to take advantage of the rapidly growing international market in nano-structured materials and nano-composites.”Some of the activities of the nanomaterials centre at the @CSIR @dstgovza #ncnsm pic.twitter.com/B9QVWlLKMx— Veronica Mohapeloa (@MaVeroza) December 3, 2015About nanomaterialsNanomaterials are chemical substances or materials that are manufactured and used at a very small scale – they can be scaled down to 10 000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair.They are developed to display new characteristics, such as increased strength, chemical reactivity or conductivity, compared to the same material without the nanoscale feature.How the centre will helpThe newly launched centre will assist to increase overall industry competitiveness.The plastics industry is one sector that will reap rewards from the facility. “The addition of nanomaterials in the manufacturing of plastics can significantly enhance the mechanical properties of plastics,” said the CSIR. “Plastics can, for example, be made stronger, lighter and more fire and ultraviolet resistant.”Min Pandor gets an explanation of how this machine works with nanoclays at the Nanomaterial centre @csir @dstgovza pic.twitter.com/UyiuxQM3ZI— Veronica Mohapeloa (@MaVeroza) December 3, 2015“Addressing the technological development of the plastics industry will enable the industry to keep up with international trends, both in the level of advanced materials used, and in the machines and processes used to produce plastic components and systems,” it added./p>The CSIR performed research to stimulate and improve the competitiveness of industry and thereby contribute to the economy of the country, explained the council’s chief executive officer, Dr Sibusiso Sibisi.“We need to think differently,” he said. “We need to explore new ways and mechanisms to enter areas of activities such as the beneficiation of our natural resources to create jobs, manufacture high-end components and export them.”The facility houses infrastructure processing and testing and it will play a crucial role in developing skills and transferring technologies to industry.Rising fieldThe international market in nano-structured materials and nanocomposites was growing rapidly, said the CSIR. Nanoclay composites are expected to increase from a 2011 volume of 24 million to 74 million metric tonnes and a global value of $3-billion by 2016.In South Africa, the total plastic consumption is in the order of 1.3 million metric tonnes or R35-billion a year, and accounts for an estimated 3.2% of the manufacturing sector.Source: CSIR
When we last focused on Zeta Communities’ push into prefab construction, back in June, the company was leasing and operating the space it would need to make modules for its projects, which included a 30-unit building of student efficiency housing, some planned commercial projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, and, most prominently, two net-zero-energy demonstration townhomes in nearby Oakland.On Monday, however, Zeta opened a 91,000-sq.-ft. factory of its very own in Sacramento County, in north-central California, further anchoring its commitment to – and financial investment in – prefab design and construction. At least part of the justification for the move, a New York Times Green Inc. blog noted last week, is that interest in the demo townhomes has left Zeta “flush with orders.”Plans for growthWhat’s more, the company has ambitions to open factories throughout the country to more efficiently service developers interested in the Zeta product, which is designed to be built, delivered, and installed for less money, and with a more tightly sealed envelope, than comparable onsite construction. The two-bedroom Oakland townhouses, at about 1,540 sq. ft. apiece, priced out at about $165 a square foot, or $258,000, not including land, foundation, and other site work costs, according to Zeta CEO Naomi Porat, who added that the overall price is about 10% to 15% under those for comparable site-built urban infill projects.Once it’s running at full capacity, the factory, which was an Air Force hangar before it was converted for prefab construction, could employ as many as 200 people and produce as many as 400 prefab homes a year. Zeta wants to be the country’s first large-scale builder of net-zero-energy homes and, if interest in its product holds up, would like to open as many as 15 other factories over the next five to seven years, notes Greentech Media.
Related Posts Tags:#e-commerce#social networks What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … antone gonsalves You know businesses are in trouble when they have to rally customers in a social media campaign to defend themselves against government regulators. While that strategy may generate lots of tweets, three San Francisco livery and ride-sharing businesses are about to find out just how much it will or won’t impress city bureaucrats.Last week, Lyft, SideCar and Uberwere each cited $20,000 by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for running unlicensed taxi services. The services have 20 days to pay the fine or appeal.Making matters worse for Uber, two drivers for San Francisco-based Luxor Cab have filed a class-action lawsuit, claiming the high-end livery service is unfairly taking money from the pockets of traditional cabbies by not playing by the same rules. The IssuesThe companies – which all use smartphone apps to let customers arrange rides, argue they are not taxi services and thus don’t have to play by those rules. Uber works with limousine and taxicab drivers, while Lyft and SideCar matches regular motorists with would-be passengers. All three companies take a cut of what people pay drivers.To state regulators, if a business dispatches a motorist to pickup a passenger, then the company is a taxi service that has to be licensed and meet insurance requirements. Drivers need permits requiring clean driving records.“This is a matter of public safety,” Jack Hagan, director of the CPUC’s Consumer Protection and Safety Division, said in a statement. “If something happens to a passenger while in transport with Lyft, SideCar or Uber, it is the responsibility of the CPUC to have done everything in its power to ensure that the company was operating safely and according to state law.”Faced with fines and an order to stop operations, Lyft and SideCar have sent emails pleading with users to call or email the CPUC and governor’s office to voice support. Lyft is asking fans to sign an online petition in support of “peer-to-peer ridesharing,” while SideCar is asking users to show their support on Facebook and Twitter.“The economic, environmental and community benefits that services like Lyft bring to local communities are worth fighting for – and now more than ever before we need to stand together,” John Zimmer and Logan Green, cofounders of Lyft parent company Zimride, said in the email.True enough, as San Franciscans love to complain about the high prices and poor availability of local cab companies. But the new service’s attempts to skirt the rules are pretty transparent.Lyft and SideCar, for example, claim rider payments are voluntary “donations,” so they’re not technically in the taxi or livery business. But both companies work hard to share “suggested” donation amounts, and with social-rating systems, riders who don’t pay up are unlikely to get rides. Those explanations, nor tweets, emails and phone calls from riders – don’t seem impress the CPUC or the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association that represents taxi drivers in San Francisco. “Why should someone who refuses to play by the rules be able to take business away from someone who does?” asked Alfred LaGasse, chief executive of the TLPA, in a statement in support of the suit against Uber.To taxi drivers trying to make a living, competing against each other was tough enough, but going up against unregulated rivals has made things much worse. “It’s cab anarchy,” a Yellow Cab driver told me.The Rubber Meets The Road In San FranciscoSan Francisco is not the first city to deal with tech-driven disruption in the cab industry. Uber was forced to end a test in New York City after resistance from city regulators. The company is also facing similar problems in Chicago and elsewhere.But San Francisco is ground zero for startups trying to use technology to remake markets that have failed to modernize. Taxicab companies could have built their own smartphone apps. But seeing that they didn’t even install rear-seat credit card readers until it was required by the city this year, they are more likely to whine to regulators about protecting their monopoly until forced to do otherwise.The city has yet to rule on ride-sharing services. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is still investigating, and taxicab companies are lobbying hard for the status quo. Problems With Lyft, SideCarNevertheless, the taxi industry’s competitors are far from perfect.Uber is often credited with being reliable and pleasant, but punishingly expensive for regular folks (Hollywood stars and Silicon Valley moguls love it). And by skimming the most profitable customers, the argument goes, Uber makes it harder for regular taxis to make a living.Lyft and SideCar are still immature companies and the experiences can be much more variable. After signing up for Lyft two weeks ago, I’ve yet to be allowed to use the service because of a shortage of drivers. If I agreed to be a driver, apparently, then I could get started immediately.With SideCar, rides are not always easy to come by. The two times I tried to use the service, I actually found it faster to jump on the bus rather than wait for a ride.Safety First?And then there are the safety concerns. Strangers sent by a for-profit company are picking up passengers who trust the service to make sure they’re protected. That means a car that meets minimum standards, a driver with a clean driving record, and adequate insurance coverage.Lyft and SideCar say they have their own car-inspection and driver-screening processes that includes background checks and making sure drivers have valid licenses. Lyft also says its has $1 million per incident in supplemental liability insurance. But mostly the services rely on their ratings systems to weed out bad drivers.But none of that has been approved by a government agency, while taxis have to meet specific requirements and submit to government verification. Inevitably, one of these cars will get involved in a serious accident. What happens then? Who is liable if a rider is killed or maimed? The taxi industry is regulated to address just these sorts of issues.Just because Lyft, SideCar and Uber use smartphone apps to call cars they don’t happen to own does not give them a free pass from ensuring user safety and competing fairly. 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To appeal to mainstream consumers, companies should be promoting the heck out of MakerBot’s Thingiverse, 3D Systems’ Cubify.com and other 3D blueprint catalogs. People love to shop, and these sites are bursting with downloadable free and paid designs—including customizable jewelry, cups, keychains, smartphone cases, tablet stands, lemon juicers, Star Wars cufflinks and much more—that render faster than FedEx could possibly deliver. One More CaveatThere’s yet another potential roadblock to 3D printing, although its outlines are still unclear: Possible health concerns. A recent study out of the Illinois Institute of Technology (published in the journal Atmospheric Environment) found that commercially available 3D printers emit substantial volumes of potentially harmful nanoparticles.On one level, this finding isn’t a complete shock; 3D printers, after all, use industrial processes scaled down for home use. On another, though, this is clearly an issue the makers of 3D printers will have to address head-on—potentially with new designs incorporating safety features, should further studies confirm these potential health risks.These blueprint stores could be the key. They are to 3D printers what app stores are for mobile devices. They’re an alternative to online craft marketplaces like Etsy. And they could give a distinctly real-world spin on social sharing that trumps Likes and badges by giving people an easy way to create, transmit and share physical items, even over distance.This is the final piece of the puzzle. More affordable pricing, ease of use and hot marketing hype have laid the groundwork. Now, it’s up to the companies to capture the imagination of average Joe or Jane Customers. If they can do that, the consumer tech revolution the industry so badly wants may finally be poised to take off. For more information about 3D printing, check out The Shapeways Blog or Make Magazine’sUltimate Guide to 3D Printing, or for more ideas for practical use-cases, visit this recent article from The New York Times. Image of Star Wars cufflinks, Cartoon Character Maker and Citrus Juicer: Courtesy of Thingiverse users belch,sethmoser and walter, respectivelyAll other product/software images: Courtesy of companies as mentioned. UPDATE August 1, 2013: Today another supporter joined the cause: The 3D Scan-to-Print Web App hopes to make 3D printing even easier for end users. Its mission, as listed on Kickstarter: To “create a printable 3D model of any object using only a depth camera and a web browser!” For more, click here. Why You Love Online Quizzes 3D printing, now effectively six years old, should be a blockbuster hit. It’s science fantasy made real, a futuristic technology that would put devices akin to Star Trek replicators in people’s homes. Its pioneers believe that 3D printing—which uses a variety of techniques to build physical objects from digital designs and a variety of plastic liquids, sheets or powders—can do for manufacturing what 2D printers did for publishing. In short, they anticipate a desktop revolution that puts fabrication capabilities once reserved for big corporations directly in the hands of creators of all types (ordinary people, too). See also: How An Army Of Makerbot Replicators Will 3D-Print The Future [Video]Unfortunately, high costs, required technical skills and utter failure to convey its benefits have stalled the movement before it really got started. Now, though, several distinct trends seem likely to bust those barriers (though there are also caveats, of course; see below). Here’s how it could all unfold—like a grand master plan for making widespread adoption of 3D printing a reality.Step 1: Drop The Price 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… The Remaining ChallengesThere’s one more area the industry needs to focus on, and it’s a simple, yet crucial one: Creating customer demand. That’s an easy sell for creative niches like inventors, modelers and other artists who want to see real-life renderings of their concepts. But not everyone wants to design their own objects. Pirate3D has a different approach. It offers a browser-based tool that uses drag-and-drop editing of “Smart Objects.” Starting with a stock object, users can manipulate shapes and dimensions by clicking and pulling on the top, sides, etc. (For a demo, click here.) See also: How Hard Is It To Get And Use A 3D PrinterStep 3: Show It OffDespite the bad press over the possibility of 3D-printed guns, 3D printing’s overall profile in the media has been positive. MakerBot stopped by The Colbert Report in 2011 before hitting Fashion Week a year later to offer 3D-printed sunglasses for menswear designer Asher Levine’s new line. Doctors now save lives using 3D-printed surgical implants, and NASA’s investing $125,000 to research printed food fit for space travel. (Looks like chocolate has been nailed. Next up: Pizza!) 3D Systems’ minimalist Cube 3D costs $1,299. Even less is the $499 Solidoodle, which was the cheapest unit I’d heard of … that is, until I spotted Pirate3D’s Kickstarter campaign. That $347 Buccaneer printer is potentially a game-changer. The beautiful, compact machine (that’s it pictured at the very top of this post) broke its $100,000 funding goal in the first 10 minutes. And by the end, it nabbed a cool $1.4 million in pledges. Of course, you get what you pay for. The Replicator 2 outputs bigger, more refined objects (up to 410 cubic inches) than the Buccaneer, whose build volume maxes out at 114 cubic inches. But if the MakerBot is the professional laserjet, then the Pirate3D unit is the home inkjet— a petite hobby printer whose Applesque beauty makes it a deskworthy appliance. Step 2: Make It Easy To Use3D printers work in a similar fashion to their 2D cousins, just with different materials and techniques. Modern 2D printers expel ink, line by line, until a document or image appears. Likewise, 3D printers extrude PLA or ABS plastic material, layer by layer, until a physical object takes shape. Or they lay down polymer powders or liquids and fuse them into position, again layer by layer. In both 2D and 3D printing, something needs to act as the print job, to tell the machines what to output. For 3D printers, that’s a design or blueprint. How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? History makes one thing clear: Price can make or break new products. Just ask the Chromecast or the Surface RT. MakerBot, which is now owned by commercial 3D printing firm Stratasys, charges far less for its Replicator than the tens of thousands that high-end professional printers fetch. But not everyone can afford $2,199 for a Replicator 2. Tags:#3d printing#Kickstarter#MakerBot#manufacturing Related Posts This is where things get sticky. Animators and architects may know computer assisted design, but the rest of us don’t. And most of us never will, so user-friendly solutions are paramount. There’s already some simple software that dumbs down professional design programs, but a few companies are going a step or three further. MakerBot’s Digitizer, unveiled last March, works like a photocopier. Users place small objects in the machine, and it scans and automatically creates a digital blueprint. The company also jumped on Microsoft’s new native 3D printing support for Windows 8.1 recently. Its new drivers enable direct plug-and-play support with PCs, so people can use their favorite programs to create and print directly to Replicators. As the hype spreads, so do access and availability. Staples shoppers can now check out the Cube 3D in person, see the unit, ask questions and possibly even catch in-store demos. Microsoft will carry the Replicator 2 in its retail locations and online as well, joining MakerBot’s own website and brick-and-mortar storefront in New York. And e-tail giant Amazon now carries the machines in a special section of its website. See also: It’s Cool That Staples Now Sells 3D Printers—But You Don’t Need OneOther retailers, like Britain’s Tesco, see another opportunity: 3D printing services akin to photo printing at the local drug store. This type of arrangement could be a magic bullet for the technology. It would give people a way to experience it without a large upfront investment. 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Pune: The kin of Rasila Raju O.P, the Infosys software engineer who was murdered last month, submitted a memorandum to Pune Commissioner of Police Rashmi Shukla on Thursday, urging a thorough probe in the murder.Ms. Raju (24) was found strangled to death inside the premises of the Infosys campus in the city’s Hinjewadi IT Park on January 29. A security guard of the campus, Bhaben Saikiya (26), has been arrested in connection with the case.Speaking to The Hindu, Rasila’s father Raju O.P. said the family has submitted a six-point memo to Ms. Shukla, in which they have urged the police to probe whether the murder was committed by more than one person.Evidence submitted Rajan Nair, of the Pune Malayalee Federation, said, “We have also submitted evidence that Rasila was under pressure three months before her death and have urged the police to probe accordingly. We have further requested that IT firms carry out thorough background checks of security personnel.”According to Mr. Nair, the Commissioner assured the kin that every evidence was being looked into and that ordinary ‘work pressure’ had to be distinguished from sinister circumstances, which may have contributed to the murder.Mr. Nair added, “We also seek the appointment of noted lawyer Ujjwal Nikam as Public Prosecutor in the case and demand capital punishment for the accused.” Earlier, the kin had submitted a Memorandum of Agreement to the human resource authorities at Infosys for seeking the dues and ex-gratia payment amounting to ₹1.25 crore. The kin said the authorities have responded positively.Ms. Raju, who hailed from Payimbra village in Kozhikode city, Kerala, had been working with Infosys since 2015.The prime suspect, Saikiya, a native of Assam, is in judicial custody till February 21. He purportedly used to stare at the victim in an improper manner, which caused her to warn him of a complaint. According to police, this is supposed to have triggered the crime.Saikiya, who fled after the murder, was nabbed from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) by the Pune police in the wee hours of January 30. He was attempting to escape to his native village in Assam.Soon after the event, Ms. Shukla questioned the security measures at the Infosys campus.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 21, 2018 – Nassau – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, centre, Speaker of the House of Assembly, the Hon. Halson Moultrie, right, and Leader of the Opposition the Hon. Philip Davis, third from right, along with other House of Assembly members, pictured, participate in a church service for parliamentarians at Church of God Cathedral, Lily of the Valley Corner, on Wednesday morning, January 17, 2018.(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
TEWKSBURY, MA — John James “Jack” Whitman, age 72, a well known member of the community, especially known for his great humor and wit, died unexpectedly on Thursday, May 16, at Lowell General, after a courageous, decades long, battle with diabetes. He was beloved husband and “best friend” of Ellen C. (Doucette) Whitman, with whom he had joyfully celebrated a fifty-first wedding anniversary this past February 10th.He was born in Medford in August 1946, one of four children of the late John J. and Catherine (Dillon) Whitman, and raised in Tewksbury. Jack worked in sales, and retired as the New England Sales Manager for Sunshine Biscuit Company.Jack was a faithful member of the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks Lodge, and worked his way through the chairs to serve as Exaulted Ruler of the Lodge in 1976. He loved the Red Sox, the Bruins, and the Pat’s. But Jack will be best remembered for his incredible sense of humor. He loved a good joke. He delighted in sharing them with a catalogue quality recall of great jokes, stories and one-liners. “Pulling your leg,” was Jack’s forte, and nobody walked away from a conversation with Jack without a smile.Besides his wife, he leaves three beloved children, Jeffrey Whitman and his wife Lynnette (Blanchard) of Westford, David Jon “D.J.” Whitman and his wife Sherrie (Fairbanks) of Middleton, and Allyson Armstrong and her husband Chris of Tewksbury; eight adored grandchildren, Jasmine Whitman of Newfield, NH, Jack Whitman of Westford, James Whitman and Ava Whitman of Middleton, Kaylie, Riley, Cassie and Cara Armstrong of Tewksbury; two devoted sisters, Lois Sheehan and her husband Richard and June Fowler and her husband Robert all of Tewksbury; his sister-in-law Pauline (Doucette) Barry and husband Connie of Chelmsford; his brother-in-law Arthur Doucette and wife Deborah of Panama City Beach, Florida; brother-in-law Dana Doucette and wife Debbie of Methuen; his lifelong friend, Jack Canty of Rye, NH; numerous nieces and nephews. Jack was predeceased by his sister, the late Arline Whitman.Services are pending. View details at the Tewksbury Funeral Home.John James “Jack” Whitman(NOTE: The above obituary is from the Tewksbury Funeral Home.)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 email@example.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Brandon M. Long, 27In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Raymond E. Piretti, Jr., 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William John Robinson, Jr., 85In “Obituaries”
The Tata Sons board will meet on Thursday and will consider taking away embattled chairman Cyrus Mistry’s powers of voting and attending shareholder meetings of the group companies. Additionally, the board will also discuss developments in the group companies over the last few weeks, especially since Mistry’s ouster on October 24.Sources aware of the company’s developments said that it is a routine board meeting, which has been called to discuss operational matters of the company and that Mistry cannot vote in any case since he is no longer the Tata Sons chairman, the Times of India reported.The company has issued notices of shareholder meetings of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Indian Hotels, Tata Chemicals, Tata Motors and Tata Steel to remove Mistry as chairman and director, but in the case of Tata Chemicals, Tata Steel and Tata Motors, the prior notice also calls for the removal of Nusli Wadia as an independent director.The Ratan Tata-Cyrus Mistry war has turned murkier with allegations flying both ways. The independent directors of Tata Motors, Indian Hotels and Tata Chemicals have backed Mistry, TOI added.However, TCS and Tata Global Beverages on Tuesday announced that the company has removed him as its chairman. “After extensive deliberations, and keeping in view the long-term interest and alignment of all stakeholders and stability of the Company, the Board of Directors resolved to replace Mr Cyrus P Mistry as Chairman of the Company, by majority vote, with 7 out of the 10 Directors present at the Board Meeting, voting in favour of the resolution,” Tata Global Beverages said in its regulatory filing on Tuesday.According to reports, following the announcement, Mistry sent out a letter to Tata Global Beverages, terming his ouster as “illegal.”