India’s prime minister is planning a medicinal revolution – and it starts with ancient wisdom.Many here believe that the West has plundered the country’s 3,000-year-old tradition of holistic healing to sell expensive aloe vera face creams or $6 cups of turmeric-flavored “golden milk.” Now Narendra Modi, India’s 67-year-old yoga-loving leader, wants to reclaim – and capitalize on – those medical traditions, known as Ayurveda.Documented in ancient texts, Ayurveda emphasizes prevention over cure and prescribes healthy living practices and herbal remedies.Brands like Aveda and Lush borrow from Ayurveda to develop skin-care products while trendy coffee shops and juice bars in American cities repackage India’s village remedies into turmeric lattes and ashwagandha smoothies. Food bloggers are raving about ghee.“All over the world, a parallel movement is going on for traditional medicine,” said Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, secretary of Modi’s recently launched Ministry of AYUSH, an acronym that stands for ayurveda, yoga, unani, siddha and homeopathy, all traditional medicines. “India should lead. Not just to earn money, but also because it is our responsibility toward the world.”But Ayurveda’s efficacy is disputed. Modi’s critics associate the Ayurveda push with his Bharatiya Janata Party’s Hindu nationalist ideology. Many of Ayurveda’s most prominent supporters have links with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, a Hindu supremacist organization. Some proponents of Ayurveda even extol the virtues of drinking cow urine as an antidote to cancer and other illnesses, because of a belief in the cow as a holy animal.To relaunch “Brand Ayurveda,” government agencies have filed dozens of international patents, started research programs at top Indian universities and sent experts to develop Ayurveda courses at colleges around the world. Delegates in 25 countries have set up “information cells” to spread awareness about traditional Indian knowledge.In rural India, an agricultural effort accompanies the Ayurveda push. Officials are running educational programs and providing seeds, saplings and subsidies to farmers to meet the government’s target of increasing the cultivation of medicinal plants threefold, to cover 300,000 acres of land. Plants that farmers once considered weeds are being revived to cater to new demand for their medicinal properties.Customers wait at a counter at a Patanjali Ayurved Ltd. store in New Delhi. Photo: Udit Kulshrestha/BloombergIn the desert state of Rajasthan, for instance, where water-guzzling crops often fail in the harsh climate, farmers are planting aloe vera and Indian gooseberries to replace wheat and millet.“We have to boost Rajasthan’s farmers to survive in this environment. Take the Chinese – every material of theirs is reaching every market,” said Kailash Sharma, medical officer at the state’s AYUSH department, speaking of China’s traditional medicine.Reviving Ayurveda is one of Modi’s flagship policies and part of his rhetoric of restoring India’s past glory to achieve prosperity in the future. He often appears on stage with prominent yoga gurus such as the belly-flexing Baba Ramdev, who has built an empire of Ayurvedic products.Modi argues that since colonial times, the West has promoted modern medicine and big pharmaceutical companies’ interests over traditional alternatives. As a result, he says, Indians neglected their heritage while Western companies mined Ayurvedic traditions for miracle cures, filed patents and sold products without crediting India.“Our grandmothers’ remedies have become the intellectual property rights of other countries,” Modi said, addressing an audience in New Delhi on Ayurveda Day in October.Reclaiming and promoting Ayurveda has practical benefits, too, said Rajiv Vasudevan, a chairman of the Ayurveda core group at the Confederation of Indian Industry. Promoting Indian expertise could bring foreign cash and has “soft-diplomacy” benefits, he said, explaining that it would introduce people all over the world to Indian traditions.“We are a proud nation, we have a rich history, and we have something to share with the world,” he said.To Indians, the government is promoting Ayurveda as a solution to the country’s health-care crisis.In January, lawmakers tried to pass a new bill in Parliament that would allow practitioners of Ayurveda, homeopathy and other alternative health-care systems to prescribe modern medicine after completing a three-month course. The plan addressed the chronic shortage of doctors in rural India, lawmakers argued, but the Indian Medical Association held protests to stop the bill.“Suppose you have a shortage of pilots. Would you allow a rickshaw driver to fly the plane?” said Arun Gupta, president of the Delhi Medical Council and a member of the rival Aam Aadmi Party. The bill is under review.But critics say that standardization for Ayurveda is still lacking. “We haven’t got around to certifying things as being human consumable,” said Sudhir Krishnaswamy, who teaches politics and law at the Azim Premji university in Bangalore. “Periodically we get these issues, like suddenly they’ll say this has too much lead or this has traces of human hair. It’s a totally unregulated trade.”Critics also argue that some of the “traditional” practices the government is promoting aren’t Indian at all. Unani and homeopathy – both promoted by Modi’s AYUSH ministry – originate in Greece and Germany, respectively, and many countries have competing claims on the discovery of aloe vera’s medicinal properties.But for others, like Vasudevan, Ayurveda’s resurgence symbolizes India’s rising star. “We’ve had our entire history ignored,” he said. “Ayurveda’s resurgence coincides with the resurgence of Indianness.”© 2018 Washington Post New Service Related Items
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Wind River announced that its VxWorks 653 Multi-core Edition is now available on ARM architecture, a move that brings its portfolio of safe and secure platforms to all the major hardware architectures.Tested and validated on the ARM Cortex-A53 (Xilinx UltraScale + MPSoC), this release provides full 64-bit support for both the virtualization layer and unmodified guest operating systems such as VxWorks 7 and Linux. This ispart of Wind River’s continuing commitment to an evolving microprocessor technology environment.ARM technology is increasingly to be found in edge computing and high-performance computing applications, with the ARM Cortex-A53 being selected for defense, aerospace, and ruggedized embedded applications for use in space. This is being driven by a need to develop cost-effective solutions that operate at the desired performance levels within a low SWaP envelope.The release is part of a multi-year commitment to customers to support their demands for safe, secure and reliable hardware support for affordable mission-critical and safety certifiable applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous SEGGER: IoT toolkit to access cloud based servicesNext Logic Technology: the ‘Swiss Knife’ for testing PCBA’s
Barcelona There is no-one like Messi – Alcacer Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 13:28 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Barcelona Lionel Messi Villarreal v Barcelona Villarreal Primera División The Spaniard hailed his prolific team-mate, saying he has “no words” to describe the Argentine star Barcelona star Lionel Messi is unique and there are no comparisons to the forward, according to team-mate Paco Alcacer.Messi drew level with Gerd Muller for the most goals for one club in the top five European leagues with his 525th for Barcelona on Sunday.The Argentina star struck after Luis Suarez’s opener as the La Liga giants claimed a 2-0 win over Villarreal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player While Messi was joined by Cristiano Ronaldo on five Ballons d’Or, Alcacer hailed his team-mate, insisting there was no comparison to the 30-year-old.”I have no words for Leo. He is unique. There is no other in the world like him,” he told Barca TV.”There are no adjectives to describe this player.”#Messi 525 goalsMüller 525 goalsAll the detailshttps://t.co/XC8ohBFVsB— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 10, 2017The win over Villarreal was Barca’s 12th in 15 league games as they stayed five points clear at the top.Alcacer praised Messi and Suarez for making the difference against the 10-man hosts.”In the end we are 11 players. It is clear if you come on, you are fresher and can open more spaces,” he said.”But it is won by the collective and because we have the two best forwards in the world that make the difference.”
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McCall Design & PlanningIdaho is one of the least visited states in the country. That could have a lot to do with the fact that all many of us know about the Gem State is they grow a lot of potatoes. But Idaho’s nickname as the Gem State should tell you something. Along with being a great place to mine for precious stones, the state’s natural resources make it a “hidden gem” for lovers of the outdoors. From mountains to glacial lakes to dozens of state parks to explore, it’s an ideal spot for a secluded vacation retreat. Rising up out of the boulders, Payette Lake Cliff House is perfectly located to take advantage of some of Idaho’s best outdoor experiences. Payette Lake is a 10,000 year old glacial lake filled with clear, blue water. The area offers fishing, boating, and 1,000 acres of wilderness for camping and hiking. It’s a dream location for a mountain home. McCall Design & Planning Next McCall Design & Planning McCall Design & Planning McCall Design & Planning 1 of 8 McCall Design & Planning Editors’ Recommendations McCall Design & Planning McCall Design & Planning Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Positioned on a bluff overlooking the water, Payette Lake Cliff House offers stunning views of the water and the tree-covered rolling hills beyond. The creation of McCall Design & Planning, the home impressively blends manmade structures with the natural surroundings. Walking up the winding exterior staircase, weaving through the rocks to the entry of the home, you get a hint at what awaits inside. The boulders on the property become more than just part of the scenery, they make their way inside, acting as everything from support for the curved staircases, to a hearth for the fireplace, to a one-of-a-kind base for the shower in the master bathroom. Inside and out, Payette Lake Cliff House showcases the new wave of design in mountain homes. The days of over-the-top opulence are gone. Now people are looking for their mountain retreats to have a laid-back feel. This means creating a design that is welcoming and cozy while incorporating natural materials that reflect the home’s surroundings. Built Around Boulders, Creek House Blends Japanese and Brutalist Elements Previous This Little House in Washington Has Big Personality This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness McCall Design & Planning Outside, Payette Lake Cliff House features teak cladding, concrete, and weathered zinc. The home seems to flow like water down the bluff and everywhere you look, boulders rise up out of the ground creating privacy for the many outdoor patios. Pine trees surround the property adding greenery that contrasts against the light teak cladding. Inside, the sprawling retreat features simple cream-color plaster walls, natural wood on the floors and ceilings, and massive steel-framed windows that provide jaw-dropping views of the lake while flooding the home’s spaces with natural light. Industrial touches, which are becoming more popular in mountain decor, were incorporated throughout the home. Steel support beams were left exposed while the kitchen and bathrooms feature polished concrete counters.McCall Design & PlanningNods to the region’s natural history can be seen around every corner. In the stairways, massive cross sections of ancient trees were hung on the walls. The dining room features a frosted glass table and chandelier reminiscent of the glacial ice that once covered the land. And the master bathroom features an intricate mosaic tile mural of a forest scene. Payette Lake Cliff House blurs the line between indoors and out, making it a nature lover’s dream mountainside vacation home. For a look at another stunning Idaho vacation home, check out Teton Valley House. Escape to the Pacific Northwest at Hoh Rainforest Caravan Cabins
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is considering an executive order in the new year to declare a national emergency that would bar U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by China’s Huawei and ZTE, three sources familiar with the situation told Reuters.It would be the latest step by the Trump administration to cut Huawei Technologies Cos Ltd and ZTE Corp, two of China’s biggest network equipment companies, out of the U.S. market. The United States alleges that the two companies work at the behest of the Chinese government and that their equipment could be used to spy on Americans.The executive order, which has been under consideration for more than eight months, could be issued as early as January and would direct the Commerce Department to block U.S. companies from buying equipment from foreign telecommunications makers that pose significant national security risks, sources from the telecoms industry and the administration said.Rising fears over security gives BlackBerry an advantage: CEOOpinion: Canada is right to scrutinize Chinese technology. Beijing’s influence is all too realHuawei pledges to do ‘whatever is required’ to meet Canada’s security standards for 5G networksWhile the order is unlikely to name Huawei or ZTE, a source said it is expected that Commerce officials would interpret it as authorization to limit the spread of equipment made by the two companies. The sources said the text for the order has not been finalized.The executive order would invoke the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, a law that gives the president the authority to regulate commerce in response to a national emergency that threatens the United States.The issue has new urgency as U.S. wireless carriers look for partners as they prepare to adopt next generation 5G wireless networks.The order follows the passage of a defence policy bill in August that barred the U.S. government itself from using Huawei and ZTE equipment.Huawei and ZTE did not return requests for comment. Both in the past have denied allegations their products are used to spy. The White House also did not return a request for comment.The Wall Street Journal first reported in early May that the order was under consideration, but it was never issued.Hit to Rural NetworksRural operators in the United States are among the biggest customers of Huawei and ZTE, and fear the executive order would also require them to rip out existing Chinese-made equipment without compensation. Industry officials are divided on whether the administration could legally compel operators to do that.While the big U.S. wireless companies have cut ties with Huawei in particular, small rural carriers have relied on Huawei and ZTE switches and other equipment because they tend to be less expensive.The company is so central to small carriers that William Levy, vice president for sales of Huawei Tech USA, is on the board of directors of the Rural Wireless Association.The RWA represents carriers with fewer than 100,000 subscribers. It estimates that 25 per cent of its members had Huawei or ZTE equipment in their networks, it said in a filing to the Federal Communications Commission earlier this month.The RWA is concerned that an executive order could force its members to remove ZTE and Huawei equipment and also bar future purchases, said Caressa Bennet, RWA general counsel.It would cost US$800 million to $1 billion for all RWA members to replace their Huawei and ZTE equipment, Bennet said.Separately, the FCC in April granted initial approval to a regulation that bars giving federal funding to help pay for telecommunication infrastructure to companies that purchase equipment from firms deemed threats to U.S. national security, which analysts have said is aimed at Huawei and ZTE.The FCC is also considering whether to require carriers to remove and replace equipment from firms deemed a national security risk.In March, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said “hidden ‘back doors’ to our networks in routers, switches — and virtually any other type of telecommunications equipment – can provide an avenue for hostile governments to inject viruses, launch denial-of-service attacks, steal data, and more.”In the December filing, Pine Belt Communications in Alabama estimated it would cost $7 million to $13 million to replace its Chinese-made equipment, while Sagebrush in Montana said replacement would cost $57 million and take two years.Sagebrush has noted that Huawei products are significantly cheaper. When looking for bids in 2010 for its network, it found the cost of Ericsson equipment to be nearly four times the cost of Huawei.© Thomson Reuters 2018
A warm front passing through the region on Thursday is expecting to bring up to 30mm of rain. That water combined with above-freezing temperatures will result in rising steam levels and flooding in low lying areas, the Long Point Region Conservation Authority said in a release. With that in mind, the LPRCA is asking people to stay away from ditches, watercourses, ponds and other water bodies as the combination of slippery banks, unstable ice and, cold, fast-flowing water can be dangerous. “Parents are reminded to keep children, pets, and livestock away from all of these areas,” the release states. “Today’s freezing rain has made them even more hazardous than normal.” Winds of up to 70-80km/h are expected this afternoon, however, that will have a limited impact along the lakeshore due to already-existing ice cover. Cold air will return tonight, bringing to an end the short-lived thaw. Water levels are expected to remain elevated for several days and the warning will stay in place until noon tomorrow.
Referring to the testimonial mentioning Stevie Wonder, Wolkind said: “It wasn’t in great taste, I would not have chosen that, but there it is.”It was complete hyperbole, it wasn’t a great comment. I didn’t think it was funny, but it never occurred to me it could be discriminatory.”It was the absurd hyperbole of a client who was so grateful, that is the point – that he was willing to make a statement like that showed his degree of satisfaction.”Asked about his “personal criticisms” of the prosecution, Wolkind said: “We all make mistakes from time to time and we expect our opponents to point them out.Defending his conduct, Wolkind added: “I had to fight as best I could. There were many ways to lose that case and only one way to win”, which he said was in “trying to take them on on each point of circumstantial evidence”.He admits six charges relating to claims on his website about being the UK’s top criminal barrister and the UK’s top criminal QC and also being the UK’s top murder barrister and QC.Wolkind denies professional misconduct relating to alleged personal comments against prosecution counsel in the trial of R v Ekaireb.He also denies professional misconduct relating to comments in a harassment trial that his client was “unwilling to take it lying down unlike, sadly, his wife did throughout the affair” and a testimonial on his website saying he could “get Stevie Wonder a driving licence”.Two charges relating to being absent from court during the summing up in the Ekaireb trial and claims Wolkind had “appeared as leading counsel in more murder cases than any other criminal barrister practitioner” were dismissed as having no case to answer.If any of the charges are found proved, Wolkind could face a fine or a period of suspension. The hearing continues. Stevie Wonder, the blind American musicianCredit:Kevin Winter/Getty There are great legal minds, even greater legal minds, and then there is Michael Wolkind QCwebsite biography Brian Altman QCCredit:David Wimsett/UPPA/Photoshot 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. Wolkind, of 2 Bedford Row chambers, is now facing ten charges of professional misconduct before the Bar Tribunal and Adjudication Service in central London.In November 2015, the barrister’s website described him as being the “UK’s top criminal barrister” and the “UK’s top criminal QC”.His biography featured a claim that he was “widely recognised as one of the UK’s top criminal trial and appeal barristers” and featured a testimonial: “There are great legal minds, even greater legal minds, and then there is Michael Wolkind QC.”He also claimed to be the top barrister for murder, protest, terroris and householder self-defence cases, as well as inquests, health and safety cases and tribunals.One testimonial stated that Wolkind “could get Stevie Wonder a driving licence”. His website was referred to the Bar Standards Board after it came to the notice of Lord Thomas during the appeal of Wolkind’s former client Robert Ekaireb, now 42.Ekaireb, a jeweller and property developer, was convicted in December 2013 of murdering his wife, 27-year-old lapdancer Li Hua Cao. Ms Cao went missing while 22 weeks pregnant in October 2006 and her body has never been found. A leading barrister wrongly claimed he was the “UK’s top criminal QC” on his website and promoted himself with a testimonial saying he “could get Stevie Wonder a driving licence”, a misconduct hearing was told.Michael Wolkind QC was criticised by the Lord Chief Justice for his “patronising” behaviour during a murder case when he launched a series of personal attacks on prosecutor Brian Altman QC.Wolkind accused Mr Altman, who is now the lead counsel for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse, of telling “a whopper of a lie” and “flying away from the real world on a jet plane”.His client’s new barrister, Orlando Pownall QC, later described Wolkind’s performance during the case as “wholly incompetent”, the hearing was told. Referring to the mention of Stevie Wonder, the blind American musician, Mr Moran said that Wolkind’s “joke at the expense of somebody with serious disabilities is not something that ought to appear on the website of leading counsel or any other barrister. He is publishing it to the world, basically.”Wolkind also joked during a case that his client Ian Puddick, a celebrity plumber who was accused of harassment by tweeting about his wife’s infidelity, was “unwilling to take it lying down unlike, sadly, his wife did throughout the affair”.Mr Moran added that the joke was “not acceptable and would be likely to diminish the public confidence, certainly from the female public”.Wolkind, who became a barrister in 1976 and a QC in 1999, represented Norfolk farmer Tony Martin in his successful murder appeal and has been described in The Legal 500 as “brilliant at cross-examination”.The barrister told the hearing that “to find myself here is a shock”, adding: “I was too enthusiastic, I praised myself too much on that website.”That website came about because a very old school friend of mine went into computing. He, for a long time, told me about the possibility of promoting myself.”My reaction to him was ‘no way, never’. As years went by, there came a time when I said yes. I take full responsibility because I employed him.” Li Hua Cao went missing in October 2006 and her body has never been found. Her husband, Robert Ekaireb, was jailed for life after being found guilty of killing herCredit:Metropolitan Police/PA During the trial, Wolkind argued that Ms Cao was not necessarily dead and had left an unhappy marriage because she was “bored by his lifestyle in London”.In 2015, the Court of Appeal ruled that Ekaireb’s conviction was safe, but Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd found Wolkind had made “completely unprofessional” personal criticism of the prosecution and worked on other cases during the trial.Lord Thomas described Wolkind’s closing speech as “ill-judged, patronising and contained inappropriate attempts at humour” and also declared he was “surprised” at the “content and tone” of the barrister’s website.Ekaireb’s new barrister at the appeal, Orlando Pownall QC, also said Wolkind had been “wholly incompetent” in his defence.Andrew Moran QC, for the Bar Standards Board, said Wolkind had accused his opposing counsel, Mr Altman, of making the “worst interpretation of everything” and making “random attacks” in his closing speech to the jury.He quoted Wolkind as telling the jury: “Mr Altman addressed you straight-faced with a whopper of a lie.” Mr Moran said: “We say that’s a straightforward attack on Mr Altman.”He also quoted Wolkind saying “Mr Altman is flying away from the real world on a jet plane” and “he didn’t do very well because he didn’t get to the point”. He also said that Wolkind had launched into “criticism of the individual rather than the case”.Mr Moran said: “The Bar Standards Board’s case is that these sorts of personal comments about prosecution counsel are conduct likely to diminish public confidence in the legal profession or the administration of justice.”
Normet, the fast-growing and highly innovative technology company from Finland is internationally renowned for its exceptional underground operation concepts. With the very first launch of the brand-new SmartDrive battery electric vehicle architecture at Bauma in Munich, Normet says it is “holding very steadily its position as a pioneer in tunnelling and mining equipment as well as underground expertise.” Topping that, Normet also presented the extraordinary SmartScan 3D laser scanning technology and SmartSpray, the next step towards automated concrete spraying technology.The new SmartDrive fully electric battery operated machine is the sustainable, green and cost-saving technology developed by Normet since 2015 and presented at Bauma 2019. The design is not only based on an exchange from diesel to electric operation. It is a sophisticated and fully engineered battery electric architecture operating underground totally emission-free and saving costs at the same time. The first machine released is the SPRAYMEC 8100 SD which was on display at Bauma. Other machines will follow. Much of the testing of the machines was achieved at FQM’s Pyhäsalmi base metals mine in Finland.Normet SmartDrive is a fully new and modern technology using the latest long-life industrial grade lithium-ion battery technology with fast charging capability and electric motors specifically designed for harsh environments, which is available for all key machines of the mining and tunnelling portfolio. The batteries have a very long lifetime and a fast charging capability. With the onboard charging system, it needs only 2.5 hours to load the batteries from 0 to 80%, the tunnelling machine needs only one hour. The machine can also be charged any time from any typical underground AC-socket or in the matter of minutes by fast chargers. There is no time consuming and expensive battery swapping necessary. The battery is split into modules: in the case of malfunction of a module, it will be isolated and the rest will continue operating, without forcing the machine down somewhere in the mine or tunnel. Also, a very special feature of the electric vehicle are the two electric motors, which are redundant as well.The fully emission-free, electric motors provide instant torque and safe operation in all underground situations like downhill, level or uphill tramming. No hot gases are exhausted and that is influencing the general design for ventilation of the mine or the tunnel, resulting in much lower operating costs for the ventilation. The whole driveline is optimised and all low-efficiency parts like gearbox, dropbox and shafts of the machine are eliminated. The hydraulic circuit with all rotating parts is reduced to a minimum. Altogether a lot of components which require maintenance are eliminated. The optimised tuning of the electric machine´s control system reduces the need to use service braking because the braking force is provided by the electric motors. Most of the time, there is a recuperation of power: during downhill driving the braking energy will be stored back into the batteries. The machine is equipped with four-wheel drive, a feature to hold the brakes automatically when stopping in the hill, the possibility to use only one pedal for driving, and three selectable speed ranges. With all these optimised features, the new generation of Normet mining and tunnelling equipment is more sustainable, less maintenance and service is needed and much more economical than other engine versions.Spraying concrete now becomes more efficient and safer with the innovative 3D laser scanning technology SmartScan by combining the latest sensor technology with the successful shotcrete equipment and applications from Normet. SmartScan is designed for the dusty and harsh underground construction environment. Placed inside a robust stainless box mounted in front of the concrete spraying machine, the enclosure needs only to be opened for starting the scan via the touchscreen. The IP65 rated laser scans the face in 50 m maximum range, 0 to 180 degree horizontal and -60 to +140 degree vertical angle before spraying. With a second scan after spraying concrete, the software automatically compares both measurements and presents in real time the thickness of the applied shotcrete. This information is shown in easy to understand colours which directly gives an overview of the targeted thickness and the under- or overspray areas. Fast deployment and scan time help to operate without breaks and the results can be automatically generated for a concrete thickness report.Talented operators at the concrete spraying machine becoming more and more rare with the result of huge differences in the quality of the sprayed concrete. Due to this fact, Normet developed the process automation SmartSpray to minimize the operator effect and increase the productivity of spraying. SmartSpray is available in the three versions Lite, Pro and ProPlus. SmartSpray Lite allows the operator to control only one spraying nozzle by using only one joystick to perform basic spraying movements instead of handling two or four joysticks. The nozzle position is maintained to align the concrete spray towards the surface. With this automation support of SmartSpray Lite, the operator achieves consistent and high-quality spraying results.With SmartSpray Pro automatic movements are possible for regular spraying. The spraying nozzle moves from point-to-point and the spraying is automatic. The operator only needs to adjust the distance to the surface and to move to the next spraying segment. Large and smooth surfaces in tunnels are the result of the SmartSpray Pro.SmartSpray ProPlus is designed to spray automatically a before defined area. The system automatically keeps the distance between the spraying nozzle and the wall profile, maintains the speed and achieves the demanded layer thickness. SmartSpray ProPlus automatically calculates the path for the nozzle movement and sprays the concrete, turning the sprayer operator from beginner to seasoned master.
Source: bronco101us3. And some network problems for SonySome users have received error messages when attempting to log onto the Playstation Network through their new consoles.Sony has said that “heavy traffic” was the cause for the problem, and asked users to “sit tight”.3. Amazon in the UK said it can only deliver consoles ordered before 14 November in time for ChristmasIn a posting on amazon.co.uk the online retailer notes that only consoles ordered on or before Wednesday will be delivered in time for Christmas.Anyone who places an order with Amazon from now on will not receive their PS4 before 25 December. Source: Giphy4. Here, retailers say they don’t know how many they’ll getSmyths Toys for example says that:Sony has not confirmed final launch allocations of the PS4 console. Customers who placed their deposit with Smyths in-store before 7 August will have priority over stock available at launch.Gamestop meanwhile states that:Pre-orders on PS4 placed after 4 August are not guaranteed for launch day. You will then be placed in a queue for dispatch as soon as more stock is secured. We currently cannot guarantee when this will be.Littlewoods Ireland warns:Due to the high demand of the PS4, SOny are unable to guarantee delivery for the day of launch. Pre-orders will be prioritised in the order of which they are placed.Don’t worry though, there’s always this: Source: @Iam_quophi5. This guy bought a PS4, and then smashed it with a baseball batNope. Not a clue. Source: Viral VideozWorldwide6. Playstation has so far dropped the ball on replying to this tweet from XBoxThe Xbox One launches next week, but today the official Twitter account of the Microsoft console acknowledged the Sony launch.At the time of publication, Playstation has yet to come up with a suitably cheeky response.The PS4 will be available in Ireland on 29 November. If you’re lucky.Read: 5 reasons the new Playstation beats the new Xbox> THE EAGERLY ANTICIPATED Playstation 4 launched in America at 5am Irish time.While the console has been received with glee by gamers across the US, and has been granted solid reviews from the likes of CNET and Endgadget, the launch hasn’t been without its worries…1. They’re already running outEarlier this week Amazon in the US released an image of the consoles in the warehouse waiting to be dispatched.Rows and rows of delicious blue and white boxes teased those who had pre-ordered or planned to queue up to buy a machine at midnight. Source: ImgurNow however, it seems that retailers across the US are already worried about months of delays in getting consoles to eager gamers.Mirror.co.uk reports that 1.5 million pre-orders have been placed worldwide.2. There have already been some complaints
Feb 10th 2017, 6:05 AM 29 Comments 1A St Patrick’s Road went up for sale last week. http://jrnl.ie/3230727 Council-built house that was vacant for 10 years goes up for sale (for €200,000 less than it cost to build) The house is up for sale with an asking price of €400,000. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 10 Feb 2017, 6:05 AM Share179 Tweet Email By Cormac Fitzgerald Short URL A HOUSE IN south Dublin that was built close to a decade ago and has lain vacant for over a decade has been put up for sale.1A St Patrick’s Road, Clondalkin, is up for sale by Ray Cooke Auctioneers with an asking price of €400,000.The 4-bedroom, detached house is situated at near the end of the road next to a small green space.South Dublin County Council began the process of building the house in 2006 in order to make use of vacant space at the end of the road and combat anti-social behaviour in the area.First a wall was built to separate St Patrick’s Road with Michael Collins Park behind it. Following this the house was built.The council had intended to sell the house on the private market once it was built. However, a dispute over the ownership of a piece of land to the side of the building meant that they were unable to sell it.The council attempted to buy the strip of land from the owners but wasn’t able to. In the end they resorted to putting a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) on the land.The entire saga took close to 10 years in total, with the council finally acquiring the full title to the land in March 2016.In total, the building of the house and the cost incurred by the CPO brought the total amount spent by the council on the house to €629,000 – €229,000 more than the listed asking price.Once the council had acquired the land, a number of discussions were held on what should be done with the property.According to briefing notes from January’s monthly council meeting:Following these discussions a potential allocation to a family in particular medical need of the type of accommodation the home could meet was identified.At an informal meeting of Clondalkin Area Committee in November the view appeared to be that the house should be given to a family with a particular medical need rather than be sold.It went to a full council vote in January, however, with councillors voting 22 to 15 in favour of selling the house on the private market.“In my opinion it was a disgraceful decision,” Sinn Féin councillor Mark Ward, who voted against the decision, told TheJournal.ie.Ward – who sits on the Clondalkin Area Committee – said that the house should be used to re-home a family in need, rather than be sold on the private market.“I just felt it was a bad decision to sell one the council’s few remaining houses because of the housing crisis we’re in,” he said.A For Sale sign was put up outside the property last Thursday. Once a sale is agreed, Ward said it must be approved again by a council vote.Read: Financial madness or ‘a shot in the arm’? Changes to mortgage-to-rent schemeRead: Nama offered a council 507 social housing units in Dublin – so why did it only take 65? 1A St Patrick’s Road went up for sale last week. 32,112 Views
By AFP White House reveals Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have up to €700m in assets Concerns have been raised about potential conflicts of interest. DONALD TRUMP’S DAUGHTER Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner have held onto real estate and business investments valued in the hundreds of millions while working government jobs.The figures are included in ethics filings released by the White House last night.The disclosures came in a mass document release showing the wealth and financial assets of scores of senior White House staff members at the time they began government work.Ivanka Trump’s stake in the Trump International Hotel, located close to the White House, is one source of income that could represent a conflict of interest.Critics have noted that interest groups or foreign governments could stay at the luxury hotel to get in the administration’s good graces.The White House documents show that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, who are both official advisers to the president, are still getting income from holdings valued at between $240 million (about €225 million) and $740 million (about €695 million).Ivanka Trump — who just days ago announced she would officially enter a federal role as an unpaid adviser to the US president — will hang on to her stake in the Trump International Hotel.According to her husband’s disclosure, the hotel stake is worth between $5 million (about €4.7 million) and $25 million (about €23.5 million). Between January 2016 and March 2017 she made between $1 million (about €940,000) and $5 million (about €4.7 million) in rent or royalties from the hotel, the documents show.Kushner was recently tapped by his Republican father-in-law to lead a new White House office that aims to use business ideas to help streamline the government, according to the Washington Post.The 36-year-old is a senior adviser to Trump with far-reaching influence over domestic and foreign policy.Kushner left high-level positions at more than 200 entities related to his family’s real estate business, according to the documents, but will continue to reap benefits from many holdings related to the business empire he ran with his father.Bannon, Cohn assets The White House disclosures included information on the assets of Gary Cohn — the former president of Goldman Sachs who heads the White House National Economic Council — and Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s chief strategist.Cohn reported assets of between $253 million (about €330 million) and $611 million (about €573 million), and income in 2016 of up to $77 million (about €72 million).Bannon’s most important asset is his private consulting firm, valued at between $5 million (about €4.7 million) and $25 million (about €23.5 million). He also had rental real estate valued at up to $10.5 million (about €9.8 million), and up to $2.25 million (about €2.1 million) in the bank.Bannon reported $191,000 (about €179,000) in consulting fees earned from the conservative outlet Breitbart News Network, which he formerly headed, as well as more than $125,000 (about €117 million) for work at the data firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked for the Trump campaign, and more than $61,000 (about €57,000) in salary for a conservative nonprofit group.The Trump administration is considered one of the wealthiest in US history — Bloomberg estimates his cabinet and senior staff are worth some $12 billion (about €11.3 billion).No Trump divestment Since being elected president, Donald Trump’s vast business empire has been scrutinised by ethics experts who say it poses major conflicts of interest.Before taking office in January, Trump said he would formally hand “complete and total” control of his business empire to his adult sons, Don Jr and Eric, in a bid to avoid conflicts of interest – but he would not divest from his business holdings.The Trump Organization, whose network of hotels, golf clubs and luxury residential towers stretches across 20 countries, is not listed on the stock market, and thus releases no public statistics.Trump has thus far refused to release his tax returns, meaning little is known about the extent of its interests.Don Jr, 38, and Eric, 32, are Trump’s eldest sons from his first marriage. They are currently executive vice presidents in the Trump Organization.Trump’s personal lawyer Sheri Dillon promised that the new president would “build in protections” to show that his actions “are for their benefit and not to support his financial interests”.- © AFP 2017Read: Ivanka Trump taking on unpaid White House jobRead: Trump’s former adviser will testify in Russia probe ‘if he gets immunity’ Share14 Tweet Email 24,929 Views Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner watch the press conference of German chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump in Washington earlier this month Image: Michael Kappeler DPA/PA Images Short URL Image: Michael Kappeler DPA/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/3318430 Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner watch the press conference of German chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump in Washington earlier this month Apr 1st 2017, 10:55 AM 35 Comments Saturday 1 Apr 2017, 10:55 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifting off in Florida with the lunar lander Beresheet on board Image: Joe Marino-Bill Cantrell/UPI via PA Images By Hayley Halpin 23,828 Views Image: Joe Marino-Bill Cantrell/UPI via PA Images Share788 Tweet Email2 Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 9:43 PM ISRAEL’S ATTEMPT AT a moon landing has failed at the last-minute due to an engine failure. The SpaceIL spacecraft lost contact with Earth this evening, just moments before it was due to land on the moon. The craft suffered an engine failure when it was preparing to land and apparently crashed onto the Moon’s surface. “We didn’t make it, but we definitely tried,” project originator and major backer Morris Kahn said in a live videocast from mission control near Tel Aviv. “The spacecraft Beresheet did not successfully complete its landing on the moon,” an onscreen message said. Prime Minister Benjamin Betanyahu said: ”It if first you don’t succeed, try try again.”The small robotic spacecraft was built by the non-profit SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries. Beresheet was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on 22 February with a Falcon 9 rocket from Elon Musk’s private US-based SpaceX company.The project began as part of the Google Lunar XPrize, which in 2010 offered $30 million (€26.6 million) in awards to encourage scientists and entrepreneurs to come up with relatively low-cost moon missions.The Google prize expired in March without a winner, however, Israel’s team pledged to push forward.Asked in December whether the project had so far gone as planned, SpaceIL co-founder Yariv Bash said “hell no”.“Back when we got started, we thought it was going to be a two-year project, the budget would be less than $10 million, and the spacecraft will weigh less than five kilogrammes,” he said.“And here we are eight years later with a project with a budget of almost $100 million.”So far, only Russia, the US and China have made the 384,000-kilometre journey and landed on the Moon.Includes reporting by Associated Press and © – AFP 2019 Short URL Apr 11th 2019, 9:43 PM A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifting off in Florida with the lunar lander Beresheet on board ‘We didn’t make it’: Israel’s moon landing attempt fails at last minute The craft suffered an engine failure when it was preparing to land this evening. https://jrnl.ie/4588414 84 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Gerald Bocook Videos Articles Was that the series when HHH’s evil brother tried to take over the world through WWE and they straight-up murder Chris Jericho because Jericho thinks the idea is stupid? Ronda Rousey Is WWE Losing Its Audience? May 11, 2017 at 7:43 am Ronda Rouseys Controversial Tweets Sponsored By WWE Twitter WhatsApp May 11, 2017 at 7:44 am Pinterest Dash Wilder medical updateDash Wilder and Scott Dawson together make up the team of The Revival. Having teamed together on NXT and winning the NXT Tag Team Championship on two occasions, they were recently moved to the RAW brand after Wrestlemania. Unfortunately during a farewell tour of NXT, Dash Wilder was injured during a match and suffered a broken jaw. His partner Scott Dawson was interviewed to give an update on his condition. Andrew Fisher RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE already tried to start up their own comic book series featuring several of their wrestlers through Chaos Comics from 1999-2001 and the art was WAY better. Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions The Undertaker appears on ESPN College GameDay Saturday morning May 6, 2017 at 9:14 pm WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next 5 COMMENTS TheCyberZon No, HHH has no evil brother. It was HHH himself who came up with the idea. XDBut seriously, if I remember correctly, The Undertaker had a limited run co-starring Paul Bearer & Kane, Steve Austin had a 4 issue mini-series, then The Rock, Mankind, & Chyna all had 1 shots. I have them all stored away somewhere and even have The Undertaker’s autograph on issue #1 of his series & Kane’s autograph on one where he was on the cover. Undertaker’s series was really good and the art was great! Mankind’s one shot was pretty good too. The others…..well they were just made because of their popularity & I just got them for the collector’s value.But these new books WWE is commissioning look like the comics equivalent of the Network, trying to capitalize on the popularity of the distant past but in much lower quality. I will not be getting these. cant Dawson wrestle singles? or is whole team off tv? maybe he could re emerge in NXT with a new NXT TV title and keep it until Dash returns, then both on Raw and a new title has a solid 1st champ and 1st reign WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Intercontinental and Smackdown Tag Team Championship matches added to Clash of Champions Google+ Now Playing Up Next It does seem a waste to keep Dawson off TV. Gerald Bocook Now Playing Up Next Wayne Martin Austin and Undertaker featured in WWE comicsBOOM! Studios are producing a series of WWE comics, starting with the inaugural WWE comic, “WWE: Then. Now. Forever. #1. WWE.com is featuring a preview of this comic with a look at pages featuring Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Undertaker. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rouseys Controversial Tweets Sponsored By WWEVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:49/Current Time 0:21Loaded: 100.00%0:21Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list TheCyberZon May 12, 2017 at 1:36 am May 7, 2017 at 1:21 am Comments are closed.
WILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, below are the town and school board, committee and commission meeting scheduled for the week of Sunday, December 2, 2018.Sunday, December 2No MeetingsMonday, December 3The Wilmington Historical Commission meets at 7pm at the Town Museum. Read the agenda HERE.Tuesday, December 4The Wilmington Planning Board meets at 7:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Wednesday, December 5The Wilmington Conservation Commission meets in 7pm at Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Thursday, December 6The Wilmington Recreation Commission meets at 5pm in Town Hall’s Room 8. Read the agenda HERE.Friday, December 7No MeetingsSaturday, December 8No MeetingsAll meetings are open to the public unless noted.(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of September 1, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”
Two motorcyclists were killed as a bus rammed their motorcycle at Shibpur in Tangail district town on Friday morning.The deceased are Subrata 28, son of a certain Kazal Das and Aranya, 22, son of one Ram Chandra Das in Enayetpur area of the sadar upazila.Elenga highway police outpost in-charge Shah Alam said the Dhaka-bound passenger bus hit the motorbike, leaving Subrata dead on the spot and another critically injured.The injured was rushed to Tangail General Hospital where Aranya succumbed to his injuries, he added.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » With so many ecommerce web hosting solutions out there to choose from, it can be tempting to go with the first one you see. And while you could get lucky and have no issues with your choice years down the road, it’s not a bet most of us should be willing to take.It’s best to research this issue ahead of opening your online store – and these are the reasons why.Site SpeedSite speed not only plays a major role in creating a positive user experience, it also impacts where the search engines decide to rank your website. Yes, it’s only one factor among hundreds that Google uses to decide where your site should appear in the search results page for any particular query, but it’s important nonetheless.It’s annoying, but it makes sense. Search engines have their own end users to think about. In trying to provide the best possible user experience for them, they want to be sure they are sending them to websites that not only provide the information they are looking for but to websites that don’t have frustratingly long lag times.The business implications of slow page loading can’t be overstated. Some 47 percent of web users expect a website to load within two seconds or less. Forty percent of users will abandon a website that takes three seconds or longer to load, so the faster your website loads, the better. Even a one-second delay in site speed can cause a 7 percent reduction in conversion rate. If your ecommerce site earns you $100,000 a day, that one-second delay could be costing you $2.5 million a year in revenue.How fast your website loads depends on a number of factors, such as your web host, the types of files you have on your site and the size of the code on your site. While you’re in control of your file types and code size (and you can take steps to optimize them) when it comes to hosting, due diligence is the only recourse you have.Related: Vrooom! Why Website Speed Matters.UptimeMaybe because no web host can credibly guarantee they will be up 100 percent of the time, there are many web hosts boasting 99.9 percent uptime. While that is generally good enough, it’s important to remember that any downtime has a detrimental effect on your ecommerce revenue. The difference between 99.9 percent uptime and 99.99 percent uptime is 40 minutes per average month, which is hardly negligible in a 24/7 industry like ecommerce — especially at peak traffic times, when problems are more likely to arise.While the cost of that downtime varies widely for businesses depending on size and industry and time of day, 81% of businesses surveyed said that just 60 minutes of website downtime can cost them over $ 300,000, and 98% of businesses say that 60 minutes can cost them over $100,000.Consider that multiple times a year, and you’re negating a rather large amount of potential revenue. But it’s more than that, too. A single poor customer service experience can do far more damage to your reputation – and when you have a lot of customers unable to view product specs or complete their orders because of downtime, you’re dealing with much more than lost revenue.ScalabilityNo matter how large or small your business is right now, I’m sure there’s not going to be a point where you stop and say, “Okay, I’m done growing. I don’t want my business to earn any more money than it does right now.”Your ecommerce property needs to be built with scalability in mind. As your business grows and expands, either in terms of products you offer or how many and how frequent the sales you make, your needs are going to change. Make sure you choose a platform that can grow with you, so you don’t have to deal with downtime while you switch to another platform that will serve you better.Related: The Basic Building Blocks of a Website, and Their CostsHidden CostsThere’s no such thing as a completely free ecommerce platform. Even if you build the website yourself with a domain name, your choice of web hosting, and a shopping cart platform that works on a CMS like WordPress or Drupal, you’ve still got the cost of that domain, the web hosting itself, any premium plugins, as well as design and maintenance costs.Certain ecommerce platforms will cost more than others, depending on the features and the size of the store you’re running. Some will have host bandwidth or transaction fees on top of what the payment processor will charge you. Others will charge a monthly fee based on the number of products in your catalog, while some will only charge a portion of the sale for each item you sell.Operational costs are a real consideration, but if you require a feature that others don’t have, it’s worth paying a bit more for a one-stop shop that ensures your business runs smoothly over the long term.Related: 4 Reasons Why Quality SEO Will Cost You, and Why It’s Worth ItTaking the time to research your e-commerce platform in advance of your launch ensures that when you do decide to invest time and money into a platform, you’ll be able to build and market your store with fewer surprises in the future. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. April 19, 2018
Dubai has officially welcomed one of its largest ever incentive groups, with more than 12,000 visitors from over 100 countries worldwide arriving for the Forever Global Rally 2017, taking place in the beginning of April 2017. Dubai Business Events, the city’s official convention bureau, successfully won the bid in 2015 to host USA-based Forever Living’s annual trip in partnership with a number of local stakeholders, including Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), Emirates and other key suppliers to the tourism and hospitality industry.The Forever Living Global Rally builds on the attractiveness and growth of Dubai as a destination for large incentive groups, as first demonstrated by Dubai hosting NuSkin in 2014.Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said, “Dubai has consistently captured the hearts of travellers from around the world and has cemented its reputation of being an attractive destination for leisure and business. The growing influence of the incentive segment cannot be overlooked as it is a major contributor, not only towards the development of the overall business events industry, but also towards the success of the city’s tourism sector.”Nick Woodward-Shaw, Vice President, Global Events at Forever Living Products International, LLC, said, “Thousands of days of work have gone into the preparation of this incentive trip and we are sure that, with the help of some great partners in Dubai, we will be providing an experience like no other for our hard working business owners. From the unwavering support of Dubai Business Events to the simply brilliant logistical care of Arabian Adventures, we couldn’t have asked for better people to work with.”
Top Stories Biggest rise: Arizona Cardinals ▲ 7Biggest plunge: Jacksonville Jaguars ▼ 6 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Minnesota Vikings defenders Tom Johnson, from left, Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter celebrate after sacking Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Vikings won 31-13. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) Comments Share And quarterback Sam Bradford is finally living up to the top-overall pick label that has followed him since the Rams took him with the first pick of the 2010 draft. Now with his third NFL team, Bradford is completing 70 percent of his throws and has thrown six touchdown passes with no interceptions. His quarterback rating of 109.8 is the second-best in the league, behind only Atlanta’s Matt Ryan.Last week’s top team, the Denver Broncos, fell to number-six after suffering a home loss to the Falcons. New England, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Green Bay round out our top five. Here’s a closer look at our NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 6.Click for larger image Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Another week, another new team on top of the Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings.The Minnesota Vikings continued their dominant 2016 defensive performance by holding the Houston Texans to one touchdown and 214 total yards in a convincing 31-13 win at U.S. Bank Stadium.After Week 5, the Vikings are the league’s only unbeaten team, and it’s not hard to see why. Minnesota is giving up an average of 12 points and 287.6 yards per game. They’ve also forced 12 turnovers while committing only one; their +11 turnover differential is the best in the league. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact