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Using CC Composite in Adobe After Effects

first_imgUsing CC Composite in After Effects is useful for compositing – if you know how it works.CC Composite is a quick in easy way to composite your original layer over your added effects. There are a lot of instances in which CC Composite might be useful but it can be confusing to figure out sometimes.In the following tutorial, Premiumbeat blogger and motion designer Mikey Borup demonstrates how to use the CC Composite effect. The video covers:Using the CC Composite effectOrdering the effect hierarchyUnderstanding effect priorities This video was posted to Mikey Borup’s YouTube page where there is a lot of other interesting tutorials on Adobe After Effects. Thanks for sharing Mikey!Have any other tips for using CC Composite?Please share in the comments below.last_img read more

Athletics Federation of India slams OP Jaisha for baseless allegations

first_imgOP Jaisha has alleged that the the Indian marathoners were not given water during the women’s event. Jaisha said she fainted at the finish line because she wasn’t served water by Indian officials, who were supposed to be at their desk with refreshments during the event. (Officials in blame game after OP Jaisha reveals horror tale from Rio 2016)The Indian desk was unmanned through the event. While Jaisha finished 89th with a timing of 2:47:19, Kavit Raut finished 120th in 2:59:29. (Also read: Rio 2016: No water served to India’s thirsty women marathoners)However, Athletics Federation of India (AFI) hit back at the athlete for making “misleading and incorrect” statement. (Also read: Rio 2016: Only Indian counter didn’t have water or refreshments, says OP Jaisha)FULL AFI STATEMENTNew Delhi, August 22, 2016: The Athletics Federation of India is extremely disturbed to see a section of the media carry inaccurate and misleading information regarding our athlete, Ms. O.P. Jaisha without verification of facts.The AFI vouches that the arrangement for the marathon race organised by the OC 2016 Rio Olympic Games was commendable and as per the rules and regulations pertaining to conduct of a marathon race. As per the prevailing rules and regulations, the organisers installed one water point per every 2.5km and one refreshment booth per every 2.5km. The quantity of drinks was enough and the Rio organisers did a wonderful job on this front as per requirement for a marathon race.In addition, the organisers installed one medical booth per every 5km on the marathon course, and two ambulances accompanied the runners – one ahead and one behind the group of marathoners. This was also organised in Rio as per the rules and regulations and there was no reason to complain.advertisementAs far as the planning of the team management for the race is concerned, each team is allowed to keep their own personalised drinks on the booths, marked in a colour as per the choice of the team and athlete. Accordingly, as per the rule, on the night ahead of the women’s marathon race, the Indian Team Manager carried 16 empty bottles, eight each for Jaisha and the other Indian women runner, Kavita Raut, and visited the duo and their coach, foreign expert Dr Nikolai Snesarev in their room and asked them to provide their choice of personalised drink which would then be sealed in their presence and handed over to the organisers for installing them on the booth along with a placard as per the requirement of the athlete.In this case, the two athletes, Ms Jaisha and Ms Raut declined the offer and informed the Indian Team Manager that they didn’t require personalised drink, and if at all they required it during the race, they would use the drinks available at the water booth and refreshment booth provided by the organisers. It is also informed that as per the rule an athlete stands to be disqualified if he or she accepts a drink from any other person or official standing along the course except taken on their own – be it personalised drink submitted to the organisers in advance or the drinks provided by the organisers on the water and refreshment booths respectively.Therefore, it is an incorrect statement made by Ms O.P. Jaisha that the Indian officials accompanying the team did not provide her water or any other form of tonic drinks.Also, as per the information shared by the organisers an ambulance would be made available within two minutes in the eventuality of an athlete fainting. The Rio organisers acted swiftly and provided an ambulance within two minutes after Ms Jaisha had fainted and within no time the Indian team manager and deputy chief coach of the Indian athletics team accompanied her to the hospital. In fact Dr Nikolai Snesarev out of concern for Ms Jaisha’s health and safety even got into an altercation with a lady from the organising committee and faced time in a lock up for this purpose.Further, it is also informed that Ms Jaisha had declined to use personalised drink in another event, the 2015 World Championships held in Beijing and the coach informed the Indian team management that she wasn’t in the habit of using personalised drinks. It is also being informed that in the case of the three Indian men marathon runners, their coach Surender Singh had requested for personalised drinks for the three runners and the same was provided to them as per their requirement.  It is also to be noted that the temperature was 18 degree Celsius when the women’s marathon had started and went on to reach 26 degree Celsius when the race concluded.advertisementThe AFI would also like to inform that Ms Jaisha had qualified only for the marathon event for Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and hence she was not eligible to run in the 1500m race as claimed in her interview. This information is also incorrect and misleading.The AFI is disappointed to note that all these facts have not been put into public domain while inaccurate information have been highlighted based on a misleading interview with Ms Jaisha. The AFI has always treated the athletes as its top priority and such media reports are not only incorrect and misleading, but it also tarnishes the reputation of the sport, the officials and coaches who go beyond the call of duty to protect their athletes. We hope the above information will allay any apprehension and doubt regarding the motive and efficacy of the Indian team management towards the safety of our athlete in Rio and presents the true facts about the incident. We fail to comprehend why Ms Jaisha, who has been nurtured and trained with relentless dedication by the foreign expert and the AFI for years, chose to state incorrect information in her interview to a section of the media.last_img read more

Super Falcons: Atlanta routs Packers 44-21 for NFC title

first_imgATLANTA (AP) Matt Ryan tumbled into the end zone, slammed the ball to the turf with a thunderous spike, and let out a scream that showed just how much he wanted this game.He wants the next one even more.With another MVP-worthy performance and plenty of help from Julio Jones, Matty Ice guided the Atlanta Falcons to a 44-21 rout of the Green Bay Packers for the NFC championship Sunday, a showing that erased any doubts about whether Ryan can win the big games.In his ninth season, he’s finally headed to his first Super Bowl .Call him Super Matty.“We’ll enjoy it because it’s hard to get to this point. I know that from experience,” Ryan said. “But our ultimate goal is still in front of us.”The Falcons (13-5) will face Tom Brady and the Patriots on Feb. 5 in Houston, just the second Super Bowl appearance in Atlanta’s 51-year history. Eighteen years ago, they lost to Denver in John Elway’s final game.New England, heading to its ninth Super Bowl, blew out Pittsburgh 36-17. The Patriots opened as a 3-point favorite.Ryan threw for 392 yards and four touchdowns, but it was his 14-yard scoring run — his first TD on the ground since 2012 — that really set the tone .Jones was right in the middle of things, too. After barely practicing during the week because of a lingering toe injury, he finished off the Packers with a 73-yard catch-and-run on Atlanta’s second snap of the second half, pushing the lead to 31-0 and essentially turning the rest of the Georgia Dome finale into one long celebration.“He’s a beast,” Ryan said. “I’ve been lucky to play with him as long as I have. He was impressive today. I know he wasn’t feeling his best, but he’s a warrior.”Jones finished with nine catches for 180 yards and two scores, which included a toe-dragging catch for a 5-yard touchdown with 3 seconds left in the first half, sending the Falcons to the locker room up 24-0.After the break: the play that showed every one of Jones’ remarkable skills . He blazed down the middle of the field, shook off LaDarius Gunter’s attempt to grab him on a cut toward the sideline, hauled in the pass from Ryan, broke Gunter’s diving attempt at tackle, and defiantly knocked away Damarious Randall’s with a brutal stiff-arm.“I didn’t practice that much throughout the week,” Jones said, “but today I came out and gave it all I had.”Ryan sparked more delirious chants of “MVP! MVP! MVP!” as he carved up an injury-plagued Packers secondary that had no way of stopping a team that averaged nearly 34 points a game during the regular season and romped to a 36-20 victory against Seattle’s Legion of Boom last week.The Packers, riding an eight-game winning streak and coming off a thrilling upset of the top-seeded Dallas Cowboys , got a taste of what they’d be in for on Atlanta’s very first possession. Driving 80 yards in 13 plays, the Falcons converted three third downs, the last when Ryan scrambled away from pressure and flipped a shovel pass to Mohamed Sanu for a 2-yard score.Aaron Rodgers pushed the Packers quickly into Atlanta territory with a 27-yard pass to Jordy Nelson, who missed the previous game with a rib injury. But Mason Crosby, who hit two field goals longer that 50 yards in the closing minutes against the Cowboys, pushed a 41-yard attempt right of the upright to snap a playoff-record streak of 23 straight field goals.The Falcons drove the other way, settling for Matt Bryant’s 28-yard field goal and a 10-0 lead. Then, with Green Bay poised to make a game of it, Atlanta’s much-maligned defense — one of the lowest ranked in the NFL — came through a momentum-swinging play. Fullback Aaron Ripkowski was breaking tackles and rumbling toward the end zone when Jalen Collins stripped the ball from behind and fell on it just across the goal line for a touchback.“Their offense is hot right now,” Rodgers said. “Playing a team like that, you’ve got to start faster. We had no points in the first half. You’re not going to win many games like that.”After the fumble, Ryan hooked up with Jones three times for 56 yards and finished it off from the 14 with some surprisingly nimble running skills, faking out one defender with a pump fake before sprawling into the end zone.“I just saw a lane open up,” said Ryan, who had a 1-4 record in the playoffs over his first eight seasons. “That’s the longest run I’ve had in a while. It came at a good time.”DON’T FORGET THE DEFENSEAtlanta’s defense, an afterthought compared to the other side of the line, kept the Packers out of the end zone until the game was essentially locked up.Rodgers finished 27 of 45 for 287 yards and three TDs, but he also threw an interception, was sacked twice and faced a relentless Falcons rush.The Falcons finished with a 493-367 edge in total yards.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Neymar, Coutinho script Brazil’s 2-0 win over Costa Rica

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho and Neymar scored two extra-time goals to give Brazil a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica at the St. Petersburg Stadium on Friday.Coutinho scored in the 91st minute as he stabbed home from barely six metres to the goal and then Neymar followed it up with a volley six minutes later to seal the deal and help Brazil go on top of Group E with 4 points.It was tragedy for Costa Rica, ranked 23rd in the world. They had held the five-time champions 0-0 when six minutes were added at the end of the 90th and were looking like getting away with a point. However, their resiliance broke and after conceding two goals in seven minutes, they are now knocked out of the World Cup.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEBrazil were poor in the first half but pressed for goals in more urgent second period. However, they lacked poise in front of goal and Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas was in fine form. Neymar thought he had a penalty with 13 minutes remaining when the referee awarded a spot-kick, then changed his decision after a video assistant referee (VAR) review and adjudging he dived.#Scenes for Brazil in injury time today… #BRACRC pic.twitter.com/yBU54UK75SFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 22, 2018Neither team was flamboyant. Brazil made several more attempts and had more shots at goal than Costa Rica but at the end, only a last-minute goal helped the world number two come out with three points.advertisementEarlier, Gabriel Jesus had the ball in the net after 26 minutes but it was correctly ruled out for offside. Both Philippe Coutinho and Marcelo had long-range shots that whizzed off target, while Celso Borges shot wide from eight metres out for Costa Rica in what was perhaps the best chance of the game.Before the match, coach Oscar Ramirez had declared that Costa Rica had a strategy in place to stop Neymar from wrecking havoc against them. But he also promised his men not attempt to foul Neymar out of the game.Neymar became the most fouled player in the World Cup in the last 20 years during Brazil’s 1-1 draw against Switzerland. After that match, Neymar had trouble training and even had a sore ankle but brushed aside concerns over his match fitness.During the 2014 World Cup, Neymar’s tournament ended prematurely when Colombia’s Zuniga fouled him such that the Brazilian superstar fractured a vertebra.last_img read more

Premiership Rugby aiming to finalise £230m CVC deal by Christmas

first_img Twickenham considers NFL-style plan for elite to split into two regions Clubs would each receive around £18m if the deal goes through but they would be better off in the long-term only if income from central funds rose by significantly more than the 35% stake CVC is looking to take. news Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Premiership Rugby hopes to conclude a £230m agreement with a private equity firm before Christmas after a board meeting on Tuesday failed to tie up a few loose ends.When the 13 shareholders in Premiership Rugby, made up of the 12 clubs in the top flight plus London Irish, first discussed the proposal in September they rejected it, not least because CVC Capital Partners wanted a 50% stake in the league. Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp This week’s meeting at Heathrow agreed the deal – which would give CVC a 35% stake – in principle, leaving the executive arm of Premiership Rugby to sort out the unresolved issues in the next two weeks.“There remains unanimity about our approach and our desire to enter into a requirement for a significant investment which we think will herald a new era for the league,” said the Premiership Rugby chairman, Ian Ritchie. “We remain on track in achieving our objectives but nothing has yet been concluded.“These discussions are inevitably complex and take whatever time is necessary. We had a good meeting and have a shared objective. We are still in discussions and they will continue. We have to take time to make sure things are done in the right way.” The company would take that percentage from the pot each year, meaning that if it did not grow the clubs’ annual income would shrink. They were reassured the lump sum they receive will be a windfall with proceeds from sponsorship and broadcasting deals expected to rise significantly if CVC gets involved.CVC, which used to own Formula One, would have no say in the running of the league but would lead its commercial arm. “We are not there yet because discussions like this one are not straightforward,” said the Premiership Rugby chief executive, Mark McCafferty. “It is a question of time rather than principle and we would like to resolve this before Christmas.“It always comes down to a few issues and we will work through them. Nothing is done until it’s done and it will not drag on. With the collective will around the table today, we can find the answers to those items. If we get there, it will be a landmark moment that will allow clubs to make the next wave of investment on grounds and fan experience.” Support The Guardian Rugby union Share on Facebookcenter_img Share on Twitter The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Share on LinkedIn Topics RFU’s Nigel Melville insists Premiership trapdoor will not be closed Share via Email Premiership Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

OPPORTUNITY FOR TEAMS- STOCKTAKE SALE OFFER!

first_imgAs everyone is aware the ATA is running a huge stocktake sale to try and sell off the piles of shirts and clothes we have sitting in our stock room. There are several types of shirts that would make great team uniforms for your kids down at park level or for you and your mates at social level…they match, are Touch based in the logos/designs and have plain coloured backs…perfect for ironing on numbers for your team. We’re offering a fantastic deal for those interested in purchasing these shirts for a Touch team… Please click here for the full story: If you want to buy these shirts for a team, they will cost $5 each and for each set of shirts you buy, you will receive another 2 shirts FREE. So for example…buy 9 shirts at $5 each ($45 in total) and receive another 2 shirts FREE (one for a coach and manager perhaps?) Buy 12 shirts at $5 each ($60 in total) and receive another 2 shirts FREE. This is a fantastic and cheap way to kit out your junior or social team, especially considering these shirts are normally sold at up to $25 each at events. To see the shirts available and their colours and sizes click on these links: BLACK 2001 NTL T-SHIRTS 2005 YOUTH WORLD CUP WOMENS T-SHIRTS 2005 YOUTH WORLD CUP MENS MUSCLE SHIRTS 2005 YOUTH WORLD CUP MENS T-SHIRTS To make the most of this offer, you MUST send your order to Casey at ata@austouch.com.au, including payment details and postage details. To see the full extent of the stocktake sale go to TOUCH FOOTBALL SHOP- STOCKTAKE SALE Postage costs for bought items: $2.20 for orders under $5.00 $5.00 for orders up to $50 $7.50 for orders between $50 and $100 $10.00 for orders over $100last_img read more

Vigils being held to honour 4 men who died helicopter crash in

first_imgTORONTO – Hydro One says it is holding candlelight vigils at its offices across Ontario today after four workers were killed in a helicopter crash northwest of Kingston, Ont., on Thursday.A spokeswoman for the utility company also says crews in the field throughout the province will be standing down from their work for the day to mourn the loss of their colleagues.Hydro One CEO Mayo Schmidt says in a statement that the company is focused on supporting the families of the men who died.None of the four workers on board the Aerospatiale AS350-B2 chopper survived the crash, which happened shortly before noon in Tweed, Ont.Hydro One says it has teams of specialists working at the scene today to help the Transportation Safety Board determine what caused the chopper to go down.The names of those who died have not been released.last_img read more

Tenure of commission on SriLankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka extended

The members of the Commission, including its Chairman, Retired Supreme Court Judge Anil Gunarathna participated in the meeting. (Colombo Gazette) President Sirisena, meeting the members of the Commission today (19) at the Presidential Secretariat, inquired into the progress of those investigations. President Maithripala Sirisena has extended the term of office of the Presidential Commission to inquire into allegations of large scale fraud and malpractices in SriLankan Airlines, SriLankan Catering Ltd and Mihin Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, to February 15, 2019.The President appointed the Commission on February 14, 2018 to inquire into allegations of large scale frauds and malpractices in relevant institutions during the period of January 01, 2006 to January 31, 2018, and the official term of the Commission was to expire on this December 31 and now it has been extended to 15th February 2019. read more

Princess Charlotte steals show on Royal tour with curtsy and handshake as

first_imgPrince George and Princess Charlotte leave Warsaw, Poland, as they head to Germany While her brother Prince George rubbed his eyes in the bright sunlight, Princess Charlotte was allowed to toddle along the red carpet on her tiptoes, appearing to emulate her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, in high heels. The final event of the day, which had been defined by huge crowds exhibiting “royal mania”, saw the Duke and Duchess visit the European Solidarity Centre, in Gdansk’s shipyards.The birthplace of the Solidarity Movement in Poland, they were given a tour by former President Lech Walesa and photographed walking through the famous shipyard gates.Crowds once again turned out to get a glimpse of them, waving flags and wielding mobile phones to capture their rare moment in the presence Royalty. Princess Charlotte takes a tumble he she boards the plane with her motherCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Prince George rubs his eyes in the bright sunlight at Berlin airportCredit:Steffi Loos/AFP Princess Charlotte with her posy of flowers at Berlin airportCredit:Chris Jackson/Getty The Duke and Duchess visited Stutthof during their five day tour of Germany and Poland, working to “draw attention to the need to teach young people about this tragic episode in our shared memory”, the Holocaust Educational Trust said.During their visit, The Duke and Duchess were shown discarded shoes, clothing and other personal items stolen from prisoners, and a gas chamber.   They were greeted on the tarmac with three flags: the union flag flying between the black, red and yellow of Germany, and the blue and yellow stars EU.The Royals were met by the British ambassador, Sir Sebastian Wood, and his wife Lady Sirinat, German government representative Till Knorn, deputy head of mission Nick Pickard, defence attaché Brigadier Rob Rider, and royal visit coordinator Peter Ruskin. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown discarded shoes, clothing and other personal items at the camp museumCredit:Andrew Parsons / i-Images On Tuesday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge described a visit to a former Nazi concentration camp in Poland as “shattering”.  Princess Charlotte While her two-year-old peers are busy playing at nursery or getting to grip with their Play-Doh, Princess Charlotte is already beginning to master the art of international diplomacy. After a day of touring, they will return to the west of the city and meet President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the Bellevue Palace, and in the evening attend a Queen’s birthday party held in the gardens of the British ambassador’s residence. The Duchess of Cambridge described the visit as ‘shattering’Credit:BRUCE ADAMS When the Cambridges arrived in Warsaw, the Prince, who will turn four on Saturday, was again first off the plane, looking reluctant and sleepy after the journey.Charlotte, on the other hand, stepped happily into the limelight in Berlin, shaking hands with Brigadier Rob Rider, defence attaché at the British Embassy.She looked delighted as she was offered a mini posy of flowers by Till Knorn, representing the German government. Princess Charlotte, who was also initially straining at her mother’s hand to get moving, remembered her manners to pause for a quick thank you, crossing her ankles and bobbing into a curtsy. Determined to show off her independence, she let go of the Duchess’ guiding hand to scramble up the plane steps on her hands and feet.center_img The Cambridges arrive at Tegel airport in BerlinCredit:Steffi Loos/REUTERS The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown discarded shoes, clothing and other personal items at the camp museum Princess Charlotte falls over as he gets on the plane with her mother The Princess put on a show worthy of her great-grandmother the Queen today, bobbing into a curtsy, shaking hands with a defence attaché and graciously accepting a miniature bouquet of flowers. The Duchess of Cambridge described the visit as 'shattering' Prince George rubs his eyes in the bright sunlight Saying they were “intensely moved” by the trip, they urged all to ensure their experience is “never forgotten and never repeated”. Prince George and Princess Charlotte preparing to board the plane in Warsaw, PolandCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Princess Charlotte takes her mother’s hand in WarsawCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA The Duchess received a matching larger bouquet, with mother and daughter coordinating in blue outfits as they walked side by side in the blazing sunshine.In Berlin, William and Kate were holding a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel before visiting the Brandenburg Gate, the German capital’s most famous landmark and a symbol of the country’s unification. Later in the day, the Duke and Duchess were mobbed by thousands of wellwishers as they visited the town market in Gdansk.Serenaded by a choir, they shook hands with admirers, waved at the crowd and sampled local dumplings and a traditional Gdansk liqueur the Duchess pronounced “very strong”. The Cambridges arrive at Tegel airport in Berlin The Duchess of Cambridge with Princess Charlotte 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. The Royal children departed from Warsaw after two days in Poland, accompanying the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they thanked their hosts at the airport.Prince George appeared desperate to get on the plane, tugging his father’s hand and tapping his arm to get his attention.last_img read more

HAZEMAG EPR celebrations for 60 years

first_imgHAZEMAG & EPR is a concern that evolved from the merging of two separate German companies, both of which have good reason to celebrate. Hazemag is celebrating 60 years this year, and EPR over 100 years more. During its long and varied history, the Eisenhütte Prinz Rudolph (Prince Rudolph Foundry), which has been resident in Dülmen, Westphalia for some 165 years, has progressed from its beginnings as the first industrial firm in Dülmen to a successful specialist manufacturer of mining and tunnelling equipment.The Prince Rudolph Foundry was established in 1842 and, by being aware of the economic situation of the time, developed from a conventional foundry to a much sought after specialist in the manufacture of mining machinery. The company benefited from the growth of the coal mining industry in the Ruhr and became a significant player in this field; this connection still exists today. Currently, EPR supplies mainly components for tunnelling, loading & dinting and drilling equipment under the TURMAG, HAUSHERR and Salzgitter brands. Since the long-term future of the mining industry in Germany is rather bleak, the company at a very early stage re-orientated itself towards overseas markets. Mining machinery is now exported, principally to Eastern European countries, Russia and China, in other words, those markets where coal mining is an expanding industry. It is now a matter of adapting the technology of well-proven, reliable and dependable machinery to meet the new demands, “a permanently challenging task for our designers and engineers,” the company says.More than 60 years ago – on August 14, 1946, Dr. Ehrhardt Andreas and Richard Rendemann applied for the registration of the company HAZEMAG in the Commercial Register in Münster. It is almost impossible to imagine the extremely difficult circumstances under which the first machines were fabricated in a Germany totally devastated as a result of WWII. The two founders of the company must have enjoyed a large slice of optimism and incredible business acumen to found a new company at this time. The basis on which the company was established was the HAZEMAG ANDREAS-type impact crusher. The brother of the founder, Arno Andreas, had already tested this innovative crushing system in Berlin during the war. In the aftermath of the war, this new impact crusher proved its superiority over other crushing systems in the necessary processing of the huge amounts of building rubble in the bombed-out cities and towns of Germany.There was certainly no lack of material to be processed and, within a short time of its founding, the company had sold more than 150 crushers, which converted the useless rubble into the high quality aggregate and chippings needed for reconstruction purposes.With the reduction in the amount of rubble available for processing, the crushers were adapted and deployed mainly in the crushing of non-metallic minerals such as limestone, gypsum, shale, coal and hard rock, all of which were available in large quantities. Of notable success were the applications in the global cement and gravel industries.The company has come a long way from the rather primitive beginnings of debris processing to the construction of the world’s largest rubble recycling plant. Much midnight oil was burnt during the preparations for this ambitious project prior to the signing of the contract in Dubai in December, 2007.Today, HAZEMAG products are used in practically all branches of raw material recycling and recovery. Impact crushers, hammer crushers, roll crushers, hammer mills, dryers, apron conveyors, wobbler feeders, push feeders, impact separators and hard materials separators are used effectively in various combinations for the design of efficient and reliable plants.In 1988, Salzgitter Maschinenbau acquired the facilities in Münster and re-located in Dülmen together with one of its other companies, the former Eisenhütte Prinz Rudolph (EPR). Following re-organisation within the Preussag group of companies, HAZEMAG became part of Noell Service- und Maschinentechnik. Finally, in 1999 the whole Dülmen location was taken over by Messrs. Schmidt Kranz & Co., and made into an independent limited company (GmbH), since which it has been known as HAZEMAG & EPR GmbH, Dülmen.In 2006, the company enlarged its product range by taking over the Mineral Processing Division (MinPro) of DBT in Lünen. The line of products from MinPro covers through-flow crushers for primary crushing stages as well as scraper chain conveyors. All the crushers from this new division operate on the horizontal flow principle, and have proved their operational reliability and safety value in many applications above and below ground for the processing of coal, potash and salt, non-metallic minerals, ore and rubble recycling.With an approximately 300-strong work force, HAZEMAG & EPR is a medium-sized company located in the pleasant country town of Dülmen in Münsterland, manufacturing steel products ranging from conventional- to giant-size to customers all over the world.On May 16, 2008, customers and business associates have the opportunity to see the whole company with a stroll round the premises and through the fabricating shops, to form their own impression of the capabilities and efficiency of the company. In a well-preserved building dating from the founding years of the company, there is a display illustrating the background history and giving an insight into those former days.On May 18, 2008, HAZEMAG & EPR will open its gates to employees and their relatives as well as interested member of the public. This ‘open day’ offers the opportunity to see what goes on behind the (usually) locked doors of the company. There will be an interesting programme for large and small which will certainly make this day a memorablelast_img read more

Debuchy hopeful of making World Cup

first_imgSaint-Etienne defender Mathieu Debuchy is hopeful of making the French World Cup squad this summer after impressing in Ligue 1 this seasonThe former Arsenal defender returned to Ligue 1 in January with Saint-Etienne after a disappointing spell in North London.Since his return to France, Debuchy has impressed and recently won a Player of the Month award with the full-back now hopeful of making a comeback to the France team ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Russia.“I was surprised to get back to this level so quickly. Surprised but very happy. There are places up for grabs for the World Cup.” said the 32-year-old, according to SportsMole.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“After the hard times I have known, to return after four months with St Etienne followed by a World Cup would be magic. When the squad is announced, I think I’ll be in front of my TV and I’ll wait like everyone else.”Debuchy has made 27 appearances for France at international level and his last appearance for the national side came in September 2015.last_img read more

Roma closing in on Steven NZonzi

first_imgSteven N’Zonzi is set to complete a move to Roma from Spanish side Sevilla after reports emerged that both clubs have sealed a deal for the French midfielderRecent reports suggest N’zonzi reportedly agreed to join Roma for €25m plus bonuses, but they cannot sign the Sevilla midfielder until Maxime Gonalons makes way.According to Calciomercato.com, N’Zonzi reached ‘an agreement in principle’ with Roma sporting director Monchi, coincidentally the man who took the midfielder to Sevilla in 2016.The website explains the 28-year-old is currently holidaying in the United States, where the Giallorossi are playing their preseason tour, having just won the World Cup with France.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.The former Blackburn player has been a subject of transfer tussle with Premier League side Arsenal equally keen on his services.Arsenal coach Unai Emery worked with the French midfielder in Spain and was keen to reunite with him, but it seems the Serie A have won the transfer battle.However, the Lupi would have to sell Gonalons first – a task that is not proving easy, with Everton and Crystal Palace seeing their offers ‘returned to sender.’last_img read more

Columbia River getting huge sockeye run

first_imgSockeye salmon — great table fare, but not good biters on sport gear — are streaming up the Columbia River in massive numbers and appear likely to be a record return this year.Tuesday’s count of 41,573 at Bonneville Dam was a record-high, topping Monday’s count of 38,756. The old daily count record was 30,690 on June 24, 2010.And, sockeye might be even more plentiful in the decades to come.“It’s an exciting success story of water management and ever-improving passage over the dams,” said Steve Smith, a Canby, Ore., fisheries consultant who works extensively with the Colville tribe.Cindy LeFleur of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, chair of the Columbia River Technical Advisory Committee, said the panel of scientists determined on Monday the sockeye run is on track to be the forecasted record of 462,000.The cumulative count through Tuesday is 289,493. The current mark is almost 388,000 in 2010.Sockeye migrate through the lower Columbia in June and July, with the peak counts at Bonneville normally about July 1. They are an inland-origin fish, which needs rearing lakes in their natal watershed as part of their life cycle.The predictions for this summer are for 28,800 sockeye to return to the Wenatchee River, 1,900 to the Snake River and a whopping 431,300 to the Okanogan River.last_img read more

Three dead gray whales wash up on Kodiak Island beaches in one

first_imgWhale carcass. (Photo courtesy Kathy Burek, Alaska Veterinary Pathology Services)Three dead gray whales washed up on two different Kodiak Island beaches recently.Listen nowThe strandings happened within the span of a week, said Mandy Migura, Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding coordinator with NOAA.Three whales washing up in such a short span of time in the same area is concerning, Migura said. Preliminary results from necropsies should be back soon while more detailed reports will take more time.Gray whales are on their annual migration with their young from Mexico, where they winter. They are listed under the Marine Mammals Protection Act.Residents first reported June 25 a young gray whale lying on Pasagshak Beach, Migura said.“It sounded like some of the local residents had been seeing it for a few weeks prior to us receiving a report. And so we were able to work with a local group who is part of our stranding network, and they were able to go out and collect some samples. There is some discussion that the tongue was missing on this young animal. And so, if that is the case, we speculate its cause of death might have been due to a killer whale attack.”The Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak will partner with NOAA to assess strandings on Kodiak.The second stranding came just two days later in the same area.“We received a second report on June 28 of an adult gray whale that was actually fairly fresh dead, that was also in Pasagshak Bay, in Kodiak, and we were able to get a veterinarian out to conduct a necropsy on this past Saturday,” Migura said.A third whale washed up just a few days later on a different part of the island.“On Sunday night, our local network partner sent an email saying that they had received a report of another fresh, dead gray whale near Port Lions,” Migura said. “On Monday they were going to go out for us and collect some samples.”Migura warns that the areas where the whales washed up should be avoided as the carcasses can attract bears.If you see a stranded whale, NOAA officials ask that you to take photos and call NOAA’s stranding hotline as soon as possible at: 1-877-925-7773.last_img read more

Game Boy Advance SP hacked into a Quakeplaying portable PC

first_imgThere were plenty of good games you could play on the Game Boy Advance SP. Quake 3 Arena obviously wasn’t one of them, but now it is. Provided you do a little bit of hardware modding first, that is. Make that a complete gut. Scrape out all the dated Nintendo bits, cram in an ARM dev board, a Teensy, a new screen, and a larger display, and you’ve got yourself a full-blown portable Linux emulation box.Despite being billed as a Raspberry Pi in the creator’s video and pictured next to a big ol’ Raspberry Pi sticker, the system was actually built around a $30 Hardkernel Odroid W. The company bills it as their version of a scaled-down Pi (complete with Pi-compatible GPIO and camera header) with additional built-in functionality. It’s powered by an ARM11 Broadcom processor clocked at 700Mhz with 512MB of RAM, and it measures just 60 x 36 mm and weighs only 8 grams.Its diminutive size left creator Johnny Parks plenty of room to cram in a bunch of additional hardware, including a 4-port USB hub (two external, for mouse and keyboard connections, and two internal). Here’s a look at his build, laid out in pieces prior to assembly:And here’s a look at the build in progress. He clearly spent a lot of time scraping contact points and soldering wires:With a bit of epoxy and hot glue to finish it all off, the result is an amazing hand-made, pocketable Game Boy PC. Johnny’s been kind enough to share the full details of his Game Boy Advance SP mod over on his personal site, so if you want to build one of your own all you need to do is order up the parts, take a deep breath, and start following along!last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Cardio-oncology | July 29, 2019 Statins Reduce Stroke, Cardiovascular Risk in Cancer Patients Following Radiation Cancer patients taking cholesterol-lowering statin medication following radiation therapy of the chest, neck or head… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more PreviousNext Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more A prostate MRI showing benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Radiologists play a key role in the cancer care continuum after the initial diagnosis of prostate cancer. This includes regular imaging assessments to monitor growth, and tracking tumor changes to measure the effectiveness of various therapies. For the radiologist evaluating prostate cancer, it is key to first determine the severity of the disease, which determines whether the patient will be monitored over the course of several years, or if immediate treatment is required.“The greatest challenge is to distinguish patients who need aggressive treatment and those who are low-risk,” said Hedvig Hricak, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Department of Radiology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York. She spoke on prostate assessment at the 2014 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in December. Aggressive prostate cancer is treated with radical prostatectomy (RP), radiation therapy (RT), brachytherapy or cryotherapy. All of these require post-treatment monitoring to ensure the therapy is working and see if new cancer activity is present, she explained.Hricak said contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has emerged as the current standard for assessing local recurrence of prostate cancer after RP or RT. She explained that early detection of local recurrence is important to allow potentially curative salvage therapy. Prostate biopsies are usually ordered when prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels reach 2.5 ng/mL or higher. There are no PSA levels that determine when a prostate MRI should be ordered, however she said the earlier the better for diagnosis and for detecting recurrence. “You should not wait for clinical symptoms before ordering an MRI,” Hricak said. “There also is definitely an emerging acceptance of MRI in newly diagnosed PSA biochemical recurrence.” It is important to know how MRI protocols for detecting local recurrence should be adjusted depending on the prior treatment and the questions being asked. Hricak offered several examples. After RT, T2-weighted MRI is limited due to post-radiation effects on the prostate such as glandular shrinkage, loss of normal zonal anatomy and reduced contrast between cancer and normal tissue caused by glandular atrophy and fibrosis. She said MRI should include both T2-weighted and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) sequences. A recent study suggests that in most patients, dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) MRI could be omitted after RT without lowering diagnostic performance. She said this also eliminates the risks and costs associated with the use of contrast. If salvage treatment is an option after RT, MRI offers locoregional staging. Post-RT MRI can evaluate the length of the urethra and may show urethral shortening (which has been associated with incontinence after primary RP), decreased urethral margin definition and other tissue changes that could conceivably affect treatment selection and planning. After surgery, in addition to DWI, the use of DCE/MRI is essential. Hricak explained that it can show small lesions and differentiate a tumor from scarring. MRI may help to determine whether post-RP local recurrence is amenable to salvage RT, and may aid RT planning. The Role of Nuclear ImagingAssessment of prostate cancer recurrence after emerging focal therapies remains problematic, since methods for reliably differentiating necrosis or scarring from tumors are lacking. In the future, Hricak said PET/CT with targeted tracers may be able to address this need. PET/CT and bone scanning are valuable in the search for nodal and osseous metastases, she explained, adding that the implementation of clinical PET/MRI and the use of new tracers will likely open new horizons in the assessment of recurrence.Hricak said nuclear imaging with PET/CT or PET/MRI also can help in evaluating prostate treatments, stating that nuclear scans can offer an attractive alternative to MRI for patients, since MRI requires use of an endorectal coil. “The patient is not going to keep coming back if you always use an endorectal coil,” she explained. New MRI Imaging TechniquesStandard contrast MRI often misses tumors that do not significantly differ from surrounding healthy tissues with contrast. For this reason, diffusion MRI is being used at some centers to measure the diffusion of water in and around the prostate. Diffusion MRI is a standard technique for brain imaging. Cancer tissues are denser than healthy tissues, which limits the amount and mobility of water within them. However, a big issue with diffusion MRI is that imaging can suffer from magnetic field artifacts that can distort the actual location of tumors by as much as 1.2 cm. This becomes an issue when surgeons are trying to determine if a tumor extends beyond the prostate and into adjacent nerve bundles.The new approach, called restriction spectrum imaging-MRI, or RSI/MRI, corrects for magnetic field distortions and focuses on water diffusion within tumor cells. This has the ability to more accurately image and plot a tumor’s location and extent, said Nathan White, Ph.D., assistant project scientist at UC San Diego. He is the co-inventor of the RSI/MRI technique and co-author of a recently published paper on the subject in the journal Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases. “This new approach is a more reliable imaging technique for localizing tumors. It provides a better target for biopsies, especially for smaller tumors,” said Rebecca Rakow-Penner, M.D., Ph.D., a research resident in the Department of Radiology at UC San Diego and the study’s first author.The technique is also valuable in surgical planning and image staging, said David S. Karow, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of radiology at UC San Diego and the study’s corresponding author. “Doctors at UC San Diego and UCLA now have a non-invasive imaging method to more accurately assess the local extent of the tumor and possibly predict the grade of the tumor, which can help them more precisely and effectively determine appropriate treatment,” he concluded. Reference:1 Rakow-Penner, R A , White, N S, Parsons, J K, et al. “Novel Technique for Characterizing Prostate Cancer Utilizing MRI Restriction Spectrum Imaging: Proof of Principle and Initial Clinical Experience with Extraprostatic Extension.” Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, Jan. 6, 2015.  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 A prostate MRI showing benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communicationscenter_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Feature | March 03, 2015 | Dave Fornell Radiological Assessment of Prostate Cancer Treatment MRI remains the standard for prostate assessments, but new techniques may enhance accuracy News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more A prostate MRI showing benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec.last_img read more

October in Costa Rica when the Caribbean comes acallin

first_imgPHOTOS: A walk in Cahuita National Park Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast is famously exempt from many of the typical weather patterns in the rest of the country. In fact, September, October and November, the months when the rest of the country experiences its heaviest downpours, are often the nicest months of the year on the eastern slope. (Please note that The Tico Times is not guaranteeing sunny skies: rain is certainly possible, but generally not the daily deluge experienced elsewhere during the height of the rainy season.)Stay tuned for today’s Tico Times Weekly Digest, recorded this week at the Hotel Banano Azúl in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. And read on to see what you might experience when hiking along the coastal paths of nearby Cahuita National Park. Facebook Commentscenter_img Related posts:Just another manic Monday… Spotted in Cahuita Farewell, work week Three days of mountain biking through Costa Ricalast_img read more

Germany Chancellor Merkel on visit to Afghanistan

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Merkel flew to the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif after sunrise on Friday. She was expected to stay only a few hours, said the spokesman, Lt. Col. Marco Schmidl. He declined to give further details, citing security concerns. She was travelling with German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere.On May 4, insurgents firing rockets killed a German soldier and wounded a second in northern Baghlan province. It was the first death of a German special forces soldier in Afghanistan. Considered to be the military’s elite forces, the German special forces soldiers are similar to the U.S. Navy SEALS. They were accompanying an Afghan-led military operation at the time. Since 2002, 35 German soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan in fighting. Another 17 died of non-combat injuries, including seven who died in a helicopter crash in Kabul in 2002.At the northern Kunduz military base, Merkel and the defense minister laid a wreath at a memorial wall, etched with the names of the 35 German soldiers who have been killed in Afghanistan since 2002. The wreath, in honor of Germany’s latest casualty, read only “Task Force 47, Special Forces,” because special forces soldiers remain anonymous even in death. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The final decision on Germany’s post-2014 deployment will be made by the next German government following September elections. Polls show Merkel is likely to win a third four-year term. While largely unpopular among Germans, the Afghanistan mission is supported by Germany’s mainstream political parties.Germany’s offer of troops also requires an invitation from the Afghan government.At a ceremony in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Thursday, President Hamid Karzai said he wanted each of NATO’s 28 members to negotiate directly with his government about how many soldiers it wants to keep in Afghanistan, where they will be deployed and how the contingents would benefit the country.Protracted negotiations between the U.S. and Afghanistan over conditions for American troops after 2014 have so far not produced an accord. The U.S. insists on immunity from local prosecution as a condition.Schmidl said there were no plans for Merkel to meet with Karzai or talk to the Afghan president on the phone.“It is only a visit of our troops,” he said in a telephone interview.____Associated Press writer Geir Moulson contributed to this report from Berlin.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Comments   Share   “We will keep an eye on the political process moving forward here,” Merkel told the troops, according to a statement released by the government. “The presidential elections must be prepared and many things _ building up the economy, and people must be given hope _ have to be resolved.”Merkel emphasized Berlin’s intention to continue its military involvement in Afghanistan after 2014, urging other NATO countries to commit soldiers to Afghanistan.“Talks are still being conducted on this,” she said.With more than 4,000 troops deployed in northern Afghanistan, Germany is the third-largest international troop contributor in Afghanistan. Germany has pledged to leave 800 soldiers in Afghanistan after the NATO combat mission closes at the end of 2014.The U.S. is expected to keep about 10,000 troops in Afghanistan as a residual force after 2014, but no final decision has been made.Germany’s troops would stay until 2017 to provide training, advice and support for Afghanistan’s security forces. They would be stationed in the capital, Kabul, and in Mazar-e-Sharif. After 2017 Germany has said it would be prepared to contribute 200 to 300 troops.center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top holiday drink recipes Sponsored Stories KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel made a surprise visit Friday to northern Afghanistan to visit her troops less than two weeks after insurgents killed a German special forces soldier and wounded a second, a military spokesman said.Germany is the only NATO nation that has so far committed troops to Afghanistan after the coalition completes its scheduled pullout of combat forces next year. The U.S. is likely to deploy several thousand troops if the Afghan government provides them legal protection. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

WikiLeaks claims NSA targeted German ministers beyond Merkel

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 must play golf courses in Arizona The secrecy-spilling site’s latest report is likely to rekindle concerns in Germany that the NSA was engaged in widespread surveillance of its close ally. Last week, WikiLeaks published documents that appeared to show the NSA had eavesdropped on the French government, prompting anger in Paris.WikiLeaks said the new, partially-redacted list of 69 phone and fax numbers belonged to senior officials at Germany’s economy and finance ministries, among others.The site also published two documents it claimed were summaries of conversations intercepted — one involving Merkel and a second involving a senior aide — concerning the Greek debt crisis. The second conversation was intercepted by British intelligence, which passed it to the NSA, according to WikiLeaks.It wasn’t immediately possible to confirm the accuracy of the documents. But German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, which said it had been given access to the documents, reported on its website that the list appeared to be from a period between 2010 and 2012, and at least some of the numbers are still in use.WikiLeaks didn’t provide a source for the documents. But the site has a history of publishing confidential U.S. government files and one of its contributors, Sarah Harrison, is a close associate of Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked secret documents exposing numerous U.S. surveillance programs. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Sponsored Stories German government officials didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment late Wednesday.The report came as members of Germany’s governing coalition indicated they want to appoint a former federal judge to review sensitive documents requested by lawmakers investigating the NSA’s activities in Germany.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home BERLIN (AP) — WikiLeaks published a list of German phone numbers Wednesday that it claimed showed the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on senior German officials beyond Chancellor Angela Merkel.Reports two years ago that Merkel’s phone had been targeted by the NSA prompted diplomatic friction between Berlin and Washington, but German prosecutors recently dropped their probe into the case citing lack of concrete evidence. Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more