Leicester’s Mahrez voted England’s Player of the Year

first_imgLONDON (AP): Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez became the first African to be named English football’s player of the year yesterday, straight after the Algerian helped his team close in on the Premier League title. Mahrez was flown by helicopter to the Professional Footballers’ Association ceremony in London after scoring his 17th goal of Leicester’s astonishing title charge as the leaders beat Swansea 4-0 at the King Power Stadium in central England. Mahrez was on a six-man shortlist including Leicester teammates Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante for the vote of their fellow professionals in English football. “I’m very grateful to receive this award,” Mahrez said. “It’s extra special because if the players vote for me, it’s because they’ve seen I’ve been great this year, so I’m happy. But it’s more team things. Without my teammates, I wouldn’t get this award.” The 25-year-old Mahrez is only the second winner of the PFA award from outside England. Uruguay striker Luis Suarez won it in 2014 while playing for Liverpool. Unlike Suarez, Mahrez was an unknown when he moved to England two years ago, joining Leicester from second tier French side Le Havre for less than 500,000 pounds. The transfer now seems one of the best bargains ever in English football, where the record fee is the 59.7 million pounds that Manchester United paid for Angel Di Maria in 2014 before selling the winger the following year. Mahrez has provided inventiveness and flair to Leicester’s attacking play, contributing not only goals but also 11 assists to help transform a team that fought for Premier League survival last season. Now a guaranteed starter, Mahrez was an unused substitute this weekend a year ago when Leicester beat Burnley to finally escape the relegation zone. Leicester started the season as a 5,000-1 title outsider but is now set to become English football’s first maiden championship winner since Nottingham Forest in 1978. “The secret has been team spirit,” Mahrez said. “We work so hard for each other. We are like brothers, it’s everywhere on the pitch. That’s our strength.”last_img read more

GOL to Cut Tax on Sanitary Materials

first_imgIn the face of high demand and rush for sanitary materials and bleach products to fight the deadly Ebola virus, the Government of Liberia (GOL) through the tax policy unit of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) says it is reviewing a proposal for the relaxation of tariffs and duties on the importation of sanitary materials and other bleach products in the country.According to the MFDP, the revision will be done in conjunction with the Liberia Revenue Authority. The demand for sanitizers has risen as some drug stores and health centers tend to hold back the products. The price of sanitizers has also begun to rise as most homes, workplaces and commuters struggle to get at least a hand sanitizer and a pair of hand glove. Most offices, health centers and homes have begun enforcing a direct policy requiring people to wash their hands in a sanitized bucket of water before entering and leaving their premises. The MFDP announced the decision yesterday following the death in Nigeria of one of its employee Mr. Patrick Sawyer. The Ministry also announced a measure suspending operations on Monday and urged the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to disinfect all offices hosting the MFDP on Broad Street and Capitol Hill. The MFDP authorities have also placed all staff particularly senior officials, including Finance Minister Amara M. Konneh, coming in direct or indirect contact with Mr. Sawyer on a prescribed 21 days observatory surveillance period starting July 20th, the day Mr. Sawyer departed the country for Nigeria. The MFDP noted that only persons with genuine business dealings and transactions would be permitted on the premises of the Ministry. “All employees, who made no contact but have been traumatized as a result of the situation in the last few days and would like to take some time off, are free to stay home until when it is necessary to return to duty,” the statement said. The MFDP has also restricted the use of its elevator to only 4 persons per trip; prohibited clustering on the stairways and restricted the gathering of people not more than five persons except for meetings in conference spaces or spatial environment. Absolutely no handshakes, hugging of other physical bodily contact is allowed at the MFDP. The Ministry has meanwhile encouraged all employees to wear long sleeve clothing to minimize any possible risk of exposure and has put in place a thorough sanitary program and admonishes all staff to use the hand washer or personalized sanitizers or disposable gloves available at the Ministry’s entrance. The late Patrick Sawyer was the Coordinator of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) National Unit at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Uhuru flags off H.Stars ahead of AFCON

first_imgWhile handing the national flag to the team, President Kenyatta told the players and the technical team to be good ambassadors for the country even if they do not win the trophy.“It is not about winning but giving your best. That is the most important thing. You are out there flying the Kenyan flag,” said the President.Kenya’s qualification and participation in AFCON is a major milestone for the country whose sports profile is on the rise. Photo/PSCUThe team which leaves the country Friday morning, will be based at Marcoussis, south of Paris where they will pitch their training camp.During their stay in France, Harambee Stars will play two friendly matches against Madagascar and DR Congo before heading out to Cairo for the games.It is the first time in 15 years that Harambee Stars is participating in the biannual event. The team was last at the championship in 2004.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastian Migne thanked President Kenyatta for ensuring that the team received full support through the National Sports Fund.“We endeavour to represent the country well. Thank you for your support,” said the coach who leads a 27-member team for the tournament in Egypt.President Kenyatta signing the ball with Harambee Stars players ahed of AFCONThe President assured the team of continued support saying Kenya’s comeback to the continental tournament marks an important milestone for the country.“A journey begins with a single step. The sports fund is the first step in ensuring that all our national teams are properly funded and supported,” said the President.Kenya will open its campaign against Algeria on June 23 before facing neighbours Taifa Stars of Tanzania on June 27 followed by Senegal on July 1.Harambee Stars team posing for a photo with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House. PHOTO/PSCUBefore qualifying for the championship, Harambee Stars played return matches against Ghana, Ethiopia and one leg away to banned Sierra Leon  finishing second in qualification group C.Sports , Culture and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Amina Mohamed who accompanied the team to State House said her ministry had disbursed over Ksh244 million to Football Kenya Federation to facilitate AFCON preparations.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars winger Paul Were with President Uhuru KenyattaNAIROBI, Kenya, May 30 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday challenged Harambee Stars to represent the country well as they prepare to take on African giants in the 2019 continental showpiece slatted for Egypt in June.The President spoke when he flagged off the team at State House, Nairobi ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations which will to be held between June 21 to July 19.last_img read more

Polygamous sect leader’s trial begins in rape case

first_imgBy Jennifer Dobner THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ST. GEORGE, Utah – The leader of a polygamous sect insisted that a 14-year-old girl surrender her “mind, body and soul” to an older cousin, despite her objections to being married, a prosecutor said Thursday. Warren Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is charged with rape by accomplice in the case. As his trial opened, prosecutors said he told the girl she risked losing salvation if she refused to enter a religious union with her 19-year-old cousin. The girl first had sex with her cousin months after their ceremonial marriage in a Nevada motel, Washington County prosecutor Brock Belnap said. When she later complained to Jeffs, he replied: “`Repent. Go home and give yourself mind, body and soul to your husband.’ And she did,” Belnap said. The jury will see pictures of the girl having her wedding dress sewn, Belnap said. “She’ll be smiling, but you’ll understand that pictures don’t necessarily say what was going on in her heart.” Jeffs, 51, was a fugitive for nearly two years and was on the FBI’s Most Wanted list when he was arrested during a traffic stop outside Las Vegas in August 2006. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison. Jeffs has led the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints church since 2002. Followers see him as a prophet who communicates with God and holds dominion over their salvation; ex-church members say he reigns with an iron fist, demanding perfect obedience from followers. Defense attorney Tara Isaacson said the alleged victim’s cousin will testify that no rape occurred. She said other couples belonging to Jeffs’ church will talk about how he counsels them about marriage. During a 1999 sermon, Isaacson said, Jeffs told his followers that a “man should only have marital relations with a wife if she invites it.” The girl may not have liked being married to her cousin, Isaacson said, but “being unhappy is different from being raped.” Jeffs is not charged with being a polygamist, and the marriage between the cousins was monogamous. Still, polygamy casts a long shadow over the case. Polygamy advocates have long contended that the freedom to practice plural marriage as part of their religion is a civil rights matter. Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints church members believe polygamy brings exaltation in heaven. The practice is banned in the Utah Constitution and is considered a felony offense. The Mormon church disavowed polygamy in 1890. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

National Guard aid fund under fire

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – A California military relief fund set up to help ial assistance to only three families last year, prompting sharp criticism from lawmakers and calls to reform the program. The California Military Family Relief Fund paid out $7,687 to three families in 2005, a tiny fraction of among 7,000 soldiers act “To find that a year later that we have served only a few people is very disappointing. It’s shameful,” said Lt. Gov. Cruz Bust Bustamante blamed the National Guard for not developing awareness of the program, which grants up to $2,000 emergency relief to n Col. Lawrence Cooper, the National Guard’s director of human resources, said the program was too restrictive. It requires proof o and military incomes. Cooper said the Legislature should reduce or eliminate the conditions so that relief can be issued solely on need, not mathematic “As of yesterday,” Cooper said Friday, “we had 18 applications and were able to grant only three.” One of the families was so said. “We need to take a look at this and see what can be refined to meet the intent of this legislation,” said Sen. Mike Machado, D- lly, we need to make sure that the men and women who are of service to this country receive the benefits.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Assemblywoman Nicole Parra, D-Bakersfield, called the fund’s record “inexcusable” and vowed to help correct it through legislat A 2004 Department of Defense survey of married National Guard members and reservists showed that 55 percent of those interviewed lian career to military service. For 15 percent of those surveyed, the loss was more than $30,000 a year. One of the three families to receive a grant from the California fund was Steve and Theresa Edwards of San Jose. As a member of t alad, Iraq, north of Baghdad, from February 2004 to March 2005. When he returned, he suffered what has been diagnosed as an acute case of posttraumatic stress syndrome that has left him paranoi himself in a blanket and just sit on the couch. Struggling to deal with a dysfunctional husband and a 10-year-old daughter, Theresa Edwards called her husband’s battalion last s “It was really significant because we did not have the money to pay rent that month,” she said. last_img read more


first_imgThe Minor Boys Footballers had another good win last night over MacCumhaills to continue their good start to the season, winning by 3-14 to 2-02.Tonight’s Minor Board Meeting set for 7pm has been cancelled.  Our Football and Hurling / Camogie Academies begin this week, see highlighted below for details. The Seniors went down to a narrow defeat at home to Naomh Conaill on Monday, 1-12 to 1-10. The Reserves had another good victory winning by 3-11 to 2-09. Both teams travel to The Bridge to face St. Michael’s this Sunday. The Juniors got their League campaign underway with a good home win over Naomh Columba on a score of 1-09 to 0-07. They are at home to Glenfin this Saturday. The Minor Footballers got their league  off to a good start last Friday when they travelled to Gaoth Dobhair and came away with full points winning by 4-09 to 2-07. They have 2 home games this week, first on Wednesday (11th) they take on Sean MacCumhaills and then on Friday they play against Buncrana. Both games throw-in at 7pm..The Minor Hurlers opened their league campaign with losses to Setanta and Aodh Ruadh despite strong defensive displays in each game. They play MacCumhaills at home this Thursday, where hopefully we will be able to put out a stronger side.U16 and Minor Hurling training is on every Monday at 5:30pm in O’Donnell Park. All new hurlers welcome. U14 & U16 Camogie training every Monday 6pm.Congratulations to Grainne Gallagher who came 3rd in the U14 County Camogie Féile Skills Competition at the weekend.The U-14 Boys footballers are awaiting a date for their Féile Final against Aodh Rua.The U-14 Girls footballers defeated Termon last Wednesday and they travel to Milford this Wednesday (11th). Bus leaving the Station Roundabout Car Park at 5:15pm sharp. The girls also claimed the Northern Féile crown and will contest the Co. Final shortly.The Friday Evening Hurling & Camogie Academy gets underway this Friday evening (13th April) at 6:30pm.  The Sunday Morning Football Academy begins this Sunday (15th) at 11am. Both Academies cater for children from U-6 up to U-10 and all new members are welcome.The club have launched a “Lotto +1” Campaign for April with the aim of doubling our lotto direct debit membership, see the club Facebook page for details. If you do one thing for our club this year, join our Lotto. Members enjoy free Buses to all Official Co. competition, family membership is also included as well as 3 chances to win our weekly Lotto jackpot and also a €1,000 holiday Voucher for 1 lucky member. It will run throughout the month of April.There was 6 winners in this week’s Lotto Draw. They matched 3 numbers and win €20 each. John Gallagher, Drumoghill; Barry Daly, Ballymacool; Cathal McGettigan, Long Lane; Joe Hurley, Galway (all Adrian); John Curran, Glencar Scotch and Aidan McGlynn, Rockhill (both card). Next week’s Jackpot is €1,775. Winnings can be collected from Blake’s Bar, Main St.Remember to visit the new website and upload your pictures and info: www.steunansgaa.com GAA: ST EUNAN’S LETTERKENNY GAA NOTES was last modified: April 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA: ST EUNAN’S LETTERKENNY GAA NOTESlast_img read more

Dayton Tops Football, 20-10

first_img Full Schedule Roster After the Bulldog defense managed to force the Flyers to another three-and-out, Drake’s Terry Wallen fumbled the punt return with Dayton recovering the loose ball on Drake’s 24-yard line. DES MOINES, Iowa – Four turnovers proved to be too much for the Bulldogs, as the Drake University football team fell to Dayton, 20-10, Saturday at Drake Stadium. “Defensively we just played lights out in the first half, it was a great half. And I know that’s what Coach [Todd] Stepsis will be kicking himself about and just getting those two drives back. But really throughout the entire game I thought the defense played really really well,” said Fox. at Marist 10/21/2017 – 12 p.m. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350AM ESPN Des Moines Next Game: Dayton went on to record two interceptions in the final five minutes to seal the 20-10 victory. Kraemer, who led the Pioneer Football League in passing heading into the game, went on to only complete 12-of-40 passes for 188 yards and four interceptions. Later in the third-quarter, Dayton took advantage of Drake’s first turnover as Jeske completed a 29-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Skibinski to put the Flyers up 17-3. The Bulldogs had a chance to extend their lead early in the second-quarter, but Drake came up empty when the Flyers blocked a 21-yard field goal attempt. Story Links “We didn’t execute, make the plays when we needed to make and they did. Then we turned the ball over too much,” said Drake head coach Rick Fox. “They [Dayton] made some big plays especially coming out of the half offensively. And that was the difference in the game.” With the Flyers looking to go up two touchdowns, Drake’s defense once again came up with another big red zone stop and held Dayton to another field goal as the Flyers extended their lead to 20-10 with just over five minutes left to play. The Flyers opened the second-half with a five-play 75-yard touchdown drive to take a 10-3 lead. Listen Live Watch Live Drake heads into its bye week with a 3-3 overall record and a 2-1 PFL mark.The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Marist. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. EST.Print Friendly Version Drake’s offense used the momentum from the defense’s stop to put together a nine-play 80-yard scoring drive which was capped off by a one-yard touchdown run by Grant Kraemer, cutting the Bulldog deficit to 17-10. Drake committed another turnover early in the fourth-quarter, but the Bulldog defense held strong and forced the Flyers to miss a field goal. Then with less than two and a half minutes left in the opening half, Dayton’s quarter back Alex Jeske, who made his first start of the season after missing the first five games of the season due to an injury, drove the Flyers down deep into Bulldog territory. Drake’s defense held strong and limited the Flyers to a field goal to tie the score, 3-3, heading into the half. The Bulldogs managed to take a 3-0 lead near the end of the first-quarter after the drive stalled on Dayton’s eight-yard line. Danny Donley drilled a 25-yard field goal to put Drake on top. Box Score (PDF) The Bulldogs rushed for a season-high 210 yards, led by senior Brock Reichardt with 96 yards on 22 carries. Tyler Updegraff ran for 52 yards on 11 touches, while Kraemer registered 62 yards. Drake’s defense limited the Flyers to 322 yards of total offense, while holding Dayton to 2-of-14 on third-down and 0-for-2 on fourth-down. Connor Willis helped pace the Bulldogs with a game-high 14 tackles, while Mike Maize recorded 10 stops including two for a loss. Sean Lynch rounded out the Bulldogs’ top tacklers with nine. Box Score (HTML) last_img read more

Dark Matter Is Lost in Space

first_imgAstronomers are spending millions on their biggest gamble yet: looking for something that may not exist.Are physicists, astronomers and cosmologists hunting for ghosts?  The lure of being first to discover something big is prompting countries around the globe to spend millions of dollars on expensive detectors deep underground, at the poles, or in space — for what? Particles they can’t describe, have never been detected, and may not even exist. The stakes are high: whoever finds dark matter will gain international prestige. If everyone loses, it will have been an expensive snipe hunt with nothing to show for it. Even worse, cosmologists will have to revise their fundamental theories in major ways.New results from world’s most sensitive dark matter detector (PhysOrg): The results are in from the most sensitive dark-matter detector to date: the LUX (Large Underground Xenon) Detector in the Black Hills of South Dakota. And the answer is: nothing.ESA’s Euclid dark universe mission ready to take shape (PhysOrg): A space-based detector is being built by the European Space Agency, set for launch in 2020. Its method will be to monitor shapes, positions and movements of two million galaxies over time.Monkey King: China’s dark-matter satellite launches era of space science (Nature): China beat the Europeans by launching Wukong (“Monkey King”), a dark matter orbiting observatory. The Chinese think dark matter will be detected by high-energy cosmic rays, but the Europeans aren’t so sure: “We don’t know if this is a better way to search for dark matter, because dark matter has not yet been found.” Science Magazine explains that the search is based on WIMP theory (Weakly Interacting Massive Particles). If they exist and annihilate, they should give off characteristic rays.MACHOs or WIMPs? (PhysOrg): This article lists the five leading candidates for dark matter, including MACHOs (Massive Compact Halo Objects) and the aforesaid WIMPs. May the strongest survive! Other candidates are axions, Kaluza-Klein particles, or gravitinos. Nobody knows what any of these are.XXL hunt for galaxy clusters: Observations from ESO telescopes provide crucial third dimension in probe of Universe’s dark side (Science Daily): Over 100 astronomers are on a hunt for X-rays from large clusters of galaxies. They think the clusters are influenced by the “Universe’s notoriously strange components — dark matter and dark energy.”Did ‘dark matter’ or a star called Nemesis kill the dinosaurs? (The Conversation): This article gives you two occult phenomena for the price of one: destroyers in the form of dark matter or in a hidden star or planet for which there is no evidence. Konstantinos Dimopoulos keeps both options alive while admitting throughout his article there is no evidence for either of them.If they don’t find this dark stuff soon, there’s going to be hell to pay. Someone should count up the millions of dollars spent so far and tell Senator Jeff Flake to promote it to #1 spot in his Wastebook and get it into the talk radio circuit. If they find it, good; we will learn something. But how much time do you give them to look? Till after we’re all dead? What, then, if future astronomers determine it never existed? That would be scandalous! We can’t throw tax dollars down a dark hole forever. Those who are paying should get the results in a reasonable time, or call it off. If astronomers want to continue looking after an agreed-on deadline, let them raise their own money on GoFundMe or something, or find a Russian millionaire willing to throw his own money at it, like the guy did for SETI (7/22/15). But this endless quest for mystical occult stuff is not the taxpayers’ responsibility.(Visited 61 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

World Cup fever hits the road

first_imgThe People’s Bus includes flooring thatresembles a football pitch, seats coveredwith Bafana Bafana football jerseys andstriking South African artwork inside andout. MAN Truck and Bus workers celebrate thelaunch of the People’s Bus. The People’s Bus roadshow team will getSouth Africa in the mood for 2010.(Images: Nicky Rehbock) MEDIA CONTACTS • Zandile SkosanaIndigo Marketing+27 11 809 5599RELATED ARTICLES• Beetle mania grips World Cup• Goodwill Balls get 2010 rolling• World Cup fever spreads abroad• Diski Striker spreads 2010 vibe Nicky RehbockWorld Cup fever has hit the road in the form of the People’s Bus – a mobile hub of football trivia and fan gear that will bring the fun, excitement and spirit of the tournament to as many South African communities as possible.The vehicle, a joint initiative between Brand South Africa and MAN Truck and Bus, set off on its nationwide journey on Friday, 19 February. It’s due to visit more than 50 locations between now and 11 June, when the long-awaited football spectacular kicks off at Soccer City in Johannesburg.The People’s Bus roadshow team will encourage South Africans to be good hosts, fly the flag, sing the national anthem with pride and learn the Diski Dance through dance workshops, music and fun competitions at each stop. Mini football matches and football clinics for schools are also on the agenda.The roadshow will help drum up support for the Football Fridays initiative and inspire confidence in South Africa’s national squad, Bafana Bafana.Photo essay: The People’s BusAn interactive journeyAt each stop the public will allowed to take a 15-minute tour of the bus, which offers a thrilling, interactive journey complete with 2010 Fifa World Cup team facts, foosball tables and a mini cinema showing unforgettable moments from previous tournaments.The visitors’ experience of the bus is enhanced through flooring that resembles a football pitch, passenger seats covered with Bafana Bafana football jerseys and striking artwork inside and out with a distinct South African flavour.Before stepping off the vehicle, visitors will also get the chance to wish Bafana Bafana the very best of luck for the tournament by slotting messages into a specially designed post box.Countrywide tourBrand South Africa and MAN have scheduled bus stops across all nine provinces and their smallest cities and towns, including Dullstroom in Mpumalanga, Upington in the Northern Cape, Bhisho in the Eastern Cape, and Ulundi in KwaZulu-Natal.“Taking the People’s Bus into the country areas and smaller towns and cities will enable us to spread the World Cup experience to as many South Africans as possible,” said Brand South Africa Acting CEO Paul Bannister.The bus is also due to make stops at big sporting and cultural events around the country in the run-up to the World Cup – including the Comrades Marathon, the Rand Easter Show and the Cape Town Jazz Festival.MAN has generously donated the customised vehicle – which took 300 of its employees six weeks to convert – as well as a dedicated driver, fuel, insurance and audio-visual equipment for the duration of the roadshow. After the World Cup it will be reconverted into a standard passenger bus.last_img read more

Slimming program for medical operating devices

first_imgOperating devices in the medical sector are not only subject to strict controls and requirements. Nowadays design demands are becoming more and more important for developers of medical HMI devices. Design demands in medical are based on the flattest/slimmest HMI units possible. By Jörn Wittig, Data Modul                                Download PDF version of this articleProfessional HMI systems must be expertly equipped in terms of quality and technology, not just because of legal requirements. Operating devices in the medical sector are subject to strict controls and requirements. For a few years now, there has also been another aspect, which concerns developers of medical HMI devices: the demands of the customer and end user on the design. Among other criteria, the devices should be fitted with PCAP, Projected Capacitive Touch. Due to the user experience from the end consumer market, the industry customer today knows about feasibility and possibilities and therefore requests operating devices which work just like smartphones, PCs and tablets also for medical applications.The design demands in medical are based on the flattest/slimmest HMI units possible. What is more, the strict demands applicable to medical applications are also taken into account. A slim device design requires slim components. However, the control is difficult here. A provider such as Data Modul helps their partners in the development and production of HMI systems, whether monitor or panel PC. The company is a certified development and production partner under the number 13485:2016. The distribution range also includes their own product developments.With the eMotion series, Data Modul have developed their own control solution and, with the eMotion USB type C3.1 single-cable solution in alternate mode, have found a way to design even slimmer monitors. Slim designs are also possible with other boards of the eMotion family, such as the ST5.3. The capacitors and plugs are flatter here, a display port interface and DVI and VGA save overall height.If a panel PC is installed in the application, Data Modul offer their own SBC form factor especially for slim panel PCs: the eDM-SBC-iMX6-PPC. With dimensions of 130 mm x 80 mm x 13 mm, this format offers more width and allows a larger scope for interfaces. Thanks to flatter plugs, where the mating connector is introduced on the side, no structural height is lost when connecting the interface. Even the connection jack of the RJ45 network plug is positioned lower down to design the wireless card to be as flat as possible. TFT-LC displays are seen in industrial applications. However, you should definitely stay away from slimmer consumer panels. They usually do not conform to the industrial demands with regard to lifespan, temperature range, availability and processes for change management and EOL.Figure 1. This schematic structure shows the different components of a modern touch display. An industry customer places value on high readability and a wide viewing angle. For medical devices, displays with MVA, Multiple Vertical Alignment, and IPS, In-Plane Switching, are the best choice. Both technologies offer high quality image display, high color accuracy and wide viewing angles as well as contrast. These are mainly wide and ultra-wide format displays. To see the finest structures and gray tones even on devices with larger diagonals of more than 20”, Data Modul’s self-developed controller board eMotion UHD II is used. As well as UHD, this also offers HDR, which allows a 10-bit color depth. To find out whether a display is suitable for medical use or not, Data Modul places it under a stress test. This happens in the company’s own climate chamber. Here, the displays are exposed to low or high temperatures and temperature cycles depending on the project, application and requirements. This simulates how the panel will behave in continuous or long-term operation. Furthermore, conclusions can be drawn on reliability and quality from the occurring aging effects. For this, the test periods range from a few days/weeks up to several years. This depends on the later use.Figure 2. eMotion UHD II: advanced TFT LCD controller board The first (capacitive) touch screens entered the market at the beginning of the 1990s. Since then, the basic structure of the touch sensors has barely changed. The basic structure is formed by X and Y levels, usually with a conductive rhombic pattern. Both levels are insulated from each other. If a finger or a conductive medium touches a crossing point of both levels, the capacity is changed and a touch event is recognized. HMI systems can be operated based on this principle, even through a glass panel. A central component is the transparent, conductive material ITO, Indium Tin Oxide. This forms a conductive rhombic pattern. In general, the conducting material is applied on two different sensor substrates: glass or PET film. A major drawback owed to the manufacturing procedure is the conductor path of these kinds of sensors and the resulting external dimensions.All electrodes are connected via a conductor path which leads to the Flextail at the edge of the sensor. With a line/space gap of 100/100 µm, the distance between two conductor paths and the conductor path itself, the structure is wide. This is particularly evident with diagonals bigger than 12.1”, since the resolution of these sensors is significantly higher. The glass/glass sensor is barely used in current applications due to the exterior dimensions and the robust overall structure. ITO film sensors (film/film) are thinner. With a sensor structure of 0.5 to maximum 0.7 mm, it is possible to use this in mobile devices. ITO films can be processed very well and the most unconventional shapes are possible. In spite of PET film, temperatures from -20 to 60°C or 70°C are possible. With a combination of a laser and etching processes, a line/space gap of 50/50 µm can be reached.Figure 3. SBC-iMX6-PPC: slim single board computer with NXP i.MX6 Cortex A9 SoC Data Modul has further developed the ITO sensors: SITO, Single-side ITO, which can be applied to diagonals of 7 to 21.5”. Unlike film/film sensors, both ITO electrodes in direction X and Y are applied only on one side of a glass substrate. The special feature is that on these crosspoints, metal bridges (metal jumpers) are placed to prevent bypasses caused by the single-layer touch structure. This means that a slimmer edge is possible and the sensor designs can be adapted individually. The external dimensions of the sensors here are not larger than those of the TFT display, meaning the sensors fit in almost every existing customer design. The temperature range is also wider for SITO sensors.PCAP without a glass surface is not possible, the flexible film on its own would not be durable. A thinner, more robust carrier must be applied (glass/film/film). The glass has a purely protective function: it prevents the sensor from bending and the sensitive conductor paths from being destroyed. Carrier glass and cover glass is available in different thicknesses, imprints and/or shapes.  With PCAP, the operating surface remains glass and in the medical environment, special anti-bacterial surfaces and glasses are used. Thanks to the anti-bacterial glass and anti-microbial effect of silver ions in the glass, 99 percent of the present bacteria is already dealt with.Data Modul has taken a special patented nano-free clear glass surface into development.  An additional coating becomes unnecessary. The antibacterial effect also remains after cleaning with aggressive products. Other directly antibacterial glass options are lacquered glass, mirror and laminated safety glass, with and without a sound-proofing function. In particular the gap in the device casing must either be narrow or wide to allow it to be cleaned easily. However, a closed device surface is often desired. Data Modul can fill the gap with the gap-filling process or also press-fitting. This requires the engineers involved to be familiar with various materials and the corresponding production procedures.For design and functionality of the casing design, material, dimensions and production possibilities and feasibility are important. Speakers, cameras, light conductors that are integrated directly into the casing, semi-transparent surfaces and specific surface roughness of the front frame must particularly be taken into account. Data Modul provides their own construction team for the casing concept and integrates the required components in such a way that the casing can be kept as slim as possible. Figure 4. Stress test in the Data Modul climate chamber All EMC demands are also taken into account.  CPU boards, touch controllers and sensors are integrated into metal chassis and, thanks to passive filter switching, are not sensitive to interfering signals. The demands on electromagnetic compatibility of medical devices, particularly on those for intensive-care medicine, are very high. Interior chassis made from aluminum improve the emission and immission behavior. Even the touch controller can be integrated. A backshell can be made of compact plastic injection molding ABS plastic, the sealing of which must often correspond to protection type IP54. The integration of the connection field, position and type of plugs also reduces the structural height.  In the company’s own EMC chambers, the devices are pre-qualified in accordance with medical standard 60601-1.Before the start of every series production, detailed qualifications and tests ensure that the production quality will pass.  This involves several phases which begin with functional designs and prototypes. Prototypes which are produced in near-serial processes as well as first samples in small quantities are built. The desired functions can be demonstrated and the product samples show the slim design.Furthermore, the panel and touch functionality can be tested. Parts produced in the rapid prototyping process give important information about the function and fit accuracy before series production. The success a device will have on the market finally depends on the end user. With the presentation of samples/prototypes, the synergy of design and function of the modern, slim medical device can be highlighted.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous congatec: COM Express Computer-on-Module with 3 GHz Intel Core i3 processorNext Scaling the Internet of Things with cellular technologylast_img read more