Linde highlights commercial viability of fuel cell technology

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Ellie Kummer pours in 28 points to lift Marshfield girls basketball past Bay Port

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSUAMICO — Ellie Kummer scored a career-high 28 points, making five 3-pointers and 9 of 10 free throws, to lead the Marshfield girls basketball team to a 59-49 victory over Bay Port in a nonconference game Tuesday night at Bay Port High School.Kummer made 7 of 11 shots overall from the field for the Tigers, who improve to 7-1.Caitlin Michaelis added 13 points, five rebounds, and four assists, and Makayla Scheuer had 10 points and five rebounds for Marshfield. Kummer, Michaelis, and Scheuer combined for 51 of the team’s 59 points. Hannah Meverden had a team-high seven rebounds.The Tigers were 24 of 29 (82 percent) from the free throw line.Marshfield will host its annual Tiger Invitational on Jan. 2-3. The Tigers open the tournament against Hudson on Friday, Jan. 2, at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com. Auburndale and Wausau Newman Catholic play in the other semifinal at 5:45 p.m.The third-place game is Jan. 3 at 2:45 p.m. The championship game follows at 4:30 p.m.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 59, Pirates 49Marshfield 9 15 20 15 – 59Bay Port 6 11 17 15 – 49MARSHFIELD (59): Makayla Scheuer 1-6 8-9 10, Meg Bryan 0-1 0-0 0, Caitlin Michaelis 4-11 5-6 13, Maddie Nikolai 0-0 0-0 0, Martha Kupfer 0-0 0-0 0, Ellie Kummer 7-11 9-10 28, Ema Fehrenbach 2-4 2-4 6, Hannah Meverden 1-1 0-0 2. FG: 15-34. FT: 24-29. 3-pointers: 5-10 (Kummer 5-7, Michaelis 0-1, Scheuer 0-2). Rebounds: 22 (Meverden 7). Assists: 6 (Michaelis 4). Record: 7-1.BAY PORT (49): Mackenzie Jerks 2-9 0-0 6, Elisabeth Knutson 0-1 0-0 0, Alexa Leiterman 3-9 3-4 9, Brooke Harris 3-6 2-2 8, Taylor McIntyre 2-5 0-0 4, Meg Knutson 2-7 2-3 8, Jamie Hebel 4-9 2-2 11, Maddie Re 1-6 1-2 3, Carley Mueller 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 17-52. FT: 10-13. 3-pointers: 5-16 (Jerks 2-6, M. Knutson 2-4, Hebel 1-3, E. Knutson 0-1, Leiterman 0-1, McIntyre 0-1). Rebounds: 22 (Leitherman 6). Record: 5-2.last_img read more

How Starbucks Could Take Wireless Charging Mainstream

first_imgTags:#A4WP#Daniel Schreiber#Humavox#Matthew Guiste#Omri Lachman#Ossia#powermat#qi#Reinier H.M. van der Lee#Rezence#starbucks#wireless charging#WPC Related Posts adriana lee The components were designed to fit inside one of the smallest consumer devices imaginable, so it’s not tough to see those tiny receivers embedded inside the compact casings of wearable gadgets, one of Humavox’s target areas. Another startup, Ossia, believes charging should work entirely over the air.  Though a bit slower than traditional charging, Ossia’s Cota technology can supposedly transmit power safely over a distance. It has been tested at 16 feet, and the company claims it can work up to 30 feet. Ossia has been making motions toward the smart home industry, hoping to power battery-operated sensors and other gizmos. In the controlled setting of a retail environment, Cota devices could theoretically start charging your devices the moment you walk in. But that scenario will probably take a lot of convincing to appease public concerns over safety. If these emerging companies succeed, or the leading troika of wireless charging proponents get their act together, they could banish the drudgery of plugging in cables and power adapters once and for all. We’re not there yet. But Starbucks and Powermat took a big step toward that future. And until it gets here, at least now we can sip our lattes and charge on a table while we wait. Starbucks coffee photo (cropped) courtesy of Starbucks; Ossia photo courtesy of Ossia; all others by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite Offering a shot of one-stop convenience, Starbucks began its roll-out of free Powermat wireless charging last week. The Seattle, Wash.–based coffee purveyor equipped roughly 200 stores in San Francisco with the technology, ahead of a nationwide launch next year.I stopped by a location in Levi Plaza to check out the system and see if it lives up to the promise. There could be no in-between: It would either be a cool new convenience or a lame, over-hyped feature. See also: How To Boost Your Phone’s Battery LifeAs I sat in the cafe, with my phone resting on the table that piped juice to it, the answer was clear. Starbucks should consider extra security; Frapuccino-fueled patrons are destined to jockey for a seat at one of these tables. After years of trying, wireless charging could finally be on the verge of going mainstream in a big, caffeinated way. Getting Juiced Up At StarbucksWireless charging seems like a misnomer. People who have bought Powermat and similar products know that the main charging mat connects to a wall outlet with a cable. But it’s still considered “wireless” because phones, handheld gaming machines and other devices can power up just by sitting on top of it. At Starbucks, the mats (or “Powermat Spots”) are built into some of the tables and countertops. Despite reports to the contrary, Daniel Schreiber, president of Powermat Technologies, claims the charging speed rivals cabled connections. I gave it a try, and found the charging action to be pretty speedy.  The downside is that few phones support Powermat charging out of the box. Some Lumia phones have it built in, and compatible backplates, phone cases, batteries and small Power Ring attachments are available under the joint Duracell-Powermat brand. The system offers some backward compatibility—if you have one, even an older unit, you’ll be able to charge your device on Starbucks’ tables. If not, you can still use the Starbucks charging surfaces. The store loans out Power Rings for free on the spot and sells them there too for about $10, if you’d like to own one. Duracell-Powermat also sells them online. “You’ve got to have a complete system,” said Matthew Guiste, Starbucks’ vice president of in-store digital. “No one has taken the plunge, [but] we want to start giving manufacturers a reason to put it in their phones.” The retailer has a habit of pushing technologies into the mainstream. Back in 2001, the business proselytized Wi-Fi, being among the first to offer it for free. The chain’s knack for popularizing tech was the main reason Powermat partnered with it. “Wi-Fi was not a known commodity then,” said Schreiber. “They’re in a place to educate consumers.” Daniel Schreiber, president of Powermat Technologies, at Starbucks wireless charging roll-outEducation is needed. Wireless charging has been around for quite a while, but despite that, it still hasn’t managed to gain traction with consumers yet. Why Isn’t Wireless Charging A Thing Yet?Even though the electromagnetic technology behind wireless charging goes back a century, people still mess with cables and power adapters—now more than ever. See also: If The Future’s Battery-Powered, We’re ScrewedPoor battery life forces the hassle. Today, huge phones with larger batteries and power-saving tactics, like Android’s Project Volta, try to prolong the longevity of our devices, but these are workarounds for batteries that just can’t keep pace with advancements in mobile technology. Processing power, new features and our demanding requirements for connectivity make us “more dependent on our devices,” said Schreiber. “[But] it’s reached a crisis point where the industry is bringing us new uses that we routinely disable to give us more battery life.” The issue becomes worse with wearables, as tiny gadgets leave little space for big power cells. Some reports say the system won’t work with iPhones. Don’t believe everything you read. Wireless charging’s convenience can help ease the pain of short battery life. Unfortunately, like the old video rivalry between VHS and BetaMax, warring factions within the industry prevent a universal standard from paving the way for wider adoption.Earlier this year, two of the leading power consortiums—Powermat’s Power Matters Alliance (PMA) and the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP)—made some headway by joining forces. Reinier H.M. van der Lee, director of product marketing at Broadcom, a key member of A4WP, told me then that it would lead to “dual-mode receivers,” or gadgets that support both PMA’s open standard and A4WP’s Rezence standard. But the deal left out a third, the Wireless Power Consortium’s Qi—currently the most popular wireless charging option available in mobile devices. Devices like Samsung’s Galaxy, Motorola’s Droid and some Lumia phones offer built-in support. All three standards essentially rely on the same technology. Coils (in mats) create electromagnetic fields that transmit electricity when receivers (in gadgets and accessories) sit on top. But their approaches vary, and none work directly with either of the others. Rezence devices don’t exist as consumer products yet, but even if they did, single-mode products wouldn’t work on Starbucks’ Powermat charging tables. (They’d have to be dual-mode.) Qi gadgets, the most prevalent so far, won’t directly work either. To cut through the complications, Starbucks and Powermat made a smart move: Those free Power Ring loaners come in a choice of micro-USB or Apple’s lightning port. This cross-compatibility should cover most smartphones, and their in-store availability means people won’t have to plan ahead. This simple decision gives every customer some wireless charging powers. It just so happens to spread the gospel of Powermat to a massive audience as well.  Powermat’s Power Play After starting out with test roll-outs in select stores in Boston and San Jose, Starbucks is ready to go all in with PMA now. Guiste calls Powermat “the perfect partner,” thanks to its focus on commercial installations and managed support. “What we got is not just a standard,” he said. “We got launch partners and a managed network that can tell us what’s going on, down to the location and the [specific] spot at that location.”What Powermat got is a direct line to the vast market of coffee drinkers across the country. (Starbucks serves more than 5 million customers per day.) While obviously beneficial to Powermat, the strategy could also raise the profile of wireless charging overall, giving the whole industry a boost. It may even compel the various camps to work together on a universal standard. If so, it couldn’t come too soon. The already complex landscape of wireless charging could get even more complicated before long. As cable-free power-ups work to establish themselves in the mainstream, fringe candidates have been trying to push it in new directions. Startups like Humavox and Ossia want to ditch the mat entirely, using radio frequency technology to transform charging into Wi-Fi-like affairs. It’s All Up In The Air Humavox CEO Omri Lachman explained the design strategy behind his Eterna charging platform to me earlier this year: Users don’t use mats, he said. Instead, they toss their devices in a box. Those devices can vary, not just in variety, but size. With more than a little showmanship, he told me his company “didn’t start off with these devices,” holding up a smartphone. “We started with these,” he said, pointing to a small in-ear canal hearing aid.  What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Why cloud computing success hinges on power management

first_imgBetter instrumentation. The basis for intelligent power management in your data center is better instrumentation at the server level. This includes instrumentation for things like CPU temperature, idle and average power, and power and memory states. Your management capabilities begin with access to this sort of data. Cloud computing models are based on gaining maximum yields for all resources that go into the data center. This is one of the keys to delivering services at a lower cost. And power is one of the biggest bills in a cloud environment. Cloud data centers now consume an estimated 1–2 percent of the world’s energy.[1] Numbers like that tell you the cloud’s success hinges on aggressive power management.So let’s talk about some of the steps you can take to operate a more efficient cloud: [1] Source: Jonathan Koomey, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientist, quoted in the New York Times Magazine. “Data Center Overload,” June 8, 2009. Better power policies across your data center. Put in place server- and rack-level power policies that work the rest of the policies in your data center. For example, you might allocate more power capacity to a certain set of servers that runs mission-critical workloads, and cap the power allocated to less important workloads. This can help you reduce power consumption while still meeting your service-level agreements.center_img Better power management at the facilities level. There are lots of things you can do to drive better efficiency across your data center. One of those is better thermal management through the use of hot and cold server aisles. Another is thermal mapping, so you can identify hot and cold spots in your data center and make changes to increase cooling efficiency. Ultimately, the key is to look at power the way you look at all other resources that go into your data center: seek maximum output for all input. Better power management at the server and rack level. Technologies like dynamic power capping and dynamic workload power distribution can help you reduce power consumption and place more servers into your racks. One Intel customer, Baidu.com, increased rack-level capacity by up to 20 percent within the same power envelope when it applied aggregated power management policies. For details, see this white paper.last_img read more

Accelerating Genomic Medicine

first_imgKeep the U.S. in the Lead – Continue federal funding for strategic health initiatives such as the Cancer MoonshotOpens in a new window, the Precision Medicine InitiativeOpens in a new window, and the Veterans’ Administration’s Million Veteran ProgramOpens in a new window (MVP),[1] and ensure that genomics and next generation sequencing (and similar technologies) are essential parts of these programs. Donate My Data – Only by addressing the question of “who owns my data” will patients be able to seamlessly give truly informed consent to institutions of their choice. The 21st Century Cures Act makes great progress by directing healthcare organizations to give patients access to data in their electronic health record via a “computable format, including using patient portals or third-party applications and common cases when a provider is permitted to exchange and provide access to health informationOpens in a new window.” Next, policymakers need to determine a standardized machine readable consent form to facilitate patients’ donation of their data to research endeavors, in harmony with practices of the international genomics community.  The apparent impossibility of anonymizing genomic data will merit special attention as well. Bring it Now – Precision Medicine will add to the flood of information clinicians must have to deliver the best possible care to patients. Thus, the healthcare system will have to redouble its efforts to give patient-relevant knowledge to clinicians at the time it’s needed, as well as educate clinicians on the general principles for using this knowledge. Show Me the Money – Insurers, including Medicare, are funding genomic testing for specific chronic diseases like cancer, HIV, and heart disease in patients and their families, significantly increasing offers of predictive and preventative choices. However, the limits on reimbursement place both the patient and the healthcare system at risk. As Congress considers cost savings policies that will transform healthcare delivery, genomic mapping will need to be one of the chief considerations to enable our healthcare practices to target and accelerate care.  Reimbursement should, of course, be limited to situations where value has been demonstrated.center_img As the recently-passed 21st Century Cures ActOpens in a new window is implemented, we suggest a six-factor approach to advancing the practical applications of genomics. The goal is to create transformative opportunities to expand our understanding of biomedicine, reshape clinical care, and improve human health while broadening opportunities for innovation and economic growth.Share the Data – Without friction-free, ethical sharing of data between research organizations, Precision Medicine will never fulfill its promise. The reason is simple: Where the 20th century saw one disease, Precision Medicine will see 50. Thus, single organizations will alone be unable to collect enough research subjects in these narrowly-defined diseases to understand how different treatments work for each.  Pooled data, from multiple organizations – e.g. clinical institutions, life science companies, patient groups, and the public – can overcome this difficulty, but only if there exists a data-sharing infrastructure that is both trusted and flexible. Clarify the Rules – As with the regulation of medical devices and diagnostic tests, clinicians and the healthcare system will benefit from clear guidelines that emphasize patient safety and privacy while removing unnecessary obstacles to innovation. To avoid delays in such a rapidly evolving field, policymakers and regulators should work with industry to establish guidelines for clinical decision support systems and their component elements, based on their intended use, the seriousness of risk to the patient, and the principle that marketplace competition between systems works only in an environment of disclosure and transparency.On March 29, Intel, Pfizer and Oracle will be in Washington, D.C. for a congressional briefing on measures needed to accelerate genomic medicine. Watch for live tweets from @IntelHealthOpens in a new window on key information we learn at the session about accelerating genomic medicine.[1] US Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Funds New Studies Using Million Veteran Program Data, July 7, 2015. http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2717last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday January 30 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, January 30, 2019:#1) WHS Class Of 2021 Fundraiser At 99 RestaurantThe WHS Class of 2021 is holding a “Dining For A Cause” Fundraiser at the 99 Restaurant (144 Lowell Street) on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, from 4pm to 11pm. Bring this flyer and 15% of your bill will be donated to Wilmington High School’s sophomore class. Applies to both dine-on AND take-out orders.  (No coupons, discounts or promotions are accepted during the fundraiser.)#2) WHS Boys Hockey In ActionThe Wilmington High School Varsity Boys Hockey Team hosts Lexington High at 8pm at Ristuccia Arena. The JV Boys Hockey Team hosts Woburn High at 2:30pm at Ristuccia Arena.#3) Preschool Storytime At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Preschool Storytime at 10:30am. This mixed-age storytime for preschoolers includes books, rhymes, music and a fun craft. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to accompany the child and participate in the activities.#4) Tech Help At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding its weekly tech help drop-in hours from 2pm to 3pm. Have a tech question that’s been bugging you? Drop in the library to see if Technology Librarian, Brad McKenna, can help.#5) Wilmington High School Advisory Council MeetingThe Wilmington High School’s School Advisory Council meets at 3pm in the High School’s Main Office Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, January 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, January 9, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Twitter sued by blogger who was barred for tweets about transgender people

first_img Comments 3 Culture Tech Industry Share your voice Tags James Martin/CNET Twitter is being sued by a Canadian blogger who says she shouldn’t have been permanently banned from the social network for her tweets about transgender people.Meghan Murphy, founder of the blog Feminist Current, says in the lawsuit that the company locked her account last year and asked her to pull down a tweet that said, “Men aren’t women.” The tweet was part of Murphy’s argument that gender is assigned at birth. Murphy also clashed with Twitter over tweets that asked, “How are transwomen not men? What is the difference between a man and a transwoman?” In November, the argument reached a crescendo when Twitter permanently booted Murphy from the platform for violating the site’s rules against hateful conduct, after she referenced a transgender woman as “him.”Twitter’s decision came after it updated its policy against hateful conduct last year. The updated policy bars users from referring to a transgender person with the incorrect pronoun, a practice it calls “misgendering.” The company also prohibits users from addressing transgender people by birth name, a practice that’s known as “deadnaming.”Murphy, who filed the lawsuit on Monday in the Superior Court of California, alleges that Twitter violated its agreement with users when it changed the hateful conduct policy without alerting the public. “The policy is arbitrary and it conflicts with Twitter’s promise to have an open and free platform for communication,” said Adam Candeub, one of the lawyers representing Murphy. The lawsuit cites the state’s unfair competition law.The lawsuit accuses Twitter, which champions free expression, of “false and deceptive advertising.”Twitter pushed back on Tuesday, calling the lawsuit “meritless.” The company said it “will vigorously defend itself against this suit.”Silicon Valley tech companies, including Twitter, are struggling with allowing free speech while combating harassment, hate speech and other offensive content. They’ve faced allegations that they’re suppressing conservative speech — charges the companies have denied. Murphy is being represented by Dhillon Law Group, the same law firm that filed a discrimination suit against Google after the company fired employee James Damore after he wrote a controversial memo about the gender and diversity gap. CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.Everything about Fortnite: What you need to know about the hit game. Jack Dorsey Twitterlast_img read more

This is how Kareena Kapoor reacted when Parineeti expressed her crush on

first_imgKareena Kapoor and Parineeti ChopraTwitterActress Parineeti Chopra, who appeared on The Kapil Sharma Show, said that Kareena Kapoor has no issues with her liking for Saif Ali Khan and she would make a Jabariya Jodi, if she gets a chance.Jabariya Jodi is slated to hit the screens on August 2 and the makers are busy with its publicity activities. Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra will be seen promoting the upcoming movie on SET’s popular comedy show The Kapil Sharma Show. The duo had a fun banter with the host. They were caught teasing each other and sharing fun tales during their shoot for Jabariyan Jodi.Accompanying her will be charming actor Sidharth Malhotra and together, they will be seen promoting their upcoming movie Jabariya Jodi. The duo had a fun banter with the host Kapil Sharma and was caught teasing each other and sharing fun tales during their shoot for Jabariyan Jodi.Talking to Kapil Sharma, Parineeti Chopra opened to about her crush on Saif Ali Khan. Kapil asked her if she gets a chance to find her Jabariya Jodi from Bollywood, who she would choose. She replied, “If I get a chance, I would definitely kidnap Saif Ali Khan to make my Jabariya Jodi. I have always admired him. I have even mentioned the same to Kareena and she is very okay with the fact that I admire him.”She said that she is highly inspired from SRK’S dialogue in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai where he says pyaar dosti hai. She religiously follows the rule and makes everyone her best friend.Kapil will be seen taking fitness tips from Sidharth and take tips from him on getting rid of the side belly fat. Siddharth said, “I do it by not eating ice cream and maintaining a sea food diet where see food means just seeing the junk food and not eating it.”last_img read more

Corruption cripples Mongla Burimari ports TIB

first_imgCorruption is widespread in the country’s Mongla sea port and Burimari land port, according to a study of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB).The findings of the study titled ‘Burimari Land Port & Customs Station and Mongla Port & Custom House: Governance Challenges in Import-Export and Way Out’ were presented at a programme at TIB’s Dhanmondi office on Sunday.Presenting the report, TIB officials Manzur-e Khoda and Md Khorshed Alam said rampant corruption have crippled the two ports.In Mongla port, car importers have to give bribes of Tk 4,000 for tax clearance in six departments of customs house and Tk 1715 more in 10 places of the port to unload a car.Customs house takes Tk 35,700 as bribe for tax clearance of every imported bill of entry in the port. Unloading the imported goods within 5:00pm requires bribe of Tk 6,000 while it is Tk 1200 for unloading at a later time.Moreover, for entry and exit to the port, every ship pays Tk 8350 as bribe to the customs house and Tk 21,000 to the port officials.In Lalmonirhat’s Burimari Land Port and Customs Station, exporters and importers need to pay bribe at different places. Exporters pay Tk 1750 against every bill of entry to the port while the amount is Tk 1500 for importers.TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman said corruption has been institutionalised in these two ports.Around 60 per cent of the cars imported are done at the Mongla port. Clinker, coal, fertiliser and LP gas are also imported through this port.In the 2016-17 fiscal year, Mongla port earned Tk 2.27 billion and while the customs department earned more than Tk 30 billion.Burimari port earned over Tk 70 million during this period.last_img read more

Rohingyas may die due to scarcity of food Aid agency

first_imgRohingya refugees have their breakfast in Kutupalang Makeshift Refugee Camp in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh, September 17, 2017. REUTERSRohingya refugees in Bangladesh could die due to a lack of food, shelter and water available for the huge numbers of them fleeing violence in Myanmar, an aid agency warned on Sunday.Nearly 410,000 members of the Rohingya Muslim minority fled from western Rakhine state to Bangladesh to escape a military offensive that the United Nations has branded a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.“Many people are arriving hungry, exhausted and with no food or water,” Mark Pierce, Bangladesh country director for the Save the Children aid agency said in a statement.“I’m particularly worried that the demand for food, shelter, water and basic hygiene support is not being met due to the sheer number of people in need. If families can’t meet their basic needs, the suffering will get even worse and lives could be lost.”Bangladesh has for decades faced influxes of Rohingya fleeing persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, where the Rohingya are regarded as illegal migrants.Bangladesh was already home to 400,000 Rohingya before the latest crisis erupted on Aug. 25, when Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts and an army camp, killing a dozen people.Pierce said the humanitarian response needed to be rapidly scaled up.“That can only be done if the international community steps up funding,” he said.Rights monitors and fleeing Rohingya say the Myanmar security forces and Rakhine Buddhist vigilantes responded to the Aug. 25 insurgent attacks with what they say is a campaign of violence and arson aimed at driving out the Muslim population.Myanmar rejects that, saying its security forces are carrying out clearance operations against the insurgents of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, which claimed responsibility for the August attacks and similar, smaller, raids in October.The Myanmar government has declared the group a terrorist organisation and accused it of setting the fires and attacking civilians.Bangladesh border guards said on Sunday the flow of refugees leaving Myanmar had eased off over the past day, apparently because bad weather had discouraged people from taking to boats to reach Bangladesh.SUU KYI ADDRESSHeavy rain over the weekend turned roads into mud, with countless Rohingya putting up shelters with bamboo and plastic sheets beside them.“People are living in these muddy, awful conditions. You have to get them to some sort of space where aid can be delivered,” said Chris Lom, of the international Organisation for Migration. “Clean water and sanitation can only be delivered in a structured environment.”Bangladesh is planning a camp for the new arrivals but Lom said it was unclear how long it would take to build.“It all depends on the resources the government throws at it and the resources we throw at it.”There is no sign that violence has stopped in Myanmar, with smoke, apparently from burning villages, seen as recently as Friday, meaning more refugees are likely to cross.Human Rights Watch said satellite imagery showed 62 Rohingya villages had been torched since the violence erupted.Myanmar says more than 430 people have been killed, most of them insurgents, and about 30,000 non-Muslim villagers have been displaced.Myanmar government leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has faced a barrage of criticism from abroad for not stopping the violence.The military remains in full control of security policy and there is little sympathy for the Rohingya in a country where the end of army rule has unleashed old animosities and the military campaign in Rakhine State is widely supported.Suu Kyi is due to make her first address to the nation on the crisis on Tuesday.Her foreign supporters and Western governments that backed her campaign against military rule, and see her as the best hope for Myanmar’s future, will be hoping to see her make a new commitment to protect the rights of the Muslim minority.At home, her supporters could be disappointed if she is perceived to be caving in to foreign pressure and taking the side of a Muslim minority blamed for initiating the violence.The military has called for unity on the issue.The political party founded by retired officers and trounced by Suu Kyi’s party in the 2015 election, could be expected to take heart to see her support eroded by the crisis.last_img