Dwyer will not double

first_imgWhen Rasheed Dwyer finished sixth in the 200 metres at last year’s National Senior Championships, that ended his chance to run an individual event at the World Champion-ships in Beijing, China. Despite that, Dwyer won’t be running the 100 metres at this year’s Nationals as insurance. That’s the word according to his Sprintec coach Maurice Wilson. Speaking at the recent PUMA/JAAA Jamalco meet, coach Wilson said: “No, he will not be doubling this year, but I can tell you he will be running a fast 200m somewhere along the line.” Dwyer, who turned 27 on January 29, sparkled at the Pan-Am Games in Toronto after his Nationals disaster. In the semi-finals, he reset his personal from 19.98 seconds to 19.80. That moved him past Nickel Ashmeade – 19.85, Donald Quarrie – 19.86 and Asafa Powell – 19.90 on the Jamaican all-time list. He was second in the final to fast Canadian newcomer AndrÈ DeGrasse with a silver medal run of 19.90 seconds. His form earned him a spot in Jamaica’s World 4x100m relay pool. He did a fine job running the third leg in the heats. In 2011, during his days as student-athlete at the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education, Dwyer won his pet event at the World University Games. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the former Camperdown High School sprinter led Warren Weir and Jason Livermore in a Jamaican medal sweep. Dwyer and superstar Usain Bolt were the only Jamaicans to go faster than 20 seconds last year, and his new personal best made him the third fastest man in the world in the 200m after Bolt and American Justin Gatlin. By contrast, his best run over 100 metres was 10.16 seconds. Five Jamaicans ran that distance in under 10 seconds flat.last_img read more

Clippers beat slumping Lakers

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “This is a critical time to win games, and we’re locked in,” Williams said. “Tonight I felt particularly good about our focus.”James scored 27 points and Rajon Rondo had his 32nd career triple-double, but the Lakers took their ninth loss in 12 games since they beat the Clippers on Jan. 31.While the Clippers’ playoff run is a pleasant surprise for their fans, the Lakers (30-34) dearly want to reach the postseason after a five-year absence.Instead, the 16-time NBA champions have all but fallen apart in February and March. The Lakers are in 10th place in the West, sitting 5½ games behind San Antonio for the final playoff spot with 18 to play.“You keep playing to the end and see what happens,” James said. “I’ve been talking about it for a while now. Everyone has been talking about the postseason, (but) we should be worried about each and every game and how we can continue to get better with our process and get better with our team.”ADVERTISEMENT Two days after an embarrassing road loss to NBA-worst Phoenix put a huge dent in their playoff chances, the Lakers played without forward Brandon Ingram, who developed right shoulder soreness after the morning shootaround. Ingram had played in 50 straight games, averaging 18.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in a strong first season alongside James.Lonzo Ball was already out with his long-term ankle injury, leaving James without his two most important teammates. Kyle Kuzma then scored 13 points before he limped off the floor with an apparent ankle injury with 6:04 to play, and coach Luke Walton said he “would be surprised” if Kuzma’s injury doesn’t force him to miss the Lakers’ next game.TIP-INSClippers: Luc Mbah a Moute warmed up before the game, but wasn’t quite ready to return from the left knee injury that has kept him out for 61 games since Oct. 23. Wilson Chandler (strained right quadriceps) also sat out. … The 6-foot-1 Williams drove the paint and dunked in the first quarter.Lakers: Lance Stephenson (sprained toe) and Tyson Chandler (stiff neck) didn’t play. … Ball missed his 17th straight game with a sprained left ankle and bone bruise. He will be re-evaluated this week. … LA Galaxy greats Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robbie Keane watched the game at courtside.ZU BACKIvica Zubac started for the Clippers and finished with seven points against the Lakers, who drafted the Croatian 7-footer in the second round in 2016 and fostered his development until trading him last month for Mike Muscala, who had six points for the Lakers. “It was weird to go against guys I used to play with,” Zubac said.RONDO FOR 3Rondo had a season-high 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. The veteran point guard broke his tie with John Havlicek to take sole possession of 11th place in NBA history with 32 triple-doubles. Rondo and Mark Jackson are the only players to record a triple-double with five different teams.SHIFTING TIDES Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Spurs hold off Nuggets’ late rally Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) dunks between Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee (7) and Rajon Rondo (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers are rolling toward a playoff berth, even after a thorough upheaval over the past two years.LeBron James and the injury-riddled Los Angeles Lakers weren’t much of an obstacle when two teams going in opposite directions passed each other in the Staples Center hallway they share.ADVERTISEMENT Although the Lakers still have an enormous overall lead in this rivalry, the Clippers have won the season series in each of the past six years. The Clippers have taken two of three heading into the final meeting this season on April 5.UP NEXTClippers: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday.Lakers: Host the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. 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Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Danilo Gallinari scored 23 points, Lou Williams added 21 and the Clippers dealt another blow to the Lakers’ fading playoff hopes with a 113-105 victory Monday night.“That doesn’t bother me or make me happy,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of beating their fellow Angelenos. “I just want us to do well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Clippers did splendidly, despite the odds against them. Although they have broken up their successful core and further stripped the roster with several recent trades, they’re still on target for a playoff return. Rivers dismissed the notion of tanking before the game: “I don’t know that word,” he said.Gallinari led six Clippers scoring in double figures while they comfortably maintained a lead over their co-tenants down the stretch of their latest rivalry meeting. James and his few healthy teammates never threatened late as the Clippers (37-29) took sole possession of seventh place in the Western Conference standings with their sixth win in eight games. View commentslast_img read more

The Impact of Ebola in Liberia and Its Post Recovery Challenges

first_imgSalutation/ Introduction:Thank you Dr. Contis for your kind introduction.  The people of Liberia are grateful for the work your organization has conducted to strengthen Liberia’s health care system and the support of the American people as Liberia struggles to recover from the devastating impact of Ebola.Thank you Dr. Betancourt, The Universal Peace Federation and The Washington Times for the invitation and the opportunity to inform members of the global community about the health and development challenges that Liberia and the neighboring countries of Guinea and Sierra Leone are struggling to overcome.Congressman Williams, on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the government and people of Liberia,  we thank the United States and your generous support through the deployment of U.S. military personnel from your Congressional district to construct 17 (100-bed containment units), as well as the other work US military personnel are doing to strengthen the health infrastructure in Liberia. We are also profoundly indebted to the private sector, the public health community, and humanitarian organizations for their assistance. Distinguished invited guests,Liberia has come a long way; a small country on the West Coast of Africa, just about the size of the State of Ohio. Founded by freed American slaves in 1822, Liberia continues to enjoy a historic relations with the United States. In fact, the United States remains the most important development partner of Liberia.Since March 2014, nearly every hour the media has reported increasingly grim details about the fierce threat and devastating impact of Ebola.  The World Health Organization has estimated that Ebola will affect 1.4 million lives, if proper corrective measures were not instituted.  While we do not doubt the WHO estimate, we do know that the impact of the disease is not just measured in human lives.  The Ebola outbreak has a variety of consequences – and unfortunately – all of them are grim – and some of them will even be felt by those participating in this forum.One of my most important concerns as Liberia’s diplomatic representative to the United States is that we must control the panic factor to prevent Liberia from becoming forever dependent on the donor community and to encourage the private sector to not lose faith in our ability to be investment worthy.Prior to the outbreak of Ebola, there were only 50 medical doctors in Liberia, a few dentists and one psychiatrist for the entire population of 4.1 million people.  A 14-year-civil war destroyed the country and devastated its infrastructure and claimed the lives of more than 250,000 people, displaced about one million of its citizens. The country experienced a huge brain drain. Therefore, when the deadly Ebola virus hit Liberia, our system was overwhelmed and could not contain the virus and stop its spread.The Ebola virus disease has claimed the lives of 2,800 people, including 131 healthcare workers, leaving about 3,000 orphans behind and about 5,000 currently infected.  We applaud the support of the United States and the international community, and should like to report of a recent decline in the outbreak of new cases. We, however, like to reiterate that much more is needed to be done to eradicate the virus.Therefore, a compelling case can be made for an accelerated international response to eliminate Ebola by working with us to rebuild our health infrastructure, provide critical supplies and health services (including the further development  of a vaccine), and as important – by investing in systems and sectors to ensure economic stability and security for Liberia and the region.Friends of Liberia and our dear partners, since the end of the civil war, Liberia has been making steady progress towards economic resurgence. Liberia was beginning to be regarded as a post-conflict success story in Africa, consolidating its peace and democracy.  Political stability created the enabling environment for foreign investment in iron ore, maritime, rubber industry, tourism, and construction of ocean front resorts, as well as, infrastructure (particularly telecommunications and energy).Unfortunately, Ebola – and its wide ranging multi-sector impact, has plunged Liberia into limbo, both in terms of economic development and geo-political insecurity.  In 2013, Liberia was among the top 10 countries with the highest GDP growth rate. Its GDP was expected to grow by 5.9% in 2014, but the expected gain has been reversed to 2.5%.In addition to the enormous and tragic loss of human life, the Ebola epidemic is having devastating effects on the Liberian economy in a variety of essential sectors by halting trade, hurting agriculture and scaring investors. For example:a) Agriculture accounts for 39% of Liberia’s GDP. Disruptions from the outbreak will result in diminishing yields of Liberia’s staple food, such as rice and cassava. Prices of these commodities are already increasing exponentially. Such shocks will push inflation to 13% from 7% prior to the Ebola outbreak.b) Mining activity, which constitutes 14% of the economy is decreasing. China Union and ArcelorMittal are scaling down iron ore mining. c) Fiscal revenues will decline as limited economic activity reduces revenues from taxes, tariffs and custom duties. At the same time, to resolve the crisis and meet health and security needs of the people, government expenditure will increase, with a short-term fiscal impact of $93 million or 4.7% of GDP.Dear friends of Liberia,I have come here therefore, to gain the support that is essential to redevelop Liberia and restore its future.  Liberians are a resilient people – with help they can make it happen. While our immediate focus is on the eradication of the Ebola virus disease, we are equally concerned about post-Ebola recovery programs.These are the reasons that international aid must be sustained and new investment made for the growth and survival of Liberia:Ebola has made Liberia and the region vulnerable to bio-terrorism.  We have witnessed how bio-terrorism has undermined the security in other parts of the world.The Liberian family, ordinarily strong, responsible, and vibrant, has broken down.  Wage earners have lost their lives.  Children with no extended family are orphaned.  International human traffickers are preying on those women and children without the capacity to maintain themselves or lack of access to the few services currently available to assist them with this life transition.The infrastructure, particularly electricity, is not reliable and operates only a few hours each day, at a rate of 54 cents per kilo watt hour; perhaps, the highest in the world. Investment in solar energy to reduce the strain on the country’s power grid is essential in order to adequately support the containment units being built and restore Liberia’s business community. It is critical that Liberia and its neighboring countries develop the capacity to prevent future epidemics.  Failure to implement a comprehensive strategy to provide effective prevention mechanisms and life saving care not only helps to reduce deaths but ensures the confidence of the population that their government values human life and their family and the prosperity of the country.With continued help from the United States, people like you, and the donor community, frustration and civil disobedience and outside agitation will be stemmed.           Finally, ladies and gentlemen, friends of Liberia, the take away message today is that:We are not asking you to feel sorry for Liberia or to view it as a “basket case”.  We are asking you to believe in Liberia and value its history as an important U.S. allyWe are asking you to realize that unless the Ebola virus gets under control, the country is vulnerable for violence and discontent – and if that in fact occurs the country is destined for generations of poverty and will be ripe for crisis.If just every third person in this room is willing to contribute even one box of medical gloves, and companies take a risk with us to invest in Liberia’s private sector, the next time I address you I will be presenting a positive, encouraging report on Liberia’s resurgence.           Thank you for being concerned enough about this crisis to attend today. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nismes accident leaves 1 dead, 1 injured

first_imgAn early morning collision between a minibus and a motorcycle has left one man dead and one woman injured.Dead: Timothy Emanuel AssingDead is 27-year-old Timothy Emanuel Assing of Old Road, La Grange, West Bank Demerara (WBD).Reports indicate that at approximately 01:30h on Sunday, the minibus was travelling south on the eastern carriageway of Nismes Public Road, WBD, while Assing was travelling north on the motorcycle, in the company of a pillion rider, Shellon Glasgow.It is alleged that Assing was blinded by the headlights of the oncoming minibus and veered into its path on the eastern carriageway, resulting in the head-on collision which sent the minibus into the trench on the eastern side of the public road.Assing and Glasgow were rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where Assing was pronounced dead on arrival and Glasgow received treatment for injuries to her mouth. She was subsequently discharged.The driver of the minibus, who was taken into custody, is assisting Police with their investigations.last_img read more

NA pensioner chops home intruder

first_imgA 20-year-old alleged burglar was this morning chopped about his body with a cutlass after he broke into the home of a pensioner of Vryman’s Erven, New Amsterdam, Berbice.The suspect, of Angoy’s Avenue, is under guard at the New Amsterdam Hospital. He had to undergo surgery and is currently in a stable condition, police said in a statement.Reports are that the pensioner, who is 67-years-old, was awakened by a noise at around 03:00hrs today. Upon investigation, he was confronted by the perpetrator who was armed with a cutlass.The perpetrator wounded the pensioner to his right palm, police said.However, the pensioner quickly armed himself with a cutlass and chopped the intruder multiple times about his body.He then summoned the police via 911.Police responded promptly and arrested the suspect, who reportedly attempted to steal a laptop from the premises.last_img read more

Fort St. John tidying up for Communities in Bloom

first_imgGet out your corn brooms, your weed whackers and your hedge trimmers, and maybe make another visit to the garden centre near you.Fort St. John’s Communities in Bloom committee is encouraging local businesses and residents to do what they can to tidy up their properties ahead of a two-day tour of the community later this month.Provincial judges are set to tour the city when they arrive in town July 19 — and organizers are hoping to impress the judges on a category that hasn’t seen the friendliest marks in previous years.- Advertisement -“Tidiness (of the city) is the one area we have consistently received constructive feedback around,” said Karen Mason-Bennett.“We decided to just tackle it head on.”It’s been three years since Fort St. John has competed in the contest, which fetes the best looking communities on a provincial, national, and even international level.Advertisement The city is competing on a provincial level for an award, and Mason-Bennett says the city hasn’t been in a position to receive one over the last few years.Mason-Bennett says a little hard work and buy in from residents will go a long way in impressing the judges — pulling out weeds, mowing the lawn, sweeping the sidewalks, hanging a flower pot or two.“We’re of the mind… the community and things that make Fort St. John fantastic are the people that are here,” she said.Mason-Bennett says its just not the city that’s responsible for keeping the community looking clean and tidy.Advertisement “It’s not just the city’s job. There definitely needs to be some self-responsibility around those things. If the city was to do it all, our taxes would astronomical,” said Mason-BennettThe judges will arrive on Sun., July 19, and will be taken on a garden tour that afternoon organized by the local horticultural society.A barbecue with the judges will follow at the community gardens at 6:30 p.m. on 102 Avenue between the Church of Resurrection and the Fort St. John Medical Clinic. That is open to the public, Mason-Bennett says.“It’s an opportunity to come by and really explain what makes Fort St. John awesome in your world,” she said.“What makes a community a community, and how to thrive as a collective group. I think we do that in spades, it just not might be in the places people expect it to be.”Advertisementcenter_img The judges will be taken on a tour of Fort St. John on July 20 before leaving the following day.“We expect some informal feedback as we truck around, but we’ll get a full mark up six weeks after they’re here,” said Mason-Bennett.The Northern Environmental Action Team and the North Peace Justice Society are spearheading the efforts, with sponsorship from Home Hardware and Urban Systems.last_img read more

FA consider ending partnership with betting companies after Joey Barton case

first_img FA chairman Greg Clarke Greg Clarke admits the Football Association is considering ending its partnership with betting companies but stressed the decision is not linked to the recent Joey Barton case.Barton was banned from football for 18 months in April for breaking betting rules but the Burnley midfielder fired a parting shot at the FA over its own links to gambling companies.A statement published on Barton’s official website last month read: “I think if the FA is truly serious about tackling the culture of gambling in football, it needs to look at its own dependence on the gambling companies.”The governing body signed a “long-term” deal with Ladbrokes in June 2016 to become its “official betting partner” following a similar agreement with William Hill.The FA also has commercial deals with alcoholic drinks firms such as Budweiser and a report – ordered at the start of the season by Clarke – into whether such agreements are appropriate is due to be published in the summer.Clarke, the FA chairman, told The Times: “We are actively considering what our position will be and should be.“I have thought about the relationship between betting and football, and alcohol and football, and I raised this at the start of the season when I took over as chairman.“I asked for the management team to produce a report on what our position should be on a number of things, and gambling and alcohol were among those things.“At the end of the season, when that paper is produced, the FA board will take a measured decision on what our position should be.“Until I see that paper, I don’t have a position but it is right we consider it and then make a positive decision on what we are going to do or not.“This is not linked to the Joey Barton case at all, this goes back to the start of the season.”Of the 20 Premier League sides, 11 have betting companies’ logos on their shirts while the three English Football League divisions are sponsored by Sky Bet.Clarke added: “The FA will decide what is appropriate for a governing body, and there is a set of tests we would apply, and they will be different to what should apply to clubs, as for a governing body they should be higher.” 1last_img read more


first_imgTHERE is widespread shock and sadness in GAA circles here in Co Donegal tonight after the death of Fermanagh senior player Brian Óg Maguire who died in an industrial accident at a factory in the county today.It incident took place at his workplace at Quinn’s cement factory in Derrylin at 11am on Thursday.Maguire played in the Ulster Championship match with Down earlier this year and captained his club, Lisnaskea Emmetts, to victory in the All-Ireland Intermediate Football Championship in 2011. Club chairman Collie McCaffrey paid tribute to Maguire, who he described as a “superstar” and “the heartbeat of his local community”.Mr McCaffrey went on: “Brian was involved in an accident over at Quinn’s but we’re not exactly sure what happened yet.“He was our captain in the 2011 All-Ireland so for a parish like Lisnaskea that would make him a superstar and a heartbeat of the local community.“To be at the pinnacle of your life and then to have your life cut short is devastating. “The GAA is like a big family and we’ll be getting together tonight with his family and making sure we help them in any way we can over the coming days.”Aogán Ó ‘Fearghail, the President of the GAA’s Ulster Council, said he felt “shock and deep sadness” over the death.“I knew Brian Og who was a committed Gael who represented his Club Lisnaskea Emmetts GAA and his County Fermanagh with great distinction and I had the privilege of presenting him with the Ulster Intermediate Club Championship Cup in 2011.”He expressed deep and heartfelt sympathy on his own behald and that of the Ulster Council to Mr Maguire’s family circle and club.“My thoughts and prayers are with them all at this time. “This tragic event reminds me of the words of Aeschylus “Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.“Go ndeine Dia trócaire ar a anam dilis,” he concluded.The Fermanagh County Committee also paid tribute to Mr Maguire and extended their sympathies to parents Brian and Eileen, sisters Roisin and Eimear, and the rest of the family circle.Meanwhile Dessie Farrell of the Gaelic Players Association said: “It is with great shock that we learned today of Brian Óg’s sudden death. “Maguire was a central figure in Peter Canavan’s side this year as they gained promotion from Division 4 of the Allianz League.“He also captained his club side to All-Ireland intermediate honours last year.“On behalf of the county playing body I would like to offer my sincerest sympathies to Brian Óg’s family, friends and fellow county and club players. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”Fans here in the county have been expressing their sympathy to Mr Maguire’s family on social networking sites.SADNESS IN DONEGAL AFTER DEATH OF FERMANAGH COUNTY GAA STAR was last modified: September 14th, 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:SADNESS IN DONEGAL AFTER DEATH OF FERMANAGH COUNTY GAA STARlast_img read more

Panel decries upgrade glitch on police cars

first_imgA software glitch has interrupted the sweeping overhaul of city emergency communications, which could delay the upgrade of police car computer systems by up to two years, officials said Monday. News about the glitch in the city’s $15 million contract with Northrop Grumman Information Technology drew a strong reaction from the City Council’s Public Safety Committee. The panel declined, temporarily at least, to extend the contract with Northrop Grumman, which has indicated it could take up to two years to fix the problem. The company had earlier said its work integrating the Los Angeles Police Department’s Computer-Aided Dispatch System and Mobile Data Terminals software would be complete late this year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “The way this has been handled raises other issues,” said Councilman Jack Weiss, chairman of the committee. Noting that more than $13 million has already been paid out in spite of the troubles, Councilman Ed Reyes said there may be implications for other contracts. “How many more million-dollar contracts do we have with this kind of quality control?” Reyes asked. City officials involved in the project said the situation with the mobile computer system is unique, and that extending the contract is necessary to resolve the problems. The panel indicated it would grant an extension before the contract expires in late December, but in the meantime the council members called for a meeting with top city officials and company representatives to get a fuller picture of what happened. The project is part of the city’s $284 million Emergency Command Control Communications System upgrade, which also involves building two new dispatch centers and improving 911 service. It is funded with bond money from Proposition M, which voters approved in 1992. Many of the Proposition M projects have been completed successfully or are on track to succeed, officials said, and the overall program is within its budget. However, an outside consultant recently uncovered problems with one component, the $15 million contract related to computer communication systems in police cars. City officials suggested at Monday’s meeting that the problems were technical ones related to the large scope of the project. A spokeswoman for Northrop Grumman said project representatives could not be reached Monday to explain what happened, but that the company is committed to resolving any problems. Officials said the delay should not cost any additional money, although the committee members questioned the amount that has already been spent. “Have they essentially been paid $13 million for something that doesn’t work?” Weiss asked. As the software problem leaves the upgrade in limbo, police cars will continue to use the voice radio and mobile data terminal systems that were put in place two decades ago. Councilman Bernard Parks, a former LAPD chief, said the current glitch brings back unpleasant memories of some problems when the first mobile computer systems were installed. “This is like deja vu all over again,” he said. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 dan.laidman@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

3D Printing Inches Toward Affordability for Small Businesses

first_imgHigh-resolution 3D printing crept further into reach for small businesses this morning when Z Corporation announced two new models of its ZPrinter line of 3D printers.The ZPrinter 150 and 250 models, priced at $14,900 and $24,900 respectively, are being touted by the company as an ideal solution for classrooms and small businesses.3D printing has been used for years by large firms, medical professionals and governments to quickly create 3D prototypes of product designs, human body parts, architectural models and just about anything else that can be imagined and drawn up using CAD software. It’s only in recent years that the printers have begun to drop in price to the point where they can fit within the budget of smaller companies. Two years ago, the world was promised a $5,000 desktop 3D printer by a company called Desktop Factory, but their product never made it to market and the company sold its assets to an unknown buyer in 2009.Standing slightly larger than a standard office copy machine, the more affordable ZPrinter 150 prints in monochrome. Those looking to print 3D models in full color will have to shell out an extra $10,000 for the ZPrinter 250. While not the cheapest 3D printers on the market, they boast a higher resolution than most low-end printers and promises a lower operating cost. Inexpensive 3D printing can enable small and medium-sized businesses to quickly and cheaply build real-world prototypes of even somewhat intricate product designs. Being able to do this repeatedly and on-the-fly can make product design a smoother and more iterative process for companies. As this technology continues to improve in quality and decrease in cost, one can only imagine the types of applications we’ll see down the road. john paul titlow Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Tags:#biz#Features Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more