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first_imgNew Delhi: Sep 29, 2016 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL Mumbai: Maharashtra Governor meets IIT students (B) Mumbai/Bengaluru : World Heart Day (A) Mumbai: WomeNation- THE Power of Us (A) Srinagar: Strike/protest in Srinagar (B+A) Mumbai: Lara Dutta at an event (B) New Delhi: All-party meeting after Army conducts surgical strikes along LoC (A+B) Bengaluru: Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh promotes his film (A) Guwahati: Rahul Gandhi appears in court (B+A) New Delhi: Datsun redi-GO sport launch (A) Patna: Tej Pratap listens party workers (B) Chandigarh: Punjab CM Badal at meeting (B) Surat: A leopord in Surat Zoo (B) New Delhi: Baloch Leader Dilshad Mazdak Baloch protest (A) Hyderabad: A Revanth Reddy appears at court (A) Mumbai: Shilpa Shetty at a promotional event (A) Ajmer: Sneha Ullal at Ajmer shrine (B) Ahmedabad: Preparations for Navratri festival (A+B) Patna/Lucknow/Ranchi/Mumbai /Patiala : People celebrate Indian Armys strike along LOC (B) Ahmedabad: UNESCO team in Ahmedabad (A) Attari: Border villagers migrate (B+A) Attari: Beating retreat at Attari-Wagah cancelled (B) Baramati: Maratha Karnti Morcha in Baramati (B) MORE PTI PHOTO VNA TLSlast_img read more

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West Ham United must beat Brighton after Burnley heartbreak: Winston Reid

first_imgWest Ham United defender Winston Reid believes Friday’s Premier League match against a promoted Brighton and Hove Albion is a must-win game for his team following Saturday’s draw against Burnley.The London side looked set for only their third win of the season on Saturday before Burnley’s Chris Wood cancelled out Michail Antonio’s first-half strike.The 1-1 draw left Slaven Bilic’s side 15th in the table with eight points from as many games.”We will look to bounce back next week, we have a game against Brighton on Friday night and we have to win that game,” Reid told the club’s website (www.whufc.com).”Hopefully we will do well this season, but we need to start picking up some more wins so that we can get further up the table,” the New Zealand international added.”We had a very poor first three games and we have had some injuries but we have got just about all our injured players back now and you could see there are good players that can’t even get on to the bench.”Brighton are a spot above West Ham in the table with the same number of points.last_img read more

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Sensors fuel race for enhanced smart-product analytics

first_img Continue Reading Previous Winbond release 2Gb+2Gb NAND+LPDDR4x multi-chip packageNext Edge AI projects stand out at tech conference “I am actually really intrigued and curious about how all of this is going to change the face of t echnology. In the end, we’re going to see that there are better and more efficient devices around when it comes to rectifying problems and creating solutions July 11, 2019 at 7:41 am 1 thought on “Sensors fuel race for enhanced smart-product analytics” MarkSindone says: Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT Log in to Reply SAN JOSE, Calif. — A startup with a brainwave monitor powered by deep learning could help mobile and cloud-computing giants tap into your thoughts. The company was one of several device makers that responded at the Sensors Expo to a call from Google for smart home devices to support its Assistant service.Cloud services and smartphones probably won’t be monitoring thoughts anytime soon. However, the industry is clearly in a race up the food chain from core sensor technology to software and data, according to several vendors at the event.Petal uses off-the-shelf headsets that measure electroencephalogram signals that it processes with homegrown neural-network models written in Google’s TensorFlow framework. The two-year-old startup is currently demoing software that lets users play video games with their thoughts.The company said that Samsung responded positively to a demo that it conducted at Samsung’s Korean headquarters. The startup is seeking connections with Google’s home and embedded groups. The five-person company hopes to ship a developer’s kit within a month supporting Android, iOS, the Mac, and Windows.For its part, Google wants to expand its ecosystem of 35,000 devices certified to support the APIs for its Assistant service. Assistant is anchored in Google’s HomeGraph, a software construct that mines smart home data for insights.The service is “based on voice today, but the future is about contextual understanding and visuals, and that’s where more sensors come into play,” said Wendy Kam, a Google business development manager speaking at the event. “More things need to include sensors for the Assistant to offer a robust experience” that lets consumers personalize predictive services.So far, Google’s Assistant partners include Philips Hue in lighting and LG and iRobot in appliances, but “we are at the early stage of the Assistant ecosystem,” said Kam. “If you want your sensor to work with other devices, let us know the sensor and use cases so we can define traits and APIs.”Google competes with Apple, Amazon, and others to create a smart home experience. In China, Baidu was early to launch a similar effort. To date, no standards have emerged for devices to support a hybrid mix of services.Google aims to launch a home security service soon, roughly similar to Amazon’s Alexa Guard. The search giant is also driving a TensorFlow Lite initiative to put deep-learning models running on its own controller in just tens of kilobytes into low-latency embedded services that may not need to be linked to the cloud.Long term, the kinds of third-party add-on products that consumers deploy on doors and windows for security will become embedded in new homes and furnishings. “Companies come to us asking how to future-proof their businesses, and we recommend them to system integrators,” said Kam.It’s part of a broad trend of leveraging digital technology to create efficiencies and new revenue streams. “Everyone wants to move into the software-as-a-service model,” said one presenter at the event.Startup Petal uses the Muse headset from InteraXon. (Image: InteraXon) last_img read more

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India vs Australia: Sachin Tendulkar hopes historic triumph in Australia inspires India’s next gen

first_imgSachin Tendulkar was part of five Test series in Australia and some of his most acclaimed innings came in that country. However, India could never win a Test series in Australia during Tendulkar’s tenure. But the cricket legend is thrilled with India’s historic Test series triumph in Australia and hopes the feat would inspire the next generation.On Monday, Virat Kohli became the first Asian captain to win a Test series in Australia and coach Ravi Shastri put the victory at par with India’s 1983 World Cup win. Tendulkar hoped the Test series win in Australia would do to young cricketers what the World Cup triumph in 1983 did to him.”In terms of inspiring younger generation, you need heroes in life. Without realising it, you become a hero for the next generation and the cycle continues. For that, results are important. I remember when I was 10 years old and did not know much about cricket, I knew that India had won the World Cup and that’s where my journey started. Hopefully many journeys would have started already with this win,” he said.Tendulkar said the current Indian cricket team was poised to dominate world cricket in the years to come. “We are in that position to go out and dominate world cricket which I have said earlier. The brand of cricket India has been able to produce down under is magnificent. We have some incredible talented guys and the latest ones to join are Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal.”Like many others, Tendulkar was impressed with India’s pace battery which dominated South Africa, England and Australia in their own conditions.advertisement”You want the fast bowlers to bowl hostile spells in patches. This now happens more frequently. It’s not just a new ball game now, it’s also about the old ball and how consistently you can bowl 140 plus. That’s what’s pleasing to the eye. I can comfortably say that we are a competitive bowling side against anyone on any surface. We are ready to play anywhere and be extremely competitive,” he remarked.Tendulkar said he was happy with the brand of cricket India played in Australia. “Fantastic. The team has done really well. The brand of cricket that India has been able to produce Down Under has been magnificent,” said Tendulkar on the sidelines of an event in Mumbai.Tendulkar, who played some memorable Test match knocks against Australia home and away, said it was difficult to put a finger on a specific moment for India in the Test series but he singled out Cheteshwar Pujara for special praise.Pujara top scored with 521 runs and was named man-of-the-series.”I find it difficult to pinpoint one moment, but I think Pujara has been really outstanding. The number of statements made on Pujara, which ideally weren’t in his favour, kind of undermined (diminished) his contribution. Along with (Pujara), (we) cannot ignore the bowlers’ contribution. The bowlers have (also) done exceedingly well.”But somewhere Pujara has been instrumental in laying that solid foundation (standing) on which there were a number of guys who went out and got runs. Virat (Kohli) scored runs in the second Test. Ajinkya (Rahane) had that crucial partnership (in the series). Then Rishabh (Pant), (Ravindra) Jadeja – all these guys have done well. Mayank (Agarwal) got off to a good start.”But (still) if I have to pin-point one guy then Pujara stands out along with the fast bowlers,” said Tendulkar.Also Read | Virat Kohli deserves high praise for India’s Test series win in Australia: Wasim AkramAlso Read | It takes some serious marbles: Ravi Shastri on Virat Kohli’s captaincyAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s humility off the field is a sign of greatness: Glenn McGrathAlso Read | India outsmarted Australia tactically thanks to Virat Kohli: Ravi Shastrilast_img read more

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The King Will Not Allow People to Tarnish a Citizens Reputation

Rabat – In a statement from the Ain El Borja prison in Casablanca, detained Moroccan journalist Taoufik Bouahcrine, has denounced the sexual assault charges he is currently facing.In the statement, which was printed on his news website Alyaoum24, Bouachrine calls his arrest the result of “a conspiracy that I will reveal before the justice [system].”Bouachrine, who was quoted by one of his lawyers added that, he is “certain” that “King Mohammed VI will not allow, in any way, [anyone] to tarnish the reputation of a citizen and a journalist, and to harm his rights and threaten his life and the life of his family by defaming him in the media.” The journalist, who is also the director of Moroccan newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum, added that the Moroccan judicial police “ did not operate in accordance with the law and legality throughout their inspection.”Bouachrine added that the recordings and video evidence of the sexual misconduct charges were placed in his office in order to direct heavy charges to destroy him and to his pen.”“I will reveal all the details of this plots and its motives before the court,” concluded Bouahcrine.Bouachrine was arrested on February 24, at the headquarters of Akhbar Al Yaoum.He is facing several charges, including human trafficking, the exploitation of people in need, and the abuse of power for sexual purposes. Bouachrine is also suspected of other crimes, including violent rape and attempted rape. The communiqué added that there nearly 50 tapes of the sexual assault incidents recorded on a hard disk and a digital video recorder.The public prosecutor of Casablanca’s Court of Appeal has reportedly received eight new complaints from eight alleged victims, reporting their own claims of sexually assault against the detained journalist.Bouachrine will be presented before the court on March 8. read more

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Amtrak to install longsought cameras in locomotives to help with crash investigations

by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press Posted May 26, 2015 9:10 am MDT Last Updated May 26, 2015 at 7:10 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this May 12, 2015 file photo, emergency personnel work the scene of a train wreck An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and crashed in Philadelphia. Amtrak says it will install video cameras inside locomotive cabs that record the actions of train engineers. The move follows a deadly derailment earlier this month in which investigators are searching for clues to the train engineer’s actions just before the crash. (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek, File) WASHINGTON – Amtrak said Tuesday it will install video cameras inside locomotive cabs to record the actions of train engineers, a move that follows a deadly derailment earlier this month in which investigators are searching for clues to the train engineer’s actions before the crash.The Amtrak engineer, Brandon Bostian, suffered a head injury in the accident in Philadelphia and has told investigators he can’t remember what happened. Northeast Regional train 188 accelerated to a speed of 106 miles per hour in the last minute before entering a curve where it derailed. The speed limit for the curve is 50 mph. The crash left eight people dead and about 200 injured.The train was equipped with a “black box” data recorder and an outward-facing camera focused on the track ahead, but neither of those devices reveals what was happening inside the cab.The National Transportation Safety Board has been recommending that the Federal Railroad Administration require passenger and freight train cabs to have audio recorders since the late 1990s. They revised that recommendation five years ago to include inward-facing sound and video recorders.Railroad administration officials say they support use of the cameras. In the past year, the agency has told the NTSB that it intends to propose regulations requiring the cameras. However, no regulations have been proposed and it typically takes federal agencies many months, if not years, to move from proposals to final regulations.Joseph Boardman, the railroad’s president and CEO, said Amtrak has supported efforts by a railroad administration safety advisory committee made up of industry and labour representatives to come up with standards for the cameras. The committee has yet to issue recommendations.“We’ve been supporting it all the way along,” he told reporters in a telephone briefing. “It’s just a matter of working out some of those details. … There may be some adjustments we have to make later down the road, but I think it’s time to do it and I’m doing it.”Besides accident investigations, Amtrak will review the recordings to monitor engineers’ actions, Boardman said.Unions representing engineers at Amtrak and other passenger and freight railroads have generally opposed use of the cameras. As recently as 2012, railroad administration officials had also opposed requiring the cameras, telling NTSB they were concerned the cameras might lower employee morale and the images might be used punitively by railroads.Officials for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Robert Mongeluzzi, a Philadelphia attorney representing 10 passengers who were on the train, said Amtrak shouldn’t wait until after a disaster to make safety changes. The railroad has also announced since the crash that it will install technology before the end of the year to automatically stop trains that are in danger of exceeding speed limits.“Although we approve of Amtrak’s belated decision to install a video camera inside the cab of the locomotive, the question remains, ‘Why wasn’t this done much earlier?” he said.Cameras will first be installed in 70 new Amtrak locomotives that will power all Northeast Regional and long-distance trains between Washington, New York and Boston, as well as Keystone Service between New York, Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Most of those locomotives will be equipped with the cameras before the end of the year, and the rest by sometime this spring, Boardman told reporters in a telephone briefing.Amtrak is developing a plan for installation of cameras in the rest of its locomotive fleet, including Acela Express locomotives, but no time table has been set for those installations. The railroad has about 300 locomotives nationwide.It’s not unusual for engineers to be killed in train crashes, or to be seriously injured and not remember details clearly. The NTSB first recommended requiring audio recordings of sound in locomotive cabs following a 1996 collision between commuter train and an Amtrak train in Silver Spring, Maryland. None of the commuter train’s operating crew members survived, and the board was unable to determine their actions leading up to the crash.The recommendation was revised to include video cameras with sound in 2010 as the board wrapped up its investigation into one of the worst train collisions in memory — a Metrolink commuter train that failed to obey signals and collided head-on with a Union Pacific freight train near Chatsworth, California. Twenty-five people were killed, including the Metrolink engineer, and over 100 injured in the 2008 crash.___Follow Joan Lowy on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/AP_Joan_Lowy Amtrak to install long-sought cameras in locomotives to help with crash investigations read more

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GuineaBissau elections set but fight against poverty instability continues leader tells UN

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly today, the transitional President of Guinea-Bissau, which is recovering from a 2012 coup, said that national elections have been scheduled for November 2013, but that the fight against the cycle of poverty and instability continues.Transitional President Manuel Serifo Nhamajo said that he has signed a decree setting 24 November as the date for legislative and presidential elections. “What remains – which is not little – is to ensure the availability of funds to carry out an effective, transparent, and unquestionable electoral process,” he said.Earlier this month, the UN Security Council called for presidential and legislative elections be held as soon as possible, taking into account the end of the transition period set on 31 December 2013.Soldiers in Guinea-Bissau – which has had a history of coups, misrule and political instability since it gained independence from Portugal in 1974 – seized power in April 2012. Constitutional order has still not been restored in the country, where Mr. Nhamajo’s transitional government has been authorized to rule until elections are held. A UN political mission, known as UNIOGBIS, has been cooperating with Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) to encourage progress in the political process.Even if the election proves successful, Mr. Nhamajo stressed, the country’s problems will not necessarily end. “In a society such as that of my country, poverty creates the propensity for political instability. In turn, political instability impacts the economic order, reduces the rate of growth and thus increases poverty rates,” he said.“The challenge ahead of us consists precisely of escaping these two traps – the poverty trap and the political instability trap,” he added, noting he could not speak of long-term plans beyond the transitional period.Scores of the world’s heads of State and Government and other high-level officials are expected to present their views and comment on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October. read more

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Come quick First 999 Grenfell Tower fire call released

A harrowing recording of the 999 call made by the occupant of the flat where the Grenfell Tower blaze began was played at the start of Monday’s inquiry with the man pleading: “Quick, quick, quick, it’s burning”.Behailu Kebede, one of the people who lived in flat 16, was the first person to contact the emergency services about the fire.His call was made at 12.54am and in the recording he can be heard urging the call operator to send help as quickly as possible.“I took …. phone, I just ran out, ‘99’ I call straight away,” he said.“Please, fire, fire, fire, fire, fire.”Mr Kebede woke the other people in his flat, called the fire brigade and woke his neighbours on the fourth floor before leaving the building. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Sir Martin Moore-Bick, the chairman of the inquiry, described the footage as “truly shocking”.“Every time you see it, it strikes you in a very similar way, very strongly,” he said. Video footage from his mobile phone captured the early stages of the fire from outside Grenfell Tower and it was shown to the inquiry after the 999 call was played.The video revealed how the fire had grown in size with gradually larger and larger flames pouring out the window of the flat.Video footage shot by other bystanders then showed how the fire had spread all the way to the top of the building. read more

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Junckers visit The onus is on our government to insist that his

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 21 Jun 2018, 6:00 AM Former TD and Senator Jun 21st 2018, 7:01 AM 12,007 Views 14 Comments By Dominic Hannigan Floundering forests: The challenges facing the Irish forestry industry>I’m 27. I’m living at home. Going through the same hall door since I was in a school uniform’>center_img Juncker’s visit: ‘The onus is on our government to insist that his visit is productive’ It should not be just about talks behind closed doors in an echo chamber, writes Dominic Hannigan. THIS WEEK THE European Commission (EC) President Jean Claude Juncker comes to Dublin. Juncker retires next year after 5 years at the helm of the EU and 18 years previous to that as Premier of Luxembourg.Among his engagements, he will be meeting with An Taoiseach as well as receiving an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland. The temptation is for his visit to be used as a backslapping, swansong exercise. It should be about more than that.The visit gives us an opportunity for some meaningful engagement with the EU’s top dog. I’m glad that Juncker is also taking time to attend and engage with our national parliament. Apart from providing some national democratic oversight on his term as President of the Union, members of the Oireachtas can ask him about how he feels his tenure has gone and quiz him on his plans for his final year in office.It’s fair to say that whoever led the EU after the two-term presidency of Jose Manuel Barroso was always going to find a comparison tough. Barroso achieved much during his ten-year stint at the helm. The agenda of climate change was significantly progressed and of course he oversaw an almost doubling in membership, with the EU growing from 15 countries to 28 by the time he finished up.PrioritiesAt the outset of his presidency Juncker set himself some key priorities. There has been some advances, for instance, on deepening Economic and Monetary Union, and we have seen firm progress on Banking Union.More remains to be done on the Capital Markets Union and on strengthening oversight of the institutions. There has also been progress on the Digital Single Market. Other priorities, such as the Energy Union, have fared less so; we are still highly dependent on Russian gas and the hoped for initiative of working better together was shown for what it is during a recent cold spell, when countries such as Bulgaria, Romania and Greece stopped supplies to their neighbours so that they could keep the home fires burning.A few of his key priorities completely bit the dust. TTIP was thrown out, and we all know how he fared with his aim to negotiate a deal to keep the UK in the EU. A fair conclusion would be that the results are a mixed bag.Charm and styleWhat he can’t be charged with is a lack of affability or warmness. He’s not without a certain charm and personal style. A smoker and drinker, the UK’s Telegraph tried to paint these habits as worrying in the lead up to his appointment as President.The rest of us cut him some slack. Some of his performances such as patting a colleague’s overweight belly, kissing the Belgian PM on his bald spot, and calling the Hungarian PM his “favourite dictator” have made him more human and for some are quite endearing. But there have been problems.His past caught up with him in relation to taxation, with suggestions that he had presided over a system of tax avoidance whilst holding the premiership of Luxembourg. He has also presided over the lack of transparency and accountability that surrounded the appointment of the new EC Secretary General Martin Selmayr.But he has had his successes too. One of Juncker’s major legacies will be the €315 billion European Strategic Investment Fund, which is now almost fully committed. In Ireland alone the €1.2 billion seed funding from the scheme has led to a total investment of €5.2bn in projects such as new Primary Care centres, the National Broadband Plan, as well as the new 1,880 passenger cruise ferry for Irish Continental Lines.VisionHis plans for the future, launched during his State of the Union address last year, recalled the vision of the Union’s founders of 60 years previously. Identifying the issues of migration, globalisation, technological change and unemployment in an ageing Union he set out five different scenarios for how the Union might develop, ranging from “stay the same” to “do much more together”.He will spend the remainder of his term flushing out these scenarios and is seeking views on how the Union should develop. It’s on issues such as this that he needs to hear the views of our parliamentarians.We need to deepen the social dimension of the European Project and it would be good to hear Juncker’s view on how he sees this developing. He needs to tell us how the Union can help to fight discrimination and social exclusion, in the process making our citizens fit for the labour market and able to lead fulfilling lives.Lots to talk about We have lots to talk to him about. The coming storm in Italy suggests that his final year will be a difficult one. His visit to Ireland should be viewed with that in mind. It is also an opportunity to copper-fasten his understanding of our interests on Brexit.Furthermore, having just returned from the G7 Summit in Quebec, it would be useful to get his take on the US-EU trade and tariff debate.Juncker’s visit provides us with an opportunity for serious business and public engagement.  The onus is on our Government and Oireachtas to insist that his visit is productive. It should not be just about talks behind closed doors in an echo chamber. As citizens of Ireland and the European Union, we deserve more than that.Dominic Hannigan was the Chairman of the Oireachtas EU Affairs Committee from 2012-2016. Dominic Hannigan Share35 Tweet Email Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4066331 last_img read more

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Adelaide Festival Centre welcomes Acropolis Sculptures for the first time

first_imgThe Foundation for Hellenic Studies has secured a first-time exhibition of 15 replica sculptures of the Parthenon, with the support of the South Australian government, as part of the annual Adelaide Festival of Arts, which opened its doors to the public last month. The life-size replicas will be presented in an official opening at the Adelaide Festival Centre next Thursday 31 March, including sculptures such as Poseidon’s bust, a two-metre-tall Caryatid and examples of elements from the Parthenon’s frieze and metopes.“Adelaide Festival Centre is acknowledged as a national leader in multicultural engagement, presenting a number of ongoing programs and hosting visual arts exhibitions that celebrate and enable the community to learn from other cultures. “We are delighted to host this exhibition and welcome the Greek community and all South Australians to enjoy these exceptional works while they are in Adelaide,” said Douglas Gaultier, CEO and artistic director of the Adelaide Festival Centre.The exhibition, titled ‘The Sculptures of The Acropolis – A Retrospective’, will remain ‘in residence’ at the Adelaide Festival Centre for 100 days,so visitors can view the majestic forms of ancient Greece, that were used to symbolise democracy, equality and community.“Australians have long held a fascination for the Parthenon Sculptures,” said Treasurer of South Australia Tom Koutsantonis. “This is a tremendous opportunity to see them [the sculptures] in the heart of South Australia’s cultural space and understand why it is such a tragedy that the originals are spread all around the world.” The Foundation for Hellenic Studies – a not-for-profit organisation – launched a #ReturnTheMarbles campaign in 2013 and has since accumulated more than 73,000 followers on social media.This overwhelming support from all around the globe spurred the approach to the Greek government, which resulted in the idea for this initiative.“Extraordinary exhibitions such as this give visitors the opportunity to reflect on culture, history and the role of art in forming identity – Hellenic identity in this instance,” said foundation chairman Greg Crafter.In honour and support of this initiative, the Greek Archdiocese of South Australia has also announced that the commemoration events and wreath-laying ceremony for Greek Independence Day will be held at the Cross of Sacrifice, Pennington Gardens at 12.30 pm on Sunday 3 April, followed by the annual school parade, which is scheduled to conclude at the terrace of the Adelaide Festival Centre. Guests can then attend the exhibition. Entry to the exhibition is free of charge. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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No vote on temporary tax break for La Centers two cardrooms

first_imgLA CENTER — An ordinance to give a temporary tax break to the two remaining cardrooms in La Center didn’t come to vote at Wednesday night’s city council meeting.Councilor Elizabeth Cerveny put a motion up to vote on the ordinance, but none of the other three councilors seconded it. Councilor Joe Valenzuela was absent from the meeting.The ordinance would’ve cut the tax rate for the cardrooms from 10 percent to 5 percent for Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. That would’ve allowed the cardrooms to keep an estimated $225,000 instead of giving it to the city, according to a presentation by Paul Lewis, a financial consultant for the city, at the meeting.“I was very disappointed it didn’t come to a vote (Wednesday) night,” La Center Mayor Greg Thornton said. “It was very unfortunate the council let that motion die.”The cardrooms have out-performed estimations for the year, bringing in around $1.9 million to La Center so far, according to a third-quarter financial report from Suzanne Levis, finance director, at the meeting. That’s roughly the amount the city was expecting to get from the cardrooms for the entire year. The cardrooms have recently brought in anywhere from $2.6 million to $3.4 million to the city in tax revenue throughout the last decade.last_img read more

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911 memorial speakers in Vancouver urge resilience unity

first_imgIn the shadow of Vancouver City Hall, Joe Fanning sat with his family during Tuesday’s Patriot Day memorial, attending for yet another year to honor his brother-in-law who was killed when the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001.“It’s like everyone was saying here today: ‘We can’t forget. We have to pay respect to him and all the others who risked and lost their lives,’ ” Fanning said, referring to his relative, Fire Capt. Walter Haynes.City officials also told stories of individuals who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa. The victims included 343 New York City firefighters.Nearly 3,000 people died 17 years ago in the attacks. The speakers at this year’s memorial emphasized the notion that despite the passage of time, most in attendance likely remember the day with haunting clarity.Retired Col. Larry J. Smith — with the Community Military Appreciation Committee, one of the major sponsors of the local memorial event — said continual remembrance of the victims is needed to honor their sacrifice. He urged such commitment as what was believed to be military planes boomed overhead.last_img read more

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Warnock confident of new signings

first_imgNeil Warnock says Cardiff City need to strengthen their squad in the bid to mount a Premier League survival bid.The Bluebirds were brushed aside 3-0 by Tottenham at home New Year’s Day, and currently floating above the drop zone in 16th place.Warnock is eager to manage expectations at Cardiff but says they are working hard to strengthen for the second half of the season.AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.He told Sky Sports: “We are working hard, trying hard, we do need two or three. The chairman is doing it all – he knows how hard it is now! I’m pleased he’s negotiated! But it’s not straightforward if you can fit in at this stage of the season; January is a terrible month to be buying.“At least we have 10 days or so until the next game, get everyone fit and hopefully bring one or two lads in as well, and we go again. We have to put these defeats behind us and onto the next one.”last_img read more

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The US Forest Service sued over Kuiu Island timber sale

first_imgIn 2014, the U.S. Forest Service repaired streams on Kuiu Island damaged by logging in the 1970s. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)A controversial old growth timber sale in Southeast Alaska is going to court.Listen nowConservation groups and a tourism operator are suing the U.S. Forest Service over the Kuiu Island timber sale. The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday in Alaska’s federal district court.In 2016, the wood from the parcel was approved for export, but the forest service received zero bids in the sale.On May 5 of this year, the timber sale went out for bid again. This time, with less acreage than what was originally planned. The forest service removed some of the more sensitive watershed areas.The plaintiffs in the lawsuit allege the forest service’s environmental analysis is outdated and violates federal environmental protections. They’re concerned the logging would still damage important salmon habitat and wreck the view, which tour operators have come to rely on. The original environmental assessment was conducted by the forest service 11 years ago.The forest service is accepting bids on the Kuiu Island timber sale until June 5.last_img read more

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State Colleges Stave Off Threatened Budget Cuts Tuition Freeze

first_imgListen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: FlickrTexas universities spent much of the 85th legislative session under the threat of steep funding cuts. In the end, they managed to dodge them, but at a cost to students.Between 2003 and 2016, tuition and fees climbed nearly 150 percent. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick responded at a press conference in April of last year, saying, “This has to end. People did not send us here to Austin to allow our universities to raise tuitions five times higher than their salaries.”Enter Senate Bill 19. The bill would have frozen tuition and fees at state schools for the next four years. With revenues down, there was a strong expectation the budget would slash state spending on higher education as well. The combined effect could have proved devastating for college finances.“I think the higher ed institutions came out much better than they had anticipated they might,” says State Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin), who sits on the House higher education committee. She’s pleased that SB 19 died in the House. And she notes that, in the end, the budget included a slight increase for higher ed spending, particularly for community colleges.“Overall, though, we are still funding all of our higher education institutions at a lower level than previous high-water marks,” Howard says.And if schools are relieved, students now have even more reason to dread their next letter from the billing office. 00:00 /01:13 Sharelast_img read more

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City Of Houston Crews Clean Up Homeless Encampment At Wheeler Avenue

first_img Share Courtesy of City of HoustonAssisted by Houston police officers, crews from the City of Houston cleaned up a homeless encampment in Midtown and moved its residents to shelters as they prepare the area to become a bus parking lot.Crews from the City of Houston cleaned up Friday a homeless encampment in Midtown and moved its residents to shelters as they prepare the area to become a bus parking lot.The encampment was at the intersection of Wheeler Avenue and Caroline Street, under an Interstate 69’s overpass, and has been a site for Houston’s homeless population for years.The City has attempted to clean it up in the past, but about 45 people still lived in the encampment, according to a tweet that Mayor Sylvester Turner sent in the morning.A @METROHouston bus is at the Wheeler encampment to take the 45 or so residents to shelter as we continue our compassionate work to provide services and roofs to those experiencing homelessness. The Way Home has cut the region’s homeless population by 51% in recent years.— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) November 2, 2018Later on Friday, deputy press secretary Tanya Makany-Rivera detailed that 30 people were at the encampment in the morning and all were offered shelter. Fifteen accepted the ride to shelters.Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a news release that the “vulnerable population” of the encampment attracted “predators” that wanted to “victimize” them.I’m glad to hear that some of the homeless people who’d camped under the Wheeler overpass have accepted the offer of shelter — and a ride to get there this morning — while crews remove encampment health hazards. Notices went up Tuesday about the pending cleanup and fencing.— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) November 2, 2018The Texas Department of Transportation and The Way Home helped the City with transporting the homeless residents to shelters.“Finding shelter and longer-term housing for homeless people and reducing dangers to all residents of the neighborhood has always been the focus of our work,” the mayor said.Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaCrews from the City of Houston cleaned up Friday a homeless encampment in Midtown and moved its residents to shelters as they prepare the area to become a bus parking lot.The City also argues the encampment must be eliminated because Dr. David Perse, Director of Emergency Medical Services, has found that the site poses a public health nuisance due to human and animal waste, insect infestations and rotted food.A block from the encampment, Larry Jack, who told News 88.7 he has been homeless in Houston for six years, commented the clean-up operation is nothing new. “I lived all around here – where have I not lived here? I’ve slept on every sidewalk. Everywhere I sleep they tell me to move.”The city’s news release said notices were placed at the encampment on Tuesday informing residents that the area would no longer be available for their use. Besides free transportation to shelters, the city provided free storage for many of the residents’ belongings.last_img read more

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Virtual reality world record set at 25 hours with HTC Vive

first_imgWith VR headsets hitting retail, there are going to be a lot of people wearing them for hours on end. What’s that going to be like? Some people might essentially live in VR before long, and Derek Westerman wondered what that would be like. So, he decided to set a Guinness World Record for the longest stretch in virtual reality. How long? 25 hours.Westerman used an HTC Vive, but Guinness had an odd stipulation. If he was to set the record, it would have to be done in a single application — no switching to something else when he got bored. Westerman chose Tilt Brush, a freeform drawing environment that takes advantage of the Vive’s motion controllers. He figured that if he had to be in the same game/experience for 25 hours, it should be something that offered the most freedom possible.As he’s warned ahead of time, no one is entirely sure what could happen during an extended VR session like this. Seizure, nausea, and severe eye strain are all possible. Westerman’s concerns were more practical for the most part, though. He wasn’t able to access the Vive’s pass-through camera, so he couldn’t see the real world while immersed in VR. When it came time to eat, drink, or answer nature’s call, someone had to help.You can check out the video above for a supercut of all the best moments from the world record attempt. I’ll just spoil it for you and say he does make it, and only threw up once after 17 hours in VR. Someone is sure to beat this record before too long, but I think they should also have to wear a suit. That didn’t look comfortable at all. Eventually it will just be a question of who can stay awake the longest.last_img read more

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Extinct Predator Cave Lions Could be Brought Back to Life

first_imgTen thousands of years ago, the cave lion Panthera spelaea, a very intriguing subspecies of the modern-day lion which thrived on the Eurasian plateau, went extinct for reasons unknown. A powerful ruler of the European steppe, the cave lion roamed territories from Spain to the far-off east of Russia. Fossils and bones have been dug out even in Alaska.It was a loss of one of the largest subspecies of a lion to have ever traversed our planet. Scientists deem the cave lion was even slightly bigger than the average lion we see today.Panthera spelaea skeleton in the Natural Museum, Vienna, Austria. Photo by Tommy CC BY 2.0In size, an adult member of the species would have measured up to eight feet in length, and with a weight of 700 to 800 pounds, the creature was more than capable of felling an elephant.Cave paintings depict the cave lion as sporting pretty powerful limbs and possibly stripes and manes. Perhaps there wasn’t a more spine-chilling predator during the late Pleistocene epoch than this one.In 2015, the frozen remains of two newborn P. spelaea cubs were found by researchers in Pleistocene-age permafrost in the Russian republic of Yakutia, Eastern Siberia. A third youngster was discovered in the same region in 2017, during mining works. The three small cubs were preserved in such pristine condition that scientists brought de-extinction talks to the table. But is everyone comfortable with the idea?Map of the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, Siberia.The first pair of cubs were hailed a “sensational” find due to the way the tiny bodies were preserved, displaying authentic details including fur, paw, soft tissue, even with the whiskers still bristling after so many thousands of year of being permanently frozen.Yakutian horses. Photo UnarovMV CC BY 3.0The pair received the names Uyan and Dina. They were excavated from a crevice in the Abyisky district which opened following a summer rise in water levels of the Yandina River. The river flows in the proximity of the Arctic Circle and roughly 600 miles away from Yakutia’s capital, Yakutsk (so, imagine the cold!).When they were revealed to the public in November 2015, the prehistoric infants gained worldwide attention.Cave lion skull exhibited in the Muséum de Toulouse, France. Photo by Didier Descouens CC BY-SA 4.0As shared by the Siberian Times, experts proposed that after giving birth, the mother sheltered the infants in a hole or cave to protect them from other predators. But an incident such as a landslide trapped the cubs inside their den, trapping them inside without access to oxygen. Such a scenario in the ice-cold temperatures of Siberia, is likely what helped their preservation.Lab tests were run on the infant cave lions to ensure they are not carriers of a deadly ancient pathogen. When nothing hostile was found, more tests were run, including radiocarbon dating to establish their true age. The results were fascinating. The cubs were determined to be not been older than a few weeks, having their teeth still forming, would have been born roughly 50,000 years ago.Cave lion with a reindeer. Painting by Heinrich HarderThe second discovery took place on the bank of the Tirekhtykh River, also in Yakutia’s Abyisky district. Permanently frozen by the endless cold, the young beast’s head was still resting on its fluffy paws, some 50,000 years later.According to experts, the newly-found third cub appeared even more well-preserved than the previous two. All its limbs had survived the passage of time, no damage was noticed on the skin, and everything on its face remained clearly recognizable.“Everyone was amazed then and did not believe that such a thing is possible, and now, two years later, another cave lion has been found in the Abyiski district,” commented Dr. Albert Protopopov, a palaeontologist at the Sakha Republic Academy of Sciences.While the cubs found in 2015 were merely a few weeks old, the one found in 2017 was a little older. It was still an infant, but its teeth had already formed when its tiny heart stopped beating. Fur was still covering the body, its paws all distinguishable, but the most fascinating part: the position of its face resting on one of the paws.Upper Paleolithic cave painting depicting maneless lions, found in the Chauvet Cave, France.Findings of these types are rare, and the conversation on de-extinction quickly followed indeed. The idea of reviving extinct species has divided the scientific community for years, but the Russian team of scientists researching the cubs seemed eager to explore it further. They announced their intentions in a statement soon after the 2015 find, that the soft tissues preserved might aid a cloning effort, “but we can speak about the results of this work in two or three years.”In March 2016, South Korean cloning expert Hwang Woo-suk, a noted pioneer in the research effort to bring back the extinct woolly mammoth, traveled to Yakutsk. According to the Siberian Times, Woo-suk took samples of skin and muscles tissue from Dina, the female of the pair.At the time, the other cub was not subjected to any research. As Dr. Protopopov remarked, “We intend to keep it for the future.” He adds, “The methods of research are constantly being improved, about once a decade there is a mini-revolution in this area. So we will do everything possible to keep this carcass frozen for as long as possible.”The third cub of 2017 only further stimulated the conversation of bringing this and other species back to life.Read another story from us: Christian Charity Received Mammoth Bones in a Donation BoxEven if nothing substantial develops out of the cloning experiments, in-depth research on the preserved cubs might in the end offer answers as to why the cave lion went extinct thousands of years ago. One theory suggests that it was due to a declining population of cave bears and deer that led to the demise of the cave lion — a disturbance in the food chain which could have well been fueled by none other than a small group of Homo Sapiens.last_img read more

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