first_imgSTREAM AND WETLAND PROTECTION ADVANCED MANUFACTURING FUSION SCIENCE This story is the fourth in ScienceInsider’s After Election 2014 series. Through Election Day on 4 November, we will periodically examine research issues that will face U.S. lawmakers when they return to Washington, D.C., for a lame-duck session and when a new Congress convenes in January. Click here to see all the stories published so far; click here for a list of published and planned stories.Today, a look at the growing controversy surrounding U.S. funding for the international fusion experiment ITER.Should we stay or should we go? Once the voters have spoken, that’s the question Congress will have to answer regarding the United States’ participation in ITER, the hugely overbudget fusion experiment under construction in Cadarache, France. Some lawmakers say it may be time for the United States to bow out, especially as the growing ITER commitment threatens to starve U.S.-based fusion research programs. 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ITER appears to enjoy bipartisan support in the House of Representatives—and bipartisan opposition among key senators.ITER aims to prove that nuclear fusion is a viable source of energy, and the United States has agreed to build 9% of the reactor’s hardware, regardless of the cost. Recent estimates suggest the U.S. price tag could be $3.9 billion or more—nearly quadrupling original estimates and raising alarm among some lawmakers. In response, this past June a Senate appropriations subcommittee proposed a budget bill that would end U.S. participation in the project next year. In contrast, the next month the House passed a bill that would increase U.S. spending on ITER.Some observers think the current Congress will kick the issue to the next one by passing a stop-gap budget for fiscal year 2015, which began 1 October, that will keep U.S. ITER going. “I don’t think in the end they can come out and kill ITER based on what the Senate subcommittee did,” says Stephen Dean, president of Fusion Power Associates, a research and educational foundation in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Others say a showdown could come by year’s end.Trouble over ITER has been brewing for years. ITER was originally proposed in 1985 as a joint U.S.-Soviet Union venture. The United States backed out of the project in 1998 because of cost and schedule concerns—only to rejoin in 2003. At the time, ITER construction costs were estimated at $5 billion. That number had jumped to $12 billion by 2006, when the European Union, China, India, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and the United States signed a formal agreement to build the device. At the time, ITER was supposed to start running in 2016. By 2011, U.S. costs for ITER had risen to more than $2 billion, and the date for first runs had slid to 2020. But even that date was uncertain; U.S. ITER researchers did not have a detailed cost projection and schedule—or performance baseline—to go by.Then in 2013, the Department of Energy (DOE) argued in its budget request for the following year that U.S. ITER was not a “capital asset” and therefore did not have to go through the usual DOE review process for large construction projects—which requires a performance baseline. Even though DOE promised to limit spending on ITER to $225 million a year so as not to starve domestic fusion research efforts, that statement irked Senators Dianne Feinstein (D–CA) and Lamar Alexander (R–TN), the chair and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, respectively. They and other senators asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate the U.S. ITER project.This year, things appeared to come to a head. This past April, researchers working on U.S. ITER released their new $3.9 billion cost estimate and moved back the date for first runs to 2024 or later. Two months later, GAO reported that even that new estimate was not reliable and that the cost to the United States could reach $6.5 billion. Based on that report, the Senate energy and water subcommittee moved to kill U.S. ITER in its markup of the proposed 2015 budget, giving it only $75 million for the year, half of what the White House had requested and just enough to wind things down. Alexander supported the move, even though the U.S. ITER office is based in his home state of Tennessee, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.ITER still has friends in the House, however. In their version of the DOE budget for 2015, House appropriators gave ITER $225 million, $75 million more than the White House request. Moreover, the project seems to have bipartisan support in the House, as shown by a hearing of the energy subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Usually deeply divided along party lines, the subcommittee came together to lavish praise on ITER, with representative Lamar Smith (R–TX), chair of the full committee, and Representative Eric Swalwell (D–CA), the ranking member on the subcommittee, agreeing that ITER was, in Swalwell’s words, “absolutely essential to proving that magnetically confined fusion can be a viable clean energy source.” Swalwell called for spending more than $225 million per year on ITER.When and how this struggle over ITER plays out depends on the answers to several questions. First, how will Congress deal with the already late budget for next year? The Senate, controlled by the Democrats, has yet to pass any of its 13 budget bills, including the one that would fund energy research. And if the House and Senate decide to simply continue the 2014 budget past the end of the year, then the decision on ITER will pass to the next Congress. If, on the other hand, Congress passes a last-minute omnibus budget for fiscal year 2015, then the fight over ITER could play out by year’s end.Second, how sincere is the Senate move to kill ITER? The Senate subcommittee’s move may have been meant mainly to send a signal to the international ITER organization that it needs to shape up, says one Democratic staffer in the House. The international ITER organization received scathing criticism in an independent review in October 2013. That review called for 11 different measures to overhaul the project’s management, and the Senate’s markup may have been meant primarily to drive home the message that those measures had to be taken to ensure continued U.S. involvement, the staffer says.Third, how broad is the House’s support for ITER? Over the past decade or so, the House has been more supportive of fusion in general, the Democratic staffer says. But some observers credit that support mainly to one person, Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), a longtime member of the House Appropriations Committee. “Over the years he’s become a champion of fusion,” Dean says. “He protects it in the House.” Dean and others say that’s likely because the DOE’s sole dedicated fusion laboratory, the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), is in his home state of New Jersey (but not Frelinghuysen’s district).Indeed, observers say that Frelinghuysen has been instrumental in preventing cuts to the domestic fusion program proposed by DOE itself. For example, for fiscal 2014, DOE requested $458 million for its fusion energy sciences program, including $225 million for ITER. That meant cutting the domestic fusion program by about 20% to $233 million and closing one of three tokamak reactors in the United States. The Senate went along with those numbers, but House appropriators bumped the budget up to $506 million, the number that held sway in the final 2014 spending plan. But some observers speculate that Frelinghuysen might be willing to let ITER go if he could secure a brighter future for PPPL.Finally, the biggest question surrounding U.S. participation in ITER is: How will the international ITER organization respond to the calls for changes in its management structure? That should become clear within months. So far, officials with U.S. ITER have not been able to produce a baseline cost estimate and schedule in large measure, because the ITER project as a whole does not have a reliable schedule. The international ITER organization has said it will produce one by next July, the House staffer says. And if the international organization doesn’t produce a credible schedule, the staffer says, “the project will be very difficult to defend, even by its most ardent supporters.”ScienceInsider’s After Election 2014 series will look at a range of issues that will be on policymakers’ agenda once the voters have spoken on 4 November. Look for stories on:BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH FUNDING NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION POLICY STEM EDUCATION R&D TAX CREDIT EASING RESEARCH REGULATION 21ST CENTURY CURESlast_img read more

first_imgThe 23-year-old law student, who has accused BJP leader and former Union Minister Swami Chinmayanand of rape, was taken to Bareilly on Monday for her first semester back paper amid tight security.The law student, accused of extortion of money from Chinmayanand and presently in jail, was taken to MJP University in Bareilly for her first term LLM back paper, Superintendent of Police City Dinesh Tripathi said. The woman, who was studying in Chinmayanand’s Swami Shukdevanand Law College, was given admission to the Bareilly college on the Supreme Court’s directions in order to ensure her education. Her counsel Kulvinder Singh had moved an application before Chief Judicial Magistrate Omvir Singh to let her appear in the exam. The CJM’s court gave permission for the same on November 23, the SP said.Summons issued In another development, the Special Investigation Team probing the case has submitted a chargesheet against two BJP leaders, who have been summoned by the court. “Summonses have been sent to Chairman of Cooperative Bank D.P.S. Rathore and BJP leader Ajit Singh, who have been asked to appear before the court on December 3,” government counsel Lal Saheb said.Mr. Rathore and Mr. Singh are accused of snatching a pen drive, containing a video clip of the woman giving massage to Chinmayanand, from her in Rajasthan’s Dausa. The post-graduate student has alleged that she was physically exploited by the 72-year-old BJP leader for a over a year. Chinmayanand was booked under section 376 C of the IPC, which is usually applied in cases where a person abuses his position to “induce or seduce” a woman under his charge to have “sexual intercourse not amounting to the offence of rape”. This is a lesser charge than section 376, under which a rape convict faces a maximum punishment of life imprisonment. The punishment under section 376 C is between five and 10 years in jail. The woman and three of her friends have been arrested for demanding ₹5 crore from the BJP leader.last_img read more

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet “It’s an honor to have this opportunity to once again call myself a Boston Celtic,” said Pierce, a 10-time all-star. “The organization and city took me in and made me one of their own, and I couldn’t imagine ending my career any other way.”“I’m a Celtic for life.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsREAD: NBA: Paul Pierce departs league with ‘no regrets’Team owner Wyc Grousbeck said they also plan to retire Pierce’s No. 34 so that no other player will be able to wear it. Pierce averaged 19.7 points and 3.5 assists while playing in 1,343 career games with the Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Paul Pierce. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOBOSTON—American forward Paul Pierce signed a one-day contract with the Boston Celtics on Monday in a move that allows him to retire as a member of the NBA franchise.The 39-year-old Pierce spent the first 15 years of his career with Boston, helping the club to a league championship in 2008.ADVERTISEMENT Farm to honor Tom Brady with corn maze in his image El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgConceding that losing a top fast bowler like Steven Finn Conceding that losing a top fast bowler like Steven Finn due to injury, Morgan said they had others, including Liam Plunkett who was kept out as a rotation policy, to fill in the breach. “Losing any fast bowler before any major tournament is a blow. (But) We have other guys and Liam Plunkett was fit (to be the replacement for Finn). We have big fast bowlers. That?s a positive for us.” Unlike some others he saw the positives in not many England players being a part of the hugely successful Indian Premier League T20 competition. “It becomes a different challenge. Lot of our guys have never been to India. But we have toured Sri Lanka a lot. We have been to Abu Dhabi with some success. “Lots of sides, including us, come here and get hammered which can almost scar your perception and playing within the tournament. Having a little bit of naivety along with a huge amount of talent, is not a bad thing.” He did not agree with the suggestion that England were weak in spin bowling. “No absolutely not. We have two very experienced spinners. Adil Rashid (leg spinner) has come on leaps and bounds in the last 12 months. Moeen Ali (off spinner) has become our no 1 spinner in all three forms of the game. He has been exceptional. The fact that he?s an all-rounder makes him a sheet anchor in the side.” PTI SSR NRB BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgA game-ready virtual reality headset from Sony priced at $399 (roughly Rs 30,000) seems too good to be true in every sense of the word. But, that’s precisely what happened at the Video Game Developers Conference in San Francisco: Sony indeed came up with such a thing, for real . Long-term fans (and enthusiasts) must be super excited (read super crazy) for when the PlayStation VR officially goes on sale in October later this year.The PlayStation VR requires a PlayStation 4 console (among other things) to work and there are as many as 36 million people who already have one. For those who don’t, Sony just gave them a good reason to invest in one. Even more so, if you’re into gaming. Wonder what Microsoft’s been up to?Right, it has been working to unite Xbox One and PS4 Networks even as it sees a dip in its overall gaming hardware revenue. For Microsoft, Xbox One sales aren’t as important to them anymore. Consumer engagement is. The Redmond giant’s priorities lie elsewhere now. Xbox Live, not Xbox One is its new primary metric for success. No wonder we are talking cross-network play (that could include the rival platform at some point of time should Sony oblige) all of a sudden.Let’s keep sales figures aside for a second and delve into the bigger picture. Which of these companies is actually setting the tone for innovation at the moment? It is Sony.2016 marks the year that VR became a broader reality. Sony’s been a part of it and judging the book by the cover, the PlayStation VR makes much more sense than rival biggies, namely the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive , especially for gamers. For starters, it is the price point. $399 for a game-ready VR headset sounds so very compelling. Of course you’ll have to dish out extra to buy the PlayStation Camera (which is a must to make the thing work and costs about $60) and/or the Move motion controllers (that cost about $50 a piece). Meanwhile, the PS4 console comes at around $349. Should you buy them all, the package will cost you about $900.  The Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive are priced at $599 and $799 respectively but both of them will require a rig that would cost an additional $1,000.advertisementSecondly, it’s the content. “Content will be a strong factor in engaging fans,” Tony Key, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Ubisoft was quoted by Reuters as saying. Ubisoft has at least two games — Eagle Flight and Werewolves Within — set to launch for PlayStation VR this fall. According to Sony, over 230 developers are already building content specific to the platform and as many as 50 games are expected to be ready by the time of launch. That’s not all; the company also has a PlayStation VR exclusive Star Wars Battlefront game up its sleeve which is being co-developed by EA Sports and Lucasfilm.Basically, Sony has checked in all the right boxes — innovation as well as user engagement — with the PlayStation VR.While Microsoft may boast about greater user engagement (with respect to the Xbox One), it most certainly has little to say about innovation at the moment. It certainly has HoloLens to its credit, but that’s a different story altogether, besides being way out of reach for many (the developer kit costs $3,000 and there’s no word yet on a consumer release). It is high time that Microsoft chalks out some kind of definite plan for the Xbox One, especially for its long-term fans.last_img read more

first_img4th Race:The Gwalior Plate (Div-11) Dist 1000 M4th Race:The Gwalior Plate (Div-11) Dist 1000 MExtreme Love(Dr.M.A.M.Ramaswamy Chettiar of Chettinad)60.5S.Kabdhar, firstMaracana 58.5 Md.Farhan Alam, secondOcean Odyssey 56.5 R.Hari Kriushna, thirdScarlatti 57.5 Mukesh Kumar, fourthAll RanWon by:1-1/2L, 2-1/2L and 1LTime : one min,1.44 secs.Tote : Rs.5 for win,Rs.5, Rs.5 and Rs.5 for placesWinner trained by:R.FoleyFavourite:Extreme LoveSHP: Rs.10 Quinella:Rs.28Forecast: Rs.5 Tanala: Rs.57 on 6 tickets(MORE) PTI COR ROH NTR NTR ATlast_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Maxim’s heart-rate sensor designed into smartphone for seniorsNext Connected LEDs light the road for smart cities Teledyne LeCroy introduces the new Envision X84 protocol analyzer, a flexible and robust analyzer designed to ease troubleshooting and support the development of complex imaging and detection systems for mobile displays and cameras.Envision X84 is the industry’s first analyzer that supports both MIPI C-PHY/D-PHY and MIPI Camera Serial Interface (CSI-2)/MIPI Display Serial Interface (DSI-2) in a single platform, providing device designers and system integrators more design flexibility, control and expediency than previously available.  MIPI interfaces and busses are used extensively in both cameras and mobile displays in devices and systems. MIPI CSI-2 supports high-performance video (1080p, 4K, 8K and beyond), and high-resolution photography and is increasingly used to transport camera images for advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) in the automotive environment. MIPI DSI-2 supports ultra-high definition (4K and 8k) mobile displays and specifies the physical link between the chip and display in devices such as smartphones, tablets, AR/VR headsets and connected cars. The MIPI C-PHY and D-PHY busses provide high-throughput performance in connecting displays and cameras to their application processors.Design and test engineers and system integrators can rely on the Envision X84 analyzer to test performance and conformance of MIPI CSI-2 for cameras and image sensors and MIPI DSI-2 for mobile displays. The Envision X84 protocol analyzer will help to accelerate the design and development of mobile devices, application processors, and systems on chip (SoCs), especially when both C-PHY and D-PHY are implemented in the same chip. The Envision X84 protocol analyzer with full C-PHY and D-PHY capture capability has up to 3 lanes of C-PHY at 3Gsym (24Gbps) and up to 4 lanes of D-PHY at 2.5Gbps or 10Gbps. This includes support for MIPI CSI-2 and MIPI DSI-2 protocols. As the most flexible and robust analyzer on the market for mobile camera and display environments, Envision X84 performs protocol checking from PHY level through protocol-level events, including low-power modes and reads/writes. Complex, event-based transaction captures are coupled with 2.5-ns event timing resolution for detailed debugging. The system supports all camera and display packet types and data formats as well as command and video modes.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

first_imgManchester United Lukaku ‘improved’ but mocked by Mertens over first touch Chris Burton 22:36 5/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Getty Manchester United Romelu Lukaku Chelsea Tottenham Hotspur Napoli Premier League World Cup Serie A Eden Hazard A Belgium team-mate admits the Manchester United striker is laughed at in training, while Jan Vertonghen is considered more technical than Eden Hazard Romelu Lukaku has “improved a lot”, says Dries Mertens, but the Manchester United striker still sees his first touch laughed at while away with the Belgium national side.The 25-year-old striker has established a reputation as one of world football’s most fearsome frontmen over recent years, with a forgettable spell at Chelsea put firmly behind him.Goal-laden stints at West Brom and Everton earned Lukaku a £75 million ($101m) move to Old Trafford in the summer of 2017, and he has repaid that show of faith with 27 goals across all competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now He has also become an important figure in a golden generation of Belgian talent, although his fellow countrymen can be quick to pull him up on the faults which still exist in his game.Napoli forward Mertens told RTBF of working with Lukaku: “He has improved a lot.“People are laughing at his control but he’s a boy who after training takes 20 balls and continues to train. I respect him a lot for that.”Mertens is set to be another key man for Belgium this summer at World Cup 2018, with the 31-year-old having followed up a 34-goal haul last season with another 22 efforts for Serie A title challengers Napoli this term.He is set to be joined in the fold by several other creative talents, such as Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne and Tottenham playmaker Mousa Dembele.Eden Hazard will also be expected to provide inspiration on Russian soil, but Mertens insists that the Chelsea talisman is not the most technical player within Roberto Martinez’s ranks.He added when quizzed on that subject: “Everyone is going to think about Eden Hazard.“But I’m going to say Jan Vertonghen. He is very technical for someone tall [and playing in a] defensive position.”Mertens & Co. are set to open their World Cup campaign against Panama on June 18, before going on to face Tunisia and England in their other Group G fixtures.Before that, though, Lukaku still has one more domestic outing to take in, with Manchester United hoping to see him shake off an ankle problem in time to grace an FA Cup final clash with Chelsea on Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgAfter victories in all five divisions yesterday, Australia repeated the feat today. The New Zealanders fought hard but were unable to match the Aussies, and with pride on the line tomorrow will be out to prevent 3-0 series wins in all divisions. The Men’s 30’s match, as was expected, was the match of the tournament. In both a physical and passionate display the match had everything from injuries to periods of time, Australia coming from behind to steal victory in the tight battle. ResultsMen’s 50’s – Australia 7 defeated New Zealand 4.Men’s 45’s –  Australia 9 defeated New Zealand 2.Men’s 40’s – Australia 7 defeated New Zealand 4.Women’s 30’s – Australia 7 defeated New Zealand 2.Men’s 30’s – Australia 10 defeated New Zealand 8.For full match reports visit the Trans Tasman website at: read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal teenager Martinelli stunned by Aubameyang: The guy on TV!by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveGabriel Martinelli admits he was starstruck when first meeting Arsenal team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The 18-year-old kicked off his Arsenal career with a fine double in the 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday. Speaking after the game, the summer signing from Ituano revealed it was surreal meeting the famous striker.He told Globo Esporte: “It hadn’t sunk in yet. I arrived for lunch on the first day, I’m eating there, Aubameyang arrives and sits next to me, speaking Portuguese with me, ‘Tudo bem?’, trying to communicate. “You see, the guy so good, humble. I was like: ‘Man, Aubameyang, who I saw on TV, came to talk to me!””He’s also a guy who gave me a lot of support at the club, trying to communicate with me. I have to thank everyone at the club. They’re very nice people.” last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – A man accused of holding Amanda Lindhout hostage in Somalia says he was threatened with death if he didn’t help the gang that seized her nine years ago.Testifying Monday in Ontario Superior Court, Ali Omar Ader said he had no role in the plan to kidnap Lindhout, who was working as a journalist near Mogadishu in August 2008.Under questioning from one of his lawyers, Ader told the court he was sitting in a market when he was suddenly approached by men who fired bullets near his feet and demanded he stand up.“They told me if you don’t come with us you are going to die,” Ader told the court in the Somali language through a translator.Ader said he was bundled into a vehicle and driven for more than an hour to a house outside the city where Lindhout, of Red Deer, Alta., and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan were being held.Ader, a 40-year-old Somalian national who speaks rudimentary English, has pleaded not guilty to a criminal charge of hostage-taking for his alleged role as a negotiator and translator.Lindhout and Brennan were abducted by armed men while working on a story, the beginning of 15 months in captivity. Both were freed in November 2009 upon payment of a ransom.The Crown has introduced a secretly recorded video of Ader telling two undercover RCMP officers he received US$10,000 for his role in the kidnapping.In his testimony, Ader portrayed himself as a victim who was coerced into assisting three gang leaders and a bunch of gun-toting youths over several months through threats, a beating and an attack on his family.Ader said the group made him question the hostages shortly after their capture, as well as place a call to Lindhout’s mother, Lorinda Stewart, in Canada.Recordings played in court have shown Ader spoke with Stewart frequently in the ensuing months, telling her the group wanted no less than $2 million for the release of Lindhout and Brennan.“I did not do it willingly, but there was no place to run to,” Ader told the court Monday.“I had to make a call when I was ordered.”Ader said he was beaten with a cane and fired at with a bullet that grazed his arm.He managed “to escape” at one point, fleeing to his sister’s place and returning home to see his wife and children.He told the court the abductors tried to take his son, stabbing his wife with a bayonet in the melee.One of the gang leaders warned him “something worse than that would happen” if he did not follow orders, Ader said.The Crown wrapped its arguments earlier in the day after playing the last portion of the surreptitiously recorded sting video.An undercover Mountie posing as a media mogul dangled the prospect of a lucrative film documentary about the hostage-taking in order to elicit details from Ader.The officer floats the idea with a proviso that Ader must divulge fresh information concerning the kidnapping.The pitch comes toward the end of a lengthy June 2015 meeting at an Ottawa hotel in which Ader had already signed a contract to write a book about Somalia, part of an elaborate RCMP ruse to obtain a recorded confession.During the book contract negotiations, captured on the secret video, Ader says he received $10,000 in ransom money.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgThe power went out shortly after 6 a.m. Monday and is affecting over 8,000 customers.We are monitoring power outages throughout the region. More info to come shortly on status of individual schools. #yxj #fortstjohn #sd60— School District 60 (@sd60) October 7, 2019Have an update on this post?  Email UPDATE as of 8:40am – Alwin Holland will open without power as there is adequate daylight in the building. Duncan Cran will be closed until power comes back on as there is inadequate light in the building. The window shutters make the building pitch black in the classrooms. Please check the school Facebook pages for more information. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 says the power outages are only affecting Alwin Holland, Duncan Cran, Upper Pine and Clearview.Buses will not be picking up students for Upper Pine and Clearview this morning as it is uncertain if they will have power and water.Buses will run to pick up in-town transfer students from those areas provided road conditions are safe.The bus for Upper Halfway will wait until the power comes back on up to 9:30am. If the power is not back on by 9:30 am the school will close for the day.Afternoon buses will run to return in-town transfer students.In Fort St John, we are monitoring power outages at Alwin Holland and Duncan Cran. Alwin Holland posted the following on their Facebook page:last_img read more

Former Navy spokesman DKP Dassanayake, who was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) over the disappearance of 11 youth, was ordered to be further remanded till October 20 by the Colombo Fort Magistrate today.The youth had been reported missing between 2008 and 2009. In 2015 the CID had questioned Dassanayake over allegations that some officers in the Navy were involved in the disappearance of several youth.Last year, former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda also appeared before the CID to make a statement over the disappearance of the youth. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Aruba Simplifies IoT Adoption with ML Infusion Zeus Kerravala April 03, 2019 New Wi-Fi 6 access points and machine learning-powered device management capabilities to create more manageable and secure deployments. The variety of endpoints will vary by industry and application. No two will be alike. Therefore, no single network design will support all the various endpoints. All Sorts of EndpointsIn manufacturing, IoT employs industrial and machine controls. Fleet managers look for a very different type of sensor information, while health care organizations worry about safety, security, speed of delivery, and information accuracy. For digital signage, the endpoint can be pretty “dumb.” Some sensors and endpoints will be highly interactive, while others will be passive, only delivering measurements. Even within one company, many different IoT endpoints will be employed to support various departmental missions. See All in Internet of Things » Network ChallengesIoT devices aren’t monolithic. The demands on the network will be far more varied than what IP network designers have encountered in the past, including for voice and video over IP. Bandwidth delivery will be difficult to manage, especially when the network is congested. One of the benefits expected with 5G networks is the ability to deliver very low delay for IoT. IoT devices that can work with longer delays may be better suited for wired connections. Continuous flowPolling for data collectionPeriodic data with automatic deliveryInteractive communications to IoT devices with actuatorsSensor data from passive devicesDelay tolerance is the amount of time a data transfer takes to reach a destination. When IP networks transfer data, delays of hundreds of milliseconds is acceptable. For VoIP and video over IP, 150ms is the upper delay acceptable. Delay tolerance for IoT depends on the application. If you’re measuring the volume of propane or oil in a fuel tank, seconds of delay is tolerable. But if you’re dealing with safety data or manufacturing systems, then 100ms delay may be too long. Mobile Operators Building a New Channel for IoT Michael Finneran January 28, 2019 Mobile operators are positioning themselves as the one-stop-shop for “packaged” IoT solutions. Do Your IoT Efforts Match Up to Successful Initiatives? Gary Audin July 26, 2019 A focus on corporate buy-in and enterprise vision, rather than technology only, is a key success factor. Most IoT endpoints comprise sensors, processors, network software, and applications from disparate vendors. In some cases, the endpoints are controlled by a gateway also composed of products from multiple vendors. Endpoints are designed to deliver specific functions, and they produce distinct types of traffic. Log in or register to post comments Nyansa Delivers IoT Operational Assurance Zeus Kerravala April 15, 2019 The IoT era is here and it’s going to take cybersecurity complexity to an entirely new level. Various Traffic Types & CharacteristicsThe traffic created by IoT devices varies considerably. For example, traffic varies by whether or not it passes through a processing gateway, how much intelligence it contains, and what applications are running on the gateway. Smart gateway intelligence can respond locally to sensors and process most of the data generated in the gateway. Dumb devices require more interaction over the network with the data center or cloud service. When network designers first encountered VoIP, network performance, especially delay and packet jitter, had to be improved. The improvements also benefited video over IP. IoT devices will challenge network designers and those that operate the networks. The tools to monitor the network will have to be improved as well so they can report the performance by IoT device types and applications.Tags:News & Views5GIoT networkInternet of ThingsAI & AutomationEndpointsNews & Views Articles You Might Like Traffic characteristics can include: Five-nines availability becomes a high priority in the network design. The use of the IoT endpoints further integrates the network into the success or failure of the organization. Deploying gateways can offer sensor support even when the network connection fails. Wired gateway connections can be automatically routed through wireless networks when the wired connections fail. Prioritizing traffic will be problematic. Voice and video traffic is usually given higher priority than data traffic. Some IoT devices may demand priority transfers that will need higher QoS than voice and video. SD-WAN and MPLS may be required for some of the IoT traffic, while more tolerant IoT traffic may be transferred with lower priorities. You originally designed your network to connect workstations and for data communications. Next came VoIP, which changed some of the network characteristics by demands to reduce delay and jitter, and then video, with higher bandwidth requirements and streaming. Now you have to embrace the Internet of Things (IoT), in all its myriad forms. Data intensity, which is the amount of data created by a sensor, can vary considerably. Very-low-bandwidth usage will occur when devices such as locks, doors, and light switches report their status. When gateways are used, then large volumes of data may be transferred. Video HD cameras and some industrial machinery also require a large amount of bandwidth. IoT.png Talking IoT Standards With the Open Connectivity Foundation Gary Audin September 06, 2019 Without standards, interoperability among vendor products and services can limit IoT’s growth. The network designer may want to influence the gateway design by requesting that more work be performed at the edge. This can reduce the demands for short delays and high bandwidth. With edge processing, a gateway at the network edge can help reduce delay and bandwidth demands on the network. Gateway-resident applications are typically specific to a particular function rather than a generic application. read more

by Brett Zongker, The Associated Press Posted Dec 5, 2013 2:54 am MDT Government’s 1st measure of creative economy finds arts, culture add $500 billion to GDP WASHINGTON – Creative industries led by Hollywood account for about $504 billion, or at least 3.2 per cent of U.S. goods and services, the government said in its first official measure of how the arts and culture affect the economy.On Thursday, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts will release the first-ever estimates of the creative sector’s contributions to U.S. gross domestic product based on 2011 data, the most recent figures available. GDP measures the nation’s production of goods and services.Sunil Iyengar, the endowment’s research director, said the yardstick devised in partnership with the Bureau of Economic Analysis drew on figures from Hollywood, the advertising industry, cable TV production, broadcasting, publishing, performing arts and other areas. Now the nation’s creative sector will be measured annually, much as statisticians calculate the contribution of tourism, health care and other sectors to the nation’s economy.“One of the challenges that’s always been there for economists and even lay people and certainly policy makers is to understand what is the arts’ value,” Ilyengar said. “Here’s a measurable, legitimate, rigorous way of tracking the contributions of the creative economy in the country.”Analysts said they used preliminary numbers from 2011 and dating back to 1998, including both for-profit and non-profit industries in the arts and culture sector.By comparison, the arts and culture sector outpaced the U.S. travel and tourism industry, which was 2.8 per cent of GDP in 2011, based on the federal estimate. That finding surprised even the researchers.“Art and culture is a significant part of the U.S. economy — not just its contributions of ideas and creativity to the innovation economy but also as an important part of the labour force and our country’s GDP,” NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa said in a statement.Hollywood movies and video services, the advertising industry and cable TV production were leading contributors to GDP in the creative sector, the researchers found, followed by broadcasting, publishing and the performing arts. On their own, the movie and video industries contributed $47 billion in value-added to the economy in 2011.The total output from arts and cultural production, another measure of economic activity, was $916 billion in 2011, analysts found. That includes $200 billion from creative development in advertising, $104 billion from arts education including college art departments, $100 billion from cable TV and $83 billion from movies and video services.In the workforce, Hollywood and the video industry employed the most people, totalling 310,000 workers and $25 billion in compensation, according to the data. Museums and performing arts industries each employed about 100,000 people. In total, 2 million people worked in creative industries.Researchers also analyzed the creative sector’s exports and the effect of the recession. Since 2007, the sector’s economic impact slumped and had not rebounded by 2011. Between 1998 and 2006, its share of GDP ranged from 3.5 to 3.7 per cent, but researchers found the arts suffered more than the overall economy during the Great Recession.Exports of arts and culture have rebounded, though. A 10-year trend of deficits was reversed beginning in 2008, and by 2011, the U.S. exported $10.4 billion more arts and cultural commodities than it imported. Jewelry, silverware, movies and video services were the biggest exports. The country as a whole, though, has been running a trade deficit.Analysts defined arts and cultural output based on creative artistic activity and the goods and services produced by it or used to support it. They also included the construction of buildings to house creative industries. Beyond entertainment and advertising, the analysis included independent artists, broadcasting, publishing of books, magazines and newspapers and design and architectural services.The analysis will be updated each year, next in fall 2014 to include 2012 data.___National Endowment for the Arts: Bureau of Economic Analysis: Brett Zongker on Twitter at . AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Special Adviser Jamal Benomar said Yemen continues to stand as the only example in the region of a peaceful negotiated transition that is based on a comprehensive roadmap and a genuine national dialogue. “The National Dialogue Conference has opened a new chapter in the transition for which Yemenis are now writing their own pages… They are now deciding their own future,” he told reporters in New York after briefing the Security Council in a closed-door session.He said the opening on 18 March of the conference – which will feed into a constitution-making process and pave the way for general elections in 2014 – was “an historic moment” for Yemen, which has been undergoing a democratic transition led by President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi.“Groups, which only a year ago were engaged in armed clashes, are now gathering in the same hall discussing a common future for their country,” he noted, adding that this is in marked contrast to the tragic events of two years ago, when 45 peaceful demonstrators were killed and 200 were injured on 18 March 2011.At the same time, Mr. Benomar noted that “serious” challenges remain, including unrest in the south of the country, where a civil disobedience movement is now attracting large numbers to the streets. “The calls for secession have grown. After nearly two decades of discrimination, repression, and unaddressed legitimate grievances, the people in the south are weary and sceptical of promises of reform.“Many Yemenis agree that the resolution to the ‘Southern question’ holds the key to the success of Yemen’s transition,” he added. Mr. Benomar has been reaching out to leaders in the south and has consistently conveyed the message that the only means to a resolution is through dialogue. “I am pleased to report that many have reaffirmed to me their rejection of violence and their commitment to dialogue,” he said. “The Yemeni Government will need to undertake immediate confidence-building measures in the south to address the long-standing grievances of southerners over unlawful or illegitimate seizure of property and unjust dismissals from military and civil service,” he added. Another challenge for the country is the ongoing humanitarian crisis, marked by lack of basic services, as well as alarming rates of food insecurity and malnutrition, especially among children.According to the UN World Food Programme (WFP), more than 10 million people – almost half the country’s population – are estimated to need food assistance. In addition, child malnutrition rates are among the highest in the world with close to half of Yemen’s children under five years – two million children – stunted and one million acutely malnourished.Mr. Benomar appealed to donors to fulfil their pledges to the 2013 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan, which requires $716 million to provide emergency and early recovery assistance to 7.7 million of the country’s most vulnerable. So far, the plan is only 22 per cent funded.He also said that attacks on infrastructure intensified during the first week of the national dialogue, with nine attacks reported on electricity transmission lines and five on fuel pipelines. There have been several assassination attempts in Sana’a targeting Government officials and, in one case, a delegate to the conference. In addition, the transition timeline remains a serious challenge, with less than a year remaining to hold the conference, and conduct the constitution-making process, including the referendum, electoral reforms, and the general elections. Reforms to restructure and unify the armed forces have been announced, but are still to be implemented, Mr. Benomar added. read more

UK new car market declines by moderate -3.5% to 234,945 registrations.Strong growth for petrols and plug-ins can’t offset heavy diesel declines, with demand down -28.2% as buyers hesitate.Year-to-date market falls -6.3%, with 1.3 million new cars joining UK roads in first six months.SMMT calls for technology neutral strategy giving motorists confidence to buy right car and right technology for their needs.SEE CAR REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDDOWNLOAD THE PRESS RELEASE AND DATAThe UK new car market declined moderately in June, with year-on-year demand falling by -3.5%, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 234,945 new cars joined British roads in the month as the market continues to stabilise following turbulence over the past year or so.Demand from larger fleets fell -6.4%, but business buyers with fewer than 25 vehicles on their books returned to showrooms, registering an 11.3% uplift in demand after an 11-month long hiatus. Private demand was largely flat, at -0.6%.Smaller cars remained most popular, with Supermini and Lower Medium vehicles taking a combined 57.4% market share. However, Dual Purpose was the fastest growing segment, with demand up by some 16.4% – 6,710 more than in the same month last year. Dual Purpose, Executive (+4.3%) and Luxury Saloon (+1.3%) were the only segments to register growth in June.There was good news for the alternatively fuelled vehicle sector, with a 45.0% increase in plug-in and hybrid registrations as consumers responded to a growing range of models. Petrol cars also attracted more buyers, with demand up 12.3%. However, this growth was not enough to offset continuing decline in diesel registrations, with a -28.2% fall a result of continuing consumer uncertainty over future policy towards this technology.June capped off a turbulent first half of the year, distorted by the previous year’s VED hikes, with the market experiencing a severe double-digit decline in March followed by a stronger April and May, when year on year demand grew. Year-to-date, overall demand remains down, by some -6.3% to 1,313,994 units.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Despite a rocky first six months for the new car market, it’s great to see demand for alternatively fuelled vehicles continue to rise. Given these cars still represent only one in 20 registrations, however, they cannot yet have the impact in driving down overall emissions that conventional vehicles, including diesels, continue to deliver. Recent government statements acknowledging the importance of petrol and diesel are encouraging. However, we now need a strategy that supports industry investment into next generation technologies and puts motorists back in the driving seat, encouraged to buy the car that best suits their needs – whatever its fuel type.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Well Never Know Whether Stephen Curry Deserved To Be MVP And Thats

Up until his Golden State Warriors failed to mount a second-half comeback against the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night, it had been a great week for Stephen Curry. Late Sunday, word leaked out that the Warriors’ guard would be named MVP for the 2014-15 NBA season, and Curry accepted the hardware Monday.Curry’s chief rival for the award, Houston’s James Harden, was reportedly disappointed over the outcome of the voting. It’s a completely understandable reaction: The best advanced metrics had Curry and Harden neck-and-neck in the MVP race for most of the season, so Curry’s big edge in first-place votes likely owes more to the Warriors’ incredible team record than any real difference between the two players. In fact, according to our wins above replacement (WAR) metric, Harden slightly edged Curry in value, 16.8 to 16.6.The truth is, we’ll never know which player really deserved the award … in part because a phrase like “most valuable” is very hard to quantify. Metrics are imperfect, probably to a much greater degree than any stathead would like to think. But one thing we can do to combat a false sense of certainty is assign probabilities to each player’s case for adding the most value. Along the way, we can also compare the results to past MVP races — for instance, how did Curry-over-Harden compare to other MVP decisions in history?To measure the uncertainty between a player’s measured WAR and his actual “talent” — that is, the number of WAR he would earn if we were omniscient and knew the exact contributions of every NBA player — we can look at the confidence interval around a player’s measured value.1In this case, since we need to use Statistical Plus/Minus (SPM) for historical seasons, I looked at the standard error between a player’s multi-year projected SPM talent and his Real Plus/Minus (RPM), a new metric that melds a player’s boxscore stats with his on-court influence over the team’s scoring margin. I then combined that with the standard error between RPM and “true talent” to estimate the probability that any given player had the league’s true best WAR in a given season. In turn, those confidence intervals can tell us the probability that a player was truly the most valuable (by WAR) in a given season.This year, Harden was the most likely “true” WAR leader — but with a mere 22 percent probability of being the best. In the past 37 NBA seasons,2The 1978-79 season is the earliest for which this calculation can be run. this year is the seventh most uncertain in terms of whether a WAR leader was actually the league’s true most valuable player. Meanwhile, Curry came in third this season with a 12 percent probability of being the true best player in the league (the Clippers’ Chris Paul was sandwiched between Harden and Curry at 19 percent).In some ways, 12 percent is very low probability. Since 1978-79, only 12 players have won the award with less certainty that they actually produced the league’s greatest value. But the 2014-15 season also featured an unusually wide-open MVP race. Kevin Durant, last year’s winner and the presumptive favorite going into this season, missed 55 games with injuries and only recorded 4.5 WAR. And LeBron James, who’d been projected as the league’s best player on a per-minute basis every season between 2005-06 and 2013-14, produced his lowest WAR (13.1) since his rookie season — yet still had a 9 percent probability of being the true best player in the NBA. And that’s without even getting into the cases to be made for Russell Westbrook (9 percent probability of being the best) or Anthony Davis (4 percent).On the other hand, the gap between Harden and Curry’s odds of being the best player was just 10 percentage points. Excluding the 17 seasons since 1978-79 in which the most likely true WAR leader was also named MVP, that’s the sixth-smallest gap between any MVP and that season’s leader in “true best player” probability:By that standard, Curry’s win was a far cry from past miscarriages of MVP justice, such as Michael Jordan losing out to Magic Johnson in 1988-89 despite Jordan having a 55 percent probability of being the league’s true best player — the second-highest “best player” certainty of any season since 1978-79, trailing only James’s 66 percent mark in 2009-10.Conversely, there was no such certainty in a season like 2014-15, where several of the usual MVP suspects were absent from the front of the race. In such a situation, you can’t really go wrong (or, perhaps, you can’t really go right) no matter which MVP you choose. read more

← Previous Story Norwegian vice-champions Byasen waiting call for Women’s EHF CL! Next Story → POLISH PROBLEM: Lijewski and Jaszka still questionable for Magdeburg handball transfersJoan CanellasTHW Kiel Spanish star Joan Canellas has signed three years contract with THW Kiel as wrote the first two weeks ago. HSV left back left the team who lost DKB Bundesliga license a week ago due huge financial problems after president and the biggest sponsor Rudolph decided to stay out of handball.– I follow development of Joan Canellas for a long time. He is player with excelent skills. We will have more possibilities in backline in the future with him – said THW’s coach Alfred Gislason.Joan Canellas was happy to sign contract with the German champion:– I wanted to continue to play in the strongest league in the world. It makes me proud to be a part of great THW Kiel. I will do my best in order to help continue of successful history of the club – concluded Canellas. read more

first_imgA HOSTAGE-TAKER WHO barricaded himself inside a Portuguese restaurant, setting off explosives and shooting dead a police officer, was himself killed in a gunfight, according to local authorities.Six others including four police were injured by the blasts in the seven-hour ordeal in the restaurant, gendarmerie spokesman Jorge Goulao said.The man, described as of eastern European origin, had entered the restaurant in Pinhal Novo to eat, but then pulled out a gun and threatened customers demanding money.Most of the customers at “The Refuge” eatery were able to flee and alert the police. The others were kept hostage.When officers arrived, the gunman fired a shot that hit a 27-year-old gendarme in the head, killing him.In the ensuing gun battle, the hostage-taker was killed.One of the officers was hospitalised from the explosions, while the two civilians suffered minor injuries.Portugal’s RTP state television network said the gunman was a Moldovan who had lived in Portugal for several years, working in the construction sector.He reportedly became unemployed a few months ago and was living in a car in the region after losing his house.The network said the man had been carrying four grenades and a gun.- © AFP, 2013Read: Security concerns delay search of Riga store wreckagelast_img read more