Micromax Canvas Win launch eventIndian handset maker Micromax has launched two new handsets, Canvas Win W121 and Canvas Win W092, that are powered by Windows Phone 8.1. Micromax Canvas Win W121The Canvas Win W121 and Canvas Win W092 are the first Micromax devices based on the Microsoft’s Windows platform. On the specs front, both the devices are dual-SIM come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 1.2GHz quad core processor with 1GB RAM.Priced at Rs 9,500, the Canvas Win W121 features a 5-inch display, an 8-megapixel main camera with flash. It also has a 2-megapixel front snapper. The internal memory stands at 8GB, which is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card.Micromax Canvas Win W092The Canvas Win W092 has been priced at Rs 6,500. It comes with a 4-inch screen with an IPS WVGA display It sports a 5-megapixel rear camera (with LED flash) and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The device comes with 8GB of built-in storage with up to 32GB of expandable memory.While launching the devices at an event in New Delhi, Micromax Executive Chairman Sanjay Kapoor said, “We are the first Indian brand that has brought devices that operate on the Windows 8.1 update.”The new devices will start selling from July.
One of the most feared enforcers in the National Hockey League during his playing days, Princeton graduate George Parros is now moving into a front office job with the Department of Player Safety.His aggressive style belied his Ivy League education as he was known for whacking rivals when he thought they needed it and to shake up his teams at the same time.Parros played 474 games over nine seasons, winning the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.He also played for the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers and Montreal Canadiens, finishing with only 36 points but 1,092 penalty minutes and a reputation for someone you didn’t want to mess with. He retired in 2014.NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety Stephane Quintal announced the hire of the Randolph, New Jersey native who majored in economics at Princeton.He joins fellow tough guy Chris Pronger in the department that determines fines and suspensions for on-ice infractions, a field both specialized in and know well.He was Princeton’s captain. He wrote his senior thesis on the West Coast longshoremen’s labor dispute and the Sporting News named him the fourth-smartest athlete in sports but he could take care of himself on the ice too, at 6-5, 232 lbs. and was known for his toughness and mustache. TweetPinShare0 Shares
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo seems to have recovered quickly from a recent ankle sprain.Antetokounmpo showed few signs he was bothered by the ailing right ankle, getting 26 points and 10 rebounds to lift to Milwaukee Bucks over the Cleveland Cavaliers 127-105 on Sunday.After experiencing no problems in the pregame workout, Antetokounmpo played in his second straight game after sitting out two because of his ankle. He made 11 of 16 shots and had seven assists and four blocks in 32 minutes.“I’m going to keep having my mindset, play through the pain, push forward and do whatever it takes for my team to win,” Antetokounmpo said. “And, when it’s something really, really bad, I know they’re going to do a great job of pulling me out from the team and telling me to rest.”Khris Middleton and George Hill added 17 points apiece for the Bucks. Hill was acquired from the Cavaliers in a three-team trade in early December.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo drives past Cleveland Cavaliers’ Larry Nance Jr. during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)With starting guard Malcom Brogdon out indefinitely with a foot injury, Hill is hoping to contribute more offensively.“Definitely. Not only driving and shooting, just being aggressive,” said Hill, who missed nine games into the early part of march with a groin strain. “You know, we are losing 15 points a game there. Guys have to step up and find those points somewhere, and the good teams do.”Hill made 7 of 8 shots for his best offensive output with the Bucks, who shot 55 percent.Kevin Love had 20 points, Jordan Clarkson 19 and Collin Sexton 18 for Cleveland.“I think it all starts with Giannis,” Love said. “He makes it so tough on the defense. You try to collapse and they have the personnel to light you up. The have shooters all around. They’re a tough team to guard.”Milwaukee improved to an NBA-best 55-19. The Raptors were 51-22 entering Sunday’s game at home against Charlotte.The Bucks never trailed, jumping out to a 15-6 lead. Milwaukee led 68-55 at the half, but the Cavaliers pulled within 82-73 on David Nwaba’s one-hander from the lane.Milwaukee Bucks’ Khris Middleton drives past Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Hill’s jumper from just inside the arc in the closing seconds put Milwaukee up 90-77 entering the fourth quarter.Milwaukee lost at Cleveland on Wednesday, 107-102, without Antetokounmpo, when the Bucks used only eight players due to other injuries.“The Bucks came out and got hot early,” Cleveland coach Larry Drew said. “I think they made their first five 3s. They made shots early and we didn’t. We got ourselves behind and tried to dig out of the hole. We put together a couple of good runs but on the road, we just didn’t play well enough to come away with anything else.”TIP-INSCavaliers: Coach Larry Drew was head coach of the Bucks for one season, 2013-14, when Antetokounmpo was a 19-year-old rookie. Drew called Antetokounmpo one of the top five players in the game. “I always thought that he could get to that point, because you could see he was a hard worker and he really wanted it,” Drew said. “But him getting there as fast as he has, no I didn’t anticipate that.”Bucks: Coach Mike Budenholzer said Antetokounmpo’s health was more important than playoff positioning. “We are dealing with his ankle, and as we have said, if we can have the first seed, that’d be great, but it’s not the priority.”BUCKS WAIVE DUVALMilwaukee requested waivers on guard Trevon Duval on Sunday. Duval, a two-way player who spent most of the season in the NBA G League, was an undrafted free agent from Duke. He appeared in three games with the Bucks, averaging 1.7 points and 1.9 minutes. Duval appeared in 39 games for the Wisconsin Herd of the G League, averaging 12.5 points and 3.6 assists.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)JOHNSON’S JERSEY RETIREDMarques Johnson became the ninth Bucks player to have his jersey retired. Johnson, who played 11 seasons in the NBA, played for the Bucks from 1977-84. The Bucks drafted Johnson with the third overall pick in 1977 out of UCLA. He averaged 20.1 points over his NBA career. Johnson now is a TV analyst for the Bucks.UP NEXTCleveland hosts Boston on Tuesday.The Bucks host Houston on Tuesday.___By JIM HOEHN Associated PressMilwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo blocks the shot of Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jordan Clarkson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Milwaukee Bucks’ Sterling Brown fouls Cleveland Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 127-105. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Continue Reading Previous Socionext and Varjo collaborate on human-eye resolution VR/XR headsetNext TI: connecting building, factory and grid via Thread, Zigbee, Bluetooth 5 and Sub-1 GHz Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) has emerged as a major transmission technology for the Internet of Things. Bluetooth LE components are found in a variety of applications in the automotive industry, in sports and healthcare, in consumer electronics and smart homes, and in other areas. Many of these radio sensors are very small and integrated into equipment. When drafting the Bluetooth LE test specifications in 2010, Bluetooth SIG specified a direct test mode via a control line but did not specify an OTA signaling test mode. Many small Bluetooth LE devices offer no port or interface to connect a control line. Rohde & Schwarz now presents the first solution for Bluetooth LE signaling tests, facilitating device and component tests for manufacturers.The Rohde & Schwarz signaling test solution uses OTA measurements on an R&S CMW270 wireless connectivity tester to verify the RF properties and performance of Bluetooth LE devices in operating mode. The DUT’s signal level, modulation and receiver sensitivity, among other parameters, can be determined in this way. The Bluetooth LE signaling functionality of the R&S CMW270 provides the basis for the complex measurements and the wide variety of Bluetooth applications that have emerged as a result of the tremendous growth in the IoT sector. That makes the R&S CMW platform a safe investment also for coming generations of Bluetooth specifications.The R&S CMW270 delivers the full range of Bluetooth RF tests, including Bluetooth Classic, Bluetooth LE, and the latest standard, Bluetooth 5. Users can perform signaling tests and tests in direct test mode, as well as numerous audio tests on Bluetooth basic rate/enhanced data rate (BR/EDR) links. The R&S CMW270 is especially suitable for tests during development and for preconformance tests in preparation for Bluetooth SIG qualification.The R&S CMW270 wireless connectivity tester relies on a parametric test concept that allows the creation of application-specific test sequences. The tester‘s bandwidth has been extended to 160 MHz. That also enables WLAN RF tests covering the IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and 802.11ax standards. RF tests for ZigBee components, which are often used in smart home environments, are also available.Rohde & Schwarz will showcase the R&S CMW270 with its full range of functions at Mobile World Congress 2018. The signaling test function for Bluetooth LE will premiere at MWC, and will be available from Rohde & Schwarz in the first half of 2018.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software
Editors’ Recommendations 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go Unless you’re very into audio gear, the name Vifa might not ring a bell to you, but that doesn’t mean you haven’t encountered the company’s products before.For some time now, Vifa has provided drivers to manufacturers of high-end audio equipment. That’s all well and good, but if you’d rather see what a product designed from the ground up by the company looks like, meet the Vifa Oslo Bluetooth speaker.While a lot of Bluetooth speakers loudly exclaim exactly what they are to anyone giving them even a cursory glance, Vifa has taken a much more subdued approach to the Oslo. The understated minimalist design sees nearly the entire speaker covered in fabric — available in multiple colors including Anthracite Grey, Pebble Grey, Sand Yellow, Ocean Blue, Ice Blue, and Pine Green — with a handle on top for easy portability. A small panel on the back houses the power button, auxiliary jack, and AC adapter connector.Inside, a pair of 50-mm full-range drivers with aluminum cones and neodymium magnets are complemented by dual 65-mm woofers, which are mounted opposite each other, back to back. A pair of passive radiators provide extra low end. A DSP crossover keeps the drivers working together in sync, keeping distortion low.For connectivity, the Oslo uses Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, though it keeps things fairly simple, with no NFC or speakerphone functionality — this speaker is built solely for music. The included rechargeable lithium battery offers a claimed eight hours of playback time. Charging can only be done via the included AC adapter, so you won’t be able to charge this speaker via Micro USB.The Vifa Oslo has been available in Europe for a while now, but those of us based in the U.S. can now find the speaker for sale via retailers like fancy, selling for $550. For more information on the Vifa Oslo, see the company’s website.A version of this article originally appeared at our “brother site,” Digital Trends.
-30- Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 HANTS COUNTY: Chip Sealing Several road sections in Hants County will be chip sealed during September. Affected roads are Trunk 14, Route 215, and Route 224. Traffic delays are expected and there will be loose stones on the road surface after work crews have left the area. Obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. The work will protect pavement and help prevent potholes.
New Delhi: Ujjwala-man Dharmendra Pradhan is set to become India’s longest-serving Oil Minister as he set out for a second stint, during which his priorities he said will be to raise domestic oil and gas production, expedite creation of national gas grid and create common market-friendly infrastructure. Pradhan is the only oil minister after Atal Bihari Vajpayee government’s Ram Naik to have completed full five-year term. But unlike Naik, he has been reassigned the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, which he had made a common household name through the free LPG cooking gas connection scheme Ujjwala in the first stint. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Late Murli Deora too had a five-year stint – from January 2006 to January 2011, as the oil minister but it was split over two governments, both led by the UPA. With Prime Minister Narendra Modi reposing faith in him again, Pradhan is set to break the records of Naik and Deora to be the longest-serving Oil Minister of the country. Hailing from Odisha, where his almost weekly visits and thousands of public meetings helped create a groundswell for the BJP in the state, he paid obeisance at Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri in the morning before coming to the national capital to take charge as the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France In Modi 2.0 government, he has also been given additional charge of Ministry of Steel. He took charge of that ministry as well. “First five years of Modi government had seen several reforms, many projects and many new initiatives in the oil and gas sector. Those will continue and many more reforms will be ushered in,” he told reporters after taking charge as oil minister. The fruit of reforms undertaken during 2014 and 2019 will now be reaped, he said. “Creating a common infrastructure, market-friendly infrastructure will be the priority”. While the Ujjwala scheme helped take cooking gas to almost 90 per cent of households in the country, creating a grid of pipelines will help take the environment-friendly fuel the eastern and southern parts, which were left out of the gas revolution. Natural gas reaching eastern states will help the industralisation of the region and create jobs. “The work that we did in the last term will be expedited to see a comprehensive completion,” he said, adding city gas projects in 400 towns will be implemented expeditiously. “Many more policy reforms will be ushered in,” he said. Son of former Union minister of state for surface transport, Debendra Pradhan, he steered one of the two biggest social initiative of Modi 1.0 government. Besides providing free cooking gas (LPG) connection to poor women under Ujjwala scheme, the other big social initiative was to provide electricity connection to every household in the country. While he micromanaged implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjawla Yojana to see LPG customer base more than double to 26 crore in just five years, he kept Odisha central to his political priorities and virtually drove many a project in the oil ministry to the state. A tough taskmaster, Pradhan was picked to head the high-stake Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas when Prime Minister Modi first rode to power in 2014. He overhauled controversy-riddled oil and gas sector but kept touring his home state virtually every week during the last five years, building a base for the BJP. This paid off when BJP clinched 8 out of 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha, up from just one in 2014. It also improved tally in the state assembly to 23 from 10 previously. Back in 2000, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s BJD contested assembly elections in alliance with the BJP. Pradhan won from Pallahara seat, news that Patnaik reportedly greeted with, ‘Oh! I’ve got a problem’. Pradhan was little known then and was just an activist of the BJP’s student wing, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), and a former student union leader of Utkal University. But Patnaik, who some say ‘x-ray’ eyes, saw in him a potential threat who could breach his citadel. Almost two decades later, the chief minister’s judgment is proving correct as the BJP put up a spirited challenge his uninterrupted reign. Pradhan became an MP in 2004 after successfully contesting from the Deogarh parliamentary constituency. He, however, lost the 2009 assembly elections but then the hardworking and ambitious Pradhan made enough contacts in the nation’s capital to build a successful political career. He first became the BJP national secretary and then the general secretary. By 2012, he got elected to Rajya Sabha from Bihar. And when Modi swept to power in 2014 polls, he was made union minister of state for petroleum and natural gas with independent charge. He again has been made a cabinet minister in Modi 2.0 government. It was virtually because of Pradhan’s ceaseless efforts that the BJP made deep inroads into the BJD-ruled state, eating into the vote-share of Naveen Patnaik-led BJD. The saffron party’s vote-share in the state registered a substantial rise from 21.88 per cent in 2014 to 38.4 per cent this time, while that of the BJD dropped to 42.8 per cent from 44.77 per cent. Pradhan, who did not contest the just-concluded elections, was seen touring every nook and corner of Odisha to bolster the poll prospects of the BJP candidates. He coordinated electioneering in all Lok Sabha and assembly constituencies in the state, trying to keep a tab on the pulse of the voters. Just after the first phase of the four-phase elections in the state, the 50-year-old Union minister had announced a dal-salt-rice package for the poor. It was seen as a masterstroke by many, as the promise did not figure in the BJP’s manifesto for the state.
QUEBEC – Quebec cabinet minister Kathleen Weil has been cited for contempt of the legislature for releasing the entire details of a bill to reporters before it was even tabled in the national assembly.In his decision handed down Tuesday, Speaker Jacques Chagnon ruled Weil violated the right of members of the legislature to be the first people informed of the contents of a bill.Both Chagnon and Weil are Liberals.The matter was initially raised by Parti Quebecois member of the legislature Pascal Berube last month after he learned that copies of the bill had been distributed to reporters in a technical briefing.Weil took responsibility at the time for what she called a good-faith blunder, but her spokeswoman said Tuesday the minister would not be reacting to Chagnon’s decision.A national assembly commission will determine what sanctions Weil will face.
The Surfrider Foundation, the largest non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the world’s ocean, waves and beaches, unveils a new public service announcement today with Academy Award winning actress, screenwriter and director, Helen Hunt.Video: Helen Hunt for Clean WaterHunt has a very personal connection to the ocean and our coasts. This is what inspired her to write, produce and star in her newest film, “Ride,” where she is thrust into a sea of change and self-discovery, finding solace in surfing. She aims to increase awareness about the importance of protecting the nation’s waters in a new public service announcement for the Surfrider Foundation. The film premiered in theaters and will be available for download on May 1. A portion of ticket sales from “Ride” will go to the Foundation. View the movie trailer, purchase tickets or download the movie at Surfrider.org/RIDE.“My father has been surfing in Santa Monica all of his life. I grew up playing in that ocean and now my daughter plays in that same water,” says Helen Hunt. “I count on the Surfrider Foundation to make sure that the water is clean and safe for her and future generations.”Every year, there are more than 20,000 beach closures and swim advisories issued to protect public health at the beach. Exposure to polluted water can cause skin rashes and infections, flu-like symptoms, and gastro-intestinal illnesses such as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.With the impacts and threats are very real, Surfrider identifies water quality issues and the sources of ocean pollution in order to address, advocate and prevent pollution. Right now, Surfrider is asking the public to support the Environmental Protection Agency in their efforts to restore Clean Water Act protections for small streams and wetlands, because clean water at the beach starts with healthy waters upstream. Learn more about Surfrider’s Clean Water Initiative at Surfrider.org.
“By any measure, the situation in Syria has worsened since the beginning of the year,” the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, told the UN Security Council during a briefing on the situation in the country.The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which he leads, now estimates that some 13.5 million people in Syria are in need of some form of protection and humanitarian assistance, an increase of some 1.2 million in just ten months. More than six million of those in need are reportedly children.“Rising levels of fighting and violence over the last few weeks have had an enormous humanitarian impact, resulting in large-scale death, injury and displacement to civilians, particularly in northern Syria,” Mr. O’Brien continued. “Indiscriminate attacks on civilian-populated areas continue with impunity.”Meanwhile, OCHA’s latest findings indicate that over 120,000 people have been displaced in northern Syria since early October as a result of aerial bombardment, as well as ground offensives among the parties – and overall, well over 1.2 million people have been displaced so far this year, many for the second or third time.The UN and partners have also recorded attacks on five hospitals in Hama, Idleb and Aleppo governorates since the launch of recent offensives, leading to a number of casualties and their immediate closure due to severe infrastructural damage. “Since the start of the conflict, Physicians for Human Rights has documented attacks on at least 313 medical facilities and the death of 679 medical workers,” said Mr. O’Brien, adding that these attacks must cease immediately.Furthermore, OCHA estimates that that some 393,700 people are living under siege in Syria, in areas controlled by the terrorist group ISIL, the Syrian Government, as well as by non-State armed opposition groups and the Al-Qaida-affiliated Al-Nusrah Front.“The 26,500 people in Nubul and Zahra, in Aleppo governorate, are no longer considered besieged following consistent and credible reports that access to and from the enclave for people and commercial goods have significantly improved over the last three months,” the UN official stated, nonetheless insisting that access to besieged areas remains “pitiful and wholly insufficient.”“So far in 2015, the United Nations has only been able to reach 3.6 per cent of people with health assistance and only 0.5 per cent of people with food per month in besieged areas,” he informed members of the Council. He added that last week, humanitarian operations begun under the framework of a recent ceasefire agreement affecting several cities and towns, reached in Istanbul at the end of September with the facilitation of the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Syria.This reportedly allowed 31 trucks to deliver medical and humanitarian supplies on 18 October, simultaneously to 29,500 people in Madaya, as well as the besieged areas of Zabadani, Foah and Kefraya. In rural Damascus, two trucks crossed into Zabadani and 21 more entered Madaya and Bquine. Eight more trucks delivered health, food, nutrition, and sanitation supplies to Foah and Kefraya via a UN cross border operation through a Turkish border point.“This complex mission shows once again that when there is the political will, there is a way to improve the situation for civilians trapped in conflict in Syria,” Mr. O’Brien underlined. “Even as the political and military situation evolves, the immediate priority for humanitarian organizations remains to reach all people in need wherever they may be found in Syria,” he added. “To do this, we must have sustained, predictable and unimpeded access throughout the country.”According to OCHA, so far this year only 23 of the 85 convoy requests made by the United Nations have been approved in principle by the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and less than half of those approved have been able to actually proceed due to a combination of lack of final security clearances from Syrian authorities, lack of safe passage from non-State armed opposition groups, and insecurity.“Winter is fast approaching and is likely to further exacerbate the situation for many families,” Mr. O’Brien warned, reminding the Security Council that “the crisis urgently requires a political solution which addresses the root causes of the conflict and meets the aspirations of the Syrian people who have suffered for far too long.”
Celje wins Balkan El Classico against C.O Zagreb 26:20 (14:11). Outstanding defense of Slovenian team in second half totally “kill” the back line of Croatian champion. Hungarian TOP team MVM MKB Veszprem had no problem against the weakest team at EHF CL this season – Sankt Petersburg 29:20.Celje Pivovarna Laško : Croatia Osiguranje Zagreb 26:20 (14:11)Dvorana Zlatorog, gledalcev 5400, sodnika: Brunovsky in Canda (oba Slovaška).Celje Pivovarna Laško: Skok (2 sav), Lesjak (3 sav – 1 x 7-m), Blagotinšek, Mlakar, Marguč 5 (1), Žuran, Janc, Razgor, Skube 3, Poteko 1, Slišković 6, Potočnik, Zelenović 3, Žabič, Lekai 3, Žvižej 1.Croatia Osiguranje Zagreb: Ivić (5 sav), Stevanović (4 sav), Marić 3, Mihić, Stepančić 2, Matulić 1, Šprem 1, Corić 1, Sebetić, Horvat 5 (1), Sandrk 2, J. Valčić 2, T. Valčić, Mandalinić 1, Kaleb.MKB-MVM VESZPRÉM KC–SANKT PETERSBURG 29–20 (13–7) VESZPRÉM: FAZEKAS – Iváncsik T. 3 (1), Gulyás P. 3, CHEMA RODRÍGUEZ, SULIC 4, Ilic 3 (2), IVÁNCSIK G. 6. Terzic 1, SCHUCH, DZAMALI 5, Ugalde 1, Pesic 1, Ruesga 2, LigetváriSANKT PETERSBURG: Sicko – Szanaskin, Poljakov 1, Kalaras 4, Piskin 1, NASZIROV 4, Kungurov. Kisov Kovalenko 1, Kiszeljov 3, Blagonagyezsgyin 2 (2), Junyiszevkov, Szemjonov 3, Kuzmin, Novoszelov 1 ← Previous Story BIG NIGHT IN PORTO: KIF stopped by Portuguese champion! Next Story → EHF Cup: Historic night for HC Zomimak! Ademar Leon advance on away goals
If there’s one company to single out as pushing forward with the development of robot technology, it has to be Boston Dynamics. Their robots have set land speed records, can jump 30 feet in the air, follow humans on command, and most recently got a lot more intelligent.So what we have is a little army of robots that can navigate all types of terrain quickly and are getting more intelligent. If that wasn’t scary enough, Boston Dynamics has started experimenting with the ability of its BigDog robot to throw very heavy objects.The video you see above is the latest iteration of the BigDog robot with a new arm capable of grabbing and throwing objects relatively large distances behind itself. Boston Dynamics is experimenting with using the strength in the robot’s legs and torso to handle lifting and throwing heavy objects while remaining stable.In the case of this demo, BigDog lifts a concrete block (cinder block) and throws it without losing its balance. Typically, such blocks weigh in excess of 20kg, showing you just how much strength the robot has.The company hasn’t talked much about the arm yet, but it could certainly come in handy for moving heavy objects out of the way when in the field if they form an obstacle. I’m guessing the next step would be to get BigDog intelligently figuring out if any given obstacle is actually worth trying to pick up or navigating around instead.An alternative use for the arm could be to grab and carry extra load if its torso is already at maximum capacity. Such a capability would certainly require very stable body movement if traveling across rough terrain.
Gastro-entérite : le pic est passé, l’épidémie décroîtFrance – Alors que le pic de gastro-entérite était atteint il y a quelques semaines, la santé intestinale des Français semble s’améliorer.D’après le dernier bulletin hebdomadaire de l’Institut de veille sanitaire (InVS), la situation épidémiologique s’améliore en France. Le seuil épidémique est de 271 cas pour 100.000 habitants. D’après les résultats publiés par l’INVS, la semaine dernière, le taux d’incidence de la maladie était de 485 cas pour 100.000 habitants : décroissant donc, mais toujours supérieur à ce seuil.Le réseau Sentinelles Inserm rapporte que “1.885.000 personnes ont consulté pour gastro-entérite en l’espace des six dernières semaines.” Apparemment, dix-neuf régions françaises étaient au-dessus du seuil national au 7 février 2010.Le 11 février 2010 à 11:28 • Emmanuel Perrin
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com. Skies were mostly clear except for some high, thin clouds in the afternoon Wednesday, but those did little to stop the thermometer from rising. Highs in many Vancouver neighborhoods reached 80 degrees, some 8 degrees above average. The official high as of 5 p.m. was 78 degrees.I hope you soaked in some of that vitamin D as today will be the last warm and bright day for a few days. The well-advertised wet and cool weather system is still on tap for Friday with rain arriving by evening. It will begin in the morning hours along the coast. We can call it a rainy weekend.I think that locally we will see a good half- to 1 inch of rain, and our weather watchers in the foothills will receive more than that. They will be the wettest days in some two months. It is a mixed blessing. The big parade is on Saturday in Portland, so not the best conditions, but we really need a good soaking. Desperately.This system dropping in from the Gulf of Alaska is one we would expect in late March or April. The upper reaches of our Cascade peaks will get snow mainly above 5,000 feet. Factor that in if you are heading to higher elevations for camping or hiking this weekend.The other danger is, we have a chance of thunderstorms including lightning. That would come after the main steady rain is past and we turn to showers the remainder of the weekend. I mention this possibility because of the many outdoor activities taking place. It is possible to have some hail and rainbows between showers.
Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris has committed his future to the club by insisting that he still has many “beautiful years” ahead of him at North LondonThe goalkeeper captained France to their second World Cup title last Sunday, despite having made a costly error in the build-up to Croatia’s second goal of the game that Mario Mandzukic scored.But the 31-year-old has been consistently one of the Premier League’s best goalkeepers throughout his seven-year stay following his arrival from Lyon in 2012 and his comments will likely be well received by the Spurs fans.Lloris was in his hometown of Nice as part of France’s World Cup celebrations when he spoke at the city’s town hall over the appointment of Patrick Vieira as the Nice manager.“I’m extremely happy to see Patrick in charge of OGC Nice. I appreciate him as a person so much,” said Lloris, according to Sport Witness.Pochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.“I had this chance to be around him when I first started with the national team. He’s a huge player, and huge personality.“I think it’s a great opportunity for Nice and for him to prove himself.”Lloris refused to confirm whether he would make a return to the club where he started his playing career.“As for my reconversion, we’ll wait a bit more,” he said.“I still have beautiful years with Tottenham and les Bleus ahead of me.”
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The fifth annual Las Olas Triathlon will take place Sunday, and the public can expect some road closures around Broward.The triathlon will take place mainly along Fort Lauderdale Beach, but it will also head into parts of Oakland Park Boulevard, Bayview Drive and East Sunrise Boulevard.Anyone commuting in the area should anticipate moderate congestion and possible delays.Roads will be closed at the following locations:Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Some News Plus magazines — like Wired, shown here on the left — are beautifully formatted for phone screens. Others, like Consumer Reports, are just scans, which require a lot of zooming and scrolling — not a great reading experience. Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET I love magazines. Always have. I even started one years ago, a ‘zine dedicated to PalmPilot users. There’s just something about a curated collection of topic-oriented content, carefully written and nicely formatted, that makes my brain light up.Unsurprisingly, I was a fan of the Texture “Netflix for magazines” subscription service. When Apple acquired Texture last year, I was cautiously optimistic. More content? A better reading experience on my phone?The answer arrived earlier this week in the form of News Plus, which effectively blends Texture into Apple’s News app. The price: $9.99 per month for unlimited access to over 300 magazines. That’s just shy of $120 per year.That’s a lot of content — but is News Plus really a good value? Like CNET’s Scott Stein, I find myself suffering from subscription fatigue. On top of Hulu, Netflix, Spotify and everything else, can I really justify another monthly fee? Can you?Apple News Plus: Crunching the numbersAs noted, I love magazines, and I read a fair number of them. In fact, I read them mostly on my iPad, in part because it’s convenient, and in part because most digital mags aren’t well formatted for phone viewing. It’s either all text or a lot of zooming and scrolling around a PDF scan.So I’m definitely the target audience for News Plus. But I’m also the Cheapskate, so this needs to be a better deal than I can get on my own.I started by making a list of all the magazines I read regularly. Turns out there are eight of them, including Consumer Reports, Entertainment Weekly, Money, Time and Wired.Then I went to Magazines.com, noted the current annual subscription price for each and added up the numbers. Total: $180. I’ll admit, that kind of took me by surprise. Of course, subscriptions go on sale all the time, and you can usually score pretty hefty cash-back savings. My real-world number might be lower, but I needed to start somewhere.A one-year subscription to Entertainment Weekly costs $35 all by itself. That’s nearly a third of the annual price of News Plus — for just one magazine. Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET And right there, News Plus would already be a solid deal. Even if I’m actually spending more like $100 per year on magazines, I’d choose the slightly higher cost of News Plus. Because now we factor in the magazines I would read if they were free. Which they effectively would be here.That list includes titles like Bon Appetit, Make, The New Yorker and a handful of others. I’ll just pause here to note that a one-year New Yorker subscription alone costs $100. So if that one’s anywhere on your must-read list, News Plus will nearly pay for itself.Of course, all these numbers are mine and mine alone. You probably have a different list of magazines you like, and I suspect few folks subscribe to as many as I do. So $10 per month might not be worth it at all.In fact, there’s a News Plus alternative you should absolutely consider: Your public library.Apple News Plus alternatives: Free digital magazines from the library and AmazonBefore you pull the trigger on a News Plus subscription, see how many of your favorite magazines are available for free. Yep, free: Many public libraries have partnered with RBDigital, which lets you “check out” digital editions of hundreds of periodicals.Read more: How to get free digital magazines from your libraryThen there’s Amazon: If you’re a Prime subscriber, you can access a small, rotating selection of magazines and read them for free via your Fire tablet or Kindle app. Obviously the Prime subscription itself isn’t free, but the magazines are one of the various subscription benefits.Amazon Prime subscribers get access to handful of digital mags at no extra charge. Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET As you might expect, these options have their limitations. Amazon’s freebie library is small — there are currently just 15 titles, which frequently change — and the reading experience isn’t great, at least in the Kindle app on my iPad. The page scans seem a little low-resolution, and the text view is often a weird mish-mash of text and images.As for RBDigital, the app suffers from a mediocre user interface, slow downloads and frequent glitches.But, hey, it’s free. And the library has at least one magazine News Plus doesn’t: Cooks Illustrated, which I read religiously. The News Plus value propositionSo is News Plus worth it? Taken at face value, $10 per month for 300 magazines is a terrific deal, especially considering how nicely formatted many of them are for smaller screens.But in its current state, it’s buggy (some magazines I’ve downloaded don’t appear in “My Magazines”) and limited (there’s not even a search function, for heaven’s sake), and it’s quite jarring (and annoying) when you come across a magazine that isn’t formatted for mobile. (A lot of them are just straight-up PDFs, at least for now.)If you really love magazines, I suspect you’ll like News Plus. 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Related posts:Southern Nicaragua communities protest Ortega’s canal plans Activists visiting Washington blast Nicaragua’s $50 billion canal project as ‘illegitimate’ Nicaragua can’t stop dreaming of a canal Daniel Ortega needs to be the center of attention, say Nicaragua’s opposition Recommended: Nicaragua canal survey off to rocky start marked by fear and mistrustMANAGUA, Nicaragua – Nicaraguan writer and Catholic priest Ernesto Cardenal this weekend blasted plans for the construction of a massive interoceanic canal, calling it a “monstrosity” that would split the country in two and irreversibly damage Lake Cocibolca, the biggest freshwater lake in Central America.Cardenal penned an op-ed column in the local newspaper La Prensa titled “La monstruosidad del canal” – “The monstrosity of the canal” – in which he criticized the favorable conditions that the government of Daniel Ortega granted to Chinese businessman Wang Jing in the canal concession.“We should denounce to the world what is happening in Nicaragua,” Cardenal wrote, accusing Ortega of imposing the project on the country with “power absolute.”Ortega and his Sandinista administration granted the canal concession in June 2013 to the firm HK Nicaragua Development Investment (HKND), whose owner is Wang, for the construction and administration of the canal for 50 years, with the option to renew for an additional 50 years.“Our entire national geography has been handed over so that Wang Jing can carry out construction wherever he pleases, and he’ll have all of the permits he needs for any decision he makes,” Cardenal wrote.See also: Southern Nicaragua communities protest Ortega’s canal plansThe author of “Cántico Cósmico” also highlighted the environmental damage that likely would occur to Lake Cocibolca – also known as Lake Nicaragua, one of Central America’s most important drinking water sources.“We won’t be able to produce food via irrigation; we’ll only be able to watch the passing of ships. … We also won’t be able to drink the lake water. Many people rely on fishing in the lake to survive, and that’s going to come to an end,” he wrote.The canal, which is slated to undergo construction beginning next month, will stretch some 278 kilometers from coast to coast, of which 105 km span the lake, according to HKND plans.Cardenal, who is 89, said the canal would affect 36 cities, as well as several islets that would disappear with the rising of the lake surface level by an estimated two meters.The Solentiname Archipelago, which was declared a national monument and where Cardenal created a “meditative community” in the 1970s, also could disappear, he said.“With this canal, Lake Nicaragua, which for us is a blessing from God, will be converted into a curse,” said the author of “El evangelio de Solentiname,” a key piece of literature in the liberation theology movement.Said Cardenal: “Ruining Lake Nicaragua would be the greatest crime in the history of our country.”Follow all of our coverage of the Nicaragua canal plans here. Facebook Comments
GUATEMALA CITY – Guatemala’s Constitutional Court has opened the door to a new genocide trial against former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt, which could begin on Jan. 5.Constitutional Court Secretary Martín Guzmán announced in a press conference that justices of the country’s highest court had agreed with a constitutional appeal filed by the Prosecutor’s Office against a previous ruling by a lower court judge.Judge Carol Patricia Flores had ruled that the process of hearing charges of genocide and crimes against humanity against Ríos Montt should return to an investigative phase in November 2011, when the former dictator and powerful politician had not been linked to the massacre of 1,771 Ixil Mayans between 1982 and 1983.“What the Constitutional Court did is order Flores to reverse that controversial ruling,” Guzmán said.Guatemala’s Justice and Reconciliation Association (Asociación para la Justicia y la Reconciliación, or AJR) and the Center for Legal Action for Human Rights (Centro para la Acción Legal en Derechos Humanos, or CALDH), joined the Prosecutor’s Office in presenting the constitutional appeal.Along with Ríos Montt, former director of military intelligence José Mauricio Rodríguez also faces charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.Guzmán said Judge Flores now has five business days to issue another ruling that is in line with orders from the Constitutional Court.In a landmark ruling, Ríos Montt was convicted of the charges and sentenced to 80 years in prison, on May 10, 2013. But the conviction was annulled 10 days later by the Constitutional Court, which ordered a new trial. The high court’s annulment of the conviction was based on a technicality, and it generated harsh criticism from rights groups, victims, and victims’ families.See: A landmark genocide case comes to unexpected and dramatic endEdgar Pérez, an attorney for AJR, said he is satisfied with the high court’s ruling and hopes a new trial will quickly move froward. Defense attorney Francisco Palomo said the ruling removes any doubt that a new trial will begin on Jan. 5.Parallel to the genocide trial, Ríos Montt’s defense team hopes that he will be given amnesty, which was applied to both military members and guerrillas in 1986. That amnesty allegedly covers crimes committed after 1982. If the Constitutional Court agrees on amnesty, the trial would not take place.Guatemala’s bloody civil war lasted for 36 years and led to the death or disappearance of more than 200,000 people. Ríos Montt ruled as dictator from 1982-1983. His prior conviction on genocide charges was seen as historical by observers, and it followed years of efforts by human rights groups, victims’ rights groups, and the victims themselves.See also: Guatemalan ex-police officers accused of assassinating Myrna Mack investigator to finally stand trial Facebook Comments Related posts:Guatemalan ex-police officers accused of assassinating Myrna Mack investigator to finally stand trial Former Guatemalan police chief to stand trial for 1980 Spanish Embassy fire that killed 37 Guatemalan police ordered to remove Spanish Embassy protesters ‘dead or alive,’ witness testifies 26 lawyers have been murdered in Guatemala in the past 3 years
Etihad Airways has been named Airline of the Year in the 2011 TTG Travel Awards.The award was announced at a gala, black-tie dinner in London in front of 900 invited guests.Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan, said: “This award is further recognition of the hard work of all our staff right around the world.”We are determined 2011 will be a watershed year for us as we strive to break even and then move into sustainable profitability.”It is the latest in a series of honours to be bestowed on Etihad, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, in recent months.These include Etihad’s Diamond First class being judged the world’s best for the second year running by Skytrax, the aviation industry’s pre-eminent global rankings system, determined by the votes of 19 million travellers from more than 100 different countries.The TTG judges agreed Etihad was a “truly outstanding airline which offered great service and customer experience.” They noted the airline also had a strong business model and had demonstrated innovation and financial success in the past 12 months, along with an effective CSR policy. Source = Etihad Airways