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first_imgSAN ANTONIO – With less than four minutes to play in a see-saw battle, Lebron James of the visiting Miami Heat hobbled to the bench as the San Antonio Spurs extended their razor-thin lead to a 31-9 run  for a 110-95 win in Game 1 of the NBA Finals – a rematch of last year’s battle between these two teams, which the Heat won in 7 games to capture their second straight title.It seems James’ body couldn’t withstand the intense heat as the air conditioning system failed, and cramped up. But with these two teams – arguably, and fittingly, the best in the league – so evenly-matched, it seems highly unlikely the Heat can succeed without him.  Not only is he their top weapon on both ends of the court, he is widely considered the best player in the league.Game 2 is on June 8, also in San Antonio. With the league’s best record, the Spurs have home court advantage.When it comes to overcoming adversity, though, the Heat are better than anyone. But they will have their hands full in Game 2, as they now trail in the series and all eyes are on their superstar.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgVice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu will attend the convocation ceremony of the National School of Drama (NSD) on August 5, 2019, to be held at Abhimanch auditorium at 5:00 pm. More than 200 students who completed their 3-year course at NSD between 2010 and 2019 will be awarded the diploma at the convocation.Vice President will be the Chief Guest at the convocation in which other key dignitaries including Minister of State Culture & Tourism (I/C), Prahlad Singh Patel will be the Guest of Honour and Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Arun Goel will be present. Former Chairman of the National School of Drama Chandrashekhara Kambara, eminent theatre personality and former director of National School of Drama, Ratan Thiyam, the Special Guests, will also grace the occasion where Acting Chairman, NSD Society, Dr Arjun Deo Charan, and Director In-charge, National School of Drama, Suresh Sharma will be present. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainA total of 237 students will receive their diploma after completing the course of dramatic arts from the National School of Drama (NSD). NSD is foremost theatre training institution in the world which has been recently ranked 14th among the best film schools in the world by CEOWORLD Magazine of the USA. “We are extremely happy to be able to confer the diploma to their rightful owners in the gracious presence of Vice President. The continuous support that we received from the Ministry of Culture was crucial in providing a world-class education to the students year after year. My best wishes are with the outgoing students, who I am sure will excel in all fields of theatre,” says Suresh Sharma, Director In-chargee, National School of Drama (NSD). “The convocation is a heartening development and some students who have endured a gap to get their diploma will finally meet a revered culmination. I am extremely thankful to Vice President who has agreed to take out time from his tight schedule,” says Dr Arjun Deo Charan, Acting Chairman, NSD Society.last_img read more


first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia is expanding restrictions on where people can smoke tobacco and cannabis ahead of the legalization of recreational pot use this summer.Justice Minister Mark Furey issued a statement Tuesday saying the province will add five new areas to the Smoke-free Places Act where smoking of both products will be banned.That includes the smoking or vaping of cannabis or tobacco on or near playgrounds, publicly owned sport and recreation sites, public trails, and provincial parks and beaches — except within a rented campsite.Furey said people will be able to smoke and vape cannabis in their own homes, on their private property, or in their apartment if it is permitted in the lease.However, cannabis use will not be allowed in vehicles, under new legislation to be introduced during this legislative session.If cannabis is being carried in a vehicle, it must be stored in a closed, fastened package and out of reach to the driver or passengers.Violations of the new rules carry a fine of up to $2,000.“We looked carefully at how we could balance the legalization of cannabis with our goals to reduce smoking of any kind,” Furey said in the statement.The Nova Scotia government said its approach is in line with measures adopted in British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec and the Northwest Territories.By contrast, most of the other provinces have opted for a full public consumption ban, which means people in those provinces will be permitted to smoke cannabis only in their private home or on their property, the province said.Nunavut is the only jurisdiction that has yet to announced its plans regarding public consumption.Meanwhile, smoking of all kinds in Nova Scotia is already prohibited in all indoor public places and workplaces, and in many outdoor spaces, including school and daycare grounds, bar and restaurant patios and within four metres of an entrance or air intake.Smoking is also prohibited in vehicles where children are passengers.The new legislation will prohibit the use of tobacco in vehicles used as part of one’s work, unless the vehicle is also for personal use and is only driven by one person during work hours.The amendments will also confirm that municipalities can pass bylaws that put additional restrictions in place. The stricter rules will apply.last_img read more


Delegates to the 20-25 April meeting will also address the implications of emerging challenges such as high energy prices and climate change for development, UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi told reporters in Geneva today.A central focus of the conference, which will take place in Accra, Ghana, will be the special development challenges of Africa, he added.The current, “second wave” of globalization, Mr. Panitchpakdi explained, has come about as developing countries become major players in the world economy.Earlier this month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed hope that the UNCTAD-XII conference could galvanize support for a more development-friendly global economic, trading and financial system, among other goals.Established in 1964, UNCTAD promotes the integration of developing countries into the world economy. It also helps shape policy debates on development, with a focus on ensuring that domestic policies and international action are mutually supportive in bringing about sustainable growth.Noting that 2008 is a pivotal year in the effort to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to reduce extreme poverty and other global ills by 2015, Mr. Ban said that UNCTAD-XII must promote financial policies that help meet the MDGs in sub-Saharan Africa, in particular, as a matter of urgency. 18 March 2008Containing the global economic slowdown and adapting development thinking to “the second wave of globalization” will be major topics at the upcoming session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). read more


The campaign to bring high-speed internet to all corners of southwestern Ontario received another shot in the arm on Wednesday.The Ford government announced $63.7 million in new funding for the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) initiative at a media event in downtown Simcoe.The announcement is part of the Ford government’s $315-million commitment to bring high-speed internet and more reliable cellphone reception to under-serviced areas of the province.The province last month made a similar announcement of $71 million for improved digital connectivity in eastern Ontario.“With all the things that make Norfolk County amazing, there are still homes and businesses that lack high-speed internet, and that’s unacceptable,” Monte McNaughton, the province’s Minister of Infrastructure, said in front of Joy’s Cafe on Robinson Street.“In this economy, to be disconnected is to be disadvantaged. Things take a while to get from the cities to the town, but I think we have waited long enough for broadband.”The $190-million SWIFT initiative is underwritten by Ottawa, Queen’s Park and member municipalities in southwestern Ontario. The money will be used to run fibre-optic trunk lines into rural areas where market forces alone would not provide them.Similar in scope to the drive for rural electrification 100 years ago, SWIFT’s mandate is to provide high-speed internet to every farm and rural property regardless of how remote.Given the rural nature of the initiative, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affair is overseeing expenditures in this area. As such, Ontario Agriculture Minister Ernie Hardeman was also in Simcoe for Wednesday’s announcement.Hardeman said SWIFT and the province’s support for it are about making rural Ontario “business ready.” In his remarks, Hardeman said high-speed connectivity is no longer optional for the serious agricultural enterprise.“A lot of farms would come to a standstill if not for the internet,” Hardeman said.Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett, host of the event, agreed.“With modern agriculture, you can’t get into a combine with a wrench in one hand without a computer of some kind in the other,” Barrett said. “Imagine now the possibilities for our farms.”SWIFT was launched three years ago by the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus. Fifteen rural municipalities undertook the project to address the growing gap between rural and urban connectivity.A number of large, urbanized municipalities such as London, Orillia and Niagara Region have since signed on as key hubs for the delivery of digital services.Nearly two years ago, this prompted some Norfolk County officials to worry that the larger centres would flex their muscle to gain a disproportionate share of SWIFT funding.Port Rowan Coun. Tom Masschaele, Norfolk’s representative to the SWIFT board of directors, says these concerns have proven unfounded.Masschaele reported Wednesday that Norfolk County has moved to the top of SWIFT’s priority list according to the needs criteria the organization has set for itself. This criteria includes miles of rural road, population, and prevalence of dead zones where wireless internet is ineffective.“I’m confident this is going to be what I was looking for and expecting to see from this project,” Masschaele said.“In terms of need, we are No. 1. That’s why this announcement is in Simcoe today. I’m thrilled with the way this is working.“At the outset, I was skeptical. But members of the SWIFT board are very conscious of the equity aspect of this. They get it.”MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more


Just a week before the Kyoto anti-global warming treaty comes into force, the United Nations environmental agency is teaming up with an international public transportation group in a television campaign aimed at reducing the use of private cars – and their emissions of greenhouse gases.The campaign, consisting of an animated 30 second commercial with the theme “The world is your home. Look after it,” stresses the advantages of using public transport, especially for the environment, and is the first joint project of its kind by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), a 120-year-old worldwide group of urban and regional passenger transport operators.Total greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector are growing faster than from any other, and it is estimated to be responsible for 30 per cent of carbon dioxide emissions in Europe, where nearly half of transport trips in urban area are less than five kilometres.The commercial, available in English, French, German and Spanish, is scheduled to run across a growing list of international stations such as BBC World, CNN International, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, National Geographic and Discovery Channel, starting tomorrow with EuroNews.Under the Kyoto Protocol, which enters into force on 16 February, industrialized countries are to reduce their combined emissions of six major greenhouse gases during the five-year period from 2008 to 2012 to below-1990 levels. The European Union and Japan, for example, are to cut these emissions by 8 per cent and 6 per cent, respectively. For many countries, achieving the Kyoto targets will be a major change that will require new policies and new approaches.Its entry into force was assured by Russia’s ratification in November, since 55 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) must ratify it, including developed countries whose combined 1990 emissions of carbon dioxide exceed 55 per cent of that group’s total.After President George W. Bush withdrew United States support for the Kyoto Protocol in 2001 Moscow’s ratification became vital as Russia, with 17 per cent of the emissions, now pushes the amount beyond that threshold for the Protocol to become legally binding on its 128 parties. read more


Measure of signed contracts to buy US homes reaches 6-year high as housing recovery continues AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jun 27, 2013 12:52 pm MDT WASHINGTON – The number of people who signed contracts to buy U.S. homes jumped in May to the highest level in more than six years, a sign home sales will probably rise in the months ahead.The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its seasonally adjusted index for pending home sales rose 6.7 per cent to 112.3 last month. That’s the highest level since December 2006. Signed contracts have risen 12.1 per cent in the past 12 months.The increase could reflect an effort by potential buyers to complete deals before mortgage rates rose further. Mortgage rates rose in May and then jumped after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke suggested last week the Fed could slow its bond purchases later this year.The increase points to healthy gains in home sales in the coming months. There is generally a one- to two-month lag between a signed contract and a completed sale.“This report should provide comfort as it shows that housing is still holding in,” said Jennifer Lee, an economist at BMO Capital Markets.Still, rising rates could weigh on demand later this year. The average rate on a 30-year mortgage soared this week to 4.46 per cent, the highest in nearly two years, according to a report Thursday by mortgage giant Freddie Mac. But rates are still low by historical standards.“Despite the rise in mortgage rates and house prices, housing affordability will still be well above its long-term average,” said Joseph LaVorgna, an economist at Deutsche Bank.Sales of previously occupied homes jumped above the 5 million mark in May for the first time in 3 1/2 years, evidence that the housing recovery is accelerating.Sales last exceeded 5 million in November 2009. During that month and October 2009, a home-buying tax credit briefly inflated the sales pace. Prior to that, sales hadn’t been above 5 million since July 2007. That’s still below the 5.5 million annual sales that are consistent with a healthy market.The Realtors’ group forecasts that sales will likely total nearly 5.1 million in 2013, which would be the highest in seven years. Other private economists have similar projections.New home sales also jumped in May. They rose 2.1 per cent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 476,000, the fastest pace in five years. read more


The Super Bowl-bound Los Angeles Rams are a fascinating exercise in modern NFL team-building. While their opponents in Atlanta, the dynastic New England Patriots, seldom break the bank for anybody other than quarterback Tom Brady — who has been under center for a record nine Super Bowls with the Pats — the Rams spent aggressively after the end of last season. They opened the pocketbook for homegrown stars such as Aaron Donald and Todd Gurley, who each signed massive extensions, and also made a handful of outside pickups, including Brandin Cooks, Ndamukong Suh, Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib and Dante Fowler Jr.All told, the spree left L.A. with 34 percent of its 2018 salary-cap dollars committed to returning veteran players on fresh extensions (tops among playoff teams) and an additional 22 percent of the cap spent on incoming veterans (third only to the Bears and Texans among playoff teams), according to data from ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. The result was a star-studded roster that many called the dreaded D-word — “dream team” — a label that has come to symbolize a roster concept that doesn’t always work in the NFL. But unlike previous dream-team iterations, the Rams have made it work, primarily by relying less on the newcomers and more on the talent they’ve developed. And that might provide a blueprint for future champions, if not exactly future dynasties. The dream-team paradigm has gone through several permutations over the years. In the era before the salary cap, star-powered rosters could stay together for many consecutive seasons, resulting in monstrous talent collections such as the Steel Curtain-era Pittsburgh Steelers (who had an absurd nine Hall of Famers on their roster in 1978) and even more recent teams such as Bill Walsh’s San Francisco 49ers and Jimmy Johnson’s Dallas Cowboys. But the advent of free agency in 1993 — and the subsequent addition of the salary cap — made such dream teams more difficult to keep together, whether by pre-emptively forcing teams to let useful players go or penalizing for years teams that tried to skirt the cap by pushing player paydays into the future.More recent dream team attempts have been the subject of ridicule, such as when the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles signed a group of veteran free agents that included Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jason Babin and — of course — Vince Young. When Young was asked to describe Philly’s new squad, he infamously responded with a smile and two words: “dream team.” In the end, the Eagles went a disappointing 8-8, writing a cautionary tale for future free-agent spending sprees.But around the same time, the NFL’s current preferred team-building strategy began to come into focus as young, cheap (at the time) quarterbacks such as Baltimore’s Joe Flacco and Seattle’s Russell Wilson won Super Bowls. With a change to the league’s collective bargaining agreement significantly lowering the price tags on incoming rookie QBs, teams realized that they could use the draft to acquire the most important asset in football — a star quarterback — for a relatively low price and then trick out the rest of their roster with the savings. The dream team concept was reborn.Take the 2017 champion Eagles, who spent a combined 4.5 percent of the cap on signal-callers Carson Wentz and Nick Foles — the former of whom vied for league MVP honors before a knee injury ended his season and the latter of whom was the Super Bowl MVP. That Philly team was laden with non-QB talent, and many of its members were productive veterans (Ronald Darby, Jay Ajayi, Alshon Jeffery, Timmy Jernigan, etc.) who had been plucked from other teams.This season’s Rams have taken a version of that same formula and run with it even further. They got 40 total points of Approximate Value1Pro-Football-Reference.com’s single-number measure of player value. out of veteran newcomers, which would rank 10th among Super Bowl winners, and that was with Talib, Peters, Suh and Fowler all having relative down seasons.That last part makes the Rams a bit different from other successful dream teams of the past. The 1994 49ers, for instance, were jam-packed with talented veteran newcomers — including Rickey Jackson, Ken Norton Jr. and Bart Oates, each of whom posted double-digit AV the previous season. The crown jewel, of course, was Deion Sanders, who arrived from Atlanta in free agency. They were all meaningful contributors to the Niners’ Super Bowl win that season, most notably Sanders, who won defensive player of the year honors. Similarly, the 1999 St. Louis Rams picked up Marshall Faulk from the Indianapolis Colts, along with many other newcomers, and went on to win the Super Bowl thanks to Faulk’s NFL offensive player of the year season.2An MVP turn from QB Kurt Warner didn’t hurt, either.The 2018 Rams don’t have anyone with the instant impact of a Sanders or Faulk. But one thing that makes them intriguing is how they’ve supplemented the dream-teamers they do have with younger, cheaper talent. The average age (weighted by AV) for the 10 Super Bowl champs most laden with new veteran talent3Ages are as of Dec. 31 for each season. I used a quick-and-dirty calculation that multiplies together AV from the current and previous seasons for incoming veteran players, to capture both established production and current-season value. was 27.6 years old; for L.A. this season, that number is 26.8. The Rams’ four best players by AV — Gurley, Donald, Jared Goff and Robert Woods — are all 27 or younger, and none of them were among the newcomers L.A. brought in this season. (And only Donald and Gurley were playing on contracts guaranteeing more than $30 million.) Whereas yesterday’s dream teams rose or fell more on the performances of their incoming stars, the new formula for general manager Les Snead and coach Sean McVay has been to use them as supplemental pieces to help support a young core.Not that the current Rams have nothing in common with their dream-team precursors, mind you. Even though teams have gotten much savvier about using contractual tricks to free up cap space and avoid the kind of “salary-cap hell” that, say, the 49ers found themselves in during the late 1990s, the Rams’ aggressive roster moves have still ratcheted up the pressure to win in a relatively short window of time. While most of the Rams’ key starters are still locked up in 2019 as well (with the exceptions of Suh, Cory Littleton and Rodger Saffold), they will begin facing tough salary constraints in the offseason before 2020 — when most of the current secondary and offensive line hits free agency — and particularly before 2021, when Goff will need to sign an extension. Compounding things, L.A. also traded away its second- and third-round draft picks this spring to snag Peters and Fowler.4On top of downgrading from the fourth round to the sixth in 2018 and losing a 2020 fifth-rounder. Even a smartly managed win-now strategy has an expiration date.But then again, so does every team-building tactic in the NFL — unless we’re talking about the Patriots. The Rams are exactly where they knew they’d need to be to justify their all-in roster strategy. They have the young stars and the veteran talent, plus the right coach to steer things in McVay. All that’s left is one more win to prove that dream teams are a viable way to build an NFL champion after all. read more


Ohio State then-junior guard Kelsey Mitchell looks to the basket in her drive against Penn State’s defense during the Buckeyes’ game on Feb. 1. Credit: Summer Cartwright | Campus EditorOhio State women’s basketball guard Kelsey Mitchell has been invited to the 2017 USA Women’s National Team Training Camp, which will be held Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 in Santa Barbara, California.The senior is one of just five collegiate athletes — including Connecticut forward Napheesa Collier, Connecticut guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson, Louisville guard Asia Durr, South Carolina forward A’ja Wilson — invited to the training camp. Twenty-five WNBA players earned invites as well.The training camp — which will be led by USA National Team and South Carolina coach Dawn Staley — will be used to help identify and prepare athletes for future events, including the 2018 FIBA World Cup of Basketball, according to a release.This will be the second opportunity for Mitchell to represent her country on the court. The two-time Big Ten Player of the Year earned a spot on the USA Basketball Women’s Under-23 National Team, which competed in the Four Nations Tournament in mid-August.Last season, Mitchell led the Big Ten with 22.6 points per game and was named a second-team All-American for the second time in her career. The Associated Press also named her a first-team All-American after the 2015-16 season.Ohio State opens the season on Nov. 10 when the Buckeyes host Stanford as part of the Countdown to Columbus, an event marking the beginning of the college women’s basketball 2017-18 season. read more


first_imgMartin Engineering has expanded its UK and Scandinavian operations, allowing it to offer “wider service, faster equipment delivery and extensive employee training to customers.” Martin Engineering’s new facility located near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire includes a new office, training centre, production area and warehouse. With its expanded team of knowledgeable industry professionals, the company will “partner with UK and Scandinavian customers to offer solutions to common material handling problems, while at the same time improving the work environment with safer equipment and detailed training seminars. The result is a highly responsive unit committed to improving efficiency and compliance, while minimising customer operating costs.”“The UK and Scandinavia are centres of excellence when it comes to bulk material handling and processing,” said Robert Whetstone, Martin Engineering’s European Vice President.  “It’s exactly the kind of market that benefits from the innovations in products and services for which Martin Engineering is known.”Since 1944, Martin Engineering has designed, engineered and manufactured heavy duty conveyor components and material flow aids with a focus on safety, efficiency and ease of service.  The company has had offices and manufacturing in the region for more than 30 years, and has established a reputation for premium quality equipment and expert service throughout Northern Europe in a wide range of industries, including mining.Working from a purpose-built production facility, products including air cannons and belt cleaners will be manufactured at the new location. Also housed there will be factory direct equipment and spares for Martin Engineering bulk handling solutions to be quickly dispatched to any area in the region to keep customer plants running efficiently and safely, while reducing expensive downtime.“Martin Engineering’s ability to deliver operational and safety training that is specific to the region’s strict occupational and workplace regulations is an important asset to bulk handlers in the region. Using its Foundations™ reference book, now in its 4th edition, the firm’s experts train customer employees on the function, maintenance and safe operation of conveyor systems. In addition, the company’s Foundations for Conveyor Safety presents more detailed concepts specifically focused on safety regulations and procedures.  The entire program is designed to maximise operators’ understanding of current equipment and technologies, help improve system performance, reduce downtime and minimise hazards.”Appointed as General Manager to head up the team, Aaron Bartram is a UK native who has been part of Martin Engineering’s recent launch of the Mr Blade® program, a unique service which ensures clean conveyor belts at all times. “Bartram’s 30 years of experience running major production operations in the heavy building products sector will be invaluable to the success of the new endeavour.” Also bringing their experience to the team are customer service representative Richard Housechild and service engineer Wayne Crossland. Housechild will be accommodating the growing sales demand of the UK market and Crossland will be on sites installing and servicing customer equipment. “The expanded Martin team is already working with a number of customers in the region,” said Whetstone. “Now that we’ve bolstered our staff and opened the new facility, we’re geared up to achieve our ambitious growth plans.”last_img read more


first_imgDo yourself a favor. Go to Twitter, log in, click the Settings link in the upper right hand corner, tick the Always use HTTPS box, and then hit Save. The microblogging service last night announced that, thanks to public outcry, it has improved security with the addition of an always-on HTTPS option.The feature is particularly helpful when using the service over Wi-Fi and other public networks. Even with the feature enabled, however, mobile browsers won’t default to the secure connection–users need to go directly to https://mobile.twitter.com for that. According to a blog post, Twitter is working on a solution that works across the sites.AdChoices广告The need for a secure connection received a good deal of public attention earlier in the month after actor Ashton Kutcher’s account was hacked [see: above], sending out pro SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) messages to his 6.3 million followers.last_img read more


first_imgYou’ve most likely been grounded a couple times in your life, or at least punished in such a way where you were prevented access to your favorite forms of entertainment. As punishment for not finding a job in favor of playing his favorite Chinese online games, Xiao Feng’s father sought out and hired in-game assassins to grief his son to the point where he wouldn’t want to play anyway.Though the 23-year-old was still allowed access to his games, his father’s hope was that actually playing them would leave such a bad taste in his mouth that he would finally get proactive and seek out employment. Each in-game assassin Mr. Feng hired was of a higher level and stronger than his son’s character, so his son wouldn’t have much of a chance of fending them off and continuing to play like normal.Xiao had bad grades in school due to video games taking up too much of his time, but he managed to land a job at a software development company. However, he was only able to hold it down for three months, claiming the job just wasn’t for him.Mr. Feng didn’t want to ruin his son’s leisure time, but couldn’t think of a better option to get him off the computer and searching for a job. Xiao told his father that he wasn’t actually addicted to video games, and is simply taking his time looking for the perfect job. For some reason, his father was relieved by that answer. So, next time your parents or significant other tells you to put down the controller or to close Steam and do some chores, just tell them that you’re waiting for a chore that better suits your needs, then keep on leveling.via Kotakulast_img read more


first_imgUsing a Pinoccio board — a web-ready microcontroller complete with WiFi and built-in radio — and a Pololu 3pi — an adorable little two-wheeled robot that is connected to a programmable microcontroller — the folks at Pinoccio have created the Web Rover, a system that allows you to control the 3pi robot over the web.The team attached a Pinoccio board, dubbed the Scout, to the 3pi, which communicates with another located nearby, called the Lead Scout. The Lead Scout is connected to the internet via WiFi, and logged into a Pinoccio API topic that provides access to the control of the 3pi robot. To control the bot, messages pushed to the API topic are grabbed by the Lead Scout, then sent to the Scout attached to the robot, which adheres to the command. The pushed messages aren’t typed commands, but are accelerometer movements from your iPhone.To log your iDevice into the rover controller, simply load this webpage on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Mac laptop (if it has an accelerometer), then click on the “Enable Driving” button. You can’t actually drive Pinoccio’s rover using that link, but the app shows you how receiving and understanding the accelerometer messages works.Pinoccio states that though driving the rover is only a demo, it isn’t just limited to within the company’s own local wireless network, and they drove the Web Rover in real-time from over 6,200 miles (over 10,000 kilometers) away. If you could gain access to the Pinoccio API topic and had an iDevice with an accelerometer, you could drive the rover around — easy peasy.As for the future of the Web Rover, the team says that sensors may be added to the robot that could deliver real-time data across the internet, effectively creating a roving security bot. If you’re interested in the Web Rover, head on over to Ingiegogo and check out the board’s funding campaign. You can also build your own rover (scroll to the bottom of the page), but it requires pre-built parts (such as the 3pi robot), and some coding know-how.last_img read more


first_img 11,261 Views Share14 Tweet Email ‘They got Tom Brady though’ – Even at 21-0 up, one Atlanta player was still nervousSarah Keane elected as the new president of the OCI SOUTH AFRICAN RUNNER Caster Semenya is in line to take the 800m title from the 2012 Olympic Games after Russian athlete Maria Savinova was stripped of her gold medal.Savinova was also banned for four years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) who found her “to have been engaged in using doping” from July 2010 until August 2013.”Savinova won the race in a world-leading time of 1:56.19, beating the South African favourite into second place.In 2013, another Russian, Elena Arzhakova, was found to have violations in her biological passport and was suspended backdated to July 2011. She had finished seventh in the race.Then, in 2014, Savinova was filmed by Yulia Stepanova — the Russian doping whistleblower — admitting to injecting testosterone and taking another banned steroid.This prompted a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation into the country’s athletics programme and, following further evidence of widespread drug use, the Russian track team was suspended from all international competitions, including the 2016 Olympic Games.Savinova’s disqualification also means that her compatriot, Ekaterina Poistogova, will be promoted to silver while Kenya’s Pamela Jelimo will take bronze.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Savinova celebrates her win. Feb 10th 2017, 1:11 PM 11 Comments By Steve O’Rourke Caster Semenya in line to take London 2012 gold after another Russian is banned 800m winner Maria Savinova has been banned for four years by the Court of Arbitration for Sportcenter_img Savinova celebrates her win. Image: Anja Niedringhaus/AP/Press Association Images Friday 10 Feb 2017, 1:11 PM http://the42.ie/3232860 Follow us: the42.ie Image: Anja Niedringhaus/AP/Press Association Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLlast_img read more


first_imgSky Sports pundit Paul Merson has made his Premier League weekend predictions and has tipped Manchester City to continue their fine run away from home.It’s matchday 3, and Paul Merson has given Sky Sports his thoughts and predictions on all 10 matches this weekend.Wolves v Man City“City look relentless, completely unbelievable. I thought they might take some time to get going after the World Cup, but they’re the only team who can rest a load of players and beat the lesser teams comfortably. ”Manchester City to win 3-1Watford v Crystal Palace“This is a tough one to predict, because Palace do have a bit about them. They sat 10 behind the ball against Liverpool and hoped Zaha would do something special. But I think they’ll win this game.”Crystal Palace to 2-1Newcastle v Chelsea“Chelsea don’t look amazing at the back, Arsenal ripped them apart at times, but Newcastle don’t have what Arsenal have going forward. Maurizio Sarri said he wants Chelsea to be pressing at all times, and it’s a danger when they don’t, even for 20 minutes.”Chelsea to win 2-1Man Utd v Tottenham“Over the last three or four years, you see Manchester United turn it on in these type of games, when the pressure is on. They’ve done it to Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, everyone.”Manchester United to win 2-1Arsenal v West Ham “I don’t see anything other than an Arsenal win here. West Ham have struggled,”English Premier League flops of the week Taimoor Khan – August 25, 2019 The third round of English Premier League football is pretty much over and we need to take a look at players and coaches who…Arsenal to win 3-0Bournemouth v Everton“Bournemouth have had two good results. I know Everton won easily against Southampton, but Saints had good chances and it was open. I like this game, I’m going 2-2”2-2 drawHuddersfield v Cardiff “Huge game, but I think the hosts will just steal it.”Huddersfield to win 1-0Southampton v Leicester “It was still a bad result for Saints at Everton, but the overall performance was decent. Ings looked lively, and they had some good chances. I need to see more from them but I expect them to win this.”Southampton to win 2-0Liverpool v Brighton “It’s going to be Liverpool, but by how many? Brighton had a great result against United, no doubt about that, but Liverpool are a different kettle of fish at home.”Liverpool to win 3-0Fulham v Burnley “It’s a must-win for Fulham.”Fulham to win 1-0last_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 23, 2017 – Providenciales – Lobster season 2017/2018 kicked off on Tuesday 15th August, with opening catch landed at processing plants in South Caicos and Providenciales totaling 32,262 pounds (lbs.), which is a 25% drop in landings recorded for the first day of the open season in 2016.“The first day while important, is not necessarily an indication of the overall health of the fishery, nor does it accurately forecast the coming fishing season.   The past three years have seen a decline in the opening day landings, however the total catch per unit of effort for the season has increased.  There are management measures in place to support the recovery of the lobster fishery stock and DECR will continue to monitor the landings throughout this year to inform further fact based management decisions, where required by DECR ” said Mr. Ethan Griesbach, Acting Director of the Department of Environment & Coastal Resources (DECR).DECR Officers have been inspecting catch as fishermen come into the plant and while at sea, and boat patrols have been conducted to deter illegal activities. However, the DECR fleet has been on stand-by to assist rescuing fishermen when needed.Minister Ralph Higgs commented, “I would like to express my appreciation to the staff and management at Department of Environment and Coastal Resources for efforts made to ensure maximum compliance and minimal infractions during the opening of the 2017/18 lobster season.   I would also like to thank the fisher folk that came out in numbers, all of whom displayed complete respect for the law and officers.   The fishing industry is a very important traditional sector which the government is committed to working along with all stakeholders to ensure future sustainability of the industry”Restrictions relating to crawfish, as per the Fisheries Protection Ordinance, are listed below:Crawfish size restrictions are as follows:o   When whole,  a length of 3.25 inches measured from the front of the groove between the horns directly above the eyes, along the middle of the back to the rear edge of the back shell; oro   When the tail has been separated, a tail weight of 5 ounces whether processed or not;Fishers are not to be in the possession of any egg-bearing crawfish; Fishers are not to take or be in possession of moulting/soft-shelled crawfish or crawfish in early stages of spawning (described as appearing ‘tar-spotted’); and Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Fishers are not to remove eggs from egg-bearing crawfish;center_img Fishers are to ensure that the crawfish are landed unharmed and whole after being taken and landed at processing plants or at   home, unless processed at sea as per the terms of the processing license.The DECR appeals to citizens, residents and visitors in the Turks & Caicos Islands, to familiarize themselves with and to uphold the Fisheries Regulations, and urges all responsible citizens to call DECR at 338 4170 or email environment@gov.tc to report any violations.Press Release: TCIG Related Items:last_img read more


first_imgDOD should work with the military services and defense agencies to study the viability of creating a central office dedicated to developing and implementing energy resilience projects, the Senate Armed Services Committee says in its committee report which accompanies the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill.The committee says it is encouraged by the progress DOD has made to promote energy resilience at its installations with limited resources and personnel in light of the risk vulnerabilities to energy supplied to military installations pose to national security. “[However,] senior department officials continue to express concern to the committee on the ability of the department to keep pace with these threats and accelerate energy resilience project development due to resource constraints, the inability to retain and recruit qualified energy and technical professionals, and potential flexibility in existing authorities,” the report states. The report also emphasizes the committee’s support for the department’s reliance on third-party financing to pursue energy resilience by upgrading infrastructure, distribution systems, equipment, fuel and energy generation facilities.The committee directs the department to consider in its study:a review of lessons learned from the services’ existing energy project execution offices;personnel skills, manning and resources needed to establish the office;the appropriate organizational reporting structure for such an office;strategy, mission and performance goals the office would pursue, including the scope of projects considered and funding strategy considerations;recruitment, retention and training strategy; andlegislative authorities and other recommendations related to the establishment of an office to accelerate energy resilience project development.The defense secretary is directed to brief the committee on the results of the review by March 1, 2019.Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kimberlyn Adams Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more


first_imgMathura: A bridegroom and his aunt were killed and four others, including the bride, were injured Tuesday when their ill-fated car hit an electricity pole, police said. The deceased have been identified as Pintu (22), a resident of Ankare Gadhi; and his aunt Pushpa (35), a resident of Khurja. The bride, Sarvesh, was shifted to a hospital after her condition deteriorated. Also Read – Chandrayaan-2 reaches nearer to moon with orbit change Advertise With Us The incident took place on the outskirts of Prem Nagar falling under the Mant police station in the district, a police officer said. “The injured were rushed to a 100-bedded hospital in Vrindavan,” DSP Kailash Chandra Pandey said. He said the bride was shifted to a private hospital from the Vrindavan hospital as her condition deteriorated. They were coming from Baltigarhi in the district and were on their way to Ankare Gadhi under the Naujheel police station after solemnising the marriage. The bodies had been sent for autopsy, the DSP said.last_img read more


first_imgFacebookA few days back, a seemingly shattered Asha Sharath appeared on her Facebook page and revealed that her husband had gone missing. In the video, the actress requested the general public to help her, so that she can find her lost husband.The actress also urged social media users to contact Kattappana police station if they find any clues about her husband’s whereabouts.The video soon went viral, and it racked up more than one million views within a few hours. Most of the social media users who saw the video assured Asha that they will do their best to find her missing husband.However, it was revealed later that Asha fabricated the video to promote her new Mollywood movie ‘Evide’, that features the story of a middle-aged woman who is in search of her lost husband.As the reality started unfolding, Asha Sharath started receiving widespread criticism from social media users, with many people arguing that the actress has misused a platform like Facebook for her personal gain. People also alleged that such acts will negatively affect the credibility of genuine videos which people upload on Facebook and Twitter.As criticisms started pouring in, Asha Sarath changed the title of the video to ‘Evide promotion video’. However, social media users are not convinced, and they are now urging the general public to boycott the movie.In the meantime, a lawyer from Kerala has apparently filed a police complaint against Asha Sharath for uploading misleading videos on social media platforms.This is not the first time that such a sensitive marketing strategy is being used in Malayalam cinema. In 1990, when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was still in school, an advertisement appeared in many Malayalam newspapers about a girl who lost her memory following a road accident.A telephone number was also given along with this advertisement, and people who called to that number later realized that it was part of the marketing strategy for ‘Innale’, starring Suresh Gopi, Jayaram, and Shobhana in the lead roles.last_img read more