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Hearing set in Trump fight over bank subpoenas

NEW YORK — Congress has agreed to postpone a deadline for two banks to respond to subpoenas seeking President Donald Trump’s financial records.Trump filed a lawsuit Monday in New York seeking to block Deutsche (DOY’-chuh) Bank and Capital One from responding to subpoenas from House committees demanding records as part of investigations into the Republican’s private business dealings.U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos signed an order Monday setting a hearing for May 22.In the meantime, lawyers for Congressional Democrats agreed to allow the banks to delay their response to the subpoena until after the judge rules.The lawsuit by Trump, sons Donald Jr. and Eric and daughter Ivanka asks the judge to declare the subpoenas unlawful and unenforceable.Deutsche Bank has said it will co-operate with any “authorized investigations.”The Associated Press read more

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Indias development assistance to Sri Lanka around US 3 billion

The project involves refurbishment of the Auditorium and construction of a modern Building Complex with Audio & Video Recording Cum Editing Facilities and supply vehicles to Swami Vipulananda Institute in Eastern University Batticaloa through a grant of SLR 275 million from the Government of India. India’s overall commitment of development assistance to Sri Lanka stands at a total of around US$ 3 billion, out of which US$ 560 million is pure grant assistance, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said today.India and Sri Lanka today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide modern infrastructural facilities to Swami Vipulananda Institute of Aesthetic Studies, Eastern University in Batticaloa District of Sri Lanka. The MoU was signed by Taranjit Singh Sandhu, High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka and M.M.P.K. Mayadunne, Secretary, Minister of City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education, in the presence of Abdul Rauff Hibbathul Hakeem, Minister of City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education and senior officials of Government of Sri Lanka. The Indian High Commission said the project is part of the Government of India’s continued efforts to assist and cooperate with Government of Sri Lanka in people-oriented development projects. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Annan welcomes Sri Lanka ceasefire agreement

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed a ceasefire agreement between the Government of Sri Lanka and rebel group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Describing it as an “important step,” a UN spokesman said the Secretary-General was hopeful that this accord would soon be followed by peace negotiations leading to a political settlement of the protracted internal conflict. Mr. Annan also expressed full support for Norway’s ongoing facilitation efforts in reaching that goal.

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Alberta academic takes UNB chair to try and bring some fresh ideas

Dr. Herb Emery, the new Vaughan Chair in Regional Economics at the University of New Brunswick, poses for a portrait on campus at the UNB in a July 5, 2016, handout photo.The new chair says the province needs to decide if it will continue to be the labour supplier for the west, or if there are opportunities to keep New Brunswickers working at home. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-University of New Brunswick, James West, *MANDATORY CREDIT* by Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 8, 2016 8:12 am MDT Last Updated Jul 8, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta academic takes UNB chair ‘to try and bring some fresh ideas’ for economy FREDERICTON – The new chair in regional economics at the University of New Brunswick says the province needs to decide if it will continue to be the labour supplier for the west, or if there are opportunities to keep New Brunswickers working at home.Herb Emery, an economist and public policy scholar who has worked in central and western Canada, left the University of Calgary for New Brunswick.“The mandate is to really try and bring some fresh ideas and insight in perspective to help the government, stakeholders, industry and community figure out better ways to make the province’s goals be achieved,” Emery said Friday after his appointment was announced.He said it has been a real eye-opener coming from a region of full employment based on the resource sector, to an area that has been relied on to provide labour for the west.Emery said the Vaughan Chair in Regional Economics will give him the chance to understand long-term regional economic development and provide options for promoting growth and prosperity.Emery said it will take a lot of little things to improve the New Brunswick economy and stem the outflow of young people, and there’s no “big bang” to fix it.“If we’re in an efficient world where everyone’s aware of employment opportunities across Canada then the more people you train here you might be just doing education for export, or if you bring in more immigrants you’re just a gateway if you can’t come up with the labour demand to absorb them.”New Brunswick has been looking to increased immigration as a way to address an aging population, but Emery said that may not be the best option.“The main way that other economies around the globe have dealt with population aging — which is far more advanced than Canada’s — has really been through productivity gains in the labour market. So each worker who remains working, produces more per hour than the previous generation and that creates the surplus that you can redistribute to cover the retiring population,” he said.Emery said there can be too much public dependence on governments to direct the economy, while businesses and the general public can have the key role.“A lot of the discussion is stuck on what governments can actually control and what the public believes they can control, but when you’re a small open economy and increasingly exposed to global forces, you have to think about how do you set market conditions to take advantage of opportunities that arise as opposed to governments can come in and direct economic activity,” he said.The Vaughan Chair in Regional Economics has been in place at UNB since the late 1980s with an endowment from the A. Murray Vaughan family. Born in Saint John, Vaughan was a philanthropist in the arts across Canada.According to a statement from the university, the Vaughans supported recruiting someone who could enhance understanding of key economic issues in New Brunswick and the Maritimes, and develop policies to increase the overall prosperity of the region. read more

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Brock expert says womens pro hockey league failure sets the stage for

A day after the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) announced it would cease operations, a Brock University professor of Sport Management says she hopes the best is yet to come for professional women’s hockey in North America.The CWHL launched in 2007 and had been operating with six teams spread across the country. In a media release Sunday, the league said it had to fold because the “business model that has been the foundation of the League is not sustainable financially.”Associate Professor of Sport Management Julie Stevens, a recognized expert in the governance and organization of women’s hockey, says she believes the dynamics that have unfolded will change the landscape.“The CWHL’s not-for-profit model was unique as it emphasized developing hockey and serving the broader good of the female game,” she says. “The National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) model was based upon private ownership and a return on investment. The way revenue is used in each model differs, but there is one similarity — each model must have money to survive.”Stevens says the closure of the CWHL is a catalyst for other key actors to enter the scene — which has happened many times in the past for men’s professional hockey, where leagues have come and gone over time.“You have to hope there is some kind of strategy behind all these changes,” she says.Stevens says leadership for the two leagues had been discussing working together since the fall, while the National Hockey League and NHL Players Association announced the formation of a Female Hockey Advisory Committee last month.“I believe there is more to come on this issue,” she says. “The closure of the CWHL has created a vacuum and something must fill the space. There are simply too many elite female hockey athletes in need of a place to play. This is an opportunity for women’s hockey to move forward.” read more

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Drugfilled dead rats tossed into prison grounds to capitalise on lucrative Spice

Criminals are using dead rats to smuggle the zombie drug Spice and phones into jail because the prison black market for them is so lucrative.Three dead rats stuffed with drugs, mobile phones, chargers and sim cards were found by officers at HMP Guys Marsh in Dorset after being thrown over the prison walls.The Ministry of Justice believe the extraordinary operation – disclosed today – was orchestrated by criminal kingpins through their organised crime networks.Drugs in jails can fetch ten times the street price and generate further profits through repayment of debts for loans to buy them. One prison board member claimed even a single cigarette could cost as much as £100 on the black market.Criminals have previously used tennis balls and pigeons to smuggle contraband into jails but it is thought to be the first time rats have been used.They were disembowelled and their innards replaced by five mobile phones and chargers, three sim cards, cigarette papers and a large quantity of drugs including Spice, cannabis and tobacco. They were then neatly stitched up before being thrown over the prison walls. Rats were used to attempt smuggling in the contraband to HMP Guys Marsh in Dorset One in five (20.4%) of random mandatory drug tests are now positive, half of which were accounted for by Spice, according to the latest MoJ figures. This is the highest level since 2006. Assaults and violence in prisons are also at record highs. Assaults on staff were up by nearly a third (29%) to more than 10,000 last year, while prisoner on prisoner attacks rose by 18% to more than 24,000.At some prisons, like Durham, two thirds of inmates say drugs are easily accessible. “In order to tackle drugs we need technology,” said Chris Hutchinson, a board member at Durham prison. “There’s still a high level of people secreting packages in their bodies.” Animal Rats Drugs Smuggling Case “Drugs and mobile phones behind bars put prisoners, prison officers and the public at risk. By toughening security and searching, we can ensure prisons are places of rehabilitation that will prevent further reoffending and keep the public safe.”Prison officials say scanners are key to  combating smuggling either through X-ray technology that can spot drugs or phones inside visitors’ bodies or Rapiscan machines which can detect drugs soaked into letters or paper brought into jails.A prison board chief revealed one prisoner had tried to smuggle in drugs to Durham prison by soaking their hair in Spice so it could be cut and smoked. The Ministry of Justice aims to introduce X-ray and drug scanners throughout prisons in England and Wales after successful trials of the technology.Some £7 million has been earmarked for new security measures including scanners, improved searching techniques, phone-blocking technology and a financial crime unit to target the criminal kingpins operating in prisons. Rats were used to attempt smuggling in the contraband to HMP Guys Marsh in Dorset The rats were disembowelled and sewn up with drugs inside themCredit:Ministry of Justice/ PA The surge in Spice in prisons is blamed for spiralling violence. Rory Stewart, the prisons’ minister, said: “This find shows the extraordinary lengths to which criminals will go to smuggle drugs into prison, and underlines why our work to improve security is so important. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Drivers license of dead bandit found in alleged hijacked car

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWoman who allegedly paid $7M to kill husband in 2009 arrested at CJIAApril 5, 2019In “Crime”Key witness in faeces-throwing case killed in accident …driver arrestedSeptember 3, 2016In “Crime”Body of US-based chef found in Kitty apartmentSeptember 15, 2019In “Crime” detectives conducting a search on the vehicle…car found at Industrial SiteThe driver’s license of Ian Forde, who was shot and killed during a shootout with Police at Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown on Tuesday was found in a car that was allegedly stolen several days ago.The car bearing registration number PNN 8866 was found parked in a street aback, Industrial Site, Ruimveldt at about 06:00h on Friday morning. However, based on reports received, the car was seen parked at the location since Tuesday morning.The security guards of a nearby business thought t something was amiss since no one collected the car over the past few days and as such contacted the Police on Friday morning.Upon arriving, the police noticed the dead man’s license was hanging at the rear viewing mirror. As such, ranks from the major crime unit were contacted and based on reports received, the car was unlocked and a search was conducted.Inews understands that several live rounds of ammunition of various cabalre of weapons were found in the Silver Grey Toyota Premio Motorcar along with several other items that were taken by the police as evidence. The car is expected to be impounded as investigations continue. read more

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High power drives find myriad uses in Australias mining industry

first_imgSome of the most powerful drives ever engineered in Australasia by Bonfiglioli are featured in the company’s range of HD Hi-Torque drives in capacities up to 1,155 kW and 1,195,000 Nm of torque. With ratios from 23:1 up to 5000:1, the drives combine new generation HD helical drives now being assembled in Australia with Bonfiglioli’s compact and widely used Trasmital planetary drives.The Managing Director of Bonfiglioli Transmission (Australia), Malcolm Lewis, says that the integration of the two high efficiency drives produces an outstanding combination drive for uses such as:Materials handling, including conveyor drives, belt feeders, apron feeders and screw feedersCranes, hoists winches and mobile machines including stacker/reclaimers and travel and slew drivesWater treatment, including agitators, stirrers and mixersMinerals processing, including thickeners and clarifiersPumps and fans.“By combining two drives, it is possible to achieve the optimal ratio for individual customer applications,” says Lewis. “This flexibility – combined with comprehensive in-house engineering, assembly and quality testing – means we can deliver exactly what the customer needs and at the time they need it.”Hi-Torque combination drives produce very high power transmission efficiencies, Bonfiglioli reports. “The fully hardened and ground alloy helical gears, in conjunction with high-strength planetary spur gears, result in reducers that provide up to 91% efficiency in four-stage form.”“When you couple a helical bevel with a planetary unit, the combination gearbox can transmit very high torques with large motor powers at output speeds normally associated with materials handling. The unique planetary design also allows for even torque transmission, with force distributed evenly though the gear cases,” said Lewis.The design also offers reduced noise emissions, increased thermal capacities and numerous mounting and shaft options.last_img read more

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Maisons de naissance le Sénat dit non

first_imgMaisons de naissance : le Sénat dit nonAlors que le projet soutenu par Roselyne Bachelot semblait sur le point de voir le jour, le Sénat a refusé la mise en place des Maisons de naissance.L’expérimentation des Maisons de naissance consistait à offrir aux femmes dont la grossesse est estimée sans risque et sans complication, de pouvoir donner la vie à leur enfant, et cela dans un environnement un peu moins médicalisé que dans un hôpital ou une clinique. Le projet était largement soutenu par Roselyne Bachelot et était sur le point d’être mis en place si on en croit les dires de la ministre de la Santé il y a encore quelques jours (voir article : Roselyne Bachelot annonce l’expérimentation des “maisons de naissance”).Mais samedi 13 novembre, le Sénat en a décidé autrement, et à l’issue d’un long débat l’expérimentation a finalement été refusée. Une décision soutenue par plusieurs groupes politiques tel que l’UMP qui a déclaré à travers la voix de Alain Milon : “Les résultats médiocres de la France en terme de mortalité maternelle et fœtale doivent nous interdire de baisser notre niveau d’exigence en matière de sécurité des soins” tandis que Raymonde Le Texier, du PS expliquait à l’Agence France Presse : “Cette expérimentation est ni opportune, ni urgente. La mortalité infantile a été divisée par 3, nous n’entendons pas revenir en arrière”. Le programme “Maisons de naissance” entrait dans le cadre du projet de loi de financement de la sécurité sociale qui a eu lieu ce week-end. De son côté, Roselyne Bachelot expliquait que ce projet répondait à l’attente de certaines femmes, une attente qui ne doit pas être négligée alors que 1% des naissances s’effectuent au domicile de la mère de nos jours.Le 15 novembre 2010 à 15:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Green Neighbors welcomes author Robert Michael Pyle

first_imgThe scientist who’ll help celebrate four years of Clark County’s Green Neighbors program on Sunday afternoon is a really colorful guy. About as colorful as the butterflies he’s spent most of his life studying and writing about.Robert Michael Pyle is an author, biologist and lepidopterist (a butterfly scientist). He’s written hundreds of research papers and 20 books. They include everything from “Wintergreen: Rambles in a Ravaged Land,” a prizewinning meditation on logging and loss of habitat in the Northwest, to practical guidebooks like “The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies” and “The Butterflies of Cascadia.” He’s the founder of the Xerces Society, a nonprofit agency that strives to protect threatened invertebrates like butterflies and bees. (When thousands of dead bees were discovered in Wilsonville, Ore., a few years ago, Xerces was called in and determined that it happened due to misuse of a common pesticide.)But Pyle is also a poet, novelist and all-around nature celebrator. He’s lived in Grays River, in the Willipa Hills, for nearly four decades, and every once in a while lately he sneaks into the nearby Skamokawa Grange with a special musician friend of his to combine verse about the natural world with some acoustic-guitar picking. That special friend is Krist Novoselic, formerly of the Seattle band Nirvana.Just out now is a new retrospective called “Through a Green Lens: Fifty Years of Writing for Nature.” Pyle will read from the book and sign copies during the Green Neighbors event on Sunday.“Dr. Pyle is something of a living legend here in the Pacific Northwest,” said Sally Fisher, coordinator of the Green Neighbors program. “He is deeply devoted to our landscape … and will be talking about his long and passionate life studying nature in the Northwest and beyond.”last_img read more

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UEFA Nations League a healthy competition Neville

first_imgFormer England defender Gary Neville has hailed the introduction of the UEFA Nations League by Europe’s football governing body UEFA.The former player who also worked as an assistant coach during Roy Hodgson‘s tenure as head coach of England believes the competition is a welcome improvement to the friendly matches played by European countries by this time of the year.“I think with the Nations League what we have to be is patient and accept the principle of taking the friendly element out of the game is something positive.” Neville told Sky Sports.“There’s always been the excuse with friendlies and we should welcome every game actually mattering. We’re seeing it at an embryonic stage but when you think about where the Champions League is compared to when it started, it has made a huge difference.”Opinion: De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We never thought we would see anything remotely like it, but now we can say that De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham.Nobody…“When I was part of the set up under Roy Hodgson the players always wanted to turn up. We had very few pullouts and this is a very good group of lads, they always were. It’s disappointing to see a couple of pullouts but players do need a rest.”“People can try and disregard it and question what the point is, but introducing a competitive element is so important. There were too many games that we disregarded.”“What really is important is how your rankings help you towards a more comfortable draw when it comes around, so the players should absolutely be focused on winning.”last_img read more

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Ameriflight plane engine catches fire at MIA

first_imgMIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – A small plane had engine trouble as it took off from Miami International Airport.The engine on an Ameriflight plane caught fire, Tuesday.Two people were on board but were not injured.The cause of the engine fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Senator Micciche Talks Impacts Of Wildwood Closure

first_imgMicciche: “130 people showed up for that meeting, and now we have community members coming to Juneau to help the administration understand that closing down Wildwood does not save money it actually costs the state money.” Micciche: “It’s a great statement from the community. I have never had this number of people come down on their own dime, these are not people with a lot of money,these are folks that realize that the community partnership with Wildwood is working. The partnership is stopping recidivism, turning lives around, and it is remarkably successful.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy’s plan to close a major portion of Wildwood Correctional Complex could have a major economic impact on the Kenai Peninsula. Roughly $12.8 million of the savings will come from a plan to send 500 inmates to prisons outside of Alaska. The other savings would come from closing the sentenced facilities of Wildwood Correctional Complex. The Department of Corrections made the announcement to employees at Wildwood via email shortly after Governor Dunleavy unveiled his upcoming budget plan. Correctional officers, former inmates, and staff at Wildwood Correctional Facility flooded the Borough Chambers to testify against the proposed closures at Wildwood prior to a town hall meeting in February. Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen), has continually challenged the plan to close parts of Wildwood. Over the last week a number of Kenai Peninsula residents have flown to Juneau to advocate for Wildwood as well. According to budget documents, the move would eliminate 46 jobs and save the state roughly $6 million. Sarah Gallagher, Public Information Officer with DOC: “46 jobs will be impacted, but it is our goal to work with those individuals who wish to stay working within the Department of Corrections.”last_img read more

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Ravens Star Jimmy Smith Suspended Four Games for Domestic Abuse

first_imgBy Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor, pgreen@afro.comRavens star player Jimmy Smith will miss the first four games of the 2018 NFL regular season after violating the league’s personal conduct policy.According to ESPN, Smith’s suspension stems from a petition filed by his former girlfriend and mother of his child, accusing the eight-year-veteran cornerback of domestic violence and abuse. Upon investigation, the league discovered evidence of Smith’s “threatening and emotionally abusive behaviors” towards, prompting the suspension.Baltimore Ravens defensive back Jimmy Smith has been suspended for four games without pay for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. The suspension stems from Smith’s behavior toward his ex-girlfriend. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)“I would like to sincerely apologize to my former girlfriend, the NFL, the Ravens organization, my coaches, my teammates, my fiancée and all our fans. I’m very disappointed that my past actions have led to this suspension,” Smith said in a statement released by the Ravens. “I promise that I have already learned much and will continue to learn more from this experience. I believe I am, and will continue to try to be, a better person and a better father because of this. I am committed to being the best I can be, both on and off the field.”Smith was initially dealt a six-game suspension from the league, but it was reduced by the two games after an appeal, according to ESPN. Smith said he takes full accountability for his actions.“I take full responsibility for my past conduct. Moving forward, I will work with the NFL and the Ravens to ensure that what happened in the past will never happen again,” Smith said in his released statement. “I will take all necessary steps to be a positive role model for both my sons, for the NFL and for the entire Ravens community.”The Ravens organization released a statement, saying it was aware of the NFL’s investigation into Smith’s conduct and plans to retain him throughout the suspension.“As a result of this entire process, we will allow Jimmy to return to our team after his suspension,” the Ravens’ media statement read. “Jimmy has acknowledged his behaviors were wrong and accepts full responsibility for them. He has completed a clinical evaluation and has agreed to undertake any follow-up care or treatment that may be recommended.”The Ravens’ decision not to release Smith was perhaps surprising, considering how the team cut former Ravens star running back Ray Rice after he was suspended five years ago for domestic violence. Ravens owner Steve Biscotti said back then that the Ravens would never draft any players with a history of domestic violence, per ESPN.“Through our conversations with Jimmy, we believe he is taking the proper steps to improve and that he can change,” the team stated. “Jimmy has assured us that he is fully dedicated to making this change. He also understands the consequences if he does not.”last_img read more

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Robotics team finds artificial fingerprints improve tactile abilities

first_img Explore further HIRO III lets you feel what you see on screen (w/ Video) Citation: Robotics team finds artificial fingerprints improve tactile abilities (2011, September 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-robotics-team-artificial-fingerprints-tactile.html Schematic of the indentation process. (a) Flat surface being applied to the ridged skin cover. (b) Curved surface being applied to the ridged skin cover. Image credit: DOI:10.3390/s110908626 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Artificial Skin Ridges Enhance Local Tactile Shape Discrimination, Saba Salehi, John-John Cabibihan, Shuzhi Sam Ge, arXiv:1109.3688v1 [physics.med-ph] DOI:10.3390/s110908626AbstractOne of the fundamental requirements for an artificial hand to successfully grasp and manipulate an object is to be able to distinguish different objects’ shapes and, more specifically, the objects’ surface curvatures. In this study, we investigate the possibility of enhancing the curvature detection of embedded tactile sensors by proposing a ridged fingertip structure, simulating human fingerprints. In addition, a curvature detection approach based on machine learning methods is proposed to provide the embedded sensors with the ability to discriminate the surface curvature of different objects. For this purpose, a set of experiments were carried out to collect tactile signals from a 2 times 2 tactile sensor array, then the signals were processed and used for learning algorithms. To achieve the best possible performance for our machine learning approach, three different learning algorithms of Na”ive Bayes (NB), Artificial Neural Networks (ANN), and Support Vector Machines (SVM) were implemented and compared for various parameters. Finally, the most accurate method was selected to evaluate the proposed skin structure in recognition of three different curvatures. The results showed an accuracy rate of 97.5% in surface curvature discrimination.via ArXiv Blog As with many areas of science, even the seemingly simple stuff turns out to be quite complicated on closer view. The human fingertip for example, covered with skin unlike that of any other body part, has raised ridges that allow people to feel the difference in texture between wood and metal or silk and linen. It can also detect temperature, and as it turns out, is also involved in figuring out the curvature of objects that are touched. Consider for example, the keys on a cell phone, or a television remote control. It’s these kinds of abilities that Saba Salehi, John-John Cabibihan and Shuzhi Sam Ge are trying to emulate in their lab in Singapore. To begin, they’ve started with the easiest of the bunch, trying to figure out if artificial fingerprints fitted on a robot hand can tell how roundish an object is.To find out they built a touch sensor comprised of a base plate, embedded sensors and a raised ridged surface; all on a 4mm square. They then set about testing the simple sensor in a variety ways to see if they were able to sense things with it in different ways, specifically as it was applied to flat, edged and curved objects. They also built an identical sensor except that the raised portion was flat instead of ridged, to serve as a control.They found that the raised sensor did indeed provide more feedback (resonance) information than the one with the flat surface, so much so that they were able to tell the difference in the three types of objects with 95.7% accuracy.Undoubtedly, more research will be done in this area by this group and others, and perhaps very soon, robot fingertips will become just as sensitive, if not more, than our own, leading to a whole new generation of gentler robots, able to perform tasks with both dexterity and a deft touch. © 2011 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Over the past couple of decades, many people in and out of the science community have watched the steady progress being made in robotics. It’s an exceptionally interesting field due to the anthropomorphic nature of the results. Each new step brings such machines closer to emulating us even as we look forward to the next step. One interesting thing about robotics is that certain areas seem to be advancing faster than others. Robot arms for example are old news, new research is focused more on hand movements. And has advances in hand movements have been made, more research has come to focus on finger movements and finally tactile sensations. Now new work by a trio of researches from the National University of Singapore describe in their paper published on the preprint server arXiv, how affixing artificial fingerprints to robot fingers can increase tactile “sensation” allowing such a robot to discern the differences in curvature of objects.last_img read more

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A blend of strings and steps

first_imgThe sixth edition of the strings and steps festival organised by noted Kathak dancer Sangeeta Majumder and Hawaiian guitar player Neel Ranjan Mukherjee got off to a flying start in the Capital. One of the highlights of the festival was the jugalbandhi between Sangeeta and Neel Ranjan; a first between a stringed instrument and dance, paving way for a wonderfully executed festival. The Strings and Steps Festival this year was a two day event that featured several musicians and some leading dancers. The genesis of the name of the festival has a story of its own. Sangeeta Majumder named this festival as ‘Strings N Steps’ after her ‘Kathak-Hawaiian Guitar amalgamation concept.’ In its 2017 edition, the country in focus was Canada and featured performances by eminent artists from the faraway land. Besides the jugalbandi, day one of the festival featured Pt Dev Bansraj on vocals and Dave Bansraj on Tabla and Sitar recital by Pt Prateek Chaudhuri, Ud Akram Khan on Tabla. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSecond day of the festival saw delightful performances including that of doyen of Bharatnatyam Padmabhushan Saroja Vaidyanathan who gave an impressive lecture demonstration on the concept of Ashtanayika. The Ashta-Nayika is a collective name for eight types of nayikas or heroines as classified by Bharata in his Sanskrit treatise on performing arts – Natya Shastra. The other dance performance of the evening was Odissi dance recital by young dancer Gaurie Dwivedi who performed a piece of Devi Stuti. The item choreographed by Guru Bichitrananda Swain gave vivid description of the Goddess who as the Mother is the creator and nurtures and also slays demons Mahishasura. A lecture demonstration session on ‘Rasanubhuti’ by Prof Anupam Mahajan, successfully explained the fine nuances of Hindustani music to the audience.last_img read more

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Major Discount On HighEnd Tablets For A Limited Time Includes Xiaomi Mi

first_img Share Tweet Submit Smartphones and laptops are great for their own specific reasons. What comes in-between are tablets designed especially for media consumption and works as well. Today, we have a number of high-end branded tablets available at a discount, so you can take advantage of it. If you missed out buying one on Black Friday, now is your lucky chance to own one at a considerable lower price.Get The Best Discount On These High-End Tablets Featuring The Might Xiaomi Mi Pad 4, Teclast T20, Chuwi HI9 ANd MoreBefore we head over to the list, we would like to point that the discount on tablets is only available for a limited time. Henceforth, it would be wise for you if you act fast before the offer is taken down. This would result in the price reverting back to its original form. Now, let’s get down to the list.Chuwi HI9Main Features:●Display: 10.8 inch, 2.5K IPS Screen●CPU: MT6797(X27) Deca Core 2.3GHzz●System: Android 8.0●RAM + ROM: 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM●Camera: 8.0MP rear camera, 8.0MP front camera●Feature: GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Beidou●Bluetooth:4.1The first one on our list is the great Chuwi HI9 which boasts a solid build quality and performance. If you’re up for it, the Chuwi HI9 is available at a 19 percent discount, making the price come down to just $229.99. Head over to this link to get it.Lenovo P8Main Features:● Android 6.0 OSAllows you to remain connected and productive● Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa Core 2.0GHzUltra-low-voltage platform and octa-core processing provide maximum high-efficiency power to go● Adreno 506 GPUBetter and faster in playing games and watching videos than the previous generation● 8.0 inch 10-point Touch ScreenOffers good experience for watching videos and browsing the Web● 3GB RAM 16GB ROMProvides enough room for your use, can suit all your needs● Dual Cameras for Photos and Face-to-face Chat8.0MP AF rear camera + 5.0MP front camera let you capture memorable moments or chat with friends● Dual Band 2.4GHz / 5.0GHz WiFi802.11b/g/n/ac wireless Internet, allows you to connect to the Web while within range of an available wireless network● NetworkGSM: B2/3/5/8UMTS: B1/2/5/8CDMA/EVDO: BCOTD-SCDMA: B34/39FDD LTE: B1/3TDD LTE: B38/39/40/41( narrowband )If you’re interested in getting the Lenovo P8, it is available at a massive 26 percent discount, making the price come down to just $149.99. Head over to this link to get it.Onda V18 ProMain Features:●Operating System: Android 7.1Allows you to remain connected and productive●CPU: Allwinner A63 Quad Core 1.8GHzEquipped with better performance, delivering plenty of power for your use●GPU: Mali-T760MPBetter and faster in playing games and watching videos than the previous generation●10.1 inch 5-points Capacitive Touch Screen with 2560 x 1600 ResolutionOffering good experience for watching videos and browsing the Web. The IPS technology provides wide viewing angles●3GB DDR3 RAM for Advanced MultitaskingSubstantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your game, photos and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once●64GB eMMC ROM Storage CapacityProvides room to store pictures, videos, music and more●TF Card ExpansionAccepts compatible cards up to 128GB ( not included ) for easy expansion●Dual Cameras for Photos and Face-to-face Chat2.0MP front camera and 5.0MP rear camera let you capture memorable moments or chat with friends.If you’re excited to get the Onda V18 Pro, it is available at a good 33 percent discount, which makes the price come down to just $135.99. Head over to this link to get it at a discount.Teclast T20Main Features:●Operating System: Android 7.0Allows you to remain connected and productive●CPU: MT6797X ( X27 ) Deca Core up to 2.6GHzEquipped with better performance, delivering plenty of power for your use●GPU: ARM Mali-T880 MP4Better and faster in playing games and watching videos than the previous generation●10.1 inch 10-point Capacitive Touch Screen with 2560 x 1600 ResolutionNatural finger-touch screen with the 2560 x 1600 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity●4GB DDR3L RAM for Advanced MultitaskingSubstantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your game, photos and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once●64GB eMMC ROM Storage CapacityProvides room to store pictures, videos, music and more●TF Card ExpansionAccepts compatible cards up to 128GB ( not included ) for easy expansion●Dual Cameras for Photos and Face-to-face Chat13MP front camera and 13MP rear camera let you capture memorable moments or chat with friends●Dual Band 2.4GHz / 5.0GHz WiFiAllows you to connect to the Web while within range of an available wireless network● Bluetooth 4.0 Interface Syncs with Compatible DevicesWirelessly transfer photos, music and other media between the computer and your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or MP3 player, or connect Bluetooth wireless accessories●Network:FDD-LTE:B1/B3TD-LTE: B38/B39/B40//B41WCDMA:B1TD-SCDMA: B34/B39GSM: B3/B8● It will be upgraded to android 8.0 via OTA in the future.If you’re interested, the Teclast T20 is available at a 22 percent discount, making the price come down to just $229.99. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 – 4GB/64GBMain Features:●Operating System: MIUI 9Allows you to remain connected and productive●CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Equipped with better performance, delivering plenty of power for your use●8.0 inch Capacitive Screen with 1920 x 1200 ResolutionNatural finger-touch screen with the 1920 x 1200 FHD, 283 PPI, 1200:1 contrast ratio boasts impressive color and clarity and IPS technology provides wide viewing angles●4GB RAM + 64GB eMMC ROMProvides room to store pictures, videos, music and more●Dual Cameras for Photos and Face-to-face Chat5.0MP front camera and 13.0MP rear camera let you capture memorable moments or chat with friends●Dual Band 2.4GHz / 5.0GHz WiFiAllows you to connect to the Web while within range of an available wireless network.If you want to get your hands on the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4, it is available at a 27 percent discount, making the price come down to just $209.99. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 – 3GB/32GBIf you want to get the same goodness of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 at a lower price, we also have the 3GB RAM with 32GB ROM model available at a discount. It is available at a 19 percent discount, making the price come down to just $179.99. Head over to this link to get the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 at a lower price.This is all for our list, for now, folks. Be sure to choose the tablet that best fits your needs. In addition to this, we would mention it again that the discount is only available for a limited time, so hurry up and get your share.You might also like:Massive Flash Sale Discount: Nokia X6, Vivo V11, Redmi Note 6 Pro, Asus Zenfone 5, Umidigi Z2 And MoreGet The Best Discount On Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air, Huawei Honor MagicBook, Mi Notebook Ruby, Asus Adol And MoreSave $250 on DJI’s Latest Mavic 2 Zoom – $999 Only for Limited UnitsThis is all for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the discount on tablets? Do you think the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is the best tablet to buy right now? Share your views in the comments.last_img read more

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Wildfires could spread in western Canada due to weather

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility TORONTO (AP) — Drought conditions and shifting winds in Saskatchewan could lead to more wildfires as soldiers and firefighters battle blazes raging across western Canada, officials said Thursday.Steve Roberts, a Saskatchewan wildfire management official, said warm, dry conditions could cause more trouble in the province that already has 118 wildfires burning.“I know we’re happy when it’s sunny and dry but it’s really sunny and dry and this is having a huge impact in the community,” said Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, after visiting some of the hardest hit areas of Saskatchewan. Temperatures in Saskatchewan rose to 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celcius) by Thursday afternoon.Fires also continue to burn in British Columbia and Alberta, putting a strain on Canada’s emergency resources. The provinces have asked for help from across the country, as well as the United States, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.Smoke from the fires have prompted air advisories across western and central Canada, as well as the western United States.The B.C. Wildfire Service predicts about 30 new wildfires will erupt daily based on recent dry conditions. The province is in the midst of its hottest and driest spell since 2003.Kerry Anderson, a research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service, said climate change is responsible for the warmer, drier conditions, a result of the weather pattern known as El Nino, which is caused by the warming of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of South America.He cautioned that fire crews may not actually be able to put out the fires completely until the fall or the first snowfall.The Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre reports that there are 592 wildfires so far this season in Saskatchewan compared to 213 at the same point in 2014, and that 2,290 acres (927,763 hectares) have burned so far. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Cpl. Kevin Deng, right, and M.Cpl. Casey Zaharoff, members of the Canadian Forces, put out a hotspot from wildfires near Montreal Lake, Saskatchewan, Thursday, July 9, 2015. Large wildfires raging across Canada have contributed to a smoky haze lingering above the Western U.S., blazes fueled by the familiar hot, and dry conditions that have turned much of the region into a tinderbox. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDITcenter_img Sponsored Stories Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 0 Comments   Share   Hundreds of Canadian soldiers have been called in to assist. After a crash course in firefighter training, about 360 troops began working in some of the most urgent areas. They have joined some 600 firefighters that have been struggling to contain the flames.Officials estimate between 10,000-12,000 people have been forced from their homes in the region.Approximately 60 communities in Saskatchewan are under full or partial evacuation due to wildfire threat or smoke, driving thousands out of their homes. A handful of homes and cabins in the area have already been destroyed by fires.“The devastation that I have witnessed here is heartbreaking, but I am uplifted by the spirit of community and resilience they have demonstrated,” said Blaney.No deaths have been reported in Saskatchewan as a result of the fires.British Columbia premier Christy Clark pledged to spend beyond the budget to contain the fires, acknowledging that the yearly allotment of US$49 million (CA$63 million) is now closer to US$70 million (CA$90 million), to fight the 150 plus wildfires burning.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to homelast_img read more

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18 of 20 Metros Report Homes Appreciating in Value

first_imgDallas173.431.2%1.1%8.6% 10-City Composite Index 20-City Composite Index Core Logic Case-Shiller Indices Home Prices Housing Prices National Index 2017-05-30 Staff Writer Cleveland112.80-0.1%-0.3%4.3% in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News March 2017March/FebruaryFebruary/January1-Year New York186.850.8%0.0%4.1% Detroit111.011.3%0.3%7.0% Miami221.250.3%0.0%6.0% 18 of 20 Metros Report Homes Appreciating in Value Seattle216.792.6%1.9%12.3% Los Angeles257.441.0%0.3%5.3% Las Vegas156.510.8%0.4%6.4% Charlotte145.961.5%0.4%6.7% About the Indices The S&P CoreLogic Indices are measured on a three month moving average and published by S&P Dow Jones at 9 a.m. on the last Tuesday of every month. Levels are measured in relation to a normalization value of 100 in 1890 when the data first started being measured. Tampa188.73-1.1%-0.3%5.1% Composite-20195.391.0%0.4%5.9% Denver194.231.3%0.5%8.4%center_img Minneapolis156.641.4%0.3%6.8% Share Phoenix166.320.6%0.4%5.6% Portland213.131.0%0.8%9.2% Chicago136.971.1%-0.1%5.1% San Francisco235.231.0%1.1%5.1% Composite-10209.110.9%0.3%5.2% Metropolitan AreaLevelChange (%)Change (%)Change (%) Washington218.110.8%0.2%4.2% U.S. National186.950.8%0.2%5.8% May 30, 2017 682 Views Boston198.261.4%0.4%7.7% Atlanta134.810.9%0.5%5.5% San Diego235.611.0%0.9%6.5% On Tuesday, the S&P Dow Jones Indices published its data from the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices, a trio of indexes that measure change in the prices of residential homes on a national composite average, a 10-city composite average, and a 20-city composite average. March’s data shows a slow but steady rise in the price of homes on all three of the indexes measured, a trend which David Blitzer, the Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones, thinks will continue in the months ahead.“Over the last year, analysts suggested that one factor pushing prices higher was the unusually low inventory of homes for sale. People are staying in their homes longer rather than selling and trading up. If mortgage rates, currently near 4 percent, rise further, this could deter more people from selling and keep pressure on inventories and prices.”National Composite IndexFor the year ending in March, the National average rose 0.1 percent, from 5.7 percent to 5.8 percent, the highest it has been in the last 33 months. On a month-to-month comparison from February to March the index gained 0.8 percent before seasonal adjustments and 0.3 percent after.10-City Composite Index The 10-City Composite Index, which is composed of the Boston, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, South Florida, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. metros, also saw increases in the prices of homes. Year-over-year saw a 5.2 percent increase while month-over-month, both the seasonally and non-seasonally adjusted data reported 0.9 percent increase, which was the same as February.20-City Composite IndexThe 20-City Composite Index showed similar results as its smaller counterpart. Non-seasonally adjusted month-to-month measurements showed a 1 percent increase in the price of homes, with 18 out of the 20 metro areas measured reporting average increases. The only two metros that reported cheaper houses Cleveland, and Tampa. Once the index was seasonally adjusted, that number fell to 0.9 percent, and the Chicago metro joined the ranks of eroding house prices. Year-over-year, the average increase held at 5.9 percent.Outliers The areas with the highest increase of home prices year-over-year were metros in the Pacific Northwest and southwest: Seattle, with a 21.3 percent increase; Portland at 9.2 percent; Dallas with 8.6 percent; and Denver at 8.5 percent. Cities along the east coast showed the lowest year-over-year increase, namely New York at 4.1 percent and Washington, D.C. at 4.2 percent. You can find a breakdown of all 20 individual metro areas and their month-over-month and year-over-year changes in the table below.last_img read more

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first_img RelatedWin £1000 to spend on long haul travel with NetflightsWin £1000 to spend on long haul travel with Netflights10 of the best family holidays on a budget for 2017If you’re looking for budget family holiday ideas, here are 10 cheap, child-friendly destinations that will make for a fantastic family trip. Keeping the cost of your flights down by choosing one of these short-haul holiday hotspots means that you’ll be able to spend more on ice cream (for them)…Term-time holidays: What the Supreme Court ruling means for you and your next family holidayThe Supreme Court has ruled against father Jon Platt, who has been fighting a £120 fine for taking his child out of school for an unauthorised term-time holiday. So what’s the law on taking kids out of school for holidays? What will this new ruling mean for you and your… Want to visit America in 2012? Pick up a great USA deal from Netflights now!The US of A is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world for British tourists, and with such a huge variety of holiday types it’s easy to see why.Choose from the pulsating streets of New York, the beautiful beaches (and bronzed beauties) of the California coast, the fun of Florida’s theme parks, the natural splendour of the national parks, or the famous food of the Deep South. From skiing to skydiving; jazz bars to film stars, road trips to Mississippi cruise ships – the USA has a fantastic holiday for you and your loved one, family or friends.Add to all this amazing diversity the ease of traveling around a country where everyone speaks English, and you can see why the US is a top holiday spot. Right now Netflights are offering some fantastic deals for holidays in the USA to help you on your way:Flights to the USAGet a great deal with the British Airways flight sale! Pick up return flight deals to New York from as little as £375 return; Florida £398 and Las Vegas £438.Accommodation in the USAGet 4-star luxury for under £50 per night – and see other great deals onUSA Car HireGreat deals on rental vehicles from only £14 per day!ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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