Tourmaline Oil chops 2018 budget by half a billion dollars due to

first_imgCALGARY – Tourmaline Oil Corp. (TSX:TOU) says it is cutting its 2018 capital spending budget by half a billion dollars because of persistently low natural gas prices.The Calgary-based oil and gas company says it will dial back production growth to 10 per cent from a planned 15 per cent next year as it spends $1.08 billion, down from previous plans to spend $1.52 billion.The announcement signals a major change in strategy for the fast-growing company founded by industry veteran Mike Rose in 2008 with the goal of aggressive growth in three oil and gas producing regions in northwestern Alberta and northeastern B.C.It says it intends to keep natural gas production flat at about 1.35 billion cubic feet per day in 2018 until the supply-demand outlook in Canada and North America is clarified and there is an improvement in the gas price outlook.Tourmaline says it earned $51 million or 19 cents per share in the three months ended Sept. 30, more than double the $25 million or 10 cents per share it posted in the same period of 2016.Production climbed 40 per cent to 237,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the same time frame with most of the gain in crude oil and natural gas liquids output.last_img read more

Website to provide early warning signals to paddy and vegetable producers

The website would provide better understanding on paddy crop in each district. The Socio Economic and Planning Centre of the Department of Agriculture has launched a new website for Sri Lankan farmers, which aims to provide updated information in order to educate them to make productive decisions regarding their crops.This website is a very useful information source for -farmers, consumers, agricultural producers and food processing institutions as it provides information harvest of paddy, vegetables and other field crops, the Policy Development Office of the Prime Minister’s office said. In terms of the information provided in the website, there would be a glut in pumpkin production during the period from January to March 2019 and it is anticipated that there would be a price drop in comparison with the price of later period of December 2018.The 2018/19 Maha Paddy crop is expected to be massive. This information could be accessed through and use “public” as the Username and Password. Further, by providing an early warning system for vegetable growers, it would encourage the farmer community to mitigate wastage and price fluctuations due to glut and thereby to produce for the requirement of the country. read more

BlackBerry could face Feds over encryption assets national security concerns

BlackBerry could face Feds over encryption assets, national security concerns AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 8, 2013 4:28 pm MDT The encryption technology that helped build Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry into a global player is likely to be the centre of a review from the federal government, if any foreign takeover offers emerge.Treasury Board president Tony Clement said Tuesday that national security interests will be considered, but that Ottawa is watching from the sidelines as BlackBerry shops its assets to technology companies around the world.Clement stopped short of saying what would be of particular focus for officials.“I think we’ll let the marketplace respond,” he said at a Canadian Government Technology event in Ottawa.“We have a role to play obviously, which involves national security, and making sure that what occurs is in the public interest.”While analysts have frequently discussed how BlackBerry (TSX:BB) has fallen behind in the consumer market, one area that is often overlooked is the company’s encryption technology, which is especially important for business customers.The Waterloo, Ont., company has built its reputation on protecting highly-sensitive information from being decoded for international or corporate espionage. It has said it doesn’t store or have access to the encrypted data.“The encryption is probably some of the most rarefied science you can imagine in the telecommunications space,” said Carmi Levy, an independent telecom analyst.“Those secrets are guarded very closely.”BlackBerry has run into numerous challenges over its encryption technology. Countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia pushed to ban some of the device’s services because governments can’t monitor content as it passes through the system.India also pushed for BlackBerry to provide access to its BlackBerry instant messaging service.Their concerns centre around national security, since traffic over BlackBerry’s instant message service is extremely difficult to intercept and monitor.BlackBerry also owns a series of data centres which serve as hubs for transferring information through the company’s servers.All foreign takeovers are reviewed under the Investment Canada Act to ensure they are a “net benefit” to the country and passes a national security test.Last month, BlackBerry received a conditional takeover offer from Fairfax Financial (TSX:FFH), BlackBerry’s largest shareholder, worth $9 per share. The offer values the company at US$4.7 billion and Fairfax has said the consortium of unnamed buyers would be composed entirely of Canadian investors.Fairfax aims to sign a definitive agreement for the transaction by early November.However, other interested buyers are also circling the company, according to reports from various media outlets. The international tech names possibly interested run the gamut from Google, Cisco and SAP, to Microsoft and Cisco.BlackBerry reported dismal earnings after sales of its new line of BlackBerry 10 phones tanked. Last week, it said it expects to face costs of at least US$400 million before the end of May 2014.The expenses are tied to the severance payments for the layoffs, as well as reworking its smartphone lineup and other changes to its manufacturing, sales and marketing operations.This week, it announced that it was laying off about 300 head office employees as part of a previously announced cost-cutting plan that will reduce its workforce by about 40 per cent.BlackBerry began handing out the notices on Monday, though the cuts have been ongoing across its global operations for several weeks. The company plans to eliminate 4,500 jobs over the coming months.Once the cuts are complete, BlackBerry will have cut more than 7,000 employees since 2011, a steep decline from a total staff that once neared 20,000.Clement said Waterloo is “brimming” with bright technology thinkers, and he was sure new innovative Canadian products would emerge in the wake of BlackBerry’s troubles.“We’re all very hopeful they will get through to the other side of what will probably be a restructuring of their mission and their product, whatever happens,” he said.“It’s a Canadian product, we have some pride in that,” he said.BlackBerry shares ended Tuesday three cents higher at $8.23 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.— With files from Ben Makuch in Ottawa. read more

UN chief calls for a fair globalization with firstever Global Goals Summit

Goal 7, Affordable and Clean Energy: more people are using electricity than ever before. Nearly 9 out of 10 people now have access to electricity. Energy efficiency continues to improve, and renewable energy is making impressive gains in the electricity sector. But three billion people still lack clean cooking fuels and technologies, putting at risk their health and the environment.Goal 10, Reduced Inequality: income inequality continues to rise in many parts of the world, even though the poorest 40% of the population in most countries experienced income growth faster than the national average. The bottom 40% still received less than 25% of overall income. In many countries, an increasing share of income goes to the top 1%.Goal 13, Climate Action: as greenhouse gas levels continue to climb, climate change is occurring much faster than anticipated, and its effects are evident worldwide. The global mean temperature for 2018 was approximately 1°C above the pre-industrial baseline, and the last four yA more comprehensive list of progress on the SDGs can be found here. Mr. Guterres emphasized that, with just over 10 years to go, the world is not on track to hit targets related to sustainable development, and urged world leaders to “take the decisions necessary, in order to come together more effectively to make sure that the 2030 Agenda is successfully implemented”.Accelerating progress towards a better futureIn 2015, the Member States of the UN adopted the landmark 2030 Agenda, which provides a blueprint for the transition to a healthier planet and a more just world, for present and future generations.The Agenda is broken down into 17 Sustainable Development Goals, concrete targets concrete targets, to end poverty and hunger; expand access to health, education, justice and jobs; promote inclusive and sustained economic growth; while protecting our planet from environmental degradation.Although positive results have been reported, global efforts have been hampered by challenges such as conflict, climate change, lack of access to essential health services, growing inequalities and significant financing gaps.The SDG Summit, which is one of the five important high-level summits and meetings talking place during the opening week of the latest session of the UN General Assembly, will allow leaders from government, business and other sectors to identify specific actions that can help get the SDG response back on track, with a decade of action and delivery still in play, in the lead up to the 2030 deadline.The format will break down the topics into six “dialogues”, pairing a leader of a developing country, with the head of a developed country as co-moderators.The themes of each dialogue are “megatrends”, accelerating the SDGs, measures to leverage progress, localizing the SDGs, partnerships for sustainable development, and the 2020-2030 vision. The Summit is expected to conclude with a Political Declaration of Heads of State and Government, that provides political guidance how to step up the pace of implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs, and a series of SDG acceleration actions.,Some SDG successes and challenges read more

Larvik HK goalie Alma Hasanic decides to play for Montenegro

Norwegian Larvik HK goalkeeper Alma Hasanic had decided to play for the Montenegrian national team! She is on the squad list of Dragan Adzic for the upcoming EHF week in March. A 26-years old goalie who spent almost whole her life in Norway has Montenegrian origin (mother):– I am excited to play for Montenegro. I was really happy when I heard that national team on that level is interested for me. It wasn’t a hard decision – said Hasanic for Handball Montenegro and added:– I have played for Norway junior NT. Also, I had debut for senior squad but that was unofficial match. I had to play at the last EHF EURO 2014 in Hungary, but I missed due injury. Now, decision was on me, and I think that I made right decision – concluded Hasanic.PHOTO: Alma HasanicLarvik HK Alma HAsanic ← Previous Story LIKE A WINE: Nikola Marinovic signs 2+2 years for Kadetten Schaffhausen! Next Story → Konstantin Igropulo to KIF Kolding read more

DISASTER Arthur Patrianova renews knee injury

← Previous Story RK Celje PL beat Meshkov Brest in direct battle for SEHA Final4 2017! Next Story → VIDEO: TOP 10 goals of France 2017! Arthur Patrianova Battle for SEHA FINAL4 between RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko and Meshkov Brest 29:27 at “Zlatorog” hall in Celje was  also a chance for home fans to praise six domestic players who won bronze medal with Slovenia at World Championship 2017 in France, but the black point of “party” was knee injury of Brazilian left back Arthur Patrianova, who renewed it only few minutes on the court, where he came back after a years of absence!The 23-years old shooter came to Celje in 2015, but he almost didn’t played for his new team due problems with knee. Unfortunately, another long break is ahead of him… read more

The sun shines on Dublins Pride Parade as thousands attend

first_imgSource: @DublinPrideHUGE CROWDS ATTENDED the Dublin Pride parade today in what is believed to be the biggest Pride parade in the capital to date.The parade started at the Garden of Rembrance at 1.45pm, making its way by Trinity College and finishing at Merrion Square.This year the Garda band led the parade through the streets of Dublin, in uniform. “Being gay is a gift!” & you are a gift to @DublinPride Ireland! I love you @PantiBliss #teampanti #nationaltreasure— Dil Wickremasinghe (@DilW) June 28, 2014 Source: Dil Wickremasinghe/Twitter Fine Gael members took part in this year’s parade with the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and the Minister for Health James Reilly holding the banner for Fine Gael LGBT. Happy Pride! #love #equality #justice #humanrights #LGBTI— Colm O’Gorman (@Colmogorman) June 28, 2014 Sara R. Phillips rallying the crowd at @DublinPride for trans* rights!— TENI (@TENI_Tweets) June 28, 2014 Send a message of Pride to Putin’s Russia! @Colmogorman #Pride— Amnesty Ireland (@AmnestyIreland) June 28, 2014 “Ireland is a transformed society. I first came out in 1984 at aged 18. Back then being gay meant I was a criminal.It took a further 9 years before homosexuality was decriminalised after a long battle in European Court of Human Rights.But, we still have a way to go if we are to guarantee equality and freedom to LGBTI people.We have yet to allow equal access to civil marriage, and to provide equal rights and equal family security to children raised by same-sex parents.We have yet to respect the human rights of transgender people by granting them legal gender recognition. We are almost there, but not quite. And partial freedom is not freedom; ‘near equality’ is not equality. Source: Frances Fitzgerald/Twitter The youngest & gayest Mayor in the history of Ireland! Amazing role model & gifted man! @fintanwarfield @DublinPride— Dil Wickremasinghe (@DilW) June 28, 2014 All ready to start marching with @FineGaelLGBT @yfg @jerrybuttimer @corcorankennedy #DublinPride #Pride— Frances Fitzgerald TD (@FitzgeraldFrncs) June 28, 2014 Other politicians were also out in force: The gardaí said the event went off without a hitch with no major incidents reported.Here are some photos from the day:center_img Source: Dil Wickremasinghe/Twitter FreedomThe theme of this year’s festival is freedom, something Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International and Grand Marshall of the parade said isn’t something enjoyed by all gay people around the world.“Around the world, LGBTI people face numerous human rights violations because of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity,” he said.While he said that Ireland has come a long way, he says there is still some way to go as a society. Source: TENI/Twitter At the finishing point of the parade at Merrion Square the crowds gathered to hear some speakers: @JohnLyonsTD #DublinPride— Jerry Buttimer (@jerrybuttimer) June 28, 2014 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: Amnesty Ireland/Twitter Source: Jerry Buttimer TD/Twitter Source: Colm O’Gorman/Twitter And Panti, photographed below with the parade’s Grand Marshall, was also out enjoying the weather. Dublin Gay Pride Parade are Sandra Bore, left, from France and Lody Veresdeegen from the Netherlands today. Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland Tommy Daly from Galway at the parade today. Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandRead: Beaten, robbed and left to die: One march that paved the way for the Dublin Pride parade>Read: Discrimination against LGBT teachers to end under amended law>last_img read more

Schools out

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “I will be attending lectures at Melbourne University and exam revision classes at school to aid me in my final success.” Stavros Papakonstantinou, Year 12, St John’s College.“Fortunately these are the final holidays for us because we are in year 12, but unfortunately it won’t be as relaxing as previously because exams are so close.” Kelly Leventis, Year 12, St John’s College.“I will be going out to the beach, to parties, and to the Melbourne Show.”Angela Nastoulis, Year 8, Oakleigh Greek Orthodox College (OGOC).“My dad has taken two weeks off work to stay home with my sisters and I. I hope that we can do things together with dad like bowling and visiting friends. Over the holidays my cousins and I usually donate toys to the Ronald McDonald House so we will also be busy gathering the toys to donate to this worthy cause.”Dean Nicopoulos, Year 6, OGOC.“We are going to Queensland with my family and soccer club. My club will be competing in the Gold Coast Soccer Tournament in which 200 soccer clubs from around Australia will participate.”Yianni Frossinos, Year 7, OGOC.“I will be using these school holidays to prepare not only for the VCE practice exams in the first week of Term 4, but also for the end of year VCE exams. However I see these holidays also as an opportunity to re-energise and spend some time with my family and friends – something you don’t really have the luxury of as a VCE student during the school term.”Natasha Varsos, Year 12, OGOC.“I really like to read so I will be finishing of the second series off Deltoras Quest and practicing swimming as I just started swimming lessons.” Natasha Kotsakis, Year 6, St John’s College.“I will be going to the footy finals, playing cricket, the Melbourne Show and the movies.”Alex Ginis, Year 10, OGOC.“The best thing about the holidays is relaxing and not going to school.”Theo Vontas, Year 6, St John’s College.“I am planning to go to the Royal Melbourne Show and to the Monash Science Centre where we do lots of science experiments and we get to take things home.”Alexandra Dimeo, Year 2, OGOC.last_img read more

Google Nexus 7 fuite des caractéristiques techniques

first_imgGoogle Nexus 7 : fuite des caractéristiques techniques ?Alors qu’elle devrait être présentée à la prochaine conférence Google I/O qui a lieu dans deux jours au Moscone Center de San Francisco, le site Cnet Australia croit avoir quelques informations en sa possession concernant la future tablette Google Nexus 7 : ni plus ni moins que ses caractéristiques techniques ainsi que son prix !Info ou Intox, le site internet Cnet Australia détiendrait les informations concernant la future tablette de Google, la Nexus 7, qui devrait être présentée dans deux jours à la conférence Google I/O 2012 de San Francisco.D’après ces informations, elle serait bien le premier dispositif à bénéficier de la nouvelle mouture de l’OS Android, Jelly Bean, disposerait d’un écran 7 pouces pouvant afficher une résolution de 1280 par 800 pixels, d’un processeur central quad core Tegra 3 cadencé à 1,3 Ghz, d’un processeur graphique GeForce 12 coeurs, et d’une mémoire vive atteignant 1 Go.Elle disposerait d’une autonomie capable de la faire durer pendant 9 heures en fonctionnement, et incorporerait qu’un seul module APN en frontal avec capteur de 1,2 Mpixels.Au niveau de la connectivité, la Google Nexus 7 disposerait du support du Wifi a,B,G et n, et intégrerait une puce NFC lui permettant d’échanger des fichiers ou des données sans contact.Disponibilité et prixAu niveau du prix et des différents modèles, la Google Nexus 7 serait proposée en deux versions : l’une de 8 GB et l’autre de 16 GB. Le modèle 8 GB serait disponible aux alentours de 199 dollars (environ 159 euros), alors que la version 16 GB coûterait, elle, 249 dollars (soit 200 euros).Enfin, au niveau du lancement du produit, Cnet Australia prévoirait que la Nexus 7 devrait sortir en juillet en Australie, et que sa disponibilité pour le reste du monde devrait suivre par la suite.Beaucoup, beaucoup, beaucoup d’informations sur la tablette Google, donc. Il ne reste plus qu’à a voir si ces dernières s’avèreront exactes lors de la conférence Google. Patience, plus que deux jours à  attendre.De la crédibilité de l’informationÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Alors que de fausses nouvelles concernant l’aspect visuel de la tablette avaient parcourues le net la semaine dernière, d’autres informations, elles, semblent se confirmer à la lumière de celles obtenues par Cnet, comme l’intégration d’un processeur Tegra 3 ou la présence d’Android Jelly Bean comme système d’exploitation de la tablette.Plus que jamais et à deux jours de la conférence de son constructeur, la Nexus 7 sera l’objet de nombreuses rumeurs sur la Toile. Et si certaines semblent revenir de façon cycliques, cela ne les attestent pas de façon officielles.Une chose reste sûre cependant, la Google Nexus 7 n’annonce déjà comme une star des tablettes 7 pouces.Le 25 juin 2012 à 16:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Lovable Japanese Camera Drone Joins ISS Crew

first_img Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Meet Int-Ball, the newest, and most adorable, member of the International Space Station.The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Friday published early photos and videos captured by the JEM International Ball Camera (or Int-Ball, as it is affectionately known).The 3D-printed drone—first of its galactic kind—navigates autonomously in zero gravity, and records still and moving images under remote control by folks at the JAXA Tsukuba Space Center.Delivered to the ISS last month by the US Dragon spacecraft, Int-Ball’s recordings are monitored in real time by flight controllers and researchers on the ground, then fed back to the onboard crew.The flying camera is currently undergoing “initial verification,” according to the agency.Int-Ball, equipped with miniaturized attitude control sensors and actuators in an all-in-one module, is more than an interstellar pet: It (He? She?) is on a mission.First and foremost, the soaring sphere must be able to move anywhere, at any time, via autonomous flight, and record images from any angle. (Judging by JAXA’s video (above), Int-Ball seems to have that down pat.)Int-Ball (top center) with astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer (via JAXA/NASA)Still in its infancy, the drone will eventually take over on-board photography duties, freeing up about 10 percent of the crew’s time to work on other tasks—like experimenting on artificial organs.Five projects using organs-on-chips research tackle five different issues, all of which should shine some light on the effects of microgravity on the human body, and hopefully lead to a medical breakthrough.JAXA, meanwhile, is “striving to further improve Int-Ball’s performance, enhance its functions, and promote the automation and autonomy of extra- and intra-vehicular experiments,” Friday’s announcement said, “while seeking to acquire the robotics technology available for future exploration missions.”Keep up with all the exciting newfangled science aboard NASA’s orbiting laboratory on Twitter via @ISS_Research.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Coral Springs Police safely locate twin sisters who went missing

first_imgCORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have found twin sisters who went missing in Coral Springs, early Friday morning.According to a tweet by Coral Springs Police, the two 12-year-olds, Rickhia and Nicolette McClam, were found safe at around midnight, at their godmother’s home. Due to outstanding detective work, the missing 12 YO twins from CS are now home safely, investigation is ongoing nothing further.— Coral Springs Police (@CoralSpringsPD) June 9, 2017Police believe the twins were at their godmother’s home since they went missing on Tuesday.Police added that the twins were returned to their father, but a criminal investigation is ongoing into how they went missing. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of December 9 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of December 9, 2018:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:David M. Malonson, 28Victor A. Manni, 77Previously Lived In Wilmington:Alexander T. Fairweather, 90Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:Colin Walter Brace, 63Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of December 2, 2018)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Recovery Process Underway In Brazoria And Fort Bend Counties After Flooding

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen Al OrtizSome parts of Brazoria County are still surrounded by high water. This file photo shows a home located in the Angleton area that was flooded due to the severe weather Southeast Texas has experienced since the end of May.President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for Texas because of the severe storms and flooding the state has suffered since the end of May.The President’s declaration makes federal funding available for individuals who live in 12 counties, including Brazoria and Fort Bend.Fort Bend County workers are already removing debris and representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are establishing recovery centers.The assistance provided by FEMA can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, as well as low-interest loans to cover uninsured property losses.Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert says 4,000 residents have seen their homes flooded and the losses in public infrastructure are estimated at $14 million so far.“These are damages to county and city and state-owned properties,” explains Hebert, who specifies the damage has impacted bridges and creeks, among other things.The damage to public property is also in the millions in Brazoria County, according to County Judge Matt Sebesta.Sebesta notes that, although they are entering the recovery phase, some parts of the area, like the town of Holiday Lakes, are still surrounded by high water.As part of the recovery efforts, hundreds of Red Cross workers are deployed in Brazoria, Fort Bend and other counties distributing cleaning products and other supplies.“We’ve been providing things like rakes and shovels. I spoke with a client who had actually been using the shovels to not only clean up the debris in her house, but she also had a lot of snakes that had been left there as the water receded,” said Mallory Scheve, a Red Cross spokesperson. X 00:00 /01:23last_img read more

Game Boy cosplay is actually playable

first_imgSome people love their video games, but others take it to a completely different level and become the game. This is the case with one cosplay aficionado at Ohayocon 2014 who dressed up as a Game Boy. That’s not all — he was a working Game Boy with swappable cartridges and everything.The costume consists of an LCD plastered to the front of the suit right where the Game Boy screen would be, and a Raspberry Pi behind the scenes. The Pi is running the emulation software and accepting input from the buttons mounted on the suit. When cartridges are swapped, the game changes without any intervention from the wearer. He even holds up his hands to prove he’s not controlling anything.You can tell the carts don’t actually have the games on them — Dr. Mario keeps on playing after the cartridge is removed from the back. Only when Tetris is inserted does the Raspberry Pi load up the next ROM. Well, at least the games are made to the proper scale. You have to admire the attention to detail.This same Game Boy fanatic has been experimenting with the handheld costume for the last few years. He’s also seen in a video from Ohayocon 2009 with an earlier version of the Game Boy suit, though it was made from cardboard and used a full-size laptop to run the emulator. This is exactly what the Raspberry Pi was made for.last_img read more

Brainput system takes some brain strain off multitaskers

first_img © 2012 Phys.Org ( — A research team made up of members from Indiana University, Tufts and MIT and led by Erin Treacy Solovey, a has built a brain monitoring system that offloads some of the computer related activities a person is performing when multi-tasking begins causing stress. Called Brainput, the system makes use of functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to monitor brain activity and a computer system to interpret the results and then to cause changes to tasks to reduce brain overload, i.e. when stress levels reach a certain point, the computer turns on autonomous computer activities that hopefully reduce the amount of stress the person is experiencing. Citation: Brainput system takes some brain strain off multi-taskers (2012, May 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further Robots provide insight into human perception Brainput provides a passive, implicit input channel to interactive systems, with little effort from the user. Image: MIT In practice, the fNIRS system is made up of a headset worn across the forehead that is able to capture electrical signals from the brain, combining features of fMRI and EEG in one small, less powerful package. The headset is connected to a computer running software that analyses the signals it receives and then when certain patterns emerge, takes actions that lesson the load on the person wearing the headset.To test their system, the researchers set up an experiment where volunteers were asked to direct virtual robots in a maze with the goal of finding a spot where a Wi-Fi signal was powerful enough to allow for sending messages. To up the stress factor, the volunteers were asked to direct two robots at the same time, which was doubly difficult because both robots continued to move regardless of commands given and because the volunteers were also asked to do their best to prevent the robots from running into walls. The setup thus required the volunteers to multi-task in a stressful environment. As the experiments unfolded, the Brainput system constantly monitored the brain activity of each participant and when certain thresholds were reached, commands were sent to the robots turning on their sensors and directing them to perform some actions autonomously; in essence, helping out the volunteers. What’s perhaps most interesting about the experiments is that most of the volunteers never even noticed that the robots had started helping them out. For their part, the researchers noted that performance levels overall increased when the robots started doing their fair share. Also interesting was when autonomous behavior by the robots was instigated prior to the volunteers reaching overload, they tended to notice what was going on and performance dropped off as a result.Solovey and her team plan to next add other cognitive recognition algorithms to the system to detect other mental states allowing for assistance in wider variety of applications. Possible real-world uses for such a system might include driver or pilot assist applications that help out when the person in control temporality loses focus or becomes fatigued. More information: paper (PDF): … y.CHI.2012.Final.pdfvia TechnologyReview 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.last_img read more

Spiderweb labyrinths may help reduce noise pollution

first_img © 2017 The researchers, Anastasiia Krushynska and Federico Bosia at the University of Torino; Marco Miniaci of the University of Le Havre; and Nicola Pugno at the University of Trento, Queen Mary University of London, and Italian Space Agency, propose a new approach to this problem in a recent issue of the New Journal of Physics.”This work provides a new promising approach to obtain low-frequency noise attenuation,” Pugno told “The strategy is based on the design of acoustic metamaterials, which combine the advantages of a spider web-like geometry and the space-coiling approach of labyrinthine channels. This structure also provides a simple and reliable way to introduce tunability in sound manipulation, which is highly desirable for practical applications.”As low-frequency sounds are characterized by long wavelengths, shielding these acoustic waves typically requires very thick, heavy structures that are expensive and impractical for most applications. An alternative approach is to use recently developed metamaterials. Whereas traditional acoustic barriers rely on the composition and thickness of the material to manipulate sound, metamaterials do this with their intricate subwavelength-scale structure. As a result, metamaterials can be very thin, yet may still effectively reduce and manipulate low-frequency sounds.In the new study, the researchers based their design on a new concept called labyrinthine metamaterials or “space coils,” first proposed a few years ago. Labyrinthine metamaterials consist of layers of folded zig-zag channels rotated relative to each other, giving them a maze-like appearance.One such labyrinthine metamaterial is configured in the form of a spider web. The authors of the current study recently showed that this geometry is particularly efficient in attenuating (or reducing the intensity of) elastic waves. Now in their new study, the researchers modified the previously proposed labyrinthine metamaterial design by adding a square frame, so that the resulting structure resembles a conventional spider web, and showed that this simple modification creates air cavities that allow for variation in the widths of each channel in the web. By controlling the channel widths, the researchers showed that it is possible to tune the metamaterial’s acoustic properties, including the way in which it disperses and reflects sound waves.The researchers expect that the spider-web-structured metamaterial, which is designed to be made of aluminum, can be easily manufactured, making it potentially useful for a wide variety of applications that involve low-frequency sound manipulation. “Though similar geometries have shown promise for the attenuation of low-frequency vibrations, the developed metamaterials cannot be applied directly to seismic shielding, since they manipulate acoustic (airborne) and not elastic waves,” Pugno explained. “Their applications include the control of low-frequency sound and noise isolation that remain challenging with traditional approaches, as well as transformation acoustics and sound focusing, such as in concert halls.” 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. Journal information: New Journal of Physics (Left) Photo of a natural spider web (by D. Krushinsky), along with illustrations of spider web-structured acoustic metamaterials (center), and figures of their acoustic dispersion and transmission spectra (right). Credit: Krushynska et al. ©2017 IOP Publishing More information: A. O. Krushynska, F. Bosia, M. Miniaci, and N. M. Pugno. “Spider web-structured labyrinthine acoustic metamaterials for low-frequency sound control.” New Journal of Physics. DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630center_img Explore further Citation: Spider-web ‘labyrinths’ may help reduce noise pollution (2017, October 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Sound-proof metamaterial inspired by spider webs (—Researchers have demonstrated that the geometry of a natural spider web can be used to design new structures that address one of the biggest challenges in sound control: reducing low-frequency noise, which is the second most widespread environmental problem in Europe after air pollution.last_img read more

Party rejected my offer to quit as CM says Mamata Banerjee

first_imgKolkata: Forty-eight hours after the Lok Sabha election results were announced, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee finally broke her silence. At the first press conference held by Banerjee the after poll results were announced, she said that she offered to resign from the post of Chief Minister, however, her party, All India Trinamool Congress, did not endorse it. “The first thing that I had said in the meeting was that I want to resign and only continue as the party president. But, my party leaders and workers did not endorse it,” Banerjee said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBanerjee made a few structural changes following the review meeting she held on Saturday at her Kalighat residence. It was attended by all elected MPs of her party, district presidents and senior leaders. The party supremo added that she would, henceforth dedicate more time to her party than to the government. “I have fulfilled my election manifesto. We have delivered all our promises. It’s now time to focus and dedicate more time to the party,” she said.(With inputs from DNA)last_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Not just speed and strength, but they’ve been also helping me with my flexibility as well,” he said, referring to Cardinals strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris and his assistant Roger Kingdom, a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist. “That’s one thing that they looked at me and they saw that I was a little bit stiff. Buddy and Roger have been doing a tremendous job. So far just the one week that I’ve been here they’re already working on my flexibility, so hopefully we can see that in some of my game as well.”Flexibility is something Jones said he’s worked on before, but the Cardinals’ program is different “as far as in a different way” than he’s done in the past.Morris explained.“Remember this, I don’t care how strong you get if you can’t move, you can’t help us. Really the foundation of our program is securing biomechanical efficiency and periods of fatigue and making sure our athletes are able to move,” he said. “We’re not a bunch of powerlifters, we’re not Olympic lifters or bodybuilders, we’re athletes, and the greatest commonality amongst all great athletes is movement and that’s what we’re working on.”Getting Jones moving better, perhaps even quicker off the line of scrimmage, is expected to help Jones transition easier from defensive end (where he played with the Patriots) to outside linebacker, where the Cardinals plan to put the 6-foot-5, 265-pound former first-round draft pick. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “It’s something not as new to me, but there’s some new things that I’ll have to get familiar with and I’m excited about the challenge,” he said.Jones, 26, called standing near the line of scrimmage “not foreign to me” but he spent much of his first four seasons in the league with his hand in the dirt.“Standing up you have a lot of limitations, but you also have advantages,” he said. “It’s very, I would say, advantageous that you can stand up because you can see over the offensive line. You can see the different sets that the backfield are giving you. I like standing up, I do.”Last season, Jones finished fifth in the NFL with 12.5 sacks, earning himself his first-ever Pro Bowl nod.Pass rush was the Cardinals’ top priority this offseason, and they parted with a 2016 second-round pick and guard Jonathan Cooper to acquire Jones’ services; perhaps providing them with that missing piece to vault the team past the NFC Championship Game and into the Super Bowl.“Any team, out of all 32 teams in the NFL, I feel like your goal should be winning the Super Bowl; if not then you shouldn’t be playing,” Jones said. “The Cardinals had a chance last year and hopefully with the addition of me and the other guys that maybe we can take it there.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories TEMPE – How much better new Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones can perform in 2016 is unknown.But he’s going to give it a try.And that work begins now.Monday, in fact.The Cardinals began their offseason strength and conditioning program and Jones was among the players — remember it’s voluntary — at the facility for day one of a scheduled two weeks.Stretching and weightlifting were followed by agility exercises out on the practice fields; the latter of which Jones, acquired last month from New England, is most focused on here in what the NFL calls Phase 1 of its offseason work.last_img read more

Man dead in sea off Mackenzie beach

first_imgA 36-year-old Romanian man was found on Sunday evening floating in the sea off Mackenzie beach in Larnaca.According to police, at around 8pm they received information that an unconscious man had been spotted in the area.Men from the CID went to the scene where they found the Romanian man on the beach. He was identified by his wife.She told the police they had arrived at the beach at around 6.30pm and an hour and a half later she went to a nearby kiosk to buy something.Her husband went into the sea and a short time later he was seen floating unconscious.The body was taken to Larnaca general hospital where a post mortem is expected to be carried out on Monday.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Lute holds productive meetings with leaders

first_imgUN envoy Jane Holl Lute is to meet both leaders again on Tuesday morning before departing from the island after a brief visit that the two sides have described as productive so far.Lute will see President Nicos Anastasiades at 8.30am and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci two hours later. She saw the former on Sunday and the latter on Monday.In neither instance did she make statements.Lute is on the island to discuss with the two sides the issue of terms of reference for a new round of talks through a form of shuttle diplomacy.After meeting Akinci on Monday, his spokesman Baris Burcu said the Turkish Cypriot leader, and the UN envoy had a fruitful meeting during which they discussed in detail the terms of reference.“We had a productive and detailed meeting on the terms of reference. It seems that the preparation of the terms of reference will continue for some more time,” he said.Initially the UN chief had asked the leaders to come up with the terms of reference by the end of the year but this is looking less likely, unless the back and forth meetings this week can achieve major progress.Government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou told CNA on Monday: “This is a process that has begun”.“Consultations are going on to establish the terms of reference together,” he added.Prodromou also said that at this stage there is no question of Lute submitting a document “which will only emerge when the process comes to a conclusion,” he added.On Sunday the spokesman said the meeting between Lute and Anastasiades was “creative and productive” both concerning the terms of reference and other critical issues concerning the Cyprus problem.He did not want to elaborate on what had been discussed or if the government submitted any ideas. “We are currently in the middle of critical consultations concerning the negotiation and the continuation of the (settlement negotiations on the) Cyprus problem and it would be best to avoid unnecessary comments,” he said.Asked whether Lute had conveyed any encouraging messages from Ankara, following her meeting last Thursday with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Prodromou said she “has a specific role and does not convey messages”.“There has been a discussion on the terms of reference and, more generally, on the crucial issues of the Cyprus problem,” Prodromou said.Present at the meeting were Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides, and the chief negotiator on the Greek Cypriot side Andreas Mavroyiannis, Prodromou, and the Director of the President’s Diplomatic Office Kyriakos Kouros. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more