Dallas Cowboys Linebacker and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame inductee Justin Durant hosted a private reception and toy drive at Olivella’s Neo Pizza Napoletana in Victory Park on December 15 to benefit The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas-Oak Cliff Club.The mood was decidedly merry and bright when 65 people donated more than 100 toys to Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas-Oak Cliff Club. Durant’s friend and two-time Superbowl Champion Bethel Johnson joined the festivities.Justin’s fondness for Boys and Girls Clubs dates back to his own youth when he was enrolled in his hometown Boys and Girls Club.“I grew up in the Boys and Girls Club in Florence, S.C., so I felt the need to give back,” Durant said. “I wanted to partner with chapters here in Dallas to try to give back and do something with the community. I should have been doing it before. Now I’m trying to make up for lost time.”Nearly 70 people attended, including Dallas Cowboy Justin Durant, former New England Patriot Bethel Johnson, Josh from 102.1 The Morning Edge, Jasmine Sadry from 102.1 The Edge iHeart Media, Fort Worth Star-Telegram Cowboys reporter Clarence Hill Jr. and, of course, representatives from Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas.“On behalf of over 6,000 youth served by Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, we are extremely grateful for the generous support provided by Justin Durant’s Toys for Tots at Olivella’s Neo Pizza Napoletana and now for Charity Giveback benefitting our Oak Cliff Club,” said Charles English, President and CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. “This holiday season will be especially bright and happy for the many families that have entrusted their children to us. Justin’s generous gift ensures that we can continue to provide critical and results-based programs. We are sincerely grateful.”Presenting sponsors included Macallan, Snow Leopard Vodka and Brugal Rum (Edrington America), Olivella’s Neo Pizza Napoletana, The Landings St Lucia with additional support provided by Robert Half International, D4SM, Luv Your Events, Nike, W Hotel, Yeroc Eyewear, Schuyler 4, Haupt Shirts, Phil’s New Money Friends, Jenny Meets Penny, Megan Averbuch, Fashion Stylist of Belles and Rebelles, Jen Abrams Style, Unity Vintage Jean Co. and Marlyn Schiff.
Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Toronto-based SpinVFX handles the elaborate effects work on Netflix’s ‘Umbrella Academy.’ (Courtesy of Netflix) Advertisement Advertisement The rise of pricey, VFX-heavy streaming projects in Ontario has presented the province’s post-production industry with seemingly limitless opportunity to stretch creative talent beyond the classic mix of police and medical dramas and soaps.As sound supervisor on Hulu critical darling The Handmaid’s Tale, Jane Tattersall was tasked with creating a bold, dystopian audio environment for the totalitarian Republic of Gilead in the upcoming third season. “The [streamers] raise the bar because they have confidence in you,” says Tattersall of MGM execs. “And, in turn, we’re made to work harder and push the envelope.”John Rakich — whose recent Ontario location manager credits include Netflix’s Mark Millar superhero series Jupiter’s Legacy and monster-hunter thriller October Faction — jokes that he and others have become fixtures in the streaming giant’s family. “It’s very rare to see something being made here that’s not for a streaming service — even the CBC’s Anne With an E. Somehow we’ve all ended up working for Netflix.” Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
Rabat – Saudi Arabia’s Tareq Ben Laden Group is reportedly planning to invest $1.5 billion in the construction of a 514-meter tower in downtown Casablanca. If built, the tower will be the largest in Africa and Europe.The tower will include commercial complexes, business centers, tourist businesses and recreational facilities.In addition, the tower will host smart offices equipped with the latest technologies. “The smart tower” will be the first of its kind in Africa and Europe to be linked entirely to the internet. According to Hespress news website, the company officials are only awaiting the approval of the Moroccan government before starting the construction work.The tower will be comprised of 114 stories, the same as the number of Suras (chapters) in the Holy Quran, added the website.The tower will also include upscale residential complexes, the largest shopping and entertainment center in the African continent, a 7-star luxury hotel and restaurants run by international brands.The project will be fully funded and implemented by the Saudi businessman Tareq Ben Laden.
The influx appears to be continuing, comprising mostly children, women and the elderly who are reported to be in dire need of food and health care, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a news release today. The clinic in Fassankony has already treated some of the most urgent cases, it added.”This development is very worrying,” UNHCR’s Africa Bureau Director in Geneva, David Lambo, said. “It is obvious that many areas in Liberia are still very insecure and fighting continues.”It is vital that peacekeepers are deployed throughout Liberia as soon as possible. We cannot afford to have a large-scale outflow of refugees into neighbouring countries at this time. On the contrary we should be moving towards a post-conflict recovery stage and prepare for repatriation as soon as possible,” he added. On Friday the UN Security Council unanimously approved the establishment of a peacekeeping mission in Liberia with 15,000 soldiers following a ceasefire and peace accord between the rebels and the government and the departure of former President Charles Taylor to exile in Nigeria. At present a UN-authorized multinational force, mainly from West African nations, is deployed in the country to maintain the peace after 12 years of conflict.The new arrivals are said to be from the Loma ethnic group and apparently fled Liberia’s Lofa county fearing ethnic reprisals after the Liberian army pulled out and the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), one of the main rebel groups that has been battling the government, announced that they would take over their towns.UNHCR estimates there are nearly 116,000 Liberian refugees in the south of Guinea.
Carnival posts 1Q profit on lower fuel costs; ship problems lead to discounts, slow bookings AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Scott Mayerowitz, The Associated Press Posted Mar 15, 2013 9:43 am MDT MIAMI – The world’s largest cruise line has suffered through a number of high-profile mishaps. Yet passengers continue to book vacations thanks to discounts, albeit at a slower pace.Carnival Corp. offered more sales to attract wary passengers after an engine fire last month crippled the Carnival Triumph, leaving 4,200 people stranded for five days without working toilets or power. This week, two more of its ships had mechanical problems, ruining the vacations of thousands more travellers.Carnival Corp. said Friday that it earned $37 million, or 5 cents per share, in first quarter ended Feb. 28. That compares with a loss of $139 million, or 18 cents per share, a year earlier. But its forecast for the year came in below analyst’s predictions. Its shares fell more than 2 per cent.On Thursday, the company ended the voyage of the Carnival Dream after the ship’s backup emergency diesel generator failed, causing problems with elevators and toilets. Instead of continuing back to Florida, Carnival was forced to charter airplanes to fly home the ship’s 4,300 passengers. The Dream’s next trip, which was supposed to start Sunday, was cancelled. All of the passengers scheduled for that voyage will receive a refund for the cruise and airfare.The company also said that another ship — the Legend — was having mechanical problems and would skip its stop at the Cayman Islands, heading straight to its final port in Tampa, Fla. instead. Carnival runs cruises under 10 brands including Holland America, Princess, Cunard and its namesake line.Vacationers have been wary about booking cruises ever since the Costa Concordia — also owned by Carnival — sank off the coast of Italy in January 2012. Passengers have returned to the seas, but many needed to be coaxed by deep discounts.Asked if they would like to share how deep the discounts have been for the various lines, Carnival executives replied, “Not particularly.”In its earnings release Friday, the Miami-based company said advance bookings for 2013 are behind the same point a year earlier. The company blamed Europe’s economic problems for its inability to raise prices. North American prices are up slightly but those in Europe and Asia are lagging behind. Passengers in Europe are booking vacations much closer to the date of departure, Carnival said.The company now expects revenue to be flat for the year, compared with a previous forecast for growth of 1 to 2 per cent. That outlook worried investors. Carnival shares dropped 78 cents, or 2.2 per cent, to close at $34.95 Friday.Carnival’s rivals have also been hurt by the lagging European economy. Summer Mediterranean cruises favoured by Italians and Spaniards are suffering due to economic woes in those countries. Last month, Royal Caribbean, the world’s second-largest cruise line, wrote down $413.9 million due to a substantial drop in bookings and prices in Spain because of the government’s austerity measures there. Royal Caribbean also blamed residual fears from the Costa Concordia disaster for a drop in European bookings.Executives said Carnival is doing an assessment of emergency power and redundancies across its entire fleet following the Triumph mishap. Howard S. Frank, the company’s chief operating officer, didn’t estimate the possible cost of improvements for analysts during a conference call Friday. “I don’t see it as being enormous,” Frank said.The company refused to tell analysts how much it spent each year on safety and training.For the quarter that ended Feb. 28, adjusted earnings were 8 cents per share. Analysts had expected 3 cents per share. Revenue rose slightly to $3.59 billion. Analysts expected $3.64 billion.The best thing going for Carnival right now is declining fuel prices.The cruise line paid $677 per metric ton for fuel in the first quarter, down 4 per cent from the same period last year. That savings alone accounted for 3 cents per share.
Classics Professor Michael Carter is the new Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in Humanities.Carter, who specializes in Greek and Roman history and culture, has been with Brock University since 2000. His research focuses on Greek and Roman sMichael Carterpectacles such as ancient athletics, gladiatorial combats and related events in the amphitheatre.Carter was the 2013 recipient of the Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2014 Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity.He has served on Senate, as Classics department Chair and last term was the Acting Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Curriculum.He started his new role July 1.
← Previous Story Four teams, one dream – Draw for Women’s EHF CL Final4 on Tuesday in Budapest Next Story → Women’s EHF Final4 draw – Gyor VS CSM Bucharest, Rostov against Vardar EHF Champions LeagueRK Vardar Skopje RK Vardar Skopje left wing, Timur Dibirov, believes that his team will stay among the best teams in Europe. The 34-years old flying Russian talked for Balkan-Handball.com just after winning the SEHA Gazprom League trophy in Skopje, about future after “era of Raul Gonzales”:– I do not agree, you know why? The most important thing Raul did was to make a machine from this club, an institution that can work without him, without Arpad, me, other players. Raul leaves, we know what coach we are talking about, but this machine just needs to continue working, working, working. I do not expect that Vardar will be weaker. We will go up, we want to continue. We all say that Kiel or Barcelona are institutions. While we have such support from the State, fans, the entire Balkans, why not? – said Dibirov and confirmed that his plans are linked with staying in Skopje in team which won’t be “Russian” as media writing:– Yes. Why a lot of Russian? That’s all speculation, that’s not true. Now, we are just like Serbs or Croats. Nevertheless, whether in Vardar one Russian player, three, the only important thing is result. So, we can talk about Spaniards and others. My plan is to help the club every day, and if the club has confidence in me, I will be happy to work this job for many years here – concluded Dibirov.Arpad Sterbik (RK Vardar), Mijailo Marsenic (Fuchse Berlin), Luka Cindric (PGE Vive Kielce), coach Raul Gonzales (PSG Handball) will leave Skopje at the end of the season.
← Previous Story When is enough?: A change is due in Pan America Next Story → “Victims of WCh 2019 Play-Off” – Gaber and Potic to miss decisive clashes The first matches in EUROpean Play-Off for the World Championship 2019 in Denmark and Germany ended with two draws and only away-win of Hungarian team in Koper, Slovenia.The most convincing were Croats, who beat Montenegro 32:19, bur also Macedonians showed class against Romania 32:24, while Serbia surprisingly high outplayed Portugal 28:21.Results of the first matches:Lithuania – Iceland 27:27Czech Republic – Russia 27:26Netherlands – Sweden 25:24Norway – Switzerland 32:26Croatia – Montenegro 32:19Slovenia – Hungary 24:29Belarus – Austria 28:28Serbia – Portugal 28:21Macedonia – Romania 32:24 Play Off World Championship 2019
THE BODY WHICH independently assesses the government’s budgetary objectives has said that it does not see any room for tax cuts in the next two years.Speaking before the Oireachtas Finance Committee today, the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council’s chairman, Professor John McHale, said it was the view of the council that there will not be any scope for tax cuts in the near future.He also warned that if the economy does not grow at the rate expected next year – GDP growth of 2 per cent – then the planned budget adjustment of €2 billion may need to be harsher.The Tánaiste last week signalled that there may be scope for relieving taxes on some middle-income earners in the lifetime of this government.But McHale said today: “We really don’t see scope in the next year or two, but if both projections pan out as currently anticipated there could well be scope after 2016.”He said there would only be “limited room” post 2016 and said that this would be less likely if there was high inflation.Despite this McHale said “we should be through the worst of it by 2015″.The Council was before the committee to discuss its recent report criticising the government’s decision to exit the bailout programme on Monday week without a precautionary credit facility.In that report the council said that the chances of Ireland not reaching the deficit to GDP ratio of 3 per cent by 2015 had increased from a one-in-three chance to a one-in-two chance as a result of exiting the bailout without a backstop.Council member Sebastian Barnes (below) told the committee that the state of the public finances could be hit next year by problems in the health budget.“We’re trying to present an objective analysis and things are getting better,” he said, but he added that “as a result of the decision the risks [of Ireland not meeting the target] have increased now.”He continued: “We’re not saying it’s a reckless policy, but we’re just saying, in our view, that the risks have increased considerably.”Former deputy director of the International Monetary Fund, Donal Donovan, told the committee that the €20 billion in funding built-up by the NTMA is an “important weapon in an arsenal” but said that relying only on that “might not necessarily be the most prudent approach”.Using a car insurance analogy, he told the committee that just becuase you don’t have a car crash for a year does not mean “it was a bad idea to have taken out insurance” for that year.Read: Decision on credit line will make it ‘more difficult’ to access future supportsCharts: Here’s how the government’s liabilities have increased to €208bn in five yearsAnalysis: 5 reasons why the government decided to exit the bailout and go it alone
Image: Shutterstock/David Z Cheng A FORMER YOUTH worker caught with images of child sexual abuse which he sent to others online while pretending to be a 15-year-old boy has been given a suspended sentence.Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Des Kavanagh (39) had suppressed his sexuality as a gay man since he was a teenager and on joining an online adolescent chat group had felt accepted and found support he did not have in real life.Kavanagh pretended to be 15 during most of the online conversations and began sending images which included images of child sexual abuse to other users, pretending the images were of himself.A forensic psychologist told Judge Martin Nolan that Kavanagh had been interested in chatting online with people the same age as he was when he discovered he was gay.Gardaí received information from Interpol and obtained search warrants for locations linked to Kavanagh which led to the recovery of 240 images and two short movie clips from his laptops.The movies and images all fell into the two lowest categories of illegal material which are child posing and sexual activity between children. There were no images in the most serious categories.Guilty pleaKavanagh, of Turra, Glynn, Carlow pleaded guilty to possession and distribution of child pornography at a former address in Tallaght, Dublin in May and June 2010. He has no previous convictions.Judge Nolan noted Kavanagh had been candid with the gardaí and made full admissions. He said Kavanagh was a complicated man who had suppressed his sexuality for a long time which created problems.He said the distribution and downloading of the images was not for profit. He said it seemed Kavanagh did not pose a risk to children and the evidence was he was unlikely to re-offend.The judge noted that this was a serious offence and this type of behaviour caused harm.Judge Nolan said in this particular case it would be unfair to impose a custodial sentence due to Kavanagh’s history, level of involvement, the categories of the images and the way he met the case.He imposed a two-year sentence which he suspended on condition Kavanagh be of good behaviour.Judge Nolan said it seemed Kavanagh had received help and the involvement of the probation service was not required.Defence counsel, Philip Rahn BL, submitted that the case was not at first blush what one thought of when one heard of ‘child pornography’ and asked the court to take into account that this had been hanging over Kavanagh for six years during which time he had come to no further garda attention.He asked the court to take into account the category of the images and see the offences in light of the type of distribution involved. He said his client had been assessed as at low risk of re-offending and had expressed remorse. He co-operated fully with gardai.Read: Man who killed sister by dousing her in petrol and setting her alight gets life sentence> Image: Shutterstock/David Z Cheng Former youth worker who pretended child pornography images were of him gets suspended sentence He pretended to be a 15-year-old boy online and shared the images pretending them were of himself. Friday 31 Mar 2017, 9:30 PM 13 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3317503 Share11 Tweet Email By Nadya Labi 19,777 Views Mar 31st 2017, 9:30 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Since 1974, my generation, the people who grew up under the dictatorship of 1967, fought persistently for the connection of the fragile Greek democracy with the European Union because we understood that Europeanisation meant modernisation, and that the European project was the only way to take Greece out of its Balkan solitude and its Ottoman legacies.“The SYRIZA ideologues are supposedly Marxists, but they fail to provide a Marxist analysis of the administration of power and the social forces that resist change.”Pioneers in this struggle were the parties of the Left, the ancestors of contemporary SYRIZA, under the democratic leadership of Leonidas Kyrkos and Mihalis Papayiannakis. The Synaspismos, as it was called back then, understood that the political elites did not want to democratise the exercising of power by the Greek state; far from it.The political order which prevailed after the restoration of the republic in 1974 tried immediately to protect themselves from any true democratisation, accountability and transparency. Greece joined the European Union just seven years later, providing a unique opportunity to re-structure Greek society. Yet the old two social and political tendencies within the country – the European and the Balkanist – retained their opposition. The Balkanist isolationist power structure morphed on many occasions throughout the last 40 years: its first incarnation as part of the ‘deep’ PASOK during the 1980s and 1990s – reaping the benefits of the EU without accepting its obligations.The same strategy was followed by the populists of New Democracy, who also believed they could use the financial assistance of the EU to simply cater for their clientelist armies appointed as public servants. Both parties promoted the deleterious doctrine of Greek exceptionalism – that Greece was always a ‘special case’ which needed special consideration, hence extra financial assistance.These were the two pseudo-prophets of deferred modernisation: political elites which promised to deliver the country into the 21st century. They failed abysmally, unable to act against their own ideology. What’s more, they kept the Greek people in the dark about the process of the European integration. Why? To maintain a political system beyond any democratic control. The European project was questioned because of the failure of these political forces to implement policies integrating Greece to other member states of the union. On the contrary, the two parties used participation in the EU to expand their privileges, legitimise their power and quash all opposition: their opaque system of oligarchic and plutocratic governance, without checks and balances, was beyond any transparency and accountability.SYRIZA was elected six months ago because of the frustration and anger of the Greek people against those political elites. In the elections of 2009, it was a small party of 4 per cent. In 2015 it rose up to 37 per cent. How did this happen? What is its platform and its explicit program? For those who have studied programs and statements of New Democracy and SYRIZA in recent years, the 2012 Samaras Zappeion statement (of renegotiations with the EU) and the 2014 Thessaloniki SYRIZA program bear close resemblance – indeed on many occasions they read like the same text.Both were full of platitudes: forgiveness of the enormous debt, structural changes in the public sector, investments for development and growth. However, successive Greek governments insisted on removing the debt but nothing else. No prime minister admitted to the Greek people (the current PM included) what sort of changes had to take place. Instead, they employed florid nationalistic rhetoric against the foreigners (and their collaborators in the recent farcical referendum), spreading fear that if any such changes were implemented, they would lose power and control over society.The SYRIZA ideologues are supposedly Marxists, but they fail to provide a Marxist analysis of the administration of power and the social forces that resist change. The truth is that the central body politic of the country is structured around the petit (or indeed petty) bourgeoisie which defines the dominant political activity and determines most modes of political thinking. The working class is diminished after the de-industrialisation of the country and high unemployment. No real middle class was ever developed as productive activity was always held or funded by the corrupt state bureaucracy.The petit bourgeoisie constitutes the central body of voters who change governments according to their short-term interests. The astounding number of public servants (who mostly constitute this class) is not the main problem for the Greek economy; the main problem is that most of them are unqualified, inexperienced and untrained. This generates the excessive bureaucracy we find in all encounters with the Greek state.All political parties gamble their election to office by using the fears and anxieties of this class. Thus, the main state ideology is right-wing or left-wing populism fused with an aggressive form of nineteenth century nationalism. Ethnopopulism is the central ideological axis that brings all political forces together and maintains the grip of the Balkanist ideology on the people to this day.Such ideological parochialism is exacerbated by the absence of modern capitalist structures (an understanding which is totally missing from the various analyses by Paul Mason, for example, or Paul Krugman). What prevails is a resale economy, with state monopolies, or private oligopolies, controlling implicitly or explicitly all financial institutions (the banks for example). It’s hardly surprising that favouritism and nepotism, and clientelism, are the central practices.This model of economics bears close resemblance to the fascist corporatist economy in Mussolini’s Italy; it is what Cornelios Castoriadis called ‘bureaucratic’ or ‘state capitalism’, a model of production which is completely obsolete under the current conditions of globalised and interconnected economies. Unfortunately, the SYRIZA government continues this model, centralising it even further; maximising the benefits of the public sector, ignoring the rights of private enterprises and implementing policies of heavy taxation on the latter in order to protect the benefits of the former.After six months in power not a single measure has been taken by the Tsipras government for the protection of the 1.5 million unemployed people of the private sector. All measures that do exist were taken by the previous, much-excoriated government. The main discussion was, and still is, about public servants and their rehabilitation in fully-paid positions. SYRIZA continues to express the dominant conservative stream in political activity and has no other option but to continue corrupt and nepotistic traditions of previous governments. Culturally, it represents the reactionary Balkan-oriented elites who wish to isolate the country from the European project.Certainly the European Union is not a paradise; there are conflicting interests and competing agendas between its member states, with Germany having taken the hegemony and created a block of satellite nations. But the European project does not belong to Germany, and it will be a serious error with geopolitical consequences if we abandoned it to them. If you want to win a battle you must be on the battlefield – not behind the lines.Unfortunately, the current government expresses the statist elite which will fight until the death against all forms of modernisation. The idea that the state can be a single huge corporation – which extracts the surplus-value of its workforce in order to invest in further production – is pure and unadulterated utopian socialism. We know all too well how this experiment ended.Instead of enhancing the presence of the working class, the Greek government relies once again on its main enemy, the state-sponsored petit bourgeoisie. SYRIZA taxes people not to pay off debt, but to maintain the clientelist state.Wages are dependent on wealth, not the other way around. The good of the state is not always the good of the public. In order to invest capital you must first create and accumulate it – not simply borrow it from the ‘infamous’ creditors, or Russia, China, Iran or Goldman Sacks for that matter.Unfortunately, SYRIZA expresses the most distorted forms of left-wing ideology. Its policies are right-wing dressed up in left-wing phraseology. Despite its grand – though increasingly transparent – rhetoric, it will, like so many previous governments, destroy the public good in order to protect state power. The worst is still to come.* Professor Vrasidas Karalis teaches Modern Greek at the University of Sydney. 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L’ADN des bébés exploré via le sang maternelL’amniocentèse qui permet de détecter les éventuelles maladies d’un fœtus pourrait être remplacée par un simple prélèvement sanguin. Beaucoup moins dangereuse, cette technique reste assez marginale car très coûteuse.Avant la naissance d’un enfant, les éventuelles maladies génétiques de celui-ci sont détectées par amniocentèse ou par la biopsie de trophoblaste. Bien que ces techniques soient très efficaces, elles peuvent s’avérer dangereuses pour l’enfant (on constate une augmentation de 0,7% du nombre de fausses couches suite à ces examens).À lire aussiMucoviscidose : espérance de vie, symptômes, traitement, de quoi s’agit-t-il ?Mais de nouvelles perspectives viennent de voir le jour. En effet, des chercheurs de l’université de Hong Kong sont parvenus à séquencer l’ADN d’un fœtus via le sang de sa mère. Ainsi, 94% du génome du bébé ont pu être identifiés. Efficace et beaucoup moins invasive, cette technique a de beaux jours devant elle. Problème : son coût. Extrêmement onéreuse, (150.000 euros) cette manipulation nécessite de nombreux moyens humains et matériels. La quantité d’informations collectées est colossale et pour les trier, cela est extrêmement complexe : il s’agit de chercher une mutation inconnue parmi un génome contenant quatre milliards de paires.Cette étude ouvre cependant la voie à de nouvelles pistes qui devraient permettre, à terme, d’effectuer des recherches plus ciblées et moins coûteuses.Le 13 décembre 2010 à 14:25 • Emmanuel Perrin
Stay on target This Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow BlowerWatch: Drone Captures Incredible View of Sheep on Colorado Peak Drones are in, but joysticks are out.Scientists at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a modern, intuitive way to pilot unmanned aerial vehicles—using your torso.Perhaps a little odd to watch, the immersive—and seemingly effective—process leaves your head free to look around, “much like a bird,” according to the research institute.“Our aim was to design a control method which would be easy to learn and therefore require less mental focus from the users so that they can focus on more important issues, like search and rescue,” Jenifer Miehlbradt, of EPFL’s Translational Neuroengineering Laboratory, said in a statement.“Using your torso really gives you the feeling that you are actually flying,” she continued. “Joysticks, on the other hand, are of simple design but mastering their use to precisely control distant objects can be challenging.”(Not for children of the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s, who grew up on television, computer, and arcade games.)The team placed infrared markers across the upper body of 17 willing participants, monitoring movement and muscle activity during simulated drone flights.As patterns emerged, researchers realized only the four markers on the torso were necessary—in flight simulators and real-world obstacle courses.Not only did the human body outperform joystick control in precision and reliability, but it required minimal training sessions, meaning anyone can jump into the hot seat if necessary.“Data analysis allowed us to develop a very simple and intuitive approach which could also be used with other populations, machines, and operations,” Bertarelli Foundation Chair Silvestro Micera said. “The approach significantly improves the teleoperation of robots with non-human mechanical attributes.”Moving forward, researchers are working to make their torso strategy completely wearable—something like the Fly Jacket, developed by Carine Rognon, a researcher at EPFL’s Laboratory of Intelligent Systems.The lightweight garment translates the torso strategy into control commands, without external motion detectors; it allows pilots to control a drone intuitively by leaning forward or backward, and pivoting their upper body.“The Fly Jacket not only produces an immersive and intuitive flight control experience, but also frees the human hands for other tasks,” co-author Dario Floreano, head of the Laboratory of Intelligence Systems, said. “This could be very useful for firefighters or rescuers to quickly and precisely identify locations where help is needed.”Results of EPFL’s study were published in this week’s issue of PNAS.For a full round-up of affordable drone visits our page here. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Bob Irvine grew up reading about planes taking the “Blue Spruce” route over the North Atlantic during World War II, and the Vancouver pilot finally got to take his own trip on the path in the last two weeks.“It’s been in the forefront of my mind forever,” Irvine, 79, said. “To be able to fly this route in a DC-3 has been the culmination of my wishes and dreams for my whole life.”Irvine was one of 11 people from the Portland metro area aboard a 1937 DC-3 that traveled from Aurora, Ore., to Normandy, France, as part of an event honoring the 75th anniversary of D-Day. He was one of two Clark County residents on the journey, along with Jeff Petersen, 67, of Ridgefield. Irvine was invited as the former owner of the DC-3, and Petersen snagged an invitation because his cousin is one of the pilots making the trip.The two were on the plane Wednesday as it made a flyover in Normandy as part of Daks over Normandy, an event where Douglas DC-3 planes and C-47 Dakotas from around the world flew over the same beaches Allied troops stormed on June 6, 1944. There were more than 30 planes participating, and a few of them had paratroopers jump out over the beaches, as well, though Irvine’s plane didn’t.Irvine and Petersen spoke with The Columbian over the phone from Duxford, England, a few days before their flight to France. Both said they’re World War II buffs, so it’s been fun to live in that history on their trip, which started May 24.
Valencia boss Marcelino Garcia Toral was left to rue his side’s lack of clinical edge in front of goal after narrowly beating bottom side SD Huesca 2-1On the back of drawing for the 10th time in only 16 games at SD Eibar last weekend, Valencia got off to a bright start at the Mestalla against Huesca.Captain Dani Parejo put Los Che in front, after some great play with Denis Cheryshev and Rodrigo Moreno, before Santi Mina was denied adding a second by Huesca keeper Roberto Santamaría.After Carlos Soler was denied by Santamaría in the second-half, Huesca were awarded a penalty after Cucho Hernandez was pulled in the area.The Colombian forward then stepped up to slot the penalty-kick home to even the scoreline at 1-1.However, a stoppage-time winner from Italian defender Cristiano Piccini secured Valencia a fourth win in La Liga this season.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“It’s a result that doesn’t give us much; we’ve drawn ten games in which we deserved much better results,” Marcelino told the club website.“In Eibar, we deserved to win. This result compensates for one of the many draws that we’ve had.“We hope that this win helps boost our belief in ourselves. We’re a competitive team who have played as equals against big sides.“However, we have had -and still have- a serious problem, which is our lack of goals.“We have to work on this. I’m optimistic and I think that this situation is going to be turned around.”Valencia have now broken into the top-10 of La Liga and will next take on Deportivo Alaves on January 5.
HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Surveillance cameras were rolling when a man posing as a customer snatched jewelry from a Hollywood store.Hollywood Police said the man requested to see several items at DSH Oakwood Jewelers along Stirling Road and Lakeshore Drive, on Feb. 5.The man could be seen checking out a few pieces with an employee before bolting from the scene with several items valued at $100,000.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Jackie Shroff on playing Salman Khan’s father in BharatVarinder Chawla/IANSJackie Shroff, who is just 10 years older than Salman Khan, will be seen playing the latter’s father in upcoming movie Bharat. However, Jackie has no qualms in playing Salman’s father as he considers him a kid.Jackie said that although there is not much age difference between him and Salman, he has no issue in playing his father in Bharat.”I am aware that the age gap is only 10 years. We started our careers almost around the same time, but I don’t have any problem playing his father. I have always treated Salman like my bachcha. Even today, he is like a kid to me,” the senior actor told Mid-Day.Justifying his stand, Jackie further said that he had played Aamir Khan’s father in Dhoom 3, and he has no apprehension in taking up such roles.”I played Kareena Kapoor’s father in Yaadein in 2001, and a few years back, I did it with Aamir Khan in Dhoom 3 (2013). If the character is good and I am convinced about it, other factors don’t matter to me,” the 62-year-old actor said.Salman and Jackie had worked together in films like Bandhan, Kyon Ki, Veer, Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye. He had mostly played Salman’s friend or elder brother, but this is the first time Jackie will be seen as his father.Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, Bharat also features Katrina Kaif. Teaser of the movie had received positive response from the viewers, and now fans are eagerly waiting for the trailer that will be released in April.Meanwhile, Salman has another highly anticipated film titled Inshallah. What makes this film more special is the fact that the superstar has collaborated with director Sanjay Leela Bhansali after two decades. Also it will bring the fresh pairing of Salman and Alia Bhatt.
Pakistan has brought up the Kashmir issue in the UN Security Council, accusing it of “selective implementation” of its resolutions.”Nothing undermines the credibility of the council more than selective implementation of its resolutions,” Pakistan’s permanent representative Maleeha Lodhi said on Tuesday during a session on its working methods.”The council should therefore periodically review implementation of its resolutions, especially on longstanding issues like the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” she added. “Failure to enforce its own resolutions undercuts not just the council’s standing in the world, but the UN as well.”Her reference was to a 1948 council resolution that called for a plebiscite to determine the future of Kashmir, while also demanding the withdrawal of Pakistani “tribesmen” who entered the state.India has said that the “tribesmen” were Pakistani troops who tried to annex Kashmir.Given Pakistan’s refusal to withdraw its troops, India could not hold hold a plebiscite and New Delhi maintains that by participating in the elections in the state the Kashmiri people have exercised their democratic rights integrating with India.Other council resolutions relating to Kashmir were about a commission to oversee the plebiscite and, in 1957, on a UN representative mediating between the two neighbours.India also maintains that under the 1972 Simla Agreement signed by prime minister Indira Gandhi and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who was then the president of Pakistan, the two countries have agreed to sort out their disputes between themselves without the intervention of third parties.In 2010, the council removed Kashmir from its list of unresolved international disputes.At the beginning of every year, Pakistan also asks the Council to keep alive the question of the Hyderabad’s integration with India based on a telegram from Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan Siddiqi Asaf Jah VII asking it to keep India out of the princely state. The Nizam, however, withdrew the complaint after the princely state’s integration into India.Two other issues it attempts to revive in its annual ritual are resolutions relating to the 1965 India-Pakistan rar and the 1971 Bangladesh war of independence.
Also:– Colin’s Top 10 Super Bowl LIII Players– Patriots are most vulnerable this year– The Rams are the NFL’s glamour franchise– New Orleans pity party continuesGuests:Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers Tight End; Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks Quarterback; Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Analyst; Pelicans in the “bitterness” phase of the Davis divorceThe Pelicans haven’t been taking the Anthony Davis trade demand very well. They’ve refused to take calls from the Lakers about a potential deal, are threatening to sit him for the rest of the season if he stays with the team, and reportedly aren’t taking calls from the Lakers about a potential deal.Colin compares the phases of a star demanding a trade to the phases of a divorce, and right now the Pelicans are in the bitterness phase. They would be better served by getting over it and moving to acceptance, so they can get on with their life.