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OPP suspends officer after FN man says he was taken on starlightOPP suspends officer after FN man says he was taken on starlight

first_imgBy Meagan FiddlerAPTN National NewsRED LAKE, Ont.-Stanley Fiddler says he was taken on a starlight tour by an OPP officer who picked him up on Oct. 29, drove down a highway, opened the door to the cruiser and dropped him off several kilometres from Red Lake, Ont.The officer has since been suspended by the OPP which is conducting an internal investigation of the incident.“He didn’t say nothing, just drove off down Hwy 35,” said Fiddler, in an interview with APTN National News. “He just opened the door and that is all.”Fiddler, from Sandy Lake First Nation, is an alcoholic who lives on the streets in this town about 300 kilometres north of Kenora, Ont.Venessa Keesick saw Fiddler walking down the highway that night, making his way back to town. She asked Fiddler what happened and then filed a complaint with the OPP.“(Fiddler) told me he had been drinking. He got picked up. He thought he was going to jail to sleep it off, but no, they turned down the highway and kept going and going,” said Keesick, in an interview. “He did say that he did distinguish the officer because he had an accent.”The complaint seems to be substantiated by the officer’s suspension.“The OPP is conducting an internal investigation into the release of a person in custody bya  member of the Red Lake OPP detachment,” said a statement from the OPP. “A member of the Red Lake OPP detachment has been suspended from durty.”Keesick said she wasn’t surprised by Fiddler’s story of a starlight tour.“It’s happened before, but years ago to my friend and I’ve heard it happen before, but it’s pretty close to home because I used to work with the guy,” she said.Keesick got to know Fiddler at Red Lake’s emergency shelter.Sandy Middleton, the manager at the shelter, said he’s heard the same thing.“I’ve heard of it happening before, but it’s substantiated,” said Middleton.Middleton’s work with the homeless at the shelter gives him a good perspective of their daily struggles. He hopes this isn’t one more hardship added to Fiddler’s already full plate.“I think, if it did happen, it shouldn’t. These are people that really don’t have the acumen to look after themselves that you or i may. They depend on others to do that for them,” he said.Keesick says that’s why she filed the complaint, because she knew Fiddler wouldn’t.“Most of these people don’t have a voice. They keep quiet about bad things that happen,” she said.mfiddler@aptn.calast_img read more

Annan honours legacy of Raphael Lemkin key advocate of antigenocide pactAnnan honours legacy of Raphael Lemkin key advocate of antigenocide pact

In a message to a ceremony held at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Secretary-General said Mr. Lemkin’s life offered “an inspiring example of moral engagement.” Mr. Annan’s message was delivered by his wife Nane. The Secretary-General recalled that as a young man, Mr. Lemkin had petitioned the League of Nations to outlaw acts of barbarism, became a guerrilla fighter against the Nazis, and rendered advice that played a crucial role in the Nuremberg trials. After coining the term genocide, Mr. Lemkin “almost single-handedly drafted an international multilateral treaty declaring genocide an international crime, and then turned to the United Nations in its earliest days and implored Member States to adopt it.” Calling on governments and non-governmental organizations to carry on Mr. Lemkin’s spirit, Mr. Annan said, “We must, together, work harder to create the culture of peace, law and respect among all human beings that will strengthen our defences against genocide and the impunity with which destruction is inflicted on others.” Today’s ceremony, which was organized by the Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights, also marked the 50th anniversary of the entry-into-force of the Convention against Genocide. read more

Ryder Cup Tiger Woods Loses Again but US InRyder Cup Tiger Woods Loses Again but US In

Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson were oustanding.It hardly has been the Ryder Cup Tiger Woods envisioned. He was awful in his first match Friday, outstanding in a losing effort in the afternoon. Captain Davis Love III sat him for the morning session Saturday — the first time in his Ryder cup career that he did not play every match — and when Woods did play, he was brilliant.And yet, he and playing partner Steve Sticker ended the day — a glorious day for the U.S. — as the only players to not secure a point, losing 1 up to Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald.America leads going into Sunday’s individual matches with a commanding 10-6 lead. And while Woods was happy about that, he was not happy about his ultimate results, despite ringing up five birdies in the last nine holes. It was the front nine where he and Stricker lost it, trailing by four at the turn — a huge deficit to overcome. And yet, they almost did behind Woods’ brilliance.Just when Woods seemed to be out of it again, he called on the theatrics that he has authored time and again. Down by two, Woods made a birdie on No. 16 t0 send the crowd into a fury and cut the deficit to one. Then, on 17, Woods stuck his tee shot on the par 3 to six feet. Problem was, Donald’s eight-iron was even better, to three feet.So, they halved the hole with Woods and Donald making birdies, setting up No. 18 as the decider. Needing to win the hole to secure a half-point, Woods bombed his drive down the middle of the fairway. He shot into the green leaked to the right, leaving him about 30 feet for birdie.He missed, but teammate Stricker was just eight feet left of the hole for a birdie put that would get him and Woods on the scoreboard. But Sticker’s putt was too hard and lipped out, leaving that tandem scoreless for the competition.Ultimately,  losing was not Woods’ fault. He just did not get any help from Stricker.Still, the United States was in control because of everyone else. Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson destroyed Justin Rose and Francesco Molinari 5-and-4, Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson won and Keegan Bradly and Phil Mickelson executed a record-tying performance. The U.S. won all but one match Saturday morning.Europe was barely in it because of Ian Poulter, who was out of his mind with five straight birdies to lead a comeback with Rory McIlroy over Jason Duffner and Zach Johnson. But it will take a real collapse by the U.S. to blow the Ryder Cup.Just as they did Friday, the Americans got their spark from Bradley. He’s got more energy and enthusiasm than a 4-year-old hopped up on Pixie Stix, sprinting out to the first hole a half-hour before his tee time to encourage fans to get louder and rowdier. Finally satisfied, he grinned and sprinted back to the locker room. read more

Tracking the rise of advanced statistics in sportsTracking the rise of advanced statistics in sports

Photo illustration by Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorThis is part one of a three-part series examining the rise and impact of advanced statistics on sports nationally and at Ohio State.Sports are similar to the separation of the right and left sides of the human brain. The right side of the brain specializes in a human’s ability to be creative and show feelings and emotions. This is shown in sports as devotion to a particular team and even a crazy fan experience at a sporting event. The left side of the brain, however, specializes in mathematics and analysis. For the past decade, these left-brained people have turned the sports world into a statistics-based, logical source of entertainment.The science of statistics is used in any sort of profession.“I would argue that statistics is really the science of how you collect, analyze and think about data,” said William Notz, vice chair for administration and undergraduate studies in the Ohio State Department of Statistics. “The differences typically occur in terms of the nature of the data, the nature of how you collect the data and maybe specific techniques you can use.”This statistics revolution reached the sports world in many different ways, including in large part the explosion of fantasy sports. It started in 1961, when the company Strat-O-Matic came out with statistic-based board games for baseball and eventually for football in 1968.“What they did was that they used data, for example with baseball, season data to create ‘players,’” Notz said. “What you do is that you would roll numerous dice, and based on the rules of the dice, that would tell you the performance of the player.”This idea expanded on to the Internet and exploded into different sports, the most popular being football, baseball and basketball. This growing phenomenon made fans more aware of what was actually happening on the field.“We are more aware of relative performance and some of the trends,” said Todd Nesbit, senior lecturer in the Department of Economics. “There are certain matchups such as a certain hitter against a certain pitcher that for whatever reason favors the particular hitter or pitcher that would be abnormal in relation to the rest of the stats.”As the statistics world has grown, several intellectuals have brought it upon themselves to make games, such as baseball, even more sophisticated to get a better grasp on what a particular player’s value is. This trend has been growing into front offices across the sports world.“(Front offices) bring these analytical minds into their organization because they feel it will bring value to their team,” said Ryan Dunsmore, editor for SB Nation’s Houston Astros website, Crawfish Boxes. “It started with baseball because of the whole revolution of Bill James and how he wanted to find a bigger and better picture of what was happening on the field.”This trend is relatively new to the sports world, and teams are still trying to find ways to balance the new wave approach for scouting players, the statistical and analytical mindset and the old-school approach for scouts around the game. However, the teams that grasp this balance have shown signs of being more successful.“In baseball, say you have a scout that says you should look at this guy and gives that information to the front office to see whether his numbers match up,” Dunsmore said. “This is where analytics has come in and said we need to see a picture that said this guy can hit and can make a difference for our team instead of just going off of the eyeball test. Those opinions still make it into the decision-making process, but you still need the numbers to be able to back it up.”One advanced statistic used in the baseball world is wins above replacement, which calculates, based on a particular player’s ability and statistics, how many wins the player generates or loses for the club.“Every play in baseball either contributes to runs scored or takes away from runs scored,” said Jim Albert, a professor of statistics in the Department of Mathematics at Bowling Green State University. “Runs can be translated or interpreted in terms of wins with roughly 10 additional runs corresponding to one win. Obviously you want to score runs, but the objective essentially is to win the game, so every play has some impact on the probability of winning.”This rise of statistics has changed the way teams, fans and even the media look at sports, but it has not changed the way fans and observers think about sports.“I think that has not changed the mindset of anyone,” Dunsmore said. “We all know what a good player looks like. It may help people appreciate some other players too.” read more

Bell expands presence in South America with three new dealersBell expands presence in South America with three new dealers

first_imgThe appointment of three new dealers in South America in recent months has positioned South African heavy equipment manufacturer and ADT specialist, Bell Equipment, to expand its footprint and market share on the continent. Raico SA and Seijiro Yazawa Iwai (SYI), two Liebherr dealers, have been appointed in the mining-focused countries of Chile and Venezuela respectively while REPAS Sociedad Anónima, a Hyundai dealer, has been appointed in Argentina.Bell Equipment Regional Marketing Manager, Llewellyn Roux says: “We have appointed like-minded companies that have proven capacity to support a growing machine population with spare parts and dedicated service. These are well established dealers with existing sales and support networks that have their own rental fleets as well as direct sales. We have also purposely aligned with existing dealers in the region that have a full range of loading tools. By adding our Bell trucks to their offering, these dealers are now able to deliver a quality full line solution to their customers.”RAICO’s Cristóbal Alexandroff said: “We are very happy to be able to add a world class brand such as Bell to our product offering. Our philosophy as RAICO SA has always been to ‘sell the lowest cost per handled ton with a customer service oriented structure,’ and this is exactly what Bell offers. We believe that the Bell ADTs are a perfect match for our earthmoving and mining portfolio and will open up opportunities with business areas, customers and tenders that we couldn’t previously tackle. These trucks will also be an important addition to our rental fleet. We feel that we are a part of the strong reliable support, for Bell Equipment’s strong reliable machines.”Vice President of SYI, Mitsuru M Yazawa commented: “We are happy to bring our partnership with Bell a step forward, allowing us to strengthen our product portfolio for our Heavy Machinery Division. Our company’s philosophy is to accompany products from first class manufacturers with a very solid service operation: factory trained/customer oriented technicians, service vehicles, tools and infrastructure. We look forward to a long term and successful relationship.”Meanwhile, Repas SA, which has 50 years of machine trading experience in Argentina, entered into the mining and primary rock production segment in recent years and a partnership will Bell was a natural business progression. Repas SA Vice President, Pablo Schulzen explains: “Our family-owned board took the decision to enter this segment influenced by market demand and the growth of Hyundai Heavy Industries and Terex – our long term and internationally renowned alliances. This new challenge includes gaining market penetration for our new players, such as Terex Finlay crushers and screens, Doosan breakers and drills and now Bell ADTs, which will transport from the blast to crush. The first Bell B30E has arrived in Argentina and we expect to have it working in one of the country’s leading quarries in due course. It is our hope to have success in this new challenge and to be part of the new and successful South American Bell network.”Bell said the new dealer appointments come at an opportune time considering SNL Metals & Mining data, which shows planned capital spending in the South American mining sector increased by almost US$50 billion from October 2015 to April 2016. Roux says: “We saw signs of this at Bauma 2016 in April where we noticed a large number of South American visitors on our stand as well as representation from all our dealers, which was very pleasing and exciting.”Bell Equipment has a strong history and brand awareness in South America through its appointed dealer, Latin Equipment, which has sold the OEM’s Tri-Wheeler forestry and agricultural products in Chile and Argentina for many years. This footprint is currently growing with expansion into the sugarcane farming areas in the north of the continent. However, the opportunity to market the company’s core product in South America, the ADT, only presented itself in 2013, when a distribution agreement to sell Bell ADTs in the Americas under the John Deere label came to an end.Since then Bell says it has actively pursued the South American market with the appointment in 2014 of Mercovil, a Hyundai dealer in Colombia, the continent’s third largest economy behind Brazil and Argentina. The appointment of MS Sales and Services in Panama followed in 2015 to cover the Central Americas and Caribbean.To fully support its dealer development and ensure a high standard of customer service Bell Equipment will undertake sales and technical support training during the course of the year. The company’s International Product Support team will similarly be conducting ‘First-of-Family’ machine handovers, coinciding with the 100-hour service of machines already in the field, to provide hands-on training. Technicians from the dealerships will also be sent to Bell Equipment’s South African factory for additional training.last_img read more

Top US architects are reimagining Dublin One to make it a vibrantTop US architects are reimagining Dublin One to make it a vibrant

first_img Short URL We are sure that the report that they will provide for us in Dublin will yield valuable inputs combining both innovative ideas and best international thinking. Dublin One is a key district in Dublin city centre which has enormous potential to be a beacon of imaginative regeneration that is also sympathetic to its heritage.“We are confident that with the co-operation of its stakeholders the district will once again be a key vibrant European city destination,” Guiney said. AIA design in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Source: AIA AIA design at Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico Source: AIAJoel Mills, senior director at the AIA, said the organistion is  ”proud” to be part of the initiative.“Through the design assistance process, we hope to empower the citizens of Dublin to envision a future for Dublin One and begin building that future together,” Mills said.The AIA team will present their recommendations to the Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr at a public event in the Gresham Hotel at 6pm on Monday, 13 March.People can register to attend the public consultation workshop here.Read: The Bus Éireann strike planned for Monday has been called offRead: Ireland’s answer to the Orient Express train lost almost half a million euro Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 4 Mar 2017, 8:00 PM 35,899 Views O’Connell St Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieTHE AMERICAN INSTITUTE of Architects (AIA) is teaming up with Dublin architects to help re-imagine part of the city centre.The Framework project is a collaboration between architects, Dublin City Council, Dublin Town, community and business leaders, the general public and others.The focus area is the Dublin One District from O’Connell Street running as far as Capel Street and from Parnell Street to the Quays. Source: Dublin TownRepresentatives from the AIA will visit Dublin from 9-13 March to engage with local stakeholders and members of the public before devising a plan for the future vision of the area. This is the first time the AIA’s design assistance team programme has conducted a project like this outside North America.A public consultation workshop will take place at the Gresham Hotel on O’Connell Street on Friday, 10 March at 6pm.Dublin Town has encouraged as many people as possible to attend this consultation. In a statement, the group said: “The more attendees at this workshop, the more beneficial it will be to the Dublin One area and the city centre in general.”Speaking about the project, Dublin architect Ali Grehan said: “Places often struggle because individuals and organisations are pulling in different directions and design solutions are imposed from above.“The AIA design assistance programme brings these diverse people together at the earliest stage to agree the issues, prepare the process and implement lasting design solutions.“The programme has a proven track record in delivering great outcomes for communities, which is why we’re collaborating with the AIA in introducing the programme to Dublin.”‘A vibrant European city destination’Richard Guiney, CEO of Dublin Town, said the work done by the AIA in other locations “speak for themselves”. By Órla Ryancenter_img Top US architects are re-imagining Dublin One to make it ‘a vibrant destination’ And they want the public’s input. 69 Comments Share136 Tweet Email3 Mar 4th 2017, 8:00 PM last_img read more

Video Messi suffers a nasty elbow injury during Sevillas clashVideo Messi suffers a nasty elbow injury during Sevillas clash

first_imgLionel Messi has been forced for with an arm injury after landing awkwardly in a tussle with Franco Vazquez during Barcelona’s clash with Sevilla.Messi was replaced by Ousmane Dembele in the 17th minute after receiving lengthy treatment on the sideline during which the Argentine skipper appeared to be in intense pain.According to the Mirror, Barca doctors wound a tight bandage over his right arm before deciding he couldn’t continue. Nobody wants to see this.— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 20, 2018David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The incident occurred moments after the five-time Ballon d’Or winner had scored a beautiful goal to extend Barca’s lead in the game.Messi is likely to be a doubt for Barca’s Champions League clash with Inter Milan on Wednesday along with next weekend’s El Clasico with Real Madrid.With games coming thick and fast, this news will be a bad one for Barcelona fans who have seen their team struggle to replicate the form of last season that won them the League and Cup double.More news to follow…last_img read more

Clark County jobless rate climbs to 133Clark County jobless rate climbs to 133

first_imgClark County lost 1,800 jobs in July, pushing its jobless rate to 13.3 percent — the highest in Washington, according to a report released Tuesday by the state Employment Security Department. The county’s unemployment rate was 12.4 percent in June and 13.7 percent in July 2009. The bulk of the job losses occurred in the government sector, with agencies shedding hundreds of positions in local and state government, temporary federal Census jobs, and nontenured education jobs. On the bright side, Clark County’s manufacturing sector added 100 jobs in July. And professional and business services added 200 jobs, double what would normally be expected at the time of year. However, the county, with 11,500 manufacturing jobs, is still 2,400 jobs below its prerecession levels. Likewise, the county’s professional and business services sector, which employs 14,600, is 1,000 jobs short of prerecession levels.Limited job growth and years of job losses have left Clark County struggling to recover from the Great Recession. “There is still a lot of slack in the labor market, with no real sign of a turnaround,” said Scott Bailey, regional labor economist for the state Employment Security Department.Bailey said most of the job losses in Clark County’s government sector were in education, which reflect “typical summer layoffs,” including in nontenured education jobs. However, the state, facing another round of cuts due to decreasing tax collections, is expected to make permanent job cuts in the fall.last_img read more

Chennai Floods After TCS Wipro says Q3 revenues will take a hitChennai Floods After TCS Wipro says Q3 revenues will take a hit

first_imgWipro is the second information technology (IT) services company after TCS to come out with a guidance on the impact of Chennai floods on its operations and third quarter revenues.The Bengaluru-based company said in a press statement on 16 December that the heavy downpour in Chennai in the first week of this month forced the company to invoke business continuity plans, entailing higher one-time costs besides impacting revenues and operating margins for the quarter ended December 2015.”Both these factors will impact our Operating Margins for the quarter. Revenues from our IT Services business are expected to be in the previously communicated range of $1,841 million to $1,878 million; However, we expect revenues to be in the lower half of the guidance range,” the company said in the statement.The guidance was based on exchange rates of GBP/USD at 1.55, Euro/USD at 1.12, AUD/USD at 0.72, USD/INR at 65.34 and USD/CAD at 1.33, the company said.The company employs about 22,000 people in its facilities in Chennai.Brokerage firm Angel Broking said it has reduced its 2015-16 sales forecast and EPS by 3.1% and 2.7% respectively.On 11 December, TCS had given an update on the impact of Chennai floods on its revenues for the third quarter ending December 2015. The Mumbai-based company has about 65,000 employees at its offices in Chennai.”While majority of facilities in Chennai opened for normal business functioning on Monday, December 7, 2015, attendance rates were lower than normal as employees were still recovering from the flood’s aftermath.This is expected to have a material impact on the company’s revenues in the seasonally weak third quarter ending December 31, 2015,” it had said.Wipro was trading at Rs 555.75 on the BSE on Wednesday at 11.50 am, down 0.51%. TCS was up 1.07% and trading at Rs 2,400.55.The S&P BSE Sensex was trading higher at 25,508, a gain of 190 points, or 0.74%.Infosys, another IT services whose operations in Chennai were affected, is yet to come out with an upate on the impact of the massive floods on its third quarter revenues. The company will be announcing its Q3 results on 14 January, 2016.The Infosys stock was trading at Rs 1,090.65, up 1.28%.last_img read more

Flood sweeps north five more killedFlood sweeps north five more killed

first_imgPeople move to shelters during flood in Lalmonirhat. photo: Prothom AloAs flood waters inundate vast areas in northern districts Dinajpur, Lalmohirhat and Kurigram, five more people including children were killed.The flash flood caused by onrush of waters from across the border and also rains has claimed 14 lives in the past three days. However, IANS gave the number at 18.Major rivers in these districts and also in Bogra are flowing above the danger levels.Fresh areas have also been inundated.Some people in flood-hit areas alleged that they were yet to be provided with adequate relief materials. In cases, reports said, the people marooned by flood waters were forced to starve.A UNB report said: The flood situation in Lalmonirhat worsened further as six embankments have collapsed due to strong current in the Teesta and Dharla rivers, inundating fresh areas of the district.Following the collapse, some 19 villages went under water freshly and more than one hundred houses were eroded by Teesta and Dharala rivers.The road and train communications between Lalmonirhat and Burimari routes have remained suspended for second consecutive day due to severe erosion in different places.Meanwhile, people in the flood-hit areas are suffering from scarcity of food and drinking water. Only 160 tonnes of rice and Tk 450,000 in cash have been allocated for over 100,000 flood-affected people.Mustafizur Rahman, executive engineer of Water Development Board at Dalia Division, said Teesta River was flowing 5 centimetres above the danger mark at Dalia point while Dharala River was flowing 135 centimetres above the danger level at Kulaghat point on Monday morning.To control the water, the Teesta Barrage Authorities have opened its all gates at Dalia point, he added.Many of flood-hit victims claimed that people in 63 chars and char villages have remained marooned by flashfloods for the last five days but they got insufficient government relief, forcing most of them to starve.Rajpur Union Parishad chairman Mofazzal Hossian said in last five days, 50 houses were devoured by the river while flood situation of 17 villages under his union worsened. But the administration allocated only 130-kg of rice for 25,000 flood-affected people.Saniajan UP chairman Abdul Gafur echoed the same adding that he received only 75-kg of rice and a poor amount of dry food in against of 6,000 flood victims.Waterborne diseases are spreading in the flood-hit areas. District Civil Surgeon Dr Amiruzzaman said some 54 medical teams are working in the flood-hit areas. However, no activities of medical teams were seen while visiting the spots.More than one hundred schools were closed as floodwaters entered inside the buildings.District Education Officer Nobez Uddin said academic activities in 197 educational institutions in the district have remained suspended due to floods.Admitting the shortage of relief supply, Lalmonirhat deputy commissioner M Shafiul Arif said distribution of 160 tonnes of rice and Tk 450,000 in cash is going on. Upazila Nirbahi Officers will distribute those relief items gradually.Another UNB report said the flood situation in Kurigram district worsened further on Monday following rise of water level of the Dharala and Brahmaputra rivers.The Dharala was flowing 132cm above the red mark while the Brahmaputra 68cm above the danger marks in the morning.Besides, flood embankments in Kanthlbari of Sadar upazila, Kaluya in Rajarhat upazila and Gorokmandol in Phulbaria upazila collapsed.Road and railway communications remained snapped as the important roads and rail tracks were marooned.Over 400,000 people in 60 unions of nine upazilas were affected by the flood.Academic activities in 608 educational institutions are being hampered as 441 were inundated, 150 are being used as shelters, 18 are facing threat of river erosion, said Swapan Kumar Chowdhury, district education officer.Besides, 167 schools and madrasas have been declared closed for indefinite time.Eighty three community clinics were inundated and over one hundred houses were washed away by the water.Aminul Islam, civil surgeon of the district, said that a total of 87 medical teams are working to help the flood victims.Earlier, four people were killed in floodwater on Sunday.last_img read more

Mayor Annisul still sedated as medicines not impacted him WifeMayor Annisul still sedated as medicines not impacted him Wife

first_imgDhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) mayor Annisul Huq, who is now under treatment in a central London hospital, has been kept sedated as the medicines given so far have failed to make any impact.Rubana Huq, wife of Annisul Huq, in a press statement in London on Friday said, “The first phase of medicines has not impacted him as yet. We expect to get more updates from doctors later next week.”“The doctors have decided to keep Annis sedated as they want his brain to be under full rest,” she said adding that the doctors want to do more tests on him to determine the exact nature of cerebral vasculitis he is suffering from in order to address his strokes in the best possible manner.She also urged the countrymen to pray for her husband’s early recovery.Bangladesh High Commissioner in London Md Nazmul Quanine is in contact with mayor’s family over Annisul’s health condition.last_img read more

Elected Officials From Southeast Texas Analyze Potential Response To A Hurricane InElected Officials From Southeast Texas Analyze Potential Response To A Hurricane In

first_img X 00:00 /01:24 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Al OrtizFrom left to right: Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal; Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta; Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Liberty County Judge Jay Knight, during the briefing on the 2016 hurricane season, which was held at NRG Center.Elected officials and emergency management coordinators from across southeast Texas met in Houston to attend a briefing on the potential response to a hurricane hitting our region.Harris County Judge Ed Emmett hosted the briefing, which brought to Houston mayors and judges from surrounding cities and counties, such as Seabrook and Brazoria.This year, the forecast by the National Weather Service calls for an average season with 10 to 15 tropical storms or hurricanes.The briefing touched on specific aspects of the response to a hurricane, such as restoring power, removing debris and fuel supply.Emmett underscored the region is well prepared in that regard, because “there is a definitive plan in place to have fuel pre-storm and then also, along the evacuation routes, and as soon as possible post storm.”“The most critical thing out there is the evacuation, the fuel supplies and people being ready to act,” commented Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta.Emmett also noted that contraflow – when all lanes of a given roadway are going in the same direction — is almost a last resort to be used in extreme situations, like a massive evacuation.Texas Highway Patrol Captain Terry Truett explained contraflow entails a lot of manpower.“Just to run Interstate 45 takes over 200 people, with Highway Patrol and TxDOT personnel. When you include Interstate 10, you are looking at over a 100 people to run that roadway. So, together, we are talking over 400 people,” Truett detailed.Officials emphasize the need to be prepared by knowing your evacuation routes, having a basic survival plan and trying to always have a full tank of gas in case you have to leave your home unexpectedly. Sharelast_img read more

What Trumps 50 Billion In China Tariffs Mean For HoustonWhat Trumps 50 Billion In China Tariffs Mean For Houston

first_img 00:00 /00:49 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty ImagesPresident Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping leave a business leaders event in Beijing on Nov. 9. Trump’s national security strategy acknowledges that some world powers may be both allies and competitors.China is Texas’ third-largest export market. For Houston, it’s second only to Mexico. So how will the $50 billion worth of tariffs President Donald Trump is imposing on China affect businesses here?The Houston area did $18.8 billion in bilateral trade with China last year. Patrick Jankowski, senior vice president of research at the Greater Houston Partnership, says anything that reduces trade with China will hurt the region’s economy.“The danger when the U.S. takes action like this is it creates a tit-for-tat mentality,” Jankowski says. “And I’m sure China will be coming back – they’ve announced that they’re going to come back with tariffs on U.S. exports. And so what that’s going to mean is it’s going to reduce the demand for things we produce here in Houston, which will eventually reduce the output, which will eventually perhaps reduce the number of jobs that are supporting trade in the region.”Jankowski says the tariffs will ultimately hit consumers in the form of higher prices, and not just on goods imported from China. In Houston alone, more than 1,000 manufacturers depend on imported components to make their products. Sharelast_img read more

Physicists investigate fundamental limits of quantum enginesPhysicists investigate fundamental limits of quantum engines

first_img Physicists Obinna Abah and Eric Lutz at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany have published a paper on the energy-efficient quantum machines in a recent issue of EPL. Abah is currently a Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 research fellow at Queen’s University in Belfast, UK.The performance of any kind of engine—quantum or classical—is largely determined by its energy efficiency (the ratio of energy output to energy input) and its power (the rate of energy output in a given time). Conventional thermodynamics imposes a tradeoff between an engine’s efficiency and its power—meaning when you increase one, the other decreases. For quantum engines, however, it’s possible to increase both the efficiency and the power at the same time. This means that, with the proper methods, quantum engines can potentially produce more energy output from a given amount of energy input, and do so at a faster rate than before the improvement.Some of the methods that allow for the simultaneous increase in efficiency and power are called “shortcut-to-adiabaticity” techniques. Adiabatic transformations are highly desirable because they dissipate little energy, which increases the efficiency of the system and speeds up the system’s dynamics, which increases the system’s power output. As their name implies, shortcuts to adiabaticity allow quantum machines to mimic adiabatic operation in a much shorter time than is possible using genuine adiabatic transformations, which are infinitely slow. Although previous research has demonstrated the advantages of shortcuts to adiabaticity for enhancing the performance of heat engines, these methods typically do not account for the energy cost of the shortcut protocol when calculating the final efficiency of the system. As a result, the efficiency improvements due to shortcuts to adiabaticity appear to be for free, exaggerating their effects.In the new study, Abah and Lutz developed a method for evaluating the performance of a system that accounts for the energy cost of these shortcuts. Their results show that shortcuts to adiabaticity enhance the performance of a system only if the shortcut is sufficiently fast, since faster shortcuts have lower energy costs. On the other hand, very slow shortcut protocols have higher energy costs that may exceed any potential energy gains. “Our work shows that higher efficiency and higher power may be achieved at the same time with the help of shortcut-to-adiabaticty methods, even when the energetic cost of the shortcut is taken into account,” Abah told physicists also showed that there is a fundamental limit to the efficiency of any quantum engine, no matter what kind of shortcuts to adiabaticity it uses. Surprisingly, the limits on a quantum engine are stricter than the limits imposed by the second law of thermodynamics, which sets the ultimate limits on the efficiency of classical engines. As the physicists explain, the reason for the tighter bounds on quantum engines is because classical mechanics does not place restrictions on the speed of a process, whereas quantum mechanics does have speed restrictions, which are given by “quantum speed limits.” The scientists plan to compare different shortcut methods in order to determine the one leading to the most energy-efficient machine. Understanding quantum speed limits and their fundamental limitations on quantum systems is essential for designing future quantum engines.”The advent of miniaturization will unavoidably lead to machines that are so tiny that their dynamics will generally obey the laws of quantum mechanics instead of those of classical mechanics,” Abah said. “Their properties will then be governed by quantum thermodynamics.” Citation: Physicists investigate fundamental limits of quantum engines (2017, August 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further More information: Obinna Abah and Eric Lutz. “Energy efficiency quantum machines.” EPL. DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/118/40005 © 2017 Journal information: Europhysics Letters (EPL)center_img Quantum shortcuts cannot bypass the laws of thermodynamics (—Quantum engines are known to operate differently than—and in some cases, outperform—their classical counterparts. However, previous research on the performance of quantum engines may be overestimating their advantages. In a new study, physicists have developed an improved method to compute the efficiency of quantum engines. They show that the ultimate efficiency of quantum systems is subject to tighter fundamental limits than those imposed by the second law of thermodynamics, which governs the efficiency of classical systems. A quantum engine in which work is produced during the first and third strokes. Credit: Abah et al. ©2017 EPL 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

Chromium blacklists nouveau graphics device driver for Linux and Ubuntu usersChromium blacklists nouveau graphics device driver for Linux and Ubuntu users

first_imgLast week, Ilia Mirkin, a former software engineer of Google, shared on the nouveau mailing list that nouveau is now blacklisted in Chromium 71 and Chrome. Many users have been facing rendering issues with nouveau such as tabs and address bar getting partially or totally covered by multiple black rectangles. Users also experienced memory and CPU leak. Because of these kinds of bug reports, the Chromium team considers the driver unstable. The team has disabled the GPU-acceleration by default, but users can still bypass the block if they want to by using these two options: installing proprietary NVidia drivers or running Chrome with –ignore-gpu-blacklist. Why did the Chromium team decide to blacklist Nouveau? Looking at the performance issues, the Chromium team wanted to blacklist the nouveau driver a long time ago. Also, now that Ubuntu ships with nouveau support by default they think that it’s time to blacklist it in Chrome and Chromium. Since Ubuntu LTS supports nouveau, it was quite confusing for users to understand why it is being considered unstable for Chromium. The team commented on a bug report that they do not have enough resources to investigate and fix bugs and their main priority is keeping the browser secure and stable. One of the team members said, “We want a stable & secure browser first, a GPU-accelerated one second, only if possible. The default driver on Ubuntu LTS has severe issues, asking non-technical users to update their driver is just not acceptable as a prerequisite to using Chrome. If someone is interested in well-scoping the brokenness (version range and/or devices affected), we’re happy to take a patch to the blacklist.” In addition to rendering issues, it does not come with support for many features. Users also feel that the root cause is Nvidia, which does not provide open source drivers to the kernel, unlike Intel or AMD. Hence, nouveau (an open source device driver) does not show the same degree of stability or performance. Some felt that to avoid this confusion the Chromium team could have provided some kind of warning message and recommendation about how to update/remove the driver to one that is supported. Read Next NVIDIA launches GeForce Now’s (GFN) ‘recommended router’ program to enhance the overall performance and experience of GFN NVIDIA demos a style-based generative adversarial network that can generate extremely realistic images; has ML community enthralled NVIDIA makes its new “brain for autonomous AI machines”, Jetson AGX Xavier Module, available for purchaselast_img read more

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