Challenges to fully autonomous cars

first_img 1 thought on “Challenges to fully autonomous cars” Continue Reading Previous Self-driving vehicles — are we nearly there yet?Next The connected cellular IoT market is poised for exponential growth pyeatte says: On September 19, 2016, the U.S. Government issued the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, marking a significant milestone in the progress of autonomous vehicles. Although this is a guidance document and does not contain official regulations, it is the first federal involvement in the United States. The federal government recognizes that the automation of vehicles has the potential to increase safety, improve mobility, save energy, and reduce pollution. Therefore, the U.S. Department of Transportation has set a goal to accelerate the revolution of highly automated vehicles (HAV). This is another example of a crucial step to overcoming red tape, as I discussed in my post about Moving autonomous driving into the fast lane .Will human drivers soon be a thing of the past? (Source: Four levels of vehicle automation This migration from solely human-operated cars to completely autonomous ones is not a sudden leap, but is instead a gradual progression. So where exactly are we in this evolution process, and what can we expect to see in 2017?The automation of vehicles can be divided into four levels:No Automation: Vehicles that are fully controlled by the driver.Simple Mechanical Automation: Features like cruise control that automatically maintain a desired aspect of driving, thereby freeing the driver from that specific task.Smart Automation: Cars that incorporate smart sensors and machine vision technology to perform tasks like smart cruise control and lane keeping.Full Autonomous Driving: Cars that drive with zero passenger intervention, using multiple sensors, sensor fusion processing, and machine learning, all in conjunction with positioning technology.Taking a look at this classification, it’s clear that the first level of zero automation is practically extinct. Almost every new vehicle in the developed world has at least one automated feature, and most have many. The second level , mechanical automation, has been around for decades. Features of smart automation, the third level , are now commercially available, like adaptive cruise control and parking assist. But, this level is far from being fully exhausted. Features like traffic jam assist and self-parking are in very advanced stages of development and are being introduced on the roads today. The technological components that enable these tasks are ever developing; for example, artificial intelligence and smart sensors are continuing to improve these automated features. As this trend continues, smart automation will be more easily and quickly adopted into the mass market, and will soon become standard equipment in new cars.The fourth and last level is full autonomous driving. This is the pinnacle of the evolution and will have the largest societal impact in how people utilize transportation through shared mobility services. Many traditional automotive companies, such as General Motors, Ford, and Daimler, to name but a few, have joined the likes of Google, Baidu, and Uber in this revolution. You can see these test cars on the road today and even more locations are being used as test sites for autonomous vehicles, gradually incorporating them in general traffic.Self-driving Uber car (Source: Uber) Just a few days prior to the release of the federal policy document, Uber unleashed a fleet of autonomous vehicles for hire to the general public. The experimental pilot program includes four cars that are capable of navigating a certain part of Pittsburgh, which has been pre-mapped. In each car, two Uber engineers are in the driver and passenger seats ready to take control if there is a safety risk or other issue that requires intervention. According to reports, like this one from Reuters, such an intervention was necessary every few miles.Three main technological challenges that need to be addressed in 2017 Experiments like the Uber fleet in Pittsburgh show that fully autonomous vehicles are very close to fruition. In the foreseeable future, it’s likely that these vehicles will mainly be used for services, while car owners will see increasingly sophisticated level 3 HAVs. What are the challenges standing in the way of further enhancing level 3 and fully transitioning into level 4 automation?#1 Availability of intelligent vision sensors: One of the main challenges is the availability of intelligent vision sensors that can match and exceed human capacity for vision and analysis, and adequately respond to any situation that may occur on the road. These sensors must be able to detect signs, hazards, other vehicles, pedestrians, and more, and process this information to determine precisely how to react in real-time. But, the vision sensors aren’t only pointed outwards to the road…#2 Simple handoff from the automated function to the driver: In level 3 of smart automation, there is complexity in the handoff from the automated function to the driver. The solution for this is driver monitoring. This feature uses machine vision that can detect the state of the driver (e.g., alert or fatigued, paying attention or distracted) by analyzing facial expressions to ensure a safe handoff.#3: Cost-effectiveness: Even the most advanced imaging and vision technology won’t cut it if it’s not extremely low-power, small-die-size, and part of a cost-effective solution. To really penetrate the mass market and disrupt the transportation industry, the solution must be able to perform all of the above tasks with all their complexity, but still be efficient and flexible enough to adapt to future changes and innovations.Mass market applications enablers There are many challenges ahead before fully autonomous vehicles can become the main mode of transportation across the globe. Safety, ethics, psychology, and other profound fields will undoubtedly be involved in decision making and policy formulation, as the U.S. government made clear in its publication. In the meantime, huge steps are being made towards that goal.The main enablers of these steps are efficient vision and sensing solutions, low power, low-cost machine intelligence and positioning technology. As these components become more cost-effective and more available for mass market applications, we’ll be seeing more green lights for features that can make driving safer, more efficient and more convenient.Jeff VanWashenova is Director of Automotive Market Segment at CEVA. Jeff is utilizing his fifteen years of experience in the automotive industry to expand CEVA’s imaging and vision product line into a variety of automotive applications. He holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from Michigan State University. October 12, 2016 at 8:35 pm “It will certainly be an evolutionary process and a bumpy (no pun intended) one for sure. One requirement will be communication between cars to resolve active right-of-way issues at 60mph and faster.” Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Automotive, Industry Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. 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Injured Saha eyeing comeback by mid or end of December

first_imgKolkata, Nov 11 (IANS) Out of action for most part of the year due to injury, India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha on Sunday said he is eyeing a comeback to competitive cricket by the mid or end of December.”I am much better than before. I expect to make a comeback by mid-December or by the end of the year. The rehabilitation is going on keeping that in mind. So hopefully, if things go to plan I will make a comeback by that time,” Saha told reporters on the sidelines of the launch of Wiki, a sports fiction based on the life of a wicketkeeper.”I have started knocking at the nets and taking throwdowns but I am not match fit yet.”Saha has been out of action ever since his last Indian Premier League (IPL) match for Sunrisers Hyderabad in May due to a number of injuries, chief of which were a broken finger and a shoulder problem.There was speculation around his injury too, with allegations surfacing that it was aggravated because of a bungled rehabilitation. The 34-year old had initially been sidelined of the second and third Test in South Africa because of a hamstring injury before which he missed the latter stages of the IPL due to a finger injury, which was later revealed to be a broken thumb when he got ruled out of the Test match against Afghanistan.Asked about his mental state during the rehab process and how is he eyeing a comeback to the Indian team, Saha said, “I have to come up the ranks like everybody. First I have to play domestic cricket and according to the performances, I will try and get back to the Indian team. I will have to get selected as well.”Saha further said that the Indian team management is in touch with him through National Cricket Academy (NCA).”I am in touch with the team management through the NCA. The message is being conveyed.”Provided he is able to make a comeback in December, Saha can walk into the Bengal Ranji Trophy team with the domestic season just underway.Bengal will take on Madhya Pradesh here on Monday in an Elite Group B game.During Saha’s absence, dashing wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant made his Test debut on the England tour. After a shaky start, the left-hander scored a blazing hundred in the Oval Test. Then, he followed it up with a half-century against the Windies in the first Test in Rajkot and is now a certainty in the side.Saha has played 32 Tests and scored 1164 runs including three hundreds.–IANSdm/gau/sedadvertisementlast_img read more

What to Pack to Look Presentable When You De-Plane

first_imgUnless you’re very, very fancy, a shower isn’t something you’re ever going to avail yourself of in-air. But you can fake at least freshly washed hair with this dual-purpose dry shampoo and pomade that de-greases as it provides some hold. $19, birchbox.comMarvis Travel Toothpaste Dental hygiene is a must for overnight and long haul flights because no one wants fuzzy teeth and your loved ones don’t want to get anywhere near your death breath. $6, birchbox.comAir Repair Rescue Balm The air up in the air is dry as hell and wreaks havoc on skin. Drinking water can help with hydration you but you’ll need more than just liquids to prevent yourself from looking parched. Just slather this multitasking salve on chapped cheeks, cuticles and lips so flying doesn’t leave you flaky. $12, Yes to Cucumbers Travel Size Facial Towelettes Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home If you’re taking a red-eye, there’s a good chance you didn’t feel like struggling to wash up in the microscopic plane bathroom. A quick once over with these refreshing cleansing cloths will make your grimy, gnarly face less so immediately. $2.99 for 10, target.comKiehl’s Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer Chances are the only excess baggage you’re dealing with on this trip is residing beneath your eyes. So quickly swipe this cooling stick all around eyes to deflate any plane-related puffiness. $20, kiehls.comHanz de Fuko Quicksand What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul center_img No one looks all that attractive when they disembark after a long flight.If you’re not being met by anyone special, then maybe you could care less about your arrival appearance. But then there are times when your welcoming committee includes a judge-y friend, family member, or lady friend. So if this is your situation, you’ll want to make an in-the-air effort to make yourself look as presentable as possible post-plane ride. Here are a handful of travel grooming products that should help make you look less crappy by the time you arrive at your destination. Editors’ Recommendations 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts How to Make a Cuban Sandwich, According to Chefslast_img read more

Ban taps veteran French politician as special adviser on piracy off Somali

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a French public law professor and former diplomat to advise him on legal issues surrounding piracy off the Somali coast, it was announced today.Jack Lang, 70, has extensive experience as a policy-maker, both domestically and on a global scale, and has served as his country’s Minister of Culture and Education, as well as President of the French National Assembly’s foreign affairs committee.He has been elected as deputy of the Assembly and as a member of the European Parliament.Mr. Lang served as President Nicolas Sarkozy’s special envoy to Cuba in February 2009 and to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in November of that year.In addition to his political career, Mr. Lang, a public law professor, has served in several academic legal posts.“The international community, including the Security Council, has clearly emphasized the need to achieve and sustain substantive results in combating the scourge of piracy,” according to a UN release.“The human, commercial and security threats posed by piracy are enormous and widespread,” it continued.Yesterday, the Secretary-General told the Council in a meeting on the issue that there have been 139 piracy-related incidents off the coast of Somalia in the past seven months. Thirty ships have been hijacked, with 17 vessels and 450 seafarers being held for ransom.In 2008, 111 ships were attacked, and that number nearly doubled to 217 in 2009.“Over the past three years, the international community has made concerted efforts to combat the problem, including by establishing a Contact Group and deploying significant naval assets to the region,” he said.“Nonetheless, we can do more,” Mr. Ban added. “In particular, we need to implement the existing legal regime, so the fight against piracy in international waters is effective.”In a report released last week, he identified seven options for furthering the aim of prosecuting and imprisoning persons responsible for acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea, which has been a growing problem in recent years.The Secretary-General has requested Mr. Lang, his new Special Adviser, to identify extra measures to help States in the region and beyond to prosecute and imprison those engaged in piracy.Mr. Ban has also asked him to look into countries’ willingness to potentially host new courts, tribunals or chambers to prosecute and imprison those responsible for acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia.In his new role, Mr. Lang will work closely with the UN Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) and the Department for Political Affairs (DPA).In a related development, the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) and others jointly spoke out against the “ongoing assault” against the people of the capital, Mogadishu, carried out by the Islamist militant group known as Al-Shabaab.Violence in Mogadishu has led to some 3,000 conflict-related casualties so far this year and uprooted around 200,000 people from the city, which has been the scene of ongoing clashes between Government troops and armed groups.“This brutal offensive is being conducted on several fronts,” according to the statement by UNPOS, Norway, the United States, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the European Union (EU), the InterGovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the League of Arab States.“It includes both the illegal blockading of food and humanitarian assistance as well as the cold-blooded murder of innocent Somali citizens as witnessed in the attack on the Muna hotel, which caused so many civilian deaths,” it continued.According to media reports, that attack in Mogadishu involved Somali insurgents dressed as police officers, who stormed the hotel and opened fire, and later blew themselves up. At least 30 civilians, including Members of Parliament, were reportedly killed.The offensive under way, coinciding with the holy month of Ramadan, “demonstrates a complete disregard for human life and Somali culture,” the statement stressed, voicing particular concern over the presence of foreign fighters collaborating with Al-Shabaab.“The insurgents will not, however, succeed,” it said. “The peace process will continue in Somalia despite the attempts of a violent minority to stop it.” 26 August 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a French public law professor and former diplomat to advise him on legal issues surrounding piracy off the Somali coast, it was announced today. read more

In fight against AIDS UN brings prevention techniques online for sex workers

“Thanks to this innovative project, people working on HIV/AIDS prevention for sex workers can now learn what does and doesn’t work from Poland to Papua New Guinea,” said Jim Yong Kim, World Health Organization (WHO) Director of HIV/AIDS. “Targeted HIV/AIDS prevention and care programmes are urgently needed for sex workers, injecting drug users and other vulnerable groups,” he added of the initiative, which also targets other sexually transmitted infections. Launched by WHO and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) in collaboration with sex work networks around the world, the tool kit is intended for use by people working with female, male and transgender sex workers including programme managers, field workers and peer educators. This is the first time this expertise has been formally documented and made widely accessible. Now online, it will also be available as CD-ROM and hard copy in early 2005. The kit is a living document and will continue to be updated as new resources are released. WHO and GTZ worked closely with sex work networks and organizations to produce the collection of more than 130 documents, manuals and research studies, such as practical “how to do it” documents like “Hustling for Health” and “Making Sex Work Safe,” written by experienced sex worker groups to support programme managers. “Of Veshyas, vamps, whores and women,” for example, is based on experiences from an Indian non-governmental organization and gives practical advice on how to build up a network of peer educators in brothels, how to set up condom distribution networks and how to structure payment incentives for educators. Despite proof that prevention programmes succeed in sex work settings, currently only 16 per cent of sex workers have access to these services. Around the world, poor services generally mean higher HIV prevalence. The kit includes valuable data and analysis which can be shared across regions to design better prevention programmes, such as “Police and Sex Workers in Papua New Guinea.” A report on “Meeting the sexual health needs of men who have sex with men in Senegal” gives valuable insight into dealing with the cultural sensitivity surrounding these relationships in West Africa. read more

Opinion Ohio State football needs to succeed on big stage to earn

Then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) runs the ball during The Game Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorWhat a difference a year makes.Last year at this time, heading into the Spring Game, the Ohio State football team had sky-high expectations. It was National Championship or bust. Fresh off an undefeated 12-0 campaign in a sanctioned 2012 season that prevented any postseason play, and with the addition of a top-five recruiting class, the Buckeyes were picked by some experts to compete for a title in January 2014.After Auburn upset then-No. 1 Alabama in the Iron Bowl Nov. 30, the Buckeyes moved in the BCS rankings to the No. 2 spot, which would have guaranteed them a spot in the National Championship Game.Well, two losses later, and here we sit.Gone is the historic winning streak. Gone is 1,500-yard running back Carlos Hyde, as well as four of five starting offensive linemen.So, fans head into the 2014 season trying to figure out exactly what to expect from the Buckeyes on the field in the fall. Urban Meyer is still at the helm, and he managed to bring in another stellar recruiting class. Two-time defending Big Ten Player of the Year, senior quarterback Braxton Miller also returns beneath center. Much to the surprise of some fans, co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell returns as well, but with two new additions in co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash and defensive line coach Larry Johnson.However, many questions linger: Can the pass defense improve after finishing ranked No. 112 in the country? Can the offense finally establish a consistent intermediate passing game? Which, if any, of the five-star recruits can make an immediate impact? Really, the big question though, is how good is this team?With the new four-team College Football Playoff system taking effect this year, it is difficult to put a barometer on what constitutes a successful season for the Buckeyes. OSU will always have high standards when it comes to football, and, since it is still one of the most talented teams in the Big Ten, the Buckeyes should be able to contend yet again for an undefeated regular season.With another relatively weak non-conference schedule and a conference schedule that doesn’t include Wisconsin, Nebraska, or Iowa, and includes Michigan at Ohio Stadium, the Buckeyes will likely face their biggest test in the form of Michigan State Nov. 8 in East Lansing, Mich.Should the Buckeyes avenge their Big Ten Championship game loss against the Spartans, they would likely be in the driver’s seat for a chance to win their first Big Ten title under Meyer.A loss, on the other hand, would likely further the negative big-game perception of the Buckeyes. This team needs to win the Big Ten and win a major bowl game to help silence its critics.As we saw last year, however, winning those games is easier said than done. The opportunity to prove themselves on the big stage was the Buckeyes’ for the taking, but in the end they let it slip away.This year, fans can only hope for a season that helps OSU earn back the respect it once had and another chance to prove that the Buckeyes are truly an elite team. read more

DISPATCH fleet management system commissioned at Copper Mountain mine in Canada

first_imgModular Mining Systems, a supplier of real-time computer-based mine management solutions for mining operations, has successfully commissioned its DISPATCH® fleet management system at the Copper Mountain mine in Canada. The 18,000 acre site is designed to operate 24-hours a day, 365 days per year, with a production rate of 175,000 t/d. Implementation of Modular’s DISPATCH FMS will enable the mine to optimise production from the fleet of 21 haul trucks and four loading units. Don Strickland, VP Operations at Copper Mountain, cited Modular’s experience as a key factor in the decision-making process. “We are excited about utilising this system to capture production improvement opportunities.”Fleet management systems allow mines to maximise production, minimise risk and reduce the overall fleet operating cost. “Many mines do not consider the purchase of a fleet management system as a capital savings during an expansion plan,” said Greg Lanz, General Manager North America, at Modular. “Our primary goal is to help Copper Mountain meet or exceed their production goals as an alternative to simply adding haulage capacity.”Copper Mountain’s production facility commenced operations in 2011 and currently has a 17+ year expected lifespan. Also, Copper Mountain has now completed construction of the new permanent secondary crusher at the mine and the crusher is being commissioned. The project was completed on schedule and at the $40 million budget. The secondary crusher was tested with ore at the beginning of this week and since then the commissioning of the crusher is progressing smoothly.The tie in of the new secondary crusher into the existing 1 km overland conveyor that transfers ore from the primary crusher to the new secondary crusher and mill feed stockpile was successfully completed without any operational interruptions to the SAG mill. With the new secondary crusher in operation, 100% of the ore feed going into the SAG mill is minus-51 mm in size. Operations are steadily improving as the live crushed ore stockpile transitions from minus 140 mm to the new reduced ore feed size of minus 51 mm. With the new secondary crusher now in operation, the company intends to dismantle the temporary portable crushing units that were put in place over the past 12 months; this change will reduce operating costs at the site.last_img read more

HP TouchPad 7inch tablet due this August

first_imgIn just a few days, HP’s first TouchPad units will be showing off their webOS sexiness on retail shelves across the U.S. — and then heading quickly to the U.K., Ireland, France, and Germany. Canadians (yours truly included) will be able to pick up their 9.7″ slabs on July 15th.HP has done a good job so far of building buzz for the TouchPad, and demo units have already arrived at some U.S. Walmart stores. And I’m not talking about cheesy dummy units, either — HP’s loaned out fully-functional TouchPads so that customers can get a little hands-on time with webOS and see what it’s all about.AdChoices广告As slick as the TouchPad looks, some prospective tablet owners might think that a (roughly) 10-inch tablet is a bit too bulky. There aren’t many options out there right now for smaller, full-fledged tablets. e-Reader options abound (like the Kindle, Nook, and Kobo), but apart from the HTC Flyer and BlackBerry PlayBook there isn’t much to choose from in the 7 or 8-inch range.That could very well change later this summer, according to a report from Taiwan Economic News. In addition to reporting that Taiwan’s Inventec will be churning out nearly half a million TouchPads per month for HP, the posting revealed that there’s a more diminutive, 7-inch TouchPad due out in August. No hardware specifications were revealed, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see this smaller model sporting internals that are virtually identical to those of its big brother — like a dual core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and front and rear cameras.HP announced back in February of 2011 that it planned to offer webOS in small (Veer), medium (Pre 3), and large (TouchPad) form factors. I suppose that pegs the new 7-inch TouchPad as extra-medium.More at BGR and Cens.comlast_img read more

It will be as cold as minus six degrees in some areas

first_imgIt will be as cold as minus six degrees in some areas tonight Meanwhile a ‘yellow alert’ fog warning is in place for Ireland for between 10am and 6pm today. Friday 25 Nov 2016, 1:56 PM It will be very cold in the north and northwest with lowest temperatures falling to between -2 and -6 degrees with a severe frost and the risk of freezing fog. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL TEMPERATURES WILL DROP as low as minus six overnight, as the cold snap continues.And while a high pressure will dominate Irish weather for the next few days, bringing settled conditions, it’s likely to become milder next week.It will stay between 7 and 10 degrees today, according to Met Éireann, with the temperatures dropping and fog in some areas after nightfall.According to the latest forecast: Share153 Tweet Email1 Nov 25th 2016, 1:56 PM The Aurora Borealis may or may not be visible this evening from Ireland. Image: Shutterstock/Shin Okamotocenter_img Elsewhere lowest temperatures will be -2 to +2 degrees with frost away from coasts. Winds will be light variable or northerly but moderate northeasterly near southeast and south coasts preventing frost there.A ‘yellow alert’ fog warning is in place for Ireland for between 10am and 6pm today.Tomorrow, it will be cold and frosty to start with fog slowly clearing, but drizzle in some areas later.Saturday night won’t be as cold as recently, with a low of around zero. On Sunday, it will be between 7 and 10 degrees during the daytime. Patchy frost and fog is expected on Sunday night.Temperatures will recover a little at the start of next week, according to forecasters.Read: Regulations to crack down on Dublin rickshaw drivers could be on the way soon > Image: Shutterstock/Shin Okamoto By Daragh Brophy 40,368 Views The Aurora Borealis may or may not be visible this evening from Ireland. 24 Comments last_img read more

NUGAS to promote Modern Greek

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With over 900 Greek Australian students and friends in attendance, all coming together for the most anticipated event of the year, NUGAS’ annual ball celebrated its 10th anniversary last Sunday. Hosted at the Victory Room of Etihad Stadium, the event of the year for NUGAS and its nine Victorian members organisations, the ball was the fruition of months of planning and organisation and a lot of hard work, as NUGAS Victoria president Tass Sgardelis told Neos Kosmos. “It was a very successful ball and one of the biggest we had – both the ball and the after party,” Sgardelis told Neos Kosmos.The special night that welcomed Greek Australian students from Victorian universities, youth organisations and NUGAS members past and present featured live entertainment from the renowned Glendi Band and interstate DJ Nicky Zee, as well as the special guest, singer Carly Yelayiotis.After their inaugural indoor soccer tournament scheduled at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre for this Saturday, NUGAS will from this week commence their tour of Greek schools around Victoria, with an aim to promote the National Union of Greek Australian Students itself as well as the learning of Modern Greek. “Our aim is to firstly promote Modern Greek, both NUGAS and other students’ clubs, as well as to talk to students about transitioning to university life and to help answer any questions. “We have done it on a smaller scale in the last couple of years, but this year we want to try and cover all the main Greek schools,” president Tass Sgardelis said. Sgardelis, who has been at the helm of NUGAS Victoria for one and a half years now, said that in the last 12 months the numbers of its members have almost doubled, from 800 members last year to 1,500 members in 2014. The number of clubs has grown from six to nine, representing eight Victorian universities.“We are now focusing on engaging students before they reach university. One of the main reasons is to inform them about the opportunities to study Modern Greek at university, because a lot of them are not aware of it, and the benefits of it. That’s something we want to focus on doing in 2015. “With numbers dwindling in Modern Greek at universities, and courses under pressure, this issue is really important to us. It’s our job to try and boost those numbers and support teaching Modern Greek at universities as much as possible.”With NUGAS Victoria’s yearly program including numerous social gatherings – the famous annual ball and boat cruises, and many fundraisers, Tass Sgardelis says it is the volunteering of its members that makes a real difference within community.Throughout October, NUGAS Victoria members will be visiting Fronditha and Agapi Care nursing homes, to volunteer and spend quality time with the elderly of the Greek community. “We found that our contribution to our community is best served with our volunteering rather than with financial donations – which we are still doing as well, but we found we can make a bigger impact through just going to nursing homes and helping out where we can.”With NUGAS Victoria numbers increasing, and its members associations active at universities around Melbourne and Victoria, Tass Sgardelis says there is a lot of potential within the young Greek Australian community. “We have such a unique and wonderful community, and it’s just such a great thing to be a part of it. It gives me such great joy to see that our youth want to engage with our culture and come together as Greek Australian students, not only for social events but also to share their culture.”For Tass himself, it is a deep sentiment about the organisation and the community that makes him dedicate time to the work NUGAS is doing.“I care very deeply about the organisation because I see it as very unique and I don’t see any other cultures doing it to this extent. We work closely with Italians and a couple of other student organisations – and we are the envy of Australia. Even the interstate members who came over from Sydney and Brisbane for the ball were shocked by the number of members and the organisation. “We recently attended the Italian students’ ball – throughout the whole evening, there were only two Italian songs played. At our ball on Sunday, no English songs made it to the playlist. The band even played leventiko, tsamika; there was a great range of modern and traditional Greek music. At the after party – we balanced it out with both English and Greek music,” Tass says with a laugh. “It’s important for us to keep it that way, and people respond well to it.”For more information and to join NUGAS Victoria, visit read more

Le virus de Schmallenberg détecté dans 29 exploitations ovines en France

first_imgLe virus de Schmallenberg détecté dans 29 exploitations ovines en FranceDétecté pour la première fois en Allemagne, le virus de Schmallenberg se répand en Europe. En France, la maladie qui peut engendrer des malformations néo-natales et une mortalité accrue du bétail, touche aujourd’hui une trentaine d’exploitations ovines situées dans le nord de la France, a annoncé le ministère de l’Agriculture.Le ministre de l’Agriculture Bruno Le Maire a réalisé hier avec les services vétérinaires de la Direction générale de l’Alimentation (DGAL) un point sur la propagation du virus de Schmallenberg dans le nord de la France. Dès l’apparition du virus en Allemagne et aux Pays-Bas, une surveillance a été mise en place via la plate-forme nationale d’épidémiosurveillance. Celle-ci réunit les vétérinaires, les services départementaux de la protection des populations, les groupements de défense sanitaire et l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire (ANSES).À lire aussiQuelles sont les maladies médiévales et exotiques qui font leur retour en France ?Un dispositif qui a permis de détecter la présence de la maladie dans 29 exploitations ovines, situées dans dix départements au nord d’une ligne Caen-Besançon : l’Aisne, le Calvados, la Haute-Marne, la Meurthe-et-Moselle, la Meuse, la Moselle, l’Oise, le Pas-de-Calais, la Seine-Maritime et la Somme. Dans ces élevages, des petits sont nés avec des malformations, d’autres sont morts à la naissance, précise le ministère dans un communiqué.C’est par des insectes, et non d’animal à animal, que le virus se transmet. La maladie se manifeste chez les bovins et les petits ruminants par de la fièvre, une chute de production et divers symptômes sur les femelles gestantes. Sa rapide propagation dans le nord de l’Europe a conduit la Russie à suspendre ses importations de chèvres et de bovins en provenance de quatre pays, l’Allemagne, les Pays-Bas, la Belgique et la France.Le 2 février 2012 à 20:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Cleverley aiming to get back into the starting lineup

Cleverley aiming to get back into the starting lineup

first_imgAfter a lengthy injury lay-off, Watford midfielder Tom Cleverley scored in their 2-1 win at Crystal Palace and is now keen to force his way back into the starting line-up.Cleverley played 45 minutes for the club’s U23 side against Millwall last month as he prepared to get back in shape after sustaining an injury against Stoke at the end of January 2018.The former United player came on and scored the winner in the winner in Watford’s 2-1 win at Selhurst Park on Saturday.Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“It’s been a tough year and to score the winner in an important game feels like a lot of the hard work has paid off,” he told Sky Sports after the game.“I’ve just got to keep doing the right things and, even though I’m back fit now, I’ve got to be patient as the lads in my position have been doing fantastically.“The most important thing is the win, but for me personally it’s a really big reward for what’s been a tough year.”last_img read more

ASA Announces New Communications Hire

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) CEO Steve Censky announced today that Jessica Wharton has joined ASA as State Policy Coordinator and Communications Manager, effective June 6. Wharton is based at ASA’s Washington, D.C., office.“We are excited to welcome Jessica to the ASA team,” said Censky. “Her previous industry experience and communications knowledge will play a major role in coordinating ASA’s policy objectives and successes with our state affiliates.”Wharton comes to ASA from the American Farm Bureau Federation where she helped coordinate policy communications and media relations.“Jessica will fill a much needed position on our staff,” said John Gordley, director of ASA’s Washington office. “Linking producer support to ASA’s policy initiatives through our member states will make all of us more effective in getting soybean priorities acted on by Congress.”Wharton is from Akron, Ohio and holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Palm Beach Atlantic University.last_img read more

Forty Senators Call for Higher Biodiesel Targets in RFS

first_imgInformation provided by a National Biodiesel Board (NBB) news release Forty U.S. senators from across the country Thursday called on the EPA to strengthen biodiesel volumes in the pending Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) proposal.The senators emphasized that biodiesel and renewable diesel are leading the way in delivering Advanced Biofuels under the RFS and said the EPA should do more to encourage their growth.“The biodiesel industry has met RFS criteria for growth, exceeding the goals that Congress envisioned when it created the RFS with bipartisan support in 2005 and supporting over 47,000 jobs,” the letter states. “To date, biodiesel and renewable diesel have delivered the majority of the advanced biofuels under the RFS. We believe it is clear that these fuels offer the best opportunity for growth in the near future.”The letter, which can be found here, was led by Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Patty Murray, D-Wash., Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. It was signed by a bipartisan group of additional senators from California to Minnesota to Maine.Biodiesel – made from a diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats – is the first and only EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel to reach commercial-scale production nationwide. It has made up the vast majority of Advanced Biofuel production under the RFS to date.According to the EPA, it reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 57 percent to 86 percent compared with petroleum diesel.“I think this letter reflects a growing consensus on Capitol Hill that biodiesel and renewable diesel are successfully delivering the economic and environmental benefits that Congress had in mind when it created the RFS,” said Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs at the National Biodiesel Board (NBB). “This is a success story, and hopefully this letter helps show the Obama administration and the EPA that we need to do more. We need to embrace growth in our cleanest fuels, and the EPA proposal as it stands falls short of that.”“On behalf of biodiesel producers around the country we want to thank all the senators who signed this letter, particularly Sens. Blunt, Murray, Grassley and Heitkamp for their leadership in organizing the effort,” Steckel added.The RFS – a bipartisan policy passed in 2005 and signed into law by President George W. Bush – requires increasing volumes of renewable fuels in the U.S. fuel stream, and specifically calls for increasing volumes of Advanced Biofuels in the coming years.Biodiesel and renewable diesel – a similar diesel alternative – fall under the Biomass-based Diesel category of the RFS, which is an Advanced Biofuel category intended to ensure that the policy also addresses the diesel fuel market, not just gasoline. Under the law, Advanced Biofuels must reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 percent compared to petroleum fuels.The EPA proposal would establish a 2.1-billion-gallon Biomass-based Diesel requirement in 2018, up only slightly from the already established 2-billion-gallon requirement for 2017. Citing unused industry capacity and data showing that Biomass-based Diesel consumption is already exceeding 2.1 billion gallons annually, the senators called for at least 2.5 billion gallons for 2018.The additional senators signing the letter were Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Angus King (D-Maine), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Jack Reed (D-R.I), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).With nearly 200 member companies, NBB is the leading U.S. trade association representing the biodiesel and renewable diesel industries.last_img read more

Officials Shots fired report at Fort Lauderdale school was false alarm

Officials Shots fired report at Fort Lauderdale school was false alarm

first_img“We’re trying to see, is it that someone had that wrong code? Is it human error?” said the school’s principal, Jason Rachels.The app’s president and founder, Nate McVicker, said the app worked the way it was supposed to but that he is working with the school to try and figure out exactly what triggered the alert.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. During the commotion, some students said they were trying to watch the news to get a better sense of what was going on.Students also said that black pieces of fabric were placed over windows, which is the school’s protocol in case of an active shooter.“We just moved to the corner of the class where no one could see us. The doors were locked,” said a student. “There was paper, black paper, on the windows, so nobody could see through. It was really freaky because there was like — we could hear the officers running through the hallway.”Many said that they were scared. One parent told 7News that the situation shook their nerves.“It’s terrifying, it’s terrifying. It’s getting out of control,” said parent Becky Wells.“My heart was like a thousand miles per hour. I couldn’t wait to get here,” said a parent.A group could be seen forming a prayer circle and asking for God to protect their children. “I mean, I know God’s in control, so I’m trying to not fear anything and just, you know, stay focused on Him,” said parent Mary Buitrago, who led the group prayer.“It’s overwhelming, but He is the answer,” said a parent, pointing to the sky. “But I know our God is so strong, and he’s watching us.”The school sent text messages to parents informing them that a sweep of the school was underway before giving the all clear.“Oh my God. Everybody here is having an anxiety attack, you know? It’s crazy,” said parent Nancy Fuentes.Police later confirmed that the incident was a false alarm and no shots were ever fired at the scene.There was a large police presence at the school and parents said although they were terrified, they are glad that there was such a great response.Officials are now working to determine if the app’s false alarm was a human error or a glitch in the system. center_img FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police gave the all clear to Calvary Christian Academy in Fort Lauderdale after a report of shots fired, which turned out to be a false alarm, Monday.School officials said it appeared that someone had accidentally activated the panic button on a safety app called School Guard 911.After the user pressed the button, parents and authorities were alerted via text message.Fort Lauderdale Police then arrived to the scene and swept the campus room by room while parents waited outside and students huddled on the floor inside in silence.The church is located at 2401 W. Cypress Creek Road.Parents were allowed into Calvary Christian Academy to pick up their children, at 4 p.m.Cellphone footage shot by a student showed a large police presence as students were allowed off campus following the hour-and-half-long lockdown. last_img read more

Sea turtles rescued from cold waters along Florida coast

Sea turtles rescued from cold waters along Florida coast

first_imgSARASOTA, Fla. (WSVN) — Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers rescued more than 100 stunned sea turtles from the cold ocean along the Florida coast this week.They were taken to a nearby lab and aquarium in Sarasota.Officials said they will release the turtles back to warmer waters starting by next week.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Incubus Guitarist Has An App That Will Plug Fans Into Artists Sound

Incubus Guitarist Has An App That Will Plug Fans Into Artists Sound

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 25, 2017 – 5:23 pm Incubus On Skrillex, Making ‘8’ Facebook Incubus Guitarist Has An App That Will Plug Fans Into Artists’ Sound The guitarist and his wife, Ann Marie Simpson, have partnered with Chrystine Villarreal, formerly of TechCrunch, to launch MIXhalo, a new app aimed at providing fans with a live streaming audio broadcast of concerts, sporting events, and conferences directly from the event’s soundboard. With respect to live concerts, the app’s goal is to give fans the opportunity to hear the show that same way the band is hearing it: the in-ear monitor mix.The app’s underlying technology was demonstrated for a small audience at last year’s TechCrunch, after which Villarreal announced she would be departing in order to become the new president of MIXhalo, with Einziger serving as CEO and Simpson as COO. The app has generated some considerable buzz, and Dropbox creator Drew Houston has reportedly become involved as a first-round investor in the fledgling company. Other investors and closel -involved advisors include such names as Elon Musk and Pharrell Williams.Speaking on the immediate roadmap for getting the technology to market, Einziger told Steve Baltin for Forbes, “We’re talking with one of the major concert promoters about a trial run at a prominent L.A. theater and that should be happening very soon, if all goes well. And I’m hoping we can start releasing it commercially in the fall, after we finish testing this summer.”Google Doodle: Unlock Hip-Hop History Twitter Email Mike Einziger is living a new life as a tech entrepreneur and rubbing elbows with Silicon Valley giantsBrian HaackGRAMMYs Aug 11, 2017 – 5:36 pm GRAMMY.comMike Einziger, guitarist for the GRAMMY-nominated band Incubus, has a new project up his sleeve — one that promises to connect fans with live music in an exciting and unexplored way. News Inside Mike Einziger’s New Music Tech App incubus-guitarist-has-app-will-plug-fans-artists-soundlast_img read more

Majili box office collection in US premieres ChaySams film turns 4th biggest

first_img1NTR: KathaNayakuduJanuary 8$442,998 RankMovieReleaseGross Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Akkineni in MajiliTwitterNaga Chaitanya and Samantha Akkineni’s Majili has got a good opening and made a decent collection at the US box office in its premiere shows. It has become the fourth biggest Tollywood opener of 2019.Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Akkineni have a good fan following in the US and their visible chemistry in the promos of Majili has created curiosity among the film goers in the country. The hype made the makers sell its overseas theatrical rights for a whopping price of Rs 3 crore and Moon Shine Cinemas, which bagged its rights, booked 150 screens in the US to cash in on the ChaySam mania in the country.The hype and curiosity helped the Shiva Nirvana-directed romance drama register a decent advance booking. Moon Shine Cinemas held premiere shows of Majili in all 150 locations across the country. The movie has received a fantastic response everywhere and made a decent collection at the US box office in the preview shows.As per early trends, Majili has collected $140,454 at the US box office in the premiere shows. This number will go up, when the final figures are released by its producers/distributors. The movie has become the one of the biggest openers for Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Akkineni in the country.OverSeasRights tweeted, “#Majili #USA Premieres BoxOffice hourly gross at 1:55AM EST $140,454 from 112Locations Big #Million $$$ Weekend ahead Follow @Overseasrights for real-time Live BoxOffice Updates @chay_akkineni @Samanthaprabhu2 #ChaySam4 #Majilionapril5th #Akkineni #MajiliReview”Majili has beaten the record of Akhil Akkineni’s Mr Majnu, which collected $59,633 in its preview shows. It has become the fourth biggest Tollywood opener of the year. Here is the list of top Telugu movies in the US. The figures mentioned here may vary from the actual numbers released by their distributors.RankRankMovieMovieReleaseReleaseGrossGrossRank1MovieNTR: KathaNayakuduReleaseJanuary 8Gross$442,998Rank2MovieF2 – Fun and FrustrationReleaseJanuary 11Gross$251,263Rank3MovieVinaya Vidheya RamaReleaseJanuary 10Gross$181,118Rank4MovieMajiliReleaseApril 4Gross$140,454Rank5MovieMahanayakudu ReleaseFebruary 14Gross$74,460 5Mahanayakudu February 14$74,460 3Vinaya Vidheya RamaJanuary 10$181,118 4MajiliApril 4$140,454 2F2 – Fun and FrustrationJanuary 11$251,263last_img read more

Xbox One getting Free Play Day with Gold feature

first_imgOne of the incentives for subscribing to EA’s new Access service is the ability to play new or pre-release games early for a limited time. Now it looks as though Microsoft is going to introduce a similar feature for gamers who sign up for Xbox Live Gold on the Xbox One.Those signed up to the Xbox One console beta in the US have been presented with a new screen listing several games along with the text “Free Play Day with Gold.” It suggests that any game in that list will be free to download to the Xbox One hard drive and play for 24 hours. At the end of the time you’ll no doubt be urged to purchase the title if you enjoyed it and want to continue playing.As you can see, the games offered include Max The Curse of Brotherhood, Strike Suit Zero, and Crimson Dragon with at least one more on the right of the shot. Xbox Support didn’t know about this feature, but after a bit of checking they confirmed it is something in the pipeline, but they can’t confirm details just yet.The feature has already started being compared to Steam’s free-play weekends, and it could prove popular depending on what titles are selected. Microsoft and developers do need to be careful as some games can be blasted through in less than a day making a purchase unnecessary. Free Play Day makes a lot of sense for multiplayer-focused games, or even MMOs if Microsoft is willing to extend this to a weekend of play time.last_img read more

Bacteria that bind toxic metals Are they the future of nuclear waste

first_imgby Gina M. BussResearchers in Germany have found a way to use bacteria which are able to accumulate toxic metals and survive in nuclear waste as a way of cleaning up toxic dumps. Earth to Mars in 100 days: The power of nuclear rockets Explore further 230,000 tons of nuclear waste: that’s how much toxic metal can accumulate after 30 years of mining uranium – and that’s just one waste pile. With all the nuclear waste production throughout the world, this toxic metal is literally “piling up” in more and more places, and is encroaching on inhabited areas.During the process of generating nuclear power and nuclear weapons, radionuclides like uranium are discharged into the environment. These metals pose a serious ecological and health threat and usually contaminate the soil, sediment, and waters surrounding the waste piles.Conventional methods of cleaning up these toxic wastes are often expensive and not very effective. The environment is in dire need of a novel approach to waste clean-up and researchers in Germany may have the answer.A recent study from the Institutes of Radiochemistry and Nuclear Physics in Dresden outlines a way of using bioremediation as a means for eliminating nuclear waste. Bioremediation is a process that uses microorganisms to return an environment back to its original condition after it has been exposed to contaminants.Nuclear waste piles, such as the one in southeast Germany that’s highlighted in thestudy, are a reservoir for certain strains of bacteria. These bacteria have evolved special mechanisms to survive in this waste that would normally be toxic to other types of microorganisms.The strain Bacillus sphaericus has evolved a crystalline surface layer (S-layer) that covers the outside of the cell. This layer is more than a protective barrier to the bacteria, it serves to accumulate high amounts of toxic metals such as uranium, lead, copper, aluminum, and cadmium.Researchers are currently seeking out ways to exploit the bacteria’s strategies. New technology is incorporating the S-layer structure onto silicon wafers, metals, polymers, nanoclusters, and bioceramic discs. All of these products could be used to remove metals from contaminated water and soil.Additionally, these technologies could be used to recover precious metals such as platinum and palladium from industrial waste sites and recycle them for making electronic products.Bacteria may be the template for new technology aimed at nuclear waste removal. The time may be near when synthetic S-layer discs can be placed in contaminated areas and act as sponges, cleaning up a big toxic mess.Reference:Pollman K, Raff J, Merroun M, Fahmy K, and Selenska-Pobell S.Biotechnology Advances. 2005. Article in Gina M. Buss, Copyright 2005 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Citation: Bacteria that bind toxic metals: Are they the future of nuclear waste cleanup? (2005, August 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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