Halifax 2014 Draws on Global Sport Community

first_img Within the next month, Halifax 2014 will be forming an Athletes Advisory Group, whose chair will also be added to the committee. The Commonwealth Games Federation requires a minimum of 10 sports out of a total 26 possible sports to be held during the Games. Five of these sports are mandatory (athletics, aquatics, lawn bowls, rugby 7s, and netball). The remaining sports are selected by the host country as part of its bid. “Halifax has a long and proud sporting history,” said Mr. Garner. “The 2014 Commonwealth Games will showcase our sporting tradition and bring a world audience to Nova Scotia.” Mr. Garner and the sport advisory committee will work closely with the National Sport Organizations and International Sport Federations to ensure Halifax’s venues meet all technical details and standards. For the past eight years, Mr. Garner has been executive director of Events Halifax. He was the general manager of the 1997 Senior World Canoe Championships and was an executive board member for the 2003 IIHF World Junior Hockey and 2004 IIHF World Women’s Hockey championships. “Our sport team is working to ensure that we host a world class Games that will meet athletes’ needs but will also leave behind a sustainable legacy for future generations,” said Halifax 2014 CEO Scott Logan. “The 2014 Commonwealth Games will give young Nova Scotians increased opportunities and access to participate in physical activity and therefore live healthier lives.” The Commonwealth Games are an international sport and cultural event held every four years in which athletes from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories compete. In December 2005, Halifax won the right to be Canada’s candidate city for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. In competition with Glasgow, Scotland, and Abuja, Nigeria, the Halifax 2014 bid committee is now focused on developing and winning the international bid, which will be awarded by the Commonwealth Games Federation on Nov. 9, 2007, in Sri Lanka. For more information see the website at www.2014Halifax.com . A former athlete and Olympic coach will lead a group of sports experts on the new sport advisory committee for the Halifax 2014 Commonwealth Games Bid Committee. Frank Garner, former international level athlete, Olympic coach, chief Olympic canoe official and major sporting events administrator was named today, Sept. 8, the director of sport for Halifax 2014. Mr. Garner will head the Halifax 2014 Sport Advisory Committee which will oversee the selection of sports that will be part of the Halifax 2014 Games bid. The sport advisory committee includes bid committee representatives as well as sport administrators and experts from the local, national and international sport community. The committee members are: Larry Sengstock; director of sport, Melbourne 2006 Gary Furlong; sport officer, Halifax 2014 Betty Lou Killen; venues officer, Halifax 2014 Ken Bagnell; president Sport Centre Atlantic Jamie Ferguson; CEO Sport Nova Scotia Lindsay Hugenholtz; director of games, Department of Health Promotion and Protection Kathy Hare; director of international programs, Commonwealth Games Canada Eric Savard; bid director, Commonwealth Games Canada Rob Paradis; senior program officer, Sport Canada. last_img read more

Grand Medicine regains northern Manitoba medical contract

first_imgMelissa Ridgen APTN InvestigatesA company at the centre of a recent APTN investigation has won a lucrative contract to provide pharmacy and health services to 22 remote Manitoba First Nations.Grand Medicine Health Services had the mail-in prescription contract for northern Manitoba for 17 years, according to government documents, before losing it to another bidder in 2015.Earlier this month, APTN Investigates revealed that back in 1999 – the first year of the contract –Grand Medicine co-owner, Gabriel Patterson, was awaiting trial on several pimping charges in Toronto.The contract came to be under the watch of Paul Cochrane, a disgraced Health Canada bureaucrat who was eventually jailed for taking kickbacks from Sagkeeng First Nation’s Virginia Fontaine Treatment Centre.Shortly after the contract was won, Patterson’s business partner, Gail Halko left the company, handing it over to Patterson. When asked by APTN Investigates, she wouldn’t say if her departure was related to the charges Patterson faced.In May 2000 Patterson was convicted of charges including procuring, living off the avails of prostitution, kidnapping, and uttering death threats.He began his seven-year sentence in June 2000.On the eve of that, he gave Grand Medicine, along with the federal government contract, to his mother, Catherine Patricia Patterson, herself a former sex trade worker turned school teacher. She was running the company responsible for getting medications to patients in remote vulnerable communities.In 2003, Grand Medicine was sold to a newly-formed company called Northwest Healthcare. Halko returned as Grand Medicine’s chief operating officer and a shareholder. And shareholders in Northwest Healthcare? Patterson’s twin daughters. They would have been eight years old.Upon release from prison after serving four of his seven-year sentence, Patterson emerged on Northwest Healthcare’s corporate documents as president.Northwest owns 51 per cent of Grand Medicine while Halko owns the other 49.Yet Halko told APTN via email Patterson “has not been a partner, owner or shareholder in our company since 1999. He has in no way been involved in the operation or governance of Grand Medicine since that time.”And she said Grand Medicine didn’t have the pharmacy contract for periods in 2000 2001 and 2003 although the government’s records show the contract went uninterrupted from 1999 to 2015. And in 2011, Ottawa even expanded the contract to include other non-insured health benefits. Taxpayers were paying Grand Medicine $9-$10 million a year in the final five years of the deal.The latest contract was awarded last month.“Grand Medicine Health Services submitted the most competitive bid following the solicitation and has been awarded the contract for a 13-month-period,” said a Health Canada spokeswoman in an email to APTN.The government wouldn’t say how many bids were submitted before the June 2 deadlineThe contract was granted under the Aboriginal Set Aside Program, which gives favor to Aboriginal-owned companies.But APTN obtained parole board documents that reveal Patterson was chairman of the black inmate’s committee in prison and the board questioned the authenticity of an Indigenous “spiritual journey” he embarked upon.Patterson declined interview requests but through his lawyer says he is as “AfroMetis” of Mi’kmaw and Mohawk decent.His lawyer also said he served his prison time and is now a law-abiding citizen.Public Services and Procurement Canada said since an Integrity Regime was implemented in 2015, there’s closer scrutiny of who is involved in the businesses seeking government contracts.That same year, Grand Medicine lost the contract to newcomer Muskehki Pharmacy.Regina-Lewan MP Erin Weir is the NDP’s public procurement critic.“I think government procurement has had a lot of problems. It’s a work in progress and there’s room for improvement,” said the critic.He doesn’t, however, have a problem with people with criminal records getting government contracts.“I wouldn’t suggest a blanket ban on ex-convicts being involved in government contracts because of course, we do have a correctional system that is based on rehabilitation,” said Weir. “After someone has done their time we need to be careful, but if they’ve rehabilitated and reintegrated into society, that’s something we should want to encourage.”last_img read more

Toronto stock market closes higher while US stocks mixed Loonie slips lower

first_imgCanada’s main stock index closed slightly higher Wednesday, while the Canadian dollar continued its slide and U.S. markets were mixed with ongoing uncertainty from metal tariffs.Concerns in the U.S. of the implications of the global tariffs weighed on industrials, with companies like Boeing pulling down the Dow, said Norman Levine, managing director of Portfolio Management Corp.It marks the third down day for U.S. markets, continuing a correction started last month, he said.“I believe it’s continuing the correction it began in the middle of February, and still has a ways more to go.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 248.91 points to 24,758.12. The S&P 500 index was down 15.83 points to 2,749.48 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 14.20 points to 7,496.81.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 6.47 points to 15,653.61, helped by base metals and materials, and is insulated from the U.S. slide because it hasn’t had the same gains recently, said Levine.“Because the Canadian market has been such an underperformer, it doesn’t have the same correction necessity that the US market does.”The Canadian dollar closed at 77.26 cents US, down 0.19 of a US cent, adding to the half-cent slip Tuesday after Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz signalled a more gradual pace of rate hikes going forward.Poloz said he was focused on the untapped potential in labour markets and their importance to overall economic growth, while making clear that accommodative monetary policy is not going away any time soon.The loonie soared last year after the central bank surprised the markets and raised interest rates twice in the third quarter. However, policy-makers subsequently tempered their hawkish tone, emphasizing that the bank will proceed cautiously in order to gauge the impact of higher borrowing costs and a stronger loonie on the economy.The April crude contract closed up 25 cents to US$60.96 per barrel and the April natural gas contract was down six cents at US$2.73 per mmBTU.The April gold contract closed down US$1.50 to US$1,325.60 an ounce and the May copper contract was up two cents to US$3.16 a pound.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version stated that the loonie had fallen 0.9 of a US cent.last_img read more

Husky to spend more in the Montney region

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – In a third-quarter report, Husky Energy says it will remain committed on capital-efficient operations in its three core Western Canadian hubs.The report said, “The Company remains focused on capital-efficient operations in Edson, Grand Prairie and Rainbow Lake, its three core Western Canada hubs.  An accelerated drilling program that was increased from an 18 to a 25-well program in the Ansell and Kakwa areas of the Wilrich formation is progressing, with 15 wells drilled and 13 completed. In the oil and liquids-rich Montney formation, four wells have been drilled as part of a 2018 program of up to eight wells, primarily in the Wembley and Karr areas. Three have been completed.”Husky Midstream Limited Partnership is progressing construction on the new Corser gas processing plant in the Ansell area of Central Alberta. It is expected to add 120 mmcf/day of processing capacity when it starts up in the fourth quarter of 2019.You can read the full report here.last_img read more

Palestine Opens Its First Embassy in Europe in Sweden

Rabat – Palestine has opened its first ever embassy in Western Europe in the Swedish capital of Stockholm. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attended the inauguration ceremony of the Palestinian embassy on Tuesday night.“Your recognition…should push forward negotiations in the peace process,” Abbas said during the ceremony, also attended by Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Loefven. Abbas also called on other countries to follow Sweden’s lead. On October 30, Sweden became the first Western EU member to officially recognize Palestinian statehood.Earlier, Sweden announced that it will increase financial aid to Palestinians by 1.5 billion Kronas (US$Q179.74) over the next five years. But it also called on the Palestinians to carry out reforms.“There are challenges: we must help one another to fight corruption, increase gender equality, improve respect for human rights, and of course continue the state building process,” Swedish Prime Minister Lofven said.For his part, Abbas reassured the Swedish side that reforms are currently underway in Palestine.“Women will play a central role in our institutions on the political level, and municipal contexts, within the judicial system, within security organizations, and on all other levels. We will continue to develop our institutions, in order to raise (women’s) abilities in order to achieve what our people have sacrificed so much for,” the Palestinian President said.The relations between Sweden and Israel deteriorated following the move. Israel recalled its envoy from Sweden and the Swedish foreign minister also postponed a visit to Israel in January. read more

SNCLavalin doubles 2015 reorganization cost estimate for 2015 to 110 million

MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin says it’s taking measures to adapt to a “softer economic environment” that will nearly double the previously announced cost of revamping the Canadian engineering and construction giant’s organizational structure.The Montreal-based firm now estimates the cost of the reorganization this year at $110 million, including $50 million in the fourth quarter.SNC also says it will continue to take additional measures throughout 2016 as needed in order to meet its earnings goal for its engineering and construction business unit.“The persisting softer economic environment requires us to extend our restructuring efforts to further improve our operational efficiency and reduce our cost base by the end of 2015,” the company said.It says adjusted earnings from that unit in 2015 will be at the lower end of a previously announced range between $1.30 and $1.60 per share.However, SNC says its overall profit this year is expected to be higher than previous estimates as a result of gains from sales of some of its non-core holdings and contributions from its Oil & Gas and its Power segments.The revised estimate for net profit under international accounting standards is between $2.40 to $2.70 per share for the year, up 30 cents at both ends of the range.The company says its third-quarter profit included a $145.7-million gain, or 96 cents cents per SNC share, from the sale of its portion of the Ambatovy nickel mining complex in Madagascar — which SNC helped to build.Why virtually every Canadian engineering and construction company is seeing a rise in its stock priceSNC-Lavalin to pay $1.5M to settle corruption case brought by African development bankNet income attributable to SNC shareholders for the three months ended Sept. 30 rose to $224.2 million or $1.49 per share, from $60.0 million or 39 cents per share. The engineering and construction business accounted for 22 cents per share of the net income, compared with a loss of 19 cents per share in last year’s third quarter.The Ambatovy investment was one of several “concessions” that SNC held as a secondary source of earnings. However, the company has been strategically selling off portions of the concession portfolio to simplify its structure.SNC’s share of the Highway 407 near Toronto — Ontario’s only toll highway and the most valuable of SNC’s remaining concession investments — provided $31.5 million of net income in the third quarter.“We are pleased with our consolidated third quarter performance, particularly with E&C, which has allowed us to maintain our full year guidance,” said Neil Bruce, SNC’s new president and chief executive officer.“While we continue to believe there is tremendous value in the Highway 407 asset, our principal focus right now is on maximizing profitability of the E&C platform. We will update the market in due course on our plans to crystallise value from this important asset.”Some analysts interpreted Bruce’s comment, and lack of details about a sale of Highway 407, as a signal that the company has put the effort on pause while it concentrates efforts on the main business.“Please note that in the past management suggested that the process will commence in (the fourth quarter) but there are no timelines in the press release; we will be looking for additional colour on the conference call,” Dundee Capital Markets said in a research note ahead of SNC’s afternoon briefing for analysts. read more

Injunction on Kotte mayor

He said that the contents of the videos are “private” and had become a target of the incumbent Mayor.Both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor are members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Vithana said he has raised the issue with the party as well.  (Colombo Gazette) Vithana had accused the Mayor of Kotte Janaka Ranawake and the secretary to the Mayor of being involved in distributing copies of the videos. The District Court in Colombo today issued an injunction order on Kotte Mayor Janaka Ranawake preventing him from making any defamatory statements against the Deputy Mayor of the Kotte Municipal Council Madura Vithana.Madura Vithana had last month lodged a complaint with the Mirihana police claiming that his private videos were being circulated by some persons. He said that the videos were copied from his computer when it was taken to the Kotte Municipal Council during the recent provincial council elections. read more

Monks surrender to the police over unruly behavior

A group of monks surrendered to the police today over the incident which took place outside the Homagama Magistrates’ court last week.The police said that some monks attached to the ‘Sinhala Ravaya’ organisation surrendered to the police after being accused of being involved in the incident. They were produced in court and remanded till February 9. The four were among a group pf people, including several monks, who confronted the police and jumped into the court premises when the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) the venerable Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera was arrested and produced in court last week. Yesterday four people arrested for unruly behavior at the Homagama court were remanded till February 9. The Homagama Magistrate had ordered the police to arrest all those who behaved in an unruly manner inside the court premises and near the gate. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Burlington man reaches 45 days in Indonesian jail

A Burlington man has now been behind bars in Indonesia for 45 days, and his family is trying to pressure government officials to help get him released. Neil Bantleman’s family says he is being detained with no evidence and no charges while police investigate sex abuse claims involving three kindergarten students. The 45-year-old has taught at the Jakarta International School for four years, along with his wife Tracy.Although Bantleman’s brother, Guy Bantleman, has met with Canadian foreign affairs officials in Ottawa, he says they have done little to help. Guy joined CHCH News by phone this afternoon, the full interview can be heard in the video above.

Security Council urged to incorporate gender perspective in approaches to peace

Women are increasingly playing a role in preventing wars and fostering peace but more remains to be done to fully incorporate a gender perspective into conflict resolution and reconstruction, senior United Nations officials told the Security Council today.Jean-Marie Guéhenno, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, reported on progress achieved by various UN missions in addressing gender-based violence, responding to human trafficking, incorporating gender perspectives in disarmament plans, facilitating the participation of women in civil administration, and combating HIV/AIDS. East Timor, Mr. Guéhenno said, provided “perhaps the best example of how maintaining the focus of gender can yield significant results.” During elections there, political parties voluntarily included women on their tickets. “As a result, women represented 27 per cent of the total number of candidates returned to the Constituent Assembly – the highest ever under a UN-sponsored election,” he said.The Under-Secretary-General also took the occasion to reiterate Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s “zero-tolerance” policy on the engagement of peacekeepers in acts of sexual exploitation, harassment and the trafficking of women and girls. He urged troop- and police-contributing countries to take disciplinary, “and, if needed, criminal action,” against their nationals who committed such acts. For its part, the UN was strengthening procedures for disciplinary action against anyone accused of such “unacceptable” behaviour, he added.Also addressing the Council in a day long debate involving over two dozen countries was Angela King, the UN Special Advisor on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women. She reported on a recent study that illustrated how women in many conflict areas have been able to function as active peacemakers. At the same time, she cautioned that “traditional thinking about war and peace ignores women or regards them only as victims.”The study contained several useful recommendations for addressing this problem, including incorporating a gender perspective in all peace and humanitarian operations and ensuring that peace agreements hold the parties accountable for protecting women and children, she said. Warring States, mediating countries and the UN should strive to include women at all stages of peace processes and post-conflict reconstruction. The UN and its Member States should also work to increase the number of women in policy-making positions, she added.Noeleen Heyzer, the Executive Director of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), shared the initial findings of a global study on the impact of armed conflict on women and women’s role in peace-building. Among other recommendations, the study called for incorporating women into peacemaking efforts, she said, pointing out that “the whole peace process suffers when women are absent.” It also recommended the adoption of codes of conduct to prevent peacekeepers or aid workers from committing violence against women. read more

Life drawing can help teens overcome social media body confidence issues says

Life drawing could help teenagers overcome social media body confidence issues, artists have said.Experts including the former president of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters have advised that drawing nude models could help youngsters understand what “real” people look like, compared to those on social media.The comments come ahead of an exhibition being run by the Hesketh Hubbard Art Society, London’s largest life drawing group, which is aiming to challenge the conceptions of conventional beauty.As part of the exhibition artists including former president of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Alastair Adams and Esther Bunting who runs Spirited Bodies, a group which uses life modelling to overcome body issues, will debate how people can be viewed through portraits.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––“What is out there online for youngsters is often superficial and does not accurately represent what people look like in real life,” said Mr Adams. “I would think images seen online and on social media are having an impact of distorting reality and I’m sure cause people to have body confidence issues or think how they look is different.“I would urge people to get involved in life drawing which has the benefit of allowing people to question what the ‘ideal’ body is. Life drawing is an opportunity to study the human form, folds, blemishes and all – not wondering if the image you’re obsessing over has been photoshopped.Simon Whittle, president of the Hesketh Hubbard Art Society Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A number of Love Island’s contestants have had extensive plastic surgery, and critics have said it is creating “unrealistic” standards for young people.Following the criticism, the broadcaster’s chief executive, Carolyn McCall, admitted that there had been “a tiny number of ads where I would have thought the juxtaposition was not quite right.”She added: “We are highly regulated on the ad side and we are totally compliant, my opinion is we sometimes need to be more sensitive. We have to be aware.”The artists advice comes after The Telegraph recently revealed that senior health officials were demanding to meet with the Advertising Standards Authority to clamp down on adverts which fuel body insecurity among teenagers.A letter was sent to Guy Parker, chief executive of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), questioning whether the regulator is doing enough to protect children.Co-signed Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner, and Professor Wendy Burn, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the letter raises the advertisement of cosmetic surgery during ITV’s Love Island.“Not only are there clear risks associated with cosmetic surgery, but placed alongside the body image pressures that can be inherent in many online and social media interactions, adverts such as these could pose a risk to mental health,” wrote Ms Murdoch, a registered mental health nurse.She added: “The challenge is particularly acute among children and teenagers.” “I know life drawing isn’t for everyone so I would also recommend that people come and look at the paintings and study them – portraits allow you to stare at someone, when in real life they wouldn’t really be supposed to.”The annual exhibition for the society will take place at Mall Galleries from August 14 with the live panel being held on August 15.The dangers of social media have been well documented in recent months with young girls often struggling with body image more than ever before and are constantly exposed to unattainable figures – be they photoshopped celebrities or their peers posing on Instagram.Simon Whittle, president of the Hesketh Hubbard Art Society, said: “For me it is always important to have a range of models, tall, short and everything in between to show what real people look like.“Life drawing is an opportunity to study the human form, folds, blemishes and all – and look with your own two eyes in the flesh, not wondering if the image you’re obsessing over has been photoshopped.“I think it’s also crucial for people to remember people on social media it’s not just their physical appearance that they make out to be perfect, it’s their life – and that isn’t always the case.”Ms Bunting who will sit on the panel alongside Mr Adams added that there was no question that social media has “affected the way people feel about their bodies”  and that life drawing can be a way to counter this trend.Last month questions were raised after it was revealed that adverts between the popular ITV2 show Love Island were putting “pressure” on young people over their body image. read more

Body of man discovered in slurry pit on Cavan farm

first_imgTHE BODY OF a man has been recovered from a slurry pit on a farm in Cavan and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) is now investigating the circumstances of his death.A garda spokesperson confirmed that a man in his 50s died yesterday on a farm in Drumeague, Co Cavan.They said it appears to have been a “tragic accident” and it is believed that the man may have fallen into the slurry tank.The HSA has launched an investigation into the incident.Read: Farmers’ association urges caution as busy farms signal rise in accidents>last_img

Square Enix gets Dragon Quest X MMO running on a tablet

first_imgOne of the biggest names in gaming next to Pokemon in Japan is Dragon Quest. But we’re lucky to get just some of the Dragon Quest games ported for release in the west. The Nintendo DS certainly helped and saw a number of the older game re-releases launched, but the last console game we got to play was Dragon Quest VIII for the PS2.Dragon Quest X moved from being an RPG to an MMO, and has seen a release (in Japan) on both the Wii (2012) and Wii U (2013). Will we ever see it in the US and Europe? MMOs aren’t exactly doing great at the moment unless they carry the name World of Warcraft (and even that is faltering) or are free-to-play, so it seems unlikely. Also launching an MMO isn’t cheap, which ups the risk massively, and a 70 minute install doesn’t help, either.There is some hope, though, because Square Enix has teamed up with Japanese telecom company DoCoMo and carried out a conversion of the game for mobile devices. As you can see below, a DoCoMo dtab tablet is being used to connect to a server and play the MMO.Again, it’s just for Japan at the moment as far as I can tell, but launching an MMO for mobile devices is going to be a lot cheaper than targeting the Wii U in the west. There’s also a much larger market over here for playing on such devices (compared to the Wii U installed base at least). So maybe it will give Square Enix the incentive it needs to carry out a translation, and they could also use it to test the company’s new focus on free-to-play.last_img read more

MIT Scientists Control Robots With Their Minds

first_img Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain Stay on target Despite technological advances, we are far from producing fully autonomous robots—machines that can act and think on their own, without human intervention.Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), however, developed a system that gets us one step closer to that eventuality.The team created a program that allows users to correct robots’ mistakes using only hand gestures and brainwaves.Building on their previous work with binary-choice activities, CSAIL scientists expanded the android’s scope to multiple-choice tasks, like pointing a drill at one of three holes.As seen in the video below, the lucky user sports an EEG cap for observing brain signals, and an EMG armband to detect muscle signals (i.e. if the person is pointing right or left).When the human controller notices a robot goof, the brain naturally reports what’s called “error-related potentials” (ErrPs). If there is an ErrP, the system stops so the user can correct it with hand gestures. If not, it carries on.“This work combining EEG and EMG feedback enables natural human-robot interactions for a broader set of applications than we’ve been able to do before using only EEG feedback,” according to CSAIL director Daniela Rus. “By including muscle feedback, we can use gestures to command the robot spatially, with much more nuance and specificity.”Even better, the plug-and-play system works with strangers, so organizations can deploy it immediately, without needing to train it on specific users.Previous techniques required people to “think” in specific but arbitrary ways—for example, looking at different light displays that correspond to different robot tasks during a training session.CSAIL’s new approach is much more reliable and user-friendly.“What’s great about this approach is that there’s no need to train users to think in a prescribed way,” PhD candidate and lead study author Joseph DelPreto said in a statement. “The machine adapts to you, and not the other way around.”With supervision, humanoid robot “Baxter” went from choosing the correct target 70 percent of the time to an impressive 97 percent.The team—DelPreto, former CSAIL postdoc Andres Salazar-Gomez, former CSAIL research scientist Stephanie Gil, research scholar Ramin Hasani, and Boston University professor Frank Guenther—will present their findings at next week’s Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) conference in Pittsburgh.There is still plenty of work to be done. But the group is hopeful this system could one day be useful among the elderly, or workers with language disorders or limited mobility.“We’d like to move away from a world where people have to adapt to the constraints of machines,” Rus said. “Approaches like this show that it’s very much possible to develop robotic systems that are a more natural and intuitive extension of us.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Klopp pleased with Keitas start to life at Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is satisfied with new recruit Naby Keita, despite his injury troublesThe 23-year-old midfielder arrived in the summer from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig in a £48m deal.Since then, Keita has made 10 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool and appears to have established himself within the club ranks.However, while his start has indeed been impressive, Keita’s already suffered two injury setbacks.The Guinea international has struggled with back and hamstring injuries, which has forced him to sit out of Liverpool’s last four matches.But Keita’s made his return to training and could be set to make a comeback for tonight’s Champions League game at Red Star Belgrade.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It was a very good start. He did a proper pre-season from the first day, played fantastic games and made a good start in the league,” Klopp told the club website.“Then he had two [injury] things – in Naples and then with the national team. It was not that long, it only feels it. It was four games.“Yesterday was the first time in 100 per cent training so we will now have to see what we do with him for tomorrow.“[The start] could have been a bit better, but only because of the injuries; all the rest was good.”The Group C game between Red Star and Liverpool will begin at 18:55 (CEST).last_img read more

Washington Senate to vote on gay marriage bill Wednesday

first_imgOLYMPIA (AP) — The state Senate is set to vote on a measure that would legalize gay marriage in Washington state.The bill is not expected to come up for a vote until late afternoon or early evening Wednesday. It is expected to pass in the Senate with at least 25 votes, the number needed for approval. If passed by the Senate, the measure moves to the House, where it already has enough support. Gov. Chris Gregoire says she will sign it into law if it passes.Opponents of same-sex marriage have already promised a referendum battle at the ballot if the Legislature passes the bill and it’s signed into law.Washington state has had a domestic partnership law since 2007, and an “everything but marriage” expansion of the domestic partnership law since 2009.last_img

Several vehicles burglarized at SW MiamiDade park

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Several cars in a Southwest Miami-Dade parking lot were burglarized, Saturday afternoon.One woman whose car was broken into said a total of six vehicles were hit.Police responded to the scene at Tropical Park while victims were watching a youth soccer game.“You come, you’re trying to enjoy whatever your child is doing at the moment, and right now, I feel very violated,” said victim Dominica Horvath. “Not only did they take my purse, but they took my identity, and I don’t know what’s going out there.”So far, there has not been any word on arrests.If you have any information on these car burglaries, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Campfire Closure In Southcentral Lifted Local Fire Agencies Speak Out Against It

first_imgToday’s lifting of the state campfire closure in Southcentral Alaska does not affect burn suspensions issued by local state forestry offices, however. Burn suspensions for local-area forestry offices are evaluated daily. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Division of Forestry will end campfire closures on state, private and municipal lands in Southcentral Alaska, effective 8am, on Thursday. The public needs to check with the appropriate federal agency to determine whether fire restrictions are in place on any specific federal land. According to the lift on the ban, while campfires will be allowed in designated fire pits and rings in state campgrounds within the Municipality of Anchorage, the Municipality is retaining its ban on outdoor fires within the rest of the Municipality. Campfires under three feet in diameter are allowed during a burn suspension, but open debris burning and the use of burn barrels are prohibited. Nikiski Fire Department took it one step further, “CAMPFIRE AND BURN CLOSURE WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR THE NIKISKI FIRE SERVICE AREA UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.”center_img Reversal of the Southcentral Alaska closure means campfires under three feet in diameter will be allowed in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, the Copper River Basin and the Kenai Peninsula Borough. In a post on social media local fire agencies spoke out against lifting the ban, “As Chief of the Nikiski Fire Service Area in conjunction with the City of Kenai and the Kenai/Kodiak Area Forestry Office we are not in favor of lifting the burn closure for campfires until such time as the conditions in our area change dramatically. By keeping this closure in place it will continue to add a layer of safety to our area and will hopefully lower the risk of another wildland fire starting.” People must check with their local state forestry office, or go online at http://forestry.alaska.gov/burn to determine if there is a burn suspension in effect in their area.last_img read more

US keeps India on intellectual property priority watch list for third year

first_imgThe U.S. has continued to keep India on its annual list of countries with the worst record of preventing the theft of intellectual property (IP), reported Reuters. Officially known as a “priority watch list,” India has remained on it for three years in a row.The list monitored and released by the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office has 11 countries on the priority list, including China, Russia, Thailand, Indonesia and Kuwait from the Asian continent.The trade body added that India, despite an improved enforcement effort, continued to stay on the highest of watch list due to unquantifiable and insufficient improvements to its IP legal framework.The priority list, which does not accompany any sanctions, however, shames governments across the world into suppressing piracy and counterfeiting and updating their laws on copyright.”Intellectual property is a critical source of economic growth and high-quality jobs for the United States, and it is more important than ever to prevent foreign governments and competitors from ripping off United States innovators who are trying to support high-paying jobs by exporting their goods and services to consumers around the world,” U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman said in a statement.The trade office said that the value added of U.S.-held intellectual property was around $5 trillion in 2010, contributing 34 percent to U.S. gross domestic product that year and supporting 40 million jobs in IP-intensive industries.China’s continuation on the priority list was due to its trade secret theft and rampant piracy and counterfeiting of online and physical goods. The country’s new requirement that an access to its markets is conditional to IP developed in or transferred to China was also a reason, according to the Reuters report.Pakistan was moved higher up to the regular “watch list” as the country created specialised intellectual property courts, improved border security and set a timeline for improving its legal framework.The report added that these countries on the U.S. government’s “priority watch list” will particularly be subject to intense bilateral engagement during the coming year.It also noted that there are 23 other countries on the regular “watch list,” alongside Pakistan, that highlights other IP problems the country faces.last_img read more

BCL man murdered by rivals

first_imgSylhet Govt College unit BCL activist Tanim KhanA local activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was stabbed to death allegedly by rivals at Tilagarh in Sylhet on Sunday night, reports news agency UNB.The deceased is Tanim Khan, an activist of Sylhet Govt College unit BCL and son of Israil Khan of Nij Bhurungamari village in Osmaninagar upazila.Two BCL groups had long been at loggerheads over establishing their dominance at MC College, said Akhtar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Shah Paran police station.As a sequel of the enmity, rivals swooped on Tanim at Tilagarh Point around 9:00pm and stabbed him indiscriminately, leaving him critically injured.Locals rescued him and took him to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead, the OC added.last_img