Back to Where it Belongs

first_imgA page out of aerospace engineer Howard Wolowitz’s life (of The Big Bang Theory fame) would be in stark contrast with the Indian education scene, which treats its engineers like hallowed nerds. But jibes from his ‘scientist’ friends Sheldon, Leonard and Raj notwithstanding, Howard usually bounces right back-once even becoming,A page out of aerospace engineer Howard Wolowitz’s life (of The Big Bang Theory fame) would be in stark contrast with the Indian education scene, which treats its engineers like hallowed nerds. But jibes from his ‘scientist’ friends Sheldon, Leonard and Raj notwithstanding, Howard usually bounces right back-once even becoming the only one among them to win a trip to the geek-coveted International Space Station. As they say, with great knowledge also comes great experiences.However, being the blue-eyed boys of the education sector isn’t easy, and Indian engineering graduates-while sanguine about good-natured name-calling from their peers-do take exception to being relegated to the stodgy realm of intelligence. Because they are also breathtakingly creative. One institute that has consistently lived up to that image is the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, which upstages IIT-Delhi to top the engineering rankings in the india today-Nielsen Best Colleges Survey. While most other IITs retained their previous rankings, IIT-Roorkee climbs from fifth to fourth spot.Each academic year at the premier IIT-Kanpur is an exercise in unleashing the potential of its students. Intensive research opportunities are enhanced with a dynamic learning process that incorporates scientific methods and management skills in a performance-centric culture. Blessed with talents as diverse as creating a racing car model for the Formula SAE Italy and Formula Electric Italy 2013 to taking home the trophy at the inter-IIT sports meet, students of IIT-Kanpur always seem to hit the ground running. And the inheritance of this legacy of excellence will surely continue to inspire the generations to come.advertisementFollow the writer on Twitter @aninditasatlast_img read more

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I don’t need to win another Wimbledon, says Serena Williams

first_imgIf Serena Williams wanted to sound like someone who did not really care whether she won another Wimbledon or not, telling the world she just wanted to have fun, nobody was fooled on Thursday.Of course, she managed to pack in plenty of fun in thrashing old foe Maria Sharapova for the 17th time in a row to reach yet another final at the All England Club but the serious entertainment has yet to come.And make no mistake, the American has every intention of going to the ball.The top seed will be the overwhelming favourite to beat Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, the 20th seed, and take a sixth Wimbledon singles title — as well as clinching the ‘Serena Slam’ — holding all four majors concurrently.But such talk is banned for the time being, Williams determined to free her mind from any extra pressure, and she preferred to take the more insouciant attitude of an old veteran who has been there, done that, seen it all.”I’ve won so many grand slam titles. And I’m at a position where I don’t need to win another Wimbledon,” she smiled.”I could lose tomorrow (Saturday). Sure, I won’t be happy. But I don’t need another Wimbledon title. I don’t need another U.S. Open. I don’t need any titles to make it,” added the 20-times grand slam singles champion, who trails only Margaret Court (24) and Steffi Graf (22) in the list of major winners.”Every time I step out on court, the practice court, the match court, I do look at it as a more fun time because it’s not as much stressful as it was. Like getting to 18 was super stressful for me. It was fun, but I was so stressed out.”advertisementMuguruza will be making her first appearance in a grand slam final but Williams can take nothing for granted against a player who beat her in the French Open second round last year and has nothing to lose.Williams said she had learned a lot from that encounter.”It was an eye-opening loss for me,” she said. “Some losses you’re angry about, and some losses you learn from. That loss I think I learned the most from in a long time.”I got so much better after that loss. I was able to improve a lot. I worked on things.”It was really an experience that helped me say, Okay, Serena, you want to be the best, you’re going to have to do certain things and you’re going to have to improve certain things.”Williams walking out for a Wimbledon final has become a familiar sight over the last decade, even if she has not won since 2012, but she said she would still be feeling the butterflies on Saturday.”I get nervous every time I walk out on the court. I think that is a special feeling,” she said. “I’ll be concerned if I wasn’t nervous. I’ll be like, Ooh. Maybe it’s not the same for me and doesn’t mean as much for me.”last_img read more

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Clarification on Aug 30 story about Saskatchewan carbon tax court challenge

first_imgREGINA — The Canadian Press reported Aug. 30 that the Supreme Court of Canada had denied Saskatchewan’s request to delay its appeal hearing over the carbon tax. The story may have left the impression that a tentative Dec. 5 hearing date was moved to Jan. 14 at the request of the province. In fact, the province says the court moved the date to January before the government requested an extension.The province says the January date is tentative and could also change.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Canada loses NAFTA court challenge reviving environmental concerns

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government has lost a court bid to overturn a NAFTA ruling involving a Nova Scotia quarry and marine terminal project, sparking renewed concerns about the trade deal’s effects on Canada’s environmental regime.The U.S. firm that backed the proposed project welcomed the Federal Court of Canada decision, while environmental groups said it highlights how the North American Free Trade Agreement hamstrings Canada’s ability to protect its ecology.In her decision, Federal Court Justice Anne Mactavish rejected federal arguments that a NAFTA tribunal inappropriately decided questions of Canadian law when it found problems with an environmental review panel process.Sixteen years ago, American firm Bilcon planned to develop a basalt quarry, processing facility and marine terminal on the Bay of Fundy at Whites Point in southwestern Nova Scotia. The company hoped to ship 40,000 tons of stone to the United States each week for a period of 50 years.The Nova Scotia and federal governments nixed the project in 2007 after a joint environmental assessment panel said it should not go ahead. The panel concluded the initiative would have a “significant adverse effect” on the surrounding communities, damaging the quality of life.Bilcon, which had invested considerable time and money in the project, filed a NAFTA challenge under Chapter 11, alleging Canada’s environmental regulatory regime had been applied in an arbitrary, unfair and discriminatory manner.The NAFTA tribunal found Nova Scotia authorities created expectations the project might proceed as long as federal and provincial environmental laws were respected. The tribunal ruled that the assessment panel indeed acted arbitrarily by effectively creating a new standard of assessment concerning “community core values,” without notice to Bilcon.After winning at the tribunal, Bilcon said it would seek at least US$300 million in damages from Canada.Ottawa took the matter to Federal Court, but Mactavish determined the NAFTA tribunal made no errors warranting a reversal of its ruling.However, she said the tribunal’s decision “raises significant policy concerns,” including its effect on the ability of NAFTA parties to regulate environmental matters, the power of tribunals to properly assess whether foreign investors have been treated fairly, and the potential “chill” in the environmental assessment process that could result from the decision.The Clayton family of New Jersey, principals of Bilcon, applauded the court decision, calling their experience a “cautionary tale” to both U.S. and Canadian investors who expect reciprocal and fair treatment in both countries.“Bilcon, a family-owned company that has been in business for more than 50 years, believes the treatment it received was unbecoming of Canada’s reputation as a reliable jurisdiction in which to do business.”Environmental groups that intervened in the case expressed disappointment and even alarm.Lisa Mitchell, executive director of East Coast Environmental Law, said the court judgment means that even when the Canadian government makes good decisions to protect the environment, “there’s a chance a NAFTA tribunal could swoop in, decide our environmental laws are ‘unfair,’ and force Canada to pay hundreds of millions of dollars — leaving Canadian taxpayers on the hook and the environment at risk.”Given that Canada is renegotiating NAFTA and Parliament is evaluating legislation to revamp environmental assessments, the court decision comes at a critical moment, said Gretchen Fitzgerald, Sierra Club Canada’s national programs director.“Canada must now look to fix NAFTA to protect the environment and the right of Canadians to reject damaging projects by getting rid of Chapter 11.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

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Dark Web exposes computer-server data transfer to hackers

first_imgNew York: Cyber criminals now have access to the most-secured data files used to facilitate confidential communication between organisations’ servers and clients’ computers on the Dark Web, say researchers. According to the team from Georgia State University and the University of Surrey, a thriving marketplace for Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) certificates exists on a hidden part of the Internet. SSL and TLS are security technology (https protocol) that protects the transfer of data and information between computers and servers. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Networked machines use keys and SSL/TLS certificates to identify and authenticate themselves when connecting to each other, much like humans employ user names and passwords to go online. According to the researchers, when these certificates are sold on the darknet, they are packaged with a wide range of crimeware that delivers machine identities to cybercriminals who use them to spoof websites, eavesdrop on encrypted traffic, perform attacks and steal sensitive data, among other activities. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails “One very interesting aspect of this research was seeing TLS certificates packaged with wrap-around services — such as Web design services — to give attackers immediate access to high levels of online credibility and trust,” informed lead author David Maimon, Associate Professor in Georgia State. A search of five marketplaces in the darknet uncovered 2,943 mentions for SSL and 75 for TLS. In comparison, there were just 531 mentions for ransomware. It was surprising to discover, he added, how easy and inexpensive it is to acquire extended validation certificates, along with all the documentation needed to create very credible shell companies without any verification information. “This study found clear evidence of the rampant sale of TLS certificates on the Dark Net,” said Kevin Bocek, Vice President of Security and Threat Intelligence for cyber security firm Venafi. “Every organisation should be concerned that the certificates used to establish and maintain trust and privacy on the Internet are being weaponised and sold as commodities to cyber criminals.”last_img read more

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Terror financing: ED attaches Shabir Shah’s family house in Srinagar

first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached a Srinagar-located asset linked to Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah in connection with a 14-year-old terror funding and money laundering case against him and others, the agency said on Friday.The property is located in Effandi Bagh in the Rawalpora area of Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital, and the central probe agency issued a provisional order to attach the asset under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The action is part of a multi-agency crackdown launched by the government against separatists and terror operatives functioning from Kashmir Valley. The ED said the asset is being “held in the name” of Shah’s wife and daughters. The seized asset is valued at Rs 25.8 lakh, the agency said. It added that Shah, currently in judicial custody, is “involved in carrying out illicit activities along with his accomplice Mohd Aslam Wani, who is an activist of banned militant organisation JeM (Jaish-e-Mohammad)”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Shah was using Wani as a carrier for collecting hawala money sent by his Pakistan-based sympathisers through hawala operators…,” the agency said. Records show, the ED said, that this property has been gifted to Shah’s wife and daughters by his sisters-in-law in 2005, which was purchased in their name by his father-in-law in 1999. However, in spite of repeated opportunities given to Shah’s father-in-law and sisters-in-law they failed to justify the sources of fund to acquire the property, the agency claimed. Investigation has also revealed that Shah is the de-facto owner of the property purchased through unexplained source of fund by his father-in-law, it alleged. The ED said its probe revealed that Shah “was in touch with global terrorist Hafeez Sayeed, chief of banned outfit Jamat-ud-Dawa based in Pakistan and that he had been receiving money for carrying out separatist activities in J-K and has acquired various properties through a maze of dubious transactions”. Shah and Wani were arrested by the ED in 2017. Wani was granted bail by a court in January 2019. The case dates back to August 2005 case when the Delhi Police’s special cell arrested Wani (37), an alleged hawala dealer, who had claimed that he had passed on Rs 2.25 crore to Shah.last_img read more

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Danish jurist chosen as new deputy UN legal chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Peter Taksøe-Jensen of Denmark as the new Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, replacing Larry Johnson of the United States.“Mr. Taksøe-Jensen is well-known in international legal circles, where he has been the driving force behind a number of Danish policies and initiatives to strengthen and develop international law,” UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters. “His experience and background will be of direct relevance in supporting the Legal Counsel in the overall direction and management of the Office of Legal Affairs and in furthering the main goals of the Office,” he added.Since 2004 Mr. Taksøe-Jensen has been the principal legal adviser to the Danish Foreign Minister on all matters concerning international law. He joined the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1987, and has served in its Departments of International Law, Security Policy and European Law, and on various government commissions. He has also served at the European Court of Human Rights, the Court of Conciliation and Arbitration within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and the Commission on the Red Cross of the Government of Denmark, in addition to his country’s embassies in Vienna and Brussels. Mr. Taksøe-Jensen holds a degree in law from the University of Copenhagen, where he has also lectured since 2003.The appointment was announced two weeks after Mr. Ban selected Patricia O’Brien of Ireland to be the new Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel. 19 August 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Peter Taksøe-Jensen of Denmark as the new Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, replacing Larry Johnson of the United States. read more

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President hopes for national success in 2013

In his New Year Message, the President has expressed confidence that all communities will join in unity with the common purpose of success towards realising Sri Lanka’s future goals. President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that Sri Lanka moves into the New Year as a country that has won the confidence of the people both at home and abroad.He says the New Year will seek valuable work for the progress of democracy, equality among people and important aspects of development in Sri Lanka. He has said that achievement of success in all the tasks before the country with determination, commitment and courage is his wish for our Motherland in the Year 2013. Meanwhile Prime Minister D.M.Jayaratne has said in his New Year Message that the dawn of a fresh year provides a valuable opportunity to further entrench co-existence, prosperity and dignity of the motherland.He says that as a nation, it should be Sri Lanka’s prime aim in the New Year to conquer expectations and goals that it has not been able to achieve so far. Opposition leader Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe in his New Year message has said that it is his new year wish that Sri Lankans should get the courage and the strength to win over the challenges been faced by them. read more

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Ryan Van Rooyen further remanded

The Police then produced him before a Magistrate and the Magistrate ordered that he be remanded till today (April 11). Actor Ryan Van Rooyen, who was arrested in Dubai and deported to Sri Lanka, was today ordered by the Matara Magistrate’s Court to be further remanded until the 25th of April.Van Rooyen who was detained at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) on April 4th and handed over to the Weligama Police the next day. Ryan Van Rooyen and four others were deported from Dubai and were detained on arrival in Sri Lanka. Ryan Van Rooyen was among several people arrested with notorious underworld leader Makandure Madush at a hotel in Dubai in February.Over the past few days most of them were deported to Sri Lanka and detained at the Katunayake airport. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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UN chief condemns terrorist attack in eastern province of Pakistan

“Nothing justifies terrorism,” the Secretary-General reiterated in a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, and also expressed hope that the perpetrators would be brought to justice swiftly.Mr. Ban extended his condolences to the families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery. He also offered his sympathies to the people and Government of Pakistan.

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World Cancer Day Early cervical cancer diagnosis could save lives of over

In a statement released on Monday to coincide with World Cancer Day, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said that nine out of ten women who die from cervical cancer are from poor countries, and that if no action is taken, deaths from the disease will rise by almost 50 per cent by 2040.The WHO points out that new diagnoses can be reduced by ensuring that all 9-14 year old girls globally are vaccinated against Human papillomavirus (HPV), a group of viruses that are extremely common worldwide, two types of which cause 70 per cent of cervical cancers.Women in developing countries have only limited access to preventative measures, and cervical cancer is often not identified until it has reached an advanced stage. Access to treatment of late-stage cervical cancer – such as surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy – is also very limited, resulting in higher death rates in these countries.To achieve this aim, WHO says that innovative technologies and strategies, access to diagnosis and early-stage treatment of invasive cancers are needed. In addition, palliative care for women who need it must be ensured.All of these services must be part of strong health systems aimed at providing universal health coverage, and will require political commitment, greater international cooperation and support for equitable access.Several countries and UN agencies have already joined forces under the UN Joint Global Programme on Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control, a five-year programme to provide global leadership and technical assistance to governments and their partners as they build national cervical cancer control programmes, with the aim of eliminating cervical cancers as a public health concern across the world.In order to succeed, WHO says that governments, UN agencies, researchers, healthcare professionals and individuals all have a role to play, as do the manufacturers of life-saving vaccines, diagnostics and treatments. read more

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Opposition parties slam govt for not negotiating

first_imgThe failure of Greece’s international creditors to reach an agreement on releasing further crucial rescue loans for the country, and the government’s handling of negotiations with the creditors, were the focus of scathing criticism by opposition parties on Wednesday. Alexis Tsipras, the head of the main leftist opposition SYRIZA, which is leading in opinion polls, said that Prime Minister Antonis Samaras had failed to rise to the occasion by not exploiting the negotiating power presented to it by the rift between eurozone and International Monetary Fund officials. “At a time of major clashes, he talks about technical difficulties and has fully assumed the position that Greece can make no demands,” Tsipras said. He also accused the premier of losing “the last shred of credibility” after insisting that the country would run out of money on November 16 and charged that Samaras had become “an integral part of the pre-election campaign of Ms Merkel, who does not want to admit to the German people that she has made serious mistakes.” Tsipras reiterated his party’s conviction that “Greece’s debt is not repayable,” adding that the release of another tranche of rescue funding would not secure the sustainability of the country’s debt burden and that the only option was “aggressive renegotiation.” The rightwing Independent Greeks also interpreted the deadlock at Tuesday’s Eurogroup as a vindication of the party’s calls for a unilateral writeoff of Greece’s debt and a revocation of its bailout deals with foreign creditors. The party also slammed the government for failing to take a tough enough stance opposite the country’s troika of international lenders. “The position of the Greek government which has been characterized by the full surrender to the demands of the troika would be much more credible if statements uttered for domestic consumption were accompanied by a plan for national reaction to the dead-end of the memorandum,” said spokesman Christos Zois, referring to Greece’s foreign bailout program. Communist Party (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga said that foreign creditors had only been interested in “dividing the losses” at Tuesday’s Eurogroup summit but predicted that they would reach a “fragile, temporary compromise.” She also repeated her party’s calls for the country’s “full disengagement” from the European Union which he described as “a wolves’ lair.” Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Jobless gain skills to be their own bosses

first_imgLong before his employer shut down this summer and left him without a job, Tim Stewart could feel himself pulling away, moving in the direction of making his own way in business.“There was change in the air,” the 66-year-old Vancouver resident said.So when Penguin Windows, the residential window replacement company, started issuing pink slips, Stewart, who worked there as an assistant manager, had already made plans to transform his love of photography into his own company.But it’s not exactly easy or flexible to be unemployed — conducting time-consuming job searches on a weekly basis to qualify for jobless benefits — while trying to fit the mold of an entrepreneur.Enter the Self-Employment Assistance Program, run by the Washington Employment Security Department, and recently made available in Clark County, complete with a local office and staff. Stewart, who’s enrolled in the program, said it’s been crucial to helping him pursue his dream of self-employment.The program, created by the state Legislature in 2007 and operated by the state Employment Security Department for about $162,000 annually, allows job seekers who are likely to run out of jobless benefits before they find a new job — and who want to run their own business — to enroll in self-employment training. Participants continue to receive unemployment benefits but don’t have to look for work.last_img read more

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Childrens Trust holds annual Family Expo

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – It was a fun weekend for families in South Florida, thanks in part to a local organization dedicated to improving the lives of Miami-Dade County’s youngest residents.The Children’s Trust held its annual Family Expo at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds, Saturday. The all-day free event provided family-friendly activities, including arts and crafts, a robotics demonstration and science projects.More than 20,000 visitors were expected to attend.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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UBM Buys Medical Industry Publisher Canon Communications for 287 Million

first_imgIn what most likely is the largest acquisition the b-to-b publishing world has seen in several months, London-based United Business Media announced early Thursday morning that it has agreed to acquire medical industry publisher and events producer Canon Communications for $287 million. The sellers are chairman and CEO Charles G. McCurdy’s management/investment company Apprise Media, and Spectrum Equity Investors, its private equity partner.According to UBM CEO David Levin, the acquisition of Canon is a strategic fit for the company because it “gives us a complementary portfolio of market-leading branded tradeshows and related products which serve highly attractive growth markets experiencing globalisation. The combination of Canon’s brands with both our worldwide infrastructure and our existing electronic engineering business offers us exciting growth opportunities, particularly in Canon’s core medical device design and manufacturing markets.”Canon’s principal focus is on the medical device design and manufacturing and electronics engineering markets,which combined make up more than 65 percent of its overall revenues. The company publishes 24 industry magazines, which represent about 35 percent of its annual sales. Nearly half (48 percent) of its revenues come from the more than 40 tradeshows it produces each year in the U.S., Asia and Europe. Canon also produces 45 Web sites and more than 100 e-newsletters. “David [Levin] and I have known each other for quite a while and the conversations eventually evolved into negotioations to buy Canon,” McCurdy tells FOLIO:. McCurdy says those negotiations began in earnest earlier this summer. McCurdy says the deal is a good fit since Canon has a strong hold on the medical market in the U.S. while UBM has held a stronger share of the market abroad. UBM says its plan is to leverage Canon’s existing global tradeshowinfrastructure to create similar events in “fast-growing” economies such as China, India and Brazil.In the 12-month period ended June 30, Canon generated $106 million in revenues and $37 million  in EBITDA on a pro forma basis. Apprise acquired Canon in 2005 for approximately $200 million.“This is an impressive sale and one of the largest in the b-to-b sector in some time,” says DeSilva + Phillips managing partner Reed Phillips. “It’s a great benchmark for the continuing importance of b-to-b.”Apprise Media says it will be involved in the transition period following UBM’s formal acquisition. CEO McCurdy and manaing director Michael Behringer say they plan to “continue their roles as managing investors in media companies through Apprise Media.”UBM says it will fund the acquisition from its existing bank facilities. As of June 30, UBM’s net debt was roughly $471.4 million.last_img read more

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Harris County Sheriffs Office Gets StateOfTheArt Scanner For HighProfile Investigations

first_imgAl OrtizTexas Ranger Daron Parker (right) did a presentation of how the scanner works at the headquarters for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, near downtown Houston.Investigators with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office will soon start using a state-of-the-art scanner that will help them in high-profile investigations.The device is a scanner that provides three-dimensional renderings of crime scenes.The scanner, which is worth $170,000 and was acquired through a donation from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Foundation, is set up on a tripod and has the capacity to scan and photograph entire crime scenes just as investigators initially find them.The Texas Department of Public Safety already uses it.“Everywhere that it can see, it’s going to scan, it’s going to take measurements. So, once it goes through its scanning process, it’ll go through a second process where it actually takes photographs, just photographs, again, everywhere it can see,” explained Texas Ranger Daron Parker during a press conference held at the headquarters for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, near downtown Houston.The Rangers used this type of scanner last year when they assisted the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation of the fatal shooting of deputy Darren Goforth.“In essence, the scanners provides investigators and jurors to place themselves inside the crime scene with the same vantage point as witness, complainants and suspects,” noted Sheriff Ron Hickman.Hickman said the scanner will mostly be used in high-profile investigations, like homicides, although it can also make the difference in other situations, such as officer-involved shootings.Joan Bytheway, an associate professor with the College of Criminal Justice at the Sam Houston State University, underscores these scanners are very useful because they provide an objective depiction of crime scenes.“If you are taking photographs at a crime scene, you are subjectively looking for evidence,” Bytheway said.Hickman said his staff will begin the training on how to operate the scanner next month. 00:00 /01:47 Listen Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

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Bell Labs improves lensless camera with additional pixel on sensor

first_img © 2013 Phys.org Journal information: arXiv (Phys.org) —A research team from Bell Labs that developed a lensless camera has now improved upon the design by adding a second pixel to the sensor used to read data coming through an aperture array. In their paper uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, the team describes how they added a second pixel to the sensor that reads incoming light from the aperture array. Doing so required additional programming of code on an associated computer to take advantage of the additional data provided by a slightly different view of the object being captured. Explore further The camera is part of ongoing research by several groups into a technique known as optical sensing. Such devices consist of an aperture array that can be programmed to randomly allow light to pass through some of its cells, but not others. It sits between a light source and a single pixel sensor that picks up the light that passes through the array. To create an image, multiple shots are taken, each with a different random pattern created on the aperture array. The computer generates the multiple array patterns and uses the data from the sensor to create an image. In this new effort, the team added a second pixel to the tri-color sensor providing two new benefits.The first benefit is that it allows for the creation of an image in half the time. Since data from both sensors is married via computer software into one image, rather than producing two images, twice as much data is sent during each snapshot.The second benefit is that the addition of the second pixel allows for a higher quality image to be created. This is because the two pixels get a slightly different view of the light coming through the array, offering more data per individual shot.As research continues with the new type of camera, it’s not difficult to see where the technology is going. Adding more pixels to the aperture array, increasing processing speed, and developing ever more sophisticated software will allow for the creation of higher resolution images in shorter amounts of time. At some point, (because the results are always in focus) it seems logical to conclude that such cameras will find a place in photography applications for still images of non-moving targets—all at a much reduced price. Reconstruction using measurements from two sensors. Credit: arXiv:1306.3946 [cs.IT]center_img 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. Bell Labs researchers build camera with no lens More information: Multi-view in Lensless Compressive Imaging, arXiv:1306.3946 [cs.IT] arxiv.org/abs/1306.3946AbstractMulti-view images are acquired by a lensless compressive imaging architecture, which consists of an aperture assembly and multiple sensors. The aperture assembly consists of a two dimensional array of aperture elements whose transmittance can be individually controlled to implement a compressive sensing matrix. For each transmittance pattern of the aperture assembly, each of the sensors takes a measurement. The measurement vectors from the multiple sensors represent multi-view images of the same scene. We present theoretical framework for multi-view reconstruction and experimental results for enhancing quality of image using multi-view.via Arxiv Blog Citation: Bell Labs improves lensless camera with additional pixel on sensor (2013, June 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-bell-labs-lensless-camera-additional.htmllast_img read more

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Section of political parties spreading rumours CM

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on social media on Thursday that a section of political parties along with people holding constitutional positions were indulging in rumour-mongering and spreading hatred.Urging people to maintain calm Banerjee tweeted: “One section of political parties/groups along with people holding constitutional positions indulging in rumor mongering, spreading hatred with dangerous statements. Even journalists are not spared. This is shameless politics. What levels of polluted politics have we descended to?” Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BosePolice officers are requesting people not to get swayed by rumour and take laws in their own hand. The cops have warned of stringent action against those who would be caught for spreading rumors. The officers are distributing leaflets and requesting people to get in touch with them if they find anyone loitering aimlessly in their area. The police are also keeping tabs on the social media. Police officers through the public address system are requesting people not to get swayed by the rumor that child-lifters are kidnapping kids from their homes to kill them. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn areas of Kasba, Tollygunge, Bansdroni, Bhowanipore and Ballygunge police officers went in every locality urged people to maintain cool. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed all police officers to take strong action against rumor mongers. In Anandapur, local residents beat up a youth on the suspicion of being a thief. A police team went to the spot and rescued the youth. In Belur, another youth was beaten up on Tuesday night on the suspicion of being a child-lifter. Police rescued him and admitted him to Howrah District Hospital where his condition is stated to be critical. At Deganga, in north 24-Parganas two youths were beaten up suspecting them to be child-lifters. The police said they had failed to arrest those who had beaten up the youths. In all these cases anonymous callers have informed the police of the incidents and the police rescued the youths. Professor D Banerjee, a teacher in Psychology, said: “The way rumors are being spread, people are scared and they are beating up people out of fear and suspicion. People are feeling insecure and more intense campaign is required to win back the confidence of people.” It may be mentioned that after resuming the post of Commissioner of Kolkata Police, Anuj Sharma, said protection had been given to the Kashmiriris who are “safe and secure in Kolkata.”last_img read more

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Farm attack leaves elderly injured

first_imgPolice and Sharaj Ambulance Services responded to the scene. Paramedics treated the elderly couple.SAPS, including elite members of the K9 Unit, and forensic experts were on scene late into the night.A massive police manhunt involving dogs continued through the night.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? On Sunday afternoon at about 5pm, an elderly couple were attacked and robbed at their farmhouse near Bergville on the D564 road. The brutal farm attack has sent shock waves through the farming community.The man, aged 72, had just gotten home and parked his bakkie when two armed men approached him. As he had one of his dogs with him, the other farm dog came running towards him, at which point one of the robbers callously shot the dog, seriously injuring it.The old man was hit with the butt of the pistol.It is believed that the gunmen then went into the farmhouse, keeping the farmer with them. A trail of blood marked the farmer’s passage through the house. Two more suspects then joined them.The wife, a 66-year-old lady in a wheelchair, was savagely punched in the face. They then threw her from her wheelchair to the ground and dragged her across the blood-splattered passage.At least one more shot was fired in the house.During the robbery, the farmer was forced to open his gun safe. The robbers escaped the scene with cash, an iPhone, personal documents and two pistols. They left behind rifles belonging to the farmer and fled on foot.The victims were only able to contact police about an hour after the ordeal.Police were able to establish that a 9mm pistol was used to shoot the dog, as an empty shell casing was found on the ground.The brave dog was transported to the vet after being shot desperately trying to save its master. The bullet went straight through the dog’s shoulder and exited through the stomach. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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Cyprus among top EU energy dependents

first_imgCYPRUS is among the most energy dependent European Union countries, with imports accounting for 93.4 per cent of energy consumption, according to Eurostat.The island’s rate of dependency fell slightly behind Luxembourg (96.6 per cent). Malta, the most energy dependent EU member, had a rate of 97.7 per cent.The figures are for 2014.On the other end of the spectrum, Estonia, Denmark and Romania were the least dependent nations.Among the five EU member-states with the highest energy consumption, the least dependent on imports were the United Kingdom (45.5 per cent) and France (46.1 per cent).Germany is highly reliant on imports, its dependency rate reaching 61.4 per cent, as are Spain (72.9 per cent) and Italy (75.9 per cent).Energy dependency shows the extent to which an economy relies upon imports in order to meet its energy needs.Overall in 2014, EU countries imported 53.4 per cent of the energy consumed.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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