FORT ELLIS, N.S. — Alton Gas says protesters were expected to remove their belongings from its Nova Scotia property Thursday evening as a temporary injunction imposed Monday is finalized over the next few days.The company is planning to store natural gas in huge underground caverns north of Halifax — a project that has prompted protesters to occupy a two-storey hut at one of its facilities near the Shubenacadie River.Lori MacLean, a spokeswoman for the firm, said it was expected the remaining protesters would move their belongings away from the site by 5 p.m.She said this is an “informal agreement” by the lawyers for two protesters — Dale Poulette and his partner Rachael Greenland-Smith — and the company on the meaning of a temporary injunction against the occupation of the site.However, MacLean said the company “isn’t planning on any immediate return to the river” before the injunction’s final wording is finished.Earlier this week, a Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge ruled that Poulette, Greenland-Smith and others must stop occupying the makeshift structure that blocks the main access road to the company’s pumphouse and control centre.However, Justice Gerald Moir also said that the protesters should be given an alternate site on the company property where they can still be seen by the public.He left the details of that site to be discussed and agreed upon by Alton’s lawyer and James Gunvaldsen Klaassen, the lawyer representing Poulette and Greenland-Smith.Gunvaldsen Klaassen confirmed in an interview that the parties have submitted a document to the judge in which most details are now confirmed, but he must resolve a “small point of difference.”He said his clients are no longer at the site and intend to abide by the terms of the judge’s order and the informal agreement as the details continue to be worked out.He said it’s expected the wording on where protesters can move to on the work site will be “probably be finished early next week,” after the court has finished its work.Dorene Bernard, one of the protesters at the site on Thursday evening, said in a telephone interview that people were removing some of their property during the evening.She said a ceremony was planned for 10 a.m. on Friday.Alton Gas is a subsidiary of Calgary-based AltaGas.It had initially planned to have construction completed between 2013 and 2018. However, the company recently asked the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board to extend its cavern construction permit to Sept. 1, 2023The Canadian Press
HELSINKI — A funeral service has been held in Denmark for the three children of a business tycoon who were killed during the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka.Holch Povlsen, the owner of the Bestseller clothing chain, comforted his wife, Anne, and their surviving daughter, Astrid, as three flower-covered coffins were brought out of hearses at Aarhus Cathedral.The family was staying at the Shangri-La Hotel in the capital of Colombo when it was attacked. More than 350 people died in bombings in Sri Lanka on April 21.Members of the Danish royal family and Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen attended the emotional service Saturday.Holch Povlsen, 46, is the sole owner of the Bestseller clothing chain, the biggest shareholder of fashion retailer ASOS and the largest private landowner in Scotland.The Associated Press
by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 16, 2012 8:49 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says foreign investment in Canadian securities grew to $13.9 billion in September as investors bought government bonds and corporate equities.Meanwhile, Canadian investment in foreign securities reached a six-month high of $6 billion, led by purchases of U.S. equities.The agency says foreign investors bought $10.6 billion worth of Canadian debt securities in September, the largest such investment since May.Foreign investors have acquired $55.8 billion of Canadian debt securities so far in 2012, on par with the level of investment observed for the same period in 2011.The investment focus, however, shifted to federal bonds in 2012 from federal Treasury bills in 2011.Canadian investors purchased $4.5 billion of foreign equities in September, the largest such investment since March.Purchases of U.S. shares strengthened for a third month, to $3.6 billion, led by demand from Canadian pension funds. Foreign purchases of debt securities grew in September: StatsCan
by The Associated Press Posted Sep 2, 2013 7:59 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CBS back on air in NYC, LA, Dallas after programming agreement with Time Warner ends blackout NEW YORK, N.Y. – TV network CBS and cable provider Time Warner Cable ended their monthlong programming dispute on Monday and resumed broadcasts to millions of homes in New York, Dallas and Los Angeles.The agreement ended a blackout of CBS and CBS-owned channels that included Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network and the Smithsonian channel. The contract disagreement started Aug. 2 and affected more than 3 million homes. Broadcasting resumed Monday evening on the East Coast.The companies were in dispute over how much Time Warner Cable Inc. would pay for CBS Corp. programming. Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.The agreement includes retransmission fees the cable operator pays to CBS per subscriber, which had been a sticking point.The disagreement came at a touchy time for networks and cable companies as more and more Americans are turning to alternative ways to watch TV including online or via Roku boxes or Apple TV. Added pressure was on the two companies to reach an agreement since the start of football season and the U.S Open tennis tournament had begun in New York.The blackout affected about 1.1 million of New York’s 7.4 million television households that get CBS. An estimated 1.3 million of 5.6 million households in Los Angeles were blacked out, along with 400,000 of Dallas’ 2.6 million TV homes, CBS said. Those are three of the nation’s five most populous television markets.CBS estimated the blackout cut the network’s national viewership by about 1 per cent.The talks were being closely watched beyond these companies and their customers because of the idea that a retransmission agreement would set a precedent for future negotiations between networks and cable or satellite companies. Another point of contention was the cable operator’s access to CBS material for on-demand or mobile device viewing.“While we certainly didn’t get everything we wanted, ultimately we ended up in a much better place than when we started,” Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt said in a statement.Mignon L. Clyburn, acting chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission, issued a statement saying she was “pleased CBS and Time Warner Cable have resolved their retransmission consent negotiations, which for too long have deprived millions of consumers of access to CBS programming.”In the end, she added, media companies should “accept shared responsibility” for putting their audiences’ interests above other interests.
Kentucky money generic graphic PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Grants totaling $34.4 million have been announced in an effort to spur economic development and job creation in eastern Kentucky – a region hard hit by the coal sector’s downturn.Officials said Friday the grants will support projects impacting 14 counties.- Advertisement – The support includes nearly $4.8 million for Pikeville Medical Center to develop a children’s hospital and pediatric clinic. The facility is expected to provide health care services for more than 100,000 children.Leslie County will receive more than $2 million to develop a program expanding internet connectivity and providing job training.The grants were announced by U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers and Gov. Matt Bevin during the Shaping Our Appalachian Region, or SOAR, summit. Rogers says grants will help advance health care, enhance tourism, improve infrastructure and create jobs.
She will warn that there are currently 1.25 million children in failing schools and say that the country must end school “selection by house price” and “wealth”. “For too long we have tolerated a system that contains an arbitrary rule preventing selective schools from being established – sacrificing children’s potential because of dogma and ideology,” Mrs May will say. “The truth is that we already have selection in our school system – and it’s selection by house price, selection by wealth. That is simply unfair.“That is why I am announcing an ambitious package of education reforms to ensure that every child has the chance to go to a good school.”Under the plans, new grammar schools will be forced to meet a series of strict conditions to ensure that poor pupils are not disadvantaged. Every school in England will be given the opportunity to become a grammar school, Theresa May is to announce as she sets out the biggest changes to the education system in decades.In the most revolutionary reform to education policy since the introduction of the national curriculum, Mrs May will announce a new generation of selective schools, reversing Tony Blair’s 1998 ban on grammars.She will insist that any school wishing to become a grammar – selecting pupils on the basis of academic achievement – must abide by quotas for children from low-income homes. Theresa May is to give the go-ahead for a new generation of grammarsCredit:Adrian Dennis/AFP The announcement paves the way for a return of grammar schoolsCredit:Bert Hardy /Getty Theresa May is also shifting policy on faith schools Grammar schools will be forced to meet a series of conditionsCredit:Rex Features Or they will be forced to build a “high quality, non-selective” free school or set up or sponsor a primary feeder school in a deprived area.It means that hundreds of new grammar schools could be built across England, rather than the 25 predicted as part of the reforms.Existing selective schools will also be able to expand as part of the plans. Downing Street believes this is the only way to ensure that the House of Lords does not block the legislation when it makes its way through Parliament.As well as allowing new selective schools, the Government will also force universities charging fees of more than £6,000 to open – or fund – a school, in what will be a significant change to higher education policy.Mrs May will add: “As well as allowing new selective schools we will bring forward a new requirement that means universities who want to charge higher fees will be required to establish a new school or sponsor an existing underperforming school.“This is about being unapologetic for our belief in social mobility and making this country a true meritocracy – a country that works for everyone.”In a major shift in policy, the cap on religious selection will be ended to allow a new generation of faith schools across the country. As part of the education package, Mrs May will also announce:New faith schools will be given permission to select pupils purely on the basis of their religious background Universities that want to raise fees will be required to found a new school or sponsor an underperforming institutionThere will be no “return to the past” of mass 11-plus tests to ensure that schools do not separate children into “winners and losers”Mrs May will use her first major domestic speech to unveil major reforms to the education system, vowing that the Government will no longer “sacrifice children’s potential because of dogma and ideology”. According to current rules, if a faith group wanted to set up a free school it could only give priority to applicants on the grounds of religion for 50 per cent of its places.Critics argue this has been a barrier to faith groups – particularly Catholics who might to open free schools, with fewer than a fifth of free schools currently having a link to a religious group, lower than the state sector average.A source said: “The admissions cap had the best of intentions but it has failed in its two key tests. It has failed to make minority faith schools more diverse, because parents of other religions and none do not send their children to those schools. “But it has prevented new Catholic schools from opening, which are more successful, more popular and more ethnically diverse than other types of state school. We’re going to change the rule, so we can allow new Catholic schools to open, while making faith schools of all kinds do more to make sure their pupils integrate with children of other backgrounds.” 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 disgraced human rights lawyer accused of hounding British troops earned his firm more than £1.6m from an improper deal carving up fees from pursuing abuse claims against British troops, a tribunal has heard.Phil Shiner began taking on clients to win a public inquiry into alleged British abuses, but then cut a lucrative deal with another firm which pursued compensation claims for the same people.A professional standards tribunal heard the agreement broke a string of conduct rules. Phil ShinerCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley The three-way deal to share fees with Leigh Day and an Iraqi agent was so lucrative that Mr Shiner failed to check its “legality or propriety”, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal heard.Mr Shiner also paid the agent, Mazin Younis, £500 for each client he could find alleging British troops committed murder, torture or mistreatment.The former Solicitor of the Year faces a string of professional misconduct charges over his role bringing some of the most serious abuse allegations faced by the British Army in decades. 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. Some of his claims led to the £25m, five-year-long Al-Sweady inquiry, which later dismissed the allegations and said they were based on calculated and deliberate lies by Iraqis.The central London tribunal heard that Mr Shiner’s firm, Public Interest Lawyers (PIL), signed the agreement to share fees from compensation cases for clients it had referred to Leigh Day.Leigh Day made a profit of £4.3m, in cases involving 95 clients, resulting in payments of more than £1.6m each to PIL and Mr Younis.Andrew Tabachnik, counsel for the Solicitors Regulation Authority, said: “This was a lucrative part of Phil Shiner’s business and others.”But he said the agreement was improper because it included Mr Younis who was working on fees contingent on success. It also wrongly included cases from before the agreement, and cases that were being funded with public money.Mr Tabachnik said: “Those agreements are accepted by Phil Shiner to be improper and in breach of the rules.”Mr Shiner has already admitted nine counts of behaving without integrity and a single account of acting recklessly, but faces more serious charges of acting dishonestly. He has acknowledged he will be struck off, the court has heard.Leigh Day face a separate tribunal, deny all wrongdoing and have claimed they are victims of political interference.Mr Shiner’s tribunal is being heard in his absence after he said he was too unwell to cope with the proceedings.But the three-person panel has heard he is in a “state of avoidance” and manoeuvring to try to avoid cross examination.A decision is expected early in February Some of Mr Shiner’s claims led to the £25m Al-Sweady public InquiryCredit:Julian Simmonds
← Previous Story Onesta and Krumbholz are the best coaches in 2011 by IHF Next Story → Frisch Auf Goppingen wins EHF Cup! The EHF Final4 is a huge success for handball, and is the biggest party for handball clubs around the world.With this model there are more surprises, while with the old model it was all a bit more mathematical, usually favourites won, but now with only one match…….everything can happenWe have to learn a lot of things about Basketball yet.If there something to say that perhaps the handball headquarters in Vienna must change in some moment, is to make more handball Final4’s to other places except Cologne, where the same success will be experiencedFor me the favorites in the semifinals are Atlético de Madrid and Kiel. But in fact I haven´t got a magic ball to know what is going to happen…..Perhaps the best semifinal may be Atlético Madrid-AG Kobenhavn, where the defenses and goalkeepers will be very important for the final result.The other semifinal is a match between two German teams, where Kiel is the favourite, and despite that they may be playing faster in Europe, but I’m sure that Füchse Berlin, the great surprise in the Champions league, is going to fight until end very well led by their coach Sigurdsson. Antonio Carlos OrtegaEHF F4 Blog by Antonio Carlos Ortega
One of Mozilla’s software developers shared an intriguing image on Google+ recently, and it could be big news for Android users.The image shows a Nexus 4 beaming a Firefox tab to a TV across the room. After the image appeared online, Mozilla was forced to address it, saying that yes, it is working on “second screen support” for a number of devices. This could be Mozilla’s answer to the Google Chromecast.This system appears to be an all software solution, unlike the the Chomecast which requires the $35 HDMI dongle. The Firefox magic is happening with the aid of a Roku box, which is more of an investment than a Chromecast, but already fairly common.The other notable difference here is that the Firefox “experiment” is doing full tab mirroring from a smartphone. The Chomecast can currently only to tab casting from a desktop PC over local WiFi. Mozilla could be leveraging some sort of WebRTC layer, support for which was just added to the mobile app a few weeks ago. It may or may not require an internet connection — Mozilla isn’t saying.The Google Chromecast was a huge seller when it launched at the end of July. It sold out on Amazon in mere hours, and Google’s own Play Store was backordered for weeks. Mozilla isn’t really in the hardware business, so it makes sense to roll a similar feature out using third-party devices like the Roku.Mozilla refused to speculate about when users would get to try out its tab mirroring feature.
Jose Mourinho’s warning before the new season appears to have been justified with two losses in their first three games.Jose Mourinho was the voice of pessimism coming into the season, complaining his team had not reinforced enough to mount a title challenge.No help came at the transfer deadline, but the Red Devils opened their season with three points against Leicester City in a scrappy 2-1 victory.Whatever optimism that may have emerged from that victory has quickly been replaced by concern as United have now been defeated in their next two games.A surprise 3-2 defeat to Brighton, who are expected to be in the mix for relegation, put United into a precarious position. And Tottenham has now pushed them further toward the brink, hammering the Red Devils 3-0, at Old Trafford no less.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.A second-half opener from Harry Kane and a brace from Lucas Moura put United to the sword and sent them tumbling down into the bottom half of the table after three games.The start is the worst Manchester United had suffered since the 1992-93 season, 26 years ago, when the club also lost two of their first three contests but went on to win the League.
Alan Pardew was selected as the coach that was supposed to save West Bromwich Albion but he failed and the Baggies were relegated to the Championship the previous season and the coach was sacked before the end of the season.The former Newcastle and Crystal Palace coach spoke about this experience as he claimed, according to Birmingham Mail: “(The taxi incident) was damaging in so much that prior to that trip – which was meant to be a team-bonding trip – we had a fantastic result against Brighton and we had beaten Liverpool in the cup with their strongest team.”“Suddenly, I felt we were there. I thought we were going to make it really tight for everybody else.”Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“The Barcelona thing was a terrible incident.”“The players let themselves down, they let the club down and they let me down.”“From that moment forward, we never got results.”
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Pentagon still needs to look for way to economize on its infrastructure spending even though it didn’t request a new BRAC round as part of its fiscal 2019 budget request, Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters Thursday. If there are facilities DOD can consolidate, for example, it should do so on its own, he said. Reed said he would seriously consider a new BRAC round if the department proposed it, despite it being an election year, reported Politico.DOD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Tim Godbee
Sen. Dan Sullivan addressing the AFN convention. ()Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)The 51st Alaska Federation of Natives convention wrapped up in Anchorage on Saturday. Delegates passed a number of resolutions and heard from all three members of the state’s congressional delegation.Listen nowAFN’s last day saw a flurry of activity, starting with an informal and unwritten speech by Congressman Don Young. He touched on the history of AFN and some of the ills confronting Alaska, including social isolation he said is the result of overusing technology. Young told the crowd one antidote from the dizzying pace of news and information is taking time to just visit with friends. And, the 84-year-old said he avoids social media.“I’m the smartest congressman in Congress,” Young said. “And you’ll say ‘how could he dare say that?’ And I’ll tell you why! I’ve never Twittered, wiggled or giggled – I have no idea what I’m doing. That makes me really smart as a congressman because everyone gets in trouble in Congress because of their cell phone.”Senator Dan Sullivan’s address covered a number of topics, including veterans, the opioid crisis and Alaska’s relationship with the Trump Administration. Sullivan counted off Alaskans recently appointed to prominent federal positions, including Tara Sweeny, Joe Balash and Chris Hladick. And he described a high-level meeting earlier this year withPresident Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke focused on development opportunities in Alaska. Sullivan said during the encounter Trump asked if he should scrap the last administration’s executive action that officially restored the name of North America’s tallest mountain back to Denali.“And Senator Murkowski and I jumped over the desk and we said ‘NO! No, don’t wanna reverse that,’” Sullivan said. “And he looked at me and he said ‘Well, why?’ And I said, ‘Well, Mr. President, with all due respect to previous presidents, Alaska Native people named that mountain over 10,000 years ago. And by the way, that was the Athabascan people, and my wife’s Athabascan, and if you change that name back now she’s gonna be really, really mad.’ So he was like ‘Alright, we won’t do that.’”Delegates approved dozens of resolutions spanning a broad range of topics. The body voted to change how it will endorse political candidates in statewide elections, putting the matter before delegates instead of the AFN board. The Native Village of Savoonga brought forward a successful measure asking that legally obtained walrus ivory and marine mammal products be exempted from state-level ivory bans, an issue coastal communities say is still hurting livelihoods. And a proposal from the Chenega Corporation to transfer municipal lands held in trust by the state to local tribal and corporate entities was tabled and referred to the AFN board.Groups rally against mine and other development during the 2017 Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage. Southeast and Bristol Bay tribal officials signed an agreement during the convention to combine fisheries-protection efforts. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media)Outside the convention center, a protest organized by a group called Defend the Sacred rallied against proposed development projects in Bristol Bay, the Arctic Wildlife Refuge and trans-boundary mines in Canada.Between 50 and 100 people gathered in a light snow to chant, wave signs and listen to speeches.Earlier in the week, AFN saw two major legal victories, with the Governor signing a compact to give tribal entities more control over child welfare services. And the state Attorney General also issued an opinion officially recognizing 229 tribes in Alaska as fully sovereign – recognition the State of Alaska has avoided for decades.
Jacqueline FernandezPR HandoutJacqueline Fernandez created a buzz as she spreads the pink magic on the cover of a leading magazine with her infectious smile.The actress has donned a set of pink dress, separated by a yellow contrast earring, which will give you the easy-breezy vibe in this hot summer.A few days back, Jacqueline became the biggest commercial actress to debut in digital space with her upcoming web series, which is a thriller drama.Owing to immense popularity and huge fan base across quarters, the actress is not only in rising demand for representing brands, nationally but has left her mark on a global map as well.With all the positivity and smile on her face, the recent cover of Jacqueline has all that will make your day cheerful and how.Having several brand endorsement to her credit, Jacqueline has emerged as one of the most bankable actresses, in addition to being the commercial front runner.Banking upon her social media fandom, brands are constantly attempting to make her the face of their lines and products.The actress has been currently creating a buzz as she would return to Salman Khan and Sajid Nadiadwala’s franchise with Kick 2.
.A man was killed in what police called a gunfight in Kushtia city early Tuesday.The law enforcement claimed that the deceased Khorshed Alam alias Shamim, 38, was a former ameer of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), reports UNB.Police recovered two firearms and three round bullets from the spot, located in Shibganj, said Sanatan Chakraborty, additional superintendent of Bogra police.The details about the ‘gunfight’ will be disclosed later in the day, he added.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.
(PhysOrg.com) — While words such as “powerful” and “efficient” are often used to describe the potential of quantum computing, these quantum systems can be very fragile at the same time. Errors in quantum systems can easily arise due to decoherence – which occurs when a quantum state interacts with its environment – as well as unwanted noise or defective components. In order to protect quantum systems from these problems, physicists use quantum error correction (QEC) techniques to identify and correct errors without disturbing the system. A diagram of the proposed quantum memory with autonomous quantum error control (QEC). Image credit: Kerckhoff, et al. (c)2010 APS. In a recent study, physicists have developed a new QEC technique that can be directly embedded into quantum memories. Because the method is implemented “on-chip,” it requires no external clocking or logic. In addition, all control operations are performed autonomously by an embedded feedback loop, which is different than most previous QEC approaches. The researchers hope that the design could be useful for nanophotonics implementations and quantum-optical engineering.“Good QEC designs can improve implementation efficiency by reducing the hardware and computational ‘overhead’ that is needed in the implementation of the QEC for a particular quantum memory scheme,” coauthor Hendra Nurdin of Stanford University and the Australian National University told PhysOrg.com.In general, it’s much more difficult to design QEC methods than it is to design classical error correction methods because in classical methods, bits can simply be copied for redundancy. However, qubits cannot be copied in the same way due to the non-cloning theorem. Yet physicists can get around this limitation in a few ways, such as by encoding a single “logical” qubit (representing the information carried) in the entangled state of three “physical” qubits using a technique called the bit-flip code. The new autonomous QEC technique is based on the bit-flip code and another similar strategy called the phase-flip code, and can protect the stored information against independent unwanted flips to any, but not more than one, of the physical qubits. Whereas previous QEC approaches usually involved discrete restoration steps, the new approach involves a continuous syndrome readout to diagnose and correct errors. In this approach, each physical qubit is strongly coupled to its own optical cavity. If an error occurs so that one of the physical qubits has its state flipped, two feedback signals are sent to the qubit to flip it back and correct the error. The system is autonomous in that probe signals are continuously providing feedback to the qubits: less than two feedback signals in the case of no errors, and two feedback signals in the case of an error. “This QEC design has the potential to be embedded on the same hardware platform as the quantum memory, such as in nanophotonics, and has the potential for reduced hardware overhead requirements because it does not require external clocking and logic to operate, nor does not it require interfacing to measurement devices,” Nurdin said. “Moreover, since all processing is performed coherently, no classical computations are required to determine the corrective feedback signals.”Although the current design is just a proposal, the physicists explain that the circuitry could be realized with available technology, such as solid-state qubits coupled to electromagnetic resonators and waveguides. In the future, the scientists also plan to find ways to extend the design to QEC feedback networks that can correct a wider variety of qubit errors. 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. Citation: Autonomous quantum error correction technique proposed for quantum memories (2010, August 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-08-autonomous-quantum-error-technique-memories.html First International Conference on Quantum Error Correction Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. More information: Joseph Kerckhoff, et al. “Designing Quantum Memories with Embedded Control: Photonic Circuits for Autonomous Quantum Error Correction.” Physical Review Letters 105, 040502 (2010). Explore further
Image credit: swarmanoid.org 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. Citation: AI’s Emmy award goes to Swarmanoid robot book heist (2011, August 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-ai-emmy-award-swarmanoid-robot.html (PhysOrg.com) — Robots removing a book off a shelf? Hardly what you would consider worthy of a video award. Not unless you’re talking about a special platoon of robots known as a swarmanoid. Their book heist actually won the “Oscars” of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Video Competition 2011 last week. Spy-thriller music, a Hitchcock-like hum of mosquitoes, and a menacing whir-sound of blades did nothing to deter excitement, but the technical construct and techniques of these little snap-in, snap-out robots are interesting even without special effects. A swarmanoid is a robot “swarm” made up of three characters: the eye-bots (they fly and stick to ceilings with magnets, loiter and send info to other robots) and hand-bots (they climb and manipulate objects) and foot-bots (wheeled robots capable of connecting to the other types as well as amongst themselves, moving in a horizontal roll). The three are like a fire brigade or any search and rescue mission team in that they have discrete tasking abilities but they can also connect when needed.The foot-bots are 17 cm diameter x 29 cm, 1.8 kg; the hand-bots are 38 x 44 x 30 cm; and the flying eye-bots are 50 cm in diameter, with an endurance of 10 to 20 minutes. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Toyota’s musical robots (w/ Video) Explore further The award-winning video shows how a swarmanoid teams up to identify a book, walks over to the shelf where the book is located, and then climbs the wall to get it, with each of the three characters doing its respective task.The eye-bot identifies the target book and the foot-bots are summoned. They roll over to the target area, and release the hand-bot, which climbs to the ceiling and gets the book.The “swarm” in “swarmanoid” helps explain the fundamental concept. Swarm robotics was inspired by social aspects of insect behavior. The film, and the robots, are the result of a research undertaking called the Swarmanoid Project, funded by the European Commission, with a stated objective of design, implementation and control of a novel distributed robotic system. Dr. Marco Dorigo is the developer of the project and its coordinator. He was awarded in November 2007 with the “CajAstur International Prize for Soft Computing.”According to the New Scientist, Dorigo and his colleagues have gathered an army of 30 foot-bots, 10 eye-bots and eight hand-bots. According to the Swarmanoid site, the Swarmanoid project started in 2006 and ended in September 30 2010. Nonetheless, the Swarmanoid team looks ahead toward future incarnations from the present groundwork. The film narration refers to future possibilities where swarmanoids could play a role in (1) replacing humans in dangerous situations (2) performing search-and-rescue missions and (3) interplanetary explorations.
We being millennials in the era of social media and internet have witnessed many changes – in terms of love, emotions, and relationships. Fake promises and casual relationships have existed since forever, but introduction to ‘online dating’ made it worse for millennials of the 21st century. Number of people struggling to find love through digital dating is rapidly increasing and it seems the whole idea of love has changed.To back this with facts, several researches conducted in the last few years have shown a tremendous rise in the use of online apps like Tinder – especially around the month of romance (February). Has online dating really changed the meaning of love? Let us know by some of the youngsters using these apps: Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSrikant Bhutani, who is an IELTS trainer and have used Tinder, though had a pleasant experience on the dating app, he believes that it is important to be safe while using such apps. He says that one’s experience on such platforms depends on three major factors. Firstly, upon the kind of app you are using. Secondly, the exposure that the app provides to people. And, lastly, on the users – how they use it. For Aditya Singh, a Lawyer by profession, online dating is a boon as it helps to set choices and preferences…without actually facing the other person we get an idea whether to take the relationship forwards or not. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveYoungsters using or not using these apps hold a notion that on such platforms, individuals form judgement if the other person is worthy to date or have ‘sexual relationship’ or not. First appearance matters the most and as a result of this, youngsters have started caring about their looks more than it’s required. Harsh Vohra, a corporate worker believes that with this hook-up culture in place and empowered by free dating apps like Tinder, society seems to have destroyed traditional dating. “It might look like you are going to find your soulmate on such apps. But, dating world is stuffed with people who deeply desire nothing but sex,” he states. On the contrary, Neha Khanna, who works as a content writer asserts that seeking sexual relationships on such platforms is fine. Describing further, how online dating is a threat, Sanket Sethi, a DU student shares his views too. “There have been reports about dating gone wrong on these platforms where mischievous elements have duped their partners of money by getting the details of their credit cards and mobile wallets, harassing and blackmailing girls with their private photos and asking for money in return to get them deleted,” he said Talking about how online dating has changed the meaning of love in today’s era, Paras Middha, event planner says, “Earlier people used to meet, spend time, know each other better and then fall in love. Now, it’s the era of ‘instant love’ or ‘filtered love’. People swipe right by looking at good seductive pictures – when they meet – the reality is different. Shrikant, an IT expert feels that online dating has made people fall in love instantly and get over it overnight. “I have met people who don’t even know what they are there for. They just want to be there.”
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) – South Africa’s president says he won’t fire the education minister over a scandal that saw thousands of the country’s schools remaining without textbooks for up to seven months.Jacob Zuma told local station Talk Radio 702 on Monday that he first seeks a thorough investigation to determine whether minister Angie Motshekga is to be held responsible for the mishap.The government this year failed to deliver books in the northeastern Limpopo province affecting _ according to the country’s main opposition party _ some 5,000 schools. With students in Limpopo still waiting for new books, reports emerged that a government official and service providers dumped and destroyed old textbooks there, provoking a public outcry against the government’s mismanagement.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Parents, stop beating yourself up More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Sponsored Stories Comments Share New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean