Senate ethics officer asks upper chamber to be more open with documents

first_imgOTTAWA — The Senate’s ethics watchdog is telling the upper chamber to provide him documents more quickly to speed up investigations and strengthen his independence.Pierre Legault recommended in a report that senators use parliamentary privilege in fewer instances to withhold files, reports and emails from him, particularly in cases of sexual harassment.He wrote that slow responses and refusals could affect the findings of a probe, cause unnecessary delays and potentially compromise the watchdog’s independence.Legault also says the ethics officer should weigh in on a harassment case only if the upper chamber determines it is significant enough to cause damage to the reputation of the Senate.The recommendations are attached to a report made public just before the Canada Day long weekend that found former senator Don Meredith harassed a half-dozen employees, as well as a constable in the parliamentary protective service.Parliamentary privilege is meant to protect legislators’ ability to do their jobs without fear of interference or retribution by, for instance, keeping outsiders from nosing around in their official business. In this case, Legault struggled with being an appointee of the Senate, doing work for the Senate, being stymied by the Senate’s and senators’ reluctance to co-operate with him.The co-founder of the group Democracy Watch said the ethics officer’s notes on his investigation of Meredith’s conduct describe a layer-cake of conflicts for senators — first they must decide harassment has taken place, but then they have control over what investigators can view.“It’s a recipe for cover-ups and abuse of vulnerable people for a committee of senators to control investigations of allegations of harassment or other wrongdoing by senators, especially when the committee claims it has the right to keep information about wrongdoing secret,” Duff Conacher said.The Senate’s conflict-of-interest committee said in a statement that it will review the report but won’t make any further comments for now. Any decisions the committee makes would come in the form of a report that would be made public.Meredith resigned in 2017 before the Senate could vote on a recommendation that he be expelled over a sexual relationship with a teenage girl.At the time, the ethics officer was also looking into allegations of workplace harassment after top senators became concerned about the high rate of turnover among Meredith’s office staff. His review only came after the internal committee examination confirmed senators’ concerns about a toxic workplace.During the review, the details of which Legault made public Friday, the ethics officer ran into hurdles accessing documents needed as part of the probe.Legault wrote that the internal-economy committee — charged with overseeing Senate rules and spending — “invoked parliamentary privilege on a number of occasions,” meaning the ethics officer couldn’t get what he wanted. The committee also vetted all requests for information he made to the Senate’s administration.“Being required to wait for the (committee) to approve my requests and, in some cases deny them while requesting further details and information about them, may result in unnecessary delays and also may compromise my independence,” Legault wrote.Legault also noted that refusing information based on parliamentary privilege “may result in a lack of evidence” that affects findings.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Star Wars Force For Change Celebrates 40 Years Of Star Wars With

first_imgStar Wars: Force For Change in collaboration with Omaze will launch the Star Wars “Past, Present and Future” fundraising campaign to benefit UNICEF and Starlight Children’s Foundation.STAR WARS: FORCE FOR CHANGE CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF STAR WARS WITH EPIC FUNDRAISING EVENTThe campaign is themed around the timeless appeal of Star Wars, with experiences inspired by the saga’s past, present, and future. Lucky winners will receive prizes, like the chance to appear in the upcoming Han Solo movie, tickets to the world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, or, an overnight stay at the fabled Skywalker Ranch.Over the course of four weeks between April 11th and May 11th, 2017, fans may enter at for a chance to win these once-in-a-lifetime Star Wars experiences, with each week bringing a new prize to be awarded to a randomly-selected winner. Additionally, at the end of the campaign, one randomly-selected grand prize winner will be awarded all three amazing experiences.Starlight Children’s Foundation is joining Star Wars: Force for Change as the initiative’s newest charity beneficiary in 2017. Through a $1 million grant, Star Wars: Force for Change supports the foundation’s core programs which are designed to bring comfort and joy and comfort to hospitalized kids through Starlight’s network of more than 700 children’s hospitals, clinics, camps and other partners across the US. Star Wars: Force for Change and fan donations through this campaign will also provide new Starlight programs, like fun, comfortable Star Wars-themed Starlight Brave Gowns, to tens of thousands of hospitalized children across the country.Since 2014, Star Wars: Force for Change and UNICEF have joined together to help improve the lives of children around the world. With the support of Star Wars fans, the collaboration has raised more than $9 million to help the world’s most vulnerable children. To date, Star Wars: Force for Change has helped UNICEF save the lives of over 30,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition through the distribution of over 4 million packets of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food Packets (RUTF) around the world.“In a year that we celebrate 40 years of the Star Wars saga, I continue to be inspired by the incredible generosity and charitable efforts of our fans,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “We are so proud of their tireless dedication to positively impact the lives of children and others around the world, and hope this year’s Force For Change campaign will offer a few of those wonderful fans an experience they will never forget.”Star Wars “Past, Present, and Future” Winner Experiences: • Past – Stay at Skywalker Inn, tour of the archives & the Ranch, and a screening of Star Wars: A New Hope • Present – Join the cast and attend the Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere and exclusive after party • Future – Visit the set, meet the directors and have the chance to appear in the untitled Han Solo movie • Grand Prize – One winner will receive the Past, Present AND Future prizes!Fans are encouraged to follow the campaign at for exclusive updates each week.last_img read more

2017 Remember Me Thursday Global Pet Adoption Awareness Campaign

first_imgThis month, Helen Woodward Animal Center will once again unite with animal welfare proponents and organizations worldwide for the 5th Annual Remember Me Thursday.Honored on the fourth Thursday of September, the campaign asks pet lovers and animal rescue groups to create an unstoppable, integrated voice advocating for homeless pets to live in forever homes, not die waiting for them. Grassroots candle-lighting ceremonies and a global avalanche of social media buzz will shine a light on the millions of animals still awaiting adoption and encourage communities to opt to adopt and reduce the millions of homeless pets euthanized each year. As in previous years, some very big names are stepping forward to lend their support to the cause, including TONY and EMMY Award-winning actress, Kristin Chenoweth, who has been named the 2017 Official Spokesperson for the campaign. Helen Woodward Animal Center encourages the world to join with these philanthropic celebrities and to be a part of this very special day, Thursday, September 28th, 2017.As the campaign’s 2017 Official Spokesperson, Kristin Chenoweth is a TONY and EMMY Award-winning actress with credits across stage (“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”, “Wicked”, “On the Twentieth Century”), film (“Rio 2”) and television (“The West Wing”, “Pushing Daisies”, “Glee”, “Descendants” and “American Gods”). She recently co-starred in “Hairspray” for NBC and her newest album “The Art of Elegance” was released in September 2016. Kristin received a coveted star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Live Performance, Stage/Theatre in 2015. Kristin’s upcoming projects include Lionsgate/Hasbro’s “My Little Pony: The Movie” as well as the animated film “The Star.” She is also a new Mamma to her rescue Miss Thunder Boom Boom Chenoweth, affectionately known as Thunder Pup, who is a (bigger than expected) bundle of unconditional love, laughter and fluff.Chenoweth’s spokesperson-status is particularly meaningful to Helen Woodward Animal Center, as her support for Remember Me Thursday began in its inaugural year.Regarding her love of animals, Chenoweth stated: “On August 27th of last year, my beloved Maltese, Madeline Kahn Chenoweth went to Heaven. Though I still miss her so, I am grateful for all the happiness we shared. She was pure, unconditional love. The pain of losing her was worth it. Please take a moment and remember all of the sweet shelter pets just waiting for their opportunity to warm your heart on Remember Me Thursday.”Chenoweth leads an impressive list of celebrity supporters also aligning themselves with Remember Me Thursday. Notable personalities, professional athletes, pet behaviorists and social media pet stars have signed on as “luminaries,” committing to share their thoughts on pet adoption in videos and via their social media accounts throughout the campaign. At press time, 60+ influential luminaries have joined the cause, including:Notable Film, TV and Stage Personalities: Alexander Jean, Andie MacDowell, Ashley Bell, Ashley Roberts, Bellamy Young, Beth Stern, Bonnie-Jill Laflin, Carrie Ann Inaba (2015 Official Spokesperson), Christian Siriano, Coco Austin, Courtney Lopez, Diane Keaton, Elaine Hendrix, Eric Paslay, Eric Roberts, Holly Madison, Ian Somerhalder & Nikki Reed, Katherine Heigl (2014 Official Spokesperson), Kathy Najimy, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Lou Wegner, Mark Steines, Pauley Perrette (2016 Official Spokesperson), Stephen Kramer Glickman, Wil Wheaton and Wynonna Judd.International Celebrity: Gilberto Santa Rosa.Professional Athletes: David Backes (Boston Bruins), Bryan Bickell (Chicago Blackhawks), Mark Buehrle, Jeff Carter (LA Kings), Liam Hendriks (Oakland A’s), Kevin Kiermaier (Tampa Bay Rays), Anze Kopitar (LA Kings), Joey Logano (NASCAR), Evan Longoria (Tampa Bay Rays), Jake Muzzin (LA Kings), Ryan Newman (NASCAR), and Marc Rzepczynski (Seattle Mariners).Animal Specialty Celebrities: Dr. Marty Becker, Wendy Diamond, Jackson Galaxy, Tamar Geller, Jill Rappaport, Hannah Shaw, and Victoria Stilwell.Animal Celebrities: Alien Cat Matilda, Choupette Lagerfeld, Cole and Marmalade, Justin Fire Survivor, Lil BUB, Monty Boy, My Cat Kyle, Nala Cat, Norbert, Paddington, Pumpkin the Raccoon, Purrminators, Sauerkraut Kitty, Tango, Tuna, Vito Vincent, and Worried Cat.Remember Me Thursday was established in 2013 by Helen Woodward Animal Center President and CEO Mike Arms. Moved by the staggering statistic of the 2.7 million homeless pets who lose their lives each year in the U.S., Arms put out a call to rescue organizations in an attempt to create a global awareness campaign. As creator of the International Pet Adoptathon and the International Home 4 the Holidays program (placing over 13 million pets in homes since 1999), he was able to send out an expansive request and the response was significant.Now in its fifth year, Remember Me Thursday has been supported by 180 countries with hundreds of thousands of individuals and more than 700 separate animal welfare organizations around the globe holding candle-lighting ceremonies of their own, spreading the message on social media, or lighting a virtual candle. The enormous swell of celebrity support has resulted in the topic trending each year on both Facebook and Twitter, garnering more than 865 million social media impressions since its start.To be a part of the 2017 Remember Me Thursday campaign, individuals and animal welfare organizations are encouraged to get the entire world talking about pet adoption on Thursday, September 28th, by tweeting, tagging, posting and sharing the beauty and life-saving significance of pet adoption using the hashtags #RememberTheRescue and #RememberMeThursday. Animal-lovers can win life-saving funds, toys and food for adoptable pets looking for forever families at their favorite non-profit, pet adoption organization. To enter the Remember Me Thursday Social Media Contest, simply upload your rescue pet’s photo and story to the #RememberTheRescue Photo Wall for a chance to win!For more information on Remember Me Thursday and a full list of participating celebrities and animal welfare organizations, go to read more

Weston bakery divisions performance suffers as it slims down product list

first_imgTORONTO – George Weston Ltd. is forging ahead with its plan to reduce the number of different products offered by its bakery division but progress is slower than expected, chairman and CEO Galen G. Weston said Tuesday.Second-quarter sales at Weston Foods, the smaller of the company’s two main divisions, were down 8.1 per cent at $468 million due to a combination of currency fluctuations, volume and changes in the mix of products sold.The bakery division’s operating income was down 12.5 per cent from a year ago, at $21 million, and its adjusted EBITDA was down 11.1 per cent at $48 million — driven by the decline in sales and higher input and distribution costs.Galen Weston told analysts that the rationalization of the product lineup at Weston Foods — which supplies its sibling company Loblaw and other retailers — is a complex task that requires getting new orders to replace discontinued items.“You lose sales immediately and you hope you’re going to have new sales coming online. It’s not coming as fast as we expected,” Weston told analysts in a quarterly conference call.He added that the second quarter did show early signs of reduced overhead expenses due to the transformation and “we expect those benefits to continue as the year progresses. So that gives us the confidence to continue and push forward.”Weston Foods is about 60 per cent through the process of rationalizing the number of stock keeping units, or SKUs, that it offers and the process is expected to be complete next year.As usual, George Weston’s overall second quarter results were dominated by its holdings in Loblaw Companies Ltd., which operates Canada’s largest grocery business and the Shoppers Drug Mart chain of pharmacies. It also has investments in real estate through its holdings of the Choice Properties real estate trust.George Weston’s second-quarter net income plunged 77.6 per cent to $28 million and adjusted earnings slipped to $210 million, below analyst estimates on both counts. Overall sales slipped 1.2 per cent to $11.2 billion.Net income per share dropped to 21 cents from $160 million or $1.23 per share in last year’s second quarter. Weston’s adjusted earnings fell to $210 million or $1.63 per share.Analysts had estimated George Weston would have $1.40 per share of net income and $1.68 per share of adjusted earnings, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Last week, Loblaw announced that costs related to the acquisition of Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust and non-operating factors pushed down its net income by 86.1 per cent.Loblaw’s adjusted earnings were down 5.6 per cent, at $421 million or $1.11 per share, but ahead of analyst estimates.George Weston said Tuesday that the CREIT acquisition had nominal impact on its net earnings attributable to common shareholders but there was a bigger impact from the underlying performance of its Loblaw and Weston Foods divisions.Companies in this story: (TSX:WN, TSX:L)last_img read more

Northern Rockies Unveils New Emergency Notification System

first_imgFORT NELSON, BC – Northern Rockies Regional Municipality (NRRM) recognizes emergency preparedness procedures are an important part of their communities safety and has introduced an alert system to keep residents and visitors informed in the case of a critical incident.The multi-purpose communication service Voyent Alert will be a way to send alerts to residents, businesses and visitors during critical events like fires or floods. In the NRRM, the system will be used to alert to hazards such as wildfires, although the platform has the ability to be used for other public messaging as well.The NRRM shares that residents receiving an emergency alert, it’s important to take action safely. Stop what you are doing when it is safe to do so and read the emergency alert. Information could include but is not limited to;limit unnecessary travelevacuate the areaseek shelter etc.The NRRM reminds residents to seek credible information from official sources in your community and to not contact emergency services for information related to an alert unless a life is at risk.“The Northern Rockies has a great new tool to inform people in the case of an emergency – in this connected age, the municipality is able to convey information at a critical point in time, using the most popular communication methods available,” said Mayor Gary Foster of the new alert notification system. For more information; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Man arrested for murdering neighbour over grudge

first_imgNEW DELHI: The crime branch of Delhi Police has arrested a person identified as Bhupender alias Rohit a resident of Narela in Delhi who along with his two associates had brutally murdered his neighbour by smashing his face with stone Kundli after abducting him from Narela, Delhi.The incident happened on April 28 when a woman along with her son was walking near Vijay Chowk in Narela to purchase some milk. Her son was walking ahead of her at a distance of 15-20 feet, suddenly, one car stopped and 2 persons came down from it and they forcibly abducted her son in their car, one of which she could identify as Mohit, a resident of Narela. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesA case of kidnapping was registered by the police. Later, a dead body was recovered on the slip road leading to Kundli- Ghaziabad peripheral expressway in the night of April 28-29 under Rai Sonipat Police station and the dead body was badly damaged beyond recognition with stones and had been killed by smothering. A case was registered at Rai Police station and the systematic efforts of Rai Sohipat Police and Narela Police resulted into the identification of dead body as Ajay, a resident of Narela, the same man who was Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekarkidnapped. The Crime branch team after identification of the accused laid a trap at Mansa Devi Temple at Narela and arrested Bhupender. “During sustained interrogation, it was revealed that the accused Bhupender alias Rohit and his friends Mohit and Golu had a past enmity with the deceased Ajay who lived in the same locality. On March 8, both had a fight on a trivial issue. Bhupender was beaten up by Ajay and his friends. Infuriated, Mohit and Bhupender decided to eliminate Ajay,” said DCP Crime Ram Gopal Naik. As soon as Ajay was spotted roaming around on April 28, they abducted him in their car and took him to KMP flyover Kundli. On the way, they badly thrashed Ajay making him unconscious. After that, they pulled Ajay out of the car and crushed his head and face with stones lying at the roadside, and they fled from the scene.last_img read more

Morocco and Saudi Arabia Agree to Strengthen Security Cooperation

Rabat – Morocco’s interior minister Abdelouafi Laftit has met with Saudi interior minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef to promote security cooperation.Laftit and Prince Abdulaziz held the talks along with officials of the interior ministries of Morocco and Saudi Arabia, Thursday, in Rabat, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).Both parties concluded “an agreement in the field of security cooperation on the fight against transnational organized crime, terrorism, illegal emigration and drug trafficking, as well as the exchange of data and expertise,” according to a statement by the Moroccan Ministry of the Interior. The two ministers discussed ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation, security developments, and challenges in the Arab region, added the statement.Laftit and Prince Abdulaziz also agreed to develop exchange programs on training and capacity building. They emphasized the significance of implementing the civil protection cooperation agreement signed in Riyadh in 2013.The meeting, according to both sides, consolidates fruitful relations between the two countries and the brotherly ties between King Mohammed VI and King  Salman, said the statement.The Saudi interior minister arrived in Morocco Tuesday, October 9, for an official visit.Prince Abdulaziz’s visit follows tensions between the two kingdoms. A Saudi sport official criticized Morocco’s request for support in its bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. In one tweet, Turki al-Sheikh wrote, “If we were asked for support, we would firstly look at what serves Saudi Arabia’s best interest.” read more

UN Force Commander in DR Congo urges peaceful resolution to clashes in

The Force Commander of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) today urged a peaceful resolution of clashes in the country’s troubled eastern region, but said his troops stood ready to support Government efforts to resolve the problem militarily if necessary. “Always the best option is a peaceful solution,” General Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye said when asked what MONUC was doing in support of the Government’s plan for a major military operation in the east, where forces loyal to renegade General Laurent Nkunda have been clashing with the DRC’s army (FARDC). Speaking to reporters following a closed-door meeting of the Security Council, General Gaye recalled that MONUC had recently obtained the surrender of a commander loyal to General Nkunda as well as 14 troops through negotiation. “We hope this trend will continue,” he said. At the same time, the Force Commander said the UN had provided support to the FARDC and would continue to do so. “During the operation what we are going to do is to focus on the security of the population,” he said, ensuring that there will be no retaliation against the civilian population. The UN would also provide logistical support, helping with transport, including evacuations of the wounded and bringing in reinforcements. He said Gen. Nkunda’s forces “are in a crisis,” numbering some 3,000 troops compared to the 20,000 the FARDC has in North Kivu. Also briefing the press was Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s outgoing Special Representative Process for DRC, William Lacy Swing, who pointed to the progress that has been achieved in recent years. “For the first time in half a century the country has legitimate institutions that came out of an electoral process,” he said. “There are however, many leftovers from the past,” he added, urging action in response to the rebel forces not participating in the peace process. “There are great achievements, including historic elections, as well as enormous challenges,” said the envoy. “I leave very encouraged by the process – there is nothing externally or internally which could in the long term derail it,” he said. Mr. Swing, whose term ends next month, will be replaced by Alan Doss, currently the senior UN envoy to Liberia, who will start work in the DRC in January. 29 November 2007The Force Commander of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) today urged a peaceful resolution of clashes in the country’s troubled eastern region, but said his troops stood ready to support Government efforts to resolve the problem militarily if necessary. read more

Tecumseh Centre moving to main campus

The Faculty of Education will soon have all of its departments and centres under one roof.The Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education – housed in the Brock Research and Innovation Centre on Lockhart Drive since 2006 – will be moving into Welch Hall just before the winter break.“The Tecumseh centre has been an important part of the Faculty of Education, however, in its current location it is not physically a part of the Faculty,” said Interim Dean David Siegel.The staff of the Tecumseh Centre will be moving into the offices on the atrium level of the Welch Hall expansion.This location in Welch Hall was deemed most appropriate as the offices are near the Birch bark canoe that was donated to the centre by students in Sioux Lookout, Ont., and encased for display in the summer of 2015.While being inclusive, this location will also provide a culturally appropriate gathering place for students.Having the full Faculty of Education’s operations in the same building will no doubt strengthen the faculty as a whole, but also the University, as there will be a greater presence of indigenous groups on campus.“It is important that indigenous peoples and programs be visible on campus,” said Julian Kitchen, Director of the Tecumseh Centre. “This move will increase the Tecumseh Centre’s profile and help build educational partnerships.”Moving to the main campus will be Kitchen, as well as instructors Spy Denomme-Welch, Sherri Vansickle, Sakoieta Widrick, and staff members Sarah McGean and Jennifer Brant.For more information on the Tecumseh Centre click here. read more

This Lip Gloss Smells Like Kissing A Kittens Nose

first_img Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu Stay on target Cats are nearly perfect creatures (aside from dogs, of course) but kittens are even better. And cuddling with kittens is one of the most amazing things in the world. So it makes sense cosmetics brand Felissimo Nekobu creates makeup and beauty products meant to evoke feelings of cuddling and kissing cats. Adorable!Felissimo’s latest item is a lip gloss that adds color and shine as well as the feeling that you’ve just given a kitten’s nose a big old smooch. If that isn’t the cutest idea in the world, I don’t know what’s cute anymore.The special “Neko no hana ni kisu shita mitai – hinyari ohana” lip gloss, which roughly translated via RocketNews24 means “It’s like I’ve just kissed a cat’s nose – a pleasantly cool nose,” aims to reproduce the feeling of kissing a kitten’s nose. I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it. How adorable!You use a roll-on applicator tip that spreads the gloss, which has cooling ingredients, hyaluronic acid for plumping, and shea butter to keep your lips soft. You can get pink, orange, and brown, and all the glosses are “kitten milk” scented, meant to evoke bowls of milk set out for hungry kittens. Just imagine them all crowding around to get a little bit of the milk. Aww!Right now you can grab the lip gloss from Felissimo’s website direct, and it will run you about $12. It’s one of the cutest lip gloss tubes out there, but you’ll really flip when you see all the rest of the cosmetics Felissimo is responsible for. Cat paw-scented lotion, a perfume that smells like a cat’s forehead, and a smattering of other kawaii cat-related items means you may have found your new favorite store if you’re a kitty cat lover. I doubt you’ll be able to contain your excitement if you love animals as much as I do.last_img read more

Robots Learn to Complete Actions by Simply Watching

first_img Another week, another step closer to the robot revolution: Researchers at NVIDIA are teaching bots to complete tasks by simply observing humans.The team, led by Stan Birchfield and Jonathan Tremblay, developed a deep learning system to “enhance communication between humans and robots.”Using NVIDIA Titan X GPUs, researchers trained a series of neural networks to execute actions based on a single real-world demonstration.“In order for robots to perform useful tasks in real-world settings, it must be easy to communicate the task to the robot; this includes both the desired end result and any hints as to the best means to achieve that result,” a recently published paper said.Live video of a scene—someone stacking colored cubes, for instance—is fed into the neural network, which infers the positions and relationships of objects; another machine then generates a plan to recreate those perceptions.Finally, an execution network reads that proposal and generates an intelligible description of steps, which a user can edit directly before the android even moves. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 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 The key, according to NVIDIA, is synthetic data.While existing approaches to machine learning require large amounts of labeled training data—” a serious bottleneck in these systems”—synthetic data generation allows an “almost infinite” amount of data to be produced “with very little effort.”To demonstrate, the team used colored blocks (red, yellow, green, blue) and a toy car (also red).In the clip above, a human operator shows a pair of stacked cubes to the robot, which infers an appropriate program to place them in the correct order. The system is able to recover from mistakes in real time.“If someone pours water into a glass, the intent of the demonstration remains ambiguous. Should the robot also pour water? If so, then into which glass?” the study said. “Should it also pour water into an adjacent mug? When should it do so? How much water should it pour? What should it do if there is no water? And so forth.“Concrete actions themselves are insufficient to answer such questions,” researchers continued. “Rather, abstract concepts must be inferred from the actions.”Birchfield, Tremblay & Co. will present their research at this week’s International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Brisbane, Australia.Moving forward, the group plans to fix existing issues and explore additional features, including increasing robustness of domain randomization, leveraging past execution information, and expanding the vocabulary of the human-readable programs.last_img read more

Spalletti speaks before Torinos match

first_imgInter Milan’s coach Luciano Spalletti says footballers might be losing focus during the winter transfer window because they are thinking on other stuff.Internazionale Milan is currently in the third position of the Italian Lega Serie A table.The team has won on 12 occasions, drawing four times and losing four matches.They have 40 points now, seven behind second-place Napoli, and 16 away from leaders Juventus.“Playing during the transfer window has never brought anything good to me. There are always many things going on and players can be less focused on the games,” Nerazzurri coach Luciano Spalletti told Gianluca Di Marzio.“Perisic is a very good player, of course, there are rumors about him during the transfer window. If a player is good, it’s obvious that every club would want him.”Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“Of course, then the figures must be adequate for things to go through. He knows his job and he also knows that we expect him to keep working just like he has done so far,” he added.“Cedric Soares? This deal was completed because of Vrsaljko’s situation (struggling with injuries).”“We needed a player to fill a gap in that position, Sime [Vrsaljko] is evaluating his options with us and Atletico Madrid. We will try to do what is best for him,” he commented.“Did we already sign him Diego Godin? The winter transfer window is not over and yet you are still asking me to comment on the summer window,” he added about the Atletico Madrid player.“I have players in my squad that read what I say in press conferences. I have to work with the players I have now, and it’s not fair to them to discuss about Godin right now”.last_img read more

Pembroke Pines officer loses control drives off roadway in West MiamiDade

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Pembroke Pines officer lost control of her cruiser on Krome Avenue and drove into a grassy area off of Mile Marker 25 in West Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene, Monday afternoon.According to a Pembroke Pines Police spokesperson, one of their officers was driving southbound along Krome Avenue when she lost control, struck the Mile Marker 25 post and then hit a ditch off of the roadway.The officer was treated at the scene. She appears to be OK.No traffic was affected by this incident.Officials are investigating.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Officials Oil And Gas Industry Needs Stability

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享After years of gloomy reports of low production, job losses, and closing down wells, recent discoveries on the North Slope are offering up some good news for the State of Alaska. Kara Moriarty President/CEO of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association says that while the state is headed in a positive direction it needs more stability: “We’re never short of the potential for oil and gas, but the problem is that we are not the only place that has oil and gas in the globe. As the U.S. is about to be the world’s largest oil producer, Alaska is sitting at about 5% of the nations production. What can we do to make sure some of these short term project on the North Slope, continued investment in the Cook Inlet, and future big time investments happens? We need to stay the course with stable policy.” In the last 13 years the state has issued seven policy changes in the state tax policy for oil and gas companies, according to Moriarty. She notes, that much of the future development plans depend on the state of Alaska maintaining a “stable, competitive fiscal environment.” Moriarty: “We haven’t been a very stable tax policy state, some of them have been bigger changes than others, but the reality of it is that we need to stay the course.” center_img Alaska’s Department of Oil and Gas revenue and production forecast, oil prices are expected to remain low for at least the next decade. However, Alaska got some good news in late 2017: oil production is rising. Moriarty: “Now we need more investment in Alaska, we aren’t going to have production without investment. Fortunately, we do have some companies that have been investing, they’ve made some new discoveries and want to move forward with these projects. But, we need to have stable tax and permitting policies to make sure it moves forward.”last_img read more

AP Finance minister Buggana Rajendranath Reddy presents

first_imgAmaravati: Finance minister Buggana Rajendranath Reddy proposed a total of Rs. 2,27,974.99 crore as budget estimations for the financial year 2019-20, in his maiden budget, on Friday here in Assembly. This is 19.32 per cent higher than that of the previous budget. The revenue expenditure is estimated as Rs 1,80,475.94 crore. Capital expenditure is Rs 32,293.39 crore. Fiscal deficit I’d estimated as 3.30 percent and revenue deficit is 0.17 percent. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us Important Major and New Schemes YSR Rythu Bharosa Rs. 8750.00, Y.S.RNine Hours Free Power Supply Rs. 4525.00, Price Stabilization Fund Rs 3000.00, Disaster Management Rs 2002.08, YSR – PM Faisal Bima Yojana Rs 1163.00, Power Subsidy to Aqua Farmers Rs 475.00, Bore Wells under YSR Rythu Bharosa Rs 200.00.last_img read more

Amarnath Yatris tourists told to cut down stay in valley

first_imgSrinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government has asked tourists and Amarnath Yatris to make necessary arrangements immediately to cut short their stay in the Valley and return as soon as possible in the wake of intelligence inputs of “specific terror threats” to the pilgrimage. The Home department on Friday issued a security advisory to this effect, saying pilgrims and tourists “may curtail their stay” and “return as soon as possible”. Also Read – Trinamool, BJP activists scuffle at Dilip Ghosh’s event Advertise With Us “Keeping in view the latest intelligence inputs of terror threats, with specific targeting of the Amarnath Yatra, and given the prevailing security situation in the Kashmir Valley, in the interest of safety and security of the tourists and Amarnath Yatris, it is advised that they may curtail their stay in the Valley immediately and take necessary measures to return as soon as possible,” it said. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us Earlier in the day, Indian Army in a media briefing, said that security forces have recovered a Pakistan-made mine and a huge cache of arms from along the Amarnath Yatra route. Searches were launched along the pilgrimage route after specific intelligence that Pakistan-based terrorists might target the Yatra using improvised explosive devices and attack pilgrims, Lt Gen Sarabjit Singh Dhillon said in a joint briefing by security forces. Advertise With Us The forces launched a massive operation along the Amarnath Yatra route, during which a huge a cache of arms was recovered, and it included a mine with a Pakistan Ordnance Factory stamp and an American sniper rifle M-24, he said. On the reports of additional troops being sent to the Valley, Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh said security personnel were on regular duty during the year because of elections, among others, with no time to relax.last_img read more

Study suggests fish can experience emotional fever

first_img Explore further Prior research has shown that mammals and birds and one species of lizard respond to stress by experiencing an increase in body temperature on the order of 1 or 2 C°—a reaction that some have suggested indicates that the creature is a sentient being—one that is able to perceive or feels things, whether emotional or physically. The term sentient has also been used a lot in science fiction to describe extraterrestrial life that is intelligent enough to offer some form of interaction with humans, as is the case with most mammals and birds here on Earth. Unfortunately, to date, no such increase in body temperature related to stress has ever been reported in fish, which has left many labeling them as non-sentient and unable to feel either stress or pain, such as from being hooked on the end of a line. In this new effort, the researchers sought to find out if this is true.The experiments by the researchers consisted of placing 72 zebra fish in a net in water that was 1 C° colder than was normal for them. They also had a control group that was left alone with no changes to their environment. All of the fish were then transferred to a tank that had sections heated to different levels, which the fish could access freely if they wished. The team watched to see which section the fish would swim to, and noted that those fish that had been stressed spent more time in the sections that were slightly warmer than normal, than did the control fish. Doing so caused the body temperature of the fish to rise from 2 to 4 C°, which the team claims showed the fish experienced elevated body temperatures in response to stress, demonstrating emotional fever, and therefore they should qualify as sentient beings. Amphibious fish found to use evaporative cooling to overcome hot water (—A small team of researchers from the U.K. and Spain has found via lab study that at least one type of fish is capable of experiencing ’emotional fever,’ which suggests it may qualify as a sentient being. In their paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the team describes their experiments with stressing zebra fish, how the fish reacted, and why they believe it should now be added to the list of organisms labeled as sentient beings. 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. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Citation: Study suggests fish can experience ’emotional fever’ (2015, November 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Sonia Rey et al. Fish can show emotional fever: stress-induced hyperthermia in zebrafish, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2015). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2266 AbstractWhether fishes are sentient beings remains an unresolved and controversial question. Among characteristics thought to reflect a low level of sentience in fishes is an inability to show stress-induced hyperthermia (SIH), a transient rise in body temperature shown in response to a variety of stressors. This is a real fever response, so is often referred to as ’emotional fever’. It has been suggested that the capacity for emotional fever evolved only in amniotes (mammals, birds and reptiles), in association with the evolution of consciousness in these groups. According to this view, lack of emotional fever in fishes reflects a lack of consciousness. We report here on a study in which six zebrafish groups with access to a temperature gradient were either left as undisturbed controls or subjected to a short period of confinement. The results were striking: compared to controls, stressed zebrafish spent significantly more time at higher temperatures, achieving an estimated rise in body temperature of about 2–4°C. Thus, zebrafish clearly have the capacity to show emotional fever. While the link between emotion and consciousness is still debated, this finding removes a key argument for lack of consciousness in fishes. © 2015 Phys.orglast_img read more

Everybody was KungFu fighting

first_imgTo commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the National Day of the People’s Republic of China, Embassy of China in association with India China Economic and Cultural Council organised a cultural evening – Chinese KungFu Show, to strengthen the bilateral cultural cooperation between India and China, on 24 September at Siri Fort Auditorium. The show saw the performances by the Shaolin Kung Fu Performance Troupe. The troupe belongs to the Emperor of Tang Dynasty from 621 B.C. and is one of the ancient troupes from China, straight from the Shaolin Temple. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Performing for the first time in India, the Shaolin Kung Fu troupe displayed an array of excellent skills such as the Zen Kungfu, eight-piece brocade, long-style boxing, Kungfu by two fingers, imitative-style boxing among many others.  Shaolin Kung Fu Performance troupe, being known for its historic background and art training, showcased their various breath taking and astonishing skills at the evening enthralling the crowd with their surprise tricks. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSpeaking on the occasion, Zhang Zhihong, Cultural Counsellor, Embassy of China in India expressed warm greetings on the occasion of China National Day and wished for the complete success of the program and contributes to the people and culture exchange between the two countries. Mohammed Saqib, Secretary General, India China Economic and Cultural Council thanked all for gathering and ensuring a trademark show ever in the history of cultural evenings. Also gracing the occasion with theirbest wishes were Parvez Dewan, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and  Le Yucheng, Chinese Ambassador to India.last_img read more