36 years of bike race footage reveals how Belgium’s climate is changing

first_img 36 years of bike race footage reveals how Belgium’s climate is changing By Katie LanginJul. 3, 2018 , 12:01 AM Green-thumbed grandmothers the world over have noticed a disturbing trend: Spring seems to be arriving earlier every year. But without hard data, it’s difficult to back up those claims. Now, scientists have found a new source of data—old television footage of outdoor sporting events, which reveals how early trees and other plants are “leafing out” each year.Scientists started with footage of the Tour de Flanders (above), a professional cycling race that’s taken place in Belgium nearly every April since 1913. The researchers watched more than 200 hours of video for races from 1981 to 2016, picking out 20 trees that they could see clearly in subsequent years. For each tree, they noted the presence—or absence—of leaves, along with their size.The old footage reveals that spring has sprung earlier along the race course in the past decade. In the 1980s, hardly any trees had leaves during the race. But from 2006 to 2016, 45% of trees had at least started growing leaves, the team reports today in Methods in Ecology and Evolution.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)It isn’t surprising that the Belgian trees are leafing out earlier, given previous studies in places with detailed leaf-growth records. But this is the first time researchers have used old sporting footage to come to similar results. The team says this latest study is just a start, and old television footage could be a valuable resource in the quest to understand how climate change is affecting plants. *Correction, 5 July, 9:45 a.m.: This story has been updated to correct the percentage of trees that started growing leaves from 2006 to 2016.center_img AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski last_img read more

Hacking row: Rupert Murdoch in the dock

first_imgFor a man who was once feared for his enormous power and business acumen, it has been the ultimate insult to be told that he is “not a fit” person to run his global media empire.But that is what the British Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport committee has told the 81-year-old Rupert Murdoch in a report on the issue of hacking that was done by his now shuttered News of the World tabloid.Mr Murdoch has insisted that he was unaware of the hacking and has blamed his staff for keeping him in the dark.Of course, this is a parliamentary committee and the vote was partisan – all four Conservatives opposing the six Labour MPs who pushed for the report.The Murdoch newspapers have never been particularly fond of the Labour Party and so clearly this was seen as payback time. Nevertheless, there is the substance of the issue – Mr Murdoch and his son’s inability to prevent the gross abuse of journalistic ethics by their staffers.There can be little doubt that this episode will have a lasting impact on the British media business.last_img read more

False rape case:Court orders perjury proceedings against woman

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 18 (PTI) Levelling of false charges of rape against a person is a very serious thing and time has come to curb this “menace”, a Delhi court has observed.The court made the observation while acquitting two men in a fake rape case lodged by a woman with a direction that perjury proceedings be initiated against her for falsely implicating them to extract money.”The instances of innocent persons being framed falsely in criminal cases have seen an increase during the past couple of years. Witnesses depose falsely before Courts without any fear of the court or the law. Time has come when the courts need to come forward to curb this menace of giving false evidence, by prosecuting and sternly punishing the witnesses found to have resorted to such practices,” Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhatt said.The judge also observed that by the time a case reaches trial, the accused remains in jail and the harassment suffered by him is above the jail term undergone.”Levelling of false charges of rape against a person is a very serious thing and cannot be taken rightly. By the time the cases reach the stage of trial, the accused, in many cases, remain in jail.”The ignominy, ridicule and harassment suffered by him is not tough to imagine which is above the jail term undergone by him,” the judge said, adding this is a fit case to initiate proceedings against the woman for giving false evidence.The court also noted that the woman had lodged a police complaint against the two accused in order to extract money illegally from them and later on exonerated one of them after receiving some monetary consideration.advertisement”Therefore, the Reader of this court is hereby directed to submit an appropriate complaint in this regard against the prosecutrix…seeking initiation of proceedings for the offence of perjury against her,” it said.According to prosecution, the woman lodged a complaint 15 days after the alleged incident, claiming that the two accused forced themselves on her in a car here on June 19 this year.They also threatened her not to disclose the incident to anyone, it said.The court, which noted there was an unexplained delay in lodging FIR, said, “A close scrutiny of evidence clearly indicates that no such rape incident took place and the woman lodged a false case against accused for some ulterior motive.”During the trial, the accused had denied the allegations and claimed they were falsely implicated by the woman. PTI AG DVlast_img read more

Black on Black with Ceramic: The Breitling Superocean 44 Special

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Carbon Fiber Explained: Why It’s the Perfect Outdoor Gear Material Ceramic bezels have become the expected on sport watches.  Rolex and Omega lead the pack with their Cerachrom and Liquid Metal bezels debuting years ago.  The ceramic bezels are more durable and simply better looking.  Other brands have followed suit and now aluminum bezels are just not cutting it anymore.  Breitling has joined the pack with their own ceramic bezel piece, The Breitling Superocean 44 Special.This submariner-esque black steel piece stands at a prominent 44mm in diameter.  The black ceramic divers bezel on the black steel case makes for a contrasting black on black look.  The shiny ceramic finish and mate black case make the piece more than just a black watch.  The dial boasts large SuperLuminova markers and hands for extra legibility.  A GMT complication adds some flair to this dial as well, all accompanied by the applied Breitling wings in the center.  A rubber strap and black steel buckle finish off this sport diver.It seems Breitling has created a close competitor to the Rolex Deep Sea Sea Dweller.  With a similar diameter and look along with the ceramic bezel, Breitling offers a clean yet bulky sport piece.  The black case, rubber strap, and of course price point set them apart.  Ascetically, a ceramic bezel makes a huge difference.  Detailed finishes, materials and complication are what make each timepiece unique. Look for the Superocean 44 Special with an MSRP just short of $5,000. This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway The Best Black Jeans to Have You Stepping Out in Style This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Hants County

first_imgHANTS COUNTY: Sangster Bridge Sangster Bridge, between Chester Road and Upper Falmouth, will be closed for inspections Wednesday, March 25, and Thursday, March 26, weather permitting. Detour signs are in place. Work will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-798-6158 Fax: 902-757-2270 -30-last_img

MISAFF17 ANNOUNCES TELEFILM CANADA PARTNERSHIP FOR SPOTLIGHT ON FEMALE CANADIANSOUTH ASIAN FILMMAKERS

first_imgKEEPING UP WITH THE KANDASAMY’S (North American Premiere, 100 min, English, 2017) — Jayan Moodley, South AfricaTwo families go head-to-head in a comedic modern love story gone awry.Screening:       Saturday, August 5, 7:30PM, Cineplex Mississauga “Telefilm Canada is truly proud to support the Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival for the first time this year,” says Carolle Brabant, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada. “When we announced last September our objective to achieve a representative and diversified feature film portfolio that better reflects gender, diversity and Canada’s Indigenous communities, we also recognized that the promotional initiatives we financed were an important step towards that goal. Spotlighting stories from underrepresented communities helps to inspire the next generation of filmmakers, as well as ensures that Canadian films are resonating with Canadian audiences.”Further, the 2017 MISAFF Star presented by ACTRA is awarded to Toronto-native and pioneering woman, Parveen Kaur. Known for her roles in the popular American Gods, CTV’s Saving Hope as Dr. Asha Mirani, ABC’s Beyond, and Guillermo del Toro’s popular FX show,The Strain, Parveen Kaur actively works to create space for positive representations of women of colour in film and television in Canada and abroad. Past recipients of this honour include, Varun Saranga (Schitt’s Creek, Workin’ Moms, Wynonna Earp) in 2016, the Emmy Award-winning web series “Guidestones” actor Supinder Wraich in 2015, and “Degrassi: TNG” actor Raymond Ablack in 2014.A jury of film professionals including Lalita Krishna, Rashmi Lamba and Caribbean-Canadian filmmaker Sharon Lewis will be deciding who receives over $3000 in cash awards this year. Also returning this year is the Sabeen Mahmud Award for Courage in Cinema, an award founded in memoriam of the human rights activist and interactive media creator after its namesake. Facebook NEWTON (Mississauga Premiere, 120 min, Hindi, 2017) — Amit Masurkar, IndiaAs India, the world’s largest democracy, braces itself for another general election- with 9 million polling booths, more than 800 million voters, and costing nearly $5 billion- Newton Kumar, a rookie government clerk finds himself entrusted with a task that appears deceptively simple: conducting elections in a remote village in the jungles of central India.Screening:       Sunday, August 6, 9:00PM, Cineplex Mississauga TORONTO (July 21, 2017) –  National Bank Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival (MISAFF) launches a controversial and cutting-edge program for its 6th year with a record 14 feature films, 4 documentaries, and 15 shorts. Showcasing stories spanning the globe from South Africa to Bangladesh, Trinidad to the USA, and the UK to Canadian and Indigenous films, women’s and LGBT stories lead the way with love stories, investigations of domestic violence, comedies on complex relationships, and explorations of art and ancestry. Canada’s premier South Asian film festival runs from August 3-6 at the Cineplex Cinemas Mississauga (309 Rathburn Rd. W., Mississauga, Toronto).“MISAFF is a festival for everyone. We showcase films that are not only outstanding but also internationally recognized as they often come from the diverse areas that South Asia-originating people call home. Additionally, MISAFF is doing the essential work of connecting filmmakers to the audiences watching those films. This is what makes MISAFF so special,” Arshad Khan Festival Director says of the 2017 program. “MISAFF initiates thought-provoking discussions through cinema in our communities and with Greater Toronto Area’s culturally diverse audiences,” says Anya McKenzie, Festival Co-Director. “We aim to challenge dominant ideas of Canadian and South Asian cinema by bringing our audiences modern films and fresh, courageous stories from around the globe and from right here at home.”A new addition, MISAFF brings a special Telefilm Canada presentation of Deepa Mehta’s FIRE followed by a talk with the filmmaker on the festival’s’ closing day, Sunday August 6th. For 2017, MISAFF has programmed select films to bring a focus to Canadian filmmakers, specifically films helmed by Canadian-South Asian women such as Deepa Mehta (FIRE), Attiya Khan (A BETTER MAN), Ameesha Joshiand Anna Sarkissian (WITH THIS RING), and many more. Advertisement Follow MISAFF17 on Social:Twitter: @mosaic_misaff    #misaff17Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mosaicfilmfest.About MISAFFIn 2012, Anya Mckenzie and Arshad Khan were inspired by the renaissance in South Asian film taking place around the world and seized the opportunity to create an avid cinephile audience and community in the City of Mississauga by launching the non-profit MOSAIC INTERNATIONAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (MISAFF). The pair were determined to celebrate and raise awareness about South Asian and new Indian cinema. With Mosaic Festival, North America’s largest free event celebrating South Asian arts and culture as a springboard, MISAFF was able to leverage an established cultural brand to attract audiences in the region. Since then, MISAFF has evolved with Arshad Khan and Anya Mckenzie at the forefront and the support of their collaborative partners Canadian Community Arts Initiative. Canadian film artists such as Deepa Mehta, Ali Kazimi, Sami Khan, Anita Majumdar, Raymond Ablack, Gabe Grey, Shireen Pasha,Supinder Wraich and Richie Mehta have been involved in the festival over the years and MISAFF attracts acclaimed international artists as well including Rajat Kapoor, Ravi Patel, Afia Nathaniel and Suraj Sharma. National Bank MISAFF features the best of new South Asian film titles and MISAFF is quickly becoming a definitive voice in the South Asian community of film, social consciousness and community. THE GOLDEN WING (Mississauga Premiere, 86 min, Assamese, 2016) — Bobby Sharma, IndiaCapturing the story of beloved songstress Pratima Baruah, from her days following her father’s elephant hunts to being swept up by tinsel town.Screening:       Friday, August 4, 6:00PM, Cineplex Mississauga Login/Register With: WITH THIS RING (Ontario Premiere, 87 min, English, 2014) — Ameesha Joshi, Anna Sarkissian, Canada,Filmed over the course of six years in four countries, this moving documentary steps into the ring with the women who make up the Indian national boxing team.Screening:       Saturday, August 5, 1:00PM, Cineplex Mississauga WRONG SIDE RAJU (Ontario Premiere, 134 min, Gujarati, 2016) — Mikhile Musale, GujaratiA hard-working driver is falsely accused after a fatal hit and run in this unique, Gujarati crime thriller.Screening:       Saturday, August 5, 5:00PM, Cineplex Mississauga Advertisement YOU ARE MY SUNDAY (Canadian Premiere, 100 min, English /Marathi, 2016) — Milliande Dhaimade, IndiaA view into the lives of five 30-something pals as they vent their frustrations as Middle class Indians living in Mumbai. The film bowed at the BFI London Film Festival and Mumbai’s Jio Mami fest.Screening:       Sunday, August 5, 4:00PM, Cineplex Mississauga                  Advertisement AYNABAJI (North American Premiere, 100 min, Bengali, 2016) — Amitabh Reza Chowudhury, BangladeshA modern thriller set in the heart of Dhaka finds a struggling actor, Anya, exposed to the city’s dark side.Screening:       Saturday, August 5, 9:30PM, Cineplex Mississauga SIGNATURE MOVE (Mississauga Premiere, 80 min, English, 2017) — Jennifer Reeder, USAZaynab, a Pakistani, Muslim lesbian falls for Alma, a bold and bright Mexican woman, as the two search for meaning in Chicago. This courageous and award-winning LGBT feature and official SWSX selection combines life, love, and ladies wrestling.Screening:       Friday, August 4, 9:45PM, Cineplex MississaugaThis screening will be preceded by SISAK (Canadian Premiere, 15 min, English) — Faraz Ansari, India A BETTER MAN (Mississauga Premiere, 79 min, English, 2017) — Attiya Khan & Lawrence Jackman, CanadaA woman meets with her abuser 20 years later for recovery, and raising awareness on domestic violence.Screening:       Saturday, August 5, 5:00PM, Cineplex Mississauga MISAFF17 is thrilled to welcome its Title sponsor National Bank and welcomes back ZEE TV as returning sponsor. MISAFF17 also thanks Canadian Community Arts Initiative for their continuing support and welcomes the Ontario Media Development Corporationas a returning marketing sponsor for its industry brunch. FIRE (Spotlight screening co-presented by Telefilm Canada, 108 min, English, 1996) — Deepa Mehta, CanadaTwo women find friendship and even love with one another as they seek companionship in aiming to escape their loveless marriages in the film that put Deepa Mehta on the International stage.Screening:       Saturday, August 5, 1:00PM, Cineplex Mississauga For the complete program and box office details:http://www.misaff.com/ticket-and-pass/ MISAFF17’s highlights and press opportunities:Festival Director and filmmaker Arshad Khan.Festival Co-Director, cultural programmer and producer Anya McKenzie.Director and filmmaker, MISAFF keynote speaker Deepa Mehta (FIRE, ANATOMY OF VIOLENCE)Opening film, MOKO JUMBIE director, Vashti AndersonA BETTER MAN (Official Hot Docs 2017 selection) filmmaker and subject, Attiya Khan.2017 MISAFF Star presented by ACTRA, Parveen Kaur of American Gods, CTV’s Saving Hope, Guillermo del Toro’s FX’s The StrainKEEPING UP WITH THE KANDASAMY’S director, Jayan Moodley.Opening night red carpet on Thursday, August 3 at Cineplex Mississauga, 309 Rathburn Rd. W.Closing night red carpet held on Sunday August 6 with Award-winning actress Shahana Goswami, award-winning actorMilind Dhaimade and television heart-throb Barun Sobti (YOU ARE MY SUNDAY) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment MISAFF17 runs Thursday, August 3 to Sunday, August 6 at Cineplex Cinemas Mississauga, 309 Rathburn Rd. W.Full program and schedule available at: www.MISAFF.com List of notable films premiering at MISAFF17:MOKO JUMBIE (Canadian Premiere, 2017) — Vashti Anderson, Trinidad, USAIn a mystical blending of fantasy and reality, Asha returns home to a coconut plantation in Trinidad and embarks on a forbidden relationship amid ancestral hauntings, racial taboo and political turmoil.Screening:       Thursday, August 4, 7:00         PM, Cineplex Mississauga Twitterlast_img read more

Family calls for inquest in death of disabled man

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe family of a man who died from a beating last August is now calling for a provincial inquest.Last month, the two people accused in the death, pleaded guilty to theft charges instead of assault.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler says this doesn’t sit well with the victim’s friends and family.last_img

SAIL crude steel production grows 8% to 16.3 mt in FY19

first_imgNew Delhi: Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), the country’s largest public sector steel producer, has shown much improved performance in the last financial year 2018-19 in terms of production, techno-economics, sales etc.SAIL produced 16.3 Million Tonnes (MT) crude steel in FY’19, registering a growth of 8 per cent over CPLY and clocking the best ever saleable steel production during the year. The production from new mills of SAIL plants has recorded marked improvement in FY’19, giving an enriched product basket. Total steel despatch from SAIL was the highest ever at 14.86 MT during FY’19 due to a dedicated logistics set-up created by SAIL recently. The FY’19 ended with a robust performance during Q4 with a growth of 10 per cent, 8 per cent, 14 per cent and 13 per cent in respect of production of Hot Metal, Crude Steel, Saleable Steel and Sales respectively. In FY’19, SAIL had the highest ever production of 9.85 lakh tonnes of UTS 90 Rail. The production of Rails got momentum in the second half of FY’19 with around 5.66 lakh tonnes of production and 35 per cent higher than H1 figure. In line with this improved performance, Company has managed to improve its turnover by 16 per cent which now stands at Rs. 66,100 crore. Anil Kumar Chaudhary, Chairman, SAIL appreciated the efforts of SAIL employees and said, “The FY’19 was a remarkable year for SAIL with marked turnaround in various parameter.last_img read more

Bell Mobility and BCE face class action over prepaid plans

TORONTO (CP) — Bell Mobility and its parent company, BCE Inc., have been served with notice of a $100-million class-action lawsuit alleging that expiry dates on its pre-paid wireless services are illegal.The suit alleges the practice is contrary to Ontario’s Consumer Protection Act and the pre-paid wireless services should be treated as gift cards without an expiry date under the act.The suit is being handed by the Toronto law firm of Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP on behalf of Celia Sankar of Elliot Lake, Ont. ‘These are the people who can least afford to have their funds forfeited’ Sankar, founder of the DiversityCanada Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes social justice, is a Bell Mobility pre-paid wireless customer who has had her credit balance seized on two occasions.“Because the prepaid wireless service is the least expensive way to have a phone, and does not require a credit card or a bank account, it is often the only option for youth, new immigrants, workers on minimum wage, the unemployed, people on disability and seniors on fixed incomes,” Sankar said in a statement.“These are the people who can least afford to have their funds forfeited or to have their mobile services cut off,” she said.If the case is certified as a class action, Sankar will represent all persons in Ontario who purchased or acquired pre-paid wireless services under the brands Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile Canada and Solo Mobile since May 4, 2010.Bell Mobility spokeswoman Jacqueline Michelis said there’s no merit to the suit.“We’ll certainly defend against it,” Michelis said.Canadian PressView this document on Scribd read more

Facebook slammed for breaching Canadian privacy laws — and then refusing to

Privacy watchdogs are accusing Facebook Inc. of “serious contraventions” of Canadian law in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.In a joint report released Thursday, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia said the Menlo Park, California-based technology giant didn’t obtain proper consent from users to disclose their personal data, didn’t have adequate safeguards to protect that data and didn’t take proper responsibility for the information under its control.“Facebook’s refusal to act responsibly is deeply troubling given the vast amount of sensitive personal information users have entrusted to this company,” Privacy Commissioner of Canada Daniel Therrien said in a news release. “Their privacy framework was empty, and their vague terms were so elastic that they were not meaningful for privacy protection.” Mark Zuckerberg just got $4.5-billion richer thanks to blockbuster Facebook earnings Facebook shares surge after sales beat expectations Facebook cracks down on groups spreading harmful information Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm, mined Facebook user data to target and influence voters on behalf of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign.At a news conference in Ottawa, Therrien said Facebook has rejected his findings and that Canadian law doesn’t give him the power to force reforms or penalties himself. Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.‘Entirely Unacceptable’“They told us outright that they do not agree with our legal findings. For a company to be able to say to a regulatory body, ‘thank you very much for your opinion, but we’re going to continue like we did before,’ is entirely unacceptable obviously,” Therrien said.Therrien’s office plans to take the matter to Federal Court to “seek an order to force the company to correct its privacy practices,” according to the release. Therrien said that process could take more than a year.The federal watchdog also said he wasn’t personally using the platform, and that his office would end its “small presence” on the social network. “We do not want to continue to be associated with an organization that we found is irresponsible,” he said.On Wednesday, Facebook said it had set aside US$3 billion in anticipation of a possible fine from consumer protection regulators in the U.S., who are investigating the company for potentially breaching rules on how it was supposed to handle user information.Therrien said he hopes he is given stronger powers, beyond fines. “Fines are not insignificant, they’re a part of the solution. But they may not always be all of the solution,” he said.With assistance from Gerrit De Vynck and Josh WingroveBloomberg.com read more

New Maptek ISite 8800 laser scanner for long range mapping and close

first_imgMaptek, the technology solutions provider, has released its new I-Site 8800 laser scanner. The I-Site 8800 delivers advanced scanning technology, which combines measurement accuracy with ease of use. It delivers consistent performance across a spectrum of applications, from close range detailed survey to long range topographic mapping. An integrated 70 megapixel panoramic digital camera provides colour texture data which can be automatically applied to scan surfaces. Accurate geotechnical and geological mapping results can be safely achieved working directly from the 3D textures.Adding to its accuracy and range, the company says the scanner is designed to match a surveyor’s workflow. Automatic tilt compensator, motorised alignment telescope, long-life integrated battery and powerful, touch screen HHC and acquisition interface are just some features ensuring accuracy, reliability and ease of use. The scanner comes complete with Maptek I-Site Studio software, a leading point cloud processing, modelling and analysis software. The latest version contains new features to make scanning projects more efficient.Maptek: “the system maintains the efficient user interface, innovative design, and durability that our users have come to expect. The I-Site 8800 will outperform any other method for regular updates of production volumes and material reconciliation.”Maptek I-Site General Manager Peter Johnson: “The extra long range I-Site 8800 scanner has resulted from many years of research and development, building on our experience with manufacturing laser scanners suited to the demanding mining environment. [It] has been designed from the ground up to take advantage of new technology. Surveyors will feel instantly at home with the end-to-end package.“This versatility will see the I-Site 8800 system in great demand for mining, quarrying and civil earthworks. Maptek customers expect us to develop technology that works, delivering solutions which make a tangible difference to their business. I am confident that this new scanner will meet their expectations and allow them to further drive the productivity of their operations.”Maptek is producing the I-Site 8800 laser scanners at its purpose-built facility in Adelaide, South Australia. “The expanded facility allows Maptek to deliver many units at very high quality. We are committed to maintaining our leading status in laser scanning technology,” Johnson concluded.last_img read more

Microsoft hasnt told Xbox One developers how the used games system works

first_imgOne of the key games Microsoft rolled out at its E3 event for Xbox One was The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It is being developed by CD Projekt Red, whose parent company is CD Projekt, which is also known for running GOG.com–the DRM-free games service that gives older games a new lease of life on modern operating systems.So what we have here is a company who is against DRM developing a game for a platform that has two DRM-like limitations on how games can be played and shared, those being the 24-hour Internet check and the ability to block used games sales on a per title basis.Eurogamer decided to ask CD Projekt Red if it would be ensuring The Witcher 3 is free to sell and lend on the Xbox One when the game gets a publisher. But the developer has no idea, because apparently Microsoft hasn’t shared any details about how the used game system works yet.The Xbox One isn’t out for another 6 months so there’s plenty of time to finalize the used game system, but I’d expect Microsoft to have the guidelines in place and to inform developers actively working on Xbox One games how it works. Maybe that information is limited to those developers who are producing launch games? Or maybe just key partners such as EA have been told the details this early on? An interview with EA’s Peter Moore suggests Microsoft just hasn’t confirmed details yet.It could also suggest Microsoft itself doesn’t yet know exactly how the system will work, and that gives us some hope it is a system that could be tweaked before the launch of the console is upon us. Don’t expect it to disappear completely, though, as Microsoft is positioning the Xbox 360 as your alternative console if you don’t like what they are doing with next-gen.last_img read more

Meet Dheeraj JorwalThe Story of an incredible Journey of a Civil Engineer

first_imgGood things happens to those who wait for their dream to come true, who struggle to meet their passion, who creates history… yeah, a remarkable journey of a guy who bid farewell to his Engineering Degree and followed his passion. You read that right. We are talking about none other than Dheeraj Jorwal, founder of Brandzup, India’s fastest growing Influencer Management and Marketing Company.They say it is always hard to follow your dreams, but nothing is impossible when you get out of your comfort zone and follow what your heart says. Yes, same thing happened with a Civil Engineer Student, Dheeraj Jorwal when his heart cried to follow his passion. Who knew that an Engineer from Surat’s Top University, National Institute of Technology (NIT) will be a founder of Top Marketing Company?Dheeraj always dream of having his own company. He also has an expertise in Content Creation and knows how to make things go viral on the Internet. He is also expert in brand promotion strategies and knows minute tips and tricks of the field. He is thorough in making perfect use of Social Media for brand promotions, be it Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube. Well, presently, he is the man behind biggest Indian Top 5 YouTube sensational influencers out of 10 like Amit Bhadana, Harsh Beniwal, Round2Hell, Elvish Yadav and Make A Joke Of…. List is continuing!It was early in 2017, when Dheeraj came across some of the talented creators struggling in managing and monetizing the strategy of content, proper direction etc. That’s when “Brandzup” came into existence with all the new skills, expertise in the field of marketing.Dheeraj and his expert team members dedicatedly focused on the growth and quality. His main focus is to convert a talented content creator into an influencer. In monetary aspect, they monetize their influencer with Brands so they can get more and more business.Dheeraj believes, “Creator with 10k Subscribers can be an Influencer but it is not necessary that Creator with 1 Million Subscribers also an Influencer.”Dheeraj and his team have keen eye of influencer marketing skills. His team is expert in finding Indian content creator community, work on them with excellent marketing strategies so they grow on all social Media platforms and be an influencer. Dheeraj Jorwal surely knows all the tactics to make the content hit on Social Media. He superiorly handles Influencers growth, Relations, and Content Strategy in Brandzup.Brandzup is in partnership with Rohit Yadav and Sanchit Goyal and today it is one of the leading Influencer and Marketing Management Company. The company has now opened the doors for International Brands as well to enter in the Indian Influencers Marketing Industry.It is indeed a significant journey of following your passion, listening to your heart and living your dream. Indeed an inspiring yet noteworthy journey, Hats off Dheeraj Jorwal!IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

Malaysian devotee dies at Biswa Ijtema

first_imgBishwa Ijtema ground. Photo: UNBA Malaysian devotee died at Biswa Ijtema ground in Tongi of Gazipur on Friday night.The deceased is Nurhan Bin Abdur Rahman.Another devotee Giyas Uddian said Nurhan fell sick on completion of his ablutions for prayers at night.Later, he died on the way to hospital, Giyas said.last_img

Night Out For Austin Supports Efforts To Return Journalist To Houston

first_img Listen 00:00 /12:36 Freelance journalist and Houston-native Austin Tice went missing in Syria in 2012. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img X Share In August of 2012, freelance journalist and Houston native Austin Tice disappeared while reporting from Syria.For years now, that country has been one of the most dangerous places for journalists. The few who do report from there are under constant threat of being kidnapped or killed.On May 2, restaurants nationwide — including some here in Houston — will participate in Night Out For Austin, donating a percentage of their proceeds to increasing the FBI’s reward for information leading to Tice’s safe return.Bilal Hussein/APMarc and Debra Tice, the parents of Austin Tice, speak during a press conference, at the Press Club, in Beirut, Lebanon, Dec. 4, 2018.In the audio above, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with Tice’s parents, Marc and Debra, about the fundraiser and their recent meetings with Trump administration officials in Washington, who they remain hopeful will work on releasing their son.last_img read more

Gunobsessed YouTube star FPS Russia is making a video game

first_imgWeapons enthusiast and YouTube celebrity FPS Russia has been carving out his own little corner of the Internet by releasing videos that teach us about and demonstrate the use of a variety of weapons. Often, he releases a video where he chooses a weapon featured in a current popular video game, such as Far Cry 3 or Assassin’s Creed III. So, it’s not too much of a surprise that he’s now attempting to make his own game.Launched on Kickstarter, the project aims to bring FPS Russia’s arsenal and know-how to the gaming world. Perhaps surprisingly, the game won’t be just a simple side-scroller or first-person shooter, but will have the backbone of an infinite runner (like Canabalt or Jetpack Joyride), mixed with the shooting and explosive elements common to FPS Russia’s videos. If the funding goal is met, the game will be a free download for iOS and Android devices, with the option of weapons and upgrades being made available as in-app purchases. The weapons in the game will be the ones that appear in his YouTube videos, as well as a few extras — each of which will have unique abilities and aren’t simply vanity swaps akin to the jetpacks in Jetpack Joyride.As with any Kickstarter project, your pledge amount will determine the reward you get. A small pledge of $10 will net you that amount of money’s worth of in-app purchases, some FPS Russia stickers, and an exclusive Kickstarter in-game weapon. If you pledge, for instance, $10,000, you and a friend will get to spend a day on the firing range with FPS Russia himself, get your name listed as an Associate Producer in the game credits, as well as get clothes, stickers, posters, art books, $100 of in-app credit, and an exclusive Kickstarter item.If you’re interested in the stretch goals or want to learn more about the game, head on over to the Kickstarter project page.last_img read more

Neverbeforeseen topological solitons experimentally realized in liquid crystals

first_img An assortment of topological solitons, depicted by computer simulations, illustrations of Hopf maps, and polarizing optical micrographs. Credit: Ackerman and Smalyukh. Published by the American Physical Society PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen 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. One of the reasons why topological solitons are so difficult to experimentally realize is that they correspond to a physical system’s lowest energy state in order to be stable. For this reason, they have been demonstrated only as transient structures in liquid crystals. It’s also possible that topological solitons may exist in another medium, chiral ferromagnets, but a lack of experimental imaging techniques prevents researchers from observing them. Towards new IT devices with stable and transformable solitons (Phys.org)—Physicists have discovered that dozens of 3-D knotted structures called “topological solitons,” which have remained experimentally elusive for hundreds of years, can be created and frozen for long periods of time in liquid crystals like those used in electronic displays. Until now, topological solitons have been realized only in a few experiments, and for such a short time that it has been impossible to study them in any detail. “The large variety of localized long-term stable topological solitons, combined with the unique electro-optic properties of the liquid crystal host medium, will inevitably lead to technological applications, such as electro-optic devices and bistable information displays,” Ackerman said. “A broad spectrum of new opportunities also emerge on the fundamental side, where our research group will work to establish how different topological solitons can transform one to another and also how the solitons with large Hopf index values can be experimentally realized.”Overall, one of the biggest advantages of the new method is that it provides a much more comprehensive, detailed analysis of topological soliton preimages than other construction methods. As a result, the new method uncovers small details in the topology that could easily be missed otherwise, such as subtle differences between very similar structures that could have been mistaken to be the same structure. The results show that topological solitons are more complex and diverse than previous evidence could show, and indicate that many more of these structures are still waiting to be discovered.”An infinitely large number of topological solitons may potentially exist, especially when considering different physical systems,” Smalyukh said. Freezing knotsIn the new study, the researchers developed a method to “freeze” topological solitons in a solid film of chiral nematic liquid crystals through a polymerization process involving low levels of ultraviolet light, along with heating and cooling. To enable the experiment to be broadly accessible, the researchers used commercially available liquid crystals, to which they added chiral dopants. Using optical tweezers to generate and manipulate patterns in the pre-frozen liquid crystals, the researchers could also control the types of topological solitons being made.After the topological solitons are frozen into the liquid crystals, the researchers can study them using an optical microscope—specifically, a three-photon excitation fluorescence polarizing microscope, which produces an optical signal that can be used to construct 3-D images of the solitons.In the second part of their study, the researchers showed how this data could then be used to make numerical simulations corresponding to the highly complex physical structures. This process is based on analyzing the energetically favorable twisting patterns that minimize the liquid crystals’ elastic free energy. Essentially, this process of converting the experimental structures (preimages) to numerical models is analogous to the mathematical Hopf mapping of 3-D objects (preimages) to four dimensions. Potential applicationsThe ability to generate long-lasting topological solitons also opens the doors to potential applications. One idea is to take advantage of the fact that different topological solitons have distinct optical properties, which could be used in optical devices that shift the phase of light, as well as in pixels for optical displays. In addition, if the topological solitons identified here in liquid crystals also exist in solid ferromagnets, the researchers expect that they could potentially revolutionize the field of skyrmionics, in which skyrmions could be used to construct magnetic devices, such as data storage and logic. More information: Paul J. Ackerman and Ivan I. Smalyukh. “Diversity of Knot Solitons in Liquid Crystals Manifested by Linking of Preimages in Torons and Hopfions.” Physical Review X. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.7.011006 Journal information: Physical Review X Explore further © 2017 Phys.org Citation: Never-before-seen topological solitons experimentally realized in liquid crystals (2017, February 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-never-before-seen-topological-solitons-experimentally-liquid.html Play Preimages of different points on a sphere for a 3D soliton. Credit: Ackerman and Smalyukh. Published by the American Physical Society Knotted backgroundInterest in topological solitons dates back to the early 1800s, when the mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss suggested that the lines of magnetic and electric fields form 3-D knots that might behave like particles. Later, Lord Kelvin and others considered knotted vortices as an early model of the atom, in which the knots’ properties could explain the chemical properties of the different elements.Currently, many models in physics and cosmology involve topological solitons—for instance, models of condensed matter systems, elementary particles, magnetic monopoles, and magnetic particles called skyrmions that play a role in the emerging field of spintronics.What exactly are topological solitons? If you take two or more circular rings, link them together to make a chain, then distort the rings by twisting and pulling on them as if they were made of putty, and finally embed the entire structure into a background surface, the result would look like a topological soliton. Describing these objects in more precise detail requires defining them as four-dimensional objects called “three-spheres,” and then converting these four-dimensional objects into three-dimensional objects using a mathematical technique called Hopf mapping. It’s these 3-D objects, called “preimages,” that are the linked rings shown in visual representations. Linking diagrams and graphs of some 3D topological solitons. Credit: Ackerman and Smalyukh. Published by the American Physical Society A polarizing optical micrograph of the twistion, a type of topological soliton, observed in chiral nematic liquid crystals. Credit: Ackerman and Smalyukh. Published by the American Physical Society The new results may change all that, as they provide a way to produce a wide diversity of long-lasting topological solitons that can be studied with microscopes and, perhaps one day, play a role in novel optical and electrical applications.The researchers, Paul J. Ackerman and Ivan I. Smalyukh at the University of Colorado, Boulder, have published a paper on the experimental realization of topological solitons in a recent issue of Physical Review X.”Our work establishes experimental and numerical approaches for detailed studies of 3-D topological solitons, with the great advantage of enabling a direct comparison between experimental and theoretical results and with a potential impact on many branches of physics and the mathematical field of topology,” Smalyukh told Phys.org. “Our work not only experimentally demonstrates 3-D topological solitons that mathematicians and theoretical physicists envisaged previously, but also reveals a series of solitonic structures that have not been anticipated.”last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | June 15, 2012 Claron Debuts Nil App for BlackBerry PlayBook, Provides Anywhere, Anytime Medical Image Viewing June 15, 2012 — Claron Technology introduces at Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) 2012 the BlackBerry PlayBook app for the Nil family of medical imaging viewers, which support anytime, anywhere web-based review of a full range of imaging modalities and related data. The Claron Nil viewers include both NilRead for diagnostic applications and NilShare for referring physician and other non-diagnostic users.The Nil app for the BlackBerry PlayBook provides one-click, ultra-fast access to the innovative image viewer running either on Claron’s NilCloud or a medical facility’s dedicated Nil server. The new app complements Claron’s zero-footprint Nil web viewer accessible on any desktop, tablet or smartphone. The new app is now available for the PlayBook for free on BlackBerry App World.Innovative Nil technology provides authorized users sophisticated exam viewing and manipulation capabilities, including 2-D, multi-planar reformatting (MPR), 3-D and even echocardiology with full cine. It allows comprehensive image manipulation with window/level, zoom, pan, rotate and more in either single or multiple window layouts.Nil allows medical facilities to securely distribute images and reports outside their network without maintaining a dedicated complex IT infrastructure. It is also a versatile, flexible and easy-to-use tool for image viewing on any mobile device, providing medical facilities with an ideal complement to their existing PACS solution.Users access images from either cloud-based storage or by logging into their local Nil server. Nil web technology is compatible with all major desktop OS, and also includes dedicated apps for all the major smartphone ecosystems. Nil uses highly optimized client-server communication to remain highly responsive even over limited bandwidth and high latency connections, such as cellular 3G.For more information: www.clarontech.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more The Ambra Health mobile app provides medical image access across Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists’ 21 locations. Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 04, 2019 Ann Arbor Startup Launches Augmented Reality MRI Simulator SpellBound, an Ann Arbor startup specializing in augmented reality (AR) tools for children in hospitals, has officially… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | PACS | June 07, 2019 PaxeraHealth Wins Four New PACS Projects in Chile Picture archiving and communication system/radiology information system (PACS/RIS) developer PaxeraHealth has won four… read more center_img News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more News | Information Technology | June 25, 2019 Barco Launches Smart Solution for Remote Radiology Reading Barco’s new remote radiology reading solution ensures dependable imaging when radiologists are working outside the ho read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Feature | Information Technology | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Mobile Device App Viewing in Radiology Mo… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | June 04, 2019 Client Outlook’s eUnity Smartviewer Selected by Duke University Health System Client Outlook Inc. announced that Duke University Health System has implemented eUnity for enterprise viewing… read more Related Contentlast_img read more

pandas 023 released

first_imgFrom its previous major release v0.22, the contributors of pandas release the next major version 0.23.0 with numerous new features, enhancements, lists of API changes and deprecations. This release adds pivotal support in performing custom types operations and extended support to arguments and conversion tasks.The upgraded version also power ups with performance improvements along with a large number of bug fixes. New feature highlights v0.23: Round-trippable JSON format with ‘table’ orient. Instantiation from dicts respects order for Python 3.6+. Dependent column arguments for assign. Merging/sorting on a combination of columns and index levels. Extending Pandas with custom types. Excluding unobserved categories from groupby. Changes to make output shape of DataFrame.apply consistent. Bug Fixes: Resolved bugs related to categorical operations like merge, index constructor, factorize. Bugs in numeric operations like Series constructor, Index multiplication, DataFrame flex arithmetic fixed. Other bugs related to Strings, indexing, Timezones, TimeDelta are also fixed in this version. Python’s pandas package provides developers with fast, flexible, and expressive data structures making it easy and intuitive to work with “relational” and “labeled” data. With its continuation release of feature-packed versions, pandas could soon become the most powerful and flexible open source data analysis and manipulation tool for your data science project. To know more about the API changes, deprecations and performance improvements, please read release documentation on Github. Read Next “Pandas is an effective tool to explore and analyze data”: An interview with Theodore Petrou Working with pandas DataFrames Up and Running with pandaslast_img read more