New, star-shaped structures could mean longer lasting dental fillings and circuit boards

first_imgEven good dental fillings go bad. Sometimes fresh cavities are to blame; sometimes it’s the filling itself, worn down by years of fluctuations in acidity and temperature. Now, using star-shaped structures they created, researchers have demonstrated a way to tune thermal expansion that could help fillings, and a host of other items, maintain their shape when they are exposed to heat and cold. The structures exploit a principle known as “negative thermal expansion,” in which a substance—like ice—shrinks instead of expanding when heated. Scientists have been working for years to create materials that have this property. Now, using 3D printing, a group of engineers has created star-shaped structures (pictured) on a millimeter scale that are able to heat more uniformly than other materials have in the past. The interconnecting beams that form the points are made of two materials: a stiff, copper-containing one for the beams that make up the outer frame, and an elastic, polymer-containing one for the inner beams. This configuration enables the structures to shrink inward upon heating. What’s more, this is the first time that scientists have demonstrated negative thermal expansion in all three dimensions, rather than just two, for structures with microscopic architecture, the team reports this month in Physical Review Letters. The researchers even found that by changing the concentration of copper present in the outer beams, they could tune the extent to which these structures shrank. When carefully combined with materials that expand when heated, this shrinking composite material could be used to help products maintain their shape. This could mean longer lasting circuit boards, satellite-mounted cameras, and artificial fillings for your pearly whites.last_img read more

Celebrating the Appalachian Appetite, A True American Cuisine

first_imgFeasting is our column dedicated to cooking, grilling, eating and discovering what’s on the menu across America and the world.When people think of the true American cuisine, they turn to the South and its lowcountry dishes and traditions. And they’re not wrong. But to say American cuisine is simply rooted in the south is forgetting about an entire region of the country that contributed to the heritage of our cooking. The Appalachian Mountain region, which stretches from Northeastern Mississippi all the way up to the top of Mount Katahdin in Maine, has fostered just as many classic culinary traditions in America as what we would define as the true south. And no one honors this regional cuisine better than Susi Gott Séguret in Appalachian Appetite, a new cookbook that celebrates the people and culinary traditions of this rich mountainous stretch.In 1961, Séguret’s parents set out in their Volkswagen Bug in search of the highest mountains and most genuine music. They settled in North Carolina’s Shelton Laurel Valley and were the first outsiders to move into the area since the start of the 1900s when it was settled by Presbyterian missionaries. Though they were both educated in New York, they were pioneers in the return to the wilderness and were looking to live like the old timers in the mountains by raising livestock, heating their home with a chimney and carrying their own water from the spring. Young hippie couples came from near and far to see how they lived, crashing in sleeping bags on their living room or hen house floor.Great Smoky Mountains National ParkForty-two percent of the Appalachian region is rural, compared with only 20 percent of the United States as a whole. It extends 1000 miles and is home to more than 25 million people. The biggest difference in Appalachian cuisine from southern food is terrain. The mountains made travel difficult and cumbersome, so food production took place very close to home. Pigs and chickens, along with wild game like squirrel, bear and venison, were settler’s main sources of protein. They would often grow corns, beans, pumpkins, cane for sorghum and forage wild greens, mushrooms and nuts to fill their tables.Appalachian Appetite is a celebration of the mountain and the culinary tradition it inspired. Inside you’ll find a blend of old ingredients with new techniques and a mixture of basic and elevated recipes from both chefs and home cooks. In the Savory Start section, you’ll find regional favorites like Pickled Ramps and Possum Paté. There’s a section dedicated to the henhouse with simple, hearty recipes like Baked Eggs and Cream. From the Garden is the most colorful chapter and features dishes like Rattlesnake Beans with Mushrooms & Thyme-Infused Honey and a comforting Chestnut Sweet Potato Salad. You’ll find plenty of dishes that feature the wild catch of the day from Venison Ramp Meatloaf to an Oat-Crusted Trout with Red Sauce Vinaigrette & Carolina Slaw. If you’re familiar with traditional southern cuisine, you’ll recognize Appalachia’s take on favorites like Sweet Tea-Brined Fried Chicken, Black-Eyed Pea, Collard & Sweet Potato Stew, and Stone-Ground Cheese Grits. Sections dedicated to breads, sauces and desserts make it a well-rounded cooking manual that will give you an education on this rich and delicious cuisine.To experience the Appalachian Appetite for yourself, grab the book on Amazon and get to cooking. 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. Is Classic French Technique Still Relevant In Today’s Culinary World? The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Environment minister celebrates World Penguin Day by posting puffin video

first_imgOTTAWA – What, some Canadians are wondering, has the Liberal government’s environment minister been puffin?Catherine McKenna was trying to mark World Penguin Day with a simple tweet accompanied by a cute video of penguins frolicking in the wild.Problem is, those weren’t penguins in the video, but puffins — the squat, distinctive-looking seabirds that make their homes on islands and coastlines in the north Pacific and Atlantic oceans.Twitter, predictably, got into a flap.“You know puffins aren’t penguins, right?” came one response.“On what are you puffin?” asked another.Puffins, with their red and black beaks and orange feet and legs, are found primarily in the north, notably Newfoundland and Labrador.Penguins, on the other hand, live almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere, with the exception of the Galapagos penguin and those held captive in zoos.Within about half an hour of the post, McKenna — or someone in her office — caught the error and sent a new tweet, this time with a short video of actual penguins attached.“Oops! Let’s try this again,” read the tweet.A spokeswoman in McKenna’s office blamed the mixup on a squinty-eyed staffer.“It was someone in her office who obviously needs to renew her glasses prescription,” said Marie-Pascale Desrosiers.It’s not the first time the federal Liberals have run afoul of the industrious little creature.In 2007, deputy Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff, who apparently became enamoured of the “noble” puffin during a caucus retreat in St. John’s that year, suggested aloud that it become the party’s official symbol.“They lay one egg (each year). They put their excrement in one place. They hide their excrement.… They flap their wings very hard and they work like hell,” Ignatieff said at the time.“This seems to me a symbol for what our party should be.”The Conservatives tried to capitalize on the comments in a short-lived campaign ad early in the 2008 election campaign: an Internet ad that showed a puffin pooping on the shoulder of then-Liberal leader Stephane Dion.Stephen Harper, the Conservative leader at the time, apologized for what he considered a “tasteless” and “inappropriate” ad.last_img read more

Manitoba money is breathing life back into Inuit art project

first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN News A recent announcement from the province of Manitoba is breathing new life back into a multi-million dollar Inuit art project.The province is contributing $10 million to the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Inuit Art Centre.The announcement comes after months of uncertainty for the project.bhobson@aptn.calast_img

Crime Doesnt Pay Aaron Hernandez Alleged Accomplice Arraigned on

A man who police say is connected to the murder investigation involving former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was arraigned in a Massachusetts courtroom Monday morning.Ernest Wallace, 41, was charged with accessory to murder in the death of Odin Lloyd.The police said Wallace along with Carlos Ortiz, who has already been arrested and charged in the case, drove in the car with Hernandez and Lloyd to the location where Lloyd was murdered. At this time, investigators have not said who fired the shots.All three men face life in prison if convicted. read more

The Pacers Are Bucking Every NBA Trend And Its Working

Celtics4754+7 Long-midrange attempts are 2-point jump shots from between 16 and 23 feet.Source: Basketball-Reference.com Grizzlies3521-14 Long-midrange attempts3-point attemptsFree throws Lakers3237+5 T-Wolves5047-3 Spurs5047-3 Projected season wins TeamPreseasonCurrentDiff. INDIANAPOLIS — Even before this season, a campaign in which they’ve pieced together the NBA’s best record, the Houston Rockets and their unusual goals on offense have been an object of fascination. For years, there’s been intrigue surrounding Houston’s desire to shatter records by taking threes whenever possible. More recently, the team’s historic ability to score 1-on-1 has garnered attention. The Pacers and Rockets have different philosophiesHow the Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets compare in key offensive metrics, 2018-17 season through March 21 Mavericks3026-4 Pelicans4347+4 Cavaliers5748-9 Clippers4644-2 Raptors4561+16 Bulls2627+1 Nets2926-3 Indiana Pacers119.3%2728.3%2522.7 Magic3726-11 Warriors6461-3 Rockets5766+9 Hawks2624-2 Indiana’s ahead of scheduleProjected win totals for NBA teams if they continue their current pace compared with FiveThirtyEight’s 2017-18 preseason win projections Blazers4250+8 Jazz46460 Houston Rockets304.4149.9230.7 76ers3949+10 Nuggets4843-5 Pistons3438+4 Thunder5548-7 Suns3121-10 Hornets4636-10 Knicks30300 Current pace for games through March 21 TeamRankShare of all shotsRankShare of all shotsRankper 100 FG attempts Kings2426+2 Heat4045+5 Wizards46460 Pacers3245+13 Bucks4542-3 Far less talked about are the Indiana Pacers, arguably the league’s most surprising team this season. At 41-31, Indiana is vying for home-court advantage in the playoffs and is only a shade behind the reigning three-time conference champion Cavaliers. More interesting is how the Pacers are doing it: They have become the Anti-Rockets.Indiana’s offensive approach is diametrically opposed to the league’s best team. The Rockets are notorious for avoiding midrange shots; the Pacers hover nearly just as far above the league average in how often they take long twos as the Rockets are beneath it. The median team shoots from the 16- to 23-foot range about 12 percent of the time; Houston takes 4.4 percent of its shots from that distance, while Indiana takes a whopping 19.3 percent of its shots from there.The contrasts in shot selection don’t end with midrange jumpers. Unlike the Rockets, who take a league-high 50 percent of their shots from 3-point range and get to the free-throw line at the second highest clip in the league, the Pacers rank among the NBA’s bottom six in both 3-point attempt rate and free-throw attempt rate.A fair amount of that seems to stem from coach Nate McMillan’s offensive philosophy,1Larry Bird’s hiring of McMillan was initially criticized by many because of his reputation as a coach who slowed things down — a trait that ran counter to Bird’s stated desire to play more up-tempo after parting ways with Frank Vogel. McMillan, who’s since sought to get the Pacers to play faster, has argued that the long-held perception of his coaching style was unfair, given the sorts of rosters he was working with. which encourages pulling the trigger quickly if a defender is allowing the solid jump-shooting team more than a few feet of space.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/midrange2.mp400:0000:0002:18Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“We talk about playing early, playing late,” McMillan told me. “If you have an open look or a rim attempt early (in the shot clock), take it. If you don’t, then make teams defend. But when we have open looks, we want to take them.” The Pacers have often done that, with the caveat being that, in today’s NBA, those midrange attempts are often ones the defense would like for Indiana to take.Indiana has launched 1,273 open and wide-open 2-point jumpers,2From 10 feet and farther. “Open” means no defender was within 4 feet at the time of the shot. “Wide open” means no defender was within 6 feet at the time of the shot. over 100 more than the next closest team, according to Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats. And in keeping with McMillan’s wishes, the Pacers rank third with 205 open attempts from midrange in the first eight seconds of the shot clock.Simply put, the Pacers aren’t in the business of turning down open looks — even the ones thought to be the least efficient. Al Jefferson, a Pacers backup big man and former All-NBA center who’s been forced into action because of recent injuries to Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis, told me that his teammates have gotten frustrated with him at times for not always adhering to that shoot-it-if-you’re-open game plan.“They got on me in Philly because I turned down some open midrange shots. So I told them, ‘I guarantee you the next game, I’ll shoot it,’” Jefferson said after a loss to the East-leading Raptors. “Then tonight came and I turned down another open look and did a dribble handoff instead. And they all yelled at me: ‘Shoot the ball!’3Look carefully at the first clip, and you’ll notice a fan sitting in the third row (on the bottom left of the screen) standing up, gesturing to Jefferson that he should have taken the first open shot. Luckily for me, I shot the next one, and it went in.”Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/aljefferson.mp400:0000:0001:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“I guess that’s just the new NBA. I’m more old-school. But that’s the shot. You look at a lot of the bigs (on defense), and they back off when you set that pick. If the pop is open? That’s when my teammates will get mad at me if I don’t take it,” Jefferson said. “Even if you might miss it, take it. Because that’s what the defense is giving you.”It would be hard to say this approach hasn’t worked for Indiana, a team that was expected to struggle mightily on offense after trading Paul George. No one is more integral to Indiana’s strategy than Victor Oladipo,4Perhaps the simplest measure of his value: The Pacers, 41-25 with Oladipo, have gone 0-6 in games without their All-Star this season. who’s made the huge leap from mere starter to All-Star. (Not only have the Pacers improved slightly since last season, jumping from 15th to 12th in offensive rating, but they also sit in fifth place in the East.) But it’s also worth noting that their heavy reliance on jumpers — ones that some teams avoid like the plague — hasn’t hurt them. If anything, Oladipo and the Pacers have taken advantage of a market inefficiency by launching, and making, midrange tries at a much higher rate than other teams.Of course, the midrange shot is far from the sole reason Indiana is outperforming every preseason projection. Darren Collison is leading the league in 3-point percentage. The Pacers’ defense has improved and uses its length to create the second-most deflections in the NBA; they’re also tied at third for forcing the highest turnover percentage. Oladipo’s gambling instincts as a free safety occasionally help shorten a handful of defensive plays, not only helping keep Indiana’s young bigs out of foul trouble, but also creating quick, efficient looks the other way in transition.5The Pacers are sixth in offensive efficiency after forcing a live-ball turnover, and their possessions last an average of just 9.1 seconds after such plays, the NBA’s 11th-fastest pace, according to Inpredictable.Forward Thaddeus Young put it in much simpler terms: “We’re just playing basketball. We’re having fun,” he told CBS Sports. “When you have a team that’s just full of ISO players and it’s just isolation basketball, it’s not as fun. You’re just standing around watching.”While no one will mistake this offense for the perpetual-motion ones used in San Antonio or Utah, the Pacers seem to benefit from added movement in their sets — particularly in screen-handoff scenarios, where Indiana is one of the NBA’s most efficient, aggressive teams on a per-play basis.6They rank first in field-goal attempts stemming from direct handoffs and rank fourth in points per direct handoff, according to Second Spectrum.The real question with Indiana — beyond its tough schedule to close out the season — is how the club will adjust come postseason if the midrange looks don’t fall as frequently, or if opposing clubs begin crowding the Pacers’ space more than they’re used to. This month is already testing the former, as McMillan’s team has shot its worst percentage of the season7March has been the Pacers’ worst month from midrange by a country mile. They were shooting 36.9 percent from there heading into Friday’s game, a mark that would rank 25th. Their worst percentage prior to this was last month, when they hit 42.7 percent of those attempts, still good enough for the NBA’s ninth-best mark. from that part of the floor.Indiana has shown it’s capable of beating just about anyone in the East.8The Pacers took won three of four against the Cavaliers, split four games with the Celtics and won their first matchup with Toronto back in November. But if that cold spell carries into the playoffs, Oladipo and his teammates may be required to force the issue a bit more and use a more aggressive style than the one we’ve seen much of the season. “There’s plenty of times I walk up to him in games and say, ‘Don’t let them off the hook,’” Young said of Oladipo.9Oladipo is rare in the sense that he’s just as dangerous after a considerable number of dribbles as he is off the catch. His effective field-goal percentage is nearly the same after using seven dribbles or more as it is when he doesn’t use a dribble at all, according to data from Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/dipo.mp400:0000:0000:54Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.If the Pacers can avoid doing that, these Anti-Rockets could transform themselves into a tough out next month.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Injury update Scans for Gilroy and OCallaghan as Sexton expected to be

first_imgAFTER YESTERDAY’S HUGELY-disappointing defeat in Edinburgh, Declan Kidney was counting the cost on his Ireland players’ bodies today.The IRFU have confirmed this evening that there are two main injury concerns in the wake of the Scotland game.Ulster winger Craig Gilroy — who came off with a sore groin yesterday — underwent an MRI scan earlier which didn’t reveal ‘any significant damage’.Donnacha Ryan, meanwhile, will also rehab this week after a scan showed no ‘structural damage’ to a bruised shoulder.Jonathan Sexton is expected to begin running again this week as he tries to recover from a hamstring injury. Gordon D’Arcy — suffering from a foot injury — will be reassessed next week as he’ll be in a boot for another 10 days.“Mike McCarthy’s medial knee ligament injury has progressed well to the point that he is also running and he will be retested at the end of the week to assess his availability for the France game,” a statement from the Union concludes.VIDEO: Ruben Wiki loves tackling streakers, LOVES IT!Shakira, shimmies and tramping up the middle: 10 things we learned from Tommy Bowe’s Bodychecklast_img read more

Immigrant council demands rights for stateless to work and access social services

first_imgTHE IMMIGRANT COUNCIL of Ireland (ICI) is joining more than 50 groups from across Europe in demanding action to regularise and support an estimated 600,000 people forced to “live in the shadows of European societies”.Stateless people do not have the right to work or access social services and do not have a PPS number or a passport. They also do not have the right to vote.In Ireland campaigners want the government to introduce clear, transparent and accessible determination procedures to allow the swift identification of stateless persons followed by a clear pathway for them to regularise their position and to access citizenship. Hilkka Becker, Senior Solicitor with the Immigrant Council said an online petition is being launched in 30 countries for people to show their support.“It is unacceptable that people are still being left in limbo six decades after an international commitment was given to respond to this problem,” Becker said.“Being a citizen of a country guarantees us some of our most basic rights and entitlements – it is our access to social services, our right to work and travel, the right to a passport and the right to vote. When people find themselves with no citizenship they have no security, protections or certainty.”The dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 has led to statelessness of hundreds of thousands of persons in the Baltic states and in Eastern Europe.In the past week the Immigrant Council of Ireland secured a declaration of statelessness for one man who endured six-years without access to a nationality.Natig Sadygov was left stranded in Ireland for six years without documentation or right to a passport after a bureaucratic dispute unexpectedly arose over whether he was a citizen of Lithuania or the Republic of Azerbaijan.Becker explained what happened to the man:In Natig’s situation, he had travelled to Ireland as a citizen of Lithuania but, almost three years after arriving in Ireland, was suddenly informed that his citizenship was being revoked in the mistaken belief that he was a citizen of the Republic of Azerbaijan, a country which did not exist as an independent state when he was born in the old USSR in 1966 and when he left his hometown to move to the Lithuanian part of the USSR in the 80s.Legal action seeking to reinstate his Lithuanian citizenship failed to resolve the situation and it was established that he was also not entitled to the citizenship of Azerbaijan. Since then Natig has been campaigning to have his rights as a stateless person recognised in Ireland.“While many people may be familiar with statelessness through the movie ‘Terminal’, starring Tom Hanks, they may not be aware that for hundreds of thousands of individuals and families it is a harsh reality which they have to cope with every day,” Becker commented.“We want 2014 to be the year that Ireland and other European Countries respond to this issue and guarantee basic rights for everyone.”Read: After six years living in limbo, Natig Sadygov declared stateless>Read: 23 years after being declared an alien, Ireland declares Roman Uustalu stateless>last_img read more

Poll Do you agree with the verdict in the gay cake row

first_img 307 Comments Poll: Do you agree with the verdict in the gay cake row? The owners of Ashers Bakery were found guilty of discrimination. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Yes (9353) The proposed cake design Poll Results: No (11870) By Órla Ryan The proposed cake design 39,979 Views center_img YesNoI’m not sureVote Share33 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3044826 Oct 25th 2016, 10:15 AM THE COURT OF Appeal in Belfast yesterday ruled that a bakery was guilty of discrimination for not making a cake that supported gay marriage.The owners of Ashers Bakery took their case to the appeals court after a Belfast District Court ruling in 2015.Co-owner Daniel McArthur said the refusal to bake the cake was made on religious grounds. Some Northern Ireland politicians have argued that the rulings impinge on the rights of business owners to exercise their religious beliefs.The judgement noted the cake was “to mark the end of Northern Ireland Anti-homophobic Week” and was later made by a different bakery.We want to know: Do you agree with yesterday’s ruling? I’m not sure (1548) Short URL Tuesday 25 Oct 2016, 10:15 AMlast_img read more

Eurobank and National eager to tap markets

first_imgEurobank and National are rushing to make the most of the favorable climate for Greece in global markets, as the former is beginning the process of its share capital increase this week and the latter is expected to open the book for its new five-year bond on Tuesday.Eurobank announced on Friday that its offering for the 2.86-billion-euro increase will take place from April 25 to 29. Last week major shareholder Hellenic Financial Stability Fund (HFSF) picked a group led by Canada’s Fairfax as anchor investors in the bank’s offering, while about 10 percent of the new shares will be offered to Greek investors.National Bank will on Tuesday start building the book for its bond issue, through which its aims to draw 750 million euros. The process ends on Thursday and National hopes to obtain an interest rate that will be up to 50 basis points below the 4.95 percent rate that the Greek sovereign bond got earlier this month. Merrill Lynch, Citi, Goldman Sachs and HSBC have undertaken the issue.Last week National saw its plans for a share capital increase of 2.5 billion euros approved by the HFSF.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Lukas leaves cancer at the station

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Amazingly, it’s been nine months since little Lukas Rosenbaum was in America, getting cancer treatment thanks to the generosity of the Greek Australian community.Now Lukas has overcome another hurdle, his three month scan for cancer. That means in the nine months that Lukas has been back at home, all three scans have been clear.No one is happier than mother Irene Rosenbaum (nee Strouzas).“In terms of the MRIs he’s doing really well, he remains clear. It’s fantastic news,” she tells Neos Kosmos. “So we are one step closer to nearly beating this thing.”Currently, Lukas is in his two year risky period, where the cancer can return at any time. Past the two year mark, things look a lot better.He is slowly making progress with his eating, after his nasal tube was removed. He still cannot eat solid food and is fed by a tube in his stomach, but Lukas is beginning to seek help with his understandable aversion to food. During the height of his sickness, Lukas wasn’t able to keep food down. He was scared to eat anything solid fearing his stomach would get upset and has developed a fear of new tastes. Amazingly, his aversion to food doesn’t include cooking. “He loves cooking, he loves preparing the food, he’s just really scared to put it in his mouth,” Irene says.“At least with this we can deal with it.”The family is a lot closer to getting back into a normal routine, with Irene now able to get back to work, even if it’s part time. Lukas is flourishing at kinder, and on track to start school next year, a big step in his development.“It’s something I never thought I’d see,” Irene says.“When he got diagnosed I used to look at all the kids walking home from school and wonder if I would ever see my child go to school.” Before the routine of school sets in, Lukas and his family will have the opportunity to accomplish one of Lukas’ dreams. An avid train aficionado, Lukas has had his wish granted by the Starlight Children’s Foundation and will be jumping on board The Ghan train to tour Australia. The family will embark on the three day journey from Adelaide to Darwin in November.“He is particularly excited to sleep on the train and see where the toilets are,” Irene says with a laugh. The story of little Lukas touched the Greek community last year. In less than two months, $245,000 was donated to the family to fund life saving treatment in Texas, USA.Lukas had 30 radiation treatments, four blood transfusions, lost his hair all over again just before Christmas in the battle to kick medulloblastoma, a rare form of brain tumour. Now the family is looking to restore a bit of normality to their lives.last_img read more

Sprawling Robot Climbs Walls Crawls Like a Turtle

first_imgLet 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 targetcenter_img If James Bond were a robot, he’d be the Rising STAR.An upgrade to David Zarrouk’s original sprawl-tuned autonomous robot (STAR), RSTAR has an added degree of freedom: its body can move separately from its legs.It sounds crazy, I know; humans can’t separate their torso from their limbs without suffering long-term health issues. But this wee bot can do things people only dream of.The latest in a series of sprawling robots from Zarrouk, a professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, RSTAR’s new functionality alters its center of mass, enabling advanced behaviors.“Not only can the robot climb over larger obstacles without flipping over, but it can also climb vertically up closely spaced walls and ‘crawl’ through narrow gaps by adopting a legged walking gait,” according to a report by IEEE Spectrum.See for yourself in Zarrouk’s video, which highlights RSTAR’s abilities (none of which are autonomous—yet).As director of Ben-Gurion’s Bioinspired and Medical Robotics Laboratory, Zarrouk has led the creation of several unique designs, including a single-motor steerable android and a multi-joined cyborg arm, powered by a traveling motor.In May, he presented Rising STAR at the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Brisbane.“We were looking to increase the capabilities of STAR in overcoming obstacles by adding a simple mechanism with one motor,” Zarrouk wrote in an email to IEEE Spectrum. “We quickly converged to the concept of extending the distance between the wheels to the body.”That so-called “sprawl” allows for the robot’s legs to be angled (adjustably) downward and outward from the body—a simple yet highly effective change.Just two months after unveiling their next-gen machine, the team is already eyeing additional upgrades, including the use of machine learning algorithms to teach simple maneuvers.In the future, Zarrouk hopes to put the STAR family of bots to work, performing search and rescue operations, “especially in unstructured environments such as collapsed buildings or flooded areas,” he said.“We built RSTAR having in mind that it should be simple, reliable,” Zarrouk continued. “And that it should be able to overcome multiple commonly available obstacles without any external mechanical intervention.”last_img read more

Former Bahamas Minister back in court

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, September 6th, 2017 – Nassau – Former Minister of Environment under the Perry Christie administration, Kendred Dorsett will now have to face the Supreme Court and answer to charges of bribery and extortion this month.Dorsett, who was first charged with one count of misconduct while in public office and four counts of extortion totaling $120,000 back in July, appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney on Friday with his attorneys Damian Gomez QC and Wayne Munroe QC.At the hearing, Dorsett was served with a notice of alibi, informing him that his legal team has 21 days to present the office of the Attorney General with an alibi.However, his attorney Munroe QC insisted to the court that it would be impossible for his client to present an alibi where allegations were said to have occurred during a 70day period – between March 1 and May 9 – giving no specific date or time, for his client to provide his specific whereabouts.On September 15th, Dorsett will now have to face Chief Justice Bernard Turner in the Supreme Court to get a status update on his case. Magistrate McKinney said a failure to appear at that time would result in a bench warrant against Mr. Dorsett. Until then, Dorsett remains free on a $50,00 bail. Accompanying him at court were his wife and several family members. Dorsett emerged with all smiles entering and exiting the courthouse.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher Related Items:#KendredDorsett, #magneticmedianews, #SupremeCourt Recommended for you Two brothers found guilty of robbery, jail time to be served. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

San Diego City Council moves forward on affordable housing initiative

first_img Lauren Phinney June 18, 2018 Updated: 7:12 PM Lauren Phinney, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council’s Select Committee on Homelessness today advised staff to move forward with a pilot program intended to increase employment for people using the city’s rapid-rehousing programs, which provide temporary assistance to those who are newly homeless or facing chronic homelessness.San Diego City Councilman Chris Ward was in studio on Good Morning San Diego to discuss the details of the new program.Temporary housing services provides users a foothold toward permanent  employment and housing, but San Diego program outcomes don’t measure up to national averages, according to consultant Kris Kuntz. Roughly 50 percent of households are able to find steady employment and regularly pay rent at the conclusion of rapid re-housing services, compared to a goal of 70 percent.The pilot, initially approved in April, is intended to improve rapid-rehousing outcomes by making existing housing and job services easier for individuals to use simultaneously. Currently, approximately 25 percent of people enter and exit rapid-rehousing with jobs, City Councilman Chris Ward said.“So people aren’t getting jobs within that subpopulation, and I think that’s the missing link here that this pilot program is seeking to fulfill,” he said. “To the extent we can do that and have more people getting that gainful employment, having that steady income stream is going to help them be successful at the end of their temporary stay through the rapid-rehousing program and not fall right back into homelessness.”Pilot participants will be screened to determine appropriate employment services. Then, depending on urgency of needed services, agencies — including the San Diego Workforce Partnership, San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless and the San Diego Housing Commission — will place individuals using existing relationships with employers. Staff will also work with city departments to fill chronically vacant positions, including groundskeeper, laborer and library aid roles.Staff believe the program can assist 200 households its first year and 100 its second. A household is defined as an individual or family. Total pilot costs are projected to be $3.5 million and $1.7 million for years one and two, respectively. The majority of pilot funding has already been budgeted in the form of existing rapid-rehousing appropriations and grants. That leaves funding gaps of $322,728 for each year. The Lucky Duck Foundation has committed to filling the year-one gap, Kuntz said.New year-one expenditures will include $72,500 to hire a pilot coordinator and $50,229 for an additional job center coordinator. The positions will improve connectivity between existing resources while allow housing and employment officials to focus on their respective specialties, Kuntz said. “We’re already doing these things, spending money on it,” he said.“How do we fill in some of those gaps to improve coordination and targeted programming? That’s what we’re funding — the gap costs are to connect these systems.” Staff will measure the pilot program’s success by tracking the amount of households able to pay stable rent at the conclusion of rapid-rehousing programs, as well as the amount of households that are stable one to two years after exiting rapid-rehousing.Tamera Kohler, Regional Task Force on the Homeless chief operations officer, said her staff will follow program outcomes to determine appropriate strategies at a countywide level.“I hope that over time as we measure those we’re able to see the best referrals, intervention and coordination, and then teach and train those best practices to strengthen us overall regionally,” she said. The San Diego Housing Federation is the region’s voice for affordable housing. The Federation is committed to increasing the supply of housing for San Diego’s most vulnerable families, seniors, veterans, and those living with disabilities. For more information visit, www.housingsandiego.org. center_img Posted: June 18, 2018 San Diego City Council moves forward on affordable housing initiative Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Forget the Blue Wave or Red Wave Imperial Beach has been hit

first_imgForget the “Blue Wave” or “Red Wave,” Imperial Beach has been hit by the “Green Wave” November 7, 2018 Dan Plante, Updated: 6:35 PM Categories: Health, Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwittercenter_img Dan Plante Posted: November 7, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) – While the rest of the nation appears to be obsessed with drawing political lines (blue vs red), in the quiet coastal town of Imperial Beach, it all about the “Green.” “As a true environmentalist, it’s good to see what’s happening here. The number one issue is clean water,” says Imperial Beach Council Member Mark West.West used to be the director of the “Surfrider Foundation”. The Mayor and the newest Council Member are both active members of “Wildcoast,” another group dedicated to clean oceans.“This issue of water quality has now reached the top, President Trump is now aware along with the President of Mexico,” says Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina. “Because of Mexico, our beaches have been closed three out of the past 10-years.”Some are calling it the biggest on-going environmental disaster in America today. The toxic waste has been flowing into the San Diego for at least 40-years now. Surfers and swimmers have been getting sick. Border Patrol are forced to walk in toxic waste and members of the military have contracted “flesh eating bacteria”. All from toxic waste from Mexico.But the political tide is changing. Every single elected leader in Imperial Beach is a hard core “environmentalist”. With the election of Paloma Aguirre, it’s five for five. “I think it speaks to our community. We are tired of being dumped on, we cherish clean water and our ecosystems. I think that’s reflective with who they are elected to office,” says Aguirre. last_img read more

Hokkaido sets some budget aside for IR marketing as latest public survey

first_img Load More Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Hokkaido has revealed its first budget increase in three years following the release of a supplementary budget for the 2019 fiscal year, including JPY3 million (US$27,625) set aside for the marketing of integrated resorts.The IR figure, which covers marketing activities such as booklets and presentations to improve the understanding of residents, represents only a tiny fraction of the JPY2.86 trillion (US$26.3 billion) total budget with no firm decision yet taken by Hokkaido on whether it will pursue an IR. This was also the first policy budget since Governor Naomichi Suzuki took office. Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move RelatedPosts Former governor Harumi Takahashi, who failed to reach a final decision on an IR bid, focused efforts on improving understanding of residents including four presentations by experts throughout 2018. There have also been a series of “IR Regional Briefings” since the start of 2019 in Sapporo, Kushiro, Tomakomai, Obihiro, Hakodate, Abashiri and Asahikawa.The results of a survey held at the IR Regional Briefing in Tomakomai, the location with the most interest in an IR bid, have now been published with 78 of the 110 participants responding. In surprisingly positive results, 68% of respondents said they thought an IR would revitalize the local area with 59% stating it would increase tourism, 58% believing it would create jobs and 55% expecting it would be a benefit to the prefecture, city, and local government budgets.Asked for their concerns should an IR come to Hokkaido, 37% expressed concerned over negative impacts on the environment, 33% over create security and addiction problems and 32% said that they were concerned it would create social problems with adolescents.In response to a question about whether the briefing improved their understanding of IRs, 64% said yes with 14% replying no.last_img read more

Hollywood nursing home bills resident who died during Hurricane Irma

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – The nursing home where 14 people died after Hurricane Irma caused a power outage reportedly charged the account of one of the deceased residents.The Sun-Sentinel reports the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills charged the account of 99-year-old Albertina Vega, who died in the aftermath of the storm.Vega’s family told the newspaper they were shocked to see the bank withdrawal and overdraft fee on her account, after the facility charged $958. A relative spotted the charge when she went to close Vega’s account.“How are they going to charge a dead person?” Carmen Fernandez told the Sun-Sentinel. “How is she going to pay that? I was enraged. They let her die and then they bill her. This was someone who was like a mother to me.”Vega was one of the 14 residents who died when the building’s central air conditioning stopped working. She lived on the second floor of the nursing home, which did not have air conditioning for three days, the paper reports.Fernandez said she filed a complaint with the bank manager about the charge and overdraft fee. A spokesperson for the nursing home said the billing was due to an automated system, and says the family has been refunded.“Unfortunately, in this family’s case, this was an automatic deduction,” Alia Faraj-Johnson told the Sun-Sentinel. “Due to circumstances beyond the facility’s control and their lack of access to what they need – the computers in the system – the withdrawal automatically occurred.” Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Daily Show alum Jason Jones on The Detour Japanese game shows and

first_imgJason Jones stars in The Detour on TBS, one of the funniest shows on TV. TBS Living at a time when there are so many amazing TV shows and films available on demand means it’s easy to overlook a lot of phenomenal ones. That was the case for me with The Detour on TBS, which stars Jason Jones as dad Nate Parker. Close friends told me I’d love the show, but it wasn’t until it popped onto Hulu that I finally got to watch it. And I’m glad I did.The show, created and written by Jones and his wife Samantha Bee, both alums of The Daily Show, follows the Parker family on a road trip that over three seasons has turned into a ridiculous global comic adventure with the family overcoming nearly every outrageous obstacle imaginable. In the first season, for example, the family ends up at a strip club, where Nate’s daughter gets her first period.On social media, fans embrace The Detour because it’s not the typical sanitized family sitcom where every character spews one-liners and clever quips. Instead, the show puts the Parkers in increasingly compromising and embarrassing situations, like when Nate’s kids walk in on a neighbor giving birth just as the baby is crowning. Luckily for the audience, it’s filmed from the baby’s point of view.The Detour doesn’t play comedy for shock value. Instead it comes from awkwardness — a key component of shows like Arrested Development and The Office. But at the heart of the show are the Parkers, who feel like an actual family, flaws and all. Hulu The Detour has ridiculous jokes, but there’s a grounding that keeps the story moving forward.The situations are ridiculous, but we’re playing it all real like a drama. If you don’t care about these characters, you’re not going to laugh as hard and you’re not going to cry.How would you describe The Detour comedy-wise to someone who’s never seen it?Not a lot of people are doing balls-out comedy anymore. There’s a lot of clever things on television. There’s a lot of stuff that you nod along to, but there’s not a lot left where you’re just laughing hard, which is what we want do first and foremost — make you forget about your shitty day and just laugh. That’s not to say it’s all stupid and ridiculous; there are really good points in there about family, but ultimately, we want to make you laugh. Q: What’s  the most ridiculous thing you’ve been asked to do on The Detour?Jones: We’re [The Parkers] looking for our daughter and we think she’s in Japan. We go on the No. 1 Japanese game show in Tokyo, and it’s a torture-for-advertiser-minutes game show. So we endure torture to be able to advertise for the whereabouts of our daughter and beg for the Japanese people’s assistance. It’s not so much torture physically as it is to your ego and your pride as you endure a hand job while you sing karaoke … for points! In the middle of that I went, “Hey, I don’t know if this is appropriate or funny. I don’t know where we are right now, but here we are. We’re doing it.”Are there crazy things you come up with that end up being too much for the show?We had a swastika gag in season 2 that was written in the Obama administration and we thought, “This taboo. This will be funny.” An accidental swastika showed up on my shirt as I was talking about how white trash the rest of the neighborhood was. But then swastikas starting popping up in real life and I went, “It’s not as funny anymore.” So we wound up cutting it, and it was the right thing to do.What’s one of your favorite pieces you got to do on The Daily Show?For just cultural influence, I would say the Iranian pieces. I went to Iran during their Green Revolution. We did a series of pieces over there that led to one of the guys I spoke to being imprisoned, and he wrote a news article, and Jon Stewart wrote a movie about it. He wound up quitting The Daily Show right after and that led to John Oliver getting his show. Those pieces really put a lot of things in movement.At the time, those pieces really changed how people thought Iranians behaved. It showed a lot of people who thought Iranians were against us that, no, they actually love and admire Americans. They may hate our administration or our warmongering, but they have nothing against American people. And they’re a lot like us. They’re sort of the exceptionalists in the Middle East.Where does the catch phrase ‘get some’ come from?”Get some” was never written into a script. It was an expression I kind of used when I was playing sports with my kids, like, “Come on, let’s get some.” It really means nothing, which I kind of liked about it. And then it was on the pilot I used it because there was a dead space where I had to run around to the back of a car and push. And I was like, “This is going to be boring if there’s no dialogue and I just did it: “Come on, let’s get some!” And it jkind of snowballed from there. It was an expression I would throw out any time I was about to eat shit, for lack of a better term. TV and Movies What’s new to stream in June 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 0center_img 50 Photos My husband @jonesinforjason fell down a G-D mountain to bring you season 4 of @DetourTBS! TONIGHT at 10:30 on @TBSNetwork https://t.co/aZzPkaeOM2— Samantha Bee (@iamsambee) June 19, 2019 The fourth season of The Detour finds Nate and Robin Parker (Natalie Zea), along with their son Jared (Liam Carroll), searching for Jared’s twin sister Delilah (Ashley Gerasimovich), who has run away to become a social media star.”Our daughter left us and we’re looking for her. That’s all you really need to know,” Jones said over the phone. “I’d say you could jump in right away with the first episode and be fine.”In our wide-ranging conversation, Jones was as funny as he is on The Detour. He talked about why caring about characters makes them funnier, his most significant Daily Show segments and the origin of his Detour character’s catchphrase “get some.”Below is a transcript of our conversation, lightly edited for clarity.   The Detour airs on Tuesday nights on TBS. The first episode of season 4 premiered on June 18 and is currently available to watch on the TBS website for free.  2:28 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Post a comment Tagslast_img read more

Two Bangladesh girls elected as FIFA referees

first_imgTwo FIFA female referees from Bangladesh Salma Akter (front) and Joya Chakma. Photo: CollectedThings were never easy for Joya when she chose a career that wasn’t considered ‘suitable’ for a woman.While her friends at Jahangirnagar University were busy preparing for the BCS (Bangladesh Civil Service) exams, Joya Chakma was studying the FIFA rules and regulations.Joya had been a player on the women’s national football team. She also officiated the first international match of the Bangladesh national women team. She completed the FIFA Class-III Coaching Course in 2010 and the Class-II Coaching Course in 2013. Three years later in 2016, she was selected as a national-level referee. But, despite her repeated efforts, she still couldn’t become a FIFA official.Then after trying for two consecutive years, very recently Joya finally passed the exam at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, following the FIFA rules.Another Bangladeshi girl, Salma Akter, also passed the same FIFA exam after failing last year. Both the girls — Joya Chakma and Salma Akter — are the first female referees in Bangladesh. They will start their careers as FIFA officials in January 2020.Salma was stunned and could not sleep the night she learnt that she passed the FIFA exams. “I still can’t believe it! I can’t express the joy I felt after getting the news. A very big dream has been fulfilled. I couldn’t sleep at all,” she told Prothom Alo at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Saturday afternoon.It was the same with Joya. She said, “Finally, a long and stressful struggle has come to an end. I’m truly delighted as a long-cherished dream has come true.”Joya, from Rangamati, began officiating football matches in Bangladesh from 2010. But she began her career on a regular basis with the Bangamata football tournament in 2012.Since then, she has officiated 35 international matches including AFC U-14 championship tournaments in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Tajikistan and SAFF U-15 women’s tournament in Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. In 2015, she officiated 10 matches of the international football festival in Berlin.Joya is also a coach of BKSP’s (Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan) women’s football team. But currently her dreams revolve around refereeing. “My first target is to enter the FIFA Elite Panel. I also want to work for the development of female footballers through coaching or refereeing.”Wishing to see herself as an icon in Bangladesh women’s football arena, Joya said, “I want to change Bangladesh’s culture in sports. Now women can work as referees as well as coaches. The door has opened for girls. Earlier, there were no female players, you’ll see many of them now; there were no female referees or coaches earlier but many of them work as referees and coaches now. This will help them think that another career awaits them when their playing days are over.”Netrokona’s Salma was not a national-level footballer like Joya. She began playing along with the boys and ended up as a district level player. But a neighbour Ferdous Hasan inspired her to take up the refereeing course. “Ferdous bhai used to say there’re a very few female referees in the country. Go and try your luck. I didn’t have to look back after passing the first exam in refereeing.”A student of Eden Mohila College, Salma, worked as an assistant official in 15 international matches of AFC U-14 championship, SAFF U-15 tournament and Bangamata international tournament. She takes encouragement from the fact that Bangladeshi women are playing good football in and outside the country.“The scenario in women’s football was different earlier. The girls are doing better now. That’s why we are also getting the chance to officiate matches in big tournaments.”Once the neighbours used to ask Salma’s father, “What does your daughter do in Dhaka? Why does she wear shorts?” Everything has changed. Now the Netrokona people take pride in the fact that Salma is from their area.She dreams of officiating World Cup matches. “I’ve fulfilled one of my dreams by fighting hard. I dream of officiating World Cup matches one day.”*The report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Shameem Rezalast_img read more