HALIFAX – Nova Scotia Power customers will be getting some money back over the next three years as a result of the delays in completing the Nalcor-owned Muskrat Falls generating station in Newfoundland and Labrador.The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board has given NSP Maritime Link Inc., a subsidiary of Emera Inc., approval to charge Nova Scotia Power and its customers for costs related to the construction of the Maritime Link — the transmission system to get the power from Muskrat Falls.The Maritime Link is expected to be complete by the end of this year, on time and on budget, however power from Muskrat Falls isn’t expected to flow until 2020 at the earliest.The review board’s interim assessment, released Monday, is for $109.5 million in 2018 and $111.5 million in 2019. The amounts are already being collected from customers in Nova Scotia as part of a three-year rate stability plan for 2017-2019.However, the board ruled that $105 million in costs should not be recovered yet, and as a result, ratepayers should receive an annual credit on their power bills over the next three years. The actual credit will vary by customer class.The first credit is to be issues by April 30, 2018.“The board is concerned about the significant delays in construction of the Muskrat Falls Generating Station and NSP Maritime Link Inc.’s apparent lack of insight on what is happening at Muskrat Falls,” the board says as part of its decision Monday.“Essentially, NSP Maritime Link appeared to learn about the delay contemporaneous with it being announced publicly, yet at the same time its representatives sit on joint committees with representatives of Nalcor dealing with this project. The lack of insight is troubling to the board.”The board said the Nova Scotia block of power was supposed to be flowing from Muskrat Falls at the same time the Maritime Link is completed, but for now “N.S. ratepayers are not getting what they bargained for.”“The board orders that the Maritime Link depreciation and deferred financing amortization credits be refunded to customers by April 30 of each year, plus interest,” the decision reads.In June it was announced that the price tag for the Muskrat Falls hydro project in Labrador had reached $12.7 billion. That’s up from an estimate last year of $11.7 billion and is about $5 billion higher than when the former Progressive Conservative government approved Muskrat Falls five years ago.Nalcor Energy CEO Stan Marshall took over as head of the Crown corporation last year after the governing Liberals criticized oversight. He said at the time the megaproject was a colossal mistake that he’d try to fix.At the time, he said 75 per cent of construction was done.
The Television Academy is once again partnering on Storytellers, an annual event produced by the veteran empowerment campaign Got Your 6 to celebrate the accomplishments and inspirational stories of our nation’s veterans.Scheduled as a lead up event to Veterans Day (November 11), the Television Academy hopes the Tuesday, November 1 event will increase awareness among content creators of Got Your 6’s campaign to shift the narrative of veterans as “broken heroes” to one focusing on veterans as leaders and civic assets.Storytellers gathers veterans, who deliver TED-style talks about their ideas, accomplishments, philosophies, and the many contributions they are making in their communities and workplaces. A study commissioned by Got Your 6 revealed that the general population stereotypes veterans as more likely than civilians to be unemployed, undereducated, homeless, and experience mental health issues. The reality is much more complex and the entertainment industry can play a role in changing the narrative.Hosted at the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center in Los Angeles, Storytellers will feature veteran and actor Jeff Bosley; founder and CEO of Combat Flip Flops, Matt Griffin; founder and CEO of the nonprofit TentEd, Zack Bazzi; Marjorie Williams of Endemol Shine; singer/songwriter Stephen Covell; and comedian Thom Tran.The event will include remarks by Ryan Phillippe, who stars in the upcoming USA Network drama “Shooter,” which was honored by Got Your 6 as a “6 Certified” project. Phillippe plays Bob Lee Swagger, a highly decorated U.S. Marine Corps veteran who is coaxed back into action to prevent a plot to kill the President.“Our veterans have compelling, inspiring narratives to share, and it is imperative that we as an industry celebrate them,” said Television Academy President and COO Maury McIntyre. “We are honored to present these moving and thought-provoking stories to the creative community in Southern California, and to host one of this year’s ‘Got Your 6’ events in recognition of Veterans Day.”“Veterans are as diverse as the country we served, and Storytellers addresses the public’s stereotypes about veterans head-on by showcasing the talents and groundbreaking innovations of those who wore the uniform,” said Bill Rausch, Iraq War veteran and executive director of Got Your 6. “We thank the Television Academy for demonstrating their commitment by allowing veterans themselves to speak directly to the writers, producers, studio executives, and performers who create popular media.”The fourth annual talks will be live-streamed at facebook.com/GotYourSix and later distributed online. Videos from the 2015 event were viewed more than three million times.In addition to Los Angeles, Got Your 6’s Storytellers will be held in New York City on Wednesday, October 26 at the HBO Theater, and in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, November 10 at Discovery Communications. For more information and to register, visit gotyour6.org/storytellers.Got Your 6 Storytellers is made possible by the generous support of Macy’s, Wounded Warrior Project, Veterans United Foundation, Aspen Dental, American Express, Discovery Communications, HBO, Television Academy, NFLPA, General Dynamics, and Sword & Plough. read more
Facebook Among the short-film programs—divided into categories that include Indigenous stories, works by young filmmakers, and specific themes such as bullying—we find the topics of anxiety (“Nadine”), war/migration (“Rupture”), and wealth disparity (“The Glass Pearl”). Advertisement Advertisement In the brutally smart faux documentary High Fantasy, four South African teens swap bodies and reckon with hard questions of race, privilege, and gender. In High Fantasy, one of the harder-hitting films getting their West Coast premiere at the 20th annual Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth, four South African teens find themselves transported Freaky Friday–style into one another’s bodies. No goofball comedy, High Fantasy instead explores unsettling questions about class, race, and gender with a depth and seriousness that you simply wouldn’t have seen when Venay Felton started the festival two decades ago.“We’ve always tackled big questions, but I think we have access to a wider choice of better-quality films from around the world than ever before,” says the founder in a call to the Georgia Straight. “We didn’t have films as inclusive as we do this year.”Indeed, among the full-length titles coming to the 2018 edition of R2R, Naoko Yamada’s animated feature A Silent Voice concerns a high-school student forced to reckon with the abuse he heaped on a deaf student years previously. In Cloudboy, a Belgian 12-year-old confronts his own largely denied Sami heritage. And in the widely acclaimed, U.S.–made Princess Cyd—getting its Canadian theatrical premiere—a queer teen explores painful family issues with her reluctant aunt. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter read more
MONTREAL – Advertising rates for Montreal Canadiens games have plummeted due to audience fallout after the Habs’ lacklustre performance last season, one media company says.The RDS and TVA Sports channels — which fall under the umbrellas of BCE Inc. and Quebecor Media Inc., respectively — saw advertisers paying for a per-minute viewership assessed at about 200,000 for the 25-54 age demographic.That’s down from last fall’s initial viewership estimate of about 295,000 and 275,000 for RDS and TVA Sports, respectively.Omnicom Media Group said pricing for a 30-second ad placement this fall dropped to about $5,000 from roughly $7,000 last year as a result of the shift.Last month, TVA Sports announced revenues fell by 60 per cent for a net loss of $9.7 million in the second quarter.The channel, along with Quebecor chief executive Pierre Karl Peladeau, have blamed the Canadiens’ failure to make the playoffs for a major hit to the Montreal-based communication giant’s ad revenues.Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE, TSX:QBR.B) read more
LOS ANGELES — You’re a mean one — and you’re number one — Mr. Grinch.“Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” sledded past mixed reviews and made off with $66 million for Universal Pictures to top the weekend North American box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.Last week’s top film, the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” drops to second for 20th Century Fox with a $30.8 million weekend that brings its overall take to $100 million.Illumination, the Universal-owned animators behind “The Minions” and “Despicable Me,” produced the latest interpretation of Seuss’ 1957 book that led to a 1966 TV special and first came to the big screen as a live-action feature starring Jim Carrey in 2000.Paramount Pictures’ war-horror hybrid “Overlord” was third in its first weekend with $10.1 million. Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” brought in $9.5 million and finished fourth in its second week. The weekend’s other major debut, “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” made just $8 million and finished fifth.Illumination’s “Grinch,” narrated by Pharrell Williams, gives the title character, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, a backstory in an orphanage and fills out the story of his foil Cindy Lou Who.It’s the second Seuss adaptation for Illumination. Its version of “The Lorax” opened with a comparable $70 million weekend and went on to gross $348.8 million worldwide.“The Grinch” was widely expected to be No. 1 with few other major openings this weekend, but it surpassed projections that had it bringing in closer to $60 million, continuing what’s become a trend in 2018.“‘The Grinch’ is just the latest in a string of over-performers,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. “‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was bigger than expected, ‘A Star Is Born’ was bigger than expected. It’s fueling a box-office surge.”The industry has reached a cumulative box office total of $10 billion faster than in any other year, Dergarabedian said.The Christmas theme of “The Grinch” could sustain it through the holidays and Universal hopes it has a longer life than that.“With Thanksgiving coming, we’re poised to have a great run through that,” said Jim Orr, president of domestic distribution for Universal. “Illumination’s created such a classic take on this beloved character that audiences will be enjoying it for a really long time.”But big rivals loom soon, including “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” next week and “Ralph Breaks The Internet” on Nov. 21.“We’ve got a lot of competition coming up for family audiences,” Dergarabedian said.Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday also are included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1. “Dr Seuss’ The Grinch,” $66 million ($12.7 million international).2. “Bohemian Rhapsody,” $30.8 million ($63 million international).3. “Overlord,” $10.1 million, ($9.2 million international).4. “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” $9.5 million, ($13.5 million international).5. “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” $8 million, ($6.2 million international).6. “A Star Is Born,” $8 million ($9 million international).7. “Nobody’s Fool,” $6.5 million.8. “Venom,” $4.8 million ($118.2 million international).9. “Halloween,” $3.8 million ($5.9 million).10. “The Hate U Give,” $2 million.___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:1. “Venom,” $118.2 million.2. “Bohemian Rhapsody,” $63 million.3. “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” $13.5 million.4. “Dr Seuss’ The Grinch,” $12.7 million.5. “Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer,” $12.4 million.6. “Intimate Strangers,” $9.2 million.7. “Overlord,” $9.2 million.8. “A Star Is Born,” $9 million.9. “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” $6.2 million.10. “Halloween,” $5.9 million.___This story has been corrected to show that “Overlord” earned $10.1 million, not $19 million.___Follow Andrew Dalton on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/andyjamesdalton .Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press read more
New Delhi: India and Bangladesh will start a cruise service from Friday that would take passengers through the Sunderbans to Dhaka, a senior MEA official said. Addressing a conference on Multipolarism in Asia: Issues and Challenges, Vikram Doraiswami, joint secretary at the External Affairs Ministry, said the move was aimed to strengthen inland waterway routes between the two countries. “We have inland waterway routes with the signing of a protocol on the use of a certain set of rivers. We are now going to start cruise services between India and Bangladesh from Friday. Essentially what will happen here is people would have the option to travel through the Sunderbans on a luxury vessels up to Dhaka and back with border formalities being done at the crossing points in both countries,” he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He said other than road and rail, India and Bangladesh also have a very strong power connectivity. “We have started the movement of goods using the inland waterways, so goods from India can go in the cheapest possible form up to Narayanganj and Dhaka,” he added. He also said Bangladesh was the site the of the largest visa operation with 14-lakh visas given to Indians to Bangladesh. “About 2.6 million (26 lakh) Bangladeshi nationals visited India last year. The quality of connectivity is what stands in the way and need to be worked on,” he added. read more
SEATTLE (AP) _ Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $3.56 billion.The Seattle-based company said it had net income of $7.09 per share.The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 14 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $4.61 per share.The online retailer posted revenue of $59.7 billion in the period, which also beat Street forecasts. Fourteen analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $59.69 billion.For the current quarter ending in July, Amazon said it expects revenue in the range of $59.5 billion to $63.5 billion. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had expected revenue of $62.53 billion.Amazon shares have climbed 27 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has increased 17 per cent. In the final minutes of trading on Thursday, shares hit $1,909.33, a climb of 31 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on AMZN at https://www.zacks.com/ap/AMZNThe Associated Press read more
Mr. Annan makes this recommendation in a new report to the Security Council, which set up UNOMIG in 1993 to verify compliance with the ceasefire agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Abkhaz authorities in the country. The mission, he says, continues to play a crucial role in stabilizing the zone of conflict. “Its efforts to advance the negotiation process constitute a central element in the search for a peaceful settlement,” he notes.The peace process remains fragile, however, as evidenced by the fact that meaningful negotiations on the future political status of Abkhazia within the State of Georgia have not yet begun. “Clearly, in the absence of such negotiations, the entire peace process remains in jeopardy,” the Secretary-General warns. He appeals to interested States – known collectively as the “group of Friends” – to submit a framework document on the distribution of competencies between Tbilisi and Sukhumi to the two sides as soon as possible.Referring to two recent incidents in which six people were killed and two taken hostage, Mr. Annan says both sides should work together to clarify the clashes, release the remaining hostages and bring the perpetrators to justice. In addition, he reiterates his call on both sides to live up to their commitment to facilitate a safe, secure and dignified return of all refugees and internally displaced persons to their previous residences.The Secretary-General also voices deep concern regarding the security of UNOMIG personnel. “It is the responsibility of both sides to provide appropriate security conditions for the work of the Mission at all times,” he stresses.The Security Council is scheduled to consider the report in closed consultations on Wednesday. read more
Letters requesting information “are being drafted and will go out in the next days,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York. He predicted that the report would take “six weeks or so” to draft. The spokesman said that the report would be prepared by UN Secretariat staff and would be presented by Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
Some 100 Angolan refugees living in Namibia have been repatriated under a programme of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to return people to their homes in Angola’s interior regions, the first of its kind, the agency announced today. Thursday’s operation, carried out with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), returned 105 people to Huambo in the central Angolan highlands, a spokesperson for UNHCR said in Geneva. Some 27 flights are planned to carry more than 4,000 of the 10,000 Angolans currently in Namibia, as poor roads, broken bridges and mines make it impossible to safely return the refugees to the central highlands by any other means. “For many of the refugees it was their first flight, but their nervousness was overcome by excitement at the prospect of going home,” spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis said at a press briefing. The UN agency has also been repatriating Angolans from Namibia in road convoys to the border provinces of Kuando Kubango and Cunene. It said that by using both land and air routes, it hoped to repatriate nearly all Angolans from Namibia this year. Overall, nearly 24,000 Angolans refugees have returned home in 2004 on UNHCR-organized convoys from Namibia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Zambia. An estimated 441,000 Angolan refugees were estimated to be living in bordering countries at the time the peace accords were signed in April 2002. Since then, some 250,000 have returned home, leaving about 200,000 in the major asylum countries of the DRC, Zambia, Namibia and the Republic of the Congo. read more
With support from the United Nations, Palestinian officials today launched the first database designed to provide information on disaster losses that will help develop planning policies and strengthen community resilience.According to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Palestine is highly vulnerable to natural hazards, mainly earthquakes, floods, landslides, droughts and desertification. The whole region frequently faces small to mid-scale disasters and is vulnerable to large-scale urban disasters, triggered by seismic activity and climate change.In January, a winter storm struck the region and caused severe damage to the agriculture and infrastructure in the northern West Bank. About 12,000 people across 190 communities were affected by this storm.The initiative was launched in Ramallah, and was presided over by various Palestinian officials as well as Margareta Wahlström, UNISDR chief and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, who began her visit to the region this week.Ms. Wahlström met with the Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Mohammad Abu-Rahmadan, who told her that the storm last month was an early warning to all sectors that “Palestine can be affected by weather-related events that are beyond the usual patterns.” During her visit, Ms. Wahlström will also meet with Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and other senior officials, as well as representatives from local government and members of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.“It’s an opportunity to pull together all the knowledge that exists here and strengthen the coordination to improve and enhance risk mitigation to be better prepared,” Ms. Wahlström said.Over the next three days, 100 participants representing various Palestinian governmental and non-governmental entities, international organizations and UN agencies will attend a disaster inventory training as part of the initiative. read more
The cabinet includes four displays, three of which act as windows showing the track and simulated outside world, where as the fourth forms the dashboard the player sits at. All the buttons from a real train are present, as are the two physical controls required to make the train move. This is a train-lovers perfect arcade game.Taito is owned by Square Enix, so it makes sense that Square’s VisualWorks (their CG studio) is taking care of the visuals while Taito gets the cabinet perfected. It’s far from finished, but the game and cabinet are set to be installed in Japanese arcades next spring. On release, the Yamanote line in Tokyo will be available to play, with other tracks and locations around Japan being added to the game in the months that follow.It’s very unlikely we’ll ever see this arcade cabinet making its way to the US or Europe, but I bet at least one train enthusiast will attempt to import it. Actually, it might be easier to create your own using an old train carriage, much like the guy who made his own flight simulator using a real Boeing 737 cockpit. Arcades have all but died out in the West, but in Japan they live on. Not just so that you can go play Street Fighter 2 or any number of classic shmups or other well-known fighting games. No, Japan continues to produce new arcade games to satiate the gaming masses, and developers don’t hold back when it comes to creating over-the-top arcade cabinets, too.Taito, a developer and publisher still best known for producing Space Invaders and Bubble Bobble, also has a very popular series of games called Densha de Go! They are hugely popular train simulation games, with the first being released 20 years ago in 1995. And to celebrate that 20th anniversary Taito has decided to create a new arcade game and cabinet for the latest Densha de Go! release.As you can see, the cabinet recreates an almost full size replica of the front of a train where the operator sits. Here’s the in-development arcade cabinet, with all images courtesy of Famitsu and 4Gamer. <> read more
The SPAL striker is exciting to play against the Juventus superstar on Saturday, with the restart of the Italian Lega Serie ASPAL and Juventus will face off on Saturday when the Italian Lega Serie A returns to action.And for SPAL striker Mirco Antenucci, the chance to play against Cristiano Ronaldo is exciting.“Maybe he’d be more likely to accept my request: his shirt, of course,” Antenucci was quoted by Football Italia.“I’ll certainly ask him, maybe I’ll try and catch him before the game, we’ll see.”Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Let’s say that I’m hopeful, and if he wants mine, it’s no problem!” he explained.“Both of them were beautiful, but let’s just say Ronaldo’s was a little more important.”“Anyway, I scored another one, almost as beautiful as the one with Ternana,” he commented.“I scored it in Serie C, so no-one – or almost no-one – can verify it happened.” read more
MIAMI (WSVN) – A suspected armed convenience store robber is now behind bars in Miami.The subject, Tavis Williams, faced a judge on Tuesday and was denied bond on multiple charges, including attempted murder.According to police, Williams demanded money from an employee at a 7-Eleven in Southwest Miami-Dade on Monday. That’s when, police said, he shot the victim.The employee was airlifted to the hospital and is expected to be OK.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioWhat Was Alaska’s Senate Race Money Spent On?Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCMore than $57 million was spent on Alaska’s U.S. Senate race, which comes to about $230 per vote cast, and the campaigns aren’t done reporting their spending totals.U.S., Russian Focus On Bering Sea IssuesZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageRussia’s already strained diplomatic relationship with the U.S. is degrading further amid renewed reports of a military presence in the Ukraine. But a conference underway in Anchorage this week is trying to work around sanctions and rhetoric in order to focus on mutual interests in the Bering Sea. The delegation from Russia is in Alaska to prepare for oil spills and increased marine traffic in the region.Tremors and Ash Seen at Pavlof Volcano Annie Ropeik, KUCB – UnalaskaPavlof Volcano is awake again on the Alaska Peninsula.Horizon Lines to Sell Alaska Operations Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – UnalaskaAfter years of financial difficulties, Horizon Lines is breaking up. The shipping company has announced to plans to shut down or sell its domestic routes — including service to Alaska.LNG Trucking Plan May Not Hit Targeted Consumer Price Point Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe latest numbers show a state plan to truck North Slope natural gas to Fairbanks may not hit a targeted consumer price point. Officials updated the public on the project Wednesday, and they‘re optimistic they can bring down the price.Girdwood Animal Cruelty Investigation Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageAnimal control officers have seized 12 emaciated husky dogs from a home in Girdwood. Officers on Wednesday also found a dog at the home that had died.Warm Weather Breaks Up Kuskokwim River Daysha Eaton, KYUK – BethelThe Kuskokwim River in Southwest Alaska is experiencing a rare November breakup. Temperatures were cold in early November but over the past several days, temperatures have reached into the 40s and even the 50s in some places along the River.YWCA Presents 25th Annual Women of Achievement Awards Lori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageTonight in Anchorage the YWCA will present the 25th annual Women of Achievement award to ten Alaskan women who have helped others. Some as well known news makers and others, who have quietly gone about the tasks of improving the lives of those around them, without much attention. Hilary Morgan is the YWCA’s CEO. She says the women’s advocacy organization has a theme for this year’s event of honoring the past, inspiring the future. read more
Rajib HasanThe High Court on Thursday ordered two bus companies to give Tk 5 million in damages to the family of Government Titumir College student Rajib Hasan within two months.Rajib lost his right arm after he was trapped between two buses in the city’s Banglamotor area on 4 April last year. He succumbed to his injuries on 17 April that year, reports UNB.The bench of justice JBM Hassan and justice Khairul Alam issued the order for compensation after holding the authorities concerned of the two buses responsible for the incident.The owners of ‘Sajan Paribahan’ will have to pay Tk 2.5 million while Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BTRC) will pay the remaining amount, the court said.Lawyer Ruhul Kuddus said the court also issued some directives to ensure the safety of passengers.The directives include stopping picking up passengers from the middle of the road, dope tests for drivers, not allowing vehicles other than ambulance and fire service to use horns near schools, colleges, hospitals and residential areas, and implementing the Road Safety Act 2018 within six months.On 4 April last year, the court sought explanations from the authorities concerned on why directives should not be issued to provide Tk 10 million as compensation to Rajib.The High Court on 8 May of the same year ordered owners of ‘Sajan Paribahan’ and BRTC to pay Tk 5 million each (Tk 1 crore in total) to Rajib’s family.But the order was stayed by the Appellate Division on 22 May. The apex court directed the High Court to form an independent committee to fix the compensation and find out who is responsible for the accident.On 30 May 2018, the High Court formed a three-member committee to identify those responsible for the accident and fix compensation. read more
A majority of Americans are still afraid to ride in fully self-driving cars.A year after several reports of high-profile automated vehicle incidents, AAA found the nation’s attitude toward driverless transportation has not rebounded.The organization’s annual survey revealed that 71 percent of people prefer to have some control over the two-ton hunk of metal they’re traveling in—versus 63 percent in 2017.AdChoices广告“Automated vehicle technology is evolving on a very public stage and, as a result, it is affecting how consumers feel about it,” Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of automotive engineering and industry relations, said in a statement.“Having the opportunity to interact with partially or fully automated vehicle technology will help remove some of the mystery for consumers,” he continued, “and open the door for greater acceptance.”Many modern cars are already equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), considered the “building blocks” for fully automated vehicles.Practice makes perfect, and AAA reported that regular interaction with ADAS components—like lane-keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and self parking—can help ease consumer’s comfort level.Americans are receptive to automated tech in limited applications: While folks are happy to receive food or parcels from a fully self-driving vehicle, the thought of transporting loved ones significantly increases anxiety.“Despite fears still running high, AAA’s study also shows that Americans are willing to take baby steps toward incorporating this type of technology into their lives,” Brannon said. “Hands-on exposure in more controlled, low-risk environments coupled with stronger education will play a key role in easing fears about self-driving cars.”Most skeptics cite reasons such as lack of trust, not wanting to give up driving, unripe technology, and iffy road conditions.But while 55 percent of people believe most cars will be able to drive themselves by 2029, experts agree that a fully automated fleet is still “decades away,” according to AAA.More on Geek.com:Researchers Teach Autonomous Cars to Predict Pedestrian MovementWatch: This Parade of 55 Autonomous Cars Set a World RecordSelf-Driving Vehicle Camera Tech Inspired by Shrimp Eyes Tesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in MoscowDomino’s Brings Autonomous Pizza Delivery to Houston Stay on target read more
2. Solve problems juggling multiple potentially competing physical effects3. Operate in high dimensional search spaces4. Tune the processing conditions to which a material is subjected5. Operate on real-world scale optimization problemsThe researchers then translated these challenges into physical test problems and compared their novel approach to optimization schemes they previously used successfully for materials design, Miskin explains. “Given the the criterion that the best optimizer is the one that has to make the fewest guesses to arrive at the material that performs a target function,” he adds, “the new optimizer outperformed our old standards.” Developing their novel algorithm required innovative thinking. “Statistical physics tells us that materials are intrinsically statistical objects – that is, a bulk material and its properties are best calculated by averaging over all possible configurations of the material’s microscopic components,” Miskin says. “Our insight was that design programs should focus on tailoring materials at the microstate, rather than the bulk emergent property, level.” (In statistical mechanics, a microstate is a specific microscopic configuration of a thermodynamic system that the system may occupy with a certain probability in the course of its thermal fluctuations.) He gives the example that if one knows that pressure and temperature affect a material’s stiffness, and one wants to set these two parameters to make the stiffest material, the traditional approach is to view this as an optimization problem with pressure and temperature as inputs and stiffness as an output. Fig. 2. Trapping a particle in a well. Here we treat the problem of a thermalized particle, trapped on a sinusoidal energy landscape superimposed on a quadratic background with a minima at the origin, depicted by the energy contours in A. The optimizer is given control over the system temperature kT plus a linear field potential in the two coordinates vx1 and vx2. Its task is to trap the particle in a specific well located off center at (5,5) in the x1 −x2 plane, marked by a cross in A. The sampled particle locations, given each choice of parameters generated, after evaluating 0, 10, and 100 iterations of Eq. 2 are plotted as red points. The optimizer uses the field to first tilt the potential and make the target well the global minimum, and then it cools the system. In tasking the same problem to black-box optimizers, we find that both ASA and the CMA-ES are able to tilt the well, but never learn to cool the system (B). Comparing how the temperature and field parameters change at each iteration (C) against dave in B shows that the exponential convergence occurs in concert with an exponential decrease in system temperature. We note that the field parameters vx1 and vx2track one another, reflecting the fact that the optimizer is invariant to rotations in the configuration space: The optimizer moves the field along the direction associated with the greatest improvement in solution quality and is insensitive to the fact that the problem was parameterized in the arbitrary coordinates x1 and x2. Miskin MZ, et al. (2016) Turning statistical physics models into materials design engines. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 113(1):34-39. (Phys.org)—Statistical physics – the branch of physics that solves physical problem by using methods of probability theory and statistics (specifically, mathematical tools for large populations, approximations, and other fields with an inherently stochastic nature) – excels at predicting the properties of materials for given parameters. However, the inverse ability to identify required components and their structural configuration for given target properties is still in its nascent stage – and current optimization- and simulation-based techniques that either do not utilize the material’s configuration space (the vector space defined by the parameters that characterize a physical system’s configuration) or require carefully-tuned algorithms applicable limited to a narrow subclass of materials. Recently, however, scientists at The University of Chicago created an algorithm that systematically identifies which materials produce a target response, thereby providing the capability to automatically create increasingly complex materials with desired properties from design specifications alone. Moreover, the researchers showed that their algorithm is faster and more reliable than standard optimization methods techniques without increasing implementation complexity. As a result, the scientists state that their approach provides novel solutions for a wide range of complex optimization and design problems. Fig. 1. Phase transitions and flat landscapes. If a materials design problem features a phase transition as part of the search space, black-box optimizers can struggle or fail due to inefficient use of simulation data. For example, if optimizing the magnetization, M, of a 2D Ising model by changing the coupling constants along the x and y directions (Ux/kT and Jy/kT, respectively), black-box methods like simulated annealing (A) and the CMA-ES (B) walk randomly if initialized in the zero magnetization state. Our method (C) interprets fluctuations in solution quality against model components as encoded by Eq. 2 and thus can navigate to the magnetized state regardless of initialization. Miskin MZ, et al. (2016) Turning statistical physics models into materials design engines. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 113(1):34-39. Fig. 3. Folding an octahedron out of a linear chain. (A) Typical chain configurations that result after iterating Eq. 2. Numbers indicate the iteration number. Early on, the polymer configurations are dominated by thermal energy and random, yet as the interaction strengths increase and differentiate, more structured objects appear, and ultimately only the octahedron configuration exists (iterations 190–210). (B) Plotting the median percentage of deviation between the polymer’s radius of gyration Rg and the radius of gyration for an octahedron Roct at each iteration shows that the optimizer again produces a monotonic decrease at each step, with an effectively exponential convergence in the last 30 iterations. By the last 10 iterations, the median deviation from a perfect octahedron is roughly 1%. (C) In plotting the coupling constants against iteration number, we find that the optimizer adjusts coupling constants in groups. It is clear that the active coupling constants form the contact network for an octahedron (C, Inset). Miskin MZ, et al. (2016) Turning statistical physics models into materials design engines. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 113(1):34-39. Miskin notes that since materials design is a new concept and therefore no standard tests to evaluate new optimizers exist, demonstrating how these optimizers are easy to implement yet faster and more effective required that the researchers invent a set of optimization test problems. In so doing, they found that a robust materials optimization scheme had to address five key challenges:1. Solve problems where the search landscape has little variation between candidate materials Explore further © 2016 Phys.org Dr. Marc Miskin discussed the paper that he and his co-authors published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “The key challenge that we faced in producing our approach to materials design was balancing the two conflicting goals of efficiency and range of use,” Miskin tells Phys.org. “For instance,” he illustrates, “one road to materials design is to build a highly specialized optimizer designed to work well on one specific class of materials. In this case, the result is usually a very fast, very efficient method, but it achieves this at the cost of only being useful for a very narrow class of problems.” On the other hand, he points out, the inverse is also problematic. “If you make no assumptions about the material you are trying to design, the resulting method can be used broadly over a range of material types, but this comes at the cost of being outperformed by specialized methods.”Miskin and his colleagues sought to transcend these limitations. “Our big challenge was to find the best middle ground: We wanted to make our method broad enough to work over a large scope of materials classes, but to have enough specialization to outperform methods that aren’t tailored to materials design.” Their paper describes their initial progress towards achieving that goal. “We present a formalism that can be used to transform the capacity to predict material behavior into an optimizer that tunes it. Furthermore,” he adds, “we found that our formalism often solves optimization problems faster and more reliably than approaches built around black-box optimization methods.” Using 3-D printing to turn computer models into reality (w/ video) “However,” Miskin stresses, “this view completely ignores the microstates – and it turns out that you can build a much more efficient optimization program by thinking about control parameters as a way to alter the likelihood of microstates. To design the material, you therefore tweak the parameters so that the material is more likely to be in microstates with the target behavior. This idea is the kernel of our approach.” In other words, the scientists created a formalism that addresses materials design at the level of micro state information – an advance yielding a program broad enough to address the range of materials that are-well described by statistical physics that is achieved higher efficiency as a result of having access to the additional microstate configuration information.The paper describes novel possible solutions for a range of complex optimization and design problems concerning both in and out of equilibrium materials. “Probably the two most fascinating solutions presented in the paper address the polymer folding problem and the directed self-assembly problem,” Miskin tells Phys.org. “In the polymer folding problem, we asked our optimizer to tune the interaction strengths between 6 beads attached to each other along a linear chain. The interactions are attractive, so if you make them strong enough the chain will fold itself up into a compact shape.” The goal was to make the chain fold into a specific shape – an octahedron (a three-dimensional shape having eight plane faces, especially a regular solid figure with eight equal triangular faces). “It’s an interesting problem: It’s well known that simply making all the interactions large will not produce an octahedral geometry…rather, to generate octahedron one needs to develop the interactions into three separate families. This took hard work from the colloidal self-assembly community to show that this was the best way to do it, so it was very exciting for us when our optimizer not only produced a virtually identical motif, but managed to yield the result in the span of hours.”The directed self-assembly problem is a similar story. “In this case, you have a polymer made of two types of beads,” he continues. “The goal is to pattern a substrate with a thin strip that has affinity for a particular one of those two beads. By setting the strip width and the strength of affinity just right, you can get the polymer to self-assemble into stripes containing only one polymer type followed by a stripe of the other polymer type and so on.” This idea holds serious promise as a next-generation manufacturing technology for semiconductors, he explains, because these stripes are on the order of nanometers in size. By using the polymer stripes as stencils or masks, the production of next-generation circuits or hard drive media with features significantly smaller than what current processing techniques allow could be considered. “What we found was that not only can our optimizer produce solutions to the problem of tailoring interaction strengths for this kind of directed self-assembly, but that it does so between 5-130x faster than approaches we’ve tried in the past. To put this into context, solving a directed self-assembly problem in the past took us roughly one week – but we can now solve this in just under 12 hours.”In addition, the paper reports that new materials design directions made possible by the de novo approach also enable processing conditions to be optimized. “If a material can easily get trapped in a metastable state, or if that metastable state possesses desirable material properties, tuning the processing conditions of that material is a key part of its design,” Miskin says, “an example being polymer folding – notably the folding of biomolecules. While setting the interactions of elements in a polymer chain may not be enough to produce a targeted structure because the polymer may get stuck in a metastable configuration, our approach could be applied to not only select the interactions for elements within a protein but to also generate a processing protocol that yields a target protein structure, given those specific interactions.” An example of the latter – that is, in which a metastable state produces desirable properties – is given by quenching metals, in particular steel. “In this case we could envision our approach as a means of generating annealing or quenching protocols that yield optimized final materials.”The publication points out that that their framework provides an intuitive solution despite the context of a complex search landscape that have led other optimization schemes to struggle or fail. “Our experience in the past has been that it can be difficult to get started building design engines for a new material,” Miskin relates. “If the problem isn’t posed the right way or the optimizer isn’t appropriately tailored, it can require a substantial investment of time to construct an optimization scheme that actually works. Our formalism works broadly over a range of very different physical problems without any need for additional modification. It works out of the box, so to speak, for designing any material that can be simulated using a statistical physics approach. Our hope is that this robustness will translate into a reduction in the time researchers have to spend building design algorithms and free them up to focus on the task of making exotic materials.”In the short-term future, Miskin says, the team will probably focus on designing industrial-scale directed self-assembly polymer problems, like those shown in our paper. Since our new algorithm presents a significant step forward in terms of speed, there are new exciting possibilities for programming the polymer to assemble into more complicated geometries, such as T junctions or concentric circles.” One of the project’s long-term goals, he continues, is to extend our approach to handle quantum mechanical fluctuations. “As of right now, while we strictly consider classical type materials, we have ideas on how to extend the concepts behind our approach to quantum systems – but we still have work to do to show that they will benefit quantum optimization as much as they do in the classical realm.”Miskin notes that there are other areas of research which might benefit from their study. “One of the most interesting aspects of our algorithm was that it overlaps with a surprising number of fields. In particular, there’s a mathematical correspondence between how our optimizer adjusts material parameters and how a population of competing organisms evolves. If you like,” he tells Phys.org, “you can think of the microstates as competing against one another to appear more frequently in subsequent distributions. ” In addition, he says, the same equations also cast new light on how certain classes of more standard black box optimization schemes work. “We get the sense that there are some rich ideas living at the intersection of these fields, but as of right now we’re only beginning to explore how deep these connections go.” More information: Turning statistical physics models into materials design engines, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016) 113(1):34-39, doi:10.1073/pnas.1509316112 Citation: Materials by design: A radical shift in transforming bulk matter into useful technology (2016, February 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-materials-radical-shift-bulk-technology.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences This document is subject to copyright. 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Kolkata: Various Jute products manufactured by the inmates of Dum Dum Central Correctional Home (DDCCH) will now be exhibited and sold at Patuli floating market on Eastern Metropolitan Bypass. The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA), which set up the floating market, has allocated a boat on the waterbody for the same. If everything goes as per schedule, state Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim will inaugurate the venture on Tuesday, August 28. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that some 50 odd inmates mostly from DDCCH and a handful from Presidency Central Correctional Home have gone through coordinated skill development training in manufacturing jute products for six months. The initiative was started last year by an NGO called Rakshak Foundation under the name ‘Jute Story Beyond Bars’ in association with the state Correctional Administration department.”There has been an effort through out the state to curb the use of plastic. Once this shop comes up, we can urge people to use jute bags as an alternative to plastic,” a senior KMDA official said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedJute bags for shopping purposes will be available in the shop at Rs 18 and a single bag can be used six times.”They are now churning out a wide variety of jute products that range from mats, cushion covers, gift items, files and folders to bags and other home décor items. Expert designers have been roped in to give these products an international touch. Our efforts are meant for enhancing the usage of jute by emphasising its inherent sustainability, biodegradable nature and aesthetics,” said Chaitali Das, managing trustee of the NGO. A visually-impaired woman, with a history of turbulent domestic life, along with her 15-year-old son will manage the floating unit and will eke out a living from a part of the sale proceeds.Jute products by the inmates are presently available at two other shops in the city — one on Russel Street and another at Oxford Book Store on Park Street. “There is a reasonable demand and we are hopeful that the third shop too will be popular as well,” Das added.It may be mentioned that the floating market has emerged as a tourist place among the nearby areas. Apart from shopping, people also visit from far off places to have a look at the market. read more
It is estimated that around half of income-tax payers and the self-employed have not yet registered for the TAXISnet system to submit their annual returns online, which is compulsory from this year, it was reported on Wednesday.In statements to CNA, Assistant Tax Commissioner Natasa Akkidou said that out of about 300,000 active taxpayers, about 150,000 have not yet registered with TAXISnet.According to Akkidou, this month, people will be notified via email on how to sign up and should do so as soon as possible after that. The income-statement page on the system will be online as of April, along with deadlines for filing. April is the traditional moth for filing paper tax returns.The current e-submissions deadline is usually July but as of this year when everyone must file electronically, the deadline might be pushed until September.Akkidou also said the inland revenue department was working to simplify the procedure and make it more user-friendly. It would also make allowances for those submitting their tax statements online for the first time.“We will try to have some presentations and seminars, maybe set up some service areas so that members of the public who are worried about it or do not have the means to submit electronically, to be able to do so in these special areas,” Akkidou said. More instructions and information campaigns would be announced in due course, she added.Last June, the House plenum passed into law a bill providing for the obligatory electronic submission.The law is aimed at making taxation, but also the taxpayers’ service more efficient. The obligatory submission of tax forms electronically only applies to those whose income is taxable.It simplifies the procedure for imposing an administrative fine in the event of failure to pay a tax due, allows the tax officer to impose an administrative fine in the event of breach of provisions of the basic law and any regulations.The new law also stipulates that a person who continues to fail to pay an overdue tax bill two months after the deadline set, must be subject to a 5 per cent surcharge on the tax due, in addition to the pecuniary 5 per cent charge of the due tax.https://taxisnet.mof.gov.cy/displayWelcome.do You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboola read more