first_imgAxiomtek announce the CAPA313, a fanless 3.5-inch embedded motherboard powered by the Intel Pentium processor N4200 or Intel Celeron processor N3350. This 3.5″ embedded board was designed for operational stability in harsh environments with a wide operating temperature range from -20°C to +70°C. It offers a wide range DC input of 12V to 24 for various industrial environments. It also comes with rich I/O connectors, stunning graphical performance and an emphasis on expandability. The CAPA313 is a performance-driven solution for Industrial IoT and M2M related applications, such as industrial automation, self-service terminals, digital signage, POS/kiosk displays, medical, and more.In addition to one 204-pin DDR3L-1867 SO-DIMM socket supporting system memory up to 8GB, the CAPA313 has one PCI Expess Mini Card slot for 3G/4G, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection. The compact-size embedded board comes with one RS-232/422/485, one RS-232, two USB 2.0, four USB 3.0, eight-channel digital I/O, audio, and dual Gigabit LANs with Intel i211AT Ethernet controller. It also features one SATA-600 socket and one mSATA interface for storage devices. To ensure reliable operation, the 3.5” embedded SBC supports watchdog timer and hardware monitoring features.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Concurrent expands product capabilities with LynxSecure Separation Kernel HypervisorNext Bulgin: new range of rugged capacitive touch switcheslast_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous ON Semi demonstrates new cloud-connected Strata Developer StudioNext Infineon launches TLE985x embedded power series for automotive applications Express Logic announced that its deeply embedded GUIX graphical user interface run-time solution has achieved the highest level of safety certification for the rigorous International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61508 SIL 4, IEC 62304 Class C, ISO 26262 ASIL D, and EN 50128 SW-SIL 4 safety standards. This new certification performed by SGS-T��V Saar is unique to the embedded industry, making GUIX the only choice for safety-oriented applications that have a user interface and require certification.SGS-TÜV Saar, formed through a joint venture of Germany’s SGS Group and TÜV Saarland, is the leading accredited, independent company for testing, auditing, verifying, and certifying embedded software for safety-related systems worldwide. The industrial safety standard IEC 61508 and all standards that are derived from it, including IEC 62304, ISO 26262, and EN 50128, are used to ensure the functional safety of electrical, electronic, and programmable electronic safety-related medical devices, process control systems, industrial machinery, and railway control systems.SGS-TÜV Saar has evaluated the relevant parts of Express Logic’s modified waterfall development process for GUIX, with phase overlap and phase blending, to ensure that best development practices have been followed at these phases: Requirements management, Design, Implementation, Verification, Maintenance.To make this assessment, SGS-TUV Saar based its evaluation on a rigorous test suite for GUIX. The GUIX test suite is composed of a large number of application simulations and effectively performs functional “black box” testing over the entire GUIX software product. The testing exercises 100 percent of the generic GUIX C code — including 100 percent branch decision coverage. Express Logic’s GUIX Safety Manual documents these quality assurance measures, which enable developers to use GUIX in safety-critical software development that is required to meet even the most exacting Safety Integrity Level (SIL 4) and Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL D), according to IEC 61508, IEC 62304, ISO 26262, and EN 50128, without further qualification.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

first_imgTransfers Stars Bonucci and Silva could be sold if AC Milan miss out on Champions League Patric Ridge Last updated 2 years ago 22:13 10/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Milan - cropped Getty Images Transfers Milan Milan v Genoa Genoa Serie A Qualification for the European competition is vital for the Italian club and the future of some of their “top players”, according to their CEO AC Milan chief executive Marco Fassone has acknowledged the Serie A giants would have to sell star players if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.Vincenzo Montella’s side sit 10th following a difficult start to the season, with a 3-2 defeat in a dramatic derby against Inter last time out marking their fourth league defeat of the campaign.10/3 for Genoa and Milan to draw Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Milan – who take on Genoa on Sunday – spent big in the off-season, with Ricardo Rodriguez, Andre Silva and Leonardo Bonucci among their high-profile additions.However, Fassone has hinted some key players may have to be sold to balance the books should they fail to finish in the Champions League places, though he assures it would not be the end of the club’s long-term project.”It is a plan and an obligation [to qualify],” Fassone told La Stampa. “The Champions League is fundamental to our project. To miss it, however, does not block the plans.”We will delay a year and find the system to balance the failure to enter the Champions League with the sale of one or two top players.”Milan’s disappointing start has led to the pressure mounting on Montella, and Fassone did little to ease the scrutiny on the former Sampdoria boss.”We’re all under pressure,” he added. “It is needless to think about it though. Here we have to work all in the same direction to find a way out of this.”The spark is missing. But I’m convinced we will do it.”last_img read more

first_imgHead coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talk on the field prior to their game.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: (R-L) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talk on the field prior to their game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)There are still three weeks left to the college football season, but the College Football Playoff field looks pretty firm. No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson are not expected to lose another game, but FOX Sports analyst Joel Klatt thinks spots No. 3 and No. 4 are be in play.On Wednesday’s edition of The Herd With Colin Cowherd, Klatt expressed his opinion on which games were most likely to affect the College Football Playoff rankings.“You’re waiting for the Ohio State-Michigan game and the Syracuse-Notre Dame game.”The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are currently ranked No. 3 while the Michigan Wolverines are ranked No. 4.No. 13 Syracuse is the only ranked team left on Notre Dame’s schedule. With no conference title game to play, the Fighting Irish need to make a good impression in order to keep one-loss teams with a 13th game from passing them.As for Michigan, the Wolverines need to avoid losing to arch-rival Ohio State. The College Football Playoff has never admitted a two-loss team before, and Ohio State would be able to play for the Big Ten Championship, and possibly a Playoff spot, with a win over Michigan.Notre Dame plays Syracuse at Yankee Stadium on November 17, 2018.Michigan plays Ohio State at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018.last_img read more

first_img Fortunately for the Cornhuskers, the defense is showing a ton of confidence as they prepare for the regular season.Martinez spoke to the media about how the defense looks in preseason camp. His review of the defense was glowing to say the least.From the Lincoln Journal Star:“They’ve been good. We’re starting to bounce back a little bit as an offensive unit the past couple days with the scrimmage, but the D-Line’s been great, the DBs have a ton of confidence,” Martinez said. “I’ve spoken on this a ton, but I’m really excited for them this year. They look like a real good group right now, a new group with confidence, and I’m excited for them and for us and for our team.”Last season, the defense gave up 31.2 points per game. They’ll need to be much better this year if they want to compete for a conference title.Nebraska starts the season at home against South Alabama. It’ll be the first opportunity for the defense to showcase its improvement.[Lincoln Journal Star:] Adrian Martinez releases a pass for Nebraska.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Quarterback Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers passes against the Colorado Buffaloes in the first half at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)While all the buzz for the Nebraska Cornhuskers surrounds Scott Frost and his offensive system, led by quarterback Adrian Martinez, it appears the defense should also turn a few heads this fall.The biggest reason that preseason projections have Nebraska trending up in the Big Ten is because of its quarterback. Martinez is entering his sophomore season and has been tabbed as a threat to win the Heisman Trophy.Nonetheless, the difference maker for the Cornhuskers might just be their defense.If Nebraska wants to knock off rivals such as Iowa and Ohio State, it’ll need its defense to contain opposing quarterbacks like Nathan Stanley and Justin Fields.last_img read more

first_img Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiAugust 10, 2019UPDATED: August 13, 2019 08:07 IST Photo: MacotakaraHIGHLIGHTSThe next-generation iPad models will get a major upgrade in the camera department.The iPad Pro will get the rumoured triple camera setup from the iPhone XI.The basic next-generation iPad model will feature a dual-camera setup.It’s only a matter of a few weeks before we get to see the next generation of iPhones. If you go through all the leaks and rumours, we could be expecting a major upgrade in the camera performance for these iPhone models. However, if other rumours are to be believed, Apple could be giving the iPad lineup the same multi-camera setup from the iPhone models. And the chances are high given that it comes from Macotakara, which itself has a reputation for releasing believable Apple leaks.According to the blog, the next-generation iPad models will get a major upgrade in the camera department. The iPad Pro, the flagship of the iPad lineup, will get the rumoured triple camera setup from the iPhone XI. There’s no reason known as to why Apple would put a triple camera setup on its iPad. The only possible explanation we can think of is that Apple has big plans with the AR side of apps and games. In order to support to help with advanced AR stuff, Apple could be giving the iPad three cameras in a bid to help it with the complex AR stuff.The current generation iPad Pro already has a 12-megapixel camera that does a quite good job with the photography and basic AR stuff that the iPad platform supports at the moment. And most iPad users usually rely on their smartphone cameras for photography. Hence, it’s weird to see a complex camera system on a large tablet. Nonetheless, according to rumour, Apple is bringing multiple cameras to the iPad Pro. It is said that even the basic next-generation iPad model will feature a dual-camera setup. The base iPad is expected to feature a 10.2-inch screen this year and Apple could be giving this iPad a dual-camera system. Details remain unknown about the camera composition.advertisementApple is most likely to give the 10.2-inch iPad the same cameras from the iPhone XIR which is also expected to gain a dual-camera system this year. The iPhone XR from 2018 was the only flagship iPhone to retain a single rear camera.If these iPad models also gain the multi-camera setup, it is likely that Apple will go for the rumoured squarish module design that is expected to be seen on the iPhone models this year. Apart from the cameras, the new iPads are expected to sport the next-generation chipsets. The 10.2-inch iPad could retain the A12 chipset that was used in this year’s iPad Air and iPad Mini.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow Apple Next-gen iPad models could also feature dual and triple rear cameras, could be same as 2019 iPhone modelsThe next-gen iPad models are expected to sport multiple camera setup at the rear. The iPad Pro is rumoured to get the triple camera setup from the alleged iPhone XI.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

first_img Children, adolescents and youth need a continuum of age-appropriate information on health, well-being, gender, relationships, sexuality and reproductive health to guide their decisions going into adulthood.This is one of the findings of research conducted on adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) that was presented at the eighth staging of the National Health Research Conference in Kingston in November 2017.Speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, Researcher, Dr. Pauline Russell-Brown, of PEY and Associates, shared some of the findings and recommendations of the study and stressed the importance of research on the subject area.“Meeting the ASRH needs of adolescents is key, and evidence of the long-term effectiveness of such programmes is needed to guide current ASRH programming,” she said.Dr. Russell-Brown explained that for this particular study, the team followed up with former students (now adults) who had been exposed to an intervention associated with the Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) programme while in primary school.The intervention sought to bring out the Smart, Togetherness, Attitude Positive, Respectful and Ready (STAR) in young adolescents in the early 2000s.“The theory of the intervention was that if young adolescents learn to value themselves and are connected to supportive significant persons at home, school and within their community, they will make choices that will positively influence their life’s outcomes,” she said.The research, which was carried out as a part of the USAID-funded project, was implemented in Askenish and Cave Valley Primary Schools in Hanover. The package included teacher training, ongoing support from a consultant, materials, parent education and community outreach.“We interviewed the participants along with teachers, guidance counsellors and parents more than a decade later to ascertain their trajectory into adulthood as they initiated their reproductive lives, and to assess the effect, if any, of the intervention they received as young adolescents,” Dr. Russell-Brown explained.The young adults who had been exposed to the programme remembered it well, particularly the interaction they had and support received from their guidance counsellors. According to the research, many of the young adults who had been exposed to specific elements of the project as children were now in stable relationships, and the young women who bore children had them at an older age than their counterparts who had not been exposed.At the time of the intervention, short-term benefits were found related to parent-child communication, teacher understanding of adolescent development, increase in related school activities and community involvement.The teachers and guidance counsellors involved in the intervention have indicated that although it ended years ago, they still use the techniques they learned about being more interactive to bring out the creativity in students. It was recommended that consideration be given to implementing the programme in all schools, starting as early as kindergarten. Speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, Researcher, Dr. Pauline Russell-Brown, of PEY and Associates, shared some of the findings and recommendations of the study and stressed the importance of research on the subject area. Children, adolescents and youth need a continuum of age-appropriate information on health, well-being, gender, relationships, sexuality and reproductive health to guide their decisions going into adulthood. Story Highlights Dr. Russell-Brown explained that for this particular study, the team followed up with former students (now adults) who had been exposed to an intervention associated with the Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) programme while in primary school.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Japan’s shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd (K-Line) has reached a settlement with attorneys representing a group of consumers and auto and truck and equipment dealerships in antitrust claims against more than a dozen international shipping firms.The plaintiffs include the indirect purchasers of millions of vehicles transported to the United States. They claim that Tokyo-based K-Line and other maritime carriers have unlawfully conspired to rig bids, fix prices and overcharge for their services. The lawsuit notes that the market for transporting new vehicles for sale in the U.S. is almost USD 1 billion annually.“This is a very significant and substantial first step to assure that American consumers are compensated for the conspiracy to fix the price of international car-shipping services. We expect to make the dollar amount public very soon as we file for preliminary approval of the class settlement,” says Dallas attorney Warren T. Burns of Burns Charest LLP, interim co-lead counsel for the end-payor plaintiffs.The settlement with K-Line was announced on Thursday, July 23rd during a hearing before Judge Esther Salas of the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in Newark. The court also heard arguments from other maritime company defendants seeking to dismiss the claims by arguing that the 1984 Shipping Act, which regulates ocean shipping companies, preempts state antitrust laws that protect indirect purchasers against price-fixing.The other defendants include among others Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) and Compania Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV), both of which previously pleaded guilty to participating in the conspiracy that is still being investigated by the US federal government.last_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX – Christopher Garnier told a police interrogator he heard Catherine Campbell’s final breaths, and he was haunted by “seeing her, hearing her” gasp for air as he struggled to remember details of the night she died.“I could hear her take her last breaths,” Garnier told RCMP Cpl. Jody Allison on Sept. 16, 2015, hours after the police officer’s body was found face down in thick brush near Halifax’s Macdonald Bridge.“I don’t know how this happened… I’ve been trying to remember what happened.”The jury continued to watch the 9.5-hour-long taped interview Wednesday at Garnier’s murder trial in Nova Scotia Supreme Court. There’s still about an hour and 15 minutes left to watch, and the trial continues Thursday.Garnier allegedly killed the off-duty Truro, N.S., officer in a McCully Street apartment in the early hours of Sept. 11, 2015, and used a wheeled compost bin to dispose of her body.For the first roughly five and a half hours of the interrogation, Garnier sat in a grey-clad room sobbing in a computer chair amidst photos of Campbell spread out on a table, telling Allison he wasn’t “supposed to say anything.”At one point, Det. Const. Michelle Dooks-Fahie enters the room and takes over the interview, speaking to Garnier in a soft voice.He repeatedly tells her “I can’t” when she asks him to tell her about what happened inside the apartment and “take responsibility.”“This is your time to show it was a mistake, that it happened so fast,” said Dooks-Fahie, sitting close to Garnier in a chair, sometimes placing her hand on his shoulder.Allison re-enters the room.He tells Garnier he was speaking with investigators and knows what Garnier had in the car when he was arrested.The jury has heard a tarp, work gloves and rope were among the items found in the car, which was spotted driving by the area where Campbell’s body was discovered in the early hours of Sept. 16, 2015. Garnier was arrested minutes later.Allison says: “Don’t tell me she was still alive when you put her in the compost bin.”“No,” Garnier replies.He breaks down and sobs into his hands as he tells the two investigators, “I’m trying to remember.”“She wasn’t moving,” Garnier said when asked by Allison how he knew Campbell was dead when she was put into the bin. “She wasn’t breathing.”Garnier said he remembered being with her in the Halifax Alehouse, where the two had met, but didn’t remember who approached who, or going back with her to the McCully apartment.He told Allison he remembers seeing Campbell bleeding from the nose.“It’s all I can think about. It’s why I haven’t got any sleep,” said Garnier, wearing a T-shirt and pants and sitting with his hands clasped together, the two officers sitting in front of him.“I remember watching it on the news … I was trying to figure out why the (expletive) I would do something like that. I would never do something like that.”Garnier repeatedly told Allison that he could not remember how Campbell’s face became bloody, but eventually said he may have hit her.“I feel like at this point I’m telling you what you want to hear,” said Garnier. “If I knew, I’d tell you. I have no reason to hold anything else back at this point.”He recalled being in the yard of the McCully Street apartment after she stopped breathing, but didn’t remember putting her body in the green bin, or walking with it through the city’s north end towards the Macdonald Bridge.But Garnier said he remembered roughly where the body was left.“When I drove back down there I didn’t know exactly where she was,” he said, referring to the night of his arrest.He also said he didn’t recall what he did with the mattress.Garnier earlier told investigators the mattress was stained with blood. Allison drew on the back of a photo, depicting a rectangle representing the bed and a stick figure representing Campbell, her head at the foot of the bed. Garnier drew a circle to indicate where the blood was.The jury has heard that the mattress has never been recovered.Dooks-Fahie asked what was upsetting him most.“Seeing her, hearing her,” said Garnier, describing two gasps Campbell made just before she stopped breathing.Earlier in the interview, a sobbing Garnier told Allison “I’m sorry for what happened” and “I’m not a monster.”When asked what he would say to the Campbell family, Garnier replied: “I’m sorry for what happened.”He also told Allison through tears, “I never wanted anyone to die.”The 30-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body.Evidence presented at the trial has indicated Campbell was seen kissing and dancing with Garnier at the bar before leaving with him in the early hours of Sept. 11, 2015.Last week, the defence put forth a hypothetical scenario suggesting Campbell died during a consensual sexual encounter after encouraging Garnier to choke her.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgSLAVE LAKE, Alta. — A mix-up in a pizza order from a northern Alberta fire hall resulted in a tasty treat this week for some firefighters and police in San Antonio, Tex.The crew at the Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service decided to buy dinner for first responders who attended a talk Monday at its fire hall about post-traumatic stress disorder.Firefighter Jordan Lampertz says he quickly Googled what he thought was the phone number for a Slave Lake restaurant called Alimo’s Pizzaria and ordered 18 large pies, but was puzzled when a San Antonio number later showed up in his call display.Lampertz says a light bulb went on when he did another Google search and realized he had actually reached Alamo Pizza and Wings in San Antonio, which he then called to explain the situation.Lampertz went ahead and authorized payment for the order and asked that they be delivered to first responders in the southern Texas city so it would not go to waste.The San Antonio Fire Department later posted a comment on the Lesser Slave fire service Facebook page, saying next time any of the Alberta firefighters are in their city, Alamo Pizza is on them.Lampertz said he’s sure the San Antonio pizza shop “had a good laugh” at his expense.Alamo owner Fred Nunez and his step-daughter delivered the pizzas to two local fire stations and a police station.“They were surprised, because they were also like ‘From where?’ ” said Nunez.Lesser Slave fire Chief Alex Pavcek said they were able to help out some friends down south, and he did not rule out a meeting between the crews in the future.“It’s funny that a little mistake could turn into friendships.” (CTV Edmonton)This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Oct. 2, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John branch of 100 Women Who Care will be hearing pitches from local charities on Tuesday, one of which will get a donation of $10,000.The premise of the organization is simple: the 100+ women in attendance at meetings each donate $100, which is pooled and donated to a local charitable organization.Karin Carlson helped start the 100 Women Who Care chapter in the Energetic City in 2017. At the first meeting nearly one year ago, a group of 115 women donated $11,500 to the North Peace Ride for the Disabled.In the Spring, the 101 ladies in attendance donated $10,100 to the Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society.This time around, New Day in the Peace Ministries, the Fort St. John Literacy Society, and the Northern Dance Theatre Society were drawn randomly as the three charities that will be competing.The 100 Women will be hosting their third meeting at the Lido on September 11th, at 6:00 p.m. with presentations beginning at 7:00.last_img read more

ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s stock market has opened up 5 per cent, the morning after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called snap general elections following a resounding defeat of his left-wing Syriza party in European elections.Official results from 75% of the vote Monday showed the conservative New Democracy party more than 9.5 percentage points ahead of Syriza, with 33.26 per cent, compared to the governing party’s 23.75 per cent. Tsipras said Sunday he would visit Greece’s president to request the early dissolution of parliament after the second round of local elections on June 2. The likeliest dates for national polls are June 30 or July 7.The result is a resounding defeat for a party that rose to prominence in 2015 on promises of repealing austerity imposed during Greece’s international bailout, but ended up imposing more.The Associated Press read more

Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,074.25, down 143.08 points):Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM). Loyalty programs. Up 32 cents, or 20.13 per cent, to $1.91 on 6.4 million shares. The Montreal-based loyalty program operator swung to a loss of $25.1 million in its latest quarter as it said it’s in talks with a number of potential partners to replace its departing Aeroplan partner Air Canada. CEO David Johnson wouldn’t provide many details of the company’s plans for replacing Air Canada, but said the Aimia will continue to be a multi-airline program. The company expects to reduce annualized costs by $70 million by the end of 2019, in part by cutting its workforce.Primero Mining Corp. (TSX:P). Miner. Down 24.5 cents, or 46.74 per cent, to 21.5 cents on 5.6 million shares.Element Fleet Management Corp. (TSX:EFN). Financial Services. Down 83 cents, or 8.9 per cent, to $8.50 on 5.5 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Down $1.21, or 4.72 per cent, to $24.42 on 5.2 million shares.BetaPro Crude Oil. (TSX:HOU). Oil and gas. Down 29 cents, or 4.68 per cent, to $5.91 on 4.7 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down 22 cents, or 1.77 per cent, to $12.20 on 4 million shares.Companies reporting major news:CI Financial Corp. (TSX:CIX). Financial Services. The company has agreed to buy Sentry Investments Corp. in a friendly deal worth about $780 million, adding to its portfolio of mutual funds. CI’s assets under management will rise by 16 per cent to $140 billion when the deal closes, subject to regulatory approvals. read more

A fire destroyed a group home in Flamborough on Sunday morning.Three firefighters and a staff member from the home were sent to hospital suffering smoke inhalation.They are all expected to recover.Investigators believe an electrical problem in the ceiling vent in the bathroom sparked the fire.Six tanker trucks were brought in as there are no fire hydrants around the home.Firefighters estimate about $400,000 worth of damage.The residents will be put in hotel rooms until a new replacement can be found.The fire is still under investigation and the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office has been notified. read more

ECOSOC now seen as multi-stakeholder forum for tackling complex issues Outgoing ECOSOC President Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava took stock of activities under his tenure. On the priority of eradicating poverty, he said “we explored various means for promoting sustainable development; expanding opportunities; and addressing related challenges to leave no one behind,” he recalled. “It was a tall order, but we made good progress,” he affirmed. Inspired by what the delegation of Norway said during the HLPF: “No one can do everything, but we can all do something,” Mr. Shava urged the respective Ministries, organizations and communities to use this as their mantra in implementing the SDGs. Asserting that “the moment is ripe” to further strengthen ECOSOC to support the 2030 Agenda, the outgoing president emphasized the importance of aligning the agendas of the General Assembly, ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies. According to Mr. Shava, one of the biggest take-aways from the Council’s 2017 substantive session was “the importance of ECOSOC as a multi-stakeholder platform for forging solutions to complex and emerging issues,” observing that it is uniquely positioned at the global level to support efforts to leave no one behind “The success of ECOSOC should be measured not by the number of resolutions that it adopts, but by the impact that is has on the lives of real people. ECOSOC is where Member States coordinate and guide the UN development system, and can therefore make a real impact on citizens around the world,” concluded the outgoing President. Wu Hongbo, the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, said inequalities among and within countries are deep and addressing them is important for achieving sustainable development and peace. International support for sustainable and resilient societies is based on the recognition that “we cannot overcome global challenges in isolation.” Solidarity, shared responsibility and open dialogue are more important than ever, he continued. The 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction together had formed an action plan for global prosperity and partnership. The Council and its various forums had a key role in nurturing that vital opportunity by supporting implementation through the sharing of integrated and holistic approaches, he stated. A week after the High-Level Political Forum (HPLF) assessed the progress on implementing the 2030 Agenda, the newly elected President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOSC) has stressed her priority to push forward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “I wish to announce that the key priority of my Presidency will be to develop initiatives towards fostering sustainable, resilient and inclusive societies through participation of all,” said Marie Chatardová, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the UN, after her election by acclamation earlier today. Delivering her first remarks as President, Ms. Chatardova welcomed the enormous interest among Member States to participate in the Voluntary National Reviews. “It proves that we take our shared vision of a better world seriously,” she said. Noting several positive developments towards reaching the 2030 targets, such as unprecedented technological advancement and innovation, she said that nevertheless, the world continued to experience rising inequalities in most countries. “If multilateralism is to stay relevant in this evolving context, we need to take these challenges seriously, and work on devising solutions to address them. I believe that the ECOSOC system has a key role to play,” she asserted. To explore further collective action on the issue, the new President annoucnjed her intention to convene an ECOSOC Special Meeting at UN Headquarters in May 2018. “We must work together and make all efforts to achieve what we have set out: ‘to leave no-one behind.’ Truly no one!” she underscored. Ambassador Marie Chatardová, newly-elected President of the Economic and Social Council, addresses the Council. UN Photo/Kim Haughton read more

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The NBA playoffs are finally upon us, and like the 16 teams vying for the Larry O’Brien trophy, we’ve come prepared — not with basketball skills, mind you,1We shudder to think about what the advanced metrics would say about a FiveThirtyEight pickup team. but with graphics and numbers. Using the latest (postseason-optimized) version of FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings, we simulated the playoff bracket 10,000 times, counting how often each team won its first-round series (as well as tracking which teams won the NBA title most often). We also put together charts highlighting each team’s key players, along with their multiyear predictive Real Plus-Minus2This is a slightly different statistic than the RPM you can find at because it uses data from seasons prior to 2014-15. We like the multiyear version because, among individual player statistics, it is the best predictor of future team outcomes. ratings, plus a comparison of both teams’ strengths and weaknesses according to the four factors of basketball. (Note that in some of our write-ups below, we use single-season RPM, so those numbers will be slightly different than the multiyear RPM we list in the charts.) So get settled in, maybe throw some chalk in the air, and enjoy the brutal, glorious two-month journey that is the road to the NBA championship. Derrick Rose is back in time for the playoffs. Unfortunately for the Bulls, he’s not the Derrick Rose of four seasons ago, the one who won the MVP award and led the Bulls to their only conference finals since Michael Jordan’s second retirement. Since then, Rose, slowed by injuries, has played just 100 regular-season games and one playoff game. Now he is the only Bulls starter who rates below league average. That’s not enough to make Milwaukee the favorite in this series. Two Bucks starters are below league average, and Milwaukee will have trouble scoring with an offense that is well below league average. The Bulls should win this series — and enjoy the win, because in half of our simulations of the playoffs, they go out in the next round, most likely to LeBron James and the Cavs. — Carl Bialik Eastern ConferenceThe Brooklyn Nets will not win the NBA championship. No, really: We ran 10,000 simulations of the playoffs, and the Nets were the only team to never win it all. They have only a 10 percent chance of moving on from their first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks. This is among the most lopsided matchups of the first round. The Nets, ranked No. 22 in FiveThirtyEight’s Power Ratings, are by far the worst team to make the postseason. With their 38-44 record and -2.9 point differential (the only playoff team in red), the Nets are lucky they’re in the Eastern Conference — further momentum for reform to the NBA’s postseason structure.Atlanta is coming off a franchise-record 60-win regular season; this should be a cakewalk for the Hawks (even after losing defensive stalwart Thabo Sefolosha to injury after a run-in with the NYPD). Atlanta is well-balanced: +2.9 points per 100 possessions on offense and +2.0 on defense. The Nets have a pedestrian offense (+1.1) but are a disaster on defense: At -4.7, their defensive rating is the fifth-worst in the league. If the Nets avoid a sweep, it’ll be an achievement. — Andrew Flowers With the latest FiveThirtyEight Power Ratings ranking the Spurs and Clippers as second and fourth, respectively, this matchup is one of the most compelling first-round matchups in recent memory.The defending champion Spurs enter this tournament as the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference — far lower than the No. 2 seed they could have had if they had won their final game against the Pelicans on Wednesday. Despite that loss, they had a 21-4 record over their last 25 games, reasserting that they’re contenders despite a 19-18 stretch in the middle of the season.The story of their year has been the breakout of last year’s surprise finals MVP and zero-time All-Star Kawhi Leonard. The Spurs went 46-18 with him in the lineup, with an average margin of victory of 7.8 points per game — which would be second to Golden State’s 10.0 and matches the 7.8 they put up last year. Leonard’s 2014-15 Real Plus-Minus of 8.35 was second in basketball behind Stephen Curry’s, ahead of well-known small forward LeBron James’s. Oh, and he led the league in steals per game.The Clippers are no slouches, either — their SRS3SRS is a team’s margin of victory, adjusted for its strength of schedule. of 6.8 is second-highest in the league behind Golden State’s 10.0 (San Antonio is third, with 6.34). They’ve now won either 56 or 57 games in every full season of the Chris Paul/Blake Griffin era, yet their dynamic duo has not made it past the conference semifinals.Although the Clippers have home-court advantage, the FiveThirtyEight simulations give the Spurs the edge, with a 53 percent chance of advancing. In fact, despite being projected to play any Game 7 from here on out on the road, San Antonio has the third-best chance of winning the championship, at 12 percent. The model gives the Clippers the fourth-best chance, at 8 percent. — Benjamin Morris It’s current MVP contender versus aging MVP winner (but the current contender is the one with the beard). James Harden versus Dirk Nowitzki. The Beard led the league in WAR, according to ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus metrics. With Harden, Houston has the edge — a 66 percent chance of prevailing, according to FiveThirtyEight’s projections. Beyond Harden’s consistency, the Rockets have otherwise ridden the injury luck roller coaster. They enter the playoffs having lost two important starters: versatile big man Donatas Motiejunas and the feisty defender Patrick Beverley at the point. On the other hand, Dwight Howard has returned after missing half the season. The Rockets will need him to maintain their solid +3.2 defensive rating.For the Mavs, it’s been a tale of two seasons. After surprising the league with a hot start, Dallas stagnated after the All-Star break, going 14-13. In FiveThirtyEight’s latest NBA Power Ratings, the Mavs rated as the worst of the Western Conference teams to make the playoffs — even behind the No. 8 seed New Orleans Pelicans. — Andrew Flowers Portland won fewer games than Memphis (51 to 55) during the regular season, but because the Blazers won the comparatively weak Northwest division, they are the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference and the Grizzlies are the No. 5. But that seed advantage isn’t worth much. Since the Blazers had fewer wins, they will still be on the road for four of their seven potential games against Memphis. Making matters even more complicated, this series is so close that the question of home court could end up making all the difference. Only a tenth of a rating point separates them in our most recent power rankings. Our model gives the Grizzlies a 54 percent probability of winning, but that number would flip around to 53 percent for Portland if the Blazers had home court. Of course, the Grizzlies earned their home-court advantage by winning more games (against a tougher schedule, no less), and this arrangement is good for Portland, too — a 46 percent chance against Memphis is preferable to a 24 percent chance versus the Clippers, which is who they’d face if the conference were seeded purely by record. But this inverted 4-versus-5 matchup is another example of how convoluted and arbitrary the seeding process is in the NBA. And it’s another argument that the league should perhaps just ditch divisions (if not conferences) entirely. — Neil Paine You might think the Celtics should just be happy to be here. After all, in late February, they only had a 12 percent probability of making the playoffs, according to the FiveThirtyEight NBA Power Ratings. But rather than merely showing up, getting their souvenir T-shirt and accepting a first-round loss, Boston could give LeBron James and the mighty Cavaliers more trouble than they bargained for. While we can’t derive much meaning from the Celtics’ combined 216-168 margin over Cleveland in their two April matchups — the Cavs were mostly resting their key players — Boston is solid at both ends of the floor, with a great group of guards and a lot of depth. Over the course of the entire season, they were better offensively (relative to the league) than the Cavs’ defense was, and that only includes a few months of Isaiah Thomas. Our model says the Celtics are still unlikely to pull the upset, but they have the ingredients to be much more of a pest than they seemed to be a few months ago. — Neil Paine Western ConferenceEach team is led by one of the best players in basketball: Stephen Curry on Golden State and Anthony Davis on New Orleans. So why do we think Golden State has a 92 percent chance to advance? Because Curry is better, and has much better teammates. Draymond Green, a top contender for Defensive Player of the Year, rates higher than Davis in the Real Plus-Minus player ratings we’re using from Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. Warriors sub Andre Iguodala would be the second-best Pelican. But this might not be a sweep: In their two games against Golden State in New Orleans, the Pelicans won once and forced overtime in the other. But Golden State’s formidable offense should dominate the Pelicans’ subpar D. The Warriors look a lot more like a team for the ages — with an impressive 48 percent chance of winning it all — than like first-round upset fodder. (We were a little stunned by that 48 percent number, but gives the Warriors about the same odds.) — Carl Bialik This series features two teams that started out the season looking like they might be the next big thing (at least in the Eastern Conference). The fourth-seeded Toronto Raptors began the season 7-1 and made it all the way to 24-7 before a four-game losing streak started their 25-26 finish — with their final record only a one-win improvement on last year. The Wizards started out 4-1 and made it to 19-6, but have been 27-30 since, ultimately improving on last season’s 44-win campaign by just two wins.Both teams are led by All-Star point guards, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and Washington’s John Wall, with Lowry making the All-Star team for the first time in the eighth year of his career (his third with the Raptors). ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus for this season ranks them as the fourth- and sixth-best point guards in 2015. Lowry performed a little worse than last year; his RPM dipped slightly from 4.3 to 4.1 and his WAR (wins above replacement) dipped from 11.6 to 9.4. But for Wall, 2014-15 was a big improvement on the year before: His 4.7 RPM and 12.1 WAR were both up from 2.2 and 8.3 last year, respectively.The FiveThirtyEight simulations give the Raptors a 60 percent chance of winning this series but don’t see either team as a championship contender. They give the Raptors a 1 percent chance of winning the title and the Wizards an even smaller chance. In the 10,000 simulations we ran, the Raptors or Wizards won the championship only 108 times, the fewest of any of the eight first-round matchups. — Benjamin Morris read more

first_imgAS WE SAY goodbye to 2013, it’s now time to focus our attention on what the next twelve months will bring us.With a number of major news stories such as the NSA hacking, Facebook trying to buy Snapchat and numerous tech companies planning to enter the wearable technology market, the events of 2013 will have a significant impact on what happens in the next year.With so many development to look forward to, here are five that will help shape 2014.Contextual technology We’ve seen glimpses of it from Google Now and Siri, mainly it preempting where you’re going and how long it will take to get there, but there will be a greater focus placed on context relevant information over the next year by making both apps and common items more intelligent.The real next generation of technology will make common items smarter. A great example of this is from Nest which creates smart thermostats. Currently only available in the US, the more you use it, the more it learns about your temperature preferences and the times you’re at home so it knows when to turn the heating on and off so it can create a personalised schedule. (Video: Nest/YouTube)For now, it will be apps that will offer such functionality since we carry our smartphones everywhere and it has a number of built-in features such as accelerometers and gyroscopes to help out. Apps like Moves, which track your movement using only your smartphone, would be a good example.This trend also includes wearable technology. While smartwatches and Google Glass – which is expected to be released sometime around mid-2014 – look for ways to provide you with smartphone info without having to take it out, the real wearable tech will be items similar to Nike+, which will record relevant data that will help improve your day-to-day life. (Video: Google/YouTube)Smartphone controllersWhen compared to its console brethren, smartphone gaming has a long way to go. In terms of graphics and raw power, it can offer an experience similar to the PS Vita and 3DS, but the range of games it can support is limited by its touchscreen.The most popular games on smartphones rely on swipes and taps and rarely require multiple actions. More complex games don’t work as well since the many buttons you need end up obstructing your view and aren’t as responsive due to lack of physical feedback.While Android devices have had controllers for a while now, the appearance of the first iPhone controller, the Logitech PowerShell, and the announcement of games that are optimised for these add-ons, means that developers can start thinking about developing more complex games for smartphones.Also, these controllers will have batteries built into them as well ensuring that one of the biggest problems of smartphones is addressed.Since it’s very early days, it won’t mean the likes of the PS Vita and 3DS will be under threat, plus the standard of controllers isn’t quite good enough yet for them to be considered an essential purchase.Yet if the quality improves and these controllers are sold at a reasonable price, then it may become more difficult to justify buying a handheld console. (Video: Logitech/YouTube)3D printing Another piece of technology still in its early days, the number of ways 3D printers can be used has increased. So far, it’s either been treated as a novelty or a far-off technology, but it’s already made great inroads during 2013 and this year will see it creep into the mainstream.For now, the main objects it can print will be simple objects, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see companies and stores allowing you to pick out and print basic items like custom phone covers and figurines.The product will still be out of reach from the average person, but businesses will be soon factoring it into their process as it allows a greater deal of flexibility and potentially reduce costs of development and manufacturing. It’s still very much in its infancy, but expect to hear more about it as the year goes on.A 3D printer on display at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. (Image: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The focus on localWith the majority of social sites focusing on connecting everyone from all corners of the globe, the new aim is to provide more relevant information to users by honing in on local events, businesses and issues that are relevant to each user.Since there’s nothing more immediate and relevant than location, people like knowing what’s happening in their area. Also it allows apps and sites to gather more data on you that can be used to improve services or more likely, improve their ads.The likes of Facebook and Twitter have been chasing location data for years, yet haven’t provided us with a good enough reason to check-in to a location, but that could soon change. Twitter is already experimenting with highlighting local tweets, while Foursquare has brought in location aware push notifications that recommend places to visit.A greater increase on privacyThe revelations of Edward Snowden about the NSA basically confirmed the very thing we suspected all along: the majority of our information online was being tracked. Considering that a number of apps and services were found to be extracting additional info about users that they weren’t supposed to, it will mean that users will be placing greater importance on who accesses their data.What it does mean is that more services that champion privacy will appear and rise in popularity. Services like DuckDuckGo, a search engine that allows you to search the web and specific sites anonymously, and Dolphin Zero, an Android browser which offers the same thing, will grow in popularity.Since the aim of many social media sites is to extract as much information from you as possible, it’s likely that more people will keep those accounts yet spend more time on other channels like WhatsApp and Snapchat.(Image: DuckDuckGo)Read: The ten fastest supercomputers in the world >Read: Take an inside peek inside one of Google’s most controversial projects >last_img read more

first_imgTouchscreens are gradually replacing QWERTY keypads in the mobile space, but not without some sadness and some controversy. Touchscreens, after all, have no tactility to them, no resistance. There’s no way to touch type on them; the most they can offer by way of feedback right now is a slight haptic vibration. For power users, typing on a touchscreen is often slower than on a QWERTY, but even for casual users, the lack of tactility and resistance in a touchscreen can be felt: consider, for example, how bad classic games feel when ported to the iPhone, their analog controls replaced with a virtual D-pad. Microsoft is working to change all of that, according to a new patent which describes a new technology for “tactile touchscreens that would actually be able to grow physical controls according to the demands of the OS.The patent describes a touchscreen made up of light-activated micro tiles: when different wavelengths of light strike these tiles, they change shape. Theoretically, they could allow your Windows Phone 7 handset to “grow” a tactile QWERTY keyboard or a tactle D-Pad when you need it.In reality, though, the aims are probably smaller: things like braille lettering. Still, it does herald the advent of new, morphable displays… and if you think we’re not going to be using those in twenty years, dream on.Read more at New Scientistlast_img read more

first_imgAberdeen manager Derek McInnes has confirmed that the injury suffered by Gary Mackay-Steven is not severe after a clash of heads with Dedryck Boyata.The winger was stretched off during Aberdeen Scottish Cup final loss to Celtic on Sunday, but his manager revealed he has suffered no major damage.“I saw his family down at the dugout and there was an obvious concern there,” McInnes said, according to The National. “I was told he was unconscious and there was an urgency to get medics onto the park.”“Thankfully he’s sitting up in hospital, getting his tests down and it will be hopefully a straightforward concussion. Obviously, he misses the next game but I’m gutted for Gary because he was so looking forward to the opportunity to shine and has been in good form for us.”ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - MAY 04: Manager of Celtic Neil Lennon celebrates as his side secured the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership title after the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Celtic at Pittodrie Stadium on May 04, 2019 in Aberdeen, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)Lennon praises Celtic’s fan support Manuel R. Medina – May 5, 2019 According to the team manager, the way the supporters behave this season helped the team achieve an eighth consecutive title.Meanwhile, McInnes also admitted he is unhappy with match referee Andrew Dallas, following his decision to award Celtic a penalty kick.“The penalty decision didn’t do us any real harm, but it wasn’t a penalty in the first place,” he said.“It was clearly outside the box. If we didn’t have a goalie like Joe Lewis it would have been 2-0 and far more difficult.”“I also felt there was another yellow card challenge from Ryan Christie when Dom Ball breaks. The ref said he played the ball when he clearly didn’t. You need a lot of things to go for you in a final and it might sound churlish but a couple of decisions were really harsh on my team today.”“I love Ryan Christie, but it was another yellow card and the referee was in a brilliant position to see that and I don’t understand how he can say he played the ball.”last_img read more