APTN National NewsChiefs from across the country are still sharing a sense of empowerment after they protested on Parliament Hill last week.But news of Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo meeting with Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan dampened some of their spirits.Some were quick to voice their displeasure.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has more on the story.
APTN National NewsCommercial fishing in northern Saskatchewan has been a way of life for many people for generations.Now, some communities are banding together in the hopes of expanding the industry and making it more profitable.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf has the story.
TORONTO — A new survey says Canadians, on average, expect to be mortgage-free by age 58, one year later than in a similar poll a year ago.[np_storybar title=”How this man plans to be mortgage free by age 31″ link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/06/07/mortgage-free-in-canada/”%5DThis 29-year-old pension analyst is $130,000 away from paying off his $425,000 home in Toronto, without money from parents or the lotto. Find out how [/np_storybar]But the survey, conducted for CIBC by Angus Reid, found some big discrepancies across the country.For example, homeowners in British Columbia thought they wouldn’t be able to pay off their mortgages until they hit 66, while those in Alberta expected to be mortgage-free more than a decade earlier at 55. The survey also found that just over half of those polled were taking advantage of the current low interest rate environment to pay down their mortgages faster.Fifty-five percent said they were putting in extra effort into repaying their mortgages, although that was down from 68% last year.CIBC says even small efforts can lead to big savings for homeowners in the long run.For example, someone paying 4.99% interest on a $250,000 mortgage with 25-year amortization can expect to save nearly $35,000 of interest if they add $147 to their $1,453 monthly payments.The same homeowner can save as much as $30,000 on interest if they make $726 payments every two weeks, instead of waiting until the end of the month to make a payment.The bank pointed out that even making a lump sum payment every year — for instance, putting the average $1,600 tax refund towards the mortgage — would shave off $33,103 of interest.“Employing one or more of these strategies does take some planning and discipline,” said Barry Gollom, vice-president of secured lending and product policy at CIBC.“If becoming mortgage-free sooner is something you want to achieve, it’s important to look at your mortgage as part of your overall financial picture and to balance your mortgage payment plan against your other goals.”Of those paying off their mortgages quicker than necessary, 32% said they were making payments more often, 28% were increasing the amount they pay while 18% said they had made either an additional prepayment or a lump sump payment.Beyond Alberta and British Columbia, the survey found the average age respondents expected to be mortgage-free ranged from 56 years in Quebec to 57 years in Atlantic Canada and Ontario and 58 years in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.The online poll was conducted by Angus Reid Forum with 1,509 Canadian adults between May 21 and May 22.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.
The ban comes after two young boys were killed while taking a selfie photograph along a railway track in Colombo recently. (Colombo Gazette) Walking on railway tracks has been banned from today following a recent accident.The Sri Lanka Railway Department said that walking on railway tracks has been banned under the law.
Or watch here: Updated 11.20pmTWO IRISH PUBLIC representatives have raised the issue of homophobia in both the Irish and EU houses of parliament in the past 24 hours.Socialist Party MEP for Dublin, Paul Murphy, and independent Senator David Norris, each made speeches to the EU parliament in Strasbourg and the Seanad, respectively.Senator David Norris today called for a debate on homophobia.These were his comments in full, spoken under parliamentary privilege:I would like to join with other colleagues in asking for a debate on homophobia. I think it’s very important. There is an attempt being made now to close down this debate. And I think it a disgrace that RTÉ has shown such a gathering rush to pay up on this and I wonder what the legal advice they were given was, because I very much doubt if it was clearly in the line in which they took.So I think as a taxpayer, as a licence-payer and all the rest of it, I’d like to know why my money is being given to these people.I know that they won’t co-operate with Sipo, which is extraordinary. I know that they are controlled by a company which was called Lolek, which was founded in 2006. I’d like to know how they achieved their status in society.[Cathaoirleach: Have you a question for the leaders?]Yes, I have, I’ve already asked it, I’m going to continue asking for it.They are self-appointed, they are answerable to nobody. They have consistently misrepresented scientific papers and have been rebuked by the authors of those papers and they did that at the Convention of which I was a member. So it is amazing to me that they are allowed to bully people.[Cathaoirleach: Senator, is this relevant to the other business?]Yes, it is very relevant because I have asked the question and I prefer not to be interrupted. I think it is extremely serious. I have to say to you Cathaoirleach, I’ve sat in this chamber and I listened to colleagues putting down motions that were effectively apartheid. Had I been a Roman Catholic, a black person, or a Jew, and anything that was attempted remotely like that, the person would have been fired out of this House straight away?Would you like to imagine Caothairleach, and my colleagues, how it felt like for me to sit here and hear valued collegues suggesting that I should not be allowed to purchase cake decorations or wedding invitations or this sort of business or denied the services of a hairdresser – as if I needed it.But, I mean, people should take this seriously. This country is rampant with homophobia. It is throughout the media. And there are decent people in the media who are terrified to open their mouths. And I hear all the time about the liberal 4 conspiracy and Dublin and the media. And, this, that, and, the other. Where the hell then are they? Where were they when I was being crucified? Where were they when Panti – a remarkable man – comes out and tells the truth. Tells the truth.So I would like to know. This might have the opportunity of turning the spotlight on the Iona Institute. And I’ve asked repeatedly. And I am asking the leader today as I asked his deputy but I didn’t get very far.And I’ve got to say this, Minister Rabbitte just equivocated the usual ould bladder. One side of his mouth, and then the other side of his mouth. I want to ask the leader another question. I want to ask him – will he instigate some degree of research into the Iona Institute?Where they’re getting their money from. Why they don’t cooperate with Sipo? Who made them an Institute?In Britain, they would be legally prohibited from using the word institute …[Cathaoirleach: Senator, you’re over time. Senator.]…because it’s self appointed.Well, it’s over time, OK. Fine. I said on Sunday the homophobes have had 2,000 years on the stage and I think we’re entitled to a few words now and again. Or watch here:via EuroparlTV/Broadsheet Ie/Youtube via OireachtasTV/ItOnlyEncouragesThem/YoutubeYesterday, MEP Murphy, Socialist Party MEP for Dublin, spoke in a debate at the EU parliament in Strasbourg:This was his speech in full, similarly spoken under parliamentary privilege::Like the other MEPs, I have been inundated with emails claiming that this report represents an attack on the freedom of speech – because it condemns homophobia. It is deeply ironic because in Ireland at the moment, you have a real attack on the freedom of speech.National broadcaster, RTE, has censored Rory O’Neill for calling out homophobia, even worse than that, it has paid out €85,000 reportedly in damages to those accused of homophobia.It’s an attack by the right wing conservative forces in Ireland, acceded to by RTE, designed to censor debate in advance of a likely referendum on marriage equality. We must refuse to be silenced.When John Waters says that gay marriage is ‘a kind of satire’, that is homophobia. When Breda O’Brien says ‘equality must take second place to the common good’, that is homophobia. When the Iona Institute campaign against gay marriage because it is gay marriage, that is homophobia.In the words of Rory O’Neill, these people should get the hell out of our lives.
The cuteness almost makes your stomach hurt, doesn’t it? We’ve seen some pretty adorable flash drives in our day, but these ones from Taiwanese manufacturer Bone are just ridiculous. The company makes silicon thumb drives shaped like owls, rabbits, tigers, dogs, elephants, dinosaurs, penguins, ninjas and more.Bone also offers similarly shaped MicroSD card readers. Ridiculous. Check out a close up, after the jump.
When Project Natal, now Microsoft Kinect, was first announced at E3 2009, one of the most impressive demos was Project Milo.Lionhead Studios and Peter Molyneux had created an experience that saw you interact with an on screen character named Milo. He would react to your speech and movements, and it looked to be a promising project. But then Microsoft stated it was just for demo purposes and would never be released as a game for Xbox 360.A new video from director John Dower reveals that Project Milo was a lot more than just a demo. It had a full story, a substantial amount of behavior and interaction points already working, and a mass of motion capture data for Milo we never got to see.The question now is why did Lionhead spend all this time employing a known director, hiring actors, writing a story, paying for extensive motion capture studio time, and producing what looks to be the base for a full game if Microsoft only ever wanted it to be a demo?The only conclusion we can come to is that Lionhead fully intended Project Milo to be a game released on the system. Microsoft, however, decided it wasn’t worth the investment and killed it.via EurogamerMatthew’s OpinionWhile on the face of it Project Milo looked like an incredibly promising and ground breaking experience, I am not surprised it got canned either by a Lionhead or Microsoft decision.In order to work the game would have to solve a number of problems computers currently have issues handling. For one, natural language processing is far from perfect and a player would no doubt have to follow some rules to get Milo to react properly. That leads to unnatural speech killing the experience to a large extent. On top of that the game would have to deal with accents for each territory it was released in as well as multiple languages.It’s also clear that Lionhead would not be offering a full sandbox experience. While Milo could learn from the player, it would be all preset learning based on the motion capture they had available and stored on the disc. There was also a full story to help things along and eventually leading to a conclusion. It’s difficult to see how that would work well when the player has to constantly be involved through interaction with Milo.I don’t doubt that Lionhead learned a lot from developing Project Milo, most of which will be fed back into games like the Fable series. But the more you think about the work involved, and the difficulties that would have to be overcome for this to be a game, the more you realize why it could have never worked.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A tireless advocate for marking the duty and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women, Brigadier Keith Rossi died on 20 January in Melbourne at the age of 94. His death is mourned not only by veterans and their families, and the RSL of which he was a member for more than 70 years, but by Australia’s Greek community who have lost a true friend and supporter. Despite the fact that he did not serve in Greece during WWII, Brigadier Rossi was a regular attendee on behalf of the RSL at commemorative events marking the WWII Greece and Crete campaigns. He played an important role in the creation of the Australian Hellenic Memorial in Melbourne’s Domain Gardens as a member of the Memorial’s committee from 1995.Keith Rossi enrolled as a cadet in the militia in 1937 at the age of 15. His service record showing his date of birth as 13 October 1919 is incorrect; he was told to say he was 17 by the recruiting officer. He transferred to the Australian Imperial Force in March 1941, where he first served as a wireless operator. His operational service began in Egypt six months later where he undertook artillery training before joining the 2/2 Australian Field Regiment. Postings to Ceylon (1942) and New Guinea (1943/1944) followed, before he saw out WWII in Morotai and Borneo. After the war he remained a professional soldier and in 1970 served in Vietnam.A member of the Citizen Military Forces until 1976, following his Army career Brigadier Rossi devoted his life to the RSL which he had joined in 1943, and became a volunteer historian working five days a week at ANZAC House in Melbourne. Direct and insightful, there his assistance to those seeking his deep knowledge and robust advice became legend.Joining the many tributes to the brigadier, Steve Kyritsis OAM, president of the Hellenic RSL sub branch Victoria, said: “Keith was a Philhellene and supporter of the Hellenic RSL. His knowledge as a historian was always helpful to matters relating to Australian and its Allies’ military history. “We have lost a great soldier, veteran, and historian who devoted his whole life for the RSL.”Brigadier Rossi was given an honorary life membership of the Pancretan Association of Melbourne in 2012, which described him as “a stern supporter of the Greek community and the Cretan fraternity”. Victoria RSL state president, Major General David McLachlan, said his former colleague would be greatly missed.“Keith received an OBE (Military) in 1964 and was recognised with an AM in 1999 for his service to veterans and their families. He held a wealth of military history knowledge and, with a sharp mind, was a significant contributor to ANZAC House.” Brigadier Rossi was predeceased by his wife Nan and two sons.RIP Keith Vincent Rossi. AM. OBE. RFD ED (Ret’d). Born: 13 October 1921. Died: 20 January 2016
iPad : un gadget pour chaque député européenEurope – Chacun des 736 députés européens pourrait prochainement être équipé de la célèbre tablette d’Apple. S’il voit le jour, ce projet de mobilité IP aura un coût de 5 millions d’euros. A l’heure où des plans de rigueur sont annoncés dans plusieurs pays d’Europe, les députés du Parlement européen auront peut-être bientôt en leur possession le nouveau joujou d’Apple, selon un article paru dans le Times.Les députés ont reçu il y a seulement quelques mois un ordinateur portable de marque HP, mais à cause de son poids, certains d’entre eux se sont plaints de “problèmes de dos”.Les critiques se font entendre sur l’utilité de cet investissement, notamment au Royaume-Uni où un plan d’austérité a été annoncé il y a peu. Marta Andreasen, une députée britannique, a fait savoir que cette dépense était “tout à fait inutile, surtout lorsque les contribuables européens sont confrontés à des temps aussi dur”. De plus, d’après elle, certains députés “ne savent même pas utiliser Internet”. Le 26 mai 2010 à 11:10 • Emmanuel Perrin
Fiber-Based Six-Pack Can Rings Offer Eco-Friendly Alternative to PlasticEven More Kellogg’s Cereal Gets Re-Born as Craft Beer If you’re one of the bajillions of Star Wars fans waiting and essentially foaming at the mouth for Rogue One, you’re not alone. But how is the release of such an important movie best celebrated? If you’re a beer drinker, popping the top on some amazing Star Wars fantastic is the only way to celebrate.Paste Magazine has put together a gallery of several different top-notch Star Wars beers that you can actually partake in. They’re not all official or anything, but there’s certainly a beer out there for every taste — nine of them, to be exact. Going through the list, Toppling Goliath’s Light Speed is an interesting-looking bit of sudsy goodness. It’s rocking the Star Wars font and what look like blaster sparks for its label, featuring Millennium Hops and Falconer’s Flight blend, leading the brewery to originally coin it Millennium Falcon.Empire Brewing Company’s “Strikes Bock” beer is impeccably branded and you of course know what it’s going for. The company even called the beer “Empire Strikes Bock” previously, but Lucasfilm didn’t really appreciate that. Thus, the new name was born for this lager.New England Imperial Stout TrooperThe rest of the beers include names like New England Imperial Stout Trooper, Brew Kettle Dark Helmet Lager, Lack of Faith, Gilgamesh Brewing Vader, and Dolores River Brewery Death Star.Many of these beers’ names or imagery had to be changed after Lucasfilm stepped in (and Disney too) but there’s a good smattering of Star Wars-inspired booze out there to try. If you’re looking for a way to spice up your viewing party or pre-gaming before the movie, these are some fine options. Now all you need is a heaping helping of Star Wars-inspired snacks. Luckily for you, the internet is full of those for an awesome, all-out Rogue One experience. Stay on target
Free Wi-Fi…dear lord, sweet manna of life! There are few things more integral to a geek on the go than access to the internet. How else would we be able to keep tabs on Joss Whedon’s newest project or check out photo galleries of the best cosplay outfits from PAX? Sometimes being able to access the web from your phone just isn’t good enough, and if you’re traveling overseas, you may not even have international data. So that’s why we decided to break down the best ways to get free Wi-Fi anywhere you go. Go to a Café/Hotel Lobby/Mall: This one is obvious. We’ve all done it a million times. You’re running around town and need to get some work done, so you just pop into one of these spots and viola! You have internet. If it’s a big chain like Starbucks, don’t feel bad about just using their Wi-Fi without buying anything. It’s a small independently owned business though you should buy at least something, even if its just a cup of tea.Foursquare: If you just simply can’t afford to buy something at a business to use their Wi-Fi check them out on Foursquare. In nearly every situation someone has left the Wi-Fi password in the comments. Wi-Fi Databases : Not sure where the nearest spot to get Wi-Fi is? Don’t worry; some other geek has your back. There are lots of different databases that details thousands of places worldwide where you can get your digital fix. These include WiFiFreeSpot.com, HotSpotHaven.com, and Boingo.com (with Boingo you must scroll to the bottom and click “Locations” under “Consumer Wi-Fi.”Libraries: Ha! I bet you forgot these existed. Libraries are all over town, in every town, and always have free Wi-Fi.Public Spaces: In popular tourist cities around the world many public spaces like parks and plazas have free Wi-Fi. This is especially helpful when you’re traveling, and you don’t have an international data plan. Here are some of the cities that are hooking your geek butt up San Francisco, New York, Tel Aviv, Seoul, Boston, Bangalore, Osaka, Perth, and Barcelona.Tether: There’s just some shizz you don’t want to do on your phone or that you simply need a laptop for. When all else fails you, can always tether your computer to your phone so that it uses your phone’s data to connect to the internet. While this can be much slower than regular Wi-Fi and expensive depending on your data plan, it works in a pinch…unless you have a flip phone.And there you have it. Are there any great tips that we’re missing? Any gems that your fellow geeks need to know about? If so leave them in the comments. Until next time, stay geeky.Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, TV host and poet. Follow him at BrokeAssStuart.com.
Your Name Director Makoto Shinkai Has Asteroid Named After HimYour Name Creator Isn’t Interested in the Live-Action Remake Stay on target If you know and love the anime film Your Name, you might be excited to know that several of the locations in the movie are actually based on real places. Before you buy a ticket to Japan and start hopping out of your seat to fly there and see everything, don’t get too excited. Some of the scenes you won’t even realize were in the movie, unless you paid really close attention, and others, like the entire iconic town that gets [spoilers redacted] aren’t included because of reasons.Tofugu.com’s Kanae Nakamine had the fortune of visiting several of the easy-to-find real-world locations as seen in Your Name, and you can see them all below. It’s really an awesome project that you’ve got to give the photographer props for, especially when it comes to each image’s framing. It looks absolutely breathtaking.You may recognize this area from the part of the movie where our hero and heroine cross paths in a very important scene, which is 100% pivotal to the movie.This night scene may be one you remember laying your eyes on as well.The big city charm of Tokyo is breathtaking in real life just as it is in the anime. Did you know this sign was advertising a “Forest Beer Garden” when you saw it in the movie, or did you pay attention long enough to notice it?This striking red mailbox wasn’t nearly as vibrant in the movie, but you still get the gist. Yup, it’s definitely the same school crossing sign, alright. This round restaurant was definitely one of the coolest parts of the movie, by far.Your Name is the highest-grossing anime film of all time, and for good reason: It’s an excellent movie! If these stills inspire you to see the whole thing, you can grab it on Blu-ray right now with both a Japanese and English dub track. It just might change your life. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Tuesday, October 9, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 77. Southwest wind 3 to 8 mph. Winds could gust as high as 22 mph.Municipal Meetings: The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. An Executive Session (closed to the public) at 6pm precedes the public portion meeting. Read the agenda HERE. … The Reading Municipal Light Department’s Citizens Advisory Board meets at 6:30pm in North Reading’s Town Hall. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Historical Commission meets at 7pm at the Wilmington Town Museum. Read the agenda HERE.In The Community: The Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks holds bingo — open to the public — every Tuesday. Doors open at 5pm. Pizza, hot dog and pastries are sold. Free coffee.In The Community: Angels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue). The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon. Free. Handicapped accessible.At The Library: Storytime For Threes at 9:30am. Storytime for Fours & Fives at 10:30am. Cookin’ The Books at noon. Tech Buddies Drop-In at 3:30pm. Art Adventures: Andy Warhol at 3:45pm. Italian Trattoria: Classic Flavors from an Italian Cafe. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Walking Group at Yentile at 8am. Zumba at 9am. Powerful Tools at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Bocci at 10:30am. Mah Jong at 1pm. Powerful Tools for Caregivers at 1pm. Tai Chi at 1pm. Gentle Yoga at 2:30pm. Sign up begins for Fire Prevention class on October 15. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
Rajamahendravaram: YSRCP Parliamentary Party chief whip and MP Margani Bharat Ram has assured to put his efforts to bring international recognition to the Grand City of Culture besides making it a green city. Action plan was devised to develop the city on all fronts. Speaking to reporters at his office on Wednesday night, he said steps will be taken to construct an international cricket stadium in the city to make the city a sports hub. TDP government has diverted an amount of Rs 13 crore for Pasupu Kukuma programme from the funds sanctioned to international stadium, he alleged. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us He said that proposals worth Rs 760 crore were submitted to the Minister for laying underground drainage system in the city and assured to develop the constituency as hub for industries. A request also made to Union Minister for Civil Aviation to operate flights from Rajamahendravaram to Mumbai, Shirdi, New Delhi and Tirupati along with a request to upgrade the airport to international level as international cricket stadium is coming up in the city, for which the Union Minister responded positively. Also Read – PV Sindhu visits Tirumala temple Advertise With Us Moreover, a memorandum was also submitted to Union Minister for National Highways to sanction a single flyover instead of three flyovers between Lalachervu and Bommuru on national highway 16, which passes through the city, he averred. All the MPs spoke about the development of the state as well as budget allocations in Parliament sessions along with the implementation of assurances given in Andhra Pradesh State Bifurcation Act and according Special Category Status. Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and appealed him to accord SCS to the state, he added. YSRCP leaders RSP Rao, SSR Manyam, G Babu, A Virraju and others were present.
A collage of VJ Anjana and Thalapathy Vijay.PR HandoutVJ Anjana has revealed an interesting story that occurred a few years ago. The actress has opened up about the incident where Thalapathy Vijay gave an apology to her a day after the audio of the actor’s Tamil movie Puli was launched.In an interview with Behindwoods, VJ Anjana, who had hosted the audio launch function of Puli, claimed that Vijay did not respond to her request when she asked him to handover a memento to a guest at the audio launch event.”In the the show, the technical crew had asked me to talk to Vijay sir, to coordinate for giving a memento to a guest. Vijay sir was preoccupied with some work, so when I went and asked him, he did not respond properly to me. I left the spot after that, [sic]” the website quotes her as saying.Now, Vijay’s gesture has been praised by his fans, who claim that it is one more example of the actor’s down-to-earth nature. “In an event like this, such things are bound to happen. But realising that he made a mistake and asking for an apology shows his true character. Hats off to this man. [sic]” a fan writes.The anchor further recalls Vijay attending her wedding and interacting with the guests like a common man.Vijay Busy with Thalapathy 63 After delivering a hit in the form of Sarkar, Vijay has moved on to his next film with Atlee Kumar. The movie, presently referred to as Thalapathy 63, is being shot in Chennai. The latest development about the film is that Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff has been roped in to play an important roles in the flick, which has Nayanthara playing the female lead, while Yogi Babu, Daniel Balaji and many others are in the supporting cast.
Former Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent S. Dallas Dance pleaded guilty this morning to four counts of perjury for failing to disclose nearly $150,000 he was paid for private consulting work while he was Baltimore County superintendent. He abruptly left that post in April, with three years left on his four year contract.Former Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendant S. Dallas Dance pleads guilty to perjury (Courtesy Photo)Dance, 37, was indicted for perjury in January by a Baltimore County grand jury for the unreported income connected to financial disclosure statements, filed under oath in 2012, 2013 and 2015.According to the Baltimore Sun, prosecutors recommended a five year sentence and for him to serve 18 months in jail. Dance is scheduled to be sentenced April 20.
Apple wins multi-touch and glass process patents This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The touch and hover patent involves devices that can recognize something like a finger or stylus hovering above a display panel without actually touching the screen. The name of the patent is “Touch and hover signal drift compensation” and it describes a system in which a touchscreen display can accurately determine both hover and touch events.According to the patent, “Some touch sensitive devices can also recognize a hover event, i.e., an object near but not touching the touch sensor panel, and the position of the hover event at the panel. The touch sensitive device can then process the hover event in a manner similar to that for a touch event, where the computing system can interpret the hover event in according with the display appearing at the time of the hover event, and thereafter can perform one or more actions based on the hover event.”Brian Michael King, Omar Leung, Paul G. Puskarich, Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Andrea Mucignat, Avi E. Cieplinski, Muhammad U. Choudry, Praveen R. Subramani, Marc J. Piche, David T. Amm and Duncan Robert Kerr were named in the patent as inventors.Another patent issued is “Seamlessly embedded heart rate monitor.” This presents an electronic device having an integrated sensor for detecting a user’s cardiac activity and cardiac electrical signals. The patent was filed in 2009 and named Gloria Lin, Taido Nakajima, Pareet Rahul, and Andrew Hodge as the patent’s inventors. Here is where it gets interesting: an application might be one of a biometric tool for secure identification or for reading moods. According to the patent, “Using the detected signals, the electronic device can identify or authenticate the user and perform an operation based on the identity of the user. In some embodiments, the electronic device can determine the user’s mood from the cardiac signals and provide data related to the user’s mood.”The patent noted also that “electrical signals generated by the user can be transmitted from the user’s skin through the electronic device housing to the leads.” In talking about biometric-based approaches to authenticate a user, the patent explained that “In some embodiments, an electronic device can authenticate a user based on the attributes of the user’s heartbeat. For example, the durations of particular portions of a user’s heart rhythm, or the relative size of peaks of a user’s electrocardiogram (EKG) can be processed and compared to a stored profile to authenticate a user of the device.”AppleInsider noted that “The latest Apple patent is evidence that the company is actively investigating deployable biometric security solutions that rely on users’ bodies rather than stored or memorized codes, one such system being the Touch ID fingerprint reader.” Citation: Apple is granted hover and heart-rate monitoring patents (2013, December 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-apple-granted-heart-rate-patents.html More information: — Touch and hover signal drift compensation— Seamlessly embedded heart rate monitor © 2013 Phys.org Explore further (Phys.org) —Apple has been awarded patents that include one for an accurate touch and hover panel, originally filed back in 2010, and another for an embedded heart rate monitor, originally filed in 2009. Details of the patents were reported by AppleInsider.
Kolkata: Following closely on the heels of their counterparts from Halisahar, the Trinamool Congress councillors of Haringhata Municipality in Nadia who had gone to BJP, returned back to the party fold on Wednesday. The party has also regained its hold on the Kanchrapara Municipality, with the return of 9 councillors from the saffron party.It may be recalled that eight Trinamool councillors of Halisahar Municipality have returned back to the party from BJP on Tuesday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn the 17-member Haringhata Municipality, Trinamool Congress had 10 seats, with the saffron party having seven. The chairman of the municipality Rajib Dalal had resigned on June 28, following which vice-chairman Sanjiv Ram had been heading the municipality. The election to pick the new chairman was held on Wednesday, where Trinamool Congress received 9 votes, with BJP getting 8. Manik Bhatta has become the new chairman. Trinamool Congress has also reestablished its control on Kanchrapara Municipality on Wednesday, where the strength of the party has gone up to 14 in the 24-member board, with the return of 9 councillors, including the municipality chairman. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateState Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim said: “BJP cannot establish its control over the municipalities by flexing muscles. The people of the state are with Trinamool Congress and they will continue to lend their support to Mamata Banerjee.” It may be recalled that the Trinamool councillors of Halishahar Municipality, who had joined BJP in Delhi, returned back to the party fold on Tuesday. In the 23-member board of the municipality, Trinamool Congress now has 12 members. Meanwhile, Halisahar Municipality chairman Anshuman Roy went to the municipality on Wednesday with the Trinamool councillors, in a bid to take back the board, stating that Trinamool Congress now has a majority in the municipality.
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Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner has set world records for both speed and distanceImage source: Boeing Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner Jet has set a new world record for both speed and distance for the airliners weight class.The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, the first airplane manufactured using fewer hazardous materials and designed to consume less fuel has broken the record previously held by the Airbus A330 based on a 16,903 km flight in 2002.In a Boeing online statement, Scott Fancher, Vice President and General Manager of the 787 program said speed and distance capabilities are fundamental to the value the 787 brings to the market.”These records are a great way to demonstrate that this airplane is the game-changer we have promised.” Mr Fancher said.Boeing’s sixth 787, ZA006, departed from Boeing Field in Seattle at 11:02am on the 06 December and set the distance record for its class (440,000-550,000 lbs with a 19,835km flight to Dhaka, Bangladesh, with credit for 19,144 km.Following an approximate two-hour stop for refueling in Dhaka, the aircraft returned to Seattle on a 18,027 km flight. The aircraft landed at 5:29am on 08 December setting a new record for speed around the world eastbound with a total trip time of 42 hours and 27 minutes. The Boeing 787 carried 13 people in total, including six pilots, an observer for the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), and operations and other Boeing employees.After crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the airplane entered European air space at Santiago, Spain, and proceeded down the Mediterranean, across Egypt to Luxor, across the Middle East and over India to Bangladesh. On the second segment, the Dreamliner flew over Singapore, the Philippines and Guam before entering U.S. airspace over Honolulu and returning to Seattle.Boeing holds world records for longest distance flights in five weight classes with records set by the KC-135, 767-200ER (extended range), 777-200 and 777-200LR (longer range). The 777-200 also holds the speed record for its weight class. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P