4 Oct
2019

Accident investigators Pilot who crashlanded at San Francisco airport was illprepared

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The pilot of the jet that crash-landed at San Francisco’s airport last summer worried privately before takeoff about handling the Boeing 777, especially because runway construction meant he would have to land without any help from a common type of guidance system.And neither the trainee nor an instructor pilot in the cockpit said anything when the first officer raised concerns four times about the plane’s rapid descent.After the July 6 accident, which killed three people and injured more than 200, Lee Kang Kuk told National Transportation Safety Board investigators that he had been concerned he might “fail his flight and would be embarrassed.”Lee’s backstory emerged Wednesday in documents released at an NTSB hearing called to answer lingering questions about the crash of Asiana Flight 214.Though Lee was an experienced pilot with the Korea-based airline, he was a trainee captain in the 777, with less than 45 hours in the jet. He had not piloted an airliner into San Francisco’s notoriously tricky airport since 2004, according to NTSB investigator Bill English.So far, the investigation has not found any mechanical problems with the 777 prior to impact, although testing is ongoing, English said.That focused attention on Lee, who did not speak at the hearing but whose actions — and failure to act — were a major part of the daylong meeting.The NTSB’s chairman, Deborah Hersman, stressed that the agency has not yet concluded what caused the crash. But she acknowledged that the agency was examining signs of confusion about the 777’s elaborate computer systems and an apparent lack of communication in the cockpit.Documents released Wednesday cataloged a series of problems that, taken together, could have been factors in the crash.The 46-year-old pilot told investigators he had been “very concerned” about attempting a visual approach without instrument landing aids, which were turned off. A visual approach involves lining the jet up for landing by looking through the windshield and using numerous other cues, rather than relying on a radio-based system called a glide-slope that guides aircraft to the runway.Lee said the fact that he would be doing a visual approach in a jet as big as a 777 particularly troubled him.But he didn’t speak up because others had been safely landing at San Francisco under the same conditions. As a result, he told investigators, “he could not say he could not do the visual approach.”Another Asiana pilot who recently flew with Lee told investigators that he was not sure if the trainee captain was making normal progress and that he did not perform well during a trip two days before the accident. That captain described Lee as “not well organized or prepared,” according to the investigative report.“This pilot should never have taken off,” said attorney Ilyas Akbari, whose firm represents 14 of the passengers. “The fact that the pilot was stressed and nervous is a testament to the inadequate training he received, and those responsible for his training and for certifying his competency bear some of the culpability.”There were other indications that a culture of not acknowledging weakness — and of deferring to a higher-ranking colleague — contributed to the crash.Lee told NTSB investigators that he did not immediately move to abort the landing and perform a “go around” as the plane came in too low and too slow because he felt that only the instructor pilot had the authority to initiate that emergency move.A reluctance of junior officers to speak up has been an issue in past accidents, though industry training has tried to emphasize that safety should come first.The case will probably force foreign airlines to examine their cockpit culture, said Tom Anthony, director of the aviation safety program at the University of Southern California.The U.S. went through that process decades ago and shook off a “captain-as-overlord” culture, he said, and now some Asian airlines will have to make sure their training encourages even junior pilots to speak up.Asiana representatives at the hearing did not immediately respond to questions from The Associated Press.Lee insisted in interviews that he had been blinded during a critical instant before the botched landing by a piercing light from outside the aircraft. NTSB investigators repeatedly asked about the light, but he was unable to pinpoint its origin or how it precisely affected him.Asked whether he wore sunglasses in the cockpit, Lee said he did not “because it would have been considered impolite to wear them when he was flying with his” instructor. The instructor pilot told investigators he never saw a bright light outside the aircraft.Recordings from the cockpit show Lee took the controls about 1,500 feet above San Francisco Bay.The plane’s first officer, Bong Don Won, told NTSB investigators that as the plane started its descent, he noticed its “sink rate” was too rapid. He said that he said nothing at that point, but as the plane’s altitude dropped below 1,000 feet, he advised the crew four times about the rapid descent. The cockpit recorder showed no response from the others, though the first officer said the pilot deployed the plane’s flaps, which appeared to slow the descent.The crew did not comment again on the jet’s low approach until it reached 200 feet above the ground, according to a transcript of the plane’s cockpit voice recording.Lee conceded to investigators that he was worried about his unfamiliarity with the 777’s autoflight systems. He admitted he had not studied the systems well and thought the plane’s autothrottle was supposed to prevent the jet from flying below minimum speed as it drew near the runway.NTSB investigators also raised concerns about a safety certification issue involving the design of the 777’s controls, warning that the plane’s protection against stalling does not always automatically engage.When the plane’s autothrottle is placed in a “hold” mode, as it was during the Asiana flight, it is supposed to re-engage or “wake up” when the plane slows to its minimum airspeed.Boeing’s chief of flight deck engineering, Bob Myers, testified that the company designed the automated system to aid — not replace — the pilot. If there’s a surprise, he said, “we expect them to back off on the automation” and rely on their basic skills.Boeing evacuation engineer Bruce Wallace testified that at least one, if not two, of the passengers who died did not have seat belts on.Wallace also said inflatable rafts deployed inside the jet, pinning at least one flight attendant in the wreckage. Engineers had never seen that happen before and were looking at safety improvements.One of the three fatalities was a teenage girl from China who survived the crash but become covered in firefighting foam and got hit by an emergency vehicle on the runway.Documents released Wednesday revealed that Ye Meng Yuan was struck twice — once by a fire rig spraying foam and again 11 minutes later by a second truck that was turning around to fetch water.___Follow Martha Mendoza at https://twitter.com/mendozamartha .___Mendoza reported from San Jose, Calif. Associated Press Airlines Writer David Koenig in Dallas contributed to this report. by Stephen Braun And Martha Mendoza, The Associated Press Posted Dec 11, 2013 9:54 am MDT Accident investigators: Pilot who crash-landed at San Francisco airport was ill-prepared read more

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2 Oct
2019

UN Commission on Social Development issues call to empower the poor

“Empowerment is critical to poverty eradication and to development,” said the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo. “Indeed, I would even say that any long-term solution to poverty must start with empowerment.”According to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on promoting people’s empowerment, nearly 80 per cent of the world’s population is without adequate access to social protection, leaving those living in poverty feeling powerless to improve their position.The report, “Promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all” also states that while more than 600 million people have overcome poverty since 1990, 1 billion people will still be struggling to reach that goal by the 2015 deadline year for attaining the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).In addition, the economic crisis and high fuel prices have slowed the rate of poverty reduction and increased unemployment rates, which also lead to social unrest. Globally, 200 million people were unemployed at the end of 2011, an increase of 27 million jobless persons since 2007, and 621 million young people are neither in employment, school or training nor looking for work.“These are not mere statistics, but are lives affected, livelihoods lost and opportunities missed,” Mr. Wu said, urging the Commission to come up with concrete measures and actions for combating unemployment and empowering vulnerable populations.To better understand how to promote empowerment and integrate it into the development agenda, participants at the Commission’s session will hear from experts leading discussions on this topic, as well as focusing on the elderly, youth, and people with disabilities.The session will also include more than 30 side events and consideration of five resolutions as well as recommendations by the Civil Society Forum on promoting the empowerment of people to achieve social development goals. Speaking at the Commission’s opening meeting, the President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Néstor Osorio, said that without adequate policies and mechanisms, social tensions increase and erode social cohesion, which is essential for promoting development. Mr. Osorio also underlined the potential of information and communications technology to empower people in rural areas or disadvantaged communities by giving them access to knowledge. “These tools will allow people to have their voices hear and increase their visibility,” Mr. Osorio said, noting that this would be one of the aspects explored during panel discussions in the next few days. read more

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25 Sep
2019

Nicola Sturgeon second independence referendum now more likely than ever by 2020

first_imgSpeaking on ITV’s Peston on Sunday programme, Ms Sturgeon said Mrs May’s refusal to share her negotiating position on Brexit with the public or the House of Commons was “unsustainable, untenable and frankly unacceptable”.She added: “The leave campaign was all about bringing back control and now the House of Commons and the wider public are almost being told to butt out and mind there own business when it comes to these things, and I think we saw in the House of Commons last week that there is not a lot of support for that kind of approach.” She is due to meet Mrs May in London next Monday and warned the Prime Minister it was time for her to demonstrate she is serious about Scotland’s voice being heard, after it voted overwhelming to remain in Europe.The First Minister accused Mrs May of “not fully honouring” the promise she made to listen to Scotland on Brexit during a flying visit to Edinburgh days after she became Prime Minister.Asked if she would anticipate a second referendum before 2020, she replied: “I think it’s highly likely, given the situation we’re in, I said that actually the morning after the EU referendum and nothing has changed my mind.” Theresa May will meet Nicola Sturgeon next weekCredit:Reuters Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Theresa May Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon on the Marr showCredit:Reuters However, David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary, told the BBC’s Sunday Politics Scotland programme that recent polling showing support for a Yes vote had still not reached a majority, and added that since she started “ramping up” talk about independence, support for a new vote had gone downIn a separate interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, Ms Sturgeon said: “I am going to stand up for Scotland’s voice being heard, I don’t think it is right for Scotland to be dragged out of Europe, dragged out of the single market, with all of the potentially ruinous consequences for our economy when we didn’t vote for that.“And if that’s the prospect that faces us then I do think Scotland would have the right to decide whether it wants to do that or allow that to happen, or whether it wants to follow a different, and in my view a better, path.”She avoided giving a direct answer when asked whether the SNP would take indyref2 off the table if the UK Government took note of Scotland’s position and there was a soft Brexit.However, her new deputy, Angus Robertson, the SNP leader at Westminster, said on the BBC’s Sunday Politics that if the UK Government delivered on the SNP’s priorities “we wouldn’t need to go ahead with a referendum”.Speaking the day after her party’s conference ended in Glasgow, Ms Sturgeon delivered the same message on three different political programmes on Sunday morning and confirmed that her MPs in Westminster would back a vote forcing Mrs May to come forward with her Brexit plan.On the subject of indyref2, she added: “We have to see the Prime Minister be serious about listening to those other options because if Scotland really is, as we have been told repeatedly we are, an equal partner in the UK, Theresa May may is serious about protecting the UK, then it is time for her to turn those words into action and actually demonstrate that Scotland’s voice is heard and our interests can be protected within the UK. We have not seen much of that form the prime minister so far so i hope we see more of it in the weeks to come.”Speaking on the Sunday Politics programme, Mr Mundell promised to look at any proposals put forward by the Scottish Government, but said it was difficult to see how a separate trade deal could be achieved.He added that in the four months since the EU vote, the SNP had not brought forward any specific proposals.Meanwhile, Professor Michael Keating, a leading constitutional expert, told the Telegraph earlier that Ms Sturgeon’s demand that Scotland remained in the single market was “not possible” because the EU creates a border around its single market outside of which trade barriers and tariffs apply. If Scotland was inside and England outside, he said that would create a “hard” economic border between the two restricting the movement of goods, services and people. Nicola Sturgeon has said she believes a second independence referendum in the next four years now looks even more certain than it did immediately after the Brexit vote when she warned it was “highly likely”.The First Minister said nothing had changed her mind since June, adding: “If anything, what has happened since then has probably made me think that even more so than I did the morning after the (EU) referendum”.At the same time, the SNP leader insisted she was “absolutely serious” about exploring other options which would include the SNP working with Labour, the Lib Dems and “moderate” Tories in the House of Commons to try to avert a “hard Brexit”.She also said she planned in the next few weeks to bring forward proposals that could allow Scotland to remain part of the Union while also staying in the single market – despite constitutional experts describing the proposal as “impossible”.last_img read more

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25 Sep
2019

Women still performing bulk of household chores survey finds

The glass ceiling for women is arguably being smashed in the workplace, but according to a new study, the same cannot be said of the home.The first exhaustive survey of the division of household chores in Britain finds that in the vast majority of couples, women are still shouldering the bulk of the work.The analysis by University College London (UCL) reveals that even for couples where the woman is more qualified and has a more demanding job, she is still likely to do around half of the housework.However, where the man is better qualified and has a busier paid job, he is likely to leave the majority of housework to his partner.Experts believe that despite the steady erosion of gender discrimination in the workplace, traditional opinions pervade behind the closed door of the home.Published in the journal Work, Employment and Society, the study found that fewer than seven per cent of couples share housework equally.“When it comes to housework and caring, we see gender equality remains rare and gender norms remain strong,” said Professor Anne McMumm, who led the research.“Changing attitudes around gender norms is one avenue for encouraging change in this area.” The team analysed data from more than 8,500 different sex couples who were interviewed as part of the UK Household Longitudinal Study in 2010-11.They identified two small groups where men’s contribution to housework was equal or more than that of their partners.In one of these groups – making up six per cent of all couples – women were the clear breadwinners.In another group – just one per cent of all couples – the man remained at home and did more than 20 hours’ domestic labour.However, even in this group, around two thirds of women also did some domestic work.“Our study suggests that even couples who share egalitarian ideas about the roles of men and women may not be able to counter potential obstacles to equality in the UK,” said Professor McMumm.Overall, almost half of the couples surveyed were duel-earners, with both members tending to be employed full-time.Within this group, 45 per cent of men did no more than four hours of housework a week, however 44 per cent of women worked between 10 and 19.The second biggest group, amounting to around three in 10 couples, had a highly traditional division of work, with men predominantly employed full-time, while over half of the women were not in paid work, and the remaining were employed part-time. They tended to spend more than 20 hours per week on housework, with 63 per cent of men contributing fewer than five hours per week.While progress has been made in some sectors to reduce the gender pay gap, new figures in April showed that the gender pay gap has widened at nearly half of the UK’s biggest employers.Budget airline Easyjet was among the top three worst offenders of an analysis of 10,000 firms, with a gap of 47.9 per cent.Professor McMumm suggested Britain should follow the lead of Scandinavian countries where well-paid paternity leave and provision of affordable childcare are widespread. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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25 Sep
2019

UPDATE Suspect in fatal stabbing of GDF rank turns self in

Murdered: Mark BagotThe suspect implicated in the murder of Guyana Defense Force (GDF) Lieutenant, 26-year-old Mark Bagot of Philippe Village, Corentyne Berbice on Sunday last and was being sought by Police, has turned himself in on Wednesday.This publication understands that the man was also accompanied by his lawyer.The suspect known only as “Son” escaped after reportedly stabbing the man to his left chest following an argument over Guinness.INews understands that the suspect and Bagot along with another friend were all imbibing at a bar when an argument ensued over the purchasing of Guinness by the victim.At around 20:45h, the argument escalated and resulted in a scuffle between the two when “Son” allegedly whipped out a knife and dealt Bagot the fatal stab wound.Bagot who reportedly had taken up a bar stool to defend himself, fell to the ground but was quickly picked up and rushed to the Port Mourant Hospital but was subsequently transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he died while receiving treatment.The suspect then quickly escaped the scene of the crime and could not be found since.Investigations are ongoing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAccused in murder of GDF lieutenant remandedJanuary 7, 2019In “Court”GDF rank stabbed to death during row over payment for GuinnessDecember 31, 2018In “Crime”Fatal stabbing: Kitty vendor died from ‘perforation of the heart’- PMEJune 6, 2018In “Crime” read more

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22 Sep
2019

DKB Bundesliga 20132014 open Kiel Flensburg and Lowen with the first points

Saturday was the first day of new season at DKB Bundesliga 2013/2014. In five matches favorites celebrated victories, among them, the three TOP teams from the previous season – THW Kiel, SG Flensburg and Rhein Neckar Lowen. The toughest job had TSV Hannover Burgdorf on away match in Eisenach 29:28.THW Kiel – Bergischer HC 34:24 (16:10)Goals: Vujin (7), Zeitz (7), Hansen (5), Jicha (4), Sigurdsson (4), Schmidt (3), Wiencek (2), Jallouz (1) und Sprenger (1) für KielGunnarsson (5), Szilagyi (5), Berggren (3), Oelze (3), Sabljic (3), Nippes (2/1), Hegemann (1), Hoße (1) und Weiß (1) für Bergischer HCGWD Minden – SG Flensburg-Handewitt 18:23 (10:11)Goals: Svitlica (7), Schäpsmeier (5), Schmidt (2), Tesch (2), Bilbija (1) und Südmeier (1) für MindenEggert (9), Gottfridsson (2), Hansen (2), Knudsen (2), Mogensen (2), Nenadic (2), Weinhold (2), Glandorf (1) und Heinl (1) für Flensburg-HandewittVfL Gummersbach – TV Emsdetten 27:23 (10:13)Goals: Putics (8), Santos (6), Bult (4), Schröder (4), Von Gruchalla (3), Larsson (1) und Schindler (1) für GummersbachBoomhouwer (7), Bozovic (3), Thünemann (3), Arnarsson (2), Lokkebo (2), Prce (2), Ragnarsson (2), Koch (1) und Selmanovic (1) für EmsdettenHBW Balingen-Weilstetten – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 22:30 (8:15)Goals: Theuerkauf (7), Strobel (4), Billek (3),Böhm (3), Häfner (3), König (1) und Weber (1) für Balingen-WeilstettenGensheimer (8), Ekdahl du Rietz (4), Myrhol (4), Karason (3), Schmid (3), Groetzki (2), Isaias Guardiola Villaplana (2), Manojlovic (2), Gorbok (1) und Gedeon Guardiola Villaplana (1) für Rhein-NeckarThSV Eisenach – TSV Hannover-Burgdorf 28:29 (16:16)Goals: Jaanimaa (6), Hansen (5), Luther (5), Jurdzs (4), Elisson (3), Heinemann (2), Jonsson (2) und Wöhler (1) für EisenachLehnhoff (7), Sevaljevic (6), Patrail (5), Hykkerud (3), Johannsen (3), Szücs (2), Buschmann (1), Mackovsek (1) und Rydergard (1) für Hannover-Burgdorf DKB Bundesliga 2013/2014German handballhandball league ← Previous Story Youth WCh 2013: Denmark is world champion! Next Story → Luxembourg to have team at VELUX EHF Champions League? read more

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22 Sep
2019

Poll If you were subject to or witness to a racist incident

first_imgTHE IMMIGRANT COUNCIL of Ireland (ICI) has today called for a review of how racist incidents are recorded by An Garda Síochána.ReportA study by the group finds that there is a 700 per cent gap between the amount of racist incidents reported to police in Northern Ireland compared to the Republic, stating that in 2009, 1038 incidents were recorded by the PSNI, compared to 128 by Gardaí.The ICI are calling for the introduction of an independent system of reporting incidents of racism.In today’s poll, we want to know: If you were subject to or witness to a racist incident would you report it to police? Yes (463) Poll Results: No (1082)center_img YesNoI don’t knowVote I don’t know (1091)last_img

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21 Sep
2019

Stugentrification People are concerned about the thousands of student apartments being built

first_img By Cormac Fitzgerald Costello says that the number of student accommodation units going up represents an over-development. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieFollowing on from Costello’s comments, current Independent TD for Dublin Central Maureen O’Sullivan said local residents in the north inner city are concerned about the number of dwelling units being built.O’Sullivan raised the issue with Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal Damien English in the Dáil in February.“At community meetings concerns have been raised about the social implications,” she said.Students are entitled to their parties etc., but when they come in such numbers to areas with families and senior citizen complexes, it will create difficulties. At an industry conference on student accommodation in Ireland. All the big players here discussing future in Ireland. pic.twitter.com/UlqoMAaZzN— Cormac Fitzgerald (@Cormfitz) April 6, 2017 34 Comments A student accommodation development on Gardiner Street. Image: Cormac Fitzgerald/TheJournal.ie Sunday 9 Apr 2017, 7:30 AM TOMMY GRAHAM HAS lived In Palmerston Place on the outskirts of Dublin’s north inner city for the past 15 years.As editor of the History Ireland magazine and one of the people behind Historical Walking Tours of Dublin, Graham knows his street and surrounding area well.He is also involved with the local MPM Residents Association.MPM is made up of residents from Mountjoy Street, Palmerston Place and Mountjoy Street Middle – which form a sort of ‘S’ shape together skirting the edges of the inner city.This area – along with many others around Dublin’s north and south inner cities – is in the process of significant change as huge construction is ongoing across Dublin.Among the new buildings being built or in the planning stages of being built are thousands of new, privately-run purpose-built student accommodation units.“There’s two ways this can go,” says Graham.“On the one hand we welcome any development that gets rid of vacant sites in the area.“But obviously we’re concerned if there is an over-development of a particular type of accommodation.We don’t want our neighbourhood to become a student ghetto.Student accommodation boom There is a boom of purpose-built student accommodation in Dublin city centre.In 2015, the Higher Education Authority called for an additional 25,000 beds in Ireland for students to meet the current and growing demand.Between 2015 and 2020, the HEA said there will be in the region of an additional 10,500 student-dedicated beds in Ireland (about 8,000 of these in Dublin).A large number of these units will feed into DIT’s new Grangegorman campus, with hundreds of new student beds planned for there and the surrounding areas like Stoneybatter.It’s expected that 20,000 students will be based in the Grangegorman campus by about 2020/2021, which will radically alter the demographics of the area.Former Labour Party TD for Dublin Central Joe Costello said in January that the scale of new units planned for the area would:Create a huge imbalance with the existing residential population, place pressure on local services and give rise to a host of problems in local neighbourhoods. Apr 9th 2017, 7:30 AM ‘Stugentrification’: People are concerned about the thousands of student apartments being built in Dublin city There is a boom of purpose-built student accommodation in Dublin city centre. 27,639 Views But we’ll wait and see what happens.Read: ‘It simply won’t be affordable’: New student rooms in Dublin will cost a minimum of €249 a weekRead: A four-star Galway hotel is set to be converted into student accommodationcenter_img Short URL Share Tweet Email9 When questioned by TheJournal.ie over concerns about the large influx of students in the north inner city, the panel all had similar answers.“It’s better to have 2/3,000 beds of purpose-built student accommodation surrounding the new Grangegorman campus where the students can be housed in a managed environment,” said Matthew McAdden, CEO of Atelier“Rather than 20,000 people by 2020 or 2021 studying on that campus and living in the surrounding houses in an uncontrolled manner.What we would say to any person who lives around that campus is that a student who is living in a managed building of any of the operators who are here today is going to be a better managed and better behaved student than on who is going to be there anyway.GSA’s head of construction for the EU Aaron Bailey added that for every unit of student accommodation they built, it would free up more private rental stock for families and others.“We’d like to think we’re part of the solution rather than part of the problem,” said Alexander Knapp, managing director of Hines.Back at Palmerston Place, Tommy Graham of MGM Residents’ Association said the group will be keeping a watchful eye on the developments.“We are concerned at the scale but we’re not opposed to this in principle,” he said.“If it’s purpose-built hopeful it will be okay but we have no faith in the DCC planners, as they have given the nod to horrendous developments in the past.They seem to have an attitude that this is a rundown, poor part of the city and residents should be grateful for any scraps. http://jrnl.ie/3325597 Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/Twitter A student accommodation development on Gardiner Street. O’Sullivan said the number of students entering the north inner city could pose problems for the area. Source: RollingNews.ieAcross the cityEnglish roundly rejected O’Sullivan’s statements about the potential negative effects an influx of students would have on the city centre.“It is unfair to just assume that because an area has student accommodation, it will suffer all these difficulties. That is a little unfair and the wrong view, as it is not borne out by facts,” he told the Dáil.Further east from Stoneybatter, more student units are being built on Dorset Street, Gardiner Street and Summerhill. These areas will see about 1,500 news student beds over the next two years.Local Dublin City Councillor Gary Gannon said that there are some concerns in the area about large numbers, but he didn’t see any problems with students coming to the area, as long as the units were affordable. A development in Summerhill“There has been some residents kicking up a fuss about it… but I don’t have a problem,” he said.People saying they don’t want student accommodation need to realise that there is a housing crisis.Meanwhile, south across the River Liffey, in the Liberties area of Dublin 8, there are significant developments underway, which will bring over 1,000 student beds to the area.One development  – the New Binary Hub off Thomas Street – has already opened, with 471 beds filled since September.Stephen Coyne, programme co-ordinator with The Liberties Business Area Improvement Initiative (a DCC run programme), said that the experience in the area had been largely positive so far.“Initial feelings have been very positive [in relation to the Binary Hub],” said Coyne.“Residents are feeling positive and the [nearby] Digital Hub are happy with how it worked out.” A development on the Mill Street area in the Liberties. Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/TheJournal.ieIn general, Coyne said it was too early to tell what effect the large influx will have on the area. However, with the Liberties College and National College of Art and Design present there for years, the area is no stranger to student life.He said that increasing numbers will help the local industry and bring a “new dynamic” to the area.“Students do bring a good buzz to the area,” he said.“They are already a vital part of life around Thomas Street so it’s really just a matter of how they are accommodated.It is possible to over egg the pudding, but it will be interesting to see how this new type of accommodation may overcome people’s initial fears of over-concentration.Time will tell The main players in the student accommodation boom all gathered this week at the Wood Quay Venue on Thursday for a conference on the plans and future of such accommodation in Ireland.The event was organised by The Class of 2020, a student accommodation group, that works to advance the sector in Europe.Tops representatives from international investment giants Hines, GSA and the Atelier Property Group – who are all building or planning to build thousands of new student accommodation units in Ireland over the coming years – sat on a panel and spoke about their plans for Dublin and Ireland. 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21 Sep
2019

One American Two Britons Arrested in Crete Synagogue Arsons

first_imgGreek police have arrested one American, two Britons and a local citizen for twice torching a 600-year-old synagogue that was recently restored. A second American is at-large, possibly in Italy.The Etz Chaim synagogue in the port city of Hania is Crete’s only Jewish house of worship. The 15th century building was restored in 1999 to serve as a museum and prayer center on the Sabbath, Jewish holidays and special occasions.The American, 24 years old, and the Britons, ages 23 and 33, have been living on the island of Crete for the last three months and worked in odd jobs, such as waiting on tables. The American faces charges in court on Thursday.Greek police said they were able to break the case after the Greek suspect confessed to the arson attacks, one on January 5, when he and the Britons allegedly set the synagogue on fire, and one on the Sabbath two weeks ago. The second attack destroyed 2,500 rare books and the wooden roof of the building.Greek police are investigating the possibility that the gang was planning to form a terrorist organization. One of the British citizens apparently was the ring leader, according to Britain’s Guardian newspaper.After the arsons, the U.S. State Department commented that the attacks were “clearly intended to intimidate and terrorize Greek’s Jewish community,” which numbers approximately 8,000 and which recently has suffered several anti-Semitic attacks on synagogues and cemeteries.The Etz Chaim website notes that the old building- before it was restored – was seen by many Crete residents as “a monument to the success of the Nazis in obliterating 2,300 years of Jewish life.” The museum added that the restoration was a “vibrant statement of Jewish life, vitality and values. Museum director Nicholas Stavroulakis has vowed to restore the building. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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21 Sep
2019

First in the world in Greek

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Eleni-Pinelopi Tsolakidou is only fourteen years old, yet she has managed to earn an international award in Greek. She entered a ten day contest against 300,000 students from 1,200 schools worldwide. The online competition involved translating thousands of words from Greek to English and vice versa, focusing on the correct spelling, syntax and use of grammar as well. Eleni-Pinelopi attends Benowa State High School and the Greek school of the St Anna community in the Gold Coast, and entered the competition during an extremely demanding school semester. She managed to achieve many VHAs in several classes, whilst performing numerous extracurricular activities.Apart from winning the Gold Medal in the Greek language for the second consecutive year in a global online contest, such as Language Perfect World Championship 2014, Eleni-Pinelopi also excelled in music (music extension course) by winning the best performance prize by playing piano, guitar and ukulele. She also took the Amer music exam (Australian Music Examinations Board) which is recognised by the Ministry of Education QLD, NSW and University of Melbourne, achieving top grades.Eleni-Pinelopi’s achievements do not end here, as she also received the first student prize in the Italian language at her school. The girl also received her school’s honour, among 500 students in a total of sixteen grade 9 classes. The honour was awarded for her outstanding behaviour in addition to achieving the highest scores in all school subjects. For the third year in a row she is the class captain for both her schools.“Next year, Eleni-Pinelopi will in fact attend year 11 chemistry classes while attending 10th grade,” her mother, Eugenia Tziouka-Tsolakidou, proudly tells Neos Kosmos. “Eleni-Pinelopi came from Greece when she was eight years old and did not speak English,” she explains.At the same time, the girl is a member of St Anna’s traditional dance group. This year, she volunteered to teach younger children traditional Greek dances and found time to participate in Hellenic Dancers of Brisbane.“Eleni-Pinelopi enjoys playing tennis and loves painting and photography. My daughter is a member of the school choir and Glee. She just can’t stop learning and has to keep her mind busy.”In any case, we are dealing with the outstanding example of a Greek migrant child who overcame the language barrier, proving that hard work pays off.last_img read more

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20 Sep
2019

La Xoom 2 se dévoile peu à peu

first_imgLa Xoom 2 se dévoile peu à peuSelon les dernières informations révélées sur la Toile, la remplaçante de la tablette Xoom de Motorola devrait être déclinée en deux versions, avec des écrans de 8 et 10 pouces.Peu à peu, le voile se lève sur la remplaçante de la tablette tactile de Motorola, la Xoom. Si l’on en croit les photos tout juste dévoilées, celle qui est pour l’instant appelée Xoom 2 devrait être ainsi déclinée en deux versions, l’une à l’écran 8 pouces et l’autre à l’écran 10 pouces, explique Le Nouvel Obs. À lire aussiMicrosoft préparerait trois nouvelles versions de sa tablette tactile SurfacePar ailleurs, elle disposera d’une puce double coeur à 1,2 gigahertz, signée Texas Instruments et non plus nVidia ainsi que d’un appareil photo numérique de 5 millions de pixels, de 1 gigaoctets de mémoire vive, d’une autonomie d’environ 11 heures et de l’enregistrement vidéo en 1080p.Nouveau propriétaire de Motorola Mobility, Google équipera évidemment la Xoom 2 du système d’exploitation Android. Elle devrait mesurer quelque 9 millimètres d’épaisseur, soit autant que l’iPhone et un peu plus que l’iPad 2 (8,8 millimètres). Enfin, elle pourrait être la première tablette compatible avec Flash 11.Le 27 septembre 2011 à 15:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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19 Sep
2019

Video from Hulk Hogan Appreciation Night at MSG on 227

first_img WWE Hall of Famer Kevin Nash reveals he recently underwent stem cell treatment Videos Articles WWE has posted video from the Hulk Hogan Appreciation Night ceremony this past Friday night in New York City at Madison Square Garden. Pinterest Chris Hemsworth To Play Hulk Hogan In New Biopic Twitterverse Responds To Hulk Hogan Hosting WWE’s ‘Crown Jewel’ Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipHulk Hogan Will Host WWE’s ‘Crown Jewel’ Event In Saudi ArabiaVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:28/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Google+ Hulk Hogan Will Host WWE’s ‘Crown Jewel’ Event In Saudi Arabia Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Hulk Hogan Is Back With WWE Twitter Hulk Hogan WWE RAW Results – 7/22/19 (RAW Reunion show, Hall of Famers and Legends return) WWE celebrates Smackdown’s 20th anniversary on the first episode on FOX on October 4 Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Hulk Hogan To Return To WWE At Crown Jewellast_img read more

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18 Sep
2019

Real Madrid monitor South American sensation Wilmar Barrios

first_imgBoca Juniors’ wonder Wilmar Barrios could soon be heading towards Europe, with Real Madrid lining up a shock January move for the Colombia internationalThe 25-year-old midfielder has been astonishing ever since he arrived at the Bombonera back in 2016. During his two-year spell with the Xeneizes, Barrios has lifted two Argentine Primera Division titles.Now, he is on his way of becoming the champions of the Copa Libertadores, as Boca comfortably cruising towards the big final.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Although yet unfamiliar to a wider audience in Europe, the former Deportes Tolima man has already built a notable reputation in South America.Now, the Spanish Marca report that Real Madrid prepare to make a January bid for Barrios, as Casemiro and Modric both struggle to rediscover their last season form.With Toni Kross and the aforementioned stars being the only reliable options in the midfield, Florentino Perez has to rush back into the market to provide some depth to his squad.last_img read more

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17 Sep
2019

Caltrans annual tribute to fallen workers 188 deaths since the 1920s

first_img Updated: 6:56 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsLocal officials from Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol paid tribute Tuesday to every highway worker who has died on the job statewide since 1921 with a memorial featuring 188 orange cones.Two cones were placed for Caltrans District 4 Bay Bridge Toll Collector Si Si Han and District 4 Structural Steel Painter Supervisor Annette Brooks, who lost their lives in 2017.KUSI’s Ed Lenderman was LIVE with the story. Caltrans annual tribute to fallen workers: 188 deaths since the 1920s Ed Lenderman April 10, 2018center_img Ed Lenderman, Posted: April 10, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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10 Sep
2019

Mazda and Subaru hop on Toyotas selfdriving joint venture with SoftBank

first_img Post a comment 3:28 2019 Subaru Ascent review Enlarge ImageMonet Technologies’ first autonomous mobility contraption will likely be based on Toyota wild e-Palette concept.  Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow Last October, Toyota and SoftBank announced the creation of a joint venture called Monet Technologies, which seeks to mix big data and self-driving cars in an effort to create a whole little mobility ecosystem. Now Monet’s ranks are expanding in a big way.Five other Japanese automakers are hopping into Monet Technologies with Toyota and SoftBank, Reuters reports. The group comprises Daihatsu, Isuzu, Mazda, Subaru and Suzuki. Each company will invest approximately 57 million yen (about $530,000) into the company, and in return, each automaker will receive a 2% stake in the company. SoftBank and Toyota both have 35% stakes, according to Reuters.If you’re wondering where the other 20% stake is, it’s split between two other Japanese OEMs. Honda and Hino, a Toyota subsidiary for trucks, both announced the purchase of 10% stakes back in March. The two companies paid about $2.27 million each for those slices of Monet Technologies.The goal of Monet is to build a self-driving car for use in various mobility enterprises, but the focus is on providing a vehicle for a ride-hailing venture that could go up against industry stalwarts like Didi Chuxing, Lyft and Uber. It’s believed that Monet will use a vehicle similar to the e-Palette concept Toyota showed off at CES 2018.The company will start its efforts in Japan, but it hopes to expand to other countries in the mid-2020s. Some of the companies involved have a past history already, especially when it comes to Toyota — Mazda, Subaru and Suzuki all have research and development agreements with the automaker. Subaru, for example, will co-develop a new EV platform with Toyota, while Mazda and Toyota are teaming up to built a joint-venture plant in the US. More From Roadshow Mazda Subaru Toyota 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel review: Was it really worth the wait? Autonomous Vehicles Car Industry Mazda SoftBank Subaru Toyota 22 Photos Toyota e-Palette is its vision for a multifunctional… Toyota e-Palette concept debuts at CES 2018 Tags 2019 Mazda CX-9 review: Losing its edge? Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 0last_img read more

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5 Sep
2019

Union Budget 2017 Review by top Indian and global analysts bankers

first_imgWatched by 24.4 million viewers, finance minister Arun Jaitley’s Union Budget 2017 has got a positive response from most bankers, analysts, policymakers, brokerages and ratings agencies, though some have sounded cautious.Here, we bring you comments and observations made by them even as the stock markets gave thumbs up to the budget for the second day (Thursday), ending with gains of 85 points at 28,226. On Wednesday, the Sensex jumped 485 points to close at 28,141, while NSE Nifty ended 155 points higher at 8,716.Read: Union Budget 2017 gives 15,500 crore tax relief to individual tax payersDoor open for rate cut by RBI: DBS Bank The Union budget for FY17/18 (Apr17 to Mar18) adopted a balanced approach between maintaining fiscal discipline and pursuing inclusive growth policies.The FY17/18 fiscal deficit target was set at 3.2 percent of GDP, a modest deviation from the roadmap’s 3 percent. Market borrowings to finance the FY17/18 (referred to as FY18 in rest of the note) deficit were lower-than-expected, helping to cheer bond yields.With the government committed to fiscal consolidation, and 4Q16-1Q17 CPI inflation well below targets, the Reserve Bank of India might consider a 25bp rate cut at its policy meeting next week. The decision will be a close call. Nominal GDP for FY18 is expected to quicken to 11.8 percent from a revised 10.2% in FY17, and provide some cushion to next year’s fiscal ratios. If the measures are well-executed, Wednesday’s budget will boost rural and urban consumption, especially amongst low-income earners. This will provide a respite from the short-term dip in activities following the banknote ban. No big shocks: Nirmal Bang Institutional Equities The 2017-18 Union Budget has been workman-like with no big shocks/flourishes. By keeping spending growth low and also keeping the net borrowing number significantly lower than market expectation, it seeks to drive growth by coaxing households and corporates to come out and consume/invest more by borrowing at cheaper interest rates.Budget math seems reasonably credible, especially in the context that no revenues have been accounted from the new income declaration scheme (Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana), which could be substantial. The latter could give the government some elbow room as estimates on divestment and inflows from small savings schemes may be a bit optimistic.There were no big shocks that will upset equity investors – no change in capital gains tax, continued focus on fiscal consolidation, no big political sops (except the ones already made by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi on 31 December 2016), no announcement regarding Universal Basic Income plan, focus on a smaller government and ease of doing business (abolishment of Foreign Investment Promotion Board or FIPB) and also focus on a ‘less cash’ economy.Good, even if not inspiring: HDFC SecuritiesArun Jaitley has yet again delivered an elaborate and meticulous Budget, mostly within stated policies. It laboured more than it inspired. India still awaits a transformative and inspiring follow-through after demonetisation. Jaitley has scored moderately well across this list. But nowhere has he hit the boundaries that could have brought the audience to its feet in applause. Not one brave new measure cashed in on the mass-support for the politically risky move of demonetisation. The decision to abolish the FIPB and the conscious decision not to increase the number of Central Schemes are confirmations of this Government’s rational intent.While the intent to widen the tax net is commendable, the results may not be easily forthcoming as soon as aspired. We see moderate risk to direct tax collections, and hence, to fiscal discipline (or capital expenditure) as the year progresses. Global factors, as always, will throw in uncertainty.Prudent, not populist: NomuraContrary to expectations of populism in the run-up to state elections and after demonetisation, the government is sticking to its path of fiscal consolidation, albeit at a less aggressive pace: it will narrow its fiscal deficit to 3.2 percent of GDP in FY18 (year-ending March 2018) vs 3.5 percent in FY17.We think the fiscal assumptions are largely credible. We view the revenue targets as conservative overall, while we see an upside risk to revenue expenditure, which suggests that capex could be cut later if additional revenue from the amnesty scheme does not materialise or if oil prices rise further.The key message from the budget is that the government has chosen macro stability over growth, despite the pressure to present a populist budget. We see this budget as prudent and popular, but not populist.Not transformative: India RatingsThe broad theme of the FY18 budget remains on reducing the pain arising out of demonetisation and continuity of focusing on infrastructure and housing.  The fiscal deficit target at 3.2 percent of GDP in FY18 is lower than expected and positive for money markets, this will ensure transmission of low rates and benefits to the banking sector. The reduction in LNG custom duty will boost volumes for companies namely Petronet LNG Ltd.  The governments focus on lowering kerosene consumption is positive for upstream companies as zero subsidy sharing is expected in FY18. Adding two strategic crude oil reserves will take the total crude oil capacity in India to 15.33mt and provide additional energy security. Synergistic benefits will flow to the oil public sector companies, as the government proposes to create integrated PSU oil major.The railways shifting from diesel to solar power will impact diesel consumption, since the railways consume 3.24 percent of diesel in India.Realistic numbers commendable: Motilal Oswal SecuritiesIt is notable that the government has budgeted realistic to conservative growth in tax collection and avoided inclusion of any windfall receipts from the potential extinguishment of RBI’s liabilities due to demonetization, which lends credibility to its receipts estimates. It was heartening to see the government resisting calls for populist measures. Overall, we believe that the government has tried to make the maximum impact at minimum cost by providing relief to the low-income individual tax payers and reducing corporate tax for small companies – the most affected sections of the society. The government has kept inflationary bias at bay and its realistic math adds to its credibility.We also believe that a credible and economy-sensitive Budget opens the room for the RBI to deliver a rate cut.Surprises galore: SBI chairman Arundhati BhattacharyaAs far as new announcements are concerned most of them were unanticipated. The measure to tackle black money such as capping the cash transition limit to Rs 3 lacs and reforms in political funding such as reduction in minimum cash donation to political parties to Rs 2000 and novel ideas like electoral bonds were in the surprise list. These measures are nonetheless a continuation of the demonetization measure.The abolishing of FIPB is a welcome move as it removes another hurdle in movement of inward FDI. This measure will therefore boost the foreign investors’ confidence to invest in India.Given the general macroeconomic environment, domestic and abroad, the budget has achieved the much needed delicate balancing factor.Best budget, given the constraints: Angel BrokingFinance Minister has done his level best under the circumstances and the constraints on resources and his capacity to be too liberal with the fiscal deficit.The Union Budget has made a record allocation of Rs.10,00,000 crore for agricultural credit during the current financial year. This is likely to be a major boost to agriculture and a lot of sectors like agrochemicals, fertilizers, and drip irrigation systems.The fiscal discipline will ensure to keep bond yields low and also enhance rating of India’s external ratings. The commitment to keep revenue deficit at less than 1.9 percent will also be positive for the currency. This will be an indirect benefit for the equity markets in India.#ZAPRToday: 24.4 Mn watch as @arunjaitley announces 34% raise in advance tax on Personal income tax. #Budget2017 #TaxSlabs pic.twitter.com/Afd3IMwcmd— Indian TV viewership (@zapr_data) February 1, 2017last_img read more

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1 Sep
2019

Magic Leap One Everything We Know So Far

first_imgCPU & GPUNVIDIA® Parker SOCCPU: 2 Denver 2.0 64-bit cores + 4 ARM Cortex A57 64-bitcores (2 A57’s and 1 Denver accessible to applications)GPU: NVIDIA PascalTM, 256 CUDA coresGraphic APIs: OpenGL 4.5, Vulkan, OpenGL ES 3.1+AEPRAM8 GB (4 gigabytes of memory available to applications)Storage Capacity128 GB (approximately 95 GB available to applications)ConnectivityBluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11ac/b/g/n, USB-CAudio InputVoice (speech to text) + real-world audio (ambient)Audio OutputOnboard speakers and 3.5mm jack with audio spatialization processing What do Magic Leap’s menus look like?The system’s menus can be shown in 2D or 3D, and float in the air in front of the user. The menu features a number of round icons arranged in a circle. The interface will include details on battery life, WiFi connection, and grant users the ability to create their own avatars. Instead of requiring a controller for use, owners can simply use their fingers to interact with the menus.What is Magic Leap’s field of view?One of the big unanswered questions is the Magic Leap’s viewing angle, that is, how much of your view it can take up with created reality. During my time with the device, I described that viewing area as about the size of a VHS tape held in front of your face with your arms mostly extended. How does Magic Leap compare to the competition?The Microsoft HoloLens features a custom “holographic processing unit,” 2GB of memory, and 64GB of storage.When does Magic Leap One come out?The Magic Leap One Creator Edition launched on Aug. 8 in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, the San Francisco Bay area and Seattle, with complimentary delivery, fit and set-up service provided using LiftOff service.How much will Magic Leap One cost?The package costs $2,295 and includes the Lightwear headset, Lightpack computing pack, Control handheld input device, a Fit Kit to ensure a perfectly calibrated fit, chargers, and a Quick Start Guide. You can also add an optional fabric strap for the Lightpack. Prescription insert lenses will be made available soon, according to Magic Leap. The device comes with a one-year limited warranty.When will Magic Leap release a consumer-focused headset?The first consumer-focused Magic Leap headset will be the Magic Leap Two and will include support for AT&T’s 5G cellular network. There is no timing for when that will be made available.What does the gear look like and what is it called?The gear looks like oversized goggles with a thick hard plastic headband and two wires coming out of the rear. The wires attach to a pocket computer that can be clipped onto a person’s belt or the outside of their pocket. The goggles are called Lightwear and the computer a Lightpack.The system also includes a controller that features a central oversized thumb touchpad and several buttons. The theory that drives Magic Leap is that the world we see is in fact created in a person’s visual cortex, which is essentially working like a rendering engine in a graphics card or computer. Magic Leap is said to trick the brain into thinking it is seeing reality. That reality is then overlaid onto what really exists. Almost as importantly, the image projected into a person’s eye is controlled by a computer that knows the surroundings so it can make sure a virtual character or creation doesn’t walk through a table or disappear into a wall. Finally, spatial sound is delivered via the headset as well, adding a greater sense of space to the experience.Who is behind Magic Leap?Magic Leap was founded by Abovitz, who took the money he earned from selling Mako Surgical Corp., a company he created to sell robotic arms and software for surgery, and reinvested a chunk of it into Magic Leap in 2010.In the years since launch, Magic Leap pulled in $2.44 billion from investors like Google, AT&T, and Alibaba.The company operates out of a massive complex in Plantation, Fla., which includes its own fabrication plant, soundstage, testing areas designed to look like different rooms in a home, and offices for its more than 1,500 employees.What about the whale and robot videos?Magic Leap’s first real public outing was via a “proof of concept” video that showed a whale breaching from a high school gym floor, before flopping back down through waves of water and then vanishing. Other concept videos showed a tiny floating robot hiding under a table in an office and a user playing a game in their office based on Weta Workshop’s “Dr. Grordbort’s” world of fancy laser guns and robots.Some of that was designed to entice more than inform, though I’ve seen the floating robot and it the video does a fairly good job of capturing what it’s like. Weta Workshops also announced they are working on a game for Magic Leap based on “Dr. Grordbort” and it sounds like it will be similar to what the video shows. How and where can I buy a Magic Leap?Just sign onto the official website, enter your zip code and if it’s available in your area you can purchase one and set up delivery.Where can I demo Magic Leap?The creator edition won’t have demos for the public, but once the full retail Magic Leap Two releases, a number of AT&T stores will have the device on hand for demos.What sorts of programs will it have at launch?Magic Leap launches alongside a suite of “core applications” for the device including the Helio web browser, which delivers 3D and spatial web experiences; the Screens video player, which can be used to place multiple displays of any size in a physical space; and the Social avatars application. Along with feature-complete apps, Magic Leap rolled out a number of demos including the Sigur Ros-collaboration entitled Tonandi, a sandbox mixed-reality experience called Create, and Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders, the Weta Workshops game.Who does Magic Leap have content partnerships with?A mix of companies are now involved with Magic Leap, including AT&T, Weta Workshop, Turner Broadcasting, the NBA, visual effects company Framestore, Lucasfilm, the band Sigur Ros, and interactive comic book publisher Madefire.What operating system does Magic Leap use?Magic Leap uses an operating system called Lumin OS that is built around a Linux kernel called Lumis Core. Multiple Lumin apps can run at the same time, but apps built using Unreal or Unity (both of which it supports) have to run on their own. Recently uncovered documentation for developers is much more specific, saying that the Magic Leap has a horizontal field of view of 40 degrees and a vertical view of 30 degrees with a diagonal view of 50 degrees, resulting in a viewing area about one-third larger horizontally and double vertically that of the HoloLens.To put it another way, at 40-inches, the field of view is big enough to show a large house cat, and at 144-inches it can display three six-foot-tall people.Can Magic Leap’s images obscure real-world objects?Not entirely, though I did see something like this done in a relatively dark room.Can Magic Leap’s images look as if they’re disappearing behind real-world objects?Yes.How does it compare to headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive?While the virtual reality of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive is fully immersive, it’s unlikely anyone would mistake it for real. Using VR headsets also means essentially tuning out of reality and experiencing something only the user or users can see.Magic Leap allows users to see the world around them and interact with the tech’s creations. In theory, it could one day be used to replace computer monitors and iPhone screens. But it also doesn’t have the same level of graphics and the field of view is much smaller than with virtual reality. In VR, much of what the eye can see is recreated from left to right and up to down. With Magic Leap, the tech creates its experiences in a square of space invisibly floating before your eyes. While Magic Leap works to make the borders of what it can display blur into reality, there’s still a point to both sides and above and beyond where the image simply disappears.How does it compare to mobile phone augmented reality?Augmented reality in a phone requires a user to hold a phone up and see the augmented images projected onto the view shown through the camera’s phone. With Magic Leap, you simply wear the headset.How does it compare to HoloLens?Microsoft’s HoloLens uses a different sort of technology, but in many ways delivers a similar experience. The view is smaller with HoloLens and some of the finer visual effects — like being able to make a created image block out what’s behind it — aren’t available.How does Magic Leap work?Magic Leap founder Rony Abovitz said he’d prefer not to call the tech the company is creating as VR, AR, or MR. Instead, he says Magic Leap is a special computer that creates a digital light field. The light field is essentially all of the light bouncing off all of the objects in a world. When you take a picture, you’re capturing a very thin slice of that light field. The eye sees much more of that light field, allowing a person to perceive depth, movement, and a lot of other visual subtleties. Updated 8/8/18: First fully revealed to Rolling Stone in 2017, the first publicly available version of the Magic Leap One headset is now on sale if you live in one of six cities in the U.S.The ever-growing team behind the mixed-reality headset and pocket-computer system say they believe the gear will reinvent the way people interact with not just computers, but reality. Where virtual-reality headsets recreate a user’s world inside a diver’s mask-like headset, Magic Leap aims to mix its creations with the reality a user inhabits. With a creator version of the device, the Magic Leap One Creator Edition, now on sale it’s a good time to go over exactly what we know so far about the technology, what its initial promise was and what we’re still hoping to learn.What is Magic Leap likely to include in its headset and pocket computer when it launches? Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

No Summer without mango

first_imgIf it is not mango, then it is not summer. Anyone and everyone in the country drool when it comes to mangoes. Even Katrina Kaif does. From Sindoori, Dussheri, Safeda to the country’s priced possession Alfonso, we love it all. Let’s say  Jaypee Vasant Continental just got it right this summer. They’ve come up with this scrumptious mango filled menu for all the mango lovers. ‘Go Mangolicious’ is a one month event organised by the group to tickle your taste buds. Wondering what could be made out of a simple and succulent mango? Here you go. Italian Mango Cheese Cake, Fresh  Mango  Tarte Tatin, Aam Ki Rasbhari, Mango Kulfi Mango Split, Mango   Brulee, Mango  Meringue  Tart and  Mango Jubilee. Yes, they all await you.last_img

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30 Aug
2019

Why Millennials Dont Worry That Much About Online Security

first_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 6 min read December 24, 2015 Security is something many of us hold dear. Most of us want to be sure that the sites we surf and buy from offer things like https encryption, keeping our personal information secure from identity thieves or even just keeping to the basics of privacy. It may seem hard to believe that there are actually computer and mobile users out there that are not worried about what type of online security is working behind the scenes. And, this is even in light of stories about hackers and stories that periodically pop up about personal data theft from retailers like what happened to Target two holiday seasons ago.This group probably even thinks the rest of us are just paranoid and don’t necessarily understand the online environment that they have grown up with. This group is known as millennials. A September 2015 news release from Symantec released findings that noted millennials (the under-35 set), now referred to as digital natives, just aren’t as concerned about online security and privacy as previous generations. Although Norton commissioned an online quantitative survey through Edelman Berland of 1,000 millennial consumers in Australia, the findings are reflective of the attitudes around the world within this group.Related: 5 Ways Millennials Are Like No Generation Before Them1. Surveys reveal shocking beliefs and actions by millennials.As the survey noted, “Millennials use online platforms more than any other age group. They own a tablet, laptop and at least one smartphone and increasingly use all devices simultaneously. They are savvy with social media and are always connected, sharing more information online than any other age group.”Yet, they seem to be willing to gamble the most with their privacy and security out of any of the other generations. Here are some of the shocking findings from this survey:One in four (28 percent) admitted sharing virtually everything that happened in their day-to-day life online.A third believe it is easy to remove information that has been posted online, and almost half are using social media sites with low-privacy settings.The survey also found that cybercrime continues to be an increasing problem for millennials with 55 percent reporting they have been affected by a computer virus, 26 percent by a phishing scam, 16 percent by online identity theft and 14 percent by ransomware attacks.A survey from 2013 done by the University of Southern California’s Center for the Digital Future did note that millennials are more willing to share information, including personal information and their GPS location, than other groups, but they still show some signs of concern about their personal data and Web history. This survey noted:Millennials were more likely (56 percent) to share their location in order to receive coupons from nearby businesses versus those over 35 (42 percent).25 percent said they would give away their personal information to get more relevant information versus 19 percent of those 35 and over.Over half said they would share information with a company if they got something in return versus 40 percent of those 35 and over.This illustrates the millennials understanding that information has become a valuable commodity, and they want something out of it if they are going to share anything about themselves.Yet, there are still concerns with how millennials use the Internet, according to further research by a 2015 study by Software Advice:85 percent admitted to re-using credentials across sites and services.16 percent accept social-media invites from strangers on a regular basis.48 percent use personal devices to access work files.Millennials are less interested in receiving security training through gamification than other groups.Related: Millennials: Death to the Cubicle!2. Reasons for the lack of fear and concern.It’s surprising in some ways that this group would be almost more trusting of the online environment than say older generations who lack the same technology skills and experience. Yet, millennials have already been identified as being greater risk takers than other generations as seen by the way they have approached developing new businesses, working and living, in general.It may well be that this group actually worries less, because they assume that the available technology innovations, including fingerprint biometric security solutions found on numerous smartphones, have their back at all times. As Jeff Cole, Director of the Center of the Digital Future at USC noted, “From very early ages, millennials were just very comfortable really using technology as their bridge to the world, and therefore (have) very little to fear from it.”While there are many more technology solutions that increase the strength of online security, millennials somehow think it’s an impenetrable fortress. They do not consider that the ability to share means that their friends could share their photos or location information with their friends who may not be as trustworthy.In fact, it is this group that is driving the trend toward a deeper connection between devices, appliances and ourselves through the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT). We are becoming linked to our homes through smart devices that control our houses as well as our cars and pretty much the rest of our lives.This push to an even further connection between the online world and ourselves shows the true lack of concern millennials have for security, because the implications of breaching a home network, taking control of a person’s car and other potential security risks are present and need to be addressed with greater security controls.3. Ways to stay safe.Whether you are worried or not about your own online security, it’s best to keep these tips in mind to maximize your safety:Use the latest patches and security updates available.Create strong and different passwords for each site you use.Utilize security software.Be aware of the current scams out there.Turn off location settings on your smartphone.Understand privacy policies and mobile security options.Think about what you share on social media before posting it, including where you are and what you are doing.Back up your information regularly.Don’t give any personal information away online.Maybe millennials just know something the rest of us don’t in terms of the comfort level they have with working, living and connecting online. Despite how they feel, the reality is that online security needs to be continually addressed by everyone that uses the Internet and connected devices, as well as by the organizations set to create new security solutions.Related: 7 Things Every Twentysomething Entrepreneur Must Know Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

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17 Aug
2019

For Qantas it Feels Like Home

first_imgQantas unveiled the latest of its brand campaigns titled ‘Feels Like Home’.It tells the stories of five Qantas passengers around the world, and their journey home to Australia and being welcomed at the airport by loved ones.The campaign coincides with the national carrier celebrating its ninety forth year of operation in November this year and their seventieth year of the Qantas logo.The advertisement is based on the real life journey of five people; a young woman making an emotional return to Sydney after a year in London; a miner coming home to his family after a long stint in the Pilbara; a little girl coming home from Los Angeles after the trip of her lifetime visiting extended family; a mother living in Hong Kong bringing their new baby home to excited grandparents for the first time; and a young backpacker making his way back from South America.Qantas Group chief executive officer Alan Joyce said the campaign was designed to celebrate the unique place Qantas has in the lives of many Australians and the time was right to reinforce what makes Qantas special.“For almost 100 years Qantas has been bringing Australians from all around the world home to the people and places they love,” Mr Joyce said.The campaign will reinvigorate the brand after a tumultuous year that saw the airline operating at a loss of $2.8 billion after tax.Mr Joyce said the airline will go back to doing what it does best; in delivering a level of service Australian passengers have come to know as reassuring.“We often hear that seeing the Qantas red tail at an airport, or stepping on board a Qantas aircraft, makes Australians feel like they’re halfway home already. That’s the spirit we wanted to capture.“The stories we’re telling through this campaign are repeated everyday across our network. They reflect the special pull of home, the love of family and friends and the way Qantas helps bring Australians together around the country and around the globe,” Mr Joyce added.The music backdrop is that of Randy Newman’s song, Feels Like Home sung by 20 year old Australian singer, Martha Marlow and will also be played on-board Qantas aircraft. The campaign will be seen on television, cinema, outdoor, in print and online.Source = ETB Travel News: Basil Naimetlast_img read more

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