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Lang Lang Wants Every Child To Get The Best Start In Life

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first_imgUnited Nations Messenger of Peace and world renowned pianist, Lang Lang, added his voice to ensure every child has the best start in life and make early childhood development a global priority, as he joined UNICEF’s early childhood development campaign.

Lang Lang took time out of his busy musical schedule to spend the day with young children at a kindergarten in Beijing and to shoot a public service announcement with Cookie Monster from Sesame Street. Interacting with children, Lang Lang had the opportunity to understand how this model public kindergarten was bringing a combination of creative art, music and play to children aged 3 to 6 years old.

”The early years of a child’s life is the period when children’s worldview takes shape. They start to learn things and they learn very fast during this period of time. It’s just like when you practise the piano in the morning, it is easy to remember the piano score. For young children, it is the morning period in their life,” said Lang Lang.

The estimated returns on investment in Early Childhood Care and Education for disadvantaged children are as high as 1:17 proving it is one of the most cost-effective strategies for reducing disparity. In the longer run it can also contribute to improved adult health, education and productivity.

”We know that building the right foundations in the first few years of life can play a critical role in how a child later learns, adapts to change and physically grows and develops into an adult,” said Chen Xuefeng, UNICEF China’s Early Childhood Development Specialist. “More and more scientific evidence proved that the quality of early childhood is very, very critical in shaping a person’s lifetime development and happiness. It contributes significantly to the life of an individual, and it is important to break the cycle of poverty and build a more stable society.”

UNICEF is advocating globally for early childhood development to be central to the post-2015 development agenda. An estimated 1 in 3 children under the age of five years old in low and middle income countries are not reaching their full potential. Globally, the gross enrollment ratio of pre-primary education is only 48 per cent, with rates as low as 17 per cent in some countries in Sub Saharan Africa.

China recently participated at the World Education Forum, a global meeting in the Republic of Korea, where the Declaration on Education 2030 was adopted. This highlighted the country’s commitment to early childhood development and affirmed their commitment to make sure education is a central pillar of the 2015 agenda.

As part of efforts to raise more awareness about early childhood development, Sesame Street and UNICEF have teamed up with Lang Lang to produce a public service announcement. “We are thrilled to partner with Lang Lang and UNICEF, both long-time friends of Sesame Street, on a PSA that will positively impact children, parents and teachers. With a mission of helping all children grow smarter, stronger and kinder, Sesame Workshop advocates access to early childhood development which we believe can unlock a child’s future potential, change lives and make the world a better place,” said Shirley Zhu, Vice President, Executive Director China for Sesame Workshop.After a decade as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador promoting child rights, Lang Lang was appointed by the UN Secretary General to become a UN Messenger of Peace to advocate on global education.To promote ECD concept and knowledge, UNICEF China has launched a social media campaign. To support services for children, especially in emergencies, an Inspired Gifts campaign is also underway. Individuals and companies can contribute by buying gifts such as water purification tablets, story books, and ECD kits. These Inspired Gifts will be sent by UNICEF to areas where they are most needed to address inadequate nutrition, care and stimulation.Source:UNICEFlast_img read more

The Latest: Official: Beijing open to trade talks with US

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BEIJING — The Latest on trade tensions between the United States and China (all times local):6:10 p.m.China’s foreign ministry says the country is open to resuming trade talks with the U.S., but sincerity and mutual respect are needed. Spokesman Lu Kang said Thursday that China hopes for a restart to talks that broke down earlier this month after the U.S. hiked tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese imports.Lu said, “China is open to the door of dialogue, but sincerity is indispensable to make a consultation meaningful. A mutually beneficial agreement must be based on mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit.”He reiterated China’s criticism of U.S. efforts to restrict commercial co-operation with equipment maker Huawei and other Chinese high-tech firms. He said Washington has “seriously affected the development and co-operation of global science and technology, and has also harmed the vital interests of relevant enterprises and countries.”___4:15 p.m.China is seeking to support from some of its Asian neighbours and Russia in its escalating tariff fight with the U.S.Speaking Wednesday at a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Kyrgyzstan, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said representatives of the eight-nation grouping had expressed “broad support” for China’s position.Wang reiterated China’s stance that it would never accept unequal trading arrangements. He said Beijing will match “extreme pressure” from the U.S. with its own measures.Beijing has already responded to Trump’s tariff hikes on $250 billion of Chinese imports by slapping penalties on $110 billion of American goods. Based on last year’s trade, that leaves about $45 billion in imports from the U.S.That includes semiconductors and other critical inputs needed by fledgling Chinese tech industries.The Associated Press read more

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Kerry says resolution gives clear message to Lanka

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US Secretary of State John Kerry says the US sponsored resolution adopted at the UN Human Rights Council today reaffirmed that Sri Lanka must take meaningful action on reconciliation and accountability in order to move forward.He says the vote in the UN Human Rights Council encourages the Government of Sri Lanka to continue on the path toward lasting peace and prosperity following decades of civil war and instability. “This resolution, which builds on a similar 2012 resolution, reaffirmed that Sri Lanka must take meaningful action on reconciliation and accountability in order to move forward. The United States, together with international partners, calls upon the Government of Sri Lanka to fulfill its public commitments to its own people on these longstanding issues,” he said. She noted that over the past year the United States and many others have expressed strong concern over the lack of process on vital issues in Sri Lanka as well as backsliding on respect for human rights and the rule of law.“The United States, along with 40 co-sponsors, put forward this resolution in a spirit of friendship toward the people of Sri Lanka, but also out of genuine concern about the lack of follow-through on the promises by the government of Sri Lanka to carry out a credible form of domestic accountability.  We are concerned about some worrying signs of back sliding with respect to the rule of law and protection of human rights in the current situation as well,” she added.She said that the the resolution, which includes specific follow up actions including an interim update by the High Commissioner in September and a comprehensive report in March 2014 by the Office of the High Commissioner, is a strong signal that the international community intends to remain seized with the situation in Sri Lanka.  (Colombo Gazette) Kerry noted that while some important progress has been made in Sri Lanka, there is much work still to be done. The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today adopted the US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka with 25 in favor, 13 against it and 8 abstentions.The US Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, said the resolution should be seen as both an expression of support by the international community to the people of Sri Lanka, and as an expression of encouragement and concern to the government of Sri Lanka.  The international community has sent a message that lasting peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka will require meaningful steps toward truth and accountability.Speaking to the media after the resolution was passed  she said that  the international community came together to call upon the government of Sri Lanka to fulfill its stated obligation to its own people to take concrete steps to move forward to address outstanding issues related to truth and reconciliation, and by meeting its obligation on accountability. “The resolution relied upon the detailed report of the High Commissioner Navi Pillay, which made clear that Sri Lanka must take meaningful action on reconciliation and accountability, including the establishment of a truth-seeking mechanism as an integral part of transitional justice.  The resolution passed today also addresses the growing concerns over the deteriorating human rights situation in Sri Lanka, including reports of forced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, as well as intimidations and reprisals against human rights defenders.” she said. “We look to the Government of Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and to reverse recent negative developments on rule of law and human rights,” he added.Kerry says the United States stands ready to assist Sri Lanka and looks looks forward to continuing its engagement with the Government of Sri Lanka and strengthening its friendship with the Sri Lankan people. read more

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UN refugee agency says South Sudan repatriation operation threatened by funding gap

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The funding shortfall could mean suspending, postponing, reducing or cancelling some South Sudan programmes by the end of this month, the agency warned. Long-term, the operation is aimed at helping some of the 350,000 Sudanese refugees still in neighbouring countries to go home, and at providing assistance in Sudan to some of the estimated 4 million internally displaced.Of $65.9 million sought for the operation for 2006, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has received nearly $30 million and had spent some $22 million of that by the end of July. The remainder is now nearly depleted and only partially covers costs for August and September – estimated at $15.8 million. And to meet the most critical needs for the last quarter of the year, UNHCR requires an estimated $5.2 million a month.Unless additional contributions are received soon, the agency will have to take measures to avoid overspending. In addition to severe curbs on its programmes, it may also have to close several offices and reduce staff in the region. At present, UNHCR has a network of three sub-offices and nine smaller field offices. It has 175 staff in the area.High Commissioner António Guterres stressed the “urgency of additional support to meet crucial needs” until the end of the year.“We have dedicated available resources to improving conditions in targeted return areas, which also contributes to the United Nations’ overall collaborative endeavours to stabilize Southern Sudan,” Mr. Guterres said of UNHCR’s operation. “It is crucial that this effort continue for the people of Southern Sudan who have made the brave choice to return home and rebuild their lives.”Since December 2005, UNHCR has helped over 12,000 Sudanese refugees to go home from neighbouring countries. With the approaching end of the rainy season, thousands more are expected to return by the end of the year with the agency’s help. Together with other agencies, UNHCR also assisted 12,000 internally displaced Dinka Bor people return home, along with their 1.5 million head of cattle.The signing of a Comprehensive Peace Agreement in January 2005 ended 21 years of war in the south and paved the way for the return of millions of internally displaced people and refugees in surrounding countries. The South Sudan repatriation operation is viewed as one of the few bright spots in a strife-torn region struggling to cope with enormous suffering and displacement – in Darfur, Chad, the Central African Republic and elsewhere. read more

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Ban Security Council urge South Sudanese parties to cease hostilities exercise restraint

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Mr. Ban told reporters in New York that the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is in the process of verifying reports that many people have been killed and injured amid the factional fighting, which has uprooted thousands of civilians in recent days. Media reports say that hundreds of people have been killed since the clashes between members of the national forces, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), began over the weekend, following what the Government says is an attempted coup by soldiers loyal to former deputy president Riek Machar, who was dismissed in July.UNMISS said it has observed a “noticeable improvement” in security conditions in much of the capital, Juba, today. The Mission lifted restrictions on the movement of its personnel, and has resumed patrols on a limited basis in the city itself and restored flight service to and from the Ugandan city of Entebbe. “Life in the centre of town is returning back to relative normalcy. The safety of civilians in the South Sudanese capital remains a concern, however, especially on the city’s outskirts,” the Mission said in a news release.Meanwhile, security conditions in Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, have deteriorated significantly during the course of the day, with heavy fighting reported this morning, the Mission noted. The violence triggered an exodus of civilians out of Bor, and thousands have sought shelter at the UNMISS compound on the outskirts of the city.Mr. Ban called on the Government to cooperate fully with UNMISS – which is also sheltering almost 20,000 civilians in its two compounds in Juba – as it fulfils its civilian protection mandate, including in the provision of basic relief and in conducting investigations into alleged human rights abuses in recent days.He said that he spoke yesterday with President Salva Kiir, urging him to do everything possible to end the violence and to ensure respect for human rights and the rule of law. “I also impressed [upon] him the need to resume dialogue with the political opposition,” he added, welcoming reports this morning that the President is willing to enter into such talks.The UN chief said that he has also spoken about the dire situation with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, “because of his role as regional leader.”“This is a political crisis, and urgently needs to be dealt with through political dialogue. There is a risk of this violence spreading to other states, and we have already seen some signs of this,” said the Secretary-General. Meanwhile, Hilde Johnson, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNMISS, remains in constant contact with the Government and others with influence on these issues – including a meeting with President Kiir today, where similar messages were conveyed.“We call on the Government of South Sudan to do its utmost to end any continuing violence, make sure that all civilians feel safe all over the city, regardless of their communal background,” Ms. Johnson said. “This will also permit civilians in our camps to return home.”For its part, the UN Security Council has urged all parties in South Sudan to immediately cease hostilities and exercise restraint to prevent the further spread of violence.In a statement issued to the press last night, the 15-member body voiced “serious concern” over the fighting that began on 15 December and is continuing in the capital, Juba, and other areas, as well as over the risk of targeted violence against certain communities.“The Members of the Security Council urged all parties to immediately cease hostilities, exercise restraint and refrain from violence and other actions that could exacerbate tensions,” said the statement, which followed a closed-door briefing by Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous on the latest developments.“They also underscored the vital importance of protection of all civilians, regardless of their communities of origin, and called for all authorities to respect the rule of law and human rights.”Council members also commended UNMISS as it seeks to provide shelter, protection and humanitarian assistance to the affected civilians and to open the dialogue between key leaders to bring a resolution to the crisis.The Mission has been on the ground since July 2011, when South Sudan became independent from neighbouring Sudan, to consolidate peace and security and to help establish conditions for development. read more

5 things to watch for between Ohio State and Indiana

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OSU redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones (12) attempts a pass during a game against Western Michigan at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 26. OSU won, 38-12. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorTop-ranked Ohio State is set to go on the road and square off against another undefeated team in the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in Bloomington, Indiana. Here are five things The Lantern’s sports editors Ryan Cooper and Kevin Stankiewicz are watching for in Saturday’s game. Defensive touchdowns For three consecutive games, the OSU defense has scored a touchdown. Last week against Western Michigan, senior defensive tackle Adolphus Washington intercepted a pass and trotted 20 yards for a score. In the two games prior, redshirt sophomore Darron Lee had a game-clinching pick-six against Northern Illinois and junior safety Vonn Bell had a fumble return for a touchdown versus Hawaii.With the offense not yet clicking on all cylinders, these three boosts from the defense on the scoreboard have been key for the Buckeyes. In case the offense struggles again on Saturday, the defense might need to find a way to put points on the board. But that may prove to be more of a challenge as the Hoosiers have only turned the ball over twice in four games.However, junior defensive end Joey Bosa said it would be “nice to continue” the streak this week. But as for the defense keeping it up and scoring in every game?“I don’t know if we’ll be able to do that,” he said laughing. “But it’s awesome any time a guy on the defense can make a big play.” Can the defense contain Jordan Howard? The OSU defense struggled at times last week against Western Michigan as the unit surrendered its highest rushing total to an opponent this year. The “Silver Bullets” will have their hands full on Saturday at Memorial Stadium as Indiana’s Jordan Howard is off to a hot start in 2015.The junior running back, who is in his first year with Indiana after transferring from UAB, has accumulated a nation’s best 675 yards in four games so far. Members of OSU’s defense said they respect what Howard can accomplish. “He’s the real deal,” Washington said. “He can move and he’s not afraid of contact.” The threat of Howard on the ground opens up the play-action pass for senior quarterback Nate Sudfeld, who has passed for 1,143 yards and seven touchdowns through four games.The first step for the Buckeyes to secure a victory over Indiana is to slow down Howard. It’s easier said than done, but if they can do find a way, the Buckeyes should not have trouble moving to 5-0. He Cam, he punted, he conqueredOSU’s punter Cameron Johnston has been lights out kicking the ball this season as the junior has been essential to the dominance OSU has had on special teams.Using his rugby-style punt, the Geelong, Australia, native has been able to pin teams down under in their own territory all season.In last week’s game alone, his punts — combined with the solid coverage from other players on special teams — resulted in WMU starting inside their own 20-yard line three times, one of which was at the 1-yard line. When opponents start drives back up against their own end zone, putting points on the board means they have to find a way to go at least 80 yards on the Buckeye defense — which is no cakewalk. Johnston is instrumental in creating said scenario. If he can continue his success against the Hoosiers and force their 18th-ranked offense to have to drive nearly the length of the field against the nation’s sixth-ranked defense, the final scoreboard should favor the Buckeyes.What will Marshall’s encore look like?Last year against the Hoosiers, H-back Jalin Marshall had his collegiate coming-out party.Then a redshirt freshman, Marshall — a quarterback in high school — took a shaky late-season performance by the OSU offense into his own hands.Trailing 20-14 late in the third quarter, the Middletown, Ohio, product returned a punt 54 yards to retake the lead.He then padded the lead in OSU’s next drive by pulling in a six-yard touchdown from then-redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett.Later in the quarter, Barrett found Marshall for 15 yards and a score. Then, to put the exclamation point on what was then a blowout, Marshall caught his third touchdown pass of the quarter, a 54-yarder.That game counted for three of his six receiving touchdowns, and four of his eight overall scores during his redshirt freshman season.Against Western Michigan last week, Marshall had two catches, including a 37-yard touchdown grab, his first of the year.OSU coach Urban Meyer has raved about Marshall recently, even rewarding him with Marshall’s request number change from No. 17 to No. 7.As OSU continues to fill the deep-ball void left by Devin Smith, Marshall could be emerging as a main weapon on the offense.Where is Cardale’s arm strength?While the Buckeyes easily dispatched Western Michigan 38-12, Meyer acknowledged his disappointment that many more points could have been scored.On Monday, Meyer said after looking at tape from the game that redshirt junior Cardale Jones underthrew “at least six” deep balls that could have resulted in more points on the scoreboard.“Fundamentally he wasn’t sound,” Meyer said. “The way he transferred back to front, dragging his back leg, and that’s (quarterbacks coach) Tim Beck, and they’ll work at it.”Jones’ ability to bomb the ball deep is his calling card and is one of the main weapons in his arsenal, and that’s a major reason why he secured the starting quarterback job over Barrett.However, if he can’t get the ball ahead of his targets, whether it is due to an injury or just a fundamental problem as Meyer alluded to, his capabilities and that of the OSU offense decreases significantly.The Buckeye offense is loaded with weapons, but the less of a threat there is 40 yards away from the offensive line, the less space players like junior running back Ezekiel Elliott will have to work with.Jones’ game management and vision was much improved against Western Michigan, but, especially against an Indiana defense that has allowed the second most passing yards in the country, he will have to show enough confidence and ability to lead the OSU offense closer to its peak in Big Ten play. read more

Larvik HK sign worldclass shooter Alina Wojtas

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It seems that Norwegian best team Larvik HK won’t have problems with the goals from back-line position in the next season. Norwegian best team, former EHF CL winner (2011) has signed two years contract with one of the most promising shooters in Europe, Polish girl, left back Alina Wojtas (25).Wojtas exploded during the Women’s World Championship in Serbia last year, where Poland finished fourth.Sports director Ole Gustav Gjekstad was very happy with this signing:– We are very pleased to sign one of the most promising shooters in Europe. We have had two very interesting meetings with her ​​in Lublin – said Gjekstad.Wojtas has played last five years for the best Polish team Lublin, with whom she won the four domestic Championships. ← Previous Story PSG Handball win French Cup! Next Story → Nikola Karabatic questionable for EHF CL F4? alina wojtashandball transfersLarvik HK read more

Tragedies sparked by fertiliser explosions around the world

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first_imgA PROVISIONAL TOLL in Texas has indicated that the explosion at a fertiliser factory has left between 5 and 35 people dead.This is not the first explosion linked to fertiliser with several other incidents across the world claiming lives over the last number of years.Here are some of the most high profile:April 16, 1947 – TEXAS CITY, United States: In what is considered the deadliest industrial accident in US history, a fire on board a French-registered cargo vessel detonates approximately 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate and the resulting chain reaction of fires and explosions kills at least 581 people.July 28, 1947 – BREST, France: The Norwegian cargo ship Ocean Liberty explodes in the French port of Brest. The cargo consists of around 3,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate. The explosion kills around 30 people, injures thousands and seriously damages buildings in the town. January 8, 1998 – XINPING, China: 24 workers are killed and around 60 seriously injured in an explosion in a chemical fertiliser factory in the northern province of Shaanxi.September 20, 1999 – CHIANG MAI, Thailand: 35 people are killed in northern Thailand when a devastating blast in a fruit factory erupts when potassium chlorate used as a fertiliser ignitesSeptember 21, 2001 – TOULOUSE, France: A stock of ammonium nitrate at an AZF petrochemical plant explodes killing 31 people, injuring 2,500 others and devastating thousands of homes. In 2012, the owner of the factory, Grande Paroisse, is condemned by the French justice system for “involuntary homicide”. April 24, 2004 – RYONGCHON, North Korea: 161 are killed and 1,300 injured in the railway station in the western town of Ryongchon when a train transporting oil and wagons carrying ammonium nitrate collide, and a series of deadly explosions ensues. May 28, 2004 – MIHAILESTI, Romania: A total of 18 people are killed and 13 others injured when a nitrogen-based fertiliser truck explodes in eastern Romania.- © AFP 2013.Related: Police say between 5 and 15 killed in Texas fertiliser explosion>Photos: ‘Devastation’ at scene of fertiliser plant explosion in Texas>last_img read more

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Digital Drive Technology of the Year MyFord Touch

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first_imgIn four years, Ford has gone from worst to first in providing affordable, useful infotainment and cockpit technology. First, Ford Sync put two vital safety and convenience features into cars cheaply or in the base price: Bluetooth and a USB jack for iPod, music key, and other MP3 players. Now, our 2010 Digital Drive Technology of the Year, MyFord Touch (and MyLincoln Touch) extends the multimedia interface, integrating infotainment and climate control functions onto color LCD touchscreens.Once you’ve used MyFord Touch in one Ford or Lincoln, you know how to work them all. Press the upper left corner for phone functions, upper right for navigation, lower left for audio, lower right for climate control. The 8-inch touchscreen – no iDrive-like cockpit controller needed, though you can use 10,000 recognized voice commands in place of some touch inputs – then opens to a menu for the phone, navigation, etcetera. Ford’s goal is to migrate MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch through the entire line, starting with new models. At the same time, the core Sync functionality has been beefed up. That means with MyFord Touch you get: Multiple input connections: 2 USB 2.0 jacks, an SD card slot Ford’s navigation system supplied by TeleNav, and RCA input jacks. WiFi capability thoughout the car via a mobile broadband device (external) or installed aircard. A voice reader for text messages coming into the Bluetooth cellphone. Streaming Bluetooth audio support. 911 Assist that calls for help. The car’s onboard sensors note a crash situation (such as airbag deployment) and through the connected phone call 911. What sets MyFord Touch (and Sync) apart from the competition, notably GM’s OnStar, is that Ford keeps the cost down by using the driver’s or passenger’s connected cellphone. So far, MyFord Touch is available on the Ford Taurus, Ford Edge, Ford Explorer, and soon the Ford Focus; MyLincoln Touch is on the Lincoln MKX and Lincoln MKT. Expect to see a lot of debate over whether a fee-based service (which has a renewal rate said to be less than 50%) is safer than a free technology that depends on the cellphone remaining undamaged in a crash. (Ford privately says there are few accidents where the cellphone didn’t work afterward.) Honorable Mention: Volvo Pedestrian Safety When a pedestrian steps in front of your moving car, Volvo Pedestrian Safety reacts instantly to alert the driver, pre-charge the brakes for maximum braking effort if you step on the brakes, and if you don’t, it applies the brakes for you. It’s on the 2011 Volvo S60 sedan. Volvo says the S60 can avoid a pedestrian collision at speeds up to 22 mph (35 kph) and slow the car substantially at higher speeds. Pedestrian Safety comprises a dual-mode, wide-angle radar inside the grille, a forward-facing camera in the rear-view mirror, and a processing module. It detects pedestrians over 32 inches tall (basically, 3-year-olds and older). Volvo took some heat for failed tests using dummies but Volvo insists the problem isn’t with the sensors or algorithms but with the dummies. The car is programmed to look for moving, breathing humans, not standing-still mannequins. Volvo Pedestrian Safety is a new technology, in addition to Volvo’s earlier City Safety technology designed to prevent low-speed car-to-car crashes. Honorable Mention: Delphi-Ford Adaptive Cruise Control Adaptive Cruise Control (also called active cruise control) is common on luxury cars at prices up to $2,400. ACC works like cruise control on the open road; in traffic, ACC maintains a safe following distance from the car in front and decelerates and brakes as needed. Not many cars have ACC because of the price. Delphi and Ford teamed up to cut the cost in half. On a Ford Taurus, adaptive cruise control runs $1,195. On other models, a package with ACC, blind spot detection, and a rear camera is a $1,500 upcharge. There’s a difference. Most of the higher-end ACC systems now are stop-and-go ACC devices. They employ two radar units, the second for slow speeds and up-close following distances, and control the car all the way down to a stop. The Delphi-Ford ACC works from higher-than-highway speeds down to 20 mph, then returns control to the driver. It’s not quite as satisfying, but it does leave an extra $1,000 in your pocket. And a couple years ago the $2,000-$2,800 ACC devices on high-end cars  also cut out below 20 mph. Delphi, by the way, has developed stop-and-go ACC systems as well. In a world where customers would order exactly what they wanted from the factory, Ford could offer no ACC, the current ACC, or stop-and-go ACC. 2010 Digital Drive Top Cars Chevrolet Volt – Car of the Year Audi A8BMW 5 Series & BMW 7 SeriesBuick LaCrosseFord EdgeHonda OdysseyHyundai ElantraHyundai SonataNissan LeafVolkswagen GolfDigital Drive 2010 Honorable MentionDigital Drive Technology of the Year: MyFord Touchlast_img read more

La taxe Google va être adaptée selon Eric Besson

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first_img“La taxe Google” va être adaptée selon Eric BessonAprès la levée de boucliers des entreprises françaises concernant “la taxe Google”, Eric Besson assure que celle-ci sera adaptée. Le ministre de l’Economie numérique veut toujours faire payer les géants du web.”La taxe google” avait soulevé les plus vives inquiétudes des dirigeants de start-up françaises. Le texte prévoyait le prélèvement de 1% de leur budget publicitaire alors que le but officiel était de faire payer les géants du web tels que Google. La loi est finalement rangée dans les tiroirs pendant au moins six mois puisque, selon Eric Besson, ministre de l’Economie numérique : “Cette taxe rate l’objectif.” Néanmoins, l’homme d’Etat n’a pas renié son principe : “Certains services profitent des réseaux mais ne les financent pas, tout en occupant des positions dominantes dans certains secteurs et en consommant toujours plus de bande passante. Google ou Facebook ont beaucoup apporté au Web mais ils ne contribuent en rien au financement des réseaux. Ces sociétés sont basées dans des pays étrangers, ne paient aucun impôt en France. Il faut donc réfléchir à une contribution intelligente”, rapporte LeNouvelObs. Le plan d’actions n’a pas été précisé, la France souhaitant agir au niveau européen. En attendant, un groupe de travail, présidé par Pierre Kosciusko-Morizet (fondateur de Priceminister) se penchera sur la question. Il veut présenter des solutions dans le cadre du Conseil numérique. Une nomination qui provoque une nouvelle levée de boucliers, les observateurs soulignant un certain conflit d’intérêts : le président du Conseil numérique sera à la fois juge et partie. De plus, les modalités de fonctionnement de ce Conseil (son financement, par exemple), restent floues…Le 22 décembre 2010 à 12:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Law enforcement agencies airport employees participate in active shooter drill at FLL

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first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – Law enforcement agencies and airport employees took part in an active shooter drill Friday at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.Dozens of officials were inside of the terminal with guns drawn. The exercise was intended to make sure workers at the airport know what to do in the event of an emergency.“We want to make sure here at Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale Airport that we are providing the ultimate in terms of safety and the guest experience when you fly through our facility,” said Mark Gale, aviation director and CEO of the Broward County Aviation Department.This was the first active shooter drill at the airport since the 2016 mass shooting that killed five people after a passenger opened fire in the baggage claim area.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for March 14 Lawrence Man Arrested Dryer Fire Stolen Package

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, March 14, 2019:Eddi Noe Solorzano-Soto (27, Lawrence) was arrested on a Warrant; Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle; and Speeding in Violation of a Special Regulation. Solorzano-Soto was arrested near the North Intermediate School on Salem Street. (6:39am)An Evergreen Drive resident reported she did not receive a package that was delivered to her residence. (1:18pm)A small child stated she was in a vehicle in a driveway and that the babysitter went inside the home and has been gone for some time. Child stated she was in a white SUV.  Police located the child. Child had been left for a couple of minutes watching a movie on a cell phone. When the movie stopped, the child pressed buttons which promoted 911 to be dialed. Adults were monitoring the vehicle. Situation checked OK. (1:46pm)Fire Department responded to a possible dryer fire on Marion Street. (2:54pm)A walk-in party reported vandalism to his father’s vehicle. His grill was cracked while he was parked at Target. (6:36pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 4: Lowell Man Arrested On Warrant; Bad Crash In Front Of Rocco’s; Syringe FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 25: Police Respond Twice To Customers Behaving Badly At Market Basket; Erratic Driver Admits To TextingIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Former MythBusters host Adam Savage back on TV with Savage Builds

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first_img TV and Movies Sci-Tech 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Meet the kids joining Savage for MythBusters Jr. MythBuster builds ‘The Martian’ spacesuit Savage cosplays as Chewbacca with C-3PO in tow Share your voice One episode has Savage attempting to create a working version of one of history’s most notorious engineering failures — the British military’s World War II rocket-propelled explosive weapon called The Great Panjandrum. NASA engineer Adam Steltzner will be on hand to help with the design.For the titanium Iron Man suit episode, Savage asks Gravity Jet Suit maker Richard Browning to help out.  I can’t wait to show you guys what I’ve been working on! I can finally tell you that the show is called #SavageBuilds, and that I worked with some of my favorite & amazing minds on it, including @SimoneGiertz @ToryBelleci @steltzner Peter Jackson, @laura_kampf and others. [1/2} pic.twitter.com/WJA2MgUT39— Adam Savage (@donttrythis) April 24, 2019 Tags Comment Adam Savage holds the remote controller and is ready to launch the Panjandrums’ first test on his new show, Savage Builds.  Reilly Savage Former MythBusters co-host Adam Savage will be back on TV in June with a new show called Savage Builds. The eight-episode series on the Science Channel features Savage making epic creations like a 3D-printed titanium suit of armor that’s inspired by the Iron Man films and actually flies.Each Savage Builds episode will focus on one project as Savage collaborates with experts, colleagues and friends who include filmmaker Peter Jackson, former MythBusters cast member Tory Belleci and others, according to a series of tweets from Savage Wednesday. 50 Photos 1 #SavageBuilds is the best thing I’ve yet made and produced and it’s about absurd engineering (the type I’m most experienced with). We made real IRON MAN ARMOR. We played laser tag with WW1 AIRPLANES. We had fun. Hopefully you will too. Coming in June to @ScienceChannel. [2/2] pic.twitter.com/gdQEPu7395— Adam Savage (@donttrythis) April 24, 2019 More Adam Savage NASA Roboticist Simone Giertz and maker Laura Kampf help Savage build three Mad Max-inspired, post-apocalyptic monsters of destruction using only junk cars and the materials they can salvage from a scrapyard. “This new series is a culmination of sorts, as I get to work with some of the most brilliant minds out there as we attempt to solve really absurd ideas that I’ve had in my head for a long time, but have never had the opportunity to dive into,” Savage said in a statement. “Of course, the most absurd ideas are often what generates the most innovative engineering.”Savage Builds debuts in June on Science Channel and later on Discovery.last_img read more

State Files Fairbanks 4 Response

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first_imgThe state has filed a response to petitions for post conviction relief for the Fairbanks four. The four men, George Frese, Kevin Pease, Marvin Roberts and Eugene Vent were convicted of the 1997 beating death of John Hartman, but continue to profess their innocence. Last fall the Alaska Innocence Project filed new information in the case that points to others being responsible for the killing. The state response indicates it so far is not convinced, but it has requested an evidentiary hearing.Download Audiolast_img

Shibli Rubayet made DUCSU treasurer

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first_imgDhaka University (DU) authorities have appointed professor Shibli Rubayet-Ul-Islam of the Banking and Insurance department as the treasurer of DU Central Students’ Union (DUCSU), reports UNB.DU vice-chancellor Akhtaruzzaman has made the appointment under section 6(1) of the DUCSU constitution, said a DU press release on Tuesday.Shibli Rubayet-Ul-Islam is also the general secretary of Dhaka University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) and dean of the Business Studies faculty.last_img

Six killed 12 injured as SUV collides with bus

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first_imgTamluk(WB): Six persons were killed and 12 others injured when a SUV collided with a bus in East Midnapore district, a senior police officer said today. The SUV collided with the bus on NH 116B near Marisha yesterday killing six persons including the driver, Superintendent of Police, V Solomon Nesakumar said. The 12 injured are admitted to hospital, the SP said. The SUV was on its way to Digha in East Midnapore district from Kandi in Murshidabad district, police said. Five of the deceased are Trinamool Congress workers of Murshidabad district, they added.last_img

A sweet Valentines treat from the Ladysmith Gazette to youA sweet Valentines

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first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Valentine’s Day is upon us and in honour of the occasion, we have a gift for you!The Ladysmith Gazette team will be out on the streets early tomorrow morning (February 14), handing out treats (one per car) to our valued readers.Watch out for the dynamic team, cameras at the ready and little Valentine’s gifts just for you!We will be at two main intersections, so give us a friendly smile on Valentine’s morning.We aim to spread the love! Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img

Apollo 11 source code A small step for a woman and a

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first_imgYesterday, reddit saw an explosion of discussion around the original Apollo 11 Guidance Computer (AGC) source code. The code in its entirety was uploaded on GitHub two years ago, thanks to former NASA intern, Chris Garry. And again it seems to have undergone significant updates this week looking at the timestamps on all the files in the repo. This is a project that will always hold a special place for all software professionals around the world. This is the project that made ‘software engineering’ a real discipline. What is AGC and why it mattered for Apollo 11? AGC was a digital computer produced for the Apollo program, installed on board the Apollo 11 Command Module (CM) and Lunar Module (LM). The AGC code is also referred to as ‘COLOSSUS 2A’ and was written in AGC assembly language and stored on rope memory. On any given Apollo mission, there were two AGCs, one for the CM, and one for the LM. The two AGCs were identical and interchangeable. However, their software differed as both the LM and the CM performed different tasks pertaining to the spacecraft. The CM launched the three astronauts to the moon, and back again. The LM helped in the landing of two of the astronauts on the moon while the third astronaut remained in the CM, in orbit around the moon. The woman who coined the term, ‘software engineering’ The AGC code was brought to life by Margaret Hamilton, director of software engineering for the project. In a male-dominated world of tech and engineering of that time, Margaret was an exception. She led a team credited with developing the software for Apollo and Skylab, keeping her head high even through backlash. “People used to say to me, ‘How can you leave your daughter? How can you do this?” She went on to become the founder and CEO of Hamilton Technologies, Inc. and was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. Hamilton is considered one of the pioneers of software engineering, credited for actually coining the term “software engineering”. She first started using the term during the early Apollo missions wanting to give software the same legitimacy as other disciplines. At that time, it was not taken seriously but over time software engineering has become an IEEE Standard. What can we learn from the AGC code developers? Understandably, the AGC specifications and processing power are very underrated as compared to the technology of today. Some still wittingly call it a calculator, instead of a computer. Others say, that the CPU in a microwave oven is probably more powerful than an AGC. Inspite of being a very basic technology in terms of processing power and speed, the Apollo 11 spacecraft was able to complete the first ever manned mission to the moon and back. This is not just a huge testament to the original programming team’s ingenuity and resourcefulness but also of their grit and meticulousness. One would think such a bunch produced serious (boring) code that has flawless execution. Read between the (code) lines and you see a team that just enjoyed every moment of writing the code with quirky naming conventions and humorous notes inside the comments. Back to the present As soon as the code was uploaded on Github two years ago and even now, coders and software programmers all over the world, are dissecting it, particularly interested in the quirky English-descriptions of code explanations. People on Reddit are terming the code files as real programming that doesn’t rely on APIs to do the heavy lifting. People are also loving the naming convention of the source code files and their programs which were 1960s inspired light-hearted jokes. For example, the BURN_BABY_BURN–MASTER IGNITION ROUTINE for the master ignition routine, and the PINBALL_GAME_BUTTONS_AND_LIGHTS.agc for keyboard and display code. Even the programs are quirky. The LUNAR_LANDING_GUIDANCE_EQUATIONS.s, file ended up having two temporary lines of code as permanent. You can read more such interesting reddit comments. However, a point worth noting is that Margaret and by extension, women in tech, are conspicuously missing in this rich discussion. We can start seeing real change only when discussion forums start including various facets of the tool/tech under discussion. People behind the tech are an important facet, and more so when they are in the minority. You can also read The Apollo Guidance Computer: Architecture and Operation the inside scoop on how the AGC functioned, what kind of design decisions and software choices the programmers had to made based on the features and limitations of the AGC among other insights. The github repo for the original Apollo 11 source code also contains material for further reading. Read Next Is space the final frontier for AI? NASA to reveal Kepler’s latest AI backed discoveryNASA’s Kepler discovers a new exoplanet using Google’s Machine LearningMeet CIMON, the first AI robot to join the astronauts aboard ISSlast_img read more

Police rescue starving toucan from abandoned house

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first_imgRelated posts:President Solís urges lawmakers to pass animal cruelty bill following ‘barbarous’ attacks Toucan gets 3D-printed beak after gruesome injury Following public outcry, Costa Rica temporarily blocks exports of hammerhead shark fins Rufous tree rat spotted in Costa Rica, country’s 250th mammal Officials at the Ballena National Marine Park had a new pet for a day, after members of the Tourist Police discovered a starving toucan in an abandoned home near the shore in the Southern Pacific beach town of Dominical.Police believe the toucan was being kept illegally as a pet before it was abandoned, along with the house. They are now searching for suspects in the case. After receiving emergency care at the national park, the toucan was taken to a rescue center in Quepos. The starving and abandoned toucan was found in a home near the shoreline in Dominical. (Courtesy of the Public Security Ministry) Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Brand USA keeps Australia in the marketing know

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first_imgVisit USA Expo was held at Sydney’s The Star events centre where 65 exhibitors came together to promote USA, Canada and Alaska to the Australian market. Furthermore, Brand USA will this week reveal information about its biggest Australian retail partnership this week. “However, 85% of these visits are to just four main destination so Brand USA’s goal is to continue to sustain and grow this market by showcasing to Australians the limitless possibilities that are on offer in the United States, because its not just a once in a lifetime holiday destination; the U.S. offers a lifetime of holidays.” “Visitation from Australia to the U.S. is at an all-time high with 1.2 million travellers visiting from this market in 2013,” Brand USA Australia’s strategic director, Joe Ponte.  Brand USA has released its first marketing update since entering the Australian market last year, at an industry event sponsored by United Airlines yesterday. Visit California Australia’s Tristan Freedman and Brand USA’s Alfredo Gonzalez Since entering Australia, Brand USA has implemented different training and development strategies, developed and engaged in partnership activities worth millions of dollars, organised a 50 agent strong mega-famil and launched its first ever consumer marketing campaign.  Marketing messaging focusing on the Experience Pillars of Live Entertainment, Culinary and Great Outdoors will be utilized to drive Brand USA’s future marketing initiatives. Source = ETB News: L.B.last_img read more