Group asks govt to probe Nissan automatic emergency braking

DETROIT — A U.S. auto safety group wants the government to investigate automatic emergency braking on some Nissan Rogue SUVs, alleging the safety feature makes the vehicles brake when there’s no emergency.The non-profit Center for Auto Safety filed a petition with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seeking the probe. The group says about 675,000 Rogues from 2017 and 2018 should be recalled.Nissan says it has told customers of a software update that improves performance of the automated braking system. But the centre says the campaigns don’t acknowledge the seriousness of the problem and give owners little incentive to get the SUVs fixed.The centre says it found 87 complaints about unintended braking on Rogues in NHTSA’s database. The government says it will evaluate the petition.The Associated Press read more

Heres where Target is opening its next 23 stores in Canada

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Discount retailer Target will open 23 more stores in Canada by the middle of next month, including its first stores in Quebec and Nova Scotia.[np_storybar title=”Jump directly to list of coming locations” link=”#1″] [/np_storybar]Sixteen of the new locations are in Quebec, three in Nova Scotia and four in the Ottawa area, Target said in a release Friday.The company said 14 of the new stores will open Sept. 17 and the remaining nine on Oct. 18.“We look forward to opening our first stores in Quebec and Nova Scotia as we carry out an unprecedented retail expansion covering all 10 provinces across Canada this year,” said Tony Fisher, president of Target Canada.“Quebec, Nova Scotia and Ontario offer a variety of culturally diverse markets and we look forward to serving our new guests and engaging with these great communities,” Fisher said.Target currently has 68 stores open across Canada with plans to open a total of 124 locations by the end of 2013.Forum Research recently found that only 27 per cent of those polled indicated they were “very satisfied” with their experience at Target — which began opening its first Canadian stores in March.Target has said that the company must now focus on driving sales in categories like health-care, food, beauty and paper, where traffic is slower. The company has also said it’s working to adjust inventory and in-store staffing to match the pace of sales in each of its locations.Locations opening to the public on Sept. 17 include:Quebec Brossard – Place Portobello Laval – Méga Centre Autoroute 13 Lévis – Galeries Chagnon Montreal – Place Vertu Saint-Georges – Carrefour Saint-Georges Saint-Jérôme – Carrefour du Nord Trois-Rivières – Les Rivières Shopping Centre Ontario Kanata – Hazeldean Mall Orleans – Place D’Orleans Ottawa – Billings Bridge Plaza Smith Falls – County Fair Mall Nova Scotia Bedford – Bedford Place Dartmouth – Mic Mac Mall Halifax – Bayers Lake Power CentreLocations opening to the public on Oct. 18 include:Quebec Anjou – Galeries d’Anjou Boisbriand – Faubourg Boisbriand Gatineau – Les Galeries Gatineau Joliette – Les Galeries Joliette Montreal – Place Versailles Shopping Centre Quebec City – Place Fleur de Lys Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville – Les Promenades Saint-Bruno Sainte-Foy – Place Laurier Saint- Eustache – Carrefour Saint-Eustache read more

Inside Amazon and Shopifys race to master time and space in ecommerce

Peter J. Thompson/National Post “This is where the magic begins once the customer hits the ‘Buy’ button,” a tour guide says as she shepherds a group through YYZ4, the noisy, busy, cavernous warehouse in Brampton, Ont., operated by Inc.YYZ4 is a maze of conveyor belts, shelves, barcodes and slides where software and algorithms orchestrate everything, and humans are reduced to being nothing more than cogs in the machine.Autonomous robots pick up whole shelving units full of merchandise and carry them to human “pickers,” who are still better than robots at grabbing objects but who follow directions from the computer system to grab individual items and place them in yellow bins, ready for packing and shipping. Inside Shopify’s vision of an e-commerce system to rival Amazon Shopify nips at Amazon with hassle-free shipping for small merchants Shopify going head-to-head with Amazon, spending $1 billion on fulfilment network The pickers have no idea where the merchandise is going, and they wouldn’t even be able to locate products inside the warehouse without the computers and robots. Amazon has found that workflows are more efficient when items are randomly distributed throughout a warehouse, rather than sorting merchandise in a way that the workers can meaningfully understand.Mastering the enormous complexity of e-commerce fulfillment is a huge part of Amazon’s competitive advantage, and it’s territory that Ottawa-based Shopify Inc. has stepped into by announcing in June it will spend $1 billion to create its own fulfillment network.In a way, logistics and shipping are the most important parts of e-commerce. After all, building a website and taking orders is just a matter of writing code. But getting merchandise to customers means grappling with real-world issues such as inventory management, storage, packing and shipping.The inside of Amazon’s new fulfillment centre in Caledon, Ont. At first blush, Shopify’s move looks like it will bring it more directly in competition with Amazon. Shopify started as a software service for payments and order processing, but in recent years it’s been beefing up to become a comprehensive suite of commerce tools for merchants of any size.But the reality for Amazon and Shopify is much more nuanced, and the companies’ respective strategies demonstrate why they actually might not really be in direct competition at all.“Procter and Gamble used to be in the case and pallet business. Now I have to ship an individual pack of five razors to you when you need it,” said Dwight Klappich, an industry analyst focused on e-commerce at Gartner Inc. “You used to move more stuff in bigger volumes less frequently. Now we’re moving small things very frequently in very, very short amounts of time. That’s what’s changed everything.”This need for ever-faster delivery has led to a surge in demand for warehousing and shipping facilities around major cities. For example, e-commerce is responsible for Toronto’s record low availability rate for industrial real estate, despite millions of square feet of capacity being added during the past few years, according to a report by real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield Inc. Amazon operates seven fulfillment centres in Canada, with two more scheduled to open later this year. The new ones in Ottawa and Caledon, Ont., will each be about one million square feet.All together, Amazon’s Canadian fulfillment network allows it to offer same-day or next-day shipping on many products to about 57 per cent of the population, according to a recent analysis by RBC Capital Markets.By comparison, Shopify’s fulfillment network is still in its infancy, but the company has said that by year-end it will be able to serve 99 per cent of the people in the continental U.S., delivering packages within two days after ordering. It also said it can make this service available to merchants selling anywhere from three to 30,000 items per day.Shopify appears to be relying heavily on partner companies to handle warehousing and shipping, stitching it all together with contracts and software to create one big delivery network.A sign inside Shopify’s headquarters in Ottawa. Amazon, as the market leader in e-commerce, has led the need for space and for speed.“In a sense, Amazon has been the drug dealer, getting people addicted to short lead times, you know, next-day or same-day delivery,” Klappich said.Handling more complexity on shorter timelines means much tighter requirements to keep items moving efficiently, a process that manifests itself in all sorts of weird ways.For instance, George Lawrie, an analyst at Forrester Research, said shipping margins are so tight that an item can become unprofitable if the delivery person can’t drop off the package on the first attempt. As a result, retailers are experimenting with letter-box-shaped packages, so the delivery person can push wine and flowers into your mail slot even if you aren’t home.These tight tolerances are also why Amazon randomly stores products throughout its robotic warehouses. If, say, one particular product is clustered on one shelf, a choke point that could slow down processing times might occur if the item goes on sale and there’s a surge of orders.Amazon has been the drug dealer, getting people addicted to short lead times, you know, next-day or same-day deliveryDwight Klappich, analyst, Gartner Inc. Shopify works with a broad spread of sellers, but its platform tends to be a good fit for merchants selling products with character and strong branding. Think of it as a collection of quirky stores downtown or in small villages where you can buy something unique and special.Amazon is more like the internet version of a big-box store on the edge of town, selling commodity goods such as toothpaste and desk lamps — in short, the kinds of merchandise that are functional, replaceable and unremarkable.This difference is why it makes sense for Amazon to pour billions of dollars into extending its market dominance by pushing for faster and faster delivery.“You should think about it as a competitive weapon that they are using,” said Thomas Epting, director of product for the Shopify Fulfillment Network. “They are using their balance sheets and their proclivities with the Street to be able to fund a competition on a race to the lowest delivery speed possible.”Assistant general manager Andrew Ivasyk stands in front a sorting area at Amazon’s new fulfillment centre in Caledon, Ont. Jean Levac/Postmedia files The company also said while making its announcement in June that it can use merchant data to predict when and where an individual product will be ordered with 85-per-cent accuracy, which allows it to intelligently place items in a network of warehouses throughout the U.S.. That means just enough items are available and already close to the customer when the order comes in.Amazon may be faster — offering one-day or same-day shipping on 10 million products — and its fulfillment network exists in many geographies outside the U.S. as well, but Shopify has a key advantage that makes it an attractive alternative: It’s not Amazon.“Between our clients, Amazon is an absolute love-hate relationship,” said Steve Izen, co-founder of Orderbot Software Inc., a Vancouver-based company that helps large merchants manage their e-commerce sales across Amazon, Shopify and other platforms.Izen said most merchants that sell through Amazon’s marketplace believe the giant is looking at the sales data and then making Amazon-branded knock-off versions of the most popular and profitable items.Aside from a handful of electronics devices that merchants can use for retail sales, Shopify doesn’t sell products, so it doesn’t compete with the merchants on its platform.This dynamic hints at one of the key differences between what Amazon and Shopify merchants tend to sell.Point of purchase items are displayed at Shopify Los Angeles, a location to help merchants use Shopify’s platform. Peter J. Thompson/National Post Bob Rija, Jr. for National Post files But Shopify doesn’t need to participate in this competition, because buying a new snowboard or handmade scented candles is different than buying commodities. As long as Shopify can reliably deliver the products within a couple days, that’s good enough for a lot of merchants, especially if it doesn’t engage in predatory competitive practices.Epting said he doesn’t see the two fulfillment systems as direct competition.“I believe that we are solving a different problem. It is an easy analogy to make — that (Fulfillment By Amazon) is Shopify Fulfillment Network for commodity products — but, operationally, they are different problems to solve, and they are particularly different problems to solve if you’re trying to preserve a direct-to-consumer relationship,” he said.“I think that (Amazon is) a company that values the buyer, and they value innovation and competition in any way that can improve their mission. In the same way, Shopify is obsessed with its merchants.”Within the world of Shopify, Amazon is a little bit like Voldemort from the world of Harry Potter: always looming, often discussed, but almost never mentioned by name.Shopify is obsessed with its merchantsThomas Epting, director of product for the Shopify Fulfillment Network Epting doesn’t mention Amazon by name very often. And during earnings calls, interviews and Shopify events, company executives routinely take veiled shots at Amazon without directly identifying it.In no small part, this is a reflection of the fear and distrust that small merchants have for Amazon.The e-commerce space is absolutely enormous, with a forecast total addressable market of US$4.1 trillion in 2020. Both Shopify and Amazon live in that space, which means they will sometimes bump up against each other, but, at least for now, there is plenty of room for both of them.And in some ways, the two companies are strategic partners: many Shopify merchants use the company’s e-commerce software to manage sales through Amazon’s marketplace.But Shopify depends on Amazon in another way, in the same way that Harry Potter needs Voldemort in order to be a hero.Shopify exists as a smaller, friendlier alternative for small merchants. If Shopify’s fulfillment network is successful, it will owe a lot to Amazon, not just because the Seattle giant pioneered the techniques for e-commerce fulfillment, but because the company’s practices pushed independent sellers to look elsewhere.• Email: | Twitter: read more

Liberia UNICEF to help half a million children through vitamin A and

Aiming to prevent deadly childhood illnesses, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Government of Liberia have launched a five-day campaign to administer Vitamin A supplementation and deworming tablets to more than 500,000 children under the age of five. Some 519,000 children aged six to 59 months are targeted to receive Vitamin A supplementation while 502,000 children aged 12 to 59 months are projected to receive a deworming Mebendazole tablet. The drive began Monday at government health clinics and other designated locations in 10 counties across the country. “This public health campaign is completely free to Liberian families, and we call on all mothers, fathers, and guardians to bring their children to the nearest government clinic to receive Vitamin A and the deworming medicine,” said the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Walter Gwenigale. “If a government clinic is not near to your home community, ask your town crier and he or she will be able to tell you where the nearest fixed point is. Vitamin A helps protect young children from blindness, measles, diarrheal dehydration, and acute respiratory infections. Intestinal parasites can be deadly and the deworming of children also helps children grow stronger because it helps their bodies resist infections. UNICEF Liberia’s Acting Senior Programme Officer, Kabuka M. Banda, explained while this effort is underway in 10 counties this week, children in the remaining five counties of Liberia are receiving Vitamin A and deworming tablets through an ongoing campaign to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from Liberia, in an initiative funded by UNICEF in collaboration with the Government of Liberia, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). “For the first time in Liberia, a national tetanus vaccination campaign is underway,” said Mr. Banda. “This is the start of a long-term plan to eradicate tetanus from Liberia and ultimately, the strategy will ensure that more than 800,000 Liberian women of child-bearing age receive three doses of the tetanus toxoid vaccine necessary to protect them and their newborns from tetanus. If successful, he said the strategy “will contribute to the elimination of tetanus in Liberia,” where the disease is a major cause of morbidity for children under the age of one. read more

A message to Brock faculty and staff

The following is a message from John Suk, Chair, Brock University Board of Trustees:As we head into the final weekend of summer, our campus will come to life as thousands of students arrive at Brock for what promises to be a rich and fulfilling fall term.As most of you will know, the Board of Trustees are unfortunately again in the position of finding the right person to become Brock University’s next President and Vice-Chancellor. The Board is currently consulting with Senate and other interested parties across campus about the presidential search that awaits us, and we will genuinely consider all input as we prepare to move forward with decisions on our process.In the meantime, rest assured that Brock University continues to have an experienced and skilled senior leadership team in place. This week the Board of Trustees extended the appointment of Brian Hutchings as Interim President until Sept. 7, at which time they will meet to determine the interim presidency, as well as a search process for our next President.In the coming months, we will provide the Brock community with regular updates about our progress.I truly believe Brock is one of the best universities in Canada. With our award-winning scholars, world-class facilities and committed support staff, all set in a beautiful campus, Brock students enjoy many advantages that not only make for a great university experience here in Niagara, but also the experience needed to prepare them for successful and fulfilling lives after they graduate.We are all looking forward to another exceptional fall term here at Brock. Enjoy the weekend!Sincerely,John SukChair, Brock University Board of Trustees read more

Swappage scheme could generate €129 million for Exchequer says motor industry

first_imgSimilar to scrappage but much more beneficial to the Exchequer, swappage has the potential to deliver an even greater benefit but at no greater risk to tax revenues, the Industry or the state.In their proposal for Budget 2014, SIMI estimates that 17,000 cars would be sold through the scheme and that it would save 11,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.New car salesSince the downturn, car sales have fallen dramatically. According to the SIMI, in 2007, €2 billion in tax was generated from the sale of 186,000 new cars.This has fallen by €1.4 billion and this year, less than €600 million will be collected from just 73,000 new cars.SIMI state that since 2007, 12,800 jobs have been lost in the motor industry, while over the past five years, 150 garages have closed.  New car sales have been down by 57 per cent for 5 years.No costThey also argue that a swappage scheme will not need resources from any other projects and would be self-financing and at no cost to the Exchequer. “It would deliver an immediate and significant increase in tax revenues,” they add.Paul Linders, SIMI President said that the motor industry is facing a “fundamental structural problem, where traditional new car buyers are left out of the market due to the cost to change gap”. He added: THE SOCIETY OF the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) has said that a swappage scheme would give a much needed boost to the motor industry.They propose that a €2,000 reduction in VRT on the purchase of a new car where the trade-in is a 2008 car or older would create 2,200 jobs and generate €129 million for the Exchequer.Alan Nolan, SIMI Director General said: We need action now and if no incentive is introduced, we’ll see many more dealers go out of businesses and the local employment they provide will be gone.Swappage would cost the state nothing, new jobs would be created, the Exchequer would gain significant extra revenue and we have a chance of returning to more normal levels of business when consumer confidence and normal economic growth levels return.”Read: New ’132′ reg system drives huge increase in August car sales>Read: ’131′ plates don’t seem to be working as new car sales down 11.2% in May>last_img read more

Raspberry Pi reveals the final PCB design for the 25 PC

first_imgUntil now Raspberry Pi have been promising a tiny PC for schools, but have only shown off the larger alpha board design. The alpha board is by no means big, but geeks around the world were waiting to see just how small this $25 PC could be while still being capable of 1080p video playback and sessions of Quake 3.Yesterday, the final printed circuit board (PCB) layout was revealed, and you can see it above. The word “packed” comes to mind as this is one very complicated looking board. The reason for that is just how much Raspberry Pi has strived to save money on the machine by using complex routing to keep things small and cheap.The Raspberry Pi team don’t believe the design is going to change again unless they missed something. With that in mind, they revealed the final board is exactly the same size as a credit card, measuring 85.65 x 53.98mm.A sample run is being done to see how the boards turn out, but none of those will be put up for sale. We’re still on track to get kits offered next month, and then this final board appearing at some point next year.Raspberry Pi has a very active community on its forums, and it didn’t take long for someone to print a 1:1 scale copy of the final design on a sheet of card. The images below give you a good idea of just how small this PC is going to be. Although once the ports have been added the thickness is obviously going to increase.So will we end up with something as small as a credit card and as thick as a deck of cards? That would be very pocket-friendly, wouldn’t it? Read more at Raspberry Pilast_img read more

Video Zack Ryder reveals his life after suffering an injury back in

first_imgRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipHarry und Meghan: Stars eilen zur HilfeVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:43/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:41 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 Google+ Videos Articles Twitter WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next The first official episode of Zack Ryder’s “Z! True Comeback Story” YouTube reboot of his former show is now online featuring Ryder’s life after suffering an injury last December.The show features an exclusive clip of Ryder at ringside with Mojo Rawley after suffering an injury to his knee during a broadcast of Smackdown Live.You can check out the first official episode below. Now Playing Up Next Mojo Rawley Certain Rob Gronkowski Will Be in the WWE Soon FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 Videos Articles Black Panther Tops Poll For Audiences Pick For Best Picture Oscar Pinterest Ellen Degeneres Meghan Markle Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Heres What To Expect (Spoilers) From WWEs Christmas Eve Episode of Raw Videos Articles WWE Watch Along to stream live on social media during Clash of Champions PPV Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Prince Harry Harry und Meghan: Stars eilen zur Hilfe Now Playing Up Next WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injurylast_img read more


first_imgThe situation of Tina Faal is again questioning the protective powers of the courts. The magistrates’ court has granted bail and the prosecution has told the court that he was not aware of any re-arrest. He is also not charged. The high court has authority to hear cases of unlawful arrest and detention.The case of Imam Sawaneh however does not give much encouragement to family members and friends who may wish to go to the high court to address the problems.It is therefore important for the state to give the respect and assistance to the courts to enable the institution to deliver to serve as an institution of protection. Once the state fails to cooperate with the institution, justice will not be done.Foroyaa will proceed to find out who is keeping Tina Faal in custody after she has been granted bail.last_img read more

Guardiola urges City players to be clinical

first_imgPep Guardiola was far from impressed with Manchester City’s inability to convert their chances against Tottenham Hotspur in their narrow 1-0 win.Riyad Mahrez’s early goal was the difference at Wembley Stadium as City missed clear-cut chances in both halves to increase their lead. And Guardiola bemoaned the poor finishing touches.He went on to reveal to Sky Sports: “We played today one of the most physical teams I’ve faced in my life because of Sissoko, Kane, Dier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, and Dembele. It’s incredible physicality and this pitch was so complicated. We missed some goals and we let them run.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“But we controlled quite good in terms of the difficulty to play on this pitch, especially in the first 15 to 20 minutes. In the second half, we should have the game over and that is the problem we have.“In the big events, especially in the Champions League, we need to be more clinical in this situation because sooner or later we are not going to win.”He then said in his post-match press conference: “I still feel we have a lot to improve.”last_img read more

Greasing way for March of Dimes

first_img• What: Great Bacon Race, 5K, 10K, kids half-mile and Holdyn’s Race, a fundraiser for the March of Dimes.• When: 8:30 a.m. Saturday.• Where: Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. Fifth St., Vancouver.• Web: greatbaconrace.comHoldyn Hanset has never run a race before. But this weekend, the 3-year-old will cross a finish line for the first time.When he was born prematurely, doctors gave Holdyn a 4 percent chance of surviving. Since then, he’s defied the odds over and over.He’ll defy them once again this weekend when he participates in the Holdyn Race, a 100-foot race specifically for special needs kids like him. Children of all ages and all capabilities are invited to participate for free with their wheelchairs, leg braces, walkers or any other assistance they may need.“They can be just as involved in sports and other things that other people are, regardless of what they have strapped to their legs,” said James Hanset, Holdyn’s dad and the event organizer.The race stemmed from a conversation Hanset had with a friend, Jim Crawford, over a cup of coffee. Hanset wanted to hold a fundraiser for the March of Dimes, the nonprofit organization dedicated to pregnancy and baby health.Together, the duo came up with the Great Bacon Race.The event, which takes place in Vancouver this weekend, will pair chip-timed 5K, 10K and kids runs with all-you-can-eat bacon, pulled pork tacos and beer (or chocolate milk for nondrinkers). Participants, including the younger runners in the kids half-mile run and Holdyn’s Race, will also get a Bacon Race T-shirt and medal.The event will also feature plenty of bacon-themed goodies, such as bacon soap and bacon lip balm.Hanset and Crawford hoped to get 150 people signed up for the inaugural event. As of Wednesday, they had more than 1,000 people registered.“Bacon, for some reason, a lot of runners dig it,” Hanset said.Due to the unexpected interest, they’ve decided to cap the event at 1,100 people. But they’re encouraging those who can’t get in, and anyone else in the community, to come out Saturday morning and support the runners and children born prematurely, like Holdyn.“It’s more than just a race,” Hanset said. “It’s celebrating crossing the finish line for anybody.”last_img read more

STATE REP RACE QA Pina Prinzivalli Offers Thoughts On Massachusetts Democratic Republican

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the three candidates running for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, is the response to one of this week’s questions from candidate Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury).#2) Can you point to two things in your own party’s state platform that you DISAGREE with and explain why? Can you point to two things in your opponent’s party’s state platform that you AGREE with and explain why? (Background: Democratic Platform; Republican Platform) As your next State Representative, there’s only one platform for me to work from and that’s the platform of the 19th Middlesex District.  I’ve been on the campaign trail for a year now, and have spoken with thousands of taxpayers, Democrats, Republicans and Independents.  That platform includes holding the line on taxes and making sure our tax dollars are being put to good use with what I like to call “responsible spending.”  Responsible spending is about prioritizing local aid for education, public safety, and infrastructure; prioritizing programs to battle the opioid crisis, from education and prevention to treatment and recovery; prioritizing benefits and housing for our seniors and veterans.I may be running as a Republican, but I’m running to work on behalf of the people, not a party.  If there’s proposed legislation from a Republican administration that is bad for the district, I’m not going to be afraid to say no.  And vice versa.  I look forward to the opportunity of working across the aisle to get things done for Tewksbury and Wilmington.  I’ve spoken with Democratic legislators and candidates who have expressed to me their interest in working with someone who will bring a fresh perspective to Beacon Hill.  That tells me we can work together.  If a good idea comes from the Democratic side of the aisle, lets explore it.  If it comes from the Republican side, lets explore it.  And that’s what matters to the people, that good ideas are being explored to improve our district.An idea on the Democratic platform that I support is reworking the public education formula.  Education is a priority for the taxpayers and as someone who is preparing to start a family of my own, I want the best education possible for my children.An idea on the Democratic platform that I strongly oppose is making Massachusetts a Sanctuary State for illegal immigrants.  I want local police to have the ability to work with federal agencies, including ICE.  In July, my opponent Dave Robertson said “ICE is disgraceful” and believes they “spend too much time concentrating on those who are already here.”  I couldn’t disagree more.  They’re taking dangerous criminals off of our streets and are risking their lives to do so.  We’ve seen a number of arrests of illegal immigrants over the summer in Tewksbury for drug trafficking.  When the Sanctuary State bill is refiled in January, and I’m serving as your next Representative, I will be voting “NO.”  And I’m the only candidate who has committed to do so.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Pledges To Opt Out Of Pension SystemIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Pina Prinzivalli Stands With Dandi-LyonsIn “Government”last_img read more

Reporters roundtable the permanent fund protection plan

first_imgRachel Waldholz, Energy Reporter, Alaska Public Media Austin Baird, Reporter, KTUU Nathaniel Herz, Reporter, Alaska Dispatch News, KSKA (FM 91.1) BROADCAST: Friday, Dec. 11, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 12, at 6:00 p.m.Alaska Public Television BROADCAST: Friday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 12, at 6:00 p.m. On Wednesday, Gov. Bill Walker introduced a budget proposal. It includes taxes, changing the structure of the Permanent Fund, and further cuts to services across the state. And all of this just a few weeks ahead of the next session.This week on Alaska Edition, Zachariah Hughes sits down with three reporters to breakdown the budget plan.Listen Now:HOST: Zachariah HughesGUESTS:last_img

New Billboards Meant To Remind Of Houstons Arts Scene Beautify Skyline

first_img Listen “And so what we want to do is remind locals but also visitors that there is something to be seen when you exit the freeway, kind of get into the community to experience that,” she said. “So hopefully this will tease that, but it’ll also just beautify the skyline.”Houston First selected three out of about 120 submissions from local artists for the initiative this year.The plan is to use the three motifs on 10 unused Outfront Media billboards. That’s a value of $1.4 million, Shah said.The three artists each received $1,000.The first billboard was just revealed along Interstate-45 near Patton Street. It’s by Hector Guerra and features the words “Houston es amor,” with the o’s in “Houston” represented by Mexican sugar skulls. Share – / 2Billboards have been a controversial topic in Houston since at least 1980. That’s when the city’s sign code was adopted to reign in the thousands of billboards along roads.City government corporation Houston First is now putting local art on some of them.It’s easy to forget about Houston’s arts and culture when you’re on the freeway, Houston First’s Leah Shah said.center_img 00:00 /00:48 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

10 Year Old Falls on Train Tracks While Gaming

first_imgJust when you thought that we had all learned our lesson, this 10 year old boy reminds us yet again that it’s more important to watch where you’re going than watch a shiny blinking device in your hands. If the lady who fell into a mall fountain while texting wasn’t enough reason that there are cameras everywhere and we should probably avoid doing stupid things or else they’ll wind up on the Internet, let this serve as a warning. Before you all think I’m a horrible person for even linking the video, the boy wasn’t hurt, there was no electrified rail involved, and you can see that a number of good Samaritans in the train station jumped into action to bring the poor boy back up from the tracks to the platform. Among them was the 23-year old off-duty police officer who can be seen in the video immediately jumping down onto the tracks to pick the boy up. According to a post at Kotaku, the boy was so engrossed in his PSP game that he didn’t even see that he was close to the edge of the platform, and his mother and sister were too far away to get to him at that point. All in all, the boy was a little winded, but that’s about all. I wonder what he was playing that was so immersive.last_img read more

Physicists show that superfluid light is possible

first_img Citation: Physicists show that superfluid light is possible (2010, October 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Superfluidity – the phase of matter that enables a fluid to move up the sides of its container – has been known about since the 1930s. Since then, superfluidity has become a prime example of how quantum effects can become visible on the macroscopic scale under certain conditions. Although physicists have previously considered the possibility of superfluid light, their results have been inconclusive until now. In a new study, physicists from France have theoretically shown that superfluid motion of light is indeed possible, and have proposed an experiment to observe the phenomena. Flatland physics probes mysteries of superfluidity More information: Patricio Leboeuf and Simon Moulieras. “Superfluid Motion of Light.” Physical Review Letters 105, 163904 (2010). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.163904 These images show the difference between the superfluid regime (left) of light and the turbulent regime (right), which is above the critical velocity. Image credit: Leboeuf and Moulieras. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Copyright 2010 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Explore further In their study published in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters, Patricio Leboeuf and Simon Moulieras from the University Paris-Sud and CNRS explain that superfluidity is the ability of a fluid to move with zero dissipation or viscosity. A fluid behaves like a superfluid only under a certain critical velocity; above this critical velocity, superfluidity disappears. Most commonly demonstrated in liquid helium, superfluidity occurs when the helium is cooled and some helium atoms have reached their lowest possible energy. At this point, these atoms’ quantum wave functions begin to overlap so that they form a Bose-Einstein condensate, in which all the atoms behave as one large atom, and their quantum nature is manifested on the macroscopic scale.Previously, investigations of the superfluid motion of light have not revealed clear evidence of the existence of a superfluid critical velocity. Although some recent experiments have observed superfluidity related to light, these experiments did not use photons, but a composite particle, called a polariton, which is a mixture of a photon and an exciton. In this study, Leboeuf and Moulieras have shown that a superfluid critical velocity does exist in a nonlinear medium. They explain how superfluid light can be observed in an array of waveguides. From a dynamical point of view, light propagating through a nonlinear medium is formally equivalent to a Bose gas of interacting massive particles. Light can travel straight along the waveguides in the longitudinal direction, or it can tunnel between adjacent guides in the transverse direction. The benefit of this set-up is that it allows the scientists to engineer different characteristics of the array and control the light’s flow.The physicists were specifically interested in what happens to a light pulse as it travels through the array at different velocities in the presence of a defect. If the light is scattered by the defect, it means dissipative processes have occurred. If the light pulse moves through the defect without changing its shape (i.e., without losing collectivity), there is no dissipation and the light has superfluid motion. Through their calculations, the physicists showed that, for certain low velocities, the transverse motion of light is superfluid with zero dissipation. When the velocity increases, dissipative processes occur that destroy the collectivity of the light’s oscillations, and superfluidity breaks down. In the future, the physicists plan to further investigate additional details of superfluid light, such as how it relates to an underlying quantum theory of light and how it is connected to Bose-Einstein condensation. They predict that superfluid motion is a general property of light that exists in a variety of scenarios, and is not limited to the waveguide array proposed here. Superfluid light could also have applications in light transport optimization.“One straightforward implication is related to transport in the presence of noise,” Leboeuf said. “Such a noise is expected to be present generically, since any material has imperfections and impurities. The impurities are responsible for the scattering of light. In the superfluid regime, we expect a light pulse to be able to propagate through a noisy medium without being affected or scattered (perfect transmission).” Leboeuf and Moulieras plan to perform their proposed experiment and are discussing the opportunity with experimental groups at the Laboratoire de Photonique et de Nanostructures (LPN) at Marcoussis, France. However, the scientists said that superfluid light is not likely to have any strange effect analogous to a superfluid flowing up a container.“The most basic ‘strange’ quantum effect that light shows related to superfluidity is, as shown in our article, dissipationless motion,” Moulieras said. “Another, though more indirect or spectacular, effect is related to quantized vortices, which were observed in laser patterns propagating through nonlinear media. Concerning other possibilities, such as fluid motion up the walls of a container, they are related, for atoms, to the forces between these atoms and a substrate, and the balance between capillary, gravity and viscous forces. We do not see a straightforward application of these concepts to photons, and therefore do not expect them for light.”last_img read more

Eastern Command GOC visits Sikkims border areas

first_imgDarjeeling: Lt. Gen M M Naravane, AVSM, SM, VSM, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Command visited border areas in the state of Sikkim on Tuesday, where he is on a visit currently. “The Army Commander, accompanied by the GOC, Trishakti Corps visited forward areas, where he was briefed on the security situation along the border and also interacted with the troops,” stated an army release. The Commander had arrived on a three-day visit at Sukna in Darjeeling district on January 28. On arrival at Sukna, the Army Commander was received by Lt. Gen C P Mohanty, GOC, Trishakti Corps. He was briefed on operational situation and preparedness.last_img

Classic Theme Restorer may be dead by the end of 2017

first_imgClassic Theme Restorer may be dead by the end of 2017 by Martin Brinkmann on November 26, 2016 in Firefox – Last Update: June 25, 2017 – 77 commentsMozilla announced a couple of days ago that it plans to make Firefox support only WebExtensions add-ons by the end of 2017.While that seems far far away right now, it is almost certain that things won’t be ready by then. What I mean by that is that WebExtensions capabilities won’t match those of Firefox’s current system.While popular add-ons like NoScript will likely be ported over thanks to Mozilla working with developers actively on implementing missing API features, the same cannot be said for other add-ons.There are three core reasons why an add-on may not be compatible with Firefox 57 anymore (when WebExtensions become exclusive):The add-on author has not ported it over to WebExtensions. This will happen for abandoned add-ons, but also if authors have no interest in porting their extensions.The add-on author would like to port the add-on to WebExtensions, but cannot because the WebExtensions capabilities don’t allow it yet (because of missing features).Because WebExtensions will never support features needed by an add-on.Any popular add-on under 1) may be forked or picked up by someone else. While there is no guarantee that this is going to happen for all of them, the past has shown that Firefox add-on developers have picked up abandoned add-ons, and forked them to make them compatible with newer versions of the browser.I run three add-ons in my main Firefox work profile. Those are NoScript, Classic Theme Restorer, and Dictionary Switcher.Classic Theme RestorerA recent post by Aris, developer of Classic Theme Restorer and several other popular add-ons such as Classic Toolbar Buttons, NewScrollbars, or GlassMyFox, suggests that Classic Theme Restorer may be dead by the end of 2017.While Aris seems to have interest in porting over his extensions to WebExtensions, he notes that this is not possible right now.Now its real, CTR as we know it (and all my other Firefox add-ons), will be discontinued by the end of 2017. We still have no way to change Firefox ui using WebExtensions and all my add-ons are about ui modifications. Seems like its almost time to get used to another browser.The end of the popular browser extension would bring the Australis design of Firefox to all users who relied on Classic Theme Restorer up until that point.This highlights one of the main concerns that the move to WebExtensions exclusivity raises: The APIs are not there yet. In fact, a whole category of add-ons, all that modify the browser UI, cannot be ported over because of missing APIs and the situation may be similar in other areas.What makes this even more problematic than it is, is that no one seems to know whether the capabilities that WebExtensions APIs will deliver once they are made available will be sufficient to port add-ons over.Classic Theme Restorer is but one of many add-ons, Tab Mix Plus is another, that faces this challenge.With APIs not ready yet, not even for testing, and uncertainty in regards to what WebExtensions will support, it is obvious that some add-on authors are not thrilled about the change.In worst case, this could lead to an exodus of talented developers.Closing WordsMozilla could have waited with the move until APIs are ready for the most part, but the organization decided not to do so. While there is still a chance that the decision is delayed, so that the cut won’t be made in Firefox 57 but a later version of the browser, it is not something that add-on developers can rest their hopes on.I can see the benefits that WebExtensions offer but Mozilla’s move will irritate part of the add-on development community and part of Firefox’s user base. In worst case, it could mean that excellent developers such as Aris move on to other projects or other browsers, and that users who rely on add-ons to function that are not ported either stick with an outdated version of the Firefox browser, or switch to another.Now You: Which add-ons do you consider essential in regards to WebExtensions?SummaryArticle NameClassic Theme Restorer may be dead by the end of 2017DescriptionClassic Theme Restorer, and other popular Firefox add-ons that modify the web browser UI, may be dead by the end of 2017.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

The Ladysmith Gazette newspaper is out so get your copy NOW

first_imgThe Ladysmith Gazette newspaper is out today, so you’d be wise to get your copy as soon as possible.On our front page this week, we ask the question: Are local police on a ‘go slow’ and not responding to complaints quickly enough? Read about various incidents that prompted the story, as well as comment from the police themselves.We have plenty of hard news stories on page 2 and 3, including an article about Warrant Officer Jacques Meyer from the Ladysmith K9 Unit and the work he does with his dog Emma.If you are looking for a job or want to buy / sell items, then check out the vacancies and classifieds pages!Many of our stories are “PRINT ONLY”, so you have to purchase a copy of the Ladysmith Gazette to read these stories, as they will not appear online.Not forgetting our community articles, school news and sport.You can purchase your copy on the streets and at various shops around town; the newspaper is not hard to find!The cost of the Ladysmith Gazette is ONLY R5.30. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite center_img So what are you waiting for? Go and grab your copy NOW!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 read more

Boeing delayed again…again

first_imgAlready more than two years behind its delivery schedule and Boeing has yet again announced its 787 Dreamliner will be further delayed until mid-February.In an official statement, Boeing said the postponement, the latest in a string of delays, stems from Rolls-Royce Group’s inability to supply an engine for flight tests.“The delivery date revision follows an assessment of the availability of an engine needed for the final phases of flight test this fall,” the statement read.“While Boeing works closely with Rolls-Royce to expedite engine availability, flight testing across the test fleet continues as planned.”Last month Boeing had estimated the first delivery of the 787 Dreamliner, while beleaguered by a series of issues, would take place in the first few weeks of 2011.The date was pushed further back due to “a delay in engine availability”.Neither Boeing nor Rolls-Royce commented on speculation that the delay was due to the “uncontained failure” of a Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 test engine while on a ground-test earlier this month, Bloomberg reported.Due to the delay, Kenya Airways might have to cancel its Boeing order for nine 787s and buy Airbus A330s instead, Kenya Airways Chief Executive Titus Naikuni told Air Transport World.”If [Boeing] can’t deliver, we will cancel.” Rolls Royce ‘powers’ Boeing Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more