Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that today will be remembered as a red letter day in Sri Lanka’s political history as for the first time since Independence a National Government has been formed with Parliamentary approval.He said that this is the first genuine National Government in post-independence Sri Lanka. He said that the reset in political culture was also demonstrated in the unanimous appointment of the Opposition Leader.“The upholding of Parliamentary convention and tradition marks a departure from the divisive and self-interested partisanship which was a hallmark of our politics since independence. The appointment of Mr. R. Sampanthan, one of the most senior and respected politicians in the country, as Opposition Leader also reflects Sri Lanka’s commitment, resolve and determination to the reconciliation process and the establishment of a Sri Lanka where every citizen feels that they are free and equal. In the new Sri Lanka no one would be denied their rightful place in society due to race, religion, caste or gender,” he said. Under the 19th Amendment to the constitution, Parliament approval is required to appoint a cabinet of more than 30 members.Accordingly now with Parliament approving a 48 member cabinet, the new cabinet of the National Government, which includes Sri Lanka Freedom Party and United National Party members, will take oaths tomorrow. The Tamil National Alliance, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and a group of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members were absent when the vote was taken. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, Mahajana Eksath Peramuna, National Freedom Front and MP Udaya Gammanpilla voted against the proposal. Parliament today approved a proposal to increase the cabinet to 48 members after a vote was taken and it was passed by a majority.After a full day debate, 143 members voted in favour of having 48 cabinet and 45 non-cabinet Ministers while 16 voted against it and 63 parliament members were absent. The Foreign Minister said that the National Government will ensure the formation and implementation of urgently needed national policies. In particular a new Constitution that will include a Bill of Rights will be passed. This constitution will not only take into account civil and political rights but economic, social and cultural rights as well. It will be a Constitution that addresses the requirements of all citizens and communities; one which will allow greater public participation in decision-making processes. (Colombo Gazette)
(Updated)It’s a new chapter in Toronto politics. Mayor Rob Ford announced he will not be running for the position as he deals with serious health issues. But his brother Doug will.Also, Mayor Ford isn’t getting out of the political life entirely.It’s a new chapter in Toronto politics. Mayor Rob Ford announced he will not be running for the position as he deals with serious health issues. But his brother Doug will.Also, Mayor Ford isn’t getting out of the political life entirely.It was a very busy day at Toronto City Hall. A shake up in the race for mayor. City council contenders dropping out. Others filing at the last minute. And they all had one name in common — Rob Ford. Here’s how things unfolded today.This morning Doug Ford visited his brother Rob Ford at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. When asked how his brother was, he said his brother was doing well.But just moments later, papers were filed at city hall, withdrawing Rob Ford name from the mayor’s race. In a written statement, Rob Ford said:“I could be facing a battle of my lifetime, and I want the people of Toronto to know that I intend to face this challenge head on, and win. My heart is heavy when I tell you that I’m unable to continue my campaign for re-election as your mayor. While I’m unable to commit to the heavy schedule required for a mayoral candidate, I will not turn my back on Ward 2. I will be running as councillor of Ward 2.”Rob Ford was admitted to hospital Wednesday with what is being called a ‘fair-size’ tumour.Paula Fletcher, Toronto City Councillor had this to say: “I know we’ve had our differences on the waterfront when he tried to give the waterfront away and put the mega mall and the monorail and the Ferris wheel down there. So I don’t think he’s got the credibility that his brother has. But he does have the Ford name so we’ll have to wait and see. But I think most people today are thinking about Rob and what the situation is with him. It’s obviously a very serious situation with our current mayor and I think everyone is wishing him well no matter who they are.”It will not be the end of politics for Rob Ford. He has filed papers to run in Ward 2. He had held that seat previously for 10 years. But to do that, his nephew Michael Ford had to withdraw his name from the race. He is running as a school board trustee.But just before 2 o’clock today, Doug Ford filed his nomination papers at city hall to run for mayor. And all of this was brought about by the mayor’s health status. He had an MRI at Mount Sinai Hospital today. A CT scan an ultrasound and a biopsy yesterday. We’re expecting the results of all of those tests to come next week. (Update)“He told me that he needed me to take the torch while he focuses on getting better.”At a news conference surrounded by his family this evening — Doug Ford talked about his reasons for running for mayor after conversations in the last couple of days with his brother Rob. Rob ford remains in hospital — where doctors are trying to determine whether or not a large tumour found in his abdomen this week is cancerous or not. Because of his brother’s illness, Ford showed up at city hall today and officially entered the mayoral campaign — just before the 2pm deadline. This evening he talked about what he plans to do now: “I want to continue to serve this great city and you fine folks. Over the past 4 years, we’ve taken big steps together. We’ve made the city work better for you, to serve you and not the special interest groups, and the privileged few.”Ford says he won’t be in full campaign mode until Monday — as he wants to spend time with his family this weekend as they support Rob Ford who remains in hospital.
Ohio State sophomore forward Kyle Young (25) and sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson (34) defend against a member of South Carolina State’s basketball team during the first half of the game on Nov. 18. Ohio State won 89-61. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorIn Chris Holtmann’s first season as the head coach at Ohio State, he had Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate to rely on in the paint. Both players provided different styles offensively — Tate being the bruising, layup player down low and Bates-Diop having the ability to pull up, showing some production behind the 3-point line.However, both provided the size needed defensively to be a presence in the post, with Bates-Diop and Tate each averaging more than six rebounds per game in their final season with the Buckeyes. For much of the 2018-19 season, both offensive roles and tha major defensive post role has shrunk from two players to one: sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson. He leads the team in points, averaging 16.2 per game while only increasing his average time played by 3.8 minutes. His attempts from inside the 2-point line have increased to 7.8 per game, connecting on 58.4 percent. He’s increased his willingness to shoot from deep, averaging 2.1 attempts from 3 and connecting on 32.4 percent, a 13.24 percent increase from his freshman season. He’s a force in the paint as well, exceeding both his offensive and defensive rebound totals to two more per game than he averaged a season ago. Wesson is Ohio State’s main game plan and target. And it’s something that other teams are very aware of. “It’s also tough when there is a lot of teams that will post trap and double and stuff like that,” sophomore forward Kyle Young said. Post presence was something that Holtmann wanted and expected to carry over into his second season, despite the decrease in team size with the absence of Tate and Bates-Diop. But this is a job for more than one player. “We have to continue to grow that aspect of our guys’ games,” Holtmann said. “Andre is a guy that has shown an ability to do that, as has Kyle at times, not really something that Kyle has ever done, but he’s shown an ability to do it, and [freshman forward Jaedon LeDee]. I think there are multiple guys that we are trying to play through.” Especially in terms of rebounding, no player has come close to the nearly seven rebounds per game Wesson averages. Young, junior forward Andre Wesson and senior guard C.J. Jackson are the closest, averaging more than four per game. Holtmann said Andre Wesson is the next player on the roster expected to have a post presence, averaging career highs in both offensive and defensive rebounding this season. But when Kaleb Wesson has gone to the bench early on in the past few games due to foul trouble, Young has been the one who has stepped up, providing a consistent presence down low, especially offensively. In five Big Ten games, including four starts, the sophomore forward has only averaged 7.2 points per game, but has made 17 of 21 shot attempts from the field, an 81 percent success rate that is leaps and bounds better than anyone on the roster not named redshirt junior guard Danny Hummer, who had connected on the only shot he has attempted. Young has also made an impact on the boards, finishing second behind Kaleb Wesson with 4.6 rebounds against conference opponents. However, 10 of his 23 total rebounds against the Big Ten have been offensive boards. Young said he and Kaleb Wesson have developed a good relationship, coming into Ohio State in the same recruiting class. He said they have developed chemistry and have developed a better connection the more he got to know him both on and off the court. Now Young’s focus is on taking advantage of extending Ohio State’s presence in the paint, not leaving it only to one man. “I think we can continue to be more tough and physical, utilizing that game more inside, maybe looking to get to a move first instead of just getting it in and passing it out right away,” Young said. “We just need to keep working on it every day and it will get better.”
Newtrax has moved its APAC Regional HQ to Parmelia House at 191 St Georges Terrace, in Perth, Western Australia. The need to move was “driven by the significant increase in staffing levels that has occurred since Newtrax opened its APAC offices in 2016.” The Perth HQ is home to both Business Development and Technology Delivery functions including regional service and support.“Newtrax’s APAC business has seen triple figure year on year growth since entering the Australian market and is positioning itself for further growth by taking on larger premises in Australia’s mining capital city. We have acquired a significant number of important clients in the past 12 months and are seeing increasing pull from the entire APAC region.” said Simon Waghorn, APAC Regional Vice President.Newtrax has established itself as a leader in the Underground Mining technology sector in the Asia-Pacific region, especially for Production Monitoring and Proximity Warning systems. Its Mobile Equipment Telemetry (MET) system which is network agnostic has been proven to deliver value to miners, especially when it comes to network connectivity at the face for accurate data collection.
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UPDATE: Bomb Squad has arrived at the scene of the discovery of a suspect package in the An Post depot on Dock Road in Limerick City. pic.twitter.com/HorTzr8V5t— Live 95 News (@Live95fmNews) March 22, 2019 Source: Live 95 News/Twitter Mar 22nd 2019, 9:30 AM https://jrnl.ie/4555249 Flanagan said it was “a dreadful consequence of the uncertainties around Brexit where in the context of the heightened tensions in Northern Ireland, in the island of Ireland that people have taken it on themselves to send letter bombs”.He called it an “absolutely despicable act” and “totally unacceptable” and added that he hoped those responsible could be brought to justice.UK bombs Police in the UK confirmed earlier this month that they were investigating a claim made by a group styling itself as the IRA that it was behind the delivery of the parcel bombs to the locations in Britain. The group said that five devices had been sent, but at the time only four had been detected, officers said. The claim was received by a media outlet in the North using a recognised code word, according to a joint statement issued by Police Scotland and London’s Met Police. On Tuesday 5 March Met Police launched a terrorism investigation after three small explosive devices were reported at a building near Heathrow Airport, London City Aviation House and the mail room of Waterloo station in London city centre. The packages – all A4-sized white postal bags containing yellow Jiffy bags – were assessed by specialist officers and found to be small improvised explosive devices.One was opened by staff, causing a small fire, but no-one was injured. The following day several buildings at the University of Glasgow were evacuated. Bomb disposal experts were called, but the device found there did not go off and no-one was harmed.Met Police said in a statement today that they were in contact with gardaí over the Limerick device: Share46 Tweet Email4 Short URL Our investigation into the three devices found in London continues alongside the Police Scotland investigation into the device found in Glasgow. No arrests have been made at this stage and enquiries continue. By Daragh Brophy Limerick device ‘appears identical’ to London and Glasgow parcel bombs claimed by ‘IRA’ Around 175 staff have been evacuated and postal services in Limerick are off today. Updated Mar 22nd 2019, 2:00 PM Source: An Garda SíochánaGARDAÍ ARE EXAMINING a potential link between a security alert at a postal depot in Limerick this morning and the letter bombs detected in London and Glasgow earlier this month. Around 175 An Post staff have been evacuated from two postal buildings on the Dock Road following the discovery of a suspicious package at a centre that handles undeliverable parcels. The unit at the centre of the alert processes all national and international undeliverable parcels that originated in Ireland – meaning it’s possible the parcel that sparked today’s alert could have been sent to the UK and then back to the Limerick centre in recent weeks. In a statement gardaí confirmed that they had been deployed to the scene after the alarm was raised shortly after 6am and that, “this parcel appears to be identical to parcels (pending closer forensic and ballistic examination) discovered earlier this month in London and Glasgow”.An Army bomb squad arrived at the scene shortly before 10am and the device has since been made safe. The device has been handed over to gardaí for further investigation, the Defence Forces said in a statement. Source: An Garda SíochánaThe Defence Forces said its team had found “a viable improvised explosive device contained in a plastic envelope”. Investigating gardaí are now liaising with authorities in the UK. Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said earlier that intelligence in Britain had noted that there could be five such letter bombs and that “this could well be the fifth”. Asked whether there were similarities between the parcels delivered in the UK and the one found this morning, he said there were. Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke Flanagan said: “I understand that to be the case with particular reference to the postage stamp that was used.” An Post has confirmed that there will be no postal services in Limerick today and that any backlog in the area would be made up tomorrow. Following the discovery of the devices on 5 March in London, extensive advice was issued to relevant businesses and sectors across the UK to be vigilant for and report suspicious packages to police. Friday 22 Mar 2019, 2:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 55,474 Views 34 Comments This advice remains and we continue to urge the public to be vigilant and report anything suspicious to police. The unit at the centre of today’s alert processes returned parcels originally posted from Ireland with incorrect or out of date addresses in addition to items returned from depots (for example, in cases where the addressee doesn’t pick the item up from their local depot after receiving a docket through their letterbox). The mail delivery unit handling all deliveries for Limerick and the surrounding area was also evacuated. – With reporting by Cónal Thomas and Sean Murray
Videos Articles WWE is advertising The Undertaker for the 1000th episode of Smackdown Live that will take place on October 16 from Washington, DC.While not officially advertised for a match, Undertaker continues to make more appearances for WWE this year including a scheduled “final” match with Triple H at the Super Show-Down event in Australia on October 6.Daniel Bryan, who’s current deal with WWE expires in a few weeks, is also advertised.WWE reveals new Custom Tees optionWWE has opened a new Custom Tees merchandise store where it is advertising shirts customized to “fit your style.”The website features a large collection of merchandise for current WWE and NXT talent, along with legends such as Randy Savage, Scott Hall and more.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 35.15%0:00Remaining Time -0:38 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 WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology) Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter Triple H WhatsApp WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Pinterest The Undertaker appears on ESPN College GameDay Saturday morning Facebook When Does WrestleMania 35 Start? Google+ Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Now Playing Up Next WWE And WrestleMania 34 Bring New Orleans A Big Payday Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience?
Evergreen High School will again become the setting for a fairy-tale fantasy March 10 with Project Cinderella. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Project Cinderella is a program providing local students access to formal prom attire. Dresses and suits may be purchased for as little as $10. There will also be a photo booth for students to have their pictures taken in their new apparel, corsages and boutonnieres created by the Evergreen floral shop, professional hairdressers from the Vancouver area, plus costumed princesses and princes.Businesses and individuals are encouraged to make donations of formal attire — both dresses and suits — along with purses, dress shoes, and accessories which may be dropped off at the main office, 14300 N.E. 18th St., of the school during school hours.The event has been planned by a collaboration of National Honor Society students from Camas, Evergreen, Fort Vancouver, Heritage, Mountain View and Skyview High Schools. Proceeds from the event will benefit Evergreen High School’s Invest Ed, which helps students with school fees.
Summit Professional Networks announced a shift to digital for its quarterly magazine, Tech Decisions, toward the end of the first quarter in 2014. Tech Decisions, currently operating via PropertyCasualty360.com, will continue to be housed there as a web-based magazine with plans for a tablet magazine. In addition, Summit Professional Networks will offer an expanded digital portfolio including custom content creation for its partners, webcasts and face-to-face events.“The relevance to the tech audience is to see the information in their domain,” says Gary Mirkin, senior vice president of the Custom Solutions Group at Summit Professional Networks. “We made the decision [to go digital] because the distribution is solid and that it is being sought after by our audience through our tech channels.”In 2013, Tech Decisions magazine produced four regular issues, one special edition and a weekly e-newsletter called “Tech Digest Weekly” to a roughly 24,000-person circulation of mostly c-level executives, IT managers and larger mid-market agents in the insurance industry. “We see the potential to increase [our audience] by virtue of broadening the editorial focus of the digital publication [and] the ability to reach the other segments that Summit Professional Networks focuses on—financial, insurance, legal and subsets of those,” Mirkin contends. “In essence, the strategy should take the circulation much higher.”As part of the new strategy’s digital format, Summit plans to leverage its presence in the financial services, benefits and legal markets by adding “strategic thought-leader programs” to its portfolio including webcast, video, live event and whitepaper components, acting as a “channel -support tool generator” to help its partners disseminate information to their clients, according to Mirkin.“Digital obviously offers a much broader audience a platform that they’re used to using now rather than a platform that is clearly somewhat cumbersome for people to get to,” he says. “They should get the information in the platform they’re used to and that they want to, so that it becomes more of a tool for them. It’s kind of the way of the world in this particular [audience] segment.”However, Mirkin does not disregard the appeal of print or its market demand.He adds that if a sponsor showed “great interest and would like print issues for their channel, sales force or their tradeshow,” the company would consider accommodating the request.
Tags 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: A tougher looking electrified crossover Share your voice 2019 Lexus LS 500h review: Full-size hybrid offers luxury with tradeoffs 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560e: Luxury cruising with an electric edge Toyota Lexus More From Roadshow 2018 Honda Accord: Turbo engines, sharper design and more space Lexus Toyota Comment Car Industry Hybrids 1 62 Photos Enlarge ImageToyota’s factories in Alabama and Kentucky are about to get a big cash injection from HQ in order to offset potential tariffs. Toyota Toyota has big plans in America, and to accomplish them it will be investing $749 million into its various US manufacturing facilities in addition to creating jobs for 586 people according to a report published Thursday by Reuters.What could Toyota be planning that would have it ready to whip its checkbook out for a significant chunk of a billion greenbacks? More hybrids. Duh. This is Toyota we’re talking about, so of course it’s more hybrids. It also plans to ramp up its US-based engine production, presumably to help with that whole “more hybrids” thing.But, business being business and politics being what they are right now, it also seems likely that Toyota’s expansion of its US production is a show of allegiance to the powers that be in hopes of staving off increased tariffs on the goods that it imports from Japan. As The Dude says, “You gotta feed the monkey, man.”Keep in mind that Toyota and Mazda announced last year that they’d be teaming up on a $1.6 billion plant in Alabama and way back in 2017, it pledged to invest $10 billion by 2022. It then bumped that number recently by an additional $3 billion, of which Thursday’s announcement is a part.Toyota committed to putting the money from Thursday’s announcement toward an additional 230,000 engines’ worth of capacity at its current Alabama plant by the end of 2021, and it will also add new four- and six-cylinder engine lines to the factory. The plant in Kentucky will get a cash infusion to help it build Lexus ES and RAV4 hybrids.Toyota boss Akio Toyoda is set to give a speech in Washington, DC on Friday where presumably he’ll flaunt that sweet $13 billion figure, and we only hope he’s invested sufficiently in air horns and engaged the services of a qualified hype man on his behalf.Toyota didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsMurkowski’s public lands bill becomes lawLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.President Trump has signed into law a massive public lands bill that Sen. Lisa Murkowski has spent years compiling and negotiating.Memos detail gaps in ANWR science; Interior says they’ll guide future workLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.An environmental group today published 18 leaked memos by government scientists that outline gaps in knowledge about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.Cash-strapped state of Alaska takes aim at North Slope government’s oil moneyRavenna Koenig and Nat Herz, Alaska’s Energy DeskA proposal by Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy would strip the North Slope Borough of its power to collect nearly $400 million in property taxes from oil companies each year. The idea gets at a longstanding question: How much money from oil should stay in the North Slope, where it’s pumped from the ground?Kaiser eyes Nome from White Mountain, with a hungry Ulsom on his tailBen Matheson, KNOM – NomeBethel musher Pete Kaiser is 77 miles from his first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race victory. But first he must hold off the race’s defending champion hungry for a repeat win.House and Senate both look at what budget cuts to make amid Dunleavy proposalAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe Legislature is weighing how deeply it wants to cut the state budget. And it must decide how to respond to Governor Mike Dunleavy’s proposals for full permanent fund dividends and paying back PFD cuts from the past three years.Bill seeks to require jail time in cases similar to 2018 Justin Schneider assaultAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauSoldotna Republican Sen. Peter Micciche, the bill sponsor, says the measure would prevent a case like that of Justin Schneider from happening again.Search continues for pilot missing northwest of AnchorageAssociated PressThe Army National Guard says it’s continuing to search for a pilot missing since last week.Fairbanks City Council fails to overturn mayor’s veto of anti-discrimination ordinanceRobyne, KUAC – FairbanksThe Fairbanks City Council failed to override the mayor’s veto of a controversial civil rights ordinance at their meeting last night. The council then discussed re-working it and trying again in a couple of months. And they did not yet work on a version to put on the municipal ballot in October.State plans to sell Sheldon Jackson Museum in cost-cutting effortsEnrique Perez de la Rosa, KCAW – SitkaThe state Division of Alaska Libraries, Archives, and Museums announced late last week that it is looking to sell the Sheldon Jackson Museum.
Three people, including two of a family, were killed and 25 injured in a road accident at Bedgram in the Sadar upazila early Sunday.Police said a bus of ‘Golden Line Paribahan’ was heading to Pirojpur from Dhaka in the night.When the bus reached Bedgram, it plunged into a roadside ditch after the driver lost his control over the steering around 4:15am, leaving two of its passengers – Mahiuddin, 45, and his son Rahat, 5, residents of Pirojpur district, and bus supervisor Shimul, 30, hailing from Faridpur district – dead on the spot and 25 injured.The injured were taken to local hospitals, said sub-inspector Tanmay Saha of Gopalganj sadar police station.
More information: Project page idav.ucdavis.edu/~okreylos/ResDev/SARndbox/ What’s even cooler is the fact that the software used to create the simulations is all available under a GNU public license agreement, which means most any school, museum or other teaching program could build a similar system at very little cost. With such a system, students can gain a deeper understanding of how land and water systems interact and see for themselves how changes to topography over time cause changes in the environment in a much more hands-on fashion than when building static models out of sand, dirt or clay. Pico projector used in eye based video gaming system Explore further © 2012 Phys.Org (Phys.org) — Most children at some point in their schooling are taught about the water table and many wind up being tasked with creating a model of some sort to represent how it all works. Some use clay, but many more likely use sand, as it’s far easier and faster than most anything else. Now researchers at UC Davis have taken that model to new extremes by building a sandbox system that is capable of automatically adding augmented reality real-time coloring to the sand to indicate altitude and moving water as changes are made to the terrain with a hand or small tool. Citation: University research team creates augmented reality sandbox (w/ Video) (2012, May 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-university-team-augmented-reality-sandbox.html The project is part of the University’s Keck Center for Active Visualization in the Earth Sciences (funded by a National Science Foundation grant) and was started as a means of building an educational system for children to help kids better visualize how land and water systems work. 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. To make the sandbox, the team combined a Kinect 3D camera, a digital projector and simulation software running on a computer and of course, an ordinary sandbox raised up on four legs for optimal viewing.The system works by first collecting images of the sandbox from above using the Kinect camera, at thirty frames per second, as a demonstrator (or student) changes the landscape below in the sandbox. Information from the camera is fed to a computer running the simulation software (Vrui VR development toolkit). The software generates different colors to represent different elevation levels in a virtual topological map. It also uses a set of Saint-Venant shallow water equations to create realistic looking water movement. Both are then projected down onto the sandbox in real time, giving the appearance of reacting to changes made by a person creating hills, valleys, rivers, streams and lakes in the sand. The result is nearly instant color coding of elevation topography and the instigation of virtual water into the modeled waterways.
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Once a year, honeybees, led by a queen, leave their nests in droves to find a new home. But because it takes some time to find a site and build a new nest, there is a period when they have no place to live. To protect themselves during this time, they congregate into masses that hang from tree branches—these clusters are made entirely of bees, each clinging to one another. In its most natural state, such clusters tend to form in the shape of a cone. But prior research has shown that the cone shape becomes flattened during inclement weather, such as when the wind blows. In this new effort, the researchers wondered how the honeybees knew what to do when adverse conditions arose. To find out, they gathered bees from the wild and put them in a container in their lab where they were allowed to form a cluster, dangling from a movable apparatus.Once a cluster formed, the researchers moved the apparatus to pull the cluster back and forth, simulating the impact of wind pushing the branch upon which they hung. As the researchers watched, the cluster slowly flattened, hugging the apparatus. A flatter shape, the researchers noted, would reduce pressure from the wind, just as it would for a person lying on the ground versus standing up. By studying slow-motion video of the bees and tracking the movement of those on the surface of the cluster, the researchers developed a theory—they believed that the bees, upon feeling pulled from the bees they were holding on to, moved themselves to a place of higher stress.To test this theory, the group created a computer simulation of the honeybees and their cluster and then gave those on the outer surface the ability to feel stress and to react to it by moving to a position of higher stress. They found the virtual bees changed the shape of their cluster in the same way as did those in the real one, offering strong evidence that their theory was correct. Inside the brains of killer bees Explore further A team of researchers at Harvard University has discovered the means by which honeybees keep their temporary clumps intact during adverse weather conditions. In their paper published in the journal Nature Physics, the group describes their study of honeybee behavior in their lab and what the found. Journal information: Nature Physics More information: O. Peleg et al. Collective mechanical adaptation of honeybee swarms, Nature Physics (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41567-018-0262-1 © 2018 Phys.org 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. Citation: How honeybees maintain protective clumps under stressful conditions (2018, September 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-honeybees-clumps-stressful-conditions.html
Meri Krismas and Hapi Niu Yia 2018 from the SIVBMeri Krismas and Hapi Niu Yia 2018 from the SIVBPictured getting into the ‘Krismas’ mode in Honiara this week, Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto (standing on left) and his head office team.Pointing towards record-breaking August and September international visitor arrivals Mr Tuamoto said these figures were clear indicators the destination was well on track to enjoy yet another year of positive growth.“But we’ll wait until we see final Q4 figures before we start popping the champagne corks,” he said.“In the meantime the entire SIVB team, both in the Solomon Islands and overseas would like to say a big ‘Tagio Tumas’ to all our valued tourism partners for their wonderful support in 2017.“And ‘lukim iu lo 2018’.”Source = Mike Parker- Brown – Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau PR
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