18 Sep

Hamsik confirms China offer

first_imgNapoli captain Marek Hamsik has confirmed that he has received an offer from China and that he has told club president Aurelio De Laurentiis about itThe Slovakian midfielder is expected to leave the Stadio San Paolo for this summer’s transfer window after having previously admitted to being tempted by the prospect of a big-money move to China.The arrival of new head coach Carlo Ancelotti does not appear to have improved things for Hamsik, who could break the club record of the most games played at Napoli for next season.Speaking at a charity event in his native Slovakia, the 30-year-old confirmed that he has been in talks in regards to a move to the Chinese Super League.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I’m still a Napoli player, for now nothing has changed,” said Hamsik, via Football-Italia.“It’s true that I told the President [Aurelio De Laurentiis] that there’s this opportunity, but at the moment there’s nothing new.”However, Napoli are reportedly asking around €30m for their captain.A fee of this magnitude would mean that a Chinese club would have to pay €60m due to the 100% tax charge they receive for not using the money towards player development in their own country.last_img read more

3 Sep

Indonesia quake kills 2

first_imgResidents gather outside their apartment blocks in Jakarta on early 16 December 2017, following a strong earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale. AFPAt least two people have been killed following a strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake on Indonesia’s main island of Java, an official said Saturday.The quake struck at a depth of 91 kilometres (56 miles) just outside the coastal town of Cipatujah on Java island late Friday, the US Geological Survey said.The tremor was felt across the island including in the capital Jakarta, some 300 kilometres (190 miles) from the epicentre.A 62-year-old man in Ciamis and an 80-year-old woman in Pekalongan city were killed when the buildings they were in collapsed, national disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.“Several hospitals in several areas have also been damaged and patients had to be evacuated,” Nugroho said.A hospital in Banyumas suffered damaged ceilings, cracked walls and leaks to oxygen pipelines, forcing about 70 patients to be moved to temporary shelters.At least a hundred houses were damaged across West Java and Central Java provinces, the national disaster mitigation agency said.The agency was still evaluating the impact of the disaster and urged people to be cautious and stay alert.Jakarta resident Web Warouw, 50, was on the 18th floor of a building in the capital when the quake struck just before midnight local time (1700 GMT).“Suddenly, we felt dizzy… We then realised it was a quake and immediately ran downstairs,” Warouw told AFP.Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide.Some 170,000 lives were lost when a 9.1-magnitude quake and tsunami struck Aceh in December 2004, which also hit coastal areas as far away as Somalia.An earthquake struck the country’s western Aceh province again in December 2016, killing more than 100 people, injuring many more and leaving tens of thousands homeless.last_img read more

31 Aug

New holographic radar system can track high speed shells

first_img One of the costs associated with training military personnel is in the constant replacement of targets. To get around this problem, the DoD sent out a request for development of a system that would allow for shooting at “off-sets” – positions that are close enough to the target to measure hits versus misses, without damaging the actual target. To achieve good results in such a system, a trainee would need to see not just where the shells he’s firing are landing, but the trajectory they take in getting there. Such information helps in plotting where to send the next rounds so as to move ever closer to the intended target, improving accuracy in the process.To address the problem, engineers from Cambridge Consultants designed an entirely new kind of radar; one that uses 3D technology to create a realistic holographic image in real time that shows the trajectory of rounds fired as well as where they burst in the air or when they hit a target; all of this in a 360° image. More information: www.cambridgeconsultants.com/news_pr304.html Citation: New holographic radar system can track high speed shells (2011, September 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-holographic-radar-track-high-shells.html 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. (PhysOrg.com) — The British firm Cambridge Consultants has announced the successful test of its new 3D holographic radar system that can track fired shells traveling up to 1000 miles per hour. The new system called the Land and Surface Target Scorer (LSTS) and developed for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), is expected to help lower the cost of training and hopefully defend against small high speed enemies. GPS-Based Fuze Expected To Triple Cannon’s Accuracy The biggest hurdle the team faced was in differentiating the shell it was tracking from surrounding “noise.” In real world environments, everything from moving water to other projectiles to debris fragments can produce radar hits making it difficult to discern what is what. The new system had to have a way of clearing all the other stuff away to allow the person manning the gun to see very clearly where his round was going. And that’s just what the recent demo of the system showed, an ability to track 5 inch shells being fired at a rate of one every three seconds.In addition to saving money on targets, such a system should also lower the cost of ammunition as it appears such a system would reduce training time. The DoD is also hoping to employ the new technology to help in tracking small fast moving targets, such as terrorists in a rubber dingy out to blow up portions of a ship as was done with the USS Cole in 2000. Explore further © 2011 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

31 Aug

Believe it We are wired to be lazy

first_imgWhile you burn calories at the gym or while running in the neighbourhood park, our brain constantly works the opposite, looking for shortest route or choose to sit rather than stand, researchers report.A team from Simon Fraser University in Canada found that our nervous systems are remarkably adept in changing the way we move so as to expend the least amount of energy possible. In other words, humans are wired for laziness. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“We found that people readily change the way they walk — including characteristics of their gait that have been established with millions of steps over the course of their lifetime — to save quite small amounts of energy,” explained lead researcher Max Donelan. This is completely consistent with the sense that most of us have that we prefer to do things in the least effortful way, like when we choose the shortest walking path or choose to sit rather than stand. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Even within a well-rehearsed movement like walking, the nervous system subconsciously monitors energy use and continuously re-optimises movement patterns in a constant quest to move as cheaply as possible,” Bonelan informed.To reach this conclusion, the researchers asked people to walk while they wore a robotic exoskeleton. This contraption allowed the researchers to discourage people from walking in their usual way by making it more costly to walk normally than to walk some other way. More specifically, the researchers made it more difficult for participants to swing their legs by putting resistance on the knee during normal walking, whereas the researchers eased this resistance for other ways of walking. This allowed the researchers to test whether people can sense and optimise the cost associated with their movements in real time.The experiment revealed that people adapt their step frequency to converge on a new energetic optimum very quickly — within minutes.What’s more, people do this even when the energy savings is quite small: less than 5 per cent. There is a bright side to this.“Sensing and optimising energy use that quickly and accurately is an impressive feat on the part of the nervous system. You have to be smart to be that lazy!” noted lead author Jessica Selinger.The findings, which were made by studying the energetic costs of walking, apply to most of our movements.The paper appeared in the Cell Press journal Current Biology.last_img read more

10 Aug

August 16 2013This continues our report from 814

first_imgAugust 16, 2013This continues our report from 8/14/2013 about the creation of bronze bells.Before reassembling the flask, the artisans use a hollow metal tube to perforate the top of the negative bell impression and then, using a spoon, they carve a small concave circle around the top of the bell, as we see Rawaf doing in the picture to the left. This allows for a smoother pouring of the bronze into the mold.[photos and text by Soleri archive intern Julia Dorn-Giarmoleo]In the meantime, the furnace where the bronze is melted gets loaded up. Here is Andy putting unusable bells and other pieces of scrap bronze in the furnace to be melted down and re-used.The two sides of the flask are then reassembled, the wooden flask is taken off and the molds are lined up on the ground. A metal or plastic frame is then put around the sand mold, as Jonas is pictured doing in this photo. Ingots are then placed on the molds to prevent any possible movement.Two artisans, (pictured here are Andy and Jonas) don protective clothing, and lift the crucible containing the molten bronze out of the furnace.They carefully pour the bronze into each of the molds. The other artisans follow the pouring with shovels, so that should any bronze fall onto the cement or out of the mold, they can quickly throw sand on it to prevent any danger or injury.The molds are then left to cool for about an hour, or until the bronze is solidified. This report will continue on Monday.last_img read more

9 Aug

State representatives call on governor to remove Macomb Township trustee

first_img Reps. Marino, Yaroch: Bucci should resign or be removed from officeState Reps. Steve Marino and Jeff Yaroch today sent Gov. Rick Snyder letters calling on him to exercise his authority to remove a Macomb Township trustee from office.Rep. Marino said Trustee Dino Bucci has exhibited corrupt conduct in office and gross neglect of duty, both of which the governor can use as grounds for his removal under the Michigan Constitution.“Dino Bucci’s actions while serving as both a township trustee and public servant in the Macomb County Department of Public Works are disgraceful and unacceptable,” Marino said. “Even more shameful is the fact that he continues to receive cadillac health benefits, collect a salary, and hold his title while skipping meetings and avoiding all other official responsibilities.”Rep. Yaroch said: “Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller has relieved Mr. Bucci of his duties at the Macomb County Works office, which is rebuilding the trust of Macomb County in that department. It is time for Gov. Snyder to do the same to rebuild the trust of our citizens in their government.”Bucci was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2017 on eighteen counts of conspiracy, bribery, embezzlement, extortion, mail fraud and money laundering. The charges are in connection with public contracts in Macomb Township and the Macomb County Department of Public Works, where he worked until 2017.“Trustee Bucci has clearly lost the trust and confidence of both his colleagues and the public,” Marino said. “If he won’t resign, it’s time for Gov. Snyder to exercise the authority granted to him by the state constitution and allow our community to begin the healing process.”The legislators, who each represent a portion of Macomb Township in the Michigan House, also sent letters to the Attorney General’s Office requesting a formal opinion clarifying the governor’s authority to remove Bucci from office.### 18Apr State representatives call on governor to remove Macomb Township trustee Categories: Yaroch Newslast_img read more

7 Aug

Deutsche Telekom has chosen semiconductor manufact

first_imgDeutsche Telekom has chosen semiconductor manufacturer Celeno to help it deliver IPTV wirelessly around the home.The telco has selected Celeno’s CL1820 Wi-Fi chip and OptimizAIR technology to power its Speedport W 102 Bridge.The Speedport W 102 Bridge will enable Deutsche Telekom to distribute its Entertain IPTV service wirelessly throughout the home to consumers in Germany.The Speedport W 102 Bridge enables consumers to self install their media receiver DVR. The unit also provides consumers with the ability to place their set-tops and TVs anywhere in the home and watch time-shifted content recorded on a master DVR from any receiver in their home. Subscribers using the Speedport W 102 Bridge can expand their network to up to four video adapters in their home.“Celeno’s optimized Wi-Fi technology far exceeds that of conventional Wi-Fi, which is merely designed for internet surfing,” said Ulrich Grote, vice-president terminal management fixed line, Deutsche Telekom. “Celeno’s solution not only allows for flawless HD video streaming, it also enables multi-room DVR with the high quality of experience our consumers demand.”last_img read more

7 Aug

On a global basis the average internet connection

first_imgOn a global basis the average internet connection speed increased by 17% year-on-year in the second quarter, according to Akamai’s latest State of the Internet report.Content delivery network (CDN) provider Akamai said that the average global connection speed was 5.1Mbps in Q2, up 3.5% quarter-over-quarter, while the average speeds among the top 10 countries and regions all remained “well above 10 Mbps.”Global peak connection speeds increased to 32.5 Mbps on average, and increased in every top 10 country/region except Sweden, which remained unchanged from the first quarter at 62.8 Mbps, according to the study.Eight of the top 10 saw average peak speeds greater than 70 Mbps, while Singapore was the only country that saw a double-digit quarterly gain – a 12% increase to 108.3 Mbps.Other countries that ranked among the top 10 were Romania with speeds of 72.1 Mbps and Macao with an average of 62.6 Mbps.“We continued to see healthy increases in key connection speed metrics, particularly on a year-over-year basis. The improvement in connection speeds is vital as more content, not the least of which is video at increasingly higher levels of quality, is being delivered over the internet,” said David Belson, editor of the Akami report.Globally, 110 out of 144 qualifying countries/regions saw average connection speeds increase from the previous quarter, with growth rates ranging from a modest 0.4% in Senegal (1.5 Mbps) to a substantial 67% inTunisia (2.8 Mbps), according to the report.The study is based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform.last_img read more

7 Aug

Virgin Media will start to contact customers about

first_imgVirgin Media will start to contact customers about upgrading to ultrafast broadband this week, and announced that Vivid will be the new brand for web connections above 100Mbps.Virgin said it will start to explain how users can opt-in to an upgrade from October 1, 2015 and will let broadband customers go from existing speeds of up to 50Mbps, 100Mbps and 152Mbps to more powerful speeds of 70Mbps, Vivid 150Mbps and Vivid 200Mbps.Using DOCSIS 3.0 technology, Virgin claims that it will deploy the superior speeds in “record time” with 90% of customers being able to upgrade by the end of 2015.“Our message is simple:  if you want to be certain that you are signing up to true ultrafast broadband speeds of 100Mbps and above, Vivid from Virgin Media is the new standard,” said Virgin Media’s managing director of consumer, Gregor McNeil.Earlier this month, Virgin committed £25 million (€34 million) to upgrade homes and businesses in Nottingham, enabling them to receive ultra-fast broadband services. In June it also began rolling out ultrafast broadband in Manchester in the first phase of its £3 billion broadband investment plan, dubbed Project Lightning.The news comes a day after Sky announced it was connecting its first customer to its new ultrafast fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband network in York in the UK.The rival UK operator said its ultrafast broadband customers will be able to receive broadband speeds of up to 940 Mbps, with Sky building the FTTH network in partnership with TalkTalk and CityFibre.last_img read more

6 Aug

Steve Sharman director Hackthorn Innovation loo

first_imgSteve Sharman, director, Hackthorn Innovation, looks at what media organisations need to do to protect themselves against cyber-security threats.Cyber-security is the hot topic on everyone’s minds right now – hardly surprising, given the recent high-profile hacks targeted against Sony Pictures and others – not to mention the persistent stories about government actors trying to adversely affect the outcomes of elections and referenda. In the wonderful broadcast industry of ours, we are naturally dealing with some highly sought after content on a daily basis and the risk factor suddenly gets much higher. So, what does it actually take to make sure you are secure? This was one of the topics at the recent Workflow Innovation Group (WIG) event in Cardiff and the discussions were pretty enlightening.Technology – It’s a Team EffortTechnology will always play a key part here and there are loads of solutions all claiming to make your content more secure than in the proverbial Fort Knox. However, one thing that seemed to resonate from the discussions was that no one solution fits the bill all by itself. Yes, getting a secure solution for encryption in place is extremely important and that will mean important protection for your archive. However, you still need to put the right technology in place for when that content is travelling to or from your storage, especially if that “to or from” is outside the organisation.Watermarking plays a big part here. If you are sending files to people outside of the organisation, watermarking on an individual basis means that at least if there is a leak, you know exactly where it came from.Within your facility, physically controlling the external IP addresses allowed to connect to the firewall is an obvious way to reduce potential attacks. Having a second firewall in place (ideally a different make and model!) also makes a lot of sense, further protecting the “front door” of the organisation, and obscuring the details of internal networks and software that could be useful to an attacker.Once behind the firewalls, a lot of the broadcasters present at the WIG event use closed (non-corporate connected) networks with workstations requiring individual user logins and using physically disabled USB ports. Considering what physical measures should be put into place to protect sensitive areas such as editing suites is of equal importance. Is there a window? If there is, can someone look in and see something not yet in the public domain? Does the door remain locked when staff are working within? The security consequences of it not being locked are of course pretty obvious, but especially in the current climate, there are health and safety and employee safeguarding issues that also need to be taken into account. As always, nothing is as simple as it seems!Another major technology that looks set to make workflows more secure is encryption at rest. Of course, keeping content encrypted at every stage whilst making it simple and efficient to access and review, is pretty challenging, especially when operating at scale. At the event, we discussed new technology that keeps that content encrypted whilst making it possible for current applications to access it in its encrypted state – that could be a game changer.However, whilst all of these technologies and tools are innovative and obviously make a big impact on keeping content secure, broadcasters need all of this, and more, to ensure the best security possible and minimise the risk of attack. As a media company you have to block every attack successfully – the cracker community only needs to be successful once.Ultimately, it’s about the PeopleWhilst that is all true, it is also true that you can have all the technology in the world, but if you don’t have appropriate organisation culture, with the right people with the correct training, all of that falls apart. Literally every discussion in the room came back to people and trust. Partly, that is about instilling the right company culture where people can, for example, recognise potential phishing emails and know to question and report, rather than clicking the link. It is also about ensuring the people know the consequences for the company and their own careers should they decide to take that un-released episode of Game of Thrones home and watch it a couple of days early with their mates. The broadcasters in the room were pretty unified in their view that common sense and loyalty were both important attributes of the people in their teams.At the same time of course, there should only be a limited number of people who have access to the really sensitive and high-profile content, in this case personal attitude, maturity of approach and company procedures all need to be appropriate for the situation.Are you feeling secure?The overriding themes that came out from the WIG event and discussions with broadcasters present were that being secure is not about just one thing. It is about technology, applied properly at every stage of workflows, and it is about people, and it is about having the right processes in place. Without all of those things being in place in a co-ordinated way, there will always be weak links open to exploitation. At the same time, even with all those in place, there is no room for complacency – you should continually be testing your business and looking for your own weaknesses.last_img read more