Judge orders restrictions for Diesel Brothers stars

first_imgWOODS CROSS, Utah – Stars of the Discovery Channel show “Diesel Brothers” have been ordered not to modify vehicles in ways that could lead to greater pollution.Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment attorney Reed Zars told the Standard-Examiner he was glad a judge intervened with the June 8 order. The order also bars the men from reselling any vehicles with modifications that could violate the Clean Air Act.Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment sued four men on the show last January claiming they made modifications that exceeded pollution limits.On their show, the men buy diesel trucks, modify them at their shop and resell them online.The environmentalist group claims the crew has modified emissions controls on 17 vehicles.The auto shop and TV show did not respond to requests for comment.___Information from: Standard-Examiner, http://www.standard.netlast_img

Does James St Baptist Church have a prayer

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 The fate of one of Hamilton’s longest standing landmarks is up in the air tonight. The new owners of the James Street Baptist Church are pushing to have it partially demolished as soon as possible for safety reasons. The proposal is now being debated by a city heritage committee.The Toronto developer that bought the property in February says it is structurally unsound and there’s no chance it can be salvaged.He brought forward a 129-page report to the city’s heritage permit review committee last night, requesting that it be partially torn down before winter.But this is a designated heritage building and a cherished Hamilton landmark, so this proposal is already facing some strong opposition.The church was built between 1878 and 1882.One of the architects in Hamilton working on this demolition proposal, Drew Hauser, says he found major problems in the main part of the building caused by poor construction and maintenance.it’s developer, Toronto-based Stanton Renaissance, says the church needs$2 million in repairs.The issue of how to handle crumbling heritage sites in Hamilton actually came up at a city council meeting last night.City councillor Brian McHattie took the same tone as heritage groups in the city who say more needs to be done to protect historically significant properties.“What we’ve been doing on this is to respond at the last minute, as a threat is looming, which is not a great way to do planning.”If the church’s partial demolition is eventually approved, it would mean everything would come down, except the front towers and the front wall.The heritage sub-committee only got a copy of this report at the start of last night’s meeting but they did vote to table it and review the issue again on October 9th after they do a site visit. read more

Loyalty program Aimia expecting 35million tax bill after audit by CRA

MONTREAL — Loyalty program Aimia Inc. says it expects to pay a bill of about $30 million plus another $5 million in interest following an audit by the Canada Revenue Agency.The Montreal-based company says CRA has concluded its audit and a re-assessment is expected.Aimia says it will make the payment using a portion of a $100-million restricted cash account set up as part of the sale of its Aeroplan program. Aimia president leaves less than three months after coming onboard Aimia launches strategic review amid efforts to close Aeroplan sale Canadians’ favourite credit card isn’t from one of the Big Six banks — it’s from a grocery chain However, Aimia says once it receives the notice of re-assessment it plans to vigorously contest the case.Aimia owns and operates the Air Miles Middle East loyalty program and also own stakes in other loyalty programs.The company completed the sale of its flagship Aeroplan program to a consortium led by Air Canada earlier this year. read more

US plussize retailer Torrid to launch first store in Canada Sept 1

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 25, 2015 8:55 am MDT Last Updated Aug 25, 2015 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Models are seen wearing designs from Torrid in this undated handout photo. The U.S plus-size retailer will open its first international location in Canada on Sept. 1 at Toronto Eaton Centre. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ho U.S. plus-size retailer Torrid to launch first store in Canada Sept. 1 TORONTO – Plus-size retailer Torrid is launching its first international location in Canada.The company says it will open in the new wing of the Toronto Eaton Centre on Sept. 1.The retailer plans to launch three additional locations in Toronto later this fall.Torrid is billed as the fastest growing retailer in the U.S. for young women sizes 12 to 28.The retailer has more than 280 stores across the U.S.The company currently ships to more than 150 countries and says it has a “significant online customer base in Canada.”“The vibrant Canadian market is the perfect fit with our expansion plans,” Torrid CEO Lisa Harper said in a statement.“We have a robust online business there and it makes perfect sense for our first international store to open in Toronto.” read more

Cambridge punt war reaches High Court as council bans company from taking

View of Scudamore's Punting Company on the River Cam View of Scudamore’s Punting Company on the River CamCredit:John Lawrence/TMG Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “It’s a decision we’ve spent a lot of money on defending. The judgement is probably the right one to the letter of the law, but it’s very disappointing.” The council said previous efforts to stop the activity failed and it had no realistic choice but to seek an injunction, claiming it was interfering with the rights of others to use the council’s land.The judge said the council had tried many different strategies in the past and none of them had succeeded and therefore it was entitled to take action. She said: “The council is funded by the public purse.”It should not be required to make a succession of expensive applications to court, as and when a fresh trespass occurs, depleting limited resources which are better spent elsewhere.”In September 2017, Mr Arnold said: “We are just a few guys who enjoy what we do.”We are quite happy competing against other punting companies and all we want is that same fair crack of the whip.”In the end, it will be bad for the consumer if one company is allowed to get a monopoly on the river, as that will give them the pricing power to make huge profits. It feels to us like a stitch-up.” Cambridge’s punt wars reached the High Court on Friday as the council banned an established company from taking tourists on the water. Traditional Cambridge Tours, which has been operating on the River Cam for 12 years, was accused by Cambridge City Council of trespassing by conducting unauthorised commercial operations on its land.In what is understood to be the first ruling of its kind, Mrs Justice Whipple granted an injunction covering punting operations at several locations in Cambridge and any breach of the order would amount to a contempt of court which is punishable with imprisonment or a fine.The judge said that the company, whose punts currently depart from and return to a slipway on Garrett Hostel Lane, has no licence to conduct operations from that site or from any other land belonging to the council.Sam Matthews, a director at the company told The Telegraph his company has had to make 65 people redundant, and that the decision by the judge was a “disappointing” one. “We’re fighting a losing battle. We’ll keep applying to the council for a site where we can work out of – as we’ve done for six years – but when they keep getting turned down you have to look at something else to do,” he said.  A spokesman for the company – which ceased trading Friday night – told The Telegraph: “I’ve spent the day cancelling bookings – and we were booked up to the end of the year. You try telling a hen, ‘Sorry, you can’t go out tomorrow’, and then watch the prices of the other companies shoot up.”Trinity College, which adjoins Garrett Hostel Lane, supported the application, claiming the activity had an adverse impact on the college’s enjoyment of its own land.But Traditional Cambridge Tours argued the council was not entitled to an injunction at all. The other directors, Tom Arnold, Milan Kovakevich and George Sugden, told the judge of fierce competition in the city’s punting market and said they suspected the application was motivated by a desire to put them out of business, which would be to the advantage of competitors.They denied they had trespassed on private land, and said they would like the council to provide more official punt stations so they could continue their business, but as it stands, they are completely banned from the water.  read more

Final 817 WWE RAW rating overall rating sees an increase

first_img 8/17 WWE Live Results: Houston and Grand Forks (Kingston vs. Orton, Rollins vs. Corbin) Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Twittercenter_img The 8/17 WWE RAW drew a 2.73 cable rating with an average of 3.78 million viewers on Monday night. The first hour drew 3.65 million viewers, the second hour drew 3.95 million viewers and the third hour closed out the night with 3.73 million viewers.This is up from last week’s 2.71 rating with 3.84 million viewers. So while viewer numbers were down, the overall rating saw an increase from last week.RAW was the No. 2 show on cable drawing a 1.3 among adults 18-49.Source: Prowrestling.net, TVbythenumbers.com Pinterest 8/17 NXT Live Results: Daytona Beach, Florida (Lorcan and Burch vs. The Forgotten Sons) Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

University of London faces lawsuit over collective bargaining on pay and conditions

first_imgThe University of London is facing a lawsuit filed by The independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) to argue the case of broadening the trade union rights of outsourced workers.The IWGB claims that facilities management company Cordant Security, which provide a number of employees to the university, including receptionists, security officers and porters, should have the right to collectively bargain over pay and conditions with the institution.In the case it has filed with the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC), it claims that denying these rights is a breach of Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights.Dr Jason Moyer Lee, general secretary of the IWGB, said: “When it comes to the most important elements of pay, and terms and conditions for the outsourced workers, it is the University of London and not Cordant which calls the shots. In order for these workers’ collective bargaining and human rights to mean anything, we need to be able to negotiate directly with the university, not the glorified middle man.”Henry Chango Lopez, president of the IWGB and a porter at the University of London, added: “Despite working for the university just like any other employee, even to the point of being given orders by the institution’s managers, I am denied basic rights and treated like a second class worker. All outsourced workers know that, ultimately, they are working for the University of London, now it is time for the law to acknowledge that.”A spokesperson for the University of London said: “The university has long recognised two trade unions, UCU and Unison.  It has received a request from the Independent Workers of Great Britain trade union for recognition covering security guards, post-room workers, AV staff, porters and receptionists who are all employees of our contractors Cordant.“The university does not employ any of these workers and does not accept that the relevant legislation recognises the concept of joint employment. We have therefore not agreed to the IWGB’s request for recognition.“The IWGB is involved in a long-running dispute over the terms and conditions of the individuals employed by the university’s contractors. The university has already begun a review of the performance of the university’s contracted facilities management services and, as part of that review, will be discussing with the contractor the pay, conditions, benefits and development opportunities for the contractor’s employees.”last_img read more

Valkyrie is MCUs first openly LGBTQ superhero Marvel confirms

first_img 17 Photos 3:04 Comments Marvel’s Phase 4 plan explained She’s bi. And yes, she cares very little about what men think of her. What a joy to play! https://t.co/d0LZKTHCfL— Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) October 21, 2017 “Yes, openly gay,” Joe Russo said in podcast with Entertainment Weekly. “There’ve been insinuations about other characters’ sexuality, but this is the first openly gay character.”Marvel Studios didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.So hopefully in Thor: Love and Thunder we’ll see more of Valkyrie’s private life, including a romance. While love stories aren’t always that crucial in a superhero movie, representation matters to fans who want to be able to identify more with their favorite characters. An openly bisexual character in the MCU would be fun to see on the big screen, especially since straight relationships between Marvel superheroes have always been the default. Here’s hoping that Valkyrie finds her queen to rule New Asgard after all. Thor: Love and Thunder arrives in theaters worldwide on Nov. 5, 2021.  The 15 most powerful female superheroes right now (pictures) More superheroes New Harley Quinn animated series gets an extremely R-rated trailer See every DC Comics TV show trailer from Comic-Con: Arrow, The Flash and more Doom Patrol renewed for season 2 on DC Universe Tagscenter_img Marvel fans already know that Valkyrie in the comics is bisexual, and Thompson also confirmed it on social media in 2017. But in Thor: Ragnarok, a scene was cut from the film where a woman is seen sneaking out of Valkyrie’s bedroom, according to director Waititi, who mentioned the scene in a podcast interview in 2017.In May, Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo revealed that the MCU would take a major step for LGBTQ representation with a character fans already were familiar with, and it seems they were most likely referring to Valkyrie. Tessa Thompson played a Valkyrie warrior in the 2017 movie Thor: Ragnarok.  Marvel When Marvel revealed its MCU Phase 4 plans for Black Widow, Thor, Doctor Strange and more at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, one of the new movies announced included Thor: Love and Thunder, the fourth movie in the Thor series. Thor: Ragnarok’s director Taika Waititi will return to direct it.Not only will the movie bring back Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Natalie Portman as Lady Thor, fans will also see Tessa Thompson reprise her role as the demi-goddess known as Valkyrie. Thompson stole 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok as the hard-drinking warrior character Valkyrie, aka Scrapper 142. But finally, thanks to Thompson and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, we have confirmation that her character is the MCU’s first openly LGBTQ superhero.nullValkyrie (Tessa Thompson) has already proven her warrior skills, but in Thor: Love and Thunder fans will see her as the leader of New Asgard. Marvel Studios “First of all, as new King [of Asgard], she needs to find her queen, so that will be her first order of business,” Thompson told the Comic-Con audience during the Marvel panel. “She has some ideas. Keep you posted.” Thor passed on the mantle of King of New Asgard to Valkyrie in Avengers: Endgame. Feige also confirmed after the panel that Thompson’s character, Valkyrie, will become the first openly LGBTQ superhero of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “The answer is yes. How that impacts the story remains to be seen with that level of representation you’ll see across our films, not in just Thor 4,” Feige told io9 on Saturday.  Now playing: Watch this: 14 Share your voice Comic-Con Marvel Thor TV and Movies Comicslast_img read more

Bengaluru scientists may finally have a cure for blood cancer

first_imgProfessor Maneesha S InamdarTwitter [Representational Image]A group of scientists has created a mouse model study that may be able to cure leukaemia. The model helps to study blood disorders and bone marrow that could help find a cure for blood and bone marrow cancer.The model was created by a research team led by Professor Maneesha S Inamdar at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) in Bengaluru. Their findings have been published in medical journal Blood.The research team has discovered a stem cell protein called ‘asrij’ (meaning blood in Sanskrit), has found it plays a key role in preventing myeloproliferative disease, a condition characterised by excessive production of mature blood cells, reports TOI.The article named as “Asrij/OCIAD1 suppresses CSN5-mediated p53 degradation and maintains mouse hematopoietic stem cell quiescence” is a contribution of the research of the team comprising of Saloni Sinha, Tirath Raj Dwivedi, Roja Yengkhom, Venkata Anudeep Bheemsetty, Takaya Abe, Hiroshi Kiyonari, K VijayRaghavan and Inamdar.According to reports, 90 per cent of cancer cases are caused due to the mutation of a protein which regulates cell production-p53. “Only 11 per cent of hematologic malignancies (cancer in the cells of blood-forming tissue) have mutant p53. Mechanisms that cause wild type p53 dysfunction and promote leukaemia are inadequately deciphered” read the journal.”Despite no significant mutation of p53, we found levels of asrij were low, causing uncontrolled production of new cells”, Inamdar told TOI.According to one of the researcher Saloni, the protein asrij protects p53 and helps in preventing cancer. Without asrij, p53 is destroyed and the blood stem cells multiply making it cancerous.She said that the new research by the team explains how some cancer cells develop without a mutation in p53. It is a well-known fact among the scientists that mutations in p53 lead to cancer but they were unable to figure out how and this study will help them to understand it.The research was done in collaboration with RIKEN CDB, Kobe, Japan and the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru.last_img read more

Budget 2017 may have Rs 35300 crore sops in income tax exemptions

first_imgFinance Minister Arun Jaitley being presented the Justice Easwar Committee Report, in New Delhi on December 30, 2016 (representational image).PIB IndiaBudget 2017 is already under printing, with the process commencing with the ceremonial halwa churning on January 19, 2017. The pre-budget wish-list submission therefore is long over, but analysts and economists continue to guess as to what could be in store for the people. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court gave the go-ahead on Monday for the presentation of February 1.Read: Cash-ban distress leaves scant room for India budget giveawaysIn its latest issue, SBI Ecowrap has shed light on what all one can expect from the Modi government in the forthcoming budget, which comes amid a plea in the Supreme Court seeking its postponement till assembly elections are over. The case will be heard on Monday (January 23).The Modi government’s fourth budget needs to be seen in the background of demonetisation that has slowed down the world’s fastest-growing economy and therefore needs a stimulus, Soumya Kanti Ghosh Group Chief Economic Adviser, State Bank of India and author of the report, said.Four likely incentives for individual tax payers a. Minimum personal income tax exemption limit “We expect an increase in personal income tax exemption limit from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 3.0 lakh,” Ghosh wrote. There have been calls earlier to raise the limit to as high as Rs 5 lakh to increase the disposable income in the hands of people and thereby spur consumer spend.b. Deductions under section 80C of the Income Tax ActGhosh said that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is likely to enhance the amount qualifying for deduction under the section from the current Rs 1.5 lakh per annum to Rs 2 lakh.c. Interest on home loansIn addition to the sops announced by PM Narendra Modi on December 31, 2016, the government is likely to raise the interest exemption on housing loan from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 3 lakh.d. Unlock the lock-in clause for bank depositsGhosh said that the government may either reduce the lock-in period (if not abolish) for bank fixed deposits from the current five years to three years for availing tax exemption. Interest income up to Rs 10,000 annually is current exempt.Cost of incentives for individualsThe impact of these expected changes? “Such giveaways will cost Rs 35,300 crore but we expect this to be more than balanced by IDS2 revenue and cancelled note liabilities of RBI,” Ghosh said. The reference is to the second amnesty scheme (PMGKY 2016) and the fiscal dividend on account of banned notes unlikely to be returned to the banking system.The SBI Ecowrap also said that the Modi government is likely to borrow Rs 4.05 lakh crore in FY2018 on a net basis after adjusting for redemptions of Rs 1.75 lakh crore.The fiscal deficit for the forthcoming financial year (2017-18) is expected to be fixed at 3.4 percent of GDP (Rs 5.75 lakh crore).Here is a snapshot of the government’s likely revenues and expenses at a glance: SBI EcowrapThe tax collection projections for FY2017: SBI Ecowraplast_img read more

Thai general found guilty in human trafficking trial

first_img.A Thai court found dozens of people guilty of human trafficking offences on Wednesday in a mass trial exploring links between corrupt officials, including a senior army general, and the grim but lucrative trade in Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants.Thailand’s junta launched a crackdown in May 2015 on a network funnelling desperate migrants through southern Thailand and onto Malaysia, holding some for ransom in jungle camps.It unspooled a crisis across Southeast Asia as gangmasters abandoned their human cargo in the camps where hundreds died from starvation and malaria, and at sea in overcrowded boats which were then “ping ponged” between Thai, Malaysian and Indonesian waters.Rights groups long accused officials of ignoring — and even orchestrating — the trade in humans through Thailand’s southern provinces.The area was the crucial link in a criminal trail that stretched from Myanmar to Malaysia.The crackdown revealed a lattice of military, police, local political and mafia figures acting as traffickers, agents and logistics men, all soaking up cash from some of Asia’s poorest and most vulnerable migrants.On Wednesday judges at Bangkok Criminal Court began delivering a stream of verdicts for the 102 defendants. One other accused died while on remand.The offences include human trafficking, ransom and murder. All deny the charges.Media were barred from the court itself, relying instead on an audio relay of the complex proceedings.- Soldiers and kingpins -Judges placed heavy reporting restrictions on much of the testimony, citing national security concerns. But the case has still lifted the lid on the power networks dominating southern Thailand.Army Lieutenant-General Manas Kongpan, a top figure in the security apparatus covering the south, is the highest-ranking official on trial.In 2013 he was promoted to head the Internal Security Command (ISOC) for the south. Current junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha was army chief at the time.Another well-connected alleged kingpin is Pajjuban Aungkachotephan, better known as Ko Tong or ‘Big Brother Tong’.Police accused him of using private Andaman Sea islands, close to tourist spots such as Koh Lipe, to shift boatloads of migrants to the mainland, where they were packed into lorries and taken to the fetid camps straddling the Malaysia border.An army captain, four ranking police officers, a nurse and several officials, including the mayor of Pedang Besar in Satun province, are also among the accused.By the lunch break a drip feed of 38 defendants had been convicted for a range of offences including human trafficking and slavery.Among them were guards at the jungle camps where migrants were held, including a Rohingya man who acted as an interpreter, and a string of local officials.Thailand’s role as a key trafficking route spilled into full view after officials found dozens of shallow graves in the hidden camps dotting the steep, forested hills of the Thai-Malaysian border in May 2015.They revealed the horrors endured by some of migrants, who were starved and held in bamboo pens by traffickers who demanded up to $1,000 for their release.- ‘Big business, big money’ -The verdict is being closely-watched inside and outside Thailand.The government is desperate to dispel the kingdom’s notorious reputation for human trafficking and close one of the darkest chapters in the country’s recent history.Junta chief Prayut angrily denied the case reflected systemic corruption within the security services.”Manas alone will not make the entire military collapse,” he told reporters.Critics say the case was prematurely concluded and describe a trial marred by witness intimidation, secret evidence hearings and restrictions on media reporting.”We expect there are many more perpetrators out there,” Amy Smith, from Fortify Rights, told AFP.”This is a big business with big money.”The senior policeman who initially headed the investigation, Major General Paween Pongsirin, fled Thailand under threats to his life.Days before he left he told AFP the case had been pulled before it could delve further into the complicity of officials.Stateless Rohingya Muslims have fled neighbouring Myanmar in their tens of thousands since sectarian violence flared in 2012.They were joined by Bangladeshi economic migrants on a rickety boats southwards across the Andaman Sea, seeking work and sanctuary in Malaysia and Indonesia.Thousands are believed to have died at sea, in a migrant flow that garnered few headlines until the trafficking crackdown in 2015.last_img read more

First Lady Visits Migrant Children At Texas Detention Center

first_img.@FLOTUS First Lady Melania Trump landing at McAllen Airport in Texas #Immigration #KeepFamilesTogether pic.twitter.com/5Tvoz3xcPs— Annie Rose Ramos (@Annie_Rose23) June 21, 2018 AP Photo/Andrew HarnikFirst lady Melania Trump visits the Upbring New Hope Children Center, run by the Lutheran Social Services of the South, in McAllen, Texas, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Melania Trump is visiting two Texas facilities housing some of the more than 2,300 migrant children sent by the U.S. government after their families entered the country illegally.The first lady’s visit to Upbring New Hope Children’s Center on Thursday comes after President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting the practice of separating families. However, his policy of criminally prosecuting illegal border-crossers remains.Mrs. Trump, whose focus is on children, may have helped encourage her husband to act.The first lady said earlier through her spokeswoman that she “hates” to see families separated at the border. A White House official followed up Wednesday, saying Mrs. Trump had been making her opinion known to the president that he needed to act to keep migrant families together.I would like to ask how I can help reunite the children with their families “as quickly as possible” – @FLOTUS visits border detention facility in Texas in wake of US immigration crisis https://t.co/kondZt2qyf pic.twitter.com/zpbQXHfOqY— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) June 21, 2018 . @FLOTUS gets tour of kids’ rooms, notes how tidy they keep them pic.twitter.com/E5m90zbp1A— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) June 21, 2018 First Lady Melania Trump made a surprise visit to a child detention center in Texas and asked how they are cared for when they arrived pic.twitter.com/DNi4I91FsY— POLITICO (@politico) June 21, 2018center_img Share .@FLOTUS: “We all know they are here without their families, and I want to thank you for your hard work, your compassion, and your kindness your giving them in these difficult times.” https://t.co/atwSL8nqq6 pic.twitter.com/OlWzyZghbP— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 21, 2018last_img read more

China announces Space Station plans

first_img 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) — Less than a decade after launching their first astronaut into space, the China Manned Space Engineering Office announced in a news conference this week their plans to build and develop a 60-ton space station with three capsules and a cargo spacecraft. Citation: China announces Space Station plans (2011, April 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-china-space-station.html Explore further Image: China Daily © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: via China Daily China tests space station module to launch in 2011 The space station, much smaller than the International Space Station which is 419 tons, will be comprised of three different modules. The core module will be 18.1 meters long, a diameter of 4.2 meters and will have a launch weight of between 20 and 22 tons. This module will be launched first, with the experiment modules launched to dock later. The experiment modules will be 14.4 meters long and will have the same launch weight and diameter as the core.The cargo spacecraft will have a maximum diameter of 3.35 and its launch weight will be less than 13 tons. This craft will be used to transport supplies and lab equipment to and from the space station.Their current five year plan has them launching an unmanned module and spacecraft later this year to work on their docking technology, with the hopes of manned missions sometime next year.Initial plans for the space station and its name were “Tiangog,” meaning heavenly palace. However, China’s Manned Space Engineering Office officials have announced they are turning to the public to submit names for the station and the cargo ship. Names for the cargo ship must be submitted by May20th and they plan to announce the final name sometime in June. Names for the space station can be submitted until July 25, with the name being chosen by the end of September.With the development of this space station, China is also hoping to increase their international exchanges in the world’s space programs. Everything within their station will be compatible with that of the International Space Station and they are welcoming all space science researchers to participate.According to reports, China is also hoping to make its first landing on the moon within the next two years and the hope is to have an astronaut on the moon by 2025.last_img read more

Augmented reality browser Junaio has new look

first_img(Phys.org) — The new version of the augmented reality (AR) browser Junaio launched this week with more promise of easy immersive browsing with mobile devices. The idea is to merge via smartphone the vastness of the Internet into the real world, or to browse the world as one does the Internet. Metaio, the company behind Junaio, says the new release represents “the most advanced AR browser and open development platform.” The browser is designed to bring AR into the everyday world of experiences such as gaming, finding buildings, ordering off a restaurant menu, and walking in the right direction to the subway. Junaio was first released back in 2009 and has built up adoption among smartphone users and developers. Junaio uses have included scanning Quick Response (QR) codes, navigating environments, and discovering augmented content in print. The browser is an open platform for smaller AR apps coded by independent developers. As such, the relaunch is positioned as news for developers as well. The new release includes support for HTML5 and JavaScript, designed to give developers additional tools.The company says it has over 10,000 active content developers building on top of Junaio’s API.Analysts are generally enthused over the future of AR, which is a likely motivator for developers. Gartner finds augmented reality as one of the Top 10 strategic information technologies. Juniper forecasts that AR industry revenue will be driven by AR games, and will reach $1.5 billion by 2015. Metaio is no stranger to the AR marketplace. Founded in 2003, with offices in Munich and San Francisco, it calls itself the world leader in augmented reality solutions. Junaio’s success is attributed to the way it taps GPS, image recognition, visual search and other AR elements and merges them all. The company claims that over 10 million consumers use its AR-technology.“Mobile users should be able to browse life like the Web,” says Trak Lord, head of US Marketing & Media Relations for Metaio. “This latest version of Junaio is the first major step to making that a reality.” Citation: Augmented reality browser Junaio has new look (2012, June 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-augmented-reality-browser-junaio.html Explore further Argon, the augmented reality web browser, available now on iPhone More information: www.junaio.com/ © 2012 Phys.Org The Junaio release is said to be available for iOS and Android devices, but, in the case of Android, has some limitations. Junaio is disabled on the HTC Hero, Magic, Wildfire and Tatoo. The key user feature in the new update is an improved user interface, with a menu that is easy to navigate. A person can at startup start scanning targets, codes, and content. The initial menu has pared down functions to viewing content in the viewfinder; searching for channel-specific content; and scanning QR codes or signs. 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.last_img read more

Canines can adopt humans perspective to find food

first_imgDogs – known as the man’s best friend – are also capable of adopting human perspective to correctly interpret cues and find food that they cannot see themselves, research has revealed. The findings showed that by adopting the position of a human or seeing things from their owner’s point of view and following their gaze, dogs can identify whether a human has an eye on a food source and, therefore, know where the food has been hidden.”The ability to interpret our behaviour and anticipate our intentions, which has obviously developed through a combination of domestication and individual experience, seems to have supported the ability to adopt our perspective,” said led investigator Ludwig Huber from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. Within the first four or five years of life human beings develop the ability to understand and interpret mental states such as emotions, needs and intentions of their fellow-being and react accordingly, while it is usually denied in animals. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn the study, published in the journal Animal Cognition, researchers developed a new ‘Guesser looking away’ test, which gave clear evidence of dogs being able to adopt human perspective and take advantage of it.In the experiment, a person in the middle hides the food and the potential informants were kneeing left and right of this hider.”To get the food, the dogs have to understand who knows the hiding place (Knower) and who does not and can, therefore, only guess (Guesser). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”They must identify the informant they can rely on if they have to decide for one food container,” Huber noted. In nearly 70 per cent of the cases the dogs chose the container indicated by the Knower. Being able to adopt the perspective of a human does, however, not require the ability to understand intentions or wishes. “But the study showed that dogs can find out what humans or conspecifics can or cannot see. “By adopting the positions of humans and following their gazes geometrically, they find out what humans see and, therefore, know – and consequently whom they can trust or not,” Huber said.last_img read more

How to naturally purify home office air

first_imgEarlier, houseplants were only considered as the province of an older generation, that too for the one who had time, knowledge and space to tend them. However, they are now also popular with a younger and cooler crowd. If you or anyone in your family has allergies, smokes or just wants to breathe fresher, cleaner air in their homes. Experts tell about the plants that purify the air around you, plants that act as green and long lasting gifts, as well as which specific pollutant each one targets and removes. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Palms: Our spirit boosters The hardy houseplants are easy to grow and are perfect boosters for lifting people’s spirits. They are the ultimate natural air purifiers and remove formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the surroundings. The freshness spread by them is distracting from otherwise drab surroundings. -Peace lilies: Natural toxin removers Peace lilies spread freshness for a longer period of time. They thrive in the shade in temperatures below 12 degrees Celsius and remove harmful toxins like acetone, ammonia, benzene, ethyl acetate, formaldehyde, methyl alcohol, trichloroethylene, and xylene. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive-Ferns: Natural history Ferns are not as fascinating but have survived since pre-historic times. Their soft feathery leaves contribute to increasing their preference. Also, by freeing the air from toluene and xylene, they help us get rid of air pollution. -Schefflera: Great investment plants Schefflera is the ones with glossy, sturdy-looking oval leaves that almost look unreal because of their waxy shine. Adding to this, they also soak up nasty toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, and toluene so, like palms, they are good for households where there is a smoker. -Anthuriums: Thoughtful present for a workplace Anthuriums are not just pretty, they also make lovely and long lasting gifts because of their exotic looking blooms. They are a thoughtful present for a work place with their large and dark leaves that suck up ammonia, formaldehyde, toluene and xylene.last_img read more

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first_imgImage Editor GIMP 2.10 is out (after six years) by Martin Brinkmann on April 29, 2018 in Software – 51 commentsAfter six years of development, a dedicated team of contributors released GIMP 2.10, a new version of the open source cross-platform image editor.The new version of GIMP is the first major release after version 2.8 of the software was released nearly six years ago.GIMP, an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program, is a free alternative to programs such as Adobe Photoshop or Corel Photo Paint that is especially popular in the GNU/Linux world.Users may download the latest GIMP release from the official project website where it is offered as a direct download and torrent. The image editor has a size of roughly 560 Megabytes installed on Windows if you only install the core editor.Tip: select customize during installation to disable the installation of Translations which take a whopping 277 Megabytes of extra space. If you don’t need Python scripting, disable that too to reduce the size by 31 Megabytes.GIMP 2.10: what is newGIMP 2.10 takes a while to open when you run it after installation but the loading is faster on consecutive starts.The very first thing that existing GIMP users notice when they start GIMP 2.10 is that the interface has changed. The image editor has a new dark theme that supports symbolic icons and HiDPI support.GIMP 2.10 includes four different themes that you can switch between. Next to dark, there is a gray, light and system theme available that you may enable. Just select Edit > Preferences > Interface > Theme to switch between the four different themes.Icons are separate from the theme so that you may switch icons or the theme without affecting the other. If you don’t like the symbolic icon theme you may switch to another under Preferences > Interface > Icon Theme.The default icon size is based on the screen resolution but you may change that to set a custom size. GIMP 2.10 supports four different icon sizes that you may set in the preferences.Tip: if you want the old look, set the theme to system and the icon theme to color iconsGIMP’s move to using the image processing library GEGL continues. GEGL is used for all tile management in GIMP 2.10 which is a prerequisite for introducing non-destructive editing in GIMP 3.2.GEGL support offers several benefits:High bit depth supportMulti-threadingGPU-side processingimage editing in linear RGB color spaceNote that you need to enable “Use OpenCL” under Edit > Preferences > System Resources to take advantage of some of the features.The developers integrated color management functionality natively in GIMP 2.10. The feature was available as a plugin only in previous versions. You find color management options under Edit > Preferences > Color Management.Other GIMP 2.10 changesTwo groups of blending modes and new blend modes.Compositing options for layers are exposed to the user.Layer groups can have masks.New unified transform tool to make multiple transformations.New warp transform tool.New handle transform tool.Blend tool was renamed to Gradient tool. Default shortcut is G now.Foreground select tool supports subpixel selections.All colors tools are GEGL-based filters.Text tool supports advanced input methods for CJK and other non-western languages.Digital painting improvements (support for canvas rotation and flipping, smudge tool updates)Digital photography improvements (new GEGL-based filters such as Exposure, Shadows-Highlights, High-pass).More than 80 plugins are now GEGL-based filters which offer several improvements.GIMP 2.10 can read TIFF, PNG, PSD and FITS files with “up to 32-bit per channel precision”.Native WebP support.Plugins to edit Exif, XMP, IPTC, GPS, and DICOM metadata.You can access the full release notes here and check out the roadmap to see what will come next.Closing WordsGIMP 2.10 is a massive update that was six years in the making. It brings plenty of new features and improvements to GIMP. The new theme looks really nice but if it is not your cup of tea, you can switch to the old theme and icon theme easily in the preferences to restore the old look of the application.Now You: Which image editor do you use?Related articlesAdd brushes to The GIMPChange perspective of images in The GIMPFive handy tools in the GIMP toolboxGimp 2.8 Released, Sort OfUsing Layers in The GIMPSummary12345 Author Rating3.5 based on 19 votes Software Name GIMPSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page https://www.gimp.org Advertisementlast_img read more

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