Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams battles to reach semis, Simona Halep eases through

first_img Next Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams battles to reach semis, Simona Halep eases throughWimbledon 2019: Serena Williams dropped a set against American Alison Riske before sealing a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win in a Centre Court thriller on Tuesday.advertisement Associated Press LondonJuly 9, 2019UPDATED: July 9, 2019 20:17 IST Serena Williams advanced to Wimbledon 2019 women’s singles semi-final on Tuesday. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSerena Williams was dragged to a decider before she won her quarter-final clashWilliams defeated Alison Riske 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to reach women’s singles semisSimona Halep also advanced to semi-final with an easy win over Zhang ShuaiSerena Williams was pushed to three sets on Centre Court before beating fellow American Alison Riske 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to reach her 12th Wimbledon semifinal.Williams broke for a 5-3 lead in the third set when Riske double-faulted on the fourth break point of the game, and then served out the win with an ace.Williams was down a break twice in the opening set but came back both times and broke again in the final game. But in the second set, Riske broke for a 5-4 lead before holding serve to even the match.Riske converted all five break points she created, while Williams needed 16 opportunities to break six times.Williams is seeking an eighth Wimbledon title and 24th Grand Slam victory, while Riske was playing her first quarterfinal at a major tournament.Simona Halep reached the Wimbledon semifinals for the second time, beating Zhang Shuai 7-6 (4), 6-1.Halep was broken in her first service game as Zhang raced to a 3-0 lead in the first set, and the Romanian faced four more break points at 4-1. But she eventually held serve in a game that featured six deuces, and then broke back to make it 4-3. In the tiebreaker, she converted her first set point with a forehand winner.In the second set, Halep broke twice for a 5-1 lead and converted her second match point with another forehand.The 2018 French Open champion is looking for her second career Grand Slam title but had not reached the semifinals at the All England Club since 2014. She will next face either Elina Svitolina or Karolina Muchova.advertisementAlso Read | I am a little bit more than Ashleigh Barty: Rafael Nadal on Centre Court status at Wimbledon 2019Also Read | Wimbledon 2019: Ashleigh Barty’s run ends, Alison Riske reaches quarterfinalsAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Wimbledon 2019Follow Serena Williamslast_img read more

Barriers Impeding the Disabled must be Removed – Senator Morris

first_imgGovernment Senator, Floyd Morris, says removing the sociological, structural, and environmental barriers impeding the progress of persons with disabilities, is essential for them to make meaningful contributions to the society. “The talent is there, the potential is there, but it is being suppressed by the barriers that are there within the society and the lack of awareness by the general populace,” he said. Senator Morris, who is blind, was addressing the opening ceremony for a Disabilities Awareness Exposition, held on the grounds of the Special Education Unit in Kingston on November 28. He contended that persons with disabilities, who account for 15 per cent of the population, ought not to be cast aside, but recognised for the many accomplishments they have made, despite the factors that impede them. “I want to see us being in the face of the public where disability issues are concerned, so that people understand that we are a force to be reckoned with, and that as persons with disabilities, as citizens of Jamaica, we have a right to exist as well,” the Senator said. Mr.  Morris, who is also Director of the Centre for Disabilities Studies at the University of the West Indies, lamented that individuals within the society are of the view that persons with disabilities “should be confined to their homes, (as) they have no place in the broader society.” “Those who preserve that view are living within the dark ages. Things and times have changed where we have long moved from that perspective and attitude towards people with disabilities. We are in the 21st Century where persons with disabilities have broken the glass ceiling; they have moved on to university and have achieved their PhDs and are making contributions to the society,” he said. He noted that the talents and potential of this group can be better harnessed if persons are made aware of the services available to the disabled community. “If teachers and parents are aware of the services that the Special Education Unit, the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities and the Early Stimulation Programme offer; if the general public is made aware of what is available, I can tell you, you are not going to see only one or two persons with disabilities graduating with first degrees, with Masters degrees and PhDs, but they are going to be available in large numbers in Jamaica,” Senator Morris said. He suggested that embarking on a consistent public awareness programme is important in this regard, in order to achieve a more inclusive and friendly society for persons with disabilities. “For it to be effective, we have to have all the stakeholders – the government, private sector and the media – on board to make sure that we bring the message of hope to the broadest segment of the Jamaican population,” he said. The Senator added that agencies and bodies that cater to persons with disabilities will need to re-double their efforts in order to ensure that the lives of persons with disabilities are transformed. Mr. Morris said he is pleased that the National Disability Bill will soon be brought to Parliament, which is going to contribute to “a radical transformation in terms of how we view and treat persons with disabilities in our society.” The one-day exposition was held as part of Disability Awareness Week, which is being observed from November 25 to December 3. The event serves to celebrate the achievements of students with disabilities and thereby assist in the removal of barriers that negatively impact their personal, social and economic advancement. A lunch hour concert, showcasing the talents of students, was also held as part of the day’s activities.last_img read more

COSCO Scraps Eight More

first_imgzoom China COSCO Holdings Company Limited has disassembled eight vessels from its aged fleet, the  group said in a filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange.The scrapped vessels include eight container ships (Hutuo He, Xinhui He, Zhaoqing He, Yangjiang He and Yongding He) and three bulk carriers (Peng Jie, Peng Nian and Peng Cai) that were disposed of during January.The vessels, with the aggregate capacity of 257,657 deadweight tons, were disposed of as scrapped vessels to different purchasers, all of which are independent third parties of the company, at a total consideration of approximately RMB82.2 million, the filing said.” The Board considers that the decommissioning of the vessels is conducive to enhancing the overall operational competitiveness of the shipping fleet of the company and is in the interest of the company and the shareholders as a whole,” COSCO said.According to COSCO’s unaudited financial results for the month ended 31 January 2015, realized losses incurred from the disassembly of the vessels amounted to approximately RMB182.24 millionlast_img read more

Ford government pauses Liberal laws including vaping laws and ticket resale price

first_imgTORONTO – A number of laws passed by Ontario’s previous Liberal government have been put on hold by the newly elected Progressive Conservative regime, including measures to tighten rules around vaping and to cap resale values for sports and concert tickets.A spokesman for the Progressive Conservatives said Wednesday the new government, which was sworn in Friday, wants more time to consult and examine the laws before they come into effect.While some advocacy groups welcomed the move, critics questioned the government’s reasons for revisiting the laws.NDP Leader Andrea Horwath accused Premier Doug Ford of making changes without any explanation or public notice.“No one voted for business to be conducted in secret, behind closed doors,” Horwath said in a statement.“And I’m sure no one voted to have a premier that would listen to influencers and lobbyists while shutting out everyday people affected by the laws. Ford seems to believe the public doesn’t deserve information about what he’s up to and why, and that’s wrong.”Ford has made several changes since he was elected last month, including putting the public service under a hiring freeze and imposing a wage freeze on its managers, and taking steps to dismantle the province’s cap-and-trade system.The province’s chief science officer also said Wednesday that she had been fired by the new government.Molly Shoichet, a biomedical engineer, was hired seven months ago by former premier Kathleen Wynne to advise government officials and promote the province’s research domestically and abroad.Ford’s spokesman, Simon Jefferies, said Wednesday that the government is underdoing the process of “finding a suitable and qualified replacement.”Jefferies said earlier in the day that the government will delay the implementation of new rules around vaping, which would have regulated the activity in much the same way as smoking.“The government will work with the public, experts, and businesses to re-examine the evidence related to vaping as a smoking cessation tool to ensure that any changes are in the best interests of everyone and protect Ontarians’ health and safety,” he said in a statement.Halting the new regulations will not change the current provisions in the Smoke Free Ontario Act and the Electronic Cigarettes Act, he said.Maria Papaioannoy-Duic, spokeswoman for the Vapor Advocates of Ontario, lauded Ford and new Health Minister Christine Elliott for the move.Vaping advocates have argued that the activity is safer than smoking and moves people from the toxic chemicals found in tobacco to an alternative, which can help them break their habit.Joe Mihevc, the chair of Toronto’s Board of Health and a city councillor who once served alongside Ford, said he questions the decision to pause the legislation.Public health units across Ontario have studied the impacts of vaping and agreed with the restrictions the previous government’s laws placed on the product, he said.Mihevc said he believes that once the government digs in and does its own research it’s likely to find claims that vaping is an effective tool to help smoking cessation aren’t true.“We considered it a closed action” once the bill was passed by the Liberals, he said. “I also wonder what public health evidence, not lobbyist energy, is being used to resurrect this as a live issue?”The government also confirmed Wednesday it has delayed a law which would have capped sports and concert ticket resale prices at 50 per cent above original face value will not immediately move ahead.“The previous government attempted to institute a cap on ticket resales with no way to enforce that cap, resulting in less consumer protection,” Jefferies said. “We have paused the implementation of this section until we can review this provision in full to make sure it is in the best interest of Ontarians.”The legislation also bans so-called “scalper bots” that buy a large number of tickets online for an event and then resell them at a large profit. The ban on the bots has not been halted by the government.The provisions in the new Ticket Sales Act are contained in omnibus consumer protection legislation that also includes strengthening rules around home warranties, real estate practices and travel services in Ontario.The Liberal government passed the bill in December 2017 and it was set to come into effect on July 1.The Tory government has also halted changes to legislation that strengthen oversight of law enforcement and redefine police officers’ duties. The government will now further consult with stakeholders, including police associations who felt the law was rushed.Bill 175, dubbed the Safer Ontario Act, passed in the legislature in March and offers the first updates to the Police Services Act in more than 25 years.One of the most significant changes involves expanding the mandates of the province’s three police oversight agencies, increasing the scope of what they can investigate and adding extra accountability measures.The Tory government will also delay changes to immunization reporting rules, which Ontario’s doctors had argued would burden them with excessive paperwork.The legislature is expected to be recalled for a brief summer session next week, and Ford is expected to give a throne speech laying out his government’s priorities.Two longtime Tory legislators — Randy Hillier and Rick Nicholls — said Wednesday that they will run to be Speaker of the House. Tory legislator Bill Walker said he was contemplating a run for the job.The speaker acts as an impartial arbiter over debate and is selected at the start of every new term by a secret ballot of legislators.last_img read more

Police probe apparent onice violence at Alberta kids hockey tournament

first_imgLETHBRIDGE, Alta. — An on-ice confrontation between a referee and some adults at a three-on-three hockey tournament for children in Lethbridge, Alta., is under investigation by police.Cellphone video shot by a spectator appears to show five unidentified people not on skates approach an official on the ice Sunday at the eighth annual Quest for the Cup tournament.The referee initially skates backwards before getting shoved by someone in the group.Both people then fall to the ice before a third person intervenes.It’s not known what prompted the confrontation at the tournament, which involves boys and girls between the ages of seven and 12 and is put on by the Lethbridge-based skills development organization, High Performance Hockey.A statement posted to High Performance’s website Sunday evening confirmed the altercation occurred and says the organization is co-operating with the police investigation.The statement said the tussle “should serve as an example to all about the importance of ensuring the rink is a safe place for our children. Actions like this have no place in our game”It also said the tournament is an opportunity for players to enjoy the game of hockey with their friends.“For that reason, we are especially disappointed to see an act like this occur.” (CTV Lethbridge, The Canadian Press)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Vancouver actress Taylor Russell will play Judy Robinson in Netflixs Lost in

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Exciting things are happening for Taylor Russell.The 22-year-old Vancouver actress, who is currently shooting Down a Dark Hall, the Lionsgate adaptation of Lois Duncan’s young adult novel, has been pegged to star as Judy Robinson in Netflix’s reboot of Lost in Space.The 10-episode family/sci-fi adventure, based on the 1960s TV series of the same name, will follow the Robinson family as they drift through space. Vancouver actress Molly Parker will play Russell’s mother Maureen Robinson, a role originated by June Lockhart.The Netflix series will begin shooting in Vancouver on Jan. 23. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img

New natural gas producer members back 3 million gas clean tech program

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – An industry-sponsored fund designed to help develop clean technology using Canadian natural gas is launching a $3-million call for project proposals.The Natural Gas Innovation Fund says the call for applications, with a February deadline, is being made possible by the addition of seven western Canadian natural gas producers to a membership previously made up of six natural gas utilities.The new members include the Canadian branches of two partners in the proposed $40-billion West Coast LNG Canada project: Royal Dutch Shell and Petronas; along with Canada’s largest natural gas producer, Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. Fund managing director John Adams says the new program will target projects in the upstream or producing part of the industry, making up to $1 million available per project to cover as much as 25 per cent of its eligible expenses.Adams says the fund, created by the Canadian Gas Association, has over the past two years issued about $9 million to projects focused on energy efficiency.The fund is also announcing a partnership with federal, Alberta and British Columbia governments to collaborate and consider co-funding successful applicants with projects that deliver significant greenhouse gas emission reductions.The upstream fund members were introduced at an event at the Calgary Petroleum Club on Wednesday.“As a producer of natural gas, we’re big believers in the need for affordable, clean energy for all people worldwide,” said CEO Mark Fitzgerald of Petronas Energy Canada Ltd. in a statement.“In an age where technology has become the catalyst for exponential advancements in our industry, we’re excited to be involved in the Natural Gas Innovation Fund which pursues diversity of thought and provides a platform for sharing solutions.”last_img read more

Telquel Journalist Violently Beaten During July 20 March in Al Hoceima

Rabat – Adding to the number of reported cases of violence against journalists recorded during the July 20 march in Al Hoceima, Telquel photojournalist Yassine Toumi has revealed he was caught up in one of the collisions between the demonstrators and the security forces.Toumi was among the many journalists who made a pilgrimage to Al Hoceima to provide media coverage of the march. The journey itself was not free of complications, as the government had  previously banned the march and warned Moroccans against participating in it.Toumi told Telquel that he had been covering the march when he was accused by a group of protesters of colluding with the state. “I went with the demonstrators to the Afazar quarter because I was informed of the riots that took place there and I arrived on the side of the demonstrators and was taken to task by a group about 15 people accused me of working with the Makhzen.”He recounted that he was beaten by the demonstrators and his material was almost stolen from him. “The protesters beat me and tried take away my material. I was obliged to defend myself. One of them managed to take my camera away and flee. After a chase, I caught up with him and recovered my camera, but I was immediately asked to prove my identity and show my press card.”Thinking that he had solved things through with the first group of protestors, another stopped him and beat him for the same reasons.“A few minutes later, I was surrounded by another group of protesters who asked me to delete the pictures I had taken. They beat me and tried again to tear out my material. Someone even bit my finger. One of the city’s inhabitants welcomed me home, and promised that my equipment would be returned to me, which was the case a few minutes later.”“When I went back to the streets around 9 pm, the place looked like a war movie set. I watched a scooter on fire through the smoke of tear gas bombs. I would have liked to take this picture, but I was ordered to make a low profile and leave the area so as not to have any problems,” concluded the photojournalist.Journalists throughout the world, including Morocco, continue to risk being violently attacked, disappeared, or killed in several areas of the world. From the previous death of Hassan Shaimi, a photojournalist working for Moroccan agency Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), to the violent treatment of Toumi in Al Hoceima, these occurrences have generated rightful outrage amongst the journalist community and the public. read more

Heated exchange in Parliament on opposition leader post

However Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said that he will seek legal advice and speak to the party leaders before taking a final stand this week. It was reported that the UPFA had said it accepts Sampanthan as the opposition leader. (Colombo Gazette) A heated exchange took place in Parliament today on the post of opposition leader.The joint opposition demanded that it be recognised as the main opposition in Parliament and that the post of opposition leader be given to it. Earlier, the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) communicated its stand on the leader of the opposition to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.Jayasuriya had sought the opinion of the General Secretary of the UPFA Mahinda Amaraweera on appointing Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena the leader of the opposition.The Speaker had requested Amaraweera to state the position of the party since a request had been put forward by several MPs including some from the UPFA. Joint opposition Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena said that the joint opposition has no personal issue with current opposition leader R. Sampanthan. Amaraweera later communicated the position of the UPFA to the Speaker. Gunawardena however said that the post of opposition leader must be given to the joint opposition as it has more members in Parliament.However the United National Party (UNP) said that the joint opposition is not recognised as a political party in Parliament and so it cannot be given the post. read more

Nissan creating 3rd shift adding 800 jobs at Tennessee auto assembly plant

Nissan creating 3rd shift, adding 800 jobs at Tennessee auto assembly plant AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. announced Friday it will add a third shift at a vehicle assembly plant in Tennessee, adding more than 800 jobs.Gov. Bill Haslam made the jobs announcement at an economic development conference. Haslam said it’s the first time the plant will operate on three shifts.“Nissan and Tennessee have enjoyed a long and successful partnership, and this announcement shows the strength of the company and the market demand for its products,” Haslam said in a statement.The staffing for the expanded work hours bring the total new Nissan jobs in the state to more than 2,000 since the middle of last year. About 5,600 people currently work at the Smyrna plant that first began production in 1983.The Smyrna plant makes Nissan’s most popular car, the midsize Altima sedan, among other models. Production of the all-electric Leaf is set to begin at the plant in December, while assembly of the Rogue is set to come to Smyrna next year. That will mark the first time the small SUV is made in the United States.Nissan Americas Vice Chairman Bill Krueger said the new shift will begin work on Sunday, building the Altima, Pathfinder, Maxima and Infiniti JX.“The third shift plays an important role in Nissan’s plan to make cars where we sell them,” he said. “By 2015, 85 per cent of Nissan vehicles sold in the U.S. will be built here in North America.”Nissan’s American headquarters are located in Franklin, just outside Nashville. The company also recently announced an expansion of its engine plant in Decherd, Tenn., that also makes motors for the Altima. Nissan also has a U.S. plant in Canton, Miss.The Nissan announcement is the latest positive news for the automotive sector in Tennessee. General Motors announced in August that it will add 500 jobs to make its new Ecotek at its Spring Hill plant, which is also slated to begin assembling the Chevrolet Equinox crossover and two other midsize models that have not yet been named.Meanwhile, German automaker Volkswagen AG announced in July it would boost production at its Chattanooga plant by 30,000 cars next year with the help of about 1,000 new workers added this year.Nissan introduced an all-new version of the Altima earlier this year, and the midsize car is now the fifth-best selling vehicle in the U.S.Through September, the company sold 234,040 Altimas, up almost 17 per cent from last year. It also ranks No. 3 on the list of top-selling cars in the U.S., beaten only by the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.Sales of the Leaf electric car haven’t fared as well. Nissan sold 5,212 through September, down almost 28 per cent from a year earlier. But sales of the Rogue small SUV are up 20 per cent so far this year at nearly 110,000. by News Staff Posted Nov 2, 2012 6:31 am MDT read more

Shot to the heart Twitter users arent feeling love for new likes

TORONTO – Many Twitter users aren’t feeling the love for the social network’s new hearts, but digital media experts say disapproval over the move will be short-lived and will help create consistency with other online platforms.The red heart icon has replaced the yellow star that was found below each tweet. Before the change, clicking the star meant a tweet was a “favourite.” Now, clicking the heart means you “like” a tweet.Twitter Inc. said Tuesday that the change was made because the star can confuse new users, and the heart is more universally known around the world. But the move received strong opposition among some users.“Grr @twitter, I hate the favourite heart. Hate hate hate it. #MakeItGoAway” wrote @SazzyMCH.“The @twitter star was like: that’s cool, that’s interesting, will revisit that later etc.,” wrote @shero4hire. “The heart to me is like OMG! I friggin love this!!”By incorporating hearts and likes, Twitter may simply be trying to make their platform more recognizable and user-friendly to newcomers, said Lowell Brown, CEO and social media adviser of Going Social.“I don’t know if there’s a trend of people going away from Twitter for whatever reason; but I think they’re trying to make things more consistent and easier for people to use in one form,” said Brown, whose Toronto-based firm coaches, consults and manages social media for companies.“I think people, in general, have trouble understanding why people use Twitter at first, and how to use it…. And once they get beyond that, a lot of people love it, some people don’t.“But I don’t think the favourite button was one thing that would get in the way of that.”Joanna Cornish said the “star” icon was a unique aspect of Twitter, and she doesn’t like the “idea of sameness” with using the heart emoji also featured on Facebook and Instagram.“Within the realm of Twitter, I think people figured out the star pretty quickly,” said Cornish, who has more than 2,000 followers.“When you first join Twitter, it is pretty disconcerting; but it’s not an impenetrable fortress that you can’t figure out.“I think if you give yourself a little bit of time, you start talking like people do on Twitter. You figure out what the language is within the social media platform pretty quickly. I don’t think the star is that confusing.”Cornish writes posts about the Toronto Blue Jays on her blog humandchuck.com, and said she’s previously used the “favourite” button as a way to acknowledge people who send nice tweets about her or her writing. She also used the tool as a way to bookmark a link within a tweet she wanted to read later.“Me favouriting a tweet is not the same thing as saying this is my favourite kind of ice cream or these are my favourite shoes.”Aimee Morrison of the University of Waterloo said Twitter has long been concerned with its rate of growth and converting casual new users into systematic ones.She noted that with Facebook — which has more than a billion users — more than half of people with accounts log on daily, according to 2012 research.“I would say Twitter has nowhere near that level of engagement,” said Morrison, an associate professor of English who works in digital humanities.“Twitter has a whole lot of ghost accounts where people sign up, lurk for a little while, and they can’t figure out why they should stay and what they should be doing, and they abandon their account.”As Twitter looks to develop new revenue models while growing their user base, it would make “a certain amount of economic sense” to try to become “a little bit more like Facebook,” Morrison noted.“The idea is that people in the tech world — academics, people who are already all over Twitter already — are so invested in the platform that they’re not going to leave. They’re going to complain for a couple of weeks and they’re going to get over it.“It’s remaking itself to be easier to use for that user base that it doesn’t already have.” The new Twitter heart icon is shown under a tweet by The Canadian Press in Toronto, Tuesday, Nov.3, 2015. Many Twitter users aren’t feeling the love for the social network’s new hearts.The red icon has replaced the star that was found below each tweet. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Staff by Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 3, 2015 10:51 am MDT Last Updated Nov 3, 2015 at 8:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Shot to the heart: Twitter users aren’t feeling love for new likes, heart icon read more

UN urges immediate release of detained Egyptian human rights defender

According his lawyers and colleagues Mr. Bahgat was summoned to a military intelligence building in Cairo on Sunday morning, 8 October, and then interrogated without legal counsel for more than eight hours, on the subject of his writing, and in particular about an investigative report he wrote for an independent on-line news site called ‘Mada Masr’ back in October.Lawyers did eventually get access to him late on Sunday afternoon, but his whereabouts have been unknown since then. His detention was extended to four days by the military prosecutor and will be reviewed on Wednesday, reported the Office for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).Mr. Bahgat is a member of the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Global Civil Society Advisory Council and the founder of the group Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. “This is just the latest in a series of detentions of human rights defenders and others that are profoundly worrying to the Secretary-General,” his Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters yesterday at the regular briefing at UN Headquarters.“The Secretary-General again underscores the importance of safeguarding freedom of speech and association in Egypt, and “he strongly believes that pluralism and vibrant civil society are key for achieving long-term stability in the country, including the guarantee that all peaceful voices are heard and represented,” the Spokesperson said.Echoing those sentiments today on behalf of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, his Spokesperson, Rupert Colville, urged the Egyptian authorities to release Mr. Bahgat “without delay.”At the regular bi-weekly news briefing in Geneva, Switzerland, Mr. Colville also urged Egyptian authorities to take urgent steps to halt the legal harassment of journalists, both national and international, who are simply following their profession in accordance with their legal right to freedom of expression and take equally urgent measures to halt the expanding use of the military justice system for cases involving civilians. read more

Team of experts delayed from entering Burundi to investigate human rights abuses

“The experts have been mandated by the [UN Human Rights] Council to swiftly investigate violations and abuses of human rights in Burundi, make recommendations on the improvement of the human rights situation and to engage in a dialogue with the authorities and other relevant actors of the ongoing crisis,” Cécile Pouilly, an OHCHR spokesperson, told reporters in Geneva at a press briefing.Ten days ago UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein warned that deeply worrying new trends have been emerging in Burundi, including cases of sexual violence by security forces and a sharp increase in enforced disappearances and torture cases. The crisis erupted when President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a controversial third term last April.In December, a special session of the Council adopted a resolution requesting High Commissioner Zeid to “urgently organize and dispatch on the most expeditious basis possible a mission by independent existing experts.” His Office set up a team comprising three experts: two UN Special Rapporteurs specializing in extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions, and in the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence; and a third expert, who is a Member of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Given the rapidly deteriorating human rights situation in Burundi and the request for an oral update to the Council at its next session in March, the High Commissioner requested the Government of Burundi to allow the team to start its first mission to the country yesterday.“The team was not able to deploy due to the lack of response to date from the Burundian authorities,” indicated Ms. Pouilly. “We hope the Burundian authorities will take all the necessary steps, including granting of visas, to allow for the prompt deployment of the experts on the ground.”In a statement issued today, OHCHR said it regrets this delay and fears that it might hamper the ability of the team to fulfil its mandate and report in an appropriate and timely manner to the Council. read more

UN health agency lists antibioticresistant bacteria which pose human threat

The list of priority pathogens consisting of 12 families of bacteria was drawn up to guide and promote research and development (R&D) of new antibiotics, as part of the World Health Organization (WHO)’s efforts to address growing global resistance to antimicrobial medicines. “This list is a new tool to ensure R&D responds to urgent public health needs,” said Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation in a news release. “Antibiotic resistance is growing, and we are fast running out of treatment options. If we leave it to market forces alone, the new antibiotics we most urgently need are not going to be developed in time,” she warned. The list highlights in particular the threat of ‘gram-negative’ bacteria that are resistant to multiple antibiotics. These bacteria have built-in abilities to find new ways to resist treatment and can pass along genetic material that allows other bacteria to become drug-resistant as well. The WHO list is divided into three categories according to the urgency of need for new antibiotics: critical, high and medium priority.Priority 1: CRITICALAcinetobacter baumannii, carbapenem-resistantPseudomonas aeruginosa, carbapenem-resistantEnterobacteriaceae, carbapenem-resistant, ESBL-producing The most critical group of all includes multidrug resistant bacteria that pose a particular threat in hospitals, nursing homes, and among patients whose care requires devices such as ventilators and blood catheters. They include Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas and various Enterobacteriaceae, including Klebsiella, E. coli, Serratia, and Proteus. They can cause severe and often deadly infections such as bloodstream infections and pneumonia. These bacteria have become resistant to a large number of antibiotics, including carbapenems and third generation cephalosporins – the best available antibiotics for treating multi-drug resistant bacteria. G20 health experts will meet this week in Berlin. The list is intended to spur governments to put in place policies that incentivize basic science and advanced R&D by both publicly funded agencies and the private sector investing in new antibiotic discovery. While more R&D is vital, alone, it cannot solve the problem. To address resistance, there must also be better prevention of infections and appropriate use of existing antibiotics in humans and animals, as well as rational use of any new antibiotics that are developed in future. read more

Contrast in preparation leads to unpredictable outcome for Buckeyes Trojans

Let’s flashback to 2008. USC trounces Virginia, 52-7, and Ohio State escapes embarrassment with a fourth quarter rally to top Ohio University, 26-14. The following week, the Trojans pounded the Buckeyes 35-3, further eroding the Big Ten’s waning credibility.Hop out of your time machine and skim through the results from Week 1 in 2009. Déjà vu. OSU narrowly avoids an upset at home to the Naval Academy, while USC smokes San Jose State, 56-3. Which team feels more confident heading into the rematch at The Shoe? That might not be as important of a question as one would think. If asked which team’s fans feel more certain about Saturday’s meeting, then the answer would clearly point toward Hollywood’s enthusiasts.When Navy had a chance to tie the game with two minutes left, it wasn’t about potentially losing to the 22-point underdog at home to kick off the season. No, it was more about the clear lack of confidence that the Buckeye faithful now have heading into a must-win match against Southern Cal.But, while history points to Navy’s near-upset as a precursor to another OSU letdown, I’m here to tell you it means next to nothing. USC might beat Ohio State by 30, but it will have little to do with how both teams fared in their openers.Pete Carroll’s gameplan against lowly San Jose State was to get true freshman Matt Barkley as comfortable as possible. But how much experience does a quarterback get under his belt in just one game? And in that one game, he played just three quarters, and played them against a team that was shutout at home last year by Louisiana Tech. Barkley finished just 2-4 for 20 yards in the first quarter. The Spartans led, 3-0, after those first 15 minutes.The rookie finished 15-19 for 233 yards and a touchdown. So, Barkley got acclimated to the college game, but it took a quarter to find a rhythm against a far inferior opponent in front of 84,325 Trojan warriors at The Coliseum.Barkley won’t have as smooth of a transition in front of 105,000 in scarlet and gray under the bright lights at The Shoe.It’s up to the Buckeyes’ defense to make his life miserable, though.Navy had its way with the OSU defense for much of Saturday afternoon. But how much can really be drawn from defending a style of offense the Buckeyes won’t see again for years?The triple option attack that the Midshipmen employ demands a defensive scheme that OSU won’t use against USC. The Buckeyes lined up in many 5-0 and 3-4 sets, with linebackers and defensive ends gearing up to stop the run, and only the run.Against a much more balanced Trojan attack, the Bucks can implement whatever defense they’ve been working on throughout the summer. By opening with Navy, Jim Tressel was allowed to hide every one of his defensive ploys up his sleeve. Unfortunately for him, his team obviously was looking ahead to the USC contest as well.When getting down to the basics, the Buckeyes still played very poorly in the final quarter against Navy. Repeating many of the mistakes they committed against Navy in this weekend’s bonanza will result in an outcome similar to the 35-3 thrashing that still burns in the minds of Buckeye backers.But no matter the result in Saturday’s rematch, draw fewer conclusions about Week 1 when predicting what will happen in Week 2. read more

AssetPoint provides asset and maintenance management solution for Grande Cache Coal

first_imgAssetPoint, the provider of (EAM) Enterprise Asset Management and (CMMS) Computerised Maintenance Management Software solutions, has announced the integration of TabWare CMMS/EAM to Microsoft Dynamics AX for its customer, Grande Cache Coal. Grande Cache Coal (GCC) is  Canadian metallurgical coal mining company which holds coal leases covering over 29,000 ha containing over 300 Mt of coal resources in the Smoky River Coalfield in west-central Alberta.Grande Cache Coal chose TabWare CMMS/EAM in 2012 to align with their best practice maintenance approaches to safely manage and maintain the organisation’s plant and mobile operating assets throughout the entire life cycle of activities, from asset acquisition through asset disposal. AssetPoint states: “TabWare is a critical element in ensuring GCC’s equipment functions at the highest level possible in order to maximise asset performance. Grande Cache Coal saw the value of integrating maintenance costs with work activity from TabWare with its existing Microsoft Dynamics AX (AX) enterprise resource planning (ERP) software.”Similar to the TabWare CMMS/EAM solution, AX ERP is a flexible and user friendly solution with robust capabilities for procurement and accounting. But in order to gain greater efficiencies, GCC wanted to connect the maintenance data from TabWare with the financial and accounting data needed in AX. AssetPoint’s experience with integrating to Microsoft Dynamics played an important role. AssetPoint worked with the GCC implementation team in identifying the integration points that would address their business requirements. The integrations were implemented using AssetPoint’s TabWare CrossRoads solution. “As a result, Grande Cache Coal’s cross-department functions are now more informed and timely in supporting the operation. The integration provided ‘Real-Time’ Materials Management and Procurement information to the maintenance function at the equipment level for use during preventive, corrective, and emergency maintenance, failure analysis, reporting and metric monitoring. The maintenance team is able to execute on the critical maintenance tasks in the most efficient manner while accounting can be confident in the financial information they provide to management so Grande Cache Coal can more effectively run the operations and make decisions that impact the entire organisation”, said AssetPoint.TabWare CrossRoads is an industry-proven solution providing seamless and flexible integration management across multiple enterprise applications. TabWare CrossRoads supports process-based integrations that use TabWare standard business rules and scenarios. Bi-directional integrations allow for data transfer between TabWare and existing ERP, SCADA, Predictive Maintenance (PdM) and other software systems. AssetPoint has developed best practices integration scenarios which address the relevant information exchange to automate key business operations. TabWare CrossRoads is designed to be extensible and, as such, supports the integration of TabWare to many enterprise systems through a variety of file formats including Web Services.last_img read more

Finally You Can Eat A Kit Kat Quesadilla at Taco Bell

first_imgStay on target I have a lot, and I mean a lot, of weird opinions about food. But anyone who knows me knows that perhaps my most extreme food opinion is that cheese is bad. Whether it’s on a burger, a pile of broccoli, or any kind of Italian dish, get that gross milk goo out of mouth. It has ruined so many great potential Taco Tuesdays. So naturally, I’m not a fan of the Mexican cheese-tortilla delicacy known as the quesadilla.Fortunately, the extremely not-Mexican fast food chain Taco Bell has got the dish just for me. While I hate cheese, I love the oh-so shareable chocolate wafer candy bars Kit Kats. And now Taco Bell is introducing a new menu item that swaps out the cheese in quesadillas with Kit Kats bits. Say hello to the Chocoladilla.Basically, a cousin to the Klondike Choco Taco but with more #brands, this vaguely Latin hybrid dessert follows previous Taco Bell mashups like the Doritos Locos taco and the Mountain Dew/orange juice breakfast soda combo “Mountain Dew A.M.” Because everyone knows all good food has a gimmick.But I’d give this a shot! Replacing melted cheese with melted chocolate and crunchy wafers, wrapped inside a warm flour tortilla, sounds at the very least edible in my book. Besides, with its $1 price point, you won’t lose much if the Chocoladilla turns out to be completely disgusting.Since it’s basically made of Halloween candy, the Chocoladilla has already been slowly rolled out in parts of Wisconsin, as well as other parts of the world, and will stay there until November. Taco Bell will then gauge customer response to the menu item and decide whether to let everyone get a taste or smother it in its chocolate crib. Personally, these sound like the perfect treats for a Taco Bell wedding.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Finally, KFC Makes A Colonel Sanders Dating GameKFC Tests Plant-Based Beyond Fried Chicken in Atlanta last_img read more

HoloLens 2 handson This feels like practical magic

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Mobile World Congress 2019 Inside Microsoft’s HoloLens development lab • reading • HoloLens 2 hands-on: This feels like practical magic 13 Photos 18 Photos 8 May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared Microsoft HoloLens 2: A first dive into the future of… Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 Sometimes, the arrows don’t line up perfectly. Would I grab the wrong tool, I wonder? Would the program correct me if I made a mistake? I should have tried grabbing the wrong tool. But still, the placement of pointing arrows in space feels weird, like a 3D navigator. My mind, weirdly, leaps to Nintendo and my experience with Labo, a game for the Nintendo Switch that expertly guides players to make elaborate cardboard creations through on-screen instructions. Imagine that, but in 3D, with the instructions spread out everywhere, pointing to real things. The world as a Lego kit.There’s no spider-zapping game here. I’m not playing Minecraft or Halo. Four years after Microsoft introduced the HoloLens headset as a game-playing doorway to magic worlds in addition to being an enterprise device, but now the tone has shifted. The HoloLens 2 is a practical device for companies to help their employees. AR has become a tool for getting things done. And the headset’s improved comfort, better field of view, and better eye and hand tracking are immediately apparent. It’s also connected to more Microsoft cloud services that will fold into iOS and Android apps, too.After the wild, Willy Wonka dreams I explored at Magic Leap last year, Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 feels like the ego to Magic Leap’s id. But both sides might be needed to figure out where this tech needs to go next.And this HoloLens isn’t intended for regular people — the mass consumer market — at all. This is for factory workers, in places that can spend thousands on a work tool. In fact, Microsoft may not have eyes on a consumer AR headset for years. For now, the company is just trying to make a better way to mix reality in practical ways… and patiently waiting for the apps, developers and the rest of the connected world to keep evolving with it.microsoft-msft-hololens-2-1780The visor flips up now, like a welding helmet. It makes a big difference. James Martin/CNET Practical magicAugmented reality isn’t a pipe dream anymore. It’s a field being explored by Apple and Google in phones, and plenty of headset-making hopefuls, including Magic Leap, have been trying to crack how to design a comfortable, functional way to carry holograms around all the time.The first HoloLens felt like an accomplishment because it was self-contained, had no wires and wasn’t connected to anything at all. It just worked. Microsoft’s new HoloLens 2 isn’t really a whole new concept, but it pushes forward in three key things that the last headset needed: eye tracking, a larger field of view and better hand tracking. It’s also much more comfortable, and allows people who wear prescription lenses, like me and my CNET colleagues, to use the headset by just slipping it on over our glasses. There’s a Qualcomm 850 mobile processor to drive everything, along with Microsoft’s own AI engine, replacing the Intel processor of the previous HoloLens.microsoft-msft-hololens-2-1521 James Martin/CNET The new design may look casually similar to someone who’s never worn a HoloLens before, but it’s notably less bulky and feels like it weighs less, too. It does weigh less, by a fraction — 566 grams or 1.25 pounds, or versus the original HoloLens’ 579 grams, or 1.28 pounds — but it feels like more because the weight distribution has shifted, so a thicker bit at the back now fits around the rear head strap, while the front-facing visor is smaller. The center of balance is now slightly behind the ears, and is meant to feel like “putting on a baseball cap.” I loosened the head strap, popped the headset over my glasses, and everything felt fine. The new balance shift makes everything significantly less painful to wear for more than 5 minutes. It’s like putting on a backpack with better designed straps. The only real use of eye tracking I got to experience was a brief demo showing how my quick eye movements could pick a virtual object without even moving my head. I made little virtual crystals explode by staring at them and commanding them to burst. But there are plenty of practical uses: Enterprise software from companies like Tobii already use eye tracking to create analytics and heat maps of where you’re looking, to improve training. The bigger-picture possibilities of eye tracking get a lot weirder. Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman says the HoloLens 2’s eye-tracking cameras could also measure your emotions via tiny eye changes, as well as where your gaze lands. How much will HoloLens begin to anticipate what you’re feeling, maybe even thinking?microsoft-msft-hololens-2-lab-2320A set of EEG sensors at the Human Factors Lab. James Martin/CNET At Microsoft’s Human Factors Lab, where hardware is tested for comfort and accessibility, we step into a room surrounded by prototype headset models, and a table full of different rubbery ears. Microsoft’s Senior Director of Design, Carl Ledbetter, shows us how the new headset’s fit was carefully measured against a wide range of heads and ears, testing for fatigue and eye comfort. But also, in one corner, a mannequin head studded with a net of sensors sits on a table, looking like a Minority Report prop. It’s an EEG-sensing headpiece.”We use this to measure brainwave activity, and we can measure how much load is being put on somebody’s mind,” says Ledbetter. “We didn’t necessarily use this much on HoloLens, but we see this as an opportunity … we’re using it on some other things.””Mind reading on HoloLens 3?” CNET’s Ian Sherr, who toured the Redmond, Washington facilities with me, asks. “Mmm-hmm,” Ledbetter says, maybe half-joking. Maybe not.microsoft-msft-hololens-2-gestures-1654The HoloLens 2 recognizes hands a lot better. James Martin/CNET Finally, a wider field of viewHolographic magic isn’t so magical if your ghostly beings get cut off mid-gaze. The first HoloLens had roughly a 30-degree field of view, which felt like viewing virtual objects through a window the size of a pack of playing cards held a few inches from your face. The HoloLens 2 expands its field of view to 52 degrees diagonally, which Microsoft says is over double the effective viewing area. It feels like viewing holograms through a window the size of a softcover book. The vertical viewing area is taller, too. It makes a big difference when looking at tabletop holograms and monitor-size virtual displays. It still means some of the 3D effects are cut off, because my peripheral vision isn’t covered by anything, and I can see in all directions. It felt considerably better than the original HoloLens.I originally said in this story that, when comparing HoloLens 2 to Magic Leap One, that it felt “significantly better.” After heading home and trying Magic Leap One again, the difference between both isn’t far off (Magic Leap’s field of view, diagonally, is 50 degrees). HoloLens 2 still felt like it edges Magic Leap by a bit, but I didn’t get to try both side by side. And, the demos that Microsoft enabled for me with HoloLens 2 also made that field of view work well with hand tracking. Wearable Tech The creator of HoloLens 2 discusses its future Now playing: Watch this: I am at Microsoft’s headquarters to get a demo of the HoloLens 2. I’m led down a basement hallway. Large sliding metal doors separate rooms. As I reach my destination, I find a re-creation of an automotive workshop. It smells like rubber tires. In front of me, there’s an ATV on a pedestal. Tools and parts are spread around the room.I’m handed a HoloLens 2 and told I’m going to learn how to fix the bike.The HoloLens 2: It’s a pretty big redesign, all still self-contained. James Martin/CNET Microsoft’s HoloLens is back, and retooled. The new version of the company’s 3-year-old mixed-reality headset, which is now available to order for $3,500 and is coming later this year, fits easily over my head and glasses. It feels like an industrial tool, a welder’s mask. I can see just fine. I go through the eye-tracking setup, and a grid of dots appear. I follow the dots, from one corner to the other, side to side. It works. Now, Microsoft’s new Dynamics 365 Guides app is launched. This is my instruction set.The best way I can describe it is like Google Maps’ turn-by-turn directions for real world instructions — or like a floating Lego manual for reality. I move my eyes over each step-by-step card that floats in the air in front of me. I’m told to put the bike into neutral. Now, a floating arrow arcs through 3D space to show me the gearshift on the bike and where I should move it. I do it. I move my eyes to the next step. Now, I adjust a loose bar on the bottom. A long dotted arrow arcs to a toolkit against the wall, pointing to a ratchet. I almost grab the wrong one, realizing the arrow is pointing me to another tool. My eyes move to the next card. Another arcing line shows me the way to a bin of nuts, to grab the right part to screw in.center_img Mobile World Congress 2019 8:35 It even has a flip-up visor. The visor tilts up to allow anyone to make eye contact or do regular work more easily, like all of Microsoft’s partner-made flip-up Windows Mixed Reality-branded VR headsets. I loved that I could stop in the middle of a demo to quickly clean my glasses, or scratch my forehead.The HoloLens 2 hardware is still self-contained, just like the first one, and doesn’t have any extra belt-worn pack, like the Magic Leap One uses, but that also means the headset is bigger than the Magic Leap One’s head-worn $2,295 goggles. (It’s also more than a thousand dollars more expensive.) But it’s also much friendlier to my vision. The Magic Leap One requires me to put contact lenses in, or wait for prescription lenses for the headset: Magic Leap doesn’t even support my prescription, currently. The HoloLens 2 just works over my glasses. I know which one I prefer. microsoft-msft-hololens-2-1490 James Martin/CNET Eye tracking: A step away from mind reading?Eye tracking hasn’t been a big factor in VR and AR — yet. But it will be. The first HoloLens didn’t have eye tracking. The Magic Leap One does, and higher-end enterprise-targeted VR headsets like the HTC Vive Pro Eye and Varjo VR-1 are starting to include it. Eye tracking can recognize where you’re looking with internal cameras, so you don’t even have to move your head at all. The HoloLens 2 has added eye tracking, too.The HoloLens 2’s eye tracking has a double purpose: It can measure eye movement and use it to interact with virtual objects. Microsoft uses the new eye-tracking cameras for biometric security, too. The HoloLens 2 has iris scanning via Windows Hello, so users can instantly log in to Windows and launch their personal account or remember personal headset preferences.More impressively, the HoloLens 2’s eye tracking works with regular glasses, even thick ones like mine. Most eye-tracking tech I’ve used before had a few hiccups when I used my glasses. Early demos of the HTC Vive Pro Eye sometimes wouldn’t work unless I loosened the VR headset, and similar things happened with a few experiences using Tobii’s eye-tracking VR tech. No such problems happened during the few HoloLens 2 demos I had. Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 pulls us further into an augmented reality Tags Share your voice Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone See All Preview • Microsoft’s HoloLens is super limited — and hella magical The effective resolution has increased, to the equivalent of a 2K display per eye versus the original HoloLens’ 720p per eye, but the density of the images is still the same, at 47 pixels per degree. PPD is a way of measuring density of pixels in optics, like pixels per inch on a phone or tablet. Kipman calls this effectively “retina” level resolution. I’d still say I can see pixels if I look really closely, versus my everyday eyesight. It’s crisper than the typical VR headset, too. (Varjo’s new VR headset has an even denser PPD resolution at its center, but not everywhere else.) But the hologram-like effects still look ghostly, much like Magic Leap and the first HoloLens. They’re bright and present enough to interact in the indoor spaces I tried. Will it be better outdoors, though? Microsoft says so.The graphics punch is not shockingly different than the first HoloLens — except, that is, for how much more expansive the viewing area is. And, based on processors, Magic Leap might still be able to push better-looking graphics — at least, when not leaning on the cloud.It all works in ways that would make your eyes cross if you’re not an optics specialist. Zulfi Alam, Microsoft’s GM of Optics Engineering, explains how the displays work with many charts, and a magnifying glass. Like the first HoloLens, there are waveguides on the visor, which bend light and aim it into the eye with a MEMS (micro electronic mechanical system) using LCOS (liquid crystal on silicon). This is new to the HoloLens 2: the original HoloLens used a small display that limited field of view more. The display is now etched with a mirror-based laser system that creates a 120 frame-per-second image with three lasers, literally drawn on the fly like an old-fashioned monitor, but high-speed. It allows the extra-wide field of view, and also means the nonlit areas are fully transparent. We stared at a fast-moving tiny mirror, vibrating, on the table. Suffice it to say, it’s complicated. But the end results look good.microsoft-msft-hololens-2-gestures-2Trying the Shell Demo. James Martin/CNET Reaching out and almost touching things (with fingers, and even eyes)There are no physical controllers with the HoloLens 2: Microsoft is relying completely on hand tracking and voice controls. Hand tracking has taken a pretty big step forward, too. The sensors can now recognize up to 25 points of articulation per hand through the wrist and fingers, plus can recognize the direction of palms, which means finger-bending, hand motion and an ability to pick things up. The first HoloLens used gesture-based finger clicks and simple moves. This time around, it’s pinching, pulling, pressing. It feels significantly more advanced than the Magic Leap One’s hand-tracking, but I’m not given that many chances to use it.I try out the whole experience in what Microsoft calls the “Shell Demo.” In a living room-like setting off the Great Room on campus, I see a series of holographic objects on tables: a piece of an engine, a windmill. I walk up to them and see an outline of a box surrounding them. I’m told to grab a corner of the box and pull. I do and the whole hologram gets bigger or smaller, like dragging the corner of a window. This is, literally, 3D windows. To move something, I stick my hand into the center of the object, make a fist, and move my fist around. I can also put both fists in, and pull my fists apart, and the object expands. It’s weird. Not having haptic feedback is a little disorienting. But it all works.I then see a glowing crystal-like shape across the room, near the real sofa. There’s another box, but this time, a triangular play button. I press it with my finger. This starts a demo of eye tracking. I look at four crystals and as my eye flits to each one, it sparkles. It feels effortless. I say “explode,” and whichever one I’m looking at bursts. Microsoft then shows another example of eye tracking: A fluttering hummingbird hologram floats next to a Wikipedia-like text box with an article on hummingbirds. I read and as my eyes move down, the text box starts to scroll. Sometimes the scrolling is too slow or too fast, but I learn how to pace it with my eyes. The point being, eye control works to move things too, no hands necessary.I’ve seen demos of eye tracking before, but even so, the whole package here is fascinating. I want to try something more artistic, even more advanced, but this demo was all I got, so I can’t say how more detailed interactions could work.What will this really feel like in the field?I think back to my virtual fix-the-bike training session in Guides. I wonder: Would I remember these instructions later? Would the training hold, or would I become dependent on the turn-by-turn directions? Weeks later, as I write this now, I can’t really remember what I was doing in that room. I’m reminded of how I become “Google Maps blind” sometimes when I drive, and how I forget where I’m going, submitting myself to the directions. Some cab drivers prefer to memorize maps and internalize the knowledge instead. I ask whether this type of navigational step-by-step education might diminish learning — or help? It’s a good question, I’m told.Clearly, there may not be definitive answers yet. But the HoloLens 2 shows possibilities. The step-by-step guides are meant to be as easy to make as PowerPoint decks. Maybe, in some future, it’ll be how people will leave instructions in the real world for others to find later and navigate, like ghostly guides. Google’s playing in similar territory on phones with AR in Google Maps.microsoft-msft-hololens-2-2034 James Martin/CNET Connecting in the cloudMicrosoft is also emphasizing multiuser mixed reality this time around, with an emphasis on cloud services through Microsoft’s Azure that will place points in mixed reality that multiple people can experience at once, in HoloLens or even on phones. Google dipped into multiuser AR last year, and Apple did, too, via ARKit on iOS.Imagine being able to share the same 3D object, working together on the same 3D model. Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 Layout app will remember objects via the cloud so that they stay bonded to a location for others to find, and “cloud anchors” will be remembered via the cloud as well, making sure everyone’s sharing the same vision, even on iPhones, iPads and Android devices that use AR, via Microsoft apps that share the same AR tools.We’re only given a brief demo of group collaboration, in a room with a large, circular table, a HoloLens 2 on my head. Next to me are my CNET colleagues, Ian Sherr and Gabriel Sama. They’re wearing HoloLens 2s, too. We gather around like an intergalactic delegation. On the table is a glowing 3D virtual map of Microsoft’s campus, created in-headset. A woman, rising from the table, stands and talks about the future plans for Microsoft’s expanded campus. Ian and Gabriel are watching, too. We see the same thing, from three different perspectives. And above each of their heads is their name, floating. Mine floats over my head, too, if I could somehow see it. This is a demonstration of where Microsoft wants to be next with mixed reality: collaborative, multiuser. To demonstrate how this can all be cross-platform, a few assistants with phones in hand stand near us, also demonstrating how the 3D holograms can be seen on a phone screen, too. We share the same thing.I immediately notice how the field of view has improved. I see everything on the table without the effect being cut off.It’s not all perfect. Microsoft warns us ahead of time that we’re using early engineering prototypes. Sure enough, the landscape of Microsoft’s campus that spreads out in semitransparent 3D on the table ends up tilting a bit when I turn around and look at the room I’m in. It readjusts. But it makes me wonder: If corporate customers come to rely on spatial computing to precisely render on top of reality, how many glitches will they tolerate?Microsoft’s cloud services aim to improve the quality of mixed reality to a serious degree. If the current HoloLens enables centimeter precision, then added cloud computing boosts will give it millimeter precision. Similarly, the quality of 3D renders will improve. Kipman shows us in a few slides how current mixed-reality graphics may be good enough to view, but not good enough to create with. An engine block, he demonstrates, could look far more detailed with added Azure cloud rendering. Microsoft’s also planning on leaning on Azure services to render more of what HoloLens does, to improve graphics on-device from rendering 100,000 polygons for a 3D object to rendering 100 million polygons. The goal, eventually, is to reduce the headset size and push as much to the cloud as possible. Right now, it’ll mean that the HoloLens 2 should be able to tap into cloud accounts and documents far more. But it’s hard to see how that will all come together.Right now, the HoloLens 2 is designed to be largely self-sufficient. It’s still made to be standalone, able to work offline, like the original HoloLens was. It connects via Wi-Fi, but not with cellular. Part of that, according to Microsoft, has to do with where the HoloLens 2 is aiming to be used. But eventually, when 5G networks arrive to blanket the world in high-speed data, the HoloLens will likely evolve as well, into a far more cloud-reliant and more powerful device.Read: Microsoft’s HoloLens 2: Why it’s really all about the cloud (from ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley)microsoft-msft-hololens-2-gestures-1799No physical controller, or haptics, yet. James Martin/CNET Still missing: No haptics, no controlsNotably absent from the HoloLens 2 is any sort of physical controller. Just like the original HoloLens, the headset is designed to work with just hand and voice controls. While the hand-sensing has been greatly improved, the lack of any tactile controller or force feedback threw me off, and made me feel just a little unnerved. The Magic Leap One has a single one-handed physical controller that, while limited, adds some tangible sense of reality to interacting with things, and offers haptic, vibrating feedback.Microsoft is thinking about controls and haptics — but it’s not here yet. “We love haptics,” Alex Kipman tells me. “The minute I can throw a hologram to you and you catch it and it pushes you back … ooh, immersion just took one crank forward. The minute I’m holding a hologram and there’s temperature to it — cold, warm, lukewarm — it changes the level of immersion and believability of the experience.”While Kipman says that haptics are “absolutely in our dreams,” Microsoft isn’t yet using any controllers like those that exist on Microsoft’s Windows VR headsets. “We don’t have any dogma that you can’t have something in your hands. In fact, in our virtual reality headsets we have some pretty decent things that work with the same sensor set that’s in our HoloLens.” But Kipman doesn’t see those current Windows VR controllers coming into play yet, despite Microsoft’s “mixed reality” branding on those accessories.Maybe with the HoloLens 3? “It’s absolutely also in our road map to think about holding things in the hand. By the way, not just holding things that we create. What if I am a person with a real physical hammer? And my hand’s occupied, or I’m holding a coffee cup, and I still want to touch my hologram?”I’m also curious how the new controls will feel over time. Grabbing objects and pushing buttons feels more realistic. But is realism what I want, or shortcuts and comfort? How will that play out on the HoloLens 2?”That’s stuff we’re thinking about,” says Ledbetter, about testing for fatigue over time. “Are you trying to do things and your hands are full and you’re talking to somebody … what’s the best interaction? That gets us into the software world … but you’re in the right spot to be thinking about that.”microsoft-msft-hololens-2-alex-kipman-portrait-2447Alex Kipman led development of the Kinect, and also the HoloLens and HoloLens 2. James Martin/CNET The future’s still weird and wide openIt’s clear that Microsoft’s leaning on its Azure cloud computing to make the HoloLens 2 do more, and if that means more accurate placement of objects in 3D space, and more detailed graphics and mapping, then great. Kipman also emphasizes that the future of products like the HoloLens are really part of a large continuum. The computer vision-enabled world-tracking headsets on the HoloLens 2 will also be like the navigational camera sensors on autonomous vehicles and drones, and will be like the world-scanning cameras in homes, factories and appliances. (In fact, Microsoft’s selling a new cloud-connected version of the Kinect that incorporates the HoloLens sensors.) It sounds like a physical world full of edge-computing devices, leaning on a cloud that will move at greater and greater speeds. Maybe 5G, enabling all these future HoloLens devices and AR headsets to be more cloud-based than on-headset. The HoloLens 2 doesn’t have cellular; it’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth only. The LTE world isn’t ready for it yet.Even Kipman admits that the HoloLens 2 isn’t for everyone, or for all situations. While Kipman uses the HoloLens for several hours a day, “there are plenty of times when I’m in my office, and I’m using my keyboard, mouse and my PC monitor to do any number of things.”But when 5G comes, and haptics, what then? Microsoft is clearly playing the long game, just like everyone else in the AR/VR/MR world. The next HoloLens may not be far off after all. Kipman’s even hesitant to give any predictions for five years from now: “I’m not going to guess five years, to be honest with you. Let me say for the duration of this product, let’s say more in the one to two category … I think all the successful ones will be enterprise-bound.”And maybe, by then, it’ll be the 5G super device I’ve been expecting all along.(Updated 3/27, 11:22am ET to add reflections on Magic Leap and field of view comparisons) Comments Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone 4:54 Microsoft HoloLens Augmented reality (AR) Biometrics Kinect Microsoft Windows 10last_img read more

Scribes extend 10000 to reporter in Asifabad

first_imgAsifabad: Telangana Union of Working Journalists (TUWJ) and Indian Journalists’ Union (IJU) on Wednesday gave Rs 10,000 as financial support to a reporter, who was grievously injured in a road accident recently in Asifabad.The union district president Abdul Rehman and leaders visited Vadluri Ramesh at Khirdi village of Wankidi mandal and handed over Rs 10,000 to him. The union leaders said journalists have to maintain unity to help each other in need. Accreditation committee member Rahit Pasha. district representatives Suresh Chari, Tati Mohan and others were present.last_img