While it looks likely the Tennessee Titans will take a page from The Godfather and make Hasselbeck “an offer he can’t refuse,” it’s good to know that Ken Whisenhunt’s team isn’t putting all their eggs in the Kevin Kolb basket. They are being aggressive and kicking the tires on many options at the quarterback position and that should help assure they land the right one in the end.Will Hasselbeck likely wind up as that option? Doubtful, but as long as he doesn’t wind up back with the division rival Seahawks, it’s a win for the Cardinals. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments Share D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories Kevin Kolb might not be the only quarterback the Arizona Cardinals are checking in on now that the lockout has been lifted. In fact, they may have their eyes on a veteran Cardinals fans are familiar with.Reports from the Seattle Times have the Cards placing a call to Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.One thing that is becoming clear: Matt Hasselbeck’s options.He is an unrestricted free agent, the top quarterback in the class, and while it’s early — just the first hour when teams can contact players — the list of teams in play are Seattle, Arizona, San Francisco, Tennessee and Miami. Those are listed in no particular order.Hasselbeck may not be the first quarterback on the Cardinals wish list but as backup plans go, there are a lot worse options (see: Anderson, Derek). What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Categories: Lucido News,News 15Jun Rep. Lucido votes for funds to build local leg of Iron Belle Trail State Rep. Peter Lucido today joined his House colleagues in approving Natural Resource Trust Fund money, which includes funding to construct a portion of a statewide trail through Shelby Township.Lucido, of Shelby Township, said development of the trail will cost $663,600 in a combination of Trust Fund and local money, and will take hikers and nature lovers to the Clinton River.“This trail will be part of the Iron Belle Trail connection that will stretch from Detroit to the Upper Peninsula,” Lucido said. “Our part of the trail will be in the 429-acre River Bends Park and will give visitors a chance to take in the beauty of the Clinton River and surrounding area.”The funding is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments for the projects.The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.#####The bill is Senate Bill 76.
German sports broadcaster Sport1 will launch its high definition network Sport1+ HD via Sky Deutschland in August after striking a carriage deal with the News Corp-backed pay TV operator.The channel, which is a subsidiary of Constantin Medien, will be available to all HD subscribers to the sports or football Bundesliga package. The channel will air sporting events including the ATP World Tour tennis and motorcycle racing from the the Motorcycle World Championship MotoGP.
The DVB is exhibiting at IBC on stand 1.D81 The DVB will use its presence at IBC to demonstrate HEVC-encoded content in multiple UHD services utilising DVB-S2X and multiple HD services via DVB-T2.Following the approval in July of the specifications for the use of HEVC in the DVB environment and DVB-UHDTV Phase1, which was seen as a significant step in the road to Ultra High Definition TV services, at this year’s IBC, DVB’s main concentration will be to demonstrate how the coding efficiency of HEVC can be used to increase the capacity of the DVB-T2 terrestrial platform as well as for the new DVB-S2X satellite standard.Utilising HEVC encoding, multiple UHD services will be delivered using DVB-S2X and multiple HD channels over DVB-T2. The DVB-S2X demonstration will highlight the new standard that offers spectral efficiency of up to 50% for professional applications. S2X will be implemented with HEVC to deliver 4 UHD signals at a data rate of 100 Mbps. DVB-S2X provides more choices for roll-off factors as well as additional modulation and Forward Error Correction options that allow for the more efficient use of satellite transmission channels, according to DVB. It enables channel bonding of up to three satellite channels, which support higher aggregate data rates and allow for additional statistical multiplexing gain for services such as UHDTV.In another demonstration up to seven HEVC encoded HD channels will be delivered in one multiplex using DVB-T2 in a robust mode suitable for small indoor antennas and portable reception. Both fixed reception and mobile reception will be demonstrated.
Google’s Chromecast is offering new US customers a two-month Hulu Plus subscription.The streaming HDMI dongle retails for US$35 in the US and a subscription to Hulu’s premium service is US$7.99 a month.The offer, which became active today, is not as generous as the one Chromecast offered at launch, when buyers got a three months Netflix subscription.The Chromecast first launched in the US before rolling out internationally.It is now also in several international markets including the UK and Ireland, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Matthias KurthEurope needs a “rational” net neutrality regime and a US-type promotion of very strict rules would not benefit consumers, according to cable industry body Cable Europe.Opening the Cable Congress in Brussels this morning, Cable Europe president Manuel Konstamm called for a “market-led solution” to net neutrality.Executive chairman Matthias Kurth told attendees that he hoped “Europe would have a more rational approach” than the US, although the European parliament is divided on the issue. He said European operators hoped to avoid anything similar to the Title II regulations imposed on US operators by the FCC.Speaking at the Cable Congress press conference earlier, Kurth said that “no-one in our industry is against the open internet” but that “we also want the issue to be seen in a way that still makes innovation possible”. He said that the introduction of new services would require “some special treatment”.Kurth said that he hoped Commissioner Gunther Oettinger and other policy makers would take a “rational” view and described the introduction of strick net neutrality rules in the US as not helpful.Kurth said that Cable Europe is working to ensure its input into changes that will be introduced by the new Commission.Kurth said he hoped there would be “fair competition” with OTT players with a level playing field. “Everyone uses WhatsApp but we still go on regulating SMS prices, which doesn’t make sense,” he said. “I think the Commission is looking in this direction.”Kurth said that cable had invested significantly in broadband infrastructure. There is a great supply of liquidity for broadband investment, he said. “We don’t need subsidies, but if there is a discussion on this, it should clearly be limited to areas where there is no feasible economically viable business case [for commercial investment],” he said. “It also has to be [for] a mix of technologies.Fibre is not the solution everywhere. We have seen that cable has a lot of potential, especially when coax is used for the last metres to the home in a hybrid connection.” He said this type of hybrid connection using existing coax is much more economic than bringing fibre to every home.Addressing Congress attendees after the press conference, Kurth reiterated that public money should be “limited to rural areas” and should be “technology-neutral”.The ability to port content rights across borders is clearly something European consumers want, said Kurth. He said he hoped rights societies would take a helpful view.“Accessing content across countries on different devices is something where you can show there is actually a single market,” he said. Kurth said one issue was there are so many organisations handling rights that distributors have to deal with that it complicates investment plans.Kohnstamm said that European consumers are not happy about geo-blocking of VoD services between countries and a growing number of providers were providing pan-European services.
First Russia, and now China. US politicians aren’t doing themselves any favors getting involved in foreign disputes, especially with their track record of failed foreign policy. “Hong Kong affairs fall entirely within China’s internal affairs,” Chinese Embassy spokesman Geng Shuang states. “We hope that some countries and people can be prudent in their words and deeds, refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of Hong Kong in any way, do not support the illegal activities such as the ‘Occupy Central,’ and do not send any wrong signals.” Don’t make any mistake about this official statement: this was China’s way of telling the US politicians to zip it and mind their own business. How did all this start? With US Senator Menendez. New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez sent a letter to Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying asking that he respect the rights of his people (Hong Kong citizens), and condemning the Hong Kong government’s “excessive” use of tear gas under his watch. Tomorrow, US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. With China already having passed along its “butt out” message to the US, it will be interesting to see if Kerry tries to push his country’s misguided agenda, and if the mainstream media pick up on any of it. But what does this all mean? It means the US is being firmly put in its place by the emerging superpowers in the world. First it was President Putin standing up to Obama over Syria in 2013. Then again in early 2014, Putin stood up to the US sanctions. Now China has sent a sharp official message to the US, warning it to stop meddling. It’s hardly a new US tactic to foment dissent in a foreign state. We saw it in the support of anti-Assad rebels in Syria. We saw it again in Ukraine, where the US financed the February coup. With China, Washington will have to resort to words rather than guns, but it would love to see the people rise up against communism. Last Monday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest made that clear when he stated, “The United States supports universal suffrage in Hong Kong in accordance with the Basic Law and we support the aspirations of the Hong Kong people. We have consistently made our position known to Beijing and will continue to do so.” Earnest is just the messenger, of course. That message comes directly from Obama’s Oval Office. China is no backwater nation. It’s a global economic giant. It will stand up to the US on this issue, and not just because of how much it resents outside agitators. The more important reason is that the last thing the government of China needs is a wave of democratic protests across the nation. Remember, China has more than 160 cities with a population over 1 million. Vancouver, BC, Canada, the epicenter of the junior resource sector, doesn’t even have 1 million people (the greater Vancouver region does, but the city core doesn’t even have 750,000 inhabitants). For further perspective, consider that all of Europe only has 35 cities with 1 million people or more. China now has over 160 such cities, and it’s projected that by 2025—just 11 years away—that number will jump almost 40%, to 220! If a wave of protests were to spread across any large percentage of those 160 cities, that would be a disaster for the Chinese economy. And the worse the economy got in China, the worse the protests would become. Things could spiral out of control very quickly, and the government and military would have some serious problems on their hands. Given the dangers, it’s easy to understand why the Chinese government would go to great lengths to suppress any widespread protests. The last thing the government wants is another incident like Tiananmen Square, where hundreds of students were massacred by the authorities in June of 1989. We must bear in mind that what goes on in China may seem mysterious to an outsider who’s been raised on the notion that all the world’s people crave democracy. But for the majority of the Chinese, what they’ve grown up with is completely normal to them. What the governmental authorities feel they need to do to keep order may be repellent to Americans, but that’s their normal. So… how does what happens in China affect you? If you’re an investor, work in the resource sector, and/or have a job that’s involved in international finance, pay attention. All resource investors must realize that whatever happens in China will affect commodities around the world, for good or ill. Napoleon was quoted as saying, “China is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move the world.” He was right. China is awake, and it has more than shaken the world. There isn’t a better quote to summarize the importance of China today in the resource markets. Whether you’re talking coal, oil, iron ore, or copper, China matters. Take oil, for instance. In the month of September 2014, the US imported an average of 7.47 million barrels of oil a day. Ten years ago, the US imported an average of 9.73 million barrels a day in the month of September. These are data from the US’s Energy Information Administration website. (By the way, we’ve seen many reports from misinformed reporters claiming that the US imports only 5 million barrels of crude oil a day now. That is incorrect information, as the government data show.) How much oil does China import? A little over 6 million barrels of crude per day. China is the world’s second-largest oil importer after the US, which it is expected to pass in 2015. China also has the second-largest refining capacity of nearly 14 million barrels of oil a day, trailing only the US’s total of just under 18 million barrels. Again, China is projected to forge ahead in 2015. This is just one of the many ways in which China matters. So how do we profit from the information we have? History shows that energy stocks move in cycles. We’ve now completed a major analysis of the best oil producers in North America; we believe they’re on the cusp of a tremendous boom. The only way to position your portfolio for a major upswing in the oil sector is to buy before the boom is in full swing—and that is now in my opinion. Readers who want to understand, hedge against, and even profit from the decline of the petrodollar are advised to sign up for my Casey Energy Report. For most readers, this is literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Test my newsletter for the next 3 months, and if you don’t like it or don’t make any money, just cancel within that time for a full and prompt refund. Upon signing up, you’ll receive the September issue of the Casey Energy Report, which will provide you with an in-depth analysis of my favorite companies, including dividend-paying and small-cap companies ready to profit from the Russia/US confrontation that I’ve termed “the Colder War.” So if you want to get behind the real winners in the European Energy Renaissance and the Colder War and make some serious money from the inevitable bull market in oil, click here to get started now.
We all hear this advice with set-your-clock regularity: “Follow the smart money.” But who or what is this so-called smart money? Why is it smart? How do we find it—let alone try to determine where it’s headed? And how can we take advantage of it? Taking it from the top, what is “smart money”? It’s money put into companies by the top tier of experienced investors, hedge fund managers, and/or institutions. The opposite of it is “dumb money”—the cash that pours in once the investment gets touted front and center in the financial press as “the latest hot secret” for the naïve millions to read—commonly followed by the investing herd stampeding into the sector and driving prices up into a bubble that bursts and leaves heavy losses in its wake. Obviously we want to follow the smart money and avoid getting swept away with the dumb money. But what makes the smart money smart? It’s simple, really. 1. Those in the know have better access to information—and access to better information. If your job were to find the best investments and manage millions, perhaps billions, of dollars, wouldn’t you try to take every advantage the law allows (and maybe even exploit some of the legal gray areas)? This could mean gaining access to policymakers, personally getting to know company management and technical experts, or just immersing yourself in how the market is moving and why. Honestly put, the smart money may know important news hours or even days before it hits the newswires, due to a level of access unavailable to the average retail investor. Using this information, the smart money is able to make better-informed decisions, and make them faster. Sticking with the buy low/sell high mantra is easier when you’re in that position. 2. Serially successful people tend to continue to be successful. The Pareto Principle posits that 80% of an event’s effects often arise from 20% of its causes—or in financial terms, 20% of the people working in a given sector generate 80% of the wins. Being a math guy, I’ll take it one step further. If the top 20% of that group again generates roughly 80% of the wins, this means the top 4% of entrepreneurs generate 64% of the wins. Those who have previously demonstrated that they have what it takes are the ones most likely to do it again. I call it the “4-64” rule. Pay attention to what these folks are doing. 3. They don’t allow the herd to trample them. When you hear about the latest investment fad in the news, you can be pretty sure that idea has passed through hundreds of thousands of hands on its way to you. By the time it hits the airwaves, it’s usually too late: The real money, based on the company’s real value, has already been made. Herd investing is one of the most dangerous threats to your net worth. As the dumb money flows in and the share price begins to climb, it’s easy to get complacent and think that the shares will keep going higher. But that’s when the smart money strikes, pulling out their investment at the expense of the dumb money, taking its profits and leaving the field. Sooner or later, the price takes a nosedive under the selling pressure. It’s the herd that always ends up holding the bag. How to take advantage? Well, let’s take Warren Buffett for example. I have no hesitation labeling him and his group of companies and funds as very smart money. It’s also no secret that Buffett has a cult following, and after it becomes public that he owns a stock, that the “not so smart” money rushes in and pushes that stock even higher. So, the ideal is to get into an investment before the smart money… or at least at the same time. Then, when the involvement of someone like Warren Buffett gets noticed, the herd will drive the price upward, and you will reap the rewards. Of course, you also want to get out before the inevitable decline arrives, which may mean you exit a little early. No problem. You want to preserve your winnings, and no one ever lost money by taking profits. The nice thing is, if it’s basically a sound company, you can ride this cycle multiple times. That’s exactly what we did with ExxonMobil. We got in low, booked our gains, and moved on. It’s now pulled back enough once again that we saw another good entry point, and we jumped back into the stock. But what about our final question? How do you figure out where the smart money is headed next, so that you can get in with or—better yet—just ahead of them? Answer: you do a lot of hard work. There are no shortcuts. You have to ferret out the small number of solid companies that are selling at a discount—and discard all the rest. History is also your guide. It shows that energy stocks move in cycles. We’re somewhere in the trough of a long down cycle, which is exactly the time to go bargain hunting. To maximize our chances of finding the most compelling buys, we’ve now completed a major analysis of the best oil producers and service companies in North America. We’ve locked in our gains before the market selloff on many of the producers, and we believe now is the time to start buying and start building your position in the right companies, during market pullbacks and market weakness. Oil has dropped $15 per barrel in the last year, and majors are sale. Fortune favors the bold, and the key to buying is to do so when others are fearful. This is as true in the oil sector as any other. Buy before the smart money becomes comfortable to stake out major positions. Way before the herd takes notice. And that time is now, in my opinion. Readers who want to make money as the energy sector turns higher—and who want to understand, hedge against, and even profit from the ensuing decline of the petrodollar—are advised to sign up for my Casey Energy Report. For most readers, this is literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Test my newsletter for the next 3 months, and if you don’t like it or don’t make any money, just cancel within that time for a full and prompt refund. Upon signing up, you’ll receive the September issue of the Casey Energy Report, which will provide you with an in-depth analysis of my favorite companies, including dividend-paying and small-cap companies ready to profit from the Russia/US confrontation that I’ve termed “the Colder War.” So if you want to get behind the real winners, be a part of the “smarter money,” and book some serious profits from the inevitable coming bull market in oil, click here to get started now.
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One of the country’s most influential disabled campaigners is to take control of BBC Radio’s flagship news programme for its first show of 2016.Baroness [Jane] Campbell (pictured) has been chosen as one of six guest editors who will each take over the Today programme on Radio Four for one day between 28 December and 2 January.For her slot on New Year’s Day, the BBC has said she will examine reform of the House of Lords by asking a new SNP MP to “find out whether working peers can justify their existence”, while also going “head-to-head with Times columnist Matthew Parris on the right to die”.In its announcement of her guest slot, the BBC referred to Baroness Campbell’s background of activism, which helped lead to the Disability Discrimination Act 20 years ago.But Baroness Campbell is also a patron of the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive, and was a co-founder of the National Centre for Independent Living, and has campaigned on independent living issues for most of her adult life, so there are hopes that these subjects could also be aired in the programme.Baroness Campbell told Disability News Service that being a Today guest editor was “a huge privilege and one that carries great responsibility because choosing five or six features, when I have so much to say about the world, was much harder than choosing my Desert Island discs”.She said she could not comment on what issues she had chosen to cover, apart from the two mentioned by the BBC, but added: “I hope listeners (whoever is awake at that time, besides our Labrador, at 6am on New Year’s Day) will appreciate the mix.”Parris has already been interviewed by Baroness Campbell for the 1 January programme about his views, originally expressed in a column in The Spectator, in which he put forward the “Darwinian” argument that “tribes that handicap themselves will not prosper”.He argued in the column in September that “as medical science advances, the cost of prolonging human life way past human usefulness will impose an ever heavier burden on the community for an ever longer proportion of its members’ lives”, and that eventually it will be thought “selfish” to “want to carry on” when life is “fruitless”.Parris wrote about his interview with Baroness Campbell in his Times column this week, admitting that when she asked him if “people like me should be exterminated” his defence was that “we can’t all be in the House of Lords and have vastly expensive help and technology to sustain us”.Other guest editors chosen for the week are cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins; architect David Adjaye; Lord [John] Browne, former chief executive of BP; actor Michael Sheen; and lawyer Miriam González Durántez.
Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)May 9 2019Teens who experience cyberbullying are more likely to suffer from poor sleep, which in turn raises levels of depression, found a University at Buffalo study.Although research has examined the relationship between online bullying and depression, the UB study is one of few to explore the connection between cyber victimization and sleep quality.The study surveyed more than 800 adolescents for sleep quality, cyber aggression and depression.The research will be presented by Misol Kwon, first author and doctoral student in the UB School of Nursing, at SLEEP 2019, the 33rd annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in San Antonio, Texas from June 8-12.Related StoriesSocial media use and television viewing linked to rise in adolescent depressive symptomsNew structured approach to managing patients with depression in primary careNovel bed system with VR brainwave-control for sleep bliss”Cyber victimization on the internet and social media is a unique form of peer victimization and an emerging mental health concern among teens who are digital natives,” said Kwon. “Understanding these associations supports the need to provide sleep hygiene education and risk prevention and interventions to mistreated kids who show signs and symptoms of depression.”Nearly one third of teens have experienced symptoms of depression, which, in addition to changes in sleep pattern, include persistent irritability, anger and social withdrawal, according to the U.S. Office of Adolescent Health.And nearly 15 percent of U.S. high school students report being bullied electronically, says Kwon. At severe levels, depression may lead to disrupted school performance, harmed relationships or suicide.The risks of allowing depression to worsen highlight the need for researchers and clinicians to understand and target sleep quality and other risk factors that have the potential to exacerbate the disorder.The research was supported by a $1.8 million grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in the National Institutes of Health awarded to Jennifer Livingston, PhD, principal investigator and associate professor in the UB School of Nursing.Additional UB School of Nursing investigators include Suzanne Dickerson, DNS, professor and chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Health and Clinical Sciences; and Eunhee Park, PhD, assistant professor. Young Seo, doctoral candidate in the UB Graduate School of Education, is also an investigator. Source:http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2019/05/012.html
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 30 2019What if wearing a blood pressure cuff could help prevent stroke? In a new study, people who restricted their blood flow by wearing inflated blood pressure cuffs on an arm and leg showed signs of more controlled blood flow to their brain, a process that could be protective if blood flow is more severely restricted in the event of a stroke, according at a study published in the May 29, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.The process is called remote ischemic preconditioning. Previous studies have shown that remote ischemic preconditioning, using compression on the extremities to repeatedly restrict blood flow and the oxygen it carries, is beneficial to internal organs like the heart, making them more resilient and resistant to changes in blood flow and the serious damage that can occur during a heart attack when tissue is first deprived of oxygen and then damaged when oxygen is restored. Since previous studies have shown benefits to the heart, we wanted to determine if remote ischemic preconditioning could also be beneficial to the brain. Our study found such preconditioning temporarily improved dynamic cerebral autoregulation, which is the brain’s ability to regulate and ensure adequate blood flow to the brain despite blood pressure changes. We also found an increase in biomarkers in the blood that can be protective to the nervous system and brain.”Study author Yi Yang, MD, PhD, of the First Hospital of Jilin University in Changchun, China The study involved 50 people with an average age of 35 who were all in good health. Each person was monitored twice, for 24 hours each time, first without preconditioning and then with preconditioning.Each participant went through the preconditioning process once, with blood pressure cuffs placed on one upper arm and one thigh. The cuffs were inflated for five minutes and then deflated for five minutes. This process to reduce blood flow was repeated four times.Researchers measured each participant’s brain blood flow regulation by measuring blood pressure and also using ultrasound to measure blood flow within two main arteries in the brain. Measurements were taken at the start of each day and then at six additional time points throughout each 24-hour time period.Related StoriesResearch team to create new technology for tackling concussionNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia riskThey found that after preconditioning, participants had improved brain blood flow regulation starting six hours after preconditioning that was sustained for at least 24 hours.Researchers also measured biomarkers in the blood one hour after preconditioning and found that after preconditioning, participants had an increase in two biomarkers known to protect the nervous system, as well as an increase in four biomarkers involved in the inflammatory process in the immune system. They also found lower levels of a biomarker that responds to inflammation.”Our results showed an increase in one biomarker called glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor that has been previously shown to provide protection not only against diseases such as stroke, but also against other nerve-related diseases like Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy,” said Yang. “Therefore, our results suggest that remote ischemic preconditioning may increase such protective biomarkers and may be beneficial in preventing a number of neurological diseases.”Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor increased from an average of 0.289 picograms per milliliter (pg/ml) to an average of 0.789 pg/ml one hour after preconditioning.Yang said: While our results are exciting, obviously we can’t know when someone will have a stroke and when this could be beneficial. We hope to use these results to help develop a new medication or treatment that will help all people better resist stroke or other neurological diseases. It’s important to emphasize that people should not try to restrict blood flow on their own because, unless under the care of a physician, they could cause themselves harm. In addition, our study was small and much more research needs to be done to confirm our findings before recommendations can be made to physicians to use such preconditioning as a therapy.” One limitation of the study is that blood samples were taken only once. Another limitation is that participants were healthy, so the results may be different in people who have risk factors for stroke or other diseases.Source: American Academy of Neurology
Dr Harrison then investigated alternate grooming patterns that could counteract the issue and potentially improve snow sport safety.By using computer modeling, he was able to predict how well the brain could process groomed snow at the standard viewing distance of 10 meters.”I determined a combination of differently sized groom patterns would possibly improve visibility, and therefore safety, of groomed snow in cloudy conditions,” he said.”I’ve shown a minor modification to the grooming pattern could improve safety in theory, now I’m keen to work with engineers to trial it.” Source:University of QueenslandJournal reference:Harrison, W.J. (2019) The (In)visibility of Groomed Ski Runs. i-Perception. doi.org/10.1177/204166951984289. Snow at ski resorts is compacted and smoothed in a process called grooming, which has been shown to reduce accidents.Grooming results in a pattern of parallel lines in the snow, and researchers know a lot about how the brain processes these patterns.I was interested to test if the particular groom pattern at the ski resort I was skiing at made it more difficult to see the snow.After analyzing the sensitivity of central vision under different lighting conditions, I found on overcast days the ability to see the standard grooming pattern was severely reduced.This is due to the lack of contrast which makes it difficult for the brain to process narrowly-spaced lines.”Dr Will Harrison, UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 18 2019A spectacular stack on a ski slope in Canada has led to a University of Queensland researcher determining a simple modification that could improve skier safety on the snow.UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute researcher Dr Will Harrison studied visual perception under different lighting conditions to identify a better method for grooming ski runs.
Provided by CORDIS Credit: sylvrob1, Shutterstock Pedal power: the rise of cargo bikes in Germany Explore further The Horizon 2020 TiMMi Transport project has developed an online ride-sharing platform for inner-city deliveries that offers a high level of service while minimising environmental impacts. “The platform connects ‘job requesters’ who need their goods transported, such as package companies, online shops, laboratories and private individuals, with ‘transporters’, professional bike couriers who know how to do emission-free delivery, fast!” says project coordinator Dr. Christina Kleinau.Increased capacity A mobile web app that allows registered users to upload and accept delivery jobs is at the heart of TiMMi Transport’s success. To upload a job, requesters enter details like the dimensions of the package, pick-up and delivery addresses, and their contact information. The TiMMi system also has open interfaces to web shops and other internal systems so that jobs can be automatically submitted en masse. The job details are then displayed online, to be accepted by the network of professional bike couriers, who are connected to the platform. Transporters receive notifications about jobs in their area, and if they accept one, the contact details of the sender and the recipient are exchanged privately. When a job is completed, the courier marks the job as done and the delivery confirmation is submitted back to the job requester.It has long been known that bicycles are the quickest way to move goods from A to B within an urban environment. Until recently, there has not been a technically advanced system for the bike courier companies to coordinate orders from diverse mediums and locations. Now with the TiMMi system, bike couriers can receive orders from an online form, and online retail customers can select the CO2-free express delivery option for their purchase.The future of logistics – cargo bikesThe project has developed a business relationship with some of Germany’s largest logistics companies and conducted tests on last-mile package delivery using large volume cargo bikes. “The test projects successfully proved the feasibility of cargo bikes, reducing pollutant emissions in inner-city areas. We are now discussing the best way to implement bike delivery on a wider scale,” comments Dr. Kleinau. A lot is possible using large-volume cargo trikes and bike trailers, which can carry up to 250 kg, or a volume of 1.7 m3. TiMMi Transport is set to become the inner-city delivery service of choice, firstly for the ethical consumption sector, but also as a mainstream solution as climate protection becomes standard. “Approximately 20 percent of customers we deliver to express their appreciation of being delivered to by bike, instead of by van. The network of businesses we deliver for will be continually expanded to maximise the economic and ecological efficiency of the TiMMi network. We will also continue to expand and look forward to operating the service in international locations,” concludes Dr. Kleinau. 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. City centres are becoming increasingly congested by traffic, many of which are delivery vehicles. An EU-funded project has developed a solution for delivering packages that reduces traffic and eliminates carbon dioxide (CO2) and other harmful emissions. Citation: Online platform for carbon dioxide-free deliveries (2018, December 10) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-online-platform-carbon-dioxide-free-deliveries.html
SHARE SHARE EMAIL national elections COMMENT Unaccounted cash, gold and other valuable items worth Rs 552.23 crore have been seized in Tamil Nadu since the Model Code of Conduct came into effect on March 10, the Election Commission said on Saturday. Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo said Rs 129.51 crore in cash has been recovered till Friday. Gold and silver ornaments, besides liquor, laptops and clothes worth Rs 422.72 crore were seized since the code of conduct came into effect, he told reporters here. On preparations for the April 18 Lok Sabha elections, he said 5,874 zonal teams have been formed to take up poll related work. He said 7,225 poll booths have been identified “vulnerable” in the State and steps are being taken to monitor them using surveillance cameras. Central armed forces and micro observers will also maintain vigil at these booths, he said. SHARE Tamil Nadu April 13, 2019 Flying squad seized Rs 32 lakh at Karnampattu highway near Katpadi. (file photo). – C. Venkatachalapath Election Commission of India COMMENTS Published on