LIBRARY LINEUP Story Time With Peaches The Mini Horse on October 16

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult ProgramsCemetery Walk *RRSaturday, October13, 10 amThis year’s Stroll will focus on newer (post 1900) parts of the cemetery.  In honor of Italian Heritage Month, we will also point out the graves of a few of the Town’s more well-known Italian residents.  There’s a lot of Wilmington history to be found at the cemetery and we will share information along the way. Wear your walking shoes and bring your curiosity!”Staying Positive in the Job Search *RRMonday, October 15, 10 am. Charlie applied to hundreds of positions online and not a single bite! Sidney got to the final interview stage for several career opportunities and consistently struck out. Clarke simply gave up because nothing worked. Does this sound like you? We can help you avoid job search pitfalls like depression, anxiety and negativity. Join other job seekers who are in the trenches with you. Immediately put into practice stay-calm strategies so you can focus. Together, we will learn and comprehend the steps to staying positive in the job search. Taught by MassHire staff.Fall Wreath Workshop *RRMonday, October 15, 1 pm-3pm, $20Registration begins Monday, September 16 at the main deskNew season, new wreath! Decorate and take home a festive fall wreath to brighten your door or wall.  Wilmington resident and experienced crafter Dianna DiGregorio will lend her expertise and experienced eye in helping all create a beautiful arrangement.  All supplies provided including base, ribbon, and flora.Welcome to Wilmington Open House *RRMonday, October 15, drop in anytime between 6 pm-8 pmAre you new to Wilmington or have you lived here for a while and wish to know more about the community? Then please come to the Welcome to Wilmington Reception. Representatives from Town Departments, community groups, and local businesses will be on hand to welcome you and answer questions. This program is in collaboration with the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce.Coffee with a Cop *RRWednesday, October 17, 10 amDrop in, grab a tea or coffee, and chat with a police officer. Learn about the rights of the public as well as the roles and responsibilities of Police and Community in a relaxed and open setting. All questions welcome.Strictly Sinatra *RRThursday, October 18, 2:30 pmTake a walk down memory lane with Mel Simons as he presents an entertaining video show of ol’ Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra. Mel Simons has been a regular on WBZ Radio for decades with his trivia show “The Audio Clip Trivia Quiz”.English Conversation Group (third Thursday) *RRThursday, October 18, 7pm-8pmPractice speaking English with fellow English language learners in a relaxed environment.  Open to all ability levels.  Led by ESL Teacher and Program Coordinator Susan MacDonald.Italian Genealogy *RRSaturday, October 20, 2:30 pmLearn practical and proven strategies for researching your Italian family history. The focus of the workshop will be on Italian emigration to the U. S. Learn how to trace Italian town of origin, how to locate records, how to research them in the US, and how to get started writing to Italy (for those whose records aren’t in the US). Led by Jenny Tonks, who held an Accredited Genealogist ® credential for Italian research for two decades. She is fluent in Italian and holds a BA in Family History-Genealogy from Brigham Young.Kids & Teen EventsBaby Laptime *RRMonday, October 15, 9:30 amJoin us for a morning of songs, tickles, bounces, and rhymes perfect for little pre-walking babies and their caregivers.  Infants-15 monthsMinecraft Mondays *RRMonday, October 15, 3:45 pmCome play Minecraft with other enthusiasts.  Grades 1-5.Special Mini Horse StorytimeTuesday, October 16, 10 amJoin Peaches the therapy mini horse for a fun horse themed storytime! We’ll read some horse stories, make a fun craft, and get to know Peaches the therapy horse! Ages 3-6Trivia Tuesdays *RR Tuesday, October 16, 6:30 pmShow us your smarts at pub-style trivia! Play against your friends, putting your pop culture knowledge to the test. The winning team walks off with prizes (and bragging rights!). Snacks provided. Grades 6-12Kindergarten Book Club *RRWednesday, October 17, 3:45This book club is for Kindergarteners who miss storytime or those who love to be read to. We will read and discuss a few books together, then do a fun activity.  KindergartenNot a Fright in SightWednesday, October 17, 6:30 pmJeannie Mack performs songs, rhymes, and stories about pumpkins, trick-or-treating, jack-o-lanterns, tickly spiders, and silly witches! Ages 3+First Look Book Group *RR Thursday, October 18, 2:30 pmWant to discover the next big thing in YA lit? First Look is for you! Hang out with other teen fiction aficionados and read books hot off the presses. Take home a book to keep after every meeting. Grades 6-123D Design and PrintFriday, October 19, 3:45pmJoin Technology Librarian Brad McKenna to design a file using TinkerCad that will be printed on our 3D printer. Grades 4-8Not-So-Scary Mini Movie Marathon *RRSaturday, October 20, 1-4:30 pmWatch two campy Halloween classics, conjure a spooky craft, and test your taste buds in an Oreo Identification Challenge! Grades 6-12Library NewsEnglish Conservation GroupA new English Conversation Group started this fall.  It meets the third Thursday of the month at 7 pm and is led by Wilmington Public School ESL Teacher and Program Coordinator Susan MacDonald. All who want to practice their English speaking skills are welcome.Book Store Next Door VolunteersThe Book Store Next Door is looking for adult volunteers to work as cashiers. Shifts are scheduled for either 9 am to 1 pm or 1 pm to 4 pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Two volunteers are assigned to work together during these shifts. For more information and a volunteer application go to wilmlibrary.org/bookstore-volunteer.(NOTE: These weekly listings are submitted by the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Storytime at Farmers Market on Aug. 4; Revere Beach Memories on Aug. 5In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: FREE Bach, Beethoven, & Brahams Concert On Sept. 12In “Community”last_img read more

WCTV Wants To Help YOU Launch Your Own Podcast

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Have you ever considered starting your own podcast?Join WCTV host and podcaster Lisa Kapala for a casual meet-up on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, from 7pm to 8pm, at WCTV Headquarters (10 Waltham Street). Tour the Podcast Studio. Try out the equipment. Learn more about podcasting. Meet a few local podcasters who will exchange ideas.Come explore how to share your voice with the community via this exciting medium.RSVP to Lisa at lkapala@wctv.org or call 978-657-4066.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Wilmington Community Television.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWCTV Wants To Help YOU Launch Your Own PodcastIn “Community”News & Notes From WCTV: Did You Know WCTV Has A Podcast Studio That YOU Can Use?In “Community”News & Notes From WCTV: WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville Answers YOUR QuestionsIn “Community”last_img read more

Keanu Reeves superhero Marvel really really wants him to join the MCU

first_img 8 Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit 8:53 32 Photos How I survived the Marvel Studios 22 Movie Marathon Keanu Reeves owns 2019 — and it’s a very excellent adventure Keanu Reeves to star in Cyberpunk 2077, out in April 2020 Reeves’ slow-mo Always Be My Maybe walk works to any song I vote for Keanu Reeves as Johnny Blaze : Ghost Rider .. time to bring him into the MCU @Marvel pic.twitter.com/l8rfg4P6Ro— Grn.Rngr (@alexxcooleyy) June 20, 2019 More on Keanu Reeves Marvel Others suggest Reeves should be cast as everyone from Silver Surfer to Gambit to Moon Knight.Reeves has made headlines this year for everything from his starring action part in John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum to his role as a motorcycle daredevil toy in Toy Story 4 to his upcoming role in the Cyberpunk 2077 video game to a meme-worthy appearance in Netflix movie Always Be My Maybe.There’s also an online petition, with more than 34,000 signatures at press time, urging Time Magazine to make Reeves its person of the year. Keanu in the MCU? He does know kung fu from his Matrix days, after all.Pain heals, and chicks dig scars, but glory lasts forever, Keanu Reeves once told us in The Replacements. Sounds like the perfect motto for a Marvel superhero.And Reeves, who’s having a most excellent and not at all bogus 2019, could join that super-powered universe. A reporter for CNET sister site ComicBook.com asked Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige if the company was planning anything involving Reeves, and indeed, strange things are afoot at the Circle K.”We talk to him for almost every film we make,” Feige said. “I don’t know when, if, or ever he’ll join the MCU, but we very much want to figure out the right way to do it.”Which hero would he play? Due to Reeves’ love of motorcycles, some suggest Ghost Rider. Now playing: Watch this: Originally published June 19.  But many would like to see Reeves as Adam Warlock, who was created by researchers to be the pinnacle of future human evolution. “Adam Warlock was designed to be the most perfect human and everybody can agree that Keanu Reeves is already the most perfect human there is,” wrote one Twitter user. Adam Warlock was designed to be the most perfect human and everybody can agree that Keanu Reeves is already the most perfect human there is so marvel better cast him pic.twitter.com/iefkmh5z8d— ४ 𝐊𝐚𝐲𝐥𝐚 𝐌𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐋𝐨𝐤𝐢 ४ (@reevesofloki) June 20, 2019 Comments Share your voice TV and Movies Tagslast_img read more

ICICI BankVideocon loan case What is the Chanda Kochhar connection

first_imgICICI Bank, Chanda Kochhar, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ICICI BankReutersThe chief of ICICI Bank, the country’s largest private-sector lender, is facing speculation about nepotism and corruption over loans to the Dhoot family-promoted Videocon.While the board of the lender has come out in support of bank’s MD & CEO Chanda Kochhar, concerns still linger.Let’s take a look at the entire controversy surrounding the bank.What’s the issue all about?The issue dates back to 2008 when Videocon’s founder Venugopal Dhoot decided to start a company with Deepak Kochhar, husband of Chanda Kochhar, and two of her relatives.Dhoot held 50 percent stake in the new company, called NuPower Renewables, while Kocchar and her family held the other half.In March 2010, NuPower got a loan of Rs 64 crore from a company called Supreme Energy, owned by Dhoot and then transferred the latter’s ownership to a trust headed by Deepak Kochhar for just Rs 9 lakh, according to The Indian Express.So is there a conflict of interest?The questions of propriety and conflict of interest are being raised as the transfer of the company to Deepak Kochchar happened six months after the Videocon got a loan of Rs 3,250 crore from ICICI Bank, the report by The Indian Express claims.Almost 86 percent of that loan remains unpaid and Videocon account was declared a non-performing asset in 2017.What is ICICI Bank saying?”The board desires to clarify that none of the investors of NuPower Renewables are borrowers of ICICI Bank,” it said in a statement.The lender was one among a consortium of banks that gave loans to Videocon.”ICICI Bank was not the lead bank for this consortium and the bank only sanctioned its share of facilities aggregating approximately Rs 3,250 crore, which was less than 10 percent of the total consortium facility in April 2012,” the bank said.”The board concluded that there is no question or scope of any favoritism, nepotism or quid pro quo.”When International Business Times asked ICICI Bank to respond to media reports, the lender did not comment beyond what it had already stated in its Wednesday’s statement.Full statement of ICICI BankHere is the full text of the ICICI Bank statement: There have been some malicious and unfounded rumours in the past few days casting insinuations on ICICI Bank Ltd. and its MD & CEO. Similar rumours had first surfaced in the mid-2016 and had been appropriately responded to. Nevertheless these have resurfaced in the recent past to malign the Bank.In that context, the Board of ICICI Bank today reviewed the internal processes of the Bank and also the details of the exposure to the Videocon group.1. The Board has noted that the Bank has a well-structured and standardised credit approval process, where multiple independent departments are involved in providing independent credit risk rating, doing credit appraisal, credit approvals and monitoring the proposals. The Bank’s credit approval authorisation framework is laid down by the Board of Directors. The larger exposures are approved by the Credit Committee of the Board. The majority of Credit Committee members are independent directors of the Bank. The Chairman of the Credit Committee, till as late as June 2015, was always a non-Executive Director. Based on the above, it can be concluded that there are adequate checks and balances in loan appraisal, rating and approval processes within the Bank, both from the control as well as from a governance perspective.Given this architecture, no individual employee, whatever may be his or her position, has the ability to influence the credit decision at the Bank.2. With regard to ICICI Bank’s current exposure to Videocon group, the Board also recorded that:In 2012, a consortium of over 20 banks and financial institutions sanctioned facilities to the Videocon group (Videocon Industries Ltd. and 12 of its subsidiaries/ associates as co-obligors) for a debt consolidation programme and for the group’s oil and gas capital expenditure programme aggregating approximately Rs. 40,000 crore.ICICI Bank’s current exposure to the Videocon group is part of this syndicated consortium arrangement.ICICI Bank was not the lead bank for this consortium and the Bank only sanctioned its share of facilities aggregating approximately Rs. 3250 crore which was less than 10% of the total consortium facility in April 2012.After the preparation of the Information Memorandum and the initial due diligence for the financing programme by the lead arrangers and after the sanction of the facilities by the lead bank, the Credit Committee of ICICI Bank in 2012 sanctioned its share of facilities in the syndicated arrangement to the Videocon group.This Committee was chaired by the then Chairman of ICICI Bank and it included independent and working Directors of the Bank. It is important to note that Ms. Chanda Kochhar was not the Chairperson of this Committee.The Terms and Conditions offered for these loans are similar to those offered by the other banks in the consortium, ruling out the possibility of any special benefit to the borrower by ICICI Bank.It is important to note here that all banks including ICICI Bank disbursed the Rupee Term Loan into the common escrow pool account being maintained for this purpose by the lead bank.ICICI Bank’s share of the banking sector’s exposure to the Videocon group was less than 10% while around 90% of the loans were sanctioned by other banks and financial institutions. Hence the Board concluded that there is no question or scope of any favouritism, nepotism or quid-pro-quo.3. The Bank desires to clarify that none of the investors of NuPower Renewables are borrowers of ICICI Bank.4. ICICI Bank is regulated and supervised by various regulatory bodies and authorities. In that context the Bank receives various queries from time to time which are appropriately responded to.On looking at all the above facts, the Board has come to the conclusion that there is no question of any quid pro quo/ nepotism/ conflict of interest as is being alleged in various rumours. The Board has full confidence and reposes full faith in the Bank’s MD & CEO, Ms. Chanda Kochhar. The Board also commends the entire management team under the leadership of the MD & CEO for their hard work and dedication. We would urge you not to be misled by these rumours which are being spread to malign the Bank and its top management.So was Chanda Kocchar not involved in sanctioning loan to Videocon?It’s still not clear but according to the bank, KV Kamath was part of the credit committee that sanctioned the loan.”This committee was chaired by the then chairman of ICICI Bank and it included independent and working directors of the bank. It is important to note that Chanda Kochhar was not the chairperson of this committee,” the bank said.last_img read more

133000 Rohingyas to be relocated by 31 March

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 28 November 2017, Rohingya Muslim refugees wait to be called to receive food aid of rice, water and cooking oil in a relief centre at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox`s Bazar. AFPThe Bangladesh government is working on relocating as many as 133,000 members of the Rohingya families by 31 March to safer places to protect them from natural calamities during the impending monsoon.“We are to shift 25,000 Rohingya families to safer zones as monsoon is approaching with cyclone, landslides and other natural calamities as usual during the monsoon,” disaster management and relief ministry secretary Md Shah Kamal told BSS on Monday.He said the government along with other international aid providing organisations is constructing temporary shades, latrines and other necessary facilities at safer places, where the Rohingyas would be relocated.The south-eastern part of Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh witnessed surges of forcibly displaced Myanmar people, who were pushed into Bangladesh when the Myanmar military launched a barbaric crackdown with supports of majority Buddhist monks in the Rakhine state. Shah Kamal said the government would introduce a community radio on Rohingya language in Cox’s Bazar area for easy communication of information at the Rohingya shelter camps being constructed there. “There are 17 community radios working in the areas to communicate information through the local language among the inhabitants of the areas,” he said.The secretary also said the government has constructed roads and set up power lampposts in the areas for easy movement of aid and other people.Officials said the government constructed shelter camps for the Rohingyas on 3,000 acres of land beside the Kutupalang frontier camp to accommodate the Rohingyas.The government earlier had allocated 2,000 acres of land, now increased to 3,000 acres, for proper accommodation of the increased number of Rohingyas. Some 150,000 sheds were constructed in the area to accommodate the Rohingyas.In addition to this, the government constructed nine-kilometre-long electricity lines in the extension areas of the Rohingya camps.Moreover, 52,500 additional latrines were constructed in the camp areas.last_img

Houstons 2018 Job Growth Lower Than Previously Estimated

first_imgGreater Houston’s job market grew by 73,300 jobs in 2018, not by 108,300 as previously estimated, according to benchmark revisions by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).The Greater Houston Partnership lists several reasons for the difference:The TWC likely overestimated the impact on construction jobs from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.Growth in the oil and gas sector didn’t turn out to be as robust as previously thought, creating 1,400 fewer jobs than estimated.The retail sector actually lost 5,800 jobs instead of adding 800, indicating that Houston’s population and income growth wasn’t enough to offset the effects from e-commerce and store closings.Professional and business services only added half as many jobs (14,300) as thought.On the positive side, bars and restaurants added positions after the previous estimate had them lose jobs.The revised numbers are based on data from unemployment insurance accounts, whereas the previous estimates rely on employer surveys.View Fullscreen Sharelast_img read more

Dr Sean Combs You Will Change the World

first_imgHoward University’s class of 2014 got a lot livelier and excited on May 10 when superstar music mogul and entrepreneur Sean Combs delivered the 146th commencement address. Combs, who received an honorary doctorate in humanities, shared insights about his time at Howard and moved the crowd in a heartfelt speech about the numerous possibilities that await the graduates once they realize how powerful they are.“I want to ask you a quick question; do you know how powerful you are,” Combs inquired. “Our stories may be different, but I bet some of you grew up with single mothers or fathers. Maybe you came here from Africa, or the Caribbean. Maybe you were the first in your family to go to college like I was. Maybe there were times that you didn’t have a place to live or enough food to eat.”Dressed in traditional all-black graduation regalia, Combs said even though the odds may have been against him, and he was sure the students could relate, he made a decision to overcome those odds.He implored the graduates to take the craziest dream they’d ever had, the one they were too embarrassed to share and go after it. “You will change the world, let that sink in,” Combs reiterated. “You will change the world.”Combs encouraged the graduates to embrace the Howard family network because Howard became his second family as well. “It was my Howard friends who looked out for me when I didn’t have any money for food. It was my Howard professors who supported my risky decision to take a once in a lifetime opportunity and work at Uptown MCA records under the legendary Andre Harrell.”As chairman, CEO and founder of Combs enterprises, Combs leads one of the world’s preeminent urban entertainment companies. Just as music marked the beginning and continues to tug at the heart of his career, the man who is mostly known as P. DDiddy is also recognized as the creator of RevoltTV. RevoltTV, in partnership with Comcast made its debut in 2013. It is the first multi-genre, multi-platform music network built using social media.As more than 2,600 enthusiastic students listened, Combs shared that he was raised by a single mother who worked four jobs to ensure that he and his sister could want for nothing, especially when he chose to seek higher learning. It was at Howard that he learned the real reason behind the course of his father’s death.Combs said he lost his father when he just three years old.When he would ask his mother about his father, his mother would tell him that his father died in a car accident.“Something about that just didn’t feel right,” he said about his mother’s explanation.“So as soon as I got here, I went to the library; I did some research,” said Combs.“And when I typed in my father’s name and the day he died. I read in the Amsterdam News that he had been murdered in a drug deal gone bad.”It was that moment that Combs decided to live his life in a way that would make his mother proud by embracing the entrepreneurial spirit of his father. “But in a honest way, in a legal way,” he emphasized.Comb’s also used the platform to lend his voice to the international call to bring back the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls. He urged that the already popular hashtag campaign “#BringBackOurGirls,” be elevated to “#BringBackOurGirlsNow.”“We have so much power in here I think we need to step up the hashtag. All I want to say is bring back our girls now,” he said.last_img read more

Community Associations Are Gems in the Midst of Misery

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comAfter torrential rains — the remnant of what was deadly Hurricane Florence — deluged Baltimore the morning of Sept. 18, the sun broke out just in time for members of the Matthew A. Henson Neighborhood Association to have their monthly meeting on the second Tuesday in September.I was honored when Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, the long-time civil rights leader and the group’s hard charging president invited me to speak to his members and share my book, Baltimore After Freddie Gray, at Matthew A. Henson Elementary School in the heart of Sandtown-Winchester, the community where Gray lived and died.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)Although the sun shone brightly on that afternoon, the misery was manifest within that proud, yet besieged, neighborhood in West Baltimore. As Cheatham walked from his car to greet me outside of the school he announced, “We had a homicide this morning.”He revealed the grisly details that have become far too familiar to our communities; another young Black man was dead. This time it was a 25-year old, shot in the face at approximately 10:57 a.m., the ninth murder in Sandtown-Winchester this year according to Cheatham, one homicide a month.As we entered the immaculately kept elementary school, the jugs of water neatly stacked along the walls reminded me our babies can’t drink from the poisonous water fountains, because they are laced with lead.As the members of the Henson Neighborhood Association began to trickle in, the essential paradox of Black Baltimore, and specifically neighborhoods like Sandtown-Winchester emerged. Cheatham explained to the group assembled — a mix of retired elders, middle-aged working class residents, Asian businessmen, elementary and high school students — not only was a young man gunned down that morning, but just a few hours after his murder the corner where he died was occupied by drug dealers operating with impunity.Despite the madness, the long-time pillars of Sandtown-Winchester press forward in the face of pervasive violence, poverty and blight, which seems to encroach more and more on their neighborhoods and way of life every day.As Cheatham conducted the meeting with his signature mix of outrage over the plight of their community, and jovial pragmatism, politicians aspiring to local office in the upcoming midterms mingled with residents while quietly lobbying for votes. Their presence was an acknowledgement of the group’s influence and the individual members represented a pool of some of the most reliable voters in the city.To be clear, the Henson Neighborhood Association is one of the best organized, led by one of the most resilient presidents in the city, but it is not an anomaly. Dozens of these groups dot the city, the glue bonding infirm, yet undaunted, communities West to East. They have been in the trenches for decades, grassroots soldiers fighting block by block, sometimes house by house for the ability to live decently in the city they love.These neighborhood associations and the people who power them are rich resources of wisdom, who are most invested in this city; they aren’t going anywhere. The city’s leaders ignore them at the peril of the rest of us. Indeed, instead of ignore them City Hall should empower them and seek their guidance at every level.During our conversation that evening we delved into the Black community’s rich history, one of a vanguard civil rights community. Many of those assembled personally experienced that history and they cling to it as a road map that may lead their community to better days. Those better days often seem like they exist upon a distant star given the current plight of many of Baltimore’s mostly Black, mostly poor neighborhoods. Yet, the members of the Matthew A. Henson Neighborhood Association persist.As I left the elementary school, an elderly gentleman who told me earlier in the evening that he missed the AFRO First Edition radio show I once hosted on WEAA, said with resignation in his voice, “We’ll keep on fighting.”Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and the author of Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.last_img read more

Flies eyes could enhance robot vision

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Flies’ eyes could enhance robot vision (2008, May 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-05-flies-eyes-robot-vision.html Researchers from the Naval Air Warfare Center in China Lake, California, and the University of Wyoming have developed a fiber optic sensor inspired by the compound eye of the common housefly, Musca domestica. One of the biggest advantages of the design is that it can quickly locate edges and boundaries of images. Machines such as unmanned vehicles, guided missiles, and high-speed industrial inspection robots might take advantage of this ability to locate tiny, moving objects with high precision.In a recent issue of Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, researchers D. Riley, et al., describe how flies’ vision systems are uniquely geared toward locating small objects with high precision. In fact, flies possess a visual precision beyond the resolution limit – a property called hyperacuity. This feature is actually common to many animals, including humans.“The fly has significant advantages with respect to tracking,” the researchers told PhysOrg.com. “As a system, the fly has very quick reaction times. … They can react and track much better than untrained humans; however I would question that the quality of the rest of their vision is even comparable.” They added that, overall, insect vision (and sensor technology inspired by it) is still far inferior to human vision, and probably always will be.The researchers explained that the more interesting component of the fly’s vision system is that the field of view of each photoreceptor in a fly’s eye overlaps with those next to it, with up to 90% overlap. Each eye contains about 3,000 ommatidia – the major structural unit of the eye – and each ommatidium contains eight photoreceptors. The photoreceptors’ main function is to convert light into ionic current, which then goes to the fly’s processing system(s).Unlike conventional image processing systems which are often digital, the fly’s processing system is analog. Digital systems receive data pixel by pixel, and generally require time-consuming, computationally expensive processing. The analog system helps the fly extract edge information much more quickly, and also enables parallel processing. Both these features contribute to the fly’s highly accurate, high-speed vision system. The researchers designed their sensor to mimic the fly’s overlapping photoreceptors and analog, parallel processing system. The sensor consists of a 1-mm-diameter ball lens that focuses light onto an array of photodetectors, where the field of view overlaps by about 70%. In experiments, the sensor could locate a 1-mm-wide string as the string moved across the field of vision at distances up to 200 mm from the lens, with minimal error. Such a high-res vision system could have applications in a variety of medical, commercial, industrial, and defense areas. The researchers are currently fabricating a sensor that consists of seven ommatidia with seven photoreceptors, and hope to extend the design in scale and accuracy.“We envision this sensor as a supplement to more traditional imaging sensors for most applications, and not as a replacement,” they explain. “Just as Musca domestica has both two compound eyes and a very simple camera eye, many computer and robot vision tasks can benefit from both types of sensors.”More information: Riley, D T; Harmann, W M; Barrett, S F; and Wright, C H G. “Musca domestica inspired machine vision sensor with hyperacuity.” Bioinspiration & Biomimetics. 3 (2008) 026003 (13pp).Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Explore further Researchers have designed a sensor inspired by flies’ compound eyes, which is capable of quickly locating the edges of objects. Image credit: D. Fischer. Robots with flies’ eyes could take advantage of the insect’s vision system to better locate the edges and boundaries of objects. This ability could help robots perform a variety of tasks more quickly and accurately than if they were using traditional sensors. Simple ‘smart’ glass reveals the future of artificial visionlast_img read more

Ultrahigh resolution images of butterfly wing crystals offer clues to how nanoscale

first_img(Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has taken another step toward understanding the process by which butterfly wing scales develop crystals that result in bright, vivid colors. In their paper published in the open-access site Science Advances, the group describes the methods they used to study the wing scale crystals of the hairstreak butterfly—a black and bright blue native of parts of Colorado and northern Mexico—and what they found. Photographs of T. opsenia, C. rubi, and P. sesostris butterflies adjacent to electron micrograph images of the nano-scale structures that lend each species their distinctive wing coloration. Credit: (c) Bodo Wilts Explore further Image of a single scale from a butterfly wing, showing color transitioning from red to green. Credit: (c) Bodo Wilts The researchers suggest the structure they witnessed in one species is likely found in others, and claim their results add to the understanding of gyroid development, while also offering clues regarding how cellular structures develop in other creatures such as mitochondria or chloroplasts. More information: Bodo D. Wilts et al. Butterfly gyroid nanostructures as a time-frozen glimpse of intracellular membrane development, Science Advances (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1603119AbstractThe formation of the biophotonic gyroid material in butterfly wing scales is an exceptional feat of evolutionary engineering of functional nanostructures. It is hypothesized that this nanostructure forms by chitin polymerization inside a convoluted membrane of corresponding shape in the endoplasmic reticulum. However, this dynamic formation process, including whether membrane folding and chitin expression are simultaneous or sequential processes, cannot yet be elucidated by in vivo imaging. We report an unusual hierarchical ultrastructure in the butterfly Thecla opisena that, as a solid material, allows high-resolution three-dimensional microscopy. Rather than the conventional polycrystalline space-filling arrangement, a gyroid occurs in isolated facetted crystallites with a pronounced size gradient. When interpreted as a sequence of time-frozen snapshots of the morphogenesis, this arrangement provides insight into the formation mechanisms of the nanoporous gyroid material as well as of the intracellular organelle membrane that acts as the template. © 2017 Phys.org Journal information: Science Advances Highly magnified image of a single scale from a butterfly wing, showing the nano-scale arrangement of crystal structures called gyroids that are responsible for the structure’s unique optical properties. Credit: (c) Bodo Wilts X-ray snapshot of butterfly wings reveals underlying physics of color People of all backgrounds are captivated by butterflies—their bright colors and lackadaisical lifestyle of flitting from flower to flower tend to elicit smiles and warm feelings. And while a general understanding of the physical structure of the butterfly’s wings has been well documented, the process by which they arrive at their coloring has never been discovered—this is because it happens over the course of several days inside of their cocoons, where tiny cameras would not really work. In this new effort, the researchers report taking another step in the discovery process.Prior research has shown that butterfly wings are covered in scales with chitin crystals called gyroids on their surfaces—the gyroids reflect light in certain ways, creating the perception of colors. But how the gyroids develop to display colors is still unclear. In this new effort, the researchers took the closest ever look at the scales and gyroids using several imaging techniques, and report finding something new.Images taken using scanning electron microscopy, high magnification light microscopy and x-ray nanotomography revealed gyroids with a definite size gradient—and which were not interconnected. From the perspective of moving along a scale from one end to the other, the gyroids on the surface grow larger, which suggested a dynamic growth process. This finding casts doubt on prior theories suggesting that the gyroids were generated from what has been described as a “pre-folded template.” Citation: Ultra-high resolution images of butterfly wing crystals offer clues to how nano-scale structures form (2017, April 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-ultra-high-resolution-images-butterfly-wing.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Severe delays on M6 in Cheshire

first_imgThere are severe delays on the M6 Southbound in Cheshire following an accident involving two HGVs this morning. All three lanes have now reopened on the M6 Southbound before J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent) after being closed for several hours. A number of lorries broke down in the queue, causing ongoing delays into the afternoon. The accident happened just before the exit slip at J16 within the smart motorway works according to traffic data company INRIX – with congestion reaching back to junction 19 at one point. Police say there are no reported injuries following the accident – which took place shortly before 6am. All three lanes were blocked originally but lane three reopened at around 8am, with the other two lanes reopening later. Delays of around 90 minutes are still reported in the area. A North West Motorway Police spokesman said: “Patrol making to the scene of the RTC J17-16 M6SB is reporting standing traffic now back to Sandbach – We are still making our way on a grade 1 response to the area.” A Highways England spokesman said: “All lanes have now reopened on the M6southbound between J17 and J16 following the earlier collision involving HGVs. “Severe delays remain, and traffic may take some time to get moving. Thanks for your patience if you’re caught within the delays. “Please allow extra time for your journey and consider alternative routes should you be planning to travel in the area this morning.” Read MoreMet Office weather warning for ‘Beast from the East’ upgraded to Amber for parts of Staffordshire as snow forecast The approximate location of the accident (A) and extent of queues (1) as of 6.10am (Image: Inrix/Traffic) This accident is separate from the serious collision that has caused the M6 to be closed between Junction 14 and Junction 12 in Staffordshire – you can get live updates on that accident here. Live updates as we get them on the feed below.13:34Lanes reopened12:54Long delays continue on M6 in CheshireA Highways England spokesman said:There are currently long delays on the M6 southbound between J20A and J19 due to an incident involving a broken down HGV within J19. Recovery is currently on-going to remove the vehicle.Road users travelling in this direction are advised to allow extra journey time or to seek an alternative route.” 12:38Two lanes closed for recovery work on M6 in CheshireA Highways England spokesman said:2 lanes (of 3) closed currently for recovery to remove a broken down HGV on the #M6southbound within J19. There are long delays due to this with traffic congested as far back as J20A .”12:06Two broken down lorriesA Highways England said:There are long delays developing on the M6 southbound between J20A and J18 due to 2 seperate broken down HGVs between J19 and J18 currently. Recovery en route. Allow extra travel time if heading in this direction currently.”12:00Various issues on M6 in CheshireSevere delays, queueing traffic and partially blocked due to two broken down lorries and accident, two cars involved on M6 Southbound between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel), congestion on M6 to J21 A57 / B5210 (Woolston). In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 1 hour and 30 minutes.At J19 there is a broken down lorry closing two lanes. after J19 at KnutsfordServices there is a second broken down lorry blocking a one. Further South of the breakdowns there is an accident which is also closing lane one within the smart motorway works.11:19Only one lane now closedOne lane closed, queueing traffic and severe delays due to accident, two cars involved on M6 Southbound between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel), congestion on M6 to J21 A57 / B5210 (Woolston). In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 1 hour and 25 minutes.Lanes one (of three) remains closed. Traffic was held around 11:15 while traffic officers removed the one vehicle out of lane three. There a separate breakdown behind the accident in lane one. 11:17Stationary traffic due to accidentStationary traffic due to accident, two cars involved and all traffic being temporarily held on M6 Southbound between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel), congestion on M6 to J21 A57 / B5210 (Woolston). In the roadworks area.Lanes one and three (of three) were blocked until around 11:15 when traffic was held to allow traffic officers to attend. There is also two separate breakdown behind the accident in lanes one and three. 11:04Reports of two car accident on M6 Southbound in Cheshire Two lanes blocked, queueing traffic and severe delays due to broken down car and accident, two cars involved on M6 Southbound between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel), congestion to J20 M56 (Lymm Interchange). In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 1 hour and 15 minutes.Lanes one and three (of three) are blocked. An accident has also occurred further South of the breakdown within the smart motorway works. 10:39Broken down car blocking laneOne lane blocked and queueing traffic due to broken down car on M6 Southbound between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.Lane three (of three) is blocked. Breakdown has occurred within the residual delays of the earlier accident at J16 where the road was fully blocked for around 2 hours within the smart motorway works. 10:38Breakdowns continuing to cause delays In Cheshire A Highways England spokesman said:Following on from the earlier collision on the M6 Southboundbetween J17 and J16, it appears we have now have several live lane breakdowns in the area which are adding to the existing delays. We are working hard to get these clear and improve traffic flow.”10:15Full overview of M609:4795 minute delays reportedAlthough all the lanes are reopened severe delays remain – with traffic data company INRIX reporting 95 minute delays.09:35Traffic clearing but a number of vehicles have broken downA North West Motorway Police spokesman said:Traffic starting to clear M6SB between jct 18 and 16 numerous breakdowns in live lane in area, please drive with caution through area .”09:21LatestA North West Motorway Police spokesman said:M6SB jct 17-16 all lanes running now congestion will start to clear, all those who have been stuck in traffic thank you for your patience.” 09:01All lanes reopened – but delays remain Severe delays due to earlier accident, two lorries involved on M6 Southbound before J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent), congestion on M6 to J19 A556 (Knutsford). All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is around 1 hour and 40 minutes. In the roadworks area.Lanes one and two (of three) were closed until 09:00 now recovery has been completed. Road was blocked until 08:00 when lane three was re-opened. Accident happened at around 06:00 near to the exit slip at J16 within the smart motorway works. 08:23Two lanes remain closed on M6A Highways England spokesman said:Traffic has now been released on the #M6southbound between J17 and J16. 2 lanes (of 3) remain closed at this time while recovery is ongoing at scene. Delays of well over an hour remain on approach, so consider alternative routes if possible. “08:18Latest from the sceneA North West Motorway Police spokesman said:2nd recovery on scene for last of the HGV’s at jct 16, M6SB, have a Lane 3 running past the scene, heavy congestion still in area.” 08:04One lane reopens after accident in Cheshire Severe delays, two lanes closed and stop-start traffic due to recovery work and accident, two lorries involved on M6 Southbound before J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent), congestion on M6 to J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 1 hour and 30 minutes.Lanes one and two (of three) remain closed. Lane three re-opened at around 08:00. Recovery arrived on scene around 07:10. The Accident happened at around 06:00 just before the exit slip at J16 within the smart motorway works. 07:43Latest from Highways EnglandA Highways England spokesman said:The M6 remains BLOCKED southbound between J17 and J16 due to a collision involving 3 HGVs, one of which is on its side. We now have recovery on scene and are hoping to clear vehicles. There are delays of over an hour on approach. Please avoid the area. “07:36Heavy traffic on A500 Queueing traffic and traffic heavier than normal on A500 in both directions at M6 J16 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent), congestion to A531 Newcastle Road / B5472 Old Park Road and to Alsager Road (Audley Turn Off).Not helped due to the problems on the M6.07:31Latest from the sceneA North West Motorway Police spokesman said:Quick update on RTC M6SB jct17-16, one recovery on scene, looking to remove one of the HGV’s to open up a lane or 2 – congestion back to jct 18 .”07:23Queuing traffic in Arclid GreenQueueing traffic and traffic heavier than normal on A50 Newcastle Road Southbound at A534 Spark Lane (Arclid Traffic Lights), congestion to A5022.Due to traffic diverting around the problems on the M6.07:00Latest from Highways EnglandA Highways England spokesman said:“The M6 southbound between J17 and J16 is currently BLOCKED due to a collision inv: 2 vehicles. A HGV is currently blocking all 3 lanes. Police on scene.”06:55Heavy traffic on M6 Northbound in CheshireHeavy traffic due to people slowing to look at accident on the opposite side on M6 Northbound after J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent).06:45Tailbacks back to junction 18There are now tailbacks back to Junction 18.06:42Further delays on surrounding roads due to problems on M6 in CheshireQueueing traffic and traffic heavier than normal on A534 Congleton Road Eastbound at A50 Newcastle Road (Arclid Traffic Lights).Due to traffic diverting around the problems on the M6. 06:39Cheshire Police asking motorists to avoid areaA Cheshire Police spokesman said:Serious accident on SB carriageway of M6 – tailbacks are from j14 – tailing back to J17 Sandbach – please avoid if possible.” 06:38Traffic avoiding area causing congestion elsewhereSlow traffic and traffic heavier than normal on A50 Knutsford Road Southbound at A5011 Linley Lane, congestion to A533 Sandbach Road.Due to traffic diverting around the problems on the M6.06:34HGVs blocking carriagewayA North West Motorway Police spokesman said:The RTC at J17-16 M6SB – We are now on scene. 1 HGV is blocking lane 1 & 2.. the 2nd HGV involved is blocking lane 2 and 3. We are trying to organise recovery with Highways England to get the vehicles moved & you moving as soon as we can. “06:26Still closedThe carriageway remains closedlast_img read more

Mobile technology executives used a wideranging c

first_imgMobile technology executives used a wide-ranging conference session on 5G at Mobile World Congress to spell out radically divergent visions of the future of the technology and its prospects.The views ranged from 5G having little chance of success in the current framework of its evolution, to predictions that 5G represents the future of fixed broadband access and can help end the annual slaughter of millions of people in road accidents.Hayim Porat, CTO of ECI Telecom said that “the future of 5G is bleak” because of a gap between perception and reality. He said that faster speed would “not cut it” as a killer app, and argued that 5G must be “ more about services” if it is to have any chance of success.Porat cited a lack of consensus and movement towards open systems built on Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) as key challenges.“We need automation using SDN and NFV. We need to change the way networks are built. At the moment we do not have good implementation of SDN and NFV,” he said.“NFV today is makeshift… It doesn’t cut it in terms of cost-effectiveness and can’t replace the hardware elements that it should replace.”Porat argued that unless carriers changed their approach, only OTT service providers would benefit from 5G. He said that most things connected to the internet in the future will be connected to mobile networks. However, to provide quality assured services across different carriers would be a significant change.However, other speakers saw strong progress being made towards next-generation mobile. Speaking on the same session, John Naylon, CTO and founder, CBNL, said that the adoption of millimetre wave technology – technology applying to the Extremely High Band frequencies between 30-300GHz – would enable operators to occupy wide channels of bandwidth, overcoming the problem of spectrum fragmentation in lower frequency ranges.“Millimeter wave and low frequency spectrum are complementary to each other,” he said, acknowledging that mmWave would not be suitable for some next-generation mobile applications such as the Internet of Things. “You can combine them to get the best of both worlds and maybe this will create more than the sum of their parts.”Naylon said that millimetre wave frequencies are already used widely today for backhaul and fixed access because the technology enables the use of wide channels, comparable with fibre. He said that in addition to boosting mobile speeds, mmWave could enable wireless technology to be more widely used for high-speed fixed access as an alternative to expensive fibre rollouts.Naylon said that CBNL had built a residential ISP for US provider Vivint in Utah and Texas over a 2,500km sq. area using 28GHz and 5GHz spectrum to provide a 200Mbps service – a speed that he said is dictated by market requirements rather than any technical constraints. Vivint has connected 20,000 paying subscribers to date, he said, adding that tests had shown this to be the fastest statewide wireless ISP in the US.“In the markets in which it is present it is outperforming cable networks and ADSL,” he said, adding that wireless could compete with low end FTTH networks. Building fibre is expensive, and fixed access could be a very good application of 5G, he said.No one technologyAlso speaking in the 5G session, Stuart Revell, external engagement advisor at industry body 5GIC, said that no one technology could form the basis of 5G, which will have to support applications ranging from faster mobile broadband to new Internet of Things services. “We will be able to put things on wireless networks that are business critical and life critical”.Potential applications range from transport and logistics to healthcare, said Revell, claiming that vehicle-to-vehicle communication encompassing entertainment as well as safety is a “classic” application for the technology. “We are doing testbeds and trials to show that these things work.”Radio technology is one of the building blocks of 5G, and Revell said that 5G would use a wide range of frequencies, arguing that WiFI will be important as part of 5G in addition to 3.5GHz, 700MHz and 26GHz frequencies. However, he said that the first key challenge is to isolate a base technology and create something that all players in 5G can use. “Isolate the technology and the standards first,” he advised.Dino Flore, director general of automotive industry body the 5G Automotive Association, put the case for 5G automotive applications. He said there were 1.25 million road fatalities in 2013, with another 20-50 million people injured or disabled by traffic accidents. The economic impact of road accidents was estimated at US$518 billion.Flore said that advanced sensing, communication and computing technologies should be integrated into vehicles to improve these statistics. Beyond that, fully autonomous driving systems lie further down the road.The 5GAA is looking at a number of areas to drive the requirements for next-generation automotive systems, according to Flore. Communication with other vehicles, road infrastructure and pedestrians are three of the key elements. Use cases include left turn assist, remote vehicle health monitoring, real-time high definition maps, HD sensor sharing, and technology to allow ‘see-through’ of vehicles in front through the use of shared camera images.The V2X is a framework that will allow vehicles to communicate with each other and with other connected objects around them. V2X is a 3GPP standard, currently at Release 14, and 5G V2X capabilities are under discussion. Tests are currently underway in various countries around the world.Jin-Hyo Park, SVP, head of network R&D Centre, SK Telecom, said that the trend towards multimedia streaming will accelerate with 5G, becoming the primary mode of consumption for video as well as music. Other apps include true live streaming of 4K and 360 live VR and UHD live conferencing. SK Telecom will launch trial services this year with a target date of 2019 for commercial services, subject to progress in standardisation.last_img read more

CuriosityStream the factual streaming service lau

first_imgCuriosityStream, the factual streaming service launched by Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks, has raised US$140 million to fund the company’s “next phase of growth”.The US-based subscription video-on-demand service said it would use the investment to market the service globally and advance its content discovery technology.It also plans to increase spend on “world-class factual programming”.“This is an important step in a significant effort to connect CuriosityStream with viewers around the world,” said Clint Stinchcomb, president and CEO of CuriosityStream.“Hundreds of millions of people globally are migrating to on-demand television and entertainment. We are in the middle of a seismic shift in consumer behaviour, and this funding will accelerate the dynamic growth we achieved in the last 12 months.”The private placement funding included new investors Blum Capital Ventures and TimesSquare Capital Management. Stifel Investment Banking acted as the agent.CuriosityStream reached the 1 million subscriber mark at the end of 2018, at which point its content library contained more than 2,000 titles. By the end of 2019 it aims to up this to more than 3,000 titles, including more 4K originals.The firm launched a new ad-supported tier, called CuriosityStream Showcase, last August, giving users around the world access to 18-titles for free. This marked CuriosityStream’s shift from a pure subscription offering to a hybrid ad- and subscription model.At the same time CuriosityStream lowered the price of its subscription packages and introduced pre-roll ads into its ‘standard’ package, which is now available for US$2.99 per-month.The company hailed the move as a “paradigm shift” in the economic model of delivering premium on-demand television and stressed that sponsored messages will be limited to 15-second pre-roll ads, offering an uncluttered ad environment.last_img read more