The research branch of the U.S. Department of Defense wants to know when and where the next outbreak of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus will occur, and it’s offering $150,000 for the best new approach. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) today announced its first health-related challenge, which asks scientific teams to forecast over 6 months how the debilitating disease might spread in the Americas and the Caribbean.Why is the Defense Department taking a special interest in chikungunya? For starters, “it’s a really bad infection,” says Matthew Hepburn, a program manager in DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office, who will run the challenge. The virus causes high fever, joint and muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue, and rash. It’s very rarely fatal, but the painful swelling of joints can be disabling and sometimes persists for months. With U.S. military deployed worldwide, “we have a strong interest in … trying to prevent our soldiers from being infected,” he says.But recently, the threat has gotten much closer to home. Once considered a disease of developing countries in African and Asia, chikungunya got a burst of scientific attention when it popped up on the French island of La Reunion in 2007. Then last December, it reached the island of St. Martin, and has now caused hundreds of thousands of cases in the Caribbean. The first four locally acquired cases in the United States were reported in Florida last month. 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CDC’s winning submission, announced in June, combined Google and CDC data to accurately predict the peak and intensity of the 2013 to 2014 season.Chikungunya forecasting is not as far along as influenza, says Justin Lessler, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, who specializes in infectious disease dynamics. But in terms of a scientific problem to tackle, he calls the disease “a pretty good choice” for a DARPA challenge. It’s an emerging threat in the Americas, but cases have been recorded in Africa and Asia for decades, meaning that there is plenty of historical data to work with, but it’s not clear how it will apply to a possible outbreak here. He’s optimistic that better forecasting for chikungunya could also be useful in informing predictions about other mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue fever.To participate in the challenge, researchers must make a submission every month, guessing how many chikungunya cases will occur over the remainder of the 6-month competition in each of the 35 member countries of the Pan American Health Organization. The design of the contest demands speedy predictions early on—contestants have to send their first estimates on 1 September—but then rewards teams for improving their accuracy as the challenge progresses. In the end, DARPA will award $150,000 and $100,000 to the two top-scoring teams and four honorable mention awards of $50,000 each.That kind of prize money might not lure in teams who don’t already have some resources to throw at the chikungunya problem, Lessler predicts, though it may inspire some new collaborations between groups.“I’m not convinced that that we’ll see any earth-shattering advances,” he says, “but I’d be happy to be surprised.”
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Arise Sir Lewis? Hamilton would be honoured by knighthood after F1 gloryArise Sir Lewis? Hamilton would be honoured by knighthood after F1 glory
Lewis Hamilton has said he would be honoured to be recognised with a knighthood after winning his fourth Formula One world championship at the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday to become Britain’s most successful racing driver.The 32-year-old also insisted that despite some debate over his potential retirement he was going to continue to race for some time and that he was close to concluding a new deal with Mercedes and targeting further titles. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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I am pretty sure within the next month or so we will have had time to have sat down.”Nico Rosberg retired immediately after beating his then team-mate Hamilton to the title last year. Hamilton, who has stressed how much he has revelled in the battle with Vettel this year, pointedly said he had no intention of emulating Rosberg while he was still enjoying racing. “I’ll continue to race while I love it and I’ve enjoyed it this year more than ever,” he said.“I could do the easy thing like Nico did, which is just stop and retreat with these four titles, but I think there’s more in me. I think there’s more to come, more of a challenge, as there are harder times ahead and I like that, I love that, that’s challenging.” Formula One F1: Lewis Hamilton’s route to his historic 2017 title – in pictures Topics Read more Lewis Hamilton divides opinion but is undoubtedly the best of British View gallery Murray revealed he had reservations about accepting a knighthood because he was worried it would distract him from his ability to perform and that being referred to as Sir might be awkward. Hamilton would be more than happy to embrace it.“I would enforce it on everyone,” he said with a smile. “Friends, everyone. It is such an honour. I have friends who are Sirs and I call them Sir. It’s unique, why not enjoy it?”Hamilton won the championship for McLaren in 2008 and now has three with Mercedes after also triumphing in 2014 and 2015 but his fourth title has come after a tough season in what was a close fight with Vettel and a resurgent Ferrari. Hamilton said after the race that he wanted a fifth and with his contract with Mercedes up at the end of 2018 has confirmed that he expects a new deal to be struck within a month. His previous contracts with the team have been for three years and it is expected a new one would take him through to the end of 2021. Share on Messenger Support The Guardian Hamilton finished ninth at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez after a first‑lap clash with his championship rival, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, put them both to the back of the field. However, the 66-point advantage the British driver enjoyed going into the race meant Vettel’s fourth place was not enough to prevent Hamilton taking the title. In securing his fourth championship, Hamilton moved one clear of Sir Jackie Stewart, who took his third at Monza in 1973.Stewart was knighted in 2001 but recently the trend has been for successful athletes to be given the honour while still competing. Andy Murray and Mo Farah were knighted in the 2017 new year list. Hamilton received an MBE in 2009 but said he would very much welcome further recognition.“I have missed the Queen since I had lunch with her when she invited me to the Palace,” he said. “I have always wanted to go back, that would be the greatest honour. I have been trying to represent England the best way I can and if that is at some stage recognised by the Queen I would be incredibly honoured.” The race in Mexico was won by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, with the hugely talented 20-year-old securing his second victory this season. Hamilton recognised his achievements and welcomed the competition that he would face in trying to equal Juan Manuel Fangio with a fifth title. “You have a potential world champion in Max and he is only going to get stronger with age. He has a lot of raw talent at the moment, he is young and has a long way to go but these wins are only adding to his great potential and I am looking forward to battling with that.”Whether he receives a further honour or not, Hamilton can be rightly pleased with the conclusion to what has been a challenging year. Vettel’s Ferrari has often been more than a match for the Mercedes and for a large part of the season the German held the upper hand. Hamilton has won nine races to Vettel’s four but the latter led the title race until the 13th round at Monza and only saw his title hopes crumble in a series of three races where he had two DNFs and a fourth place. Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Facebook Lewis Hamilton Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Formula One 2017 Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Motor sport Richard Williams news With the new regulations now well established and Red Bull showing a vast improvement in the final third of the season, Hamilton is eagerly anticipating even greater competition come 2018.“I have to figure out the positives and negatives of this year and see how I can improve for next year,” he said. “I want to be better next year. The challenge is going to be even bigger from Red Bull and Ferrari. F1 doesn’t sleep or stand still, there is always someone waiting to take your position, so I have to raise my game to another level and that motivates me.”
When Oklahoma faces Texas in October, the likelihood is that the winner of this matchup will be at the top of the Big 12 Standings.According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, Oklahomas has a 70.8 percent chance of defeating Texas.Texas would need to defeat Oklahoma and basically remain perfect through the rest of the season to keep its playoff hopes alive. ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit isn’t ready to count Tom Herman’s squad out just yet.Kickoff for this showdown will be at 12 p.m. ET from the Cotton Bowl. ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 01: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns throws against the Oklahoma Sooners in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Once again, the best Big 12 matchup to circle on the calendar is the Red River Showdown between Texas and Oklahoma. Both programs could have their postseason dreams determined in that eventual game.The Sooners have looked outstanding in their first two games of the season. Jalen Hurts has clearly grasped Lincoln Riley’s offense, and it’s possible the former Alabama quarterback wins the Heisman Trophy.As for the Longhorns, they’re coming off a crushing loss to the LSU Tigers. Sam Ehlinger and the offense put up a strong fight against the SEC powerhouse, but they fell short in the shootout.Starting off the season with a 1-1 record for Texas isn’t ideal by any means. On the flip side, the team has plenty of chances to boost its resume during conference play.
After eighteen months spent at Meyer Werft’s covered building dock II, the 164,600-gt cruise ship Norwegian Escape is now only three days away from its scheduled float out.The float-out of the ship, which is built for the U.S. cruise operator Norwegian Cruise Line, will commence around 8.30 am local time, August 15.Following the float-out and more tests to be carried out in the harbor, the ship will be berthed alongside the yard’s outfitting pier. The Norwegian Escape’s conveyance down the river Ems towards the North Sea, where she will prove her seaworthiness, is scheduled for mid-September 2015.The 164,600 gt cruise ship has a length overall of 325,9 m and is 41.40 m wide.
Hamlet rock opera returns to PEI theatre stage 45 years laterHamlet rock opera returns to PEI theatre stage 45 years later
CHARLOTTETOWN — A classic Shakespearean tragedy put to rock ‘n’ roll has given rise to moments of restorative joy to the Canadian composer witnessing its rebirth after 45 years.First launched in 1974, “Kronborg: the Hamlet Rock Musical,” has been remounted at the Confederation Centre of the Arts for a three-week run this summer.The Charlottetown Festival show remains a tale of a prince’s descent into despair and a family torn apart by vengeance and violence.Yet, for its creator, Cliff Jones – now in his 70s – the musical re-orchestration by the festival’s music director Craig Fair has been a physical and emotional tonic he never expected.Emerging from hospital after a life-threatening bout of Legionnaire’s disease “as low and depressed as a person could be,” Jones recalled in an interview how he retreated to his cottage on the Island over three years ago.Weeks later, the Charlottetown Festival’s artistic director told him he wanted to attempt a single showing of the play at a summer festival, and the tides of Jones’ life turned.“That woke me up, raised me up and I felt like life was worth living again. It took me out of the depression after the Legionnaire’s disease and I marched forward,” Jones said.His original production – originally written in just two weeks on a pink piano during a break between CBC contracts – had “reared its head again” after prior revivals under different names, first as a reworked version on Broadway, and then for an award-winning run of over 18 months in Santa Monica, Calif.The festival associate director, Mary Francis Moore, also sees fortuities in the musical’s Canadian rebirth.She was handed the original, mouldy script so congealed she had to steam its pages apart. Shortly afterwards, she happened upon one of the few recordings of the New York City version in a St. John’s, N.L., second-hand record shop.“I just thought it was amazing how he (Jones) could take something with as intense and intricate a plot as Hamlet and put it to music and make it understandable and accessible,” she recalled during an interview.Then came the well-received revival in the warm acoustics of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church at the Island’s Indian River Festival, and more signs the play was destined for fresh life.As Aaron Hastelow, who plays Hamlet, sang the signature tune, light burst through the east-facing stained glass windows, bathing the Island-raised actor in a warm glow.“If we were looking for a moment we should be bringing this play back to life, that was the sign,” said Moore.Moore, Fair and Jones workshopped the show over the next year to become this summer’s remounting.The end product has retained Hamlet’s timeless struggle over how to react in the wake of the “murder most foul” of his father.As in the original play, Hamlet’s friends Horatio and Marcellus lead him to the ghost demanding revenge in a misty forest nearby – and the young prince goes on to question at times whether life is even worth living as he struggles over how to react.But in this version, the story shifts into kaleidoscopic motion through choreography by Robin Calvert of Toronto and amidst the scenic design from Brian Smith of Ottawa and the costumes of Jeff Chief, a Plains Cree designer from Saskatchewan.The result is a mix of sombre moments alongside swirls of brilliant colours as the ensemble dances across a stage of shifting hues. All of this is cast against a castle backdrop that transforms into interior scenes.Rather than putting the players in a series of Elizabethan robes, Moore asked designers for a “contemporary but timeless feel,” sending them to peruse websites depicting Copenhagen’s “Nordic fashion week” to create tailored wool coats and fitted waistlines.In rock opera fashion, the opening is an overture that revolves around the silver goblet that contains the poison that ends it all.Some of the most famous phrases of Hamlet’s soliloquies recur in the musical, including Hamlet’s sense of disgust in Act 1 over his mother’s marriage to his uncle Claudius, in a tune titled “That it should come to this.”Jones’ colloquial lyrics continue to capture the underlying theme of the young prince’s frustration, as Hastelow sings, “Couldn’t you leave the world the way it was?”Similarly, Gertrude, played by Alana Hibbert, sings of the despair of a queen’s unravelling fate, using Jones’ phrase: “Somebody wrote the wrong words to my song.”As for the phrase, “To be or not to be,” expect an entirely different version that captures Shakespeare’s essential thoughts.The festival draws from a Canada-wide selection of musical theatre regulars, with Michael Torontow of Ottawa playing Hamlet’s uncle Polonius; Cameron MacDuffee of Palgrave, Ont., playing Claudius, and Kimberly-Ann Truong, from Prince Rupert, B.C., playing Ophelia.As it entered its second week, Jones and Moore said audience members who recalled seeing the musical in younger years have returned to Charlottetown for a second look.However, the production – including the costly orchestration, design and choreography – is only set to last until July 20, and some tickets remain unsold.Will this be the final rebirth of Jones’ creation?Jones admits to not quite knowing what will occur, recalling that what began as an impromptu commission has unexpectedly “come to be a significant part of my life.”Moore says times and idioms change, but key themes of life remain for theatre to interpret in ways never imagined.“It’s why I love it, because you just never know from one day to the next, what could happen,” she says.– Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press
ALBANY, N.Y. – A New York economic development agency report meant to show the state’s growth was illustrated with an 8-year-old photo showing construction cranes in South Africa.The Associated Press discovered the photo in this month’s report from Empire State Development. The photo, showing seven towering heavy-lift cranes being used to build a stadium in Cape Town for the 2010 soccer World Cup, is a cropped version of one owned by Getty Images, available for licensing on its website for up to $575.The photo apparently was used to give the impression of heavy construction activity in the state.Empire State Development said on Tuesday the photo was “a generic stock image” and will be replaced with an image of ongoing economic development in the state.“We thank the AP for bringing the matter to our attention,” the agency said.The gaffe comes as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development programs face questions over their effectiveness.Cuomo, a Democrat, said the programs have brought hundreds of thousands of jobs to the state. Critics, though, question those numbers along with the multibillion-dollar corporate incentives paid with taxpayer dollars.“Certainly sticking in construction cranes from half a world away isn’t going to build confidence in their credibility,” said E.J. McMahon, founder of the conservative Empire Center for Public Policy.The annual comprehensive report from Cuomo’s main economic development apparatus was mandated last year by the Legislature amid increased criticism of the governor’s efforts to boost business across the state, especially in distressed upstate areas. The report compiles the previous fiscal year’s statistics for each economic development program run by the agency. It wasn’t released until Feb. 5, 36 days after its Dec. 31 deadline.Included in its 127 pages of tables, charts and details of economic success stories are plenty of photos of people working at New York businesses and people visiting New York tourist attractions. Cuomo appears in several photos. Other images appear to be stock photos. None of the photos has a caption with specific information on it.The South Africa photo, taken from ground level looking up at the cranes set against a clear-blue sky, appears on Page 6 of the report. The next page features copy under the heading “Our Investment Strategies” overlaid on a second, less-defined photo of the cranes taken from a slightly different angle.Word of inclusion of the South Africa photos in a public state document came a day after the New York Post reported that the economic development agency approved a $1 million grant to Cadillac so the General Motors subsidiary could put it toward the $12.7 million renovation at its new Manhattan headquarters.Alex Camarda, a senior policy adviser at Reinvent Albany, a state government watchdog group, called the Cape Town cranes being passed off as New York economic activity “another example of a lack of transparency” by Cuomo’s economic development office.___This story has been corrected to show the report was issued this month, not last month.
Croatia Three Moroccans Burned in a Prison One Survivor Tells TheirCroatia Three Moroccans Burned in a Prison One Survivor Tells Their
Rabat – Three Moroccan illegal immigrants allegedly gave their lives away for their fellow prisoners when a prison in Croatia caught on fire last March, so the survivor could live to tell their story.Last March, a fire in a prison in Croatia reportedly killed three Moroccan illegal immigrants who had been left locked-up in their cell. Ayoub Loudifa (22), Hicham Boutara, (27), and Boujamaa (27), were all burnt alive except for their cell-mate Abdel Aziz who was the only survivor.The four Moroccan illegal immigrants had been arrested on the Croatian–Serbian border and had been sentenced to one month imprisonment while they waited for their deportation to Morocco. Abdel Aziz who is currently staying at a shelter in Croatia, told Bader Boutara, a brother of one of the victims, that his three cellmates had sacrificed their lives by protecting him with their bodies from the fire so that their story could be told.“No one would have heard the story if Abdel Aziz had not survived the fire- especially in light of the fact that the incident has not been reported by the Croatian media,” Hicham, 29, told Hespress.According to Hespress, Abdel Aziz, who is heard in an audiotape speaking with Hicham Boutara over the phone, stated that his cellmates had insisted on saving his life so that he could tell their families about the suffering they endured during their trip from Morocco to Croatia.Abdel Aziz said that he is still receiving medical treatment in Croatia and will return to Morocco once he is fully recovered. He added that the Moroccan Embassy in Croatia did not intervene in the case.The four Moroccan immigrants first met in a jail in Greece where they were sentenced to 8 months. Once they were released by the Greek authorities, they decided to make their way to Germany for a better life.They traveled illegally to Macedonia, Bulgaria and later to Serbia. It was when crossing the Serbian border to Croatia that they were caught by the Croatian authorities.They had planned on staying in Croatia with the hope to get a chance to travel to Germany via Italy.Video of Bader Boutara Talking about This Story
Ban urges Cypriot leaders to make extra push towards a settlementBan urges Cypriot leaders to make extra push towards a settlement
“As a Korean, I know only too well the pain of a land divided. I also know how difficult reconciliation can be,” Mr. Ban wrote in an opinion column published in the Khaleej Times on Saturday following his recent visit to the island. “That is why I went to Cyprus – to show my personal support for the efforts to reunify the island, and to push for further progress.” The Secretary-General reiterated that Cyprus is at a critical juncture. Although both the Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Mehmet Ali Talat are working hard to reach an agreement, “it will elude them without a further concentrated push.” He observed that there are sceptics, critics and those who seek to divert or derail the process in pursuit of their own interests and agendas, and that courage and conviction will be required of leaders to do what they know to be right.“I had lengthy discussions with both leaders – individually and together – and told them that the destiny of Cyprus is entirely in their hands. I believe that a solution is within reach,” Mr. Ban concluded, adding that “building on this momentum is vital.”He noted that there is a strong, shared commitment between Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat, who have met almost 70 times over the past 16 months, including for two weeks of intensive talks. The pair have chosen to continue talks rather than pause ahead of the elections in the north in April. Negotiators have found common ground, the Secretary-General said, highlighting progress already made on crucial issues such as governance and power-sharing. Furthermore, the two key regional actors of Turkey and Greece support the current talks and are willing to help find a solution.The Secretary-General added that the United Nations is in Cyprus to help however it can, and that negotiations are facilitated by Alexander Downer, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Cyprus.“A settlement would also send a message to the world that disputes as long-standing and complex as that in Cyprus can be resolved peacefully,” the Secretary-General wrote. 16 February 2010The people of both communities in Cyprus want a solution now that will stop the division on the Mediterranean island, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says, urging Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to reach a settlement to end the decades of separation.
Annans envoy concerned over rising tension along IsraelLebanon withdrawal lineAnnans envoy concerned over rising tension along IsraelLebanon withdrawal line
In a statement issued in Beirut following his talks with Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, Terje Roed-Larsen said they had discussed the “grave situation in the region” including repeated violations of the Line “emanating from Lebanese territory.””The tension along the Blue Line is extremely worrying, particularly its potential implications for the region,” the envoy said, noting that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “has reached a new low point and continues to deteriorate still further.”Mr. Roed-Larsen emphasized that all efforts were being made to halt the deterioration and human suffering, and to restore the peace process. “The UN is working relentlessly with the rest of the international community towards this aim and welcomes any contributions in this direction,” he said.The initiative adopted at last month’s Arab League Summit in Beirut “is a great step forward and offers a unique opportunity for peace that should be seized without delay,” he said.
Investment in construction machinery to rise this year StatsCanInvestment in construction machinery to rise this year StatsCan
by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 26, 2014 6:43 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Investment in construction, machinery to rise this year: StatsCan Construction workers are pictured July 2, 2013 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says public and private organizations and the housing sector intend to invest $404.5 billion in construction and machinery and equipment in 2014, up 1.4 per cent from 2013.The agency says the principal drivers for the increases are investments in investment in the transportation and warehousing, housing and public administration sectors.However, these gains will be partially offset by anticipated declines in investments by organizations in the utilities, retail trade and health care and social assistance sectors.Capital investment in the private sector, including housing, is expected to reach $315.2 billion in 2014, up 1.3 per cent from 2013.Investment in non-residential construction, which represents more than 62 per cent of total investment excluding housing, is expected to decline 0.2 per cent to $185.4 billion.Spending on capital machinery and equipment is anticipated to increase by 3.9 per cent to $112 billion.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle greet crowds on Cardiff visit after trainPrince Harry and Meghan Markle greet crowds on Cardiff visit after train
Camilla the 10-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel wore a headband with American flags on, as well as a veil, to meet Harry and his bride-to-be.”It is wonderfully exciting,” Anne Dale, 60, said. “I just can’t wait to meet them and Camilla will see them too. They just look lovely together.” Julie Feehan, 50, is throwing her son Gregory a royal-wedding themed 18th birthday party – as his birthday falls on May 19.”We’re having a big celebration and dressing up for the occasion,” Mrs Feehan said. Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle shake hands with children as they arrive to a walkabout in CardiffCredit:Chris Jackson /Getty It does this by supporting and establishing over 1,000 local organisations around the UK to deliver doorstep sport in disadvantaged communities.During their visit the couple will meet young people taking part in various doorstep sessions, including street dance and table tennis. A few months into the relationship, Harry said he had to have “some pretty frank conversations” with Meghan about how her life may change when she entered the royal family. “Gregory wants to go out with the boys but has to do this first. It’s so exciting that it falls on the same day.”‘All the stars were aligned’: How the couple metAfter announcing their engagement, the couple gave an insight into their 16-month romance in a BBC interview – and described how they met on a blind date set up by a mutual friend.Ms Markle told how she could not wait to say “yes” to the prince when Harry got down on one knee a few weeks ago as they cooked a roast chicken dinner at his home, Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.Indicating the depths of his feeling for his bride-to-be, Prince Harry said: “The fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was sort of confirmation to me that everything, all the stars were aligned, everything was just perfect.”It was this beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life, I fell into her life.” Full interview: Harry and Meghan reveal engagement joy Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The prince and Ms Markle will then travel on to Star Hub, a community and leisure centre in the Tremorfa area of the city to see how sport is being used to engage young people and aid social development. Later they will see how StreetGames, a delivery partner of Sport Wales and the Welsh Government and an organisation with which Harry has worked, is helping to make sport accessible to all young people, regardless of their social circumstances. The Cardiff visit follows on from successful visits the pair have made to Nottingham and Brixton in south London.Inside the castle, Cardiff’s landmark building with a history dating back over 1,000 years, the couple will tour a Welsh culture festival.They will hear performances from musicians and poets, meet leading sportsmen and women, and see how organisations are working to promote the Welsh language and cultural identity. Meghan Markle arrives to a walkabout at Cardiff CastleCredit:Chris Jackson /Getty He added: “But I know that at the end of the day she chooses me, and I choose her, and therefore whatever we have to tackle together or individually we’ll always be us together as a team, so I think she’s capable… she’s capable of anything.” They will also meet young women involved with the UsGirls project, set up with the aim of encouraging female participation in sports across the UK and tackling the barriers that prevent many girls and young women from taking part in physical activity. Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle sign autographs and shake hands with children as they arrive to a walkabout at Cardiff Castle Credit:Chris Jackson/Getty Images Europe “Prince Harry has always been special to the people who have lived through the Diana years, as I have. I just want to see him happy, and to see her. It is a great atmosphere here.” The couple disclosed that Ms Markle had met the Queen twice, an individual she described as an “incredible woman”.The former Suits star was also a big hit with the Queen’s beloved corgis, with the prince joking: “I’ve spent the last 33 years being barked at; this one walks in, absolutely nothing…” Welsh hat, American flag: Excited members of the public await the couple’s arrivalCredit:Andrew Matthews /PA Eleanor Davies, 63, from Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, said: “I’ve seen other members of the royal family before but not Harry. It is so exciting to have them in Wales.”Iris Bishop, 60, Linda Nubert, 67, and Pamela Lloyd, 68, all from Cardiff, held a Welsh flag and wore dragon brooches for the visit.”I think it is lovely that they thought to come here before their marriage,” Mrs Bishop said. “It is an early gift for us. We are big royal fans.” Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle have arrived in Cardiff to celebrate the people, culture and heritage of Wales – around an hour late due to a train delay.The US actress will get another taste of her future life as a member of the monarchy on their Welsh away-day with a walkabout outside Cardiff Castle.The smiling couple shook hands with dignitaries at Cardiff Castle as they began their day of engagements in the city. Fans arrive from 7am to glimpse Harry and MeghanRoyal well-wishers began arriving as early as 7am at Cardiff Castle.June Haws, from Llandaff, Cardiff, brought Harry and Ms Markle a Welsh Love Spoon made from pewter to celebrate their upcoming wedding.The custom of carving and giving Love Spoons dates back centuries in Wales, with young men gifting them as a token of their affection.”It is engraved with a Welsh dragon, daffodils and wedding bells,” Mrs Haws said. Welsh flags held aloft ahead of the arrival of Meghan Markle and Prince HarryCredit:Frank Augstein /AP A police sniffer dog at work in front of members of the public awaiting the arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan MarkleCredit:Andrew Matthews /PA The couple smile as they arrive in Cardiff after a delayed journeyCredit:Aaron Chown /PA Harry Smith and Megan Taylor both from Marlborough Primary School, present a wedding gift to the royal coupleCredit: Ben Birchall/PA The Prince and the former actress, whose train was delayed due to a track fault, waved at the crowds and greeted well-wishers. Harry is taking his American bride-to-be on a tour of the UK’s towns and cities in the months leading up to their wedding to introduce her to new home.
Mining3 Robit and CSIRO team up to tackle drillhole deviationMining3 Robit and CSIRO team up to tackle drillhole deviation
Mining3, in partnership with global drilling tools specialist Robit and CSIRO, has taken up the challenge to develop an underground percussive drillhole deviation measurement tool.The new system, dubbed as U-sense, is an upgrade of Robit’s S-sense technology (pictured) licensed from Mining3’s Automated String Positioning System. The S-sense system measures the straightness of surface production holes bored by a percussive drilling process and is commercially available for purchase by Robit. U-sense will extend the technology to longhole underground percussive drilling with water flushing.As Mining 3 Technology Leader Dr Sevda Dekhoda says: “Drilling is one of the critical elements in the process of rock breakage. The location (including length and orientation), explosives charge, and detonation sequence of blastholes are strategically selected to produce the most efficient and optimal rock fragmentation.“The consequences of deviation in drillhole trajectories from the designed pattern include build-ups, hang-ups and poor rock fragmentation, and will normally lead to extra drilling, loss of drill strings, ore dilution, ore loss, increased explosive consumption, time wastage, and delays in the chain of production operations. Hence, the impact of blasthole deviations can be felt throughout the production cycle, excavating, hauling, and mineral processing.”This is where U-sense, which is an easy to use capsule that sits within an adapter between the percussive drill bit and drilling tube, comes in handy. It measures the trajectories of the drilled borehole as the bit is retrieved from the hole, then communicates the information with a receiver system mounted on the drilling mast.The measurement module is on standby during the percussive drilling process and commences measurement once the drilling is complete.As the unit is pulled out of the hole, the sensors record inertial information for processing with onboard proprietary algorithms. Once the tool is completely out of the hole, the data are transferred wirelessly for presentation on a cockpit tablet. The plot of actual borehole trajectory information – with respect to the planned orientation – allows the decisionmakers to drill a remedy blast hole or revise the blast design.“Early access to drillhole trajectory information can have a huge impact on reducing mining costs of freezing stopes, creating large oversize, and under-break or over-break caused by blasthole deviation,” Dekhoda said.“In addition, data from the testing unit will be used to develop decision support systems for determining the best way for a production team to modify the pattern if excessive deviation is detected. The availability of hole deviation data – on every blasthole – will enable further research into optimisation of blast designs for different rock mass conditions.”The project Mining3, Robit and CSIRO are working on has two main phases to develop:A validated pre-commercial test unit;Next generation upgrade and testing of the unit through various case studies.Mining3 expects the unit will be available for priority clients (sponsors) in 12 months and can be purchased through Robit.
Weird Wide Web 3D photos hearts on your sleeve and some shockingWeird Wide Web 3D photos hearts on your sleeve and some shocking
WELCOME TO THE WEIRD Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.Shocking underwear of the weekFollowing the spate of gang-rape cases reported in India recently, engineering students in the country have created “anti-rape underwear” that can shock attackers. The device, which has a circuit near the bosom, also has GPS and GSM modules attached.(Image: Techpedia)Heart on your sleeve gadget of the weekThe folks at LinkMe have come up with a subtle way for you to keep on top of your messages without constantly checking your phone, tablet or computer screen. The LinkMe bracelet (which is actually quite stylish) can be programmed so that you always receive the messages from the people who are most important.(Watch the full video)3D camera of the week(Image: Heriot Watt University)A team of Scottish scientists have advanced laser technology so that high-resolution, 3D images precise to the millimetre can be taken from up to a kilometre away, BBC reports. However it is unable to detect human skin so all you have to do to evade the clever camera is don your birthday suit.Futuristic hotel of the weekThis snazzy new hotel in London is controlled entirely by tablets, Business Insider reports. Guests check themselves in and out on touch computer screens with tablets in every room so they can control everything from the blinds to the lighting.(Image: CitizenM)Social petwork of the weekYes, we said ‘social petwork’. It was bound to happen, so let’s all just embrace it, shall we? My Social Petwork was launched this week, allowing pet owners (or just some really clever animals) to create profiles with news, photos and videos. The most popular pets make it onto the homepage and charities are already capitalising on the idea by using it to find new homes for abandoned pets, Telegraph reports.(Image: My Social Petwork)Read all previous Weird Wide Webs>
Holy Memories Monday DIY Smartwatch Runs Windows 98Holy Memories Monday DIY Smartwatch Runs Windows 98
One man’s 1990s PC operating system trash is another man’s wearable treasure.Electronics designer Michael Darby built a Windows 98-powered smartwatch using a Raspberry Pi and 2.4-inch touch screen.“I have always had somewhat of a soft spot for Windows 98, despite it driving me insane back in the day on my old Pentium II system with 64MB RAM and using some God-awful on-board graphics,” he wrote in a recent blog post.“But these days I don’t HAVE to suffer it as my only source of computing, which somehow makes me want to go back and use it.”Using a 320-by-240-pixel TFT display and Raspberry Pi Model A+, Darby attached a case, on/off switch, and PowerBoost 500 power supply with ease. After all, this wasn’t his first single-board-computer rodeo—”so the hardware side was relatively painless,” he bragged.Not up to Darby’s speed? Check out some online tutorials available from Adafruit and GitHub.Michael Darby/314reactorThe “complex part,” according to Darby, is machine emulation; the designer employed the generic and open-source QEMU virtualizer, before putting on the finishing touches.“After FOREVER loading it [the smartwatch] will eventually load up Windows 98 and be ‘usable,’ he explained, adding that the device is “super slow.”In terms of convenience, you may just want to shell out the hard-earned cash for an Apple Watch or Android Wear gadget, instead. But, you’ll have to live without the sense of smugness earned by playing Minesweeper or watching the Flying Windows screensaver on your wrist.Darby’s previous Raspberry Pi exploits include an Arc Raspberry—an Arc Reactor-like device that shares GPS coordinates via colors and voice, with room for artificial intelligence and chat-bot capability. And the PiGlass, because “what would be cooler than a Raspberry Pi attaches to a pair of glasses that can show sensor data to the wearer’s eye?”His next project: a robotic skull that moves it “eye,” records faces, recognizes speech and talks to people.Get your own Raspberry Pi here from Amazon. Stay on target Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data
Polarizationencryption based data storage in 3D Janus plasmonic helical nanoaperturesPolarizationencryption based data storage in 3D Janus plasmonic helical nanoapertures
Helical plasmonic nanostructures have attracted considerable attention in materials science and chemistry due to their inherent optical chirality. In a new report, Yang Chen and a research team in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the U.S. developed unique 3-D Janus (nanoparticles with two or more surface properties) plasmonic helical nanoapertures (helical holes), with direction-controlled polarization sensitivity. They engineered the helical structures using one-step grayscale focused ion beam milling (FIB). Chen et al. then encoded the Janus metasurface with two nanoaperture enantiomers (left and right handed mirror image molecules of each other) with specific rotational angles to demonstrate direction-controlled polarization data encryption for the first time. The scientists modeled the 3-D helical nanoapertures as a series of cascaded arc-shaped waveguide segments to achieve the expected optical chirality. If the handedness of the CPL (circularly polarized light) matched that of the gradient groove, the incoming optical power could be collected into the aperture area along the gradient groove to produce a strong transmission in the experimental setup. Chen et al. then determined the optical properties of the 3-D Janus plasmonic helical nanoaperture in the backward direction. For this, they illuminated the light into the silica substrate to transmit it out from the gold surface to obtain almost similar intensity in the backward direction, the results showed giant linear dichroism (not circular dichroism) with circularly polarized light. Citation: Polarization-encryption based data storage in 3-D Janus plasmonic helical nanoapertures (2019, June 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-polarization-encryption-based-storage-d-janus.html Optical properties of the 3D Janus plasmonic helical nanoaperture in the forward direction. (a) Simulated and (b) measured transmission spectra of the helical nanoaperture array in Form A for various incident/output handedness combinations in the forward direction, together with the corresponding CDTF spectra. (c) The measured transmission intensity as a function of the azimuthal angle α of the LP incident light at 830 nm. (d) Simulated and (e) measured reflection spectra and absorption spectra under RCP (right-handed circularly polarized) and LCP (left-handed circularly polarized) incidence in the forward direction. (f) Illustrations of the spin-dependent mode coupling processes inside the 3D helical nanoapertures in Form A and Form B, which can be considered as series of cascaded waveguide segments (WG n−1, WG n, WG n + 1,..). Circularly dichroic mode distributions are presented inside the waveguide segment WG n at 812 nm. (g) Electric field distributions 6 nm above the exit plane of the helical nanoaperture in Form A under RCP and LCP incidence at 812 nm. h Optical power flow distributions inside the helical nanoaperture in Form A under RCP and LCP incidence at 812 nm. Credit: Light: Science & Applications, doi: 10.1038/s41377-019-0156-8 , Nano Letters Explore further Journal information: Light: Science & Applications Circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy is typically used to analyze the chiroptics of two enantiomers, but chiroptical effects are extremely weak in natural materials. To overcome this challenge, scientists previously developed chiral plasmonic structures to significantly boost CD signals of chiral molecules. Aside from this purpose, such structures also have additional applications as miniature polarizers, nonlinear optics and spin-controlled optical devices. Helical plasmonic nanostructures are important since the electric field vector of circularly polarized light (CPL) can follow a helical trajectory. As a result, strong light matter interactions are expected when the handedness of helical nanostructures match that of CPL. However, it is challenging to fabricate such helical nanostructures in practice. Materials scientists have previously used two-photon direct laser writing followed by an electroplating step to produce a 3-D plasmonic helix, which had spatial resolution limits at the microscale during applications in the visible and near-IR spectrum. Similarly, focused electron/ion-beam induced deposition could scale the helical structure to the nanostructure, but the method lacked speed for large-scale production. As a consequence, lithography facilities with high-resolution alignment and delicate operations are presently required in order to conveniently and rapidly fabricate plasmonic helical nanostructures with giant CD signals. Direction-controlled polarization-encrypted data storage with the Janus metasurface. (a) A schematic diagram of the Janus metasurface for direction-controlled polarization-encrypted data storage. (Photograph used with permission: Niels Henrik David Bohr (1885–1962) Danish physicist. Quantum Theory. Nobel prize for physics 1922/Universal History Archive/UIG/Bridgeman Images.) (b) An illustration of the metasurface encoding process with the two nanoaperture enantiomers having specified rotation angles. (c) The normalized transmission intensity of LP light in the backward direction, which follows Malus’s law with respect to the angle θ between the incident polarization direction and the transmission axis of the 3D helical nanoaperture. (d) Captured transmission images of the Janus metasurface at 800 nm in both the forward and backward directions for various incident polarizations. Scale bar: 10 μm. Credit: Light: Science & Applications, doi: 10.1038/s41377-019-0156-8 Design and fabrication of 3D Janus plasmonic helical nanoapertures. (a) A schematic diagram of the 3D Janus plasmonic helical nanoaperture in two enantiomeric forms: Form A and Form B. The geometric parameters are p = 380 nm, r0 = 160 nm, r1 = 110 nm, θ = 90°, and H = 180 nm. For Form B in the bottom row, the depth of the gradient groove part increases along the red arrow, while the aperture part is indicated by the blue double-arrow. (b) An illustration of the grayscale focused ion beam milling method. (c) The experimentally obtained milling depth as a function of the applied ion dose. (d) Normalized ion dose distributions and SEM images of the fabricated 3D helical nanoapertures. The side-view images are captured with a visual angle of 52° to the surface normal. The red dashed arrows indicate the direction along which the groove depth increases. The scale bars are 200, 100, and 100 nm from left to right. Credit: Light: Science & Applications, doi: 10.1038/s41377-019-0156-8 Based on these results, Chen et al. encoded the Janus metasurface to construct a binary QR (quick response) code image in the forward direction under right-handed circularly polarized (RCP) illumination. In the second step, they encoded a grayscale image in the backward direction under linearly polarized light. They were able to encode information onto the same Janus metasurface without mutual disturbance and reveal the QR code image when only illuminating the right-handed light in the forward direction to decrypt and connect to an encoded message linking the Wikipedia site of the physicist Niels Bohr. Chen et al. tested the broadband performance of the Janus metasurface to distinguish the QR code image using a QR code scanner at 690 nm, ranging up to 890 nm.In this way, Chen et al. introduced a new type of 3-D Janus plasmonic nanoaperture using direction-switched polarization sensitivity. They fabricated the device using one-step grayscale FIB milling. The unique optical properties of the 3-D helical nanoapertures allowed them to encrypt and decrypt data using direction-controlled light polarization. The work will have additional, next-generation applications as multifunctional polarizers, high-resolution displays and in optical information processing. In the present work, Chen et al. etched the 3-D Janus plasmonic helical nanoapertures on a single, optically thick gold film with an arc shaped aperture and arc shaped gradient groove connected end-to-end with each other. Based on the depth of the gradient groove, which was increased either clockwise or counterclockwise, the chiral helical nanoapertures existed in two enantiomeric forms as versions “A’ and “B’ that were mirror symmetric to each other. The scientists applied a high dose of Ga+ ions during the process of focused ion beam milling and delicately adjusted the focus and astigmatism of the ion beam to form the 3-D helical nanoaperture arrays with satisfactory uniformity. They then studied the chiroptical properties of 3-D plasmonic helical nanoapertures in the forward direction, when the circularly polarized light (CPL) was illuminated onto the gold surface and transmitted out from the silica substrate within the experimental setup. The numerical simulation conducted with COMSOL Multiphysics and the experimental results of the study coincided with each other, and Chen et al. credited any experimental discrepancies to fabrication imperfections in the FIB system. More information: Yang Chen et al. 3-D Janus plasmonic helical nanoapertures for polarization-encrypted data storage, Light: Science & Applications (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41377-019-0156-8 William Thomson et al. Baltimore Lectures on Molecular Dynamics and the Wave Theory of Light, (2012). DOI: 10.1017/CBO9780511694523 Shengyan Yang et al. Spin-Selective Transmission in Chiral Folded Metasurfaces, Nano Letters (2019). DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b04521 Design and fabrication of 3D Janus plasmonic helical nanoapertures. Normalized ion dose distributions and SEM images of the fabricated 3D helical nanoapertures of form A and form B enantiomers. The side-view images are captured with a visual angle of 52° to the surface normal. The red dashed arrows indicate the direction along which the groove depth increases. The scale bars are 200, 100, and 100 nm from left to right. Credit: Light: Science & Applications, doi: 10.1038/s41377-019-0156-8 Broadband performance of the Janus metasurface. The images are captured under proper illumination conditions of direction and polarization at 690, 745, 800, 845, and 890 nm. Scale bar: 10 μm. Credit: Light: Science & Applications, doi: 10.1038/s41377-019-0156-8 The samples engineered in the work allowed the selective transmission of certain types of polarized light, while blocking others. This sensitivity to polarization depended on the direction of the incoming light; for instance, light in a specific direction prompted the arrays to produce binary images, whereas light in the opposite direction could reproduce grayscale photographs. Chen et al. envision using the proposed Janus helical nanoapertures for a variety of applications ranging from polarization control within built in photonic devices, advanced enantiomer sensing, data encryption and decryption as well as optical information processing. The new results are now published in Light: Science & Applications. Chirality was first defined by Lord Kelvin to describe any geometrical figure whose mirror image could not coincide with itself. The property is ubiquitous in biological objects that range from small biomolecules such as amino acids and nucleotides to larger macromolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids, and even our hands and feet. While the left-handed and right-handed versions of a molecule known as enantiomers can have similar chemical and physical properties, they can perform entirely different biological functions in diverse fields of applications. Synthesis of helical ladder polymers © 2019 Science X Network 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.
VIDEO Luckiest fan in the world catches backtoback foul balls at theVIDEO Luckiest fan in the world catches backtoback foul balls at the
A lucky fan hit the fan equivalent of the Powerball when he caught foul ball on back-to-back pitches during the top of the 7th inning during yesterday’s game between Oakland and Kansas City.The fan made a great snag on the first souvenir that even drew a replay from the broadcast team. Incredibly, the very next pitch was fouled back and went right to the same guy. During an in-game interview, the fan said he had never caught a foul ball at a game before. That streak is officially history.Helluva day at the ballpark. This guy should immediately buy a lotto ticket. He’s on a heater.
Some 940,000 students from Costa Rica’s public schools started classes Monday. Hailyn Guido, 9, and her mother, Patricia Loza, arrived to the Buenaventura Corrales school in downtown San José, where Guido will start 4th grade. Facebook Comments Related posts:Photos: A visit to a Costa Rican Cabécar indigenous community
Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Patients with chronic pain give advice Top Stories Comments Share However, the total number who were either refugees, internally displaced or in the process of seeking asylum at the end of last year declined to 42.5 million from 43.7 million in 2010. The reason was that 3.2 million people who were uprooted but stayed inside their countries were able to return home, the highest rate in more than a decade, the agency said.But it said the latest figures point to worrying trends, including a consistently high number of displaced people over several years now. The total has exceeded 42 million people for each of the past five years.UNHCR also said that recent years’ figures suggest people who become refugees are likely to remain uprooted for a long time. Of the 10.4 million refugees covered by the agency’s mandate, 7.1 million have been in exile for at least five years, it said.Afghanistan remains the world’s leading source of refugees, accounting for some 2.7 million, UNHCR said. It was followed by Iraq with 1.4 million, Somalia with 1.1 million, Sudan with 500,000 and Congo with 491,000.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) GENEVA (AP) – Crises in Libya, Sudan, Somalia and elsewhere prompted 800,000 people to flee their countries last year, the highest number in 11 years, the United Nations’ refugee agency says.A report issued Monday by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said that, including people who fled their homes but not their countries, the total number of newly displaced people worldwide in 2011 was 4.3 million. The number of new cross-border refugees was the highest since it hit 822,000 in 2000. How men can have a healthy 2019 Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center
Club Med unveils refreshed Maldives suites with new services and perks for a romantic and unforgettable escapeClub Med relaunches Manta Exclusive Space at Club Med Kani, MaldivesClub Med has relaunched their Manta exclusive space in Club Med Kani, Maldives, to offer the ideal couple’s getaway. Located on the island of Kanifinolhu, the luxury space features 75 overwater suites, and is a refined private extension of the existing Club Med Kani with a range of exclusive and personalized new services for Manta guests. Surrounded by aquamarine waters, white sandy beaches, abundant marine life and endless sunshine – the natural beauty of the Maldives creates a slice of paradise on earth. Located in the northern Atolls, the Manta exclusive space is about 35 minutes away via boat ride from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in Malé.New services, Must-Try Experiences in paradiseGuests are pampered the moment they arrive to the Manta exclusive space, with exclusive VIP check-in at the Manta Concierge lounge, priority reservations at the Kandu Specialty Restaurant, exclusive cocktails by the beach, weekly private snorkelling tours, and more. Designed with romance and seclusion in mind, Manta guests will experience the perfect union of exclusivity and excitement. Source = Club Med Kani, Maldives Unrestricted access to all facilities and amenities of the connecting Club Med KaniGuests have the option to enjoy adventure, watersports, and a vibrant atmosphere, with full access to the wide range of activities available at Club Med Kani. Participate in land and water sports such as snorkelling, windsurfing, flyboarding*, surfing*, yoga, beach volleyball and more, as well as lively evening entertainment and themed dinners for a full day of fun and revelry at the endless turquoise playground. Breakfast in the overwater suitesGuest in the Manta exclusive space can take in the glorious lagoons views from the privacy of their overwater suite whilst enjoying breakfast delivered to their suite. 4 different cuisines are available (Continental, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) for a delectable start to the day. NEW – An exclusive beachfront and loungeRetreat to a private beach haven specially built for Manta guests for peaceful unwinding and recharging. Here, dedicated waiters ensure that drinks and snacks are served to guests while they recline and relax on the sunbeds. Complimentary access to the main facilities* of Finolhu VillasFor extra indulgence, Manta guests can also enjoy complimentary day access to the Finolhu Villas, Club Med’s flagship resort,, just five minute speedboat ride away. Lounge by the poolside, the beach or enjoy the sophisticated ambience of the main bar at Finolhu Villas. Daily champagne at sunsetRaise a toast to every breathtaking sunset with your loved one, and celebrate the good life in the Maldives with complimentary champagne served at the Manta lounge from 6pm to 11pm daily.