German government urges automakers to pay diesel upgrades

first_imgBERLIN – The German government is calling on automakers to pay for upgrades to diesel vehicles with excessively high emissions, as part of a deal to avert driving bans next year.A spokesman for the environment ministry said Friday that the government “can’t tolerate this refusal” by German automakers to shoulder the cost of fixing diesel cars.The head of Germany’s powerful auto lobby group VDI, Bernhard Mattes, had told Deutschlandfunk radio that manufacturers favour giving car owners rebates to buy new vehicles over hardware upgrades to millions of diesel vehicles.The ministry spokesman, Nikolai Fichtner, told reporters in Berlin that the upgrades have to start “very, very quickly” otherwise car owners may find themselves banned from driving in certain cities from October 2019.last_img read more

Kremlin welcomes oligarch invitations to Davos forum

first_imgMOSCOW — The Kremlin has welcomed the decision by the World Economic Forum to renew invitations for three high-profiled Russians after an initial snub.A day after the WEF said it will include a Russian delegation at the forum, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Monday welcomed the announcement that billionaires Oleg Deripaska and Viktor Vekselberg, and the head of the state-controlled bank VTB Andrei Kostin, will be able to attend the annual gathering of business and political leaders in the Swiss ski resort of Davos in January.Organizers of the WEF had said last month that the three weren’t welcome as they had been targeted by U.S. sanctions. The Russian government then said it would boycott the event.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Oil and gas companies receive 139 million in royalty credits from BC

first_imgThe Ministry said that the 20 IRCP projects represent $743 million in private sector capital spending and are expected to create more than 1,742 jobs in B.C. Of those projects, five use BC Hydro electricity, resulting in fewer GHG emissions.The seven CIRCP projects saw $78 million in industry spending that will result in an estimated reduction of 0.6 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.The Province said that companies are required to fully fund and complete an approved project before they can apply to recover up to 50 percent of the project’s cost in royalty deductions. VICTORIA, B.C. – The provincial government says that 27 oil and gas projects in B.C. have been awarded a cumulative total of $139.3 million in royalty credits.In a press release issued back on September 4th, the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources said that $120 million of the royalty deductions were awarded for 20 new projects under the Infrastructure Royalty Credit Program, while a further $19.3 million in deductions were given out for seven new projects under the Clean Infrastructure Royalty Credit Program.The IRC Program facilitates new pipelines and all-season road projects, creating jobs for service-sector employees and supporting upstream-development prospects, while the CIRC Program supports investments in clean technology that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from specific sources linked to the exploration and production of B.C.’s oil and gas resources.last_img read more

Suncor CEO to retire

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Suncor Energy Inc. says Steve Williams will retire as chief executive after the company’s annual meeting next May.Williams, 62, joined Suncor in 2002 and took the helm of Canada’s largest energy producer by market capitalization from longtime CEO Rick George when he retired in 2012.Williams has been one of the more outspoken CEOs in the oilpatch, insisting recently the company will approve no new major expansion projects until Canada’s export pipeline access problem is resolved. He has also led the way in support for environmental initiatives and was one of four energy company leaders to stand alongside Alberta Premier Rachel Notley in 2015 when she unveiled the province’s sweeping climate plan, which included a growing carbontax.The company says Mark Little, 56, will trade in his chief operating officer title to become president effective immediately and will assume the CEO’s role in May.Little joined Suncor in 2008 and has served in several leadership roles in the company’s oilsands and international and offshore operations.last_img read more

Mandhana breaks into top 3 in T20I batting rankings

first_imgDubai: India opener Smriti Mandhana broke into the top three of the ICC Womens Twenty20 International batting rankings, released on Sunday. Mandhana was India’s highest scorer, with 72 runs in three matches, in what was a dismal series for the home team as they suffered a 3-0 sweep by England in Guwahati. Mandhana took the place of West Indies all-rounder Deandra Dottin who moved up a spot to second place displacing Mandhana’s India team-mate Jemimah Rodrigues. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherRodrigues totalled just 15 runs in the three-match series and took a tumble to sixth position. New Zealand’s Suzie Bates continued to hold the top spot, with 765 points, extending the gap between her and second-placed Dottin to 38 points. The rest of the top-five remained unchanged, with Australia captain Meg Lanning retaining the fourth position with 695 points, followed by Stafanie Taylor with just one point less. India captain Harmanpreet Kaur who missed the England series with ankle injury went down two spots to No.9, allowing New Zealand all-rounder Sophie Devine to climb to No. 7, followed by Australia wicket-keeper Beth Mooney. Mooney’s team-mate Alyssa Healy retained her position to round off the top ten. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenMeanwhile, England wicket-keeper Sarah Taylor fell six places to No. 24, as did her team-mate Jenny Gunn who slipped to No. 61. Lauren Winfield, however, moved up eight places to No. 45. India’s Deepti Sharma moved up five places to the 71st position. But the biggest mover was England’s Sophia Dunkley, who barged into the top 100 by moving 16 places to 86th position. India’s Pooja Vastrakar went out of the top 100, tumbling 11 places to 103. There were significant changes among bowlers too. While Megan Schutt and Poonam Yadav the top two in the bowlers’ charts, Ellyse Perry, the Australia all-rounder, moved up one spot to No. 3, followed by New Zealand’s Leigh Kasperek, who was fourth after jumping two places. The biggest mover, however, was Radha Yadav. She moved up five positions and is now No. 5 in the bowlers rankings, level with South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail. However, that meant Anya Shrubsole slid two places to No. 7. Her team-mate Sophie Ecclestone also took a massive tumble, falling seven places to No. 10. Deepti Sharma was another to have a poor time of it against England, and she fell ten places to No. 24 after the latest update. However, Katherine Brunt rose 12 places and is now No. 35. The all-rounders charts were largely unchanged — Dottin still leads the charts, and Bangladesh’s Salma Khatun rounds off the top ten. However, Hayley Matthews has displaced Natalie Sciver at No. 6.last_img read more

Joshua Perry Buckeyes take part in Whipping Childhood Cancer

Junior linebacker Joshua Perry was joined by a few of his teammates outside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Monday afternoon to promote a cause he called “Whipping Childhood Cancer.”Earlier in the year, Perry befriended a young boy named Joshua Chambers who has been diagnosed with leukemia.Perry, joined by teammates junior linebacker Joe Burger, redshirt-sophomore safety Tyvis Powell, senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett, junior cornerback Armani Reeves, redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee, and co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell, took whip-cream pies to the face in an attempt to raise awareness about childhood cancer and the fight against it. read more

Solari Ramos is fit for Real Madrid game

first_imgReal Madrid manager Santiago Solari has given fans a welcome piece of news on Sergio Ramos ahead of Copa del Rey clash with Girona on Thursday.There had been fears over Ramos’ well-being after a challenge by Sergio Garcia in Sunday’s 4-2 La Liga win over Espanyol had forced the Real captain to be withdrawn with a heavy knee sprain.Tests on Monday, however, revealed that it was not a serious issue and Ramos returned to training with the rest of his team-mates at Real’s training base in Valdebebas.The return of their skipper is a welcome sight for everyone at Real given that a derby against Atletico Madrid and a Champions League last-16 tie with Ajax is not far away now.Speaking in his pre-match news conference, Solari confirmed that Ramos will even be making a quicker than expected return to action in time for their second leg at Girona in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.“Sergio is fit,” said Solari, via Fox Sports.“It was a scare when it happened – it was a tough blow – but he’s recovered and has been training with the rest of his team-mates. That’s good news.”Goalkeeper Keylor Navas has returned to training following a long spell on the sidelines due to an adductor problem with defender Jesus Vallejo being the only absentee for Solari on Thursday.The Argentine also praised Vinicius Junior’s impressive form of late once more, but refused to say whether he will get the nod over Gareth Bale in the starting line-up.“It depends on the game,” replied Solari, when asked to pick between Vinicius or Bale.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Every game has a different script. We have many games coming up.“The great news is that all the players – apart from Vallejo, who has started training – are fit and available.“We’re going to have that healthy competition in the squad, which can only benefit us going forward.“We’re delighted with [Vinicius’] progress. He’s just arrived at the club and he’s already done very well.“We have such a great squad. Everyone’s working so hard. All but Vallejo are training and working hard.”The quarter-final second leg between Girona and Real will begin at 21:30 (CET) on Thursday.🆚 4 matches against @GironaFC✅ 3 wins⚽ 15 @RealMadrid goals#RMCity pic.twitter.com/P3QaA8Wc68— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) January 30, 2019last_img read more

Courtois Real Madrid lost control in Girona defeat

first_imgGoalkeeper Thibaut Courtois believes Girona’s strong second-half display proved key to ending Real Madrid’s eight-match unbeaten run.Prior to today’s encounter, Real had secured five successive La Liga wins to put themselves within six points of leaders Barcelona and an unlikely title challenge looked set to go ahead after beating city rivals Atletico Madrid 3-1 last weekend.But Los Blancos were sent back crashing down to Earth this afternoon in front of their home supporters at the Santiago Bernabeu.Casemiro’s 25th-minute header from Toni Kroos’ cross down the right wing appeared to set a heavily changed Real side, who were missing a suspended Luka Modric with Gareth Bale benched, on course for a sixth consecutive league win.Things soon fell apart though in the second-half with Cristhian Stuani’s penalty putting Girona back on level terms before Portu headed in another for the visitors in the 75th-minute to seal a shock 2-1 win.Adding to Real’s misery came when Sergio Ramos was sent off in stoppage-time for an attempted overhead kick that instead caught Girona’s Pedro Alcala.“We played well in the first half, but the pace was not as high as in some of our recent games,” said Courtois on the club website.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“They had two chances which I was able to stop but in the second half they played much better and brought a real threat. Girona always make life difficult, it’s three points we really had to win today”.“The penalty is a shame. After that we struggled to control the game and that’s when they made it 1-2.“We didn’t react well and Girona took the win. Now we have to continue winning games and put in a good performance against Levante. We have to keep fighting, La Liga is a long-run thing”.Santiago Solari’s side are now third in La Liga and will next take a trip to Levante UD next Sunday.FP: @realmadrid 1-2 @GironaFC ⚽ @Casemiro 25′; Stuani 65′ (p), Portu 75’#RMLiga pic.twitter.com/pta596lvkJ— Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) February 17, 2019last_img read more

Felipe Anderson is over the moon

first_imgThe Brazilian winger scored twice to help West Ham United win 4-2 against Burnley in the English Premier League 2018-2019 seasonBrazilian winger Felipe Anderson scored twice for West Ham United in the 4-2 win over Burnley yesterday in the English Premier League.And the footballer couldn’t be happier after the work done by him and his team.“I’m very happy. We were really looking for that victory. We were really working for it,” he told the club’s official website.“I hoped it happened, whether I scored or not, but I’m happy I contributed with goals and a good performance and I’m very happy for this home victory by two goals.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I’m always looking to help the team, with a goal, a move, a pass or any way I can but if I do it with a goal or an assist I’m even happier,” he added.“It was a great day, we played really well regardless of how hard the match was, we were up to the challenge and we got the result we were looking for.”“At 1-1 we believed we could win it, I scored and they equalized again and for some seconds we couldn’t believe it but we are a team that fights until the very end, that believe in themselves and that helped us stay in the game,” he commented.“It’s better to work with a win, we have serenity, confidence and we want to get more.”last_img read more

Baker Hughes Facing Criminal Charges

first_imgBaker Hughes and two other related companies and an employee are facing 10 criminal charges for allegedly exposing workers to toxic chemicals. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Oil field service company Baker Hughes is facing criminal charges for allegedly exposing workers to toxic chemicals at its Kenai location, according to court documents. Court documents state that In May 2014, four contracted workers were exposed to a hazardous gas release while building a new chemical transfer facility to replace an aging one owned by Baker Petrolite Corporation. The construction site was about 40 feet away from the original facility. Court documents state, four UIC employees who reported exposure to the hazardous gas release complained of headaches, sore throats, respiratory distress and burning eyes. They were taken to a medical clinic for evaluation. Investigators note a specific incident in May of 2014 where BPC employees were cleaning a tote that contained RE31151CRW, a corrosion inhibitor chemical, that allegedly seeped into the construction site where the UIC employees were working.center_img RE31151CRW is considered hazardous by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Baker Hughes issued the following statement: “Baker Hughes will continue to defend the case; however, in light of the Court’s order issued today, we cannot comment at this time.” An arraignment is set for July 2 at 1:30 at the Kenai Courthouse.last_img read more

Withings Move fitness watch adds fun customization options

first_img “When we announced Withings Move in January, we received overwhelmingly positive feedback from consumers excited to have an activity tracker option that allows them to express themselves and showcase their personal style,” said Eric Carreel, Withings’ president, in a release. “We are thrilled to start shipping the watch that brings this combination of fashion and technology to a new level and soon offering even more design and customization options to our customers.”The watch is water-resistant to 50 meters, measures steps and sleep, and has a battery life of up to 18 months. The customization isn’t available for the $130 electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) version of the watch, since that isn’t out yet. It’s likely to launch in a range of colors, then add custom options later, the spokesperson said.Withings returned to the ownership of co-founder Carreel last May, following Nokia’s decision to sell off the company.First published April 2 at 5:48 a.m. PT.Updated April 3 at 5:25 a.m. PT: Adds details about US shipping. 1:10 Wearable Tech 0 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voicecenter_img Withings is letting Europeans customize their Move watches. Withings Withings has added a bunch of customization options for its Move fitness watch, but only on its European store for now.The watch, which the company revealed at CES in January, is available in five standard colors — black and yellow gold, white and coral, white and sea blue, black and mint, and white with black and mint — for $70 and started shipping in the US on Wednesday.European buyers can pay a little more to tweak the dial, case, strap and second hand color to their liking, and they can check out how it’ll look on the local versions of Withings’ site. In the UK, the price jumps from £60 ($78) to £70 ($91) for the custom style.The option will come to the US later this year, the French health technology company said in an emailed statement. Post a comment Tags Withings adds ECG to its newest watches and blood pressure…last_img read more

Lucifer will end but the devil could return for spinoff producer says

first_img Tags Fans responded with thanks to the cast and Netflix for the show’s run. Modrovich tweeted to one fan that a spinoff series or a movie isn’t off the table. Lauren German and Tom Ellis, the show’s leads, had posted on Instagram last month about the show’s fifth and final season. Later the stars tweeted their thanks to the fans for their support of the show. The show followed Lucifer Morningstar (played by Ellis), who deserted hell for Earth and opened a swanky nightclub called Lux in Los Angeles. Lucifer eventually starts solving crimes with LAPD homicide detective Chloe Dancer (played by German), who he harbors complicated feelings for. The show is loosely based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for the popular “Lucifer” comic series. Originally published July 1.Update, July 2: Adds fan reactions to Lucifer’s cancellation. 2:28 A message of love for our #Lucifans 🥰😈❤️ from me… @Henderson_Joe all the #Lucifer writers and our beautiful cast… @tomellis17 @LaurenGerman @LesleyAnnBrandt @RachaelEHarris @kevinmalejandro @dbwofficial @Aimee_Garcia and @ScarMestevez pic.twitter.com/8aXb6yfJ7c— Ildy Modrovich (@Ildymojo) June 26, 2019 What’s new to stream in June 2019 Lucifer is causing trouble in LA for possibly the last time.  Fox Lucifer, the devilish TV series that was pulled back from the brink of death by Netflix last June, will end after its fifth season. Ildy Modrovich, the show’s executive producer, confirmed the news on Twitter and urged fans to accept it. “We spoke to our partners at Netflix and Warner Bros. and you should know that tremendous care and consideration was put into making this decision,” Modrovich said last week in the tweet. Modrovich asked fans not to campaign for the show’s rescue, as they did last year after it was dropped by Fox.  0center_img Now playing: Watch this: Netflix TV and Movies Culture Home Entertainment Mobile Apps Mobile Share your voice Post a commentlast_img read more

Harris County Hiring Poll Workers For November 8th Election In Need For

first_img Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Presiding election judges hire their Election Day staff, working largely from a list compiled from online applications. Hector de Leon is with the Harris County Clerk’s office. “We’re going to have approximately 5,845 people working on Election Day. We have 765 polling locations.”   There’s a particular need for bilingual poll workers. “We have 227 precincts that have 50 or more Vietnamese surname registered voters. We also have 118 precincts that have 50 or more Chinese surnames. We have 753 precincts that have 100 or more Spanish surname registered voters.”     The job pays just $9 an hour, but the county is looking for civic-minded people. “It’s a big responsibility. Imagine if we didn’t have people that actually stepped up and worked as election clerks, then we couldn’t hold an election!” The presiding judge for each precinct will arrange training. You can sign up to be a poll worker at HarrisVotes.org. X 00:00 /01:04 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Sharelast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday September 22

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uA discussion about bigotry and racism within the Republican Party between Lester Spence, associate professor of Political Science and Africana studies at Johns Hopkins University and Tony Campbell, Political Science lecturer at Towson University. Plus, in the wake of Pope Francis’ arrival in the U.S., we open up the phone lines to discuss the Pope, race and Black America. It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

Fullscreen Signs 10 Clients to Talent Management Roster Including Mikaela Hoover

first_imgFullscreen, the digital-centric talent and brand-marketing division of WarnerMedia’s Otter Media, announced 10 new clients to its talent management roster.The new signings are actress Mikaela Hoover (pictured above), Estrella Nouri, Sierra Schultzzie, Ava Frye, Bone Collector, Prakash Amritraj, Selva Rasalingam, Luke Abercrombie, Samantha Jo, and Josh Ovalle.Fullscreen’s 2,500-plus talent management roster — spanning digital, TV and film — includes digital stars Brandon Armstrong, Jean Elie, Miles McKenna, Noel Miller, Jack Douglass, Aija Mayrock, Elle Mills and Alyx Weiss.In addition, Fullscreen announced the recent hiring of Blake Reading as talent manager (following previous roles at MGMT Entertainment and the Gersh Agency), and the promotions of Scarlett Perlman and Nick Coffey to senior talent managers. Fullscreen’s talent management division, launched in 2015, is led by Mahzad Babayan. “Fullscreen is committed to serving digital and traditional talent in building lasting businesses and careers on social and beyond,” said Beau Bryant, GM of Fullscreen’s talent division.Fullscreen was founded in 2011 as a YouTube multichannel network, and once worked with as many as 75,000 creator partners. It launched an unsuccessful subscription VOD effort (shut down at the end of 2017) and in a restructuring at Otter Media late last year, Fullscreen was reorganized into three divisions: talent services, brand studio, and brand services.More info on Fullscreen’s new talent signings:Mikaela Hoover is an actress whose feature film credits include “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Belko Experiment,” “Airplane Mode,” and “Super.” TV credits include roles on TBS’s “The Guest Book,” Fox’s “Lucifer,” CBS’s “2 Broke Girls,” ABC’s “Happy Endings,” and FX’s “The League” and “Anger Management.”Estrella Nouri is an actress, singer and songwriter who appeared in the fiirst season of OWN’s “Queen Sugar” series, executive produced by Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey. Previous credits include recurring roles on CBS’s “2 Broke Girls,” HBO’s “Entourage,” and TBS’s “Glory Daze.”Sierra Schultzzie is a Southern California-based creator whose content focuses on body positivity, inclusivity and empowerment for women. She is best known for her experimental fashion videos where she tests new trends, popular clothing lines, and internet fads.Ava Frye is a 16-year-old actress, singer, and model whose TV credits include guest roles on The CW’s “iZombie” and “Arrow,” and Universal Studios’ film “Badge of Honor” starring Martin Sheen. Her skills include playing guitar and piano and performing fluently in English, Chinese and Russian.Bone Collector is a “streetball” legend and personal trainer to top NBA players. He regularly hosts basketball clinics for collegiate players and underpriveleged youth and won MVP at the Entertainer’s Basketball Classic every year between 2001-2006.Prakash Amritraj is a former pro tennis player and the son of Indian tennis player Vijay Amritraj. He is also one of the lead hosts on the Tennis Channel, in addition to his acting and co-producer roles on Sylvester Stallone’s “Escape Plan: The Extractors.”Selva Rasalingam is a veteran British stage, film and TV actor who stars as Jesus in Netflix’s “The Gospel of John.” His film and TV credits also include roles in “Doctor Who,” “The Mummy,” “Skyfall,” and “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.”Luke Abercrombie is a 19-year-old comedic YouTube personality who first rose to fame on Vine under the name “ItsJustLuke.”Samantha Jo is a comedy content creator focused on positive energy and empowering a community of fans (known as the “Schreib Tribe”) who support each other. She also has her own merchandise line for fans.Josh Ovalle is a 20-year-old filmmaker and social-media creator. His short film “Two and a Quarter,” which touched on the topic of teen suicide, was also screened at 57 different film festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival. AT&T’s Otter Media Lays Off 10% of Staff, Will Absorb Machinima in Reorg Nearly Half of All ‘Power Gamers’ Are Parents, Third Are Women (Study) Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Relatedlast_img read more

Kyoto prof rolls out omnidirectional wheelchair

first_imgImage: Kyoto University The device is supposed to be especially handy for use in tight spaces; the intention is to help users of electric wheelchairs maneuver their movements with greater freedom than they have in the past. What is not such good news is that the vehicle on display cost $36,300 to produce, The research lead, Masaharu Komori, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Kyoto University, is well aware of the price shortcoming and plans to continue work on the chair to bring costs down, and make the chair lighter and more compact. The eventual target price is $12,000. Komori and team hope to commercialize the Permoveh in three to five years.This Permoveh “rollout” comes at a time when Japan is showing much interest in bringing on improved assistive technology, from robots to motorized chairs, that can help the elderly. Among the innovations reported have been a bed that changes into an electric wheelchair and a robot that can wash hair.Whether or not this omnidirectional vehicle can eventually be a popular wheelchair of choice (the top speed is 3.7 mph) for the elderly remains to be seen, but it is being suggested that the Permoveh wheel technology could be adapted for use in conveyor equipment in factories and warehouses. One site notes the wheel technology is like that seen in Honda’s “U3-X” which also enables the rider to move backwards, forwards, and side to side using an omnidirectional wheel. Honda’s description about how the wheel structure enables movement in all directions is that “multiple small-diameter motor-controlled wheels are connected in-line to form one large-diameter wheel. Rotating the large-diameter wheel moves the U3-X forward and backward, while rotating the small-diameter wheels moves it side-to-side. Combining these movements causes the U3-X to move diagonally.” 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. The driver uses a hand control that can turn the chair in the desired direction. The driver just needs to tip the lever in the direction he or she wants to move. The wheels alone move if the driver wants to go backwards or forwards. The rollers move if the driver wants to go sideways. Both wheels and rollers move if the driver wants to go diagonally. Japan’s Honda unveils futuristic unicyle (w/ Video) Explore furthercenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — A mechanical engineering professor has taken the wraps off his vehicle that is designed to become a next-generation wheelchair. As its formal name suggests, this is the Personal Mobile Vehicle, or Permoveh for short. Rolling it around at his lab in Kyoto, Japan, earlier this month, the professor carried out the demo before an audience of observers and photographers. They watched him ride the device, with its clever wheel-within-wheel system, which allowed the vehicle to move in any direction. The Permoveh has four same-sized wheels with 32 rollers each. They rotate in a perpendicular direction to the rim. The rollers sit inside the main wheels, allowing the vehicle to move in more directions than just back and forth. More information: www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ja/news_data … s6/2011/120322_1.htm (in Japanese) Citation: Kyoto prof rolls out omnidirectional wheelchair (2012, March 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-kyoto-prof-omnidirectional-wheelchair.html © 2012 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Quantum supremacy and its efficient certification difficult to achieve simultaneously

first_imgIn an ironic twist, physicists have shown that the very property that can be used to show that quantum computing devices can solve some problems that classical computers cannot also makes it impossible to efficiently certify that this “quantum supremacy” has indeed been achieved, for a wide variety of schemes. In quantum computing, the issue of certification is crucial for formally verifying the superior computing power of quantum devices. More information: Dominik Hangleiter, Martin Kliesch, Jens Eisert, and Christian Gogolin. “Sample Complexity of Device-Independently Certified ‘Quantum Supremacy.'” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.210502Also at arXiv:1812.01023 [quant-ph] 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: Quantum supremacy and its efficient certification difficult to achieve simultaneously (2019, June 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-quantum-supremacy-efficient-certification-difficult.html Boson sampling with photons found to produce useful output in spite of photon leaks for quantum supremacy Explore furthercenter_img © 2019 Science X Network The team from Germany, Dominik Hangleiter, Martin Kliesch, Jens Eisert, and Christian Gogolin, has published a paper on their work on quantum supremacy certification in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”We rigorously prove an intuition that many in the field shared, namely, that certifying random sampling schemes proposed for a quantum supremacy demonstration requires exponentially many samples,” Hangleiter, at the Free University of Berlin, told Phys.org. “One of the most intriguing findings of our work is that this is due to the very property that allows to prove approximate sampling hardness in the first place, namely, the flatness of the sampled distributions. Our work also points towards a potential way out of this dilemma: interactive or quantum certification protocols.”The term “quantum supremacy” refers to the possibility that quantum computing devices can solve some problems that are practically infeasible for classical computers to solve. One problem that is considered intractable for classical computers is random sampling from certain very flat distributions (in which all outcomes are nearly equally likely) over exponentially large datasets. Currently, no universal, fault-tolerant quantum computer is available to experiment with, but even the limited quantum devices that are available today are thought to be capable of performing the random sampling task. Intuitively, this is because quantum devices can prepare a state in the correct superposition of all elements of a set, while classical devices need to access the exponentially many probabilities one by one. One of the limitations of all physical devices (quantum or classical) is that they are only capable of approximate sampling. So in order to demonstrate quantum supremacy, researchers must show that a quantum device’s approximate sampling is close enough to ideal sampling so that it is still intractable for classical computers. All current proofs of this concept, which is called approximate sampling hardness, use small second moments. In the random sampling task, a distribution is randomly chosen. Essentially, small second moments mean that the randomly chosen distribution concentrates around the uniform distribution and is therefore very flat. In the new paper, the researchers show that small second moments also forbid efficient certification from the samples alone. That is, sampling distributions with small second moments cannot be certified with polynomially many samples, but instead require exponentially many samples. This makes certification inefficient and unrealistic to perform in a reasonable amount of time. The results hold for a variety of widely used sampling schemes, including boson sampling and universal random circuit sampling, among others. However, the results do not mean that efficient certification is necessarily impossible by any method. The researchers hope that, instead, the findings will motivate the development of alternative certification schemes, as well as proofs of approximate sampling hardness that apply to distributions with larger second moments. “Our work guides the way for where to look for feasible certification schemes,” Hangleiter said. “In particular, it often makes sense to use device-specific knowledge to leverage certification. One direction of research is to develop device-specific certification schemes both for quantum sampling schemes, but thinking further, also for more elaborate tasks that can be performed on quantum computers. “Quantum sampling schemes are very ‘clean’ quantum supremacy proposals in the sense that they allow for a complexity-theoretic hardness argument. At the same time, they do not have real applications (yet). A second direction of research is to develop schemes that are feasible on near-term devices and yet hard, which also solve a useful task, as well as to find applications for the known sampling schemes.” A test to certify quantum supremacy will accept a probability distribution if it is classically hard, and otherwise will reject it. Credit: Hangleiter et al. Journal information: Physical Review Letterslast_img read more

CPIM MLA joins TMC

first_imgIn a jolt to the CPI(M) ahead of next year’s Assembly polls, CPI(M) MLA from Khandaghosh on Thursday joined the TMC accusing its leadership of failing to reach out to the masses.Nabin Chandra Bag along with other CPI(M) leaders from Bardhaman district joined the TMC in the presence of senior ruling party leaders Partha Chatterjee and Arup Biswas.“He has decided to join the TMC to become part of the developmental work ushered in by our party leader Mamata Banerjee,” Chatterjee said.Bag said he was unhappy with the CPI(M)leadership as the party had completely lost touch with the masses.The CPI(M) leadership is yet to officially react to the development.last_img read more

Gold biscuits worth Rs 53 lakh seized from Bongaon 1 arrested

first_imgKolkata: Senior officials of the Customs along with the police seized gold biscuits worth nearly Rs 53 lakh from Bongaon in North 24-Parganas on Friday night. One person has been arrested in this connection so far. The accused, Suman Mondal, a resident of Boyalda village in Bongaon, had been carrying a bag containing the gold biscuits. Acting on a tip-off, the Customs officials conducted raids and arrested him from Choruigachi area for his alleged involvement in a gold smuggling racket. The accused was later handed over to the police by Customs officials for further investigation. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the preliminary investigation, the police and Customs officials suspect that the accused might be a part of an international gold smuggling racket. There are others involved in the racket as well, police suspect. According to the cops, as many as 14 gold biscuits were found in his possession weighing around 600 grams. It may be mentioned that the police and Customs have intercepted a number of youths in the district in the past few months and seized gold from them. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA probe is being conducted to ascertain if there are any connections between all the incidents. The district police have also intensified the surveillance in the bordering areas of Bongaon. The preliminary investigation suggests that the accused changed route following some recent incidents in which smugglers bringing gold bars and biscuits from abroad were intercepted at Kolkata airport. The accused then began smuggling gold along the India-Bangladesh border in certain districts. As there was stringent surveillance in all the airports these days, it has become difficult for the smugglers to bring in gold from abroad.last_img read more