Father of suspected BC killer seeks access to video taken before sons

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The father of a suspected killer of three people in northern British Columbia is trying to access a video his son took which details his last wishes before his death.A lawyer for Alan Schmegelsky says he became aware of the video earlier this month when his son, Bryer Schmegelsky, and Kam McLeod were found dead from self-inflicted gunshot wounds in the northern Manitoba wilderness.Sarah Leamon says she has been in contact with the RCMP on behalf of her client so he can watch the video for closure. Bryer Schmegelksy’s father is grieving, she says, and has a right to see the video his son recorded in his last moments.“We can’t even imagine the type of emotional distress he’s been put through as a result of everything that’s gone on around his son’s death,” Leamon says. “He just simply wishes to see that video so that he can gain some clarity and gain some closure. So that he can feel as though he has some degree of comfort in an extremely uncomfortable and horrible situation.”RELATED: Canada manhunt suspects recorded ‘last will and testament’ before taking their own lives: reportShe says Alan Schmegelsky is concerned about seeing the video for the first time when it is released to the public.“He wants to see it in private and have a private moment,” she says. “We can’t lose sight of the fact that my client is a father, and he’s a father who lost his only son, his only child under extremely harrowing circumstances.”An email of the exchange obtained by The Canadian Press says the video is about how Bryer wanted his body to be dealt with after his death.In the email, the RCMP says the information about Bryer’s wishes was passed on to his mother and that police plan on publicly addressing the video in a media release in the next few weeks. Police have not publicly confirmed the existence of the video.Leamon says she doesn’t know how the email became public, but she verified its contents.The RCMP did not immediately respond to a request for comment.last_img read more

Former Tangerine CEO to head medical marijuana company CannTrust

first_imgTORONTO – The former chief executive of Scotiabank’s online bank Tangerine is now CEO of marijuana company CannTrust.The Ontario-based licensed medical cannabis producer says Peter Aceto has been appointed to the top job, effective immediately.CannTrust says co-founder and CEO Eric Paul has stepped down from his role at the helm and has been named chairman of the board and special adviser.Aceto was president and CEO of online bank Tangerine, formerly ING Direct Canada, from 2008 to 2017.Scotiabank acquired ING Direct Canada in 2012, and later changed its name to Tangerine.Aceto’s appointment as CannTrust CEO comes just weeks before Canada legalizes marijuana for recreational use on Oct. 17.Companies in this story: (TSX:BNS, TSX:TRST)last_img read more

Wimal warns Sri Lankan community in Europe

Leader of the National Freedom Front, Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa has warned the Sri Lankan community in Europe that Sri Lanka’s future is under threat.Weerawansa is on tour in Europe to meet Sri Lankans living abroad and to brief them on the dangers faced by Sri Lanka in the near future. As part of the visit Weerawansa visited Berlin and addressed the Sri Lankans living in Berlin on the topic “The Injustice done to a Nation by a White man’s court”. (Colombo Gazette) Photos by Chinthaka de Silva and Helmut Ulmann read more

Afghanistan UNESCO seeks 27 million to rebuild countrys education system

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said the effort would focus on rehabilitating Kabul University, training education professionals, and developing non-formal and distance learning programmes to tackle the country’s illiteracy rates, which are among the highest in the world. According to UNESCO, over the past two decades, Afghanistan lost an estimated 200,000 education experts and academics, while its 17 universities and institutes were left devastated by conflict. In response, the agency has set up a computer training centre at the journalism faculty of Kabul University, along with an Internet café. UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said a “massive effort” had already begun to re-open schools and enable Afghan children to get back into class. “This first phase must now be followed up by longer-term activities to rebuild the education system, including the formulation of sound policies and the strengthening of Afghanistan’s professional capacities,” he said. The agency and the Afghan authorities have jointly outlined a series of projects to present to donors. The initiatives incorporate outreach to out-of-school youth and the illiterate adults who make up an estimated 70 per cent of the population, including the vast majority of women. Children with special needs, such as orphans and the disabled, will also be targeted. read more

Lack of homes on the market to drive Toronto real estate prices

Lack of homes on the market to drive Toronto real estate prices, realtors say A real estate sold sign hangs in front of a west-end Toronto property Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. A lack of homes for sale is expected to drive Toronto’s sizzling housing market to another year of double-digit price increases, the city’s real estate board said Tuesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 31, 2017 6:46 am MDT Last Updated Jan 31, 2017 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – A lack of homes for sale is expected to drive Toronto’s sizzling housing market to another year of double-digit price increases, the city’s real estate board said Tuesday.The Toronto Real Estate Board said the average price for all types of housing is forecast to rise to about $825,000 — up from $730,472 in December and $729,922 for the 2016 calendar year.The largest year-over-year price increases will be for low-rise types of housing such as detached and semi-detached homes and townhouses, said the board, which represents about 46,000 real estate brokers and salespersons.“While changes to federal mortgage lending guidelines and higher borrowing costs may impact some would-be homebuyers, the big impediment will be the lack of inventory,” Jason Mercer, the board’s director of market analysis, said in a statement.The number of listings at the end of December were at their lowest since before 2000, Mercer said.“It is unlikely that the shortage of listings will improve to any great degree over the course of the next year,” he said. “This will put a ceiling on sales growth.”The board estimates there will be between 104,500 and 115,500 home sales this year through its MLS system — more or less similar to the 113,133 recorded last year.The group is repeating its call for the private, public and not-for-profit sectors to seek solutions to increase the supply of properties for sale in the Toronto region rather than attempt to reduce demand from would-be buyers.It said a foreign buyers’ tax, which some called for to rein in Toronto house prices after such a levy was implemented in Vancouver, would be misguided. It pointed to a survey it conducted among its members late last year that concluded 4.9 per cent of transactions in the Greater Toronto Area involved foreigners.After a tax on foreign nationals buying property in Vancouver was introduced in August, the city saw a whopping drop in the number of homes sold — in some cases, monthly sales fell between 30 to nearly 40 per cent on a year-over-year basis. read more

Grieving parents victim impact statement was redacted so as not to upset

The parents of a four-year-old girl killed by a speeding car thief, had their victim impact statement edited in court to prevent upsetting the defendant when he was being sentenced, it has emerged.Glenn and Rebecca Youens’ daughter, Violet-Grace, died after Aidan McAteer, who had been travelling at 83mph in a 30pmh zone, ploughed into her in a stolen car.But when he appeared in court his lawyers successfully objected to her parents’ impact statement being read out in full in open court.McAteer’s barrister persuaded the judge that his client would find the experience “too upsetting”, if the statement was read out in full.As a result part of their comments about their devastation at their daughter’s loss were redacted.Marie Rimmer, who is the MP for Mr and Mrs Youens, is now calling for a change in the law to prevent a similar situation occurring in the future. Marie Rimmer has raised the issue with other MPs 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. Speaking during a debate in Westminster Hall, Ms Rimmer told MPs that McAteer’s barrister had applied for the statement to be edited ahead of sentencing. She explained: “The judge accepted this and the CPS barrister gave the parents a copy of their impact statement with parts they could not read out in open court highlighted.” Marie Rimmer has raised the issue with other MPsCredit:PA She said the law had to be improved for victims and survivors and said it was unacceptable that the needs of the defendant were being put first.She said: “The whole purpose of the victim impact statement is the impact on the victims and the survivors, not the defendant. Guidance should be given to the judiciary that the overriding consideration is for the victim and their family, not whether the impact statement may upset the defendant.”Violet-Grace was killed in March 2017 and McAteer, who was 23 at the time was jailed two months later for nine years and four months after admitting causing death by dangerous driving.Her father Glenn told the Guardian: “We were told that we wouldn’t be able to read the full statement because it was upsetting. We were quite shocked at this but mostly angry that we had to protect our daughter’s killer from becoming distressed.“We were the ones that had lost our daughter yet we were made to feel like we had to put her killer first … it made us lose faith in the justice system.”Her parents have launched a petition calling for tougher sentences for dangerous drivers.Ms Rimmer, who is the Labour MP for St Helens South and Whiston said she knew of at least two other hearings in which impact statements had been edited after pleas by defence lawyers. read more

Police destroys ganja farm discover abandoned bikes

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice destroy more marijuana camps at Millie’s HideoutFebruary 26, 2019In “Crime”8,500 ganja plants destroyed during Police swoop down in Upper Demerara RiverJanuary 13, 2019In “Crime”25,000 ganja plants destroyedJuly 11, 2019In “Crime” One of the motorcycles found hidden along the trailPolice in ‘F’ Division (Interior Locations) have destroyed a marijuana farm they found at Eight Miles, Ituni Road, Upper Demerara River.According to reports, acting on intelligence gathered, ranks went to the location at about 15:30h on Tuesday, where they found a five-acre plot of marijuana cultivation with about 5000 cannabis plants, measuring from three inches to five feet in height, with an estimated weight about 400 kilograms.A quantity of dried cannabis estimated about 50 kilograms was also found.The ganja farm with the makeshift camp in the backgroundIn addition, there were two makeshift camps with four hammocks, kitchen utensil, clothing, groceries and farming tools.The plants, dried cannabis and camps were photographed and destroyed by fire and the grid location was marked for further investigation.Meanwhile, the ranks also discovered two motorcycles on the trail leading to the ganja farm.No one was arrested at the farm. read more

ENRCs Kakanda mine orders FLSmidth equipment package

first_imgDRC-based Boss Mining SPRL, owned by Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation PLC (ENRC), has awarded FLSmidth four different orders for equipment at its copper operation in Kakanda in the Katanga Province of the DRC. The value of this bundled equipment package makes it one of the largest orders placed with FLSmidth in South Africa for minerals processing equipment since its acquisition of Dorr-Oliver Eimco in 2007. The package comprises a mill contract and a gyratory crusher contract, both awarded in June 2011, and two contracts – for thickeners and flotation equipment respectively – signed in September 2011. Most of the equipment is scheduled to be on site at Kakanda by the third quarter of 2012 with installation starting before the end of that year leading into commissioning in 2013.ENRC has integrated mining, processing, energy, logistical and marketing operations. It operates in Kazakhstan, China, Russia, Brazil, the DRC, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa. “ENRC came to know of our full solution offering through a product directors’ session that FLSmidth hosted in 2010 to showcase the latest developments in our technology,” said FLSmidth’s Terence Osborn. “We continued the dialogue with ENRC during a reference visit to Northern Zambia to visit two copper operations where our equipment is operating. This gave the company’s representatives a first-hand view of our capabilities in the copper sector. Konkola Copper Mines was the site of the first concentrator we built as a turnkey project, while at Lumwama Mine we installed and commissioned equipment at the largest operating copper concentrator in Africa. We also have a significant established footprint in the DRC copper belt, with equipment operating at Freeport-McMoRan’s Tenke Fungurume mine, Metorex’s Ruashi mine and Glencore’s Kamoto operation. Our 22 ft diameter ball mill at Tenke Fungurume is very similar to that required at Kakanda and a similar flow sheet comprising a gyratory crusher, grinding mills, flotation cells and thickeners is in operation at Lumwama. Effectively therefore, during the site visit ENRC was able to see all the equipment it was sourcing already in operation and clearly well-selected for the application.”The Top Service gyratory crusher (Model TS1100) ordered for Kakanda features a 1,100 mm opening, with 450 kW of installed power and a throughput of 910 t/h, while the grinding mill is a 22 ft dual pinion run-of-mine ball mill harnessing 2 by 5,500 kW of power, with a throughput of 480 t/h. The flotation installation comprises 13 Wemco Smartcell self-aspirating flotation machines for oxide and sulphide rougher duty, with a volume of 130 m3 and a throughput of 480 t/h and 11 Dorr-Oliver RoundTank forced air flotation machines for cleaner/scavenger duty, with a 50 m3 volume and a throughput of 123 t/h. The thickener section comprises one Hi-Rate 35 m diameter bolted tank design thickener for tailings, with a throughput of 307 t/h, a Hi-Rate 24 m diameter bolted tank design thickener for the oxide concentrate, with a throughput of 86 t/h and a Hi-Rate 15 m diameter bolted tank design thickener for the sulphide concentrate, with a throughput of 30 t/h.last_img read more

Significant delays on Dart due to rushhour points problems

first_imgDELAYS ARE EXPECTED for passengers taking the Dart during rush hour today after a a major points failure at Connolly station.According to Iarnród Éireann, the problem is solved now, but a backlog is causing a 40-minute delay on “all services through Connolly”. Source: Twitter/Garrett WalshPassengers on board Darts this morning were annoyed – with a lot of users saying that delays on Dart services were too regular.Others were annoyed about the lack of information given to passengers about the delays. Source: Iarnród Éireann/Twitter By Gráinne Ní Aodha Mar 9th 2017, 8:39 AM 40 mins waiting on DART outside Connolly would have been less frustrating by knowing why 3 diesels passed us. INFORMATION @irishrail is key— Noelle Ameijenda (@NellJenda) March 9, 2017 21 Comments Read: Not bad for March: Sunny spells and temperatures in the mid-teens Share6 Tweet Email No notice or announcement at Hazelhatch or on trainI could have taken Hueston train instead without issuePoor communication— Mark Bohan (@BohanMark) March 9, 2017 I have, I’m thinking of treating myself to a scone, can’t face the porridge after this!!— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) March 9, 2017 Source: Iarnród Éireann/Twitter http://jrnl.ie/3278324 Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 8:39 AM at least sort out your communications it’s insanely bad.— Ken Byrne (@thearthritictri) March 9, 2017 Source: Ken Byrne/Twitter Short URL Source: Noelle Ameijenda/Twitter Source: Mark Bohan/Twitter The person manning Iarnród Éireann’s twitter account said they would be passing the complaints on for investigation.Others felt sorry for the person in charge of the Iarnród Éireann twitter account, saying they should treat themselves this morning. Residual delays of up to 40mins remain to services through Connolly due to earlier points problem— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) March 9, 2017 11,964 Views Significant delays on Dart due to rush-hour points problems Passengers on board Darts are complaining about a lack of communication from Iarnród Éireann’s drivers. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Migrants arrive in Lesvos

first_img“Excuse me, what country am I in?” a young Syrian man who just minutes earlier had come ashore on Lesvos island asked the reporters in perfect English.The famished man, who had been travelling for days from Turkey to Greece, was only carrying a small bag and his mobile phone in a sandwich bag. He and over 200 others who left their home in the hope of escaping civil war, had paid the smugglers thousands of euros.Dozens of infants and young children arrived on the shores of Lesvos, cold and wet, crying for food.Pregnant women, helped by civilians and coastguard officers, knelt and kissed the ground of this unknown country.More than 40,000 have arrived on Greek territory this year and it’s not even the peak of the smuggling season.Thousands of migrants from Eritrea and Syria are expected to set foot on the shores of Greece and Italy, especially after the new Migration Agenda bills that were approved last week. Meanwhile, Greece is struggling to rise above its own crisis and is unable to support any more migrants.Lesvos island has no available facilities to accommodate the refugees, as another 1,000 people are being kept in a detention centre.The mayor has used community money to build a makeshift campsite, while the locals are offering the migrants blankets and food as the island’s authorities are lacking supplies. “Now is the time for Europe to stand up and do something to help these people,” a shop owner in Lesvos said.“People and infants are sleeping on the streets, we can’t handle this situation by ourselves.”Source: Infomobile Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Get Everything You Need to Learn to Code for Just 54

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This LifeSized Captain Marvel Model Is Built From 17000 Lego Bricks

first_img ‘Avengers: Endgame De-Feminized’ Edit Is World’s Worst Fan Film TrendDude Watched ‘Captain Marvel’ 116 Times to Break World Record Stay on target Avengers: Endgame will hit theaters in a couple of weeks and to celebrate the upcoming film, a team of Lego builders just created a life-sized Captain Marvel model, which is made with more than 17,000 Lego bricks.The Lego Captain Marvel model was built to look like Brie Larson, who plays the famous superhero in Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel, Mashable reported. The Marvel masterpiece, which stands at 5 feet, 7 inches tall, reportedly took 165 hours to complete and it’s built from 17,661 colorful Lego pieces.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><em><strong>More on Geek.com:</strong></em></p><ul><li><a href=”https://www.geek.com/culture/captain-marvel-brie-larson-surprises-nj-filmgoers-1777935/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>&#8216;Captain Marvel&#8217; Brie Larson Surprises NJ Filmgoers</a></li><li><a href=”https://www.geek.com/comics/geeksplainer-captain-marvel-1777583/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Geeksplainer: Everything You Need to Know About &#8216;Captain Marvel&#8217;</a></li><li><a href=”https://www.geek.com/culture/comic-artist-jen-bartel-reveals-captain-marvel-adidas-shoe-1777615/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Comic Artist Jen Bartel Reveals &#8216;Captain Marvel&#8217; Adidas Shoe</a></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class=”row collapse”><div id=”lazy-1″ class=”column hide-for-xlarge-up in-content-lazy”></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class=”row collapse”><div id=”lazy-2″ class=”column hide-for-xlarge-up in-content-lazy”></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class=”row collapse”><div id=”lazy-3″ class=”column hide-for-xlarge-up in-content-lazy”></div></div><p>The Captain Marvel model follows Lego’s release of five new sets for Avengers: Endgame. The sets are Captain America: Outriders Attack ($19.99), the War Machine Buster ($34.99), the Iron Man Hall of Armor ($59.99), the Avengers Ultimate Quinjet ($79.99), and the Avengers Compound Battle ($99.99). Each set comes with more than 100 pieces for customizable play. The Avengers Lego sets are available on Amazon.com and Lego’s website.Avengers Compound Battle Lego Set (Photo Credit: Lego)More on Geek.com:‘Captain Marvel’ Brie Larson Surprises NJ FilmgoersGeeksplainer: Everything You Need to Know About ‘Captain Marvel’ Comic Artist Jen Bartel Reveals ‘Captain Marvel’ Adidas Shoelast_img read more

CTran settles will forgo fees awarded by judge

first_imgC-Tran has agreed to settle with 14 plaintiffs who unsuccessfully claimed the transit agency violated the Open Public Meetings Act when it rearranged its board of directors nearly three years ago.The legal settlement means the agency will forgo $15,000 in attorneys fees awarded to it by a Clark County Superior Court judge, who ruled in C-Tran’s favor.In a statement to The Columbian, C-Tran said the plaintiffs offered to settle after the case was heard late last month by the Court of Appeals.“In response, at its Feb. 14 meeting, the C-Tran Board of Directors approved a proposed settlement that requires the plaintiffs to drop their current lawsuit and appeal,” the statement read. “In exchange, C-Tran will forgo its right to collect on sanctions. C-Tran will not sign the settlement until all plaintiffs have first signed the agreement.”The plaintiffs in the case are John Ley, John Hallinen, Gerald Halle, Michael and Carole Kelley, Michael Conner, Lisa Ross, Deborah Ward, Pat Anderson, Brian Rohan, Robert Nichols, John Burke, Robert Larimer and Mark Heagy. The defendants are C-Tran, a mix of C-Tran’s current and former members of its board of directors, and C-Tran CEO Jeff Hamm.last_img read more

Not leopard but wild cat officials

first_imgAfter rumours triggered over the leopard spotted on the hills at Pragati Nagar, the forest department officials launched a hunt to capture the animal. But the officials confirmed it as a ‘wild cat’ after examining the footprints and the pictures. On Wednesday morning, residents of Pragati Nagar, Mithila Nagar, Devendar Nagar, Lalsabguda and Balaiah Nagar stayed indoors scared of the leopard wandering around the area. On the other hand, the forest officials denied the rumours of the leopard entering Geetanjali school at Mithila Nagar. They took the school watchman and driver into custody for allegedly making the sounds inside the school and scared the people of the leopard roar.last_img read more

Minister Niranjan Reddy assures adequate supply of urea to

first_imgHyderabad: Agriculture Minister S Niranjan Reddy on Friday said the Centre has assured to dispatch stocks of urea and steps have been taken to ensure that there will not be any shortage in the distribution of urea to the farmers. The Minister said the Centre had allocated 8.5 lakh metric tonnes of urea and so far it has supplied 3.97 lakh metric tonnes. Out of this, currently, 2.12 lakh metric tonnes of urea is available in Telangana. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us He said that the allocation of urea is in the hands of the Centre and it increases the quota of urea allocation based on the usage of each States. He said that completion of the pending projects on River Godavari, including the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIS) coupled with the heavy rains in the upstream of Godavari and Krishna rivers, has brought in heavy inflows. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us Following this, the extent of irrigated land has gone up manifold and to meet this requirement the State needed additional stocks of urea, he said. Niranjan Reddy said the State government had assessed the additional requirements and made a request to the Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on August 19. In addition to this, the issue has been taken up with the Joint Secretary, Department of Chemical and Fertilisers Guruveen Siddhu, he said. Advertise With Us The State officials briefed the official on the District-wise requirements of urea and requested to move the urea stocks from Krishnapatnam and Visakhapatnam Ports to the rack points of Telangana. Responding to the same, Niranjan Reddy said the official concerned assured to take steps to dispatch the urea stocks to the State and asked the farmers in the State not to worry about the availability and supply of urea for the current agriculture season.last_img read more

Poverty forces parents to sell children

first_imggaibandhaDay-labourer Habil Mia from Rajbari village in Sundarganj upazila of Gaibandha has been suffering from various ailments for a long time but all the while he had to work hard to support a seven-member family.Down by poverty, Habil and his wife finally decided to sell two of their daughters to arrange money to buy a small plot for the family’s home.They sold their five-month-old daughter at Tk 50,000 and the three-year-old daughter at Tk 5,000. The couple declined to give details.Habil said he wished to see his baby girls again but did not know where they are.In the last two years, at least five children have reportedly been sold by their parents in Fulchhari and Sundarganj upazilas.Momena Begum’s case was a little different. She was eight months into pregnancy when her husband died.The posthumous born child was named Mostafa. Momena and her child lived with her mother-in-law Joygun in Fulchhari upazila until her second marriage.When her new husband refused to accept Mostafa, Momena sold the five-month-old child at Tk 3,000. When Joygun learned about the incident, she started looking for her grandson.After an exhausting eight-month search, Mostafa was finally located. But the man who had bought him demanded Tk 20,000 from Joygun. She sold her ancestral land and took her grandson back.Mostafa is one of the very few lucky children who could return home after being sold.The story of Ashraful Islam, a day-labourer from Dharmapur village of Sundarganj, is almost similar to that of Habil Mia. Ashraful also struggled to make ends meet and sold one of his daughters for Tk 5,000 and another for Tk 15,000 two years ago.When a child is sold, its identity is changed by the buyer, making it impossible in most cases to trace the child.Contacted, local Member of Parliament Shamim Haidar Patwari said he was unaware of the sale of children but added that he was unable to do anything about rescuing the children. “It’s up to the local administration,” he said.Approached, local Upazila Nirbahi Officer Soleman Ali declined to comment.Shamim Haidar, however, said there are some areas in the district where poverty has taken a devastating form for various problems, including riverbank erosion.The government has been planning to provide these people relief materials and taking steps to improve the financial condition of the locality, he said.Tarapur Union Parishad chairman Aminul Islam claimed that the wealthy people pay poor couples in advance to buy their children and use them as domestic helps when they grow up.”There’re many such cases in and around areas along the river,” he said without any further elaboration.last_img read more

Kinect Projects A New Hope In Holographic Tech

first_imgMicrosoft’s Kinect has already brought us invisibility, motion-tracked underwear and giant animated Minecraft cats. Now, it’s taking us to a galaxy far far away, thanks to researchers from the MIT Media Lab. Using Kinect and a PC equipped with three off-the-shelf graphics cards, the researchers were able to create a three-inch holographic Princess Leia running at around 15 frames per second, according to the university’s news office. One of the students in the group dressed as Leia and re-enacted the famous scene from Star Wars in real-time at a conference in San Francisco last weekend. It might not have quite the resolution as R2’s projector in A New Hope, but its one of the fastest methods of projecting a hologram around today. According to an article on geek-ceteraNews.org, a team at the University of Arizona was able to create a large hologram with much higher resolution using 16 cameras and a series of lasers. Unfortunately, this method was 30 times slower than MIT’s Kinect hack, refreshing the image once every two seconds. Maybe the most impressive thing about this hack was that the MIT researchers only got their hands on a Kinect around the end of December, giving them about a month to not only create the hologram, but double the frame rate from 7.5 frames per second to 15. Before you run out and wire up your own droids with appeals to Ben Kenobi, keep in mind that there is still one component of the setup that can’t be bought in stores. The holographic display used in the project has been developed by MIT since the late-1980s by two groups of professors and their students. The current display, called the Mark-II, is the successor to the original. Professor Michael Bove said his group is developing a larger and cheaper display using the same technology. Here’s a video of the hologram, projected in real-time over the Internet: [via MIT News Office, geek-ceteraNews.org]last_img read more

Its official dogs really do imitate their owners

first_img Explore further The researchers from the University of Vienna, Austria, and the University of Oxford in the UK, first trained ten dogs to open a sliding door in a box using either their mouth or paws. They then asked the owners to open the door using either the mouth or hand, and gave the dogs food rewards if they opened the door using the same method (compatible group) or the other method (incompatible group).The results showed that the dogs in the compatible group were able to gain the reward much more easily and with fewer trials than those who had to counterimitate their owners. This strongly suggests that dogs, like humans, learn by automatic imitation.In a second experiment all the dogs were rewarded if they imitated their owners, and in this case the dogs who had been in the incompatible group fared worse than those in the compatible group, making more errors through counterimitation. The researchers say this suggests the imitation depends on “sensorimotor experience and phylogenetically general mechanisms of associative learning” and that imitation in dogs is shaped more by their interactions with people than by their evolutionary history of domestication.All ten dogs were over eight months old and had completed agility, rescue, and obedience training. They were randomly assigned to the two groups, with three border collies, one Australian shepherd and a mixed breed in the compatible group, and four border collies and a mixed breed in the other. The experiments were carried out at the homes of the participants, who all resided in Austria.Leader of the team, Dr Friederike Range, from the University of Vienna, said learning by automatic imitation has evolutionary advantages because animals can learn without having to go through a trial and error process, which always carries a risk. She also said the results suggest the dogs brought to the experiment a tendency to automatically imitate their owners, even when it proved costly to do so.Scientists are interested in automatic imitation because it is pervasive in human life, where it promotes cooperation, and it is thought to be necessary for imitation learning, which may be crucial for the cultural inheritance of behaviors. The results of the study support a theory of learning that suggests a “mirror neurons” system is involved, and that the capacity to imitate develops as an animal learns and interacts with humans, rather than the ability being present from birth. The paper was published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B and is available online. Automatic imitation is not only a human trait, research finds More information: Automatic imitation in dogs, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published online before print July 28, 2010, doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.1142 (PhysOrg.com) — Scientists studying imitative behavior have found that, just like people, dogs learn quickest by automatic imitation. Apart from the budgerigar, this is the first time automatic imitation has been demonstrated in a non-human species. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Image credit: Mdk572, Wikipedia. Citation: It’s official: dogs really do imitate their owners (2010, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-07-dogs-imitate-owners.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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