• Rabri, Tejashwi get bail in IRCTC hotels case

    first_imgA Delhi court on Friday granted bail to former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi, her son Tejashwi Yadav and others in a corruption case related to the grant of maintenance contracts for two IRCTC hotels to a Patna-based firm allegedly for a consideration.Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad is also an accused in the case but he was not able to appear before the court as he is serving sentence in the fodder scam cases in a Ranchi jail. The court issued a warrant for his production on October 6, the next date of hearing.Special Judge Arun Bhardwaj granted bail to them on a personal bond of ₹1 lakh each with one surety of a like amount.Earlier, Rabri Devi along with her son Tejashwi Yadav and other accused persons appeared before the court on summons.last_img

  • Bt cotton seed probe delayed by Maratha protests

    first_imgWhile the agitations held for Maratha reservation helped the community win their demand, it has also delayed the probe by a special investigation team (SIT) into companies that have allegedly produced, stored, and sold unapproved Bt cotton seeds with herbicide-tolerant trasgenic gene (HTTG), according to the State government. On Saturday, the State government sanctioned a three-month extension to the SIT, led-by Krishaprakash, Special IG (Protection and VIP security), which is probing the role of companies such as Mahyco Monsanto Bio Tech (India) Pvt. Ltd., Monsanto Holdings Pvt. Ltd. and Monsanto India Limited over illegally producing, storing and selling unapproved Bt cotton seeds with HTTG. The SIT, formed on February 7, was expected to give its report within a month. It has been 11 months now and the report is still awaited. A government resolution said that one of the reasons for the delay is the focus on security provided to VIPs due to the changing law and order situation in the State as a result of the Maratha agitations at different places. In addition, the delay is attributed to additional responsibilities extended and the probe undergoing in police cases filed earlier.In India, Bt cotton seeds of Bollgard-I (since 2002) with Cry1Ac gene and Bollgard-II (since 2006) with Cry2Ab gene are approved for sale on a commercial scale. A company needs the approval of the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) to commercially produce genetically modified seeds. Bt cotton seeds with HTTG are not approved by the GEAC. As per the report from the Central Institute of Cotton Research (CICR), Nagpur, five branded Bt cotton seeds namely Jadu, ATM, Balbhadra, Arjun and Krishna-gold were found with HTTG. An FIR was filed in Nagpur on October 25-26, 2017. On November 17, 2017, the State government requested a CBI probe. On January 10, the Centre in a confidential letter asked the State government to form an SIT, which was subsequently formed in February. It had earlier received a five-month extension. The SIT is authorised to recommend action against the seed companies after inquiring their role. Mr. Krishnaprakash was unavailable for comment.last_img read more

  • Has Ganguly entered Bengal politics through BCCI?

    first_imgWhile the cricketing world and the press were busy watching the conference announcing Sourav Ganguly as the next Board of Control for Cricket in India chief, political circles in West Bengal are trying to figure out his role in State politics.While the State BJP has earlier challenged Mr. Ganguly on his turf – the Eden Gardens, the Trinamool Congress leaders are clearly not comfortable with the idea of him emerging as the face against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.Proximity to CMTill 48 hours ago, Mr. Ganguly was considered a staunch pro-TMC person. The CM backed him as the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal, raising many eyebrows, following the demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya in 2015. Their proximity is literally visible as one passes the Eden Gardens with the billboards, featuring the Chief Minister and the CAB president, side by side.Mr. Ganguly returned Ms. Banerjee’s favour by refusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s offer to join the BJP and rather decided to wait for what the CAB officials describe as the “opportune moment”. Instead, he offered to promote the PM’s cleanliness drive as an ambassador of the Swachh Bharat campaign.But everything changed on Saturday night when Mr. Ganguly attended a long meeting at Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s residence in Delhi, attended by BCCI officials, Mr. Shah’s son Jay Shah and the influential Assam politician Himanta Biswa Sarma. The Assam Cricket Association, among others, had backed Mr. Ganguly in a close contest which virtually ended at Mr. Shah’s Krishna Menon Marg residence. CAB sources told The Hindu that it was at this meeting that the two other contenders for the post – former cricketer Brijesh Patel and Delhi Cricket Board president Rajat Sharma – were nudged to make way.“Sourav Ganguly was given the go-ahead as striker and I think Anurag Thakur [former BCCI president] played a significant role in backing him,” said a CAB official on condition of anonymity.TMC responseThere was immediate response from a section of TMC leaders. “Mr. Ganguly is articulate, good-looking, a superstar, liked by Mr. Modi and Mr. Shah and has now clearly established that he understands politics… he is a challenger,” said a Minister considered close to Mr. Ganguly.While Mr. Ganguly himself has brushed off the buzz as “speculation”, the pace at which he fixed the meeting with Mr. Shah and got him to bat for him is “amazing”, say BJP leaders.Whether Mr. Ganguly will be selected to steer Bengal or campaign for the BJP in the 2021 Assembly poll, the developments of the last 48 hours have put the State BJP in a spot.last_img read more

  • Security breach during Ranji Trophy game at Airforce ground

    first_img(Eds: Adding Delhi skipper Ishant Sharmas reaction)New Delhi, Nov 3 (PTI) A man today drove his car onto the pitch during the Ranji Trophy match between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh at the Airforce ground in Palam, a major security breach which left both the players and officials dumbfounded.International players like Gautam Gambhir, Ishant Sharma and Rishabh Pant were present on the ground when the incident took place and it could have snowballed into something even more serious amounting to physical danger.A picture has emerged of the incident where Gambhir, Ishant and Manan Sharma were seen standing with the car parked on the centre of the 22-yard strip.Ishant sarcastically tweeted:”Drive in theater just progressed to #DriveIN match. Shocking scene in between #RanjiTrophy match today witnessed with @GautamGambhir.”The BCCI will be seeking a report from their affiliated unit Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) about the incident.At around 4:40 pm, 20 minutes from close of play, a silver grey Wagon R suddenly drove onto the field of play with Uttar Pradesh batting in their second innings.The man, who identified himself as Girish Sharma, tried to swerve his car twice on the 22-yard strip before he was stopped.It was learnt that the main gate of the Airforce ground, which only allows entry of cars after proper checking remained open with the security not in his position.This allowed the man free access inside the complex and instead moving towards the designated parking lot, which is behind the main pavilion. He took a detour entering from the Palam B complex into the field of play and took couple of rounds of the pitch before trying to leave the ground.advertisementThe security personnel at the ground swung into action after this and closed the gate in order to stop the man from fleeing. He was stopped at the gate.He was then detained for questioning by the Delhi Police.BCCI acting president CK Khanna told PTI: “The BCCI will enquire into the incident. The relevant department will get in touch with the Services Sports Control Board as this is a matter of serious concern.”This is a breach of security measure at the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) ground. Imagine if the man had any sinister motive, then lives of international cricketers could have been in danger,” Khanna added.Delhi team manager Shankar Saini, who was present at the ground said: “Thank God, nothing untoward happened. There was a possibility that it could have been more serious.”The allegedly inebriated man was first detained by the Airforce Police before being handed over to the Delhi Police for interrogation.However, as per senior Delhi Police official, none of the involved parties lodged a formal complaint against the intruder.”No formal complaint has been lodged. Preliminary investigations suggest that the Airforce security guard was not present at the gate. We have detained the man identified as Girish for questioning. He is around 30 years old and claimed that he works in a private firm. He seemed mentally disturbed,” a senior Delhi Police official told PTI.A DDCA official present at the ground said: “The man looked a complete mess. He was driving the car wearing a lungi. In fact, when he was being bashed up for his act, he hardly reacted. He did not look in perfect mental health.”Although the match is being held at the Services home ground, the host of this particular match is Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA). The Services is only the facilitator as they are providing the ground for the game.The match was supposed to be held at Feroz Shah Kotla but with Indias T20 game against New Zealand being held on November 1, the match was shifted to the Airforce ground. PTI KHS PM CM KHSlast_img read more

  • “Toyota’s Killer Firmware” and the “Single Bit Flip That Killed”? Not!

    first_img Continue Reading Previous When life fails to provide a debugging interface, blink a RGB LEDNext Brain-boggler at ESC Boston 2017 DavidMCummings says: Log in to Reply androticus says: As some readers may remember, in 2013 an Oklahoma jury found that Toyota’s embedded software was to blame for unintended acceleration that resulted in a fatal accident. The embedded software expert who convinced the jury that software was to blame made his trial testimony and slides available to the public and invited us to “judge for ourselves.” A flurry of articles in technical publications followed, most of which (to the best of my recollection) described the expert’s testimony in favorable terms, accepting the conclusion that software caused the accident. Many of these articles had attention-grabbing titles such as Toyota’s killer firmware and Toyota Case: Single Bit Flip That Killed.Having developed embedded software for many years, and having written an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times years before the trial about the possibility that Toyota’s software was to blame for reported incidents of unintended acceleration, I read the expert’s testimony with great interest and excitement. I was expecting to find a convincing argument based on the evidence that the software was indeed to blame for the accident in question.As I delved deeper and deeper into the testimony, however, my excitement turned to disappointment. It became clear that there was no credible theory based on the evidence. I felt it was important to set the record straight, and so I submitted an article with my technical analysis to the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine . That article was peer reviewed and then accepted for publication in their most recent issue (December, 2016). (You can also find a pre-publication version of the article on my company’s website, as well as two video interviews here and here providing additional context.)In this column, I summarize some of my findings (please refer to the IEEE article for a more complete discussion that includes all the technical details).As discussed in the IEEE article, the plaintiffs convinced the jury that Toyota’s embedded software was responsible for the accident by employing the following approach:First, they bombarded the non-technical jury with criticisms of the quality of Toyota’s software from two different software experts. The first expert did not see any of Toyota’s source code, but nonetheless his entire testimony, which is also publicly available (see Part 1 and Part 2), was directed toward criticizing the quality of Toyota’s software. As anyone with extensive experience developing real-world software knows, software quality assessments can be highly subjective.The second of the two experts, who did examine Toyota’s source code, also criticized the quality of Toyota’s software. Then he told the jury that “to a reasonable degree of engineering certainty, it was more likely than not” that the death of a task running on the engine control processor (referred to at trial as “Task X”) was responsible for the accident, despite the fact that the evidence presented at trial did not support that conclusion.According to the testimony of the second expert, Task X is a periodic task that executes multiple times per second. One of its many responsibilities is to determine the correct throttle angle setting (how far open the throttle should be) based on how hard the driver is pressing on the accelerator pedal (as well as other factors). Therefore, multiple times per second, Task X wakes up and, among other things, determines the current accelerator pedal position and sets a throttle angle variable accordingly. The throttle angle variable is then used by another part of the software to set the throttle to the angle specified in that variable.The expert identified a specific bit within an operating system data structure on the engine control processor (the main CPU) that determined whether Task X was alive (schedulable) or dead. According to the expert, this data structure (as well as the throttle angle variable) was not protected by software techniques such as mirroring, or by hardware techniques such as error detection and correction. Therefore, if this data structure became corrupted, the corruption would not be detected or corrected. The expert theorized that the bit for Task X in this data structure was erroneously flipped from one to zero due to a software bug or single event upset (SEU), and that this caused the accident, as described below.Another key element of the expert’s accident theory is a fail-safe called the “Brake Echo Check,” which is software that runs on a second processor called the monitor CPU. The Brake Echo Check is designed to behave as follows: If Task X died, and if the driver then stepped on the brake or released the brake, then about 200 milliseconds later the Brake Echo Check on the monitor CPU would detect an inconsistency resulting from the death of Task X on the main CPU, and would force the throttle to idle. About three seconds later it would stall the engine. When the throttle is at idle, braking will successfully stop the vehicle.According to the accident theory presented to the jury by the expert, the following three things had to happen together just prior to the accident:The bit corresponding to Task X in the operating system data structure was somehow flipped from one to zero, resulting in the death of Task X.At the time of this bit flip, the throttle angle variable maintained by Task X contained a large value corresponding to an open throttle. Because Task X never ran again, the throttle angle variable was stuck at this value and the throttle remained open.The Brake Echo Check did not work for some reason. When the driver stepped on the brake, the Brake Echo Check did not correctly detect the inconsistency due to the death of Task X, and therefore it did not force the throttle to idle. Because the throttle remained open, the driver was unable to stop the vehicle by braking.This theory is not credible as the likely explanation for the accident for at least the following reasons:It requires two nearly simultaneous independent failures — the hypothetical bit flip and the hypothetical failure of the Brake Echo Check — on two different processors.The expert provided no evidence that either failure occurred at the time of the accident or under any circumstances.For the hypothetical bit flip, the expert merely speculated that it might possibly occur under some circumstances due to problems he claimed to have identified in the software. No connection was established between any of those claimed problems and the specific bit in question (more details are provided in the IEEE article).For the hypothetical failure of the Brake Echo Check, the expert did not even speculate at trial why the Brake Echo Check would fail under any circumstances. Furthermore, all of the testing of the Brake Echo Check that he presented at trial showed it working exactly as designed. He also said that if the driver’s foot was already on the brake when the hypothetical bit flip caused Task X to die, then the Brake Echo Check would not act to close the throttle because it only acts if there is a brake transition (brake on or brake off). As I show in my IEEE article, however, this is irrelevant because if the driver’s foot was already on the brake when the hypothetical bit flip occurred, then the throttle would already be at idle and normal braking would stop the vehicle. The Brake Echo Check would not be needed.The expert also presented an alternative theory involving the death of Task X that did not assume that the throttle angle variable contained a large value at the time of the hypothetical bit flip. As I show in the IEEE article, this alternative theory is also not credible as the likely explanation for the accident because it requires at least two hypothetical memory corruptions in two different parts of memory (a corruption of the operating system bit plus a corruption of the throttle angle variable) without any supporting evidence. In fact, in many scenarios, it requires yet a third simultaneous failure — a failure of the Brake Echo Check, as in the first theory.Why should all of this be important to the embedded systems community? There are at least two reasons. First, the plaintiffs in this trial appear to have hit on an approach for embedded software trials that can produce a favorable verdict for the plaintiffs even if the evidence and technical analysis do not support such a verdict. Given its success in this trial, it seems likely that plaintiffs in future embedded software trials will employ the same approach. Hopefully, through increased awareness of this issue by the embedded systems community, the verdicts in future embedded software trials will more likely be supported by the evidence than was the case in this trial. Consequently, justice will be better served in future trials than it was in this trial.The second reason is that, in this era of science deniers, it is more important than ever that we in the engineering and scientific communities be extremely vigilant and scrupulous in all of our publicly-expressed engineering or scientific opinions, lest those opinions become fodder for the deniers in their attempts to discredit science and scientists. By presenting engineering or scientific opinions at trial that are not supported by the evidence or by technical analysis, we run the risk of unwittingly providing ammunition for the science deniers.Dr. David M. Cummings is the Executive Vice President of the Kelly Technology Group in Santa Barbara, CA. He has over 35 years of experience in the design and implementation of software systems, many of which are embedded systems. Nine of those years were spent at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he designed and implemented flight software for the Mars Pathfinder spacecraft. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from UCLA. “You make an interesting point. In response, Iu2019d like to first point out that only one of the two embedded systems experts based his testimony on direct examination of the code. The first expert to testify did not see any of Toyotau2019s source code Log in to Reply Log in to Reply Log in to Reply Log in to Reply Log in to Reply Log in to Reply March 8, 2017 at 8:02 pm March 11, 2017 at 5:04 am JChMathae says: March 10, 2017 at 2:31 pm DavidMCummings says: ahelten says: 16 thoughts on ““Toyota’s Killer Firmware” and the “Single Bit Flip That Killed”? Not!” “These are important points. Thank you. Due to space limitations, I focused my IEEE article on the plaintiffsu2019 flawed causation theory. But I have also examined the plaintiffsu2019 testimony on Toyotau2019s software quality, and I have serious conce johnspeth says: Log in to Reply “Slow down, cowboy. You’re off the range.” “Almost any technological tragedy today requires a confluence of unlikely events. Given the large number of cars sold, and the large number of hours driven per year, a few dozen accidents where multiple events occur are practically a certainty.nnSafety Philmac0 says: March 6, 2017 at 11:04 am DavidMCummings says: “Regarding “Science Deniers”. Science is meant to be questioned. Science is meant to be scrutinized. Otherwise, your science is no different than religion.” March 8, 2017 at 8:14 pm March 9, 2017 at 2:47 pm KentR1 says: March 6, 2017 at 8:14 pm “When the scientists who do the questioning are scorned, professionally disgraced and have their careers destroyed by the other “scientists” or political elite to further their globalist religion you think that is perfectly fine? “ Log in to Reply Philmac0 says: Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. March 10, 2017 at 4:36 pm “My Audi A4 once engaged in uncontrolled acceleration. I have been driving for 4 decades, every type of vehicle. I was not “confused” between the brake and the accelerator. My car accelerated in an uncontrolled fashion all by itself. Because it is contro HankWalker says: D J Liu says: “Arguments based on “code quality” can be highly subjective. I have seen buggy code beautifully formatted, and I have seen exceptionally performing code that appear messy in the first glance only to reveal its consistency upon closer look. Now, when I he Log in to Reply Log in to Reply DavidMCummings says: David_Ashton_EC says: Richard Hendricks says: DavidMCummings says: “Thank you for your comment. Although coding standards serve a useful purpose (and I have used them on many projects), I agree that just because code adheres to a coding standard doesnu2019t mean the code is high quality. As you suggest, one cannot meanin “I doubt we’ll ever really know what went wrong. Given that cars carry many more people than aircraft, the use of some kind of black box drive recorder is warranted (does that cost more than mechanical linkages, car makers??)nnAnd two standard rules of Log in to Reply March 11, 2017 at 6:17 pm “I agree that we are not likely to ever know with certainty what went wrong in this particular accident. With that said, a fundamental issue for many automotive product liability trials ends up being driver error versus vehicle malfunction. There are u201 “The fundamental challenge I see here is that several well-known embedded systems experts based their testimony on direct examination of the code, but you must rely on their trial testimony, which disclosed little about the code, other than titillating fac Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Automotive, Industry “I am not saying that I donu2019t believe a car computer could malfunction. But the fact that a malfunction could occur is not the point. The point is that the plaintiffs didnu2019t show that it is more likely than not that a computer malfunction caused March 20, 2017 at 11:27 pm “Your article was excellent until I got to the last paragraph and this statement. “The second reason is that, in this era of science deniers…”. What is your definition of a science denier? I’m making an assumption here that you are referring to peop March 7, 2017 at 5:48 pm March 13, 2017 at 12:11 am Log in to Reply Log in to Reply March 15, 2017 at 3:11 am March 21, 2017 at 11:55 pm “In dubio pro reonnOr is it that in the US doubt must profit to the most in need of money (the victim, not the attorney 😉 ?” March 8, 2017 at 7:27 pm Log in to Reply December 7, 2017 at 5:13 am “Sure, everyone’s a climate scientist these days, even cowboys. Heck, you can be a failed politician and still become the pope of the Religion of Climate Control.”last_img read more

  • Dream11 announces partnership Australia’s BBL

    first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Dream11, Indias sports gaming platform, on Friday announced athree-year partnership agreement with KFC Big Bash League (BBL), the Australian domesticTwenty20 cricket competition. Dream11 will be the Official Fantasy Game Partner’ of WBBL and BBL across 129 exciting matches until 2021, according to a statement.Commenting on this unique partnership, Harsh Jain, CEO and Co-Founder, Dream11 said: “We are very excited to partner with BBL, one of the premier T20 cricket leagues in the world, and bring the authentic Australian cricket experience to our Indian fans. It will also give international cricket fans an opportunity to engage deeply with their favourite sport.”Through Dream11, cricket fans will get the unique opportunity to select their fantasy cricket teams for all the KFC BBL and WBBL matches. Cricket enthusiasts will enjoy a highly engaging and immersive experience as they get closer to the real-life sporting action by making their fantasy teams on Dream11.Commenting on this unique partnership, Finn Bradshaw, Head of Digital, BBL said: “AtCricket Australia, we always seek to partner with world leaders in technology, and Dream11 is the clear global leader in fantasy cricket. We look forward to working with them to deepen our fans’ connection with the game they love.”–IANSgau/sedlast_img read more


    first_imgPresident Donald Trump rallied with a jubilant crowd of more than six-thousand fans in Cedar Rapids last (Wednesday) night.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/TRUMPO1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….CITIZENS :25Trump spoke for over 70 minutes, standing below a huge American flag, with sign-waving supporters in front and behind him.The president visited Kirkwood Community College to focus on high speed infrastructure, promising the infrastructure plan he’s working on with congress will provide money to expand broadband coverage to ensure farmers can connect to the internet.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/TRUMPO2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….AGAINST NOW :18Former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad flew with Trump on Air Force One from D.C. to Cedar Rapids.Branstad leaves later this week for China and his post as U.S. Ambassador.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/TRUMPO3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….MORE TO COME :15Trump called Branstad “a great friend” and a “true legend.”Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/TRUMPO4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….EFFECTIVE JOB :10Trump also called Branstad’s son “very talented.”Eric Branstad is a White House liaison in the U.S. Department of Commerce. It’s a post he took after serving as state director of Trump’s general election campaign.Radio Iowalast_img read more

  • Newcastle close to record deal to sign Miguel Almirón from Atlanta

    first_imgNewcastle have agreed a deal in principle to sign Miguel Almirón from Atlanta United for a club-record fee believed to be around £20m.The Paraguay midfielder is keen to move to the Premier League club, despite late interest from Napoli and Internazionale, and is expected to arrive for a medical on Wednesday or Thursday. Reuse this content Share on Twitter Newcastle United 2-1 Manchester City: Premier League – as it happened Share on LinkedIn Newcastle United Share on Messenger Read more MLS There are problems to resolve, understood to include the structure of payment and bonuses. Personal terms have been agreed and Rafael Benítez is hopeful of making his first signing of the transfer window. Newcastle’s manager suffered the latest in a series of transfer setbacks when the transfer of the Lazio full-back Jordan Lukaku fell through.The club are reported to have held talks with Benfica and Monaco over loan moves for the midfielder Andreas Samaris and the defender Antonio Barreca. Almirón is an attacking midfielder who has 12 caps and played for clubs in his homeland and Argentina before joining Atlanta in 2016.Newcastle’s transfer record has stood since Michael Owen was signed from Real Madrid in 2005 for £16m. Benítez clearly hopes Almirón will prove Newcastle’s “missing link” – in other words the creative link player to fill the No 10 role in the Spaniard’s preferred 4-2-3-1 system. The lack of an individual able to operate between the lines and make the team a little more three dimensional, has proved horribly elusive during his St James’ Park tenure.The Paraguayan’s arrival should also help placate a manager whose contract on Tyneside runs out in May and, who as recently as Monday, refused to rule out the prospect of resignation were the transfer window close without Mike Ashley, the club’s owner, having sanctioned the recruitment of any reinforcements for an under-strength squad.center_img Share on Facebook Transfer window Atlanta United US sports Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Topics Share via Emaillast_img read more

  • Kirk Herbstreit Says There’s A New “Heavy Favorite” To Make The Playoff

    first_imgespn's kirk herbstreit on sportscenterESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit believes one top 10 team will have to suffer a surprising upset in order to not make the College Football Playoff this season.Notre Dame, which won its top 10 showdown against Stanford on Saturday night, remains undefeated and is looking good.The Fighting Irish have already won what might be its two biggest games of the season – Michigan, Stanford – and an undefeated regular season seems possible.Herbstreit says that Notre Dame will be a heavy favorite to make the College Football Playoff moving forward.“Will need to be upset to prevent it. Be heavily favored in every game remaining,” he writes.@KirkHerbstreit After an impressive win last night over Stanford. Are my Irish going to be in the playoff talks? Finally Kelly has a legit defense also looks like he found his QB too. #GoIrish— Ryan Mann (@RyanudaMann) September 30, 2018Yes. Will need to be upset to prevent it. Be heavily favored in every game remaining https://t.co/5vDQbCwgai— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 30, 2018Notre Dame has a big one coming up next weekend, though.The Fighting Irish travel to Virginia Tech on Saturday. The game will kick off in primetime.last_img read more

  • Rice Quarterback Carted Off The Field After Scary Hit To Head

    first_imgRice quarterback Wiley Green at quarterback.MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 20: Wiley Green #5 of the Rice Owls drops back to pass in the first half against the FIU Golden Panthers at Ricardo Silva Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)Rice quarterback Wiley Green had to be carted off the field following a scary hit at the goal line in tonight’s game against Wake Forest.Green, the Owls’ starting QB, took a scary hit to the head during a play at the goal line in the first quarter of tonight’s game.The 6-foot-3 quarterback was attempting to get into the end zone late in the first quarter against the Demon Deacons.Green ended up taking a helmet-to-helmet blow and went down. Rice QB Wiley Green is down for the Owls@RiceFootball | #GoOwls pic.twitter.com/ZUcUX6yKjW— Collin Wilson (@_Collin1) September 7, 2019Green had completed 3 of 5 passes for 69 yards. He also had two rushing attempts.The quarterback ended up staying down on the field for a while before getting carted off.Wiley Green being carted off the field. He was down for a while. Tom Stewart in at QB for Rice pic.twitter.com/gnlq0bCgga— #FlashSZN (@ftbeard_17) September 7, 2019Wake Forest and Rice are currently tied, 14-14, late in the first half.Stay tuned for updates on Green. Hopefully everything is OK.last_img read more

  • Weekly Traffic Advisories

    first_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 111 The southbound lanes of Highway 111 between Exit 6 and Pleasant Street, are reduced to one lane during construction daily from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weekdays and from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. on weekends. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h during construction and the work is scheduled to be complete on Sunday, July 31. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge, Margaree Crowdis Bridge on Crowdis Cross Road in Margaree will be closed on Tuesday, May 31, from 10 a.m. to noon to install a work platform. Detour in place. Monday to Thursday, sunrise to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to sunset Friday, from sunrise to 3 p.m. weekends, from sunrise to sunset HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107, Partridge River Bridge Until the end of July traffic on Highway 107 near Exit 18 in Lake Echo is reduced to one lane with stop-and-go traffic between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The speed limit is reduced to 80 km/hr. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 246 Sections of Route 246, from 200 metres west of Kennedy Hill Road for about six kilometres west to Marshall Road, are reduced to one lane for upgrading including paving, slope stabilization and guardrail repairs until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic is stop-and-go and work takes place from daylight to dusk. CANSO CAUSEWAY The Canso Causeway will be closed periodically from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, to allow Nova Scotia Power Inc. to work on the power lines above the crossing. Traffic control will be in place, stopping traffic for 20 minutes at a time, then allowing traffic to flow for 15 minutes. Work is weather permitting. If delayed work will be next week. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Cobequid Pass Toll Plaza There will be construction for about a kilometre on both sides of the Cobequid Pass toll plaza on Highway 104 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily from Saturday, May 28 until Saturday, June 4. Work is to both eastbound and westbound lanes and will require lane closures at times. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Morgan Falls Bridge Morgan Falls Bridge on Lower Branch Road, about 250 metres from the intersection of Trunk 10, is closed for repairs each weekday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday, May 30 until Friday June 3. A detour route is available on Varner Bridge on Route 208. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Sections of the westbound lanes of Highway 104, are reduced to one lane for resurfacing, from Exit 20 at Pleasant Valley Road west for about five kilometres. Speed is reduced to 80 km/h through the work area. Signs are in place. Work is taking place from dawn to dusk until Wednesday, June 15. CONTINUING WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Sections of Highway 103 from Exit 12 for about nine kilometres to Northfield Overpass, have alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER/CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 Sections of the westbound lane of Highway 104 for about 19 kilometres from Londonderry to Westchester Station, are reduced to one lane for paving, widening and the installation of rumble strips and guardrail until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. PICTOU COUNTY: Green Hill Road Green Hill Road from Trunk 4 westerly, about five kilometres is reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, June 30. Traffic control personnel are on site. Work will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.center_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118 Repaving and widening of the northbound lanes of Highway 118 is underway from Portobello Bridge to Exit 14 at Fall River. Work will be paused during weekday afternoon rush hours but delays are expected. Hours of construction are: VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30- INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15 tonne weight restriction. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Martins Brook Bridge Martins Brook Bridge, Trunk 3, about one kilometre north of Hermans Island Road, will be closed for replacement from Monday, May 30 until Friday, June 3. Detour on Trunk 3 to Fauxburg Road, Northwest Road, Schnares Crossing Road back to Trunk 3. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 The eastbound lanes of the Amherst Viaduct Bridge on Highway 104 have alternating lane closures for repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and traffic will be controlled by concrete barriers and signs. The bridge has a 4.5 metre width restriction and an 80 km/h speed limit. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge, Valley Mills Crowdis Bridge, in Valley Mills on Marble Mountain Road, is closed until further notice. Detour via Eden Road, Barren Road, Northside River Denys Road and Southside River Denys Road. Signs are in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 101 Bridge During weekends only the Highway 101 Bridge over Highway 102 near Bedford, is reduced to one lane on both the inbound and outbound lanes for repairs. There will also be a lane drop each way on the Highway 102. Work starts on Fridays at 6 p.m. and ends on Mondays at 6 a.m. until Friday, July 15. HANTS COUNTY: Avon River Bridge The Avon River Bridge on Highway 1 is reduced to one lane for joint replacements until Friday, June 17. Traffic lights are on site. The sidewalk is closed during construction. NEW WORK PICTOU COUNTY: Montreal Road Montreal Road, from Route 289 to Gairlock Lake Road, about four kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, June 30. Traffic control personnel are on site. Work will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Work is scheduled for completion on Wednesday, Aug. 31.last_img read more

  • Canadian judges must reach out to marginalized retiring NS chief justice says

    first_imgHALIFAX — After a career championing social justice issues, Nova Scotia’s chief justice is retiring Thursday with a challenge to judges across Canada: Do more outreach with marginalized communities.Chief Justice Michael MacDonald conceded the judiciary has traditionally been “pretty insular,” and said he felt a responsibility to “be part of the solution instead of part of the problem.”In an exit interview with The Canadian Press, he said courts need to better understand the communities they serve.“It’s really all about education. It’s about humility, I think, as well … Because of course I have the worldview of a white male down pat, but I don’t have the worldview of those who have come from marginalized communities and who have had challenges that I’ve never had,” said MacDonald.“I think we as an institution must be humble enough to recognize that not everything is working perfectly and we would all benefit and be a richer judiciary and richer as judges if we learn more about the society within which we judge. It’s really as simple as that.”MacDonald, 64, became the 22nd chief justice of Nova Scotia and the chief justice of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal in 2004.He’s spent much of his 40-year legal career presiding over court cases and encouraging his colleagues to engage and learn from marginalized communities.Last June, MacDonald worked with leaders in the Indigenous and African Nova Scotian communities to host a two-day meeting at the Black Cultural Centre in Cherry Brook, N.S., where 40 judges heard firsthand about the unique challenges facing those communities.At the end of that meeting, MacDonald committed to institutionalizing this type of judicial outreach, ultimately leading to the creation of the African Nova Scotian Access to Justice Judicial Committee.He also initiated a 2016 review of diversity on the bench that led to the development of a mentorship program for African Nova Scotian and Indigenous lawyers.“It’s easy for the judiciary to say, well, it’s not our problem. It’s society’s problem. Well, it’s all of our problems and I’m gravely concerned when I learn about statistics where there is significant overrepresentation of black and Indigenous people in our prisons, when victims of sexual assault are seriously under-reporting,” he said, sitting at his desk in a now mostly bare office overlooking a rainy Halifax Harbour.“Public confidence in the judiciary is fundamental and therefore anything we can do that can enhance public confidence in the judiciary would be important.”MacDonald said judges stand to gain new perspectives by engaging with marginalized communities.“I think the real end game is, and the goal is, to just learn as much as you can about other people’s experiences, and that will make you a richer judge and actually make you completely impartial in the sense that when I hear your story, I can understand it better,” he said.He believes the types of institutionalized outreach initiatives happening in Nova Scotia are unique to the province, but the ideas behind it can be applied elsewhere.MacDonald added that this work requires a balance to be struck between community engagement and maintaining judicial independence.For example, in the lead-up to the Cherry Brook meeting, legally trained community leaders held preliminary meetings to explain to the community the judiciary’s independence and about how judges cannot align with certain causes or comment on specific cases.“I’m told that like all education, it’s a two-way dynamic in the sense that we’ve learned a lot — I’ve learned a lot — but to the members of the community, not only appreciating the fact that we’ve engaged the community, they have, I think, a better understanding for the judiciary and the role that we play,” said MacDonald.The federal government has not yet named the province’s next chief justice.MacDonald said he plans on spending his retirement with his family, including his wife Brenda, his three daughters — Christina, Laura and Bhreagh — and his two granddaughters, Cate and Caroline.Although he officially retires on Thursday, MacDonald is heading to his home community of Whitney Pier, N.S., on Friday for an engagement session of the African Nova Scotian Access to Justice Judicial Committee.“The vision would be that with enough engagement and understanding, our decisions will be better appreciated, better understood, and everybody wins.”Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.Aly Thomson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

  • Search continues for Neskie Manuel

    first_imgAPTN National NewsIn British Columbia the search continues for a 30 year-old Nesconlith man missing since last Sunday.Neskie Manuel was on a family camping trip in the mountains north of Kamloops. He apparently just walked off into the bush.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has more.last_img

  • Delhi Bar Council orders big 4 audit firms to refrain from practicing

    first_imgNew Delhi, MDelhi Bar Council orders big 4 audit firms to refrain from practicing lawThe Bar Council of Delhi, in an interim order on Friday, directed four big accounting firms — E&Y, Deloitte India, Price Water House Cooper’s and KPMG — to refrain from practicing law until further orders from the lawyers’ body. The Bar Council has also asked these firms for a list of all advocates enrolled across all their offices, in any capacity. The Bar Council action came on a complaint by senior advocate Lalit Bhasin alleging that though all these firms were accounting firms originally, they were engaged in law practice, which was not legally permissible. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles Bhasin, who is also the President of the Society of India Law Firms, said that the accounting firms have been encroaching into legal practice and their practice of hiring law graduates to provide non-litigation legal solutions was in contrast with the Advocates Act. While Chartered Accountants are governed by the Chartered Accountants Act, legal practice is governed by the Advocates Act. “The Council is of the view that in the meantime, all the firms… refrain themselves from indulging in any such practice until further orders,” said a statement from the Delhi Bar Council. As per media reports, in November 2018, an expert panel constituted by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs suggested amendment to the Advocates Act to allow audit firms to offer legal services. The Bar Council of Delhi will hear the matter next on July 12.last_img read more

  • New local media outlets crop up as traditional community papers close

    TORONTO — Dave Bidini asks “what if” a lot.As in, what if the mainstream press didn’t care about George Clooney building a house on Lake Cuomo? Maybe, just maybe, he says as he sprinkles in a few profanities, communities would be better off.Next month, the prolific musician, author and general man-about-Toronto, will be trudging door to door delivering his most recent creation: a 20-page broadsheet newspaper called the West End Phoenix. It will be a community rag, served without advertisements every month or so, with a focus on a few west-end neighbourhoods.“We used to have a whack of really, really great community papers, but they’re all glorified flyer-mobiles now,” Bidini says, his voice rising.“Goddammit, we’re in Toronto, we’re in this amazing city and we’re in this catchment in the west end where there are so many stories and we need a paper that will focus on the community. And you know what, the lane is wide open for us.”Bidini is betting on the community where he lives to respond. He has budgeted about $300,000 for the first year for eight to 10 issues and says he’s raised about 40 per cent of the funds needed. The money comes from a mixture of what he calls patrons, those who have shelled out $500 to $25,000. Count artists Margaret Atwood, Yann Martel and Serena Ryder among the donors.He says he has about 1,100 subscribers thus far and is hoping for 5,000 within a year. He’s going local.“We, as of a society, have to punch open those front doors and roll open those garages,” Bidini says. “In our times, it’s important for us to better know each other.”There is a paucity of community newspapers in Canada, according to research by a Ryerson University journalism professor. April Lindgren runs the Local News Research Project that puts numbers to the mass extinction of news organizations. Her research has led her to dub the situation across Canada as “local news poverty.”Since 2008, 194 news organizations have closed in Canada, either outright or due to mergers, her research shows. Only 62 new ones have popped up over the same time period. She is continually updating the numbers, she says.“News is becoming a luxury item for a community,” Lindgren says.Someone like Bidini finds himself in the perfect position to launch a newspaper, she says.“You need money, education, background and contacts,” Lindgren says.Bidini can tick off some of those boxes and is using his contacts to find money.“I’m having dinners and coffees with potential patrons trying to shake the trees,” he says.Lindgren points to American research that shows people who live in more affluent communities tend to have more access to more local news than people who live in poorer communities.Yet she’s excited for any new news outlets, especially if it’s local.“Research shows the availability of local news is as important to a well-functioning community as a functioning sewer system, good roads, public health services and good schools,” she says.Nearly 700 kilometres north of Toronto, Jeff Elgie speaks of his burgeoning local news empire from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. He runs Village Media and his crown jewel is SooToday.com, a digital-only news organization based in the northern Ontario city.They have news sites in four other Ontario cities: North Bay, Barrie, Timmins and Guelph, and they’re expanding. They’ve built their own publishing software that powers their sites and they also license it to other news organizations in Sudbury and Thunder Bay where they take a cut of digital sales, he says.Elgie is bullish on local news. He says on an average weekday, SooToday.com sees about 90,000 hits and 42,000 unique visitors, totalling about 15 million hits a month. This from a community with a population 73,368, according to the 2016 census.He says about 97 per cent of traffic is from local stories.“What we’re just doing is what a community newspaper did 20 years ago,” Elgie says. “It’s not that brilliant, really, we’re just focusing on local.”He says he won’t go anywhere near Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver, but is targeting small- to medium-sized cities with populations from 40,000 people to 200,000. He also targets areas that have their own distinct persona, learning from their struggles in Barrie, Ont.“Barrie seems to act a little differently and in some ways behaves a bit more like (a) commuter community where there is not as much interest in engagement in purely local news, so we struggle there,” he says.Another important factor is the competition. He’s looking for places with a weak media landscape. He points to Guelph as a good example. They had already planned to go in there because it fits the profile, but when the local paper, the Guelph Mercury, closed in early 2016, they raced to enter the market and opened up shop eight days later with two former Mercury reporters in tow.The next experiment is to test an even smaller market: Elliot Lake, Ont., with a population of 10,498.They’ll leverage SooToday’s site since it’s so close and they’re already covering issues like crime and health care. He says he already has commitments from companies to buy ads that have nearly covered the new operations launch costs.Like newspapers of yore, his company is making money off obituaries, which they post for free but make advertisement dollars off of their popularity, and classifieds.“In the Soo, we have more used vehicles than Auto Trader does,” Elgie says.Back in Toronto, Bidini already has a few shoestring budget stories to tell. An old high school friend “who’s done very well” will cover printing costs. There is no rent for the newsroom space because they are considered artists in residence at the Gladstone Hotel.He’s pumped for the first issue, which will feature “massive photos and massive illustrations” to go along with both short and long stories.“We do whatever we want to do,” Bidini says.Then it’s back to the what ifs. What if the West End Phoenix is no different than the scores of news outlets that died?“Who knows, maybe we’ll be that, man,” he says, “but we’re gonna try.” read more

  • Six killed in Train – 3 wheel accident

    The group travelling in the three-wheeler were from Biyagama. Six people were killed when a train collided with a three-wheeler in Ambanpola this morning, the police media unit said.police media spokesman SSP Priyashantha Jayakody said that the accident took place at the Kirimetiyawa railway crossing. He said that the Yaldevi train which was heading to Vavuniya from olombo, collided with the three wheeler killing six people who were in the vehicle.Among the victims were women and a child and two men, the police spokesman said. Another woman who was injured in the accident is in hospital.

  • BCE gets summertime boost from Pan Am Games as users tap into

    Summertime weather and the Pan Am Games inspired tourists to whip out their smartphones, helping telecom provider BCE Inc. deliver an extra boost in quarterly profits.Chief executive officer George Cope said Thursday that an influx of visitors to Toronto for the Games drove a spike in usage at the wireless provider.“The summer season for sure, Pan Am Games, people travelling into Toronto that we hadn’t seen,” Cope said as he listed off the reasons why Bell’s wireless division saw broad improvements.“We clearly have a summer effect in Canada on average revenue per user,” he added. “We’ll have to see next summer whether we see this incredible increase in usage again or not.”While Cope didn’t quantify it, tourists roaming on Bell’s networks would have helped increase the performance of its wireless division, as they posted images captured on their phones from Pan Am events and made phone calls using Bell’s wireless towers.Revenues in the wireless business grew 9.3 per cent to $1.77 billion, as the company added 77,655 new wireless postpaid subscribers and lost 19,112 prepaid subscribers.Overall, BCE’s entire operation reported net earnings attributable to common shareholders rose 23 per cent to $739 million from $600 million a year ago.The Montreal-based company (TSX:BCE) said revenue grew 2.9 per cent to $5.35 billion from $5.2 billion.In its high-speed Internet division, Bell added nearly 58,000 net subscribers and 67,900 customers to its IPTV (Bell Fibe) television service. It lost nearly 42,000 subscribers to its satellite TV service.—Follow @dj_friend on Twitter. by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 5, 2015 11:13 am MDT Last Updated Nov 5, 2015 at 12:51 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BCE gets summertime boost from Pan Am Games as users tap into data plans read more

  • SMMT guides UK auto suppliers to success in China

    Note to editors:Currently around 2.3 million engines are built in the UK each year. This is expected to rise to 3.5 million by 2005.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) SMMT is to bring automotive suppliers to key business contacts in the world’s fastest growing auto market. Two powertrain seminars have been organised in China this week that will give five companies the chance to promote their products and services to a specially invited audience of 150 potential long-term partners.Taking place in Shanghai and Beijing on 23 and 26 February, the SMMT seminars involve Lotus Engineering, PSM International, Volex Wiring, Ultraseal International and Froude Consine. The five will fly the flag for the UK, presenting expertise across the board, from powertrain design and manufacturer through to product testing.Mark Norcliffe, SMMT’s Head of International Trade commented, ‘British expertise in engine manufacture is acknowledged the world over and in China’s competitive market this is increasingly important.‘Through these kinds of events, SMMT aims to ensure that the UK motor industry is fully represented on the international stage, presenting the right companies to the right audience, and using our experience to help develop partnerships.’SMMT’s international department has been active in China since the mid 90s, fostering business relationships for UK companies. The experience of the team has also helped companies navigate through some of the challenges of working in an emerging market.On March 23 the opportunity to hear more about latest developments in China will come to the UK at a meeting of the SMMT International Business Group. The Birmingham Chamber of Commerce will host the event which takes place at the same time as the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC. While China will be the focus of attention, the meeting will also review the potential of other key global markets. read more

  • Aibot copter to improve speed and efficiency of surface mine survey

    first_imgThe tachymeter survey instrument has long been used by mapping and survey specialists for photogrammetry and initial measurement of points to determine horizontal directions, vertical angles and slants. However, the new Aibot X6 from Aibotix in Kassel, Germany, may change this approach in future. The Aibot X6 is a hexacopter built on an intelligent copter platform, distinguished by easy handling and a high degree of robustness. It was developed “in order to fit highest requirements of industrial inspections and surveys.” Due to the accurate management of the camera resolution and the control of speed, direction and position, the Aibot X6 captures a cartographic area through reinterpretation of the conventional photogrammetry hence 3D-models and orthophotos will be of the highest quality.The advantages of the Aibot X6 were tested by Asker Oppmaling AS in Norway at a quarry near Oslo with a size of 33 ha. Asker compared the ground control points which were measured conventionally with the ones taken by the Aibot X6. The outcomes of this test were impressive and should make the work of surveyors much easier and time efficient according to Aibotix. “We can control the Aibot from a central location which saves us the laborious walk through the cavern,” said Magnus Myhre, General Manager, Asker Oppmaling AS. With a conventional survey method with the survey done by the Aibot X6 it quickly becomes clear that the copter will be well-established in the industry. Taking this quarry example just the normal survey time would take three to four weeks. The surveyors have to walk through the mine on foot in order to collect the data. Muddy or unstable areas are very hard to access, so most of the time they cannot be measured so some data gets lost. This is compared to the method with the X6 where all data can be collected.The copter has a width of 1.05 m and a height of 0.45 m and can reach areas which are usually difficult to access without problems. It is also able to carry an additional payload of up to 2.5 kg and has, due to its extremely light CPR frame, a weight of only 2,555 g. The consequence of this size and weight is enormous flight stability which enables it to get results even with strong winds. The symbiosis of six rotors and the powerful motor guarantee strong lift and a stable flight altitude. The copter reaches a climb rate of 8m/sec and a speed of 60 km/h. In addition the Aibot can be controlled from a central location.The workflows of mapping with the Aibot X6 are simple. In the preparatory stage the requirements have to be defined. The ground resolution is practicable from 1 mm up to 4 mm. Parameters like flight height, speed, overlapping and distance of the trigger position can be planned in very short time using the flight planning software AiProFlight from Aibotix. The project requirements of Asker added up to an area of 33 ha and a pixel size of 22.7 mm. After the requirements have been set the actual flight plan is constructed in order to collect the data. The flight planning is done with AiProFlight. Flight direction, resolution, height, route and stereo overlapping are defined and inserted in the mapping device. The flight plan will be constructed and saved by mouse click. At any waypoint extra requirements like camera position or dwelling time can be inserted. As soon as the flight plan is transferred to the Aibot X6 (wireless) it can operate 100% automatically. In a normal surface flight the pictures will be taken at a 90° vertical down angle (nadir). One of the unique features of the Aibot X6 is the rotatable camera mount which generates a very detailed resolution of the vertical quarry walls at an angle of 45° (oblique). Picture-based 3D-modelling software like AgiSoft or Enso then uses geo-referenced pictures and builds the texture of an orthophoto or a 3D-model. A cost-intensive camera calibration is not necessary.last_img read more

  • New software for underground 3D laser scanners

    first_imgRenishaw has launched new 3D laser scanning software to speed underground mapping and modelling operations. The new software, Cavity Profiler, allows users to progress projects faster, by enabling quicker deployment, more efficient scanning and rapid data visualisation, editing and processing. The software is available in two versions, to support either the Renishaw Void Scanner – a specialist, boom-deployable underground laser scanner — or the Renishaw C-ALS® — a slimline, borehole-deployable laser scanner. Void Scanner and C-ALS are two of the most widely adopted underground 3D laser scanners, popular because of their robust nature and ability to accurately gather data in previously inaccessible areas. As the use of 3D laser scanners expands, Renishaw says it is “committed to ensuring its customers benefit not only from unique deployment abilities, giving access to potentially dangerous underground voids without risk to workers, but software that supports business efficiencies.” The Cavity Profiler software replaces all earlier versions and both Cavity Profiler – C-ALS and Cavity Profiler – Void Scanner are being made available by Renishaw to all existing customers, free of charge.Martin Carr, Business Manager, Mining Systems, says: “Our new software offers customers many efficiency benefits. Training needs are reduced through intuitive design and guided workflow. Successful scanning is supported by better visualisation of the probe and live viewing of incoming point data.“We’ve also introduced one-click surfacing and volume calculation for on-site modelling and ensured easy integration with third-party processing software packages. These changes make it quicker and simpler for our customers to capture accurate data, even in remote voids, and make it possible for them to use the data captured in their mine mapping software system.”Renishaw launched the new software at the Electra Mining Show in Johannesburg, South Africa, this month.The Renishaw C-ALS® and Void Scanner enable laser scanning of air-filled voids in order to create geo-referenced 3D models of subsurface conditions. The C-ALS is designed for narrow borehole deployment as a cost-effective, comprehensive and accurate alternative to wide-scale drilling.last_img read more