Two schoolchildren were injured after the bus they were travelling in was stoned by unidentified miscreants in Shopian on Wednesday, evoking outrage from regional political parties and the civil society in the Kashmir Valley. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said the perpetrators “will face action.”“Miscreants threw stones on the school bus, resulting in injuries to Class 2 student Rehan Gorsai. He has been shifted to SKIMS Hospital in Srinagar with a head injury. It’s complete madness how stone-pelters are targeting schoolchildren. These criminals will face the law,” Director-General of Police S.P. Vaid said. The bus of Rainbow International School, carrying over 30 students, was attacked with stones near Zavoora in Shopian in the morning. A police official said Shopian was volatile, with stone-pelting reported from parts of the district for the past three days, after a civilian caught in the cross-fire between militants and security forces died a few days ago.“Shocked and angered to hear of the attack on a school bus in Shopian. The perpetrators of this senseless and cowardly act will be brought to justice,” said Ms. Mufti.Former chief minister and National Conference working president Omar Abdullah wrote on Twitter:. “These attacks deserve our unequivocal condemnation. The amnesty granted to stone-pelters was meant to encourage more reasonable behaviour but some of these goons are determined to use the opportunity given to them to just pelt more stones.”Congress also condemned the attack. Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) MLA, Shopian, Sheikh Abdul Rashid appealed students to make education their priority and restrain from targeting their own colleagues. MLA Rashid’s house was attacked with a petrol bomb earlier in the day.Meanwhile, separatist Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani said the bus “was targeted by some unscrupulous elements”. “People need to demonstrate mature thinking and follow discipline. I am dismayed by the incident,” said Mr. Geelani.Hurriyat faction chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, “Those who indulge in such hooliganism should realize that these actions tarnish our movement and provide an opportunity to our adversary to defame.”
Voting for the bypoll to the Naxal-affected Dantewada Assembly constituency began on Monday morning amid tight security. The bypoll was necessitated due to the death of BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi in a Naxal attack in April. Polling began at 7 am and it will go on till 3 pm, an election official said here. A total of 1,88,263 voters, including 89,747 men and 98,876 women, are eligible to exercise their franchise in the constituency, which has 273 polling stations. A massive security blanket of around 18,000 personnel, including those from paramilitary forces, and drones have been thrown around the Dantewada Assembly segment, which is part of the insurgency-hit Bastar region, for conducting peaceful polling, a police official said. The counting of votes will be taken up on September 27. Nine candidates are in the fray for the seat, the only one in Bastar division that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) managed to win in last year’s Assembly election. Both the ruling Congress and the BJP have fielded candidates who have been victims of Naxal violence, with the former pitting Devti Karma, wife of senior party leader Mahendra Karma who was killed in the Jhiram Valley attack in 2013, against the latter’s Ojaswi Mandavi, wife of slain MLA Bhima Mandavi. The other candidates are Hemant Poyam (Bahujan Samaj Party), Sujit Karma (Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J)), Bhimsen Mandavi (Communist Party of India), Ajay Nag (Nationalist Congress Party), Ballu Ram Bhawani (Aam Aadmi Party), Yogesh Markam (Gondwana Gantantra Party) and Independent Sudru Ram Kunjam. Stakes are high for the main opposition BJP as it is fighting to retain the seat. In the 2018 Assembly polls, Devti Karma had lost to Bhima Mandavi by a thin margin of 2,172 votes in the Dantewada seat. In the 90-member state Assembly, the Congress won 68 seats last year and the BJP 15. The Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) and the BSP had bagged five and two seats respectively.
Manchester United’s season is going from bad to worse with Paul Pogba’s toe injury likely to keep him out of the crucial Liverpool game next week.Pogba had missed United’s defeat at Newcastle United just before the international break and as the club’s think-tank was hoping to have the French mid-fielder back for the game at Old Trafford next Sunday. Pogba is reportedly at the state-of-the-art Transform Altitude Performance Center in Dubai, in hopes to accelerate his recovery.Pogba even posted a video on Instagram, with the caption – ‘almost there’. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. However, according to a report in the Daily Mail, Pogba will not be fit for the Liverpool game and might be out for at least another two to three weeks.Apart from Pogba, United manager Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer will be hoping to get the services of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who missed the last two games through illness.Victor Lindelof will be back after recovering from his back injury, while the likes of Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial will still not be available. Aaron Wan-Bissakaanthony martialfootfoot injury First Published: October 12, 2019, 10:39 PM IST
LEICESTER, England — Claudio Ranieri is still struggling to comprehend how he managed to transform Leicester from 5,000-1 outsiders to Premier League champions.“You have to leave a little more (time) and taste slowly, slowly like a good wine. Savor it,” Ranieri said. “Maybe now is too early to think what we have done. Maybe in one or two years it could be better to understand.”But for a half hour May 3, the genial manager did set out in detail the blueprint behind this improbable path to glory.Highlighting the team ethic, there is little self-aggrandizement from the 64-year-old Italian who has broken up the established order of English football.This is the methodology.___RIDICULED APPOINTMENTThe first obstacle at Leicester was winning over the doubters after his surprise hiring in July.“Claudio Ranieri? Really?” tweeted former Leicester striker Gary Lineker.Leicester had only just survived a scrape with relegation and yet gambled by replacing the fired Nigel Pearson with a manager who was humiliatingly dismissed from his previous job with Greece after losing to the Faeroe Islands.“What can you do when you train three days before a match?” Ranieri recalled of his ill-fated, short spell as a national team coach. “I have to get into the brain of the players slowly to understand, to bring them the same philosophy and go together.”At Leicester he would have time to achieve just that in his second stint in the Premier League. Ranieri lost his job at Chelsea after failing to deliver the Premier League title 12 years earlier, but just avoiding relegation was the Leicester objective.On a pre-season trip to Austria, Ranieri gained the first lengthy insight into a team that won six out of its last eight games under Pearson to stay in the Premier League.“I said to them … ‘It is difficult to understand 25 people. It is important you understand only me. If we link very well we can do something good,’” Ranieri recalled.Still, there were concerns about Ranieri’s plans, including fears there would be two training sessions a day.“Don’t worry, I want to continue with your style and I will add my knowledge,” Ranieri recalled telling the squad. “Then I will change slowly with my ideas.”___TWEAKING TACTICSRanieri decided in pre-season that a 4-4-2 formation best suited the team better than Pearson’s 3-4-1-2.“Because a lot of teams play with 4-3-3 if you play three at the back you end up with three against one and I don’t like that so much,” Ranieri said.While having the poor possession statistics, the speed of Leicester on the break has unsettled opponents.“I watched (winger Riyad) Mahrez during last season and every time he made a difference he was on the right side and he cut inside,” Ranieri said.“Then I knew very well (Marc) Albrighton could make a lot of crosses on the right but I had to choose between him and Albrighton. Then I changed and I put Albrighton on the left and Riyad Mahrez on the right so they can come inside.”Speed on the counterattack was another asset, he said.“So I told them we are like the RAF (Royal Air Force). We are so fast and they believed in this … when we were losing 2-0, (drawing) 2-2 … man that generates a lot of enthusiasm and confidence (to win) and everything started to go better and better and better.”____TEAM ETHICThe importance of a unified club was highlighted last year when Chelsea blamed “palpable discord with the players” when Jose Mourinho was fired.Ranieri lauds the “humility” in the Leicester dressing room that saw hard-working, previously unheralded players lead the title charge.“They help each other in the bad moments — they play with the heart and soul, they play as 11,” Ranieri said.___DEFINING GAMEIn public, Ranieri only spoke about the possibility of winning the title in the final weeks. Initially the target was 40 points and, once survival was easily guaranteed, Ranieri would rebuff title talk by just prioritizing European qualification.Now Ranieri discloses that after the leaders won 3-1 at Manchester City in February the team realized collecting the title was feasible, even as critics expected them to collapse.“My players believed in something. Maybe we can win, maybe we can fight until the end,” he said. “Because I never, never spoke about this (publicly) I said, ‘OK, clean everything, next match. Start again.’”___COMPOSED ON THE TOUCHLINERanieri tried to remain calm to avoid unsettling his team on the field.“I know if I get crazy I transmit the nerves,” Ranieri said. “Inside me there are two persons. One is a very aggressive, I want to win … I am never satisfied.“Another says ‘Claudio, how many managers are there in the world? Too many.’ Not everyone can be Sir Alex Ferguson, (Fabio) Capello, (Carlo) Ancelotti — you are doing a very good career.”This is the first time Ranieri has won a top-flight title.“I came from non-league, from amateur football, and when I arrived at Cagliari, in the third division, and we got to Serie A, that was my first fairy tale,” Ranieri said.(ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Continue Reading Previous The Write StuffNext Applying IoT technology to safety: Avalanche warnings Introduction Most compute technologists acknowledge that the world’s data is doubling every two years. There is also an expectation that, by 2020, datasets will exceed 21 zettabytes or more for those being used in advanced applications like derivatives of artificial intelligence (AI), such as machine learning, robotics, autonomous driving, and analytics, as well as financial markets.These types of applications are all reliant on Big Data, which requires real-time computing of extremely small, but heavily layered, software algorithms that are ill-suited for today’s multi-core processing technologies and architectures, both in terms of performance and efficiency.The Problem: “Where did all the performance go?” Until the early 2000s, computer performance was tied to the clock frequency of the processor, Moore’s Law allowing the doubling of frequency every 18 months. Post 2005, Moore’s Law allowed the doubling of processor cores every 18 months. Conventional thinking was that advances in compute performance would then come from adding additional cores to a traditional processor. However, the resulting outcome was one of diminishing returns as illustrated in Figure 1.Figure 1. Multi-core CPU performance is not keeping up (Click Here to see a larger image. Source: CORNAMI) The more cores added to boost performance of a traditional software algorithm, the smaller the incremental gain (with some notable exceptions). Thus, the core counts stagnated. Rather than adding more cores, the doubling of the number of transistors each generation was instead used to make the “few” cores marginally faster. The exponential increases in transistor resources are wasted, used to only give us small linear gains in performance as illustrated in Figure 2.Figure 2. The processing requirements of Big Data and Machine Learning requires that we start using our transistor budgets more efficiently (Click Here to see a larger image. Source: CORNAMI) The amount of data that needs to be processed is increasing at an exponential rate. The current generation of the “cloud” is made up of oceans of racks filled with “few core” servers. The result is a plethora of networked servers that’s creating massive data-center sprawl, all of which leads to significant increases in power usage and carbon footprint throughout the world.Critically, an inspection of the workloads of Big Data and Machine Learning today show that they are vastly different than the workloads existing processors were designed and optimized over decades to handle. Big Data/Machine Learning code size is measured in units of kLOC (thousand lines of code) versus the mLOC (million lines of code) units associated with traditional software (think of your favorite office suite or even your favorite operating system). For example, a simple LOC grep on the popular BigDataBench 3.2 from the Chinese Academy of Sciences for the SPARK applications framework, covering a dozen different benchmarks shows a total cumulative kLOC of under 1000 lines of SCALA codes. The Yahoo! Streaming Benchmark, less than 300 lines of SCALA code. Google’s TensorFlow MNIST, the entirety of the tutorial with multiple copies, a shade over 1000 lines of python code.Key observations are as follows:The workloads we need to process in Big Data/ML are uniquely different, individually small and the performance comes from replicating this code across many, many servers.The amount of data that needs to be processed is increasing exponentially yearly, streaming in nature, and with some real-time requirements (think autonomous cars or timely mobile advertisements).Thanks to the R&D of the silicon vendors, we still have exponential increases in transistor counts……Yet are we getting only linear increases in compute performance generation after generation of processor.The premise: A new processing architecture suited to today’s workloads that offers a scalable, massively parallel, sea-of-cores approach is required. Let’s use our transistor budgets to provide more computation by adding a massive number of cores rather than trying to speed up a few cores.CORNAMI, an AI high-performance computing company in Silicon Valley, is addressing these issues in processing and taking compute performance to extraordinary levels. CORNAMI has developed and patented a new computing architecture using concurrency technology that uniquely changes software performance and reduces power usage, latency, and platform footprint.The result is a massively parallel architecture with independent decision-making capabilities at each processing core, interspersed with high-speed memory, and all interconnected by a biologically-inspired network to produce a scalable sea-of-cores. This architecture is based on a unique fabric developed by CORNAMI, called TruStream Compute Fabric (TSCF), which is extensible across multiple chips, boards, and racks, with each core being independently programmable.By using the TruStream Programming Model (TSPM), multi-core processor resources are abstracted into a common homogenous core pool. TruStream is implemented in both in software and hardware and runs across the TruStream Compute Fabric. Programmers can easily implement concurrency through CORNAMI’s TruStream control structures that are embedded in higher-level standard languages.The Heart of a Machine Learning Processing Engine Recent announcements from Microsoft about its Convolution Neural Network Accelerator, from Google about its Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) for neural network acceleration, and from NVIDIA on their Volta for Deep Learning GPU, all reveal a similar approach to accelerating machine learning algorithms.The algorithms to be accelerated are all variations of a three-dimensional filter (Figure 3). The heavy lifter, the algorithm that consumes the largest proportion of CPU/GPU cycles or Silicon Area, is a 3D Convolutional Filter — this is the heart and soul of Convolution Neural Nets (CNNs).Figure 3. Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) showing 3D Convolution + 3D ReLu + 3D Pooling (Image reprinted under the creative commons attribution license from: Gao, F.; Huang, T.; Wang, J.; Sun, J.; Hussain, A.; Yang, E. Dual-Branch Deep Convolution Neural Network for Polarimetric SAR Image Classification. Appl. Sci. 2017, 7, 447.) To accelerate these algorithms, a two-dimensional silicon structure — a silicon accelerator, known as a systolic array1 is used (1 “Systolic arrays for (VLSI)”, H.T. Kung and Charles E. Leiserson, 1978). Figure 4 shows two simple 3×3 matrixes that are to be multiplied together, while Figure 5 shows the systolic array of 3×3 Multiply Accumulate Units that will perform the multiplications.Figure 4. 3×3 matrix multiply (Source: CORNAMI) Figure 5. A systolic array of 3×3 elements that performs streaming matrix multiplication and accumulation (Source: CORNAMI) For example, the output matrix element C11 contains the result A11*B11 + A12*B21 + A13*B3 after the A and B input data has finished streaming in. Larger dimensional arrays allow a massive amount of parallelism to occur; more intricate interconnections among array elements increase the bandwidth; more sophisticated functions per element allow both convolution and other functions to be performed; and more elaborate control circuitry allow the results to be streamed out, as more data streams in and more computations are performed.These are the techniques used are used in production parts. Strip away the complexities and the core idea is simple. Note that the input matrixes are streamed in a specific order into the left and top of the arrays with the results streaming out of the array. The attributes of a systolic array — namely the ability to stream large amounts of data into and out of the structure continuously, simultaneous operation of all the elements, and the fact that intermediate values are kept internal to the systolic array and do not need to be “saved” to memory — provide the required performance.Based on the above, we can now derive a couple of key insights as follows:Each element of the systolic array is a form of a cellular automata that reacts to the data around it using simple rules.The systolic arrays in the high-performance Machine Learning Silicon Parts from Microsoft, Google, and NVIDIA (as discussed earlier in this article) treat the array as a fixed-function silicon accelerator in which the dimensions, element functionality, and interconnection were fixed when the ASIC mask set was created.The rapid-fire pace of announcements of new silicon accelerators for Machine Learning shows that the algorithms are still in a high degree of change. New algorithms with alternative, more efficient approaches to processing are being published almost weekly. Committing a machine learning algorithm to silicon dooms it to rapid obsolescent with next week’s announcements.The premise: What if we allow the programmer, to define the dimensionality, functionality, and interconnectivity of any systolic array via software? That is, keep the high performance that Machine Learning requires, which is a side-effect of the systolic arrays, yet allow the software programmer to keep pace with the new algorithmic developments by allowing changes entirely in software.The additional benefit is that this software approach allows applicability to a large class of problems, well beyond just Machine Learning, in which operations are performed on elements — cells, pixels, voxels — and their neighbors in a two-or-higher-dimensional array. Examples of these sorts of problems are as follows:Machine learningImage processingCompression/DecompressionEncoding/DecodingThree-dimensional (3D) modelingFluid dynamicsFinite element analysisCryptographyError correction codingModeling physical realityThe Simplest Systolic Array — The Game of Life Let us walk through a complete example of the aforementioned software defined systolic array approach using the TruStream Programming Model (TSPM) for software execution on a sea-of-cores TruStream Compute Fabric (TSCF). To illustrate the techniques involved in applying TruStreams to these problems, we’ve chosen the Game-of-Life cellular automaton, which consists of a two-dimensional grid of cells , each interacting with only its nearest neighbors. This should be familiar to almost all software programmers and simple enough to illustrate the mechanics. When the TSPM program for the Game of Life runs on the TSCF, each Game-of-Life cell runs on its own unique TSCF core.The TruStream Programming Model The problem of assembling systolic arrays is very much akin to the problem factory architects have been dealing with since… well, since the days of Henry Ford. Factory architects see the problem as one of organizing a collection of entities — machines, robots, human workers — that interact through streams of widgets flowing from one entity to another. When these architects draw diagrams of their factories, they draw block diagrams , not flow charts . There is, nevertheless, a role for flow charts in architecting factories: They are perfectly suited to describing the sequential behavior of individual machines, robots, and human workers. To summarize:Determining the sequence of tasks a worker is to perform and laying out a factory are two fundamentally different activities. It is these observations that inspire our view of computing: A computer is a factory for assembling data values, and inspire our view of programming: Some portions of a program are most easily and naturally expressed as flow charts; Some portions of a program are most easily and naturally expressed as block diagrams. Or equivalently: Some portions of a program are most easily and naturally expressed in the TSPM thread domain; Some portions of a program are most easily and naturally expressed in the TSPM stream domain. This brings us to the TruStream Programming Model, which is based upon five C++ classes as follows:Figure 6. The C++ classes that make up the TSPM for C++ (Source: CORNAMI) To gain an intuitive understanding of these classes, refer to Figures 7 and 8, which provide graphical representations of the five types of TruStream objects.Figure 7. TruStream objects (Source: CORNAMI) Figure 8. Input and output streams (Source: CORNAMI) Figure 7 illustrates two key features of the TruStream Programming Model as follows:TruStream topologies may be cyclic (or acyclic).Hierarchical topologies are created by nesting streamModules.The TruStream Programming Model has three distinctive properties as follows:TSPM code is partitioned into two domains: the thread domain and the stream domain.The TSPM expresses parallelism exclusively in the stream domain.The TSPM relies on a single mechanism for synchronizing threads: TruStreams.The first property, which embodies the separation of concerns design principle, allows programmers to focus exclusively on a separate concern within each domain.In the case of the thread domain, a programmer deals with a strictly sequential problem .In the case of the stream domain, a programmer deals with streams and transformations on streams .As a result of this separation of concerns, neither the thread-domain programmer nor the stream-domain programmer is worried about multithreading or mapping code to individual processor cores.The second property means that the thread-domain programmer — the programmer who is writing sequential code — does not have to deal with parallelism. This is a remarkable departure from conventional approaches to parallel programming.The third property means that neither the thread-domain programmer nor the stream-domain programmer has to deal with the synchronization issues arising from thread-based parallelism constructs (see Figure 10). However, despite the absence of these constructs, TruStream programmers have access to all forms of parallelism .In the Game-of-Life example below, the entirety of the TSPM program consists of definitions of four C++ classes as illustrated in Figure 9:Figure 9. The classes that comprise the game of life (Source: CORNAMI) Figure 10. Constructs NOT in the TruStream Programming Model (Source: CORNAMI) The TruStream Compute Fabric The TruStream Compute Fabric is a scalable sea-of-core processor containing both processing cores and on-die SRAM. All the cores are independently programmable and can make individual decisions in parallel — in contrast to those of modern-day graphics processing units — and the fabric can be extended across multiple chips, boards, and racks. Just as most programmers do not overly concern themselves with the amount of RAM they use, TruStream programmers do not have to overly concern themselves with the number of cores they use.The connections between the TSCF and TSPM are contained in the following three properties:Each threadModule in a TruStream program gets its own TruStream-Compute-Fabric core.The only code running in a TruStream-Compute-Fabric core is the thread-domain code encapsulated in a threadModule.Each streamModule in a TruStream program configures a TruStream topology in the TruStream Compute Fabric.The key features of the TruStream Compute Fabric are summarized as follows:The TSCF is optimized for the TruStream Programming Model, and so the TSCF — like the TSPM — supports all forms of parallelism.The TSCF has hardware support for TruStreams and for TruStream gets and puts , making the TSCF extraordinarily efficient at running TSPM programs.The only code running in the TSCF is application code! That’s it. There is none of the bloat code listed in 11 running in the fabric.Threads in the TruStream Compute Fabric wait for input data and output space. Aside from that, threads do not wait.Each TSCF core supports — at most — one thread, and so there is no context switching. That means that there is no need for schedulers or dispatchers.TSCF performance comes from parallelism, not brute-force speed, and therefore we have the luxury of optimizing the TSCF for energy efficiency.Because going off-die is a performance killer, the TSCF provides a large amount of on-die SRAM.Each TSCF core has its own memory port, and so the TSCF delivers extraordinary aggregate memory bandwidth.Taken together, these features lead to (1) a significant reduction in latency, (2) a significant increase in performance, and (3) a significant increase in compute power.Figure 11. Code NOT running in the TruStream Compute Fabric (Source: CORNAMI) The Game-of-Life Cellular Automaton in TruStreams The Game of Life , also known simply as Life , is a cellular automaton devised by the British mathematician John Horton Conway in 1970.The “game” is a zero-player game, meaning that its evolution is determined by its initial state, requiring no further input. One interacts with the Game of Life by creating an initial configuration and observing how it evolves or — for advanced “players” — by creating patterns with particular properties.Rules: The universe of the Game of Life is an infinite two-dimensional orthogonal grid of square cells , each of which is in one of two possible states, alive or dead (or “populated” or “unpopulated”). Every cell interacts with its eight neighbors, which are the cells that are horizontally, vertically, or diagonally adjacent. At each step-in time, the following transitions occur:Any live cell with fewer than two live neighbors dies, as if caused by under population.Any live cell with two or three live neighbors lives on to the next generation.Any live cell with more than three live neighbors dies, as if by overpopulation.Any dead cell with exactly three live neighbors becomes a live cell, as if by reproduction.To this definition, we make two simple changes as follows:Instead of an infinite two-dimensional orthogonal grid of square cells, the TruStream program below implements an 8X8 grid of cells.The north-south and west-east edges of the array wrap around so that when the classic Game-of-Life glider reaches the southeast corner of the array, it disintegrates, only to reassemble in the northwest corner of the array.The TruStream program for the Game of Life, which is described in the following sections, assumes the #includes and #defines shown in Listing 1.Listing 1. #includes and #defines (Source: CORNAMI) The Cell Thread Module The cell thread module class shown in Listing 2 implements the Game-of-Life cell described above, including the four transition rules.Listing 2. The cell thread module (Source: CORNAMI) Click Here to see discussions and observations regarding the cell thread module.The GameOfLifeArray Stream Module The GameOfLifeArray stream module (Listing 3) constructs the Game-of-Life array:Listing 3. The GameOfLifeArray stream module (Source: CORNAMI) Click Here to see discussions and observations regarding the GameOfLifeArray stream module.The Display Thread Module The display thread module (Listing 4) prints the cell states of successive generations of the GameOfLifeArray stream module.Listing 4. The display thread module (Source: CORNAMI) Click Here to see discussions and observations regarding the display thread module.The GameOfLife Stream Module The GameOfLife stream module (Listing 5) connects the GameOfLifeArray to the display to construct the Game of Life.Listing 5. The GameOfLife stream module (Source: CORNAMI) Click Here to see discussions and observations regarding the GameOfLife stream module.The Main Function We now come to the simplest part of our Game-of-Life program: running it.Listing 6. The main() function (Source: CORNAMI) As illustrated in Listing 6, running a TruStream program consists of three steps:Construct either a threadModule object (not very interesting) or a streamModule object (very interesting). In our example, that is accomplished by the statement: GameOfLife GOL; Call the module member function run() for the object. In our example, this is accomplished by the statement: GOL.run(); This call causes 10,000 generations of the Game-of-Life program to be run on 65 cores of the TruStream Compute Fabric — 64 cores for the GOL array and one core for the display. In the Game-of-Life output (Figure 12), we see the classic Game-of-Life glider (a) gliding in a southeasterly direction in Generations 0 to 16, (b) disintegrating in Generations 17 to 26 , (c) reassembling in Generation 27, and (d) returning to its initial state in Generation 32.Call the module member function wait() for the object. In our example, this is accomplished by the statement: GOL.wait(); This call causes the main() function to wait until the program completes.After Step 3 is completed, main() returns. The first 33 generations of output are shown below. GENERATION 0- – – – – – – — – X – – – – — – – X – – – — X X X – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – -GENERATION 1- – – – – – – — – – – – – – — X – X – – – — – X X – – – — – X – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – -GENERATION 2- – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – X – – – — X – X – – – — – X X – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – -GENERATION 3- – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – X – – – – — – – X X – – — – X X – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – -GENERATION 4- – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – X – – – — – – – X – – — – X X X – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – -GENERATION 5- – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – X – X – – — – – X X – – — – – X – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – -GENERATION 6- – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – X – – — – X – X – – — – – X X – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – -GENERATION 7- – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – X – – – — – – – X X – — – – X X – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – -GENERATION 8- – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – X – – — – – – – X – — – – X X X – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – -GENERATION 9- – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – X – X – — – – – X X – — – – – X – – — – – – – – – -GENERATION 10- – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – X – — – – X – X – — – – – X X – — – – – – – – -GENERATION 11- – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – X – – — – – – – X X — – – – X X – — – – – – – – -GENERATION 12- – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – X – — – – – – – X — – – – X X X — – – – – – – -GENERATION 13- – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – X – X — – – – – X X — – – – – X – -GENERATION 14- – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – X — – – – X – X — – – – – X X -GENERATION 15- – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – X – — – – – – – X X- – – – – X X -GENERATION 16- – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – X — – – – – – – X- – – – – X X XGENERATION 17- – – – – – X — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – X – X- – – – – – X XGENERATION 18- – – – – – X X- – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – X- – – – – X – XGENERATION 19- – – – – – X X- – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – X -X – – – – – – XGENERATION 20X – – – – – X X- – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – XX – – – – – – -GENERATION 21X – – – – – – X- – – – – – – X- – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – -X – – – – – X -GENERATION 22X – – – – – X -X – – – – – – X- – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – -X – – – – – – -GENERATION 23X X – – – – – -X – – – – – – X- – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – XGENERATION 24- X – – – – – -X X – – – – – X- – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – -X – – – – – – -GENERATION 25- X – – – – – XX X – – – – – -X – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – -GENERATION 26- X – – – – – — X – – – – – XX X – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – -GENERATION 27X – – – – – – — X X – – – – -X X – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – -GENERATION 28- X – – – – – — – X – – – – -X X X – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – -GENERATION 29- – – – – – – -X – X – – – – — X X – – – – — X – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – -GENERATION 30- – – – – – – — – X – – – – -X – X – – – – — X X – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – -GENERATION 31- – – – – – – — X – – – – – — – X X – – – — X X – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – -GENERATION 32- – – – – – – — – X – – – – — – – X – – – — X X X – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – -Figure 12. The first 33 generations of output (Source: CORNAMI) Conclusion TruStream technology redefines what it means to compute . Gone is the thread-centric view that has dominated computing for the last 70 years. In its place is a model in which threads still play a role — but a supporting role (it is possible to eliminate threads entirely; for example, by replacing sequential thread-domain code with functional code written in a purely functional language, and by replacing von-Neumann cores with stack machines ).The most distinctive features of the technology are (a) the separation of code into two domains: the thread domain and the stream domain , (b) the expression of parallelism exclusShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Communications, Industry, IoT
Mouser Electronics is now stocking the PSoC 6 BLE Prototyping Kit from Cypress Semiconductor. Offering easy access to up to 36 general-purpose inputs and outputs, the low-cost, breadboard-compatible kit offers a turnkey solution that adds Bluetooth low energy 5.0 connectivity to IoT applications, including smart home products, wearables, white goods, and industrial IoT devices.The Cypress PSoC 6 BLE Prototyping Kit, available from Mouser Electronics, includes a fully certified CYBLE-416045-02 EZ-BLE Creator module based on a low-power, high-performance PSoC 63 microcontroller. The CYBLE-416045-02 module features 1 Mbyte of application flash, along with 32 Kbytes EEPROM area, and 32 Kbytes of secure flash plus a royalty-free Bluetooth LE stack compatible with Bluetooth 5.0.The PSoC 6 BLE Prototyping Kit provides easy access to 36 GPIOs and to the programmable digital and analog peripherals offered with the module. The kit also includes current-measuring jumpers, a push button, and two LEDs. The PSoC 6 BLE Prototyping Kit features a KitProg2 onboard programmer and debugger with a perforated snap-away design, allowing engineers to use the module independently from the target board. The board also includes a MikroElektronika mikroBUS interface for use with MikroElektronika Click boards, which allow expanded functionality without additional hardware configuration.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous SEGGER: MIDI class support for USB host stack emUSB-HostNext Maxim: integrated PPG and ECG biosensor module for mobile devices
World Cup World Cup opening ceremony: When is it, who is performing & all you need to know about Moscow event Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:00 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty World Cup Ahead of the opening ceremony to kick off this summer’s tournament in Russia, Goal takes a look at who will perform and where it will be held With the World Cup set to begin imminently on June 14, there is still the matter of the opening ceremony to take place. These ceremonies, which typically precede the opening fixture, are opportunities for the host country to show off their culture and traditions in the form of dancers and performers, and also feature big-name headline acts.Goal takes a look at who will be performing at this year’s ceremony in Russia and more.When will the World Cup 2018 opening ceremony take place? This year’s opening ceremony ahead of the finals in Russia will be held on Thursday June 14 at 3:30pm BST (10:30am EST), 30 minutes before the opening match of the tournament between Russia and Saudi Arabia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move This is far closer to kick-off than is traditional, so the organisers will be hoping there’s no technical hitches in the opening ceremony that delay the start of the tournament proper.Where will the World Cup 2018 opening ceremony be held? The ceremony will take place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow – the national stadium of Russia – which is also where the final of the tournament will be held. It is the largest stadium in Russia with a seating capacity of 80,000 and has hosted a myriad of global events.It was the venue of a recent friendly game between home nation Russia and Brazil, where the South American team won 3-0 The stadium is also home to the Russian national team.The likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michael Jackson, Madonna and Metallica have all performed at the Luzhniki Stadium. The stadium was also the venue for the 2008 Champions League final, where Manchester United beat Chelsea in a penalty shootout.Who will perform at the Russia 2018 opening ceremony?Bizarrely, UK pop star Robbie Williams will be performing at the opening ceremony, which is being curated by Russia’s Channel One, as well as renowned soprano Aida Garifullina.“I’m so happy and excited to be going back to Russia for such a unique performance,” says Williams, who’s probably best-known for his songs around the turn of the millennium such as Angels and Rock DJ. “I’ve done a lot in my career, and opening the FIFA World Cup to 80,000 football fans in the stadium and many millions all over the world is a boyhood dream.”Ronaldo, hero for Brazil at the 2002 World Cup, will also feature in World Cup 2018 opening ceremony representing “the football glory that all players will be hoping to achieve on Russian soil” according to FIFA.”Of course it is also an emotional one for the hosts,” he told FIFA’s official website. “After so much hard work, suddenly the whole world is gathered in your backyard to celebrate their love for football. I felt that in Brazil four years ago and I am now happy to share this excitement with the Russians as well.”In addition to the ceremony taking place at the Luzhniki Stadium, there will be another concert occurring at the Red Square in Moscow where stars such as Placido Dominguez and Juan Diego Flores will perform.Who are previous World Cup opening ceremony performers?Shakira and Pitbull were the two headliners for the last opening ceremony held in Brazil, performing the tournament’s official song “We Are One (Ole Ola)”. Dancers and performers also featured, with homages tributes to Brazilian culture and heritage.Before the start of the 2010 World Cup held at the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, performers included Thandiswa Mazwai, Timothy Moloi, Hugh Masekela, Khaled, Femi Kuti, Osibisa, R. Kelly, TKZee, Hip Hop Pantsula and the Soweto Gospel Choir.To kick off the 2006 finals in Germany, a Bavarian band dressed in lederhosen performed.
Lionel Messi has accused the referees of favouring Brazil as Argentina crashed out of the Copa America with a 2-0 defeat in the semi-final in Belo Horizonte.The Barcelona star again failed to have a decisive impact in the match for his nation as the hosts took the most of their opportunities with goals from Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino in either half sealing a place in the final against either Chile or Peru.But Messi was scathing of the performance from the Video Assistant Referee and match official Roddy Zambrano , using a post-match interview to criticise the decision to not award a penalty to Sergio Aguero just prior to Firmino’s 71st minute strike. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “They were not better than us. They found the net early and the second goal came from a penalty [to Aguero] they didn’t award,” Messi told reporters.”They [the officials] had booked a lot of bullsh*t, but they didn’t even check the VAR, that’s incredible.”That happened all over the game. At the first glance of contact, they ruled in their [Brazil’s] favour and this kind of bullsh*t distracted us from the game.”There is no excuses for us, but we need to review this, analyse it and let’s hope CONMEBOL does something about it.”I think we played a great game. We made a great effort and they were not superior to us.”Argentina had 10 more shots at Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson than their opponents managed in attack (14-4) and struck the woodwork twice as they came agonisingly close to getting back into the contest.Aguero looped a header onto the crossbar with Alisson well beaten in the first half shortly after Jesus gave Brazil the lead and Messi slammed a shot into the post in the second period after Lautaro Martinez’s drive was blocked.The Selecao took both of their chances clinically, only having four shots in the match, as Jesus and Firmino both side-footed into the net from close range after being teed up by the other.Brazil will now host the winner of Wednesday’s semi-final between Chile and Peru in a final to be hosted on Sunday at the Maracana.They will be aiming to win their first Copa America since triumphing in Venezuela during the 2007 edition.
Natercia Eufracia Martins now leads the Polícia Nacional de Timor-Leste (PNTL) in the district of Liquica – the seventh district in which the national police have been restored to full functioning since the resumption process began in May 2009. It is located some 35 kilometres west of Dili, the nation’s capital.In a ceremony today marking the change, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to Timor-Leste, Ameerah Haq, called attention to the historic appointment of Commander Martins.“An important milestone that deserves special mention today is the appointment of Liquica District Commander Martins who, as the first female district commander in Timor-Leste, now commands a district force of 100, including 24 females,” she said.“Your remarkable and well-deserved achievement is testament to the advances in gender equality that are being made, not only within the PNTL, but also in many spheres of government and society as a whole in Timor-Leste.”Noting that “maintaining long-term stability in the country will require a dedicated and professional police force that is committed to upholding the rule of law and respecting the human rights of all citizens,” Ms. Haq pledged that the UN would increase its focus on the mentoring and support of PNTL officers, as requested by the national authorities and endorsed by the Security Council. The PNTL was established in March 2000 by the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), which had been set up in 1999 to assist the country during its transition to independence, which it attained in 2002.However, the role of the PNTL changed in 2006 after dozens of people were killed and 155,000 others – some 15 per cent of the population – were driven from their homes in an eruption of violence.In the aftermath, and at the request of the Timorese Government, a UN police force was established to maintain law and order in the country until the national police could undergo reorganization and restructuring. The United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) was set up to oversee the process.Since last year, the UN has been handing over policing responsibilities to Timor-Leste as part of the gradual transfer back to the PTNL.The Timorese Government and UNMIT are working together to implement the resumption process in a gradual manner – district by district, unit by unit. The PNTL is assessed by a joint team comprising Government and UNMIT representatives that applies mutually agreed criteria to assess the readiness of the PNTL to resume primary policing responsibilities.UN Police (UNPOL) will maintain their presence in districts where the PNTL have resumed responsibilities – to monitor, mentor, advise and support the PNTL in a partnership approach, including in the area of human rights protection. 7 September 2010The national police of Timor-Leste have resumed primary responsibility for the conduct of operations in another district of the South-East Asian nation, where it will be led by the country’s first female district commander.
TORONTO — A new stress test for all uninsured mortgages is unnecessary and could increase costs for homebuyers, a report by the Fraser Institute said Wednesday.Study author Neil Mohindra wrote the proposed stress test “will do more harm than good” by limiting access to mortgages for some homebuyers.“The mandatory standard for stress testing could result in a less competitive and more concentrated mortgage market,” he wrote in the report.The study comes as the federal Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions finalizes new lending guidelines.Among the changes being contemplated is a requirement that homebuyers who have a down payment of 20 per cent or more and do not require mortgage insurance still have to show they can make their payments if interest rates rise.The head of OSFI has said that Canada’s banking regulator wants to reduce the risk of mortgage defaults because of high levels of household debt.“We are not waiting to see those risks crystallize in rising arrears and defaults before we act,” OSFI head Jeremy Rudin said last week.Canadian household debt compared with disposable income hit a record high in the second quarter. Statistics Canada reported last month that household credit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income increased to 167.8 per cent, up from 166.6 per cent in the first quarter.However, Mohindra said that instead of a prescriptive test, OSFI could use its existing powers to fix what it believes are deficiencies in policies and procedures.The Bank of Canada has raised its key interest rate target by a quarter of a percentage point twice this year.The increases have pushed up the big bank prime lending rates which are used to determine rates for variable-rate mortgages and lines of credit.The Fraser Institute is an independent, non-partisan organization that tends to prefer free-market policies over government regulation.
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) allowed Sri Lanka more time to set rights accountability mechanisms to probe the alleged rights violations that took place in the country during the last phase of the military campaign that ended in 2009 with victory of government troops. President Maithripala Sirisena hopes US President-elect Donald Trump would grant Sri Lanka redress by not pursuing the human rights accountability charges against the country, the Press Trust of India reported.“I will write to President (Donald) Trump to ask him to free us from these accusations”, Sirisena said while addressing a membership drive of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) in the southern port town of Galle. “I was able to save the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and our valiant soldiers by giving the UN Human Rights Council necessary messages,” Sirisena said referring to the leniency shown by the US and the international community when he came to power in January 2015. The UNHRC had adopted three successive resolutions against Sri Lanka with the US taking the lead.Having led three anti-Sri Lanka resolutions at the UNHRC between 2012 to 2014, the Obama administration adopted a softer line on Sri Lanka since Sirisena was elected as President. (Colombo Gazette)
“As of this morning, 136 speakers were inscribed on the list, mainly at the level of Permanent Representative,” Jan Fischer, spokesman for the President of the General Assembly, told reporters at a press briefing in New York. He added that “this number is expected to grow” as the 1 October start date approaches.With the list of speakers still open, Mr. Fischer said it would be difficult to gauge the length of the debate, but noted that if 150 representatives spoke for around 12 minutes each, it would be necessary to convene meetings for five full days.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice man killed in brawl, brother-in-law hospitalisedJanuary 18, 2016In “Crime”Sister charged, remanded for alleged murder of brotherApril 21, 2017In “Court”Teen implicated in Leonora stabbing death caught hiding in Region OneJanuary 12, 2017In “Crime” Phagway Day celebrations turned tragic for a young man after he was stabbed several times to his back and shot to his knee when he intervened in an argument involving his sister-in-law and another woman.27-year-old Kezil Brazalio was on Sussex Street, Albouystown, when he heard two females engaging in a heated argument. Upon realising that one of the women is his sister-in-law, Brazalio went to the scene to ascertain what was transpiring, with the intention of stopping the situation from spiraling.However, the mother of the other woman allegedly approached Brazalio from behind and dealt him several stabs to his back. He reportedly fell to the ground. At this time, a male resident of Charlestown, Georgetown approached him and discharged several shots in his direction with one bullet hitting him to his left knee.After the shooting incident, the male suspect who is known to the victim escaped. Brazalio was picked up and rushed to the Woodlands Hospital where he was admitted a patient.He is said to be in a stable condition. The police are however, conducting an investigation into the matter.
Engineering firms Monadelphous Group and BGC Contracting will help construct new facilities for Rio Tinto’s West Angelas iron ore mine, in the Pilbara of Western Australia, after the major miner awarded the two companies contracts.Monaldelphous said its contract at West Angelas Deposits C and D, valued in excess of A$100 million ($68 million), includes the supply and installation of structural, mechanical, piping and electrical and instrumentation works associated with the construction of new iron ore facilities, as well as modifications to existing plant.The work will commence immediately and is expected to be completed in April 2021.BGC Contracting, meanwhile, will deliver civil infrastructure work as part of the same project. This includes carrying out bulk earthworks and civil works necessary to construct the heavy and light vehicle road networks that will connect the existing processing plant with the new C and D deposits.In addition, BGC Contracting will construct the concrete foundations for the planned facility, as well as a HDPE water pipeline and install 17.5km of PVC conduit. BGC said work was due to commence on site in early October, with completion in less than a year. Detailed planning and mobilisation are already underway, it added.Back in October, Rio, together with joint venture partners Mitsui and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal, approved an investment of $1.55 billion to sustain production capacity at two projects forming part of the Robe River joint venture in the Pilbara. Around $967 million was set to go towards developing the Mesa B, C and H deposits at Robe Valley, with $579 million for developing Deposits C and D at West Angelas operation.The investments were to enable Rio to sustain production of its Pilbara Blend products, with first ore anticipated from 2021.Once operational, both projects will feature the latest technology with 34 existing haul trucks to be retrofitted with autonomous haulage system technology, it said.Monadelphous Managing Director, Rob Velletri, said his company’s contract award highlighted Monadelphous’ strong reputation and proven capability in delivering large-scale construction projects.BGC Contracting CEO, Greg Heylen, said: “The West Angelas project will display the multidisciplinary capability of our construction team to deliver this large earthworks and civil works project.“This latest contract award is a further step in the company’s diversification strategy. We look forward to working with Rio Tinto and all stakeholders to deliver this large-scale project.”
← Previous Story Montenegro win Balkan derby – Sweden stun Croatia Next Story → VIDEO: First season defeat for Barca in Plock Qatar handball Qatari Eljaish Sports Club are still the best handball team in Asia! Outfit from Doha led by Montenegrian coach Zoran Kastratovic won the tournament of the best Asian team – 17th Asian Club League Championship by beating one of the biggest rivals – Lekhwiya Sports Club’33:30. Previously, team from Doha had four victories on the road to the final.Tournament in Doha was the perfect chance to test Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena in which will be played matches of the World Championshio 2015 which starts in 36 days in Doha. The hall with capacity of 7.700 seats will be one of the three venues in which 24 best teams will play their matches.
← Previous Story RK PPD Zagreb keep Dobrivoje Markovic for one more year! Next Story → SG Flensburg seek goalkeeper immediately! For four days, players up to 20 years old from all around the world will compete in Granollers, Les Franqueses del Vallès, Canovelles and Vilanova del Vallès. Young people, housed in schools, campsites and hotels, will fill the streets of the city with the ambition to compete in the most important handball tournament in southern Europe.The participation has stabilized: 352 registered teamsThe 2017 edition will have a slightly lower participation than in the previous year: more than 350 teams will enjoy handball in the city, which is about 5000 players from all over the world. This year we must point out the great increase of Catalan teams that have registered, as well as the international participation, especially in Nordic countries (such as Norway, Sweden and Denmark). The sum of registered teams has grown almost 40% in the last five editions.The 2017 edition is one of the most international representative. This year will participate countries that did not do it last year, such as Finland or Colombia (although some of them had already registered in previous editions). The rest of the countries enrolled are Germany, Norway, Sweden, Morocco, France, Denmark, Portugal, Switzerland, Canada, Iceland, South Korea, Russia, Israel and Spain.More than 1100 matches per day on 18 different courtsEvery day about 250 games of the different categories will be played, and each will last 30 minutes. However, the tournament is structured so that all teams play at least five games in the group stage, in addition to the quarterfinals, semifinals and final, and thus enjoy a real rhythm of competition.The Spanish Federation of Handball (RFEBM) has organized, along with the BM Granollers, a course for young referees throughout the territory. The members will referee games of the Granollers Cup as part of their training and will be evaluated by the same RFEBM. The rest of the referees belong to the Catalan Handball Federation (FCH). However, there will be international referees couples from Norway, the United Kingdom or Portugal, among others.The media and the Granollers CupDuring the tournament, the results of the competition can be updated on the web. In addition, you can follow it in real time through Twitter @GranollersCup and the hashtag #GCup2017, and each day we will add images to Facebook and Instagram. This year, all the finals can be followed live by streaming and some will be broadcast on La Xarxa and VOTV and Eport3.
As NASA astronaut Cady Coleman orbited around Earth aboard the International Space Station, she, along with Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, honored the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first manned-space flight in an unusual way. The two played a duet together, however, Anderson was not aboard the ship with Coleman. He was down on Earth in Perm, Russia, making this the first ever space-earth flute duet. Add it to the history books immediately.In the video, Coleman says that besides honoring Gagarin, sharing music between Earth and space allows her to celebrate the roll that “humans play in the exploration of our universe — past, present, and future.” The song chosen to go down in history was “Bourree,” which Anderson performed with Jethro Tull during the band’s 1969 U.S tour. NASA says in a press release that the song was performed as Neil Amrstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped on the moon.We’d like to believe they played simultaneously, but it turns out that’s a pretty hard thing to do when one person is 220 miles above Earth, and the other is in Russia. So, Coleman played her part late last week, and Anderson played his part while on tour during the weekend. The two parts were then put together to create the lovely video below.After Coleman and Anderson’s performance, Anderson says that “We should remember that today’s cosmonauts, scientists, and astronauts are still every bit the rocket heroes they were 50 years ago.” Coming from a rock hero, I’d say that’s a pretty nice statement.Read more at NASA
Apple s’apprêterait à lancer une plateforme publicitaire “révolutionnaire”États-Unis – Apple serait sur le point de dévoiler sa première plateforme publicitaire, déjà surnommée iAd. Cette régie publicitaire aurait été qualifiée de “révolutionnaire” par Steve Jobs, le cofondateur de la marque à la pomme.D’après le site mediapost.com, Apple devrait présenter le 7 avril prochain sa plateforme publicitaire. La firme de Cupertino s’engagerait alors sur le terrain de la publicité mobile pour concurrencer Google qui attend toujours un feu vert pour le rachat de la régie américaine AdMob. Une transaction estimée à 750 millions de dollars.À lire aussiiPad Air 2 et iPad Mini 3 : que faut-il savoir des nouvelles tablettes dévoilées par Apple ?La plateforme d’Apple déjà surnommée iAd, serait le fruit du rachat par la marque à la pomme de la régie mobile Quattro Wireless, réalisé en janvier dernier.En plus de sa base de données clients iTunes, Apple pourrait proposer des publicités encore plus ciblées puisque géolocalisées grâce au GPS intégré à l’iPhone. D’après une source proche, Steve Jobs aurait lui-même décrit cette future plateforme publicitaire comme “révolutionnaire”.Alors qu’en 2010 le marché de la publicité mobile est estimé à quelque 331 millions de dollars, il pourrait atteindre l’année prochaine 409 millions de dollars.Le 29 mars 2010 à 16:23 • Emmanuel Perrin
Sidaction 2011 : 5,3 millions de promesses de donsLa campagne annuelle du Sidaction qui s’est achevée dimanche a permis de récolter plus de 5 millions d’euros, selon un communiqué de l’association.”Nous sommes rassurés, les donateurs sont au rendez-vous”. C’est ce qu’a indiqué lundi Eric Fleutelot, directeur-général adjoint du Sidaction. Trois jours après son lancement, la grande campagne annuelle de l’association s’est en effet achevée sur un bilan positif : 5,3 millions de promesses de dons. C’est légèrement supérieur à ce qu’avait permis de récolter l’édition 2010 au profit de la recherche cotre le SIDA.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Mais le bilan des dons n’est pas le seul point positif de la campagne comme l’a indiqué Eric Fleutelot : “Le Sidaction 2011 a aussi été l’occasion de rappeler la permanence de l’épidémie en France et la nécessité d’accroître l’accès au dépistage. Aujourd’hui, 50.000 personnes vivent avec le VIH sans le savoir, ce chiffre doit baisser”. Ainsi, plus de 300 manifestations ont été organisées à partir de vendredi et pendant tout le week-end en France. Des évènements appuyés par des messages de sensibilisation et d’appel aux dons relayés par 18 médias télévision et radio. Selon les données de l’ONUSIDA, on estime à 30 millions le nombre de personnes séropositives dans le monde. Un chiffre d’autant plus alarmant que la campagne du Sidaction fêtait cette année le 30e anniversaire de la découverte de la maladie. Néanmoins, si la campagne s’est achevée dimanche, il est encore possible jusqu’au 11 avril d’envoyer des dons par téléphone en appelant le 110, par Internet sur le site www.sidaction.org (lien non disponible) ou par SMS en envoyant “DON” au 33000.Pour en savoir plus, consultez notre dossier sur le SIDA, 30 ans de lutte et de recherche en cliquant ci-dessous :https://www.maxisciences.com/sida/sida-30-ans-de-lutte-et-de-recherche_art13598.html Le 6 avril 2011 à 14:47 • Emmanuel Perrin
Scott Bailey, regional labor economist Although Clark County’s economy is slowly on the mend, its workers still show the bruises of the worst crash since the Great Depression.Since 2008, about 14,000 people have dropped out of the labor force, according to Scott Bailey, regional labor economist for the Washington state Employment Security Department. And, currently, more than 21,000 job seekers in the county remain unemployed.Bailey delivered those and other sobering numbers Friday to about 20 people who attended a panel discussion at the Harvest Restaurant in downtown Camas. The event was sponsored by the Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association. Jeanne Bennett, executive director of the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, also spoke.Bailey focused on local, state and national labor market conditions. Clark County’s unemployment rate stands at 10 percent, Bailey said, “a couple points” higher than the rates of joblessness in the Portland metro area and Washington state. By another broader measure of labor market inertia — the underemployment rate, which includes involuntary part-time workers and those who’ve given up looking for work but who still want a job — things are worse.In the U.S., the underemployment rate is roughly 14 percent, Bailey said. In Clark County, it’s likely about 20 percent.Bailey said the problem is on a national level, where no one seems to be doing anything about a condition in which millions of Americans remain out of work.