The Yogi Adityanath government on Thursday ordered a probe by a Special Investigation Team after private secretaries of three State ministers were caught on camera allegedly seeking bribes inside the secretariat building.The SIT, headed by ADG Lucknow Zone Rajiv Krishnan, will submit its report in 10 days.Taking cognizance of the ‘sting operation’ by Hindi news channel ABP News, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered the immediate suspension of the accused officials and that an FIR be lodged against them.In the ‘sting operation,’ the secretaries — Santosh Awasthi, Om Prakash Kashyap and S.P. Tripathi — were allegedly caught on camera seeking money in exchange for work done in their departments. The officers belonged to the departments of State Minister for Education Sandeep Singh, Backward Classes Welfare Minister Om Prakash Rajbhar and Mining Minister Archana Pandey respectively.Uneasy allyMr. Rajbhar, president of the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, an ally of the BJP in U.P., has had a rocky relationship with the regime. Speaking to the media, he questioned the intention of the sting operation. Ms. Pandey said she would assist the probe fully and help in ensuring that the guilty were punished.
Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands blazed to gold in the women’s 100m freestyle swimming on Thursday, setting a new Olympic record. Kromowidjojo, who led the time sheets this year, posted 53.00 for gold but was not happy with her performance.”I thought it was a great race but it wasn’t my best time ever this season. So, I’m not really satisfied about the time,” she said.”A gold medal is a gold medal, so I’m really happy about my performance and being Olympic champion.”Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus sneaked in for silver in 53.38 ahead of Chinese Tang Yi, who clocked 53.44.America’s Missy Franklin, who held much promise, finished a disappointing fifth.
FILE – In this June 6, 2015, file photo, Serena Williams holds the trophy after winning the final of the French Open tennis tournament against Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France. Welcome back to Paris, Serena Williams. The tennis world can’t wait to find out exactly how that bothersome left knee is holding up. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)Serena Williams heads into this year’s French Open as an outsider for a Grand Slam title for possibly the first time in 20 years, with questions surrounding her fitness after a poor start to the season, while Naomi Osaka needs to rediscover her best form to solidify her position at the top of the women’s game with a third straight major crown.The 37-year-old Williams is still waiting for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam triumph, with her last victory coming at the 2017 Australian Open shortly before taking a break from the sport due to pregnancy.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport “But I did everything I could to stay fit. I knew that I love the clay season and I wanted to be a part of it.“It’s not about today or tomorrow. For me obviously it’s about playing well at all the big moments… Obviously the Slams, etc, just getting ready for those events.”Osaka remaining confidentWorld number one Osaka has not been overly struggling since surprisingly splitting with coach Sascha Bajin in the wake of her Australian Open title.But the Japanese star has not won a title since, and like Williams, withdrew from the Italian Open through injury before her quarter-final against Kiki Bertens.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess It has still been the 21-year-old’s best-ever clay-court campaign, having also reached the last eight in Madrid and the semi-finals in Stuttgart, and she feels her big-hitting game is now ready for the red dirt.“I’m kind of comfortable with it now. It’s just like I randomly slip. I feel like if I can get that under control, I’ll be good,” Osaka, who has never reached the second week in Paris, said.She also does not feel that her lack of a title since Melbourne will have a large bearing on her Roland Garros prospects.“I can’t necessarily say it’s been ups and downs because if I think about it, it’s definitely been going up,” she said.“Every match that I’ve played, I’ve learned a lot. I’ve tried to take what I’ve learned into the next match. I think I’ve done that well.”Halep the favoriteReigning champion Simona Halep will enter the tournament somewhat under the radar with much of the focus on Williams and Osaka, but the Romanian remains the world’s most consistent player on clay.The three-time French Open finalist is the bookmakers’ favorite for the title, despite having lost both her finals so far this year and being knocked out in her first match in Rome by Czech youngster Marketa Vondrousova.But she will be the third seed in Paris and a name everyone will want to avoid in the draw.“I can’t expect anything because to be a defending champion in Grand Slam is for (the) first time for me, so it’s something new,” said Halep, who won her maiden major title 12 months ago in her fourth final. “I will be more relaxed. I will try to enjoy (it) more.” She impressed initially after returning, but last year twice fell just short of drawing level with Margaret Court’s mark, losing in the Wimbledon final to Angelique Kerber before her infamous meltdown en route to another final defeat by Osaka at Flushing Meadows.Williams’ 2019 campaign has not gone to plan so far, with a series of injuries seeing her manage just four matches since her Australian Open quarter-final exit to Karolina Pliskova.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut she is confident her work off the court can help her find her best game in the biggest tournaments.“I actually haven’t been able to train or practice a lot. I was out much longer than I expected,” admitted the three-time French Open champion last week in Rome, before pulling out of the tournament ahead of a second-round tie with sister Venus. LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ Filoil: JRU snaps 3-game skid, tops EAC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess The women’s game remains far more open than the men’s, with a host of other players holding serious hopes of lifting the trophy, like Italian Open champion and second seed Pliskova and the in-form Petra Kvitova.Anything can happen in the French capital, as shown by unheralded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko’s shock victory only two years ago.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting
England footballfootballGlenn TamplinRomford FC First Published: November 18, 2019, 11:49 PM IST 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. 47-year-old millionaire Glenn Tamplin bought Romford FC, months after parting ways with football club Billericay Town, and began a fresh stint in England’s non-league football.Soon after buying the club, Tamplin appointed himself as the manager as he dismissed the long-serving Paul Martin and recruited 15 new players. “I could’ve got involved at Macclesfield or Welling but I like a challenge – I had to go somewhere with potential, that was lower than where I went before because I need to do it bigger than I’ve done before,” Tamplin told the BBC while explaining his decision to buy the club.Tamplin promised supporters of the club free entry and a drink for his first game as manager but the match did not go as planned with Romford losing the contest 3-2.Romford FC ❤️Free drink on me Saturday 👌Please come support us Saturday pic.twitter.com/3J6ViVOJGo— Glenn Tamplin (@glenntamplin) November 14, 2019 Romford are currently at the bottom of the eight-tier league with just five points from eleven matches. There have also been discussions on funding and permission regarding the construction of a new stadium.
The highly-awaited fashion fiesta of the year, Lakme Fashion Week is ruling the news with its phenomenal exhibition of modern fashion on the runway. While the first day of the event was all about the sultry Disha Patani in white, shining like a star on the ramp, day two was dedicated to the idea of elegant dressing with the magic of pastel-hues in Indian ethnic wear.On the other hand, day three of this gala event turned out to be a scintillating celebration of fusion dressing that exuded power in the most vibrant way.Photo: Yogen Shah The runway saw the fiery-looking Chitrangada Singh stun in a flamboyant number by Neha Agarwal as her showstopper.The gown was an ode to the art of Madhubani as it boasted of the animal motifs incorporated with brilliant colours. While the peacock-like patterns and the offsetting of contrasting colours played on traditional tones, the fish-cut pattern of the gown looked absolutely contemporary.Photo: Yogen Shah The plunging-neckline-gown had gorgeously well-balanced embellishment on the sleeves and the heavy choker-neck that pumped up the look on the whole. The actress sizzled as she walked down the runway with a powder-blue, fish minaudiere bag that added a touch of ethnicity to this fusion outfit. Photo: Yogen Shah It was admirable to see Chitrangada sport a statement nose-pin that jazzed up the look that she pulled off effortlessly.
Continue Reading Previous Renesas expands microcontroller options for servo control in industrial robotsNext Verification environment leverages digital twins for automotive SoC design Mouser Electronics is now stocking the PAN1762 Series RF module from Panasonic. The ultra-low-power Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0 module enables the transmission of large amounts of data in connectionless environments, providing a compact solution for Internet of Things, beacon, and mesh network applications.The Panasonic PAN1762 module, available from Mouser Electronics, is based on the Toshiba TC35680 single-chip controller, which provides an Arm Cortex-M0 processor core with Serial Wire Debug (SWD) interface and 128 Kbytes of flash memory. The module integrates standard Bluetooth Low Energy profiles in addition to Serial Port Profile (SPP), and offers three types of operation: host mode, AT command mode (coming soon), and a stand-alone mode that eliminates the need for an external processor.The PAN1762 module’s Bluetooth 5.0 features enable a high symbol rate of 2 Mbits per second using the high-speed 2M PHY or a significantly longer range using the Low Energy-coded PHY at 500 Kbits per second or 125 Kbps. A high output power of up to 8 dBm and the industry-leading sensitivity of the TC35680 (-105 dBm at 125 Kbps) in combination with the Low Energy coded PHY make the module very attractive in applications where a long range is required.The module offers 18 GPIOs, shared by two I²C, SPI, and UART interfaces; four PWM outputs; and five ADCs. Housed in a compact 15.6 × 8.7 × 1.9 mm package, the device’s low current consumption provides an ideal solution for battery-powered applications. The module is also pinout compatible with the PAN1760A and PAN1026A Bluetooth modules, enabling designers to easily migrate previously developed software.The PAN1762 module is supported by the PAN1762 Evaluation Kit. The all-inclusive kit features two USB dongles for developing, running, and debugging code, while breakout headers allow developers to connect sensors and devices for prototyping.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
Parasoft announced the latest releases of Parasoft SOAtest and Parasoft Virtualize, with a new web interface for managing and generating test data. The new approach is simple to use and understand, makes it easy for users to get the data they need for testing, and helps businesses eliminate the cost of time spent waiting for data.Parasoft’s new approach to test data management radically simplifies what has traditionally been a complicated and time-consuming part of testing due to the upfront cost of building initial data models. With Parasoft’s new browser-based data simulation technology, users can easily manage, model, mask, and generate data to use in testing, without deep expertise or knowledge of an underlying database, by leveraging the new approach.The technology of Parasoft automatically generates data models from recorded interactions in the system, and then provides visual diagramming in the web browser to enable non-technical users to get access to test data for use in their testing.The company’s modern approach to test data management also makes it easier for service virtualization users. A powerful application of service virtualization is in simulating services that undergo various transitions of state, for instance, a shopping cart or a banking app. Users can manage the most complicated transactions, and successfully undergo state transition testing, without having to write a single line of code by relying on Parasoft’s new test data management infrastructure, creating virtual services that update themselves based on usage. This approach enables teams to simulate more complex and real-world workflows, critical for today’s initiatives like Open Banking.In addition to the new thin-client interface for managing test data, Parasoft SOAtest and Parasoft Virtualize received many other exciting enhancements: Parasoft SOAtest can now publish reports into Parasoft’s centralized reporting and analytics hub, allowing users to aggregate data from functional and non-functional testing practices as well as unit testing and static analysis results. This functionality gives leadership a portfolio-level view of their application’s health and release readiness. Through the enhanced “jobs” UI in Parasoft SOAtest, users can take an environment-based approach to testing, first specifying the environment in which their tests will execute and then dynamically swap out variable information such as endpoints, data sources, etc.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Harwin: ultra-compact EMI/RFI shield clips for space-constrained electronic designsNext Eurotech: fanless COM Express Type 7 basic module delivers Intel Xeon performance at the edge
Next The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Previous Editors’ Recommendations You can not only look like Einstein, you can also smell like him (kinda). When Levi got its hands on the original jacket, the team noticed a faint hint of tobacco leftover from the scientist’s intense smoking habit. To keep this recreation as authentic as possible, Levi asked D.S. & Durga, a New York City perfume house, to craft a fragrance based on this scent. The result is a musky cologne with notes of tobacco, paper, and leather.“It is based on Einstein’s study,” Paul added. “It is a nod and a wink to the whole story of the jacket, and we want to really invest in this story.” A bottle of this unique fragrance and a “replica of the No. 97 auction paddle that was used to bid on this historic garment” will be included in the purchase of each jacket, according to a release.There are a couple of caveats through. For starters, Levi only made 500 jackets, so you will have to act fast if you want to score one. Secondly, this little piece of history will set you back $1,200 — a steep price for a leather jacket, but can you really put a price tag on genius…or, at least, looking like one? The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Do You Want Your Home to Smell Like Scotch Country? Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) Not many of us will know what it feels like to be a genius. No offense — it’s just a matter of science. However, thanks to a new release from Levi Stauss & Co., we can know what it feels like to wear a genius’ favorite leather jacket.Einstein is mostly known for his smarts, not his fashion sense, but he was, in fact, dedicated to his own personal style. According to Levi, the physicist bought the brand’s Menlo Cossack leather jacket in the 1930s and wore it regularly for the next few decades (he really knew how to take care of leather).Photo courtesy of Sana Paskin/Wikimedia CommonsPhoto courtesy of Sana Paskin/Wikimedia CommonsLevi purchased this exact jacket at auction in 2016, then used it as a blueprint to create a limited run of Einstein Menlo Cossack Jackets. These beauties boast rich, golden-brown leather; angled pockets; nifty cinch straps; and detail brass accents, which all come together for a very bold, boxy fit.“Ultimately, I think my favorite aspect of the jacket is that it feels very contemporary,” said Paul O’Neill, head designer of Levi’s Vintage Clothing. “Even though it’s more than 80 years old, it doesn’t feel like you’re dressed up in period design. It feels so fresh and current. It just goes to show how classic the products Levi’s were producing back in the 1930s. They still feel very relevant for today.” 1 of 2
Addressing the General Assembly over the weekend, Second Vice President Gervais Rufyikiri outlined the progress his small Central African country’s has already made and highlighted its own contribution in trying to bring peace in other war-torn countries by sending troops to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).He noted that for the first time in Burundi’s history a democratically elected government completed its term with the holding of elections observed by the UN and other organizations as the country seeks to fulfil a programme of socio-economic development.“This ambitious required the consistent support in its realization. Without a doubt Burundi needs multiple forms of diversified help,” he said.“Thus it is that we take advantage of this podium to launch a fervent appeal to the international community, the United Nations system, your respective countries and charitable organizations to continue their indefatigable support for the Government of Burundi with the ultimate aim of laying the foundations of a durable development and the permanent consolidation of the gains of peace, democracy, stability and reconciliation.” Having benefited from UN and other international support in achieving its own stability, Burundi remains deeply concerned with the issues of maintaining international peace and security, he added, calling for increased UN support for AMISOM, so far manned by Burundi and Uganda, and appealing to other countries to contribute “so that it can be a truly continental force up to the task it faces.”As other African leaders have done in the past week, Mr. Rufyikiri also used his address to the Assembly to call for reform of the Security Council, proposing that Africa have two permanent seats “with all the privileges granted the [current] five permanent members.” This would grant the two new continental members the veto rights currently restricted to China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.He also called for increased representation for developing countries on global economic organizations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).The Central African Republic (CAR) today joined the chorus of States calling for greater African representation. “Any viable Council reform must take into account the political and numerical weight of Africa in the General Assembly, above all because two thirds of the issues on its agenda concern the continent,” Foreign Minister Antoine Gambi said.He also called for an approach to the crisis of hunger based on promoting agriculture in developing countries, with food aid only being used in exceptional emergencies. 27 September 2010Burundi, which with United Nations help returned to relative stability after decades of conflict that killed hundreds of thousands of people, has appealed to the world body and the international community at large to continue their support on the road to economic development.
“Every United Nations staff member, no matter where he or she toils, and whether or not he or she realizes it, is working in the shadow of Ralph Bunche, who believed passionately in the need for an independent, international civil service,” Mr. Annan said in a ceremony marking the issuance of a UN stamp in honour of the man who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950 for his role as mediator in the 1948-49 Israeli-Arab war.”He would be satisfied, I think, to see what we are doing to improve UN peacekeeping and other responses to conflict. Yet he would be deeply dismayed that it has taken so long to take such modest steps, and truly appalled that it took new acts of genocide to set these changes in motion,” he said of the man who as Under-Secretary General for Special Political Affairs until his retirement, and subsequent death, in 1971 played a leading role in UN peacekeeping efforts.Mr. Bunche, who was present at the creation of the UN, one of the co-authors of its Charter and a leading advocate of decolonization, was a patient and meticulous negotiator on the outside, but “inside him burned a blazing urgency and idealism about the many problems facing the human family, especially the oppressed and disposed,” Mr. Annan declared.In “a few memorable words” he encapsulated the UN’s mission in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech. The world body exists “not merely to preserve the peace but also to make change – even radical change – possible without violent upheaval. The United Nations has no vested interest in the status quo,” Mr. Annan quoted Mr. Bunche as saying.”We should all strive to recapture that spirit today,” Mr. Annan added. “As we continue Bunche’s efforts to rouse the world from complacency and indifference, we should do as Bunche did, and ask what each one of us can do to build a safer, better world for all people.”Such daily devotion to peace, coexistence and mutual respect would be the best way to celebrate the force of life, the champion of peace, the inspiration that was Ralph Bunche,” he concluded.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) deputy director for the region, Radhouane Nouicer, said yesterday that the agency has asked Yemeni authorities to instruct the local coastguard to refrain from shooting at boats as the arrive.“We are extremely concerned about this incident, where innocent civilians got hurt,” Mr. Nouicer said.Survivors of Monday’s incident have told UNHCR staff that Yemeni armed forces starting shooting as passengers on a boat carrying 120 Somalis and Ethiopians disembarked on a beach near the town of Belhaf. The fatalities are believed to be one Somali passenger and one smuggler.The remaining smugglers on the boat – who were in possession of a gun, according to the passengers – then decided to head back to sea with about 60 people still on board, before later dropping the passengers further along the coast near Jila’a.About 110 of the boat people have now sought assistance from a UNHCR reception centre in May’fa.The killings come as UNHCR has expressed growing concern in recent weeks about Yemen’s treatment of the thousands of people who have been arriving from Somalia, usually in extremely rickety boats, during the annual sailing season on the Gulf of Aden.As many as 23,000 people have been documented making the journey this year, and UNHCR records indicate that at least 360 people have perished during the crossing – there are reports that smugglers sometimes attack passengers and throw them overboard – and another 150 people are missing.Earlier this month UNHCR urged Yemen to reconsider the imminent deportation of a group of 126 Ethiopian boat people and urged the country to abide by its commitments under the 1951 Refugee Convention. Yemen is one of the few countries in its region that has signed that pact. There are now more than 88,000 registered refugees in the country, with nearly all hailing from Somalia.
Sophomore forward Peanut Johnson (3) passes the ball during a game against Indiana Oct. 26 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU lost, 5-4.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerAfter being shut out by then-No. 12 Northwestern, the Ohio State field hockey team (5-12, 0-6) is scheduled have a chance for revenge against the Wildcats Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.The Buckeyes, who are seeded seventh in the tournament, are scheduled to take on the second-seeded Wildcats at 12:15 p.m.Despite the previous result against Northwestern, OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said the tournament is a new beginning for the Buckeyes.“To be in the tournament, starting fresh, it’s a new season,” Wilkinson said. “I think that (the players) are excited about it.”Senior midfielder Mona Frommhold said another chance against Northwestern is a great opportunity for OSU.“It’s a good chance to do something better … The last game we lost 5-0,” Frommhold said. “We just want to play differently this time. We want to win, actually.”Sophomore forward Peanut Johnson said this match will be different from the last because the team has a better idea of what to anticipate from the Wildcats.“Now we know what to except from (Northwestern),” Johnson said. “We worked on things specific to them so I think it should be a lot better game. We’re more focusing on what we can do in relation to how they play, but we are definitely focused on making ourselves better.”The Buckeyes need to focus on being able to finish the plays they have control over, Wilkinson said.“Really it’s our ability to execute,” Wilkinson said. “Statistically we had more corners than they did, but they finished their opportunities. So really we need to be able to execute our opportunities, so we worked on that with a little bit of pressure this week.”She said the main goal is to stop Northwestern from hitting dangerous areas on the field.“We have to be aware,” Wilkinson said. “They’ve got a lot of speed so we need to be able to shut down certain areas of the field. We need to recognize (their players) early, whether we can step and deny them the ball … we are trying to get some good matchups out there both defensively and on the attack.”Johnson said the other teams in the tournament might underestimate OSU because of its record, but that they shouldn’t count the Buckeyes out.“People might be taking us lightly but anything can happen in tournament time,” Johnson said. “We are all really committed to showing up this tournament.”OSU plays host to the Big Ten Tournament this year, with all games set to be played at Buckeye Varsity Field, and Frommhold said the home-team advantage will be a boost.“I think a lot of our fans are coming and will cheer for us,” Frommhold said. “We are all very excited for the tournament.”Wilkinson agreed.“We are excited but so is Northwestern,” Wilkinson said. “They are co-champions of the Big Ten and they’ve got a lot of quality players. We know it’s going to be a lot of work and we need to be able to take advantage of the opportunities that we get and really limit their chances.”The tournament is scheduled to open at 10 a.m Thursday with Michigan taking on Iowa. The Buckeyes are set to play after the first match.
No arrest is expected and the Diocese of Oxford stressed there was no suggestion of guilt. Matt Ineson, who has waived his right to anonymity, says he was raped by a former priest, the Rev Trevor Devamanikkam, in Bradford in the 1980s…. The Rt Rev Steven Croft will be interviewed under caution by South Yorkshire Police as part of an investigation over alleged failures to report abuse, sources have told The Telegraph. However, a senior lawyer involved in the case said that Bishop Croft is set to be questioned over possible offences of misconduct in public office. The Bishop of Oxford will be summoned for questioning by police over claims he failed to pass on allegations of rape against a priest.
← Previous Story Polish Ekstraklasa: Vive Kielce and Wisla Plock both lose! Next Story → Edin Basic and Cedric Paty staying in Chambery Savoie As everyone expected, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid met in the final of Copa del Rey, the two giants of Spanish handball. Barcelona started the game well and at times had 3 goals difference in the first half, but Atletico always managed to catch up and the first half ended with Barcelona advantage of 15-14. However, the second half brought us a huge game turnover. After losing by 3 goals at the beginning of the 2nd half, Atletico Madrid managed to make an incredible run, and have 5-6 goals lead about 15 minutes before the end. Calling a timeout, Barcelona made 3-0 run from 51st to 54th minute, but then Atletico Madrid got back in goal-scoring shape, and concluded the game with a victory of 37-31, lifting the Copa del Rey trophy!
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS company says it’s on course to record a record quarterly operating profit, likely driven by strong sales of high-end smartphones that offset weak semiconductor orders.The guidance for Samsung’s third quarter earnings showed it was on track to report a record-high quarterly profit for a fourth straight quarter, despite legal tussles with Apple that resulted in a $1 billion compensation judgment in August.But analysts said a rise in marketing spending will decrease the company’s profit in the October-December quarter and sustaining fat margins in premium mobile devices could be increasingly tough.Samsung estimated in a regulatory filing that its July-September operating income nearly doubled to 8.1 trillion won (€5.6 billion) from 4.25 trillion won a year earlier.The result, which is 21 percent higher than Samsung’s previous record high profit posted in the April-June quarter, was better than the market consensus of 7.6 trillion won, according to a poll of 26 analysts by FnGuide Inc., a financial information provider.The world’s largest maker of mobile phones, memory chips and TVs estimated its quarterly revenue at 52 trillion won, up 26 percent from a year earlier and meeting expectations.Shares of Samsung traded 0.4 per cent lower in Seoul. Samsung will announce its full quarterly results including net income and a breakdown for each division toward the end of this month.Analysts believe Samsung’s mobile communications business that sells smartphones, media players and tablet computers generated almost 70 per cent of its operating profit in the last quarter.
Been waiting to get started on that DIY netbook or tablet until you could easily integrate one of Pixel Qi’s daylight-readable displays? Now’s your chance! Tin Can Tools is offering up a slick new kit that includes everything you need.That even includes a 10.1-inch Pixel Qi display — no small bonus, because it’s still not easy for the average Joe to get his hands on one. The kit also includes an Animal LVDS expansion board, an LVDS adapter board, and two 40-pin ribbon cables. It’s compatible with the very popular BeagleBoard Rev-C and xM, and both the PandaBoard and PandaBoard ES. Complete hookup instructions are included, of course.So what’s all this going to set you back? Tin Can Tools is selling the kit for $299, which is about $24 more than you’ll pay for the Pixel Qi display alone — assuming you’re able to find someone that has it for sale in the first place. They’re still a bit tricky to purchase online, and many of the company’s listed distribution partners show no inventory on hand or backorders with no ETA.The LVDS adapter board sells for $29 and the Animal for $59, so this is a pretty solid deal if you’re looking to lighten your DIY workload a bit.At the time of writing, Tin Can Tools only had four kits for sale. That means you’ll have to be fast if you want to get your hands on one and impress your friends with that fancy new hand-made gadget you’ve been pondering. Just make sure you save $500 for a 3D printer to add the requisite finishing touches.More at Pixel Qi Image: Make forums
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. It’s the 21st century, and we were promised robots. Science fiction made us think that we’d have automated servants at home and at work, taking care of menial tasks so we can devote our valuable human minds and bodies to… reading comics and playing video games. But commercial robotics, while fun, just aren’t up to snuff yet.The core tenet of the true geek is that if something doesn’t exist, we make it ourself. So join us on a journey around the world to meet eleven inventors who weren’t satisfied with the state of contemporary robotics and hacked together personal mechanical assistants in a staggering array of shapes. From scrap metal servants on a Chinese farm to a face-recognizing laser drone in a pizza box, these are our picks for the coolest and craziest homemade robots out there.LokiMany of the homemade robots we’re going to see here started out as hobby projects before getting out of control – sort of like Ultron. David Shinsel’s “Loki” probably isn’t going to evolve into a malevolent superintelligence aiming to eradicate all organic life, though. Built from aluminum, the rolling robot is four feet tall and about 40 pounds. It uses a pair of three-fingered hands on the end of fully movable arms and uses facial and color recognition software to identify CDs, count money, respond to voice commands and navigate his house using an odometer, compass and maps.Bum-BotThe problem of homelessness is one that is puzzling many cities right now, as housing becomes more expensive and the opioid epidemic drains productive people from the workforce. The situation is complex, but Atlanta barbecue restaurant owner Rufus Terrill has come up with… well, we wouldn’t say a solution exactly, but it sure is a robot. The three-wheeled unit is controlled remotely and built from a meat smoker. It has a camera system, loudspeaker and lights that Rufus – who unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 2009 – uses to roust out undesirables after dark in the parking lot around his business. If they resist, the front-mounted water cannon gives them a cold squirt.BlessU-2Robots and religion typically aren’t subjects that go together well, but a group of Protestants in Germany are trying to erase that divide with the help of a clergybot. BlessU-2 was built in honor of the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation to expand the notions of what getting a blessing means. It can speak in multiple languages in male and female voices, and recites from a selection of pre-programmed prayers. We don’t see this somewhat terrifying looking machine replacing human priests anytime soon, but we said that about travel agents and look what happened to them.Robot RickshawChinese farmer Wu Yulu is probably the world’s most prolific homemade robot inventor. From his property outside of Beijing, he’s spent decades creating charming single-purpose robots out of junk. His first creation was a robot rickshaw driver to chauffeur him around the farm in style, and since then he’s built several dozen more. A different robot pours his tea, lights his cigarettes and more. His hobby hasn’t been without cost – an exploding battery scarred his face pretty badly and another failed experiment burned his house down. He still soldiers on, though, building new friends and helpers.MX-PhoenixWhile most of the robots in this article have appearances that give away their amateur construction, the MX-Phoenix looks slick and futuristic, like something that could have come out of a black ops lab and not a garage in Norway. Inventor Kåre Halvorsen has a day job as an engineer, but on weekends he lets his lust for robots take him over. The MX-Phoenix was built to display a proof of concept for a hexapodal walker that could take on a variety of rough terrain. Constructed mainly from 3D printed ABS plastic, it’s a creepy crawler that could develop into something very cool.ScrapbotLet’s head back to China for one of the beefiest homemade robots on this list. Inventor Tao Xiangli built his massive robot companion, who clocks in at over six feet tall and nearly 500 pounds. Brightly illuminated, the vaguely humanoid creation can perform simple motions like rotating its neck and raising its arms at the flip of one of the dozens of switches that stud its body. It can also respond to commands through IR beaming. Tao’s creation isn’t mobile on its own, though, so there’s no risk of it going on a rampage.Laser Eye BlasterAsimov’s first law states that no robot should ever harm a human, but laws are meant to be broken. 19 year old Arizona college student Michael Reeves made headlines in April by constructing a robot that scans the room for his face and, if it sees him, blasts him in the eye with a low-wattage laser. Made from a pair of servos and a webcam hooked up to a database, the contraption is housed in a pizza box for maximum funkiness. As for why exactly he felt the need to create something that hates him, Reeves didn’t seem to have a particularly good answer.The SafecrackerLet’s continue with the theme of robots who use their mechanical powers for evil. When engineer Nathan Seidle came into possession of a second-hand safe with no combination, he set to building a robot that could crack it. The finished project is an automated device made from 3D printed and off-the-shelf parts that can crack a safe in an average of 36 minutes with no fuss or muss. The machine illustrates the scary reality that brute force isn’t the only game in town. If a tireless machine can algorithmically test every combination, safe manufacturers are going to have to come up with some new tricks.The Bear ElectrocutionerGoing face-to-face with a bear isn’t the smartest idea, so Turkish inventor Mustafa Karasungur decided to deputize a robot to do it for him. His bizarre creation is a white-faced homunculus that rolls along on a wooden platform, jerking its arms wildly. Here’s the kicker, though: if it does encounter a bear, built-in batteries release 25,000 volts into the beast. Unfortunately, it’ll do the same to a human because Karasungur’s not really up on the latest AI developments.AikoWhile some robot makers pursue their craft to make human lives easier, others have a different motivation: companionship. Le Trung is a Japanese software engineer who lives with his parents and hasn’t had much luck on the dating scene, so he sank some $20,000 into the creation of artificial femme Aiko. The humanoid robot has a network of sensors throughout her body, speaks both English and Japanese and… can’t walk. Trung is working on that, though, and hopes to have his perfect woman ambulatory soon.Captured! By RobotsIt can be hard to put a band together – egos clash, skill levels vary, and the pay’s not great. So in 1996, Jay Vance decided to throw all that out the window and just construct his own backing musicians. The result was Captured! By Robots, the gig that he’s been doing for the last two decades. Clad in a gimp mask, Vance shreds on guitar as automated drummers, bass players and other noisemakers hammer away behind him. His creations are both hilarious and totally terrifying.
Misty Ashdown hasn’t had the easiest path to her last year of high school. After entering foster care at age 11, she has overcome an adolescence of unstable circumstances to reach a point of helping others.The Union High School senior has lived with three foster families since entering the system. In that time, Ashdown learned to never rely on other people for much — a mind-set she said softened the adjustment of entering new families and the reality of never having the same lifestyle as her peers.If you’d like to contribute to Misty Ashdown’s donation drive, contact Union High School Culminating Project Coordinator Connie Hennessey at 360-604-6250.That personal experience inspired Ashdown’s culminating project that focuses on the needs of foster youths.“I thought since I’ve been through the system I know what it’s like, and I want to help people,” Ashdown said.The culminating project is a graduation requirement that includes a research essay, 15 hours of community service and a presentation. Those components are completed during a student’s junior and senior years.“A lot of kids will choose the big national issues as their project topics,” said Connie Hennessey, who coordinates the projects at Union High School. “Then others will choose things, like Misty did, that are much closer to home.”
Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Gail DelaughterA Metro bus waits to pick up riders at the Northwest Transit CenterMetro says some of its fare collection boxes are over 20 years old and some of the components can’t be updated. But technology has raced ahead, and riders now want more options with their smartphones. The transit agency is now trying to figure out how to collect fares in the 21st century. It’s now hiring a consultant to help with the effort. Metro CEO Tom Lambert says one thing riders have been asking for is a way they can pay a single fare and then transfer to other bus systems. “That’s a platform that we can think can be seamless no matter what jurisdiction you’re in,” says Lambert. “We’ve been talking to our colleagues at Harris County Transit and Fort Bend Transit to see, can they leverage off of that platform.”Along with customer convenience there are other issues. Board member Christof Spieler says fare collection can affect Metro’s entire operation. “A fare system has huge impacts on the reliability and travel time of our service,” adds Spieler. “How you board a vehicle and how long that takes.”Officials say no matter what system Metro eventually chooses, riders will still have the option to pay cash. 00:00 /01:03
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