PEVC inflows double to 7 billion in March

first_imgMumbai: Venture capital/private equity investments doubled in March to $7 billion on an annualised basis, boosted by a spurt in large transactions, says a report. Exits during the month were 34 percent lower at $465 million involving 13 transactions, a report by consultancy firm EY said Thursday. March was the best month ever for private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC ) investments, it said, adding that the $7-billion mark in the month was more than double of $3 billion in the previous year and over 30 percent higher than the previous high of $5.4 billion clocked in August 2017. Thirteen large deals of $100 million-plus adding up to $6 billion helped boost the numbers, and Brookfields $1.9 billion buyout of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL’s) East-West Pipeline was the largest deal during the month. On the back of a busy March, the March quarter has emerged as the best ever quarter for private equity/ venture capital investments, with investments worth $11.4 billion, up 37 percent over the same period a year ago. The month also recorded highest monthly value and number of buyout deals, aggregating at $2.8 billion across seven deals. Private investment in public equity investments rose to $1.9 billion, but massivley down from $3 billion a year ago. From a fund raising perspective, the firepower plunged to a low $40 million in March from $1.1 billion a year ago.last_img read more

UN human rights chief announces official visit to Mexico

During her visit Ms. Arbour will sign an agreement with the Mexican Government to continue the support of her office (OHCHR) to national efforts to promote and protect human rights, according to a media statement released in Geneva today.Ms. Arbour is scheduled to hold talks with President Felipe Calderon, Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa, as well as other senior officials from the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the Mexican Government.The High Commissioner – who has previously visited Mexico in this role – will also meet representatives of the National Commission on Human Rights, along with human rights defenders, academics, and members of women’s and indigenous organizations.In addition, she is expected to travel to the Pacific coast state of Guerrero for talks with its Governor, the committee in charge of preparing the local human rights assessment, and local indigenous groups. 1 February 2008The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour will make a four-day official visit next week to Mexico to assess recent developments in the country and key challenges ahead in protecting human rights. read more

Modi likely to make short visit to Sri Lanka

According to people familiar with the developments, Modi could either stop over in Colombo on the way to Male or on his way back. The aim is to express solidarity with the Sri Lankan people and that New Delhi will be supportive of Colombo in its fight against terrorism, one of the people cited above said. Modi is expected to visit the Maldives on 7-8 June. The Indian foreign ministry is yet to confirm the visit but news reports from Male said the Indian prime minister would be visiting the atoll nation early June and will also address the country’s Parliament. By stopping over at Colombo, the Prime Minister will not only express solidarity with the victims of the carnage—mostly Sri Lankan Catholics—but will also let the Sri Lankan Government know that India is willing to fully support it in its fight against terrorism.New Delhi had sent warnings to Sri Lanka prior to the attacks that shattered a decade of calm in the country that was previously embroiled in a three decade long civil war. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi could make a short visit to Sri Lanka on his way to or back from the Maldives in early June, during his first visit overseas in his second term.While his visit to the Maldives would underline the primacy of neighbours and India’s neighbourhood in foreign policy during Modi’s second term in office, the brief stop in Colombo is expected to convey India’s solidarity with Sri Lanka in the wake of the Easter Sunday bombings in April. The attacks on several churches and luxury hotels by radicalised Sri Lankans inspired by the Islamic State killed over 250 people. read more

First Wynne Wednesday

Ontario public elementary school students are seeing today the biggest effect yet in the dispute between their teachers and the Ontario government.Members of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario are holding the first of what they’re calling, “Wynne Wednesdays.”Besides not running any extra-curricular activities today, teachers will be dressed in a “solidarity colour” and wearing union buttons.That’s in addition to previous work-to-rule actions that include not responding to administrative e-mails or filling in for absent colleagues, not completing report cards, and not updating classroom websites.Premier Wynne says she isn’t going to take the teachers’ new tactic personally.Other teachers unions have been able to reach agreements with the government, including Catholic teachers, public secondary school teachers, and teachers at French school boards.Elementary teachers will begin rotating strikes in October if a deal is not reached. read more

Annan shocked at reported deadly downing of UN helicopter in Georgia

In a statement, the spokesman said the Secretary-General was “awaiting additional information before commenting further” on the crash, which took the lives of all passengers aboard – four military observers, two local staff and three Ukrainian flight crew from the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG).According to the spokesman, the helicopter took off on patrol from Sukhumi airport at 8:55 this morning, local time. The reported attack occurred at about 9:20. Both the Abkhaz authorities and the Confederation of Independent States’ peacekeeping force informed UNOMIG that the helicopter had been shot down by a missile near the village of Amktel. The area where the plane went down has been the scene of intensified fighting recently between Abkhazian forces and armed partisan groups in the Kodori Valley. read more

Price of crude oil slumps below 50 a barrel bringing fears of

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 5, 2015 2:14 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Price of crude oil slumps below $50 a barrel, bringing fears of a sluggish economy NEW YORK, N.Y. – Another plunge in the price of oil is driving stocks sharply lower.Energy companies led the decline as crude dipped below $50 a barrel Monday.Other stocks also fell as traders worried that the drop could indicate a weaker global economy and possibly lead to a dangerous, wider drop in other prices in the economy.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 331 points, or 1.9 per cent, to 17,501. It was down as much as 357 earlier.The Standard & Poor’s 500 fell 37 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 2,024. The Nasdaq fell 56 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 4,671.In Europe, the euro sank to a nine-year low as traders worried that Greece might leave the currency union. European markets closed sharply lower. read more

Synthetic drugs are making headway in Afghanistan UN agency reports

After spending eight-months gathering information on drugs known locally as ‘glass,’ ‘tears of love or ‘sheesha,’ the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) concluded that “there are strong indications that methamphetamine use is establishing itself among opiate users, which are already one of the most vulnerable parts of Afghan society.” “The report comes in a timely fashion, adding another layer of understanding to the very complex Afghan drugs situation,” said UNODC’s Director of Public Affairs, Jean-Luc Lemahieu. He praised Afghan contribution to the report, noting that the country has had “impressive” growth in capacity. The Afghanistan Synthetic Drugs Assessment includes missions to five provinces in Afghanistan, where interviews were conducted with over 100 key sources, drug users and law enforcement officials at government offices, health service centres and drug treatment providers. “Although data and information remains scarce, reports from law enforcement officials, drug treatment providers, forensic experts and drug users in Afghanistan point to a differentiated market for synthetic drug,” the investigators reported. Source: UNODC’s Afghanistan Synthetic Drugs Situation Assessment“Increases in the number of methamphetamine seizures, together with reports of methamphetamine manufacture and increases in treatment registrations in certain parts of the country, suggest that synthetic drugs are of growing concern in Afghanistan,” says the report. Among its findings, the report noted that the largest number of methamphetamine treatment registrations have been reported by treatment centres in Kunduz province, in the north-east of Afghanistan, and Nimroz province, to the south-west of Afghanistan. It also found that the current national drug control law seems to provide a much lower penalty framework for methamphetamine compared to other drugs such as heroin or cocaine. Investigators conclude that the issue must be studied more thoroughly by national and international partners. read more

Undefeated national powerhouses Brock Carleton set to meet Saturday

The top two men’s basketball teams in the country will clash in St. Catharines Saturday night and only one of their undefeated records will be left standing.The Brock Badgers women’s and men’s basketball teams will host the Carleton Ravens in a doubleheader at the Meridian Centre Saturday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively.For the 4-5 Badger women, it’s a chance to pull off a major upset and take their biggest win in years. For the men, it’s the opportunity to swap places with Carleton atop the Canadian university basketball rankings. The Ravens head into the weekend ranked first with a perfect 8-0 record. The Badgers are ranked second with an unblemished 9-0 record. If you include the pre-season, the Brock men have won 14 straight games stretching back to August.Not only is the No. 1 ranking on the line, the game could easily be a preview of the USports national championship — of which Carleton has won seven straight titles.Tickets for the doubleheader at the Meridian Centre have been moving quickly on Ticketmaster online. Prices are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and youth. A handful of $35 courtside tickets are also still available, while a limited number of free tickets for Brock University students became available Monday at the Walker Sports Complex Welcome Desk.Fans attending the Meridian Centre games are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, which will be collected and donated to Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold and the Brock University Students’ Union Food First program.The games Saturday will wrap up a Brock basketball doubleheader weekend. On Friday, Dec. 1, the Badgers will host Ottawa at Brock’s Bob Davis Gymnasium with the women playing at 6 p.m. and the men at 8 p.m. The Ottawa women’s team has a 3-5 record while the men, ranked ninth in Canada, have a 5-2 record. read more

This UConn Team Was Better Than Last Years Team

82000Connecticut361+47.4—+47.4 Source: Kenneth Massey, Sonny Moore 12016Connecticut380+54.7+52.9+53.8 More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed The Hot Takedown crew dissects UConn’s fourth straight championship. 152012Notre Dame354+41.2+40.6+40.9 It’s getting harder every day, the search for unused superlatives to heap upon the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team. On Tuesday night, the Huskies captured their fourth consecutive NCAA championship with an 82-51 rout of Syracuse. The victory made star forward Breanna Stewart four-for-four on titles during her four years in Storrs and capped off a run the likes of which hasn’t been seen in the college game since John Wooden’s UCLA squad won seven straight men’s championships in the late 1960s and early ’70s.UConn is all about rings — coach Geno Auriemma now has a record 11 of them, after all — but a championship can only really signify supremacy over the competition within a given season. When a team dominates as thoroughly as these Huskies have (they won their NCAA Tournament games by an average of 39.8 points per game), history becomes the only opponent. And even against that standard, UConn keeps raising the bar.Gathering stats on women’s sports — even a popular one like basketball — is a notoriously (and shamefully) frustrating endeavor, but we can try to quantify a team’s dominance using historical data from Kenneth Massey and Sonny Moore, a couple of the power-rating makers featured in our women’s tournament prediction model. (Massey’s data goes back to 1997-98, while Moore’s picks up in 2004-05; the other two rating systems from the model do not provide historical archives.) 162008Connecticut362+40.5+39.6+40.1 By Neil Paine 22015Connecticut381+51.2+52.5+51.8 212011Texas A&M335+38.4+38.9+38.7 Admittedly, power ratings aren’t everything. For one thing, in the absence of player-level era adjustments like FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver’s Baseball Time Machine, they aren’t capable of accounting for changes in absolute quality of competition over time. But, if anything, the women’s game is evolving rapidly enough that UConn probably faced more talented opponents in Stewart’s senior season than it did when she was a freshman. And in the face of those changes, the Huskies adjusted even more quickly, upping the ante for how good a college team could be.It’s anyone’s guess how much of this impossibly steep ascent UConn can maintain after the likes of Stewart and Morgan Tuck depart for the WNBA next season. But for now, let’s take a moment to appreciate what the Huskies accomplished these past few years: a run of dominance so impressive that even future incarnations of UConn will have trouble topping it. 42010Connecticut390+52.2+49.0+50.6 Embed Code 72009Connecticut390+49.9+45.3+47.6 32014Connecticut400+56.3+46.3+51.3 132011Connecticut362+41.5+41.3+41.4 The greatest NCAA women’s teams since 1997-98 And to the extent we’re able to measure things,1In this case, I set Massey’s and Moore’s ratings on the same scale and averaged them for years in which both numbers are available; for seasons before that, I just used Massey’s rating. the 2015-16 Huskies were the best team of the modern era of women’s college basketball … supplanting the 2014-15 Huskies … who supplanted the 2013-14 Huskies. Each of Stewart’s final three years saw new ground broken in the area of women’s basketball greatness. 232008Tennessee362+39.9+37.1+38.5 POWER RATING 52002Connecticut390+49.8—+49.8 121998Tennessee390+41.4—+41.4 202011Stanford333+38.7+38.7+38.7 172013Notre Dame352+40.2+38.3+39.2 62013Connecticut354+47.4+49.0+48.2 YEARTEAMWINSLOSSESMASSEYMOOREAVERAGE 182006Duke324+40.1+38.2+39.1 112013Baylor342+43.0+41.5+42.3 222010Stanford362+39.6+37.5+38.5 92012Baylor400+48.6+43.6+46.1 142012Connecticut335+40.5+42.1+41.3 242007Tennessee343+40.7+36.1+38.4 192001Connecticut323+38.7—+38.7 102014Notre Dame371+44.0+42.6+43.3 251999Tennessee313+37.9—+37.9 read more

Buckeye baseball takes two of three over Minnesota finishes fourth in Big

Ronnie Dawson (4) touches home plate following a home run during OSU’s 12-1 win over Hofstra on March 18 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State baseball team continued its push for the postseason this weekend with a road-series win over No. 24 Minnesota in Minneapolis at Siebert Field. Coach Greg Beals had his squad arguably playing its best baseball of the season coming into the weekend, and the Buckeyes needed to build upon their home sweep of Michigan from the previous weekend.Game 1Sitting tied at third in the Big Ten standings with Nebraska heading into Thursday’s action just 2.5 games back of Minnesota for the Big Ten championship, OSU had a grand opportunity for one of the largest season turnarounds in school history.Tanner Tully toed the rubber for OSU on Thursday versus the Golden Gophers sporting a 6-3 record as OSU’s No. 1 starter. After a 1-2-3 first inning, Tully struggled a bit in the second. Despite junior outfielder Troy Montgomery scoring on a wild pitch to give OSU a 1-0 lead, Minnesota hitters Austin Athman and Micah Coffey singled and doubled, respectively, off the Elkhart, Indiana, native. Athman then scored on a groundout by Minnesota junior Matt Stemper to tie the game at 1.At times this season, Tully has dealt with command issues which were evident in the 10 hits he allowed on Thursday night. However, the former freshman All-American climbed out of holes several times in his outing only allowing two runs in six innings pitched, striking out four.The Buckeyes’ offensive fortunes came in the form of wild pitches and passed balls. Scoring on a wild pitch in the second, OSU once again crossed home plate in the seventh on an errant pitch from Golden Gophers’ pitcher Matt Fielder. Sophomore Tre’ Gantt tied the game at two in the seventh for OSU, and senior infielder Troy Kuhn came through in the ninth with a two-out infield base hit to score senior Craig Nennig. Michael Horejsei pitched two hitless innings to cap off a comeback 3-2 victory.It was the type of hit that needed to happen for the Buckeyes to take a 1-0 lead in the series as they continue to claw and scrape back into the NCAA tournament picture. Kuhn’s game-winning single and Horejsei slamming the door out of the bullpen notched OSU’s seventh consecutive victory.Game 2Picking up from where he left off on Thursday night, Nennig launched a two-run shot over the fence at Siebert Field to put the Buckeyes up 2-0. The relatively quick start was something that Buckeyes had not been able to do in over a week, so the general feeling was that OSU had control of the game with senior John Havird on the mound.Havird threw five scoreless innings and was working with a 3-0 lead before the Minnesota bats woke up in the sixth.The Gophers tattooed the lefty for four runs on five hits to pull ahead 4-3. OSU was in command the entire game and was looking like the team would have a shot at at least a share of the Big Ten crown with a win on Saturday. Once Minnesota took the lead in the sixth, the team never looked back.OSU put a the leadoff man on base in the seventh and eighth innings, but the ball was simply rolling the way of the Maroon and Gold. Double plays ended any possible threat following leadoff hits, and OSU was sent down without a fight.Minnesota clinched the outright Big Ten championship after defeating the Buckeyes and an Indiana loss on Friday.Game 3In the rubber match of the pivotal Big Ten finale series, OSU sent redshirt sophomore Adam Niemeyer to the hill to do battle with Minnesota’s Toby Anderson. The Buckeyes could no longer win a share of the Big Ten, but another top-25 victory, likely, would impress the selection board for the NCAA tournament.Since his first season in Scarlet and Gray in 2011, Beals’ teams have been known to be great competitors that can be over-matched with skill but won’t back down from a challenge. On Sunday in the regular season finale, Beals’ most trusted players took center stage.Down 6-4, Kuhn led off the sixth with a double, and Montgomery soon followed with an RBI single to cut the deficit to one. Then, junior outfielder Ronnie Dawson put a charge into a fastball that he sent out of the confines of Siebert Field to knot the game 5-all. Dawson quickly rounded the bases hoping to get another at-bat.Relief pitchers Seth Kinker, Horejsei and freshman Ryan Feltner held off the potent Minnesota lineup in the 4.1 innings of work to force extra-innings with a chance to pull-off another comeback victory and steal the final Big Ten series from the conference champs.Dawson came to the plate in the tenth and delivered once again sending a towering blast over the right-center field fence to put the Buckeyes in front 6-5. Minnesota outfielders could only gaze at the white leather pierced through the win as OSU continued to gash some of college baseball’s best teams. His two home runs gives him 12 on the season and OSU leads the Big Ten with 53 home runs.On the final out of the game, Nennig charged from the shortstop position and made a remarkable play to nab the Gophers of sending the go-ahead run to the plate. Bosiokovic triumphantly fist pumped after the final putout, then Kuhn and Nennig soared for a victorious chest bump. It was the type of reaction a team expresses after vanquishing the No. 24 Gophers on their home turf and playing into consideration for a NCAA at-large bid.Dawson and the Buckeyes put on a textbook display of overcoming adversity. The Buckeyes proved to the conference and the nation that the team is ready for the big stage in Omaha, Nebraska, next week at the Big Ten Tournament.OSU earned the No. 4 seed in the tournament and will play No. 5 seed Michigan at approximately 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday. read more

Star power on and off the court propel Ohio State to win

As you’d expect for a game as highly anticipated as the one between Ohio State and Duke, half of the pre-game entrances were filled with cheers and the other half were filled with boos. But on Tuesday night, those cheers didn’t initially come for Thad Matta and his Buckeyes, nor did the boos first come for Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils. Instead it was former OSU players Evan Turner, Mike Conley, Jr., Greg Oden, Michael Redd and Scoonie Penn receiving cheers as they arrived to their courtside seats, moments before the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade and LeBron James received a chorus of boos on the way to theirs. But with the stars of the NBA and OSU’s past lining the north baseline, the real stars Tuesday night were in uniform, as anyone who was looking forward to stat-sheet-stuffing individual performances from the No. 2- and No. 3-ranked teams in the nation didn’t walk away from the Schottenstein Center disappointed. OSU’s trio of preseason National Player of the Year candidates combined for 58 points as the Buckeyes cruised to a 85-63 win. Totals in the OSU box score included 21 points and eight rebounds from preseason All-American Jared Sullinger, 20 points, five rebounds and four assists from William Buford, and 17 points, eight assists and five rebounds from sophomore guard Aaron Craft. After the game, Sullinger attributed the Buckeyes’ domination against Duke to the team’s mental toughness. “What can I say? This basketball team is something special,” Sullinger said. “We really kind of took them by their throats, and we really kind of pushed the ball, and we got a lot of easy baskets.” Despite their large margin of victory, it wasn’t just the Buckeyes’ stars who put on a show. Highly touted Duke freshman guard Austin Rivers had a coming out party of sorts, as he led the Blue Devils in scoring with 22 points — two of which came by way of an ankle-breaking crossover and then lay-up as he was guarded by OSU’s Jordan Sibert. Also starring for Duke was junior forward Mason Plumlee — a former McDonald’s All-American and 2009’s Mr. Basketball in North Carolina — who scored 16 points and added six rebounds for the Blue Devils on Tuesday night. “Those two kids were excellent for us,” Krzyzewski said. “They’re going to get better. Our team is going to get a lot better by playing this level of competition.” The efforts of Rivers and Plumlee weren’t enough, however, as not only did Duke have to deal with the star power of Sullinger, Buford and Craft, but that of an emerging star in OSU sophomore Deshaun Thomas. Also a former high school All-American, Thomas scored a season-high 18 points, including a buzzer beating jumper at the end of the first half to give the Buckeyes a 47-28 lead at intermission. After the game, Thomas admitted that James’ and Wade’s presence played a role in inspiring him for his big game on the big stage. “I saw them over there. They’re guys you watch in the NBA every day,” Thomas said. “It was great motivation to show off for them, ‘cause they show off for us when they’re on the TV.” But while he looked like an NBA player Tuesday night, unlike James and Wade, Thomas’ star power was anything but booed by the sold out crowd of 18,809 at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Poll How many countries have you visited

first_img Where to next? Image: Shutterstock Poll Results: Thursday 22 Jun 2017, 9:43 AM Jun 22nd 2017, 9:43 AM 91 Comments Image: Shutterstock I’ve never left the country I’m from1-56-1010-2021-3030+Vote 6-10 (5630) 39,478 Views Share49 Tweet Email2 1-5 (2216)center_img Short URL Poll: How many countries have you visited? Home bird or travel addict? 30+ (2697) 21-30 (3896) Where to next? 10-20 (9054) I’ve never left the country I’m from (182) THIS MORNING WE reported that there is a backlog of about 66,000 applications for Irish passports.Since the UK voted to leave the EU in June 2016, applications for Irish passports have increased to a huge extent from eligible citizens living in Britain.To mark the release of these stats, we want to find out about your travel habits and specifically how extensively you’ve travelled outside your home country, be it Ireland or wherever.Today’s question, How many countries have you visited? By Rónán Duffy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

2000 refugees to be moved from Lesvos to mainland Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Close to 2,000 asylum seekers will be moved from Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesvos to the mainland where their asylum claims will be examined, said Greek authorities.“The situation in Moria is indeed difficult, it is indeed at the limit,” said government spokesman, Dimitris Tzanakopoulos on Tuesday.With over 9,000 people housed at the camp, which has a capacity of just over 3,000, overcrowding has been cited as the main reason for the decision.Coincidentally, the announcement comes just days after Doctors without Borders (MSF) revealed the alarming number of children at the camp who are either self-harming or attempting suicide.Between February and June 2018, MSF staff reported that they had witnessed almost a quarter of refugees between the ages of 6 and 18 either attempt to hurt or kill themselves.Meanwhile panic attacks, anxiety, and constant nightmares are common experiences amongst others, while some cannot even speak.On Monday MSF clinical psychiatrist, Alessandro Barberio penned an open letter published on MSF’s website, in which he reveals the conditions he has witnessed in his time on Lesvos.“In all of my years of medical practice, I have never witnessed such overwhelming numbers of people suffering from serious mental health conditions as I am witnessing now amongst refugees on the island of Lesvos. The vast majority of people I see are presenting with psychotic symptoms, suicidal thoughts—even attempts at suicide—and are confused,” wrote Barberio.The psychiatrist claimed that the asylum seekers are forced to live in a context promoting frequent violence, including sexual and gender-based violence, affecting both children and adults, which Barberio says serves as a recurrent trigger for the development of severe psychiatric symptoms.He goes on to describe the “appalling living conditions and exposure to constant violence, the lack of freedom and rights accorded to migrants, the severe deterioration of health and mental health, and the everyday stress and pressure placed on all inhabitants” – an experience Barberio likens to old-fashioned mental asylums not seen in parts of Europe since the mid-20th century, and declares that Moria camp is “in a state of emergency” that requires decisive action immediately.The sentiment was shared by Louise Roland-Gosselin, MSF’s head of mission in Greece.“This is the third year that MSF has been calling on the Greek authorities and the EU to take responsibility for their collective failures and to put in place sustainable solutions to avoid this catastrophic situation,” she said.“It is time to immediately evacuate the most vulnerable to safe accommodation in other European countries and to stop this never-ending cycle of emergency decongestions and the horrendous conditions we continue to witness in Moria.”last_img read more

Photos Robots Take Over at Japan Robot Week 2018

first_img Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto. The robots came to impress during last week’s Japan Robot Week 2018, which was held alongside the World Robot Summit in Tokyo, and showcased advances in service robots and robot-related technologies.Some of the robots featured at this year’s event include the Unibo robot, a small robot assistant with AI that uses speech and facial recognition to interact with humans, and ROBOTIS-OP2, a humanoid research robot. Click through the slideshow to see images from Japan Robot Week 2018.View as: One Page Slides1/291. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesDarwin R and D Collaboration Project’s Robotis OP2, an open-source humanoid robot platform for education and research, is displayed during Japan Robot Week 2018 in Tokyo, Japan on October 17, 2018. 2. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesKawasaki’s Robust Humanoid Platform ‘Kaleido’ dances to music during a demonstration at Japan Robot Week 2018 in Tokyo, Japan, October 17, 2018.3. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesSmall robots perform a dance at Japan Robot Week 2018 in Tokyo, Japan, on October 17, 2018.4. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesRobotis OP2, an open source humanoid robot platform for education and research, plays with a ball at Japan Robot Week 2018 in Tokyo, Japan, on October 17, 2018. 5. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesRobots at Japan Robot Week 2018 in Tokyo, Japan, on October 17, 2018.6. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesA robot equipped with Nabtesco Corporation’s mecanum wheels at Japan Robot Week 2018 in Tokyo, Japan on October 17, 2018.7. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesVisitors look at a Yamaha Motor Co. Motoroid T03 concept motorcycle, with autonomous capabilities, at Japan Robot Week 2018 in Tokyo, Japan, on October 17, 2018.8. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesA robot is displayed during Japan Robot Week 2018 in Tokyo, Japan, on October 17, 2018.9. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesUnibo, a robot assistant, is displayed during Japan Robot Week 2018 held in Tokyo, Japan, on October 17, 2018. 10. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesA robot holds a small ball in its hand during a demonstration of virtual reality manipulation for humanoid robot at Japan Robot Week 2018 held in Tokyo, Japan, on October 17, 2018.11. Japan Robot Week 2018Kawasaki’s Robust Humanoid Platform ‘Kaleido’ is prepared for a demonstration at Japan Robot Week 2018 in Tokyo, Japan, October 17, 2018.12. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesA visitor touches a Kawasaki’s humanoid robot ‘Kaleido’ at Japan Robot Week 2018 held in Tokyo, Japan, on October 17, 2018. 13. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesVisitors take photo of a THK Co.’s Seed-Noid robot performing a Noh musical drama (a form of theater originating in the 14th century) at Japan Robot Week 2018 held in Tokyo, Japan, on October 17, 2018.14. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesA Kondo KXR robot at Japan Robot Week 2018 held in Tokyo, Japan on October 17, 2018. 15. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesA robotic wheelchair is demonstrated by the Cybathlon team ‘HSR Enhanced’ during Japan Robot Week 2018 held in Tokyo, Japan, on October 17, 2018.16. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesA robotic wheelchair is demonstrated by the Cybathlon team ‘HSR Enhanced’ during Japan Robot Week 2018 held in Tokyo, Japan, on October 17, 2018.17. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesA visitor takes a photo of a robot displayed at Japan Robot Week 2018 held in Tokyo, Japan October 17, 2018.18. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesKawasaki’s Robust Humanoid Platform ‘Kaleido’ at Japan Robot Week 2018 in Tokyo, Japan, October 17, 2018.19. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesTesting the virtual reality manipulation for a humanoid robot during Japan Robot Week 2018 on October 17, 2018.20. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesTHK Corp.’s Seed-noid robot at Japan Robot Week 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.21. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesAn industrial robot arm by Denso Robotics at Japan Robot Week 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.22. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesTesting the virtual reality manipulation for a humanoid robot during Japan Robot Week 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.23. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesA robot holds a big nail and a hammer during a demonstration at Japan Robot Week 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.24. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesOmron staffer plays plays ping-pong against a the Forpheus robot during Japan Robot Week 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. 25. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesVirtual reality manipulation for a humanoid robot is demonstrated during Japan Robot Week 2018 on October 17, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.26. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesVirtual reality manipulation for a humanoid robot is demonstrated during Japan Robot Week 2018 on October 17, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.27. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesVisitors view a robot wearing masks of traditional Japanese theater during Japan Robot Week 2018 on October 17, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. 28. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesA visitor tries a welfare robot powered exoskeleton during the Japan Robot Week 2018 at Tokyo Big Sight on October 17, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)29. Japan Robot Week 2018Photo Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesA remote-operated robot is demonstrated during Japan Robot Week 2018 held in Tokyo, Japan on October 17, 2018. More on Pick: Anker Robot is the Perfect City PetMachine Learning is Improving The Way These Prosthetic Limbs PerformThis Machine Can Cook and Assemble 100 Burgers in an Hour Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Stay on targetlast_img read more

Exconvict charged in longmissing Illinois boy hoax

first_img KUSI Newsroom, CINCINNATI (AP) — A 23-year-old ex-convict accused of pulling a cruel hoax by pretending to be a long-missing Illinois boy was charged Friday with making false statements to federal authorities.The FBI said Brian Rini had made false claims twice before, portraying himself as a juvenile sex-trafficking victim.The Medina, Ohio, man was jailed in Cincinnati on Thursday, a day after telling authorities he was 14-year-old Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared in 2011 at age 6. The FBI declared Rini’s story a hoax after performing a DNA test.The charge should send a message about the damage such false claims can do, said U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman.“It’s not OK to do it because of the harm that it causes, the pain, for the family of that missing child,” Glassman said.Rini’s story had briefly raised hope among Timmothy’s relatives that the youngster’s disappearance had finally been solved after eight long years. But those hopes were dashed when the test results came back.“It’s devastating. It’s like reliving that day all over again,” said Timmothy’s aunt Kara Jacobs.Rini was jailed for a bail hearing on Tuesday. His public defender did not immediately return a message. Rini could get up to eight years in prison.Rini was found wandering the streets on Wednesday and told authorities he had just escaped his captors after years of abuse, officials said. He claimed he had been forced to have sex with men, according to the FBI.When confronted with the DNA results, Rini acknowledged his identity, saying he had watched a story about Timmothy on ABC’s “20/20” and wanted to get away from his own family, the FBI said.Rini said “he wished he had a father like Timmothy’s because if he went missing, his father would just keep drinking,” the FBI said in court papers. A message left with Rini’s father for comment was not immediately returned.Glassman said authorities were skeptical early on of Rini’s claim because he refused to be fingerprinted, though he did agree to a DNA swab. Rini also looks older than 14, but Glassman said investigators wanted to make sure “there was no opportunity missed to actually find Timmothy Pitzen.”Rini’s DNA was already on file because of his criminal record. He was released from prison less than a month ago after serving more than a year for burglary and vandalism.He twice portrayed himself in Ohio as a juvenile victim of sex trafficking, and in each case was identified after being fingerprinted, authorities said.In 2017, Rini was treated at an Ohio center for people with mental health or substance abuse problems, according to court papers.Timmothy, of Aurora, Illinois, vanished after his mother pulled him out of kindergarten, took him on a two-day road trip to the zoo and a water park, and then killed herself at a hotel. She left a note saying that her son was safe with people who would love and care for him, and added: “You will never find him.”After Rini’s account was pronounced a hoax, Timmothy’s grandmother Alana Anderson said: “It’s been awful. We’ve been on tenterhooks, hopeful and frightened. It’s just been exhausting.”She added, “I feel so sorry for the young man who’s obviously had a horrible time and felt the need to say he was somebody else.” KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 5, 2019 Ex-convict charged in long-missing Illinois boy hoax April 5, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

About 400 Clark County teachers at head of the class

first_img Information from the state of Washington on becoming a National Board Certified Teacher‘We’re going to sing the ABCs because?” Kay Ellison sang to the 15 kindergarten students who entered the library.The students sang back: “The library’s in alphabetical order!”After Ellison and the kindergartners belted out “The ABC Song,” they sat down for story time. Ellison opened a picture book about school children in Chad. Throughout the story, Ellison paused to point out the African nation on a globe, to repeat phrases from the book and to ask questions.Ellison, a teacher-librarian at Vancouver Public Schools’ Marshall Elementary, is one of about 400 teachers in Clark County who have earned prestigious National Board Certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.A total of 6,817 teachers statewide, more than 13 percent of the state’s teachers, have received the advanced teaching credential, which is valid for 10 years. It complements, but does not replace, a teacher’s license from the state.The certification process takes between 200 and 400 hours. Candidates complete 10 assessments, which are reviewed by trained teachers in their certificate areas. Some teachers, like Ellison, completed the certification in a year. Others take up to three years. Not all teachers who attempt the certification attain it.Teachers pay $2,500 to go through the certification process. If they become certified, the investment pays off; National Board Certified Teachers receive an annual $5,000 state-funded stipend. If they teach in a challenging school, determined by the number of students who receive free or reduced-price lunch, NBCTs receive an additional $5,000. “I was really interested in learning about how I could be a better teacher and just focus on teaching. And the National Board Certification does that.” — Kay Ellison, Marshall Elementary teacher-librarianlast_img read more

Bering Strait School District Superintendent Placed On Administrative Leave

first_imgThere’s been a shake-up in leadership at the Bering Strait School District. The BSSD Board of Education has placed superintendent Brett Agenbroad on administrative leave, and appointed Bobby Bolen as acting superintendent until a permanent hire is made.The decision was announced during last week’s board meeting in Anchorage. Agenbroad was with the district for about a year and a half, and will be on leave until his contract ends next June 2015. BSSD employees were notified earlier this week. Board members did not provide comment on why this decision was made.Acting superintendent Bobby Bolen has been with the Bering Strait District for about 10 years. He has worked in the district office, in Savoonga as assistant principal, and most recently as principal in St. Michael. Board chair Aurora Johnson says he was selected for the interim position because of his experience with and knowledge of the district.Craig Sherwood, who was the assistant principal in Stebbins, will take over Bolen’s post as interim principal in St. Michael. Both Bolen and Johnson say their priority is making sure students aren’t adversely affected by the changes in leadership. The search for a permanent superintendent will begin in January.Board chair Johnson also affirmed that a few new members were elected to the board in the recent election. Moving forward, she says the board shares Bolen’s goal of adjusting BSSD’s curriculum to match rising state standards.last_img read more

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Striking Pearson ground crew vote against new offer

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATLANTA — Music artist T.I. is lending his voice to a project involving the late Martin Luther King Jr.’s home church in Atlanta.Ebenezer Baptist Church plans a three-day conference at the historic church in Atlanta to address mass incarcerations.The Rev. Raphael Warnock said in a statement that the End Mass Incarceration Conference will run Monday through Wednesday at the church.Warnock said goals of the conference include helping communities to fight the rise of the prison industrial complex in the United States and systems that unfairly imprison people of colour.Ebenezer said T.I. will be participating in helping to bail out of jail dozens of poor and working-class citizens in the Atlanta area.The Associated Press Rapper T.I. and Atlanta church work to end mass imprisonmentcenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Jun 17, 2019 5:58 am PDTlast_img read more