India should cut interest rates to help exporters take advantage Ficci Chief

first_imgBeijing: India should cut interest rates further and adopt consistent policies for the export of agricultural produce to enable Indian exporters to take advantage of the current US-China trade war, industry body Ficci’s President Sandip Somany said Saturday. Currently on a business trip to China, Somany also said the NDA government in its second term should focus on getting big ticket investments from China, specially in the capital goods sector, and motivate Chinese machinery manufacturers to set up plants in India. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsThe bruising US-China trade war, under which both countries have slapped billions of dollars worth of tariffs on each other’s exports, offers a big opportunity for some category of Indian exports to make a dent in both the US and Chinese markets, Somany said. Somany, who is the vice chairman and managing director of HSIL Limited, the second largest glass manufacturer India, also met the Indian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri and the Secretary of China’s Boao Forum for Asia, Li Baodong. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefIf the US-China trade war continues, it offers good opportunities for Indian exports in certain areas, he said. “If you are competitive, we can replace China in those areas. But the government has to be supportive because production costs are high which makes our goods not competitive. “Our interest rates are at life time highs, which makes our goods not competitive. That is an issue. Our inflation rate is low, running around 3 per cent. What is the need for banks to lend at 10, 11 per cent? It is uncalled for,” he said. The interest rates need to come down by another 100 or 150 basis points, he said. He also said the NDA government in its second term should make agricultural exports more competitive by adopting a consistent policy. China has a huge potential for agricultural produce as it is a net importer. Now that the trade war is going on, India could step up its exports of soybean to China, replacing to an extent US shipments, he said. Since last year’s Wuhan summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, China began importing some agricultural produce like rice and sugar. India is also trying to step up soybean exports to China. The trade deficit in 2018, according to Chinese official data, climbed to USD 57.86 billion from USD 51.72 billion in 2017 in about USD 95.54 total bilateral trade. India’s exports to China went up to USD 18.84 billion in 2018, an increase of 15.2 per cent compared to 2017. “Unfortunately, the Indian agriculture policy is not consistent. When the prices go up, the government bans exports. We should become large exporter of agri products with consistent policy. When the prices go up, the government should import instead of curtailing exports. “Because the government interferes with exports and raises duties at the drop of the hat, agricultural exports in India have not done well,” Somany said. Now that the US-China trade war is going on, one of the things the government should do is to step up exports of soybeans to China. “We don’t have a great agricultural export policy and don’t give it a priority, that is the problem,” he said. About India-China trade, he said Chinese machinery manufacturers should be invited to set up plants in India. “We have huge trade deficit with China. Chinese companies should be motivated to set up investments in India, like the Chinese mobile phones being manufactured in India. The same should done for electronics and other categories,” he said.last_img read more

Off Nova Scotia a bid to unravel the mystery of great white

first_imgLUNENBURG, N.S. – Not far off Nova Scotia’s rough-hewn shoreline, scientists on board an aging crab boat lay in wait for one of the marine world’s greatest — and most mysterious — predators.The researchers are busy “working the water” — dunking bits of fish in hopes of drawing a great white shark close enough to catch it and very carefully direct it onto their large boat.Once they get a shark on board, the Ocearch team plans to afix it with several satellite tags that can collect data identifying everything from water temperature and salinity levels to its movements and feeding behaviours.They’re hoping the information can help them answer a central question — whether Nova Scotia may be a second mating site for Atlantic white sharks, something scientists say could be key to protecting the endangered species.“We’re up here trying to solve the puzzle of the North Atlantic white shark population,” Dr. Bob Hueter, chief scientific adviser for the Ocearch expedition, said Thursday just outside the mouth of Lunenburg harbour on the first day of the team’s three-week expedition.“We’re just beginning to unravel the mysteries of the white shark in the North Atlantic — where they’re giving birth, their migratory patterns, where they mate, which is why we’re here, and what they feed on.”The team was drawn to the area after one of Ocearch’s tagged sharks — an adult male named Hilton, known for a wry Twitter feed that regularly tweets out his movements — ventured into the region last fall and then returned this year, suggesting he was here seeking out a mating partner.Chris Fischer, the founder of Ocearch and the expedition leader, said white sharks are known to mate around Nantucket, Mass., and give birth off the south shore of Long Island, N.Y. But, he said Hilton and a female tagged shark named Lydia didn’t go to those areas, indicating they may be spending their time mating in other areas.“We believe he’s showing us a second aggregation site and if we can find other mature males and other mature females, that might lead us to believe there’s some mating going on here,” he said on the Ocearch vessel, a former Bering Sea crab boat that now serves as the group’s main research boat.“Hilton knows where he is and what he’s doing. He’s not lost. These animals have an unbelievable capacity to navigate and a very accurate calendar. He’s here for a reason.”Last week, federal scientists on a separate mission successfully tagged a great white shark in Atlantic Canadian waters for the first time.The Ocearch team, which includes 26 researchers from 19 U.S. and Canadian universities and labs, hopes to catch a shark by hooking it onto a line held by crew on a smaller boat who will then try to lead the shark to the large Ocearch vessel.They will try to guide the shark onto a submerged platform with the help of a crew member who jumps from the small boat into the water with the shark to secure it on the platform.Lindsay Laughner, an education co-ordinator with Ocearch, explained that the platform is then raised so scientists can attach the tags and begin their sampling. They will place a wet towel over its eyes and a saltwater hose in its mouth to flush water through its gills while their work is being done.“We can do about 12 research projects in 15 minutes before that shark is tagged and released, so it’s really exciting,” she said in the tight confines of the boat’s tackle room, where researchers will handle the samples.They will also insert an acoustic transmitter in the shark that will provide data on its location for about 10 years. Hueter, who has studied sharks for more than four decades, said the whole process was akin to an “alien abduction,” but one that hasn’t appeared to cause the animals any stress.Laughner said about 10 institutions will also receive samples from animals that are caught so they can do their own research using the blood, mucus, muscle, parasite, genetic and other samples collected by Ocearch. She says it will provide much more sophisticated data than previously available.“We want to get as many people working on this as possible,” she said. “We’re losing 250,000 sharks a day to shark fin soup and bycatch and for their liver oil, so it’s very important that we get everybody together so we can collaborate and help see where our sharks are moving and why they’re going there.”Before 2007 when Ocearch was founded, scientists didn’t know much about the life history of the North Atlantic white shark. In 2013, the group started a project specifically on that species and tagged five sharks. The group, which receives about $1.7 million a year in public and corporate donations, has tagged 37 white sharks and hope to tag 60 in total.Fischer said learning about the sharks’ migratory patterns, nursery areas and mating habitats is critical to its survival and the overall health of the ecosystem, since the apex predators help manage other species.“Sharks are the lions of the oceans — they’re the balance keepers,” he said on deck, as light winds and rolling swells buffeted the boat. “They keep the second tier of the food chain from exploding and wiping out all of the food that we want to eat.”last_img read more

Statcan chief Agency cant back down from push for new data sources

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s chief statistician says his agency needs to do a better job of telling the country why it needs information and how it protects data after blowback from a proposal to collect banking information from 500,000 Canadians.Statistics Canada has pressed pause on the pilot project until the end of a review by the federal privacy watchdog.Anil Arora says the agency will look for other ways to feed growing data needs, but adds the agency can’t back away from efforts to modernize how it collects data.Pushes to collect data from new sources will only move as quickly as Canadians deem comfortable, Arora says.Statistics published by the agency are used to set interest rates on loans and mortgages, help local planners decide where to place new schools or hospitals, and set the value of federal seniors benefits like old age security.Arora’s comments come after a morning speech at a conference marking the agency’s centenary where he said Statistics Canada was not immune to a global decline in citizens’ trust in institutions and experts.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Morocco to Have the Longest Bridge for High Speed Train in

By Sara ElhamdaouiRabat – Morocco’s high speed train (TGV), the longest railway in Africa, will be an immense project in terms of infrastructure. It will lead to the construction of the longest bridge for high speed lines in the world.Mohamed Khlie, the general director of the ONCF, said Wednesday in a press conference in Rabat that the TGV project will be distinguished by the bridge El Hachef. It will be the longest bridge for a high speed line in the world with a length of 3.5 km. The director also mentioned that the TGV will cross 200 km at 320km/h. The socio-economic impact of this new project will allow passengers to save time and will increase the capacity of the train. The line will be in operation by late 2017 or early 2018, and will be affordable for regulars of the railway network.The director specified that the railway project will benefit from a dynamic management, an appropriate risk analysis, and constant supervision of the companies involved in the project.He also expressed his satisfaction with the financial results of 2014. In 2014, the ONCF transported 39.5 Million passenger, generating 1.45 billion MAD, a 4% increase from the previous year.In total, the ONCF has generated a turnover of 3.6 billion MAD, 1% higher than the prefixed objective. The added value of 2.7 billion MAD brings the increase to 1.3%, a surplus of 1.6 billion MAD in gross operating income (+4%), and a cash flow of 1.1 billion MAD (+7%).The ONCF has invested over the 6 million MAD dedicated to the projects registered in the 2010-2015 investment program.Edited by Miriam El Ofir read more

Waymo bringing selfdriving trucks to Phoenix area freeways

PHOENIX — Google’s self-driving vehicle division says it’s bringing autonomous trucks to the Phoenix area.Waymo announced Wednesday that its fully self-driving tractor-trailers will start driving on freeways this week and will expand to more routes over time.Waymo’s self-driving passenger vehicles are ubiquitous in the eastern Phoenix and its suburbs, where the company conducts extensive testing and runs a taxi service.The company says the big trucks use the same sensors as passenger vehicles but they’re configured differently. The testing will start with two drivers in each rig.Companies including Uber and TuSimple have driven self-driving trucks on Arizona roads. Waymo says it tested trucks in Arizona in 2017.Waymo and Google are both subsidiaries of Alphabet Inc., based in Mountain View, California.The Associated Press read more

CONMEBOL opens hearing against River Plate after bus attack

South American soccer body CONMEBOL has opened a disciplinary hearing against River Plate after its fans attacked the Boca Juniors bus before the Copa Libertadores final on Saturday.CONMEBOL made the announcement on social media on Tuesday. It said River has 24 hours to present its defence to the hearing at the confederation headquarters in Luque, Paraguay.Later in the day, confederation executives will also gather to decide the fate of the second leg.The final between the Buenos Aires archrivals was postponed on Saturday to Sunday, then on Sunday postponed indefinitely because Boca was in no fit state to play. The first leg was drawn 2-2.Boca wants River to be punished for the attack that injured several players near River’s Monumental de Nunez Stadium.The disciplinary committee will decide whether to disqualify River Plate, force the second leg to be played behind closed doors, or transfer the match to a neutral stadium.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Strictly Come Dancing celebrities turn shy as they ditch skimpy outfits to

first_imgRachel Hunter and Brendan Cole reveal all in a Strictly Christmas special  Rachel Hunter and Brendan Cole reveal all in a Strictly Christmas special Credit:BBC Greg Rutherford covers upCredit:BBC Rutherford, the long jumper, said he has asked to avoid revealing too much of his chest, after seeing his body “out there” in his day job on a regular basis, while Balls said he is having no glitter or sequins. I genuinely have,” he said. “I’ve gone into costume and said ‘I do that so much in what I do, can I just not be naked please?’ So initially they [the costumes] are very conservative. T-shirt, blazer, the lot.”He added of showing off his chest: “I do it all the time for everything else, magazine shoots and whatever. I’d like to not be that guy who’s out there all the time.” Ed Ball has eschewed sequins and glitter, preferring a classic lookCredit:BBC Anastacia on the Strictly red carpetCredit:David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock Louise Redknapp has opted for a more demure outfit Credit:BBC “You take your age into consideration, and your family. I naturally as a person would take into consideration my circumstances because I think you owe that to yourself.”Balls, the 49-year-old former Shadow Chancellor, said he was having “no sequins and no glitter”, being “very classical” in his formal suits on the dance floor. Can I just not be naked please?Greg Rutherford Anastacia on the Strictly red carpet Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In 2014, dancer Ola Jordan warned skirts were getting shorter, admitting she understood why celebrities might now feel “uncomfortable” with expectations.“It is happening to the boys now,” she added. “The producers love it, they are taking the boys’ tops off.” Ed Ball has eschewed sequins and glitter, preferring a classic look The new series of Strictly will get underway tonight on BBC One, with an opening night show featuring the celebrities’ first dance and revealing their partners.Speaking ahead of the show, Rutherford, 29, said he had “specifically asked not to” take his shirt off. He told journalists he hoped to lose weight on the show, admitting getting in shape was one of the reasons his wife Yvette Cooper thought he should do it.Describing himself as looking like a “camp rugby player” on the dance floor, he added he had received support from fellow politicians who had text him to confess they “wished they could do it” too. Redknapp, the singer who has been married to footballer Jamie Redknapp for 19 years, said she had requested to have high necklines.“I’m the boring one,” she said. “I need to feel comfortable. Mark Foster, the swimming, became famous for his bare-chested antics in 2008Credit:BBC Greg Rutherford covers up As the glitziest show on television, Strictly Come Dancing has never been afraid to show off its stars’ figures in all their glory.But this year’s contestants appear to have turned shy, as celebrities request more demure outfits to protect their modesty.Strictly contestants including Greg Rutherford, the Olympic athlete, Louise Redknapp, the pop star, and former Labour politician Ed Balls have disclosed they have made special requests to the costume department, toning down the revealing, sequinned suits of yore. The quartet will be joined on the Strictly dance floor by pop star Will Young, model Daisy Lowe, Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane, BBC presenter Naga Manchetty and Lesley Joseph, the actress and oldest woman to ever take part in the show at 70.This year’s cohort of completed by soap actors Danny Mac and Tameke Empson, presenters Laura Whitmore, Ore Oduba, Melvin Odoom, and television’s Judge Rinder who said he hoped his friend Benedict Cumberbatch would be supporting him in the Strictly audience.Strictly Come Dancing begins on Saturday at 6.50pm on BBC One. Louise Redknapp has opted for a more demure outfit  Redknapp, a 41-year-old mother of two, said she wanted to take her age and family “into consideration”, politely asking for higher necklines and longer skirts than are often seen on screen.This season may be a notable difference from previous years, where celebrity contestants have joined professional dancers in high hems, bare midriffs and tight lycra. Mark Foster, the swimming, became famous for his bare-chested antics in 2008 Anastacia, the singer who will be donating her television fee to breast cancer charities after undergoing a double mastectomy, said she will also be paying special attention to her costume.”I have big scars on my back which I don’t know whether I’ll have the guts to reveal or whether I’ll have to cover them up,” she said, adding she had initially told the dress department: “I’d really like you to reserve my costumes to be a little more tailored to this.”last_img read more

BBC faces Have I got News For You backlash as female comics

first_imgThe BBC has faced a backlash from female politicians and comedians after Have I Got News For You team captain Ian Hislop claimed women were “too modest” to put themselves forward for the show.A number of women argued that they had never been invited on the show, after the team leaders Paul Merton and Hislop said the reason the gender ratio was so poor was because women reject offers from producers to appear.Merton told Radio Times: “The producers always ask more women than men. More women say no.”Hislop agreed, explaining: “On the whole, women are slightly more reticent and think, maybe modestly: ‘I can’t do that.’ Maybe more men in public life say: ‘Yes I can do that.’”Janey Godley, an award-winning comedian who also presents shows on the BBC, replied: “I’ll do it but never been asked.”Lynne Parker, the founder of the Funny Woman Awards, said the show had never shown interest in the female comics she works with. “I know people like that. That’s why they love the programme – it’s so successful. I just find it too vicious, too abrasive.”It’s all about banter – women don’t banter in that way, or very rarely. You might get the odd woman who would, but most women don’t banter in that way, don’t have that degree of aggression.” The first episode of the 55th series is on Friday, with Jeremy Paxman in the hot seat. Ayesha Hazarika, a comedian and former Labour Party adviser, said she would be more than happy to host the show, but had never been asked to appear, while comedian Rosie Fletcher offered her services, tweeting: “Luckily I am not too modest for anything and would do this, and be brilliant at it, in a heartbeat.”While many women poured scorn on Ian Hislop’s words, with some accusing him of “mansplaining”, Nadine Dorries said that the show was “too vicious” for women.The Tory MP told the BBC: “I just don’t think Have I Got News For You is a programme which lends itself to women feeling comfortable. I find it too vicious. She tweeted: “15 years and (as far as I’m aware) #HIGNFY never shown interest in what we do, ever. We’ve showcased nearly 1,000 Women comedy performers, writers & film makers in #FWAwards2017 and many more over the years.”Anna Soubry, the Conservative MP,  said she had turned down being a guest twice, but when she had offered to host the show she was rejected. Achievable if #HIGNFY producers start looking at who’s coming through the live circuit and platforms like @funnywomen – lots of Amazing #funnywomen. https://t.co/qzRLLmNdfR— Lynne Parker (@FunnyWomenLynne) April 3, 2018 She tweeted: “A charming #IanHislop called & invited me on the panel of #HIGNFY (again). I declined not because I’m a woman but because I’m a politician & not daft! I offered to present it but he turned me down! I’m still available boys.” Ian Hislop and Paul Merton have come under fire for their remarks Maybe we all missed the call?— Kate Williams (@KateWilliamsme) April 3, 2018 Ian Hislop and Paul Merton have come under fire for their remarksCredit:Ian West/PA Wire Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

GRA issues reminder on used tires restriction

The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), today, in a press statement, sought to remind the general public, particularly tyre importers, dealers, resellers, and retailers, about its restriction on used tires.GRA said this restriction applies to used tyres on motor vehicles including motor cars, vans, Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs), pick-ups, buses and other similar vehicles. The revenue body added that control mechanisms in place to ensure that the correct procedures are followed when applying the Law.Following is the full statement: The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) wishes to remind the general public, particularly tyre importers, dealers, resellers, and retailers, that USED TYRES were RESTRICTED from April 1, 2017 in accordance with Part II of the Second Schedule to the Customs Act (List of Restricted Imports).This restriction applies to used tyres on motor vehicles including motor cars, vans, Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs), pick-ups, buses and other similar vehicles.As it relates to tyre imports which are presented separately from the motor vehicles, only new tyres will be allowed. When the used tyres are presented with the vehicles, they can be allowed entry with the vehicles once the tyres have a minimum of 6mm tyre depth.GRA has control mechanisms in place to ensure that the correct procedures are followed when applying the Law. These include stringent risk management practices, enforcement checks, inventories, and Customs examinations at the wharves, ports of entry, and premises. These measures are aimed at protecting the revenues and ensuring that the laws are not compromised. They are intended to mitigate the likelihood of attempts to submit false declarations to the GRA and to evade taxes and smuggle used tyres.In the lead up to the effective date for the restriction, the GRA held several discussions, including meetings with the GNBS on the most effective means of implementation. The general public should also be reminded that Customs Duties on NEW tyres have been reduced from 30% to 15%, while the VAT has been reduced from 16% to 14%. This measure took effect from February 1, 2017 and is in keeping with the promotion of a green economy and the protection of the environment.In an effort to ensure that there’s a smooth implementation of the measures, GRA will allow a phase-in period of 1 month ending on April, 30, 2017. During this period, tyres on the used vehicles will be allowed entry once the vehicles were purchased and shipped prior to April 1, 2017. After the phase-in period, importers of used tyres on vehicles not adhering to the stipulated standards after the extension will be fined $10,000 (car, van, mini-bus) and $15,000 (pickup and SUV) per tyre inclusive of spare, not in conformity with the specificationsIt should be noted that the restriction does not apply to tyres for trucks, lorries, vehicles used in the agricultural and industrial sectors, and special purpose vehicles. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedImported vehicles with used tyres not in conformity with amended laws will attract fines – GRAMay 24, 2017In “latest news”GRA fines 11 containers of used tyres shipped before banJune 10, 2017In “Business”GRA says importers, auto dealers subverting ban on vehicles 8 years and overDecember 23, 2016In “latest news” read more

Courtois Simeone criticises Real Madrid to boost his popularity

first_imgThibaut Courtois claims that his old Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone only criticises Real Madrid to please the club’s fanbaseBallon d’Or winner Luka Modric was left fuming with Simeone’s comments that French duo Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane would have been more worthy winners for the award than himself.The Croatian hit out against Simeone and claimed that he has “a constant need to undermine Real Madrid”.But Courtois insists that Simeone’s sole motive is to boost his own popularity among the Atletico supporters.“Simeone criticises Madrid so as to be popular with his fans,” said Courtois, according to Fox Sports.“He always does it, attacks Madrid for being the best in the world.”FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).Courtois added: “Everyone’s opinions have to be respected, everyone can say their personal opinion.“But I was there for three years and when you always fight against Real Madrid, which is the best team in the world, you’re going to say things to generate populism.“In my case, he said I had won that trophy [Best goalkeeper] because I played for Real Madrid, but in the World Cup I was Chelsea, and in The Best Award, the votes were closed in July.“[Atletico goalkeeper Jan] Oblak is also a great goalkeeper and could have had more points, but there are a lot of people who vote.”The Belgian goalkeeper spent three seasons on loan at Atletico between 2011 to 2014, and made 154 appearances in the process.Courtois won a La Liga title, Copa del Rey, the Europa League and was named the Spanish league’s Goalkeeper of the Year in 2013.last_img read more

Star Wars Galaxys Edge behindthescenes video docks

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Disney shows what it will feel like to walk through Galaxy’s Edge. Disney / Screenshot by CNET Star Wars fans aching for the Galaxy’s Edge theme park attraction to open got a Christmas gift from Disney.The entertainment giant released on Tuesday a behind-the-scenes video for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which is set to open next summer at Disneyland in California and next fall at Disney World in Florida. TV and Movies What Disney’s Star Wars land and hotel will look like Star Wars land: What to expect in Galaxy’s Edge Tags “It will be jaw-dropping and incredibly emotional to walk into the land for the first time, to actually be standing there amongst the buildings, amongst the ships and have this feeling that it is all real, that it has been brought to life, and it is right there in front of you. It’s overwhelming,” Carrie Beck, vice president of Lucasfilm Story Group, said in the video.galaxys-edge-xmas-video-screenshot-1The new Galaxy’s Edge preview shows the meticulous detail going into recreating Star Wars characters like Hondo Ohnaka. Disney / Screenshot by CNET The video, just over two minutes long, includes previews of two flagship rides: Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.Scott Trowbridge, creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering, calls Rise of the Resistance the “most epic attraction we have ever built.”  The ride treats you as a recruit to the Resistance who comes face to face with villain Kylo Ren.galaxys-edge-xmas-video-screenshot-9You take on the role of recruit in the ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Disney / Screenshot by CNET “It’s not Star Wars without the war,” Beck said of the ride. “So it was absolutely fundamental that the story of the land actually finds the guest between the Resistance and the First Order.”Smugglers Run also places you in the story. The ride “puts you straight in that cockpit, right behind the controls, whether you’re one of the pilots, or the gunners or flight engineers that are keeping the ship operating. It is going to be an intense, super-fun experience on the fastest ship in the galaxy,” Trowbridge said.galaxys-edge-xmas-video-screenshot-5Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will put you in the cockpit of the ship. Disney / Screenshot by CNET Both Disney sites are set to open before next December’s release of Star Wars Episode 9.center_img Star Wars Episode 9 is on its way: Everything we know about the final Skywalker film, from the cast to the release date and title.Star Wars isn’t built for a Marvel-style cinematic universe: Is Star Wars really ready for the Marvel treatment? Post a comment 30 Photos 0 5:26 Disney Star Warslast_img read more

Microsoft Street Slide threatens to eclipse street view rivals w Video

first_img Explore further Researchers Johannes Kopf, Billy Chen, Richard Szeliski, and Michael Cohen say their system provides an uninterrupted transition between the bubbles and multi-perspective panoramas, and a dynamic stitching together of the views that simulates either a perspective view or a hyper-perspective view like viewing the street from a distance. This overcomes limitations of other systems, such as a reduction in resolution as the viewer zooms in to a view, and provides a sense of parallax to make the view seem more realistic as the viewer “street slides” along the street façade.The team demonstrated their Street Slide system using images of a streetscape in Seattle, Washington, and carried out a study that tested the system against the Google and Bing software. The 20 volunteers found it easier and significantly quicker (an average of 17 seconds faster) to locate a specific building on an unfamiliar street using the Street Slide system. Citation: Microsoft Street Slide threatens to eclipse street view rivals (w/ Video) (2010, July 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-07-microsoft-street-threatens-eclipse-view.html Starting from within a bubble (a), as the field of view reaches 90(b), the view transitions to a multi-perspective panorama and the virtual camera begins to dolly backwards (c) revealing slices from adjacent bubbles, (d). Note that the virtual camera remains locked at 90 during the apparent backward motion. Also, the field of view of the central slice reduces from its initial 90′ while the edges of outer most slices stay at 45 to simulate a backward dollying (hyper) perspective camera. Image: Johannes Kopf et al. Microsoft Research. More information: Research paper (PDF): research.microsoft.com/en-us/u … per/street_slide.pdf Greece bars Google’s Street View pending detailscenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — Microsoft has unveiled “Street Slide,” which gives viewers 360-degree multi-perspective panoramas (“bubbles”) of a city streetscape. The system should rival Google’s Street View and Bing Maps’ Streetside. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. This is an accompanying video to researchers’ SIGGRAPH 2010 paper. Street Slide presents the viewer with slices of many images, making it possible to see all the buildings on a street at the same time, and to slide sideways along the street. The Google and Bing systems also provide panoramic photographs or bubbles, but the viewer must jump from one bubble to the next and it is not possible to “travel” smoothly down the virtual street. Microsoft senior scientist Michael Cohen explained that the bubbles provide only a limited view, even though a viewer can rotate within a bubble to look in any direction. He said “You want to back up until you can see the whole street but you can’t because the buildings on the other side are in the way.” The new system creates that viewpoint by stitching together images taken from all the bubble panoramas on the street. As the view zooms out of the bubble the long distance view is presented, but the user can also return to the classic bubble view at any time.The street views are wide, leaving room at the top and bottom for additional information such as the street name and numbers, business information, a map and navigational aids. Cohen said the space could also be used for advertising, or even social information such as the locations of people linked into a social network.The Street Slide system was introduced at Microsoft Research’s publication page, and will be presented in Los Angeles this week at the SIGGRAPH 2010 computer graphics conference. The team is already developing a version of Street Slide compatible with the iPhone. © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Jilted lover slashes girls throat at Princep Ghat

first_imgKolkata: A jilted lover, under the pretext of having a talk with his girlfriend, slashed her with a razor blade at Princep Ghat on Tuesday evening.The victim, a college student, suffered deep injuries on her throat. She has been under a state of trauma ever since the incident took place. She has been undergoing treatment.The city police have arrested the accused youth Pavan Khan alias Monu. It was learnt that the accused wanted to take revenge on the victim girl as she expressed her desire not to continue the relationship. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsPolice said the victim and the accused, have been seeing each other for some time but the girl wanted to end their relationship for some reasons. She told him about the matter a few days ago. But this did not go down well with the accused and he hatched a plan to give her a lesson. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that they started a relation a year ago. For last two months, the duo had engaged in repeated quarrels over various issues. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAccording to the police, the accused called up the girl on Tuesday afternoon saying that he wanted to settle the matter amicably. She was asked to come to Princep Ghat. He also assured that he would not disturb her further after she meets him there. After the victim arrived the place, a heated altercation broke out between the duo. During the quarrel, the accused suddenly took out a attacked the girl with a razor blade. Hearing the screaming of the victim, locals and on duty police men rushed to the spot and they managed to catch hold of the accused. He was taken to the South Port police station for interrogation. He was later arrested by the police in this connection. The victim girl was taken to a hospital for treatment as she suffered serious injuries on her throat. On the basis of the complaint lodged by the family members of the victim, the police have started a specific case in this regard.last_img read more

Costa Rica to launch offensive against invasion of broadbarred firefish

first_imgRelated posts:Small-scale fishermen team up to better protect coastal, marine resources Costa Rica battles invasive species with lionfish consumption campaign More calls for reform of the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute Costa Rica is officially going after the lionfish The Environment Ministry (MINAE) on Monday met with Mexican experts who are in the country to assist in a plan to combat the broadbarred firefish, an invasive species that is affecting the biodiversity of Costa Rica’s Caribbean waters.“Broadbarred firefish feed mostly on other fish and young crustaceans, and this is currently affecting lobsters populations, and is impacting coral reefs and all marine biodiversity in areas like Cahuita and Manzanillo, causing major affectation to the fishermen in the Caribbean region,” Environment Minister René Castro said at a press conference.Testimonies of fishermen from the southern Caribbean region claim they have experienced some 87 percent reduction in the catch after the arrival of broadbarred firefish (Pterois antennata), and the reduction is evident in fish, lobsters, shrimp and crab populations.“We need to determine the actual density of broadbarred firefish in our waters, establish their reproductive peak and define specific measures to reduce this species in the country,” Vice Minister of Water and Oceans José Lino Chaves said.MINAE officers were joined by a representative of the Regional Committee for the Broadbarred Firefish in the Caribbean – Director of Mexico’s National Commission of Natural Protected Areas Francisco Gómez – and President of the Fishermen’s Association of the Southern Caribbean Héctor McDonald.Mexican experts on Tuesday and Wednesday will travel to the Caribbean province of Limón, along with MINAE officials for a two-day workshop focused on drafting a “National Strategy for the Control of broadbarred firefish.” Broadbarred firefish can reach up to 50 centimeters long and feeds mostly of other fish and young crustaceans. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)This species is native to the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific and in Costa Rica was first reported in 2009 at Cahuita National Park. It has since been rapidly reproducing, Chaves said.According to a study by the National University in 2011 there were some 91 specimen per hectare in areas like Cahuita and Manzanillo.This species lays between 1.5 and 2.5 million eggs per fish every year, and by considering that the Cahuita National Park has 22,400 hectares of marine area, the population of broadbarred firefish in Costa Rica’s Caribbean is now of millions of specimens, Chaves added.Environmental officials also fear the effect this species will have on Caribbean coral reefs, mainly in Cahuita National Park, which is home to some 600 hectares of reef.The broadbarred firefish has a voracious appetite and can grow up to half a meter. Its meat is apt for human consumption and MINAE experts will promote its catch as a measure to decrease the population.Some fishermen in the area already have started selling the fish at a price of ₡4,000 ($8) per kilogram, MINAE reported. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Las Vegas – Reported by Elite Traveler the Privat

first_imgLas Vegas – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine.Cartier has relocated and reopened a store in The Forum Shops in Caesars Palace. Situated across the Fountain of the Gods, the space, which was designed by Barteluce Architects & Associates and Paris-based draftsman Bruno Moinard, features pale oak wood floors and paneling and display cases trimmed with bronze fixtures, as well as a new accessories salon and an expanded bridal area. The company’s signature jewelry and timepiece collections, including Trinity, Love, Tank and Roadster, will all be available in the shop.To celebrate the reopening of the considerably larger boutique—it has more than doubled in size—clients are invited to view the Cartier Precious Jewelry and Timepiece Collection, a compilation of over 100 of the jeweler’s classic creations.The exhibition, which is set to tour the country this year, will be in the store through August 30.www.cartier.comlast_img read more

Man dies in violent collision

first_imgA 44-year-old Greek national died in a violent head-on collision in Limassol early on Saturday morning, police said.A second driver involved in the incident was hospitalised in serious condition.According to Limassol traffic police spokesman Michalis Michail, the 44-year-old had entered the wrong lane on the flyover between the Mesa Yitonia and Ayios Athanasios roundabouts and collided head-on with a car driven by a 33-year-old man.The 44-year-old had to be freed from the mangled wreckage of his vehicle by the fire service. You May LikeHistoryDaily.org60 Beautiful Abandoned PlacesHistoryDaily.orgUndoWise FlysCredit Card Application Pending or Denied? Follow these steps to get approvedWise FlysUndoMoney News TipsNew Japanese Innovation Allows Communication Between 40 Different Languages InstantlyMoney News TipsUndo Brazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoGreece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoFamagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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