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Rallying gold and oil prices give TSX a tripledigit boost loonie strengthens

first_imgTORONTO – Surging gold and oil prices helped give Canada’s main stock index a triple-digit boost on Wednesday, as the loonie strengthened against a weakening greenback.The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 111.80 points to 15,328.27, led by strong gains in the gold, base metals, materials and energy sectors.The March crude contract climbed US$1.41 to US$60.60 per barrel and the April gold contract soared US$27.60 to US$1,358.00 an ounce.South of the border, American stocks capped off their fourth day of gains amid a U.S. government report Wednesday that consumer prices rose by 0.3 per cent in January at a rate faster than economists expected.But there were few signs of the worries about inflation that sent stocks falling on Feb. 2 after reports of greater U.S. wage growth caused investors to worry about faster inflation — and the likelihood that the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates more rapidly, making it more expensive for businesses and individuals to borrow money.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 253.04 points to 24,893.49. The S&P 500 index added 35.69 points to 2,698.63 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 130.11 points to 7,143.62.Wednesday’s consumer price numbers were tempered by retail sales figures also released Wednesday showing that Americans cut back on purchases of cars, furniture and a variety of other products in January and the U.S. Commerce Department also lowered its estimate for shopping in December. The surprise slowdown comes after a three-month stretch of sizzling consumer activity, from September through November, which had fuelled the most robust holiday sales in a decade.“I think the fears of the economy overheating have been a little bit balanced out with the combination of these two numbers,” said Katie Nixon, chief investment officer for Northern Trust Wealth Management.The Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 79.61 cents US, up 0.24 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the March natural gas contract was down a cent at US$2.59 per mmBTU and the March copper contract was up seven cents to US$3.24 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.last_img read more

Correction Zodiac KillerDNA story

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – In a story May 3 about the Zodiac Killer investigation, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the killer was dubbed Zodiac because of astrological symbols he included in letters sent to police and media. The killer referred to himself as Zodiac in the letters.A corrected version of the story is below:DNA match sought to Zodiac Killer after break in other caseCalifornia detectives want to use DNA tracing technology to try to zero in on the infamous Zodiac Killer after investigators used the method to arrest a suspect in another old serial killing caseNorthern California detectives still trying to identify the infamous Zodiac Killer who targeted victims in the late 1960s and taunted investigators with letters say they hope to try the same DNA tracing technology recently used to arrest a suspect in another string of cold-case serial slayings — those blamed on the Golden State Killer.But first they have to get a better DNA profile.Several months ago, the Vallejo Police Department sent two letters written by the Zodiac Killer to a private lab in hopes of finding his DNA on the back of the stamps or envelope flaps that may have been licked. They are expecting results soon.“They were confident they would be able to get something off it,” Vallejo police Detective Terry Poyser told the Sacramento Bee.Poyser said he hopes a full DNA profile will be found that will enable detectives to try the same DNA sleuthing techniques that were used to arrest Joseph DeAngelo last month. Authorities suspect he committed at least 12 murders and 50 rapes in California between 1976 and 1986.Investigators uploaded DNA collected at one of the crime scenes to an open-source genealogical website and found a partial match to a distant relative of DeAngelo’s. From there, they painstakingly constructed a family tree dating back several generations before they zeroed in on DeAngelo.Some privacy advocates say they are concerned with the process and worry about future abuses, but detectives investigating the Zodiac Killer say they hope the technique will help solve one of the most vexing cold cases in the country.“That’s a great idea,” said Gary Harmor, founder and director of the Serological Research Institute, a private DNA lab. “I think we’ll see more investigations use this technique.”Detectives in Southern California are testing DNA collected from a double-murder and rape to see if they can be tied to DeAngelo. Another man, Craig Coley, was recently cleared of those crimes after spending 38 years in prison in the murder of a 24-year-old college student and her 4-year-old son in 1978.The Zodiac Killer fatally stabbed or shot to death five people in Northern California in 1968 and 1969, then sent taunting letters and cryptograms to the police and newspapers. The Vallejo police are the lead investigators because the first two victims were killed there.The killer referred to himself as Zodiac in some of the letters.Various pieces of evidence, including a rope used to tie a victim as well as the letters, have been tested unsuccessfully for the killer’s DNA profile. Poyser said recent advances in DNA testing prompted investigators to seek a match on two of the killer’s letters.Vallejo Mayor Bob Sampayan said the samples were sent to the lab as a matter of routine. Sampayan, a former homicide detective, said police submit samples every couple of years in hopes that advances in DNA testing will finally yield a profile detectives can use.“It was coincidental,” Sampayan said of the new DNA test occurring at the same time as the breakthrough in the Golden State Killer case.“There will come a time when we get a match,” he said.The 2007 movie “Zodiac,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr., renewed widespread interest in a case that has always had a cult following of amateur detectives and cryptographers who sought to crack the killer’s code.One of those amateur sleuths, Tom Voigt, said the key to solving the Zodiac killings is mimicking the Golden State Killer investigation, which included forming a full-time task force dedicated to the case and exploiting publicly accessible DNA databases.Voigt said the Zodiac case was being investigated part time by a Police Department in a city that filed for municipal bankruptcy.“There’s a formula to follow,” Voigt said. “And it’s to simply copy what happened to the Golden State Killer.”last_img read more

Morneau says Trans Mountain pipeline talks happening behind closed doors

first_imgMorneau says any federal investment in the pipeline would first require closed-door talks with Kinder Morgan and the two provinces.The finance minister is expected to meet later today with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, and says he plans to reinforce the Trudeau government’s “resolute determination” to keep the project on track.He says that determination was confirmed Tuesday during an emergency federal cabinet meeting in Ottawa, although he won’t say whether penalizing B.C. financially – such as by withholding transfer payments – remains an option.“I’m not going to publicly negotiate with any one of the parties,” Morneau said after making a student work placement announcement at Toronto’s Ryerson University.“Public threats, in my estimation, aren’t helpful.” OTTAWA, O.N. — Regardless of what’s going on behind the scenes, Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the federal government isn’t about to divulge how it plans to salvage the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Speaking in Toronto, Morneau says Ottawa is looking at several options to ensure the Alberta-B.C. pipeline gets built, including a potential financial stake in the project.Project architect Kinder Morgan upped the ante this week by declaring it would suspend all non-essential spending on the project until there is more certainty it won’t be blocked by British Columbia’s NDP government.last_img read more

Ombudsman sends notices to Pandya Rahul for deposition in sexist remarks controversy

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed BCCI Ombudsman Justice (Retd) D K Jain has issued notices to India players Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul to appear for deposition for their sexist comments on a TV chat show. Pandya and Rahul were provisionally suspended by the Committee of Administrators (COA) for their loose talk on chat show “Koffee With Karan” before the ban was lifted pending inquiry by the Ombudsman. “I have issued notices last week to Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul asking them to appear for deposition,” Justice Jain told PTI on Monday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHowever, it is not clear how the BCCI will co-ordinate with Pandya and Rahul’s respective franchises Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab to arrange for their deposition in between the ongoing IPL. It is learnt that they might depose ahead of teh April 11 clash between the two teams in Mumbai. “Both are playing IPL and the itinerary is packed with back to back matches and a gruelling travel schedule,” a BCCI official said. The Ombudsman, who is also the BCCI’s ad-hoc Ethics Officer, made it clear that for the matter to reach its logical conclusion, the duo needs to depose. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”As per principles of natural justice, I need to hear their side. It’s up to them now to decide when they want to appear,” Justice Jain said. It is understood that both players have to appear in person and not through their legal representatives. The controversial episode was aired in the first week of January, triggering outrage, which prompted the COA to call the duo back from the tour of Australia handing them provisional suspensions. The two tendered unconditional apologies and their ban was provisionally lifted pending inquiry. Once Jain assumed his role, the COA handed over the matter to him for the completion of inquiry. Jain has also received a complaint about former India captain Sourav Ganguly’s alleged ‘Conflict of Interest’ in his dual role of being the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president and an adviser to IPL franchise Delhi Capitals. “I am supposed to receive a fresh set of complaints on various issues today. I don’t know whether the issue (Ganguly’s Conflict) is in this lot or not. As and when I get the details, I will have a detailed look into the matter,” said Jain.last_img read more

UK to extradite Algerian exmagnate Khalifa to Algeria

first_imgLONDON- Rafik Khalifa, a former magnate from Algeria who once owned an airline and a string of companies, will be extradited to his homeland from Britain by the end of the year, British officials said Monday.“Mr Khalifa was refused leave to appeal to the Supreme Court on December 3. He will be extradited within 28 days of that date,” said a spokeswoman for the Home Office.Once considered the “golden boy” of  Algeria, Khalifa came from obscurity to build an empire including a bank, an airline and television stations, and employed 20,000 people in Algeria and Europe. He took refuge in Britain in 2003 when his business collapsed, costing the Algerian state and individual savers between $1.5 billion and $5 billion (1.1 billion and 3.6 billion euros).Algeria tried him in absentia in 2007, finding him guilty for criminal involvement and fraud and sentenced to life in prison, and demanding his extradition.He is to go into an appeal hearing on his return to Algeria.French authorities are also seeking to extradite Khalifa on fraud and embezzlement charges, but the Algerian request takes precedence.last_img read more

The Secret To Nadals Dominance On Clay

3Roger FedererSwitzerland55.5 7Juan BalcellsSpain54.3 In particular, Dominic Thiem, who knocked out Nadal in Madrid, was able to significantly erode Rafa’s second-serve dominance with a 7-5, 6-3 win. It was the only match Nadal lost on clay this season.What have these players done to put a dent — however temporary — in Nadal’s second serve? To answer that question, we must first look at why it’s so dominant to begin with.In the men’s game at the pro level, the first serve is a statistical powerhouse. It’s a guessing game for the returner — a nightmare of speed, spin and precision. When a player connects on his first serve, he usually wins the point.When a player misses the mark, it’s time for the second serve. That’s when anything can happen and where break points are won. It’s the real contest. It’s also where Nadal is making everyone else look like fools, statistically speaking.What makes Nadal’s second serve so goodThe second-best second server on clay is John Isner, a 6-foot-10 acing titan who can hammer balls more than 150 mph. Many of the career leaders in this second-serve category are like Isner — they bring the heat. 2John IsnerUnited States55.7 The clay-court masters of the second serveCareer leaders in share of points won off second serves on clay courts Alexander Zverev2ndItalian Open38–– Source: ATP OpponentSetTournamentSecond-Serve Points Won 1Rafael NadalSpain56.7% 5Andy RoddickUnited States54.8 10Thomas MusterAustria54.0 8Stan WawrinkaSwitzerland54.2 Dominic Thiem1stMadrid Open40%–– Beating Nadal means beating back his second serveShare of second-serve points that Rafael Nadal won in the four sets he lost on clay this season Fabio Fognini1stItalian Open50–– Rafael Nadal is likely more dominant at clay-court tennis than any other athlete is at any one thing. Winning a set, let alone a match, against Nadal on clay can seem almost hopeless. As he nears 32 years old, he’s already won 56 clay-court titles and a record 10 French Open championships — with a chance to add an 11th next week.While his forehand is explosive and his backhand is relentless, it’s possible Nadal’s greatest advantage is that he turns an element of the game that’s a weakness for so many others into a weapon: the second serve. He has had more success on his second serve than any player in tennis history, and on clay, his prowess here is even more pronounced.In his career, Nadal has won 56.7 percent of his second-serve points on clay. In the past year, he’s upped that percentage to 66.4 percent.1Data reflects his numbers going into the French Open. On Thursday, Nadal advanced to the third round with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 win over Guido Pella. For most pro players, anything better than break-even on second serve is considered good. Nadal has taken the safety net of the sport and turned it into a battle ax.This also unlocks the secret to beating him on his favorite surface. Occasionally players can and do make Nadal more human in this area. Bringing him back to Earth by cracking into his second-serve points, players can make the King of Clay look more like … just a prince, let’s say.This clay-court season, Nadal has lost exactly four sets of tennis. Notice what happened to the percentage of second-serve points Nadal won in those four sets: 6Stefanos TsitsipasGreece54.4 But Rafa’s not about speed on the serve. He’s not even close to the ATP Tour leaders in aces. In fact, his 1.9 career aces per match on clay is the lowest on the table above. (Isner’s rate is 16.3.) Nadal averages around 110 to 115 mph on his first serve and less than 100 mph on this statistically dominant second serve. Very meh speeds.The elements that make his second serve so crushing, particularly on clay, are part intuitive and part mystery. Nadal plays left-handed — a topsy-turvy problem for players conditioned to a world full of right-handed serves. A lefty slice serve travels the opposite way of what players are used to.But slice isn’t the menace on clay that it is elsewhere because players have more time to get to balls on this surface. So if slice is mitigated, why would Nadal’s lefty slice be more potent on clay?John Yandell is a tennis editor and coach who has examined the spins and techniques of hundreds of professional tennis players. He analyzed Nadal’s serve spins and concluded that while Nadal’s second serve “has an element of topspin” and is “heavy” at around 4,000 rotations per minute, it’s not categorically different from other serves on tour, which combine slice and topspin.“Most likely it’s just Rafa,” Yandell said. “What he does after he puts the serve in play.”So the secret could be in what he’s doing when that second serve comes back — a shot sometimes called “the plus-one.”How to win points off his second serveRafa has become a master at managing space on European red clay, where balls travel so far off the bounce that the court plays bigger and wider. On returns, he famously stands far back behind the baseline to take a big swing at the serve, then repositions himself according to where his shot lands. Though he can’t start deep behind the baseline when he serves, he uses that same repositioning approach with his plus-one shot, taking advantage of errors by overzealous returners to dominate these second-serve points.At the French Open on Tuesday, Nadal won a straight-sets victory in what was considered a tough first-round match. He not only took 62 percent of second-serve points, he also tempted Simone Bolelli into going for too much on those points and committing an unforgivable 23 errors — with only four winners.So what about the tougher competition? In Rome on May 19, Nadal faced Novak Djokovic, one of the greatest returners in tennis. The two clashed intensely before Nadal won the first set in a tiebreak. It was a set in which Nadal hit a lot of second serves and won his usual high percentage of second-serve points. It’s also a good case study in what Nadal does so well here in terms of positioning.In this video, Nadal’s second serve puts Djokovic in a defensive position early. An extended rally ensues until Nadal sees his opportunity to step into the court and strike with a forehand winner.But even what Djokovic did above is preferable to the alternative, which is missing the return all together. If you can prolong the rally, at least you have a fighting chance: Contrary to his reputation, Nadal doesn’t do nearly as well in long rallies as he does in short ones.Take note, Rafa challengers. Dominic Thiem2ndMadrid Open29–– RKPlayerCOUNTRYSecond-serve point win share 4Borna CoricCroatia55.2 Source: ATP 9Juan Carlos FerreroSpain54.1 read more

Pryor rescues sloppy Buckeyes with fourthdown scramble in victory over Hawkeyes

Terrelle Pryor admitted he doesn’t have the most talent or the glitziest numbers. But he proved Saturday he can make plays when it counts. The junior quarterback rallied Ohio State (10-1, 6-1) to a fourth-quarter comeback to escape Iowa City, Iowa, with a 20-17 victory and keep the Buckeyes in the hunt for their sixth straight conference title. “I might not be the best quarterback or have the best stats,” Pryor said, “but I guarantee I can bring my team back and make them believe that we were coming back.” It wasn’t pretty. Pryor scrambled for 14 yards to convert a fourth-and-10 at midfield to revive a game-winning drive that was on life support. Five plays later, running back Dan “Boom” Herron punched in a 2-yard touchdown to cap the 12-play, 76-yard march and give OSU a 20-17 lead with 1:47 remaining. “Our guys don’t panic,” coach Jim Tressel said. “They believe and keep fighting. We felt like it was going to be a four-quarter heavyweight bout.” Herron rushed for 69 yards on 20 carries. The junior has scored at least one touchdown in 10 consecutive games. Iowa’s final crack at tying or winning the game was short-lived. Defensive lineman Cameron Heyward sacked quarterback Ricky Stanzi to force the Hawkeyes into a fourth-and-22, which they couldn’t convert. “I think we knew we really needed a stop,” Heyward said. “The defensive line just took that personally and went out there and played.” Pryor raved all week about OSU’s offensive game plan for Iowa, but aside from the go-ahead series, the Buckeyes struggled to muster up any sort of offensive rhythm. The junior signal-caller tossed a pair of costly interceptions, and officials flagged the Buckeyes eight times for 73 yards, including three false start penalties. “Throughout the game, a lot of things were going on,” Pryor said. “A lot of dropped passes, a lot of bad throws, a lot of inaccurate throws. We lived for another day.” Pryor’s miscues nearly cost OSU the game. Facing third-and-10 with the score tied 10-10 in the fourth quarter, Pryor, looking for receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, threw into double coverage off his back foot. Iowa’s Shaun Prater collected the errant throw after a deflection, returning the pick eight yards to the OSU 27-yard line. The pick “was kind of B.S.,” Pryor said. “It kind of bounced off Dane and bounced up. They made a great play on that.” Two plays later, running back Marcus Coker scored the first touchdown of his career from one yard out to provide Iowa a 17-10 edge. Coker totaled 70 yards on nine carries as he started in place of Adam Robinson, whom Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz benched for the first quarter for what he called “academic indigestions.” “He didn’t do anything wrong, illegal or what have you,” Ferentz said. “But just not dotting the ‘I’s and crossing the ‘T’s.” Robinson, who gained 27 yards on nine carries, left the game on Iowa’s final drive after taking a brutal hit from OSU safety Jermale Hines. With 7:38 to play, Devin Barclay converted a career-long 48-yard field goal to cap an 11-play, 30-yard drive that cut OSU’s deficit to 17-13. One play before Pryor rescued the Buckeyes on fourth down, receiver DeVier Posey, all alone in the end zone, let a downfield heave fall through his fingers. He strutted back to the huddle, hands on his helmet, shaking his head. “Was I pissed? Yeah, I was mad,” Pryor said. “But we had a fourth-and-10 to get to or we were going to lose another game. I hate losing with a passion.” Pryor atoned for Posey’s drop and his own mistakes on the next play, as Tressel opted against punting on fourth down from midfield with more than four minutes left. Instead, the notoriously conservative coach put his trust in an offense that tallied just three points in the first half. “When it was fourth-and-10 and (Pryor) went scrambling, I almost threw up on myself,” linebacker Brian Rolle said. “I held my breath the whole play.” On the Buckeyes’ final possession before halftime, Pryor tried to squeeze a pass into triple coverage for receiver Taurian Washington. After a deflection, Iowa safety Micah Hyde snagged the ball with one hand while falling to the ground to preserve the Hawkeye lead. Following the play, Pryor pleaded his case with Tressel and quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano, insisting that the turnover wasn’t his fault. “He was probably upset about the fact he threw an interception,” Tressel said. “But in the heat of a game when you’re screaming and yelling at each other, there’s no place for the meek and mild. You need to be screamed at and you need to scream. “I don’t know if I was screaming at him or if he was screaming at me or if we were screaming at each other, but we still love each other.” Pryor completed 18 of his 33 pass attempts for 195 yards. He found backup tight end Reid Fragel for a 5-yard touchdown to cap a 12-play, 77-yard drive to start the second half and turn a 7-3 deficit into a 10-7 advantage. The score was the first of Fragel’s career. Iowa responded with a 10-play, 65-yard march of its own, which culminated in a 31-yard field goal to tie the game. Last season, the teams also entered the fourth quarter knotted at 10-10. Herron and running back Brandon Saine scored touchdowns early in the quarter before Iowa erased a 14-point deficit to send the contest into overtime. After Iowa failed to score, Barclay punched the Buckeyes’ ticket to Pasadena, Calif., with a 39-yard field goal. OSU hosts rival Michigan at the Horseshoe at noon Saturday. A victory would clinch the Buckeyes at least a share of the Big Ten title. Michigan State and Wisconsin remain tied with OSU atop the Big Ten standings with one conference loss. The Badgers beat Michigan, and the Spartans rallied to defeat Purdue. read more

Emery warns Arsenal not to underestimate opportunists Blackpool

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery is wary of taking the lowly Blackpool lightly ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup matchThe Spaniard, who replaced the competition’s most successful manager in Arsene Wenger last summer, will have his first FA Cup game at Bloomfield Road this weekend.Currently, Blackpool are 10th in the English third division and have had over 4,000 of their own supporters recently protest against the club’s owners.But, in light of their hard-fought 2-1 Carabao Cup win over Blackpool in November, Emery refuses to underestimate Terry McPhillips’ side.“When we played here against them in the Carabao Cup, we knew this history of this club,” said Emery on Arsenal.com.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“They aren’t in the best moment for that. But here against us at the Emirates they played very competitively and gave us a lot of difficult moments.“I have big respect for each team and I know they are one team now not in the best moment but the respect is there because it’s a very big opportunity for them to play against us with their supporters and live this important moment, finding the chances against us.Dinos Mavropanos and Emile Smith Rowe have returned to training at Arsenal but remain doubts for this Saturday.Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin and Mesut Ozil also remain unlikely to return to competitive action after sitting out of yesterday’s team training session.last_img read more

Soldotna Man Arrested Following Two Early Morning BreakIns

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers responded to two reported break-ins at Moose River Dental and the True Blue coffee stand off the Sterling Highway early Tuesday morning. He was arrested for two counts Burglary 2nd, as well as one count each of Criminal Mischief 3rd and 4th, Theft 3rd, and Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance 4th.  He was remanded at Wildwood Pretrial and held with no bail pending arraignment. Troopers responded to a triggered alarm around 3am and upon arrival discovered that the front door of Moose River Dental had been smashed and entry made into the business.  According to an online Trooper dispatch, property was damaged, but no items were stolen. Troopers patrolling located a suspect in the area and after pursuing on foot for over an hour in the woods, identified the man as Mike Danny Sandback, age 36 of Soldotna. Investigation revealed it was Sandback who had burglarized the Dental clinic and True Blue. At 5:30am, another burglary was reported at the True Blue coffee stand on the Sterling Highway.  A box containing over $100 cash was stolen.last_img read more

Online Ad Verification Service DoubleVerify Adds 12 New Partners

first_imgOnline media verification service DoubleVerify—designed to offer publishers an automated tool to manage prospecting and advertising performance—has announced 12 new partnerships with ad networks and platforms.The company’s newest partners are Break Media, Collective Media, Criteo, CPX Interactive, Epic Marketplace, Lucid Media, Punto Fox, Rocket Fuel, ShareThis, .FOX Networks, Specific Media and ValueClick.The goal of DoubleVerify technology is to create “more trust, transparency and accountability” in online advertising through the use of its verification, brand safety and page quality targeting services. The company says its technology—which continuously monitors the digital advertising environment to ensure that ads appear where and how they are intended to—is applied to more than 60 billion online ad impressions per month. The BrandShield Connect tool, an application programming interface (API), integrates with ad network, digital signal processing (DSP) and ad exchange systems to identify undesirable and unwanted web pages. The system can be customized based on black list sites, white list sites, inappropriate page content categories and targeted geographies. The technology intends to help maintain the quality of advertising as scale increases.last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR If You Want Change Vote Fasulo Sullivan For Selectmen

first_imgDear Editor,The upcoming selectman’s election on Saturday April 27th may be the most critical election in the history of our town. With 3 seats on the line the outcome of this election will determine the future direction of Wilmington. The choice is simple. If you like the direction the town is heading then vote for the incumbents. That will perpetuate the status quo. If you are dissatisfied with the direction the town has taken, meaningful change must begin with a change in leadership.After considering the track records and qualifications of all of the contenders, I enthusiastically support the candidacies of Suzanne Sullivan and Rob Fasulo. While both of these people are quite different in some respects. However, their track records demonstrate courage and integrity. They are involved in local government and can be seen at the various town board meetings year round. Both Suzanne and Rob have walked-the-walk as citizen activists and fierce defenders of the wellbeing of the residents of Wilmington. These 2 candidates see the critical importance of our town needing to adopt a policy of responsible growth.Suzanne Sullivan has a wealth of experience and a record of solid leadership in the town of Wilmington. She was a member of the Wilmington Board of Selectmen and knows the workings of government inside and out. Her efforts to help the residents of Wilmington include volunteering to serve on multiple town committees, citizen neighborhood groups, charitable causes and as a youth soccer coach. Last but not least, Suzan is an environmentalist and passionate protector of Mother Nature. She put the spotlight on the Olin Chemical spill. While many in Wilmington believe that crisis is over and done, Suzanne knows the problem is worsening every day. She does her level-best to keep this catastrophe on the front-burner and on the minds of residents, elected and appointed officials.Rob Fasulo is a family man and lifelong resident of Wilmington. As such he deeply cares for his home town and its future. Like Suzanne, Rob is an environmental advocate. As a beekeeper he is well aware of the delicate balance of nature and the fragility of the environment. He is a fiscal conservative. In my opinion this is a great attribute. Rob will provide a much needed balance to the board with his conservative views. Doubtless this will provoke many spirited discussions on taxation and spending ensuring a well thought-out decision making process.In closing I respectfully ask you to consider casting your votes for Rob Fasulo and Suzanne Sullivan on Saturday April 27th.Sincerely,Gerry BrunoLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: It’s Time For A Change In Wilmington Government — Vote For Fasulo & SullivanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Resident, Concerned Over Taxes & Town Debt, Is Voting For Fasulo & SullivanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Fasulo Will Give Residents A Voice On The Board Of SelectmenIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

Humancomputer music performances use system that links music and musical gestures w

first_imgIn this image from the video below, computers, robots, and humans perform together in the Machine Orchestra, which uses the captured musical gestures. Image credit: Ajay Kapur. A demonstration of the gesture recognition system: in the second half of the video, the recognition system is parsing the events. When it detects a rim hit, it changes its pre-set processing on the physical modeling. Video credit: Adam Tindale. “The main advantage of the method is that it allows large amounts of training data for machine learning algorithms to be acquired without human annotation simply by playing an instrument enhanced with sensors,” Tzanetakis told PhysOrg.com. “Once the surrogate sensor has been trained and its performance evaluated, then it can be used in place of the actual physical sensor on unmodified instruments of the same type.” Citation: Human-computer music performances use system that links music and musical gestures (w/ Video) (2010, November 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-11-human-computer-music-links-musical-gestures.html The system overcomes the previous difficulties in that it doesn’t hinder the performers or their instruments when performing, and doesn’t require large amounts of processing and analysis, greatly reducing time requirements. For instance, data from snare drum samples that took nearly a week of manual labor can be processed in less than an hour with the new method.The researchers demonstrated the system with professional musicians playing electronic sitars and electronic snare drums. The results showed that the trained surrogate sensors can accurately determine musical gestures when different musicians were performing, and not only the performer who was used to train the surrogate sensor. Further, any kind of performing (such as improvisation or playing a song) could be used to train the surrogate sensor. Musical illusion fools audiences and performers, says researcher 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. More information: — Adam Tindale, et al. “Training surrogate sensors in musical gesture acquisition systems.” IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. To be published. DOI:10.1109/TMM.2010.2089786 .—www.adamtindale.comcenter_img In a new study, researchers have developed a method for capturing musical gestures and mapping them to sounds that overcomes some of the disadvantages of previous methods. Adam Tindale, Ajay Kapur, and George Tzanetakis – all trained musicians and computer scientists working at the University of Victoria in Victoria, Canada – have described the new method in a study to be published in IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. The method grew out of the authors’ experiences in developing instruments for interactive human-computer music performances. At the time, Tindale and Kapur were both completing their PhDs at the University of Victoria. Tindale now works at the Alberta College of Art and Design and Kapur works at the California Institute of the Arts and the New Zealand School of Music.As the researchers explain in their study, there are two main approaches for capturing musical gestures. One approach is direct acquisition, which involves attaching permanent sensors to instruments to create “hyper-instruments.” However, this approach is often invasive to performers and requires modification of expensive instruments. The second approach is indirect acquisition, which involves using a microphone to capture the sound, as well as sophisticated signal processing and machine learning algorithms to extract gestures from the sounds, which requires large amounts of training.The researchers’ new method is somewhat of a hybrid of these two approaches. They temporarily attach sensors to an instrument to capture musical gestures and a microphone to capture sound. This data is analyzed, and the gesture-sound mappings are used to train machine learning models to extract gestures from sounds only. These machine models then create what the researchers call a “surrogate sensor,” which behaves like the original invasive sensor but is not attached to the instrument. The surrogate sensor can determine the musical gestures based only on the analyzed sound captured from the microphone. (PhysOrg.com)—Every musical sound comes from a specific way that an instrument is played. With modern technology such as sensors, signal processing, and sometimes machine learning algorithms, researchers can determine the precise musical gesture used to produce a particular sound on an instrument. The ability to recreate musical gestures from sounds can be used for interactive human-computer music performances, music transcription, and other innovative applications. Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Explore further Computers, robots, and humans, including coauthor Ajay Kapur, perform together in the Machine Orchestra. Credit: Ajay Kapur In the future, the researchers plan to make the system more sensitive to additional features, such as training it to recognize the type of mouthpiece used by a woodwind instrument and the string on which a note is played on a violin. Both Tindale and Kapur currently use the system during musical performances, as shown in the accompanying videos. “Basically, the gesture information extracted is typically used in the following ways,” Tzanetakis explained. “(1) To map performance information to sound and a music generation algorithm that react in real-time expressively to the music; (2) to drive animations and visuals; (3) to synthesize sounds parametrically (for example, a synthesized drum sound might change based on where the snare drum is hit); and (4) to do analysis of the music played (for example, automatically tracking the tempo) in the context of computer-controlled robotic instruments interacting with humans.”last_img read more

Mitra lashes out at Centre for attempting to control Finance Commissions Terms

first_imgKolkata: State Finance minister Amit Mitra made a scathing attack at the Centre for its “attempt” to control the Terms of Reference (TOR) of the Fifteenth Finance Commission. This comes when there would be a loss of Rs 35,849 crore for Bengal, if the 2011 census is used as TOR of the Finance Commission.He was speaking in the state Assembly on Tuesday, during discussion over deprivation by the Centre in allocation of funds to the state government. A resolution was brought in the Assembly in this connection, in which the issue of the TOR of the Finance Commission has come up. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePartha Chatterjee, the state Parliamentary Affairs minister, also stated how Bengal is getting deprived of its rights as the Centre has reduced and even stopped giving its share of funds for different projects.Mitra said this is the first time when there has been attempts of the Centre in controlling the TOR of the Finance Commission, as it has been stated that “the Commission shall use the population data of 2011 while making its recommendation”. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe said: “It would lead to a loss of Rs 35,849 crore between 2020 to 2025 if the Fifteenth Finance Commission gives its recommendations on the basis of the 2011 census. In between 2020-21 and 2024-25, the state government will have to pay Rs 36,510 crore to clear its debt.”The population share in Bengal, which was 8.16 percent in 1971, had come down to 7.67 percent in 2011.He further said that it has been stated that the commission will examine whether revenue deficit grants would be provided at all. “This shows that it is direct intervention in a statutory body,” he said. He further said that he had attended a meeting in Andhra Pradesh, in which the ChiefMinister of Puduchery, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi and Finance ministers of Kerala,Punjab and Andhra Pradesh were present. There was a detaileddiscussion over the TOR andrepresentatives of the six states went to the President to submita memorandum in this connec-tion.He further stated that there has also been steps to introduce surge charges and cess in most cases, as the state government doesn’t get its devolution from it. But in case of tax, there has to be devolution of Central tax to the states.This comes when almost all the political parties in Bengal had demanded enhancement of devolution of Central taxes to the states from 42 percent to 50 percent before the Fifteenth Finance Commission, during its visit in Bengal.last_img read more

Abhishek likely to visit Balurghat on August 7 boost party workers

first_imgBALURGHAT: Trinamool MP and party’s youth president Abhishek Banerjee is expected to visit Balurghat on August 7 in a party programme to boost up party workers in a bid to see good results for the upcoming Lok Sabha poll, South Dinajpur district party president Biplab Mitra said on Wednesday.Apart from Banerjee, senior party leaders Partha Chatterjee, Firhad Hakim and Subrata Bakshi are scheduled to attend Balurghat with him. According to Mitra, thousands of party workers and supporters covering all eight blocks will attend the programme, where Banerjee will deliver the message of party supremo Mamata Banerjee to exhibit her planning on how to fight with the communal forces in the forthcoming ballot battle in 2019. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeNotably, in the last Parliamentary poll, popular theatre personality Arpita Ghosh had bagged the Balurghat seat and dedicated it to Banerjee, while the people had voted for Mamata Banerjee to gear up the plethora of development projects undertaken during her two-term state ruling. Consequently and due to this, plenty of workers from different political parties have shifted to Trinamool in recent times.According to the political observers, Mamata has now set her target to strengthen the support base, covering each block of the district and the party has started boosting itself from the booth level. Mitra has asked the leaders and workers to initiate measures regarding the visit of Abhishek Banerjee. He has already conducted a party meeting at Gangarampur Marwari Bhavan on Tuesday, to chalk out a blueprint to ensure his visit becomes a memorable one.”Communal BJP is planning to stop development in Bengal. Our leader Mamata Banerjee is well aware of it. She has already delivered a stern message to us through her rejuvenating speech on Martyrs’ Day on July 21. Our party’s youth president Abhishek Banerjee is scheduled to arrive here on August 7, along with some senior state level leaders,” Mitra said.last_img read more