Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi says arena talks with Flames arent dead

first_imgCALGARY – Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi says the city remains at the negotiating table for a new NHL arena even though the Flames have declared they’ve pulled out of talks.The NHL team is frustrated with “spectacularly unproductive” negotiations, according to team president Ken King.“We remain ready to negotiate in good faith,” the mayor countered Wednesday.“Council understands the importance of the Flames to this city, council understands the importance of having the Flames downtown.“We worked very hard to come up with a deal that makes sense in this economy without impacting people’s taxes that nonetheless participates in both the risk and the upside.”The initial $890-million CalgaryNext project the Flames pitched two years ago included an arena, football stadium and field house built on the west side of downtown.The Flames’ owners offered $200 million of their money and proposed a $250-million loan be repaid through a ticket surcharge, with the city covering the rest.Council disagreed with the CalgaryNext price tag saying the project would cost approximately $1.8 billion when cleanup of creosote-soaked soil was included.CalgaryNext moved to the back burner when council showed more enthusiasm for building an arena closer to the 34-year-old Scotiabank Saddledome in a planned arts and entertainment district on the downtown east side.Councillors voted Wednesday to allow Nenshi to release financial details on the “Victoria Park” option, which the mayor said he would do soon.The Globe and Mail reported Wednesday the city offered to pay a third of the cost, but that money had to be paid back.“I can tell you that what has been reported — the one-third, one-third, one-third deal — as the basis, but there’s a lot more to it than that,” Nenshi said.“I can tell you the city has a very fair offer on the table. One I think many Calgarians, most Calgarians will see as eminently reasonable. There is another offer on the table that most Calgarians will see as eminently unreasonable.”King said the Flames’ contribution to the Victoria Park option was “substantial.”“You know the kind of commitment we were prepared to make to the west village, the kind of ratio that was,” he said Tuesday.“It wouldn’t come as any surprise to anybody to understand it might be a similar ratio on this side.”While King denied making the arena an election issue, the timing of the team’s bombshell seems designed to turn up on the heat on the mayor and councillors ahead of the Oct. 16 civic election.“If you’re trying to influence the general public, I think putting that on the table right in the midst of the election ultimately can achieve better results from their perspective,” said Coun. Andre Chabot, who is one of nine candidates running for mayor.Nenshi, who seeks a third term, has at times downplayed the economic benefit of a new arena, which created tension between the NHL team and the mayor.The trigger for the Flames’ withdrawal seemed to be Nenshi speaking to media earlier this week about how an arena fits into his vision of revitalizing an area known as the East Village.King said after he talked with Nenshi’s chief of staff Monday, the Flames owners met with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to inform him they were pulling the plug on talks.“The mayor’s campaign seemed to kick off with a vision for Victoria Park,” King said.“I wanted to really understand if in fact his announcement of the vision and what they deem to be a fair deal was maybe the signal they were prepared to do our deal. It was made very clear to me that they were not.”The Flames players report for physical testing Thursday. King said the team is not leaving Calgary any time soon despite no firm agreement on a new building.Former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney, who is running for the leadership of the province’s United Conservative party, urged both sides to continue talking.“I would, like most Calgarians, encourage both sides to sit down and discuss this in good faith,” Kenney said.“None of us want to jeopardize the presence of an NHL team here because two can’t sit down and have a grown-up conversation in good faith.”———Canadian Press reporter Bill Graveland contributed to this story.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had an incorrect figure for council’s projected cost of CalgaryNext project and had the incorrect date for the upcoming civic election.last_img read more

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Mom of Indigenous man shot dead by police What did he do

first_imgTORONTO – The grieving mother of a young Indigenous man killed by police in northern Ontario spoke out Thursday, saying the family remains in shock and still doesn’t understand why her son died.In a statement from the remote community of Fort Albany, Ont., Micheline Knapaysweet said the family needs answers about the death of her son, Joey Knapaysweet.“What did he do that was so bad that he had to be shot and killed?” Micheline Knapaysweet said. “I am so heartbroken, with so many questions unanswered.”Police in Timmins, Ont., shot 21-year-old Joey Knapaysweet on Feb. 3, in an as-yet unexplained incident that raised racial tensions in the city and sparked anger from the Indigenous community.The province’s police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit, is looking into the incident and has said officers responded mid-morning to a health-care building and a man fled.“There was an interaction between the man and officers, and one of the officers discharged a firearm,” the unit said in a statement. “The man was struck. He was taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.”His death prompted scores of people to attend a vigil — among them Timmins Mayor Steve Black — and denunciation from Indigenous leaders.Joey Knapaysweet was from the James Bay community of Fort Albany — more than an hour’s flight from Timmins. He had gone to Timmins to “seek help in dreams for betterment of his life,” according to his mother’s statement.His mother also released two photographs, including the last one of them together just before he left home.“I cannot sleep at nights, I need answers,” she said. “This is my son, my child.”The family asked for privacy, saying they were not yet ready to speak directly to the media.Black, who urged calm after what he said was a rare shooting, has acknowledged that relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the city took a hit.Knapaysweet died the same weekend as Agnes Sutherland, an ailing 62-year-old also from Fort Albany, who had been in police custody after an incident at a shelter. The Special Investigations Unit is looking into her death as well.The deaths, along with the acquittal last week of white farmer Gerald Stanley in Saskatchewan in the 2016 killing of a young Cree man, Coulten Boushie, have cast a harsh spotlight in recent weeks on attitudes toward Indigenous people.The Stanley verdict sparked protests across the country along with condemnation from the federal justice minister, with critics calling the justice system biased against Indigenous people.last_img read more

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Veteran Liberal Dominic LeBlanc recovering from cancer will seek reelection

first_imgMONCTON, N.B. — Veteran New Brunswick Liberal MP Dominic LeBlanc, recovering from cancer, says he will be a candidate in the next federal election in his riding of Beausejour.LeBlanc stepped away from his duties as federal minister of intergovernmental and northern affairs in April after being diagnosed with a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of blood cancer.In a video posted online today, LeBlanc thanks all those who supported him during the past two months, saying his treatments are going well and he is looking forward to seeing his constituents during the campaign.The 51-year-old LeBlanc, one of the party’s best-known figures in Atlantic Canada, has lost all of his hair because of treatments.It’s the second time LeBlanc, who has represented the eastern New Brunswick riding since 2000, has been struck by blood cancer. He was diagnosed in April 2017 with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and was declared in complete remission last October.LeBlanc is the son of Romeo LeBlanc, who was a Member of Parliament for many years before becoming a Senator and, in 1995, Governor General of Canada.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Govt. Promises to Expedite Al Hoceima Development Projects

Rabat – The Head of Government and the president of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region have announced that they will meet the demands of the ongoing Rif protests by expediting socio-economic development projects in the region.Government head Saad Eddine El Othmani met with regional president Ilyas El Omari and parliamentary representatives of the region to discuss the demonstrations in the city of Al Hoceima and the surrounding areas.“We agreed on implementing and speeding up the realization of regional development projects to meet the demands of the population of the region,” El Othmani told the press following the meeting. El Othmani, who stated that the meeting aimed to establish a dialogue with local representatives, affirmed that the projects will be completed in due time.The Head of Government explained that Al Hoceima is a now priority because there is an “emergency” in the region. He promised that similar meetings with regional elected officials and MPs of other regions will be held in the future to create further cohesion between the executive branch and regional representatives.El Omari stressed on the need to work hand-in-hand to implement what was agreed upon to meet the social and economic demands of citizens in Al Hoceima.“Some projects have been launched. Others will be launched [soon]. We need everybody to be involved, especially the citizens of Al Hoceima,” he said.The Al Hoceima native official said the delay in the realization of the MAD 6.5 billion development program Al Hoceima Manarat Al Moutawsit was discussed during the meeting, adding that the government promised to complete the projects by 2019. read more

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PAFFREL urges IGP to ensure LG polls are free and fair

The IGP was also urged to investigate reports of processions being staged by some political parties when nominations were handed over, violating election laws.The IGP was also urged to investigate if any of the candidates contesting the elections in February have a criminal background. (Colombo Gazette) People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) today urged Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara to take steps to ensure the Local Government (LG) elections is free and fair.PAFFREL met the IGP at the Police Headquarters today and had talks with regards to the election. read more

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Meager gains leave US indexes at new records Boeing slump holds back

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 12, 2013 4:18 pm MDT Meager gains leave US indexes at new records; Boeing slump holds back the Dow; Banks gain AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A last-minute turnaround is leaving the stock market with small gains for the day — enough to leave major U.S. indexes at new all-time highs.The Dow Jones industrial average eked out a gain of three points, just 0.02 per cent, to close at 15,464 Friday.The Dow was in the red for most of the afternoon because of a sharp drop in Boeing following a fire in a 787 Dreamliner parked in London.The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose five points, or 0.3 per cent, to 1,680.The Dow and S&P also closed at record highs Thursday.The Nasdaq rose 21, or 0.6 per cent, to 3,600.UPS sank 6 per cent after cutting its earnings forecast as customers chose cheaper shipping options.Banks rose after Wells Fargo and JPMorgan beat earnings forecasts. read more

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New Brunswick unveils new natural gas royalty plan to chagrin of critics

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick has released a new royalty plan for natural gas that the province’s energy minister says will encourage exploration and give the province a greater share of profits.But industry opponents say they fear the government is forging ahead without listening to their concerns, particularly over shale gas development.Craig Leonard said it was necessary to come up with a new royalty regime.“We needed to get the regime in place so industry could see what it would be costing for the resource in New Brunswick so they can base their investment decisions on that,” Leonard said in an interview Monday.Under the new plan, companies will pay a four per cent royalty based on the wellhead cost until a company pays off its capital costs and starts making a profit. At that point, the royalty jumps to 25 per cent of the well’s profits.Leonard said the previous royalty structure, whereby the province received up to 10 per cent of the costs of a wellhead, was not good enough for the industry or the government.“This new model corrects that by providing an upfront royalty rate at the early stages that is relatively low and competitive with other jurisdictions, but when the project hits its stride, the profits will share quite extensively,” he said.“We have to strike a balance between encouraging investment and making sure that New Brunswickers receive the most possible from our resources.”Terry Wishart of the Fredericton chapter of the Council of Canadians said the release of the royalty regime is discouraging.“Obviously it is a sign they are intending to move forward,” Wishart said.“That’s not going to be a reality for them because we plan to stop the industry from taking root here.”He said the government needs to take a lesson from Newfoundland, where the government announced Monday it is imposing a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The process involves injecting water and chemicals into a well to fracture layers of shale rock to release trapped pockets of natural gas.But Wishart says his group wants an outright ban on shale gas development because of environmental concerns.Wishart and other opponents plan to demonstrate in Fredericton on Tuesday as a new session of the provincial legislature opens.Leonard said the province will now begin work on a revenue-sharing formula to determine how much of the 25 per cent royalty fee will go to landowners and First Nations.A spokesman for Leonard said the new royalty plan is expected to take effect in the next few months. by Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 4, 2013 11:25 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New Brunswick unveils new natural gas royalty plan to chagrin of critics read more

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Somalia worst harvest since 2011 with more than 2 million expected to

Delayed rains during what is known as the “Gu” peak season for crop growing (April-June), and parched river beds, have produced harvest levels up to 70 percent below average in some parts, according FAO’s Food Security and Nutrition Analysis United (FSNAU) latest data report, with severe hunger looming for more than 2 million people in desperate need.“In the absence of humanitarian assistance, up to 2.1 million people across Somalia face severe hunger through December,” the UN warned, citing the 2019 Post-Gu report’s conclusion that this would bring the total number of Somalis expected to be food insecure, to 6.3 million by year’s end.Erratic climate and widespread vulnerabilityThe problem goes back to 2018, when poor October-December rains preceded a harsh dry season early this year. Unpredictable rainfall, followed by drought conditions during April and early May resulted in significant crop and livestock production shortfalls for July, which account for about 60 percent of Somalia’s total cereal output, according to FAO’s most recent country analysis.These “climatic shocks” the UN said, “coupled with widespread poverty and vulnerability, are key drivers that have trapped millions of Somalis in severe hunger and malnutrition.”Around 2.2 million people are estimated to be severely food insecure, falling under phases 3 and 4 of the five-scale Integrated Phase Classification (IPC). Phase 3 denotes “crisis” situations with high or above-usual acute malnutrition, and phase 4 indicates “emergency” levels of acute malnutrition, and high death rates.The figure is more than 40 percent higher than food insecure population estimates by FAO from just the beginning of this year, with an estimated 2.6 million people internally displaced, and living in makeshift settlements outside urban areas, facing hunger. “If interventions are not scaled up,” the UN stated, “one million children are projected to be acutely malnourished over the next year, including 180,000 who are likely to be severely malnourished.”Though climatic shocks exacerbate needs, they “do not have to lead to large-scale catastrophe”, said Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management for the Government of Somalia, Hamza Said Hamza.“We must continue to work collectively to strengthen the capacity of Somalia to withstand these climatic shocks and identify durable solutions.”Heavy rains forecasted, but response plan needs beefing-upRainfall predictions indicate 45 to 55 percent probability of above average precipitation for the next “Deyr” cropping season, from October to December, the UN reported; meaning a wetter season which “will be crucial to avoid a deterioration of the food security situation in Somalia.”The Humanitarian community and Somali Government jointly launched a Drought Response Plan (DIRP) to cover June through December 2019, however the $487 million in funding received so far meets less than half of the requirement.The nation’s acting Humanitarian Coordinator, George Conway, urging additional resources and a more collective response from donors, saying that“humanitarian partners stand ready to respond, by they cannot do so without sufficient resources. read more

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A 14Team NFL Playoff Wouldnt Bring More Parity

New York Giants President John Mara said Tuesday that the NFL would probably not expand its postseason field from 12 to 14 teams for the 2014 season. But make no mistake, expansion is coming sooner or later. The television ratings for playoff matchups — even for early rounds — are so monstrous that it makes sense from a revenue-maximizing perspective to add postseason games.But how about from a football perspective? ESPN’s Stats & Information correctly points out that, even with 14 playoff qualifiers, only 43.7 percent of NFL teams would earn postseason berths, which is still lower than the 53.3 percent qualification rates in the NBA and NHL. Then again, both of those sports play best-of-seven series to determine who advances to the next round; the NFL’s postseason is a single-elimination tournament. (And, 2013 excepted, the NFL playoffs are trending toward less predictable outcomes as it is.)Even in a 12-team playoff format, the best team in football fails to win the Super Bowl far more often than not. But would a 14-team bracket add another layer of randomness? Using the power of Monte Carlo simulation and the theoretical distribution of true talent in the NFL, we can estimate how often a team of a given ranking in “true talent” wins the Super Bowl under both the 12-team format and the proposed 14-team arrangement. For both formats, I assigned each team a true-talent rating at random (from a normal distribution with a mean winning percentage of .500 and a standard deviation of .146) and simulated the 2013 NFL schedule 10,000 times, recording how often a team of a given talent ranking won the Super Bowl. Here are the results:As it turns out, a 14-team playoff format wouldn’t change much for the favorites’ chances of a Super Bowl victory. The No. 2 seed in each conference would be forced to play an extra game (rather than receiving a bye during the wild-card round), but that doesn’t move the needle a lot — mainly because the No. 1 seeds still get byes into the divisional round.What would really shake things up, though, would be a move to a 16-team bracket, which would give the NFL a playoff participation rate closer to the NBA and NHL (although the NFL would still be lower). If we run the same simulation process above but plug teams into a 16-team playoff format, the following probabilities emerge:Forcing the top seed in each conference to play an extra game would drastically shift the Super Bowl odds for the NFL’s three most talented teams, redistributing much of their current probabilistic advantage across the rest of the league. The move to a 16-team playoff would be a much bigger change than from 12 teams to 14.The remaining question is whether that’s a bad thing. A 16-team playoff would increase the role of chance in the NFL’s postseason — an element which has already been on the rise in recent seasons. The NFL’s landmark popularity over the past decade suggests that such parity has moved the league closer to the optimal mix of determinism and randomness. (By contrast, a system designed to turn the NFL playoffs into a science experiment always yielding the most deserving champion would be tedious and unpopular.) But it’s not clear whether there are diminishing returns to the NFL’s parity formula. read more

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Shrinking Himalayan glaciers have been granted status of living entities

first_img Apr 8th 2017, 11:04 AM Short URL By AFP 8,954 Views Saturday 8 Apr 2017, 11:04 AM Image: Shutterstock/Johannes Asslaber Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Johannes Asslaber 14 Comments AN INDIAN COURT has recognised Himalayan glaciers, lakes and forests as “legal persons” in an effort to curb environmental destruction, weeks after it granted similar status to the country’s two most sacred rivers.In a decision that aims to widen environmental protections in the mountainous region, the court granted the legal standing to glaciers Gangotri and Yamunotri that feed India’s venerated Ganga and Yamuna rivers, which won the status in a landmark judgement in March.“The rights of these entities shall be equivalent to the rights of human beings and any injury or harm caused to these bodies shall be treated as injury or harm caused to human beings,” the highest court in Himalayan state of Uttarakhand said in its ruling last week.It said Yamunotri glacier, which is the source for Yamuna river was shrinking at an alarming rate.Gangotri, which feeds the river Ganga and is one of the largest glaciers in the Himalayas, is also “receding fast”, the court said.“In over 25 years, it has retreated more than 850 metres (2,800 feet),” a two-judge bench of justices Rajeev Sharma and Alok Singh said.The court also extended the status of “living entity” to swathes of the Himalayan environment, including waterfalls, meadows, lakes and forests.On 20 March, the same court ordered that both Ganges and Yamuna rivers should be given “living entity” status to conserve them, in a decision cautiously welcomed by activists who expressed hope that it would signify more than just a symbolic gesture.Both rivers are considered holy by millions of Hindus, who ritualistically bathe, drink and scatter the ashes of their dead in the water.The rivers which criss-cross most of the country before flowing into the sea have witnessed massive pollution near human habitations mainly due to dumping of untreated sewage and industrial waste.The court argued the unusual step was necessary because the hallowed rivers upon which Hindu rites are conducted were “losing their very existence”.New Zealand earlier last month recognised its third-largest river, ancestral and spiritual waters for its Maori people, as a living entity.Successive governments in India have attempted with limited success to clean up the Ganges, which snakes 2,500 kilometres (1,553 miles) across northern India from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal.© – AFP, 2017Read: How toxic water ruined a ‘paradise’ lakeRead: ‘National guidance’ on solar farms needed after Ireland’s biggest project is rejected Shrinking Himalayan glaciers have been granted status of ‘living entities’ An Indian court made the decision because the glaciers were “losing their very existence”. Share5 Tweet Email last_img read more

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Heat wave is waving goodbye

first_imgAfter Friday, the third consecutive day of mid-90-degree heat, today should feel like a relief with a predicted high of 83.Get used to it, says a meteorologist.“It will be the last day of 90-degree heat for a while,” said Dave Elson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland, on Friday. “Over the next few days, marine air will cool things down a bit and temperatures will top out in the low to mid-80s.”But Clark County still had to endure another sizzling day. The thermometer peaked at 95 degrees just before 4 p.m. Friday at Vancouver’s Pearson Field, according to the National Weather Service. This came after 95-degree and 97-degree scorchers Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.Officials had feared smog levels would rise as the heat wave wore on and continued a smog alert through Friday for the Vancouver-Portland area. But the levels of ground-level ozone remained moderate in the afternoon, thanks in part to a steady breeze circulating the region.“We think we are OK,” said Paul Mairose, chief engineer for the Southwest Clean Air Agency. “We are not going to see an exceedance.”The call volume for emergency officials also didn’t seem to spike Friday. Vancouver firefighter-spokesman Jim Flaherty said he didn’t know of any emergency calls relating to heat-related illnesses, though that’s not to say they weren’t out there.last_img read more

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Lighting the way to the holidays in Vancouver

first_imgLaura Hixson of St. Mary’s Services attaches holiday lights to a tree Friday at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver. It takes a crew of four an entire day to string more than 20,000 lights in preparation for the community tree-lighting, which will take place at 6 p.m. Friday. (Psst: Santa will be there!) As part of the Downtown Holidazzle, there will be a variety of activities and entertainment during the afternoon and evening. From 3 to 7 p.m., there will be train rides around the park, and Vancouver Farmers Market vendors will sell their goods. The Dixieland Jazz Band will play at the Vancouver Hilton at 3 p.m., the Vancouver Community Concert Band will perform at 4 p.m., and the Vancouver Pops Orchestra will perform at 6:20 p.m. Just before the tree-lighting, at 5:30 p.m., Vancouver high school choirs will sing in the park.last_img read more

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Battle Ground garage fire stopped before it could spread

first_imgFirefighters in Battle Ground stopped a garage fire before it could spread to the rest of the house, according to Clark County Fire & Rescue.The fire was reported about 7 p.m. Saturday at 1705 N.W. Fourth Ave. in Battle Ground. Units arriving at the scene saw smoke coming from the eaves and fire in the garage.CCF&R Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy said crews quickly cut through a garage door to gain access and extinguished the blaze.There was no fire, water or smoke damage in the house itself, he said.The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Crews from Clark County Fire & Rescue, Fire District 3 and the Vancouver Fire Department responded.The house is owned by John Davidson, according to county property records.last_img read more

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1 airlifted after scooter crashes into truck in Miami Lakes

first_imgMIAMI LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – One person has been airlifted to the hospital after a scooter and truck collided in Miami Lakes.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene near Northwest 150th Street and Red Road, Tuesday morning.One person was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in unknown condition.Investigators are now looking into the cause of the crash.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Sony patent seeks to correct autostereoscopic blur

first_img © 2012 Phys.Org Image: USPTO, number 0910660.0 What this means is that Sony is planning to resolve the disadvantages of no-glasses 3-D viewing in the home. Critics have often noted blurring and other compromised effects that make the 3-D viewing experience less than desired just because the viewer is not in the best position. The success of autostereoscopic (glasses-free) 3-D has depended highly on the viewer’s angle and distance from the screen. With Sony’s 3-D viewing concept, the application would be able to detect a user’s distance from the screen and adjust the separation of images accordingly.Sony points out past technology limitations of 3-D viewing with no glasses in its patent: “3-D content is recorded using a stereoscopic camera having a fixed arrangement of lenses that presuppose a corresponding fixed viewing position.” The problem, says Sony, is that the effect of being in the wrong place for viewing is discouraging. According to the patent, “the reproduced image can feel unnatural and in extreme cases may lead to headaches or nausea.” Sony says one particular weakness is under- or over-exaggeration of depth, depending on how near or far the user is from the screen.The patent is for both an image-processing method and an entertainment system for the image display. The patent says that Sony’s technology involves shifting image elements in at least one of the left-eye and right-eye images to change the size of displacements, as a function of existing displacements, and the point of intersection of lines of sight between the corresponding image elements and the viewer. The separation in depth between different image elements is substantially the same as it would have been if the user had been viewing the video at the ideal distance.Sony’s patent does not represent the first attempt of a company seeking to evolve non-glasses 3-D viewing. Cebit in 2010 in Hanover, Germany, is a case in point. Technology companies at Cebit created a stir showing efforts toward a new breed of displays. Sunny Ocean Studios had a panel fitted to a standard display, sending out a stereoscopic image to 64 positions around the screen. That meant you would be able to “run around” and see a nice 3D display, said Armin Grasnick of Sunny Ocean, at the time. Another company, SeeFront, showed a display moving with the viewer’s eyes, with the viewer always seeing the 3-D image. Eye-tracking has been an essential component of its glasses-free 3-D display technology, according to SeeFront. Explore further Citation: Sony patent seeks to correct autostereoscopic blur (2012, May 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Sony has filed a patent with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for a glasses-free 3-D display that will adjust the picture so that the user gets an optimal view no matter how far or close to the screen. In its application, “Stereoscopic Image Processing Method and Apparatus,” Sony defined its patent intent: “A stereoscopic image processing method for a stereoscopic image pair forming a 3-D image comprises the steps of evaluating whether the distance of a user is closer or further than a preferred distance from a 3-D image display upon which the stereoscopic image pair is to be displayed, and if the evaluation indicates that the user is further than the preferred distance from the 3-D image display, adjusting the respective displacements between corresponding image elements in the stereoscopic image pair, thereby changing the stereoscopic parallax in the 3-D image.” Apple patents an inexpensive 3-D projection system 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.last_img read more

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Liberian policemen suspected of gang raping teen

first_img The vital role family plays in society New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The difference between men and women when it comes to pain The men _ whose exact number was not immediately clear _ are suspected of sexually abusing and holding the girl as a prisoner in their dormitory for several days.A senator from the region bordering Guinea, George Tengbeh, also confirmed the alleged gang rape and called for a thorough investigation.Rape remains prevalent in Liberia following 14 years of brutal civil war which ended in 2003.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) – Authorities in Liberia say a group of police officers in the West African country are suspected of repeatedly gang raping a 16-year-old girl and holding her hostage for several days.Police spokesman George Bardue told state-run Liberia Broadcasting System on Friday that the officers based in the northern town of Voinjama have been recalled to the capital Monrovia to face an investigation. Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debatescenter_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 0 Comments   Share   5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

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THAI expands network with THAI Smile codeshare

first_imgTHAI SmileTHAI expands network with THAI Smile codeshareThai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) adjusted its flight schedule and expanded its network through code share flights with THAI Smile to new destinations in the Summer Programme 2017, effective from today onwards.Mr. Teerapol Chotichanapibal, THAI Executive Vice President, Commercial Department, said that THAI has adjusted its flight schedule in the Summer Programme 2017 by increasing its code share flights with THAI Smile to several new destinations in the region, making it more convenient for THAI passengers to connect flights to a wider selection of cities, which includes roundtrip flights from Bangkok-Siem Reap, Bangkok-Kota Kinabalu, Bangkok-Chittagong, Bangkok-Luang Prabang. In addition, the Company has also increased code share flights on some routes to facilitate increased travel demand from today until 28 October 2017, with adjustment to the flight schedule being as follows.New Destinations Flight TG2588/2589 and TG2590/2591 roundtrip from Bangkok-Siem Reap at 14 flights per week, operated with Airbus A320-200 aircraft, effective immediatelyFlight TG2421/2422 roundtrip from Bangkok-Kota Kinabalu at 7 flights per week, operated with Airbus A320-200 aircraft, effective immediatelyFlight TG2355/2356 roundtrip from Bangkok-Chittagong at 4 flights per week, operated with Airbus A320-200 aircraft, effective immediatelyFlight TG2576/2577 roundtrip from Bangkok-Luang Prabang at 4 flights per week, operated with the Airbus A320-200 aircraft, effective 1 October 2017.Increased Flights New flight TG2582/2583 roundtrip from Bangkok-Phnom Penh operated with Airbus A320-200 aircraft increased from the existing 14 to 18 flights per week, effective immediatelyFlight TG2425/2426 roundtrip from Bangkok-Penang increased from 7 to 10 flights per week, operated with Airbus A320-200 aircraft, effective 5 May 2017Currently, code share flights between THAI and THAI Smile that continue to operate in the Summer Programme are Jaipur, Lucknow, Chongqing, Changsha, and Zhengzhou, operated with Airbus A320-200 aircraft.For further information, reservations, and ticketing assistance, please visit or visit any THAI sales office or travel agent in Thailand or call the THAI Contact Center at Tel: +66 (0) 2 356 1111 (24 hours a day). THAI – THAI Smilebook flights hereSource = THAI – THAI Smilelast_img read more

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