Suspects in Fikri Case to Appear in Court on December 6

Rabat – Al-Hoceima’s investigative judge is set to switch into a detailed investigation on December 6 following the tragic death of Mouhcine Fikri, fishmonger who was crushed to death in a trash compactor while protesting the confiscation of his merchandise by authorities last month.The judge will determine the results of the case by embarking on a thorough investigation based on the evidence that the prosecution accumulated against the suspects involved in Fikri’s death.The investigation is set to expose the reasons behind Fikri’s death by charging anyone suspected in the fishmonger’s death. Since the death of Fikri last month, 11 suspects have been arrested to date, including officials of Al-Hoceima’s fishing delegation, such as a delegate for fishing, the head of the fishing delegation department, and the chief of staff of the veterinary department.Meanwhile, eight suspects are remanded in custody. They will appear in court in December. read more

Child deaths drop by nearly 30 per cent says UN health agency

21 May 2009Deaths of children under five years of age have plummeted by almost one third since 1990, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today, while cautioning that greater action is necessary to achieve similar success in other areas, in particular maternal and newborn health. Deaths of children under five years of age have plummeted by almost one third since 1990, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today, while cautioning that greater action is necessary to achieve similar success in other areas, in particular maternal and newborn health.Some 9 million children under the age of five died in 1997, marking a sharp decline from the 12.5 million estimated to have died in 1990, according to “World Health Statistics,” WHO’s first progress report on the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the eight globally-agreed anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline.”The decline in the death toll of children under five illustrates what can be achieved by strengthening health systems and scaling up interventions, such as insecticide-treated mosquito nets for malaria and oral rehydration therapy for diarrhoea, increased access to vaccines and improved water and sanitation in developing countries,” said Ties Boerma, Director of WHO’s Department of Health Statistics and Informatics.But the new study, which is based on over 100 health indicators collected from WHO’s 193 Member States, cautioned that in many African nations and in low-income countries, the fourth MDG – slashing child mortality by two-thirds – may not be met.Dr. Boerma said that while encouraging progress has been made at the half-way point to the 2015 deadline, “there needs to be more effort to strengthen health systems in countries affected by high levels of HIV/AIDS, economic hardship or conflict.”Additionally, he called for greater attention to be paid to the poorest groups within countries where progress is slowest and child mortality remains high.Maternal and newborn health has seen almost no improvement, Dr. Boerma said, with nearly 40 per cent of deaths among children under five occurring in the first month, even first week, of life. “While the data are patchy and incomplete, it appears that the regions with the least progress are those where levels of maternal mortality are highest.”Boosting these rates will involve addressing weak health systems, emerging health threats such as pandemics, and climate change, he added. read more

CMAG ends Lanka not on agenda

The Group reviewed developments in relation to Fiji which is currently on its formal agenda. At the meeting CMAG welcomed the recent adoption by Heads of Government, and signature by The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, of the Charter of the Commonwealth, encapsulating the core values and principles of the Commonwealth. It noted that the Charter reaffirmed the Commonwealth’s commitment inter alia to democracy, human rights, the rule of law, separation of powers, freedom of expression, good governance, tolerance, respect and understanding and the role of civil society. As the custodian of the Commonwealth’s fundamental political values, the Group pledged to continue to promote these commonly agreed goals. The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) held its thirty-ninth meeting in London today but Sri Lanka was not on the main agenda.The meeting, chaired by Dr Dipu Moni, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, was also attended by Senator Bob Carr, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, John Baird, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Canada, AJ Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, Dr Abdul Samad Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Dr Samura Kamara, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sierra Leone, Bernard K Membe, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Tanzania, Winston Dookeran, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago and Nipake Edward Natapei, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Vanuatu. read more

UNP proposes Westminster system

The main opposition United National Party (UNP), today, made public its proposed constitution which includes a British style Westminster system for the Cabinet.The UNP constitution also proposes as a novel system the executive powers of the President to be exercised on apolitical basis and to be subject to checks and balances. Under the Westminster system the Cabinet of Ministers will be restricted to 25 including the Prime Minister. Sovereignty is in the people and is inalienable. Sovereignty is exercised directly through universal suffrage, and includes the following fundamental rights: The proposed constitution of the UNP also guarantees the freedom of expression and will be strengthened to include the right to information. It also proposes that the system of preference votes be abolished and the tenure of the Parliament and the Provincial Council fixed at five years. (Colombo Gazette) a. Universal access to education,b. the right of persons belonging to a religious or ethnic community to enjoy their culture, practices and their religions and use their language,c. Right to good administration. The proposed UNP constitution: The Sovereignty of the People requires that Parliament and the Government are accountable to the people.01. Restoration of the People’s Sovereigntyi. The Constitutional framework will enshrine the Rule of Law within a democratic framework. Not only the ruled but the rulers are also subject to the Rule of Law.ii. Buddhism will be given the foremost place while assuring the rights of all other religions in compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).iii. Fundamental human rights shall be guaranteed and secured for each and every person irrespective of any race, religion, language, caste, sex, political opinions or any other differences.iv. The Directive Principles of State Policy imposes the duty and the responsibility upon the State to provide necessary facilities for good health, opportunities for employment, access to education, protection of family rights, children and women’s rights, rights of senior citizens and disabled persons.v. The Constitution will guarantee the freedom of expression and will be strengthened to include the right to information.02. Legislaturei. Parliament shall consist of 225 members elected on a mixed system where each constituency will elect its representative and the final result (seats in Parliament) will reflect the Party’s true strength (i.e. total votes polled) at elections. This system will give value for every vote cast.ii. The system of preference votes will be abolished.iii. The tenure of the Parliament and the Provincial Council is fixed at five years.iv. Elections for the Parliament and all Provincial Councils shall be conducted on one and the same day, and in the event the Head of State is also to be elected, that election will also be held on the same day.v. Any Member of Parliament or a Member of any Provincial Council or a Member of any Local Government Institution who loses the party membership from whichever Party he/she is elected/appointed to that institution shall cease to be a Member of that institution forthwith.vi. If any Member of Parliament, or a Member of any Provincial Council or a Member of any Local Government Institution fails to submit Annual Declaration of Assets and Liabilities within the stipulated time period, he/she shall cease to be a Member of that body. Ministers and Deputy Ministers shall also be required to submit their Annual Declaration of Assets and Liabilities to the Speaker instead of the Executive as it is done now.vii. If any Member of Parliament, or a Member of any Provincial Council or a Member of any Local Government Institution is convicted for a crime irrespective of whether he/she serves a jail sentence or not, he/she shall cease to be a Member of that body.03. Executivei. Presidency will be abolished.ii. Instead of the Presidency, a Head of State will be substituted. The current powers conferred on the Presidency will be divided among the Head of State, the Prime Minister, and the Speaker’s Council.Option 1 : A Prime Minister elected by the people at an election to govern with the Cabinet. The Prime Minister and his Cabinet are responsible to Parliament.Option 2 : As a novel system the executive powers will be exercised on apolitical basis and to be subject to checks and balances.2.1 : To ensure direct exercise of the People’s Sovereignty, the Head of State will be directly elected by the people.2.2 : The Head of State will be the Head of the Council of State (which will consist of the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, the Leaders of the political parties represented in the Parliament and the Chief Ministers of the Provinces), and will act on the advice of the Council of State.2.3 The Council of State shall decide on all political directions and national priorities. The Cabinet of Ministers headed by the Prime Minister and the Provincial Boards of Ministers shall be responsible for implementation of the decisions of the Council of State.2.4 The decisions of the Council of State shall be by consensus. In the event there being no consensus the majority decision will prevail. This will pave the way to practice Lord Buddha’s preachings on governance – peaceful assembly, peaceful dialogue and peaceful dispersion.Option 3 : To adopt a system similar to that of the Westminster system.iii. The Cabinet of Ministers will be restricted to 25 including the Prime Minister.iv. There shall be a Speaker’s Councils consisting of the Speaker, the Prime Minister, and the Leader of the Opposition and representatives of all political parties represented in Parliament. The Speaker shall be the Chairman.v. On recommendations of the Council of State, the Head of the State shall appoint members to Independent Commissions, Justices to the Constitutional Court and Superior Courts. Heads of State Institutions shall be appointed by the Head of State with the approval of the Speaker’s Council.04. Devolution of Powersi. While Sri Lanka remains a Unitary State, powers will be genuinely devolved to Provincial Units taking into consideration:a. The Joint Communiqué between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Secretary-General of United Nations in May 2009;b. Resolutions on Sri Lanka at United Nations Human Rights Council;c. Tissa Vitharana Report and the connected documents including papers exchanged at the talks between the SLFP and the TNA;d. Recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission;e. President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s speech in Parliament in May 2009.ii. The Office of the Governors of the Provinces will be abolished and their powers and functions shall be performed by the Head of State.iii. The Member who commands the majority of a Provincial Council shall be appointed as the Chief Minister and the Leader of the political party which has secured the next highest number of seats shall be appointed as the Deputy Chief Minister.iv. The Boards of Ministers of the Provincial Councils will be appointed proportionately to the votes polled by the respective political parties in such Council.05. Judiciaryi. There shall be an independent and separate Constitutional Court which shall be solely responsible for inter-alia the interpretation of the Constitution and the examination of the constitutionality of Bills and its decisions are final and conclusive. The Executive and the Legislature are bound to follow the decisions of the Constitutional Court.ii. The tenure, salaries, allowances and privileges of all the judicial officers shall be guaranteed. In the event of any impeachment against Justices of Superior Courts, the Constitutional Court is empowered to investigate into the charges leveled against such Justices, in compliance with the Commonwealth principles (Latimer House Declaration).iii. The Constitutional Court shall be empowered to hear and determine Parliamentary Election Petitions and there shall be a fixed time period within which the cases are to be concluded.06. Good Governancei. Independent Election Commission, Independent Police Commission, Independent Public Service Commission, Independent Judicial Service Commission and Independent Anti-Corruption Agency would be set-up as a matter of utmost priority.ii. All elections shall be conducted by the Independent Election Commission which shall have the powers to issue directions to all agencies involved in the election process including both State and Private media.iii. The State will promote and strengthen measures to prevent and combat corruption efficiently and effectively. The institutions of government will promote integrity, accountability and proper management of public affairs, public property and public resources.iv. A new anti-corruption law will be enacted to give effect to the United Nations Convention on Corruption.v. There shall be codes of ethics for Parliamentarians, Members of the Council of State, Justices of the Constitutional Courts, Superior Courts, Members of the Judiciary and all other elected Members of the Provincial Councils and Local bodies in accordance with international criteria.vi. Anti-Corruption Agency law shall include Bribery and Corruptions in the private sector and shall apply retrospectively.vii. Parliamentary Oversight Committees such as Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) and Public Accounts Committee (PAC) would be strengthened and Parliament shall take steps to ensure that their recommendations when approved by Parliament are implemented.viii. There shall be an independent secretariat with a data bank to facilitate investigations by COPE and PAC and they shall be empowered to examine the estimates of annual budgetary allocations before annual budgets are presented.ix. Any project or investment or contract exceeding the value of Rupees One Billion shall be examined by a specially constituted Select Committee of Parliament.07. Participatory DemocracyWomen’s Rights:i. There shall be an allocation of 25% for women’s participation in Provincial Councils and Local Government Institutions.ii. There shall be a Women’s Chamber representing all strata of women from all over the country to deal with the diverse women’s interests. The Women’s Chamber shall be an instrument of deliberative democracy to uphold and enforce women’s rights. The Chamber will also exercise other powers vested by Parliament.Community Council:iii. With a view to establishing participatory democracy and building national reconciliation, there shall be community based Councils in each Grama Sevaka Division which are obliged to perform and function on apolitical basis.Within 6 months after the formation of a government by the United National Party, the draft constitution will be submitted for the approval of the people at a referendum. This will be the first Constitution to be adopted by the people of this country. read more

Time is running out to achieve sustainable development UN warns

“We need to do the job faster because people’s lives and the health of the planet are at stake,” the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Klaus Toepfer, told environment ministers and over 200 senior decision-makers from 60 countries brought together by his agency this week in Monterrey, Mexico. “Let us not forget the goal – the ultimate focus of these efforts is at the poor – those who do not have access to basic services, such as clean water, food, and energy, and who are exposed to health risks due to improper waste management,” he said. “For others, there is the need to consume differently – with less environmental and social impact on the world. We need to create the ‘space’ for a better quality of life for all.” Mr. Toepfer called for rich and middle-class consumers to lead their lives in a way that uses fewer resources and causes less pollution and social damage. The recommendations of the seminar, which brought together donor organizations and banks, business, government and ground level implementing groups such as Cleaner Production Centres, will shape UNEP’s work in the sustainable consumption and production area. In another initiative half way around the world in Bangkok, Thailand, UNEP today released a set of indicators for the Asia-Pacific region to help guided needed action. “We are on a unsustainable development path and time is running out for a well planned transition to policies that will ensure long-term well-being,” the agency’s Deputy Executive Director, Shafqat Kakakhel, said at the launch of the indicators, published in simple, graphical form to allow policy-makers to use benchmarks and assess trends in 30 different economic, social and environmental areas. Overall, they show progress in economic performance, poverty reduction and human health, but declines in the quality of land, air, water and biodiversity resources, with the threats to future food security and economic and social development that these pose. read more

Icahn ends fight for PC maker Dell days before shareholders vote on

Icahn ends fight for PC maker Dell days before shareholders vote on founder’s buyout offer by Tom Murphy, The Associated Press Posted Sep 9, 2013 9:56 am MDT Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is giving up his bitter takeover fight for Dell Inc. a few days before shareholders are scheduled to consider the latest buyout offer from the struggling computer maker’s founder Michael Dell.Icahn said Monday in a letter to shareholders that he still thinks Michael Dell’s bid to take his company private undervalues the business and freezes shareholders out of any future gains. But Icahn also said it would be “almost impossible” to defeat that offer in a vote scheduled for Thursday.Icahn and another major Dell shareholder, Southeastern Asset Management, said they won’t pursue additional efforts to defeat it.“We therefore congratulate Michael Dell and I intend to call him to wish him good luck (he may need it),” Icahn wrote in the letter.Michael Dell’s $24.8 billion bid to take his company private includes an offer of $13.75 per share plus a 13-cent dividend. Dell raised that bid last month after previous offers also drew strong criticism from Icahn and other major Dell Inc. investors.Dell’s shares have plunged by more than 40 per cent since Michael Dell returned for a second stint as CEO in 2007, largely because the company has had trouble adapting to a technological shift that has caused PC sales to fall as more people use smartphones and tablets.The company said last month that its fiscal second-quarter earnings fell 72 per cent, in part because of price-cutting aimed at slowing a sales decline.Michael Dell wants to take his company private and diversify. He foresees the business going through a painful transition that will likely hurt earnings, something that will be easier to endure without Wall Street’s fixation on short-term results.But Icahn has said the buyout would keep stockholders from sharing gains the company will reap from an eventual turnaround. His announcement Monday comes more than a month after he vowed to keep fighting Michael Dell’s bid and said “the war regarding Dell is far from over.”Icahn wanted to oust Dell’s board and pursue a complex alternative to Michael Dell’s bid that Icahn has said would be worth at least $15.50 per share. He has said that if his board candidates were elected, he could guarantee that Michael Dell would no longer be CEO.Icahn told CNBC Monday afternoon that he was close to getting a “top name” he declined to identify to serve as CEO.Ultimately, though, Icahn told fellow investors that a Delaware court ruling and the higher bid from Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners — they had raised the offer from $13.65 per share and added the dividend — hurt his chances in Thursday’s vote.Icahn wanted the vote on Michael Dell’s offer and the company’s annual meeting to be scheduled the same day so he could oust the board. But he noted in his shareholder letter that a Delaware judge ruled that the gap between Thursday’s vote and the annual meeting set for next month was legal.The investor said he believed that combining those meetings would have pressured Michael Dell and Silver Lake to raise his offer even more.Icahn also had complained that Dell’s directors unfairly favoured Michael Dell by moving up the investment date that makes a shareholder eligible to vote and by counting only votes that were actually cast, excluding those controlled by Michael Dell’s group.Dell’s board moved up the cutoff date for voting eligibility to Aug. 13 from June 3. The created a new pool of voters, including many investors who bought the stock in the past few months and stand to profit from the sweetened offer.The vote on Michael Dell’s buyout offer had already been delayed a few times as Michael Dell’s group tried to rally support. That prompted Icahn to compare the company to a dictatorship.“We jokingly ask, ‘What’s the difference between Dell and a dictatorship?,” he said in his shareholder letter. “The answer: Most functioning dictatorships only need to postpone the vote once to win.”Dell spokesman David Frink declined to comment on Icahn’s letter.Icahn’s decision to end his opposition makes shareholder approval of Michael Dell’s latest offer virtually certain, according to Carr Lanphier, an analyst who follows the company for Morningstar.“(Icahn) was the real driving force behind the opposition,” Lanphier said.If shareholders accept Michael Dell’s bid, the company expects the deal to close later in its third quarter, which ends next month.Dell shares rose a penny to $13.85 in Monday afternoon trading, while the Nasdaq exchange rose more than 1 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Teenage girl accused of double murder says she felt like killing for

first_imgKatie Edwards, 13, was found dead in the bedroom of her home in Spalding Two teenagers have been accused of the murdersCredit:Chris Radburn/PA The teenager is accused of killing the pair along with a 15-year-old boy who has already admitted murder.The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but denies murder. A teenage girl accused of murdering a mother and daughtertold police she and her co-accused had felt like killing them for “quite a while”, a court has heard.The girl, who was aged 14 at the time of the alleged murders, also told officers she was “relieved” once the victims were dead.Elizabeth Edwards, 49, and her 13-year-old daughter Katie, were found dead at their home in Spalding in Lincolnshire in April. Liz Edwards, who worked as a popular dinner lady, died of stab wounds  Katie Edwards, 13, was found dead in the bedroom of her home in SpaldingCredit:Enterprise News and Pictures 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. Two teenagers have been accused of the murders On the second day of her trial at Nottingham Crown Court, the jury was told that she told police officers that she and the boy had planned the killings having “felt like murdering for quite a while”.In police transcripts read out to the court, the girl said the plan had originally started out as a joke that had “escalated”.She said: “A gun would have been easier but we don’t really have any in this country. The knife was a better solution.” The teenager told detectives that the boy “seemed fine” after stabbing Ms Edwards and her daughter with a kitchen knife.She explained that after the pair were killed, the pair shared a bath and watched four films before they were arrested.”I was OK with it. Just the fact that it happened so quickly gave me peace of mind,” she told policeBut she also discussed planning to take her own life following the murders.The teenager left a note saying “f*** you world” and asking for her ashes to be scattered at a special place.The trial continues Liz Edwards, who worked as a popular dinner lady, died of stab wounds Credit:Enterprise News and Pictureslast_img read more

Sir George Martins daughter claims fifth Beatle hid his fortune to favour

first_imgSir George Martin, the late music producer known as the “fifth Beatle”, has been accused by his eldest daughter of hiding his “vast wealth” in offshore accounts so he could secretly pass it on to his “favoured” children from his second marriage.Alexis Stratfold said the £1 million left in Sir George’s will when he died in March was “a joke” and a fraction of his true fortune, estimated at up to £400 million.She has been involved in a bitter dispute with her half-siblings after she was left just £68,000.Mrs Stratfold has also accused her late father of having had a decades-long affair with a Hollywood screenwriter which he hid from his widow, Judy, until his death. Alexis Stratford, at her home in Azille, France Alexis is the daughter of Beatles producer George Martin from his first marriage In her first major interview about the rift with Lady Martin and her children, Giles and Lucie, Mrs Stratfold, 61, said she had decided to speak out because: “I don’t think they should be able to get away without the truth coming out, Judy and the kids. Why should the public not know my story; how I have been treated?”Mrs Stratfold insisted the row is not about money, but about the way she has been “pushed out” and made to feel like a “second-class” member of the family almost from the moment her father married his second wife, Judy Lockhart, 50 years ago.Having “suppressed my feelings” for decades, she said the final straw came when her name was left off an invitation to her father’s memorial service in May, sent to guests from “Lady Judy, Lucie, Giles and the Martin family”. Her brother Greg, an actor, who fell out with his father after calling Lady Martin an “evil b—-” decades ago, was cut out of the will altogether.Like most Beatles fans, Mrs Stratfold was puzzled to find that her father, who received royalties from more than a billion record sales, including 30 hits with the Beatles, had left so little.During his life Sir George made a habit of telling people he was not wealthy, but few believed him, including his daughter.“Dad was an incredibly wealthy man, he earned vast amounts in royalties over his lifetime,” she said.  “I believe he was hiding his wealth abroad. It’s a real conundrum. I believe my father has deliberately put the house in Judy’s name and gifted the rest of his money to Lucie and Giles. I mean, £1 million, it’s a joke.” George Martin and Alexis Beatles producer George Martin (second from right) with (from left) Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon in 1963Credit:Chris Ware/Getty Instead, she found employment as a court stenographer. When she had her daughter, Natasha, with her first husband, Jonathan Goldberg QC, Sir George set up a covenant for her private education, but his tax-deductible gift turned out to be just £100 a year for seven years.And when all four children were invited to a gala performance of Sir George’s music, Mrs Stratfold and her brother Greg were made to sit in the stalls while Sir George sat in the royal box with Lucie and Giles, who followed his father into record production.Mr Goldberg said of his ex-wife: “It was almost as though she were the product of an illicit affair with a chambermaid. He erased Greg and Alexis from his life, they were always an afterthought.” George Martin with his daughter AlexisCredit:Geoff Pugh/The Telegraph Mrs Stratfold tried to sort out the row over the will with her half-sister Lucie during a meeting in a west London coffee shop, but they failed to agree and have had no contact since.Pointing out that her father had lived as a tax exile in California and the Channel Islands during some of his most profitable years, she said she would welcome an HMRC investigation into her father’s assets.Sir George had a reputation as one of the most charming men in music, but while his daughter was “proud” of his achievements, she said he had been a “cold and distant father”. Despite growing up during the height of Beatlemania, she never met any of the Beatles, and when her father died Sir Paul McCartney’s tribute to him made no mention of his eldest two children. George Martin with his wife JudyCredit:Geoff Wilkinson/Rex Shutterstock “The memorial service felt like the final insult, like another example of the way I have been pushed out by the other side of the family my entire life,” she told The Telegraph at her home near Narbonne in southern France, where she lives with her second husband, Rod.“Lucie kept telling me it was all about dad’s public life, that it would be taken care of. I made it clear that I wanted to be involved. They left my name off, and when I rang, they just kept offering excuses.”It was after the service that she received a copy of her father’s will, in which she had been left a small portion of her father’s estate in a bequest shared with Sir George’s chauffeur, a secretary and his three grandchildren.center_img Alexis Stratford, at her home in Azille, FranceCredit:Geoff Pugh/The Telegraph Despite his remoteness, or perhaps because of it, it was to his eldest daughter that Sir George confided a long-running affair in the late Seventies.During a rare lunch with her, Sir George admitted, on condition that his wife was never told about it, that he had met a glamorous Hollywood screenwriter named Barbara at the 1973 Grammy Awards.“It wasn’t a one-night stand,” said Mrs Stratfold. “It was a long-term thing. I think he probably had multiple affairs over the years, I just don’t know. He did have a ruthless side, dad, beneath the gentlemanly exterior.”The Martin family were unavailable to comment on Friday.However, Lucie Martin, Sir George’s youngest daughter, has previously stated that Mrs Stratfold’s claims were unfounded.Alexis Stratfold received no fee for this article but has asked that a donation be made to a music charity. She suspects he may not have known they existed, such was the extent to which her father had left his first wife and children behind.Her relationship with her father had been tense from the moment he walked out on her mother Jean “Sheena” Chisholm in 1962 – the same year Martin signed the Beatles to EMI. She believes her father was already having an affair with his future second wife, Judy Lockhart-Smith, a secretary at Abbey Road studios.Despite his cut-glass accent and debonair manner, Sir George had a working-class background in Holloway, north London, and liked to remind people that he was the son of a carpenter.“He was born to a very poor family, I think really he was very insecure about that,” Mrs Stratfold said. “When he met my mother he still had his Cockney accent, but that went gradually with all the [elocution] lessons he was taking. He was clearly conscious of it. “When I look back I think my mother was just an extension of his earlier life, she was one step on the ladder if you like. Judy was much more in line with where Dad was heading, she was upper class, she fitted the bill of what he wanted to be.”When Sir George married Judy in 1966, they moved into a town house near Hyde Park, with a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud parked in the drive. He would turn up in the Rolls to see his two children at his former wife’s modest home in Hatfield, Herts.When Lucie Martin was born in 1967, followed by Giles two years later, they were raised in a manner alien to their older half-siblings.Mrs Stratfold says that while Giles and Lucie were sent to Stowe and Marlborough College, two of the country’s most expensive public schools, she was unable to take up a place to study French at Exeter University because her father refused to pay for her tuition fees (she was not eligible for a full student grant because of his wealth). George Martin with his wife Judy George Martin with his daughter Alexis Beatles producer George Martin with Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon in 1963 George Martin and AlexisCredit:Geoff Pugh/The Telegraph 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

Anglo American Platinum selects Topsoes WSA tech for sulphur emissions control

first_imgAnglo American Platinum has signed a contract for Topsoe’s world-leading Wet gas Sulphuric Acid (WSA) sulphur emissions control technology for their platinum smelter facility in Polokwane, South Africa. The statement said: “The WSA technology ensures compliance with environmental regulations and offers a perfect match to the often challenging requirements of metallurgical smelters and roasters. WSA is a proven and very cost-efficient technology to control sulphur emissions and produces commercial-grade sulphuric acid that can be sold.”The WSA plant is designed to drastically reduce emissions of SO2 from the platinum smelter from around 90,000 mg/Nm3 to less than 1,200 mg/Nm3. It will produce up to 148 t per day of sulfuric acid. “Sulphur emissions control has become a business prerequisite in the South African smelter industry. We wanted a solution that would ensure environmental compliance now and in the foreseeable future as well as make a convincing business case. WSA ticked both fields,” says Dr Lloyd Nelson, Head of Smelting & Refining Technology, Metallurgy, Anglo American Platinum.Newly enforced regulations in South Africa limits the emission of sulphur (SO2) and requires sulphur-emitting facilities to install an abatement technology. WSA is a leading sulfur emissions control technology for wet gas applications. Its recovery of process heat makes it extremely energy-efficient and consequently it uses no or very little support fuel. WSA does not produce any waste and requires only minimal cooling water.The WSA plant ordered by AAP will be the second in Africa. As governments and investors across the continent implement stricter environmental guidelines, the technology is expected to be adopted by many more African companies. Around the world, 160 WSA plants have been commissioned. The contract covers basic engineering, license, proprietary equipment, catalyst, training, and supervision services. Hatch in South Africa have been selected by AAP for Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management (EPCM) and will be managing the completion of the project on behalf of AAP. Haldor Topsoe is a world leader in high-performance catalysts and proprietary technologies for the chemical and refining industrieslast_img read more

Anger management classes could help stem violence among young men

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 12th 2017, 7:45 AM 5,848 Views A YOUTH MENTAL health expert has said services are needed to help young men to better articulate their frustrations to defuse their anger before it tips over into violence.Joseph Duffy CEO of Jigsaw, which provides mental health services for teenagers and young adults, said 44% of the young people who present to his colleagues are male.“One of the things we see in terms of the difference between some of the young men and women who present is that the young women are often more articulate in being able to say they feel anxious,” he explained.“The men who come in talk about physical issues and about feeling angry and that’s an easier and probably more masculine thing to talk about first.”The issue of ‘anger management’ among Ireland’s young men was raised again last month, after the violent murder of 17-year-old Reece Cullen who was stabbed to death in Jobstown in Dublin.On RTÉ’s Morning Ireland at the time, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin spoke of what he described as “a changing culture of violence going on in the city”.“We have a situation which knives are becoming the preferred weapon in some conflicts and they’re so easy to obtain. You can go to any large store, you can find them in any kitchen,” he said.“In the past, if a scuffle broke out, people came away with a bleeding nose, now people get killed and maimed.”Duffy said part of Jigsaw’s work is about helping young men to be able to articulate their anger, frustration or anxiety.If they were to end up in a physical altercation, if you track that back – was that the end point or did their temper got the better of them?His organisation is already doing work with the GAA, for example, to raise awareness of mental health services, he said. The Offaly county team even has the slogan ‘Jigsaw’s got your back’ on their jerseys.“That legitimises this youth mental health service, it puts it literally on the backs of the GAA Offaly team. A lot of this is about the message they get from the people who are championing things in their communities that they value. So we talk to the young people themselves but also the coaches, trainers and managers about things to look out for,” he said.In 2012 Jigsaw did a survey of 14,000 young people in Ireland about their mental health and Duffy said they hope to do a follow-up survey this year – with part of that looking at how they can best give young men these messages.Read: The number of people self-harming in Ireland is continuing to rise>Read: Depression, stress and emigration: Why medical students need to talk about mental health> Anger management classes could help stem violence among young men Call for services to better tackle the ‘changing culture of violence’ in Irish society. http://jrnl.ie/3230200 Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 7:45 AM Short URL Share20 Tweet Email Young men need access to services to help them defuse anger before it reaches boiling point, warns mental health charity CEO. Young men need access to services to help them defuse anger before it reaches boiling point, warns mental health charity CEO. 23 Comments By Michelle Hennessylast_img read more

Angling for victory

first_imgIn Geelong, the Katos family has been linked to the fish business for around fifty years, but Andrew Katos is hoping it will put him in tune with a different audience. Being in small business, you’ve just got that experience of running something, so when you actually get into government, you’re not sitting there having to rely on advisors 24/7.Katos is the Liberal Party candidate for the marginal Labor seat of South Barwon, which covers Geelong, Torquay and the surrounding areas, and he says his experience running the family business has set him up well for a career in politics. “Being in small business, you’ve just got that experience of running something, so when you actually get into government, you’re not sitting there having to rely on advisors 24/7,” he says. Katos says his business background, as well as his commerce degree, shows experience managing budgets. “And I feel that the Liberal Party is better placed to do that because we’ve got a very diverse team of members,” he says. “Whereas, if you look at the ALP side in the parliament, the vast majority of them are former union officials.” The Katos family fish business began in the 1950s, when Andrew’s father moved to Geelong from Greece, and has since expanded to retail, wholesale and processing. “My dad was one of the first to fish for scallops in Port Philip Bay,” he adds. But this isn’t Katos’ first foray into politics – he’s been on the Geelong council for the past two and a half years. He says he first joined the Liberal Party as a response to the costs being imposed on his business. “I’d had enough and I thought it was time to take some action myself,” he says. In this election, South Barwon is being touted as a very winnable seat for the Liberal Party, with news this week that Greens preferences could help get them over the line. Katos wouldn’t comment on preference deals, but says the voters will decide on issues. He says key issues for the region include public infrastructure, such as sports facilities, the lack of secondary school options in Torquay and the lack of kindergartens, and law and order. “It’s a big growth area, so they’re very concerned about the infrastructure that isn’t there,” he says. The Liberal Party has already made several announcements in rural Victoria in the first week of the campaign, including promising a new kindergarten for Barwon Heads and decentralising the Premier’s office. But Katos says the Liberals won’t neglect the city. “I think there’s definitely a mood for change in the country areas,” he says. “But the trick to winning and keeping government is you’ve got to have that balance between looking after Melbourne and looking after the country areas.” Katos rates himself as “the underdog” in the November 27 election. “I’m coming up against an incumbent government with an army of media advisors, so we’re going to work very hard to win the seat, but it can be done,” he says. It could come down to the wire, so Katos will await November 28 with baited breath.Neos Kosmos is running an ongoing series of profiles on Greek Australian candidates in the upcoming Victorian state election. To see the list, as it develops, click here. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Black vs Ohno on WWE NXT Post620 Smackdown Live videos

first_imgFacebook Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE SmackDown Results Are In For 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Black vs. Ohno on WWE NXTAleister Black vs. Kassius Ohno is advertised to headline tonight’s WWE NXT episode on the WWE Network. Plus, Sonya Deville and SAnitY will be in action.You can check out a video preview below.It’s going to be a SHOWDOWN on @WWENXT when @KassiusOhno collides with @WWEAleister TOMORROW NIGHT at 8/7c only on @WWENetwork! #WWENXT pic.twitter.com/G2XXy87lpW— WWE (@WWE) June 20, 2017Post-6/20 Smackdown Live videosWWE posted the following videos after last night’s 6/20 episodes of Smackdown Live and 205 Live from Dayton, Ohio. NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Sonya Deville Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Videos Articles Twitter Google+ Videos Articles WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Pinterest Roman Reigns is in Remission Videos Articles Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE SmackDown Results Are In For 2019 Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Eddie Hearn Braun Strowmanlast_img read more

Buffon hoping for no PSG Juventus Champions League final

first_imgGianluigi Buffon prays that he will never face old club Juventus in the Champions League final for Paris Saint-GermainThe veteran goalkeeper left the Serie A champions in the summer after 17 domestic trophy-laden years in favour of a free transfer to PSG.One of the prime reasons for Buffon’s shock switch to France at the age of 40 was to finally win the Champions League after losing three finals with Juventus.Now Buffon just hopes that he will not have to inflict another European final defeat on his old club with PSG among the favourites for the Champions League.“After a week, PSG realised they hadn’t signed someone who was getting old but rather someone wanted to carve out their place in the team and help them grow.,” Buffon told Gazzetta dello Sport.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“I got the role I wanted: one of making myself available to help the club grow and show I’m still good enough.“I have no regrets or disappointment about leaving Juve. My farewell was planned long ago and the chapter closed perfectly.“I was in Italy last week, I called Andrea [Agnelli] and he gave me permission to train at Continassa for three days.“If I had to face Juve in the Champions League, I’d prefer to do so before the Final because, if I was to win it, I wouldn’t my joy to coincide with the tears of my former teammates.”Although it remains uncertain whether PSG coach Thomas Tuchel would select Buffon for a Champions League final due to his intense rivalry with Alphonse Areola to be PSG’s number one.last_img read more

Public Forecast for The Bahamas and the Turks Caicos Islands

first_img Related Items: SUNSET: 5:20PM THU             SUNRISE: 6:33 AM FRI  MOONSET: 9:42 PM THU       MOONRISE: 11:17 AM FRILOW TIDE: 5:11 PM THU       HIGH TIDE: 11:03 PM THU                    LOW TIDE: 5:02 AM FRI       HIGH TIDE: 11:22 AM FRI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 23, 2017 – Nassau – THIS IS THE BAHAMAS PUBLIC FORECAST FOR 12:00 PM THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT THURSDAY 23RD NOVEMBER 2017.GENERAL SITUATION:  A SURFACE TO LOW LEVEL TROUGH ACROSS THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS WILL CONTINUE TO AFFECT THE BAHAMAS AS IT DRIFTS NORTHWARD. MEANWHILE A WEAK PRESSURE PATTERN WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE AREA.FOR THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMASWEATHER:  PARTLY SUNNY AND WARM BUT CLOUDY PERIODS AND SCATTERED SHOWERS OR ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS MAINLY IN VICINITY OF THE TROUGH TODAY AND TONIGHT. FAIR AND WARM ELSEWHERE TONIGHT.ADVISORY: BOATERS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.WINDS: EAST-SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH-SOUTHEAST AT 10 KNOTS OR LESS, BUT SHIFTING SOUTH-SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH-SOUTHWEST AT 10 KNOTS OR LESS TONIGHT.SEAS: 1 TO 3 FEET OVER THE OCEAN. FOR THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS WEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY AND WARM WITH FEW SCATTERED SHOWERS OR A POSSIBLE ISOLATED THUNDERSTORM TODAY THROUGH TONIGHT.ADVISORY: BOATERS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.WINDS: EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 10 KNOTS OR LESS OVER OPEN WATERS.SEAS: 1 TO 3 FEET OVER THE OCEAN. WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR FRIDAY: A WEAK PRESSURE PATTERN WILL REMAIN OVER THE AREA WITH UNSETTLED WEATHER FROM TROUGHING CONTINUING OVER THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS.TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK: THE TROPICS REMAIN QUIET AND TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED THROUGH THE NEXT 5 DAYS. DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE         85°F 30°COVERNITE LOW TEMPERATURE        72°F 22°C FORECASTER: G. GREENE/ss Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Brazilian Farmers Visit ASA for Discussion on Ag Data Technology

first_imgRicardo Manoel Arioli Silva, (standing) of Aprosoja Brazil, translates during the meeting so both the Brazilian and U.S. growers and representatives could share ideas and ask questions about ag data and technology.New technologies and products are constantly entering the marketplace and generating millions of bits of data about farmers’ fields, crops and equipment.In the past two years, the American Soybean Association (ASA) joined industry leaders and other farm groups to decide what to do with all of this data and establish a common position for farmers and companies on privacy.ASA hosted a group of growers from Brazil to share information and lead discussion on ag data and technology this week in St. Louis.Brazil is second to the U.S. in world soybean production, producing 31 percent or 3,674 bushels in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).During the meeting, ASA Washington Representative Bev Paul discussed establishing the privacy and security principles for farm data. The Brazilian group was interested in the process for developing the principles and how farm groups and ag tech providers were able to come to consensus.Paul also reviewed the Ag Data Transparency Evaluator, a tool designed to help farmers understand how their data will be used when they adopt precision agriculture technologies. The evaluator was created to help producers understand where their data is going and who has access and control over it. The Transparency Evaluator is hosted on the Farm Bureau website here.Jeremy Wilson, of Crop Information Management Services (IMS), also presented an update on precision ag and data management in the U.S., giving examples from his own farm. Wilson discussed how he sends data on yield to his local co-op and in return they send maps, custom products and handle soil sampling.Wilson said farmers must be willing to consider new emerging technologies, like Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), but make sure there’s a return of investment for their business.Ricardo Manoel Arioli Silva represented the Association of Soy Producers Brazil (Aprosoja Brazil) and discussed how farmers use technology. Silva translated during the meeting so both the Brazilian and U.S. growers and representatives could share ideas and ask questions.Former ASA Director Dean Campbell, an Illinois farmer, also discussed benefits and concerns regarding technology and ag data on his farm.ASA Industry and Stakeholder Relations Manager Michelle Hummel provided an overview of the U.S. soybean family structure and how ASA works together with the United Soybean Board (USB), U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and state associations. Hummel also provided an overview of ASA’s top issues such as biotech, trade and sustainability.last_img read more

Pilot shut off one engine before fatal plane crash near Haines

first_imgDavid Kunat and Chan Valentine of Juneau and Stanley Quoc Nguyen of California were flying from Juneau to Haines on Saturday, May 27. NTSB Alaska chief Clint Johnson says the trio were taking pilot Kunat’s twin-engine Piper PA-30 to the Haines Beer Fest. The surviving passenger of a fatal plane crash near Haines told investigators that the pilot purposely stopped one engine to demonstrate how to re-start it in flight. That is one detail in a preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board this week. The crash killed two people and injured another.Listen now But at about 11 a.m., about 10 miles away from Haines, something went wrong.  The plane went down on a rocky beach near the Glacier Point airstrip. Kunat and Nguyen, who was also a pilot, were killed. Valentine was sitting in the back of the plane, and he survived, but sustained serious injuries.Johnson says an NTSB investigator interviewed Valentine in the hospital. During that interview, they learned this important detail:“Unfortunately it does sound like one engine, the right engine, was shut down intentionally,” Johnson said. “And they were unable to restart it, which ultimately led to the accident.”The NTSB’s preliminary report summarized Valentine’s account: that about 20 minutes into the flight, Kunat intentionally shut down the right engine to demonstrate how to restart it in-flight. But it didn’t work.“It’s my understanding that they tried to restart it using the battery power but they weren’t able to restart it using the battery,” Johnson said. “They then tried to air-start it, which means they climbed to an altitude and dove the airplane to try and get the air speed up to be able to windmill the prop. Unfortunately that did not work as well.”The NTSB report said that after multiple failed attempts to restart the engine, Kunat decided to land at the Glacier Point gravel airstrip. Valentine told the NTSB that Kunat wanted to use a battery booster to start the right engine.Before landing, Valentine said Kunat made a low-level pass to check the conditions at the airstrip. That was Valentine’s last memory of the flight.A witness across the Lynn Canal was watching the plane through binoculars. The NTSB report said the witness saw the plane reach the end of the airstrip, descend, turn right, and then crash into the shoreline. The witness said the plane hit the shore at a right wing-down, nose-down angle. The NTSB recovered the wrecked plane, and said the damage is consistent with that angle of impact.The Chilkat Valley News reported that the witness, Yakutat resident Steve Dice, and his friends, helped save Valentine’s life. After Dice saw the plane go down, he and Haines residents Tom, Patricia and Kirby Faverty took a boat from their cabin to the crash site. They saw Valentine was alive but trapped in the plane. They ultimately were able to keep the plane from going under the rising water by attaching it to a backhoe from a nearby tourism camp.The NTSB report confirmed that Dice and the Favertys kept the plane in shallow water until emergency responders arrived. Valentine was eventually taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. A spokesperson there said the crash survivor is in ‘satisfactory’ condition.There are still a lot of unanswered questions. Johnson, with the NTSB, said he does not know why Kunat would try to demonstrate an in-air engine restart. And there’s still the question of why the engine wouldn’t restart after it was turned off.“Investigators are going to be working very closely with the airframe manufacturer (Piper), the engine manufacturer (Lycoming), looking at performance issues, trying to figure out more why they weren’t able to restart the engine,” Johnson said.The NTSB will also conduct a more in-depth interview with Valentine once his health is better.Johnson said it will take nine months to a year to compile the final report, which will include a probable cause.last_img read more

University Of Houstons Energy Research Park Changes Name Focus

first_img X Listen Share The Energy Research Park is only a few years old but it already has a new name: It’s now the UH Technology Bridge.It’s part of a five-year plan to better align the park with Houston’s growing innovation ecosystem.UH physics professor Seamus “Shay” Curran has successfully used the facilities to commercialize a nanotechnology product he developed: Integricote.Click on the audio above to listen to the interview. center_img 00:00 /03:33 Florian MartinUH physics professor Shay Curran shows off the nanotech coating he has applied to a piece of fence. The coating shields it from environmental influences. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img

Houston Symphony Challenges Status Quo Includes More Female Conductors

first_img– / 3Jessica Cottis conducts at the City of London Sinfonia on November 22, 2017. Photo credit: James Berry Listen X Sharecenter_img 00:00 /00:57 The push for women to have equal opportunities in historically male-dominated jobs has affected a spectrum of industries: the symphony is one of them.Male and female musicians in orchestras have almost equal representation, according to a 2016 survey by the League of American Orchestras. But, only about 20 percent of conductors in America are women.John Mangum, Houston Symphony Executive Director and CEO, says that needs to change. “In our Miller Outdoor Theatre concerts this summer, we had two male and two female conductors. I was really proud of that,” said Mangum.Conductors Jessica Cottis and Elim Chan made their Houston debut performances in June.  Kaupo KikkasConductor Jessica Cottis Willeke MachielsConductor Elim Chan“If people don’t challenge things, the status quo just sort of stays in place,” said Mangum.“And I think the status quo has been conductors are supposed to be men, and, ya know, I think we’re learning that there are some wonderful female conductors who are kind of under the radar because they just didn’t have the opportunity five, ten years ago. And so, giving them the opportunity now, I think, is critical.”Jesse Rosen, President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, said orchestras are playing catch-up to what he says has been a gender-role issue.“Historically, it’s been a male-dominated role,” said Rosen. “The concept of the conductor, ya know, was kind of the classic authoritarian figure, who told everyone what to do… And that was presumed to be a role only suitable for men. And that is changing. It’s changing slowly, but it is, in fact, changing.”The Houston Symphony says Jane Glover is conducting all of its performances of Messiah this holiday season. Some female conductors are slated for the to-be-announced 2019-2020 season, according to Mangum.Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect conductor Jane Glover is incorporated in the Houston Symphony’s 2018-2019 season, as well.  To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Augmented reality systems appearing in Japanese shopping malls

first_img 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. Another AR experience is being provided for shoppers in Shinjuku Ward in Tokyo at the children’s department of an Isetan department store. This AR system is being exhibited until December 25 this year and was developed by Sky & Road Co. Ltd. and Sony Music Communications Inc (SMC), in conjunction with Total Immersion, a French software company that provided the AR development kit. In this augmented reality system, one or more people stand in front of a display screen and camera. An image of the people is then displayed on the screen with a virtual image superimposed on it, placing them in a virtual “wonderland,” such as a winter snow scene or a magical fantasy land.via TechOn© 2009 PhysOrg.com Citation: Augmented reality systems appearing in Japanese shopping malls (2009, December 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-12-augmented-reality-japanese-malls.html (PhysOrg.com) — Augmented reality (AR) systems are being developed for real applications in store windows and shopping malls in Japan. The company plans to increase the number of items that can be tried on to nine by October 2010, and by the same time in 2011 will include side and back views of the person. Trying on clothes in a magic mirrorcenter_img Explore further When the camera recognizes the package of a sample product, the display on the equipment shows the description of the product. Image: TechOn AR systems present a real field of view of a physical environment augmented by computer-generated imagery (CGI), thus combining the real world with the virtual. They are often interactive in real time and sometimes the images are three-dimensional. In Japan AR technologies are finding their way into digital signage applications and store windows, showcasing products and giving shoppers additional information on products. One example is Toppan Printing Co. Ltd., which has been testing a terminal resembling a vending machine in three Ito-Yokada supermarkets. In this system potential shoppers register on the Toppan website and receive a QR (Quick Reference) code. (The QR code is a relative of the barcode but consists of a pixilated rectangle rather than stripes.) The shopper presents the code to a camera on one of the terminals in the store, and then receives a sample product. When the sample product is held in front of the camera the terminal displays an image of the product with the description superimposed upon it.Furutanisangyou Co. Ltd. is using a non-real-time AR technology in a “Magical Mirror” system that allows shoppers to see how outfits would look on them without needing to try them on. A similar system, the “Virtual Mirror,” was demonstrated in the CEATEC JAPAN 2009 trade show in Tokyo by Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute.The Magical Mirror has a number of cameras, one of which captures an image of the shopper, which is then displayed on a high definition LCD. Images of selected clothes are then superimposed on the image of the person, with the system processing the digital images to make them fit the person’s image. The clothes shown in the composite image are available for sale in stores in the underground shopping mall where the system is located, and the image includes information on where the clothes can be purchased and what sizes are available. The Magical Mirror allows a shopper to “try on” up to six different items of clothing at the same time, even if they are sold at different locations, and this allows the shopper to see how combinations of clothes would look together before buying any of the items. “Magical Mirror.” Image: TechOnlast_img read more

What I Learned at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show

first_imgJanuary 13, 2012 LAS VEGAS — After the better part of a week, the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show is finally winding to a close. With 140,000 people attending, crowds here in the high desert have been as deep as we’ve seen in years. While there hasn’t been a stand-out consumer hit, we’ve learned a lot about where the tech field is headed this year. Here are our top three small-business tech trends you can count on. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img 1. Digital health care data gains acceptance. Doctors and patients are beginning to digitize significant amounts of information, such as blood test results and body scans. And giants including AT&T, Verizon and even The Ford Motor Company are getting into the business of hosting the networks that carry this information. Health care data is tightly regulated and often can require expensive handling and complex user interfaces.A Sonamba wellbeing monitor/medical alert system”Enabling the networked health care management app is one of the fastest-growing areas of our business services unit,” Chris Hill, vice president for mobility product management for AT&T business solutions, told us.But many small companies, including Durham, N.C.-based Sonamba, which launched a remote health monitoring service three years ago, are also spotting the same opportunity.Related: CES 2012: Three Wild Tools from Tech Entrepreneurs”This space is growing so fast that we are not worried about what Ford is doing,” says company founder Ajit Pendse. Translation: 2012 may be the year of the health care tech boom.A Lenovo USB monitor2. USB monitors are popular for productivity. USB monitors that plug into a computer like a mouse — no battery or bulky electrical cord necessary — are big on productivity for businesses.We found USB monitors from device-makers such as Tokyo-based Toshiba and China’s Lenovo to be unexpectedly effective business tools. For example, Toshiba’s USB 3.0 Mobile LED Monitor is less than one inch thick, weighs less than two pounds, and yet is an exceptional 15.6-inch high definition display. It retails for less than $200.Related: CES 2012 — Five Ways to Boost Productivity with New Tech ToolsThe Lenovo IdeaPad U300s3. Ultrabooks live up to the hype. Ultrabooks — light and thin notebook computers that have tablet-like portability but notebook-like computing power — turned out to be among the stars of the show for business users. The good news: We handled several Ultrabooks, including the Asus Aspire S5 and Lenovo U310, and found them feather-light, with crystal clear screens, strong enclosures and performance that can outstrip tablet devices.For $1,000 or less, and with prices expected to fall quickly, Ultrabooks might be the new business computers for 2012.Related: CES 2012 — Go Green With These Money-Saving Gadgets min read Register Now »last_img read more