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Retail sales drop in June partly due to decline in consumer spending

OTTAWA, Ont. — Statistics Canada says retail sales fell 0.6% in June to $40.1 billion, which partially offset a large gain in May.The biggest decrease in dollar terms was a 1.2% drop at food and beverage stores, with weaker sales reported by all types of stores in this subsector.Analysts had expected a smaller decline following strong results earlier this year.Statistics Canada says retail sales in the first six months of 2013 were still up 1.8% compared to the same period last year.It says strong sales in May, a labour strike in Quebec and flooding in southern Alberta all contributed to lower sales in eight of 11 subsectors in June, representing 57% of total retail trade.Statistics Canada says retail sales fell in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador in June, while British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan all reported sales gains.In volume terms, retail sales declined 1.2% after three straight months of gains. read more

Brock researchers receive Insight Grants from SSHRC

Why is it that we clench our fists and growl when a mean, unpleasant acquaintance gets a promotion at work? Or we feel a sense of despair when our kind and considerate neighbour is injured in a car accident?It’s mainly because the outcomes of these two situations do not match the behaviour of the people involved; in other words, good things happening to “bad” people and bad things happening to “good” people, says psychology professor Carolyn Hafer.“People have a real need to see that the world is a place where people get what they deserve,” explains Hafer, whose research focuses on the “psychology of deservingness.” Such a belief system enables people to invest in long-term goals, relationships and function effectively in everyday life: “You don’t want to think that the world is a place where something horrible and random can happen to you.”Hafer’s research program – “New directions in the psychology of deservingness” – is one of nine research programs at Brock University to receive funding under the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)’s Insight Grants program.In this latest round, announced December 19, Brock University received more than $1.52 million over five years in Insight Grants, more than a tripling of the $435,865 Brock received in 2012. As well, the number of successful Brock research programs more than doubled, from four in 2012 to nine in 2013.“We are very proud of the contributions our researchers are making to enrich our understanding of culture and societies,” says Associate Vice-President Research (Social Sciences and Humanities) Kevin Kee.“Their cutting-edge research paves the way for innovative insights, improving the lives of many. Our boost in funding successes for SSHRC’s Insight Grant program further fuels our research intensiveness.”With her $230,310 Insight Grant, Hafer has teamed up with psychology professor Sid Segalowitz, director of the Jack And Nora Walker Centre For Lifespan Development Research, to study how deeply engrained deservingness is in human psychology.The team will present research participants with short stories of people being victims of, or benefitting from, injustices. An electrode net placed on research participants’ scalps will record brain activity of how quickly they pick up on – and react to – information contained in the stories. Electrodes placed on participants’ faces will measure facial movements associated with emotions.“The faster the reactions, the more deeply engrained will be the psychology of deservedness,” says Hafer.Another Brock research program to receive Insight Grant funding is psychology professor Catherine Mondloch’s research on how children read the emotions of people they encounter in everyday situations where peoples’ faces and bodies are moving around.Emotion perception studies are usually conducted in laboratories, where children are shown photographs of people displaying various facial expressions and are then asked to describe how those people are feeling. But Mondloch is keen to take her and her team’s emotion perception research to the next level.“If you just show isolated, static heads in the research, you are ignoring body posture and other contextual cues that we use on a daily basis to show exactly how people are feeling,” says Mondloch.With its $314,100 Insight Grant, the Mondloch team will be using cutting-edge technology to simulate situations where emotions may not be displayed clearly.“We can take a moving head that looks happy and put it on a moving body that looks scared – no one’s been able to do that before,” she says. The team will also, among other things, compare how various cultures identify emotions from facial and body cues.The other research programs to be awarded Insight Grants are:• Making/re-making Canadian families: a visual, narrative, and longitudinal study of family practices and family photographs, Andrea Doucet• Novice ESL teacher induction in the first year of teaching, Thomas Farrell• Greek prostitutes in context: a history of sexual labour in Ancient Athens, Allison Glazebrook• Working holiday migrants: tourists, temporary workers, citizens, Jane Helleiner• Young people and sport in the stigmatized neighbourhood, Erin Sharpe• Remembering forced conscripts: the politics of memory in postwar Western Europe, Elizabeth Vlossak• The course of academic achievement and psychosocial adjustment during and after university: processes of risk and resilience, and links to post-university outcomes, Teena WilloughbyMondloch says previous SSHRC funding has allowed her team to create five methods of determining emotion perception and conduct innovative experiments, such as measuring how children assess, and identify, an emotion from a “neutral” face that is devoid of emotion.“That was our great joy in receiving that money, that we can build on what we’ve been doing,” she says. “We have such a goldmine of protocols right now. We can complete what we’ve started.” read more

Oftoverlooked Lauderdale a driving force for Buckeye offense

Playing in a rotation alongside three of the top 35 scorers in school history and three players who have won a combined 10 Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards this season, it can be easy to overlook what Ohio State senior center Dallas Lauderdale can bring to the No. 1-ranked team in the nation. But there was Lauderdale, fresh off playing just nine and seven minutes in the Buckeyes’ past two games, respectively, jump-starting OSU’s offense in the opening moments of the Buckeyes’ 70-48 win against Iowa on Wednesday. After committing a turnover on OSU’s opening possession, the senior from Solon, Ohio, bounced back with a pair of dunks on the Buckeyes’ following two possessions, giving OSU a 4-0 lead in the process. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said it would be easy to forget about Lauderdale when faced with the talent that the OSU roster possesses. “They run their plays for everybody else, but he scores as a byproduct of so much other offensive talent and the fact that we were having trouble guarding those guys,” McCaffery said. “That’s how he hurts you. He hurts you with blocked shots. He hurts with his physical presence and rebounding. And then he hurts you when he hides around the basket and catches and dunks. It wasn’t like they were going to him.” OSU senior guard David Lighty credited Lauderdale’s quick start — on both ends of the floor — as a reason for the Buckeyes’ 22-point victory. “That gave us a big lift. I mean, he’s our key guy in the middle, especially on the defensive end,” Lighty said. “Him coming in and rebounding and getting easy buckets and holding down the paint for us in the middle is something that pretty much got us all started. It’s probably why we all played great defense today.” Playing 14 minutes Wednesday, the most he’s played since Jan. 4, Lauderdale scored nine points on 4-of-4 shooting, grabbed two rebounds and blocked one shot. Lauderdale’s nine points pushed his career scoring total to 508 points. On one particular sequence early in the second half, Lauderdale showcased his value to the Buckeyes as he blocked a shot out of bounds, contested a missed 3-point attempt and finished with a dunk on the other end of the court, stretching the OSU lead to 47-25. Despite Lauderdale’s playing time being decreased by an average of more than six minutes per game this season, OSU coach Thad Matta said the Buckeyes will continue to rely on Lauderdale as they enter the heart of Big Ten play. “Defensively, to start the game, he was as good as he’s ever been just with his energy and his movement and that sort of thing,” Matta said. “That’s the level we need him at.” read more

Free lifesaving babygrow could help parents save their childs life

first_imgThe babygrow is available in selected Tesco stores on Thursday 13 October 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. Sue Killen, CEO of St John Ambulance, said: “We hope the worst will never happen but the babygrow, and our online video, shows parents what to do in a very clear and simple way.”The babygrow, which fits three to six-month-olds, is available in selected Tesco stores on Thursday 13 October, with a suggested donation going to St John Ambulance. The garment is designed around the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty  To combat this issue, St John Ambulance and Tesco have released a free onesie instructing parents how to react in this situation. The babygrow is available in selected Tesco stores on Thursday 13 OctoberCredit: St John Ambulance The garment is designed around the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty and tells parents to call for an ambulance before doing five puffs and 30 pumps, followed by two puffs and 30 pumps on their child.There are also clear instructions on the collar of the babygrow and on the tag to help parents remember what to do. What a brilliant idea for saving precious little lives. #CPRbabygrow— Jo Pavey (@jopavey) October 10, 2016 An innovative new babygrow is helping to teach parents how to give CPR.The specially designed garment was created following reports that only 25 per cent of mothers and fathers know what to do if their baby stops breathing. Want to know more about baby CPR? Learn more & discover where events are being held here #CPRbabygrow— Tesco Baby Club (@TescoBabyClub) October 10, 2016 The garment is designed around the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty Credit:St John Ambulancelast_img read more

Weve been forgotten say parents of child murderer Robert Blacks fifth victim

John Tate and Sheila Cook, parents of Genette Tate, a 13-year-old girl who went missing in August 1978 whilst doing a paper round in Devon, were also unaware that the inquest into Black’s death was due to take place this week. Police identified Robert Black, a child serial killer known to have committed four killings between 1981 and 1986, as their prime suspect in Genette’s murder. They were weeks away from charging him in January 2016 when he died from reported “natural causes” in a Northern Ireland… The parents of a schoolgirl believed to have been murdered by serial killer Robert Black 40 years ago say they will “never get closure” as they still search for answers about her disappearance. read more

Oxford Instruments announces latest XMET Mining Analyser

first_imgOxford Instruments has announced the launch of the new X-MET7500 Mining Analyser, which it says incorporates the latest XRF detector technology, “providing a superb combination of speed, flexibility and ease of use for on-site mining and soil analysis.” The X-MET7500 Mining Analyser is described as delivering the versatility of a laboratory but in the field, enabling fast and reliable analysis of the widest variety of materials, including trace elements and light elements from magnesium onwards. It features a large area, silicon drift detector, and is optimised for mining and soil applications, providing fast analysis, even when measuring light elements, coupled with detection limits down to 1ppm for important metals.The X-MET7500 handheld analyser can be used throughout the mining process, from exploration, mine mapping and grade control, to environmental monitoring and control. Jeff Jefferson, General Manager for the Industrial Analysis business said: “The planet’s resources must be used wisely and this means without needless waste or unnecessary environmental impact.  The better use of technology enables this.  The Mining Analyser allows potential sites to be investigated more thoroughly with minimal invasion, yet quickly and with extreme confidence, throughout the mining cycle.” The X-MET Mining Analyser offers “significant savings in analysis costs, as samples can be measured on-site, immediately, with little or no preparation. For total confidence in results and full traceability, operators can easily and quickly adjust the calibration with site-specific samples or create and use custom calibration settings for specific requirements. The data can be combined with GPS location information to further boost the productivity for exploration, mine mapping and environmental screening.”The X-MET7000 series is equipped with a large and bright touch screen, operating even in the harshest environments. It clearly displays the analysis results as a list of compounds or in an elemental form, configured by the operator. The smart and intuitive graphical user interface is easy to learn and simple to operate, similar to that of a mobile phone. The X-MET7500 Mining Analyser requires no external power and can operate for up to 12 hours on a single battery charge, saving on the amount of equipment needed to be carried to often remote locations.last_img read more

Rice University has figured out how to double capacity on 3G4G networks

first_imgWireless networks are becoming increasingly popular as more of us start using smartphones to watch videos, surf the web, and otherwise communicate with each other. Existing 3G networks, and soon 4G networks, will no doubt be pushed to the breaking point unless we find some way of drastically increasing data capacity.The typical way to increase capacity on a network is to add more infrastructure, but that’s an expensive undertaking. It can also be time consuming and frustrating for network operators who have to get permission to put up new towers, or dig up the ground to lay cables. This is especially true in heavily populated areas where more antennas and traffic disruption are not what anyone wants to see.Rice University has come up with a groundbreaking solution, though. One that promises to at least double the capacity of existing networks with the addition of minimal extra hardware. That solution is full duplex wireless communication. This isn’t a new concept, but one that hasn’t been possible until now due to the inherent obstacles it throws up.Full duplex transmission is the equivalent of trying to have two people talk to each other by having them shout at the same time. Such a system shouldn’t work because you can’t hear what each other is saying. Rice researchers solved that problem by using an extra antenna and adding the ability to cancel out one of the signals (voices) locally. So if two nodes are both sending out data, each node cannot “hear” the data they are transmitting while still being able to receive the data being sent to them.In effect, this at least doubles the capacity of the line meaning, for example, a Skype call could have better video resolution as well as clearer audio. Or, more importantly, existing networks aren’t going to grind to a halt nearly as quickly as they do today.If you are wondering how current communication networks manage data, then it depends on what type of network you are operating on. For example, both 3G and ADSL use frequency-division duplexing which manages the throughput of data by altering frequencies, but can be quite wasteful. Full duplex removes the drawbacks as you can use the full throughput of the line in both directions at the same time.The good news is, Rice University has already tested their full duplex solution. It takes advantage of a technology networks are already familiar with MIMO, which involves using multple antennas to improve a signal. The full-duplex system builds on that using the antennas available to implement the cancelling part of the system.Read more at Rice Universitylast_img read more

Horde More Pirate Treasure With the Seagate Sea of Thieves Game Drive

first_img Seagate has done a great job of releasing hard drives for console gamers in serious need of extra space. We’ve covered some of these drives before and always found them to be top-notch products. Their upcoming console hard drive is a bit different from previous devices since it is specially themed. Seagate’s Sea of Thieves Game Drive for Xbox Special Edition is a slick looking device that fans of the upcoming pirate game will surely love.The Seagate Sea of Thieves hard drive is adorned with the game’s signature “Reaper’s Mark” on the case. It also comes with an exclusive in-game weapon called “The Midnight Blunderbuss.” The device even has a 1-month membership to Xbox Game Pass, which will have Sea of Thieves available on launch day.Like previous 2TB drives released from Seagate, this drive can store over 50 Xbox games, has plug-and-play functionality, and is small enough to carry around wherever you need. The extra hard drive space will certainly come in handy since users can store any and all Xbox Game Pass titles on it. The hard drive is about as user-friendly as you can imagine. All one needs to do is connect it to an Xbox One via UBS and the console will automatically detect and help gamers set up the device. Since the hard drive has USB 3.0 speeds, playing titles directly off the portable drive is identical to playing them off the console’s internal storage.Expect the Seagate Sea of Thieves Game Drive for Xbox Special Edition to ship on March 20 for $89.99. Seagate notes that this special edition is limited, with only a few being produced. If you want to own this device, you’ll want to act fast before it’s all sold out.Like the hard drive, Sea of Thieves also launches on March 20 for Xbox One (and PC). Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHands-On: ‘Sparklite’ Is a Fun Zelda-Inspired Roguelike center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Seahawks rally to benefit foster kids

first_imgVancouver – A local Seattle Seahawks booster club is hosting a rally Friday as the team begins its playoff run. The event will also benefit foster children.The Southwest Washington Sea Hawkers Booster Club is holding a rally at 6 p.m. Friday at Main Event Sports Grill Eastside, 3200 S.E. 164th Ave., Suite 204. The event will include raffle prizes, drawings and other prizes, with all proceeds going to Bridge the Gap of Clark County — a nonprofit benefiting local foster kids.The Seahawks begin their playoff run 5:15 p.m. Saturday when they play the Detroit Lions in the wildcard round at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.last_img read more

Grieving mom fights for changes to Utah justice

first_imgMelissa Kennedy never imagined she’d be caught up in a controversy unfolding in a town more than 750 miles away from her home in the Sunnyside neighborhood.But when the Vancouver woman’s daughter was shot and killed by police in Utah nearly two years ago, her world shifted.“I never thought I would be in this situation. … I always lived in my little bubble,” Kennedy said. Kennedy’s daughter, Danielle Willard, was living in Utah after completing a drug treatment program. While parked in her car, Willard was approached by two undercover police officers. She tried to drive away when the officers shot and killed her on Nov. 2, 2012. “Once they killed my daughter, they broke my bubble,” Kennedy said. “You don’t kill my daughter on my watch and get away with it.”On Thursday, the Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill announced that the officer responsible for firing the fatal shot will face a charge of second-degree manslaughter. Kennedy said that from the moment she learned how her daughter died, she had thought the officer had acted recklessly. So when she heard Thursday’s news, she burst into tears.last_img read more

Triple talaq Bill back in Lok Sabha amid Opposition protests

first_imgNew Delhi: The Union government on Friday introduced the Bill to ban instant triple talaq and make the practice a punishable offence under the Indian Penal Code in the Lok Sabha, amidst the Opposition’s criticism that it will harm Muslim families and that it was discriminatory. Soon after Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tabled the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 in the lower House, Opposition members demanded that wider consultations involving the entire spectrum of political parties should take place before its introduction. Also Read – Custody of Ratul Puri extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us Speaker Om Birla sought a voice vote and ruled that the Bill could be introduced in the House. But the Opposition members continued to raise objections and pressed for a vote. The Bill was introduced after 186 MPs voted in favour and 74 against it. While introducing the Bill, Prasad said people elected the government to make laws and it was their duty to do so. He also said that parliamentarians should not become judges. Also Read – Who is your CM candidate, AAP asks BJP Advertise With Us “Let Parliament legislate and the courts debate the legality of a law. The Modi government was voted to power in the Lok Sabha for bringing such laws and ensuring justice to women. Opposing the Bill, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen President Asaduddin Owaisi noted that abandoning a wife attracted up to one year jail term under the Hindu Marriage Act and sought to know why Muslim men had to undergo harsher punishment for the same crime. Advertise With Us “The Bill violates Articles 14 (equality) and 15 (against discrimination on the basis of religion, caste, race, sex, etc) of the Constitution. The Supreme Court has declared instant triple talaq void meaning the marriage does not end by such pronouncements. It puts the burden of on the woman while her husband would be in jail for three years for pronouncing instant triple talaq,” he said. Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and Revolutionary Socialist Party’s NK Premachandran also spoke against it. Tharoor said the Bill did nothing to benefit Muslim women. “Instead of protecting Muslim women, the Bill criminalizes Muslim men,” he said, adding that the proposed law is a “textbook example of class legislation” as it discriminates against Muslims. The first Bill to be introduced in the 17th Lok Sabha, it was introduced to replace an ordinance issued earlier this year by the previous BJP-led NDA government. The Bill, which proposes to make the practice of instant triple talaq (talaq-e-biddat) a penal offence, was introduced in December 2017 but was pending in the Rajya Sabha and had lapsed owing to dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha last month. The Bill makes all declaration of talaq, including in written or electronic form, to be void and illegal. It defines talaq as talaq-e-biddat or any other similar form of talaq as the practice under Muslim personal laws where pronouncement of the word “talaq” thrice in one sitting by a Muslim man to his wife results in an instant and irrevocable divorce. It makes declaration of such talaq a cognizable offence – where the accused can be arrested without a warrant, and liable to a punishment of three years imprisonment and fine. The offence, however, will be cognizable only if information relating to the offence is given by the woman against whom talaq has been declared or any person related to her by blood or marriage.last_img read more

Chandrayaan 2 launch Heres how to watch Indias Moon mission Live stream

first_imgISRO is set to make history again with the launch of the Chandrayaan-2Twitter/ISROISRO is set to make history again with the launch of the Chandrayaan-2 on Monday, July 15. India’s second lunar mission will land on a completely unexplored part of the moon, near the South pole. No country has ever gone before – the Moon’s south polar region and India will be the first country to do so.Chandrayaan 2 will explore the topography of the moon and its composition and will also search for water besides conducting in-situ studies. India’s lunar mission to the Moon will be launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The probe’s mission is to place a rover on the moon in order to widen the knowledge on Earth’s only natural satellite.The launch will take place in the wee hours of Monday at 2:51 am. The best way to watch it will be live from Sriharikota. However, that option is not possible for everyone since the registration would have been closed by now on the space centre’s website.Viewers can tune into Doordarshan at 1:30 am on Monday morning since the channel will do a live broadcast of the launch. However, if you don’t have access to a television set, you can always log onto ISRO’s website, which will be live streaming the entire launch. The live stream will also be posted on social media platforms.Follow — @isro — on Twitter and on Facebook — You can also go to ISRO’s page on YouTube from where they might do a live stream. ISRO is set to make history again with the launch of the Chandrayaan 2Twitter/ISROlast_img read more

Zaker ensured rape victims husband detained before polls

first_imgThe prime accused in a gang-rape case in Kabirhat of Noakhali plotted the arrest of the victim’s husband before the 30 December polls, official records and local sources confirmed.The 29-year-old victim, a mother of three, was raped allegedly at gunpoint by three persons early Saturday (19 January).The main suspect, Zaker Hossain alias Zahir, was detained the following day, following media reports and public outcry.Zaker is known in the area as a Jubo League leader of ward number-9 of Dhanshiri union of Kabirhat upazila.However, the local unit of Awami League, which is mother organisation of Jubo League, now claimed that Zaker is none of the party.The victim’s husband is a construction worker who is a supporter of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in the locality.Ahead of the parliamentary elections on 30 December, the police detained him on 23 December and sent him to jail in an explosive case in which he was not charged, according to investigation. He was shown arrested as one of the unidentified accused.Following the rape incident, the victim’s husband was granted bail on Sunday.Coming out of the jail, he went to Noakhali General Hospital where his wife was undergoing treatment. Speaking to Prothom Alo at the hospital on Monday, he said two local leaders had him caught and handed ove3r to the police. One of them is Zaker Hossain and another is Murad, he alleged.Dhanshiri union Awami League president Abdul Mannan confirmed that Murad is a party activist.According to the victim’s husband, he is a construction worker. He is not directly involved in politics, but he is a supporter of the BNP.On 23 December, he was detained from his house, he said adding AL leaders Murad and Zaker Hossain Zahir were present during his arrest.”You do politics of the BNP. Go to jail and serve the jail term,” the victim’s husband quoted Murad as saying.He also said, “I didn’t know why I was being detained.”Kabirhat police station officer-in-charge Mirza Mohammad Hasan said the rape victim’s husband was arrested as an unidentified accused in an explosive case.The OC, however, denied the allegation that the Awami League and Jubo League men accompanied the police during the arrest.But the lawyer of the arrested person, Rabiul Hasan said there may be a link between the husband’s detention and rape of his wife.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

Hollywood wants to make a Pokémon movie

first_imgPoké-fever has swept the nation thanks to the wildly popular Pokémon Go. With the mobile game soon coming to other countries, it is on the verge of becoming a worldwide phenomenon. Hollywood has taken notice and decided that now would be the perfect time to look into developing a live-action movie based around the nearly two-decades old franchise.Legendary Pictures is  thought to be moving forward to land a deal for the rights to a Pokémon movie. Deadline’s Fleming has reached out to both Legendary Pictures and Pokémon USA for a comment, but either they didn’t have any more details to share (Legendary), or didn’t return his calls (Pokémon USA). Despite the lack of any follow ups, we know that this movie is happening.Rumors of a Pokémon movie have been circulating for years, with various studios trying to snatch up the property. One of the rumors even suggested that Legendary was close to sealing a deal. That particular rumor has turned out to be true, it seems. Legendary recently released the live-action Warcraft film. Though the film hasn’t done that great in the States, it has done exceptionally well in China — proving that Legendary has the capacity to create a successful live-action video game adaptation.Pokémon has one of the more interesting and imaginative video game worlds out there so there is plenty of material the producers of the film can pull from. Again, it is still extremely early in the process to really discuss what Legendary’s plans are for the movie and any potential franchise, so stay tuned for any updates on this as it develops.last_img read more

UB teams software is set to eyeball liars

first_img “What we wanted to understand was whether there are signal changes emitted by people when they are lying, and can machines detect them? The answer was yes, and yes,” Ifeoma Nwogu, a co-author of the study and professor at the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors, told the UB Reporter.According to a report in Scientific American, their work was inspired by findings from a professor of psychology at the University of California in San Francisco, School of Medicine, Paul Ekman. He has focused on emotions as they relate to facial expressions. As for interrogators themselves, their experiences indicate that the use of such software for telling who is lying and who is telling the truth would not be practical in all instances and may not always lead them to the right targets. Just as polygraphs have drawn controversy over how reliable they really are, face-detection tools might also generate its share of false positives. Undaunted, the researchers last year presented their study results at the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition and now they are set to broaden their investigations to account for body language too.Also, said Nwogu, faster algorithms may raise the software’s ability to spot behavioral deviations in near real-time. The system that they are using tracks eye movements using a statistical technique that models the movements. Nwogu and others on the team, in the course of their 40 interviews, used the beginning of each interview to establish what normal, baseline eye movements looked like for each subject. The team focused on such details as the rate of blinking and the frequency with which people shifted the direction of their gaze. The researchers then used their system to compare each subject’s baseline eye movements with eye movements during the critical section of each interrogation.Another goal as they continue their research is to expand the sample size. They used a sampling of 40 people, which they said was too small to be statistically significant. Other researchers involved in this study include Nisha Bhaskaran, Venu Govindaraju, and Mark Frank, a professor of communication and behavioral scientist. Explore further © 2011 Citation: UB team’s software is set to eyeball liars (2012, March 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information:center_img ( — A study team at the University of Buffalo, State University of New York, is working on video analysis software to analyze eye movements to spot liars. So far, they say their results show that their software can spot liars with a promising level of accuracy. Their claim is based on their study using 40 people. Their system correctly identified who was telling the truth and who was lying 82.5 percent of the time. 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. Researchers say liars can’t completely suppress facial expressionslast_img read more

RECAP M6 reopens following five car accident

first_imgTraffic was held on the M6 motorway due to a multi-vehicle accident in Staffordshire this evening – with at least one person reported to be trapped. The southbound carriageway was closed for more than an hour due to the accident between Junction 13 (Stafford South) and Junction 12 (Gailey) following the accident. The collision, which took place at around 6.45pm, is reported to involve around five vehicles, with some sources suggesting there were more. Police, firefighters and Highways England were sent to the scene. A Highways England spokesman said: “All lanes are now open on the M6 southbound between J13 and J12 near Penkridge, following an earlier collision inv. 5 cars. Thank you to police and firefighters at scene. Long delays, back to J14, are now easing.” A Central Motorway Police Group spokesman said: “M6 south J13-12 has now re-opened, but there are several vehicles broken down in live lanes. People are ignoring the lane closure signals and putting lives in danger.” Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are also at the scene of the accident – and report up to seven vehicles are involved. Read MoreLive: Delays and lane closure due to manhole repairs on A500 A spokeswoman said: “Already tonight we are dealing with a serious RTC involving 7 cars on M6 southbound between Junction 13 and 12.” Visit the feed below to see how the incident unfolded. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.19:53All lanes have now reopenedHighways England have now confirmed all lanes have reopened and delays are starting to ease.A spokesman said:All lanes are now open on the M6 southbound between J13 and J12 near Penkridge following an earlier collision inv. 5 cars. Thank you to Central Motorway Police Group + Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service at scene. Long delays, back to J14, are now easing. “19:34Person trappedHighways England say all lanes remain closed.A spokesman said:Traffic is still held on the M6 southbound between J13 and J12 near Penkridge due to a collision inv. 5 cars. Central Motorway Police Group and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are at scene. Reports of a person ‘trapped’. Thank you for your patience.”19:15Police working to get lane clearPolice say they are working to get a lane clear at the scene of the accident.A Central Motorway Police Group spokesman said: We have come in to a multiple vehicle RTC M6 south J13-12. Officers are working to get a lane clear at the scene. Please be patient.” 19:11Slow traffic also reported on M6 northboundAn eyewitness who contacted StokeonTrent Live also told us traffic was slow on the northbound carriageway as people slowed to look at the accident.19:10Delays of 30 minutesThere are currently delays of more than 30 minutes due to the accident.19:09What we know:A considerable number of vehicles are invovled – Highways England report five, the fire service say seven and one eyewitness who contacted us said it could be as high as eight or nine.The accident took place on the southbound carriageway, around a mile past junction 13, shortly before 6.45pm.All traffic is currently being held and police, firefighters and Highways England are among those at the scene.19:06Affected stretch of carriagewayThe carriageway is shut between junctiuon 13 and junction 12 (Image: Inrix)19:06Close to junction 13The accident is reported to be close to junction 13, one witness told StokeonTrent Livelast_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | November 14, 2014 FDA Clears Philips’ Digital Mobile C-arm With Navigation Aids Nov. 14, 2014 — Philips Healthcare is introducing its latest mobile c-arm imaging system. The Veradius Unity is uses a thin flat digital detector instead of an image intensifier and offers several features to aid procedural guidance and enhance the user interface.The system is intended for guidance and visualization for diagnostic, interventional and surgical procedures for orthopedic, neuro, abdominal, vascular, thoracic and cardiac procedures.The system’s user interface uses a touch screen to enable users to change any settings or pre-sets and display the X-ray image.  Its position tracking shows printed scales on the C-arc as reference for the geometrical position of the C-arc. The system can be equipped with sensors on four C-arc axes to digitally read-out the geometrical position of these axes. The user can also store up to three positions for reference, which will indicate how to get back to these positions.An outline tool allows use of a marker pen to create free format drawing on live fluoro images. Users can draw vessel outlines and other anatomical references on the imaging monitor and have full editing functions including delete, undo, disable and enable.The ClearGuide function provides improved communication in the operation room between surgeon and operator by correlating directions (up/down/left/right) in the image with physical markers (3/6/9/12) on the detector.The system also offers an optional wireless foot switch.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

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