Man planned to kill ex not her uncle appeal court says in

first_imgTORONTO — Ontario’s top court says a Toronto man who planned to kill his estranged wife but ended up killing her uncle instead should not be convicted of first-degree murder because the uncle was not the plot’s intended target.In a decision released this week, the Court of Appeal for Ontario says that while jurors found Willy Ching intended to kill his ex’s uncle in the moment, there was no planning and deliberation involved in that slaying.As a result, the court says the conviction for first-degree murder should be quashed and replaced with one for second-degree murder, which does not involve advance planning.Court heard Ching bought a hatchet and knife and was trying to get into the home where his estranged wife, Maria Ching, was staying, but her uncle intervened and was fatally wounded in the struggle.The appeal court says the trial judge erred in telling jurors they could find Willy Ching guilty of first-degree murder if they found he planned to kill his former spouse and killed her uncle, Ernesto Agsaulio, in the process of carrying out that plan.It says that was a misapplication of a ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada in a case involving a man who accidentally killed his children while trying to kill his spouse.“The jury found that the appellant intended to kill Mr. Agsaulio … The planning and deliberation, however, was in respect of a different intended killing, the killing of Ms. Ching,” the appeal court wrote in its decision, noting jurors were not asked to consider whether the uncle’s murder was planned and deliberate.“There is a sound policy reason for concluding that an accused who intentionally kills person B when in the course of carrying out the planned and deliberate murder of person A will be guilty of second-degree murder, whereas an accused who accidentally or mistakenly kills person B when person A was the target will be convicted of first-degree murder,” it said.“This result reflects the fact that in the first case the actual killing may well have been impulsive while in the second, it was the result of a planned and deliberate act.”However, the court rejected arguments that the trial judge had also erred in his instructions to jurors regarding Ching’s attempt to jump over a staircase railing upon learning Agsaulio had died, and those regarding Ching’s conflicting statements in his testimony and police interviews.Court heard the couple’s marriage fell apart in 2009 and that September, Maria Ching moved out of their shared home to go live with Agsaulio and his family in nearby Mississauga, Ont.Willy Ching did not accept that the marriage was ending and repeatedly tried to speak to his former spouse, the decision said.Ching had been on medication for depression for years but it was changed that October, and he was also prescribed sleeping pills, it said. Days later, he attempted to overdose on sleeping pills and was hospitalized for three days, it said.Later that month, Ching became upset after unsuccessfully trying to access his ex’s email account, and went to a Canadian Tire store to buy a knife and hatchet, the document said.The next day, he rented a car and drove to Agsaulio’s house in an effort to see his ex-wife, the document said. The couple’s daughters realized he was trying to see their mother and called to warn her, it said.Their mother, in turn, called Ching and told him to go home, the ruling said. He asked her to come outside to talk, but she refused and warned her uncle that Ching was on his way to the house, it said.When Ching rang the doorbell, it was Agsaulio who answered and refused to let him in, the document said. They talked for a few minutes, then Ching began “hacking and slashing” at Agsaulio before he could be restrained, it said.Agsaulio was still alive when Ching was arrested and charged with assault, it said. He gave a statement to police, saying he had only wanted to talk to his wife and had not tried to kill anyone, it said.By the end of the interview, however, police informed Ching that Agsaulio had died and the charge would be upgraded to first-degree murder, the decision said. Ching then asked to use the bathroom, ran towards the stairwell and tried to “fling himself headfirst over the railing,” but officers held him back, it said.He gave a second statement to police the next day, repeating that he had gone to the house to speak to his ex and had not intended to hurt anyone, the document said.Ching said he had brought the knife and hatchet because he wanted to threaten to hurt himself if his ex didn’t take him back, it said. He also told officers he had bought the weapons a long time ago.Second-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 10 to 25 years.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN agency provides 214 million to help 16 countries cope with food

12 August 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced the roll-out of a $214 million response to help millions in 16 countries hit hard by high food and fuel prices. The funds will provide critical assistance by providing life-saving food rations to highly vulnerable groups, continuing to feed school-aged children even while school is out, and giving supplemental food to pregnant women and young children whose mental and physical development is at stake.WFP also aims to expand food aid to urban areas hardest hit by high food prices, including through cash and vouchers, and to support small farmers and markets in countries where the agency will purchase food assistance locally, through the initiative. “With hunger on the rise, we are doing our best to stream incoming contributions to the people most in need in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran. “It is essential to launch a bold new set of responses to stem a full-blown hunger and nutritional crisis.” Ms. Sheeran noted that impoverished families that already spend more than 60 per cent of their income on food are eating less, buying less nutritious foods, cutting out education and healthcare, and taking on more debt. “Food prices are not abating, and the world’s most vulnerable have exhausted their coping strategies,” she said. “Our action plan is targeted and customized to help the most vulnerable meet their urgent needs.” The new funding will assist people in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, Liberia, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Senegal, Somalia, Tajikistan, Uganda, Yemen and the occupied Palestinian territory.At the World Food Security conference in Rome in June, WFP announced a $1.2 billion cash package for 62 countries hit by high food prices.As a result of the rise in food prices, WFP’s budget to reach 90 million people worldwide in 2008 has risen from $3.1 billion to nearly $6 billion. So far, the voluntarily-funded agency has raised about half of its budget for this year, including through a historic $500 million donation by the Saudi Government earlier this year. read more

Champions of the Earth proclaimed by UN environmental agency

22 April 2009A French aerial photographer, an Ethiopian youth organization and the largest manufacturer of wind turbines in Asia are among the innovators named as 2009 Champions of the Earth by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). A French aerial photographer, an Ethiopian youth organization and the largest manufacturer of wind turbines in Asia are among the innovators named as 2009 Champions of the Earth by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).The annual prize, established in 2004, rewards individuals who have made a notable contribution to the protection and sustainable management of the Earth’s environment and natural resources. “Today we celebrate and honour seven catalysts of positive environmental change who…have challenged the status quo and demonstrated across communities and countries new and transformational solutions to persistent and emerging environmental threats,” Achim Steiner, UNEP’s Executive Director said as he presented the awards at a Paris gala.This year, the awards – which are hosted in conjunction with the annual Business for the Environment Summit (B4E) – moved away from geographical distribution to recognize achievements in the areas of Policy Leadership, Science and Innovation, Entrepreneurial Vision, Inspiration and Action, and Next-Generation Champions.“Passion, creativity, intellect, vision and drive unites each of our 2009 winners—key qualities urgently needed with less than 230 days to go to the crucial UN Climate Change Convention meeting in December,” Mr. Steiner said. This year’s winners are: Norwegian Environment Minister Erik Solheim; tropical forest and climate campaigner Kevin Conrad; photographic and public awareness pioneer Yann Arthus-Bertrand; wind power entrepreneur Tulsi Tanti; biomimicry specialist Janine Benyus; recycling innovator Ron Gonen; and the Ethiopian youth organization Tena Kebena. No monetary reward is attached to the prize – each laureate receives a trophy specially designed for the occasion and realized in environmentally-friendly materials. Past Champions of the Earth winners include, among others: Helen Clark, the former Prime Minister of New Zealand and present head of the UN Development Programme; Prince Albert II of Monaco; Ms. Massoudeh Ebtekar, the former Vice President of Iran; Mikhail Gorbachev of the Russian Federation; Prince Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan; Jacques Rogge and the International Olympic Committee; and Al Gore, the former Vice-President of the United States. read more

Higher energy consumer staples stocks send TSX modestly higher

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed slightly higher Friday as consumer stocks advanced in the wake of a strong retail report and energy stocks climbed amid questions about whether the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah could mean a change in the amount of oil his country is producing.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 15.37 points to 14,779.35, with the consumer staples section ahead 0.9% as Statistics Canada reported retail sales rose 0.4% to $43 billion in November. Economists had generally expected a decline.“We’re all focused on the consumer, whether it’s in the U.S. or Canada, and to see the Canadian consumer stepping up and spending certainly has a beneficial impact,” said Patrick Blais, managing director and portfolio manager, Manulife Asset Management. “Given the drop in oil prices, we‘re all trying to assess if it will have an impact on confidence and therefore the Canadian consumer.”The Canadian dollar declined 0.13 of a cent to 80.49 cents US.U.S. indexes were mainly lower as the Dow Jones industrials tumbled 141.38 points to 17,672.6 and the S&P 500 index was off 11.33 points at 2,051.82. The Nasdaq gained 7.48 points to 4,757.88.Oil prices initially rose slightly on news of the death of Saudi Arabia’s monarch but closed down 72 cents to US$45.59 a barrel.Crude prices have plunged 40% since the end of November when Saudi Arabia said it would seek to maintain market share by refusing to cut production in order to support prices. Overall, prices are down about 55% from last June because of global oversupply.There were questions about whether Abdullah’s successor, Prince Salman — 79-years-old and himself in poor health — will change the kingdom’s oil policy. But Blais said the change at the top likely wouldn’t matter. “Saudi Arabia has definitely made their intentions clear and it’s in their best interest, long term, to find a market level for the oil price,” added Blais.“There is so much oversupply that we may be in for low oil prices for quite some time.”Meanwhile, the spinoff effects of plunging oil on smaller producers continued as Penn West Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:PWT) CEO David Roberts said the company is in talks with bondholders about relaxing covenant agreements as the collapse in oil prices threatens the company’s ability to meet conditions on its debt. Its shares dipped six cents to $1.90.The TSX energy sector was ahead 1.5%.A rising U.S. dollar helped push other commodities lower.The base metals sector was the leading decliner, down 4.3% as March copper shed eight cents to US$2.50 a pound. Copper, viewed as a global economic gauge, has tumbled more than 11 per cent this month amid weak data from China and economic downgrades by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.The gold sector lost about three per cent as February bullion declined $8.10 to US$1,292.60 an ounce. General Electric Co. reported fourth-quarter earnings ex-items of 56 cents per share, a penny ahead of expectations, while the industrial conglomerate posted revenue of US$42 billion, missing forecasts of $42.4 billion. Its stock moved up 20 cents to US$24.48.The TSX ran ahead 470 points or 3.3% this week, recouping losses of the past two weeks. The advance was led by a seven per cent run-up in the much-battered energy sector as oil found some temporary stability around the $45 a barrel mark. read more

Crisis in DPR of Korea may end up paving way for permanent

“Perhaps if there is anything good that can come out of this crisis is that it may well prepare the way for the kind of comprehensive, permanent settlement of this issue, which I think everybody wants and I think is achievable,” Maurice Strong, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Adviser, said on the eve of a Security Council meeting to discuss the situation.In a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York on his recent mission to the DPRK, Mr. Strong told reporters that his activities since the beginning of the year have focused primarily on three areas: humanitarian aid, long-term economic development and the country’s nuclear programme.Since 1995, the UN has been responsible for coordinating and orchestrating the humanitarian assistance to the DPRK, Mr. Strong noted. Although that pipeline was running dry, the donor response to the Secretary-General’s recent appeal for new humanitarian supplies has been very encouraging in the short-term. However, the longer-term prospects remain somewhat tenuous.On the longer-term development issues, Mr. Strong said, “You cannot divorce peace and security in this area from the economic security of North Korea. They have been undertaking some reforms, they have been trying to prepare themselves to be more actively cooperating with, or seeking the cooperation of, the international community in terms of their own economic development.”As for the controversies arising from the nuclear issue, Mr. Strong noted that there was something of a paradox “in that both sides seem to be willing to move in the direction that the other is requiring, yet they still have not been able to agree on the modalities of a meeting.”The Secretary-General’s role in the use of his good offices was not to substitute for any of their negotiations, but to be willing to be helpful in seeing whether the gap that now separates the two parties in terms of the modalities of meeting could be bridged, Mr. Strong said.”Peace is necessary here…it’s unthinkable, it would be horrendous for this to escalate into conflict,” he added. “I’m satisfied that none of the parties want this, but all are prepared for it.” Video of Maurice Strong’s press briefing read more

French golden master Claude Onesta We will play much more finals in

← Previous Story FRANCE – Simply the BEST! Next Story → Nenad Kljajic no longer C.O. Zagreb coach! Ulrik Wilbek, Danish coach: We played a fantastic tournament, and we had no defeat in normal playing time. We lost a final against the best team of the world and we proved we are on the same level as France. We were unlucky in the beginning when pour left handed player Kasper Söndergaard was injured. But we came back every time and equalized the French lead often. We are very close to France. If we would have led in the 60 first minutes it might be in a different way. France has the more experienced team – but I hope that both teams meet in more finals in future. We are proud of a fantastic tournament.Anders Eggert, Danish player: We are very disappointed at the moment, but we will realize that we played a great tournament – and we will be back in future.Claude Onesta, French coach: This title means a great satisfaction to me – but I have to thank the Danish team and the Danish coach. They pushed us to the limit. I think this was a great handball game, both teams performed in a high quality. And I agree to Ulrik Wilbek: We will play much more finals in future.Cedric Sorhaindo, French player: It was a great and difficult game for us. Denmark forced us to play our best. And to be honest, we had more luck than the Danes.Arnaud Bingo, French player: Two great teams met in a great final. Denmark could also have won the game, but fortunately it was us. The quality of the game was really high. Claude OnestaFrench handball read more

Kim Andersson to play for Sweden in Montenegro

Sweden probably thought it will be an easy game for them against Montenegro at home. But the Zoran Kastratovic squad showed them that despite not having Rakcevic and Markovic, they are a team for respect. Stefan Olsson‘s team had much trouble, and won the game narrowly 22-21, with a last-minute goal. Now Olsson knows that it might be even harder in Montenegro, and has therefore decided to call Kim Andersson to join the squad in Montenegro. He will try to help his nation to pass this game against Montenegro, but won’t be playing at the eventual World Championship, as he announced that the Olympic Games in London 2012 are the last tournament he’s gonna play in the Swedish national shirt. ← Previous Story Huesca “thanks” four players via twitter! Next Story → Bundesliga with new sponsor (DKB) from 1st of July! anderssonkastratovicMontenegro HandballSwedenSweden handball read more

Greek government approves working holiday visa

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A new working holiday visa agreement that has been in the pipeline for almost six years between Greece and Australia has received approval this week by the Greek government. The agreement is part of an initiative that has been championed by a committee formed by the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) and other Greek community organisations in 2011.“Three years ago Olga Kefalogianni (Greece’s former Minister of Tourism) came to Australia to sign the documents but it’s taken three years to make its way through parliament,” GCM President Bill Papastergiadis told Neos Kosmos.“It is a good result for both countries because at the end of the day our countries share a rich history and this agreement will strengthen ties between both countries.”The Working Visa Agreement was set in motion with the assistance of former Minister of Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen, and grants all young Greek and Australian nationals aged up to 31 years the opportunity to work in the two respective countries for up to 12 months. At this stage it is limited to 500 people from either country with the prospect of increasing the number of visas issued in future. The approval comes just weeks after Greece’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Terence Quick paid a visit to Australia, which the GCM sees as no coincidence. Mr Papastergiadis said the GCM had once again taken the opportunity to discuss the matter in depth with the minister, and praised his swift action.“I think Mr Quick had taken the issue on board, and he’s been proactive about making it happen. He’s a minister who shows particular affection towards Australia and is highly responsive; we’re really impressed with his can-do approach. A lot of this has to do with the action and activity of Mr Quick,” said Mr Papastergiadis. Currently in Greece, he added that the general sentiment in moving forward is one of optimism. “They’re happy about it and they really want to push ahead with it as there was a lot of political will for it to happen and it’s something that both governments want. [Minister of Foreign Affairs]Julie Bishop had mentioned this when she met with Terence Quick recently in Australia; in fact it was the first thing she raised with him,” he said.“It’s a fantastic opportunity for people to enhance their cultural and social awareness in the two countries.”last_img read more

Benton blasts House Republicans over vote

first_imgAn email from state Sen. Don Benton scolding fellow Republicans for their votes on a Democratic-led bill sparked an internal brouhaha among legislators this week.Benton took 14 House Republicans to task for voting in favor of a bill that would create new rules for signature gatherers under the state’s initiative process. House Bill 2552, which cleared the House last week, would require paid signature gatherers to register with the state and complete a training program before collecting signatures, among other requirements.Benton said he was “deeply disturbed” by the Republicans’ yes votes on the bill. Among those in his sights: Rep. Brandon Vick, R-Vancouver, one of the bill’s co-sponsors.“I did my due diligence and checked and confirmed that you did, in fact, vote for HB 2552, and I was completely surprised to see your name on the list,” wrote Benton, R-Vancouver. “Republicans in the Legislature have diligently defended the initiative process from legislative assault by Democrats going back as far as 2003.”The email went on:“HB 2552 is one of the most oppressive Big Government anti-initiative bills they’ve ever tried. And you voted for it! Even the ACLU opposes it. Remember the words of the First Amendment: ‘Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech … and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.’”last_img read more

NASAs Insight lander snaps ghostly hazy Mars sunset

first_img 0 NASA InSight lander rocks its journey to Mars: A view in pictures Share your voice NASA 22 Photos Sci-Tech Enlarge Image NASA/JPL-Caltech Watching the sunset over a vast, blue ocean is one of the most peaceful pleasures in life. But watching the sunset over a vast, red, endless desert might be just as good. Especially when that desert is over 150 million miles away. Thanks to NASA’s InSight lander, which has planted itself in Mars’ flat, smooth plain Elysium Planitia, you can do just that. The image above was snapped by NASA’s most recent Mars transplant on March 10, the robot’s 101st day at work on the Martian surface. Stitching a sequence of images by the lander’s Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC) shows the splendorous sun setting over the Red Planet and disappearing beyond the horizon. Post a comment Tags It’s not the first time we’ve seen the sun set on another planet, though. Largely thanks to the efforts of the Martian rovers, including recently-departed Opportunity, we’ve been able to watch the tiny, yellow orb sink behind the soil a number of times before. Curiosity watched this hazy, blue end-of-day back in 2015. And even earlier than that, Spirit watched the sun set over Gusev Crater all the way back in 2005. Sunsets on Mars are often tinged a pale blue thanks to the heavy dust in the Martian atmosphere. Mars also has an extra-long twilight period, compared to the Earth, because of the way that dust scatters light. You can see that unchanging twilight as you flick through the raw images from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. InSight is basically a stationary, interplanetary laboratory stationed on Mars to “check its temperature”. It is kitted out with a number of instruments that will be able to detect Marsquakes, see how warm the interior of the planet is — and of course — just take a ton of awe-inspiring photos, too.The Martian sunset is undoubtedly a wondrous, impressive vision, but now I’m getting all choked up thinking about InSight all the way out there, watching it dip behind the horizon alone. La sonde @NASAInSight vient de célébrer ses 100 premiers sols sur Mars ! Le bras robotique est en train de réaliser un panorama complet du site d’atterrissage, et les images du sol 101 montrent le coucher de notre Soleil sur les déserts immenses et silencieux de la planète rouge pic.twitter.com/NAfj9Wiu97— SEIS (@InSight_IPGP) March 11, 2019last_img read more

Warangal Plea for fasttrack court

first_imgWarangal: Protests and demonstration continued in Warangal on Tuesday with people from all walks of life demanding capital punishment for the accused Kolipaka Praveen, who allegedly molested and killed a nine-month-old baby in Hanamkonda a few days ago, besides providing speedy justice to the victim’s parents.Against this backdrop, Pochampally Srinivas Reddy, newly elected Member of Legislative Council from Warangal Local Authorities, has urged the Chief Justice, Hyderabad High Court, to establish a fast track court for expediting disposal of a case registered against the accused. Also Read – Opposition leaders exhort farmers to step up agitation Advertise With Us In a letter to the Chief Justice, Pochampally said: “In view of the gravity of the offence – the manner in which the infant was molested and killed – and by taking into cognizance of the sentiments of the people at large, the case requires to be tried immediately without any delay.” Despite the fact that judiciary is burdened with heavy pendency of cases, it’s inevitable to constitute a fast track court to expedite the disposal of the case, he urged the Chief Justice.last_img read more

Pattu Vastrams offered

first_imgLal Bazar: Secunderabad Ujjiani Mahankali temple chairman and founder along with family members offered silk robes (Pattu Vastrams) to Sri Sri Sri Mahankali Ammavaru here on Tuesday. Cantonment Board Member Bhagyasri, ex-Board member Sham Kumar, ex-vice president Gowri Shankar and temple EO offered the ritual gifts to Mahankali Ammavaru.last_img

EidulAzha celebrated

first_imgTwo boys exchange greetings after Eid-ul-Azha prayers in Dhaka on 12 August, 2019. Photo: UNBMuslims throughout the country celebrated Eid-ul-Azha, their second-largest religious festival, on Monday.In the morning, devotees thronged Eidgahs (large open spaces) to offer prayers. They sought divine blessings and prayed for peace and prosperity of the country, according to UNB.Well-off Muslims then sacrificed animals in commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim’s devotion to Allah as illustrated by his readiness to give up his beloved son Ismail.Gor-e-Shaheed Baro Maidan in Dinajpur and Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj hosted two of the country’s largest Eid congregations like previous years.In Dhaka, the biggest congregation was held at the National Eidgah where president Abdul Hamid offered his prayers along with people from all walks of life.Congregations were also held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque and various places in the capital.Law enforcement agencies, including Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and police, took tight security measures.Television channels and radio stations aired special programmes on the occasions.Special diets were served at hospitals, jails, government orphanages, centres for persons with disabilities, shelter homes and vagrant and destitute welfare centres.last_img read more

Jackson State Alumni Meeting

first_imgThe Greater Washington D.C. Area Alumni Chapter of Jackson State University is scheduled to host a chapter meeting on May 20 at Alfred Street Baptist Church, 301 S Alfred Street, at 3:30 p.m. The committee is slated to install new chapter officers at the meeting.last_img

The Best in SciFi Books This Week 83118

first_img Netflix Axes ‘The OA’ Sci-Fi Series After 2 Seasons‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Becomes Mostly Harm… Science Fiction in all its forms has become such a part of our society and bridged the gap from niche genre to pop culture phenomenon. There is something for everyone if you dig deep enough. The Wailing Blade is a great new comic series. There are a ton of amazing Sci-Fi TV shows to binge right now. Observe the best eclipses in Sci-Fi history too. You’ll find something you love in the world of Science Fiction for sure right here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. After starting off strong last week, the world of science-fiction had a bit of slump. Luckily the lack of glittering awards ceremonies made me ask what other aspects of the sci-fi genre would folks coming to a weekly round-up like to see? The answer, of course, is essays. But first! What’s new this week.Reading RecommendationsThis week’s options include a novelette about first contact gone wrong and the beginning of what might be the next great sci-fi saga.The Kite MakerAt a brisk 32 pages, The Kite Maker by Brenda Peynado comes in at the low price of $.99. But don’t let the length fool you. The Kite Maker follows the story of an alien and human struggling to overcome fear and human-created genocide through a love of kites. While an allegory for the terrible things man is capable of when afraid isn’t new ground, it’s a trait we would do well to remember we have. It’s a great quick read for the week.MirageAlso out this week is Mirage by Somaiya Daud. The young adult novel begins “On a small moon orbiting a large planet, in a small farmhouse in a small village, there was a box, and in this box was a feather.” The tale is that of Amani, teenager who lives a quiet life under the rule of the Vathek Empire. Amani is pulled into adventure when she is kidnapped for her striking resemblance to the Princess Maram. Whether she wants to or not, Amani must find a way to survive being the princess’s body double, the quiet viciousness of court life, and her burgeoning feelings for the princess’ fiancé. Entertainment BuzzIt’s a great time to love genre adaptations as Hollywood has a voracious appetite for them. This week is no different. The Swedish sci-fi novel Aniara by Nobel Prize-winning author Harry Martinson will make its film debut at TIFF. Aniara records the tale of settlers on their way to Mars who are blown off course. Directed by Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja, Aniara has already been picked up for distribution by Film Constellation.Meanwhile, on the television side of things, The Swarm by Frank Schaetzing has been picked up by German broadcaster ZDF. The Swarm will air in eight parts. The narrative blends ecological warning with hard science-fiction. Marine animals the world over began to act strangle coupled with the appearance of millions of worms of an unknown species breaking free from Arctic ice set off alarm bells the world over. Scientists quickly discover the unfathomable; humanity isn’t the only intelligent life on Earth, and the deep-sea civilization has had it with us. Game of Thrones executive producer Frank Doegler is financing the project, with Uma Thurman set to star. So expect to see The Swarm on American TV as well, though no date has been set.Further ReadingBlack Mirror’s “San Junipero,” was peak sci-fi romance.Looking for more sci-fi musings? Then you probably enjoy think piece essays. You’re in luck, because those are internet specialties. This week Wired.com has an ode to the evolution of the science-fiction romance by Pia Ceres entitled, “The Pleasure and Promise of the Sci-Fi Romance.”If you need something a little more cerebral, try on Molly Flatt‘s essay for The Guardian. “Is the Future Female? Fixing Sci-Fi’s Women Problem” plums the depths of ingrained misogyny in the genre and how even female authors need to examine how and why the determine the personalities and physical characteristics of the heroines and villainesses.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

New robot takes augmented reality to a new level

first_img Citation: New robot takes augmented reality to a new level (2013, February 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-02-robot-augmented-reality.html At this point, the avatar is just that, a computer generated image of an imaginary person. But it’s not difficult to see the concept being extended to people sitting in front of 3D video cameras (and Kinect devices), allowing for remote virtual touching. Reps for Different Dimensions say the company will be ready to begin taking orders for the new system as early as this March, though prices will be steep, ranging from $4,800 to $5,300. (Phys.org)—Researchers and engineers at a Japanese company called Different Dimensions have taken the concept of augmented reality to new heights by adding the touch of an avatar to the experience. That touch comes courtesy of a robot they’ve built that mimics commands sent from an animation generator—it’s covered with green material to allow for connecting augmented reality imagery with the real world robot. They call it a “virtual humanoid.” Explore further More information: wingover.jp/via Gizmag 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. © 2013 Phys.org Virtual reality you can reach out and touch Augmented reality, is of course where information is projected over real-world images in ways that cause them to seem connected. Overlaying arrows on streets to provide driving directions, is one example. Another is where a person’s name appears in a bubble next to their face. This all is made possible by donning a helmet or goggles that allow the wearer to see through to the real world, but also allows information to be projected onto the glass in front of them that appears to be physically connected to the real world objects.In this new effort, the researchers thought it would be neat to allow for an animated human being to be projected onto a heads-up device, to create the illusion of conversing, and touching with a computer generated person, making them seem more alive. To make that happen, they created a three dimensional avatar, in software and then a green-material covered robot that exists in the real world. When a person wearing the goggles looks at the robot, they see the projected image of the avatar—in 3D, overlaid onto the robot. And as if that’s not enough, the robot can move its head, torso and arms, which means it can reach out and touch, and be touched by the person wearing the goggles as well, adding a dimension of intimacy that has never before been seen with an augmented reality device.last_img read more

Fiddler crab found to use waving and drumming to demonstrate fitness to

first_img © 2017 Phys.org Male banana fiddler crabs may coerce mating by trapping females in tight burrows Explore further Play Video of a male Uca mjoebergi performing courtship waves and drums in response to a presented stimulus female. Credit: Sophie L. MowlesMichael JennionsPatricia R. Y. Backwell 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. Many beachgoers have encountered fiddler crabs and have likely noticed that the males have one oversized claw. This, the researchers contend, is to help the male attract the attention of a prospective mate, by waving it at her.To learn more about the mating behavior of fiddler crabs, the researchers studied them in their natural environment at East Point Reserve in Darwin, Australia over the period from September to November 2014. To make it easier to witness the mating action, they captured some females just prior to mating and attached them to wooden dowels, which allowed for placing them for easy observation. They also planted microphones in the sand near burrows that had been created by males—both for their own use and for a prospective mate. After studying the mating rituals of the males, each was captured and placed on an artificial track where they were urged to run with a wooden stick. This allowed the researchers to test their endurance.In watching the males and females interact, the researchers found that the females tended to prefer to mate with those males that had a larger claw and who also drummed the fastest. They believe the drumming is an indicator of physical strength and stamina (which was supported by track running tests), which suggests their fitness for caring for the female and offspring. The team also found that those males that drummed the most rapidly tended to have the largest burrows, which the females preferred, because after mating, they moved into their mates’ burrow to incubate their eggs. The researchers also found that drumming was an effective means for allowing the males to demonstrate their fitness, even while inside of their burrow—an arrangement that allowed the female to judge the male without the risk of being coerced into mating when taking a peek inside a burrow to see how large it was. More information: Multimodal communication in courting fiddler crabs reveals male performance capacities, Published 15 March 2017. rsos.royalsocietypublishing.or … /10.1098/rsos.161093AbstractCourting males often perform different behavioural displays that demonstrate aspects of their quality. Male fiddler crabs, Uca sp., are well known for their repetitive claw-waving display during courtship. However, in some species, males produce an additional signal by rapidly stridulating their claw, creating a ‘drumming’ vibrational signal through the substrate as a female approaches, and even continue to drum once inside their burrow. Here, we show that the switch from waving to drumming might provide additional information to the female about the quality of a male, and the properties of his burrow (multiple message hypothesis). Across males there was, however, a strong positive relationship between aspects of their waving and drumming displays, suggesting that drumming adheres to some predictions of the redundant signal hypothesis for multimodal signalling. In field experiments, we show that recent courtship is associated with a significant reduction in male sprint speed, which is commensurate with an oxygen debt. Even so, males that wave and drum more vigorously than their counterparts have a higher sprint speed. Drumming appears to be an energetically costly multimodal display of quality that females should attend to when making their mate choice decisions. Journal information: Royal Society Open Science Citation: Fiddler crab found to use waving and drumming to demonstrate fitness to mate (w/ video) (2017, March 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-fiddler-crab-video.html PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with Anglia Ruskin University in the U.K. and the Australian National University has found that the male fiddler crab uses its oversized claw to get the attention of a prospective mate and then uses drumming to demonstrate its degree of physical fitness. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, Sophie Mowles, Michael Jennions and Patricia Backwell describe their study of the crab and what they found.last_img read more

College student tries to kill self in 2nd suicide attempt of the

first_imgKolkata: Following on the heels of the back-to-back incidents of suicide and attempt to suicide of two Class X students, a college student from Baghajatin area tried to kill himself late on Wednesday night.According to sources the student, who originally hails from South 24-Parganas, lives in a mess at Baghajatin area and is studying engineering at a college in Budge Budge area. On Wednesday night at around 1:15 am, a resident of the mess saw the student lying on the staircase in a pool of blood. He immediately called the mess owner and neighbours. One of the neighbours called up the police and stated the situation. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAfter being informed by the control room, officers from Jadavpur police station reached the spot and rushed the student to a private hospital on Eastern Metropolitan (EM) Bypass, where he was admitted. He had tried to slit his left wrist. The parents of the student were informed later. Though police did not say anything, sources informed that he might have been going through depression over a relationship. Sleuths are checking his mobile phone for any possible clue. Till Thursday night, his condition has been reported to be stable.last_img read more

Caution Strong winds at Van Reenens Pass N3

first_imgHigh wind has been reported at Van Reenen this morning (June 15).Wind speeds of 47-66km/h have been reported thus far.Motorists in trucks and those towing caravans should travel with extreme caution.Especially near ‘Windy Corner’, which, in the past, has seen many vehicles flip over. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img