Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: EDA Hearables and truly wireless stereo earbuds are gaining popularity, but they are still far from reaching their full potential. These tiny devices can transform the way people interact with their surroundings, adding enhanced hearing capabilities, enjoyment, and safety to everyday life. Market adoption is already underway for a wire-free music experience. As more devices are becoming voice activated — from home appliances to action cameras — so too are these tiny earbuds, while at the same time the intelligence of voice interfaces is constantly increasing. However, lack of standardization and integration of the multiple technologies into one seamless package is still holding back this market.Hearables are becoming ubiquitous, but their full potential is still untapped(Source: Sony Mobile) Enhanced sound from noise reduction to augmented reality Smart earbuds allow users to enjoy a richer experience from their digital content while being in touch with their surroundings, and without being tied to a handheld device. Smart earbuds can be used to isolate, amplify, or suppress sounds in real time. For example, voice isolation powered by deep learning can allow people to comfortably converse in a noisy setting. Smart earbuds can also improve safety in loud environments, like construction sites, by selectively reducing harmful noise while keeping other sounds audible. With existing technology, users can have complete control over what outside noises can enter and how loud they will be.To do this, smart earbuds use a wide variety of techniques to optimize the audio experience for the user. Passive noise reduction uses the physical material of the device to insulate the user’s ears. Active noise cancellation listens to the noise outside and generates an anti-phase sound wave that eliminates the outside noise in the user’s ears. Acoustic echo cancellation allows the device to cancel out the sound waves that it is generating, to avoid echoes getting back into the built-in microphones, and to allow barge-in of the user’s voice commands. Adaptive beam forming uses an array of microphones to identify where the voice is coming from and to cancel out sounds coming from other directions. Positional audio uses psychoacoustics to generate the illusion that sound is coming from a specific direction, like in front or behind the user. In earphones, positional audio can be used to generate virtual surround , which creates the experience of surround sound while using only two earpieces. The quality of the sound is further improved by techniques like bass boost , which allow the tiny speakers in the user’s ears to deliver the sound performance of a much larger speaker system.In addition to enhanced sound, the user’s experience can be further upgraded by adding augmented sound reality and sound sensing technology. Augmented sound reality combines digital sounds, like notifications or location-based announcements, with the real sounds of the user’s surroundings. Sound sensing identifies sounds using artificial intelligence. The user can customize the reaction to specific sounds. For example, the user can set a warning alert for sounds that might pose a threat, like sirens, honking cars, or barking dogs.Combining physical and digital sounds with intelligent processing creates a new audio experience (Source: Nuheara) Virtual assistants in your ear Hearables are not just for hearing. With the integration of voice activation technology, the earbuds can act as a portal to any cloud-based virtual assistant, like Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, or Cortana. Always-listening devices are becoming ubiquitous, from smart speakers in the home to smartphones you can activate and control by voice only.With in-ear devices, information can be obtained on the go, without pulling out a phone or averting your gaze. That is why it is crucial for them to integrate always-on technology. The extreme popularity of smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home is due, in part, to their ease of use. A simple voice command is the only interface you need. On the other hand, hearables like the Apple AirPods need a manual tap before making a voice command. This may be trivial in many cases, but when the user’s hands are occupied, like while driving, chopping a salad, or scaling a mountain, that little tap makes all the difference. Once the user’s hand is required, it impedes the natural, easy interaction that makes voice activated assistants so useful.Short battery life is the bane of hearables, but this could change very soon One of the biggest challenges for smart earbuds is the integration. All of the technologies listed above require software, hardware, and expertise in complex acoustics. The challenge is intensified by the extremely small form factor of this category of devices, in which the goal is to make the devices as unnoticeable and unobtrusive as possible. This creates severe restrictions for size and efficiency.Hearables combine many technologies that must be integrated efficiently into a tiny package (Source: Bragi) All the above features wrapped in one neat package that fits comfortably in your ear is sure to be a colossal success with mass market appeal… unless the battery runs out after just a few hours. To be convenient, hearables must work an entire day or more without charging. If you’re not convinced, check why Doppler Labs had to shut down, despite their amazing technology.Today, Bluetooth Classic A2DP is the most common connectivity profile for wireless audio devices, but it has some limitations. The most substantial problem is power consumption. This is especially true for hearables, which typically have tiny batteries. Most hearables do not last longer than three hours before they need to be charged. Streaming audio over Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) would significantly reduce power consumption, thereby allowing the same devices to last a full day or more. Currently, audio-over-BLE is not standardized and some companies have proprietary solutions. Once the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) creates a standardized profile for audio-over-BLE, this will enable multiple vendors to offer devices that will last for a full day between charges. This will propel the entire market forward towards realizing the full potential of the hearable and smart earbud market.Learn more Click here to discover how a light-weight DSP can enable close-to-zero-power always-listening. And click here to learn how to achieve ultra-low-power embedded Bluetooth connectivity. 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He made the announcement during the Ministry’s ‘Christmas Celebration’ cocktails and dinner, which was held at the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean, Worthington Avenue, New Kingston, on Thursday, December 21. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be disbursing approximately $18 million to Government-run children’s homes for Christmas. Story Highlights The Minister also reminded them that once they qualify to sit the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations, “we are paying for up to eight subjects for those students (who are either) in our children’s homes, (are) wards of the State or are in the PATH”. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be disbursing approximately $18 million to Government-run children’s homes for Christmas.Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says this is being done to ensure that youth in State care are afforded the opportunity to share in the joy and happiness of the Yuletide season.He made the announcement during the Ministry’s ‘Christmas Celebration’ cocktails and dinner, which was held at the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean, Worthington Avenue, New Kingston, on Thursday, December 21.A total of $1 million was presented to each of the five institutions represented at the function by wards and their caregivers.These were Maxfield Park Children’s Home; Sunbeam Home for Boys; Mona Rehabilitation Centre; St. Anthony’s Children’s Home; and St. Mary’s Girls’ Home.The Minister assured that funds “will reach the accounts of the other children’s homes before Christmas”.Meanwhile, Senator Reid advised that the Ministry will be lobbying the Government’s provision of additional funding in 2018 to further boost support for wards of the State.“We are looking forward, in next year’s budget, to increase our contribution. It is important that we give this kind of support to make sure that our children are well taken care of,” he added.Senator Reid, in offering words of encouragement to the youngsters, reiterated the support that the Ministry offers to them, and urged them to take advantage of this.“Within the funding of our school system, we have targeted those who are wards of the State (and) those who are on the PATH (Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education), making sure that they (benefit from) five days (of) lunch (provided) in our schools (and) making sure that all of them have personal insurance coverage, whether (they are in the) primary- or the high-school system,” he stated.The Minister also reminded them that once they qualify to sit the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations, “we are paying for up to eight subjects for those students (who are either) in our children’s homes, (are) wards of the State or are in the PATH”.“In addition, we certainly (will continue to) partner with tertiary institutions to ensure that we find a way to support children coming out of State care and the vulnerable, (so) that we find a way to support them as they qualify for tertiary education,” he indicated.Senator Reid emphasised that “investing in our children is an investment in Jamaica’s future. If we want Jamaica to prosper, we have to invest in our children (and) we have to invest in them in the earliest years”.Approximately 70 wards of the State along with their caregivers, as well as youngsters from Seaview Gardens in Kingston, were treated at the event.
REGINA – Assembly of First Nations chiefs have rejected a call for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to replace the commissioners on the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.However, the chiefs, who were gathered for a meeting in Regina on Thursday, did pass a resolution calling for changes to the inquiry, asking the federal government to reset and alter its mandate and process.That pleased Carson Poitras, whose stepdaughter Happy Charles has been missing in Saskatchewan since early April. Poitras wanted the commissioners to stay on.“If we do a hard reset of the inquiry … we may or may not even get the inquiry again because it’ll take a couple of years for that to happen. We don’t need that,” said Poitras.“And also for the families who have already done some their testimony, we don’t need that redone either. It’s tough when the families have to relive that every time. It’s not just once that they have to tell their story, it’s numerous times they have to tell their story.”Poitras said he would also like to see some new commissioners join the inquiry, suggesting it could help restore faith in the process.The 90-minute debate on the two resolutions brought forward arguments from both sides.Bobby Cameron, chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations in Saskatchewan, said Aboriginal people can’t afford another delay and risk more lives.“Things are flawed, but we can fix it. We can do it together,” Cameron said.Chief Matthew Todd Peigan from the Pasqua First Nation told the assembly that by calling to remove the commissioners “you kill the inquiry.”“This inquiry, ladies and gentlemen, chiefs, took years in the making. If we kill it, you may not get it back,” said Peigan.Arlen Dumas, grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, made the proposal for the commissioners to be replaced, arguing the current inquiry has not put families first and fails to respect their voices.“Everyone’s aware that the status quo isn’t going to work and regardless of who the commissioners will be, they will have had to take notice and see that there is becoming a stronger undercurrent of opposition to the lack of tangible results,” Dumas said after his resolution was defeated.Two of the commissioners spoke to the AFN meeting Wednesday night, where they tried to explain the testimony process.But several families said the inquiry had already failed because they don’t trust the process, commissioners hadn’t communicated well and the inquiry doesn’t hold police to account.Commission spokesperson Bernee Bolton said in a statement that the national inquiry can and will consider the conduct of policing services and policies across Canada in 14 federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions.Dumas questioned whether faith could be restored in the current commissioners.“The onus is on them to produce and the onus is on them to show tangible results,” he said.The inquiry’s chief commissioner, Marion Buller, said she was carefully following the results of the AFN votes “and will have internal discussions about what we have heard.”“Our commitment to listening and acting on the advice from families, advisors and communities across this nation is firm,” she said in a statement. “We will keep moving forward in a good way, with respect for the spirits of the women, girls and LGBTQ2S who are no longer with us, and with respect for survivors.”The two-year, $53.8 million study is designed to examine the root causes of violence against Indigenous women and girls.Earlier in the day, AFN Chief Perry Bellegarde acknowledge that First Nations leaders are divided on what to do about the troubled inquiry.Bellegarde is steering a middle course, saying the commission needs to focus all of its energy on ensuring the stories of families are front and centre, adding it is critical for the commission to improve communications going forward.“Our chiefs are divided,” he said.“Some want a total reset, some want to start fresh and then there are others that are saying ‘You know, we should be empowering those commissioners, we should be supporting those commissioners, we should be praying for those commissioners because they have a tough job, they’re dealing with hurt and pain’.”Bellegarde said policing must be a priority during the course of the commission’s work.“As national chief, I would encourage the commissioners to use their powers and push the envelope … to ensure that all police services are reviewed, that they questioned, and hopefully some recommendations brought forward to fix what obviously is not working.”_ With files from Kristy Kirkup in Ottawa
VICTORIA – British Columbia and Alberta will host Belgium’s Princess Astrid and more than 200 business and state leaders during a week-long visit, starting Sunday.Canada and the European Union reached a free-trade deal earlier this year, and Raoul Delcorde, the Belgian ambassador to Canada, said Belgians view B.C. as an ideal place to launch business opportunities into the Asia-Pacific region.The royal business delegation will make stops in Vancouver and Calgary“British Columbia could become a bridge for our Belgian companies wanting to develop their operations in the Asia-Pacific region, and Belgium could become a bridge to Europe’s large market for many companies from British Columbia,” said Delcorde in a statement released Wednesday by B.C.’s government.International Trade Minister Teresa Wat said in a statement the European Union is B.C.’s fifth-largest export market and the Belgian port of Antwerp is a major point of entry for Canadian goods into Europe.“As the gateway to Europe, building strong ties with Belgium would give us access to a market of 500-million people, and as the gateway to the Asia Pacific, we can help Belgium make inroads in the Asian market,” said Wat.Belgium’s Foreign Trade Agency said the mission includes officials from ports, chambers of commerce and more than 100 businesses, representing such industries as liquefied natural gas, shipping, film, technology, research, agriculture and manufacturing.While in Vancouver, the Belgian delegates will visit the aquarium, fuel-cell innovator Ballard Power Systems, power-solutions company Alpha Technologies and ASCO Aerospace Canada.The delegates will participate in business seminars that examine opportunities stemming from the Canada-EU trade deal. They will also meet B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.Princess Astrid will also bestow Wat with the Grand Officer of the Order of the Crown, one of the highest decorations from the Kingdom of Belgium.Louise Arbour, former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal and justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, will also receive an Order of the Crown.The honour dates back to 1897 and is awarded for services to Belgium, including distinguished artistic, literary, scientific or commercial achievements. It is frequently awarded to foreign nationals and military and diplomatic personnel stationed in or providing support to Belgium.During the Second World War, the Order of the Crown was granted to Allied military personnel who helped liberate Belgium from Nazi occupation.Princess Astrid, 53, is known for focusing her energy on marginalized citizens and she often visits and encourages organizations that help those who are in need.She is married to Lorenz, Arch-Duke d’Autriche-Este. The couple has five children.Canadian investments in Belgium totalled $1.11 billion in 2014, ranking 10th among Canadian direct investment destinations in the EU , says B.C.’s trade ministry.Belgian direct investment in Canada was worth $5.7 billion in 2014, the 11th largest foreign direct investor in Canada on a global basis. Belgium’s Princess Astrid part of economic mission to B.C., Alberta next week by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 21, 2015 2:00 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 21, 2015 at 7:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
In an effort to enhance international research and promote global scholarship, Brock University has signed an agreement with Kateb University in Afghanistan.Senior officials from both institutions met on Brock’s campus this spring to discuss and formalize the partnership through a memorandum of understanding.Established in 2007, Kateb University is a non-profit private institution located in the urban setting of Kabul, Afghanistan. The university has an annual enrolment of under 4,000 students and notable Faculties in political science, economics, medicine, education, sociology and computer science.Striving to be an educational leader and top research producer in its region, Kateb is investing in the research capacity and knowledge of its faculty through the Brock agreement.“It’s an honour to provide institutional colleagues with the opportunity to further their research,” said Tom Dunk, Brock’s Interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic. “Education is universal and providing the world with access to higher learning opportunities is the best path to peace and prosperity in the future.”The agreement supports Brock’s strategic mandate of promoting internationalization, fostering excellence in research, scholarship and creativity while supporting the University’s student-centered focus.The new MOU, a first for Brock in Afghanistan, will see the St. Catharines institution host a small number of Kateb faculty members annually to undertake research methodology training and participate in Brock’s visiting Global Scholars program.Brock will support the development of Kateb University faculty members by providing them with opportunities to complete their doctoral work.This agreement will also promote international and intercultural understanding, educational best practices and the opportunity to collaborate on joint research activities and publications.For members of the Brock community, the agreement opens up opportunities for international mobility and encourages student, researcher and professional development between the two institutions.“We hope that this agreement will lead to greater research networks among faculty, as well as the potential for students to participate in research-based internships,” Dunk said.The agreement marks the beginning of a five-year partnership between Brock and Kateb University, with plans to start implementing the agreed upon initiatives in the upcoming 2018-19 academic year.
For years sabermetrics has theorized that pitchers can’t control what happens after a batter strikes a ball. Whether it bloops in for a hit, rockets its way to an outfielder’s glove or lands just inches outside the foul line, it’s a consequence of the batter and the defense, but not the pitcher. That argument is what led to Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP), a statistic that attempts to quantify a pitcher’s performance only for the events for which we know the pitcher has definite responsibility (walks, strikeouts and home runs — in sabermetrics parlance, the “Three True Outcomes”). FIP throws out base hits completely on the basis that they are partially a product of the defense.But now we have Statcast. The new technology that collects data on the position and velocity of the ball and the players on the field is beginning to change what we know (or thought we knew) about all sorts of things — pitching included. And that’s raising new questions about how much effect a pitcher can have on a ball once it’s put in play. The answer might be: a lot.But first, let’s talk batters. Last week, I used Statcast to show that harder-struck pitches tend to fall for hits more often. That, generally, makes hard contact good for the hitter and bad for the pitcher. Obviously, some hitters are better at hitting the ball hard. What Statcast tells us is that some pitchers are better at making batters hit the ball softly.That’s not to say pitchers hold the upper hand. In my models1Specifically, I used a linear random effects model with the R package lme4. The model was specified as follows:Batted ball velocity ~ (1|hitter) + (1|pitcher) + (1|ballpark).In total, batter explains 3 percent of the variance in batted ball velocity, while pitcher explains 0.6 percent and park 0.03 percent. of batted ball velocity that incorporate the pitcher, batter and ballpark, the batter’s effect dominates the pitcher’s. A ball’s exit velocity after a bat strikes it is about five times more the batter’s doing than the pitcher’s. This fact seems to partially vindicate FIP — batters really are the ones in control.At the same time, the pitcher’s effect is not negligible.2Deriving a p-value in a random effects model is tricky. However, the random effect for pitchers significantly improves the model by AIC, improves out-of-sample prediction accuracy, and is larger than expected under a null distribution derived from permutations. While the best batters increase batted ball velocity by as much as 7-8 mph, the best pitchers suppress it by 1.5 mph compared with the average pitcher.That has real significance: Such a decrease roughly equates to a 13-point decrease in batting average on balls in play (BABIP) for a given batted ball.3This number comes from a logistic regression of exit velocity for each batted ball. Over the course of a game, the pitchers who can best decrease exit velocity save about a quarter of a run (on average). A quarter of a run doesn’t sound like much? Multiplied over a season, all those quarters of a run add up to about one win of value.4Run expectancy numbers are derived from a linear regression of linear weights value per pitch on batted ball velocity. Linear weights values come from Pitch Info.So that means FIP is flawed as an overall value metric, at least for some pitchers. Who are those pitchers? Here’s a table of all 485 pitchers with batted ball data this season as of the writing of this article.5This amounts to 17,768 batted balls. You may notice that most relievers are close to zero on this list. That’s because the model does not have enough data per reliever to be certain that they are altering velocity heavily, so it regresses their readings to the mean. Search for your favorite pitcher and see how many miles per hour he takes away from or adds to the average batted ball. The five best pitchers in the league: the Baltimore Orioles’ Wei-Yin Chen (balls leave the bat 1.63 mph slower than average when Chen pitches); the Chicago White Sox’s Chris Sale (1.56 mph); the Los Angeles Angels’ Garrett Richards (1.53 mph); the St. Louis Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright (1.46 mph, before he experienced a season-ending injury April 25); and the Houston Astros’ Dallas Keuchel (1.40 mph). Many of these pitchers are bona fide aces, most obviously Sale, Richards and Wainwright (Clayton Kershaw also lurks in ninth place). These players are not only adept at managing contact, they are also skilled strikeout artists. FIP accurately tabs them as great pitchers even without information about their contact-controlling abilities.These pitchers control their opposition’s quality of contact partly by driving the hitters into bad counts. In pitcher’s counts, hitters tend to put weak, defensive swings on the ball, resulting in glancing contact. About 15 percent of pitchers’ exit velocity suppression comes from controlling the count.6This estimate is derived by incorporating count into the model as a fixed effect and then determining how much the pitcher’s estimated random effect decreased. Richards, for example, has reached two-strike counts in 92 of his opponents’ plate appearances, compared with three-ball counts in only 38; in the former, hitters have a .271 BABIP, whereas in the latter, they have a .333 BABIP.7The league difference is a bit smaller, but still significant: .291 BABIP with three balls, .281 with two strikes.Chen is an intriguing case. The best at suppressing batted ball velocity, Chen also has the largest gap between ERA and FIP among qualified starters. In fact, Chen has put up a sizable gap between his ERA and FIP in three of the four years in which he’s pitched in MLB. Lacking batted ball velocity in years prior, we cannot say that his skill is consistent, but his results appear to be.FIP doesn’t only fail to credit the pitchers who manage their opponent’s batted ball velocity, it also fails to blame bad ones who consistently get hit hard.The league’s bottom five in that respect: the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Vance Worley (1.43 mph added to a ball’s exit velocity, compared with average); the Tampa Bay Rays’ Nate Karns (1.39 mph); the San Francisco Giants’ Tim Lincecum (1.16 mph); the Kansas City Royals’ Yordano Ventura (1.11 mph); and the San Diego Padres’ James Shields (1.06 mph). Just as the best pitchers tended to be better than average even by FIP, these five are worse. And while the aces use the count to their advantage, these pitchers are liable to find themselves in hitter’s counts, which causes some of their problems in the first place.Their exit velocity stats are also worse because they serve up pitches down the middle of the plate. Batters crave these meatballs and can punish them for extra-base hits and home runs. When I took pitch location out of the model, the pitchers’ effects on batted ball velocities fell by 20 percent on average.8Location was added into the model with a quadratic term for horizontal and vertical coordinates after adjusting for the count.Ventura, the Royals’ young flamethrower, is a conspicuous member of this worst-in-the-league list. Like Worley and Karns, he tends to throw his four-seam fastball more often than the league average.9Using pitch tags generously supplied to me by Pitch Info. That’s significant because fastballs tend to get hammered the hardest (even adjusting for count and location). Ventura, and other fastball-heavy starters, run the risk of allowing harder contact and more hits.The idea that pitchers can, in fact, influence their BABIP is not new. Shortly after the initial publication of DIPS, Tom Tippett (currently employed by the Red Sox) wrote about how the best pitchers seemed to be able to control the probability that their struck pitches would fall for hits. Tippett had only anecdotal examples such as Pedro Martinez and Greg Maddux, so the sabermetric community coalesced on the idea that they could be exceptions to a very reasonable rule.Now that we have Statcast’s data, we can see otherwise. No one will mistake Wei-Yin Chen for Pedro Martinez, but it appears that Chen can repeatably depress his opponent’s batted ball velocity, and a statistic such as FIP will fail to credit him for that skill.10Fortunately, new statistics such as Baseball Prospectus’ DRA (Deserved Run Average) do take into account all the events in which a pitcher plays a part. In fact, individual pitchers’ DRAs better correlate with the velocity suppression effects I calculated than their FIPs do, indicating that DRA is capturing some of this skill. Statcast’s data is beginning to challenge not only our views of specific players, but also some of the fundamental precepts of sabermetrics.Special thanks to Baseball Savant for the batted ball data; Pitch Info and Harry Pavlidis for the use of pitch tag data; and Jonathan Judge, Greg Matthews, Harry Pavlidis and Dan Turkenkopf for helpful comments and feedback.CORRECTION (May 22, 11:38 a.m.): An earlier version of this article stated that Wei-Yin Chen had a sizable gap between his ERA and FIP all four years in which he pitched in the league. That wasn’t true in 2013, when his ERA was slightly higher than his FIP.
“A couple of months prior to these offences the complainant installed a camera to record her behaviour because he didn’t think anyone would believe his story. She posted a comment on a photo of Mr Tweedy saying: “fab holiday and will hopefully go back this year…..and yes he does look good!” Neil Tweedy with wife HelenCredit:Cavendish Press A battered husband installed a hidden camera in his home to film his wife attacking him as he feared police wouldn’t believe him, a court has heard.Neil Tweedy, 45, had endured violence from wife Helen since 2005, including an assault on their wedding night in 2008 where she kicked, punched and smothered him with a duvet, before making him sleep on the sofa.Defence lawyer James Street told the court that school teacher Mrs Tweedy had “significant mental health problems” caused by binge drinking.Mr Tweedy eventually reported the crimes after Mrs Tweedy continued the abuse after the birth of their daughter, now four.The victim secretly recorded the assaults at the couple’s £200,000 semi-detached home in Greater Manchester because he was afraid that police would not believe him without evidence. Over a two-month period three incidents of Mrs Tweedy slapping her husband over the head and swearing at him were caught on camera, once in front of their daughter.The couple met 16 years ago and appeared happy to family and friends. Facebook pictures showed them holidaying in Amsterdam and the Greek island of Zakynthos. At Manchester magistrates court, Mrs Tweedy admitted three charges of common assault by beating and was given a restraining order banning her from contacting her husband, as well as 120 hours of unpaid work.Prosecutor Robin Lynch said: “The first three years were described by the complainant as ‘amazing’ but the defendant began to drink in private and there sometimes there was some controlling behavior.”In 2005 on a family holiday they were with the defendant’s parents and she shoved and pushed him and slapped him in the face. The complainant said from then on it became a regular thing.“Despite this, they married in 2008 but that night he was assaulted and kicked and punched to the head and body. She placed a duvet over his head for the assault to continue and he slept on the sofa.”A couple of months prior to these offences the complainant installed a camera to record her behavior because he didn’t think anyone would believe his story. That recorded three incidents.”On the 2nd of June the defendant was verbally abusive, shouting and swearing and slapped him round the head. On the 21st of July she was sat on the sofa with the child and started physically abusing him. On the 31st of July the child was asleep upstairs and the defendant was again abusive. Mr Tweedy later said: “Helen is a fantastic and brilliant teacher and gets to work for 7.30am and doesn’t leave till 7.30pm. She’s just so hard working.”The problem was just alcohol, she was admitted to hospital twice in the past year and could have died. Something had to change.”Hopefully now she can get the hope she needs.”One in three victims of domestic violence is male, according to a 2017 study by Mankind Initiative, a charity helping men escape domestic violence.The research also found that male victims are three times more likely than female victims not to tell anyone about the abuse. Helen Tweedy leaving Manchester Magistrates’ CourtCredit:Cavendish Press 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.
We are devastated at the loss of Belton International Horse Trials. This decision was announced to us yesterday and came as a shock to the whole team.Our statement is attached pic.twitter.com/BQXj2qQLsU— Bede Events (@bedeevents) April 30, 2019 The National Trust has scrapped a prestigious horse trials event in which Royals have competed in for 40 years citing concerns for earthworms.The Belton Horse Trials is looking for a new home after officials said horse hooves treading on worms and other “soil loving creatures” means the ground could become boggy and waterlogged.Worms play a vital role as aerators of soil, and helping grassland grow.The decision came as organisers of the three-day international event at the Lincolnshire stately home of Belton House began planning its 40th anniversary celebrations for 2020.This year’s horse show, which attracted around 20,000 people to the 1,300 acre site in March, attracted a top field, including Olympic riders Pippa Funnell, Laura Collett and Piggy French. In 2017, Zara Tindall took a runners-up spot.However, the National Trust said the very “size and scale” of the event in Grantham is “now at odds” with conservation at the Grade I listed site.British Eventing claimed that the “difficult decision” to put the event to bed was “very disappointing” and the local authority, South Kesteven District Council, added that the trials make a “significant contribution” to the local economy. Zara Tindall has ridden at Belton Horse Trials in the pastCredit:PA Despite calls of concern, Ian Cooper, general manager at Belton House stood by the National Trust’s decision.He said: “Unfortunately, it has come to a point where we can’t carry on.”Mr Cooper said horse hooves and large vehicles had caused significant soil compaction across parts of the Grade I listed parkland, impacting wildlife and historic trees.He added: “We recognise the significance of the Horse Trials and their place in Belton’s recent history, and have therefore not come to this decision lightly.“The core purpose of the National Trust is to protect this historic place for future generations, and we must honour that commitment.”Belton House was gifted to the National Trust in 1983 after it was built for Sir John Brownlow in the 1680s. “Surely the National Trust have a responsibility to protect such events and build awareness of the countryside for the nation. A more rounded organisation is one that listens to its members and the public and is strong in character.” North Lincolnshire Riding Club also spoke of the loss to the area. “It is a huge loss for the Lincolnshire equestrian community after so many years being able to watch the best competitors at the top of their sport,” said Mrs Gale, the club’s secretary. “We can only hope that another fairly accessible venue can be sourced so we don’t have to always travel miles to enjoy the sport.”Mother-of-three Rachel Good, who travelled to Belton House with her teenage daughter who competed in the equestrian event this year, told The Telegraph she is disappointed that they won’t be returning soon.She said: “We went for the first time this year, it was an absolutely brilliant and beautiful event. “I’m very sad that we can’t go back and I feel desperately sorry for the organisers who had no notice of the decision. “It is very special to compete and use a wonderful and historic landscape through our sport and leisure activity. By doing this, the National Trust are making a facility stand even more still in time.”Another self-professed equestrian supporter, Jo Mawditt, said she has contacted the National Trust to complain and urged them to reconsider the decision.“This event is a highlight of not only the eventing calendar but also supports the local economy, as well as gives the general public the opportunity to experience the thrill of man and horse in harmony,” Ms Mawditt said. 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.
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Toshiba Mobile Display has already impressed us this week by unveiling a 4.3-inch display that has a higher pixel density than the iPhone 4’s Retina Display. But little did we know the company had another, even more impressive display ready to show off a day later.The screen you see above is a 6.1-inch LCD Toshiba hopes will make its way into tablet devices. That’s an unusual size for tablets, which are typically 7 or 10-inches. However, some manufacturers may want to consider using it due to the resolution and image quality the LCD panel can achieve.Toshiba has managed to squeeze 498 pixels per square inch (ppi) into this panel. It can display images at a resolution much higher than 1080p, more specifically it tops out at 2,560 x 1,600. Imagine how good your photographs would look on this thing. Add to that viewing angles of 176 degrees both horizontally and vertically, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, as well as a 61% NTSC color gamut allowing for 16.7 million colors.(Click to view full size)Photographs seem to be what Toshiba is gearing this towards, stating the output is “photographic quality” and adds both “depth and realism” to any image. Depending on the price, it should make for a very nice digital photo frame, but also holds promise as part of a smaller tablet that promotes high resolution image viewing and very crisp text output for e-reading.Now that Toshiba has managed to create such a high resolution display, it doesn’t seem out of the question to expect a 7- and 10-inch version to appear before long.Read more at Toshiba Mobile Display
A national nonprofit group that provides service dogs to military service members and veterans has opened a new training facility in Fairbanks. Paws for Purple Hearts involves service members and vets in the dog training process.Listen NowA Paws For Purple Hearts service dog greets visitors during an open house at the group’s new training center in south Fairbanks November 12th. (Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks)The atmosphere is upbeat as people and dogs mix during an open house event at Paws For Purple Hearts new Fairbanks facility. The young dogs, labrador and golden retrievers, wearing blue vests, calmly interact with visitors amidst the distracting party atmosphere. They’re young and and still in training, but obviously special animals.In Fairbanks for the open house, Paws For Purple Hearts national President and CEO Greg Sipple, emphasizes that his group’s service dog program is different and his dogs are “the most sedate, calming and mellow dogs that we could find.””A lot of places will try to have that dog keep the world away from the veteran,” Sipple said. “Our philosophy is help the veteran get through and integrate back into society. So we’ll have the dog come closer to comfort them at times when their anxiety is high- even when they’re sleeping. The dog can sense the dreams, the emotion and the cortisol being emitted, ad the dogs will comfort the veteran.”Sipple, a former Navy pilot, also points to another unique aspect of the program: use of active duty service members and veterans suffering a range disabilities, including PTSD, to help train the dogs.”Right now the demand for service dogs is far out-stretching the capacity of every organization combined. So what we’re trying to do is make a force multiplier,” Sipple said. “By having the veterans come in, training with the dogs once or twice or three times, as many times as they really want to — something about that magical connection between a dog and a human being and their ability to read and understand our emotions is really what is the magical part of the organization.”Fairbanks is one of five locations in the US where Paws For Purple Hearts operates, and the first to get a purpose-built training facility. With a large veteran population and three military installations, the interior Alaska location makes sense, but Sipple credited two local residents with bringing the organization to Fairbanks: Betsy Jacobs, the program coordinator for Paws for Purple Hearts and Nathan Colin, the director of Paws for Purple Hearts.Jacobs and Colin, both longtime Fairbanks residents previously involved in therapy dog work, say they saw the need for service dogs.”I would often be asked, ‘How do I get a service dog?’” Jacobs said. “I didn’t have an answer for them. There was no place in town where you could get one.”So the couple got trained by service dog pioneer and Paws for Purple Hearts founder Bonnie Bergen in California.”Once Betsy and I both went through her program, she seemed to think we were good candidates,” Colin said. “She asked us if we could open up a Paw for Purple Hearts here in Fairbanks.”Since March Colin and Jacobs say the fledgling Fairbanks branch of Paws For Purple Hearts, has worked with 4 dogs and about 25 service members and veterans.“Positive dog training — Susan Sampson has allowed us to use her facility free for the entire time, March until now,” Jacobs said.“Until we got our own facility now,” Colin said.“So we’ve only been meeting twice a week, but now that we’ve got our own place, we’ll be able to expand our service immensely,” Jacobs said.“And the neat thing snout our services – all our classes, all our events, everything for the servicemen and veterans – are free,” Colin said. “And if any of them want a dog, the dog is free.”That’s a big deal as the couple said trained service dogs can cost as much as 75 thousand dollars. Paws For Purple Hearts CEO Sipple said the organization is entirely funded by private donations and grants, noting that Alaskan people and businesses have been generous in helping the organization get started and he aspires to expand into Anchorage and Juneau.
Darbhanga: While encephalitis claimed 128 lives in Muzaffarpur, another state-run hospital, Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), here lacks hygiene and basic facilities. Moreover, the building of the hospital is in a dilapidated condition. The patients in the hospital said, “We are forced to get medicines from outside as there is no medicine here. Even the fans and ACs here are not working.” Also Read – Who is your CM candidate, AAP asks BJP Advertise With Us Shyam Choudhary, a worker at the hospital, said, “The patients are ones bearing the brunt of the poor infrastructure facilities. The walls of the hospitals are on the verge of collapsing and some parts of the hospital have collapsed already. Unfortunately, the administration isn’t looking into the matter.” A foul smell emanating from the garbage dumped imprudently in the hospital premises also attracts animals and other insects to wander in the area. Also Read – Charge sheet against AAP MLA Gulab Singh Advertise With Us “It is very malodorous and the garbage dumped here can become a source of several other diseases as the animals wander here. Nobody pays any heed to the issues of the patients here,” a patient said. “We are forced to take treatment under the shadow of fear. We don’t have money to get treatments from private hospitals and we are being neglected by the authorities. As there is no sufficient number of beds here, we are forced to accommodate ourselves on the floor,” said another patient. Advertise With Us Raj Ranjan Prasad, Medical Superintendent of DMCH, told ANI, “I have informed the concerned authorities and ministers explaining the condition of the hospital, but no action was taken by the administration. I have written to the administration many a time.” If something is not done immediately, various parts of the building may collapse as the conditions of many blocks of the hospital are abysmal, he added.
2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. February 7, 2014 Amazon wants a House of Cards of its own.The digital retailer and streamer of programming through its Prime Instant Video service is hoping to seduce binge watchers by creating original content, treading a similar path forged by Netflix to swelling viewership and artistic acclaim.But Amazon will not rely on network executives to program its airwaves, because viewers themselves have been tasked to decide which series will get the green light.For the second year in a row, the company’s production arm, Amazon Studios, has released 10 pilots for free online streaming, sponsored by Geico. Viewers will have approximately two months to rate, criticize and opine, upon which Amazon will proceed with production based on crowdsourced feedback.Related: Amazon Just Bought a Video-Game CompanyWhile last April’s initial run featured eight comedies and six children’s shows, this is the first time that the company is tossing hour-long dramas into the mix in hopes of conceiving a flagship series of its own. These include cop drama Bosch and post-apocalyptic The After, from the creator of The X-Files.Budgets and production value are on par with that of network competitors, Ron Price, director of Amazon Studios, told The Verge.This year’s batch of shows also includes three more comedies and five additional kids’ series. Last year’s running yielded Alpha House and Betas, about dating app developers in California seeking an investor, though neither resonated to the extent of Netflix’s award-winning hits like Cards and Orange Is the New Black.Related: Your Amazon Prime Subscription May Get More Expensive Register Now »
Related posts:Lawmaker wants to legalize Uber in Costa Rica after another legal blow to the company Uber Costa Rica drops fares 20 percent and some drivers aren’t happy ‘Uber get out,’ say protesting Uruguay taxi drivers Uber supporters say court case could legalize ride-hailing service in Costa Rica BRUSSELS, Belgium – Controversial ride-sharing service Uber faces a crackdown by governments around the world and protests by angry taxi drivers, but the company insists it is driving forward into the future.Executives on trial in Paris, office raids in Amsterdam, rape allegations in New Delhi: The world has apparently turned on the Uber “revolution.”“We must reject [Uber’s] law of the jungle,” which “amounts to modern slavery,” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said this summer after violent taxi protests in Paris helped secure the suspension of the group’s cheaper UberPop service.“The Uber problem is complex … and costs lots of jobs to taxi drivers,” said Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff after violence in Brazil against Uber drivers, including a kidnapping in São Paulo.See: Lawmaker wants to legalize Uber in Costa Rica after another legal blow to the companyBut despite the fightback and a growing pile of legal challenges, Uber maintains that the “sky is the limit” with a growth trajectory that “is going to be phenomenal.”“We have been doing this for five years. We’re in 60 countries, it’s a movie we see time and time again,” Mark MacGann, Uber’s Head of Public Policy in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, told AFP.“We were just as controversial in the U.S. 18-24 months ago as we are in places like Brussels, Barcelona, Berlin today,” he said.Today, Uber is Silicon Valley’s most visible startup with a market value of $50 billion. It is present in 340 cities with three million trips taken daily, according to the company’s latest figures.Uber does not employ drivers or own its vehicles, but instead uses non-professionally licensed contractors with their own cars. It therefore considers itself a player in the “sharing economy,” which allows the drivers to operate their own business.Once they have an account, users can call an Uber car with a couple of swipes on their smartphone, instead of having to book a taxi or waiting on a street corner waving their arm.Taxi operators say it represents unfair competition because Uber drivers can flout the rules and restrictions that regulate the professionals.The firm is led by the hard charging CEO Travis Kalanick, a 39-year-old Californian who has accused city authorities of being beholden to taxi monopolies.The regulated taxi industry “feels threatened by our high quality service and quick response time,” Kalanick said in a 2013 interview with AFP. NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 16: New York City taxi drivers hold a rally in front of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office to protest against recent inroads made by the Uber car service on September 16, 2015 in New York City. Calling Uber’s business model dangerous to worker’s full time employment, the drivers joined with the New York Taxi Workers Alliance in demanding that the state begin to regulate private car services. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFPEurope is Uber’s biggest battleTown by town, Uber launched its service first in the U.S. and quickly elsewhere, often in brazen violation of local laws. But the resistance it has faced in Europe is the company’s biggest battle yet.Two French Uber executives arrested in June face up to two years in prison as well as fines of up to €300,000 ($340,000). They had their court date postponed this week to February, but that small legal victory came in an otherwise tough few days for Uber.On Tuesday, police raided the company’s European headquarters in the Netherlands, while in London, officials proposed a 27-page set of regulations that Uber said “made no sense.”In response, Uber launched a massive petition campaign, just as it has done in Brussels where last week its cheaper UberPop option was ordered shut within 21 days.“It is true from a regulatory perspective and a political perspective, Europe is certainly more challenging than the United States,” MacGann, a 20-year lobbying veteran, told AFP.In Germany, Europe’s biggest market, a court in March ordered the company to stop its service outright.To fight back, Uber has turned to the European Union to help undo the bans and filed complaints against Germany, France and Spain.Regulations in most of Europe “are outdated and not fit for purpose,” MacGann said, while acknowledging that Germany and Spain, as well as Italy, “may end up being the final frontier for Uber.”In Asia, however, Uber remained very “bullish.”Uber set up its India operation in September 2013 and now operates in nearly a dozen cities across the country.But in New Delhi, authorities this month maintained a ban against Uber, inflicted after a driver was charged with raping a passenger.In China, the region’s top economy, MacGann said “Uber is the underdog,” with 40 percent of the market.Read more of our Uber coverage here Facebook Comments
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