George Groves and opponent Balmaceda go head-to-head

first_imgGeorge Groves weighs in ahead of Saturday’s clash with Dario German of Argentina at Wembley Arena. Hammersmith’s unbeaten super-middleweight will be looking to continue his march towards a world title shot. (Video courtesy of iFILM London)See also:Groves weighs in ahead of Wembley 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Possible Relaxation of Passivhaus Standard Stirs Debate

first_imgIt seems fair to say the Passivhaus standard will be a source of debate for the foreseeable future.Many people like its simplicity. Some believe its one-standard-fits-all approach to performance isn’t practical. Some argue that Passivhaus criteria—the 0.6 ach at 50pa airtightness requirement, say, or the 15kWh per sq. meter per year heating and cooling limits—are arbitrary and, relative to their potential energy-saving benefits, unnecessarily expensive to meet in extremely cold climates.Others say the criteria not only are worth meeting, but are actually reasonable starting points that can eventually be surpassed, in almost any climate, as building techniques and materials advance.So in January, when Passive House Institute U.S. director Katrin Klingenberg blogged that the PHIUS Tech Committee would examine data from 100 PHIUS projects certified so far and would field comments from the building community about possibly relaxing the Passivhaus standard for some projects in extremely cold climates, responses to the idea were predictably vigorous. RELATED ARTICLES Redefining Passivhaus The Passivhaus Institut in Germany Disowns Its U.S. Satellite The American Passive House Institute Responds to Dr. FeistRound 3: Wolfgang Feist Discusses the PHI-PHIUS SplitPassivhaus Combatants Continue To Speak Out A Petition Strives to Defend a Certain Definition of ‘Passive House’ PHIUS Tries to Trademark ‘Certified Passive House Consultant’PHIUS Draws a Line in the SandA Bridge Over Passivhaus Waters Fine tuning, or unnecessary alternations?Mike Eliason, a certified Passive House consultant at Brute Force Collaborative in the Seattle area, told Environmental Building News that relaxing the standard “is not really going in the direction that we need to be going. I feel like we should be aiming for a set level of consumption that’s even more conservative than most Passive House houses that are certified.”In a recent GBA blog post on the subject, Eliason added that “relaxing the standard in extreme climates also seems to give blessing to maintaining the status quo instead of addressing the structural problems of said extremes. Maybe any single-family home, Passivhaeuser included, in isolated, über-cold climates can’t truly ever be sustainable.”Marc Rosenbaum, cofounder of Energysmiths, responded to Klingenberg’s blog by pointing out that adapting cost-benefit models to Passivhaus certification might not be practical because we can’t know the future cost of energy, and that cost would vary significantly from region to region.Many others seem energized by the possibility that cost optimization could in some way factor into Passivhaus criteria and that refining the criteria (more than one person suggested combing the heating-and-cooling-demand criteria) could yield positive results without weakening the standard.The Tech Committee isn’t expected to have a proposal ready for release until spring. The discussion, in any case, certainly won’t end if PHIUS does eventually modify its approach.last_img read more

U.S. Adds Tariffs on Canadian Softwood

first_imgThe U.S. Commerce Department has announced new tariffs on Canadian softwood, the second set of duties imposed since April. The Hill reports that the preliminary anti-dumping duties are as much as 7.7%. This is in addition to the department’s imposition of countervailing duties of between 3% and 24% on Canadian lumber imports, announced in April.U.S. producers allege that Canadian softwood producers benefit from government subsidies. Canadian officials disagree.“These duties result from the trade action which is part of the continued attempt by the protectionist U.S. lumber lobby to constrain imports of high-quality Canadian lumber into the U.S. market and to drive up prices for their benefit,” said Susan Yurkovich, president of the BC Lumber Trade Council, in a statement.Some Canadian provinces are not included in the Commerce Department’s ongoing trade investigation. The department said that softwood lumber products produced in Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island should be excluded, The Hill reported. The announcement comes just two months before the U.S. and Canada are to begin talks on revising the North American Free Trade Agreement. About 80% of Canada’s softwood exports go to the U.S. The market was worth about $5.5 billion in 2016. Lumber Dispute Drives Up Construction Costscenter_img RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

HWL Final: Australia edge Argentina 2-1 to clinch win gold medal

first_imgDrag-flicker Blake Govers struck two minutes from time as defending champions Australia edged past Argentina 2-1 to win the title in the Hockey World League (HWL) Final at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.Govers struck to the left of Argentine goalkeeper Juan Vivaldi in the 58th minute after Australia saw Jeremy Hayward’s penalty corner conversion in the 17th minute being equalised within a minute by Agustin Bugallo.It was a fitting final given that the contest was between Olympic champions Argentina and the world champions.The match lived up to the expectations, with both teams showing their attacking game.While Australia kept their game of all-round attack, Argentina did their best to maintain their game of holding the ball in their half and wait for a counter-attack.Even though Australia pressed hard, Argentina kept moving the ball quickly.Australia drew the first blood, with Hayward flicking between Vivaldi’s left leg and left-bar defender Ignacio Ortiz.However, the South Americans pulled level within a minute as Bugallo deflected home at the right near post a right cross from Juan Gilardi.Afterward, both teams were locked in a tight battle. Argentina matched Australia’s physical game head-on.Eddie Ockenden came closest to give Australia the lead a few seconds prior to the close of the third quarter. Central defender Mark Knowles’ long-range ball was met by Blake Govers just outside the circle and he fed the veteran attacking midfielder on the left but the latter was denied by the cross-bar.Juan Lopez responded for Argentina following a superb counter-attack but with only goalkeeper Tyler Lovell to beat, the attacker drove wide of the left post.advertisementJust when it seemed the match will go to the penalty shootout, Australia earned a penalty corner from which Govers made no mistake to make it 2-1.In the dying seconds, Diego Paz failed to connect a flick from the left as Australia survived some anxious moments to earn the 2-1 win and retain the title they had won in Raipur two years ago.”We controlled the game well and got some clear-cut chances but didn’t make the most of them,” Man-of-the-Match Gilardi of Argentina said after the match.last_img read more

Researchers use Doppler Effect for computer gesture control

first_img © 2012 Phys.Org (Phys.org) — Researchers from Microsoft and the University of Washington have together created a system whereby a computer user can use hand gestures to instigate a limited set of computer commands such as scrolling and mimicking mouse double-clicking, that uses nothing but inaudible sound and doesn’t require any hardware other than a standard computer microphone and speakers. 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 The system is based on the now famous Doppler Effect, whereby the frequency of sound waves changes as an object making noises passes by another that hears it. In the real world, most recognize it as the way sirens appear to change the way they sound when an emergency vehicle passes by. With this new system, the engineers record the change in frequency of a tone (20 and 22 kilohertz, beyond normal hearing range) generated by the computer’s speaker using the computer’s microphone, when an object, such as a hand passes by. Software, the team calls SoundWave analyzes the frequencies and converts them to computer commands. It can also be used with a Smartphone. 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. More information: SoundWave: Using the Doppler Effect to Sense Gestures (research paper)Project page: research.microsoft.com/en-us/u … roups/cue/soundwave/ Microsoft Kinect makes moves on computers Explore further Play Video credit: Dan Morris and Desney Tan Thus far, the team has managed to capture five basic variables involved with the change in frequency: velocity, direction, proximity, the size of the object and time variation. By capturing and measuring these variables when hand gestures are made in front of a computer, SoundWave is able to perform scrolling, recognize tap and double tap (mimic mouse clicks) perform a two handed seesaw (to turn objects on screen) and recognize sustained motion. The result is a system that is good enough to allow a computer user to play a game of Tetris without ever touching the computer. It also can be made to recognize when a person approaches a computer, causing it to wake up, or to go back to sleep as soon as the person leaves.The team has tested the software on a multitude of different kinds and brands of computers using existing hardware and has found that no tweaking was necessary to perform basic functions and overall commands were executed correctly ninety percent of the time. They also tested the system using a variety of users and in several environments, including a noisy cafeteria and found the software worked reliably in virtually every scenario.At this point, it appears the team is positioning the SoundWave software as an add-on to computers, serving to fill in some of the gaps in other gesture based systems (such as Microsoft’s Kinect) that rely on cameras and other sensors. They are set to submit a paper for review describing the SoundWave system at the upcoming ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing. Citation: Researchers use Doppler Effect for computer gesture control (2012, May 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-doppler-effect-gesture.html SoundWave allows non-contact, real time in-air gesture sensing on existing commodity computing devices.last_img read more

Balurghat meatseller accused of selling decomposed meat

first_imgBALURGHAT: A local meat seller in Balurghat has been accused of being involved in selling decomposed meat to an inhabitant of the civic area. The buyer, Ajay Chanda, who is a state government employee and a resident of Balurghat Khadimpur, demonstrated before the shop, demanding immediate return of fresh meat in place of the decomposed meat.Law enforcers from Balurghat police station rushed to the spot, hearing about the incident from the locals. A probe has already been initiated by the South Dinajpur Food Security department after receiving the complaint from Chanda. Preliminary investigation has revealed that the accused meat seller, Chhoton Mali, has no authorised trade licence to run the shop and trade. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsOn Monday, Chanda purchased meat from Mali’s meat shop located in Sare Tin Number More area. Bad smell of decomposed meat came out while cooking at night.On Tuesday, Chanda reached the shop with the half cooked meat, demanding replacement with fresh meat. Mali denied him of replacement and the duo got involved in an argument. Locals gathered there to know what the matter was. Police reached the spot after being informed by the locals.last_img read more

Microsoft Asks US to Let It Disclose Security Requests

first_img Enroll Now for Free Microsoft Corp. said on Tuesday it has written to the U.S. Attorney General to ask for more freedom to disclose how it handles requests for customer data from national security organizations.The appeal comes a week after the Guardian newspaper reported that Microsoft allowed U.S. security agencies to circumvent encryption of Outlook emails and capture Skype online chats, citing leaked documents provided by Edward Snowden.The world’s largest software company said there were “significant inaccuracies” in the media reports last week and asserted it does not allow any government direct or unfettered access to customers’ emails, instant messages or data.In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder made public on Tuesday, company lawyer Brad Smith asked Holder to take action personally to permit Microsoft to reveal more about how many security requests it receives and how it handles them.”We believe the U.S. Constitution guarantees our freedom to share more information with the public, yet the Government is stopping us,” said Smith in a blog on Microsoft’s website.He said government lawyers have not responded to a court motion made in mid-June asking for permission to publish the volume of requests it has received.So far, the U.S. government has restricted what companies can say under about the requests under the highly secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Last month, it allowed the disclosure of aggregate numbers of requests for customer data, but not the breakdown of the split between surveillance and crime-related requests.Microsoft and Google Inc., along with Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and other U.S. tech leaders are scrambling to assert their independence after documents leaked to the Guardian suggested they gave the U.S. government “direct access” to customer accounts as part of a National Security Agency (NSA) program called Prism.The Guardian went further in detailing Microsoft’s collusion with the NSA last week, citing new top-secret documents it said were leaked by Snowden, the original source of the Prism reports.Microsoft did not directly mention the latest Guardian report, but contradicted its central claims.”Microsoft does not provide any government with direct and unfettered access to our customers’ data,” said Smith in his blog. “Microsoft only pulls and then provides the specific data mandated by the relevant legal demand.”(Reporting by Bill Rigby; Editing by Gary Hill and Andre Grenon)Related: How Google, Apple, Facebook and Others Use Your Personal Data This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now July 17, 2013 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 3 min readlast_img read more