Briggs Marine in Cable Survey for SHEPD

first_imgBriggs Marine Contractors will be undertaking subsea power inspections on behalf Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD).The survey, using an ROV launched from the DP2 vessel Glomar Wave, will cover Pentland Firth, mainland Orkney to Graemsay, mainland Orkney to Hoy and Flotta to Hoy.The inspection operations will start during an appropriate weather window following August 02, 2017 and will continue over a planned minimum period of 10 days, weather permitting.Inspection will be concentrated across 7 cables. Corridors will be approximately 1km wide based on the centreline defined by the following coordinates.The ROV will be fitted with video camera, multibeam echo sounder and sub bottom imager and will be launched over the side of the vessel.During operations, Glomar Wave will be restricted in the ability to manoeuvre. It is requested that all vessels operating within this area maintain a safe distance of 500m and pass at minimum speed to avoid vessel wash effects.last_img read more

Hamilton Beats Vettel to Win Chinese Grand Prix

first_imgMercedes driver Lewis Hamilton dominated the Chinese Grand Prix to take his first win of the year and move into a share of the championship lead.Hamilton’s victory, in a race enlivened by a wet start and some terrific wheel-to-wheel battles, ties him with first-race winner Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.Vettel was second, hardening impressions that 2017 will be a fight between the two multiple champions.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen moved up from 16th on the grid to finish third.The grand prix could have swung in favour of either Hamilton or Vettel depending on how events had played out.In the end, fate decided for Hamilton, who was able to control the race from the front throughout and respond to his pursuers, who were always kept well out of arm’s length.Vettel had to fight back after losing out on strategy in a chaotic opening, which kept the shape of the race in doubt through a series of incidents and accidents.Verstappen further heightened his already burgeoning reputation as one of F1’s most exciting drivers with a strong performance to challenge Hamilton early on.The Dutchman, up from 16th to seventh on the first lap, took the final podium spot, but was under pressure in the closing laps from his more measured team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who Verstappen had overtaken impressively in the early stages.Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas had a chastening day, spinning behind the safety car in the early stages and dropping back to 12th, from which he recovered to finish sixth, behind the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.And there was cruel luck for Fernando Alonso, who drove a strong opening lap to have the uncompetitive McLaren-Honda up into eighth place, ran seventh for much of the race and was on course to finish there when his driveshaft failed shortly after half distance.The race could have turned out very differently had it not been for a key moment on lap four.After a wet start, Hamilton led the opening lap from Vettel and Bottas but the deployment of the virtual safety car following a crash by Williams rookie Lance Stroll, punted off by Force India’s Sergio Perez, prompted Vettel and most of the midfield runners to pit for dry tyres on lap two.The decision dropped Vettel to sixth but with all the runners ahead of him still on the grooved intermediate tyres on a rapidly drying track.The four-time champion was now in a strong position, and poised to take the lead when Hamilton, Bottas, Ricciardo, Raikkonen and Verstappen pitted.But Hamilton and the others were saved by a crash by Sauber’s Antonio Giovinazzi, the Italian losing it at the last corner, just as he had in qualifying on Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Westport Winery Adds Mystery Dinner Theater

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryBy special request Westport Winery has added a mystery dinner theater evening to its summer schedule. On Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16 at 6 p.m. the winery will offer the play What Happens in Markham, Stays in Markham.For dinner, guests will be served a special Markham-themed menu including the winery’s signature oat rolls and sweet butter as they arrive and order beverages. After the first act they will enjoy an Ocean Spray summer salad. For their entrée guests have a choice of Asian BBQ Kolbi pork ribs or wild Pacific salmon accompanied by cranberry rice pilaf and sesame-seared broccoli. The evening’s entertainment will conclude with their choice of one of the winery’s signature pies including dark chocolate, key lime, triple coconut and fresh raspberry cream.All ages are welcome to attend this hilarious event. Volunteers are needed to participate as actors in the play. There is no rehearsal, but actors must stay in character throughout the evening, provide their own “costumes”, and purchase dinner tickets. Those who participate need to mingle, act responsively to the narrator’s cues, and possibly…die. If you are interested in participating as an actor email [email protected] to receive the character and costume descriptions.Tickets for What Happens in Markham, Stays in Markham are $35 per person and include dinner, dessert and the play. Taxes, gratuities and beverages are additional. All guests are welcome to wear their finest Grays Harbor camouflage couture if they want to get into the spirit of the evening whether they are performing or not. Reservations are required to attend this Harbor happening.Westport Winery, Restaurant, Bakery and Nursery are open daily at 11a.m. The winery is open for lunch daily from 11 am. to 4 pm. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings from 4 p.m. to 8.p.m. The winery with its unique grape maze, extraordinary outdoor sculpture and display gardens is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Westport and Aberdeen. For more information or reservations call Westport Winery at 360-648-2224.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 2, 2016)–Santa Anita Park has announced it will begin installation of a completely new Bermuda turf course on June 20, which will be ready for use in advance of Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet which begins in late September.“With the impact of additional racing dates and increased demand for turf racing, the replacement of the course is something we have been anticipating and planning for several months,” said Joe Morris, Senior Vice President, West Coast Operations for The Stronach Group. “The new course will be very tight-knit and uniform, and we’re confident that we can have it fully installed by early July, which will give it the time it needs during optimum growing conditions.“Turf racing is extremely popular with our fans and horsemen, and with our expanded racing calendar, we are placing demands on this course that have never before existed. The new turf is designed to be robust enough to handle the additional use. The horsemen are fully supportive of this project, and together, we look forward to its implementation.”                Trainer Jim Cassidy, President of the California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT), said the following: “A completely new and durable turf course is essential to successful year ’round racing at Santa Anita. Track leadership has been careful to consider our suggestions and we are pleased to endorse their plan.”Beginning June 6, preparations will begin on the hillside portion of the course, with the turf oval scheduled for closure beginning June 20. The first course of action will be to remove the existing turf and prepare the soil for the installation of the fully mature Bermuda, which has been grown in La Quinta, Calif.With an oval that measures about seven furlongs, Santa Anita’s Camino Real Turf Course is unlike any other in North America, in that it features a hillside component, which measures about 6 ½ furlongs (4,777 feet) from the top of the hill to the finish line.With Santa Anita’s current Winter Meet drawing to a close on April 10, turf racing in California will shift to Golden Gate Fields as they conduct their 75th anniversary Turf Festival, which will run from April 14 through May 1. Turf Festival purses will be increased and horsemen will be offered complementary vanning between Santa Anita and Golden Gate.As a result of Santa Anita’s turf course project, there will be no turf racing here from June 23 through closing day of the track’s Spring Meeting on July 10.Turf racing will resume with the onset of Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet, which runs from Sept. 30 through Nov. 6.last_img read more

Rosler: Bees can take heart from cup battles

first_imgBrentford manager Uwe Rosler said his players can take heart from their FA Cup tussles with Chelsea despite their 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.Rescued by Fernando Torres’ late equaliser when the teams met at Griffin Park, Chelsea were again caused problems by the League One promotion chasers in the fourth-round replay.They eventually took control of the game, with Juan Mata’s 55th-minute opener proving to be the turning point.But a proud Rosler declared: “The fact that we are here, that we were 0-0 at half-time and the fact that Rafa [Benitez] put out a strong team says a lot.“My players saw that collectively, when we stick to the gameplan, we can compete against opposition who are better than us individually.Brentford battled at the Bridge.“Nothing takes away from the effort and also the quality my players have shown, and I’m very, very happy.”That gameplan hinged on keeping the game goalless in the second half and bringing Harry Forrester off the bench.The all-important first goal was therefore a hammer blow for Rosler’s men as it was scored just as Forrester was preparing to come on and Chelsea were struggling to break Brentford down.“We had a very good shape and there were periods when Chelsea were running out of ideas,” said Rosler.“But obviously when they have the ball and we are having to run so much without the ball, at some stage you are going to get tired – first and foremost, mentally.“They used one of those moments to score the first goal. We had very good control in terms of denying Mata space but from a long ball forward he got the second ball and had a fantastic shot.“We gave our all and we forced them to also give their all in order to beat us. I feel the final scoreline doesn’t really reflect the game.“The only thing we have to look at is that after the first goal we got too loose too early.“The plan was always to bring Harry Forrester on and go for the win. But, by doing that, we got too loose and they punished us.”Brentford were also unfortunate in the first half, when Marcello Trotta stuck the ball in Chelsea’s net only for a free-kick to be awarded to the visitors.The whistle had already been blown for a foul on Adam Forshaw by Blues defender David Luiz near the edge of the penalty area.Rosler admitted: “You have to have an extremely good day if you are coming to Chelsea and you want to go further.“It’s up to us to make things happen, but you also need a little bit of luck.“As a club like Brentford playing against the European champions, you need the 50-50 decisions going in your direction.“On a better day he could have waited one or two more seconds and we would have been 1-0 up.“Overall though, I would not complain about the referee. The referee has not decided the game. We take the defeat in the right way and have learned a lot.“That experience will help the players for the next months and years to come.”See also:Chelsea see off Brentford in cup replayLuiz apologises for Reeves incidentBenitez denies bust-up with TerryChelsea v Brentford player 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Sex Cells: The Evolution (or Design) of Genitalia

first_img(Visited 88 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 There’s been a lot of news about sex organs in recent days.  Which does a better job of explaining the facts of life: design or evolution?People either get squeamish or excited at the subject of genital organs, but we all live with our undercover parts every day and might respect them more if we understood what’s going on down under.  Toward that end, we need to be able to talk about reality with the dispassionate demeanor of the physiologist.  Then we need to consider how things got the way they are.  So no prurience in this entry; just factual analysis of what science is learning about our so-called privy members.  Much of the news (mostly about the male of the species, but some about both) is quite surprising.Protein record:  New Scientist reported research coming out of the Human Protein Atlas, a map of the human “proteome” (the set of all proteins made by the body).  In “Amaze balls: Testicles site of most diverse proteins,” Andy Coghlan noted one unexpected result:The proteins in our cells and tissues are responsible for everything from repair and maintenance to the production of signalling chemicals. You might expect that the brain, being our most sophisticated organ, would produce the widest array of proteins. But while the brain hosts 318 unique proteins that we know of, testicles are home to 999.Many of those proteins are directly involved in sperm production and meiosis, the researchers found.  “What’s going on in the testes is unique, as sperm must survive with half the chromosomes and outside the human body,” lead researcher Mathias Uhlén of the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, said.  An article about this on the BBC News says that the “testes had more distinctive proteins because of their focus on producing large numbers of sperm without any errors in their genetic code.”Uhlén expects that a similar number of proteins are made in the female reproductive organs, but “eggs are made inside fetuses, so he will not be testing this theory.”Frozen:  Must we lose the capacity to reproduce in limited years of youth?  Medical Xpress reports that “Sperm grown from the frozen testicle tissue of newborn mice has been used to produce healthy offspring.”  This offers hope to men scheduled to undergo surgery for testicular cancer “as a way of preserving their fatherhood prospects.”  There’s also been talk of freezing female eggs as a job benefit for career women not wanting to lose their motherhood prospects because of work; Apple and Facebook recently were reported to be offering egg freezing to attract female engineers.  Live Science published “5 Things You Need to Know” about egg freezing; though it’s better now than it used to be, it’s not guaranteed, it requires a lot of doctor visits, and it’s not recommended as a way of delaying pregnancy, Rachael Rettner warns.Meiosis:  The cell division process that yields sperm and egg cells with half the usual chromosome count is very complex.  To keep the chromosomes from separating prematurely, the chromosomes must lock together tightly with molecular “glue”.  The Stowers Institute for Medical Research identified a “molecular scissors” that separates the pairs at just the right time.  The press release begins with admiration of the process:The development of a new organism from the joining of two single cells is a carefully orchestrated endeavor. But even before sperm meets egg, an equally elaborate set of choreographed steps must occur to ensure successful sexual reproduction. Those steps, known as reproductive cell division or meiosis, split the original number of chromosomes in half so that offspring will inherit half their genetic material from one parent and half from the other.The scissors is an enzyme named Topoisomerase II, “able to cut and untwist tangled strands of the double helix.”  Without it, meiosis cannot succeed, and the organism (in this case, a fruit fly) is sterile.  One of the researchers thinks the choreography is kind of messy and crazy.  “This method of segregating shorter chromosomes may be clunky, odd, crazy, and as noncanonical as it gets, but that doesn’t matter, because the cells survive,” he commented.  “In the end, these processes don’t have to be elegant, they just have to work.”  And work it did, or he wouldn’t be here to say so.  The article did not mention evolution.Plant meiotic inversion:  Plants do meiosis with a variation, a press release from the University of Vienna says.  While describing it as an “orderly” process, the scientists found, surprisingly, that plants “show an inversion of the canonical meiotic sequence, with the equational division preceding the reductional.”  Also, their chromosomes attach to spindle microtubules along their full length, rather than to distinct kinetochores, as in animal cell division.  “These connections seem to provide sufficient force to allow proper orientation and disjunction during the second division, the article says.Endowment:  In an article beginning with a photo of two large brass balls, Lizzie Wade explained for Science Magazine why human testicles are much smaller than those of chimpanzees.  It’s evolutionary, she says.  First, the metrics: “Human brains are nearly three times larger than those of chimpanzees, but we’ve got nothing on our closest cousins in the testicle department,” she begins.  “Whereas human testes top out at about 50 grams, chimpanzees’ routinely reach weights of 150 to 170 grams.”  Why?  It has to do with mating habits, she claims; primates like chimps that are more polygamous during mating season need more sperm-producing mass, while the more monogamous, like humans and gorillas, get by with less.  Then comes the just-so story:But hope is not lost, puny humans! Our primate ancestors appear to have switched between mating types—and, therefore, testicle size—at least six times before we came along, suggesting that testicle tissue may respond to evolutionary pressure more rapidly than other body parts do.It’s not clear what Lizzie, a woman, wants to gain from bigger testicles in men.  Is she advocating promiscuity?  Men seem to do fine with what they have; the last thing one would think an evolutionist wants is a promiscuity-driven human population explosion.  Incidentally, a survivor of testicular cancer is pushing a six-foot ball around the country as a “giant inflatable testicle” to raise awareness of the need for young men to be tested early, Breitbart News reported.  Hopefully Lizzie Wade is not hoping for that level of “hope” for “puny human” endowments, or else the underwear industry would be cast into confusion, to say nothing of male athletics.  Even with “puny” testicles, it’s quite remarkable the amount of motion that external male genitalia can sustain without damage during running and jumping sports.Middle leg:  Another popular evolutionary story making the rounds claims that the penis is a derivative of limb tissue. Another just-so story “Where the penis comes from” (Science Magazine) was echoed by Live Science (“How Sex Organs Get Their Start”) and another by David Cameron on PhysOrg, “Genesis of genitalia: We have one. Lizards have two. Why?”  No one is claiming that lizards or humans fail in the reproductive act because of their equipment.  Quite the contrary:When it comes to genitalia, nature enjoys variety. Snakes and lizards have two. Birds and people have one. And while the former group’s paired structures are located somewhat at the level of the limbs, ours, and the birds’, appear a bit further down. In fact, snake and lizard genitalia are derived from tissue that gives rise to hind legs, while mammalian genitalia are derived from the tail bud. But despite such noteworthy contrasts, these structures are functionally analogous and express similar genes.So what’s the evolutionary point here?  No one is arguing that the “variety” works well in one species and poorly in another.  It would make sense in a design view that functionally analogous organs would express similar genes.In Science Magazine, Elizabeth Pennisi speaks more of functional design and health of sex organs, tacking on a short evolutionary story at the end.  (Note to women: your anatomy is included in the discussion.)It’s not a question a lot of scientists ponder out loud, but it’s key to much of life on Earth: Exactly how does the penis form?  Today, two teams of researchers report having solved one part of this mystery, pinpointing how the organ gets its start in snake, lizard, mouse, and chick embryos. Now that they understand the penis’s origin, researchers can track its development in more detail to understand what drives it to follow a different path in females and become a clitoris. The finding doesn’t just answer a biological conundrum; it could also help millions of people born with genital malformations….Regardless of this difference of opinion [about whether the specific tissues in the embryo are destined for limbs or genitalia], these new insights into how the penis gets started in the embryo are impressive, says Gunter Wagner, an evolutionary biologist at Yale University who was not involved with either study. “It’s seems like a pretty complete story to me.” For him, the work begins to address the question of how novel anatomical structures arise in evolution. And in that respect, he adds, “it’s a big advance.”Most of the other reporters leapt onto the notion that the penis evolved from a limb.  Live Science wandered into storyland:“There’s always been a suggestion that limbs and genitalia might have co-evolved,” said Patrick Tschopp, a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School, who led the study. “When animals made the move toward dry environments, two things had to change.“First, the earliest animals to crawl onto land hundreds of millions of years ago had to evolve limbs from fins so they could get around, Tschopp told Live Science. Second, the creatures had to find a way to protect their eggs and keep them from drying out. They were facing a much more hostile environment, and they could no longer just release their eggs and sperm into the water. Nature’s solution was internal fertilization — direct delivery from the male to the female, which required external genitalia.Well, if “Nature” required it, then natural selection was there to produce it—that seems to be the suggestion.   Thus, we have two SEQOTW winners in this post.  Nevertheless, it is interesting that limbs and genitals share embryonic pathways.  The BBC News reported that the scientists turned limb cells into genitals by switching certain genes on or off during development.  This is not surprising, since the fates of many organs, including male genitalia, are switched on at set points during the embryo’s growth.  That is why both males and females have nipples, which form before male genes are expressed.Female mystique:  The female reproductive apparatus came up in a New Scientist article.  Reporter Kayt Sukel took issue with Vincensio and Guilia Puppo for publishing an article claiming to be the “final word” on female orgasm, saying that “the vaginal orgasm (and the G spot) does not (and could not) exist” and that the clitoris is simply a “female penis” with similar response to stimulation.  “Female sexuality, including the female orgasm, is complex,” Sukel writes—too complex for such simplistic descriptions.Origin of copulation:  Evolutionists at Flinders University seem deliriously happy that the origin of sex has been “discovered.”  In Science Daily‘s report, “Origins of sex discovered: Side-by-side copulation in distant ancestors,” the article was not really about the origin of sex at all (sexual reproduction was abundant in the Cambrian explosion and exists even among eukaryotic microbes).  Rather, it’s about the earliest claimed example of internal fertilization, or copulation.  It was inferred from fossils of “primitive” armored fish called placoderms.  It’s not clear how the “origin” of sex fits the data, since internal fertilization was already up and running in these animals.  “Our new discovery now pushes the origin of copulation back even further down the evolutionary ladder, to the most basal of all jawed animals,” they say—raising the question of how it evolved at all.  Wikipedia laments, “The evolution of sexual reproduction is a major puzzle.”Finagle’s 2nd Law states: “No matter what the anticipated result, there will always be someone eager to (a) misinterpret it, (b) fake it, or (c) believe it happened according to his own pet theory.”  Darwin’s corollary can be stated: “No matter the phenomenon, there will always be an evolutionist eager to make up a just-so story about how it came to be.”  It should be obvious from these news items that sexual organs and the processes going on inside them are out of reach of unguided natural processes.  Genitalia, like every other part of the human anatomy, show profound evidence of intelligent design, from the macro to the micro level.  Good grief; evolutionists have a terrible time explaining the origin of sex, let alone genitalia and the profoundly elaborate, irreducibly complex systems involved at every stage in baby making.There’s been increasing openness in the media to discuss sexual organs.  It’s becoming more common, for instance, for both men and women, including political commentators, to equate courage with having balls and cojones.  Is that healthy?  It’s certainly a big change from the prudishness of the 1950s and early 1960s.  Laws about indecent exposure, and social norms about subjects considered improper for polite conversation help to protect women and children (men, too), from harassment and embarrassment.  Leaked photos of nude celebrities recently produced an uproar in the media, with worries about privacy—a concept in retreat.  Yet too much body shame can have negative consequences, too.  People should be able to discuss genitalia in the right context with a certain level of emotional maturity.  Everyone admires Michelangelo’s David, and most people have no qualms over nude sculptures in outdoor fountains in Rome and Washington DC.  What should a creationist think?In the 1970s, Dr. James Dobson—certainly opposed to indecency—nevertheless warned that shaming children who are inquisitive about their genitalia can be harmful to their spiritual development.  He advocated nonchalantly covering up if a family member was caught in an unguarded moment, and speaking matter-of-factly about body parts in response to questions.  Children are not naturally ashamed of nakedness, so the level of respect for privacy that is appropriate must be learned.  Parents walk a fine line here.  Christians and creationists believe we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:13-16) and that “everything created by God is good, and that nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with thanksgiving” (I Tim. 4:4-5).  That doesn’t imply that everything created should be exposed or flaunted.  Yet overreaction to body exposure seems discordant with the teaching that God’s designs are good and worthy of praise.As with anything, the Bible is our guide.  The Bible is not prudish about body parts, but is steadfastly opposed to lust and lewdness; it also associates nakedness with shame quite often (e.g., Rev. 3:18).  Other than that, the amount of covering that is appropriate seems culturally determined to some extent.  We are not to offend or take offense, but seek the good of our neighbor.  And what is appropriate depends on context; beach attire is not appropriate in the office.  Male-female differences must also be factored in.  What’s at issue is not the body parts (which God created and pronounced “very good”), but the mind (which is fallen), and our responsibility to those around us.Christians are understandably appalled at the lewdness of modern society.  We have the opportunity to present a righteous standard, reacting but not overreacting.  How do we teach and express a good balance?  What has been your experience?  Has it changed at all, the more you learn about the intricate design of sexual organs?  Your comments are invited.last_img read more

Merry ChromeOSmas! We’re Giving Away 5 Chrome OS Notebooks For the Holidays

first_imgBe sure to tag your official answers with #chromeOSmas, otherwise you’re getting coal.We’ll collect the email addresses of the winners and send them along to Google, who will contact you to collect more information. Then you’ll be getting your Chrome notebook right quick, just in time for the holidays.UPDATE: We got word from Google that they can only send notebooks to U.S. addresses. Apologies to our international friends.Thanks for playing and happy holidays from ReadWriteWeb. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… seamus condron This week, Google gave the world the first major update on Chrome OS since the project was announced last year. While Google’s operating system in the cloud won’t be ready for prime-time for six months, Google initiated a pilot program that includes a brand new test notebook with Chrome OS installed. While many have been selected for the program and have already received their machine, many of you are still dying to get their hands on Google’s latest project. Well, we have some good news!Google has been kind enough to give us five Cr-48 notebooks with Chrome OS installed, and we’ve decided to give them away to our awesome readers.Beginning next Monday, we’ll give away one notebook each day via our new @ReadWriteMobile Twitter account. To be eligible, you’ll need to do the following:Follow @ReadWriteMobile on Twitter Sharpen your brains. We’ll be asking a brain-busting trivia question on topics to be determined by our crack team of quiz show drop-outs. The first one to answer correctly wins! Related Posts Tags:#Google#web Be on your toes (or tweeting toes). We’ll ask our daily trivia question at completely random times. We’ll give about ten minutes notice, but that’s it. Devious! Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Michigan legislature approves fully autonomous vehicle tests

first_imgRelated Posts Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Tags:#American Center for Mobility#Autonomous car#Congress#Mcity#Michigan#Self-Driving David Curry A package of four bills that allow fully autonomous testing in Michigan were approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate on Thursday.The bills make it legal for fully autonomous cars to drive without a driver inside and open up 122 miles of public road for testing. The legislature also approved a plan to redevelop Willow Run airport into a test site for self-driving vehicles.See Also: Toyota steers millions into University of Michigan AI projectSomeone must monitor the autonomous car, but they don’t have to be inside. This provides Uber, Lyft, and other ride-hailing apps with the opportunity to cut the driver and have a few technicians on hand to watch for failures in the system.Michigan has been relaxing laws on self-driving far quicker than other states, with the intention of bringing Silicon Valley dollars and jobs to the Rust Belt.Many self-driving automakers already in MichiganToyota, General Motors, Ford, Nissan, and Honda are already testing autonomous vehicles or investing in autonomous projects in Michigan. Toyota also co-owns, with the other four automakers, the American Center for Mobility, the organization in charge of redeveloping the Willow Run airport into an autonomous test site.Technology companies have been less receptive of Michigan. Uber has set up shop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and both Google and Apple are sticking to San Francisco.Bringing automotive jobs back into Detroit has been an aim of Gov. Rick Snyder, who on Thursday thanked everyone that worked on the bills for ensuring that “Michigan is the new mobility leader of the world.”Michigan is not the only state pushing for relaxed autonomous vehicle laws, Florida, Nevada, Arizona, and California have all pushed laws aimed at making it easier for companies to test self-driving vehicles.center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

National Australia Bank ‘Schools First’ Funding

first_imgYou will have heard the phrase, “it takes a village to raise a child”. The sentiment behind this proverb is at the heart of an exciting new initiative, Schools First.Schools First is an awards scheme designed to encourage and recognise excellence in school-community partnerships. With a prize pool of $5 million every year for three years, Schools First will provide capacity building financial rewards for outstanding school-community partnerships.There will be two types of awards – Impact Awards and Seed Funding Awards. Schools are in the running to win one of 68 impact awards of the value of $50,000 each. Each State winner will receive an additional $50,000 taking their total to $100,000 and be in the running for the national award. The national winner will receive $500,000 to $1M for a truly exceptional partnership.Twenty (20) seed funding awards of $25,000 each will be available to schools across Australia. Seed funding is available to schools yet to establish a partnership or are in the early stages of their partnership.A community partnership – what’s in it for schools?By partnering with community groups, schools can:share resources access expertise create exciting opportunities to enhance student learning When schools and community groups join together, students are more engaged, teachers can be better supported and education outcomes improved.A school partnership – what’s in it for community organisations?By partnering with schools, not only can students benefit, community organisations can grow and strengthen their business through:increased participation in organisation activities strengthened industry pathways for workforce development engaged staff staff development positive brand recognition across stakeholders increased membership increased promotion of other programs/services With a robust research base, Schools First has designed a number of resources to support the development and strengthening of school-community partnerships. From March – June 2009 a national series of workshops will be presented to inform, inspire and equip schools and their current or potential partners to improve student outcomes and apply for a Schools First award.To get involved:Attend a Schools First Workshop. Log onto www.schoolsfirst.edu.au/rsvp/ to register for the workshop. More information can be found at www.schoolsfirst.edu.au  or call 1800 649141.Register for regular updates. Log onto http://www.schoolsfirst.edu.au/pages/Register.html Related Filesschools_first_workshop_dates_and_locations_-_national-doclast_img read more

Australia’s Mixed day sees them come from behind to win

first_img@Eden_RichardsAustralia’s Mixed Open side have made it three from three, securing an epic 11-10 come from behind victory to break the hearts of New Zealand.The Aussies scored the last three touchdowns of the match to snatch victory after trailing for majority of the nerve-racking win.Outstanding performances from Ifor Jones and hat-trick hero Mase Parsons was not enough for the Kiwis, with the class of Australian captain Michael Singh helping the Aussies get over the line by the smallest of margins.New Zealand’s effort and determination must be commended, sticking it to Australia from the first moments of the match.It was clear New Zealand had come to play, scoring through Danyon Morgan-Puterangi after just 17 seconds of game time.But Australia made it 1-1 in the 2nd minute, with Adam Pryde beating New Zealand’s defence in the centre of the field.The match was turning into a high-scoring affair when New Zealand hit back straight away, crossing in the 3rd minute through Jones to make it 2-1 very early in the contest.The Aussies evened up the scoreline five minutes in when Tim Glazebrook took advantage of two offside Kiwi defenders to score in the middle of the park.Jones set up New Zealand’s next, with some fantastic interplay putting Bayley Waudby over for a touchdown in the 7th minute to make it 3-2 in their favour.But Australia soon replied, with Glazebrook scoring his second in the 12th minute to level the scoreline at 3-3.The match continued to to-and-fro as New Zealand hit the lead again through Puawai Gardiner with seven minutes to go in the first half, but Aussie captain Singh responded immediately to level it up at 4-4 in the 14th minute.The last two minutes of the first half belonged to the Kiwis, scoring twice in that period to take a much-needed 6-4 lead into the half-time break.Australia woke up after half-time, scoring two minutes after the break through Leah Percy to cut the margin to one touchdown.Two minutes later it was 6-6, with Australia’s Simon Lang crossing to give his side all the momentum in the 24th minute.But New Zealand wrestled back some control of the match five minutes into the second half as Nathan Rollinson crossed for a touchdown to give the Kiwis a 7-6 lead.Singh scored his second to draw Australia level in the 26th minute, but again New Zealand had an answer as they restored their one-touchdown lead through Parsons.The Kiwis looked to be in control 10 minutes from full-time, hitting a 9-7 lead courtesy of an Autumn-Rain Stephens touchdown.However, Australia were not done yet, scoring through Elin Mortimer in the 31st minute to have some hope of a comeback victory.But when Parson’s scored his third touchdown of the match for New Zealand it appeared it wasn’t going to be Australia’s day.Trailing 10-8 to the Kiwis in the 33rd minute, Australia had to be the next team to score.They did just that, crossing through Leah Opie-Lukins to keep the Aussies within reach of victory.Australia scored again with five minutes to go and it was suddenly all locked up with a thrilling finish to come.The Aussies’ never say die attitude saw them hit the lead with two minutes to go, with Zara Nicholas crossing in the left corner.Australia hung on to win 11-10, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.It was a performance full of tenacity from the Aussies who would not let themselves be beaten.Australia 11 (Glazebrook 2,  Singh 2, Nicholas, Mortimer, Costello, Opie-Lukins, Pryde, Lang, Percy touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 10 (Parsons 3, Gardiner, Stephens, Rollinson, Waudby, Morgan-Puterangi, Jones, Takerei touchdowns)Related LinksMixed Openlast_img read more