Autonomous Robotics Ltd (ARL) is collaborating with Robert Gordon University (RGU) on swarm technology research (Swarm Technology) of a simultaneous, distributed and scalable localisation system for a swarm of autonomous underwater sensor flying nodes. The purpose of this research is to further enhance the capability of the flying node system and further reduce the cost and time for ocean bottom seismic surveys.RGU is a leading Scottish university in Aberdeen, the oil capital of Europe, and its School of Engineering has an outstanding track record of working in collaboration with industry. The Swarm Technology research will be performed by Dr Wai-keung Fung and Mr Adham Sabra, who are with the Communications and Autonomous Systems Group within the School of Engineering, with results of the research expected within 12 months.Dave Grant (ARL Chairman) said, “ARL are working with RGU to research and create a practical localisation system for the flying node system which will allow the flying nodes to operate in a swarm and move from their initial seabed position to a new seabed location. This Swarm Technology will be used to enhance the capability of the flying node system and provide even greater savings in cost and time for the offshore energy operators performing ocean bottom seismic surveys. I would also like to thank the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) for their support of this project. OGIC assists companies to find academic partners and provides funding for innovative projects which benefit the oil & gas industry.”Dr Wai-keung Fung, Group lead of the Communications and Autonomous Systems Group at RGU, added: “This great opportunity enables our research group to apply AI algorithms for large scale underwater swarm localisation, which is one of the core research problems in underwater robotics and sensor networks. Localisation accuracy can be greatly improved by fusing estimates from multiple localisation methods. This can enhance autonomous deployment and retrieval of underwater flying nodes for various subsea missions, including marine seismic surveys.”Ian Phillips, Chief Executive of OGIC, added: “These examples highlight the exciting technology which can be developed when we work with the expertise and knowledge that exists within Scottish universities. Supporting these university-introduced projects is just another way we are continuing to invest in the future of the industry.”
The Premier League Board has brought forward the Glo Premier League match-day-8 fixture between Aduana Stars and Heart of Lions.The match at the Agyemang Badu Park will now be played on Saturday, November 24 instead of the previous date of Sunday, November 25.It is the only Premier League match scheduled for Saturday and kick-off is at 15:00 GMT.
After 12 games, Fulham sit bottom of the pile with just five points and one win from 12 games.Ranieri, who famously led Leicester to a fairytale Premier League title in 2016, was a free agent after being sacked by French Ligue 1 club Nantes one game before the end of last season.He has been given a “multi-year” contract by Fulham chairman Shahid Khan.“It is an honour to accept Mr Khan’s invitation and opportunity to lead Fulham, a fantastic club with tradition and history,” Ranieri told the club’s official website.“The objective at Fulham should never be to merely survive in the Premier League. We must at all times be a difficult opponent and should expect to succeed.”Khan thanked Jokanovic, the first managerial casualty of the season in the Premier League, for his work at the club.“I wasn’t anticipating having to make this announcement related to Slavisa and wish the circumstances were such that I didn’t have to, but our path this season has led me to make what I know is the correct decision, at the right time, for our players, the club and our supporters,” said the Fulham chairman.“Slavisa will always have my appreciation and respect for everything he did to return Fulham to top-flight football.”– ‘Capable of better’ –Ranieri’s appointment comes only weeks after his former boss at Leicester, club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, died with four others when his helicopter plummeted into a car park outside the King Power stadium shortly after a match against West Ham.“I was terribly shaken by the news,” Ranieri told Sky Sport Italia two weeks ago.Slavisa Jokanovic has taken just five points in 12 Premier League matches © AFP / Lindsey PARNABY“He was a good man and always had a positive word for everyone.”Italian journeyman Ranieri has previously coached Napoli, Fiorentina, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Valencia, Juventus, Roma, Inter Milan and the Greek national team.But winning the title with Leicester two years ago remains the affable 67-year-old’s biggest career achievement.Leicester started that 2015-2016 league campaign on odds of 5000-1 to win the Premier League crown. Ranieri faces a similarly formidable challenge if he is to lift Fulham out of the doldrums.But he believes the Londoners can be competitive again. He will take charge of his first game in 10 days’ time when Fulham welcome fellow strugglers Southampton to Craven Cottage.“This Fulham squad has exceptional talent that is contrary to its position in the table. I know this team is very capable of better performances, which we will work on straight away as we prepare for Southampton at the Cottage,” added Ranieri.Ranieri will then face former clubs Chelsea and Leicester in successive games.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Claudio Ranieri during his ill-fated spell with French Ligue 1 side Nantes. © AFP/File / LOIC VENANCELONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 14 – Fulham appointed Italian veteran Claudio Ranieri as manager on Wednesday after sacking Slavisa Jokanovic in a bid to beat the drop from the Premier League.Jokanovic led Fulham back into England’s top flight in May 2018 but the 50-year-old Serbian has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rain this week has continued to slow down harvest, tillage, and manure spreading, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 3.2 days available for field work for the week ending November 12, 2017. More wet conditions throughout the week kept farmers out of the fields, but subfreezing temperatures in the mornings reportedly helped operators gain traction and keep harvesting once the rain stopped falling. Average grain moisture for corn harvested was 19 percent and soybean moisture was 13 percent. Heavy amounts of rain fall impacted much of the state and hit especially hard in southern parts of the state. The heavy rains submerged low lying areas of fields and left farmers with little time to get into the fields in those areas. Winter wheat that was recently planted into hillsides was reportedly washed away in affected areas due to extraordinary rain events. Hay was being fed to livestock as pasture growth has stopped for the season.Click here to read the full report.
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… klint finley Netuitive uses behavioral learning technology to learn the patterns of each system it monitors. It can monitor tens of thousands, if not millions, of metrics and integrates with several exiting monitoring systems, including solutions from: BMC, CA, HP, IBM Tivoli, Microsoft, NetApp, Oracle and VMware.Netuitive has an impressive customer list including Citi, FedEx and Wells Fargo. The Washington Business Journal shared a story of how Netuitive has helped companies with real-world problems: “Netuitive software alerted Priceline when an American Airlines route was getting 10 times the number of bookings as usual in just a matter of minutes. Priceline contacted the airline, which quickly determined that an employee inputted the cost of each leg of the trip incorrectly into a database, leaving off a zero.”Predictive analytics is a hot topic right now, and Netuitive is using analytics to solve a real business problem. Erratic resource use, sudden spikes in activity and other signs of abnormal behavior are exactly the sort of problems automated monitoring systems should be better at detecting than humans. It’s a great application of predictive analytics, especially for organizations trying to simplify cloud environments. Related Posts Tags:#cloud#Real Time As 2010 draws to a close we’re taking a look at a few cloud startups that show promise and that we haven’t covered on ReadWriteCloud.Netuitive is an automated, cloud-based IT monitoring system for both traditional and virtualized IT environments. It applies predictive analytics to IT management by using algorithms to determine the “normal” state of various systems and then issuing alerts whenever a system deviates from the norm. For example, if your ERP system suddenly starts processing more transactions than usual, Netuitive can notify the appropriate admin. The idea is to catch problems before an outage occurs. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
Isa Molde. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Isa Molde could be walking away from the UAAP without making the Final Four for the third straight time.After University of the Philippines ended its campaign with a 25-20, 25-23, 25-19 loss to bottom team Adamson Saturday, Molde said she’s still uncertain if she would return for Season 82ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Twice to beat or not, Tigresses ready for tough showdown vs Lady Spikers PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “I still don’t know if I’ll come back but it’s hard to leave my younger teammates,” said Molde, who had 10 points in her final game of the season. “They’re the ones who could really persuade me to come back because my heart belongs to them.”“They don’t have to tell me anything, I just need some time to think about my decision. Knowing the kids I know they won’t force me to come back, and they’ll let me do what I want to do.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES “Coach said that we can do whatever I like or what I decide on, he won’t persuade me to do something I don’t like,” said Molde in Filipino. “Although he wants me to stay for my fifth year but he won’t dictate me on what I want to do.”Despite high expectations after a successful off-season run, the Lady Maroons fell flat in the UAAP and settled for the no. 5 spot with a 6-8 record including four straight losses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMolde already said before the league went on a break for the Holy Week that she hasn’t made up her mind whether she’s going to play in her final year.But if there were people who could make her come back to the team, though, it would be her younger teammates. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess
On his on-screen rockstar look where he is seen sportingOn his on-screen rockstar look where he is seen sporting long hair and tattoos on body, Shahid said, “Abhishek Chaubey was concerned with what I was doing with my hair we had discussions over it and then things worked out. I did not want to get a body of a body builder I wanted it of someone who has abused himself. We worked a lot on that.”Given the unusual subject of the movie and his character, the 35-year-old star says telling a new story always involves a certain amount of risk.”I think good and new stories needs to be told. If you dont do it that way then you will never be able to discover things yourself and never be original. I feel new things are always risky,” he said.”The story of the film is honest and the intention of the film is to give message to audience.” he added.The film features Shahid Kapoor, Diljit Dosanjh, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Alia Bhatt in key roles. PTI KKP ARS NDS RDS
Emery: Arsenal will buy in January if these players don’t produceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery admits they’ll be active in the January market after defeat at Southampton.They slumped to a shock 3-2 loss against Southampton on Sunday.When asked if he’ll splash the cash in the coming weeks, Emery said: “I don’t know now.“We don’t have a lot of possibilities in January but maybe we can think of someone to sign to help us, but only if we think the other players can’t help us with their performance.“The club will look in January.“It’s not easy. I don’t believe a lot in this transfer window because it’s not a big possibility with the players.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TORONTO – A new stress test for all uninsured mortgages is unnecessary and could increase costs for homebuyers, a report by the Fraser Institute said Wednesday.Study author Neil Mohindra wrote the proposed stress test “will do more harm than good” by limiting access to mortgages for some homebuyers.“The mandatory standard for stress testing could result in a less competitive and more concentrated mortgage market,” he wrote in the report.The study comes as the federal Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions finalizes new lending guidelines.Among the changes being contemplated is a requirement that homebuyers who have a down payment of 20 per cent or more and do not require mortgage insurance still have to show they can make their payments if interest rates rise.The head of OSFI has said that Canada’s banking regulator wants to reduce the risk of mortgage defaults because of high levels of household debt.“We are not waiting to see those risks crystallize in rising arrears and defaults before we act,” OSFI head Jeremy Rudin said last week.Canadian household debt compared with disposable income hit a record high in the second quarter. Statistics Canada reported last month that household credit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income increased to 167.8 per cent, up from 166.6 per cent in the first quarter.However, Mohindra said that instead of a prescriptive test, OSFI could use its existing powers to fix what it believes are deficiencies in policies and procedures.The Bank of Canada has raised its key interest rate target by a quarter of a percentage point twice this year.The increases have pushed up the big bank prime lending rates which are used to determine rates for variable-rate mortgages and lines of credit.The Fraser Institute is an independent, non-partisan organization that tends to prefer free-market policies over government regulation.
CALGARY – Bryan de Lottinville’s relationship with charities is complicated.As the founder and CEO of Calgary-based Benevity Inc., the 58-year-old wants to help as much as he can by providing his multinational corporate clients like Nike, Coca-Cola, Google and Apple with software solutions that more efficiently extract money, volunteer hours and general “goodness” from employees.But he really wishes there were fewer than two million charitable organizations from around the world in his cloud-based database. And that they could be a little more organized in how they collect and spend money.“Charities, there are way too many of them,” he says during an interview.“If they were companies, they wouldn’t survive. Someone would come along and roll them up into an efficient infrastructure. But in the not-for-profit sector, all it takes is one or two well-intentioned donors to keep something alive that would be better combined with something else.”The giving business is giving back for Benevity, which took over three floors of a brand new seven-storey building on the north side of the Bow River in downtown Calgary late last year and is already looking to expand into a fourth floor.The company has come a long way from 2008 when de Lottinville decided to execute his idea to reinvent corporate giving.From four software developers working in a tiny office over a shawarma shop, the company has grown to employ 425 people, mainly in Calgary, but also in offices in Victoria, San Mateo, Calif. and Gloucester, U.K.This year it expects to distribute about $1.2 billion to 150,000 charities around the world.The Benevity system is all about choice and options, de Lottinville says.Participant companies can design their programs to allow any level of matching for any term by any group of employees. They can support as many or as few charities as they wish. They can also use the system to handle grant requests.About 87 per cent of donations via Benevity are distributed electronically, compared with only about eight per cent of the $390 billion per year in donations to charities in North America.Most of Benevity’s revenue comes from extracting a 2.9 per cent “support fee” from donations made by about 300 big corporate clients, with the fee capped for large individual transactions.Like many software-as-a-service businesses, Benevity isn’t making profits — yet. De Lottinville says the equity investments allow the company to grow bigger, more efficient and, hopefully, profitable.Last year, Benevity was hired to track a program at Telus Corp. through which the telecommunications company gives $1 per volunteer project hour worked to a charity of the employee’s choice. This year, it asked Benevity to organize its donation-matching program for its 28,000 staff in Canada.“They have created this system where they already interface directly with charities,” said Jill Schnarr, Telus vice-president of corporate citizenship. “Before … there was a huge administrative burden.”In January, the company announced that General Atlantic, a US$25-billion New York-based growth equity investment firm founded by American philanthropist Chuck Feeney, had become a major owner and partner with an undisclosed investment.Since then, Benevity bought companies in the U.K. and California to expand its geographic reach and gain access to their brand name clients.The financial injection allowed de Lottinville to pay back with interest the 40 or so small private investors who initially invested in Benevity — he jokes they thought they were making a charitable donation at the time. The company was also able to reduce the stake held by JMI Equity of Baltimore, which initially invested $38 million in 2015.Alex Crisses, managing director at General Atlantic, said it decided to invest in Benevity because it is “truly different” than the other companies in the space.“It’s really about employee engagement and making sure employees feel valued,” he said.He said General Atlantic is a long-term investor with no pre-set targets or liquidity timetable. It has a presence on Benevity’s board of directors but fully supports de Lottinville’s vision.De Lottinville is talkative when discussing business but turns quiet when asked if his childhood growing up in Ottawa shaped his interest in helping others. When pressed, he concedes it’s a factor, and part of the reason he volunteers with YWCA Calgary.“I grew up with a single mom and she was a vulnerable person, so some of that is personal resonance,” he said.His business resume starts with training as a lawyer in Ottawa and working in Toronto with a corporate finance practice.There he met Mogens Smed, founder of a company that made modular construction components in Calgary.The two hit it off and he joined Smed International as an executive in the mid-1990s. He helped grow it from $20 million in annual revenue and 200 workers to $300 million and 2,500 staff before it was taken over by a competitor in 2000.De Lottinville then joined iStockPhoto as chief operating officer. It was one of first multi-sided platform businesses to employ user-generated content and crowdsourcing. It was sold for $50 million to Getty Images in 2006.Building and selling businesses paid handsomely but the “recovering lawyer” said he yearned to do something to make the world a better place.He decided he lacked the skill and patience to work directly for a charity. He made an angel investment in a “consuming for good” software loyalty program startup but it failed miserably.Benevity satisfies both his entrepreneurial and philanthropist sides.De Lottinville said his latest goal is to find a way to help companies work together on big projects — water conservation, for example — instead of donating to multiple charities all trying to do the same thing.The efficiency appeals to him.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.