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Cancellations for Jan. 16: Schools closed

first_imgHere is a listing of cancellations and postponements due today’s winter storm. To add your event to our listing, email us at [email protected] Business After Hours at Robin’s Flower Pot has been rescheduled until next Thursday Jan. 23.The evening’s performance (Thursday, January 16th) of “And Then There Were None” has been canceled. We will be having an additional matinee performance on Saturday, January 18th at 2:00 PM. We will be honoring any tickets purchased for the January 16th performance for the additional matinee on the 18th. If you are a ticket holder who is unable to attend the matinee on 18th, we will honor your tickets for any other performance beginning ten minutes before showtime if seating is available. If you have questions, please message or email us, or call us at (207) 779-7884The Franklin County Republican Committee meeting that was scheduled for tonight at Mt Blue has been cancelled. It has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 at 6:30 at Mt. Blue.The Strong Public Library will be closed today.No Maine Mountain Quilters Meeting tonight at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall.The Wilton Planning Board Meeting for Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 is cancelled and will be rescheduled for Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m.Wilton Free Public Library will be closed today.The Jim Ditzler Memorial Library will be closed today.The Farmington Public Library will be closed today due to the storm.The Phillips Town Office and the Phillips Transfer Station will be closed today.The offices of Western Maine Community Action will be closed today, Jan. 16.No school today, Jan. 16, in RSU 9 (Chesterville, Farmington, Industry, New Sharon, New Vineyard, Starks, Temple, Vienna, Wilton, Weld).No school today, Jan. 16, in MSAD 58 (Avon, Kingfield, Phillips, Strong).No school today, Jan. 16, in RSU 73 (Jay, Livermore, Livermore Falls).last_img read more

Soybean trade with China holds multiple scenarios with June 15th deadline

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest June 15th has been circled on many calendars in farm country. That is when President Trump will release plans to put tariffs on $50 billion worth of China goods. It is also when soybean farmers will find out how retaliation measures taken by China may impact their bottom line. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more with Ohio Soybean Association President Allen Armstrong.last_img

Has bone conduction returned to wearables?

first_imgCate Lawrence With the old adage everything old is new again, this certainly seems to be the case for phenomenon bone conduction. Once the darling of hearing aids, it began to show up in the consumer headphone market in the early 2000s. During this time, bone conduction headphones were marketed as safer for long-term hearing than their standard counterparts.Since then, the technology has only really begun to make its presence known again over the last few years.  In simple terms, bone conduction enables you to hear sound through the vibration of the bones of your face — usually the jaw bones and cheek bones. The sound waves are bypassing the outer and middle ear where the eardrum is located, and directly stimulating the inner ear which is our actual “hearing organ.”See also: Seniors getting helping hand from wearablesAs well as hearing aids and headphones, the technology has also been attributed to Beethoven’s ability to write music — even while hearing-impaired — through biting down on his composer’s wand that was touching the piano.Here are a few of the devices that are embedding the technology into wearable devices:SgnlIf you’ve ever had a hankering to be James Bond, your dreams can now become a reality. Innomdle Lab, the first company ever to officially spin off from Samsung Electronics have created Sgnl, a smart strap that enables users to engage in phone conversations simply by placing their finger to their ear. Whether attached to a classic watch or a smart watch, users can enable fingertip communication and a number of additional smart functions simply by replacing the watch strap. Additional smart functions include Call Reminders, Fitness Tracker and Smart Alert.Sgnl’s key technology lies in its patented Body Conduction Unit (BCU), which is capable of transmitting vibrations through the body, which then can be converted to sound. Sgnl communicates with the user’s phone through Bluetooth, and when a voice signal is received, Sgnl will generate vibrations through its BCU. These vibrations will be sent through the users’ hand to their fingertip. When users place their fingertip to their ear, the vibration echoes to create amplified sound within the closed space of their ear and they can speak through the microphone embedded in the Sgnl strap. Overall, very appealing.https://readwrite.com/wp-content/uploads/Demo_Fingertip_Phonecall.mp4 Marlen is a wearable device by Hong Kong based start-up Playtsens for swimmers. The wearable is attached to the user goggle strap at the back of the head and the second piece to the ear piece and it sends you voice feedback using a bone conduction headset, even when underwater. Your pace is reported to you as you swim with no disruption to your swim stroke.In open water swims, your swim performance is captured with GPS. In the pool, motion sensors are used when there is no GPS reception. After your swim, you can connect Marlin to your phone with Bluetooth to review your data and update configurations.It’ll be interesting to see how other wearables incorporate bone conduction. It would be easy to imagine some of these examples employed in traditionally noisy settings such as factories and warehouses. It’s also foreseeable that hearing devices and technology becomes more responsive and customizable as our rapidly aging popular sees a decrease in their hearing quality and clarity.While previous generations may have been content to suffer from poor sound quality, our connected generations are more likely to look to technology to solve the problem. Zungle sunglassesDid you know you can now listen to music through your sunglasses? Well not just any sunglasses but a pair created by Zungle containing bone conduction. These sunglasses enable the wearer to listen to music and answer telephone calls as they can be paired with a smart phone through wireless Bluetooth and a noise-cancelling microphone that lets you make and answer calls. They are chargeable via a hidden USB port.Zungle have received over $1.9 million in funding via Kickstarter, having asked for an initial $50,000.Invisio headsetsWhilst not traditionally a general consumer product, bone conduction headsets are popular in military and police occupations. The headsets are configured to work with both analog and digital radios and can be adapted to work with push-to-talk awitches. They include Kevlar-woven cables for added durability, unique whisper capability, the ability to work under eyewer or gas masks and also the ability to clearly communicate in high noise environments.Google Project AuraThe original Google Glass utilized bone conduction audio, meaning nothing needed to be placed inside the ear. This resulted in a more comfortable headset as well as great situational awareness through being still able to hear. Since Google Glass went rather quiet the division responsible, Project Aura whilst scarce in offering information is believed to be continuing their interest in bone conduction technology.Marlin GPS swimmeter Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Related Posts center_img Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#bone conduction#Connected Devices#featured#Google Glass#hearing aids#Project Aura#Sgnl#sport wearables#top#wearables#Zungle Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

Zaheer ruled out of 3rd Test, Unadkat replaces him

first_imgIndia were dealt a big blow ahead of the third cricket Test against New Zealand with pace spearhead Zaheer Khan being ruled out of the final rubber because of a groin injury.Young left-handed pacer Jaydev Unadkat has been drafted in the squad in place of him.Zaheer suffered an groin injury during the second cricket Test, which ended in a tame draw at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium.”Zaheer Khan is injured and is unavailable for the Third Test against New Zealand, to be played at Nagpur from 20th November to 24th November,” BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said in a release.”The All India Selection Committee has chosen Jayadev Unadkat to replace Zaheer Khan in the squad,” it said.Zaheer was off the field for a good part of the fourth day. The left-handed pacer bowled just three overs during the fifth day.19-year-old Unadkat was named in India’s Under-19 squad for the 2010 World Cup in New Zealand. The left-arm fast bowler represents Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy and has claimed 26 wickets in six first-class games at an average of 26.34.last_img read more

18 days agoNeville blasts Man Utd board: You get what you deserve

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Neville blasts Man Utd board: You get what you deserveby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville says the club is in it’s current state due to the board.Neville launched a scathing attack on the United board following the Red Devils’ 1-0 defeat by Newcastle at St James’ Park. He said on Sky Sports: “They have cocked it up over many years. They have cocked it up. They have cocked it up, they are responsible for this. Poor recruitment, poor selection of, well managers, going with them and then pulling off them.”Van Gaal won the FA Cup and then they sacked him. Jose Mourinho they sacked him after two and a half years when they had given him a contract six months before.”They have pulled off managers in what would be the sort of thread of it and they have gone for completely different styles of managers in Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.”They have now gone with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has taken the club in a completely different direction again, and if you change direction as a board every two years and you invest £250million along the way in each manager you are going to have big problems.”And Manchester United are basically now getting the pain they deserve for poor decisions at board level.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to ensure that the clean up job that he is doing – which needs to be done because of the mess that’s gone before him – he needs to make sure that he actually gets the opportunity to spend that £250million that the others have got to spend so that he can have an opportunity.”There are things out there that I like. There are things that I liked from Jose Mourinho as well, I didn’t want him to be sacked, but there were things I liked out there today.” last_img read more

Experts weigh in on the federal investment into Alberta oil and gas

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – The federal government’s move to put a $1.6-billion action plan in place for the Alberta oil and gas industry has drawn the ire of a few critics, yet other experts believe the move will yield positive results. The energy sector doesn’t need handouts to help to “explore new markets”.It knows where the markets are. It has the product. It can’t get the product TO THE MARKETS.The Trudeau government’s solution? Here’s some corporate welfare for green energy!#facepalm https://t.co/j7qesnmIB1— Aaron Wudrick (@awudrick) December 18, 2018 Take Our Poll Albertans have been clear.I have been clear. We need to get our resources to market.And we need Ottawa to take the handcuffs off.Ottawa’s announcement today is a step, but there must be many, many more steps.#KeepCanadaWorking #FightingForYou pic.twitter.com/9rl7paAoNh— Rachel Notley (@RachelNotley) December 18, 2018“Even if Justin Trudeau had announced that he was going to buy locomotives and tanker cars, I am not sure that would have satisfied people. The problem is big and the solutions are much longer term,” said Political Scientist at Mount Royal University Lori Williams.She added the federal government has waited for so long to make this move that anti-Trudeau sentiments began to fester. “They waited quite a long time for something that probably could have been put in place earlier. They could have forestalled this growing momentum of anti-federalist sentiment had they been a bit more decisive earlier on.”But Williams does predict at least some benefits. “I think it will probably move things in a positive rather than a negative direction.” Williams argues the federal government is acting like a bank, offering investment with the expectation of return.READ MORE: Ottawa confirms over $1.6-billion to help the struggling oil and gas sector She looks at some of the moves already being made to help the price of oil, such as the Alberta government’s curtailment of production as a sign that this type of action could work.“There’s absolutely no question that it can have significant impacts, certainly in the short-run. A lot of the solutions that both the federal and provincial governments are looking at are a bit longer term.” Williams believes we won’t know the full effects of this move for a few months. — With files from CityNews What do you think of the Trudeau government’s $1.6-billion support package for oil and gas companies?It’s greatIt could have been betterIt’s terrible and won’t helpVoteView Resultslast_img read more

Klopp wary of Allianz Arena return with Liverpool

first_imgMunich: Jurgen Klopp brings Liverpool to Germany to resume their battle against Bayern Munich with the hosts billing Wednesday’s Champions League last 16 return leg as an all or nothing showdown. After a goalless draw at Anfield in the first leg three weeks ago, everything is to play for at Munich’s Allianz Arena. Klopp knows what awaits his Reds in the highly-charged arena where Bayern tend to raise their game and away teams face a barricade of whistles whenever they touch the ball. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together “The four goals are all well and good,” said Klopp after Liverpool’s 4-2 win on Sunday at Burnley, with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane both scoring twice. “But what does that have to do with Munich? It will not be so easy to score four goals there as well.” The 51-year-old has a modest record of nine wins, five draws and 16 defeats in 30 games against the Bavarians — as coach of either Liverpool or former clubs Mainz and Dortmund — dating back to 2004. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open However, in his seven seasons with Dortmund, between 2008 and 2015, Klopp managed an impressive four wins, plus a draw and four defeats, from nine games in Munich. He tasted victory on his last visit to the Allianz Arena in April 2015 when Dortmund beat Bayern on penalties in the semi-final of the German Cup. Klopp knows that his team must walk tall at Bayern’s home. “It’s a much more positive moment for Bayern. They are top of the table and winning games comfortably again,” Klopp told Liverpool’s website. Bayern have hit form, winning their last three games with a goal ratio of 12-1 since the first-leg draw. “But if we are at our best, we can be exceptional.” Liverpool fans hope Reds’ striker Mo Salah has a red-letter day in Munich after just one goal in his last eight games. His lack of goals has not stopped Liverpool staying in contention for the Premier League title as Mane and Firmino have filled the breach. The Liverpool match is seen as a season-defining tie for the German champions. The five-time winners last failed to get through the last 16 stage in 2011 and confidence is high after they moved into top spot in the Bundesliga at the weekend for the first time since September. “It’s a very important game – everything is riding on this,” said sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. “The boys have put some more self-confidence in the tank,” he added after Saturday’s 6-0 mauling of Wolfsburg. Bayern will be without the suspended Thomas Mueller, but James Rodriguez will slot seamlessly into the attacking midfield role. Like Klopp, the Colombian expects a red-hot atmosphere having proved his form with a stunning goal at the weekend. “The fans will get right behind us and drive us on, so that we feel good and give our all,” Rodriguez told Bayern’s website. “We will have to put in the perfect match in order to go through. “Liverpool have quick players, who feel good when they get a lot of room, but I think we have every chance to go through.” German bookmakers agree and have made Bayern the slight favourites. The tie needs no added spice, but Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels are still smarting after Germany coach Joachim Loew told them, along with Mueller, that their international careers are over. The centre-backs will have a point to prove against Liverpool. At the other end, the Reds’ Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk will have to subdue Rodriguez and Bayern’s record-breaking striker Robert Lewandowski. The Poland hot-shot became the Bundesliga’s top-scoring foreigner on Saturday when he extended his tally to 197 goals. So eager is Bayern head coach Niko Kovac to protect his forward that Lewandowski trained on his own on Monday as heavy snow fell in Munich. “You need to be smart and more than 100 percent ready for anything,” Van Dijk told UEFA.com on countering the threat of Lewandowski, who scored eight goals in the group stages. “If he’s trying to run at you, trying to get past you, you need to be ready for that as well. “You don’t need to give any opportunities to those strikers because they will punish you and they will score.”last_img read more

Nearly half a million in funding to Save TCI Iguanas

first_img Related Items:#DarwinPlusProject, #magneticmedianews, #saveTCIiguanas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 11, 2017 – Providenciales –A “Saving the Iguanas of Turks and Caicos” project has been launched to protect the native species of the island.  The three-year Darwin Plus Project, whose main objective is to further the conservation of the rock iguanas and other native reptiles to secure a future for these unique and highly threatened species, had its grand launch this past Friday at the Opus Conference Centre.  The organizers of the project have established partnerships with six organizations to achieve their goals. They are: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), UK; Turks & Caicos National Trust; Department of Environment and Coastal Resources; Department of Agriculture; San Diego Zoo Global, USA and Big Ambergris Cay Facilities Ltd. The organizations will work together initially to design bio-security for Little Water Cay and Big Ambergris Cay. The second phase of the project will focus on implementing necessary actions resulting from the findings, following the bio-security surveillance activities in phase one.  Steps taken will also ensure rats, feral cats and other potential harmful species do not become established and threaten the iguanas and native reptiles. The Darwin Plus Project will last for 3 years and costs £370,000 or $460,000 USD. It is said that £200k will come from Darwin and £170k match funding is provided by RSPB and San Diego Zoo Global.Story by: Sheri-Kae McLeod#MagneticMediaNews#saveTCIiguanas#DarwinPlusProjectlast_img read more