GARDAI are hunting thugs behind a criminal damage rampage in Bundoran at the weekend.In one incident two men were seen running away after damaging property at West End in the town in the early hours of Sunday morning.Around the same time a car was damaged. Gardai in Bundoran are appealing for help in catching the thugs.GARDAI HUNT THUGS AFTER BUNDORAN RAMPAGE was last modified: September 13th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GARDAI HUNT THUGS AFTER BUNDORAN RAMPAGE
The Garda leading the investigation into the murder of a man in Buncrana have appealed to the people of Fahan who may have seen anybody acting suspiciously to come forward.Superintendent Kevin English said the gang who killed father-of-two Andrew Allen must have used a second car.Mr Allen, 24, was shot several times and killed at his home at Links View Park in Lisfannon on Thursday night. The three man gang, who carried out the attack, escaped in a silver Vauxhall Cavalier which they later burned out at Ballyhone in Fahan.Supt English appealed to members of the pubic who may have noticed a car parked close to Church Brae, Fahan where’s the gang’s original car was set on fire, to contact Gardai.“A second car had to be used by the perpetrators of this crime. We are anxious for anybody who may have information or may have witnessed anything suspicious in the townland of Ballyhone.“Somebody may have seen this second car that was left or persons who were acting suspiciously. We would ask anyone to contact the incident room in Buncrana,” he said. A press conference at Buncrana Garda station this afternoon heardthe gang had tried to force their way into his house before shooting several shots into a downstairs bedroom.Gardai revealed the front door of the house at Links View Park in Buncrana was locked when the three armed and masked men called at 9.30pm on Thursday evening.At least one member of the gang shot several shots into the left downstairs bedroom of the house killing the 24 year old father-of-two.It is believed he was hit a number of times before he fell to the bedroom floor. Mr Allen, who had moved from the Top of The Hill on the Waterside area of Derry six months ago was pronounced dead at the scene.The dead man’s girlfriend was in the house at the time of the attack but was uninjured.His two children were not in the house at the time of the attack.The entire attack took just a number of seconds before the men made their getaway. Several members of the dead man’s family left bunches of flowers at the Garda cordon yesterday afternoon.The State Pathologist arrived at the murder scene yesterday and Mr Allen’s body was due to be removed to Letterkenny General Hospital last night.No organization has yet claimed any responsibility for the killing.However it is understood the Republican Action Against Drugs group issued death threats to Mr Allen and a number of other men in Derry several months ago.GARDAI APPEAL TO PEOPLE OF FAHAN IN THEIR HUNT FOR MURDER GANG was last modified: February 11th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Andrew AllenbuncranaGardaimurder
This year Cycle Against Suicide Charity teams up with a cycle endurance team CAS to help break the stigma of mental health in Ireland. The Team CAS challenge is to race around Ireland in under 72 hours! Successful riders will have demonstrated an exceptional ability to produce quality athletic performance with a bare minimum of sleep in what becomes a tortuous struggle between the body and the mind.This is why Cycle Against Suicide’s message resonates with this endurance race, healthy mind and body. The Race Around Ireland is an ultra-distance cycling event beginning at 3 pm on Sunday 27th August in Trim, County Meath, offering amateur leisure or elite professional cyclists the adventure of a lifetime.It is a non-stop cycle, which starts in Trim, Co. Meath and takes the riders on a route around the island of Ireland, past some of Ireland’s most historic sights.This is listed as one of Ireland’s toughest endurance events, in terms of Cycle Against Suicide it is spreading the message; “It’s okay not to feel okay, and it’s okay to ask for help.” Local man Keith O’Donnell is looking forward to the challenge as a cyclist.“It’s going to be a challenge like no other but I’m excited now to see the training paying off.”A member of An Garda Siochana since 1999, this Stranorlar man took up cycling five or six years ago. Keith began with short distances and over the years has taken part in long distance cycles such as the Wicklow 200 the last 3 years!Last year he took the leap into his first Ultra Event when he completed the Donegal Wild Atlantic Way Ultra Race in June 2016 covering a distance of 555kms, taking part again as preparation of the Race Around Ireland.Having had to deal with various tragedies through his service as a Guard he is honoured to be asked to be a part of the Team CAS and hope that he can be of help for this fantastic organisation and the work and effort that they do for a great cause.Team CAS coordinator Ray Clancy is keen on the challenge ahead; “This is no small feat for any team, the intensity is high but our team is confident in our training practices and the strength of the team.”The team will do all of this covering the 2,150km route, that touches 24 counties in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. People can support the team by texting TEAM to 50300 to donate €4 to Cycle Against Suicide.Garda Keith’s remarkable 2,150km challenge was last modified: August 13th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Race Around Ireland
20 February 2012 Serious crime levels have been on the decline in South Africa for the last three years, says Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, adding that the police’s family violence, child protection and sexual offences units are being reintroduced to tackle crimes affecting vulnerable groups. “Intensive detective and intelligence work, supported by various agencies, is currently under way to hunt, arrest and prosecute those responsible for the crimes,” he said. Source: BuaNews Radebe said that while they were encouraged by the declining crime trends, “we remain concerned about the levels of crime, particularly crimes against women, children and the elderly.” “Whilst we note a decrease in sexual offences, we remain seriously concerned about the increase in rape cases.” In an effort to tackle the issue, he said they had begun to reintroduce the South African Police Service Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences units to focus on crimes among vulnerable groups. “All these are done in an effort to ensure the centrality of the victim, particularly a vulnerable victim.” Addressing the media in Cape Town on Sunday, Radebe said that serious crime levels had declined by five percent overall in the last three years – murder by 6.5%, attempted murder by 12.2%, and sexual offences by 4.4%. “These decreases were achieved through various interventions, including proper planning, police visibility and coordination with other security agencies,” Radebe said. In the fight against organised crime, he said that the Directorate of Priority Investigations (the Hawks) had since arrested the country’s 50 most wanted criminals. He said that unit had also recently arrested over 20 rhino poachers. “We have also attended to improving infrastructure such as Victim Friendly Rooms at police stations, Thuthuzela Care Centres, Domestic Violence Shelters and Places of Safety throughout the country. Radebe highlighted that they noted a recent increase in ATM bombings and these could be attributed to the “heat that the criminals are feelings in bank robberies as well as cash-in-transit-heists”. He reiterated that they would “spare neither strength nor effort” in ensuring that everyone in the country was safe – and felt safe.
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AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Tags:#AI Machine Learning#Augmented Reality#Big Data#cloud computing#digital twin#industry 4.0#IoT#predictive analytics Follow the Puck The increased digitization and tendency to automate complex manufacturing processes have dredged up technologies that date back to the 70s. Digital Twin is one of those disruptive technologies that went through multiple advancements and made colossal headway to be recently named as a strategic technology by Gartner. Manufacturers aspire to digital twinning and virtual commissioningAs of today, technology providers assert that a digital twin is an enabler of data-driven production, automation, and a critical component for the transition to Industry 4.0. Digital twin components affect all the key product lifecycle phases. What is a Digital Twin within the Industrial IoT Paradigm?A digital twin, in the majority of sources, is mainly explained as a digital representation or sometimes an avatar of any physical object or several objects, systems, processes, and even people. It is more than a digital model because it also replicates the dynamics of how the IoT-enabled device or a system works and operates. And it is even more than a field-proven 3D computer-aided design model (aka CAD).In the heyday of Industrial IoT, Digital Twin bodes for data-driven manufacturing and decision-making. The latest online survey claims that 51% of companies apply IoT devices to collect data on their equipment health status. At the same time, 37% of all the respondents said that IoT devices help them enable predictive maintenance.IoT sensors are in the DT core; the technology allows building predictive models to track the physical object’s behavior in real time. The DT core tech also understands how real-time behavior will perform under specific conditions. This data allows improving the efficiency of manufacturing and decreasing downtime during an outage and continuously enhancing a product even after its release. For example, foreseeing some technical failures of a product that has already reached its customer is easier if the tech is coupled with the Digital Twins technology. Tesla keeps a digital twin of each manufactured vehicle and based on the received data from multiple IoT sensors — sends necessary updates to a vehicle improving its performance.Digital Twin vs. 3D CAD Model3D rendering of a physical object is known as a CAD model helping designers to come with an accurate and comprehensive virtual design of a digital prototype. A digital prototype, unlike a physical one, can be easily altered. For manufacturing, CAD modeling has been one of those cost-effective methods to construct a virtual model. 3D CAD brings about necessary geometry data and finds its way into systems configuration, simulations, and digital mock-up investigations. For example, automakers use CAD models to optimize the time and materials needed for creating a single clay model of a vehicle. The automotive industry was one of those pioneering sectors (also military, aerospace, and engineering). The military, aerospace, and engineering started using CAD systems in the late 1960s-80s. For automotive architects, design engineers, and stylists, CAD modeling has brought the desired flexibility in delivering a vehicle’s prototype. The CAD modeling allowed vehicles to come with plenty of iterations for modifying the vehicle’s ergonomics, anthropometrics, and speed up the design phase. Digital Twin (DT) is an advanced form of the 3D CAD model; mostly serving Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing purposes. What makes DT different from CAD is the two-way communication with its physical counterpart. By utilizing real-time data on the behavior of a physical twin in the real world, there’s an opportunity to correct it through testing and modifying parameters in the virtual environment. DT can substitute 3D CAD model reshaping virtual prototyping and providing manufacturers with a smart mockup of a new product they can test and enhance before investing in the construction of a costly physical prototype that will be most likely redone. Another distinction from CAD is that Digital Twin can be applied to each stage of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). With a pool of data visible to all the departments, including sales, marketing, logistics, supply chain, the digital twin can also be viewed as a data-driven tool for integrating cross-functional and geographically dispersed teams. Digital Twin Types and Use Cases Thriving smart manufacturing should hinge on three basic types of a digital twin embracing critical stages of a product lifecycle: The digital twin of a product simulates any physical object performance in various scenarios doing away with multiple prototypes and minimizing the total development time. Hence, manufacturers can add the required adjustments in the virtual environment to test and validate the product’s functionality, safety, and quality before it goes live. For example, Rolls Royce uses digital twins of fan blades to build their UltraFan jet engines to achieve 25% fuel consumption efficiency. Kuka robots are produced and maintained banking on their digital twins. As one of the biggest aerospace manufacturers, Boeing obtains digital twins of its airplanes resulting in a 40% increase in first-time quality and performance over the whole aircraft lifecycle. The UK’s Network Rail impresses with its digital twin of 16,270 km railway network created to automate the design process, significantly save costs and time on on-site manual measurements. Another even more unusual use case is a digital twin of a smart city covering architecture, engineering, and construction needs. A city is a dynamic object changing over time.Municipalities take a step forward by incorporating a digital twin technology into their urban development and management strategies.The trend has been gaining traction in the past few years. And as of today, there’s a city upgrading program Virtual Singapore with over $70 million invested in the development of a dynamic 3D city modeling platform.The digital twin of Singapore will allow visualizing how new smart buildings will fit the current capital city infrastructure as well as facilitating roads construction planning, installations, etc.In terms of solar energy production, DT of a sunny Singapore can be used to analyze what buildings are the best options for installing solar panels and accumulating the most substantial amount of energy. The solar projections can also help to project the energy consumption peaks depending on the season.The second large city of Netherlands, Rotterdam also plans to utilize the city’s digital twin to improve infrastructure maintenance, energy efficiency, road, and water traffic, as well as to optimize work of firefighters during the emergencies, etc.However, the UK plans to upstage the city mentioned above projects by creating a national DT called “Brit-twin” that will be a comprehensive digital replica of entire Great Britain’s infrastructure.The digital twin of production is virtual commissioning. Virtual commissioning promises to reshape manufacturing across different industries. A type of digital twin focuses on the digitization and full automation of a shop floor. Tronrud and Siemens primarily utilize digital twins in packaging equipment engineering. Since digital twin can fit any industry, virtual commissioning has been already used in the production of sawing machines (ABB and HewSaw). Motor assembly for robots (Siemens factory), oil and gas facility (Kongsberg). BP, a substantial British oil and gas company, has a digital twin called APEX, a simulation and surveillance system that helps engineers to decrease the optimization time of a production system to 20 minutes instead of hours.The digital twin of performance gathers operational data of products, machines, and the entire production line to emulate and predict performance failures, energy consumption peaks, as well as downtime risks. Digital twin technology allows General Electric monitoring their wind turbines performance and overseeing their wind farms operations and productivity. Kaeser Compressors, a manufacturer of compressed air and vacuum products, uses digital twins of their compressors to predict when they may fail and thus, helps minimize downtime. Although the number of real-world DT use cases is only growing, many manufacturers still play it safe as there are many challenges in overcoming conventional approaches to design and testing. Perhaps, for this reason, A-STAR and ARTC (research and technology centers) created a testbed or a digital twin platform providing organizations with an ability to develop and test their DT PoCs for manufacturing equipment. Reorganization of factories, shop floors, and training people to use digital twins at their workplace will be another significant challenge requiring sizeable investments. The good news is that this tech trend adoption is only ramping up. Especially after Gartner has recognized DT as one of the top technologies that will drive disruption in different industries over the next few years. What is Virtual Commissioning and its Benefits Digital twin technology has given a lift to virtual commissioning – a practice of building a 3D virtual replica of a real manufacturing environment. The appearance of virtual commissioning was influenced by the fact that the actual commissioning could take up to 20% of the entire project delivery. Also, the increased level of automation and its complexity in manufacturing made it impossible to stick to the old models of pre-commissioning. Simply put, virtual commissioning is a simulation model (a digital twin) of a factory/plant, a shop floor, or a small-size manufacturing cell or a machine. The fundamental purpose is to emulate and run the entire or partial production process virtually. It also tests vital functions and performance by applying technology before the launch of a production line. This testing allows the detection and eliminating design flaws, bugs in the PLCs code, for example, and solving a range of technical, functional or performance issues in advance. One survey showed that the time for real commissioning (real system and a controller) could be decreased by 75% due to a higher quality of the production system at the very start. Virtual commissioning is highly recommended for automation control systems such as robots, PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers), NC (Numerical Control) machines, VFDs (Variable-frequency Drives), and motors to decrease the risks of process downtime and changeover. Consider other benefits of virtual commissioning:Accelerated on-site commissioning and production line set-up;Minimized risks of equipment failures, collisions, and downtime; Streamlining a conventional process of software testing – Factory Acceptance Testing and Site Acceptance Testing;Optimization of a production cycle of highly complex manufacturing lines;Reduction of prototype waste and higher savings on expensive materials;Early detected bugs in software incur fewer expenses.These and other benefits are the main reasons why manufacturers aspire to implement virtual commissioning software. In the future, the technology will constitute full automation of all production processes to fit Industry 4.0 requirements. The most significant players at the market who already offer virtual commissioning solutions and digital twin solutions are Siemens (Tecnomatix), Dassault Systemes (DELMIA), Visual Components Essentials, Machining (industrialPhysics), MapleSoft (MapleSim), and others.Digital Thread vs. Digital Twin Another common concept of PLM, as well as PDM (Product Data Management), is a Digital Thread which helps ensure an end-to-end approach to Industry 4.0-driven manufacturing. When manufacturers started racing towards the end-to-end automation, both technologies (Twin and Thread) came forward as its irreplaceable ingredients.Digital Thread is a framework that allows integrating siloed elements, including all digital data of complex manufacturing processes. Plus, it suggests an interconnected communication of multiple participants involved at each stage. Contrasting the terms, the Digital Thread is a digital representation of the whole manufacturing value chain – from the requirements and design stage to assembly. Then there is aftermarket support. Digital Twin – is the digital representation of an asset. At the same time, Digital Thread allows improving Digital Twin traceability. The traceability is across all the lifecycle phases and as a result, brings the following benefits to manufacturers:Shortened development lifecycles and reduced costs.Continuous enhancement of a product through the whole value chain, its quality, and performance by minimizing defects and reducing downtime. Better transparency and efficiency of overall manufacturing processes and operations. This efficiency is due to the improved cross-discipline collaboration between multiple teams sharing the same digital data for decision-making.Accelerated manufacturing velocity, higher productivity, and flexibility.Most importantly, digital thread combined with PLM allows transforming the whole manufacturing delivery model focused on continuous improvement.At the moment, Digital Thread, as well as the Digital Twin technology, are key innovative strategies. These processes are used by such companies as Siemens, General Electric, IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle. In 2017, Aberdeen Group study reported that best-in-class firms already deployed PLM solutions. Relying on the digital thread technology in the product design (53% of firms), manufacturing processes (55% of firms), and the production stage (57% of firms). Although Digital Thread was first used in Aerospace and Defence. In recent years, automotive, transportation, energy and utilities, and machine manufacturing have become the most significant industries (85% of global total). These successes have influenced Digital Thread Market growth. The latest report says that the global market size will only increase by $100 million in 2019, reaching 49.6% CAGR in respect of revenue by 2024. Key Technologies that Drive Digital Twin EvolvementHow did a digital twin and later a digital thread become such aspired technologies over the last few years? Digital twin definition was explained by Dr. Grieves in 2002 and referred to as “Conceptual Ideal of PLM” or “Information Mirroring Model.” NASA and U.S. Air Force first utilized the technology. The Apollo 13 team rescue operation in 1970 also used this tech. During the process, NASA used a mirroring system (a preceding technology of a Digital Twin) to explore the open space and emulate the best way to return astronauts home. At that time, the Digital Twin technology didn’t gain much support from manufacturers until industry leaders encountered the term in a Gartner’s report. The report described DT as “an underpinning technology of IoT.”When the interest in the technology among tech trailblazers started growing, Digital Twin joined the list of Top 10 strategic technology trends in 2017 and 2019. Digital Twin solutions are working well, along with AI and Blockchain tech. As of today, 75% of surveyed organizations plan or already use DT technology. What exactly was Digital Twin tech in 1970 and 2002? What did this tech lack then — but in 2019 can already be offered to manufacturers?Internet of Things and Cloud ComputingThe rise of another huge tech trend – Internet of Things — and its successful integration in our daily lives gave birth to using the Digital Twinning ideas. That idea had to gather dust for years (e.g., connected car and generally, the whole concept. Think: “connected to everything,” autonomous driving, intelligent assistants such as Alexa, etc.). What prompted IoT going mainstream? Relatively reduced costs on sensors connected to the cloud;Increased cloud storage volume and data throughput capacity;Impressive growth in computing power;The improved mobile network bandwidth, speed, capacity, and decreased latency.Internet of Things, in concert with Cloud Computing, functions as a “linchpin.” This is the connectivity between a real object and its digital avatar that enable real-time data collection and transmission. The data collection is handled by a DT providing assets (systems or devices) with the ability to “communicate.” The communication then relays information about wellbeing and performance. Physical and digital twins can continuously interact due to the IoT sensors, mounted on a physical object and connected to the cloud. Real-time data collected from them is an input fed to a virtual counterpart which can be used for the PLM optimization. Together with AI and data science, Digital Twin can empower Industrial IoT. But more importantly — it enables, automation of complex operations as the main priority of smart manufacturing. In the Forrester report, there are already 15 recognized IIoT software providers (such as IBM, SAP, Amazon, Bosch, Siemens, Microsoft, Hitachi, and others). Each of these companies is focused on the integration of digital twin software and enterprise solutions with insightful data analytics. Revealed by IDC, is that in 2019, manufacturers across disperse industries are expected to invest $197 billion in their IoT-driven operations, as well as Production Asset Management systems. What’s more staggering is that this year, the total IoT spending will be most likely around $745 billion globally as against $646 billion in 2018. Big Data AnalyticsTo process massive volumes of raw data continuously received from sensors, Digital Twin should be integrated with Big Data analytics used for organizing, analyzing, and turning structured, semi-structured, or unstructured data into actionable insights. Combined they can enhance the whole product lifecycle (from the product design to its maintenance, repair, and operations). According to this study, the convergence of Big Data and Digital Twin promotes the establishment of smart manufacturing across different industries removing the “barriers between different PLM phases.” I this way it is decreasing the overall product development and especially, the verification time. Predictive AnalyticsEmpowered with Predictive Analytics models, digital twins also embrace essential metrics to enable predictive maintenance. The maintenance is based on the historical data on risk factors, failures, required maintenance, operations scenarios. The predictive analytics also takes into account the machine configuration, and even energy consumption (remaining useful life, mean time to failure, and mean time between failures, end of life metrics). What’s more, the digital avatar can use predictive analytics algorithms and received data to run behavior-focused simulations. These algorithms can be run in the virtual world to forecast how the device will “behave” under specific circumstances. There will always be conditions that have to be watched, such as extreme operating conditions. Also, manufacturers can decide on the most pertinent maintenance scenario by previously running simulations with the digital twin and train employees how to apply them to the equipment in the virtual environment first. Augmented RealityAdvancements in Augmented Reality integrated into the Digital Twin creation improved data visualization techniques in overlaying the image of a 3D twin model on its physical object. Moreover, augmented reality applications, as well as Digital Twin, can be applied to the entire value chain (e.g., AR in automotive R&D, manufacturing, supply, sales, and support). These technologies are coupled to provide 360° view of a physical counterpart, understanding its dynamics in real-time, which allows boosting decision making. These decisions also include accelerating product development — its testing, and refinement and assisting in configuration guidance and predictive maintenance. Another use case of an integrated DT with AR is a Virtual Twin, which allows bridging up a digital twin with its remote physical counterpart. Siemens introduced a PoC of a Virtual Twin, “a 3D model of a physical smart factory.”By using Microsoft HoloLens technicians and engineers can have faster access to a Digital Twin of a smart factory and digital data to control and manage the shop floor remotely. To summarize, in this article, we tried to embrace the basics of the digital twin technology looking closely at virtual commissioning and its benefits to manufacturers. We also described the essential difference between a digital thread and a digital twin, as well as some key technologies that drive digital twins. Jan Keil is VP of Marketing at Infopulse who is contributing to the business development and the company’s success at the global IT services market. With 20+ years of experience in IT sector, Jan has been involved in a myriad of projects driven by blockchain, IoT, AI, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Neural Networks, AR, VR, and cybersecurity.More details on Jan’s blockchain expertise:involved in most of Infopulse’s blockchain development projects, e.g., blockchain enterprise application for banks, automotive and top 10 crypto projects that we support;an advisor for blockchain start-ups;Jan has attended a number of blockchain conferences as a speaker and also participated in blockchain meet-ups and international expositions such as Blockchain Week NYC with ConsenSys, CEBIT, it-sa, MSC. Related Posts Jan KeilVP of Marketing at Infopulse A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday quashed a decision of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) refusing to certify for public viewing a documentary chronicling the 2014 campaign for the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat involving Prime Minister Narendra Modi, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal and Congress candidate Ajay Rai.Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva sent the matter back to Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) to take a fresh decision on the documentary titled ‘Battle of Banaras’ with reasons within four weeks.The producer of the documentary, Manu Kumaran, moved the High Court two years back against the decision of the FCAT and the CBFC. The Censor Board refused certification to the film on October 15, 2015 and the FCAT upheld the decision later. The petition alleged that the Censor Board and the FCAT orders contained no mention of what parts of the film were objectionable and violated the guidelines of film certification issued under the Cinematograph Act, 1952.It claimed that the documentary was denied certification for public exhibition or its exhibition in film festival.During the course of the hearing, the censor copy of the documentary was viewed by the High Court judge in the presence of the counsel for the parties as well as officers of the board.The 2014 documentary, directed by Kamal Swaroop, captured live footage recorded over 44 days of campaigning in Varanasi.
BRUSSELS—The European Commission has launched an online tool to rate universities worldwide. The new system, called U-Multirank, provides a more sophisticated alternative to cruder rankings by letting users select rating criteria out of 30 indicators in five areas: research, teaching, regional engagement, knowledge transfer, and international orientation. European universities, which tend to fare poorly in existing rankings, score better on some of these criteria.Funded by the European Union, U-Multirank is presented as a departure from oft-criticized global rankings. Critics say that these charts—such as the Shanghai ranking and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings—rely on inadequate indicators and meaningless aggregated scores.“We are not producing league tables. We don’t think it is worthwhile. … We don’t even think it can be done methodologically and statistically in the right way,” said Frans van Vught, one of U-Multirank’s project leaders, at a launch event here yesterday.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Bernard Rentier, rector of the University of Liège in Belgium and a fierce critic of existing rankings, says he is pleased with the first results of U-Multirank and that the system’s indicators are “relevant and enlightening” to compare his university’s performance with others. But Ellen Hazelkorn, a specialist of rankings and director of research and enterprise at the Dublin Institute of Technology, points out that U-Multirank uses some of the same data as other rankings do, including citation rates or patent figures. Some of those numbers, such as the student-staff ratio, are controversial and “not necessarily meaningful” to assess quality, Hazelkorn says.U-Multirank was produced by a group of institutions led by the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies in the Netherlands and the Centre for Higher Education in Germany, and backed by €2 million from the European Union for the years 2013 to 2015. The system’s architects incorporated the same data sources as those in traditional rankings, but also introduced fresh indicators, such as interdisciplinary publications and joint publications with industry, as well as self-reported data from student surveys and universities themselves. (Out of 879 universities listed in the database, about 500 have volunteered to provide their own data.)With this broad range of indicators, U-Multirank can compare “like with like” and display the strengths of institutions that are usually outshone in classical rankings, says project leader Frank Ziegele. “For instance, there might be a university that has no A [score] in internationalization” because it is serves primarily a local or national audience, Ziegele says. “This is perfectly fine. This university fulfills an important function for society.” U-Multirank can play up that diversity of roles and profiles, he says.U-Multirank does provide a few ready-made rankings, including one based on research criteria. “American institutions of course are absolutely on top in terms of citation rates and other classical [criteria],” Ziegele says. But less renowned institutions, often from Europe, emerge at the top of the list in other categories, such as international publications or joint publications with industry.“This is an attempt to put an end to the unfairness towards a great number of universities, like the 300 which never appeared in [another ranking], and which perform very well in some [areas],” said Androulla Vassiliou, the E.U. commissioner in charge of education, at yesterday’s event.Ziegele says he doesn’t expect U-Multirank to push out other systems and that the appetite for traditional rankings will remain. “What I really hope is that our ranking is used for decision-making,” he says. “I could see governments piggybacking on it,” Hazelkorn says.“[T]here’s still a danger that too many consumers – particularly in Asia – will prefer the precision (however spurious) and simplicity of [existing] league tables to the relativism of personalized rankings,” wrote Alex Usher, president of Higher Education Strategy Associates in Toronto, Canada, in a blog post yesterday. And if U-Multirank doesn’t become very popular, universities, especially in North America, may be reluctant to spend time collecting the detailed information that the rankers ask for, Usher wrote.U-Multirank hopes to convince the institutions that didn’t volunteer their data to do so for next year’s version. It also plans to include more universities and to add three disciplines (medicine, psychology, and computer science) to the current four (physics, business, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering). Rentier, for one, is optimistic about the ranking’s future. “The system is led by scientists, very open to discussion and clarification. There’s a real dialogue that we don’t have with other rankings at all.”
KTM RC 390The wait for the adrenaline-pumping KTM motorcycles RC 200 and RC 390 is finally over. On September 9, 2014, performance bike manufacturer KTM will finally launch the highly anticipated RC 200 and RC 390 in Pune. Both the bikes can be considered as major launches by the Austrian bike maker, in conjunction with its Indian partner Bajaj.KTM has realised that there is a tremendous market for fared sports bikes in India, and thereby the company decided to launch both the RC 200 and the RC 390 together. For the launch, KTM will go live with its official Indian YouTube Channel. So in order to witness the launch, make sure you tune in tomorrow at 11:45 am.About the KTM bikesKTM RC 200/390 are fully fared versions of their corresponding Duke versions. Though both bikes are mechanically similar, they are built for different purposes. In comparison to the Dukes, the RC’s chassis has been tweaked and its body has a more head strong positioning. Twin projector headlamps with day time running LEDs have been fitted on both the KTM RC 200 and RC 390. By fitting a plastic cover above the main visor, KTM has made both bikes as aerodynamic as possible.External features of RC 390 and 200 – Clip-on handlebars – Split seats – Orange frame- 10 spoke orange alloy wheelsColour differences and weightFor a keen eye, the RC 200 and RC 390 are well differentiated, but to many, they might seem very similar. The RC 200 has black fairing with white and orange decals, while the RC 390 is seen having white fairing with black and orange decals.The RC 390’s tuning is tweaked to make the bike accelerate better to counter extra weight. While the Duke 200 weighs 125 kg dry, RC 200 has a weight of 137.5 kg dry. Similarly the Duke 390 weighs 139 kg dry, as compared to 147 kg of the RC 390. advertisementMechanical differencesA taller gearing and more aerodynamic riding position in comparison to the Dukes gives the RC versions higher top speed. Not only these, but RC 390 has a shorter wheelbase (Duke: 1,36715 mm vs RC: 1,34015 mm), greater ground clearance ( 170 mm vs 178.5 mm), greater seat height (800 mm vs 820 mm) as well as smaller fuel tank capacity (11 L vs 10 L) than the Duke.Engines and transmissionKTM RC 200 is fitted with a single cylinder, 4-stroke, 199.5cc engine that produces a maximum power of 25 bhp and a peak torque of 19.2 Nm. The KTM RC 390 comes with a bigger, 4-stroke, single-cylinder 373.2cc engine with a power output of 42.5 bhp and maximum torque comes in at 35 Nm. This bike gets a 6-speed manual transmission.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Milan: Cristiano Ronaldo conceded he is not ‘100 percent’ despite his goal spree for Portugal but always ready to play as injury-hit Juventus head to Atalanta on Saturday looking to extend their unbeaten run this season to stay top of Serie A.Juventus visit fifth-placed Atalanta before hosting Atletico Madrid in the Champions League next week. Maurizio Sarri’s side are just one point ahead of Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan after 12 matches, with Lazio and Cagliari eight points adrift of the leaders in joint third.Atalanta have gone three league games without a win and will be eager to get back into the Champions League berths, as they sit two points off fourth place, before next week’s trip to Shakhtar Donetsk.Atalanta’s fortunes have slipped following the thigh injury suffered to Colombian star Duvan Zapata, who scored six goals in six Serie A matches before being sidelined for their last five league games.As Atalanta sweat on Zapata’s return, Juventus will be without full-back Alex Sandro, who picked up a thigh problem playing for Brazil, with Blaise Matuidi recovering from a rib injury.Ronaldo had said he was not be at his best physical form, with Sarri saying the Portuguese star has a “little knee problem”.But the 34-year-old wants to make amends after storming off when he was substituted in Juventus’s last game against AC Milan.”In the last three weeks, I have played at a slightly reduced capacity,” Ronaldo conceded after his goal spree for Portugal.”I don’t like to be replaced, no one does,” added Ronaldo. “I tried to help Juve even when injured.”Full-back Danilo, who scored his first goal for Brazil during the international break, warned: “The games after the international break are never easy, let alone against Atalanta, a team who are doing well.”We can’t make mistakes or underestimate them.”Inter will be looking to make it a perfect seven league games on the road this season as they travel to Torino, before their European trip to Slavia Prague.Conte’s side face a tough task against the Andrea Belotti-powered Torino, who ended their six-match winless run against Brescia last time out, and are in 11th position.Serie A runners-up Napoli are in crisis, having slipped to seventh, and desperately need a result at 14th-placed AC Milan, who are themselves floundering.Cagliari and Lazio will look to continue their strong form at lowly Lecce and Sassuolo respectively.Roma have a chance to move into the Champions League places as the look to bounce back from last week’s defeat to Parma at home against tailenders Brescia.ONE TO WATCH:Carlo Ancelotti’s Serie A runners-up last season head for AC Milan amid reports he has two games left to save his job.Napoli have gone four games without a win in Serie A to sit seventh.The southerners have 19 points — 13 behind leaders Juventus — their worst tally after 12 games since the 2011-2012 season when they finished fifth.After being held 1-1 by Salzburg in the Champions League, they travel to Liverpool next week in a key game for the former Chelsea, AC Milan and Real Madrid boss.KEY STATS:100 – Torino captain Andrea Belotti’s Serie A goals29 – Juventus’s unbeaten run against Atalanta — 23W, 6D13 – Points between Juventus and last season’s runners-up Napoli6 – Inter have won six in six on the road so far this league season.5 – Years since AC Milan last beat NapoliFIXTURESSaturday (all times GMT)Atalanta v Juventus (1400GMT), AC Milan v Napoli (1700), Torino v Inter Milan (1945)SundayBologna v Parma (1130GMT), Verona v Fioretina, AS Roma v Brescia, Sassuolo v Lazio (1400), Sampdoria v Udinese (1700), Lecce v Cagliari (1945)MondaySPAL v Genoa (1945) AC Milanas romaAtalantacristiano ronaldo First Published: November 22, 2019, 11:28 AM IST