Mitsubishi Electric develops “BLEnDer ICE” battery-powered wireless terminal to collect meter data and control networked sensors

first_imgUtilises sensor data to improve the efficiency of gas and water utilities Mitsubishi Electric develops “BLEnDer ICE” battery-powered wireless terminal to collect meter data and control networked sensors. (Credit:Plumpaquatsch/Wikimedia Commons) Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced today that it has developed the BLEnDer ICE battery-powered wireless communication terminal for use in sensor networks to collect gas and water meter data and remotely control sensors in the networks. This terminal will enable meters to be automatically read and both monitored and controlled remotely to achieve greater efficiency in the maintenance operations of utilities and infrastructure operators. Various tests conducted so far have demonstrated that the terminal operates and communicates stably in the field.BLEnDer (short for Bid Liaison and Energy Dispatcher) is a packaged software developed by Mitsubishi Electric in response to the changes in the power industry and support utilities to realize smarter and more efficient operations. The BLEnDer Intelligent Communication Edge (ICE) terminal will work together with the BLEnDer HE (Head End) software which manages and controls smart meters through various communication methods and the BLEnDer MESH software which utilizes wireless multi-hop communication to realize a wide range smart meter communication network at a low cost.Key Features1) Common interface enables connection with diverse meters and sensorsThe BLEnDer ICE terminal supports standard communication interfaces to ensure connectivity with not only gas and water meters but also various sensing equipment. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Chris Zabilowicz takes Michaelmas 2017 presidency in Union elections

first_imgChris Zabilowicz is the new President-elect of the Oxford Union, following the results of the uncontested elections on Friday 3 March.Zabilowicz, who ran unopposed, will become the President in Michaelmas term 2017, receiving 687 votes.Melissa Hinkley was elected to be Librarian-elect and Gui Cavalcanti was elected to become Treasurer. Maan Al-Yasiri was elected as the in-coming Secretary. For the third consecutive term, all officer positions were uncontested.Stephen Horvath, Minal Haq, Sabriyah Sayeed, Myah Popat, and Andrew Ng were elected to the Union Standing Committee.Full results below:OFFICERSPresident-Elect: Chris Zabilowicz – 687 (RON – 102)Librarian-Elect: Melissa Hinkley – 671 (RON – 97)Treasurer-Elect: Gui Cavalcanti – 677 (RON – 91)Secretary-Elect: Maan Al-Yasiri – 674 (RON – 92)STANDING Stephen Horvath – 260Minal Haq – 159Sabriyah Saeed – 155Myah Popat – 130Andrew Ng – 119SECRETARY’SNorbert Sobolak – 91James Lamming – 88Brian O’Brien – 77Shivani Ananth – 77Amelia Weiss – 75Josie Dallas – 71Isabelle Agerbak – 70Milo Reynolds – 66Lavanya Chowdhury – 68Kyrill Afudego – 63Matt Cook – 61last_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Celebrate Bayliss’ 40th Birthday With A Classic Setlist And A Custom Cubs Jersey

first_imgImprov/Prog-rockers Umphrey’s McGee stopped at The Higher Ground in Burlington, VT last night, and they were celebrating guitarist Brendan Bayliss turning the big 4-0. Umphrey’s was formed as a college band, so that they are still plugging away and playing packed rooms all these years later must be incredible for the Chicago-based rockers.Umphrey’s kicked off set on with a run from their intro song “Lucid State” into multi-part progressive rocker “Educated Guess”. Following that up with the rare ballad “Passing”, the band then kept things going with a huge “Domino Theory”. The set featured a couple of older UM songs in “Syncopated Strangers”, “The Fussy Dutchman”, and a pulsating version of “Morning Song”. Set one ended with a cover of Modest Mouse‘s “The Good Times Are Killing Me”, which found Bayliss on acoustic guitar. The band had only played the song once before, at a show where fans curated the setlist back in 2012.Following a short break, Umphrey’s returned to the stage with an epic “JaJunk” > “Upward” > “JaJunk” segment that immediately brought the energy back up. With a quick run through the rockin’ ballad “Loose Ends”, Umphrey’s then busted out the uptempo progressive song “Crucial Taunt” for the first time in 205 shows. The end of the show found the band in fine form, as they moved from jam launchpad “Utopian Fir” into a rare cover of “Driven To Tears” by The Police, before bringing things to a close with a dance-heavy version of electronic rager “The Triplewide”.For the encore, Umphrey’s played one of their most classic Bayliss-written tunes, “All In Time”, which featured the “Gravity’s Real” lyrical Jimmy Stewart segment that fans absolutely adore. Only played a handful of times by the band, the rare fan-favorite was the perfect way to end a night in celebration of Mr. Brendan Bayliss.In honor of the guitarist/lyricist’s birthday, the band presented him with a custom Chicago Cubs jersey with his name and the number “40” written on the back, which they showcased to the crowd at one point while toasting Bayliss on the stage. See below for the jersey the band gave Bayliss, as well as the full setlist from last night’s show at the Higher Ground, courtesy of allthings.umphrey’s.com. Umphrey’s McGee | Higher Ground | Burlington, VT | 8/11/2016Set 1: Lucid State > Educated Guess, Passing, Domino Theory, Syncopated Strangers > Final Word > Syncopated Strangers[1], The Fussy Dutchman, Morning Song, Gone for Good[2], The Good Times Are Killing Me[2]Set 2: JaJunk > Upward > JaJunk, Loose Ends, Crucial Taunt, Utopian Fir > Driven to Tears > The Triple WideEncore: All In Time > Gravity’s Real > All In Time[1] with Joel on vocals[2] with Brendan on acoustic guitar[photo via @soundslike_age]last_img read more

Alienware Debuts its Thinnest and Lightest 17” notebook with Alienware m17 and Earns a “2019 CES Innovation Award” In Gaming

first_imgFor gamers desiring a larger screen size to dominate their competition without the excess weight that usually comes with it, the new Alienware m17 makes its triumphant debut at CES. Alienware’s thinnest, lightest 17” laptop at only 5.79 lbs., which is 40% lighter than its predecessor, combines sizable graphics, uncompromised performance and easy mobility. Available in Epic Silver and Nebula Red, the m17 derives its light strength from such premium materials as magnesium alloy and copper.Along with exceptional thermal management, gamers will marvel at its gameplay performance with the option of 8th-gen Intel Core i9K processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPUs for the ultimate laptop gaming experience. The GeForce RTX 20 Series graphic processors for laptops are powered by Turing architecture with real-time ray tracing, artificial intelligence and programmable shading that enable Alienware’s thinnest, fastest and quietest laptops.The Alienware m17 follows the recent launch of the thinnest and lightest 15” Alienware laptop ever made, the Alienware m15, which is custom-designed for gamers on-the-go who value lightness and thinness (only 4.76 lbs.). With the power to run high-graphic games, m15 features industry-best 8th-gen Intel Core i5/i7 and now i9 CPUs featuring dynamic CPU overclocking alongside NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 20 Series graphics.Expert Reviews says “I’ve had some hands-on time with the m15 and can confirm that it’s an impressively slim laptop, considering the high-end hardware that’s packed inside.” Tom’s Hardware praised its “thin, sleek design; strong performance; long battery life; tactile keyboard; bright, vivid display”. While LaptopMag says “Overall, the Alienware m15 is a top contender for the thin-and-light gaming crown.”And we’re incredibly proud that both the Alienware m15 and m17 have earned a 2019 CES Innovation Award in the gaming category for outstanding product design and engineering. And this is just the start of exciting gaming news coming from Alienware and Dell at CES. On Tuesday, January 8 at 10 a.m. CT we are announcing some ground breaking new hardware, software and partnership news. You don’t want to miss this. Come see us in person at Dell’s CES launch event at the Sands Showroom at the Venetian or tune into the livestream to hear  Dell and Alienware’s gaming news.I’m looking forward to an exciting week and hope you get a chance to come visit us at the #DellExperience, located at The SugarCane with the Venetian during #CES2019.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Lindsay Lohan Aims to Return to the Stage in Oleanna & More

first_img View Comments Full Cast Set for The Ruling Class, Starring James McAvoy We now know who will be joining the previously announced James McAvoy in The Ruling Class. Ron Cook (Mr Selfridge) will play Sir Charles Gurney, with Kathryn Drysdale (Suspects) as Grace Shelley, Joshua McGuire (Privacy) as Dinsdale Gurney and Anthony O’Donnell (Skyfall) as Daniel Tucker. Trafalgar Transformed’s revival of Peter Barnes’ satirical comedy will be directed by Jamie Lloyd and officially open in the West End on January 27, 2015. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the holiday weekend. Another Gigi in New York You wait your whole life (no really, that’s us) to see Gigi on stage and then two productions come along at once. A revival of Anita Loos’ Gigi, which opened on Broadway in 1951, launching the career of Audrey Hepburn, will run off-Broadway. The play will begin performances on January 12, 2015 at The Storm Theatre. This is not to be confused with the Great White Way-bound Gigi musical, which stars Vanessa Hudgens belting about the invention of champagne and urging us to say a prayer for her tonight. We’re looking forward to seeing both.center_img Lindsay Lohan Aims to Return to the Stage in Oleanna Lindsay Lohan has completed her London run in David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow, directed by Lindsay Posner. And guess what? Proving her detractors wrong, she got acceptable reviews and turned up to every show on time. So positive was the experience for all concerned that it would seem that the Mean Girls star is planning to headline Mamet’s Oleanna next year, also helmed by Posner. We’re impressed. A New Situation at My Big Gay Italian Funeral Frank Sorrentino (Jersey Shore’s The Situation’s big brother!) has been tapped for My Big Gay Italian Funeral off-Broadway. He will star opposite creator Anthony J. Wilkinson as his former gay lover Dominick Vitale. Currently being played by Addison LeMay, Sorrentino is set to step into the role beginning January 18, 2015.last_img read more

The Vermont Tax Practitioners Association (VTPA) to hold meeting.

first_imgThe Vermont Tax Practitioners Association (VTPA) will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, September 17th from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn just off Exit 10 of I-89 in Waterbury, Vt.The morning session will be on “Employee Issues” and will be presented by Michelle Guilmette, a Sr. Tax Specialist with the Internal Revenue Service in the Taxpayer Education & Communication Division. Her talk will focus on employee versus subcontractor designations and related issues.The afternoon session will be on “Special Taxes” and will be given by Gloria Hobson of the Vt. Dept. of Taxes, or her designee. Ms. Hobson is the Department’s Taxpayer Advocate. She will discuss Vermont’s special taxes, various tax credits and some tax planning tips regarding the State’s new income tax structure.The meeting is free for VTPA members who have paid their 2002 dues. Annual VTPA membership dues are $50 payable in advance or at the meeting. Prospective members or other interested persons may attend one introductory meeting without charge. Lunch is an additional $10 charge for all attending. For more membership information call Rick Kane at (802) 463-1503.The Vermont Tax Practitioners Association is a professional organization formed in 1975 to advance the education of all those interested in the field of taxation. Members meet five times a year for workshops and networking.last_img read more

Long Island Heroin-Cocaine Drug Rings Dismantled, DA Says

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County authorities said they disrupted two drug distribution networks and arrested 14 people as part of a months-long probe into drugs flooding into the East End.The East End Drug Task Force executed more than a dozen search warrants since July 14, resulting in the seizure of six kilos of cocaine and heroin, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office said.Three of the 14 people swept up in the busts were either members of or belonged to an offshoot of the Bloods street gang, the DA’s office said.“Drug dealers and weapons are a deadly combination,” said Angel M. Melendez, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations New York, in a statement. “We are pleased to have removed several of both off the streets of Suffolk County during these enforcement operations.”The widening investigation into the pair of drug distribution networks took shape after patrol officers on the East End noticed “a significant upward trend” in heroin and cocaine drug busts beginning last September, the DA’s office said.Investigators then developed information that led them to focus on a cocaine operation in Riverhead and Southampton.Arrested as part of the large-scale bust were 36-year-old Corey Woodley of Flanders and 42-year-old Eric Thomas of Riverhead. Both men were allegedly involved in the operation of those two networks, authorities said.Thomas, who was out on parole, was arrested on July 14 after East End Task Force members executed a search warrant at his home. Investigators said they seized cocaine and more than $4,000 in cash from the house, along with scales and other drug paraphernalia. Thomas is facing several drug-related charges.The arrests associated with the months-long probe go back several weeks. On July 6, Task Force investigators arrested Ronald Paschall as he was returning to the East End after allegedly picking up more than a kilo of cocaine in New York City, authorities said.Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota alleged that Paschall, a purported gang member, traveled west twice a week to pick up cocaine, which he then sold to resellers, who would distribute the drugs to residents in East Hampton, Riverhead, Southampton and Southold Towns.Paschall’s 38-year-old associate, Jimmy Dean of Baiting Hallow and Dwayne Harris of Riverhead, his accused drug runner, were allegedly responsible for a second distribution ring, Spota said. Paschall, Dean and Harris were also accused of drug crimes and gang affiliation. Paschall was additionally charged with unlawful fleeing from a police officer.The East End Task Force is a multi-agency drug enforcement unit that includes Suffolk County police, New York State police, village and town police departments, federal agencies and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.DA Spota said there were more arrests to come.last_img read more

Indonesia says no H5N1 cases in suspicious cluster

first_imgNov 20, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health ministry has ruled out H5N1 avian influenza in a cluster of 17 suspected cases in South Sulawesi province, countering earlier reports of positive hospital and university tests, Reuters reported today.According to an earlier report from the Jakarta Post, the patients—all from Sudiang subdistrict and most of them children—were hospitalized in Makassar with symptoms that resembled avian influenza infection. A hospital source had said rapid tests indicated the H5N1 virus and that officials were awaiting further test results from Hasanuddin University.A Nov 14 Reuters update on the suspected case cluster quoted Chandra Yoga Adhitama, the health ministry’s acting director of communicable disease control, as saying the patients were hospitalized as a precaution after chickens died in the area. He also told Reuters that the patients’ conditions were generally good and that their samples would be sent to Jakarta for testing at the health ministry’s laboratory.Then on Nov 15, the Post reported that Halik Saleh, a spokesman for the hospital’s avian flu team, said the university tests also indicated the patients had the H5N1 virus but that the hospital decided not to use either institution’s test results and would instead wait for results from the health ministry.Lily Sulistyowati, a health ministry spokeswoman, told Reuters today that the patients’ tests were negative for H5N1. She gave no further details.Reports of potential H5N1 case clusters raise concern because, if confirmed, they suggest the possibility of human-to-human transmission, which would increase the risk of a pandemic.News about human H5N1 infections in Indonesia has been sketchy since June, when the health ministry said it would no longer promptly report H5N1 cases and instead give only periodic updates. Some health officials have said the lack of timely reporting will hamper efforts to monitor the world’s pandemic risk level.On Nov 13 the country’s health minister, Siti Fadilah Supari, denied media reports that a 15-year-old girl who died in central Java had avian influenza. News services had earlier cited one of the girl’s doctors and a local health official as saying tests from two laboratories indicated she did have an H5N1 infection.On some avian flu blog sites, participants have been translating reports from Indonesia’s Bahasa-language media outlets to comb for new details about the suspected case cluster. According to some machine-based translations, which are sometimes difficult to follow and can be unreliable, two more patients linked to the cluster were reportedly admitted to the hospital. Also, some reports claimed that polymerase chain reaction tests by the university on the patients were positive for H5N1.Sharon Sanders, editor-in-chief of FluTrackers, a well known Web message board that focuses on avian influenza and preparedness issues, told CIDRAP News that her community hasn’t been able to determine if the 17 to 19 patients are infected with the H5N1 virus, based on all of the conflicting information.”We simply do not know what conclusions to draw based on the recent denial by the Indonesian Ministry of Health of the apparent H5N1 death on November 7 of 15-year-old Dewi Sartika, from central Java,” she said.Sanders said the lack of transparency about the current H5N1 status in Indonesia is troublesome because the disease is endemic and current human H5N1 clinical samples are not being shared internationally. “We will continue to monitor the situation in Indonesia to ascertain, to the best of our ability, H5N1 status in Indonesia,” she said.Mike Coston, a former paramedic and author of the Avian Flu Diary blog, another well-known site for news and analysis, told CIDRAP News that media reports of supposedly positive H5N1 tests give him pause, “but on the whole, I believe the rapid recovery of all 17 suspect cases argues against these being genuine H5N1 patients.””This highlights the folly of the Indonesian-stated policy of not confirming H5N1 cases as they occur,” Coston said. “Even if these patients are negative, it makes it difficult to automatically take the government’s word for it.”See also:Nov 13 CIDRAP News report “Supari denies H5N1 caused girl’s death”last_img read more

Jay Street decision sets bad precedent

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re March 7 article, “Ex-inspector cleared of major counts”: [Kenneth] Tyree’s getting away with homicide in the Jay Street fire sets an interesting precedent.Defendants can plead ignorance, based on the fact that they weren’t properly instructed. I can just hear the defense counsel now: “Your Honor and members of the jury, no one taught my client how to properly use an AR-15, therefore, he’s not guilty of killing all those people.”The jury’s decision is pathetic.Arthur HombachSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcylast_img read more