CCSRE Chautauqua | Matthew Clair



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Please join us on November 20th for our autumn quarter Faculty Research Fellows Chautauqua. This event will feature 2020-2021 fellow Matthew Clair (Sociology) speaking about his recent book Privilege and Punishment: How Race and Class Matter in Criminal Court. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Ralph Richard Banks (Law School). 

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Music from Other Worlds



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Heather Spence (Marine Biologists and Composer) on “Underwater Sound Research:

Music of Marine Biology”

Cheryl Leonard (Composer and Instrument Builder) on “Phantom Limbs: Composing Music Amidst the Sixth Extinction”

The LASERs are an international program of evening gatherings that bring together artists, scientists, thinkers, inventors, and scholars who are working on paradigm shifts for informal presentations and conversation with the audience. Chaired by Piero Scaruffi. Visit www.lasertalks.com for more details.

Heather Spence is a marine biologist and sound artist who combines science and art to harmonize human-environment interactions. She has taught courses on animal behavior, behavioral neuroendocrinology, sensation and perception, personality, etc. Her Passive Acoustic Monitoring research program on the MesoAmerican Reef is featured in National Geographic’s television program “When Sharks Attack”, and is explored in her composition for viola da gamba trio, Vale la Pena?. She composes music inspired by, and inspiring, conservation and performs internationally as a cellist and gambist. She currently advises on science and acoustics at the US Department of Energy and is co-leader of the transdisciplinary Ocean Memory Project/

Cheryl E. Leonard is a composer, performer, and instrument builder whose works investigate sounds, structures, and objects from the natural world. Her projects cultivate stones, wood, water, ice, sand, shells, feathers, and bones as musical instruments, and feature one-of-a-kind sculptural instruments and field recordings from remote locales. She uses microphones to explore aural worlds within her sound sources, and develops compositions that highlight the unique voices she discovers. Her recent projects focus on climate change and extinction of species.

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KEAM 2020 First Allotment List to Release Today at cee.kerala.gov.in


The Kerala Engineering, Architecture, and Medical Courses (KEAM) first allotment list is expected to release today at 9 pm on the official website at cee.kerala.gov.in. Students who have participated in KEAM counselling 2020 can check the allotment list by using their login credentials. Those wishing to accept the course or college allotted will have to submit the required fee and the documents for the verification to secure their admission.

As reported by Hindustan Times, the CEE has released the official notification regarding the same which reads, “Candidates who get allotment shall have to remit the fee shown in the allotment memo at any of the Head/Post Offices in Kerala or by way of online payment.”

The statement further added that candidates who do not submit the fee on or before the prescribed date will lose their allotted seat as well as their chance to get admission. The allotment once cancelled, will not be available for the subsequent phases.

KEAM 2020 first allotment list: How to check –

  • Step 1: Visit at cee.kerala.gov.in
  • Step 2: Click on the link which reads KEAM first allotment list
  • Step 3: Enter the registered login details and click on submit
  • Step 4: KEAM first allotment list 2020 will appear on the screen
  • Step 5: Download KEAM 2020 first allotment list and search for your name

KEAM exam 2020 is conducted to offer admission to various engineering, medical, pharmacy and architecture courses in all the government and private institutions across the state. This year a total of 56,599 students qualified for engineering courses and 44,390 students for the pharmacy stream. Last year, a total of three allotment lists were released. Candidates are requested to visit the official website regularly for further details.



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Three Dubai horses in the running for Cartier Awards


Ghaiyyath tops both the Cartier Horse of the Year and Cartier Older Horse standings.
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Dubai: Godolphin’s Ghaiyyath leads a strong trio of Dubai-owned horses in the chase for major honours at the 2020 Cartier Racing Awards, which reward excellence in European racing annually at the end of each season.

Charlie Appleby’s outstanding galloper tops both the Cartier Horse of the Year and Cartier Older Horse standings with 118 points ahead of Irish-trained Magical (112). The title could be decided when the pair meet in the Champion Stakes at Ascot on British Champions Day, October 17.

Battaash, raced by owner Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, holds a commanding lead in the Cartier Sprinter division with 80 points and is well clear of Glass Slippers (56), Dream Of Dreams (48) and Golden Horde (48).

Godolphin’s Pinatubo leads the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt caregory with 72 points.

The Cartier Racing Awards were established in 1991 and feature eight equine awards. In addition, the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit goes to the person or persons who, in the opinion of the Cartier Jury, has/have done the most for European racing and/or breeding either over their lifetime or within the past 12 months.

European horseracing’s top awards are arrived at through three established strands. Points are earned by horses in Pattern races (30% of the total) and these are combined at the end of season with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists/handicappers (35%) and votes from readers of Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph (35%).

The 30th annual Cartier Racing Awards will be awarded in November.

(Points earned upto and including Sunday, October 4, 2020)

Cartier Horse Of The Year



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Google brings Web Stories carousel to Discover page


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San Francisco: Google is now adding a visual element to the Discover page with a feature called Web Stories, which functions very similarly to Instagram Stories and Snapchat.

The Stories carousel, now available in the US, India and Brazil at the top of Discover, helps you find some of the best visual content from around the web. In the future, the company intends to expand Web Stories to more countries and Google products.

”Browsing Stories is simple. When you tap on a Story on the shelf, you enter an experience that’s full-screen and immersive,” Vamsee Jasti, Web Stories Product Manager, Google said in a statement.

Web Stories can be created by anyone, whether by an individual creator or a publisher, and more than 2,000 websites have already published Stories that have been indexed by Google.

To browse these stories, simply open the Discover page on your Google app, at the top, you will see a carousel of Stories and click on any of them to view it.

Clicking on the right edge will take you to the next page of the Story, left edge for the previous page, and swiping right will skip completely to the next Story.



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Apple working on TV models with A12, A14 chips: Report


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San Francisco: Apple is reportedly preparing multiple new Apple TV set-top boxes, with a model featuring a variant of the A12 chip and one with an “A14X-like” chip.

The tech giant is also working on a new controller for the upcoming set-top box which would be an updated Siri Remote or a new, Apple-designed game controller.

All the new updates are exclusively designed to support upcoming games on Apple Arcade, the company’s gaming service. The company is working with developers to build console-level games to boost the gaming service, reports MacRumors.

Signs of a new Apple TV with an A12 bionic chip were uncovered in the iOS 13.4 beta in February. In addition to an updated processor and a “T1125” codename, previous rumours have indicated that the refreshed Apple TV may feature higher capacity 64 and 128GB storage options.

In May, another leaker Jon Prosser corroborated the report and said that the aforementioned model of the Apple TV box was ready to ship.

Apple launched its A14 Bionic chip alongside the redesigned iPad Air at its September “Time Flies” event, and new benchmarks indicate that the chip offers significant performance improvements over the previous A13 Bionic.



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UAE’s Hope Probe is almost half way near Mars


Omran Sharaf, project manager of Emirates Mars Mission addressing journalists at a virtual Media Briefing on the UAE’s Mission to Mars updates.. Photo: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
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Dubai: The UAE’s Hope Probe, the first Arab interplanetary mission to Mars, is almost halfway to its orbital mission 79 days after it was successfully launched from Japan, lead scientists and engineers at Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) announced in Dubai during a Press briefing on Wednesday.

Launched from Tanegashima Space Center in the early hours of July 20, Hope Probe, which is set to reach Mars in February next year, has so far travelled 215.5 million kms. It is currently cruising at an average speed of 103,379km/hr and still has to cover 264.9 million kms out of the total 480 million kms journey to the Red Planet for seven months.

The Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) has also recently launched a website (emiratesmarsmission.ae/track-the-hope-probe-live/) for live tracking of Hope Probe.

Cruising to Mars

Omran Sharaf, project manager of the EMM, said all the early operations have concluded and Hope Probe is now on its cruising phase as contact with the orbiter has downgraded to two to three times a week to conduct regular checking and spacecraft commissioning.

The ground control at MBRSC has also successfully conducted two trajectory correction manoeuvres (TCM) last August 11 and 28. Sharaf noted the third TCM, scheduled later this month or early November, would be critical as Hope Probe reaches its halfway mark. He added the orbiter requires at least six to seven TCMs to ensure it is on the correct trajectory or path to Mars.

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(clockwise from top left) Moderator Bahjat Homsi, Suhail Al Dhafri, Zakareyya Al Shamsi and Omran Sharaf, project manager of Emirates Mars Mission addressing journalists at a virtual Media Briefing on the UAE’s Mission to Mars updates.. Photo: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News

Managing the risks

Sharaf pointed out risk is always part of Hope Probe journey — from preparation to launch to travel in deep space. “But what is important is that we manage the risks and don’t let them become anomalies. Hope Probe is travelling in deep space and we still need to understand how its environment is affecting it. That is why tests are regularly conducted to see any changes. We manage the risks and don’t let them turn into anomalies,” Sharaf underscored.

Suhail Al Dhafri, EMM deputy project manager and spacecraft lead, assured Hope Probe is “showing excellent performance as it cruises towards Mars.”

AlDhafri noted all commissioning tests on different sub systems, including power, communication and control systems of the spacecraft have been tested and all instruments, were protected in space, particularly from solar flare.

Mars orbit insertion

EMM engineers also assured Hope Probe is on course for its Mars orbit insertion (MOI), despite few days delay during the launch. They explained Hope Probe took off within the narrow launch window. MOI will be the most challenging part of the mission. Sharaf explained accuracy is the key to success. “If Hope Probe goes too fast or too slow, it will crash on Mars or miss its orbit entirely. As it approaches Mars’ orbit, Hope Probe will do a 30-minute fuel burn using its thrusters and reduce its speed from 121,000kph to 18,000kph,” he added.

Science phase

After entering Mars’ orbit, Hope Probe will then transition to science phase. This is when it will commence with its mission to build the first complete structure of the Martian atmosphere using its three advanced scientific instruments that will pictures for one Martian year or around two Earth years.



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Google faces new antitrust case in India over abuse in smart TVs market


File photo: A man stands in front of a screen during a Google event in New Delhi.
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New Delhi: Alphabet Inc’s Google is facing a new antitrust case in India in which the US tech giant is alleged to have abused its Android operating system’s position in the smart television market, a source and two lawyers involved in the case told Reuters.

The case is Google’s fourth major antitrust challenge in India, one of its key markets where it is currently facing public criticism from local startups for enforcing certain policies and company charges they contend hurt their growth.

It also comes as Google faces new antitrust challenges in the United States, and a potential antitrust probe in China that is set to look into how it allegedly uses its dominance of its Android mobile operating system to stifle competition. Google has denied any wrongdoing.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has since June been looking into allegations that Google engages in anti-competitive practices by creating barriers for firms wanting to use or develop modified versions of Android for smart TVs, such as Amazon Fire TV’s operating system, according to the source, who has direct knowledge of the case.

The case has been filed by two Indian antitrust lawyers, Kshitiz Arya and Purushottam Anand. They both confirmed the case filing against Google for alleged abuse in the smart television market, but declined to comment further.

The source said the CCI had directed Google to submit its written responses to the allegations and that the company has sought more time.

A Google spokesman declined comment, since the case with the antitrust body was pending. Amazon and the CCI did not respond to requests for comment.

Unlike Indian court cases, filings and details of cases reviewed by the CCI are not disclosed publicly.

The antitrust watchdog could order a wider investigation against Google if it finds merit in the allegations, or throw out the case completely.

Smart TVs, or WiFi-enabled TVs with apps for streaming services like Netflix and YouTube, have become increasingly popular in India.

Data from Counterpoint Research shows 8 million smart TV sets were sold in India in 2019. Three in five smart TVs sold in India are based on Google’s Android system, which also powers nearly 99% of India’s half a billion smartphone user base.

The latest case alleges that Google’s agreements with companies such as Xiaomi and TV manufacturer TCL India effectively stop them from using both the Android system and a modified version of it on different devices they make, according to the source.

For example, if a company sells smartphones based on Google’s Android, it cannot sell smart TVs running on competing platforms like the Amazon Fire TV system, according to the case against the Mountain View, California-based company, the source said.

And in reverse, if a company’s smart TV is using Amazon’s Fire operating system, then that company is restricted from offering Google’s popular Play Store or the Google maps app on its smartphones.

Xiaomi India and TCL India, which is part of China’s TCL Technology Group Corp, are both party to the case along with Google. Xiaomi did not respond to requests for comment while TCL declined to comment.

In 2018, the CCI fined Google 1.36 billion rupees($18.5 million) for “search bias,” but a company appeal against that is pending. The CCI last year also started probing Google for allegedly misusing its dominant position to reduce the ability of smartphone makers to opt for alternate versions of its Android system.

Earlier this year, the CCI started reviewing a case alleging that Google abuses its market position to unfairly promote its mobile payments app in the country.



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Get your flu jab for Dh50 at a Dubai Health Authority clinic


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Dubai: All expatriates in Dubai can get vaccinated for seasonal influenza at any of the Dubai Health Authorty (DHA)-run primaary health centres in the emirate for Dh50. The seasonal influenza vaccine is avalable free-of-charge for Emiratis, eldery residents above the age of 65, pregnant women, people of determination and children below the age of five years.

Launching the seasonal influenza awareness campaign to raise awareness across the community, Dr Farida Al Khaja, CEO of DHA’s Clinical Support Service, said that it was important for people to be vaccinated, moreso durng the current COVID-19 pandemic. especially those who are at a higher risk of developing influenza complications.

DHA is offering vaccinations on walk-in basis in three DHA Medical Fitness Centres in Jumeirah Lake Towers, Uptown Mirdif and City Walk (Smart Salem Centre) from Sunday to Thursday from 7am to 7.30pm

Timings

Dr Al Khaja said that Emiratis and residents can also call 800DHA (800342) to book an appointment to get vaccinated across a number of DHA Primary Healthcare Centres that include: Al Badaa, Al Lusaily, Al Mankhool, Al Safa, Nad Al Sheba, Zabeel, Mizhar and Twar primary health care centres. They are open Sunday to Thursday from 7.30am to 9.30pm.

Al Mamzar Health Centre, which caters to women and pregnant women only, is also open from 7.30am to 9.30pm. Al Barsha and Nad Al Hamr 24/7 centres will only offer vaccination services between 7.30am to 9.30pm. Contact 800DHA (800342) for further information on the locations and timings of DHA’s vaccination services.

Vaccination charges

Free for:

Children under five-years

Dh50 for:

Expats who are not from the above category



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