first_imgShooting with a SnorriCam creates a wildly disorienting point of view and a skewed perspective that immediately grabs the audience’s attention. Let’s explore the rig and look at how you can make your own.Cover image via Warner Bros.With the advent of consumer action cameras such as the GoPro and Sony Action Cam, first-person perspective shots have only increased in popularity. They’re popping up in feature films, extreme sports, YouTube video, commercials — it’s a very popular trend.Like all filmmaking techniques, there is, of course, an opposite to the fixed first-person perspective shot. While the shot itself doesn’t have a specific term, it commonly goes by the name of the device that makes it possible: SnorriCam, which is just the principle name for a chest cam or body mount.The History of the SnorriCamYou’ve undoubtedly seen this shot many times in cinema, TV, and music videos. First created by two Icelandic photographers (Einar Snorri and Eiður Snorri, hence the name), the SnorriCam is a device that mounts the camera to the body of an actor. The camera, in more or less all circumstances, faces the actor.It creates a fascinating visual effect. The perspective of the entire scene constantly changes, while the actor always remains in the same fixed position in the center of the frame.  The world literally rotates around the actor.The shot is very jarring and ultimately can’t be used for that long because of the following:It can disorientate the audience (much like overuse of shaky cam).Like a zoom in, the camera draws attention to itself, taking the audience out of the story.Pick the Right Time to Use ItImage via SonySo, if the shot itself can cause disorientation, when is it best put to use? Well, it would be when the character is in some state of bafflement, whether that be due to illness, drugs, confusion, or injury. The technique, if used for a brief moment, can immediately bring the audience into the character’s disorientated state of reality.Recognize Its Strengths and Weaknesses Image via Protozoa PicturesMuch like most of the filmmaking equipment before the DSLR revolution, a body mount was incredibly expensive and quite strenuous for an actor to wear. Take the above behind-the-scenes still from Requiem for a Dream by Darren Aronofsky. Jennifer Connolly is wearing a sizable rig with a 16mm camera attached.Compare that image to the one at the very top of this article, a behind-the-scenes shot from the CW TV show Arrow. Actor Stephen Amell is wearing a SnorriCam mounted with a Blackmagic Design Pocket Camera. It would be a safe bet to say that Amell is a lot more comfortable with that device versus the one Connolly had to wear.Fortunately for us, with the abundant choices of pocket cinema cameras, DSLRs, and any other mirrorless camera, it’s never been a better time to create a SnorriCam with ease. All one needs is the mounting device — and thanks to YouTube, you are presented with many ways to make one (more on that below).Understand the EquipmentImage via No Film SchoolThese days, any small camera — like the GH4 or Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera — is going to work well with these DIY rigs. The lens will be the deciding factor in successfully capturing the shot. Apply too much zoom and your composition is going to consist of your actor’s eyebrows. Shoot too wide and you run the risk of having the rig enter the composition. 20mm-24mm is a safe choice for a Micro Four Thirds mount.If you’re shooting on a full-frame DSLR, you might look at using a 30-35mm lens. If your camera is tilted toward the top of the actor’s face, or if your SnorriCam rig has a large arm which protrudes out at a sharp angle, you will have better luck using wider lenses.It ultimately comes down to your camera’s sensor, the focal length of the lens, and the length and angle of your rigs arm.  As your camera will be fixed in the same position at all times, you technically shouldn’t have to worry about focus, but I would recommend having quite a deep focus.Tutorials for Building Your Own SnorriCamI’ve taken the liberty of going through YouTube tutorials to pull the best demonstrations of DIY SnorriCam construction. Any of the below examples would make for a fun project.This first one (from Indy Mogul) guides you through the process of building a SnorriCam out of wood.Then there’s this tutorial from DIY Duke. This Snorricam is built from PVC, which might be easier for those who don’t have access to woodworking tools. Have you used a chest-mounted device for a project before? Have you ever built your own SnorriCam? Share your experiences in the comments below!last_img read more

first_imgA day after his former leader, Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, met Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thakeray, former Union Minister Mukul Roy joined the BJP in New Delhi on Friday evening.With this, he ended all speculation about his political future, declaring, as he joined the BJP, that the party would soon be in power in the eastern State.Union Minister for Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad, BJP general secretary in charge of West Bengal Kailash Vijayvargiya and Rajya Sabha member Swapan Dasgupta welcomed Mr. Roy into the party fold. After the ceremony, he met party president Amit Shah and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal for photo-ops.“I sincerely believe that the Trinamool Congress would not have grown as it did without the support of the BJP. In 1998, when the TMC fought the polls for the first time, it was with the support of the BJP, and again in 1999, it was a part of the NDA and joined the government of Atal Behari Vajpayee. I’m proud to work under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, and I believe that the BJP is secular. The people of Bengal are looking for an alternative and the BJP will soon be in power in the State as well,” he said.Misgivings in BJPThere were misgivings in some quarters of the party because of Mr. Roy’s association with the Sharada chit fund scam to which he replied that he expected “the law to take its own course.”Mr. Prasad underlined what the BJP was expecting from Mr. Roy, his organisational abilities in the State and his long experience of dealing with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the political culture in West Bengal. “He [Mr. Roy] has been Union Minister for Shipping and Railways, a founding member of the Trinamool Congress, and a most notable feature of his political activism is his fight against the atrocities of the CPI(M) where the voice of dissent has no place,” he said.The BJP, which has been keen to expand in West Bengal and has been floundering in the face of Ms Banerjee’s continued dominance is hoping that Mr. Roy’s knowledge of his former party’s organisational heft will help where several false starts haven’t.last_img read more

first_imgDays after two of its MLAs quit the party and joined the ruling BJP, the Goa Congress on Saturday claimed that its remaining legislators were “united”.Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanad Sopte had resigned as Congress MLAs and joined the BJP, bringing down the strength of the opposition party to 14 in the 40-member Goa Assembly. “There is no question of any other MLA leaving the Congress party. All the remaining MLAs are united and are working to tackle the BJP-led government,” Goa Congress spokesperson Amarnath Panjikar said. He added that the Congress would contest bypolls in both Assembly seats that were vacated by Mr. Shirodkar and Mr. Sopte. Mr. Panjikar alleged that proposals were being cleared by the Investment Promotion Board (IPB) by claiming they were approved by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar through video-conferencing.“Can a person who was airlifted and brought on a stretcher from AIIMS to his residence hold a meeting through video conferencing from 3:30pm to 8:30pm?” he questioned. Parrikar, who is suffering from a pancreatic ailment, arrived in Goa on October 14 after being hospitalised in New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences.last_img read more

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Real ‘battle’ happens on POC General Assembly, not on Feb. 23 polls Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Meanwhile, the league approved on Thursday the revised trade involving Rain or Shine and TNT, which sent guard Kris Rosales, rookie Sidney Onwubere and a first-round pick in exchange for guard Jericho Cruz.The Texters added Rosales to the deal, paving the way for the approval of the swap by commissioner Willie Marcial. The Batang Pier try to sustain their momentum when they clash with second-ranked Magnolia on Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We have to continue playing the way we did (against TNT) and not worry about other results,” Jarencio said. “We have to stay aggressive. The players want to make the playoffs and I feel this is our best chance.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBlackwater faces Kia in the curtain raiser at 4:30 p.m. with the Elite gunning for a share of the ninth spot with the Texters. With just two games separating the fourth to 10th ranked teams, Blackwater, with a 3-5 record, is hard-pressed to win its remaining three games to stand a chance of making the quarterfinals.The Picanto, with only one win to show from their first eight games, will kiss their quarterfinal hopes goodbye with another loss. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES (FILE) PHOTO BY TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netNico Elorde’s career performance against TNT KaTropa guard Jayson Castro and Jeric Teng’s return to the PBA weren’t the only feel-good stories for GlobalPort on Wednesday night.GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio feels his team is playing their best basketball at a critical time in the Philippine Cup, where the playoff race is headed for a down-the-wire finish.ADVERTISEMENT Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Magnolia is coming off a 101-95 loss to Rain or Shine in a road game in Calasiao, Pangasinan province, last Saturday. The Hotshots are looking to avoid a third straight loss, even as top gunner Paul Lee remains doubtful due to a high ankle sprain.In contrast, GlobalPort whipped up an early storm to extend TNT’s woes with a 99-84 win and climb up to seventh in the standings with a 4-4 slate.Elorde sparkled with 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists while being matched up with Castro in the game.“I’m just glad to repay the trust coach has shown to me,” Elorde said. “More importantly, we need to stay consistent if we want to make the playoffs.”Signed by GlobalPort just a day before the game, Teng made the most out of his 10-minute stint on the floor with nine points on three triples as he reunited with Jarencio, who coached him at the University of Santo Tomas.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

first_imgLacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem The NBA says Ibaka drew the stiffer penalty for several reasons. The league found he was the instigator and threw a punch at Chriss. The league also cited his history of fighting during games. Chriss’ suspension was for throwing a punch at Ibaka.The suspensions are without pay. Ibaka will lose about $448,000 and Chriss about $22,000.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View comments 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cristiano Ronaldo nets hat trick to send Juventus into Champions League quarters Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss NEW YORK — The NBA has suspended Toronto’s Serge Ibaka for three games and Cleveland’s Marquese Chriss for one game for their involvement in an on-court fight.Chriss will sit out Cleveland’s game Tuesday in Philadelphia. Ibaka will miss Toronto’s games against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, at Detroit on Sunday and against New York on Monday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgLeeds manager Marcelo Bielsa says he has had to omit some players from his plans for this season with the intention of helping some of the club’s younger players develop instead.Eunan O’Kane, Vurnon Anita and Caleb Ekuban all featured heavily for Leeds during the 2017/18 campaign, but none of them have played a part since Bielsa took over in June. The trio have also not been given squad numbers for this season.The Argentine has suggested that their futures lie away from the club with Bielsa keen to develop some of the younger talent at his disposal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Asked why none of the players have featured this season, Bielsa told reporters: “When a professional player has a history as a football player, for example Anita, O’Kane and Ekuban have history, one way to respect them is to keep them inside the team if they have the possibility to play in another position.“If we have one position and three players it’s very difficult that the third player in the position gets time to play. I saw every game and every minute that they played last year and I also listened to the opinion of the club. “If you haven’t trained a player it’s a deficit to make a decision. We then built a group where we have two players for each position and if we had acted in another way it would have been counterproductive. “For example, I have Ayling, Dallas and Shackleton, because Shackleton is a youngster who has time to develop in his career, but I can’t do the same thing with Ayling, Dallas and Anita. “I would be doing something not very good to one of the three players, so when you take decisions you have to transmit them at the right moment and I think this is an honest behaviour.”The former Argentina coach says that although it may have been beneficial to have the trio as squad options, it would be unfair to keep them for this purpose at this stage of their careers.He added: “Of course, I can make mistakes but I don’t want to make any mistakes. For example, I can say that because of Dallas’ injury it could have been a good thing to have Anita with us, it would have been better for me but I think it would be unfair to keep a player with us if he doesn’t have the possibility to get the time he deserves.”last_img read more

first_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology April 24, 2017 at 11:45 am EmbedWise says: 1 thought on “The evolution of AI: How the past will define the future” Continue Reading Previous Who, What, When & Where at ESC Boston 2017?Next Switch interfaces In recent years, the surge of artificial intelligence innovation and steady improvements to the associated technology has reached a point where the promises of the past can perhaps finally be fulfilled. A technology first introduced in 1955, AI has achieved many successes but also several failures, leading many to question whether we would ever witness its full potential for everyday use. Most people remember examples from the 1970’s and ‘80s when the HAL 9000, Star Trek computers and programs like ELIZA entered our collective consciousness. However, due to cost limitations and resource constraints, a lack of advanced technology and dwindling consumer interest, AI failed to realize those early promises and had retreated into research areas and highly specialized niches in the last 25 years.Fast forward to today where we are once again in the midst of rapid AI innovation. Interest, capabilities and involvement in information technology are at an all-time high and the applications for AI have penetrated into thousands of everyday tasks. With the latest advancements in machine learning technology and growing consumer demand, we have recovered from the low point of AI and are looking towards seemingly endless possibilities. New-age voice-powered personal assistants like Alexa and Google Home, Apple’s HomeKit to control all electronic home devices, and the ubiquitous presence of chatbots streamlining processes from online banking to answering health related questions promise to grow the current technology wave and rebuild consumer trust and demand.However, this new tide has led to one important question – is AI here to stay or are we merely in another bubble of unrealistic expectations that will burst a few years down the line? Although AI has penetrated everyday activities, is it sufficient to say that AI has managed to rectify all the misgivings of the past? Consider the recent spectacle we witnessed with the botched rollout and expectations of Tesla’s autopilot mode. Is the technology behind the modern AI movement – machine learning, big-data, data mining, deep learning, neural nets and natural language processing – worthy of the AI moniker?The answer is both yes and no. Certainly, the recent advancements in artificial intelligence have proven to be of greater use and success in comparison to the past. While the past hype surrounding AI set unrealistic expectations for immediate consumer applications (given the limitations of the technology and data available at the time) advances in just the last five years have enabled AI to become a viable, mainstream business solution. Today’s technology thrives on data and the last five years have witnessed the accumulation of enormous amounts of data for this purpose. Coupled with improvements in database technology and increased computer horsepower to process the available data, AI has made a paradigm shift from scientific and academic use to widespread enterprise software consumption and consumer acceptance.The success of today’s AI movement is largely the by-product of a few critical factors including new platforms from major players in the field including Google, Microsoft and Amazon, which have supported the mainstream practice of AI, building a critical mass of practitioners leveraging these platforms. Further, commitments from large corporations and technology leaders including IBM, Yahoo!, Salesforce and Apple have helped secure a place for AI in the future as they double down on the technology to improve processes in areas such as data security, computer-assisted diagnosis in healthcare, purchase prediction, fraud detection and much more. Long-term investments by these big players are further evidence toward the staying power of AI this time around. If you combine a lower price point for the technology, commitments from industry giants, a growing mass of available data waiting to be analyzed and changing consumer expectations about what is achievable, it becomes clear that the renewed interest in AI is real and not a bubble that is ready to pop.But are these companies leveraging genuine AI technology? As the performance of AI is at an all-time high, one must understand that “artificial intelligence” in its truest sense is still years, if not decades away, as machines have yet to operate independently of human intervention. Technology like machine learning, data mining and neural nets – while all classified under the AI moniker and driving the next generation of solutions – cannot learn on its own or invent anything new with their knowledge. As ironic as the name AI implies, machines cannot adequately function without relying on known data sets and pre-programed responses and behaviors. In other words, AI can find patterns in enormous volumes of data – even patterns that a human would fail to see – and rapidly and efficiently handle routine tasks, yet they cannot invent novel solutions to problems due to their dependency on programmed algorithms.AI as we know it today leverages modern advances in statistical techniques that some may say do not qualify as traditional AI and are not inherently ‘intelligent’ however this recent resurgence of AI has proven to be very useful across a variety of applications for both business and consumer. How far we advance AI depends on the continued investment of big industry players, additional improvements in data techniques and algorithms and applications that consumers and businesses find useful. “Nice article! Hereby I add some of my own thoughts and examples.nnTechnology in the field of AI advances faster than some expect. A prominent example of that is a (distributed) computer defeating world class Go Players in October 2015 (https://en.wiki Log in to Reply last_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous IoT device security: A path to standardizationNext Industrial IoT security builds on hardware When Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced the iPhone X, he claimed it would “set the path for technology for the next decade.” While it is too early to tell, the neural engine used for face recognition was the first of its kind. Today deep neural networks are a reality, and neuromorphic appears to be the only practical path to make continuing progress in AI.Facing data bandwidth constraints and ever-rising computational requirements, sensing and computing must reinvent themselves by mimicking neurobiological architectures, claimed a recently published report by Yole Développement (Lyon, France).In an interview with EE Times, Pierre Cambou, Principal Analyst for Imaging at Yole, explained that neuromorphic sensing and computing could solve most of AI’s current issues while opening new application perspectives in the next decades. “Neuromorphic engineering is the next step towards biomimicry and drives the progress towards AI.”Why now?Seventy years have passed since mathematician Alan Turing posed the question “Can machines think?”, and thirty years since Carver Mead, an electrical engineer at the California Institute of Technology, introduced the concept of neuromorphic engineering. In the next decade, however, researchers experienced little practical success in building machines with brainlike ability to learn and adapt. Hope resurged when Georgia Tech presented its field programmable neural array in 2006 and MIT researchers unveiled a computer chip that mimics how the brain’s neurons adapt in response to new information in 2011.The turning point was the publication of the paper, “ImageNet Classification with Deep Convolutional Neural Networks” by a group of scientists from the University of Toronto. The AlexNet architecture, comprising of an 8-layer convolutional neural network, made it possible to classify the 1.2 million high-resolution images in the ImageNet contest into one of the 1,000 categories (e.g. cats, dogs). “It is only with the development of AlexNet that the deep learning approach proved to be more powerful and started to gain momentum in the AI space.” Pierre CambouPierre CambouMost current deep learning implementation techniques rely on Moore’s Law, and “it works fine.” But, as deep learning evolves, there will be more and more demand for chips that can perform high computational tasks. Moore’s Law has been slowing down lately, and has led many in the industry, including Yole Développement, to believe it won’t be able to sustain deep learning progress. Cambou is among those that believe deep learning “will fail” if it continues to be implemented the way it is today.To explain his point of view, Cambou cited three main hurdles. The first is the economics of the Moore’s Law. “Very few players will be able to play, and we will end up with one or two fabs in the world going beyond 7nm. We think it is detrimental to innovation when only Google is able to do something.”Second, the data load is increasing faster than Moore’s Law, and the data overflow makes current memory technologies a limiting factor. And third, the exponential increase in computing power requirements has created a heat wall for each application. “With 7nm chips, we roughly have an efficiency of one teraflop per watt. To power a Waymo, we probably need one kilowatt, which means we need one thousand teraflops,” said Cambou. The current technology paradigm is unable to deliver on the promise, and the solution could be to apply deep learning on neuromorphic hardware and take advantage of the much better energy efficiency.Taking a broader look at the current situation, Cambou said it is time for a disruptive approach that utilizes the benefits derived from emerging memory technologies and improves data bandwidth and power efficiency. That is the neuromorphic approach. “The AI story will keep on moving forward, and we believe the next step is in the neuromorphic direction.”In recent years, there have been many efforts in building neuromorphic hardware that conveys cognitive abilities by implementing neurons in silicon. For Cambou, this is the way to go as “the neuromorphic approach is ticking all the right boxes” and allows far greater efficiencies. “Hardware has enabled neural networks and deep learning, and we believe it will enable the next step in neuromorphic AI. Then we can dream again about AI and dream about AI-based applications.”Credit: YoleCredit: YoleNeurons and synapsesNeuromorphic hardware is moving out of the research lab with a convergence of interests and goals from the sensing, computing and memory fields. Joint ventures are being formed, strategic alliances are being signed, and decade-long research initiatives such as the European Union’s Human Brain Project are being launched.While no significant business is expected before 2024, the scale of the opportunity could be significant for decades after that. According to Yole, if all technical questions are solved in the next few years, the neuromorphic computing market could rise from $69 million in 2024 to $5 billion in 2029 and $21.3 billion in 2034. The ecosystem is large and diverse with prominent players like Samsung, Intel, and SK Hynix, as well as startups such as Brainchip, Nepes, Vicarious and General Vision.Neuromorphic chips are no longer a theory, but a fact. In 2017, Intel introduced Loihi, its first neuromorphic research chip composed of 130,000 neurons. In July, the Santa Clara group hit a new milestone with its 8 million neuron neuromorphic system, codenamed Pohoiki Beach, comprising 64 Loihi research chips. Similarly IBM’s TrueNorth brain-inspired computer chip has 1 million neurons and 256 million synapses and Brainchip’s Akida neuromorphic system-on-chip has 1.2 million neurons and 10 billion synapses.“There is a race for providing hardware that would raise the bar in terms of neurons and synapses. Synapses are probably more important than neurons,” said Cambou. “At Yole, we see two steps ahead of us. First, the applications that will be built upon the current approach, in part asynchronous and in part from Von Neumann.” Good examples are Brainchip’s Akida and Intel’s Loihi. “Then, probably within the next 10 to 15 years, we will get RRAM [resistive random-access memory] on top of it. That will allow for more synapses to be created.”Neuromorphic computing efforts come from memory players like Micron, Western Digital and SK Hynix, but many are seeking more short-term revenues and ultimately may not become strong players in the neuromorphic research. “We should look at small players that have chosen neuromorphic as their core technology,” Cambou said.Disruptive memory startups such as Weebit, Robosensing, Knowm, Memry, and Symetrix are combining non-volatile memory technology with neuromorphic computing chip designs. They have emerged alongside pure-play memory startups such as Crossbar and Adesto, but their memristor (memory resistor) approach is often perceived as more long-term than efforts from pureplay computing companies. “A lot of memory players are working on RRAM and phase-change memories to mimic the synapse,” said Cambou. Also, “the MRAM [magnetoresistive random access memory] is part of the emerging memories that will help the neuromorphic approach to succeed.”Credit: YoleCredit: YoleBesides computing, a neuromorphic sensing ecosystem has emerged, with its roots originating from the invention of a Silicon Neuron by Misha Mahowald at the Institute of Neuroinformatics and ETH Zurich in 1991. Current competition is low, with less than ten players globally. Among them, Prophesee, Samsung, Insightness, Inivation and Celepixel are providing ready-to-use products such as event-based image sensors and cameras. The frame-based approach, as used in cinematography, is unable to capture motion.“Cinema is tricking our brain, but we can’t trick a computer,” said Cambou. “The only right way to do it is to give the same information the eyes are giving. Event-based cameras are very strong for any kind of motion understanding and pattern understanding in real time.” More broadly, auditory, imaging and behavioral sensors have “an impact at every level of what we call general intelligence.”At the packaged semiconductor level, Yole said it expects neuromorphic sensing to grow from $43 million in 2024 to $2 billion in 2029 and $4.7 billion in 2034.Automotive, but not onlyAutomotive is probably the most obvious market, said Cambou. Initial markets are, however, industrial and mobile, mainly for robotics and real-time perception.In the short term, neuromorphic sensing and computing will be used for always-on monitoring of industrial machines. It will also play a major role in logistics, food automation and agriculture. “While deep learning needs huge data sets, neuromorphic learns extremely quickly from only a few images or a few words and understands time,” said Cambou.Within the next decade, the availability of hybrid in-memory computing chips should unlock the automotive market, desperately awaiting a mass market autonomous driving technology. “We live in a world of interactions, and neuromorphic will be very strong in giving computers the understanding of unstructured environments.”>> This article was originally published on our sister site, EE Times: “Neuromorphic Promises Better AI.”Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology, Chips & Components last_img read more

first_imgRafa Nadal routed Tomas Berdych 6-0, 6-1, 7-6(4) in a centre court masterclass to charge into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday.The 2009 champion was relentless at Rod Laver Arena, claiming the first two sets in an astonishing 51 minutes and firing 32 winners past the hapless Czech to reach the last eight at Melbourne Park for the 11th time.Spaniard Nadal, who avenged his defeat to the former world number four in the quarter-final of the 2015 tournament, sealed the win on his first match point when the Czech hammered into the net.Bidding for an 18th Grand Slam title, second seed Nadal will play unseeded American Frances Tiafoe for a place in the semi-finals.37 Grand Slam quarterfinals #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/KDeCUXuMMe#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019TIAFOE’S QUARTER-FINAL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONAmerican Frances Tiafoe celebrated his 21st birthday by stunning Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 7-6(6), 6-7(1), 7-5 in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Sunday.@FTiafoe is just the second American male player to reach the #AusOpen quarterfinals since @andyroddick in 2010.Match report : https://t.co/NdVtVBrNVS pic.twitter.com/yGBeJ9iRet#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019Tiafoe, the last American man standing at Melbourne Park, fended off four early break points in a sluggish start before taking his own opportunities on Dimitrov’s serve to claim the opening set.Former Melbourne semi-finalist Dimitrov had three sets points to draw level but Tiafoe refused to wilt under the pressure and reeled off five straight points to move two sets ahead.Dimitrov, who has slipped just outside the top 20 in the world after early exits in his last three Grand Slams appearances, dug deep to fight his way back, claiming the third set in another tiebreak.advertisementBut Tiafoe was back on top in the fourth set, clinching a decisive break in the 11th game before serving out to seal a quarter-final.Also Read | Former champion Angelique Kerber stunned in fourth roundAlso Read | Maria Sharapova ousted as Barty wins thriller to reach quartersAlso Read | Petra Kvitova storms into quarters after outclassing Amanda Anisimovalast_img read more

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Champions League Tottenham Hotspur Share via Email Read more Manchester City Share on Pinterest Topics Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, refused to say there will be more pressure on Guardiola to take his team through because of the money City have spent on their squad.“I don’t want to talk about that,” the Tottenham manager said. “The reality is the reality. We are going to be 11 against 11 on the pitch and of course we will forget everything and try and win everything, and fight. I am a person that never makes excuses after and never before. You describe a reality and the reality is there but tomorrow we are going to be on the pitch and [will] try and win the game. We are going to be more than proud of our run in the Champions League and try and arrive in the semi-final and challenge a team like Manchester City.“City for me is one of the best teams in the world and a clear favourite to win the Premier League and Champions League. For us to beat them in the first leg was an amazing result but we know very well the tie is still open and tomorrow is going to be very tough.”The availability of City’s Fernandinho is in the balance because of a lack of match fitness. Read more Share on WhatsApp Pep Guardiola The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Reuse this content Share on Messenger City trail 1-0 going into the quarter-final second leg at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night, with the manager “very curious” about how much their supporters care about reaching the last four of the tournament after it emerged that tickets were still on sale on Tuesday.“I want to see that they want to get to the semi-finals, not just the players, the fans too,” said the City manager. “I want to see that. Do it for the guys – the last 20 months, they are so proud with what they have done, but they are human beings. They will have bad moments in the games and at that moment we need our supporters. At this stage, without supporters, we cannot go through. I’m really curious how our fans will be.”Guardiola pointed to the atmosphere during the Premier League win against their main Premier League title rivals in January as the minimum standard. “The Liverpool game would be enough for me – a little bit better,” he said.The manager added somewhat sarcastically that he was a failure for his inability to win the tournament with Bayern Munich. “I know people say I came here to win the Champions League. I didn’t come here to win the Champions League, honestly. I came here to play with my team the way we are playing the last 20 months; that is what I came here [for], to play the way I want to play.“And of course I want the Champions League. I know in Bayern Munich, a big club, after three seasons winning absolutely everything, the Champions League was a big failure. What can I say? I accept that. I have to live with that but it’s not a big problem, it pushes me better. I understand the other [clubs] are better too, in this competition. A lot of big, big clubs are not in the later stages.” news Share on Twitter Remember our close title fights, Vincent Kompany tells Manchester City Share on Facebook Pep Guardiola has questioned how much Manchester City fans want to see their team reach the Champions League semi-finals and called on them to generate a raucous atmosphere that will help his side to eliminate Tottenham.last_img read more

first_imgRoberto Aguayo kicking for Florida StateTALLAHASSEE, FL – NOVEMBER 22: Kicker Roberto Aguayo #19 of the Florida State Seminoles kicks the game winning field goal against the Boston College Eagles during the game at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida. The Seminoles defeated the Eagles 20-17. (Photo by Jeff Gammons/Getty Images)A former college football star is going to be looking for a new NFL team – again.Roberto Aguayo, an All-American kicker at Florida State, has reportedly been waived by the Los Angeles Chargers.ESPN’s Field Yates first reported the news.The Los Angeles Chargers have waived kicker Roberto Aguayo, a league source told ESPN’s Field Yates.Caleb Sturgis won the team’s kicking competition in training camp, although Aguayo did show well for the Chargers in the preseason, converting all three of his field goal attempts.Sturgis, the former Philadelphia Eagles kicker, made two of his three attempts.Aguayo, 24, will now be looking for his fifth NFL team since getting drafted in the second round in 2016. He was the 59th overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2016 NFL Draft.The kicker has made 22 of 31 attempts since coming into the league.last_img read more

first_imgShea Patterson of the Michigan Wolverines looks to pass.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 13: Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines looks to pass while playing the Wisconsin Badgers on October 13, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 38-13. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Week 12 of the 2018 college football season wasn’t supposed to provide a ton of excitement, as there weren’t very many intriguing matchups on the schedule, but it ended up being a pretty great week.There were a few upsets and plenty of exciting contests.ESPN has updated its rankings following the 12th week of the season.Here’s the new top 10:ClemsonAlabamaGeorgiaMichiganOklahomaNotre DameOhio StatePenn StateMississippi StateWest VirginiaClemson over Alabama in the No. 1 spot is really interesting, as is Mississippi Sate being ranked inside the top 10.This is just ESPN’s computer, though, so the actual new rankings will probably look different.The new Coaches’ Poll and AP Poll come out at noon and 2 p.m. E.T.last_img read more

first_imgThe Meteorological Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for low-lying and flood-prone areas of St. Thomas, St. Mary, Portland, Kingston and St Andrew, St Catherine and Clarendon effective until 5:00 p.m. Thursday. As the remnants of Tropical Wave Chantal moves across Jamaica, The Meteorological Service reported that satellite imagery and radar reports indicate that moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms have been affecting sections of most eastern and some central parishes since Wednesday night. The forecast is for cloudy conditions with outbreaks of showers and thunderstorms to continue throughout the day. The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is advising the public to continue monitoring the radio and television for further advisories and to avoid areas that are at risk from flooding and landslides. Also take the following precautions in the event of heavy rains and flooding: 1. If you are advised to evacuate, do so immediately and if you live in low-lying or flood-prone areas, decide on likely evacuation routes now. 2. Avoid flooded waterways, i.e. fords, gullies, streams or rivers, either on foot or in vehicles. 3. If trapped in a house by rising water move to second floor and or to the roof if necessary. 4. Do not go sightseeing in flooded areas The ODPEM will continue to monitor the situation and further updates will be provided as the situation demands. [Press Release: Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management]last_img read more

first_imgzoom Shipyard De Hoop has won the award to design, build and deliver 10 new Platform Supply Vessels (PSV) to Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).The vessels of dimensions 65 x 15.8 metres will boast a true “design of the future”, meeting the highest international class notations within both operational and environmental objectives.The design is yet another development of the proven De Hoop PSV designs, build to order. The vessels will operate in the oil and gas fields offshore the United Arab Emirates, and will be delivered within 2015 and 2016. The award has been won through a full international tender competition. The vessels will work for the operating company ESNAAD, member of the ADNOC group.Shipyard De Hoop, December 13, 2013last_img

first_imgSan Francisco: A weaker-than-expected result saw Amazon shares down as the retail giant reported $63.4 billion in revenue with $2.6 billion in net income for the second quarter (Q2) of 2019. A year of record profit came to an end for Amazon although the company said the net sales increased 20 per cent to $63.4 billion in the second quarter, compared with $52.9 billion in second quarter of 2018. The Amazon Web Services (AWS) which is it’s cloud-computing business accounted for $8.38 billion of revenue — a 37 per cent growth but still less than what analysts had expected. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “Since launching in 2016, the database migration to AWS using the AWS Database Migration Service has grown to more than 150,000 databases,” the company said in a statement. Net income increased to $2.6 billion in the second quarter compared with net income of $2.5 billion in the second quarter of 2018. Amazon’s shares, however, dropped more than 2 per cent in after-hours trading. “Customers are responding to Prime’s move to one-day delivery. We have received a lot of positive feedback and seen accelerating sales growth,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost “Free one-day delivery is now available to prime members on more than ten million items, and we are just getting started”, he added. Prime Day was once again the largest shopping event in Amazon history with more than one million deals exclusively for prime members. Over the two days of Prime Day, on July 15 and 16, sales surpassed the previous Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. Prime Day was also the biggest event ever for Amazon devices, when comparing two-day periods. “The number of Alexa-compatible smart home devices continues to grow, with more than 60,000 smart home products from over 7,400 unique brands,” the company informed. There are now hundreds of third-party devices with Alexa built-in. Fire TV now has more than 34 million active users worldwide and continues to be the top streaming media player family in the US, UK, Germany, Japan and India. Amazon said it began hiring for its Arlington headquarters, with plans to hire 25,000 highly-skilled employees over the next decade. The company announced that it will hire nearly 12,000 new employees across Europe in 2019, taking its permanent workforce in Europe to nearly 95,000 by the end of 2019. Amazon India introduced the Packaging-Free Shipment program in nine cities, which reduces waste by shipping orders in their original packaging and combining multiple shipments in a reusable crate or a corrugate box. “This is one of several initiatives that support Shipment Zero, Amazon’s vision to make all Amazon shipments net zero carbon,” said the company. For the third quarter, Amazon net sales are expected to be between $66 billion and $70 billion. Operating income is expected to be between $2.1 billion and $3.1 billion, compared with $3.7 billion in third quarter 2018.last_img read more

first_imgWashington DC: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Belgium to meet European leaders on Transatlantic ties, said the US State Department. Pompeo will travel to Brussels, Belgium, between September 2-3, where he will meet with Belgian Prime Minister and European Council President-elect Charles Michel, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, according to the statement released by the department on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USDuring his two-day trip, the top US diplomat will also talk with European Parliament President David Sassoli and European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen, the statement added. The European Union leaders in early July agreed on the future leadership of the EU institutions, proposing von der Leyen, the female German Defence Minister, to be the next European Commission President and electing Michel to be the next President of the European Council. The Transatlantic ties have been under strain as the United States and the European countries hold different views on key issues including Iran and Russia.last_img read more

first_imgFor winter-weary Canadians, today is the day when a pair of celebrity rodents are called upon to offer a sign that spring-like weather is just around the corner — or not.The two, pug-nosed critters — Shubenacadie Sam in Nova Scotia and Wiarton Willie in Ontario — will be roused from their shelters just after dawn to take part in Groundhog Day. Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil will also make an appearance with his top-hatted handlers at Gobbler’s Knob, a tiny hill just outside of Punxsutawney, Pa., about 100 kilometres northeast of Pittsburgh.Folklore has it that if a groundhog sees its shadow on Feb. 2, it will retreat into its burrow, heralding six more weeks of cold weather — not bad by most Canadian standards.However, spring-like temperatures are thought to be on the way if there is no shadow to be seen.The centuries-old tradition has something to do with Feb. 2 landing midway between winter solstice and spring equinox, but no one knows for sure.Some say it started with Candlemas, a Christian custom in February named for the blessing of candles during the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary.Other sources trace its origins to medieval Europe, where farmers watched for hedgehogs emerging to catch insects — a sign that the land was warming up.One Scottish couplet succinctly summed up the superstitions of the time: “If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, There’ll be two winters in the year.”When Europeans settled in North America, they looked to the groundhog for their spring predictions.However, groundhogs are not native to British Columbia, where the role of four-legged forecaster has been handed to a Vancouver Island marmot named Violet.The experts say the odd ritual has a terrible record when it comes to predicting the weather.In his book, “The Day Niagara Falls Ran Dry,” climatologist David Phillips cites a survey of 40 years of weather data from 13 Canadian cities, which concluded there was an equal number of cloudy and sunny days on Feb. 2.During that time, the groundhogs’ predictions were right only 37 per cent of the time.“Given that 33 per cent accuracy can occur by chance, a score of 37 per cent is nothing to boast about,” Phillips says.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The real estate board prefers to use a “benchmark” price, which adjusts for the high and low ends of the markets, and that figure was $976,200 for a detached house last month and $422,500 for an apartment.The market started really heating up in the beginning of 2015, said board president John Barbisan.Barbisan said he uses the sales-to-active-listings ratio, referring to the number of sales compared to active listings, as a thermometer. In a balanced market, the ratio sits around 18 per cent, meaning almost two in 10 homes are selling. The higher the ratio gets, the more advantage to the seller, and in 2016 it was 60 per cent, he said.Things began to cool in the spring of this year, he said, and now the sales-to-active-listings ratio is 14 per cent.“It was like a tap turned off,” he said. “It’s as if all the buyers got together in a hall one night and decided nobody’s going to make an offer anymore.”The federal mortgage stress test initiated in January appears to be a major factor, he said. The stress test requires mortgage-seekers to prove they would be able to make payments even if interest rates rose substantially, reducing borrowing power by as much as 20 per cent.“That has to come out somewhere. They’re either buying cheaper homes or they’re not making the offers they would be,” he said.Provincial government measures, including a 0.5 per cent speculation tax on secondary homes left vacant and a 20 per cent foreign buyers tax, have had a “negligible” effect compared with the stress test, Barbisan said.But he said he’s “not at all” concerned about the slowdown, noting that he has spoken with mortgage brokers who say relatively similar numbers of people are still coming to get pre-approved. People still want to buy homes, but they may not be finding what they’re looking for or are waiting for prices to decrease further, he said.“I’m not sure what they’re waiting for, but when you want to buy a home you’re only putting it off for so long,” he said.Barbisan added he hasn’t heard of anyone being underwater on their mortgage, as prices have still risen so much that owners have a fair bit of equity in their homes.Steve Saretsky, a Vancouver real estate agent, said the market across the region is going through a downturn but it’s not “major,” and it’s to be expected after the run-ups of the past few years.“Any time you have that kind of growth, eventually it’s going to swing the other way,” he said. “Has it gone too far? I think a lot of people who are complaining about housing affordability would probably tell you it hasn’t gone far enough.”Government policies have helped move the pendulum, but it was more or less inevitable, and global housing markets are also slowing down, Saretsky said. People are quick to criticize the stress test and new provincial taxes while forgetting how easy regulators have gone on the housing market for years, he added.“Everyone in the world talks about how indebted Canadian households are. There’s no question that it’s definitely been a pretty lenient borrowing spree over the last 15, 20 years,” he said. “Now, all of a sudden everybody’s upset because the punch bowl’s been taken away. But parties don’t go on forever.”He acknowledged that it’s hard on real estate agents because sales volumes are down and they’re making less money.“But, again, I think we’ve had it pretty good for a number of years.” VANCOUVER — A tempting bright-red advertisement for a new condo development in a Vancouver suburb circulated online this fall, sparking excitement from first-time homebuyers and concern among long-standing real estate observers.The developers of The Landing, a 78-unit complex in Langley, were offering to pay the mortgages for a year of the first 20 buyers and give remaining buyers a $10,000 discount.It looked like a sign of the times: had provincial and federal government measures to cool the market been too successful? Were developers stuck with a glut of inventory as sales and prices dropped off a cliff?Not really, according to the marketer behind the promotion.Does rent control stifle construction? Until there’s more data, the jury’s still outMost Montreal condo investors are paying out more than they make in rentWhistler condo prices soar over 26 per cent as baby boomers snap up winter getaway properties“The way we run our sales programs is we run basically a different promotion almost every week. I’ve been working in suburban markets for a long time and honestly, what I’m seeing right now is it’s not even at a normal market. It’s still a lot better,” said Trevor Street, CEO of the Partners Marketing Group.“What’s normal for me is having four or five other sites that are active, that are open, that buyers can go to and shop around. I remember a time marketing developments when I ran out of registers to call in our database and started cold-calling rental buildings.”That was back in 2013 or 2014, he said, before Vancouver’s real estate market exploded and a ripple effect moved through its suburbs and the rest of British Columbia. By 2016, Street definitely didn’t have to run any promotions — he even told developers not to bother building sales centres.The Fraser Valley, east of Metro Vancouver, has long been considered a more affordable haven for first-time homebuyers.After prices and sales climbed across the Lower Mainland in 2015 and 2016, the B.C. and federal governments stepped in to attempt to cool the market. In the past nine months, sales have slowed and prices have curbed their meteoric rise. But while the market is softening, it’s not over-correcting, just returning to a more normal state after a wild few years, experts say.Street said he realized about six months ago that suburban developers needed to bring back promotions to entice buyers. But while amateur investors are sitting out, professional investors are jumping on board, he said.“They’re coming in right now and it’s a feeding frenzy,” he said. “These guys know this isn’t going to last. These downturns last nine months to a year, and we’re already nine months into it.”The average price of an apartment in the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board coverage area, which includes Surrey, White Rock, Langley and other communities, was $383,204 last month, still up from $359,053 in November 2017. In the same month in 2014, it was $200,952.As for detached housing, the average price was $1,017,754 last month, up from $1,011,787 in November 2017 and considerably higher than $653,426 in November 2014.They’re coming in right now and it’s a feeding frenzyTrevor Street, CEO of the Partners Marketing Group read more

“The aggressor is Russia – a neighbouring country, former strategic partner that legally pledged to respect the sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of the borders of Ukraine,” President Poroshenko declared.“In February 2014, Russia conducted an open and unprovoked aggression against my country, having occupied and annexed Crimea,” he continued. “Bluntly and brutally violating international law and shocking the whole world community […] Despite the fact the until now Russia refuses to officially admit its direct military invasion, today there is no doubt that this is an aggressive war against my country.”Since the conflict began in eastern Ukraine in mid-April 2014, the UN reports that close to 8000 people– including Ukrainian armed forces, civilians and members of the armed groups– have been killed, and more than 17,800 injured.The Ukrainian leader warned that to mislead the world community, Russian leadership orders that insignias be taken of its military servicemen and identification marks of its military equipment, to abandon its soldiers captured on the battlefield, and to “cynically use mobile crematoriums to eliminate traces of its crimes in Ukrainian soil.”He noted that over the past few days, the global community heard “conciliatory statements from the Russian side” in which it called for the establishment of anti-terrorist coalition.“Cool story, but really hard to believe! How can you urge an anti-terrorist coalition if you inspire terrorism right in front of your door?” President Poroshenko asked.Meanwhile, he said he was taking the opportunity during his address to express his gratitude to the international community for the considerable efforts in providing necessary assistance to the people in need in his country.“However, we must recognize that in the 21st century our Organization lacks an effective instrument to bring the aggressor-country to justice, which has stolen the territory of another sovereign State,” he added.Since the beginning of the conflict, Russia has used its veto right twice while the Security Council was considering questions related to Ukraine.“At the outset, Russia blocked a draft resolution condemning ‘fake referendum’ on Crimea’s annexation in March 2014,” he stated. “The second time, Russia put its shameful veto on the draft resolution on establishment of the International Tribunal to investigate and bring to justice all responsible for Malaysian MH17 plane crash.”President Poroshenko insisted that Ukraine stands for the gradual limitation of the veto right with its further cancellation.“I welcome the initiative of my French colleague President Hollande, supported by President Peÿa Nieto of Mexico, on the Political Declaration to restrain from the veto right among the ‘P5 members’ [of the UN Security Council, United States, France, United Kingdom, China, and Russia] in case of mass atrocities.”Furthermore, the Ukrainian leader said combatting terrorism should be one of the top priorities for the General Assembly 70th session, adding that he strongly believes that one of the most important aspects of fighting against terrorism is keeping and sharing the memory of the victims.“In this context, I propose that [the] 70th Session of the General Assembly consider the establishment of the International Day of Commemoration of Memory of the Victims of Terrorist Acts,” he stated.He also called upon the UN to launch a worldwide campaign to pressure Russian authorities to immediately release all Ukrainian citizens who have been held hostage or sentenced. He said this includes Nadiya Savchenko, Oleg Sentsov, Olexandr Kolchenko, as well as Oleg Sentsov, a respected filmmaker sentenced to 20 years in prison “only for being Ukrainian patriot.” read more

“We are beginning to see an emerging consensus among parties. 2017 must be a year of decisions and political breakthrough,” Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), told the UN Security Council. He noted that 2016 was spent seeking to implement the agreement and begin the re-establishment of State authority across the country. Despite some gains, “Libyans are not in a position to address the root causes of divisions,” he cautioned, stressing that some important decisions must be taken, including on possible amendments to the political agreement, on ways to form a strong army and police force, and on how best to utilize the revenues from oil and gas exports for the benefit of all Libyans and end the dire humanitarian situation in the country. Mr. Kobler said many meetings have taken place to discuss amendments to the agreement, including the question of the Supreme Commandership of the army and the future composition and role of the Presidency Council. On the security front, he said that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) terrorist group, which one year ago was expanding its territory in Libya, now controls none. However, it still poses a threat and the fight against terrorism is far from over, he added. “The country’s borders remain porous. Terrorists, human and weapons traffickers and criminal gangs continue to exploit the security vacuum,” he warned, welcoming the initiative of the neighbouring States to form a panel of experts to develop recommendations on how to improve regional border security. The on-going formation of the Presidential Guard is a step in the right direction but is a transitional measure until a unified Libyan army is formed. Turning to the economy and finance, he said that despite its wealth and abundant natural resources, the country saw living conditions and public services deteriorate over the past years. However, oil production has increased to over 700,000 barrels per day, and the 2017 budget has been agreed at 37.5 billion Libyan dinars (about $26 billion). “This is an opportunity to address much-needed service delivery,” in particular in the area of health, he said. Mr. Kobler also voiced concerns about the human rights abuses against migrants, especially those in detention centres. In January, a workshop was held in Malta with Libyan experts and activists, to establish a roadmap for national reconciliation. “A process is needed to heal the wounds of years of conflict and oppression,” he said. “I am hopeful that with bold decisions and actions we will witness a political breakthrough that can place Libya on the path of peace, prosperity and stability,” he concluded. AUDIO: Martin Kobler, the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), told the Security Council that 2017 “must be a year of decisions” where political deadlock in Libya is broken in order to restore basic services to the people. read more