2011 Youth Trans Tasman and World Cup Commemorative Posters

first_imgPosters are 20×30 inch full colour print and are $140 each including GST plus postage. Following Australia’s success in both the Youth Trans Tasman Series and World Cup, be sure to purchase your copy of the posters for yourself or your affiliate. To view the posters, please click on the attachments below. To purchase your copy of the posters, please visit the Touch Football Australia online shop by clicking on the following link – http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=396. Once you get to the online shop homepage, click on ‘general resources’ in the categories section and then search for ‘2011’ to view the posters. Alternatively, please contact Touch Football Australia on (02) 6212 2800 to place your order. Related Fileswctest-jpgtttest-jpglast_img read more

Turner named AP Player of the Year

After Ohio State was ousted in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16, junior Evan Turner’s dream of hoisting a National Championship trophy this weekend fell by the wayside.However, the Buckeye point guard was in Indianapolis accepting a different trophy.He was named the AP’s Player of the Year Friday, receiving 54 of the 65 votes, and is OSU’s first recipient of the award since Gary Bradds in 1964. Turner led the Buckeyes in nearly every statistical category this season, and averaged 20.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists.Kentucky’s John Wall finished second with nine votes, and West Virginia’s Deshaun Butler and Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody each received one vote apiece.The award could be the first of several for Turner, not the least of which may come Monday night, when the Naismith National Player of the Year is announced. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse takes step in the right direction against Robert

Senior midfielder Nick Diegel (15) attempts to stop an opposing player during a game against Robert Morris Feb. 1 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternIn its final exhibition match of the preseason, the No. 9-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team bucked a troubling trend.After falling behind in the start in each of their first two exhibition matches, OSU lit the lamp early and never trailed against Robert Morris Saturday, defeating the Colonials, 11-7.Junior midfielder Jesse King — who finished the game with two goals and two assists — got the scoring going for the Buckeyes when he found the back of the cage just 39 seconds into the contest.Sophomore midfielder Eric Rankel scored 19 seconds later for the Colonials, who went 8-7 last season, before the Buckeyes scored the next two goals to lead 3-1 after the first quarter.Continuing the momentum, OSU used goals from King and senior attackman Adam Trombley to go into halftime with a 5-3 lead.“We just wanted to come out and start fast,” senior goalie Greg Dutton said after the win. “Last week against Navy, we had a bit of a slow start, so the focus this week was to get guys going.”Dutton was one of the big reasons OSU was able to get out to an early lead as the Timonium, Md., native stopped six shots in just under three quarters of action.Trombley said it helps the offense when their goaltenders are playing well because it allows them to take a few more chances.After replacing Dutton late in the third with the Buckeyes leading 8-5, junior goalkeeper Cameron Stephens continued to stymie the Colonials offense as he made four saves of his own.“It helps our confidence knowing that if we turn it over, Dutton and Cameron will stop the shots and get the ball back to us,” Trombley said.OSU coach Nick Myers was impressed with how both goalies played.“I thought that the goalie position today was what we expect here at Ohio State,” Myers said. “Those guys really did their job. They made some saves they shouldn’t and they made saves we expect them to make. It was a really solid day in the cage.”Offensively, OSU spread the ball around as seven different Buckeyes tallied a goal with King, Trombley, sophomore attackman Gordie Koerber and freshman attackman J.T. Blubaugh tallying two goals apiece.Led by senior defenseman Joe Meurer, the Buckeyes defense held Robert Morris to seven goals, the lowest OSU has allowed in their three exhibition games, as well as forcing 17 turnovers.“I thought we were better today than we were last week and that is a small step in the right direction,” Myers said. “I’m happy with the improvement, but we understand there is still work to be done.”Up next for the Buckeyes is their regular season opener as they are set to hit the road for Baltimore, Md., where they take on future Big Ten Conference opponent No. 13 Johns Hopkins Sunday at 11:30 a.m.“Playing at Homewood Field is always a challenge,” Dutton said. “We look forward to the task at hand and we are going to prepare hard for them this week.” read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse set to take on Penn State at Ohio

Junior midfielder Jesse King (19) cradles the ball during a game against Marquette Feb. 22 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Brett Amadon / Lantern reporterFresh off its first victory of the season, the No. 19 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is hoping to continue building momentum during the young season.After taking down Marquette Saturday, 11-7, the team is set to battle No. 10 Penn State in Ohio Stadium Saturday for the 2014 Creator’s Trophy.Starting the season with two overtime losses to both Johns Hopkins and Massachusetts, the Buckeyes’ (1-2, 0-0) fortunes reversed with the home victory against Marquette.Freshman midfielder Jake Withers played a key role in that game, winning 14 of 21 faceoffs and collecting 11 ground balls, taking home ECAC co-Rookie of the Week honors in the process.Senior defenseman Dominic Imbordino said winning the faceoff and ground ball battles are important because they give the offense more opportunities to score.“It was definitely big for Jake to get that many wins and ground balls because it gave us that many more possessions on our offensive end,” Imbordino said. “It allows us to play the make-it-take-it, not somebody else.”Penn State (2-1, 0-0), which has big expectations after making the NCAA tournament last season for the first time since 2005, is coming off an 8-7 victory at then-No. 4 Notre Dame last Saturday.Senior attackman Shane Sturgis led the way for the Nittany Lions, netting five goals against the Fighting Irish defense. OSU senior defenseman Joe Meurer said Penn State boasts an offense that can put points up on the board, but thinks OSU has a gameplan in place that will limit the Nittany Lions’ chances.“It’s all about adjusting to what we see on film,” Meurer said. “They definitely have a great attack and some capable midfielders, but we will be ready to take them.”Offensively, OSU will look to break down a defense that is yielding only about 8.7 goals per game. Junior midfielders Jesse King and Turner Evans have shined early in the season, but OSU coach Nick Myers said he knows it will take a team effort to put the ball in the back of the net.“They have arguably one of the best goalies in the country in senior Austin Kaut,” Myers said. “For us, it’s going to be generating quality shots and then finishing off those opportunities.”Last season, the Buckeyes won a nail-biter in Happy Valley after King scored in overtime as time expired.“We know they are a great team; they are really hard-nosed and gritty,” Meurer said. “It’s just about not only matching that but taking it to another level, playing with more fire and energy than them. I think we will come out on top.”Myers said the importance of this game goes well beyond what happens during the 2014 campaign.“This is why you come to Ohio State,” Myers said. “It’s a top 10 opponent and a rivalry in Penn State … It’s important for not only the 2014 team, but also to all the men who have made this program what it is.”Gametime is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. read more

Photos of Costa Rican dogs showing off their politics

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Are MotionBased Gaming Technologies Right for Your Business

first_img Q: I hear companies are hacking motion-based gaming technologies for new applications. How do I get in? A: It’s true — gaming consoles have launched an industry that has nothing to do with play. The technologies at the heart of Nintendo’s Wii U, Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox 360 and Sony’s SOEmote are making motion capture (mocap), gesture recognition and facial rendering easy and cheap enough for entrepreneurs to hack and turn into wholly new businesses.Toronto-based GestSure Technologies, for example, uses a Microsoft Kinect module to create touch-free medical operating room tools. And Los Angeles-based Styku uses the Kinect module to scan consumers’ bodies and create a remote virtual fitting room where customers can “try on” clothes before making an online purchase. Nice fit, indeed.To get the complete story on how low-cost mocap has sparked a startup blitz, we sat down with Marty Smets, an ergonomics simulation engineer at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Mich.How does your company use MoCap? At a car company like Ford, motion-sensing technologies are an integral part of the design and manufacturing process. It helps us anticipate things like how drivers will see speedometers. And it flags us on how workers must move to build cars safely. The process shaves something like eight to 14 months off a four-year vehicle-development time. That is major money.How did this enterprise-level tech become a small-business opportunity?Business-grade motion tracking was once strictly the stuff of $250,000 camera systems and pricey processing software found in special effects films like Avatar or at Ford. No more. The $150 Xbox Kinect uses a low-cost depth sensor and camera to “see” in three dimensions. When the Kinect and the Wii came online, developers began messing with them, creating hacks en masse and giving rise to sites such as KinectHacks.net. Soon the web was flooded with new mocap ideas.It can’t be that simple for a small biz to get into.Actually it is. Microsoft recently released a formal, supported developer’s kit for the Kinect. For about $250 anybody can buy the software and tools needed to build robust mocap services. All that’s needed is the ability to program in basic computer languages–talent that can be found at any local college or technical school. To help advance the technology [startup accelerator] TechStars even launched a startup incubator specifically for Kinect-based ideas.How does this market work? Fortunately the game console manufacturers are taking their cues from Apple’s success with courting small developers through the App Store. Apple provided the tool and then opened it up to app-makers and asked, “How clever are you?” And as we’ve seen, the sky’s the limit in terms of imagination and potential moneymaking ideas. This story appears in the September 2012 issue of . Subscribe » Add to Queue Are Motion-Based Gaming Technologies Right for Your Business? Jonathan Blum –shares Technology Register Now »center_img Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 3 min read October 11, 2012 Magazine Contributor Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.last_img read more

Entrepreneur Media Forms Strategic Partnership With AlleyNYC

first_img 3 min read Entrepreneur Add to Queue Image credit: Jason Saltzman Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article Register Now » Entrepreneur Media Forms Strategic Partnership With AlleyNYC Ryan Shea Collaboration is key to any entrepreneurial pursuit. Yes, entrepreneurs are loners and self-starters, but most successful businesspeople will tell you they fostered their idea or company with the help of the feedback and advice of their peers.It is in the spirit of this collaboration that I’m so pleased to announce Entrepreneur Media has invested in and is partnering with AlleyNYC, one of America’s most dynamic shared-space working environments.Take a walk through AlleyNYC’s offices and you will see American entrepreneurship at its finest. Innovators turning their ideas into sustainable businesses sit with one another, share ideas and brainstorm. Companies there hire their first employees and make the move from shared workstations up to offices. Eventually many outgrow the space itself, making room for the next company to invest in their own success and move up the chain.Along the way, there are wins and losses. Companies fail, while others are acquired or enjoy healthy rounds of venture-capital funding. Through it all, these experiences are shared by all the members of AlleyNYC’s community. Like the broader entrepreneurial community, the professionals working alongside one another at AlleyNYC are a family.Entrepreneur Media is now a big part of that family. Through our strategic relationship, Entrepreneur exclusively will be able to tell the stories of the companies that use AlleyNYC to help grow their businesses. We will share those experiences with you, our audience, through digital media, video, print and books. You will experience the highs and lows of the startup world, learning from failures and celebrating in successes.The startup community has always been the heart and soul of Entrepreneur Media. Over more than three decades, we have chronicled the booms and busts of Silicon Valley, the development of areas like New York and Austin as technology hubs and the rise of the Internet as a means to enrich our lives — and a pathway to create thousands of new businesses. Companies like Google and eBay and Facebook started as ideas in the minds of risk-takers and innovators. Now, with AlleyNYC, we can watch a new generation of companies get off the ground, and give our audience a unique view on the opportunities and challenges facing startups today.We will also offer joint Entrepreneur-AlleyNYC events, bringing the rich history of our organization to the exciting energy that AlleyNYC has come to be known for. There will be opportunities for exclusive face-to-face networking events melding the communities of Entrepreneur Media and AlleyNYC.Crucially, this investment allows us to fund AlleyNYC’s expanison, helping to give it the same global reach as Entrepreneur.Culturally, this investment and partnership is a perfect fit. Jason Saltzman, AlleyNYC’s founder, has boundless energy and is an entrepreneur in his own right. He has praised our company, our employees and our audience by calling Entrepreneur the most relevant publication out there today. Separately, we are powerful brands in the startup community. Together, the sky’s the limit in what we can accomplish.Look for more information in the coming weeks about this partnership. Entrepreneur Media has the best audience in news – educated and driven, thinkers, dreamers, and doers. That’s you. Now, with our investment in AlleyNYC, we can ensure we are providing even better content and more opportunities to help you grow your own businesses and contribute to the continued story of the American Dream. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. June 3, 2014 CEO, Entrepreneur Media, Inc.last_img read more

Airbnb Hostess Who Earned 61000 in 9 Months Now Faces Eviction Judge

first_imgSharing Economy Geoff Weiss 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List –shares Former Staff Writer Noelle Penraat is a prime exemplar of the money-making prospects currently available via Airbnb: the 62-year-old New York native made $61,000 off of her sprawling Upper West Side duplex in just nine months.But now, like many of the home-sharing startup’s most entrepreneurial hosts, Penraat is weathering a regulatory onslaught. A New York City judge ruled earlier this week that she must stop renting out rooms in the apartment immediately, and that her landlord has grounds to evict her, according to the New York Post.That’s because Penraat “has been profiteering from a rent-controlled apartment partially subsidized by another government program,” wrote Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Carol Edmead in her injunction. (Because she makes less than $50,000 per year, the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Program exempts Penraat from any rent increases.)Related: Good News for Airbnb Hosts and Uber Drivers: Here Comes InsuranceAnd like countless other New York City residents, Penraat’s neighbors have also taken umbrage with her revolving door. One submitted to the court that the “constant barrage of strangers” left him fearing for the safety of his family. Penraat’s building also contains a Montessori school attended by 175 children, according to the Post.Penraat, who has hosted 135 guests since February 2012 and could have earned as much as $118,300 on an annual basis, argued that there was nothing illegal about renting three of the apartment’s four bedrooms to “roommates,” reports Law360. But Edmead shot her down.In New York, the battle against Airbnb is highly fraught. Earlier this year, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released a scathing report claiming that 72 percent of all rentals in the city are illegal. And unlike other major U.S. cities like San Francisco — where Airbnb rentals are slated to become legal in February — Penraat’s case seems to suggest that New York City regulators aren’t willing to back down.Related: This Anti-Luxe Lodging Startup Will Put You Up in a Half-Built Treehouse For $19 Add to Queue Airbnb Hostess Who Earned $61,000 in 9 Months Now Faces Eviction, Judge Rules Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. December 26, 2014 2 min read Apply Now »last_img read more

Cannabis Medicinals Sales Expected to Reach 2 Billion by 2020

first_img Legalization of medical marijuana in more than half the states has created a booming market for medicinal and personal care products. Cannabis Medicinals Sales Expected to Reach $2 Billion by 2020 Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. November 15, 2016 Image credit: Jupiterimages | Getty Images Listen Now Cannabis –shares Guest Writer dispensaries.com A new report shows sales of cannabis-based medicinal and personal care products containing cannabidiol (CBD) are likely to skyrocket in the next four years.The market for CBD products will reach $2.1 billion in sales by 2020, according to projections from “The CDB Report” from the Hemp Business Journal. That’s a huge leap from the estimated $115 million in CDB sales expected in 2016, making CBD among the fastest growing segments of the legal marijuana and hemp industries.The report, based on interviews and insights from dozens of experts in the hemp, CBD and marijuana industries, projects a robust future for the CBD industry. Hemp Business Journal did the report in partnership with SPINS and BDS Analytics, two firms that specialize in consumer data.Related: 10 Cannabis Startups You Need to WatchCBD a distinct market from THC.CBD is the chemical compound in the marijuana plant found to cause relief from various ailments, including inflammation, anxiety, pain and muscle spasms. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another chemical compound found in high concentrations in marijuana, CBD causes no “high”. The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology called CBD “a potential medicine for the treatment of neuroinflammation, epilepsy, oxidative injury, vomiting and nausea, anxiety and schizophrenia.”The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency classifies cannabis inder Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, the most tightly restricted category reserved for drugs that have “no currently accepted medical use.” Nonetheless, the Food and Drug Administration has granted approval for clinical trials of a CBD-based drug made by GW Pharmaceuticals that treats Lennox-Gastauf syndrome, a severe form for childhood-onset epilepsy.More products are hitting the market nationwide now that 28 states and the District of Columbia allow for legal medicinal cannabis.Related: Broad Voter Approval for Cannabis Has Likely Ignited Explosive GrowthCBD products on the rise.According to the report from Hemp Business Journal, $450 million of the projected $2 billion in CBD sales will come from hemp-based sources.The report also lists and provides information on some of the bigger names in the CBD market, including GW Pharmaceuticals, Insys Therapeutics, CV Sciences, Bluebird Botanicals, Atalo Holdings, CW Hemp, O.pen Vape and Dixie Elixirs.Outside of use by medical professionals, CBD products also are reaching the marketplace. Puration has released a new CBD-infused bottled water called EVERx CBD. The company hopes to reach $1 million in sales in 2017 for the new product.There are hundreds of CBD extracts, oils and rubs that can be used for pain management. There also are products for beauty, such as hair and skin care. You can even buy CBD-based oils for your pet that can be used to treat pain, arthritis, inflammation, anxiety and nausea, among other conditions.Related: Legal Marijuana a Big Winner in Elections Across the CountryClearly, CBD products provide another side to the cannabis plant that many are still learning about. Non-psychoactive and already proven to help with pain for different medical conditions, consumers continue to try CBD products in increasing numbers.And, if the Hemp Business Journal report is accurate, those numbers will continue to increase to the tune of $2 billion in sales in the course of just the next four years. Green Entrepreneur Podcast 3 min read Add to Queuelast_img read more

DirectLync Shakes Up Small Business Marketing with New Digital Marketing Platform

first_imgThe New Platform Brings Together All the Essential Sales and Marketing Tools in One Place, Changing the Way Businesses Use Marketing TechnologyDirectLync announces the launch of its digital marketing platform for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The platform’s integrated approach to digital marketing brings together all the essential tools – contact management, email marketing, social media management, website CMS, and reporting and insights – into one easy-to-use platform, saving users over 14 hours a month in efforts managing data from different sources. The all-in-one platform is aimed to help SMBs easily execute their sales and marketing activities and get a more holistic view into their channel performance.DirectLync is founded on the principle that custom design and integrated technology solutions should not be limited to enterprise corporations. The US Small Business Association says there are 30.2 million small business in the US. The platform offers these businesses a more affordable alternative to current enterprise solutions.Marketing Technology News: New Platform from Parabolt Helps Retailers Capture The “Magic Moment” of Sales“The siloed approach to marketing is a painful and time-consuming experience for SMBs,” said Kevin Lynch, President and Founder of DirectLync. “Many sales and marketing teams are using multiple platforms to manage digital efforts or skipping out on digital marketing because of time constraints. Analyzing reports and attributing success to campaigns is nearly impossible. SMBs are an impactful part of our global economy, and they need to be equipped with easy-to-use, affordable, and integrated solutions.”Marketing Technology News: Regions Bank Taps IBM’s AI to Power Next Generation Customer ServiceAccording to a Capital One Spark Business survey of small business owners, 76 percent of owners face marketing challenges, and 64 percent feel they’re unable to effectively market their businesses the way they’d like to. DirectLync helps solve this problem by providing them with the tools they need to perform and track marketing and sales initiatives across channels.DirectLync offers a 30-day free trial and four different pricing tiers starting at just $20 per month. In 2019, they plan to introduce expanded features and new tools to the platform.Marketing Technology News: Huawei Enables Smart Finance with “AI+DATA” DirectLync Shakes Up Small Business Marketing with New Digital Marketing Platform PRNewswireApril 30, 2019, 6:17 pmApril 30, 2019 digital marketing platformDirectLyncemail marketingMarketing Technology NewsNewsSocial Media ManagementSpark Business survey Previous ArticleVideo Conferencing Equipment Supplier, IVCi, Lists and Explains How Small Businesses Can Benefit from Video ConferencingNext ArticleTray.io Raises $37 Million Series B Funding to Usher in the Era of The Automated Enterpriselast_img read more

Novel machine learning technique for simulating the every day task of dressing

first_imgPutting on clothes is a daily, mundane task that most of us perform with little or no thought. We may never take into consideration the multiple steps and physical motions involved when we’re getting dressed in the mornings. But that is precisely what needs to be explored when attempting to capture the motion of dressing and simulating cloth for computer animation. More information: Paper: www.cc.gatech.edu/~aclegg3/pro … ess-synthesizing.pdf Computer scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Google Brain, Google’s artificial intelligence research arm, have devised a novel computational method, driven by machine learning techniques, to successfully and realistically simulate the multi-step process of putting on clothes. When dissected, the task of dressing is quite complex, and involves several different physical interactions between the character and his or her clothing, primarily guided by the person’s sense of touch.Creating animation of a character putting on clothing is challenging due to the complex interactions between the character and the simulated garment. Most work in highly constrained character animation deals with static environments which don’t react very much to the motion of the character, notes the researchers. In contrast, clothing can respond immediately and drastically to small changes in the position of the body; clothing has the tendency to fold, stick and cling to the body, making haptic, or touch sensation, essential to the task.Another unique challenge about dressing is that it requires the character to perform a prolonged sequence of motion involving a diverse set of subtasks, such as grasping the front layer of a shirt, tucking a hand into the shirt opening and pushing a hand through a sleeve.”Dressing seems easy to many of us because we practice it every single day. In reality, the dynamics of cloth make it very challenging to learn how to dress from scratch,” says Alexander Clegg, lead author of the research and a computer science Ph.D. student at the Georgia Institute of Technology. “We leverage simulation to teach a neural network to accomplish these complex tasks by breaking the task down into smaller pieces with well-defined goals, allowing the character to try the task thousands of times and providing reward or penalty signals when the character tries beneficial or detrimental changes to its policy.” Explore further Clegg and his collaborators at Georgia Tech include computer scientists Wenhao Yu, Greg Turk and Karen Liu. Together with Google Brain researcher Jie Tan, the group will present their work at SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 in Tokyo 4 December to 7 December. The annual conference features the most respected technical and creative members in the field of computer graphics and interactive techniques, and showcases leading edge research in science, art, gaming and animation, among other sectors.In this study, the researchers demonstrated their approach on several dressing tasks: putting on a t-shirt, throwing on a jacket and robot-assisted dressing of a sleeve. With the trained neural network, they were able to achieve complex reenactment of a variety of ways an animated character puts on clothes. Key is incorporating the sense of touch into their framework to overcome the challenges in cloth simulation. The researchers found that careful selection of the cloth observations and the reward functions in their trained network are crucial to the framework’s success. As a result, this novel approach not only enables single dressing sequences but a character controller that can successfully dress under various conditions.”We’ve opened the door to a new way of animating multi-step interaction tasks in complex environments using reinforcement learning,” says Clegg. “There is still plenty of work to be done continuing down this path, allowing simulation to provide experience and practice for task training in a virtual world.” In expanding this work, the team is currently collaborating with other researchers in Georgia Tech’s Healthcare Robotics lab to investigate the application of robotics for dressing assistance. Robot teaches itself how to dress people The researchers’ method then updates the neural network one step at a time to make the discovered positive changes more likely to occur in the future. “In this way, we teach the character how to succeed at the task,” notes Clegg. Citation: Novel machine learning technique for simulating the every day task of dressing (2018, November 20) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-machine-technique-simulating-day-task.html Provided by Association for Computing Machinery This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Computer scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Google Brain, Google’s artificial intelligence research arm, have devised a novel computational method, driven by machine learning techniques, to successfully and realistically simulate the multi-step process of putting on clothes. Credit: SIGGRAPH Asialast_img read more

Instagrams new group chats sticker for Stories lets your followers request to

first_imgInstagram is making it easier to get in touch with your circle of friends. Explore further (c)2019 U.S. TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. The social networking app announced on Tuesday that it’s adding a new chat sticker for Instagram Stories that lets your followers “request” to join a group chat from your Story. Unveiled in a video posted to Twitter, the new chat sticker joins Instagram’s line up of other popular photo tools including polls, question boxes and locations.In the promotional video, Instagram shows the chat sticker option being used for things like planning parties and creating study groups. You can use Instagram’s Close Friends feature to create restrictions on who can see Stories that show the chat sticker.How it worksThe new add-on, which is being rolled out currently, lives alongside the app’s other Story customization options. By selecting it, you can add a topic to your post that you’d like to discuss with your friends.Followers who see the call to action, can tap “join chat.” From there, you’ll decide if you want to allow them to be a part of the group conversation or not. If you accept, they’ll be launched into a group chat room, similar the type you can create by going to your inbox and selecting the followers you’d like to loop together in a chat.Instagram gives you the option to end the group chat at any time.The social networking app has introduced several new features over the past few weeks, including IGTV support for landscape videos, a navigation bar with results tailored to your interests, and in-app purchases so shoppers can buy merchandise from brands without leaving the app. Facebook F8: Four things you need to know about the conferencecenter_img Citation: Instagram’s new group chats sticker for Stories lets your followers request to join (2019, July 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-instagram-group-chats-sticker-stories.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Credit: CC0 Public Domainlast_img read more

Tiny Fighting Worms Make One of the Loudest Sounds in the Ocean

first_imgHeadbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65945-tiny-worms-emit-loud-noise.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball00:29Video – Giggly Robot02:31Surgical Robotics关闭 Tiny, feisty worms that live off the coast of Japan fight by headbutting each other — and they aren’t quiet about it. During these feuds, the worms emit one of the loudest sounds in the ocean, according to a new study. The source of the underwater hullabaloo is a nearly transparent segmented worm called the Leocratides kimuraorum, which lives inside sponges 279 to 554 feet (85 to 169 meters) deep off the coast of Japan. [The 12 Weirdest Animal Discoveries]Advertisement These wigglies are just a tad more than an inch (29 millimeters) long and have lengthy tentacles and a big mouth (literally). These seemingly quiet creatures revealed their true nature under the spotlight in the lab. A group of researchers used an instrument called a hydrophone to record 15 pops that were emitted from three kimuraorums as they were fighting. In a marine feud researchers dub “mouth-fighting,” the worms approached each other headfirst with their mouths open. During such encounters, the worms’ pharynx muscles expand rapidly, creating a cavitation bubble that collapses and produces a loud “pop” while the worms launch into each other. The researchers found that these pops can reach 157 decibels in the water (which is a different measurement than decibels in the air). From right next to the water tank, the pops sounded like humans snapping their fingers, lead author Goto Ryutaro, an assitant professor at Kyoto University told Live Science. “Though they probably sound louder if you hear them in the water.” The worms are as loud as snapping shrimps, which are one of the biggest noisemakers in the ocean, the authors wrote. What’s more, they found that these worms did not make any noise when simply disturbed, they only did so when they were fighting. They “may use mouth-fighting to defend territory or living chambers from other worms,” the authors wrote July 8 in the journal Current Biology. “A loud pop may be a byproduct of the rapid mouth attack, but it may also aid intraspecific communication.” A loud noise could somehow determine the victor of the fight or even reveal the whereabouts of nearby worms, they wrote. 13 Extremely Weird Animal Feet The 10 Strangest Animal Discoveries Strange Love: 10 Animals with Truly Weird Courtship Rituals Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoThrone: Free Online GamesIf You’re Over 40 And Own A Computer, This Game Is A Must!Throne: Free Online GamesUndoLivestlyDear Seniors And Retirees, These Dog Breeds Are RecommendedLivestlyUndoAuto Overload25+ Moments Captured When It All Went WrongAuto OverloadUndoNucificTop Dr. Reveals The 1 Nutrient Your Gut Must HaveNucificUndoThe Legacy ReportMan Who Called NVIDIA Rise Makes New 5G PredictionThe Legacy ReportUndolast_img read more

Technology fished out 10 million fake ration cards says Fadnavis

first_imgPublic distribution system SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT COMMENTS SHARE Published on Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis (file photo).   –  THE HINDUcenter_img Maharashtra February 20, 2019 e-governance social welfare Maharashtra to adopt RFP model for tender contracts in two months Maharashtra has found as many as 10 million fake ration cards using technology tools, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Wednesday.He also announced the new model request for proposal (RFP) while tendering out IT contracts, developed by Nasscom and the Union Ministry of Electronics and IT.“The public distribution system (PDS) has changed through technology initiatives. With all the digital initiatives, we have actually found out 10 million fake ration cards,” Fadnavis told the annual Nasscom leadership forum here.The Western state, having a population of over 11 crore, is using technology across all spheres to drive efficiency and for better allocation of resources, he said.Technological tools have taken down malnutrition related deaths to zero in Harisal village of Amravati district, Fadnavis said.Tender contracts through RFPOn the industry’s long-standing demand of tender contracts structuring, Fadnavis announced that the model RFP will be adopted in two months by the state.It can be noted that the IT industry has had concerns regarding selection of bidders and payments for IT contracts.The industry says an IT contract is different from other works and the government cannot insist on aspects like lowest bidder and also payments only at the end of the work.Paperless officeFadnavis said 55 million transactions have happened using the state government’s citizens portal, Aaple Sarkar, which has benefitted one million citizens.He said a special CM’s dashboard has been created to monitor all the projects and schemes centrally, and added that the war room on infra projects also uses a lot of technology to monitor progress.The government demand for paper is also coming down and has halved over the last few years, the chief minister said, adding that the broad objective is to be paperless in future.Fadnavis said technology will help bring equity in the society through democratisation, and will be used more aggressively as the government goes about meeting its social sector goals.He said the state is targeting to be a USD 1 trillion economy by 2025 from the present USD 400 billion.The services sector will have to grow at 15.5 per cent, industry at 13 per cent and agriculture at 6 per cent to achieve this target, he said, inviting the tech industry to set up base in the state.Nasscom president Debjani Ghosh said the domestic IT industry has become a USD 180 billion behemoth, employing four million people directly and serving 75 perc ent of the Fortune 500 companies.She said four global sourcing centres got added in 2018, taking the total number of such centres to 1,000.The challenges before the IT industry are trust, governance, maintaining a balance between privacy and innovation, and the huge talent crisis, she said. last_img read more

TN Assembly Speaker issues notice to 3 proDhinakaran AIADMK MLAsTN Assembly Speaker

first_imgTamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal COMMENT April 30, 2019 Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal, on Tuesday, issued notices to three AIADMK MLAs siding with rival leader and AMMK founder TTV Dhinakaran, days after the ruling party petitioned him for action against them for alleged anti-party activities.Official sources said the Speaker issued notices to A Prabhu (Kallakurichi), VT Kalaiselvan (Vriddhachalam) and E Rathinasabapathy (Aranthangi) based on the petition filed by Chief Government whip S Rajendran seeking “due legal action” against them. The three MLAs have been given a week’s time to respond.The sources did not elaborate on the contents of the notice, but hinted explanation had been sought from the three legislators in the backdrop of them publicly hobnobbing with Dhinakaran, who has floated the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam after he was sidelined by the AIADMK. However, the three MLAs have been maintaining for long that they were in AIADMK only.Rajendran had on April 26 approached Dhanapal for “due legal action” against the three MLAs for alleged anti-party activities in the backdrop of them siding with Dhinakaran, General Secretary of AMMK.The move has sparked speculation about another round of disqualification of the ruling party legislators after Dhanapal had stripped 18 pro-Dhinakaran AIADMK MLAs of their assembly membership in September 2017 under the anti-defection law.The 18 were disqualified for revolting against Chief Minister K Palaniswami in August 2017 after he merged the faction led by him with the group headed by then rebel leader O Panneerselvam, now the state deputy chief minister.Rajendran has said he has attached “photo proof” of the “anti-party” activities of the MLAs. These include “holding positions” and records of events they had participated, apparently related to AMMK.The DMK and MDMK have opposed any possible disqualification of the three MLAs claiming the AIADMK move an was “only to protect” the Palaniswami government as it will ‘lose’ majority after the outcome of bypolls to 22 assembly seats.DMK president and Leader of the Opposition in the assembly MK Stalin has threatened to move a no-confidence motion against the Speaker if he heeded the ruling party’s plea.In the 234-member state assembly with 22 vacancies, the AIADMK has a strength of 113, excluding the speaker. The simple majority mark in the full House is 117.The bypolls to 18 seats were held on April 18 while that for four others is scheduled on May 19. The counting will take place on May 23. The principal opposition DMK along with its allies, including Congress, has 97 MLAs.Incidentally, two MLAs of AIADMK’s alliance parties, designated as its members in the assembly records since they contested on its symbol, have shown signs of stress with the ruling party.Legislator S Karunaas, leader of Mukkulathor Puli Padai, has been anti-government for some time, while Manithaneya Jananayaga Katchi MLA M Thamimun Ansari, a strident critic of the BJP, backed the DMK-led alliance in the Lok Sabha polls after AIADMK struck a poll pact with the saffron party. COMMENTS state politicscenter_img Tamil Nadu SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE Published onlast_img read more

Demand to raise royalty on coal in Rajya Sabha

first_img COMMENT SHARE Published on Demands to raise royalty on coal, roll back of steep hike in airfares between Kerala and Gulf region and government intervention to help release fishermen captured by Pakistan were among issues raised during the Zero Hour in the Rajya Sabha on Monday.Amar Patnaik (BJD) said the rate of royalty paid to state governments on coal produced in states was last changed in April 2012, and as per rule was due to be revised in April 2015, but was not done. “The issue was placed before the GST Council but is yet to be approved,” he said, adding that instead a cess was imposed which goes to indivisible pool that is not devolved to states. He demanded that royalty on coal should be raised to 20 per cent from the current 12 per cent.KK Ragesh (CPM) demanded roll back in steep hike in airfares in the Kerala-Gulf sector which, he said, was a “loot” by airlines by exploiting migrant workers. “While the Calicut-Dubai flight costs Rs 6,000, a Dubai to Calicut flight costs Rs 40,000,” he said, adding airfares are jacked up during festive seasons and holidays when migrant workers seek to return to their hometowns.Jairman Ramesh (Congress) asked the Environment and Forest Ministry to reject clearance to building of a mega port complex in North Chennai which, he said, posed danger to the fragile ecosystem in the region and livelihood of thousands of fishermen.Raising the issue of fishermen languishing in Pakistan jails, V Vijayasai Reddy (YSR-Congress) said that 46 fishermen were captured by Pakistan maritime security agency in October- November last year after illegally entering into Indian waters.According to Pakistan, as many as 483 fishermen are languishing in its jails, he said, adding 22 out of the 46 fishermen captured in October-November 2018 were from Andhra Pradesh who had gone to Gujarat for working on fishing trawlers. “What was the Indian Coast Guard doing when Pakistan intruded into Indian waters?” he asked.He said when the issue was first raised, the then External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had promised to get consular access. “But neither the fishermen were released nor consular access given to families,” he said, asking the Government to urgently intervene to get families consular access.Harnath Singh Yadav (BJP) raised the issue of supply of drinking water which is high in fluoride, nitrate and iron in 336 out of 719 districts in the country and is leading to disorders in humans and animals as well as affecting land infertility.Shanta Chhetri (TMC) raised the issue of death of a person after his hand got stuck between two sliding doors of the Kolkata Metro on Saturday last. She alleged passenger safety was being compromised with by the Railway Ministry and demanded immediate allocation of funds for proper maintenance and upgrade of the metro rail.Satyanarayan Jatiya (BJP) raised the issue of inter-linking of rivers to solve problem of drought. AK Selvaraj (AIADMK) raised a similar demand. Rajya Sabhacenter_img COMMENTS July 15, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

Swatantra Dev Singh replaces Mahendra Nath Pandey as BJP UP chief

first_imgNEW DELHI: BJP national president Amit Shah on Tuesday appointed Swatantra Dev Singh as chief of party’s Uttar Pradesh unit. Singh, who is currently serving as minister of state with independent charge for transport and protocol in chief minister Yogi Adityanath-led government, was appointed at the post with immediate effect, said a BJP release undersigned by national general secretary Arun Singh. The BJP leader would take over charge from outgoing state chief and Union minister for skill development and entrepreneurship, Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey. “Congratulations and best wishes to Shri Swatantra Dev Singh for his appointment as the President of Uttar Pradesh BJP,” Adityanath tweeted. BJP had won 62 parliamentary seats out of 80 in the recently concluded general elections. Earlier in the day, Shah also appointed Chandrakant Patil as the president of BJP’s Maharashtra unit. Download The Times of India News App for Latest India News.XStart your day smart with stories curated specially for youlast_img read more