Kolkata Test: Indian pacers create a new record in thrilling draw at Eden

first_imgIndia pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav created a new record during the first Test against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday.Bhuvneshwar, Shami and Umesh picked up 17 wickets in total which is the most by Indian pacers in a Test match in India. It was also the first instance in 262 Tests when no Indian spinner managed to pick up a single wicket in a home Test.Bhuvi, in particular, was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he finished with eight wickets (four wickets in each innings) in the match and deservedly bagged the man-of-the-match award. Shami picked up four wickets in Sri Lanka’s first innings and two in the second while Umesh scalped two in the first and one in the final innings.Chasing 231 in the final innings, Sri Lanka held on for a thrilling draw, finishing at 75/7, with the match being called off early for the third day in succession due to bad light.Captain Virat Kohli heaped praise on Bhuvneshwar after the match.”It was important to make something out of the game with whatever time we had. As you mentioned, conditions changed drastically into day four- five. We showed character after being on the back foot initially,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.”Bhuvneshwar has picked up pace. Bowls heavier balls than before and hits the right areas. He’s grabbing his chances and is a massive contender to start every Test match for India. He’ll do us good in overseas conditions, and not just in home conditions.advertisement”He’s going to be an important part of our plan going forward in all formats. He’s doing well in the shorter formats and now 8 wickets in this Test. Credit to him; he’s working hard and it’s paying for him,” he added.Earlier, Kohli led India’s fightback with a stunning 104* off 119 balls which included 12 boundaries and two sixes. India ended up with 352 for 8 and declared as soon as Kohli reached his 18th Test hundred with a six off Suranga Lakmal in the fag end of the second session.It was Kohli’s 50th century in international cricket and his first Test ton at the Eden Gardens.”I didn’t try to think about the situation and pressure. The shots started coming off. Luckily, they took the new ball – the old ball was soft and it wasn’t easy to get it away – and I thought I might as well go for it. If you have the intent,  luck favours you too. Little bit of luck, bit of inside edge in the seventies,” Kohli said on his hundred.In fact, so dominant was India’s pace battery that India’s star spin twin,  R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja bowled a total of 10 overs in the entire match. Ashwin was not even called on to bowl in the final innings. Imagine India trying to win a Test match on the fifth day and Ashwin not even getting an over.The next Test match will be played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur from November 24.last_img read more

10 months agoEverton chief Moshiri adamant new stadium will be built

first_imgEverton chief Moshiri adamant new stadium will be builtby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton chief Farhad Moshiri is determined for their new stadium to be built.Planning permission is set to be submitted in the second half of this year, with the first ‘spade in the ground’ anticipated in early 2020.After a number of false dawns over previous projects Moshiri is adamant the stadium will be built.”It has nothing to do with my vision, it is a necessity. That must be understood – we don’t have a choice, we don’t have a Plan B or a Plan C,” he said at their AGM.”Very much like Arsenal and Tottenham that had to build a stadium – they were not given stadiums like West Ham or Manchester City.”We have a lot of experience so I think we will complete this stadium, be sure that will happen. And I will throw as much money as needed.”Private markets will provide £350m, naming rights will give us some more and we maybe have an equity gap of £100m.”I think this club, under the management of Marcel and leadership of Denise (Barrett-Baxendale, the club’s chief executive) is sufficiently robust to see the project through. It is no luxury, we have to get it done.”If we want to have a big club we need a modern stadium and we will get it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

FCS Jacksonville State Leads Auburn At The Half

first_imgjJcksonville State's Jenkins seen in game against Auburn.Twitter/@NickJuskewycz There were plenty of interesting possible upsets on the college football slate today, but we didn’t tab Jacksonville State over Auburn as one of them. However, the Gamecocks, who went 10-2 in FCS play last year, are half way to a stunning win at Jordan-Hare Stadium. They lead the Tigers 10-6 at halftime.Auburn and Jacksonville State traded field goals early on, but the Gamecocks’ quarterback Eli Jenkins threw an impressive touchdown pass to Josh Barge to take the lead in the second quarter.Jacksonville State currently leads 6th ranked #Auburn 10-6, late in the second quarter. #JSUvsAUB pic.twitter.com/B50kBpQDXD— CFB Nation (@UofCFB) September 12, 2015There is plenty of time life, but Auburn fans have to be concerned with how the team has come out against what should be an overmatched opponent.last_img read more

A chronology of events in the Site C dam project in British

first_imgVICTORIA – A chronology of events in British Columbia’s Site C hydroelectric dam project:Late 1950s: The location for a third dam on the Peace River is first looked at after the locations of WAC Bennett Dam and Peace Canyon Dam were identified.1970s: Engineering work is done to determine the feasibility of a third dam.1989: Plans for Site C are shelved because of local opposition to the project.March 2001: The chairman of BC Hydro says he would like to see the project revived and get fast-track approval from the government.April 2004: BC Hydro includes Site C in a package of initiatives it is studying to boost the province’s long-term supply of hydroelectricity.December 2007: Preliminary cost estimates for Site C show the project could cost between $5 billion and $6.6 billion, doubling previous estimates by the province.April 2010: The B.C. government announces plan to build Site C.December 2013: Public hearings begin on the project.May 2014: A joint review panel gives no clear yes or no answer but says B.C. will need new energy at some point. It says the project would cause significant adverse effects on the environment and wildlife, as well as Aboriginal communities and farmers in the area.October 2014: Provincial and federal environmental certificates are issued.December 2014: The B.C. government makes the decision to go ahead with construction.July 2015: Construction begins on Site C.July 2015: The B.C. Supreme Court dismissed a petition by the Peace Valley Landowner Association challenging provincial environmental approval of Site C. An appeal was dismissed in September 2016.August 2015: The federal court dismissed an application by Prophet River First Nation and West Moberly First Nations challenging environmental approval of Site C by the federal government. An appeal was dismissed in January 2017.February 2016: A judge orders protesters to leave their tent camp near the construction site after BC Hydro seeks an injunction.December 2016: The government says the project is on schedule and on budget.March 2017: The government says more than 2,000 workers are employed at Site C.Aug. 2, 2017: The province’s newly sworn-in NDP government asks the B.C. Utilities Commission to review the project as it considers cancelling or delaying its construction.Aug. 28, 2017: A United Nations panel says construction of the dam should be stopped until there is a full review of how it would affect Indigenous land.Nov. 1, 2017: The B.C. Utilities Commission says the project is over budget and behind schedule in its report to the government, which promises a decision on Site C’s future by the end of the year.Dec. 11, 2017: Premier John Horgan says the dam will be completed but the price tag is expected to rise from $8.3 billion to $10.7 billion.(Source: The Canadian Press, BC Hydro, B.C. government)last_img read more

Canadian Pacific Railway says tearing up NAFTA poses limited risk to company

first_imgCALGARY – The potential dismantling of NAFTA is a concern because of its impact on the overall North American economy, but its direct effect on Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) would be limited, CEO Keith Creel said Thursday.Transportation analysts have identified the end of the North American Free Trade Agreement, as sometimes threatened by U.S. President Donald Trump, as one of the biggest risks to Canadian railways this year. Negotiations to modernize the deal start again next week in Montreal.“We’re paying attention to it but, at a micro level, our direct commodity exposure is fairly modest,” Creel said on a conference call with analysts after reporting fourth-quarter financial results that slightly beat analyst expectations.“Thirty per cent of our business is cross-border, but this number overstates our true exposure,” said Creel. “Our cross-border is primarily agricultural products — stuff like grain, potash, fertilizers, chemicals … The reality is the U.S. relies heavily on these raw materials that we’re shipping south to support the overall economy.”St. Louis-based analyst Dan Sherman of Edward Jones said he agrees with Creel.“We need the wood, we need the potash. Those things are important for us,” Sherman said. “So we’re probably going to continue to buy it from Canada, and if there’s a slightly larger tariff, that’s going to make hardly any difference.”Analyst Kevin Chiang of CIBC World Markets said in a report earlier this month that a U.S. government move to disband the continental free trade agreement could cause a similar reaction to the immediate 10 per cent drop in market values in the aftermath of the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom.CP Rail said Thursday that fourth-quarter revenue grew by five per cent to $1.71 billion from $1.64 billion in the same period a year ago, aided by enhanced service offerings and strategic partnerships with customers.It said net income rose to $984 million in the last three months of the year from $384 million a year earlier. That was mainly due to a non-cash provision of $527 million to account for deferred income tax recoveries from U.S. tax reforms enacted in December, which more than made up for tax increases by the Saskatchewan and B.C. governments.Freight revenue from metals, minerals, and consumer products grew 30 per cent, while energy, chemicals and plastics jumped 20 per cent.Chief marketing officer John Brooks said on the call he expects 2018 revenue growth in “the mid-single digits” and adjusted earnings per share growth in the low double-digits, thanks to strong global potash demand, a large Canadian grain crop and steady coal shipments.Sherman said he’s also bullish on CP Rail’s prospects, noting it has more capacity to grow than its competitors.CP Rail says its operating ratio, a measure of operating expenses as a percentage of revenues, fell slightly to 56.1 per cent in the fourth quarter from 56.2 per cent in the year-earlier period. It was 57.4 per cent for 2017, down from 58.6 in 2016.For the year, revenue was $6.55 billion in 2017, compared with $6.23 billion in 2016.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Democrats plan more pressure on Trump to reopen government

first_imgWASHINGTON — Newly empowered House Democrats are planning to step up pressure on President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers to reopen the government.This comes after there was no weekend breakthrough to end a prolonged partial government shutdown, with Trump standing firm in his border wall funding demands.Trump showed no signs of budging on his demand for more than $5 billion for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, though on Sunday he did offer to build it with steel rather than concrete, a concession Democrats panned.With the shutdown lurching into a third week, many Republicans watched nervously from the sidelines as hundreds of thousands of federal workers went without pay and government disruptions hit the lives of ordinary Americans.Catherine Lucey And Lisa Mascaro, The Associated Presslast_img read more

TV viewers may soon switch service providers without changing set top box

first_imgNew Delhi: TV viewers may be able to switch their DTH or cable service providers without changing the set top box (STB) by the end of this year, according to regulator Trai’s Chairman R S Sharma. “Since last two years we have been trying to make STBs interoperable. Large part of problem has been resolved. There are some business challenges (which) remain… we are looking at this to happen by end of this year,” Sharma told reporters at an event here Tuesday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHe added that interoperability in a product should not come as an “after thought” but should be in place at the product planning stage itself. “Open systems are going to be the future. Entire back-end of Aadhaar has been developed on open source software except biometric de-duplication system,” Sharma said. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman released a study on open ecosystem for devices in India, prepared by the Indian Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA) and consultant firm KPMG, which showed that 89 per cent of mobile phones in the country work on open source operating systems. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostSharma cited interoperability as one of the key factors behind the success of the Indian mobile phone industry where no subscriber is required to buy a new phone if he wants to change his service provider. “Many apps/services are being accessed primarily on smartphones now. Prevalence of the Open OS has also facilitated smartphones supporting multi-lingual capabilities and also led to the enhancement of the Skill India program by the government,” ICEA Chairman Pankaj Mohindroo said. The report found that Open OS mobile operating systems have expanded the smartphone market in India by reducing barriers to entry. According to the study, smartphones sold in India increased from 2 million units in 2009-10 to 117 million units in 2017-18, corresponding with the increase in smartphone makers from seven in 2009 to around 80 in 2018. India overtook the US to become the second largest mobile phone market in the world in terms of number of units, with the Indian smartphone market growing at a compound annual growth rate of 37 per cent (in value terms) to reach Rs 1.43 lakh crore in 2017.last_img read more

AAP alleges horse trading

first_imgNEW DELHI: Hours after Arvind Kejriwal derided what he called the BJP’s attempts to “buy Aam Aadmi Party leaders”, one of his party lawmakers in Delhi joined the ruling party. AAP senior leader Manish Sisodia slammed BJP claiming that they offered money to buy MLAs. “Earlier, we said that BJP has offered Rs 10 crore to our 7 MLAs and here is the proof,” said Manish Sisodia.The exit has hit AAP just days before voting in Delhi on May 12 for the national election. Earlier this week, AAP leader Manish Sisodia, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, had alleged that seven lawmakers had been offered 10 crores to switch sides. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesArvind Kejriwal on Friday, had hit out at Vijay Goel for saying that 14 AAP lawmakers were in touch with the BJP and ready to switch. “Modi ji, will you topple every government run by an opposition party by buying lawmakers? Is this your definition of democracy? And from where do you bring so much money to buy MLAs? You have tried to buy our MLAs many times. Buying AAP leaders is not easy,” the Delhi Chief Minister said in a tweet. Vijay Goel had refuted AAP leader Manish Sisodia’s allegation of the BJP offering Rs. 10 crore to lawmakers to switch and said AAP lawmakers wanted to quit their party out of “frustration and humiliation”, so the BJP “did not need to buy them”. “The lawmakers want to leave AAP because the party has strayed from its objectives,” Mr Goel claimed.last_img read more

Smriti Irani accuses Rahul of booth capturing in Amethi

first_imgAmethi (UP): More than 40 per cent people had voted in Amethi till 3 pm on Monday, officials said as acrimony marked the keenly-watched election with BJP candidate Smriti Irani alleging that Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was “ensuring booth capturing”.According to officials, the turnout till 3 pm was 42.18 per cent in the constituency, long considered a Gandhi family turf. Voting began at 7 am. Officials said the maximum turnout was in the Muslim dominated Salon assembly segment which recorded 44.6 per cent polling till 3 pm. This was followed by Jagdishpur with 41 per cent. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghIrani, who crisscrossed the area from early morning, visiting booths to meet party workers, accused Gandhi of capturing booths. “Alert @ECISVEEP Congress President @Rahul Gandhi ensuring booth capturing,” the Union minister said on Twitter. She also tagged a video in which an elderly women is seen alleging that her hand was forcibly put on the ‘panja’ (hand) election symbol of the Congress though she wanted to vote for the ‘kamal’ (lotus), the BJP’s symbol. There is no written complaint on the matter. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadIrani also questioned the absence of the Gandhi scion from Amethi. In his stead, local Congress leaders moved around the constituency. The fierce battle between Gandhi and Irani seemed to push voters to come out to vote despite the scorching heat. Women appeared to outnumber men in the initial hours of voting. Amethi witnessed a bitter battle between the two leaders in the 2014 general elections as well. Gandhi won the seat with a reduced margin of one lakh votes compared to three lakh votes in 2009. There are five assembly segments in the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency — Amethi town, Gauriganj, Jagdishpur, Tiloi and Salon. Of the five assembly segments, four are represented by the BJP and one by the SP. Salon and Jagdishpur are reserved constituencies.last_img read more

Virtual reality can help people with dementia

first_imgVirtual reality (VR) technology can enhance the quality of life for people with dementia by helping them to recall past memories, reduce aggression and improve interactions with caregivers, says a study. The technology helped patients recall old memories by providing new stimuli difficult to achieve, due to ill health, or inaccessible within a secure environment, said the team from the University of Kent in the UK. These memories not only provided positive mental stimulation for the patients but also helped their caregivers learn more about their lives before care, thereby improving their social interaction. Also Read – The Puja carnival”VR can clearly have positive benefits for patients with dementia, their families and caregivers. It provides a richer and more satisfying quality of life than is otherwise available, with many positive outcomes,” said Jim Ang, Professor at the University of Kent. For the study, the researchers picked eight patients aged between 41 and 88 who are living with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease. Each patient used a VR headset to ‘visit’ one of five virtual environments of a cathedral, a forest, a sandy beach, a rocky beach and a countryside scene. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraThe sessions were monitored with feedback gathered from patients and their caregivers. The patients also demonstrated their own choices during the experiment, with some keen to explore different VEs within a session, while others explored the same environment repeatedly. “With further research it will be possible to evaluate the elements of virtual environments that benefit patients and use VR even more effectively,” Jim Ang added.last_img read more

Posthumous CAF 2013 Legends Prize awarded to late Mehdi Faria

first_imgLagos- The posthumous Legends Prize by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) was awarded to late Mehdi Faria, former selector of the Atlas Lions football team, on Thursday in Lagos, during the ceremony of CAF 2013 Awards. The prize was handed by CAF executive committee to the deceased’s son Youssef Faria.   The former coach of the national football team Mehdi Faria passed away, on October 8, at the age of 80 following a long disease.  The name of Mehdi Faria brings up glorious memories of the Moroccan football in the 80s. He was the coach of the national squad which participated in the 1986 world cup in Mexico and was the first African team to qualify for the second round.last_img read more

February 12 201480 students from Chandler Highsch

first_imgFebruary 12, 201480 students from Chandler Highschool visited Arcosanti on Feb. 12. 2014. For the Arcosanti tour they were divided into three groups with a tourguide each. They visited the foundry during a bronze pour.[photos by archive volunteer Chihiro Saito, text by Sue Kirsch]Here is foundry staff member / tour guide Alex DeWald explaining the process of bronze bell production.Tourguide Anne-Marie Vaduva.The Green Room behind the Colly Soleri Amphitheater stage.Many school groups visit Arcosanti for tours and lunch and sometimes for silt workshops. This is a very good educational opportunity.For more information on group tours for students of all ages see this linkor contact our Guest Services  at 928.533.8295.last_img read more

Audi unveils design of Q4 etron – a new allelectric compact SUV

first_imgWith new design sketches, Audi is today unveiling the design of the Q4 e-tron – a new all-electric compact SUV to go into production in “late 2020/early 2021.” more…The post Audi unveils design of Q4 e-tron – a new all-electric compact SUV appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

Certain test strips used with homeuse devices may provide inaccurate results warns

first_img Source:https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm624904.htm Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 2 2018The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today is warning patients and doctors, who use at-home or in-the-office medical devices to monitor levels of the blood thinner, warfarin, that certain test strips used with the devices may provide inaccurate results and should not be relied upon to adjust the drug dosage. Roche Diagnostics issued a voluntary recall of certain test strip lots used with its CoaguChek test meter devices. The recall involves more than 1.1 million packages of CoaguChek XS PT Test Strips that were distributed nationwide from Jan. 12, 2018 to Oct. 29, 2018. Today, the FDA announced this action as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall, which means use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death.The FDA is warning patients and health care professionals that they should not rely on these test meter devices to monitor warfarin levels if they’re using test strips affected by the recall. Instead, they should have blood drawn from a vein and have their levels measured by a laboratory test or use an alternative meter device.”These strips are widely used and we are working diligently to warn health care providers and the public about the dangers associated with this recall. Using faulty strips can lead to serious errors in medication dosage that could cause serious harm or death in some patients,” said Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “We are also working with the company on the swift removal of the recalled strips and to ensure the new corrected strips are distributed to patients and health care providers as quickly as possible.”Millions of Americans take the blood thinner warfarin (also known by the brand names Coumadin and Jantoven) to prevent and treat blood clots. The drug may be prescribed for patients with certain types of irregular heartbeats, blood clots in the legs or lungs, or certain medical device implants such as artificial heart valves. Achieving the correct warfarin dosage is crucial, and patients need regular monitoring to test how long it takes their blood to clot. The response is measured by a blood test to check the International Normalized Ratio, or INR. This test can be performed by an accredited laboratory on blood drawn from a vein or with a fingerstick blood draw using an INR test meter at home or in a doctor’s office.The FDA’s warning concerning the CoaguChek XS PT Test Strips is based on medical device reports submitted by Roche Diagnostics to the agency indicating that the test strips may provide results that are higher than the actual INR. As a result of incorrect INR results, some patients may be prescribed an insufficient warfarin dose or instructed to interrupt warfarin use, which may increase the risk for dangerous blood clots. Approximately 90 medical device reports and two serious patient injuries involving strokes were reported to the FDA.Related StoriesScientists turn type A blood into universal type O, potentially doubling blood transfusion stocksBlood stem cell breakthrough could spare some patients from side effects of cancer treatmentsRadiometer’s ABL9 blood gas analyzer awarded Red Dot Design AwardIncorrect INR results are of particular concern for individuals at an increased risk of blood clots including those with mechanical heart valves, atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) who are at a high risk of stroke, or those who had a recent blood clot. It is important to note that problems with the CoaguChek XS PT test strips are not likely to be evident to the patient.Roche Diagnostics attributes the cause of the problem to a recent re-calibration of the test strips to a different international standard that occurred earlier this year. They plan to provide new batches of re-calibrated test strips, based on the previous international standard, to their customers by the end of November; the FDA reviewed validation data submitted by the company for these recalibrated strips. The test strips are used with the CoaguChek XS plus, CoaguChek XS Pro, CoaguChek XS professional, CoaguChek XS PST and CoaguChek Vantus test meter devices.Patients who are using CoaguChek meters should contact their health care provider to get information about alternative test methods and to address questions regarding their individual testing schedule. Patients should also contact their patient self-testing service providers to find out when they will be getting their corrected test strips. Health care providers and patients may contact Roche Diagnostics to learn more details about the recall.All health care providers, patients and caregivers, are strongly encouraged to voluntarily report INR test meter problems directly to the FDA through MedWatch, the FDA’s voluntary reporting program. Problems should be reported whenever one suspects that there may be an issue with an INR test meter such as a malfunction or incorrect result, or that the meter caused or contributed to a serious injury or death.The FDA is committed to continuing to communicate publicly on this issue and will provide updates related to this recall when available.last_img read more

Image 3Dmolded interconnect devices

Citation: Image: 3-D-molded interconnect devices (2018, April 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-image-d-molded-interconnect-devices.html An alternative to conventional circuit boards, these ‘3-D-molded interconnect devices’ add electrical connectivity to the surface of three-dimensional structures. Explore further Credit: ESA/Art of Technology AG New method developed to 3-D print fully functional electronic circuits Provided by European Space Agency 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. The aim is to combine mechanical, electronic and potentially optical functions in a single 3-D part, allowing the creation of intricate, precisely aligned designs using fewer parts while delivering significant savings in space and weight compared to conventional electronic manufacturing.”These prototype interconnect devices were produced using injection-moulded plastics incorporating electrical metallisation,” explains ESA’s Jussi Hokka. “In principle, however, other materials can also be used, allowing the incorporation of sensors or the integration of shielding or cooling systems.” 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

Council issues onthespot fines for illegal rubbish dumping

first_imgChua (left) and an MPS enforcement officer speaking to those caught dumping rubbish at the site. Metro News 12 Jul 2019 Up in arms over dumpsite stink Chua said this during a visit to the site yesterday.He was accompanied by officers from MPS, Selangor Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) and Selangor Environment Department (DOE) after receiving a tip-off from residents about the illegal dumping.Chua said the operators claimed they had been dumping rubbish at the spot for the past 20 years.“They have managed to escape but this time we visited the area at the right time,” he said.To prevent operators from disposing rubbish illegally, MPS dug a deep hole along the path to stop vehicles from driving into the area.A backhoe belonging to an operator was also confiscated during the raid.MPS would monitor the situation by conducting frequent site visits, said Chua.StarMetro had reported on July 10 of concerns by Pangsapuri Nuri Fasa 20A residents that open burning was being carried out at the site.They complained that the smoke and stench had caused breathing problems among children.The site, which is located near Sungai Garing, has been a popular dumping spot for plastic waste, old tyres, broken furniture and used bottles.There was also construction waste material such as broken tiles and empty paint tins scattered along the path leading to the site.To avoid being caught by the authorities, the lorry drivers only enter the site after midnight. Before leaving the site, they would set the rubbish on fire.Residents said this had been happening for the past three weeks. Related News Metro News 10 Jul 2019 Smoke gets in their eyes Central Region Related News THE illegal dumpsite in Saujana Rawang is located on state land.Rawang assemblyman Chua Wei Kiat said he was informed of this by the Selangor Land and Mines Department.“Since it is not on private land, MPS (Selayang Municipal Council) can issue summonses to the operators directly,” he said.Chua added that three operators found dumping rubbish at the site during a recent visit were slapped with a RM1,000 fine on the spot by MPS. Tags / Keywords: Metro News 08 Jul 2019 Mounds of rubbish litter Sepang’s scenic spot {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more