28 Nov

Gilas battles China

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “I’ve always believed that the best way to prepare for a game is to completely be in the present,” Reyes said in the report. “It’s the now that’s going to be important.”The Filipinos hope to use speed to offset China’s edge in size, with Gilas having a fleet-footed backcourt led by Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo.Save for the absence of Blatche and Fajardo, the Philippines is being represented by possibly the best team it could cull, unlike the Chinese and Iran, who are saving their best players for the World Cup Qualifying starting in November.Gilas and China are bracketed with Iraq and Qatar in Group B and to keep on playing, would need to win at least once in the first round.Each group topnotcher will automatically make it to the quarterfinals, while Nos. 2 and 3 will advance to a qualifying round for the quarters.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Christian Standhardinger has taken over the place of Blatche on short notice, and there will be a lot that the6-foot-8 Filipino-German would need to do in order to make Gilas competitive in the continental championship.The Philippines finished second in the last two editions of the Fiba Asia, the first happening in 2013 in Manila and two years ago in Changsha, Hunan province in China.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIran won the 2013 event, while the Chinese literally maximized homecourt edge two years later to beat the Filipinos in a close contest.Coach Chot Reyes doesn’t want his players to be thinking about that for this game, but was quoted as saying by a TV5 report that “it’s human nature,” for players to recall what happened then.center_img DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Key game up for national squad Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA Gilas Pilipinas side that is definitely wanting in size gets its Fiba Asia Cup bid going, clashing with defending titlist China Wednesday at Mouhad Nawfai Stadium in Beirut, Lebanon.With Andray Blatche refusing to go and June Mar Fajardo injured, the Filipinos are the definite underdogs in their 6:30 p.m. (Manila time) clash with the Chinese, who had taken just four players from their team that played in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Oympics but still loom as one of the teams to beat in the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

18 Nov

PAOK Fans Defend Gun-Toting Soccer Boss Savvidis, in Hiding

first_imgHe may be a wanted man in Greece, but fans of the Thessaloniki-based PAOK soccer team love its owner, Ivan Savvidis, who’s in hiding after taking a gun onto the field while protesting a goal waved off against rival AEK of Athens.Savvidis, a business magnate who owns a share of the port of Thessaloniki – which was to be turned over March 26 to private companies – has praised Prime Minister and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, who has tried to distance himself from the Greek-Russian tycoon since the gun incident.The Greek government suspended the soccer league after the incident on March 11 and FIFA demanded immediate action from Greek authorities, with both PAOK and Savvidis facing stiff penalties. But he’s evaded arrest and despite being one of the most visible figures in the country, Greek police can’t find him as he faces heavy fines and prosecution.In Thessaloniki, his fans said he has stood up to Athens sports and business interests and he’s their guy, someone who’s poured his money into the port city, Agence France Presse said in a feature about him.“This man has poured out his soul, as well as his money,” said Filotas Pellios, head of PAOK’s veterans club.Savvidis, who started as a tobacco worker in Russia, was a member of the Russian Duma, the lower House of Parliament, until 2011 and has an estimated fortune of 490 million euros ($600 million).In just six years, he acquired PAOK – one of Greece’s four most popular clubs – state tobacco company SEKAP, leading bottling company Souroti, Thessaloniki’s top hotel and national newspaper Ethnos before just selling SEKAP to Japan Tobacco after he asked Tsipras’ help in erasing 44 million euros ($54.41 million) imposed before he bought the company.“(Athenians) are bothered because someone dares to challenge the status quo,” Christos Nikolaidis, a local journalist told AFP.“Savvidis is the only investor left in Greece with the strength to hit back at this rotten structure. The war is about him, not PAOK,” said Christos Dimitriadis, a shop employee.“I don’t care what they say, because they don’t know how we feel about you,” former Real Madrid and PAOK defender Pablo Garcia, now a PAOK youth coach, posted on Instagram.“All political parties should know that they cannot play with the people of PAOK. If they dare to hurt Ivan Savvidis we will be there like soldiers to give battle,” said Yiorgos Triantafyllidis, 31, who is unemployed.PAOK is “at war” with Athens, the club’s technical director Lubos Michel, a Slovak former FIFA referee, told a Russian news website. No word from Savvidis though.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

28 Sep

Football How much will special teams impact the Fiesta Bowl for Ohio

Penn State freshman punter Blake Gillikin (93) and OSU redshirt sophomore wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) rush towards the ball after a blocked punt in the second half of the Buckeyes game on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes lost 24-21. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — For weeks, much of the talk for the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl has been about the offensive and defensive capabilities of both No. 3 Ohio State and No. 2 Clemson. However, there has been little discussed in terms of special teams, the unit that the Buckeyes take extremely seriously. Kerry Coombs, the secondary and special teams coach for the Buckeyes, has a knack for coaching some of the best special teamers in the nation year after year. According to him, the effort of his gunners and kick coverage unit could make the difference in a game as evenly matched as OSU versus Clemson.“I think they’re very, very good just like I think we’re very, very good,” he said. “I think there’s going to be a couple of areas in the game … I know that their national championship game last year hinged on some big special teams plays. I think that our kids are extremely well prepared, and I know that there’s are too. So, it’s going to be a lot of fun. I think it will be a factor in the game.”One of the biggest weapons on Coombs’ special teams unit is senior punter Cameron Johnston. Johnston, a native of Melbourne, Australia, who has been punting for the Buckeyes for four years now, and is in his fifth year with the team.Averaging a career-best 46.2 yards per punt in 2016, the Australian born punter has a few goals in mind against Clemson. The most prominent of those goals is limiting the returning ability of the Tigers’ returners.“You never know how many times you’re going to punt, but when you do, you got to make sure it’s in the right area,” Johnston said. “If you get zero return yards for the day, you’ve had a good day.”While netting zero return yards on punts has a lot to do with how the ball is kicked and the trajectory it takes before striking the turf the proper way, having help from teammates is necessary to limiting return yardage. Wide receivers like redshirt sophomore Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin have been instrumental on kick coverage success, playing predominantly at the outside coverage positions.The players at those positions, known predominately as “gunners,” are known for their speed and athleticism, as well as the ability to hunt down the ball and bring down the returner quickly, or forcing him towards the middle of the field. For McLaurin, the chance to cut his teeth as a special teamer has resulted in his development as a well-rounded player.“You kind of get your feet wet playing special teams,” he said. “Once you start making plays on special teams, you’re going to be making plays on offense. You see it all the time with guys coming through this program. That’s what we preach about competitive excellence.”Although the Buckeyes have yet to score on a punt return this year, it is worth noting OSU has not given up a touchdown on a punt either this season. Part of that statistic has to do with McLaurin’s ability, while another part comes down to how well Johnston has played.With a punter like Johnston who is a master at hang-time on punts, as well as a speedy player on the outside to get to the returner quickly, OSU might very well dictate the game. Pinning an offense deep in its own territory is something that Coombs feels could be the difference maker come Saturday.“All the difference,” he said. “And not just big (plays), but just the innate field position difference. If we can gain yards with special forces throughout the game, which is our objective, it doesn’t show up as a big play. But it makes a dent in the scoreboard.”OSU squares off against Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the University of Phoenix Stadium. read more

28 Sep

Aaron Craft leads Ohio State to 7669 upset against No 17 Iowa

Junior center Amir Williams (23) dunks the ball during a game against Iowa Feb. 4 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. OSU won, 76-69.Courtesty of The Daily Iowan/Alyssa HitchcockWhen a team is on the road in a hostile environment, college basketball coaches typically look to their seniors to lead the way.That was the case Tuesday night in Iowa City, Iowa, as Ohio State senior guard Aaron Craft did a little bit of everything to help lead his team to its second straight road win, defeating No. 17 Iowa, 76-69.Craft finished with a game-high 17 points, recorded six steals, dished out six assists and delivered a crucial driving layup with 1:21 remaining while getting fouled. His free throw put the Buckeyes (18-5, 5-5) up, 66-59, but Iowa would not go away.The Hawkeyes (17-6, 6-4) cut the lead to four after a free throw by senior forward Zach McCabe with 54 seconds left, but they never got that close again.The battery of junior guard Shannon Scott, junior forwards LaQuinton Ross and Sam Thompson and senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. combined to make 10 of 12 free throws after the lead was cut to four to help seal the win for the Buckeyes, who won their second straight game against a top 20 opponent — following up a 59-58 victory at then-No. 14 Wisconsin in Madison, Wis.The Buckeyes shot 25-49 from the field in the game, including 7-16 from beyond the arc. Their perimeter defense proved to be the difference, as Iowa shot just 3-20 from deep.After trailing, 33-31, at halftime, OSU took the lead for good after Smith Jr. buried a three from the wing with 18:39 remaining. Smith Jr. finished with 12 points, one of five OSU guys to score in double figures including Craft, Ross with 13, junior center Amir Williams with 12 and Scott with 11.Sophomore guard Mike Gesell led the Hawkeyes with 16 points, and junior center Gabriel Olaseni added 14 off the bench.After the two straight road wins, OSU is set to come home Saturday and take on Purdue (13-9, 3-6). The Buckeyes last beat the Boilermakers, 78-69, Dec. 31 in West Lafayette, Ind. Tipoff for Saturday is set for 6 p.m. read more

18 Sep

Harewood swapped football pitch for tweaking supercars

first_imgFormer West Ham United player Marlon Harewood has revealed he is in the business of tinkering supercars.The ex-Aston Villa striker is pimping up the motors of England and Premier League stars now that he has hung up his boots. His customers include England players like Harry Kane, 25, John Stones, 24, Kyle Walker and Fabian Delph, both aged 28.Harewood, 39, said, according to Daily Star:“We have fitted PlayStations, printers and coffee machines into clients’ cars. We recently did a makeover on an Audi Q7 for a Man United player.”“We gave the car a respray and added a body kit before completely changing the interior, including the seats and dashboard. When you see what the car looks like before and after, it’s exciting. It gives you a buzz.”“There are plenty of other companies who provide similar services, but a lot of footballers struggle to find someone who they can trust.”declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“But because I’ve played the game, they know I’m not going to try and rip them off.”“There is so much competition between the young players these days. They all want to be seen driving something better than their team-mates.”“Social media plays a huge role. They see flash cars on Instagram and want the same thing.”“Some get bored very quickly and change it after 12 months. I believe Jack Butland has had his car wrapped in six colours over the years.”“I wanted to start a car business so players could avoid losing money. It’s a short career, and when you get to a certain age, you want that money you wasted on that car.”“Hopefully with our help, players will avoid paying over the odds.”last_img read more

14 Sep

Soldotna Man Arrested Following Trooper Pursuit Off Gaswell Road

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers arrested a Soldotna man following a vehicle pursuit off Gaswell Road on April 11, at 8:50 p.m. McAdoo was remanded at Wildwood Pretrial Facility and held with no bail pending arraignment. According to the online dispatch, McAdoo failed to stop for troopers and a pursuit ensued.  He was stopped after spike strips were deployed. The outstanding warrant was for fail to appear at arraignment, the original charges being theft 4th and violation of conditions of release.center_img Troopers attempted to stop a black 1999 Volkswagen off Gaswell Road to serve an outstanding arrest warrant on the driver, Dakota Lynn McAdoo, age 25. McAdoo was arrested for Fail to Stop at the Direction of a Peace Officer 1st and Assault 3rd, for placing his passenger in fear of serious physical injury by his reckless driving.last_img read more

14 Sep

Hachette Cuts Costs Saves Time with Automated Ad Program

first_imgHachette Filipacchi Media U.S. has partnered with Theorem Inc. to use the custom operations company’s Analytics 2.0 program—an automated system that manages display ad inventory, traffic and performance across the publisher’s portfolio of Web sites. Analytics 2.0 allows magazines to upload data in multiple forms and generate reports by using customizable templates and formulas. “The program enables publishers and magazines, specifically companies that are migrating content on the Web, to bring together their ad serving reports and site analytics data in one central interface,” Theorem founder and CEO Jay Kulkarni told FOLIO:. “This allows ad operations, sales and finance to look at their reports in a comprehensive way.”The program is equipped with built-in tools that accommodate data from ad servers, search engines, site side data and rich media, and can handle terabytes of data produced by online marketing campaigns. There is no software to be installed, Kulkarni says, and reports can be generated in HTML, Adobe, Excel and other Microsoft formats. Set-up time takes a couple of weeks to go into live production.“We manage 12 Web sites that run thousands of campaigns, and had people in-house crunching numbers in Excel manually,” said Oleg Korenfeld, Hachette’s director of advertising operations. Hachette has been using Analytics 2.0 since January. “We needed better CPM, better sell-through, not only historically but also using forecast tools. This program makes everything automated, generating weekly reports. “The service saves us a lot of time and money,” Korenfeld added. “It’s not expensive. It costs a lot less than having someone in-house build a similar program, and frees up our current staff to focus on other projects.”A typical contract costs between $2,000 and $8,500 per month depending on data sets, frequency or reports and the amount of customization, Kulkarni says. “Our clients use the program to manage their online operations in a holistic fashion, look at ways to drive revenue by looking at campaign performance and provide trends to their advertisers. For one magazine client, what took four weeks to generate a report was reduced to only two days.”In addition to Hachette, Theorem is working with three other magazine clients, according to Kulkarni.last_img read more

12 Sep

Hallelujah New Leonard Cohen Live Tribute Album Announced

first_img Facebook GRAMMY winner will be honored through new live album with covers from Lee Ranaldo, Deer Tick’s Ian O’Neill and Delicate Steve, among othersRenée FabianGRAMMYs Aug 31, 2017 – 12:35 pm It’s no secret that the late GRAMMY winner Leonard Cohen’s songbook is ripe for interpretation, from Jeff Buckley’s popular version of “Hallelujah” to Judy Collins’ “Suzanne” and Nick Cave’s “I’m Your Man.” Now, Cohen’s legacy will continue to live on through a new live release of covers of many of his classics.Recorded during a live tribute concert in January 2017 at The Bowery Ballroom in New York city, the eclectic mix of artists featured on the upcoming collection includes Sonic Youth alumnus Lee Ranaldo, Okkervil River’s Will Sheff, Josh Ritter, Deer Tick’s Ian O’Neill, Elvis Perkins, Cassandra Jenkins, and Delicate Steve.Songs included in the 16-track collection include “So Long, Marianna,” “Famous Blue Raincoat,” “Bird On The Wire,” “Story Of Issac,” and “Memories.”Titled Sincerely L. Cohen: A Live Celebration Of Leonard Cohen, the album will be released on limited-edition vinyl Nov. 24, following a Sept. 21 digital release. The first single, Delicate Steve’s rendition of “Hallelujah,” is available for preview via SoundCloud.A one-of-a-kind set of covers, this live set is the perfect Cohen remembrance to add to your record collection. Watch Leonard Cohen’s Lifetime Achievement Award Acceptance Speech Email Hear Leonard Cohen’s Songs Like Never Before hallelujah-new-leonard-cohen-live-tribute-album-announced Twitter Hallelujah: New Leonard Cohen Live Tribute Album Announced News last_img read more

5 Sep

Budget 2015 3yr FDs could get Tax Exemption Financial Institutions Call for

first_imgReutersThe upcoming Budget 2015 could see the Narendra Modi government making fixed deposits of three years and above tax-free against the current five-year term, in a bid to bring term deposits on par with mutual funds and tax-free bonds, which have seen a large number of investors. In a pre-budget meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, senior bank executives and heads of financial institutions recommended the introduction of corporate tax slabs, in the lines of individual taxation.The banking industry reportedly strongly supports the idea of fixed deposits of lower maturity being considered for tax-free status. In the recent past, mutual funds have been able to draw many customers, thanks to the three-year lock-in period, making the financial instruments more attractive to the common man.However, banking officials want a level playing field, and fixed deposits allow the cost of funds to be brought down. Tax rebates under Section 80C are inconsistent in their minimum lock-in periods, with investments in public provident funds account being locked-in for 15 years, while the national savings certificate has a six-year lock-in period, and three-years for equity linked savings scheme (ELSS.)As a percentage of gross domestic spending, financial saving has slipped by 10 basis points to 1.7% in 2012-13, with gross domestic savings too witnessing a more significant 1.2% fall to 30.1%, for the same period, according to EconomicTimes.Currently, investments up to ₹1.5 lakh in post office savings schemes, bank deposits, principal on home loan, public provident fund and life insurance are exempted from tax.last_img read more

3 Sep

Nobel peace laureate Tawakkol Karman to address AUW

first_imgTawakkol KarmanTawakkol Karman, Nobel peace prize winner from Yemen will address Asian University for Women in Chattogram in May, reports Times of Oman.Karman, an activist, journalist and politician will give the keynote address during the Sixth Commencement Ceremony of AUW on 12 May, 2018, adds the English-language daily of Oman.Karman is the first Arab and second Muslim woman to win a Nobel peace prize. At the time of receiving the award, Karman was also the youngest person to ever receive it.Two hundred women are expected to graduate from AUW on the occasion. AUW will also honour Ismail Serageldin, founding director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt with a doctorate of arts, honoris causa, according to Times of Oman.“In order for women to play active roles in society and be able to overcome policies that marginalise and weaken them, their education and qualification are an unavoidable option,” said Tawakkol Karman.“AUW is deeply honoured that Nobel peace prize laureate Tawakkol Karman will share her insights and outstanding efforts toward advancing human rights in Yemen at the Sixth Commencement Ceremony.“I am confident that the exceptional young women graduating on that day will be emboldened by such a courageous role model,” said vice chancellor of AUW, professor Nirmala Rao.last_img read more

3 Sep

Indonesia quake kills 2

first_imgResidents gather outside their apartment blocks in Jakarta on early 16 December 2017, following a strong earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale. AFPAt least two people have been killed following a strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake on Indonesia’s main island of Java, an official said Saturday.The quake struck at a depth of 91 kilometres (56 miles) just outside the coastal town of Cipatujah on Java island late Friday, the US Geological Survey said.The tremor was felt across the island including in the capital Jakarta, some 300 kilometres (190 miles) from the epicentre.A 62-year-old man in Ciamis and an 80-year-old woman in Pekalongan city were killed when the buildings they were in collapsed, national disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.“Several hospitals in several areas have also been damaged and patients had to be evacuated,” Nugroho said.A hospital in Banyumas suffered damaged ceilings, cracked walls and leaks to oxygen pipelines, forcing about 70 patients to be moved to temporary shelters.At least a hundred houses were damaged across West Java and Central Java provinces, the national disaster mitigation agency said.The agency was still evaluating the impact of the disaster and urged people to be cautious and stay alert.Jakarta resident Web Warouw, 50, was on the 18th floor of a building in the capital when the quake struck just before midnight local time (1700 GMT).“Suddenly, we felt dizzy… We then realised it was a quake and immediately ran downstairs,” Warouw told AFP.Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide.Some 170,000 lives were lost when a 9.1-magnitude quake and tsunami struck Aceh in December 2004, which also hit coastal areas as far away as Somalia.An earthquake struck the country’s western Aceh province again in December 2016, killing more than 100 people, injuring many more and leaving tens of thousands homeless.last_img read more

31 Aug

Qubits and Branes Share Surprising Features

first_img Citation: Qubits and Branes Share Surprising Features (2008, July 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-07-qubits-branes-features.html Most recently, Duff and colleagues from Imperial College London and the Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences in Tehran, Iran, have discovered another correlation. They’ve shown that the “branes” in string theory mathematically correlate to the qubits in quantum information theory. Their study, titled “Wrapped Branes as Qubits,” is published in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.“These relations between black holes and qubits are still mysterious,” Duff told PhysOrg.com. “The significance of this recent paper is that, by invoking branes wrapping around the extra dimensions, it resolved the puzzle of why black holes should display any kind of two-valuedness: ‘To wrap or not to wrap; that is the qubit.’”In string theory, which requires extra dimensions, branes are theoretical objects that can be used to describe parts of the universe on a quantum scale. For instance, black holes can be described by four D3-branes intersecting at an angle, which can be useful for understanding the microscopic origins of black hole entropy.In the current study, the researchers have shown that four D3-branes can also be wrapped around the six extra dimensions of space (that exist in 10-dimensional string theory) in a way that closely resembles an entangled three-qubit state. As the physicists explained, the way that each D3-brane can wrap one way or the other around dimensions resembles the two states that a qubit can have. The researchers showed that a similar correlation exists between M2-branes, which can wrap in one of three ways around dimensions, and qutrits, which have three possible states.To mathematically demonstrate this connection, the physicists used a well-known fact from quantum information theory: a three-qubit state can be described by five parameters (four real numbers and an angle). They showed how these five parameters correspond to the four D3 branes and the branes’ angle of intersection. The work adds to a growing body of papers published in the past year on correlations between entanglement and black holes (or quantum gravity). As the physicists described, these papers are building a kind of dictionary of translations between phenomena in one language to the phenomena in the other. “When two very different areas of physics share the same mathematics, one can learn new things about each field by borrowing techniques from the other,” Duff said. “This has been a two-way pay-off and we are certain that yet more correlations will be discovered.” However, no one yet knows whether there are any physical reasons underlying these mathematical coincidences. As Duff said, “an underlying physical basis, if it exists, would be an extra bonus.”Still, understanding the mathematical correlations could be enough to lead to some interesting applications in quantum information theory.“The weird kind of numbers known as octonions have fascinated both mathematicians and physicists for decades,” Duff said. “But in their recent books, both Roger Penrose and Ray Streater have written them off as ‘lost causes in physics’ because they have so far failed to find any application. However, we believe that the tripartite entanglement of seven qubits (inspired by stringy black holes) provides a way of testing octonions in the laboratory, and this might find applications in QI, for example, in cryptography.”More information: Borsten, L.; Dahanayake, D.; Duff, M. J.; Ebrahim, H.; and Rubens, W. “Wrapped Branes as Qubits.” Physical Review Letters 100, 251602 (2008).Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. What do black holes and entangled particles have in common? Until about a year ago, physicists thought that the two entities existed in completely separate worlds. Then, in 2007, physicist Michael Duff from Imperial College London demonstrated a correlation between the entanglement of three qubits and the entropy of a black hole. In the past year, several studies have demonstrated even more connections. 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. (Left) A simulated view of a black hole, and (right) a qubit representation. Credit for black hole: Ute Kraus, physics education group, Theoretische Astrophysik Tübingen, Space Time Travel (http://www.spacetimetravel.org/).last_img read more

31 Aug

Believe it We are wired to be lazy

first_imgWhile you burn calories at the gym or while running in the neighbourhood park, our brain constantly works the opposite, looking for shortest route or choose to sit rather than stand, researchers report.A team from Simon Fraser University in Canada found that our nervous systems are remarkably adept in changing the way we move so as to expend the least amount of energy possible. In other words, humans are wired for laziness. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“We found that people readily change the way they walk — including characteristics of their gait that have been established with millions of steps over the course of their lifetime — to save quite small amounts of energy,” explained lead researcher Max Donelan. This is completely consistent with the sense that most of us have that we prefer to do things in the least effortful way, like when we choose the shortest walking path or choose to sit rather than stand. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Even within a well-rehearsed movement like walking, the nervous system subconsciously monitors energy use and continuously re-optimises movement patterns in a constant quest to move as cheaply as possible,” Bonelan informed.To reach this conclusion, the researchers asked people to walk while they wore a robotic exoskeleton. This contraption allowed the researchers to discourage people from walking in their usual way by making it more costly to walk normally than to walk some other way. More specifically, the researchers made it more difficult for participants to swing their legs by putting resistance on the knee during normal walking, whereas the researchers eased this resistance for other ways of walking. This allowed the researchers to test whether people can sense and optimise the cost associated with their movements in real time.The experiment revealed that people adapt their step frequency to converge on a new energetic optimum very quickly — within minutes.What’s more, people do this even when the energy savings is quite small: less than 5 per cent. There is a bright side to this.“Sensing and optimising energy use that quickly and accurately is an impressive feat on the part of the nervous system. You have to be smart to be that lazy!” noted lead author Jessica Selinger.The findings, which were made by studying the energetic costs of walking, apply to most of our movements.The paper appeared in the Cell Press journal Current Biology.last_img read more

31 Aug

Mela Phulkari Awakening of Panjab

first_imgTo unify the art, craft, and culture of Panjab (Punjab) in its true essence and spirit, 2019 brings with it the sixth edition of Mela Phulkari – which revolves around ‘Awakening of Panjab’ (Jaago Panjab). The festival will go on until February 17, 10 am – 8 pm, at India Habitat Centre.Mela Phulkari is an organic extension of 1469, the conceptual brand which showcases Panjab through its eclectic range of products that reflect Punjab and Punjabiyat in every piece. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking about the 6th edition, Harinder Singh and Kirandeep Kaur, co-founders of 1469 said, “Time has come for Panjab to wake up and face 2019 head-on, and show the world what it is capable of.” The word ‘Jaago’ is also synonymous with a wedding tradition of waking up the community of a new bride as she readies to enter a new phase of life.” The curator of the Mela, Dr Alka Pande, highlighted how women have held an important position within the social and cultural life of Panjab since time immemorial. “Along with the tradition of musical performance of Jaago, phulkari is synonymous with the new bride, who not just inherits her mother’s phulkari, but also learns the craft from her,” added Pande. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive “2019 is also the year when we celebrate 550 years of Guru Nanak Dev ji’s coming,” Harinder further said in a statement. “Guru Nanak was a revolutionary of his times as he brought about an awakening in the society with his concept of no rituals, no superstitions, no caste, no aayo, woman remarriage, hard work, sharing, and langar. And we, at Mela Phulkari want to highlight the beauty and importance of our first Guru’s teachings,” she stated. These strong topics are being converted into a series of art installations brought together by various designers along with the team of 1469. Each work of art has a story to narrate through the theme of #JaagoPanjab. Like the previous years, we intend to release edition of our Mela Phulkari Journal highlighting these themes through short stories, articles, and poems, informed Harinder. “In this journey of Mela Phulkari, we have been able to not only sensitise the audience to the story of Phulkari but in the process mobilise the rural women of Panjab towards progress and self-reliance,” mentioned the 1469 team. Mela Phulkari 6 has its own unique vocabulary. The overarching idea is Jaago of Panjab, which is manifested in the first-morning cry of the cock. The twelve installations are symbolic of the ‘baramasas’ or twelve months, which have been eulogized by the poets and painters over the aeons. Five beautiful and antique pieces of jewelry have been painstakingly painted in great detail on “Taat” (jute) showcasing the opulence and fertility for a new bride, beautiful “Dolus” encrusted in gold representing the prized tradition of milkmen going to every single house of the neighborhood and delivering fresh milk each day, the Kukkad as the symbolic representation of ‘Jaago Panjab’, the Pakhi (fan) covered in antique Phulkari bagh, in a way stirring movement (Jaago Panjab) – the installation in this edition open doors to the real Punjab. On February 10, don’t forget be a part of cultural programme with celebrities like Imtiaz Ali, Harshdeep Kaur, and Jassi Jasbir who will be singing and dancing to the beats of Bhangra. The cultural extravaganza will begin 3 pm onward.last_img read more