7 Nov

Super Trans Tasman Day Three Results

first_imgPlease see enclosed for results from day three of the 2013 Super Trans Taman Series. 10.00amWomen’s 30’sAustralia 4 defeated by New Zealand 6Men’s 50’sAustralia 9 defeated New Zealand 311.10am18’s GirlsAustralia 7 defeated New Zealand 3Senior MixedAustralia 2 defeated by New Zealand 6Men’s 40’sAustralia 10 defeated New Zealand 812.20pm20’s BoysAustralia 10 defeated New Zealand 6Men’s 30’sAustralia 5 defeated by New Zealand 71.30pm20’s GirlsAustralia 4 defeated New Zealand 2 2.40pm18’s BoysAustralia 8 defeated New Zealand 6Match ReportsWomen’s 30’sNew Zealand have claimed the first victory in the Women’s 30’s division, defeating Australia by two touchdowns to take a 1-0 series lead. Australia started strongly, scoring the game’s first touchdown in the opening minutes to take the early lead. Two quick touchdowns to New Zealand in the 12th and 14th minutes, to Edith Nathan and Lovey Woodhouse, saw New Zealand take a 2-1 lead. Australia hit back with two minutes remaining in the half when Fiona Williams scored, before Woodhouse got her second soon after, to give the Kiwis at 3-2 lead at half-time. The second half see-sawed, with teams going touchdown for touchdown, but Australia were unable to bridge the gap, with New Zealand taking game one 6-4. Men’s 50’sThe Australian Men’s 50’s have made a strong start to their Trans Tasman campaign, taking a six touchdown win against New Zealand. The Aussie Men took a 4-2 lead into the half-time break, before having a strong second half which saw them score five touchdowns to New Zealand’s one, to take the game 9-3. Stay tuned to the website for the full match report. 18’s GirlsThe Australian 18’s Girls have won their third game and taken a 3-0 series win after a ? performance today. After scoring in their first set of six from the tap, vice-captain Yasmin Meakes scored on the wing to take the early 1-0 lead. It took another 10 minutes for the next touchdown to be scored, with Ruahei Demant scoring to level the game up at 1-all. Australia took a 2-1 lead into the break after Kimberly Sue See set up Evania Pelitte-Denny to score with four minutes remaining in the half. Australia further extended its lead in the second half, with touchdowns to Sam Rodgers, Kimberly Sue See, Madison Regan, Yasmin Meakes and Hannah Dyball, while New Zealand scored two touchdowns for the half, through Ariia Tainui-McIntyre and Courtney O’Callaghan. Men’s 40’sThe Australian Men’s 40’s have made an impressive start to their Trans Tasman campaign, defeating World Cup champions New Zealand by two touchdowns in game one. Australia took a two touchdown lead into the half-time break, 7-5 and kept the advantage in the second half, claiming the game 10-8. Stay tuned for more details. Senior Mixed New Zealand has taken a 1-0 series lead in the Senior Mixed division, following its four toudchdown win over Australia in game one. New Zealand took a four touchdown lead into the half-time break, 6-2 and strong defence from both teams meant that the score stayed the same at the full-time siren. Stay tuned to the website for more details. 20’s BoysThe Australian 20’s Boys team have claimed a 3-0 series win on Thursday following their 10-6 over New Zealand in game three. The two sides matched it with each other early before trading touchdowns to 2-all, before two quick touchdowns in the last five minutes of the half saw Australia take a 4-2 lead into the half-time break. The match see-sawed in the second half, with both teams continuing the frantic pace that has been displayed all tournament, with Australia claiming the second half six touchdowns to four to take a four touchdown win. Men’s 30’sNew Zealand has won the first game in the Men’s 30’s division on Thursday, defeating Australia by two touchdowns, 7-5. The Kiwis skipped away to a 5-2 lead at half-time and despite winning the second half 3-2, it wasn’t enough, with New Zealand taking the match by two. First half touchdowns for Australia were scored by Elijah Van Der Kwast and Michael Devonshire, and second half touchdowns to Jason Scharenguivel, Warren Lorger and Aaron Jones.  20’s GirlsThe Australian 20’s Girls have won their division 3-0 after a 4-2 win in game three of the 2013 Youth Trans Tasman Series. The third game was the closest of the three between the two countries, with Australia only getting away with the win in the later stages of the second half. Kate McCarthy was the first to score for Australia in the opening minute of the game, while it took New Zealand until the midway mark of the half to score and level the game up at 1-all. The sides traded touchdowns shortly after and nothing separated the teams at half-time, locked up at 2-all. Australia got on top of New Zealand in the second half, scoring two touchdowns, through Maddison Studdon and Talia Yarden, to take the game 4-2 and the series 3-0. 18’s BoysThe 18’s Boys decider was the final game of the series and the only live game of the Youth divisions on day three of the event. The Australian side prevailed by two touchdowns over New Zealand in the 18’s Boys division, 8-6, to win their series 2-1. Stay tuned to the website for the full story. Stay tuned to the TFA YouTube channel for all of the highlights from day three of the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series. Related LinksDay Three Resultslast_img read more

28 Oct

24 days ago​Vertonghen coy on Tottenham plans as free agency looms

first_img​Vertonghen coy on Tottenham plans as free agency loomsby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham defender Jan Vertonghen is coy regarding his future at the club.The Belgian centre-back has been a stalwart for the club in the past few seasons.But with his contract running out at the end of the campaign, there is no sign of him renewing.And the 32-year-old is coy on his future.”I’d prefer not to go into that, but there is always movement there, of course,” Vertonghen said when quizzed about his future by reporters.”It’s my eighth season and I’m feeling great. Maybe the results didn’t come our way [at the start of the season], but they were tough away games and you always have to see how you bounce back from that.”[My future is] not a distraction. I’m very aware of my age. I feel fairly young. It doesn’t distract me. I want to play as many games as possible. I’m very ambitious and I feel I’ve got a few good years left at the top level.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

17 Oct

Firefighters brace for lightning wind in Williams Lake BC

first_imgWILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – Firefighters on the front lines of British Columbia’s raging wildfires are bracing for expected lightning and wind Wednesday, with all eyes on Williams Lake where more than 10,000 people are under an evacuation alert.Residents of the Central Interior community have been told to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice, with municipal officials warning that Wednesday’s ominous weather forecast could push fires toward the city at a rapid pace.More than 14,000 people have been displaced by about 200 fires burning across the province, and Bob Turner of Emergency Management BC says the province is preparing for the possibility of mass evacuations.He says if an evacuation order goes into effect in Williams Lake, people will be sent north on Highway 97 to Prince George, but Canadian Armed Forces aircraft and helicopters are also standing by in case airlifts are necessary.Turner says the province’s priority is public safety and he encourages people to heed evacuation orders when they are issued.But the chief of the Bonaparte Indian Band north of Ashcroft says they defied an evacuation order over the weekend and successfully stopped flames from overrunning their reserve.“My community has some really skilled firefighters, like a lot of First Nations reserves, and they came together and they stopped that wildfire from wiping out that whole community,” Chief Ryan Day said in an interview. “We actually didn’t lose anything other than the guys who had livestock, they lost a bunch of range land.”He said 60 of the band’s 280 members stayed to fight the fire.The community doesn’t have a firehall, a new water reservoir hasn’t been connected to their main supply yet and they don’t have a formal emergency response plan in place.But Day said the experience of the trained forest firefighters in his community and access to heavy equipment from other members’ agricultural businesses contributed to their success.“We weren’t prepared for it of course because it happened in a blink of an eye, but we snapped into action and everyone did their part,” he said.Evacuees who are staying in communities from Kamloops to Vancouver can’t return home yet, Day said, as hot spots and a fire near Cache Creek remain a cause for concern.last_img read more

16 Oct

Daniel Jacobs Announces Miracle Fight Night Fan Experience

first_imgOn Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the Barclays Center for the WBA Middleweight World Championship bout against Jarrod Fletcher, Golden Boy Promotions fighter Daniel “The Miracle” Jacobs and his Get In The Ring Foundation will launch the “The Miracle Fight Night Fan Experience,” to knockout cancer and make a wish come true for a patient battling pediatric cancer in New York City to have VIP access and attend the fight as Jacobs’ special guest.As a cancer survivor himself, Jacobs was paralyzed and diagnosed with osteosarcoma two years ago. His complete recovery from the rare bone cancer and return to boxing as a championship contender has branded him a miracle.“This WBA Middleweight Championship fight is bigger than boxing for me, it’s an opportunity for me to represent anyone fighting cancer at the highest level. I won my battle against cancer and now I can continue to raise awareness and fight for cancer patients and survivors everywhere,” said Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs.From birth through age 21, children staying at the Ronald McDonald House are given a home-away-from-home while undergoing cancer treatments that include chemotherapy, radiation, surgical intervention and other progressive oncology treatments. The House provides a opportunity for the entire family to stay together, increasing the patient’s odds of success.“We are grateful to all of our volunteers and thoughtful supporters who work to build awareness about our mission and the devastating effects that cancer can have on the entire family,” said. William T. Sullivan, president & CEO of Ronald McDonald House New York. “Danny Jacobs’ story of beating bone cancer to regain his strength as a boxer is an inspiring story – just the kind of miraculous recovery that makes him our hometown hero.”In collaboration with Ronald McDonald House New York, The Miracle Fight Night Fan Experience is an initiative driven by efforts to support and knockout cancer as part of Get in the Ring Foundation’s commitment to help families who are struggling financially with medical expenses for their cancer stricken children.Find out more here.last_img read more

18 Jul

Sleep apnea may be linked to higher tau accumulations in the brain

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 5 2019People who stop breathing during sleep may have higher accumulations of the toxic protein tau, a biological hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, in part of the brain that manages memory, navigation and perception of time. A preliminary Mayo Clinic study released Sunday, March 3, will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 71st Annual Meeting in Philadelphia May 4-10.Recent evidence has supported an association between an increased risk for dementia and sleep disruption. That’s particularly true for obstructive sleep apnea, which is a potentially serious disorder where breathing repeatedly stops during sleep. However, it remains unclear what could be driving this association.Using the population-based Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, researchers identified 288 people 65 and older who did not have dementia. Their bed partners were asked whether they noticed if their partners stopped breathing during sleep. Positron emission tomography brain scans of study participants looked for buildup of the toxic protein tau in the entorhinal cortex, which is the part of the brain that is deep behind the nose and susceptible to accumulating tau. The entorhinal cortex stores and retrieves information related to visual perception and when experiences happen. The dysfunctional tau protein forms tangles in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, contributing to cognitive decline.Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaSleep quality and fatigue among women with premature ovarian insufficiencyI’m a CPAP dropout: Why many lose sleep over apnea treatmentFifteen percent of the study group, or 43 participants, had bed partners who witnessed sleep apnea. Participants with witnessed apneas had about 4.5 percent higher levels of tau in the entorhinal cortex than those who have not been observed to have apneas during sleep. To reduce the effect of confounding variables, researchers controlled for several other factors that affect tau levels in the brain, such as age, sex, education, cardiovascular risk factors and other sleep complaints.”Our research results raise the possibility that sleep apnea affects tau accumulation,” says Diego Z. Carvalho, M.D., first author and neurology fellow at Mayo Clinic.”But it’s a chicken and egg problem,” he notes, pointing to questions of which comes first as an underlying cause. Does sleep apnea cause an accumulation of tau, a toxic protein that forms into tangles in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease? Or does the accumulation of tau in certain areas cause sleep apnea? “Longer studies are now needed to solve this problem.”Study limitations included a lack of sleep studies to confirm sleep apnea and its severity, and a lack of information about participants’ sleep apnea treatment. Source: https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-study-shows-sleep-apnea-may-be-tied-to-increased-alzheimers-biomarker-in-brain/last_img read more

18 Jul

PET scans could be used to develop best practices for dementia

first_imgBy Sally Robertson, B.Sc.Apr 3 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor) The application of positron emission tomography (PET) for amyloid plaques could aid clinical decision making for patients with dementia or mild cognitive impairment (MCI), according to a study recently published in JAMA.Sebastian Kaulitzki | ShutterstockProfessor Gil Rabiovici (Department of Neurology, University of California) and colleagues found that among individuals with MCI or dementia, amyloid PET scanning was associated with changes in clinical management within ninety days.The study was conducted following a decision made in 2013 by the US Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services that current evidence was insufficient to justify the coverage of PET scanning in the routine clinical care of patients with MCI or dementia.However, the center also adhered to a  policy of “Coverage with Evidence Development” among Medicare beneficiaries who meet the “Appropriate Use Criteria” for amyloid PET.Given that no disease-modifying treatments for cognitive impairment and dementia are currently available, the only way to assess patient outcomes in this population is to look at data relating to treatment decisions, counseling, and diagnosis.The Imaging Dementia—Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS) study was an observational, longitudinal cohort study that included 11,409 Medicare beneficiaries (aged an average of 75 years) with dementia or MCI of unknown cause who were enrolled at 343 imaging centers in the US between February 2016 and September 2017.Ninety days after participants underwent amyloid PET scans, patient management changed compared with pre-PET visits in 60.2% of MCI patients and 63.5% of dementia patients, as assessed by a composite outcome that included drug therapy and counseling about safety and future planning.In addition, the etiologic diagnosis changed from Alzheimer disease to non-Alzheimer disease in 25.1% of cases and from non-Alzheimer disease to Alzheimer disease in 10.5% of cases.The authors note that the observational design of the study limits the attributing changes in patient management to the PET imaging results.Further research is therefore needed “to determine whether amyloid PET is associated with improved clinical outcomes,” concludes the team. Breaking news:5-minute read time.center_img Sources:Jack CR, Petersen RC. Amyloid PET and Changes in Clinical Management for Patients With Cognitive Impairment. JAMA. 2019;321(13):1258–1260. DOI:10.1001/jama.2019.1998Rabinovici GD, Gatsonis C, Apgar C, et al. Association of Amyloid Positron Emission Tomography With Subsequent Change in Clinical Management Among Medicare Beneficiaries With Mild Cognitive Impairment or Dementia. JAMA. 2019;321(13):1286–1294. DOI:10.1001/jama.2019.2000.last_img read more

18 Jul

Artificial muscles power up with new gelbased robotics

Scientists are one step closer to artificial muscles. Orthotics have come a long way since their initial wood and strap designs, yet innovation lapsed when it came to compensating for muscle power—until now. A collaborative research team has designed a wearable robot to support a person’s hip joint while walking. The team, led by Minoru Hashimoto, a professor of textile science and technology at Shinshu University in Japan, published the details of their prototype in Smart Materials and Structures, a journal published by the Institute of Physics. New class of soft, electrically activated devices mimics the expansion and contraction of natural muscles More information: Yi Li et al, PVC gel soft actuator-based wearable assist wear for hip joint support during walking, Smart Materials and Structures (2017). DOI: 10.1088/1361-665X/aa9315 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. Provided by Shinshu University PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen “With a rapidly aging society, an increasing number of elderly people require care after suffering from stroke, and other-age related disabilities. Various technologies, devices, and robots are emerging to aid caretakers,” wrote Hashimoto, noting that several technologies meant to assist a person with walking are often cumbersome to the user. “[In our] current study, [we] sought to develop a lightweight, soft, wearable assist wear for supporting activities of daily life for older people with weakened muscles and those with mobility issues.”The wearable system consists of plasticized polyvinyl chloride (PVC) gel, mesh electrodes, and applied voltage. The mesh electrodes sandwich the gel, and when voltage is applied, the gel flexes and contracts, like a muscle. It’s a wearable actuator, the mechanism that causes movement. Play Overview of the soft robotic device PVCGEL. Credit: Hashimoto lab “We thought that the electrical mechanical properties of the PVC gel could be used for robotic artificial muscles, so we started researching the PVC gel,” said Hashimoto. “The ability to add voltage to PVC gel is especially attractive for high speed movement, and the gel moves with high speed with just a few hundred volts.”In a preliminary evaluation, a stroke patient with some paralysis on one side of his body walked with and without the wearable system.”We found that the assist wear enabled natural movement, increasing step length and decreasing muscular activity during straight line walking,” wrote Hashimoto. The researchers also found that adjusting the charge could change the level of assistance the actuator provides.The robotic system earned first place in demonstrations with their multilayer PVC gel artificial muscle at the, “24th International Symposium on Smart Structures and Materials & Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring” for SPIE the international society for optics and photonics.Next, the researchers plan to create a string actuator using the PVC gel, which could potentially lead to the development of fabric capable of providing more manageable external muscular support with ease. Explore further (a) Overview of wearing set-up of the assist wear. (b) Structure of the multilayered PVC gel actuator with two types of anode mesh electrodes. The red layer with small holes is comprised of slide electrodes to minimize the friction with the slide shafts. (c) Contraction and expansion movement of the stretching type actuator with the DC field turned on and off. (d) FlexiForce sensor-based motion detection (position estimator). (e) Power and controller. Credit: Hashimoto lab Citation: Artificial muscles power up with new gel-based robotics (2018, January 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-artificial-muscles-power-gel-based-robotics.html read more

18 Jul

Robots may care for you in old age—and your children will teach

first_imgNewborn babies are very limited in what they can do and what they can perceive of the world around them. The muscle strength in a baby’s neck isn’t sufficient to support the head and they haven’t yet learned to control their arms and limbs. Starting at month zero may seem very limiting for a robot, but the physical constraints on the baby actually help it to focus its learning on a small subset of problems, such as learning to coordinate its eyes with what it is hearing and seeing. These steps form the initial stages of a baby building up a model of its own body, before trying to understand all the complexities of the world around it. We applied a similar set of constraints on a robot by initially locking various joints from moving to simulate the absence of muscle control. We also adjusted the images from the robot’s camera vision to “see” the world how a newborn baby would—a much more blurry view than adults are used to. Rather than telling the robot how to move, we can allow it to discover this for itself. The benefit to this is that as calibrations change over time, or as limbs get damaged, the robot will be able to adapt to these changes and continue to operate.Learning through playOur studies show that through applying these constraints on learning, not only does the rate at which new knowledge and skills are learned increase, but the accuracy of what is learned increases too.By giving the robot control over when the constraints are lifted—allowing more control over its joints and improving its vision – the robot can control its own learning rate. By lifting these constraint when the robot has saturated its current scope for learning, we can simulate muscle growth in infants and allow the robot to mature at its own rate. We modelled how an infant learns and simulated the first 10 months of growth. As the robot learned correlations between the motor movements they made and the sensory information they received, stereotypical behaviours observed in infants, such as “hand regard”—where children spend long periods staring at their hands as they move—emerged in the robot’s behaviour.As the robot learns to coordinate its own body, the next major milestone it passes is beginning to understand the world around it. Play is a major part of a child’s learning. It helps them explore their environment, test various possibilities and learn the results. Initially, this might be something as simple as banging a spoon against a table, or trying to put various objects in their mouths, but this can develop into building towers of blocks, matching shapes or slotting objects into the correct holes. All of these activities are constructing experiences that will provide the foundation for skills later on, such as finding the right key to fit in a lock and the fine motor skills for slotting the key into the keyhole then turning it.In the future, building on these techniques could give robots the means for learning and adapting to the complex environments and challenges that humans take for granted in everyday life. One day, it could mean robot carers that are as in tune with human needs and as capable of meeting them as another human. Smart eve versus the iCub. iCub learns from how children play. Credit: Sandy Spence, CC BY-NC Explore further Provided by The Conversation If a robot is to help take care of people in old age, then the range of problems it will encounter in the home will vary enormously compared to these training situations. During the course of a day, robots might be expected to do everything from making a cup of tea to changing the bedding while holding a conversation. These are all challenging tasks that are more challenging when attempted together. No two homes will be the same, which will mean robots will have to learn fast and adapt to their environment. As anyone sharing a home will appreciate, the objects you need won’t always be found in the same place—robots will need to think on their feet to find them.One approach is to develop a robot capable of lifelong learning which could store knowledge based on experiences, and work out how to adapt and apply it to new problems. After learning to make a cup of tea, the same skills could be applied to making coffee. The best learning agent that scientists know of is the human mind, which is capable of learning throughout its life—adapting to complex and ever-changing environments and solving a wide variety of problems on a daily basis. Modelling how humans learn could help develop robots that we can interact with naturally, almost like how we’d interact with another person.Simulating a child’s developmentThe first question to ask when starting to model humans is, where to start? Alan Turing, the famous mathematician and thinker on artificial intelligence once said: “Instead of trying to produce a programme to simulate the adult mind, why not rather try to produce one which simulates the child’s? If this were then subjected to an appropriate course of education one would obtain the adult brain.” This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Citation: Robots may care for you in old age—and your children will teach them (2019, June 24) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-robots-ageand-children.htmlcenter_img Folding towels – not so easy when you’re a robot. Credit: Tanja Esser/Shutterstock It’s likely that before too long, robots will be in the home to care for older people and help them live independently. To do that, they’ll need to learn how to do all the little jobs that we might be able to do without thinking. Many modern AI systems are trained to perform specific tasks by analysing thousands of annotated images of the action being performed. While these techniques are helping to solve increasingly complex problems, they still focus on very specific tasks and require lots of time and processing power to train. He compared the child’s brain to an empty notebook that could be filled through education to develop an intelligent adult “system.” But what’s the age of a human child that scientists should try to model and install in robots? What initial knowledge and skills does a robot need to start with? Shared control allows a robot to use two hands working together to complete tasks 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.last_img read more