Breaking another glass ceiling

first_imgWhen Laibi Oinam got in the front seat of a second-hand auto-rickshaw as a driver almost a decade ago, she received a lot of negative attention from people in her home state of Manipur in northeast India. But her life took a new turn in 2015 when her struggle to get passengers and earn her daily bread to support her ailing husband and young sons caught a filmmakers attention. Now in her 50s, Laibi has bought herself a new auto-rickshaw, her younger son is inching closer to his football dream and she enjoys respect in the same society that once looked down upon her for driving an auto and breaking another glass ceiling for women without really knowing it. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainLaibi says that she didn’t take up the job of an autodriver in 2011 to challenge stereotypes. Her husband’s deteriorating health and sons’ education demanded more money. What she earned by working in a brick kiln was insufficient. So, she collected money through chit fund and bought a second-hand auto. “I rented it out to others but we didn’t get much money out of it. Meanwhile my husband got unwell, so I decided to start driving,” Laibi said. Whether it is fighting for a cause or selling vegetables or handloom weaving, traditional male bastions, women in Manipur have always been in the forefront of society. But the same can’t be said about autodrivers. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”When I started driving auto in 2011, I used to wear phanek (traditional wear of Manipuri women). Later on, I changed to pants as people often refused to take rides because of my gender and outfit,” said Laibi, who learnt how to drive on a Vespa. Since the sight of women autodrivers was not a common one in Manipur, it caught the attention of film director Meena Longjam. “I met her in 2012. It was an accidental encounter. There were many male autodrivers in the market and then there was this one woman waiting to get passengers in her auto. I had never thought that a woman could drive an auto in Manipur,” said the Madras Christian College alumnus. An article on Laibi piqued Meena’s interest. “Someone had written an article on her. Then I thought of talking to her. Also, I remember back in 2011, there was an economic blockade in Manipur for so many months that it crippled all of us. I thought of sending out a message to people through my film. “I wanted to show how despite all the problems in the state, a woman is working hard to support her family,” said the filmmaker. The documentary Autodriver is barely of 30 minutes but Meena gave about three years of her life to it. “While talking to her, I noticed that Laibi has big dreams for her children. Though one of her sons had to drop out of a Sainik school due to her financial condition, she still dreams big. She wants her elder son to become an IAS officer and younger son a footballer. “Her journey is very emotional. She does all the household chores and then heads out to earn money as an autodriver – a challenging job for a woman in Manipur,” she added. The emotional story connected with many. It even bagged the best social issue film in the non-feature category at the 63rd edition of National Film awards. “Now I am a known face. A lot of people have started supporting me. Even traffic police officials don’t bother me much. My younger son is studying in a football academy in Chandigarh. The elder one is almost done with his graduation. I earn around Rs 1,000 per day,” said Laibi. She also revealed that the amount is almost twice what she earned when she started out on her challenging journey.. So once her sons start earning, will she quit driving? About that, Laibi said, “I know how to make ‘phee’ (traditional Manipuri handloom long scarf) but I don’t enjoy doing it. I think I will drive my auto all my life. I like driving. It suits me.”last_img read more

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz on Ohio State They pose a lot of

Iowa running back Mark Weisman (45) rushes down the field during a game agianst Minnesota at TCF Bank Stadium Sept. 28. Iowa won, 23-7.Credit: Courtesy of MCTThrough its first six games, Iowa (4-2, 1-1) is the only member of the 125-team Football Bowl Subdivision who has not allowed a rushing touchdown yet this season. Ohio State’s 11th ranked rushing attack plans to put the Hawkeyes’ streak to the test.The chance to be the first team to reach the end zone on the ground against Iowa this season is “definitely an incentive” for the Buckeye offense, redshirt-senior center Corey Linsley said.“Coaches don’t need to say too much. They just put a piece a paper on our desk and say, ‘They haven’t allowed a rushing touchdown,’ and we kind of get it,” Linsley said.Iowa has one of the nation’s best defenses, ranking ninth nationally in total defense with an average of 290 yards allowed per game.“They’re in the top 10 in America and our kids know that,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said of the Iowa defense. “We’re working really hard. They’re good. They’re really sound.”Linsley said the matchup with Iowa’s defensive line will be the toughest opposition the OSU offensive line has faced all season.“They’re physical, they’re tough, they’re big,” Linsley said. “In terms of toughness, in terms of things that we preach and the values that we take, hold to, that’s what they’re about as well on the defensive line.”Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said he thinks the OSU offensive line will challenge the Hawkeye defense.“It’s going to be a tough matchup for us,” Ferentz said. “They look good. They’re big, tall, imposing guys. They look like an NFL line, and they (are) extremely well-coached.”Overall, Ferentz said OSU’s scoring offense, which ranks sixth in the FBS with an average of 46.8 points per game, is “extremely talented.”“Look at their offense, pick a position and try to find a weakness,” Ferentz said. “Good luck on that one.”The Hawkeyes are going to have to be prepared for numerous running threats from the OSU offense to keep their streak alive.Senior running back Carlos Hyde is expected to lead the Buckeyes’ rushing attack Saturday after rushing for 168 yards and three touchdowns against Northwestern Oct. 5.Additionally, senior running back Jordan Hall, who leads the Buckeyes with 69 rushing attempts, 427 rushing yards and eight touchdowns this season, is expected to be back on the field Saturday, Meyer said, after missing the game against Northwestern with a joint issue in his knee.“His first way of assisting the team will be on special teams and then he can certainly complement Carlos and be also involved in third downs,” Meyer said of Hall.As a passer, junior quarterback Braxton Miller has completed 49 of 75 passing attempts for 609 yards and six touchdowns with two interceptions this season. His ability to make plays passing the ball will make it tougher for the Hawkeyes to defend the run, Ferentz said.“They pose a lot of problems in a lot of different areas,” Ferentz said. “They can throw it very effectively … (Miller is) a great running threat, as is (Hyde) … It makes it tough to play defense. You can’t really tilt your team one way or the other.”Ferentz said he would like the game to be low-scoring but realizes other teams have been unsuccessful in keeping games that way against OSU.“I’m not a great fan of getting in shootouts any time,” Ferentz said. “I mean if we had a lopsided lead, that’d be OK, I wouldn’t mind that, but not many teams have done that to Ohio State in recent history. Trying to contain their offense, that’s going to be quite a challenge.”Linsley said it will be important for the OSU offense, who has outscored its opponents 126 to 28 in the first quarter this season, to control the tempo of the game from the beginning.“We’ve got to score right off the bat, and then after that, we got to manage the clock by running the football,” Linsley said.While OSU is trying to end Iowa’s six-game streak of not allowing a rushing touchdown, the Hawkeyes will be trying to end a streak that dates back to the start of the 2012 season. The Buckeyes have won all 18 of its games with Meyer as coach, and hold the nation’s longest winning streak.“They’re approaching 20 straight wins and you don’t do that by accident,” Ferentz said. “It takes more than just having good players … they’ve been very, very consistent. If you look at the rate they’re scoring points and they’re moving the football, that doesn’t happen by accident either.”Part of the challenge in Iowa’s effort to end OSU’s win streak will be the Buckeye defense, which ranks 15th nationally with an average of 326.2 yards allowed per game and 24th in the FBS with 19.2 points allowed per game.“We look across, we see a team that’s very, very talented,” Ferentz said. “That includes their defense. They got phenomenally gifted athletes on the back end, I think they’re playing well and certainly that’s the case with the guys up front too … it’s hard to find a weak spot on their football team.”Iowa’s rushing attack is led by junior Mark Weisman, who has rushed for 624 yards and three touchdowns on 126 attempts this season, and ranks 32nd nationally in yards per game. Weisman said that going against the Buckeye defense is going to be tough.“They have a great defensive line, great linebackers, good secondary,” Weisman said. “They’ve pretty much stopped every rushing attack this year, so it’s going to be a real tough challenge for us.”Another challenge OSU could present to Iowa is the environment of Ohio Stadium, where Saturday’s game is scheduled to be played at 3:30 p.m.“The ‘Shoe is just by nature, it’s one of the tighter, louder places I think in our conference,” Ferentz said. “We’ve been on the road a couple times this year … but we haven’t been in an environment like the one we’re going to be in Saturday and against an opponent like this, so that’s going to be another degree of difficulty.”If the Buckeyes extend their win streak to 19 games Saturday, they would tie the 2002-03 Buckeyes for the second-longest winning streak in school history. read more

Human Rights Day Hits Musical High Note With UN

first_img Facebook U.N.’s First Human Rights Music Award human-rights-day-hits-musical-high-note-un Email Twitter News Human Rights Day Hits Musical High Note With U.N. First High Note Music Prize to be awarded next year by United Nations High Commissioner for Human RightsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 8, 2017 – 5:43 pm Human Rights Day on Dec. 10 commemorates the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Now a new High Note international partnership including the GRAMMY Museum has come together to commemorate music’s power to stand up for the human rights principles of “the equality and dignity of every person.””We commend The High Note Project and the U.N. Human Rights Office on their launch of The High Note Music Prize, which will place a deserved spotlight on artists using their music and platform for good,” said GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman. “Music is a powerful tool, and when used to call out injustice that power inspires goodwill in others and affects change across a broad spectrum of social issues.”High Note Project executive producers David Clark and Chantel Sausedo are helping to organize the first annual High Note Honors Concert in London, Fall 2018, with proceeds benefitting a charity to be chosen by its recipient — a major recording artist with more than a decade of philanthropic efforts — as well as the GRAMMY Museum and the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.GRAMMY Museum Awards $200K For Music Grantslast_img read more

Terrorists planning attack on Buddha Purnima in West Bengal Bangladesh Intel inputs

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:41Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:40?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … The Government of West Bengal received an alert on Friday afternoon from the Central Government.Representational image | ReutersWest Bengal is on high alert after an Intel agency has warned of the possibility of terror attacks on the occasion of Buddha Purnima on Sunday, May 12. The warnings came ahead of the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections which is on Sunday. The alerts issued by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) states that a possible fidayeen attack might be carried out by Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) or Islamic State (ISIS).Along with the warning, IB mentioned that the attacks might be carried out in Hindu or Buddhist temples by fidayeen, who could be impersonating as a pregnant lady in undivided Bengal – which includes India’s eastern state of West Bengal and Bangladesh.The Government of West Bengal received an alert on Friday afternoon from the Central Government. According to sources in the intel agency, the attack might take place in West Bengal or Bangladesh, reports Zee News.In the aftermath of the Sri Lanka attacks, Bengal should take precautionary measures to avoid the sort of unpleasant events that have unfolded in the neighbourhood.The West Bengal Police has reportedly beefed up security across the Hindu and Buddhist temples in and other parts of the state after receiving inputs from the Intel agency.On April 27, a Bengali poster was released by a pro-Islamic State Telegram channel which had these two words – “SHIGHROI ASCHHE [coming soon]”. International Business Times had reported the story on the given date. The poster was reportedly hugely circulated and also had the logo of a group named Al-Mursalat.Earlier, the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) came under scanner for possibly carrying out Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka. The NTJ had close links with the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen India unit. Sri Lankan state minister of defence Ruwan Wijewardene had earlier said the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen India (JMI), a unit of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh or JMB, may have had a role in Sunday’s bombings.However, there is very little information on JMI’s activities in India. But, there have been several reports that indicate its presence in India. In February, two members of the JMB were arrested from West Bengal’s Murshidabad district. Close United Nations declares Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terroristcenter_img https://data1.ibtimes.co.in/en/full/713577/united-nations-declares-jaish-e-mohammad-chief-masood-azhar-global-terrorist.jpgUnited Nations declares Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terroristIBTimes IN https://data1.ibtimes.co.in/en/full/713577/united-nations-declares-jaish-e-mohammad-chief-masood-azhar-global-terrorist.jpgUnited Nations declares Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terroristIBTimes INlast_img read more

Wheel hub motor concept drives hybrid progress at MTSU

first_img 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 Play Plug-in Hybrid Retrofit Kit. Video: MTSU A member of his team sees the wheel-hub motor as an innovative technology that one can take and bolt on a car. “When people see that, their eyes light up. They think it might cost a lot of money and are surprised when you tell them it might be $3,000.”The student team helping Perry have a range of capabilities that have supported the project, including specialties in mechanical design, electrical design, programming, computer numerical-control machining and finite-elements analysis modeling.As lithium-battery technology improves, Perry said, the battery size can be reduced in production models. As a former IBM engineer he is no stranger to the challenges in bringing something out of a research lab and into a showroom, Perry is talking with several potential investors. He wants to use the funding to build and demonstrate a manufacturing version of this plug-in hybrid technology. 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. (Phys.org) — When news broke in 2009 that a former IBM engineer had devised a kit that turns any car into a plug-in hybrid for between $3,000 and $5,000, those interested in going-green technologies took notice and hoped it was more than just a concept. This month, Dr. Charles Perry and his team at Middle Tennessee State University, where he is now a professor, have something to show for the work that has been under way since 2008. Earlier this week, a school news release announced that Perry and team saw gas mileage increase anywhere from 50 to 100 percent on a 1994 Honda station wagon retrofitted with their laboratory prototype plug-in hybrid capability. This is a wheel-hub motor, plug in hybrid kit. © 2012 Phys.org Citation: Wheel hub motor concept drives hybrid progress at MTSU (2012, July 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-wheel-hub-motor-concept-hybrid.html He and the team have reached the proof of concept stage to prove feasibility, he said, and with enough funding they can deliver proof of product. Investors, he noted, will want to see proven field-tested performance and reliability.Perry said a manufacturing partner has stepped forward and will accompany him to anticipated upcoming presentations.This would certainly not be the first or last attempt to work up a suitable retrofit kit as interest grows in hybrids. In 2008, the UK-based Motor Industry Research Association, an automotive design, development and certification consultancy, unveiled a plug-in hybrid retrofit system. The kit, they said at the time, had the potential to reduce fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions by 39 percent, and they applied it in a demo vehicle with removable lithium-ion phosphate battery pack. They built the demo with funding from the Energy Saving Trust’s Low Carbon R&D program. Explore furthercenter_img The key element in this gas-saving kit are electric motors in each rear wheel and a large lithium-ion battery, which is also mounted in the rear of the vehicle. The very point of the exercise, said Perry, now a professor in the engineering technology department of the school, has been to demonstrate the feasibility of adding an electrical motor to the rear wheel of the car without changing brakes, bearings, suspension —“anything mechanical.” Jay Perry views the rotor he has removed from the stator, which is attached to the axle bearings. In the entire process, nothing alters the car’€™s bearings, brakes or suspension. Press release Kia unveils plug-in hybrid concept car The plug-in hybrid retrofit kit is applied to a vehicle’€™s rear wheels. After switching on the traction motors, gas mileage can increase 50 to 100 percent. More information:last_img read more

Mamata government reduces fuel tax by Re 1 per litre

first_imgKolkata: Urging the Centre to reduce the cess on fuel prices, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday announced that her government has decided to reduce the tax on petrol and diesel by Re 1 per litre. “We demand the Central government to reduce the cess on petrol and diesel. The price of crude oil has gone down, but they are increasing the prices and cess. Both cannot happen simultaneously. The state government does not get any percentage from the cess. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “In this situation, our government has decided to reduce the prices of petrol and diesel by one rupee per litre,” she said at the state Secretariat Nabanna. She also said mismanagement is going on. The cess imposed by Central government has been increased and no attempts are being made to bring stability in the fuel prices, Banerjee alleged. “In January, 2016 the petrol price was Rs 65.12 a litre and in September 2018 the price has risen to Rs 81.5 per litre. So the petrol price has gone up by Rs 16.48 per litre. Diesel price was Rs 48.80 a litre in 2016 ,now it has risen to Rs 73.26 per litre, which is a hike of Rs 24.46,” Banerjee said.last_img read more

What India wastes could feed Egypt

first_imgIndians waste as much food as is sufficient to meet an year’s requirement of a country like Egypt. In a survey, it was stated that in India appx. 67 lakh ton of food is getting wasted every year which is worth Rs 92000 crore. The wastage of food in India is as much as what United Kingdom consumes.Food wastage is an alarming issue in India. The wastage at weddings, social and family functions, hotels, households’ are sufficient evidence to prove it. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBefore wasting the food just think about the following facts:How much water was used to produce the food; How much oil/ electricity was used to produce food;Acres of land are deforested to grow food;Food waste thrown to landfills, resulting in emission of greenhouse gases which causes pollution and change in climate having devastating impact on the environment;Wastage of food will result in shortage of food and dent the economy in the form of inflation; Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt is obvious that we are not wasting the food but national resources.Food waste from production in plants to plate can be classified as preconsumer (uneaten food) and post-consumer (thrown away food). The wastage of food resulting from the stage of production to retailing can be termed as pre-consumer food wastage. The post –consumer food waste reflects the food thrown away by consumer from plate after procuring from the retailer.For reducing food wastage in pre- consumer category infrastructure improvement (transportation, storage and distribution) for handling the food will help. In case of avoiding food wastage in post-consumer category the change is required in our cultural habits and social behavior. In this category, here are some easy ways to do your bit:In case of invitation to attend wedding/ formal/ social party, confirm your presence/absence as it will help the host to avoid over ordering. This small change in habit will help in reduction of food wastage immensely;For dinning out on buffet, take small quantity/portions first; Procure the food smartly based on weekly consumption to the extent possible. If you buy more than what you consume then the difference will naturally result in wastage;Make sure you cook the food keeping in mind a realistic requirement. You can always complete your meal with few fruits than keeping extra food in refrigerator. It is a better and healthier practice;Use FIFO (First in First Out) as a rule especially for green vegetables and fruits. Consume what you bought first;Reuse the left over if possible, for instance, stale rice makes good fried rice;Educate your children of the importance of food;In a nutshell, food should reach not garbage bins and landfills but find place in human stomach. It will bring smiles on hungry faces.last_img read more

The BBC said that mobile and tablet traffic accoun

first_imgThe BBC said that mobile and tablet traffic accounted for a record high of 37% of programme requests to its iPlayer catch-up service in October.According to the BBC’s October iPlayer performance pack, mobile device requests were almost in line with PC viewing, which accounted for 39% of iPlayer traffic.Overall in the month, the BBC logged 261 million iPlayer requests – up 23% compared to the same time last year.TV requests accounted for 199 million requests, the third highest figure ever recorded on the service, with radio show streams accounting for the rest of the traffic.Bad Education and Some Girls, the first BBC Three comedies to premiere on the iPlayer – were among the most watched shows in the month, with other BBC shows also rating highly including The Great British Bake Off, The Wrong Mans, Atlantis and Waterloo Road.“The profile of BBC iPlayer users has evened out over time in terms of male/female ratio, but remains strongly under-55 in terms of age, which is younger than the typical TV viewer or radio listener’s profile – although more in line with home broadband users,” said the BBC.The corporation said that the catch-up service was used for TV at roughly the same time of day as linear TV viewing, though there is “proportionally more daytime and late-peak use.”In October there was an average of 7.8m daily requests, with weekly requests peaking in the first week of the month and the last week of the month at 57m.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet Unfortunately, it was announced later this year that Queen’s Comedy Club, where he emerged as a comedian and hosted for the Club a quarter of a century ago, will finally close its doors at Queen’s Students’ Union in March 2018.Back in Belfast Colin makes regular appearances as the compere for the Empire Comedy night ‘Empire Laughs Back.’ Colin is also currently filming the 11th series of the award-winning Blame Game, he comments on working on the hit panel show –“The Blame Game is a joy to do. Anyone who has been in the studio audience for a recording knows how much good stuff doesn’t make it into the final edit, mostly due to taste and decency and legal reasons in fairness.“In fact that’s mostly the stuff I’ll be doing on the tour.”Colin kicks off The Bald Ambition Tour at the Strule Arts Centre Omagh on 6th January for tickets and details of performances visit www.thatcolinmurphy.com or on twitter @thatcolinmurphy or on facebook.Contains adult content, recommended audience age 16+.BLAME GAME’S COLIN MURPHY COMING TO DERRY IN 2018 was last modified: November 17th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: The Blame Game’s Colin Murphy bringing his stage show to DerryTHE Blame Game’s resident comedian Colin Murphy is coming to Derry next year. BLAME GAME’S COLIN MURPHY COMING TO DERRY IN 2018Millennium Forumcenter_img Known for his role as resident panellist on the BBC Northern Ireland comedy show, The Blame Game, Colin will be making the humdrum fun on everything from 21st century sex to being pitied by the homeless. Colin comments on his latest tour –“The best thing about doing something for long enough, is finding out you were right all along. With this new tour it’s honestly the first time in a long time I’ve been really, really looking forward to getting out on the road.”Colin started out his stand-up career as a compere at the Queen’s University Belfast Queen’s Comedy Club Night, and subsequently began touring venues across the world from Montreal to Melbourne, and Beijing to Ballybofey. In 1998 Colin Murphy featured in the cult classic Divorcing Jack, followed by appearances on RTE’s The Panel.Colin has also developed programmes for RTE, including hosting & co-writing the surreal clip show Blizzard of Odd and the mockumentary series, The Unbelievable Truth. The comic will bringing his own unique brand of stand-up humour to the Millennium Forum on March 16, 2018.Tickets are on sale priced from £16-£18.1992 was an iconic year for Northern Ireland, Crazy Prices was still the best place to buy fruit and veg, Downpatrick indie band Ash formed, and a newly graduated Daniel Craig emerged as an actor.That same year an ambitious blondish man from Downpatrick, pursued his dream of becoming a comedian, that man was Colin Murphy.25 years later, the slightly less blondish Colin Murphy is still hitting the road, this time for his Bald Ambition Tour, performing 14 shows across the north of Ireland from 6th January – 24th March.last_img read more

The US governments bid to eradicate regulate Bitc

first_imgThe US government’s bid to eradicate regulate Bitcoin has much in common with the music industry’s drive to destroy Napster a decade ago. Like Bitcoin, Napster was a revolutionary success. As the first person-to-person (P2P) file-sharing program to gain widespread acceptance, it transformed the music industry forever. By allowing people to share music directly with each other, it eliminated the need for the record industry as a middleman. Also like Bitcoin, Napster infuriated some powerful people. Upon realizing that the unauthorized downloading of music would cripple its business model, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) unleashed an army of lawyers to sue Napster. The RIAA won, forcing Napster into bankruptcy. But as it turned out, slaying Napster was about as effective as Hercules slicing off one of the Hydra’s heads. A bevy of new P2P software purveyors soon sprouted to fill the void left by Napster. Ever hear of LimeWire? Or Kazaa? Or Morpheus? Or the Pirate Bay? Or BearShare? Or BitTorrent? What the RIAA failed to understand was that Napster was only the beginning. Napster tapped in to an idea that was too powerful to be stopped: the idea that people should be able to get music quickly, easily, and—if they’re comfortable skirting copyright laws—for free. Similarly, Bitcoin is only the beginning of the crypto-currency industry. It has flaws, to be sure. And predicting Bitcoin’s specific destiny is impossible. It’s a distinct possibility that the US government will regulate Bitcoin to the point that it’s no longer useful to Americans. But the beauty is that it really doesn’t matter what Bitcoin’s fate turns out to be. Just like Napster, Bitcoin unleashed an unstoppable idea—that people should be able to send money anywhere in the world, to pay for anything, completely anonymously. That’s simply too powerful a proposition for the government to quietly discard down the memory hole. The US government should take a lesson from the RIAA and learn to coexist with crypto-currencies. After all, capital goes where it’s treated best—so any government that fights this burgeoning trend is only depriving its economy of much-needed capital, as this week’s guest author, Jeffrey Tucker, will explain. Jeffrey Tucker is an expert on crypto-currencies and much more. He’s currently executive director of the Laissez Faire Club, but you may know him best as former editorial vice president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, where he helped build the website that houses the most impressive collection of economic and libertarian literature anywhere. He’s also a prolific author, having written four books on economics, politics, and culture. I’ve personally read two of them—Bourbon for Breakfast and It’s a Jetsons World—and they’re fantastic. Read on for Jeffrey’s take on which regimes are embracing crypto-currencies, which are fighting them, and the economic consequences citizens of those countries should expect. Enjoy, and see you next week. Dan Steinhart Managing Editor of The Casey Report Canada: Land of the Freer? By Jeffrey Tucker, Executive Director, Laissez Faire Club I’ve claimed for years that there is not a single unregulated product or service in the US economy. I’ve yet to be proven wrong. Occasionally, a promising innovation will sprout, opening up a new frontier of possibilities that, by virtue of being brand new, is initially free from regulation. But as Bitcoin’s unfolding saga demonstrates, before long and without fail, US authorities will swoop in, claim jurisdiction, and exert control. You would need to go back many decades to find the last time a US regulatory agency declined an opportunity to put the screws to a new business venture. Or you could just look north. Canada, despite its many socialist structures, continues to build its reputation as more business-friendly than the US. You might even call it the “land of the freer.” Case in point: a company named QuickBt allows people to use their Interac debit cards to pay with the digital currency Bitcoin to any vendor or through email. Before opening its doors, QuickBt approached FinTRAC, Canada’s financial and monetary regulating board that guards against money laundering. QuickBt explained what it does in great detail. It “provides real-time purchasing of small amounts of crypto-currency using an Interac debit card” and it “facilitates online checkouts where merchants accept Bitcoin while consumers hold debit card balances.” Considering these features, FinTRAC concluded: “It does not appear that your business is engaged as an MSB [Money Service Business] in Canada as per the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act and its associated Regulations. Therefore, you cannot register your entity with us.” Jaw. On. Floor. Can you imagine the US government admitting that it doesn’t have authority over anything, much less the burgeoning crypto-currency industry, which has the potential to disrupt the government’s monetary monopoly? Of course the regulator is exactly right. Bitcoins are a tool of exchange that offer ridiculously low processing fees and a superior way of moving money from one entity to another. These are two major reasons for Bitcoin’s growing adoption and for its increasing use in real transactions. With QuickBt, consumers are buying bitcoins and then transferring them to merchants. No harm, no real money exchange as traditionally defined, no sneaky financial trickery. It’s just business, and the Canadian regulators have said: it’s not our business. Meanwhile, just south of the border, regulators are putting the fear of government into every conceivable crypto-currency merchant. Congress is issuing warnings. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network is exacting fees. The feds are driving services out of existence. It’s so bad that Bitcoin advocates are reduced to Stockholm-like begging: “Please regulate us as soon as possible.” They figure that even draconian regulators are better than the current fear-and-loathing environment that has so vexed the crypto-currency community. To be sure, Bitcoin itself is nearly impervious to regulation, given its status as a peer-to-peer, open-source protocol that lives on a ledger kept on a system of distributed networks. What’s more, transactions in bitcoins are necessarily detached from personal identity through use of cryptography, making them nearly impossible to follow or trace under the right conditions. But there is one aspect of Bitcoin that is very vulnerable to regulatory control: the coming and going from Bitcoin to government currency. It’s like moving from the jail to freedom and back again. The wardens and nightwatchmen are always going to have something to say about the terms. Once you are outside the gates, they can’t touch you. But free migration between Bitcoin and government currency will be nearly impossible. To this extent, continued progress in the realm of crypto-currency will depend on tolerant regulatory environments. You might think the US’s position makes sense. After all, the United States has a world-reserve currency called the dollar to defend. It can tolerate no competition. It must make life hard for any new monetary invention, lest the dollar itself be threatened. Should that happen, and should anything fundamental befall the US dollar, the world economy would fly into a tailspin and we’d all be doomed. I don’t believe a word of it. If Bitcoin really does become a threat to the dollar, and the dollar were displaced, the world would be better off as a result. Money would be returned to the market whence it came, and would abandon the grasping hands of the political and financial elite who use their monopoly to exploit the rest of us. No more inflation. No more business cycles. No more multitrillion-dollar bailouts. Money would be private property, with a complete separation between money and the state. Also, what does it say about just how secure the dollar is that the US government has to restrict and control any competitor? It suggests a certain vulnerability. If the dollar were really the choice of the market, competition would pose no real threat. But of course that’s not the case. Whether the government likes it or not, Bitcoin and crypto-currencies are the future of money. Just as email and texting displaced the US post office and cellphones have displaced the wall phones the government used to install for us, crypto-currencies will become the preferred medium for conducting exchange in the age of the Internet. [We’ll be discussing this with experts at Atlanta, Georgia, October 5, 2013 at the Crypto-Currency Conference. I’d love to see you there.] What does this imply? If you were starting a Bitcoin business and you were trying to find a reasonably tolerant locale in which to operate, might you choose Canada over the United States? It’s an obvious choice. One always prefers a regime that is willing to let people try new things over those that try to strangle innovation in the crib. This sort of regulatory competition can only result in good things for Bitcoiners in Canada. And here’s the thing about Bitcoin: it weighs nothing and takes up no space. It takes only a few seconds to send unlimited amounts from any place on earth to any other place on earth. It’s not like the old days when you had to slog gold around. Businesses in the Internet age—especially those involving an Internet money—can be anywhere. Capital is more mobile than ever and will, over time, tend to seek out liberal jurisdictions over those that regiment every aspect of commerce. The US has a very bad habit, one that stands in complete contradiction to the very idea of liberalism. Its most foundational tenet is that anything that is not heavily regulated probably should be completely illegal. The notion that stuff should just be allowed to happen and take its own shape is just not part of the mindset of an imperial paranoid state like the US. The US can slow down the trend, but it can’t stop it. Crypto-currency will find a home, and it will be the one where it is most welcome. The states that punish it will die, and those that welcome it will thrive. Look to those regions like Canada that are, for now, open to genuine progress.last_img read more

In a refrigerator in the coroners office in Mario

first_imgIn a refrigerator in the coroner’s office in Marion County, Ind., rows of vials await testing. They contain blood, urine and vitreous, the fluid collected from inside a human eye.In overdose cases, the fluids may contain clues for investigators.”We send that off to a toxicology lab to be tested for what we call drugs of abuse,” said Alfie Ballew, deputy coroner. The results often include drugs such as cocaine, heroin, fentanyl or prescription pharmaceuticals.After testing, coroners typically write the drugs involved in an overdose on the death certificate — but not always.Standards for how to investigate and report on overdoses vary widely across states and counties. As a result, opioid overdose deaths aren’t always captured in the data reported to the federal government. The country is undercounting opioid-related overdoses by 20 to 35 percent, according to a study published in February in the journal Addiction.”We have a real crisis, and one of the things we need to invest in, if we’re going to make progress, is getting better information,” said Christopher Ruhm, the author of the paper and a health economist at the University of Virginia.Data from death certificates move from coroners and medical examiners to states and eventually the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which publishes reports on overdose counts across the U.S. According to the CDC, more than 42,000 people died from opioid-related overdoses in 2016, a 30 percent increase from the year before.But that number is only as good as the data states submit to the CDC. Ruhm said the real number of opioid overdose deaths is closer to 50,000. He came to the higher estimate through an analysis of overdoses that weren’t linked to specific drugs.On a death certificate, coroners and medical examiners often leave out exactly which drug or drugs contributed to a death. “In some cases, they’re classifying it as a drug death, but they don’t list the kind of drug that was involved,” said Ruhm. In the years he reviewed in his paper, 1999 to 2015, investigators didn’t specify a drug in one-sixth to one-quarter of overdose deaths.Some states do worse than others. In 14 states, between 20 and 48 percent of all overdose deaths weren’t attributed to specific drugs in 2016, according to a breakdown from FiveThirtyEight.Many overdoses not linked to a specific drug were likely opioid-related, Ruhm says, so the lack of specificity leads to undercounting. According to Ruhm’s earlier research published in 2017, Indiana’s opioid overdose fatality rate is especially far off. He estimated the state’s rate in 2014 was 14.3 overdose deaths per 100,000 people, twice as high as the rate reported that year.In some states such as Indiana, independent county coroners investigate deaths. Coroners are usually elected, and they aren’t necessarily medical professionals. Other states, though, have medical examiners, who are doctors. Some even have a chief medical examiner who oversees death investigations for the whole state.”States that have centralized oversight with medical examiners tend to do better than those with coroners,” said Ruhm.In some places, death investigators don’t list substances on a death certificate because they haven’t tested for them. Brad Ray, a policy researcher at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, said toxicology reports cost hundreds of dollars each, which could strain county budgets.Additionally, toxicology reports are currently optional for Indiana coroners. “So if you’re not required to pay for it, and you’re not required to report it, why would you?” said Ray.Indiana’s legislature recently passed a bill to standardize how coroners handle suspected overdoses, and Gov. Eric Holcomb is expected to sign it. Starting in July, coroners will have to run toxicology screens and report the results to the state health department. The state will also help cover the added costs.More accurate data will likely make the opioid problem look worse as the numbers go up. But Ray said realistic data could help the state access federal funds to tackle the opioid epidemic and keep better track of drug problems.”So we can see when trends are happening. We can see when there tend to be increases in cocaine and meth and decreases in opioids, if that happens,” said Ray.Marion County’s Ballew learned at a conference last year that she could help improve the state’s data. Her office was already getting toxicology reports for all suspected overdoses, and now her team will list the drugs involved in an overdose on the death certificate.”We’ll say ‘drug overdose’ or ‘drug intoxication,’ and then we identify the drugs,” she said. “So if it’s five drugs that have caused or contributed to the death, then we put those five drugs down.”Ballew plans to travel the state and train other coroners to do it the same way.This story was produced by Side Effects Public Media, a reporting collaborative focused on public health, in partnership with NPR and Kaiser Health News. You can follow Jake Harper on Twitter: @jkhrpr. Copyright 2018 Side Effects Public Media. To see more, visit Side Effects Public Media.last_img read more

Startup Looks to Boost VR Resolution by 70 Percent

first_img Next Article News reporter –shares June 20, 2017 Virtual Reality You won’t be able to buy a Varjo headset any time soon, but it promises resolutions 70 times greater than what current virtual reality headsets offer. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Image credit: Joan Cros Garcia – Corbis | Getty Images This story originally appeared on PCMagcenter_img Startup Looks to Boost VR Resolution by 70 Percent 2 min read Add to Queue Tom Brant The grainy resolution of current virtual reality headsets — even powerful ones like the Oculus Rift — isn’t likely to impress people used to watching an HDTV, let alone a 4K set.To change that, a Finnish startup called Varjo is working on a new VR headset design that it says has a resolution 70 times greater than the Rift or the HTC Vive (pictured above). That kind of clarity, according to Varjo, will result in image quality that approaches the limits of what a human eye can distinguish. The startup — which has recruited engineers from Nvidia, Intel, Nokia and other companies — intends to begin shipping headsets for professional users by the end of the year.A VR headset’s screen resolution and refresh rate are crucial factors for determining a wearer’s ability to enjoy games or other apps. Lower figures can mean a fuzzy experience at best, or a potentially nauseating one at worst, especially for people who have never tried a headset. The Vive, for instance, offers a refresh rate of 90Hz and a combined resolution of 2,160 by 1,200, or 1.2 megapixels for each eye. Compare that to Varjo’s prototype, which has a 70-megapixel resolution for each eye.The secret to achieving that resolution isn’t packing in more pixels to an already-tiny screen, but instead making the existing pixels more efficient at rendering objects in the user’s field of view, a technique known as foveated rendering. Varjo says its technology is able to create a “super-high-resolution image” in the direction of the user’s gaze. The rest of the field of view is rendered with a lower resolution to save processing power.The Varjo headset — which will also come with “video see-through” technology (VST) for augmented reality apps — doesn’t yet have a price or an availability date for consumers. For now, the company is focused on proving its worth to professional users, according to its CEO Urho Konttori.”This technology, along with Varjo VST, jump-starts the immersive computing age overnight — VR is no longer a curiosity, but now can be a professional tool for all industries,” he said in a statement. Enroll Now for $5 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful.last_img read more

Heres Every States Favorite Holiday Movie Infographic

first_img December 7, 2018 Here’s Every State’s Favorite Holiday Movie (Infographic) Register Now » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. The holidays often kick off a host of hot-button discussion topics — politics, religion, sports — but if you’re looking for a less-loaded conversation starter, try “favorite holiday movie.” The question should fuel a healthy debate minus the raised voices (depending, of course, on how many Die Hard loyalists are in the room). And according to a new report and infographic by StreamingObserver.com, the consensus may look different depending on your state.  Georgia and the Carolinas favored Gremlins, New York and Alaska went with The Apartment and Home Alone came out on top in Illinois — where much of the movie was shot — as well as in neighboring Indiana. Interestingly, Christmas in Connecticut reigned supreme in Montana, while Connecticut was partial to Trading Places. As far as methodology, the site used the top 50 Christmas movies on ratings site Rotten Tomatoes as its base (including nontraditional choices such as Batman Returns), then used Google Trends statewide search frequencies to determine the holiday movies that people in one state searched for more than any other state.  Check out the infographic below for your state’s favorite film.  Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: 20th Century Fox Infographics Next Article center_img –shares Associate Editor Add to Queue New York is partial to The Apartment, while Georgia went with Gremlins. See where your favorite film stacked up. 2 min read Hayden Field Entrepreneur Stafflast_img read more

Mobile Users Are Spending More Time Playing Pokémon Go Than on Facebook

first_img Image credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN / Staff | Getty Images Mobile Users Are Spending More Time Playing Pokémon Go Than on Facebook — Start Up Your Day Roundup 1 min read Start Up Your Day Add to Queue Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. July 14, 2016 Guest Writer Contributorcenter_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Looking for the latest headlines in small business, innovation and tech? Our Start Up Your Day recaps are posted every morning to keep you current.Cha-ching. Amazon’s Prime Day sales exceeded last year’s by 60 percent, with more than 600 items sold per second.VIP. Starbucks has plans for a new chain of upscale coffee shops.Taking over. Mobile users are spending more time playing Pokémon Go than scrolling through the Facebook app. The game also has more daily users than Twitter — just one week after its release.Family oriented. Google Play’s family plan, which will allow sharing among up to six people, is ready to launch.Record breaking. Airbnb hit 100 million guests amid controversy regarding racism among users.Updated. Facebook Messenger now supports 3D touch, but only on the iPhone 6S.Offset. Tesla has ended its Model S resale value guarantee but also unveiled a less pricey crossover Model X 60D.Beyond prototyping. Daimler Trucks, the world’s largest truck manufacturer, will soon use 3-D printing to produce spare parts. Grace Reader Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand –shares Next Article Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Buyers of shortterm health plans Wise or shortsighted

first_img This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 20 2018Supporters of the nation’s health law condemn them. A few states, including California and New York, have banned them. Other states limit them.But to some insurance brokers and consumers, short-term insurance plans are an enticing, low-cost alternative for healthy people.Now, with new federal rules allowing short-term plans that last up to three years, agents said, some consumers are opting for these more risky policies. Adding to the appeal is the elimination of a federal tax penalty for those without comprehensive insurance, effective next year. Short-term health plans often exclude people with preexisting conditions and do not cover services mandated by the Affordable Care Act.Colorado resident Gene Ferry, 66, purchased a short-term health plan this month for his wife, Stephanie, who will become eligible for Medicare when she turns 65 in August. The difference in the monthly premium price for her new, cheaper plan through LifeShield National Insurance Co. and the policy he had through the ACA is $650.”That’s a no-brainer,” said Ferry, who considers the ACA “atrocious” and supports President Donald Trump’s efforts to lower costs. “I was paying $1,000 a month and I got tired of it.”He signed up his wife for a three-month plan and said that if she is still healthy in January, he will purchase another one to last six months. But Ferry, who is covered under Medicare, said if something happens to her before open enrollment ends — which in Colorado is in January — he would buy a policy through the exchange.There’s a lot of “political jockeying” over the value of short-term plans, said Dan Walterman, owner of Premier Health Insurance of Iowa, which offers such policies. “I think people can make their own choices.”Walterman, 42, said he chose a short-term policy for himself, his wife and their 3-year-old daughter — at a sixth of the price of more comprehensive insurance. “The plan isn’t for everybody, but it works for me,” he said, adding that he gets accident coverage but doesn’t need such things as maternity care or prescriptions.Essentially, short-term plans cost less because they cover less.Some plans have exclusions that could blindside consumers, such as not covering hospitalizations that occur on a Friday or Saturday or any injuries from sports or exercise, said Claire McAndrew, director of campaigns and partnership for Families USA, a consumer advocacy group.”People may see a low premium on a short-term plan and think that it is a good option,” she said. “But when people actually go to use a short-term plan, it will not actually pay for many — or any — of their medical expenses.”The plans can exclude people with preexisting conditions such as cancer or asthma and often don’t cover the “essential benefits” required under the health law, including maternity care, prescription drugs or substance abuse treatment. They also can have ceilings on what they will pay for any type of care. Insurers offering such plans can choose to cover — or not cover — what they want.”Democrats are condemning them as ‘junk plans,’ but the adequacy of the health plan is in the eye of the beholder,” said Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies for the libertarian Cato Institute. “The only junk insurance is a plan that doesn’t pay as it was promised.”The plans originally were designed to fill brief gaps in insurance coverage for people in the individual market. When the ACA went into effect, the Obama administration limited short-term plans to three months, but the Trump administration this year expanded that to 364 days, with possible extensions of up to three years. Critics fear healthy people may abandon the ACA-compliant market to buy cheaper short-term plans, leaving sicker people in the insurers’ risk pool, which raises premiums for those customers.Related StoriesRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationGene modulation goes wireless hacking the “boss gene”Employing new federal rule on health insurance plans could save moneyBut some agents said the policies may be good for healthy people as they transition between jobs, near Medicare eligibility or go to college — despite significant limitations.”It’s hard to encourage those types of people to spend hundreds of dollars extra on a health insurance plan that they are rarely using,” said Cody Michael, director of client and broker services for Independent Health Agents in Chicago.Michael said agents also get a higher commission on the plans, providing them with more of an incentive to sell them. But he advises clients that if they do have a chronic illness, they may face denials for coverage. “This is old-world insurance,” he said. “You basically have to be in perfect health.”Dania Palanker, assistant research professor at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms, said preexisting conditions aren’t always well understood — or well explained. A person might discover too late that, for example, they aren’t covered if they have a stroke because an old blood test showed they had high cholesterol.But Ryan Ellis, a 40-year-old lobbyist and tax preparer in Alexandria, Va., who is considering a short-term plan for himself, his wife and his three children, said his decision will be made “very deliberately, with my eyes wide open knowing the advantages and disadvantages.”Some agents said they offer the short-term plan as a last resort — only after warning clients that if they have an accident or get sick, they might not be able to renew their plan. That means they could be stuck without insurance while waiting for the next open-enrollment period.”They could really be in a world of hurt,” said Colorado insurance agent Eric Smith. “This is just a ticking time bomb.”Roger Abel, of Marion, Iowa, said he’s willing to take the risk. He has a short-term plan for his 2-year-old daughter. Abel said he pays about $90 a month for her, compared with more than $450 that he would have paid for comprehensive coverage. He and his wife have a separate policy from before the Affordable Care Act took effect.But Abel, who is an investment adviser, has a backup option. He said he could always start a group health plan under his company that would provide his daughter with more coverage.Neena Moorjani, 45, said she wanted to buy a short-term plan but can’t because she lives in California, where they were prohibited under a law signed by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown this year. Moorjani, a tax preparer in Sacramento, said she rarely gets sick and doesn’t need an ACA plan.She decided on religious-based health coverage known as a Christian ministry plan. These cost-sharing programs use members’ fees to pay for others’ medical bills. Such programs are not regulated by government agencies and may not cover preexisting conditions or preventive care.When California banned short-term plans, “I was really, really upset,” Moorjani said. “I wish I had the freedom to choose what health care insurance is appropriate for me.”KHN’s coverage in California is supported in part by Blue Shield of California Foundation. last_img read more

Modeling human behavior with Airbnb

Credit: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Citation: Modeling human behavior with Airbnb (2018, February 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-human-behavior-airbnb.html Explore further Airbnb takes steps to welcome travelers with disabilities Provided by Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Researchers at Idiap and EPFL have been working with psychologists to understand how people form first impressions from photos. They focused on how people respond to properties available on Airbnb. Better analysis of human behavior should allow scientists to program machines capable of making more “human” decisions. More information: Laurent Son Nguyen et al. Check Out This Place: Inferring Ambiance from Airbnb Photos, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia (2017). DOI: 10.1109/TMM.2017.2769444 With just a few clicks on TripAdvisor or Airbnb, you can book a romantic apartment for a weekend away with your partner, or a stylish restaurant for a business lunch. The rapid decisions involved, based mainly on images, are far from trivial given their commercial importance and the economic revolution represented by the advent of on-demand economy websites like Airbnb. But what is it about an image that prompts us to describe an interior as “trendy”, “colorful” or “practical”? To answer that question, researchers at Idiap Research Institute and at EPFL have been working with psychologists from the University of Lausanne. They want to gain a better understanding of social media users’ perceptions and behavior and then use this knowledge to program computers capable of making decisions in a more human way. “In the era of big data, machines are increasingly behind a large number of decisions,” explains Daniel Gatica-Perez, adjunct professor at EPFL School of Engineering and Digital Humanities Institute. “Our aim is to make them as similar as possible to human decisions.”A collaboration between psychologists and engineersTo understand how a first impression is formed, researchers first carried out interviews with guests and travelers, asking them how they select accommodations. They used 350,000 images of 22,000 properties listed on Airbnb in Switzerland and Mexico, and applied to them an algorithmic analysis to check that they were images of interiors. They then selected 200 properties at random and sent a list of adjectives to online observers. Those observers had to decide how accurately the adjectives described each property, on a scale of 1 to 7. Some adjectives were more factual (such as “clean” and “cluttered”), while others were more subjective (such as “bohemian” and “charming”). That stage, carried out in collaboration between psychologists and engineers, revealed which characteristics all participants agreed on and which ones they disagreed on. For properties described as “colorful” or “dark,” most respondents agreed with those adjectives and the scores were very similar. Scores for other adjectives, such as “relaxed” or “traditional,” varied widely depending on the property. 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. Analyzing human perception onlineThe scientists then carried out modeling based on the data obtained. They tried to detect which characteristics of the photos prompted the participants to describe them using a given adjective, in order to program computers to recognize them. Next, they looked at the extent to which the adjectives were interrelated. Will people describing a property as “colorful” also associate the adjective “clean” with that property? What is the connection between “pretentious, “trendy,” “organized” and “large”? How are positive and negative adjectives, and factual and subjective adjectives, interrelated? And why is the adjective “romantic” more closely associated with “sophisticated” than with “trendy”? “We might expect ‘large’ and ‘spacious’ to be very close together in people’s minds, and ‘cluttered’ and ’empty’ to be very far apart,” says Gatica-Perez. “But the relationships are more complex. Using our system, if we recognize one characteristic, we can also associate other adjectives connected to them in people’s minds.”Machines helping humansFinally, the researchers took the property images and applied algorithms used in the field of deep learning, comparing the results with those obtained from humans. Eventually, professionals such as architects or designers could apply the results to photos of interiors. The laboratory is also monitoring the development of image sharing sites which, for a given place, display very different photos – professional and amateur – leading to widely varying perceptions. However, the scientists’ main goal is to understand the characteristics of images and the connections that determine the way we form impressions, so that they can program computers to imitate them. “We often hear that machines perform better than humans,” concludes Gatica-Perez. “Our aim is different: we want to train machines to recognize these subtleties that humans perceive and express in their day-to-day lives, and to use them to support people’s real needs.””Check Out This Place: Inferring Ambiance from Airbnb Photos” is published in IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. read more

Indian government grounds Air India sale plans reports

first_img Citation: Indian government grounds Air India sale plans: reports (2018, June 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-indian-grounds-air-india-sale.html Embattled Air India seeks ‘urgent’ loan © 2018 AFP 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. Civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu said the government had dropped the idea for now because of next year’s general election and rising oil prices, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.Prabhu said the decision to put on hold the proposal to sell a 76 percent stake in Air India had been made at a meeting headed by India’s finance minister Arun Jaitley on Monday.”We will review it (the sale) later,” PTI quoted Prabhu as telling reporters in New Delhi on Tuesday.India’s government announced in March that it planned to privatise the ailing carrier but a May 31 deadline for bidders to express interest passed without any coming forward.Local and international airlines were said to be put off by some of the terms, including the government’s insistence that buyers take on both Air India’s international and domestic operations.Air India, founded in 1932, was once the country’s monopoly airline, known affectionately as the “Maharaja of the skies”.But it has been haemorrhaging money for years and it has lost market share to low-cost rivals in one of the world’s fastest-growing airline markets.Successive governments had spent billions of dollars to keep it flying before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet last year gave the go-ahead for a sell-off.Air India is about $8 billion in the red and reported losses of almost 58 billion rupees ($860 million) for the financial year ending March 2017.Earlier this month it sought an urgent loan of 10 billion rupees to maintain day-to-day operations.center_img Explore further Air India has been haemorrhaging money for years and has lost market share to low-cost rivals, while potential bidders have also been put off by some of the Indian government’s terms India has shelved its plans to sell debt-stricken national carrier Air India after failing to attract any bidders, a senior official has told local media.last_img read more

Rain hits DelhiNCR brings much needed relief

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 18:23 IST The rain hit Delhi after a long dry spell and hot weatherRain hit Delhi and the larger National Capital Region, cooling temperatures and bringing much needed relief to the parched capital. Heavy rain was reported in Central Delhi, East Delhi and some parts of neighbouring Noida.The rain over Delhi was accompanied by a sharp drop in visibility as dark clouds gathered over Delhi-NCR. The rainfall, however, was brief and stopped after around 15-20 minutes.The rain hit Delhi after a long dry spell and hot weather. Rain was also expected in parts of Uttar Pradesh with monsoon clouds covering capital Lucknow on Sunday.Earlier, the IMD had predicted rain over Delhi-NCR. The rainfall was predicted to continue until Thursday.Delhi: Rain lashes parts of the city; #visuals from Akbar Road. #DelhiRains pic.twitter.com/WIDn24hjHjANI (@ANI) July 15, 2019″The sky will remain generally cloudy with light rain or drizzle expected. The city is likely to receive light rain till Thursday,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.Private weather forecasting agency Skymet echoed the IMD, saying rain was expected to commence from Monday.”Winds over Delhi and NCR have changed to easterly. We expect the weather to change and rains will commence by today evening. Intensity will increase gradually,” Mahesh Palawat, Vice president Meteorology and Climate Change at the Skymet Weather said.(With inputs from IANS)WATCH | Mumbai rains: Is City of Dreams now Ram bharose?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byDev Goswami Next Rain hits Delhi-NCR, brings much needed reliefThe rain over Delhi was accompanied by a sharp drop in visibility as dark clouds gathered over Delhi-NCR.advertisementlast_img read more

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