After Priyanka, Scindia meets U.P. Cong. leaders

first_imgFollowing his party’s worst-ever drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradeh, Congress general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia on Friday met the party’s State leaders to assess what went wrong in the elections.Mr. Scindia, who was made in-charge of western U.P. and given the responsibility of 38 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the State, failed to ensure a single victory. A Congress leader who attended the meeting said he spoke to the district and city unit chiefs of the organisation to find out the possible causes behind the rout. Two days ago, party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, entrusted with the task of managing polls in the remaining 42 seats in the eastern U.P., carried out a similar exercise in Raebareli, which was the only seat won by the party this time from the State. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi was re-elected from Raebareli, while Congress president Rahul Gandhi, her son, lost his Amethi seat. Brainstorming sessionMs. Vadra has asked senior U.P. Congress leaders to attend a brainstorming session in Delhi over the weekend to chart out the strategy to contest the 2022 U.P. Assembly polls.last_img read more

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Defence Minister A K Antony join nation in congratulating Vijay Kumar

first_imgPrime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Defence Minister A K Antony on Friday joined Vijay Kumar ‘s family members in congratulating the Indian shooter for winning a silver medal at the London Olympic Games.”I join the nation in congratulating shooter Vijay Kumar for winning Olympic silver medal in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event,” Singh said in his message.Antony also congratulated Vijay for winning the silver medal in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London.In his congratulatory message the minister stated, “I congratulate Subedar Vijay Kumar for bringing laurels to the country. The defence forces are proud of him.” Army chief Bikram Singh and the deputy chief Lt Gen Ramesh Halgali also praised the shooter belonging to the 16th Dogra Regiment.”It is result of his untiring effort, dedication and will to win which are hallmarks of Indian army,” Singh said.”We are proud of him and this medal is a result of hard work by him and the military training,” Halgali added.BJP also congratulated Kumar for his success and achievement.”We congratulate Vijay Kumar for winning a silver medal for the country. It’s a moment of pride for the nation. We wish him best on behalf of the nation and our party,” BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said here.An ecstatic father of Kumar attributed his son’s Olympic success to the years of hard work and discipline inculcated in him by the Indian Army.”I don’t have words to express my feelings. Full credit to Indian army which supported his training and the discipline that he inculcated is because of the defence background. He has made the country proud and also put Himachal Pradesh’s name in the sporting history,” Subedar Banku Ram told mediapersons.advertisementlast_img read more

Wind Power Ready to Support Decarbonisation in Shipping

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Norsepower Wind power is ready to be a part of meeting Paris-aligned greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in April this year, auxiliary wind propulsion systems’ provider Norsepower Oy said.When the issue of decarbonising shipping is raised at the IMO, it seems that all too often it is dismissed because the technology to reduce emissions is not ready, Tuomas Riski, Norsepower Oy CEO, explained.However, a report by the International Transport Forum and the OECD, released last week, noted that almost complete decarbonisation is possible by 2035 with currently known technologies.“Innovative efficiency solutions rolled out with innovative finance means 70% decarbonisation is possible by 2050 or sooner,” Riski said.Norsepower Oy’s Rotor Sail Solution alone could drive a circa 5% reduction in total industry emissions and is complementary to other efficiency technologies vital to decarbonisation.Rotor Sails may not already be installed on the 20,000 applicable vessels in the global fleet, but the company has a proven commercial product that could reduce emissions by 10-15% per ship. This does not limit the reductions that could be made by those ships, as multiple technologies sit happily alongside Rotor Sails, like hydrodynamic hull optimisation, heat recovery, and alternative fuels, Norsepower Oy informed.“We hope that the IMO will recognise the potential savings offered by the clean technology community and set Paris Agreement-aligned GHG reduction targets at the upcoming MEPC 72 meeting.”“As a clean technology provider, Norsepower is ready to support that future. The challenge for the industry is not the technology but the will to implement it,” Riski concluded.Norsepower offers Rotor Sails under a ‘Technology as a Service’ model; rather than pay for a technology up front and install it on a vessel, costs are billed monthly at an amortised fee based on the achieved fuel savings.This reduces the barrier to entry and provides the added benefits of a service agreement rather than a one-off purchase of a product.last_img read more

Feds Yellen makes subtle shift in emphasis

first_imgFed’s Yellen makes subtle shift in emphasis1.5K viewsFed’s Yellen makes subtle shift in emphasis1.5K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Fed’s Yellen makes subtle shift in emphasis1.5K viewsBusinessA subtle but powerful message adjustment from Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaking to the Senate Banking Committee about plans for the first interest rate hike since 2006: (SOUNDBITE) JANET YELLEN, CHAIRVentuno Web Player 4.50A subtle but powerful message adjustment from Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaking to the Senate Banking Committee about plans for the first interest rate hike since 2006: (SOUNDBITE) JANET YELLEN, CHAIRlast_img read more

Two BNP leaders picked up by plainclothesmen

first_imgJashore district BNP general secretary Syed Sabbarul Haque Sabu and Jashore city BNP president Maruful IslamTwo local leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party in Jashore have been picked up by a team of plainclothes police on Thursday evening, alleged Jashore BNP while police has denied the allegation.They are Jashore district BNP general secretary Syed Sabbarul Haque Sabu and Jashore city BNP president Maruful Islam.One of the witnesses, district Juba Dal president Tamal Ahmed told the media that the incident occurred while the two leaders were distributing food among destitute people in front of the Zila School on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Road.A team of plainclothes police, in cars and on motorcycles, picked the leaders at around 5:45pm, Tamal added.The general secretary of Jashore city BNP Munir Ahmed Siddiqui said, ‘Saberul Haque and Maruful Islam were on bail. Yet the DB police have arrested them.”Munir Ahmed said, “It is very sad that police has arrested the leaders from such a non-violent program before Eid.”Asked officer-in-charge (OC) Md Moniruzzaman said, “no team of Jashore DB police has picked any BNP leaders.”Jashore Kotwali police station OC Abdul Bashar said he did not know anything about whether or not any BNP leaders were arrested.last_img read more

Computer software sets new record for solving jigsaw puzzle

first_img Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com Assembling the jigsaw puzzle of drug addiction The graphical model, developed by Taeg Sang Cho and colleagues can solve puzzles of any image or photograph with a full range of colors, while the previous jigsaw solvers could only handle sharp images of limited colors. The previous record for jigsaw-solving by a computer was achieved in 2008 by a team of Danish scientists, and solved a puzzle consisting of 320 pieces. Their method used cartoons with clear structures and well-defined edges and sharp colors, and the pieces were cut in traditional shapes, which made it easier to solve than a puzzle in which every piece is square. In their experiments, the team chopped 5-megabyte pictures into 400 squares and fed the data from each into their computer software. The software analyzed the major colors in the squares and arranged them in groups of similar colors. It then referred to a database of images to arrange the pieces in their most likely positions to produce an initial low resolution image. So, for example, a puzzle with a mixture of green, gray and blue would be interpreted as a landscape and the software would first group the bright pieces and blue pieces at the top (since objects in or near the sky are generally brighter, and the sky is often blue), the gray in the middle, interpreted as buildings, and green in the foreground, interpreted as vegetation.When the pieces were arranged in their approximate positions the computer then checked the pixel colors on the boundaries of each piece and identified neighboring pieces that most closely matched the colors. The software fixed a small number of pieces, called anchor patches, and refined the layout for the remaining pieces to reconstruct the original picture. Using their system, the software was able to successfully reconstruct 20 test images, and could solve a 400-piece puzzle in only three minutes.Cho said that since the software is expert at finding pieces that blend well, it may help make edited pictures more realistic in the future. Cho also hopes the software could be useful for other scientific problems, such as DNA/RNA modeling or reassembling fragments of documents or archaeological relics, all of which can be modeled as jigsaw puzzles. The paper will be presented at the 2010 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) to be held in San Francisco on the 15th to 17th of June. (PhysOrg.com) — Completing jigsaw puzzles is a challenging and popular hobby, but now scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the U.S. and Tel Aviv University in Israel have for the first time developed a probabilistic graphical model to solve a jigsaw puzzle consisting of 400 square pieces. More information: Project website: people.csail.mit.edu/taegsang/JigsawPuzzle.html Two examples of reconstructed images using the estimated local evidence. Please see the original paper for details. Image: Taeg Sang Cho. 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. Citation: Computer software sets new record for solving jigsaw puzzle (2010, May 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-05-software-jigsaw-puzzle.htmllast_img read more

Rep Griffin announces two local recreational grant recommendations

first_img20Dec Rep. Griffin announces two local recreational grant recommendations Categories: Griffin News,News State Rep. Beth Griffin today said the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board recommended two recreational development grants for South Haven.Griffin, of Mattawan, said the board recommended funding for improvements at Black River Park and Riverfront Park. Funding for the projects is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments.“I am delighted the Trust Fund Board has recommended these two improvement projects that are so important to families and boating enthusiasts in the South Haven area,” Griffin said. “We are blessed with an abundance of beautiful natural resources in our community, and every effort should be made to make them easily accessible to everyone.”The projects are:A $300,000 development at an area of city-owned Riverfront Park in South Haven to include construction of a splash pad. The new water feature will be located near public restrooms, parking, the beach and the downtown area. It will provide a safe alternative for water recreation users, especially young children, when Lake Michigan conditions are unfavorable. The splash pad is also designed as an educational tool for the local Maritime Museum as elements of the splash pad are designed to reflect the “Friends Good Will” historic vessel owned by the museum.Construction to replace skid piers at the Black River Park in South Haven, at a cost of $37,500.The Legislature will consider the recommendations in 2018.#####last_img read more

Romanian service provider Romtelecom has struck a

first_imgRomanian service provider Romtelecom has struck a deal  with commercial broadcaster Pro TV to resume carriage of the latter’s channels as part of its offering.Pro TV’s 11 channels – Pro TV, Pro TV International, Pro TV HD, Acasă TV, Acasă Gold, Acasă HD, ProCinema, Sport.ro, Sport.ro HD, MTV Romania and VH1 ­– were withdrawn in January after the pair failed to strike a deal over the price to be paid.The operator replaced the channels with a a range of services including BBC Knowledge, Comedy Central, Shorts and BBC World News. These will remain in Romtelecom’s core packages on satellite and IPTV until the end of March, after which they will be included in different Dolce TV packages.Romtelecom said its customers would not incur additional charges as a result of the deal struck with Pro TV.last_img read more