Product Announcement: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000, 4K Under $900

first_imgFlashYes – Built-In Burst ShootingUp to 50fps Crop FactorN/A LCD Size3 inch touch screen; 921,000 dots Shooting 4K footage with a Leica designed lens, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 might be a great entry level camera.If you’re a filmmaker or a photographer I’m sure this happens to you all the time…You’re at a social gathering, typically a wedding, and people see you with your big fancy camera. Which prompts them to ask you something like “I was looking to get a new camera, do you know of any good ones?“. In reality this question makes about as much sense as saying “I was looking for a new car, do you know of any good ones?” Even so, we might have found the perfect go-to camera for individuals looking to buy their first “serious” camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000.FZ1000 Quick LookThe FZ1000 is what’s known as a “bridge camera” meaning it is a step up from a point and shoot and one step below a DSLM/R camera like the GH4. Definitely the most incredible feature included in the FZ1000 is the ability to capture 4K footage. The footage isn’t RAW but that shouldn’t be a problem for someone just entering the filmmaking world. The camera also comes with a Leica designed 25-200mm f/2.8-4 lens, which is a pretty decent kit lens for the price.The FZ1000 features a 1″-type MOS sensor. The unit also has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing for users to offload their photographs without connecting their camera to a computer. An OLED viewfinder enables users to see 100% of the image frame.Pricing and AvailabilityThe FZ1000 is is going for $897.99 on the B&H website, which includes the camera body, built-in lens, rechargeable battery with charger, lens hood, & a one year warranty. The FZ1000 is expected to be available by July 31, 2014.FZ1000 Technical Specs Storage MediaSD, SDHC, SDXC Sensor20.9 MP MOS Sensor Autofocus49 focus areas Shutter Speed60 Sec – 1/16,000center_img View FinderTFT LCD 2,359k-dot w/ diopter; 100% coverage Wireless FlashYes Sensitivity RangeISO 125-12,800 (Extended Mode to 25,600) VideoMOV: 3840×2160: 30 fps, 1920×1080: 30fps & 24fps, 1280×720: 30fps, 640×480: 30fps BatteryDMW-BLC 12 Battery Pack Image StabilizationHybrid I.O.S. What do you think of the Panasonic FZ1000? Would you recommend it to someone just starting out in the photography/video world?  Share in the comments below.last_img read more

EUROS: RTOS now available for STMicroelectronics´ STM32F1 series

first_img Continue Reading Previous Anvo-Systems and Mouser sign distribution agreementNext Wind River teams with Renesas to advance autonomous driving applications The company EUROS Embedded Systems announces the availability of its Real-Time Operating System EUROS including the eclipse based Stand-Alone Cross Development Environment EUROS Embedded Studio for STMicroelectronic’s STM32F1 series of mainstream MCUs.Especially for the Eval Kit STM3210C-EVAL with a STM32F107VCT microcontroller EUROS Embedded Systems offers all needed device driver packages, like serial, SPI, I2C, CAN, USB. etc.The Eclipse-based IDE EUROS Embedded Studio has been also adapted to accommodate the STM32F107VCT microcontroller. It allows an individual, application-specific and fully automatic configuration of the system software and offers a range of additional development tools – such as graphical components configurator, real-time tracing, static code analysis, code coverage, RTOS-awareness, etc., which significantly support and facilitate the development of embedded applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Indian cyclists ready for Track Asia Cup

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 20 (PTI) The Indian team is all set for the fifth edition of the Track Asia Cup, starting at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex here on Friday.The Indian team is optimistic to top the medals tally as junior cyclist Esow Alben, silver medallist of World Junior Cycling Championships and currently ranked World No. 1 (Keirin event), will lead the team and will give the challenge in sprint, team sprint and keirin events.Experienced senior cyclist Deborah Herold, who is taking part in sprint, team sprint and keirin event, will also be a key member in the team and will try to grab the gold.In the women’s junior category, Asian Championships bronze medallist, Dannama Chichikhandi will try to give her best.It is pertinent to mention here that the Indian men’s junior team comprising Esow of Andaman and Nicobar, Mayur Pawar of Maharashtra and James Singh of Manipur has a new continental cycling track record to its name in sprint event (46.070 seconds).India being the host is also allowed to get in an extra team of cyclists, which would include the young cyclists that have been under training at the Sports Authority of India National Cycling Academy (SAINCA).Twelve countries participating in the event include India, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, Srilanka, Hongkong, UAE, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal, Singapore and Australia.”Our cyclists have trained in Germany and are in good shape. They recently participated in Asian Games and gave a tough competition, although they were not finalists but they are capable to be medal winners in big competitions,” coach RK Sharma said. PTI APA BSBSadvertisementlast_img read more

Man City set 59-year first with Palace demolition

first_imgManchester City Man City set 59-year first with Crystal Palace demolition Goal Last updated 2 years ago 00:30 24/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Manchester City Crystal Palace Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Manchester City v Crystal Palace Crystal Palace Pep Guardiola’s side have been ruthless in the league in recent weeks and showed no mercy against their struggling visitors Manchester City were in no mood to take pity on struggling Crystal Palace on Saturday as they continue an impressive run of high-scoring wins.After their 5-0 trouncing of Liverpool, they embarrassed Watford at Vicarage Road with a 6-0 win.Man City 9/1 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing 5 – Man City are the 1st side to score 5+ goals in 3 consecutive top-flight games in the same season since Blackburn in 58-59. Unstoppable.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 23, 2017While Crystal Palace are on the worst opening run in the history of the English Football League having failed to score a goal in their six defeats, City have had no such troubles.Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and Fabian Delph all chipped in as City fired five past their visitors without reply.It is the first time in 59 years that an English top-flight team has managed to score five or more goals in three successive games. Blackburn Rovers were the last side to do it – in the 1958-59 season.Although City are in solid form domestically and in Europe, having beaten Feyenoord 4-0 in the Champions League, they will have a hard time stretching this run to four games when they take on Chelsea next week.The reigning champions host Guardiola’s men off the back of a 4-0 win away to Stoke City. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

a month agoMoritz Leitner praises Norwich away supporters after Burnley defeat

first_imgMoritz Leitner praises Norwich away supporters after Burnley defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City midfielder Moritz Leitner praised their away supporters, who stayed behind the team despite a 2-0 defeat to Burnley on Saturday.Burnly won thanks to Chris Wood’s early brace.”The support in every game since I’ve been here has been amazing,” he said. “We are really thankful, each and every player, even after a game like that they stayed behind us and tried to keep going. That’s amazing and it’s something special we have at this club. We will fight for them and I can only say thank you for the support in every minute of every game.”Leitner made a comeback from injury to feature at Turf Moor, replacing Alexander Tettey on the 12th minute, who had himself picked up a knock.”As a player, you always want to come back after injury but it’s not the most important thing,” he said. “The most important thing is the club, and today we had a bad day. We have to show a reaction.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Fans Are Freaking Out About What Michigan State Just Did vs. Ohio State

first_imgA closeup of Mark Dantonio during a Michigan State football game.COLUMBUS, OH – OCTOBER 20: Mark Dantonio head coach of the Michigan State Spartans looks on during a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium October 20, 2007 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo By Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Down 7-6 late in the third quarter of a defensive slug fest, Michigan State football was forced to punt from his own end zone.Rather than attempt the kick in serious pressure, it appears that Michigan State opted to take a safety, giving Ohio State a three-point lead and handing a dangerous, if cold, Buckeye offense the ball back.At first it looked like a horrendous snap over the punter’s head, but based on his lack of effort to jump for the snap, it does look like it was intentional.Video of the controversial Michigan State football punting decision, via Eleven Warriors:#BIG pic.twitter.com/az7HZ7eutz— Eleven Warriors (@11W) November 10, 2018If it was a field position play, Michigan State turned around and made a serious mistake on the ensuing kick, punting the ball out of bounds for a penalty.Ohio State took over at the 50-yard line, and has a chance to extend the lead to two scores with a touchdown. Of course, those have been extremely rare.Dwayne Haskins threw for a touchdown to Parris Campbell, but that is the only time anyone has reached the end zone in this one.last_img read more

IPL 2019: Won’t forget hundred vs RCB for a very long time, says Jonny Bairstow

first_imgIPL 2019: Won’t forget hundred vs RCB for a very long time, says Jonny BairstowJonny Bairstow said he would never forget his maiden IPL hundred against Royal Challengers Bangalore. He did not find a team in the last auction and said he was delighted to be picked up by Sunrisers Hyderabad and play the first three matches for his team this season.advertisement Ateet Sharma New DelhiApril 3, 2019UPDATED: April 3, 2019 22:55 IST Jonny Bairstow just needed 52 balls to hit his hundred against RCB (@SunRisers Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJonny Bairstow became the 3rd Englishman to score an IPL hundredBairstow holds the record for the highest score by an Englishman in IPLBairstow hit seven sixes and 12 boundaries as he smashed 114 from just 56 balls’A day I’ll never forget’ posted Jonny Bairstow on his social media accounts hours after hitting his maiden IPL hundred against Virat Kohli’s Bangalore last Sunday. Having not got a chance in the past to board the flight from London and feature in the premier T20 tournament, it was time for Bairstow to be over the moon.”After not being picked up at the auction last year, I wasn’t necessarily sure it will happen this time around. Obviously for the Sunrisers (Hyderabad) to put the paddle up for me and to be here and play the first three games has been really pleasing. To score a hundred against Bangalore on your home ground in your first IPL is definitely something special and definitely something I won’t forget for a very, very, very long time,” Bairstow told India Today in an exclusive interview.Just like any other cricketer, securing his first IPL contract was a huge moment in the England wicketkeeper-batsman’s career. And, Bairstow made his presence felt immediately. Having amassed 198 runs from the first three matches, Jonny Bairstow is the league’s second highest run-getter right now, just behind his opening partner David Warner.”The guys (England teammates) speak very fondly of the competition. We hear about the IPL in the dressing room quite a bit. The experiences that the guys have gained from playing here is something that is world renowned now. It is the best T20 competition in the world, the toughest as well. It is most fiercely contested as you have the best players from all over the world coming and playing in it. So to be playing in it right now is great fun. Hopefully, I can keep playing, enjoying and relishing it,” Bairstow said.advertisementBut what everyone is talking about from the banks of River Thames to Darling Harbour is his record-breaking opening partnerships with Warner. The Hyderabad duo has stitched together three consecutive 100-plus opening stands, a record in the IPL. Also, their 185-run partnership was the highest-ever for first wicket in the history of the tournament. Bairstow also matching the usually more-aggressive Warner stroke-for-stroke.”In the first two games, I was trying to do that. In the last game, he was doing the same for me. So that is the good thing about a partnership. Sometimes one batsman gets off to a good start and the other plays a second fiddle. The other day we were both scoring at a good rate. Yeah, for him (Warner) to score a hundred as well was really good for the side. There is a reason why he has the Orange Cap at the moment. He is playing really well and striking the ball very clean.”It is good that to have something like that for a longer period of time. To get those records is pleasing but at the same time we are only three games into the tournament and have a long way to go,” he said.The 29-year-old is only the third Englishman to score a hundred in the IPL after Kevin Pietersen and Ben Stokes – a “good group to join” he says. Right now though, Bairstow is busy tackling the April heat and, at the same time, enjoying the sights, sounds, food, culture and ‘fanatic’ cricket fans of India.”Yes, it was very hot, especially for a ginger Englishman (laughs), when we got that record opening stand in Hyderabad. But, I have played at Hyderabad before when we came for the England tour and knew how hot and humid it can be. Fortunately, we just came back off from playing in Sri Lanka and the West Indies which was very warm as well. You just have to make sure that you are doing the right things, taking the right fluids and food and it will help you throughout the game. That didn’t necessarily help when we were taking so many twos out there though. It was good fun.”Bairstow, like most of the foreign players in the IPL, would leave his franchise around April 25 to return to England and prepare for the World Cup at home.”It is an exciting switch again. We have got an ODI series against Pakistan coming up and two warm-up games before the World Cup. Then we go straight in to the big tournament. It will be an exciting summer, especially in the white ball cricket. It feels nice to see people talking about us being one of the favourites. We’ll see how it goes. It is exciting to be in and around those talks but at the same time we know that it is a huge amount of cricket to be played in the World Cup and anyone can beat anyone.”advertisementAlso Read | Jonny Bairstow only the 3rd Englishman to hit hundred in IPLAlso Read | Bairstow-Warner bromance before Ashes wins hearts on social mediaAlso Read | Bairstow, Warner hundreds power SRH to massive win over RCBFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports 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 Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Sunrisers HyderabadFollow Jonny BairstowFollow SRHFollow Indian Premier LeagueFollow EnglandFollow 2019 ICC World Cuplast_img read more

Wan Hai Bins Order for Eight Feeders

first_imgzoom Taiwan’s shipping company Wan Hai Lines has decided to terminate a shipbuilding contract for eight feeder vessels, ordered from Japanese shipbuilder Naikai Zosen.The deal was cancelled due to changes in newbuilding rules and environmental regulations, Wan Hai said in a stock exchange filing. The company added that the decision was made in mutual agreement with the shipyard.Under the agreement, reached in June 2016, the shipbuilder was expected to construct eight 1,900 TEU containerships. According to data provided by VesselsValue, the ships were valued at around USD 21 million a piece, bringing the total order value to around USD 170 million.At the time of the contract signing, Wan Hai informed that the order was worth between USD 212 million and USD 326 million.The new containerships were scheduled to join the company’s fleet starting from January 2018.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Poll panel serves showcause notice to Yogi over Modi ji ki Sena

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Wednesday served a showcause notice to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for calling the Indian Army “Modiji ki sena”. The Commission has asked the BJP leader to file a reply by April 5. The development comes after the UP Chief Electoral Officer sought a transcript of Adityanath’s speech that he delivered in Ghaziabad to check whether there had been any violation of the Model Code of Conduct. At a rally in Ghaziabad on Sunday, while referring to developments post the Pulwama terror attack, Adityanath said while the Congress used to feed biryani to terrorists, Modiji’s Army gives bullets and bombs to terrorists. The EC had on March 19 asked political parties to “desist” from indulging in any propaganda involving actions taken by defence forces during their Lok Sabha poll campaigns.last_img read more

Global cooperation vital as new diseases emerge at unprecedented rate warns UN

With new diseases emerging at an unprecedented rate in an increasingly interconnected world, often with the ability to cross borders rapidly, global public health security depends on international cooperation and surveillance more than at any previous time in history, the United Nations health agency warned in its annual report today. “Given today’s universal vulnerability to these threats, better security calls for global solidarity,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan said in releasing this year’s World Health Report, entitled “A safer future: global public health security in the 21st century.” “International public health security is both a collective aspiration and a mutual responsibility. The new watchwords are diplomacy, cooperation, transparency and preparedness,” she added of the report, which calls pandemic influenza the most feared threat to health security in our times. Experts fear that the current bird flu virus, which has so far infected 321 people, killing 194 of them, could mutate to easy human-to-human transmission. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1920, which spread easily between humans, is estimated to have killed from 20 million to 40 million people. The experts say a new flu pandemic is not a question of if but of when. The report sets out the WHO strategic action plan to respond to a pandemic. It also draws attention to the need for stronger health systems and for continued vigilance in managing the risks and consequences of the international spread of polio and the newly emerging strain of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB). It notes that since 1967, at least 39 new pathogens have been identified, including HIV, the deadly haemorrhagic Ebola and Marburg fevers, and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which emerged in China in 2003 and spread rapidly as far as Canada, infecting more than 8,000 people, over 800 of them fatally, before it was brought under control. Other centuries-old threats, such as pandemic influenza, malaria and tuberculosis, continue to pose a threat to health through a combination of mutation, rising resistance to antimicrobial medicines and weak health systems. New threats have also emerged, linked to potential terrorist attacks, chemical incidents and radio-nuclear accidents, it adds. Its recommendations include global cooperation in surveillance and outbreak alert and response; open sharing of knowledge, technologies and materials, including viruses and other laboratory samples, necessary to optimize secure global public health; and global responsibility for capacity building within the public health infrastructure of all countries. The report also calls for cross-sector collaboration within Governments and increased global and national resources for training, surveillance, laboratory capacity, response networks, and prevention campaigns. It shows how and why diseases are increasingly threatening global public health security, citing the high and rapid mobility of people as one factor. Airlines now carry more than two billion passengers a year, enabling people and the diseases that travel with them to pass from one country to another in a matter of hours. The potential health and economic impact was seen in 2003 with SARS, which cost Asian countries an estimated $60 billion of gross expenditure and business losses. The report outlines some of the human factors behind public health insecurity, including inadequate investment in public health resulting from a false sense of security in the absence of infectious disease outbreaks; unexpected policy changes such as a decision temporarily to halt immunization in northern Nigeria in 2003, which led to the re-emergence of polio cases; and conflicts where forced migration obliges people to live in overcrowded, unhygienic and impoverished conditions heightening the risk of epidemics. Other factors include microbial evolution and antibiotic resistance and animal husbandry and food processing threats such as the human form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and Nipah virus. 23 August 2007With new diseases emerging at an unprecedented rate in an increasingly interconnected world, often with the ability to cross borders rapidly, global public health security depends on international cooperation and surveillance more than at any previous time in history, the United Nations health agency warned in its annual report today. read more

Doug Ford loses carbon tax battle as Ontarios top court sides

As the federal policy does not overstep provincial jurisdiction, Ontario’s top court has sided with Trudeau’s carbon tax. But the Doug Ford government says their fight against this tax is not over and in a statement today Premier Ford says he is disappointed in the courts ruling.“We know, as do the people of this province, that the federal government’s carbon tax is making life more expensive for Ontarians and is putting jobs and businesses at risk”The province argued that the federal carbon tax overstepped provincial authority, but the chief justice with the Ontario court says climate change is a matter of national concern.Federal Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna said “carbon pollution which knows no borders, is a clear issue of national concern, and which presents an urgent threat to canadians and the world. One of the Ford government’s top priorities since taking office has been abolishing the federal carbon tax in Ontario.”She went on to say that the tax will cost the average household nearly $650 000 a year by 2022. And Ford isn’t the only one fighting Trudeau on this. The top court of Saskatewan also sided with the feds last month. Manitoba, Alberta and New Brunswick are also fighting against the tax on carbon pollution.Ontario Green Party leader Mike Schreiner says the Ford government has tried to distract Ontarians with stickers at gas pumps and selfies, adding that “for the past year, the Premier has wasted our money in a $30 million misinformation campaign to sabotage climate solutions.”Ford says his government will appeal the ruling. Political analyst Keith Leslie says Ford was expecting this outcome.“Premier Ford has spoken before about losing a couple of battles but planning to win the war. They want to get this to the supreme court. They’ve budgeted $30 million to do so”The province says it doesn’t need the carbon tax to address climate change.Adding to that, Ottawa is increasing the carbon tax on new natural-gas plants as part of the final regulations for its carbon-pricing system for big industrial greenhouse-gas emitters.The move is intended to discourage power companies from building the facilities. Changes taking effect this week mean that new natural-gas plants will have their emissions standard toughened each year after 2021, to the point that in 2030 they will pay the carbon price on every ounce of their emissions. read more

Latest poll puts Clinton at a doubledigit lead over Trump

first_img Share29 Tweet Email2 Latest poll puts Clinton at a double-digit lead over Trump With just over two weeks to go before Election Day, the two White House hopefuls are targeting key battleground states like Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania Sunday 23 Oct 2016, 4:10 PM HILLARY CLINTON HAS soared to a 12-point lead over Donald Trump in the race for the White House, according to a new poll released today, with the real estate magnate’s support tanking among key voter groups.The Republican presidential nominee has seen dismal poll numbers since a string of women came forward earlier this month to accuse him of sexual assault or inappropriate behavior in the past.He has also stirred controversy by refusing to say that he will accept the result of the 8 November election no matter what, calling the process “rigged.”Clinton, the Democratic former secretary of state, leads 50% to 38% in a four-way contest with two minor party candidates, according to a national ABC News poll.It was up from Clinton’s four percentage point edge in an ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted 10 days ago.Trump held a small 47-43% lead among white Americans, a group that Republican Mitt Romney won by 20 points in the 2012 election.Republican candidates must have strong support from white voters if they want to win, with non-white voters overwhelmingly favoring Democratic candidates.Clinton leads 55-35% among women, and has doubled her lead to 32 points among college-educated white women – a group strongly critical of Trump’s response to allegations of inappropriate behavior. Oct 23rd 2016, 4:10 PM 124 Comments Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3042185 center_img 29,885 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Andrew HarnikThe poll even showed Clinton leading for the first time among men, 44 to 41% – although that lead is within the poll’s margin of error.With just over two weeks to go before Election Day, the two White House hopefuls are targeting key battleground states like Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania.Team Clinton is hoping for a landslide win, even holding out hope of taking back control of at least one of the two houses of Congress from the Republicans.“We’re not taking anything for granted at all,” campaign manager Robby Mook told Fox News.Secretary Clinton at the beginning of this campaign said she wanted to help all candidates up and down the ballot. So we’re running a coordinated campaign, working hard with gubernatorial, Senate and House candidates. But we’re not – you know, this is not over yet.Early voting has begun in several states, and the initial details were positive, Mook said.We feel very, very good about what we’ve seen so far… And we’re encouraged also by who is turning out.Trump has tried to change the narrative, outlining his plan for his first 100 days in office yesterday, including a pledge to create 25 million jobs and cut taxes for middle-class Americans.“The fact is that this race is not over,” Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told Fox News on Sunday, outlining a plan to win crucial battleground states.He’s not – we’re not giving up. We know we can win this.Trump’s son Eric said polls don’t reflect the support of people who haven’t been on voter rolls for years but will turn out on Election Day to support the populist candidate.“I’m so incredibly proud. He’s carried the weight of this country for the last 18 months. I happen to think we’re going to win,” Eric Trump said on ABC.- © AFP, 2016Read: The US is helping to clean up Agent Orange residue, 50 years since the Vietnam War> Image: AP/Press Association Images Image: AP/Press Association Images By AFPlast_img read more

ASA Statement on Office of Inspector General Review of the Soybean Checkoff

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is pleased that the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has completed its review and found that the soybean checkoff is operating as it should. We are pleased that we can put this issue behind our industry.When whistleblowers presented significant allegations of abuse, the ASA Board of Directors had a fiduciary responsibility to ask that the allegations be investigated in the best interests of soybean farmers. The Secretary of Agriculture agreed that an OIG investigation was warranted.Substantial management and board changes have been made at the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) after ASA asked for an OIG investigation. The now former USSEC CEO was placed on administrative leave and the board of directors has been restructured. As a result of the significant leadership and management changes that have been made at USSEC, we believe soybean farmer interests are being better served.Soybean farmers benefit from a strong policy organization in ASA and our state affiliates, working for them on legislative and regulatory issues, as well as from a soybean checkoff working at the national and state levels. ASA supports the continuation of the national soybean checkoff because we believe it provides needed resources to expand demand for U.S. soybeans and products.ASA believes that by working together, we can create the best possible present and future for U.S. soybean farmers and the U.S. soybean industry. As soybean industry leaders, we need to continue to move forward on many issues important to soybean farmers ranging from trade expansion to biofuels to soybean research to domestic livestock demand. Collaboration between the checkoff and ASA is ongoing in a number of areas important to the future of the U.S. soybean industry.ASA is the only national, non-governmental, non-profit trade organization that represents soybean farmers in the United States. It was ASA and its state affiliates that developed the concept for national soybean checkoff in the late 1980s and then worked with Congress and U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish the national soybean checkoff in 1990.last_img read more

UAE can be Indias valuable partner to achieve USD 5 tn economy

first_imgAbu Dhabi: India finds a partner in the UAE to achieve its ambitious dream of achieving a USD five trillion economy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the Emirates News Agency, WAM, in an exclusive interview. “We consider the UAE as a valuable partner in realising the objective to reach USD 5 trillion economy through mutually beneficial partnership,” said Modi, who is currently on a two-day state visit to the UAE. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us “India has embarked on the ambitious, yet achievable, path to be a USD five trillion economy by 2024-25. We are targeting about USD 1.7 trillion dollar worth of investment in the coming five years. To achieve this vision, the government is working to promote inflows from domestic as well as foreign sources,” the Prime Minister explained. He said that the UAE-India relations are “at their best ever”, adding that the UAE investments in key sectors in India are growing. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us “There has been an increasing interest in investments in India in sectors ranging from renewable energy, food, ports, airports, defence manufacturing and other sectors,” Modi said. “UAE investments in [sectors such as] infrastructure and housing are being enhanced. The UAE is our third-largest trading partner with about US$60 billion bilateral trade in 2018-19. Many of our companies are investing here in the UAE. Both countries are working closely and vigorously to implement the commitment of USD 75 billion investment by the UAE in India,” Prime Minister Modi said. Advertise With Us “I feel immensely proud in conveying that India-UAE relations are at their best ever,” added the Prime Minister. He highlighted the importance of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement signed during the visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to India in January 2017 as the Chief Guest of Indian Republic Day. “Since then we have made enormous progress in implementing agreements signed in key areas including defence, security, investment in infrastructure, energy and more. In other words, our relations are truly multi-dimensional,” Modi pointed out. “I sincerely compliment the leadership and direction that His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed has personally provided in taking this relationship to new heights,” he said. The Prime Minister believes that his third visit to the UAE, in the last four years, reflects the desire and will of the two countries to sustain the momentum achieved in the bilateral relationship. “In this visit, I look forward to further strengthening our all-round cooperation. I also look forward to holding discussions with my brother His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed. I greatly admire his vision. I always find the exchange of views with him stimulating and energising,” he explained. “We have a number of important matters to discuss regarding bilateral relations as well as the regional and global situation. I am confident that my visit will serve to further strengthen our robust and vibrant relations,” Modi said. “I am very upbeat about the trajectory of our relations and for opening up new areas of cooperation. I think there exists huge potential to make this cooperation a win-win for both countries,” he added. About The Order of Zayed, the highest civilian award of the UAE, which he is receiving on Saturday morning, the Prime Minister said, “It is an honour of special significance for me and my fellow 1.3 billion Indians. It commemorates the memory of a great and visionary world leader, the Father of this beautiful nation, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.” “It is an even greater honour to be conferred this Order in the birth centenary year of Sheikh Zayed. His ideas, vision and wisdom are very much relevant in contemporary times. This award for me also symbolises the brotherly ties between our two countries and their peoples,” Modi stressed. About Indian community in the UAE, he said, “We are immensely proud that the rich contribution of our community in building a modern, diverse and vibrant UAE are acknowledged and appreciated by the leadership of the UAE. “Apart from the Indians whose remittances sustain their families back home in India, we are also witnessing a steady increase in investments into India by some of the top Indian business leaders in the UAE. “I extend my deepest appreciation to the leadership of the UAE for looking after the well-being of the Indian diaspora here like a true guardian. I would also like to thank the leadership of the UAE on the steps taken recently to provide long-term visas and other benefits to expatriates.” Talking about the global economic situation, the Prime Minister said, “Global economy is facing some headwinds. Experiences of the last five years, however, give me the confidence that the Indian economy and people of India have everything in them to not only face but also counter any headwinds.” India’s fundamentals are very strong, driven by “numerous” strengths, he said. The last five years have seen the highest average growth and lowest average inflation in the last three decades, Modi went on to say, adding that India has been improving its performance in “almost all global rankings,” such as ease of doing business or innovation. He said India had significantly increased its contribution to global growth in the last five years, making India an important engine of the global economy. “I am confident that the collective endeavour of 1.3 billion Indians comprising millions of farmers, hundreds of thousands of industrialists and young entrepreneurs and start-ups and women, will ensure this.” He said. “India’s skilled human resources, rapid infrastructure growth and the world’s biggest market are reasons for our optimism. At the same time, we are focused on further improving our competitiveness through long-term reforms.” These encompass steps to move even higher in ease of doing business, tax reforms with lowering of tax rates and simplifying procedures, labour sector reforms and Foreign Direct Investment-related reforms to make an investment in India more lucrative, he explained. During the past few years, he said, India has become “the fastest-growing major economy in the world,” adding that all the macro-economic parameters such as current account deficit, fiscal deficit and inflation were brought down to acceptable levels. The vision for the next five years is to have an investment-led growth, Modi concluded.last_img read more

Reception creates tailback in capital

first_imgUNB file photoTraffic tailbacks were seen in many areas in the capital as ruling Awami League leaders and supporters accorded prime minister Sheikh Hasina with a warm reception standing on the streets on her return from abroad.Thousands of leaders and supporters stood in a human chain, wielding banners, festoons and placards, from airport to Ganabhaban, to greet the prime minister on the way from 8:00am.Massive traffic jam was also seen in many areas of the capital from the morning.The Bijoy Sarani-Mirpur, Mirpur-Mohakhali, Airport-Khilkhet, Banani-Kakoli and Kuril Bishwa roads also saw traffic clogging that caused inconvenience to commuters.The gathering of a massive number of Awami League supporters at Banani, Khilkhet, and the Airport Circle caused jam that extended up to Tongi, slowing down Dhaka-bound vehicles.Masudur Rahman, Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said that they needed to impose diversion in several roads of the city which created traffic jams in the capital for some times. The situation is improving now.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina returned home in the morning wrapping up her three-week visit to the United States and the United Kingdom.She went to New York on 17 September to join the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday October 3

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uFrom 5-7 P.M.National politics with political strategist Catalina Byrd and commentator Sean Breeze. We’ll focus on the burgeoning police brutality protests, started by San Francisco 49’er quarterback Colin Kapernick. We’ll speak to Aaron Maybin, the former NFL player turned activist. Plus, we’ll have a preview of Tuesday night’s vice-president debate between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence.
These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes .last_img read more

Robotic arm able to capture force for accurate calligraphy reproduction w Video

first_img © 2012 Phys.org Robot artist learns masters’ brush strokes More information: 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. via Diginfo.tv Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Robotic arm able to capture force for accurate calligraphy reproduction (w/ Video) (2012, October 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-robotic-arm-capture-accurate-calligraphy.html (Phys.org)—Researchers at Keio University in Japan have built a robot arm that is capable of capturing the nuances involved in the writing form known as calligraphy. The Motion Copy System uses motion capture in a new way to faithfully recreate the strokes of master calligraphers. Calligraphy is done by dipping a paint brush in ink and then using it to paint characters on a piece of paper. Creating traditional kanji characters requires more than back and forth swiping however, it also involves up and down movements of the brush to create different effects, based on the force of the hand. The new robot arm captures these force strokes by use of a new kind of capture mechanism, a brush with independent brush handle segments.One segment is attached to the robot arm, it holds the brush head and performs the inking. The other segment is used by a human calligrapher and is held above the brush head. As characters are painted, seemingly in the air, the brush segment held by the robot mimics the action and relays information about what it is doing to its processing unit which converts it into data that can be used later to recreate the calligrapher’s movements. The end result is a robot arm that can faithfully reproduce the calligraphy style of individual artists.The researchers say their device can be used to store the different stylings of professional calligraphers to help preserve an art form that is slowly dying out due to lack of interest by young people in the country today.The Motion Copy System was demoed at the recent Ceatec 2012 tech show in Tokyo. Up till now, motion capture machines for teaching robots to write have been based on two dimensional systems. A person holds a pen or stylus and writes words on a base tablet. The method for recreating the characters is recorded by noting the order in which the characters are drawn or by attaching another stylus to the first and then mimicking its actions. The Motion Copy System is based on the second approach, but takes it into a third dimension.last_img read more

Naturally heatresilient corals transplanted to nurseries survive El Nino bleaching event

first_imgA pair of researchers with Stanford University has found that some naturally heat-resistant corals were able to survive relocation, even after an El Nino warming event. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Megan Morikawa and Stephen Palumbi describe their study of ways to prevent the coral loss and what they found. As the planet continues to heat up due to continued emission of greenhouse gases, the oceans continue to warm, as well. One of the known impacts of a warming ocean is coral bleaching, which leads to coral death. Coral bleaching occurs when water temperatures rise because it incites the coral to eject algae. Algae live in coral bony structures and actually feed the coral, which results in the development of bright colors. Without the algae, the color erodes as the coral starves to death. Prior research has shown that such bleaching is responsible for the death of 80 percent of the reefs in the Caribbean and approximately half of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. In this new effort, the researchers looked at a possible way to save coral from disappearing entirely from the world’s oceans—transplanting naturally heat-resistant coral to other locations.Prior research has shown that some coral can withstand warmer temperatures. But it is unclear whether individual specimens within a species or group are resistant, or entire species. Also unknown is whether the species of algae play a role in the resistance, or if other environmental factors play a role. To learn more, Morikawa and Palumbi collected samples of known heat-tolerant coral back in 2014 and transplanted them to sites around the Samoan Islands where the coral reefs had been destroyed by hurricanes. As if on cue, an El Nino event warmed those same waters just eight months later. The researchers report that the transplanted coral survived the event. Checking the status, growth and beaching of nursery corals in American Samoa. After 8 months of growth, these nursery panels were hit by a major bleaching event. Colonies in the nursery bleached less if they came from warm water parts of the reef where corals have adapted to higher temperatures. Credit: Alice Lawrence (photographer). More information: Megan Morikawa, Stephen Palumbi. Using naturally occurring climate resilient corals to construct bleaching-resistant nurseries, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2019). www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1721415116 The results suggest that transplanting heat-resistant coral could be a way to revive reefs that have already died. The researchers also acknowledge that more work is required to determine which factors might lead to the best approach to revive depleted coral reefs. Citation: Naturally heat-resilient corals transplanted to nurseries survive El Nino bleaching event (2019, May 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-naturally-heat-resilient-corals-transplanted-nurseries.html A coral nursery panel after the 2015 bleaching event. Nursery colonies from warm adapted parents are outlined in red. Colonies from heat sensitive parents are outlined in blue. After 8 months of growing alongside each other, nursery colonies grown from heat resistant parents show 2-3 times less bleaching than colonies grown from heat sensitive parents. Four species are growing here: Porites cylindrica, Pocillopora damicornis, Acropora hyacinthus and Acropora gemmifer (from upper left, clockwise). Credit: Megan K. Morikawa.center_img Mutually-assured destruction in heated coral-algae war Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2019 Science X Network 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

Kolkata Police arrests three from Ruby Crossing on charges of theft

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police has arrested three teenagers from Ruby Crossing on charges of snatching gold jewellery worth Rs 9 lakh.Besides the gold jewellery, there was Rs 1.10 lakh in cash and a mobile phone in the bag that was snatched away.Police said a jewellery shop owner Rajesh Chandra Pal lodged a complaint with the Survey Park police station on July 31, alleging that his bag was snatched away when he was returning after having closed his shop at Santosh Avenue in South Kolkata. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe told the police that two youths came on a motorbike from behind and snatched away the bag. The police have initiated a probe and went through footages of total 18 surveillance cameras in the area. Investigation revealed that there were three youths involved in the crime. A motorbike and a bicycle were used to carry out the same.A civic volunteer posted at the Panchasayar Police Station identified one of the three youths, who is from Mukundapur. The police were keeping a watch on him. They also found him contacting the other two over phone. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThey finally decided to meet at the Ruby Crossing.After meeting, they took a south-bound bus. The police following them. A plain-clothed policeman stopped the bus and arrested those three — Suman De, Bishnu Das and Ranjan Das.The police have recovered the entire gold jewellery. But they have used a major part of the cash to buy two motorbikes and two mobile phones. Around Rs 38,500 cash has been recovered. The motorbike and the bicycle used to commit the crime were also seized.Investigation revealed that they did a recce of the place before executing the plan to know the easy exit route.last_img read more

Net Neutrality a Big Step Nearer as Congress Republicans Concede Fight

first_img This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine 2 min read Senior Republicans late Tuesday signalled they had would give in to President Obama’s plans for ‘net neutrality’, paving the way for the provision of internet services to be regulated for the first time like a public utility.The New York Times reported South Dakota Senator John Thune as admitting that there was little prospect of getting Congress to overturn a ruling by the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday that is likely to bar companies from offering faster Internet connections at premium rates.“We’re not going to get a signed bill that doesn’t have Democrats’ support,” the NYT quoted Thune, who is also chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, as saying. “This is an issue that needs to have bipartisan support.”The FCC’s five Commissioners are split on the issue, with three Democrats led by chairman Tom Wheeler all likely to vote in favor of enforcing ‘net neutrality’, while the two Republican commissioners oppose it.However, the ruling is likely to be vigorously contested by a broad swathe of companies from Comcast Corp. to IBM Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. that have lobbied heavily for freedom to price their services as they see fit and argued that tighter regulation will deter investment in building out broadband internet across the country.Many have seen the initiative as a landmark expansion of central government’s regulatory agenda, which advocates have justified by stressing the need to prevent oligopolistic control of a service which has flourished over the last two decades, not least, because of its openness. How Success Happens February 25, 2015 Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Listen Nowlast_img read more