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NTL Referee Nominations

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is calling for nominations for suitably qualified referees to be considered to attend the 2018 National Touch League (NTL) from Wednesday 7th – Saturday 10th March 2018. The event will be held at C.ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.The Open and Senior tournaments will run concurrently over the four days creating an exciting atmosphere with the best players and officials from across the country in all age divisions, with the potential of international teams.The NTL event has proven to be a highlight for the Touch Football community, providing a great opportunity for professional development through experiencing the highest level of Touch Football in the country.The attached document outlines important information for referees interested in participating in this event. We encourage you to read this information closely, and if you have any questions please feel free to contact TFA via beth.taylor@touchfootball.com.au.For full information, click here.last_img read more

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Feel Good Friday: Kiehl’s Must Be Watching Portlandia

first_img Nothing New Turns Old Plastic Into Stylish, Sustainable Sneakers Editors’ Recommendations 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn A Quick Overview of the Sustainable Adidas Outdoor and Five Ten Line Essentials The Taylor Stitch Restitch Collection Makes Your Old Gear New Again Recycling is a pretty simple concept, but anyone who’s seen that recycling episode of Portlandia knows, it’s a teeny more complicated than it probably should be. Your call on exactly why that is but Kiehl’s has honed in on one possible reason—a lack of standardized labeling throughout the country. They’ve been partnering with a non profit called Recycle Across America for a few years to push for uniform labeling of recycling starting with American public schools. On the occasion of April’s Earth day, they’ve launched some limited edition packaging for their Ultra Face Cream featuring the designs of Alanis Morissette and Zachary Quinto and are donating $50,000 of the proceeds to Recycle Across America. The cream is lightweight and formulated to keep skin hydrated for up to 24 hours. A good product for anyone really, but we’re gonna go ahead and say this is actually a great idea for a feel good Mother’s Day gift, which is just around the calendrical corner.And while you’re shopping at Kiehl’s, you might want to take note of their ongoing bottle recycling initiative. Bring your empty Kiehl’s bottle back to one of their stores and they’ll give you a card with a stamp on it, which can later be cashed in for free stuff.Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Limited Edition ($46.50 / 4.2 oz) at kiehls.com GoLite Makes Performance Apparel from Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic last_img read more

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Services in Child Protection Sector Being Streamlined

first_img The software interface system will also facilitate real-time information-sharing among key child-protection agencies, including the family and children’s courts; the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR); the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA); the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information. Story Highlights The software will enable users to digitally track, update and evaluate client information. The Government is streamlining services within the child protection sector with the launch of the Child Case Management System (CCMS), incorporating the Social and Health Management (SOHEMA) software. The Government is streamlining services within the child protection sector with the launch of the Child Case Management System (CCMS), incorporating the Social and Health Management (SOHEMA) software.Developed by Canadian software development company, Avocette, the software allows child-protection officers to upload and track cases of children who are registered in the child-protection system.The software will enable users to digitally track, update and evaluate client information.The software interface system will also facilitate real-time information-sharing among key child-protection agencies, including the family and children’s courts; the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR); the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA); the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, who brought greetings at the launch held on August 16 at the CDA’s downtown Kingston headquarters, said the software will greatly enhance the CDA’s ability to track the needs of each child in the system and effectively monitor and manage cases.“Part of our role and responsibility as a Government is to formulate a child protection sector that is effective and efficient, especially considering we are dealing with the most vulnerable members of our population,” Mr. Green said.“To put it in context, we get about 13,000 child-abuse reports each year. That means we are treating with about 1,200 reports of child-abuse cases each month. Can you then imagine the difficulty our childcare officers had when all these cases were paper and files and were passed around to ensure that the work was being done. This will help us to rid ourselves of that system and the inefficiency that is inherent in that kind of (paper-based) system,” he added.Meanwhile, Acting Mission Director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Rebecca Robinson, said the agency remains committed to working with the Jamaican Government to improve the outcomes of youth in State care.“Technology presents effective tools at our fingertips which can ease the process of enormous amounts of data that organisations such as the child-protection agencies are expected to maintain. We hope that the system will bolster the capacity of the CDA to respond to the needs of the wards of the State right from the time that they enter the child-protection system up until they exit care,” she said.For her part, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CDA, Rosalee Gage-Grey, noted that 150 CDA staff members have, so far, been trained in the use of the software, and expressed her enthusiasm for the use of technology-based solutions to advance the work of the child protection sector.“We are excited to be able to reveal a product that will enable our officers to efficiently track clients and cases, so that our officers will dedicate their time to serving our children,” she said.The SOHEMA Child Case Management System is developed and implemented under the USAID’s ‘Transitional Living Programme for Children in State Care’ project. The agency provided $16.4 million in funding for the development of the system.last_img read more

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Sensex Nifty continue rally to record highs on Modis return to power

first_imgMumbai: Domestic equity benchmarks BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty Monday closed at another record highs as investors continued to cheer the decisive mandate for the Narendra Modi’s BJP in the national election. After rallying nearly 400 points, the 30-share index ended 248.57 points, or 0.63 per cent, higher at 39,683.29 — its all-time closing high. The gauge hit an intra-day high of 39,821.94 and a low of 39,353.16. Likewise, the broader NSE Nifty jumped 80.65 points, or 0.68 per cent, to 11,924.75 — a closing peak for the index. During the day, the bourse hit a high of 11,957.15 and a low of 11,812.40. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsTata Steel was the biggest gainer in the Sensex pack, rallying 5.78 per cent; followed by Yes Bank, NTPC, L&T, Axis Bank, SBI, M&M, HDFC twins, Vedanta, HUL, PowerGrid, ICICI Bank, Kotak Bank, HCL, TCS and ITC, gaining up to 3.79 per cent. On the other hand, IndusInd Bank, RIL, Asian Paints, Bharti Airtel, ONGC, Maruti, Bajaj Auto, Tata Motors, Bajaj Finance, Coal India, Hero MotoCorp, Sun Pharma and Infosys ended in the red, shedding up to 2.37 per cent. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefThe broader BSE midcap and smallcap indices outperformed benchmarks, ending up to 1.77 per cent higher. According to experts, the market is witnessing a board-based rally expecting better outlook for the economy in the next one to two quarters, experts said. Domestic and foreign investors have been euphoric ever since Modi-led NDA registered a thumping victory in the Lok Sabha polls. Foreign institutional investors bought equity worth Rs 2,026.33 crore on Friday, while domestic institutional investors sold shares to the tune of Rs 195.35 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed. Meanwhile, the Indian rupee depreciated marginally to 69.59 against the US dollar. Brent crude, the global benchmark, was trading at 67.50 per barrel, higher by 0.04 per cent. Globally, bourses in Asia ended on a mixed note, while those in Europe were trading in the green in their respective early deals.last_img read more

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Annan calls for sixmonth extension of UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus

Calling on the Security Council to renew the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for a further six months, Mr. Annan also notes that the Turkish Cypriot authorities “regrettably” have failed to provide uninhibited access and full freedom of movement and urges them to allow the Force to “carry out its mandate throughout its entire area of responsibility.”Referring to the opening in April by Turkish Cypriot authorities of crossing points for public travel in both directions – the first such opening in almost three decades – he notes that 2 million crossings by Greek Cypriots to the north and Turkish Cypriots to the south have taken place as of 2 November.Mr. Annan says there is no point in his resuming his latest bid to achieve a solution to the Cyprus problem, which he abandoned in April when efforts to enable a united Cyprus to sign a treaty of accession to the European Union broke down in a stalemate for which he then said the Turkish Cypriot side bore “prime responsibility.””It remains my position that no purpose would be served by renewing my mission of good offices unless there were a readiness on the part of both Cypriot parties, as well as Greece and Turkey, to finalize negotiations, with United Nations assistance, on the basis of the revised proposal that I presented to the parties and the guarantor powers on 26 February 2003, and to put the resulting agreement to separate simultaneous referendums within a short time thereafter,” he writes.”However, I am continuing to monitor developments in Cyprus closely, and I wish to assure the Council that, should the appropriate opportunity to finalize the plan present itself I stand ready to re-engage,” he adds.In his concluding observations, he reiterates his belief “that only the achievement of a comprehensive settlement will bring an end to the Cyprus problem. In the absence of such a comprehensive settlement, the presence of UNFICYP on the island continues to be necessary for the maintenance of the ceasefire,” he adds. “I therefore recommend that the Security Council extend the mandate of the Force for a further period of six months, until 15 June 2004.”Among its various duties, UNFICYP monitors the ceasefire lines, which extend some 180 kilometres across the island. The buffer zone varies in width from under 20 metres to some 7 kilometres and covers 3 per cent of the terrain. Surveillance is maintained through a system of observation posts, as well as through air, vehicle and foot patrols. read more

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October 2018 new car preregistration figures

SMMT released figures for October pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of by vehicle manufacturers in October 2018 that were defined as pre-registrations.Download the October 2018 releaseClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Mens Lacrosse Ohio State topples topranked Maryland 1210

Ohio State freshman midfielder Jackson Reid looks for an open shooting lane against Michigan on April 13, 2018. Ohio State won 8-5. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Assistant Sports EditorIn an exhilarating show of strength and discipline, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team stunned No. 1 Maryland with an upset win on the road Sunday to stay alive in the Big Ten. With only four teams reaching the Big Ten tournament, Ohio State will head into its final conference game of the season with a chance to play in the tournament, if it is able to beat No. 10 Rutgers on Saturday.The Buckeyes’ 12-10 victory on the Terrapins’ home turf came on the backs of senior attack Colin Chell, junior attack Jack Jasinski and freshman midfielder Jackson Reid, who were responsible for nine of the team’s 12 goals. Ohio State and Maryland were tied at six at halftime, but a unified offensive effort in the final two quarters saw the Buckeyes edging out the Terrapins by two goals. Ohio State (7-6, 2-2 Big Ten) dominated with faceoffs, winning 17 of 26, which gave the Buckeyes pivotal advantages against the Terrapins (10-2, 3-1 Big Ten) with the extra possessions. After outscoring Maryland in the third quarter and entering the fourth with a one-goal lead, the Buckeyes were able to repeat the effort with a one-goal advantage in the final quarter, culminating in an Ohio State victory.Senior midfielder Connor Kelly paced Maryland’s offense, peppering Ohio State’s cage with 11 shots, four of which found the back of the net. Five of his teammates recorded goals, but the effort was ultimately not enough to break even with the Buckeyes. In a season plagued by excruciating losses, Ohio State has now recorded back-to-back wins against ranked opponents, with this most recent win coming against the top team in the country. The late season push showed the Buckeyes still have what it takes to be a viable contender once the conference and NCAA tournaments begin. The Buckeyes welcome No. 10 Rutgers to Ohio Stadium at 4 p.m. Saturday for their final game of the regular season. read more

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PSNI close to Ronan Kerr charges as man sentenced over guns and

first_imgPOLICE INVESTIGATING THE murder of PSNI constable Ronan Kerr have said that they believe they are close to making further charges.The update was delivered on the day a 36-year-old was sentenced for a weapons find made three days after the murder.Officers say that the investigation into the murder is the largest ever undertaken by the force and that they have identified the group they believe carried out the car bomb that killed Kerr in April 2011. They also believe they can link this group to other incidents.Gavin Coyle, who was today sentenced to 10 years, leaving Dungannon Magistrates Court in 2011. (Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire)The PSNI’s assistant chief constable for crime operations Drew Harris described the investigation into the murder as “lengthy and complicated”: Although we have yet to bring charges for Ronan’s murder, this investigation, which is the largest in the PSNI’s history, is far from over. Detectives in serious crime branch have linked a total of 17 incidents to the same network of individuals and terrorist groupings. These include attempts to murder other police officers, a bomb attack, arms finds and armed robberies.“We have made progress and we believe there is potential to bring other individuals before the courts. But we are not complacent,” added Harris.PSNI constable Kerr was killed when booby-trap bomb went off after he got into his car at Highfield Close in Omagh on Saturday, 2 April 2011.The PSNI say that the resultant investigation has led to 14 arrests, 123 house searches and the seizure of 7,947 items.Coalisland guns and explosive seizureThe update on the investigation was provided by the PSNI as 36-year-old Gavin Coyle, of Culmore Road, Omagh, was sentenced to a total of 10 years after admitting having guns and explosives with intent to endanger life and being a member of the IRA. Five years will be in custody with five on licence.The arms and explosives, which included assault rifles and Semtex, were uncovered by detectives in premises at Mountjoy Road, Coalisland, Co Tyrone three days after the murder of  Kerr in April 2011.Following Coyle’s sentencing, PSNI officers have released a number of photos of the items seized that led to his conviction.last_img read more

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Vancouver considers more code amendments to make it easier to build affordable

first_imgBy now, the need for additional affordable housing in Vancouver is clear. The vacancy rate is at 2 percent, and residents need to earn $21.77 an hour to afford a one-bedroom in the city that comes with a price tag averaging $1,132 a month.The challenge for the city is finding ways to spur development and create more housing opportunities.The Vancouver Affordable Housing Task Force came up with several recommendations since it was convened in 2015, and some are already in effect.• It pushed for the Affordable Housing Fund, which was created by voters in 2016 to help fund homeless and low-income housing.• It championed the expansion of the city’s Multi-Family Tax Exemption program.• It pressed for increased policy flexibility to allow for accessory dwelling units.To build on that momentum, the city is considering additional code amendments that would make it easier for developers and homeowners to build affordable housing.Bryan Snodgrass, principal planner in the city’s Community and Economic Development Department, said the changes aren’t intended to allow for just more housing, but for smaller and denser housing.The first code amendment on deck would allow multifamily housing in certain commercial zones without a first-floor commercial requirement. As it stands now, housing projects looking to locate in commercial zones — typically near high-capacity transit — can do so if the ground floor of the building is dedicated to commercial space.last_img read more

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Exclusive CSKA players couldnt believe they were winning

first_imgThe Russian footballers had to be calmed down by Moscow’s boss Viktor Goncharenko after having the 1-0 advantage against Real Madrid in the first halfNikola Vlasic scored in the 2nd minute of the match between CSKA Moscow and Real Madrid to give his Russian team an early advantage.And after holding Los Merengues back for the first 45 minutes, the players were euphoric in the locker room.But for CSKA coach Viktor Goncharenko, his footballers needed to be calmed down in order to get an important UEFA Champions League victory.“My first objective was to calm down the team,” Goncharenko said during the press conference at Luzhniki Stadium.“We came from the field full of emotions and some players couldn’t believe we had the advantage on the scoreboard.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“The second half was better than the first because we had more chances to create more goals,” he added.“It was a good job, first by our defensive line and then by our brave attack”, the CSKA manager added. “Of course the early goal helped us, but Real Madrid is a team that can score at any time.”Goncharenko received an ovation by the Russian press for getting what most consider the most mediatic win in the history of CSKA.Incredible! CSKA Moscow beats Real Madrid!#RonaldocomInMoscow #Ronaldocom pic.twitter.com/AV8zz989bP— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) October 2, 2018last_img read more

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Vigilante justice discouraged Police and Pastor speak in Smith Murder investigation

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Jul 2015 – Over three months later and Police have finally confirmed that the remains found in Grand Turk on April 16 are those of Kevino Smith, the 25 year old man who had been reported missing in early March. What the Police and the Smith family’s pastor, Rev Chad Archibald are discouraging is vigilante justice.And there are a lot of issues that are going on here in the Division (Grand Turk). We must take heed as it relates to law and order; we cannot go out on a daily basis and commits acts of crime and expect nothing to be done. The Police will be taking a serious look into these…”This sounds to be of major concern to the Police as there are talks erupting about the case which has polarized much of the Grand Turk community. Rev Chad Archibald: “This attitude of ‘Town’ vs ‘Backsalina’ and I think it is so immature, I think it is ridiculous and I think as parents and community leaders and persons within the communities we need to have a serious chat with some of the youngsters who are getting involved in this nonsense.”Police say this is an active investigation and they are still soliciting information in the now murder investigation. The forensic examination was performed in the US according to DCP Rodney Adams who revealed that the results returned to the TCI late on Friday. Recommended for you Update: Women robbed while exercising (21 year old Arrested) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Haitian gov’t official under investigation commits suicide Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force’s mission to combat abusive images of children online Related Items:death, kevino smith, pastors, police, rev chad archibald, rodney adamslast_img read more

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The Wilmington Insider For June 12 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Tuesday, June 12, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 81. Light southwest wind increasing to 9 to 14 mph in the morning.At Town Hall: The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 6pm in Town Hall’s Room 9 for two town counsel interviews. Read the agenda HERE.In The Community:  The Wilmington-Billerica-Tewksbury Relay For Life is holding a “Dining For A Cause” Fundraiser at the 99 Restaurant (144 Lowell Street) from 4pm to 11pm. Bring this flyer and 15% of your bill will be donated to Relay For Life.  Applies to both dine-on AND take-out orders.  (No coupons, discounts or promotions are accepted during the fundraiser.)In The Community: The Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks holds bingo — open to the public — every Tuesday. Doors open at 5pm. Pizza, hot dog and pastries are sold. Free coffee.In The Community: Angels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.Live Music: Larry Gilbert performs at Rocco’s Restaurant & Bar (193 Main Street) beginning at 6pm.At The Library: Salsa Class at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Walking Group at Yentile at 8am. Zumba at 9am. Computer Class at 9am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Mah Jong at 1pm. Gentle Yoga at 2:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For September 11, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 30, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Govt knows how natl polls to be held says CEC

first_imgChief election commission (CEC) KM Nurul HudaChief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has said that the government would be able to say whether or not the upcoming national election would be held under a non-partisan and neutral government.The CEC said this on Saturday while having a views-exchange meeting with local journalists at Jubilee High School playground in Sunamganj.The CEC said Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be used in the next national election in a small scale.He said the EC has sent a letter to the government requesting the necessary amendment to concerned law to facilitate EVM use.Meanwhile, the CEC also visited a development fair in the district town. Sunamganj deputy commissioner Mohammad Abdul Ahad and superintendent of police Md Barkatullah Khan were present.last_img read more

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Simplicity may be key to robotic selfreproduction

first_img 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. Sequences from the engineers’ hand-designed robotic self-reproduction. New Molecubes are deposited from the top, and each cube has the ability to swivel. Image credit: Zykov, et al. ©IEEE 2007. “Self-reproduction is one of the remarkable feats of biological systems which has remained largely outside the scope of capabilities of traditional engineered systems,” explains Victor Zykov and his colleagues from Cornell University in a recent study in IEEE Transactions on Robotics. During the second stage of the process, the evolution searches for a sequence of actions that would enable the resulting robot to achieve self-reproduction. Eventually, three different 2D robots were evolved that were able to create complete replicas of themselves.While this is not the first physical self-reproducing robotic system, there are relatively few other self-reproducing systems, and they generally use more complex mechanisms than Molecubes. The simplicity of the demonstrated building blocks suggests that it may be easier to self-reproduce for those complex systems that are constructed from many simple and identical units. The engineers note that biological organisms are all built from a repertoire of only 20 types of amino acids; however, the complete organisms can contain up to 1020 individual molecules of these amino acids. This comparison suggests that self-reproduction in biological organisms may also tend to employ simple and similar building modules.Zykov said self-reproducing robots may have applications in future long-term robotic space exploration missions.“Imagine a long space mission where we cannot predict some of the specific problems that it will face,” he said. “In this case, we also cannot foresee what types of robots will be necessary to solve those unanticipated problems. However, we can fill any available space onboard the spacecraft with spare Molecubes, and also include one or two assembled robots with them. “Now, if the mission faces an unforeseen problem, the evolutionary algorithm onboard the spacecraft can be used to evolve a body shape for a robot that will be suitable to solve that problem,” he continued. “Once the shape of the desired robot is known, the functional robots onboard the spacecraft will assemble it from the spare Molecubes. We hope that, in the future, such universally adaptable robotic systems will help to avoid tragedies similar to the one that ended the lives of the seven astronauts during the final mission of Space Shuttle Columbia.”Another question the scientists addressed in their research is the fundamental concept of “what counts as self-replication.” They have developed a metric that captures dimensions such as quality, rate, external material required, and probability of emergence of a replicating entity in various environments, and collapsed these aspects into a single quantified continuum based on the amount of information involved in replication. “In judging whether or not self-replication has occurred, multiple criteria can be used: the degree of similarity between the original and the replica, the amount of help from the environment used by the original in the process of self-replication, the complexity of the replicating entity relative to its constituent parts, etc.,” Zykov explained.“If we consider self-replication to be a binary property, that it is either true or not true for every specific case in consideration, then a judgment must be made about whether self-replication has or has not occurred using the criteria above,” he said. “However, for each of these criteria, there is no clear cut boundary that would separate self-replication from non-self-replication, so making a yes/no decision is not easy.” When viewing self-replicating as a continuous property, however, the value of self-replication would be different for each specific case of self-replication. “This value will be smaller for those cases of self-replication that result in imperfect replicas, require very specific environmental conditions or significant assistance from the outside, or involve a very simple self-replicating agent. For example, an animal would have a much greater value of self-replicability than a simple two-part robot, as it consists of many more building blocks, can successfully reproduce in a variety of environmental conditions, and doesn’t use an external power supply.”Hopefully, this metric will provide a common point of comparison to allow improvements in future self-replicating systems.Citation: Zykov, Victor, Mytilinaios, Efstathios, Desnoyer, Mark, and Lipson, Hod. “Evolved and Designed Self-Reproducing Modular Robotics.” IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Vol. 23, No. 2, April 2007.Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Zykov, Efstathios Mytilinaios, Mark Desnoyer, and Hod Lipson have examined the meaning of such concepts as “self-reproduction” and “evolution” when applied to non-living machines.The engineers designed and built a set of modular robots that can be combined into machines of varying sizes that will in turn be able to construct identical copies of themselves. The group experimented with both physical and virtual machines that were manually designed to self-reproduce, as well as self-reproducing machines that were artificially evolved. In the future, self-reproducing machines could be essential for applications prohibiting human maintenance.“Ultimately, artificial evolution will be used to design the bodies of real 3D self-reproducing machines, as well as the procedures for their construction by available, pre-assembled modular robots,” Zykov explained to PhysOrg.com. “Next, these self-replication programs will be uploaded on available robots that will physically construct the new robots—or self-reproduce.”Zykov said that designing the sequences for the evolving self-replication of 3D robots is currently very difficult, which is why the team designed evolving self-replicating programs for 2D modular robots. Also, to prepare for automating the design and control of 3D self-replication, the scientists performed 3D manual experiments to demonstrate the practical feasibility of evolving 3D self-replication.The set-up of the manual process resembles a 3D Tetris game, where a dispenser drops cubic modules, called “Molecubes,” to a machine consisting of a line of connected cubes that can pick up, hold, and drop other cubes, as well as swivel to place a cube in a different location. Ultimately, the original machine can be programmed to build a copy of itself, which in turn can copy itself, ideally through several generations. Each Molecube is identical: a 10 cm3, 625-gram module that can swivel along its long diagonal axis. On two of the cube’s sides, connectors can attach to other cubes’ connectors. A servo motor within each cube drives the swiveling mechanism.The goal of the second part of the project was to find out whether or not it is possible to artificially evolve simple modular 2D self-reproducing machines with 2D Molecubes. First, the genetic algorithm searches for a specific shape of a 2D machine. The desired shape should enable the robot to pick up available modules around itself, swivel to a target location, and, by sequentially dropping the modules off one by one in the right places, form an exact 2D replica of itself. An artist’s rendition of a self-sustaining modular robotic system for a space application. Image credit: Zykov, et al. ©IEEE 2007. Citation: Simplicity may be key to robotic self-reproduction (2007, June 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-06-simplicity-key-robotic-self-reproduction.htmllast_img read more

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Monthlong Acropolis Jackpot Carnival kicks off

first_imgAcropolis Mall, one of the most popular malls of the city, inaugurated the Acropolis Jackpot Carnival on April 1. The carnival offers and details were announced by Saket Mohta, Managing Director, Merlin Group of Companies in the presence of renowned Actress Swastika Mukherjee and the most popular RJ and Actor, Mir Afsar Ali.The logo of the Acropolis jackpot Carnival was unveiled by the artists. The month long festival will continue till April 30, 2019. A wide variety of shopping options and a specially curated range of performances and entertainment choices will offer an unforgettable experience to the visitors at the mall during this period. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShoppers will enjoy exciting offers from many brands and retailers covering a wide range of products including footwear and apparels, kids wear and toys, accessories and travel-gear, beauty products and jewellery, electronics and home products and gifts and novelties. “The annual carnival, in the long run would acquire a life of its own. Every year we will try to add something more to the visitors’ sensory take-away. We have come up with a “no-strings-attached” offer which will benefit shoppers without any further obligation. 35 daily lucky winners will get back 100% of their billing amount, not through a voucher, not through a payment wallet, but by cheque. It’s simple…you shop, if you are lucky, you get your money back. I would like to invite everyone in Kolkata to come over to this grand festival,” said Saket Mohta, Managing Director, Merlin Group of Companies, the developers of Acropolis, Ibiza Resort, Princeton Club, Homeland Mall and a plethora of residential projects all across the city and beyond. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe cash back offer is applicable on minimum purchase of Rs 1,000 and maximum purchase of Rs 5,000. The offer is valid only for purchases made through stores in Acropolis Mall during the scheme period. Customers purchasing from the above-mentioned stores will be eligible to win back 100% of the billing amount. 35 daily lucky winners will be announced every Sunday at the Mall Atrium. Bumper Lucky Draw and Grand Finale of Acropolis Jackpot Carnival will be held on May 3, 2019 where the winners will be handed over mega prizes like Car, Two Wheeler and a top-class smartphone. The Grand Finale also have lots of surprises, musical performances, celebrity appearances and giveaways in store. A stage aptly titled ‘Acropolis Stage’ has been set up in atrium at the ground floor of the mall. In the afternoons and evenings, college and school students will perform and showcase their talents in band music, dancing and standup comedy. The aspiring participants need to share their music demos and performance videos in advance for being shortlisted to perform. Prizes and certificates will be given to the performers. Every Sunday, there will be a professional performance by well-known artistes such as Mir and Bandage, Somlata Acharyya Chowdhury, Sidhu Upal Anindya trio and a Baul Rock fusion band Bolepur Bluez. The lucky draw winners will be announced by these performers. Inside the mall, a carnival like atmosphere will prevail with Baisakhi themed decoration along with fun-filled, interactive MC-driven game shows and activities with attractive prizes to involve all mall visitors. The selfie freaks will get an opportunity to participate in a selfie contest and win cool prizes. Acropolis Mall thus promises an action-packed April, 2019 to make your Poila Boisakh celebrations a grand affair.last_img read more

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The Boys who Inspired the Character of Peter Pan

first_imgIn 1897, while walking his dog around London’s Kensington Gardens, J.M. Barrie had an interesting encounter with two young boys accompanied by their nanny and newborn brother Peter. Barrie was a 37-year-old novelist from Scotland, and the boys, George and Jack Llewelyn Davies, five and four respectively.Barrie found the boys exceptionally charismatic and quickly befriended them. He soon became a close friend with all the Llewelyn Davies family and spent a lot of time with the boys who are known to the world for having inspired Barrie to write one of the greatest stories of our time — the story of Peter Pan.J. M. BarrieIn 1902, J.M. Barrie introduced the character of the boy who doesn’t want to grow up to the world in his novel The Little White Bird. It was a great success and was quickly adapted for the stage.In 1911, after more than a decade-long friendship and inspiration by the Llewelyn Davies family, Barrie penned the full novel, Peter and Wendy.Cover of 1915 edition of J. M. Barrie’s novel, first published in 1911, illustrated by F. D. Bedford.In 1900 and 1903, Arthur and Sylvia Llewelyn Davies had two more children, Michael and Nico. Sylvia was the daughter of the writer and cartoonist George du Maurier and sister of actor Gerald du Maurier.Although Barrie got married twice, he didn’t father any children. His affection was oriented towards the five Llewelyn Davis boys, the lost boys, who loved him and called him Uncle Jim.The Davies boys: Nico (in father Arthur’s arms), Jack, Peter, George, Michael (in front).Barrie entertained them with stories through which he created Peter Pan. He said that the character was a composite of the five Llewelyn Davies’ boys.However, over the years there were many theories that Barrie himself and his early childhood served as an inspiration. His brother David died in a skating accident at the age of 13, remaining a child who never grew up in Barrie’s memory.Arthur Llewelyn Davies, the boys’ father.The tragic incident left a great mark on the writer, leaving him, in a way, not fully grown up.Unfortunately, tragedy also struck the Davis’ when Arthur died of bone cancer in 1907. Only three years later, Sylvia died of cancer. Throughout it all, Barrie was there to provide financial support for the children, and when their mother died, he became their guardian.J.M. Barrie took this photo of Sylvia Llewelyn Davies in 1898. She was the mother of the five boys who inspired Barrie to write his story about “Peter Pan.”Although eternalized in one of the favorite characters of all time, tragedy haunted the Llewelyn Davies’ brothers like a curse.The oldest, George, volunteered to serve as an officer in the British Army during World War I and was killed in action in 1915, aged 21.J. M. Barrie (as Hook) and Michael (as Peter Pan) on the lawn at Rustington, August 1906.In 1921, while a student at the University of Oxford, Michael Llewelyn Davies drowned in the River Thames along with his inseparable friend and suspected lover Rupert Buxton, son of Sir Thomas Fowell Victor Buxton, 4th Baronet.Davies dressed as Peter Pan at age 6.He was described as a brilliant boy, destined for great things and considered as the biggest influence in the creation of Peter Pan’s character. He was particularly close with Barrie who wrote that Michael’s death “was in a way the end of me.”Unlike George and Michael who were Barrie’s favorites, John, the second brother, resented the writer, believing that he was trying to take his father’s place.Peter Pan statue by Sir George Frampton in Kensington Gardens, London.He died at the age of 65 from lung disease, half-a-year before Peter’s suicide.Peter, who lent his name to the famous character, never fully came to terms with his association with Peter Pan. Also, he never overcame the disappointment for being the only one left out of Barrie’s will.In 1960, the 63-year-old Peter Llewelyn Davis found himself at a moment of alcoholism, ill health, and the knowledge that his wife and three sons had inherited the fatal Huntington’s disease. He threw himself under a train at one of London’s Underground stations.Read another story from us: The True-Life Inspiration for the Classic Story ‘Beauty and the Beast’The youngest of Llewelyn Davis’ brothers, Nico, outlived the rest and died at the age of 76 in 1980. In 1978, he served as the consultant to the writer Andrew Birkin for his BBC mini-series The Lost Boys.last_img read more

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New hotel in Guanacaste offers jobs for 300 people

first_imgNo related posts. The Andaz Peninsula Papagayo hotel, part of the Hyatt chain, will launch Dec. 20. This week, hotel management announced that the facilities will be hiring 300 employees from the northwestern province of Guanacaste.The hotel needs bilingual staff for reception, guest services and the spa, as well as administrative areas, bars and three restaurants.Hotel management is also seeking for personnel for security, construction, cooking, cleaning, laundry and other operative areas.“The hotel already started the recruitment process through job fairs in Liberia, but we are still searching for staff,” the company announced in a press release.Those interested in apply for a post should send their resumes by email to contact.andazpapagayo@andaz.com.The Andaz Peninsula Papagayo has 153 rooms, nine spa treatment rooms, 8,200 square feet of flexible meeting space, two swimming pools, a gym and three theme restaurants. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Attacks on Mexico journalists surge says rights group

first_imgRelated posts:Mexico City murders deepen threatened journalists’ fears Independent probe doubts 43 Mexico students cremated Mexico’s 43 missing students continue to haunt President Peña Nieto – and they should Parents of 43 missing students in Mexico wage hunger strike MEXICO CITY – Attacks on journalists in Mexico have surged during President Enrique Peña Nieto’s first two years in power, with assaults reported every 26.7 hours, a press freedom group said Tuesday.Media workers endured an act of violence every 48.1 hours during the 2006-2012 presidency of Felipe Calderón, according to a report by Article 19.Since Peña Nieto took office in December 2012, 10 journalists have been murdered, possibly due to their work, while four others have vanished, and the crimes remain unsolved, the London-based organization said.“Fear, impunity and violence are things that are too common for the press in Mexico,” Article 19 said.Of the 326 attacks against journalists in 2014, 43 percent involved a physical or material aggression, 16 percent were acts of intimidation, 14 percent were arbitrary detentions and 13 percent were threats.While organized crime is behind much of the violence, 48 percent of the attacks were orchestrated by public officials, Article 19 said.The organization said the governmental National Human Rights Commission and a special unit in the attorney general’s office to prosecute crimes against journalists have been inefficient.Mexico has become one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists, with at least 82 media workers killed between 2000 and September 2014, according to Reporters Without Borders. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Coral Princess winners announced

first_imgMajor prize winner Samantha Baker receiving her prize from Coral Princess Cruises sales executives Elise O’Rourke and Kate Ashman (at right) and Broome and the Kimberley Holidays’ Victoria Kyngdon (left). Source = Coral Princess Cruises Coral Princess Cruises has announced the winners from their recent travel agent incentive. Retail agents who made bookings with the company between May and September 2011 were automatically entered into the draw to win one of three award-winning small ship cruises with the company. Congratulations to the lucky winners, the team at Coral Princess Cruises looks forward to welcoming each of you aboard soon!Major Prize – Samantha Baker, HWT Manly. Samantha has won a 10-night Kimberley cruise aboard Coral Princess’s flagship Oceanic Discoverer.2nd Prize – Angela Meek, Jetset Travel Bendigo. Angela has won a 4-night Great Barrier Reef cruise3rd Prize – Gina Dignan, Travelling Places. Gina has won a 3-night Great Barrier Reef cruisecenter_img :: Coral Princess winners announced ::last_img read more

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