Efficient path estimation through parallel media for wide-beam ice-sounding radar.

first_imgThe authors propose an algorithm to estimate the path followed by refracted signals from a source to a target, through a medium formed by uniform parallel layers with known different refractive indices, a common model used for ice radioecho sounding. The analytical solution is a polynomial with a degree that exponentially depends on the number of layers, being computationally inefficient. For low incidence angles, the small-angle approximation can be used to avoid the polynomial. In their technique, they normalise the governing equations to obtain a framework where to find a narrow angular interval containing the solution, finally estimated interpolating the boundaries. The new approach improves the results regarding the small-angle approximation for a wider angular range at a slightly higher computational time. This method has been applied to focus airborne synthetic aperture radar images for deep ice sounding, reducing the calculation time and improving the detected response in wide beam and squinted geometries, used for high along-track resolution or the detection of sloping internal layers.last_img read more

House NDAA passes w/ BSA modernization, no military base exemption expansion

first_img continue reading » The House passed its version of the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Tuesday night with CUNA-supported Bank Secrecy Act modernization language in the bill. Absent from the bill was a provision CUNA, Leagues and credit unions worked to ensure was not placed in the bill, language that would have expanded an exemption from certain fees and costs when operating branches on military installations.Credit unions are currently eligible for that exemption and CUNA pushed back against efforts to expand the exemption from banks.“We thank the House for moving along with an NDAA that maintains access to military bases credit unions have earned through decades of service to military members and families. It also contains important BSA modernization language that will help cooperation between law enforcement and financial institutions,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle.“CUNA, Leagues and credit unions pushed back against banker calls to expand the military base exemption by continually making sure credit unions’ legacy of member service and not-for-profit nature was brought to the attention to policymakers. We remain concerned that the exemption is expanded in the Senate NDAA, but will continue our advocacy to make sure it is not included in the final version of the bill,” he added. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Family violence cases still on the increase

first_imgStuff co.nz 8 July 2014Family violence is on the increase in New Zealand, a report has indicated.New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, which compiled the report, said it was not clear what was behind the increase.“We believe that further work is required to understand the causes of this increase,” said Clearinghouse researcher Pauline Gulliver.“Is it also because the police have improved their handling of historic abuse claims? Are advocates in the community providing more support to encourage people to come forward?”The data collected by government agencies, services and surveys indicate that during 2013:■ 95,080 family violence investigations were conducted by the police.■ Offences were recorded at 37,880 of these.■ 12,490 Police Safety Orders (PSOs) were issued.■ There were 5025 recorded breaches of Protection Orders and 3835 convictions for Breach of Protection Order and Non-Molestation Order prosecuted.■ Between 2005 and 2013 the number of sexual offences against adults reported to police increased from 1187 to 1848.■ The number of reported sexual offences against children increased from 1278 to 2071 in the same period.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/10242151/Family-violence-cases-still-on-the-increaseFall in family violence charges alarms groups NZ Herald 8 July 2014Domestic violence agencies have raised the alarm about a sharp decline in police prosecutions for family violence offences over the past four years.New figures issued by the Family Violence Clearinghouse at Auckland University show that charges for male assaults against female, applications for protection orders and prosecutions for breaches of protection orders all increased up to 2009-10, but have all fallen since then by between 14 per cent and 29 per cent.The number of police investigations into family violence incidents kept on climbing from 86,800 in 2010 to 95,100 incidents last year.But the number of investigations that led to an offence being recorded dropped from 45,500 to 37,900 – from 52 per cent of all incidents investigated in 2010 to 40 per cent last year.Women’s Refuge policy and research officer Kiri Hannifin said the figures were alarming.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11289296last_img read more

See why former Pakistani cricketer Saqlain Mushtaq has been adorned in make up and…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Gulf News/Twitter(@Saqlain_Mushtaq)Advertisement 7aggNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsc7prthWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6i19( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7vWould you ever consider trying this?😱vw6brCan your students do this? 🌚2mbpcRoller skating! Powered by Firework Since the novel Coronavirus pandemic has put the human life on a halt, almost all countries around the world have imposed a lock down to curb any further spread of the deadly virus. Citizens, sportspersons and celebrities alike, are remaining indoors in-self isolation, many of them who are taking it to social media to spread awareness and positivity in these woeful times. However, a bizarre and hilarious approach has been taken by Saqlain Mushtaq, the former Pakistani international cricketer who has done make up and donned a wig to promote the message of bonding with family.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Gulf News/Twitter(@Saqlain_Mushtaq)On Tuesday, Mushtaq uploaded a clip on his official Twitter handle, where he was seen wearing a red wig, along with eye shadow and lipstick. The video was captioned with: “Stay safe, stay at home with your loved ones and enjoy our clip.” Check it out below-Advertisement “”We are in quarantine. She’s the make-up artist,” Mushtaq said in the clip, pointing at his daughter, who is seen wearing a veil.The former spin bowler went on saying that it was his daughter’s wish to play with him, and that she gave him his new ‘getup’ with her make-up work and the beautiful wig.“Stay at home, stay safe and look beautiful, and enjoy with your loved ones,” the 43 year old added.However, its not the first time Mushtaq’s daughter did her make-up job on her father. Below her’s a tweet from 2015, where the former cricketer is seen undergoing beauty treatments from his sweet kid.Mushtaq is hailed as one of the greatest spin bowlers of all time, and is regarded as the pioneer of the ‘doosra’. He has made 49 Test and 169 ODI appearances for Pakistan, securing 208 and 288 wickets in both formats respectively. He was the fastest bowler to reach 100, 150, 200 and 250 wickets milestones in ODI cricket.Mushtaq made his last international appearance in 2004 in a Test match against India. Since his retirement, he has performed several coaching roles, especially in 2016 when the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) appointed him as the spin consultant for the England cricket team for the Pakistan and India series.Mushtaq also has his own YouTube channel named ‘Saqlain Mushtaq Show’, where he regularly uploads videos, discussing various topics regarding the sport.Pakistan has seen 4,005 confirmed Coronavirus cases as of today, and the death toll is at 54.Also read-Indian cricketer scored 59 hundreds in his career – so he donated Rs.59 lakh to the fight against Covid-19!Yuvraj Singh slams current crop of Indian players: There’s no respect for seniors! Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES -30- CHRISTOPHER DECARLO, TUTTIPAESI, WINNER: “The last time I rode in California was in 2002 at Hollywood, for the American Oaks; this is my first ride ever at Santa Anita.“Every time she’s run for me, she’s run really well. The last time she ran, she was a little aggravated, a little high strung and the heat was getting to her. She really enjoyed today.“She’s tactical. Going down the backside Alex (Solis, on Fresh Feline) kind of came out and I didn’t want to lose my cover and have to be three-wide all the way around. I was able to tuck in behind Mike (on runner-up Glory) the whole way; his horse was running well.“At the top of the lane it was tight. I didn’t have anywhere to go but there was a little separation at the eighth pole and once she got her head in there, she was able to muscle her way through. She’s a tough filly, she’s a fighter. She’s the kind you want, she won’t back away from a challenge.” RILEY MOTT, SON OF TRAINER BILL MOTT, TUTTIPAESI, WINNER: “I didn’t have to tell Chris (DeCarlo) anything. He knows the mare very, very well. He’s been on her a few times, it was a short filed, a little bit of speed, but when they open the gates, it’s all up to him.“He did a good job. She was in tight turning for home but was pretty valiant. I wasn’t sure (she would get there) until 100 yards from the line, when she got out. I know she’s game. She showed it in her previous races. This was a pretty special win.”Tuttipaesi also was entered at the Fair Grounds today, but ran here.“It seems like we made the right decision. It was a big testament to our team, and the owner. We’ve put in a lot of work with her so this was a very gratifying victory.” MIKE SMITH, GLORY, SECOND: “I had to move a bit earlier than I wanted to. Going in to the far turn Fresh Feline came up on our outside and when that happened, I had to go with them and it turned into too long of a run. In saying that she ran too good to lose.” NOTES: The winning owner is Valor Ladies, LLC. TRAINER QUOTESlast_img read more

How Plants Wax Their Leaves

first_imgPlants have a waxy coating on their leaves, some more and some less, a fact many gardeners may notice without much thought.  A recent paper by two plant biologists in Science1 reveals that even this seemingly ordinary feature comes about only through a complex process in plant cells.  The waxy coating, called the cuticle, is composed of three distinct layers including water-resistant wax crystals that are synthesized by epidermal cells.  Burkhard Schulz and Wolf B. Frommer, commenting on research on this subject, note that over 100 transporter genes of a class named ABC have been discovered in plants, some of which carefully move the insoluble wax molecules to the surface.  They describe the process as major effort in transporting a multitude of large, complex molecules.  Their diagram shows a multitude of molecular machines that take part in the construction of the “elaborate structure” of the cuticle.  Yet they assume this cuticle, with its varied and essential functions, and all the machinery required to product it, arose through a “sloppy” evolutionary history:When plants moved from water to land 450 million years ago, they needed to develop a sealed surface to protect themselves against water loss in the “dry” air environment.  To solve this problem, plants invented an epicuticular wax layer that covers the entire surface of the plant that is exposed to air.  This protective wax cuticle also serves a multitude of other functions.  Its elaborate micro- and nanostructure prevents water and other particles from sticking to the surface of leaves, keeping them clean and so enhancing their ability to trap light for photosynthesis.  Adhering water droplets and other particles are washed away in a self-cleaning process called the lotus effect.  The wax layer also filters out damaging ultraviolet rays, prevents volatile chemicals and pollutants from sticking to leaves and stems, and protects plants against attack by microbes and herbivoresSchulz and Frommer want to know “what were the evolutionary steps that led to this innovation?”  They figure that early plants somehow co-opted existing transporter machinery for this new function, because the plants needed it:How did land plants invent wax secretion?  The genomes of living land plants contain more than 100 ABC transporter genes.  Because transporters seem to be sloppy with respect to their substrate specificity, it is feasible that when plants crept out of the water, they turned a member of the ABC transporter family into a lipid exporter by ensuring that it became localized to a different cellular compartment.  Perhaps this is an example of an evolutionary principle in which sloppiness is transformed into flexibility.It’s only a suggestion, they end; “Obviously, there is more work to be done….”1Burkhard Schulz and Wolf B. Frommer, “A Plant ABC Transporter Takes the Lotus Seat,” Science, Science, Vol 306, Issue 5696, 622-625, 22 October 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1105227].Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week, easily.  At the rate the Darwin Party is turning up the propaganda, we’re going to have to make this a daily award.  So plants invented something because they needed it when they crawled out of the water onto the land, and used existing machinery that just happened to be in their toolbox.  This is going to sound so stupid to everybody some day, just like it already does to anybody that cleans his ears of Charlie Ear Wax.(Visited 193 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

OCWGA members pushing for USMCA and ethanol

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association members participated in a recent press conference earlier in St. Louis to urge the Trump Administration and members of Congress to finish the job on trade and ethanol issues important to corn farmers.Patty Mann (Jackson Center), John Linder (Edison), Kelly Harsh (Delaware), Gail Lierer (Okeana), and Josh Yoder (Plain City) were on hand to let the Administration and Congress know that immediate action is needed.The past year has presented a perfect storm of challenges for America’s corn farmers in Ohio and across the nation. While there have been positive developments, such as the trade agreement with Japan and the long-awaited approval of year-round E15, there are still outstanding issues that, if adequately addressed, would provide some much-needed certainty to corn farmers.The Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association joined with other state leaders and NCGA leadership and called on the President to follow through on his commitment to farmers and the RFS, conclude China trade negotiations with a positive outcome for agriculture, and for Congressional leaders to reach an agreement with the Administration and pass USMCA.OCWGA continues to ask farmers to reach out to elected leaders to let them know the importance of these issues and why they matter to your family, your farm, and for your way of life.One additional step farmers can take it to join the Insider Action Team to stay involved in issues.last_img read more

Adobe Unveils Auto Reframe and Other Video Editing Updates

first_imgAuto Reframe, Character Animator 3.0, and Premiere Rush app updates headline the latest Cloud updates announced at Adobe Max.Adobe Max, the company’s annual conference for all things in the vast Adobe Creative Cloud, is in full swing, and the announcements for new updates for Premiere Pro, After Effects, and the smartphone app Premiere Rush are already making headlines.The long-rumored Auto Reframe is perhaps the biggest feature in this batch of updates (which promises to be a powerful Premiere Pro tool that intelligently optimizes video for different formats, including vertical, horizontal, and 16:9). However, some major and minor updates for Character Animator; Premiere Rush’s TikTok uploading capabilities; and workflow updates for Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Audition should give Adobe’s video and audio editing apps a great tune-up. Let’s take a look at all the news coming out of Adobe Max.Auto Reframe in Premiere ProUsing the company’s artificial intelligence and machine learning technology — Adobe Sensei — the Auto Reframe functionality is finally available  in Premiere Pro. The innovative feature helps video editors and content producers seamlessly reformat videos for different platforms and uses, like square (for Instagram), vertical (for stories), and 16:9 — or any other custom aspect ratio you might need.While this has been a work-in-progress for some time, the Auto Reframe should absolutely save time with individual clips or entire sequences, as it will analyze footage and intelligently apply panning and cropping even in the most jerky of shots or sequences. Increased Performance and SpeedPremiere Pro and After Effects both received performance boosts.For video editors and all-purpose filmmakers, Adobe has improved the overall performance, speed, and functionality of Premiere Pro and After Effects. Some of the highlights include a retooling in Premiere Pro that allows for improved playback for a variety of formats, including H264, HEVC, and Apple ProRes (with ProRes HDR running up to 10x faster). Premiere Pro will also see its Time Remapping functionality extended to 20,000% for a more robust degree of control for speed changes and ramping. Similarly, After Effects features updates and improvements for real-time playback for cached previews for faster iteration on motion graphics and with different motion graphic templates. After Effects VFX enhancements will include support for multiplayer EXR files for effects on individual layers of images for stylized and photo-real looks.Character Animator 3.0The Character Animator features new scene cameras, animation moves, keyframing tools, and more.One of the more innovative features released by Adobe in recent years, Character Animator has been a great app for combining motion-capture and multi-track recording with custom designed characters and 2D “puppet” creatures from Illustrator or Photoshop. With version 3.0, Character Animator promises to add even more rhythm and dynamic capture to all of your fun storytelling projects.The update will include new scene cameras, moves for animation, keyframing tools, audio triggers, motion lines, a “save version” feature, and other elements for better animation and enhanced dialogue.Premiere Rush UpdatesPremiere Rush CC users can now share videos directly to TikTok.While some in the film and video industry might be hesitant to adopt any manner of smartphone-based video editing (much less hear anything about it), in many ways, it’s the future, and Premiere Rush has proven to be one of the better options. So, for anyone in content creation for millennial- (or younger) focused companies or brands, you’ll be happy to know that Premiere Rush will be the first short-form mobile video app to allow sharing videos directly to TikTok.Other Video and Audio Editing UpdatesHere is a full list of the announced updates for this latest release.Premiere Pro:Auto ReframeImproved Layers workflowsFaster ProRes HDRTime remapping to 20,000%Audio gain to +15dBHDR 10 metadata export controlsAfter Effects:Real-time playback of cached previewsEXR productivity and performanceFaster shapesEnhanced ExpressionsFaster Content-Aware Fill for VideoBetter controls for Motion GraphicsCharacter Animator:Scene CamerasKeyframing toolsAudio triggersMotion linesSave VersionAudition:Improved multichannel audio effects workflowsPremiere Rush:Share videos directly to TikTok How to Download and UpdateIf you’re already part of the Adobe Creative Cloud, the updates should be available in the desktop application to download and update directly. However if you subscribe to individual apps, you can find the updates on the product pages below:Premiere ProAfter EffectsAuditionCharacter Animator Premiere Rush(Note: Adobe strongly recommends that all projects are saved and the apps are closed before updating.)All images via Adobe.For more video editing news, tips and resources, check out some of these articles below.7 Tutorials About Editing Audio in Your Film and Video ProjectsThe Best Video Editing Programs: Final Cut Pro vs. Premiere Pro215 Free Motion Graphics, Sound Textures, Social Designs, and MorePre-Visualizing Your Scene: The Pros and Cons of Set.a.lightFinding Perfect Music Is Easier and Faster with PremiumBeatlast_img read more

Somdev reaches South African Open final

first_imgCommonwealth and Asian Games gold medallist Somdev Devvarman reached his first ATP final in two years after beating local wild card entrant Izak Van der Merwe in straight sets in the South African Open here.The 25-year-old rising Indian star scored a 6-2 6-4 win over the South African to progress to his second career final at the Montecasino Entertainment Centre. His first one being in Chennai in 2009 where he lost to Croatia’s Marin Cilic.The victory has moved the Indian within sniffing distance of accumulating 250 ATP World Tour points and pocketing USD 76,500 first prize money.In the summit clash, Somdev will face fourth seed South African Kevin Anderson who defeated Frenchman Adrian Mannrino 6-7(3) 6-0 6-4 in the other semifinal match.Last year, Somdev was eliminated in straight sets by Spain’s David Ferrer at the quarter-final stage.Somdev wasted little time in winning the first set in just 39 minutes, breaking serve in the first and third games.Merwe, much taller to his Indian opponent, rallied in the second set but Somdev broke again in the seventh game when his rival ended a rally with a tame shot into the net.Somdev has so far dropped just one set at the tournament.last_img read more

Bengal football’s Big Three are in terminal decline

first_imgMohammedan sporting practises at its ground in KolkataIn a nation where foreign football is gaining popularity, Bengal’s Holy Trinity of Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting seem to have scored self-goals. Local nurseries of talent are drying up, forcing club managements, which haven’t corporatised despite promising to do so,,Mohammedan sporting practises at its ground in KolkataIn a nation where foreign football is gaining popularity, Bengal’s Holy Trinity of Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting seem to have scored self-goals. Local nurseries of talent are drying up, forcing club managements, which haven’t corporatised despite promising to do so, to rely heavily on foreign recruits to pull in the crowds. The results are evident. Sporting is now among the also-rans, relegated to the all-India second division football league. Mohun Bagan has not won the national league in a decade. And East Bengal last won it in 2003.Till the 1980s, most of Bengal’s best known footballers came from suburban towns such as Naihati, Baruipur and Amta. These places hardly churn out good footballers anymore. “Too much emphasis on cricket has meant that the average Bengali boy is not taking to football,” laments Sukumar Samajpati, ace India right-winger of the 1960s. “The infrastructure is poor,” says Trevor Morgan, the British coach hired by East Bengal in July 2010. “There has to be investment in infrastructure, in setting up football academies and spotting and grooming talent at an early age,” he says.Clubs have had to compensate with big-ticket foreign players and footballers from other states. “Getting foreigners is the best way to impress the members of a club. There’s no alternative,” says former Indian captain Bhaichung Bhutia. The East Bengal squad for the 2011-2012 season, unveiled on August 8, features only nine locals on a list of 34. Mohun Bagan has 10 locals on a list of 33 players. Only Mohammedan Sporting has a majority of locals in its 21-member squad, but that’s because it has little money. “Mohammedan evokes a negative response from most sponsors,” says Sultan Ahmed, club president.advertisementA consortium of officials continues to run the three clubs. Mohun Bagan and East Bengal’s managements have remained unchanged for seven years and more than 10 years respectively. An 18-member executive committee has governed Mohammedan Sporting’s affairs for more than a decade. Contrast this with Goa, a state whose clubs have had major success in recent years. Goan clubs like Churchill Brothers, Salgaocar and Dempo are corporate entities and listed on stock exchanges.”Football in Bengal is still big, but you won’t win a thing without foreign players. The trend will continue if you do not look at nursing homegrown talent. Unless the bottom is sound, the top will continue to suffer,” says East Bengal coach Morgan.last_img read more