Renato Augusto determined to fight for WC starting berth

first_imgBrazil Brazil’s qualifying hero Renato Augusto determined to fight for World Cup starting berth Raisa Simplicio 01:40 5/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Renato Augusto Getty Brazil World Cup Friendlies Brazil v Croatia Brazil v Switzerland Brazil v Costa Rica Serbia v Brazil Croatia Switzerland Costa Rica Serbia The China-based midfielder shined during qualifying but he faces a fierce challenge from Fernandinho to anchor the Selecao at the upcoming finals One of Tite’s cornerstones during the road to Russia, Renato Augusto now faces a tough challenge to push himself into World Cup contention. The hard-working midfielder will need to prove to his coach that he is still an essential cog in Brazil’s machine. Renato is the only player in the Selecao that plays in China’s Super League, and has seen his stock rise immeasurably since he starred in the arduous South American qualifying campaign. His biggest rival for a starting spot, however, is Fernandinho, who also left a brilliant impression during Manchester City’s all-conquering Premier League season. The vagaries of the Chinese season, moreover, means that Renato goes to Russia with less playing time than his team-mates. He has racked up just 1,800 minutes since August, compared to Alisson’s 4,400 in the Roma goal. And he is still way behind even Pedro Geromel, who with 3,172 minutes is the player directly above him in that ranking.  Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Renato Augusto na Granja Comary(Foto: CBF / Divulgação)In the most recent Brasil Global Tour friendlies held in March, Tite decided to try out a team without Renato Augusto. Against Russia, Willian was given the chance to roam in midfield, with Philippe Coutinho pulling inside to support the Chelsea star and Douglas Costa, who deputised for the injured Neymar. For the clash with Germany, meanwhile, the coach opted to start Fernandinho for added bite in the engine room. The Selecao won both their games but looked more impressive against Germany, even taking into account the stiff challenge posed by the reigning World Cup holders. But Renato has one card up his sleeve. He knows Tite well, having starred under the coach at Corinthians as the Brazilian giants romped to Serie A glory in 2015. Renato Augusto Corinthians 13092015(Foto: Rodrigo Gazzanel/Ag. Corinthians)The player is also used to playing under pressure. At just 18 he took on Flamengo’s No. 10 shirt in the Copa do Brasil final, against bitter Rio rivals Vasco da Gama and at a time where the club had suffered an acute trophy drought. In front of a packed Maracana, Renato showed he was different. He did not flinch from the challenge and was one of the stars of the show. Since then technical ability and tactical awareness have been two of his hallmarks. Just two years after that wonderful introduction he had earned a move to Germany. Injury, however, interrupted his European adventure and led to a loan move back to Brazil with Corinthians, coincidentally under the same coaching staff now in charge of the national team. Renato’s Brazil career could have started even earlier if it were not for those physical problems. He was called up by Mano Menezes in 2011 at the start of a new World Cup cycle but failed to carve out a regular place. Tite is yet to hint at his starting line-up for Sunday’s Brasil Global Tour friendly against Croatia. But the coach is keen to pick a side that can carry Brazil into the World Cup and enter the finals in Russia in the best shape possible.last_img read more

QB Peyton Matocha Commits To Miami

first_imgManny Diaz introduced as Miami football head coach.CORAL GABLES, FL – JANUARY 02: Head coach Manny Diaz of the Miami Hurricanes (left) poses for a photo with athletic director Blake James after the introductory press conference in the Mann Auditorium at the Schwartz Center on January 2, 2019 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)The Miami Hurricanes already added one prominent quarterback under Manny Diaz. Now, the new head coach of The U has added his first high school QB commitment, in Houston native Peyton Matocha.The ‘Canes added Ohio State transfer Tate Martell 10 days ago.Martell was a highly-touted former four-star recruit. He is attempting to gain immediate eligibility, citing Urban Meyer’s unexpected retirement.Now, Matocha will be joining him in the quarterback room.Matocha’s recruitment hadn’t been super exciting during his senior year, but seemed to be heating up late as teams look to add to their classes ahead of the February 6 National Signing Day. He is a three-star player, ranked No. 38 among dual-threat players in the class.He took a visit to Texas A&M last week, and did committed while at Miami this weekend, after new ‘Canes offensive coordinator Dan Enos visited him during the week.Peyton Matocha announced his Miami football commitment earlier this evening.Via Twitter:Extremely excited to announce that I am COMMITTED to the University of Miami!! #TheU? #TNM pic.twitter.com/XTRocRGRZz— Peyton Matocha (@peyton_matocha) January 27, 2019As a senior at St. Thomas High School, Matocha threw for 3,697 yards, 35 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. He is also a threat with his legs, running for 787 yards and 14 touchdowns on the year.Matocha and Martell join a quarterback room that was pretty fraught this season.Malik Rosier was the only scholarship player at the position who didn’t serve a suspension at some point during the year, but his play was extremely up-and-down.N’Kosi Perry started a large chunk of the season, but was also inconsistent, and found himself in hot water over social media posts. Jarren Williams and Cade Weldon were also suspended at times for separate incidents, and Williams considered a transfer for a bit, but will be back.Solving the quarterback situation has to be one of the first things that Diaz and Enos have on their plates as the ‘Canes try and rebound from a very disappointing season under Mark Richt, who abruptly stepped away from the program after the season.last_img read more

Union Home Secy Rajiv Gauba appointed Cabinet Secretary

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba was on Wednesday appointed as the next Cabinet Secretary for a tenure of two years. Gauba, a 1982-batch IAS officer of the Jharkhand cadre, will initially join as the Officer on Special Duty in the Cabinet Secretariat, before he takes over the charge of the country’s top bureaucratic post from the incumbent P K Sinha. “The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Rajiv Gauba, IAS (JH:1982) as Cabinet Secretary with a tenure of two years from 30.08.2019 or until further orders, whichever is earlier. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has also approved the appointment of Rajiv Gauba as Officer on Special Duty in the Cabinet Secretariat from the date of his assumption of charge till he takes over as Cabinet Secretary,” according to an official order. Gauba took charge as the home secretary on August 31, 2017. Sixty-year-old Gauba had also served as secretary in the Union urban development ministry, additional secretary in the home ministry, looking after crucial left wing extremism division, among many other responsibilities. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KGauba has wide-ranging experience in senior positions at policy making and programme implementation in both central and state governments and in international organisations. Born in Punjab, Gauba had graduated in Physics from Patna University. He had served in Jharkhand as the chief secretary for 15 months before returning to serve in the central government in 2016. He represented India on the board of International Monetary Fund for four years. As the Union home secretary, he has handling issues such as internal security, militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast, Maoist problems in the central and east India besides other issues.last_img read more

TOTAL GAME CHANGER SEASON 6 OF FAN FAVORITE BIG BROTHER CANADA RETURNS

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook “In a game-changing twist, beloved series Big Brother Canada will return to Global in 2018, earlier than previously anticipated,” said Barbara Williams, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Corus Entertainment. “With the utmost respect for the loyal following this series has engendered over five terrific seasons, we heard the fans loud and clear. We recognized their passion for this high quality, dynamic, and engaging series, and are thrilled to have Big Brother Canada on the Global schedule next year.” “Big Brother Canada has the best fans in the world, and we could not be more thrilled and honoured to be producing a brand new season of Big Brother Canada for them,” said John Brunton, Executive Producer and Chairman & CEO of Insight Productions. “Strap on your seatbelts, it’s going to be another wild ride!”Airing exclusively on Global in the 2018 broadcast season, Big Brother Canada plucks a group of hand-picked strangers from their homes, sequesters them from the outside world, and places them inside a house outfitted wall-to-wall with cameras and microphones that capture their every move. Competing for a grand cash prize, each week the houseguests battle in a series of challenges that give them power or punishment, voting each other out until the fate of the final two is decided by a jury of fellow houseguests.Additional details about Big Brother Canada Season 6, including casting news, will be announced at a later date. In the meantime, fans can catch up on all the best moments from Season 5 on BigBrotherCanada.ca.Commissioned by Corus Entertainment, Season 6 of Big Brother Canada is produced by Insight Productions in association with Corus Entertainment and Endemol Shine North America. Executive producers are John Brunton, Erin Brock, and Sue Brophey.Season 19 of Big Brother is currently airing Sundays and Wednesdays at 8 pm ET/PT, and Thursdays at 9 pm ET/PT on Global. Fans can catch up on all the action the day following the broadcast on GlobalTV.com and Global Go.Source: Numeris PPM Data, Total Canada, SP17 std (Jan2/17- Apr16/17), Canadian Conventional Ranker, based on 3+ airingsSOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter: @BigBrotherCA | @Global_TV | #BBCAN6Instagram: @BigBrotherCA | #BBCAN6Facebook: www.Facebook.com/BigBrotherCA | www.Facebook.com/GlobalTVGlobal Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus EntertainmentCorus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About Insight Production Company, Ltd.Insight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts, is Canada’s most established content producer. Headed by John Brunton & Barbara Bowlby, Insight is an industry leader in the development, financing, and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted. Big BrotherCanada (consistently ranked in the Top 20 shows nationally), The Amazing Race Canada (the most watched Canadian show on record), The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration; The JUNO Awards 2016, Canada’s Walk of Fame 2015, andHow To Change The World were collectively nominated for 31 Canadian Screen Awards in 2017, and taking home 14 awards. Other productions include Intervention, Top Chef Canada, Ready Or Not, Falcon Beach, The Truth About Alex, and Canadian Idol.  Most recently, Insight produced The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration, a live concert special watched by one in three Canadians.  Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking content.About Endemol Shine North AmericaEndemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe. Endemol Shine North America is part of Endemol Shine Group, the global content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world.Its Endemol Shine Studios division develops and produces original scripted television programming in the U.S. for global exploitation and Endemol Shine Latino oversees all Spanish-language sales and development in both the U.S. and Mexico, as well as all Spanish and Portuguese-language efforts across Latin America. Subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Truly Original, and 51 Minds Entertainment. In addition, Endemol Shine North America has a strategic partnership with Ryan Seacrest Productions. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Twitter TORONTO – That’s right, Canada! Following the overwhelmingly powerful fan response to its hiatus, Global is adding smash-hit original series Big Brother Canada to its 2018 schedule. Produced by Insight Productions in association with Endemol Shine North America, the Top 10 series amongst millennials (A18-34) and A18-49 will return for an exciting sixth season. #BBCAN host Arisa Cox broke the exciting news to viewers tonight in an exclusive on-air and online video. Login/Register With:last_img read more

BC First Nation steps up protest against planned ski resort

first_imgAPTN National NewsHundreds of people from the Ktunaxa Nation in southeast British Columbia came out to protest a proposed ski resort on their territory.The protest was not the first and its organizers say it won’t be the last.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has this story.last_img

Sena announces 21 candidates drops MP who slapped AI staff

first_imgMumbai: The Shiv Sena on Friday declared its first list of 21 candidates in Maharashtra for next month’s Lok Sabha polls, retaining 17 sitting MPs and denying ticket to the lawmaker who had allegedly slapped an Air India employee in 2017.Ravindra Gaikwad, the 59-year-old MP from Osmanabad constituency, had hit an Air India staffer with a slipper at the IGI Airport in New Delhi and then openly boasted about it. The Sena replaced Gaikwad, who briefly faced a travel ban by airlines for his act, with Omraje Nimbalkar in Osmanabad in central Maharashtra. Another Sena Member of Parliament, Rajan Vichare, who was accused of force-feeding a canteen employee on fast during Ramzan in 2014, has been fielded again from Thane. As per the pre-poll alliance sealed by the BJP and the Shiv Sena, the former will contest on 25 seats and the latter on 23 out of the Lok Sabha 48 constituencies in Maharashtra. Of these 23 seats, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party announced candidates on 21, leaving out two constituencies — Palghar and Satara — in the first list. Currently, the Palghar seat adjoining Mumbai has a BJP MP, but the Sena has staked its claim to the constituency. “We will announce the names of remaining candidates by Sunday,” senior Sena leader and Maharashtra minister Subhash Desai told reporters here after releasing the list. The constituency-wise list of Sena candidates: South Mumbai-Arvind Sawant; South Central Mumbai-Rahul Shewale; Mumbai North West-Gajanan Kirtikar; Kalyan-Shrikant Shinde; Raigad-Anant Gite; Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg seat-Vinayak Raut; Kolhapur-Sanjay Mandlik; Hatkanangle-Dhairyasheel Mane; Nashik-Hemant Godse; Shirdi-Sadashiv Lokhande; Shirur-Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil; Aurangabad-Chandrakant Khaire; Yavatmal Washim-Bhawana Gawli; Buldana-Prataprao Jadhav; Ramtek-Kripal Tumane; Amravati-Anandrao Adsul; Parbhani-Sanjay Jadhav; Maval-Shrirang Barne; Hingoli-Hemant Patil, Osmanabad-Omraje Nimbalkar and Thane-Rajan Vichare.last_img read more

How major US stock indexes fared Monday

Stock indexes sank Monday after twin announcements highlighted how much China’s slowing economic growth is hurting profits for U.S. companies.Caterpillar, a bellwether for industrial companies, reported fourth-quarter earnings that fell well short of analysts’ expectations and said that it expects construction growth in China to be flat in 2019 following years of significant growth. Chipmaker Nvidia, meanwhile, cited slowing demand in China as one of the reasons for slashing its forecast for fourth-quarter revenue.On Monday:The S&P 500 index fell 20.91 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 2,643.85.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 208.98, or 0.8 per cent, to 24,528.22.The Nasdaq composite lost 79.18, or 1.1 per cent, to 7,085.68.The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks dropped 9.32, or 0.6 per cent, to 1,473.54.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 137.00 points, or 5.5 per cent.The Dow is up 1,200.76 points, or 5.1 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 450.41 points, or 6.8 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 124.98 points, or 9.3 per cent.The Associated Press read more

Meet The Personal Stats Analyst Who Helped Kevin Durant Win The MVP

Personal trainers have been a part of professional sports for decades. Personal data analysts are newer.As a trained mathematician, Justin Zormelo provided Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder with personalized analytics during Durant’s MVP season. And in his most recent undertaking, Zormelo is training a 17-year-old, 7-foot-1-inch Sudan native named Thon Maker. Zormelo’s story is told in the latest “Signals” film from FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films: “By The Numb3rs (With Justin Zormelo),” directed by Jamie Schutz. read more

Family pay tribute to British couple killed after buggy plunged into Santorini

The couple on their wedding day The couple on their wedding day A British couple killed after a buggy they were travelling in plunged into a 656-foot ravine in Santorini have been named as teachers Milly and Toby Savill.The pair, from south London, had reportedly been driving the vehicle along the Profitis Ilias mountain, the highest point on the Greek island, on Sunday afternoon. It is not yet clear what caused the fall.Mr Savill, 26, taught history at Ark Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton and Mrs Savill, 25, taught PSHE at St Anne’s Catholic primary school in Vauxhall.Mrs Savill’s father Steve Coulson, the vicar of St Mark’s Kennington Church in south London, paid tribute to the couple today.He said: “Milly and Toby were married in 2017 and were utterly devoted to one another.”Their families are so proud of them, and although devastated, we are comforted by having shared so many wonderful times of love and joy together.”Toby and Milly were passionate about their Christian faith, and we are being sustained by the same sure hope of Easter Resurrection.” “Understandably, this news has come as a real shock to us all and so we will be working with counsellors to support those staff and students who require it at this difficult time.”He added: “Toby joined our school in September 2018 as a newly qualified teacher of history and quickly established himself as a very dedicated and passionate educator.”His enthusiasm was infectious. He had a very strong relationship with his students and was extremely well-respected by his fellow staff members.”He will be greatly missed by one and all.”Santorini is in the south of the Aegean Sea, south east of the Greek capital Athens.A spokesman at the Greek fire service’s headquarters in Athens said firefighters were called to the incident at 2.27pm on Sunday.Eight firefighters and two vehicles attended the scene, with the fire service response finishing at 2.36am on Monday.A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: “Our staff are assisting the families of two British people who have died on the island of Santorini, and are in contact with the Greek authorities.” Headteacher Catherine Davis said: “Mrs Savill was a dearly, much loved teacher and member of staff at St Anne’s.”Principal Tim Dainty also paid tribute to the couple, saying: “Everyone here at Evelyn Grace Academy is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Toby Savill and his wife, Milly. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Its Open Season on Unsecured Research Robots

first_img Smart homes aren’t the only automated facilities under threat from hackers.A new study from Brown University shows that research robots are often left unsecured on the Internet.Based on a worldwide scan of hosts running the popular Robot Operating System (ROS) research robotics platform, the team uncovered some 100 exposed networks—as many as 19 of which are probably fully operational robots.Researchers demonstrated how easy it is to remotely control unprotected androids, spying on camera feeds and even sending commands to move the machines. (Imagine an insentient cyborg suddenly coming to life, waving its arms, stomping its feet, scaring the life out of you.)“Though a few unsecured robots might not seem like a critical issue,” the group said, “our study has shown that a number of research robots [are] accessible and controllable from the public Internet.“It’s likely these robots can be remotely actuated in ways [that are] dangerous to both the robot and the human operators.”The dominant platform in research robotics, ROS is like an automated central nervous system, tying various components into one master computing node. Using an external computer and network connection, the human operator connects to that system to give commands.“ROS is a great tool for robotics research, but the designers explicitly left security to the end users,” roboticist and study co-author Stefanie Tellex said in a statement.Well, that was your first mistake.“It doesn’t require any authentication to connect to a ROS master,” Tellex explained. “Which means if you’re running ROS and it’s not behind a firewall, anyone can connect to your robot.”To test that theory, Tellex and colleague George Konidaris drafted Brown security expert Vasileios Kemerlis and network expert Rodrigo Fonseca for an experiment.“Our group has the ability to basically do a worldwide scan of the Internet,” Fonseca said. “So we started thinking about ways we could scan for ROS devices in a way that wouldn’t be disruptive, but would give us an idea what’s out there.”With the help of graduate student Nicholas DeMarinis, the researchers performed their scan over three occasions in 2017 and 2018, and found some 40 unsecured bots across the world.Embarrassingly, one of the machines discovered during the scans was from Tellex’s own lab. Another turned out to be in the lab of collaborator Siddhartha Srinivasa, a computer science professor at the University of Washington.As part of the experiment, Srinivasa agreed to leave some of his robot’s functions online, allowing the folks at Brown to remotely access its camera, move its neck, and make it speak.Such unencumbered access can be risky—to humans and robots. But there’s an easy fix, according to the researchers: set up a firewall or virtual private network (VPN). And, for the love of Wall-E, please don’t forget to lock down your androids.“When you have software written without security in mind, coupled with people not thinking about security, that’s a dangerous combination,” Fonseca said. “We can think of this in the larger context of the Internet of Things, where we need to think about security in all stages of a product, from the development and upgrade cycle to the way in which users deploy the devices.”The group presented their study last month’s 2018 Robotics: Science and Systems conference in Pittsburgh.Need help securing a network? Visit our sister site PCMag for everything you need to know about VPN.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain Stay on targetlast_img read more

The Geeksplainer Jojos Bizarre Adventure

first_img ‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting… A key tenet of geek culture is knowledge – we judge and are judged based on our encyclopedic knowledge of games, sci-fi, comics, anime, collectibles and more. But it’s impossible for one human being to know everything, no matter how many chips you get put in your brain. That’s where we come in. With this series of “Geeksplainers,” we’ll give you everything you need to know to get up to speed on some of the most complicated, intense subjects in the pop culture universe. No longer will you have to fake it in conversations until you have time to run to the bathroom and engage in a 45 minute Wikipedia session. Let us be your guide, now and forever.This installment: the wild world of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure.AdChoices广告What Is It?Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, often referred to as JJBA or simply Jojo’s, is a long running manga series by Hirohiko Araki. Debuting in 1987 in the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump, it currently runs in Ultra Jump. With over 100 million copies in print, it’s one of the most successful series in Japanese comics history, and it’s just recently starting to build a fan base in the United States.The success of Jojos can be pinned to a few causes. First, Araki’s imagination is relentless – he’s constantly introducing new characters with innovative visual designs and wild powers. Telling the same story for thirty years isn’t easy, and he’s managed to keep it propulsive and fun. He’s also a design master, constantly challenging himself to tell stories in interesting ways. While manga has a reputation for lazy backgrounds and padding, Araki doesn’t swing that way. And finally, the series is insanely memeable. We’ll go into that more later.In addition to the manga, there is a pair of JJBA animated series, a live-action movie, multiple video games, and even a line of snack foods. It’s a big franchise, and it’s not going to slow down anytime soon.What The Hell Is A Jojo?If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you probably think a “jojo” is a deep fried potato wedge. If you shop at Trader Joe’s, it’s their name for Oreos. But in the Bizarre Adventure, it stands for Joestar, the family that is at the heart of the series. The Joestar blood brings with it a great deal of power as well as a lot of trouble.The first “saga” of the series, Phantom Blood, introduces us to Jonathan Joestar – “JoJo” if you’re nasty. He’s a young man in Great Britain at the end of the 19th century who has his life turned upside down with the arrival of his foster brother, a dude named Dio Brando. Dio is the main antagonist of the series, a villain so dickish that he starts by burning Jon’s pet dog alive. He uses a mystical mask to transform into an immortal vampire, and Jonathan must learn the fighting technique known as the Ripple to battle him.Later sagas introduce us to Jonathan’s descendants, including his grandson Joseph, Jolyne Cujoh and even some Jojos from an alternate universe. We told you it was complicated!So What’s The Action Like?Like much shojo manga, Jojo’s is all about the fights. Araki has introduced a number of supernatural elements to the world that bring things out of mere fisticuffs and into a more visually exciting way. First and foremost is the Ripple, the Joestar family’s trademark ability. It lets users transmit the energy of their breath into other objects to create great physical strength and speed.Introduced in volume 3 are Stands, which are probably the plot device that’s most closely linked to the franchise. A Stand is a powerful supernatural entity that bonds with a host and is only visible to other Stand users. Each one has a unique ability, and they can get pretty crazy. Some notable Stands include Star Platinum, which can move at incredible speed and stop time; Stone Free, which can unravel itself into an animated string; and Killer Queen, which can transform any object into a bomb by touching it.You don’t have to be human to use a Stand, either – they’ve been wielded by monkeys, rats and even a sentient colony of plankton.Volume 7 introduces the Spin, which is sort of like the Ripple but uses balls or other objects to impart rotational force and even tear through the fabric of spacetime. Couple the Spin with a Stand and you’ve got some serious potential.All of these techniques and supernatural beings make for wild, reality-bending conflicts that are as smart as they are visceral. The closest comparison is probably Fist Of The North Star, but with imagination to match the gore.Where Should I Start?With literally tens of thousands of pages of manga available, getting into Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is a big commitment. Thankfully, you don’t need to start at the very beginning to get everything. Since each takes place in a different period with a different cast (with some exceptions), they’re sort of self-contained. You might miss some lore, but I’d recommend starting with volume 4, Diamond Is Unbreakable. Araki intended to stop making the manga after volume 3, but it proved so popular he penned a follow-up in modern times that’s where the books really hit their stride with crazy Stands and wild characters. If you dig it (and you should), go back and read volumes 1-3 before moving on.What’s Up With All The Music References?Araki’s many quirks show up in the pages of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, but one of the most noticeable is his love of music. Supporting characters and almost every Stand after Volume 3 are named after songs, albums, and nicknames for rock, jazz, and even hip-hop musicians. It’s kind of like a game Araki is playing with himself – how can he make a reference seem natural in the world of Jojos and make sense of the story? Some of them are totally absurd – naming a Stand “Soft & Wet” after Prince’s first single, or naming an evil witch Enya the Hag – but they make the franchise that much more fun.Here’s an absolutely insane Spotify playlist of all of the series’ musical references.Are The Games Any Good?Sort of! The most famous one is probably Capcom’s 1998 fighting game, which for some reason was called Jojo’s Venture over here like he was opening up a Subway franchise or something. It’s best known for being hideously unbalanced – one character, the bird Petshop, can’t be hit low, making him nearly impossible to beat – as well as Dio’s super move where he stops time and drops a steamroller on you.They released an uninspiring PS2 follow-up in 2002 that also got an American release, but didn’t make any waves. Bandai would get the Jojo’s license in 2006 and put out their own PS2 brawler based on Phantom Blood, but the golden age of Jojo gaming wouldn’t come until the 2013 release of All Star Battle, a quirky fighter that grabbed 40 characters from every story arc at the time and let them slug it out in an arena. The game had tons of gimmicks – Stands! Ripple! Some characters can ride horses! – and briefly enjoyed some notoriety on the competitive scene.There’s also a pretty solid iOS game, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Records, that works like a primitive free-roaming brawler with piles of characters to unlock.What About The Memes?Keeping up on Jojo-related memes is a tough task, but here are the major ones.Araki’s unique grasp of anatomy often leads his characters to take on distinctive poses. A few trademark “Jojo poses” are often seen at anime and comic book conventions with cosplayers. Here’s a video of a bunch so you’ll recognize them.Each episode of the animated series ends with the introduction to progressive rock band Yes’s 1971 hit Roundabout, featuring gently plucked guitar by Steve Howe launching into a fierce bass riff from Chris Squier. It’s accompanied by a freeze frame in mid-action and an on-screen text with “To Be Continued.” The music and type treatment has been used on a wide range of videos, especially on Vine. Here’s a compilation of some of them so you can get the general idea.Other Jojo memes include “Za Warudo / WRYYYY,” both from the Capcom fighting game’s Dio Brando, “Yare Yare Daze,” the catchphrase of Jotaru Kujo that’s applied to a bunch of situations, as well as the “ORA ORA ORA” battlecry of the Star Platinum stand.Can You Just Spoil It For Me?Sure. From this point onwards lurk spoilers for Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure.Phantom Blood is mostly table setting, introducing the Joestar family, Dio and the Ripple with no real shocks. Battle Tendency sees Araki getting his footing and coming to terms with what he wants from the series, moving the fighting out of the physical realm and into the supernatural.Volume 3 sees Dio Brando return, as well as the introduction of Stands. Dio has stolen Jonathan Joestar’s body, linking the two bloodlines and giving the vampire the ability to wield the Stand “The World” that lets him stop time. In Volume 4, the mystical Bow and Arrow is introduced that gives people shot by it Stand abilities.Volume 5 stars Giorno Giovanna, the son of Dio Brando, and is set in Italy. It’s pretty stand-alone except for when Polnareff from Volume 3 shows up and switches a bunch of people’s brains and bodies towards the end.At the end of Stone Ocean, the universe is completely reset from scratch by the actions of villain Pucci and his stand Made in Heaven, which has control over gravity and time. He fast-forwards until the end of existence and when Pucci is killed everything starts over again, but with significant changes.That leads us into Steel Ball Run, Volume 7. We’re back in 1890, and our Jojo is a crippled jockey named Johnny Joestar who takes part in a horse race across America with Gyro Zepelli that’s actually an excuse to collect the mummified relics of Jesus Christ, which contain extraordinary power. Currently serialized in Japan, JoJolion stars Josuke Higashikata and brings back serial killer Yoshikage Kira from Volume 4.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Acura MDX recalled due to possible taillight malfunction

first_imgHonda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 10 Photos More From Roadshow 0 49 Photos 26 Photos Tags Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 81 Photos Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 18 Photos Recalls Acura 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 68 Photos 10 Photos Share your voice 2019 Acura NSX review: Hitting its stride SUVs Crossovers Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 52 Photoscenter_img 12 Photos 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 first drive: Diesel power and upgraded tech 3 Comments Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Post a comment Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Tags 71 Photos Share your voice More From Roadshow 69 Photos 2020 GMC Sierra HD first drive: Towing tech marvel Car Industry Acura,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. This recall affects the MDX crossover’s taillights. Acura Acura is recalling more than 323,000 MDX crossovers in the United States due to the potential of leaky taillight assemblies. Vehicles from model years 2014 through 2019 are affected, according to the automaker’s official statement Monday.In addition to the 323,000 affected vehicles in the United States, The Washington Post reports an additional 37,000 or so are located in other markets. That brings the total number to more than 360,000 worldwide.”Due to a body variation in tailgate manufacturing, the rear tailgate lid light seals may deform and allow water to leak into the light assemblies,” Acura said in a statement. Should this happen, the water can find its way to electrical components, and cause the taillights to malfunction.Acura says its dealers will replace the gasket seals on the affected vehicles, and if necessary, replace the faulty light assemblies and their associated wiring subharnesses. As with all recalls, the repair work will be performed free of charge.The automaker says MDX owners will be notified by mail beginning early next month. To see if your car is affected by this — or any other — recall, head over to our how-to guide on checking for a car recall to find out (don’t worry, it’s a breeze). GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

Nvidia FrameView gives you frame rate bragging rights for any game

first_img Share your voice 17 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 4:22 Post a comment Tags Computers Components Laptops Gaming Desktops The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 Enlarge ImageThe options available in the beta release of FrameView. Screenshot by Lori Grunin/CNET You can never have too many overlays — that’s got to be someone’s motto. At least Nvidia’s made one that seems pretty useful for trying to figure out why your $800 graphics card is more spud than speed demon. The company’s new FrameView utility could help answer some other questions too: Why cut scenes are rendering as if half the screen is in another time zone, for example. Or why you’re convinced that the Blue Screen of Death must be a feature of the game. FrameView, which has just entered beta testing in conjunction with the launch of its new series of RTX Super cards, can display and capture real-time, as-you-play performance statistics on the lag between the GPU and display. It can also determine what types of frame rates you should be getting, and where GPU and graphics card power-draw spikes (and by implication, possible overheating) might be overwhelming your system’s ability to deal. No extra measurement equipment required. It will even work with AMD cards, though it can’t report the power statistics as granularly because of the way the software works. It’ll need a little help from AMD to tweak the data it reports via its programming interface. I only had a brief chance to give it a whirl — long enough to see that the data it captures may offer some interesting insights. I could see where adaptive sync technologies such as G-Sync and FreeSync may be effective, where frame rates really are tanking and more. It also captures data for random other applications running, as well. It dumped data for the Windows display manager (dwm.exe) and Slack, for example, but not Chrome. The frame rate data is going to need some deeper diving, though, since it didn’t quite jibe with the numbers I got for a quick benchmark run I got from Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. But beta is beta is beta, so there’s plenty of time to fall down that bottomless data pit. AMD Nvidia Our E3 breakdown: Microsoft’s Project Scarlett looks… 0last_img read more

Plea to cover dengue malaria under Arogyasri

first_imgKakinada: Social activist and former municipal counsellor D Ramana Raju appealed to government to cover dengue and malaria under Arogya Sri. He also appealed to municipal authorities to initiate measures for effective control of mosquitoes. He said that lack of proper dumping yard, the problem is on the rise. Wastages are being thrown in public and private sites, he adeed.last_img

2 killed in separate road accidents

first_imgRoad Accident logoTwo persons were killed and three others injured in separate road accidents at Ashulia in Savar on the outskirts of the capital on Friday, reports UNB. The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.Police said a truck collided head-on with another truck at Moragang on Bipile-Abdullahpur Highway in Ashulia in the morning, leaving a youth dead on the spot and three others injured.Besides, a truck crushed a motorcyclist on a road in Jamgora Chaitala area, leaving him dead on the spot, police added.The bodies were sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for autopsies.Ashulia police station officer-in-charge Abdul Awal confirmed the matters.last_img read more

A step closer to a practical atom laser

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. Research team supersizes ‘quantum squeezing’ to measure ultrasmall motion Explore further “But there is an uncertainty, since the number passing fluctuates. When the fluctuations are larger than the effect you are looking for, precise measurements are more difficult. For example, if the fluctuations in your signal due to underlying quantum uncertainty is 50 photons per second, and the effect you’re looking for change the number you’re measuring by 10 per second, you won’t see the effect. What we have done is try to get rid of some of that uncertainty.”Johnsson, a scientist at The Australian National University in Canberra, and his coauthor, Simon Haine, believe that one way to reduce the uncertainty associated with measurements in atom lasers is to perform a technique known as “squeezing.” However, creating a squeezing effect can be difficult. Johnsson and Haine have created models to show a way to get a squeezing effect though self-interaction of atoms using technology that exists now. Their findings can be found in “Generating Squeezing in an Atom Laser through Self-Interaction,” which is published in Physical Review Letters.“An atom laser makes use of atoms with special quantum properties rather the photons employed by a normal optical laser,” Johnsson says. “This potentially allows for much more precise measurements, as well as measurements of effects that cannot be seen by an optical laser. Many of the things we do now with optical lasers, we hope to be able to do with atom lasers.” “Right now it is fair to say that an atom laser is more of a research tool,” Johnsson concedes. “But in the 1960s, when optical lasers were first being used, the case was the same. But now there are all sorts of applications. We believe our work will lead to interesting applications for atom lasers.”And one of the steps toward that realization is discovering that squeezing can provide a steadier stream of atoms. “Squeezing allows you to shuffle uncertainty from one quality, such as velocity or motion, to another. You can’t measure both as accurately as you want,” Johnsson explains. “With squeezing, if you want to measure how many particles are passing at a given time, you can measure that more accurately at the expense of making something else — something you don’t care about — less accurate.”Johnsson and Haine’s idea was to find a simpler way to make the squeezing happen. Other scientists have tried to use squeezing with optical lasers, but it is very difficult. “The different properties of atoms actually makes it easier,” Johnsson says. “Photons in a light beam don’t interact with each other. Atoms are constantly bumping into each other. They naturally, through interaction, create the squeezing effect. We were surprised at how easy it works.”But that is where the difficulty begins. “Even though we don’t have to do anything to facilitate the squeezing,” Johnsson points out, “if you let it go on too long, the effect will break down. You have to be able to manipulate them in order to get the atoms in the beam to interact just enough.” The next problem, he continues, will be actually measuring the squeezing effect. “We’ve come up with a scheme that allows us to create an atom laser for precise measurements, and the experiment should be easy to set up. But we need a detector.” Johnsson explains that detecting individual atoms is difficult, and that the biggest challenge will be counting them in order to verify the squeezing effect. He remains optimistic, though. “This is one of the major things the experimentalists in our group want to do in the next couple of years. We could be closer to a better atom laser.”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.center_img “When doing precise measurements of any kind, it is important to be able to count something, such as photons coming by at any given time,” Mattias Johnsson tells PhysOrg.com. Citation: A step closer to a practical atom laser (2007, July 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-07-closer-atom-laser.htmllast_img read more

Is NATO close to winding up long Afghan innings

first_imgThe American and British flags were lowered and folded up for the final time at the regional headquarters of the international military, 13 years after the toppling of the Taliban’s radical Islamist regime launched America’s longest war.  The timing of the troops’ withdrawal from the base in the strategic province of Helmand was not released for security reasons. However, according to earlier reports, the ‘longest war in American history’ will last at least another decade, as per the conditions of a garrisoning deal for US forces signed by the new Afghanistan government late last month.The deal guarantees that US and NATO troops will not have to withdraw by year’s end, and permits their stay ‘until the end of 2024 and beyond.’ Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIBut the current wrap-ups hold high symbolic currency. Camp Leatherneck is the largest US base to be handed over to Afghan control as the coalition ends its combat mission at the end of the year, leaving most of the fight against a resilient Taliban insurgency to Afghan army and police.  British forces transferred the adjacent Camp Bastion at the same time. Once a teeming compound of some 40,000 personnel, the coalition’s Regional Command (Southwest) combined base on Sunday resembled a dust-swept, well-fortified ghost town. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindConcrete blast walls and razor wire were left guarding empty sand lots and barracks. Offices were bare, and bulletin boards stripped of photo tributes of fallen American troops.  The most recent official estimate of combined international troops at the base was 4,500 – and those last few will be gone soon, officials said. After the withdrawal, the Afghan National Army’s 215th Corps will be headquartered at the 6,500-acre base, leaving almost no foreign military presence in Helmand.last_img read more

Babies exposed to stimulation get brain boost

first_imgEarly stimulation helps give a boost to the brains of babies, according to a new study which contradicts the belief that children’s development is determined by their genes and could not be influenced.Researchers from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Norway used advanced electroencephalogram (EEG) technology for many years to study the brain activity of hundreds of babies.The results show that the neurons in the brains of young children quickly increase in both number and specialisation as the baby learns new skills and becomes more mobile. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNeurons in very young children form up to a thousand new connections per second. The research also shows that the development of our brain, sensory perception and motor skills happen in sync and that even the smallest babies must be challenged and stimulated at their level from birth onward.Babies need to engage their entire body and senses by exploring their world and different materials, both indoors and out and in all types of weather.The researchers emphasise that the experiences must be self-produced; it is not enough for children merely to be carried or pushed in a stroller. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“Many people believe that children up to three years old only need cuddles and nappy changes, but studies show that rats raised in cages have less dendritic branching in the brain than rats raised in an environment with climbing and hiding places and tunnels,” said Audrey van der Meer, professor at NTNU.“Research also shows that children born into cultures where early stimulation is considered important, develop earlier than Western children do,” said van der Meer. She said that the brains of young children are very malleable and can therefore adapt to what is happening around them.If the new synapses that are formed in the brain are not being used, they disappear as the child grows up and the brain loses some of its plasticity.Van der Meer mentions the fact why Chinese babies hear a difference between the R and L sounds when they are four months old, but not when they get older.Since Chinese children do not need to distinguish between these sounds to learn their mother tongue, the brain synapses that carry this knowledge disappear when they are not used.Babies actually manage to distinguish between the sounds of any language in the world when they are four months old, but by the time they are eight months old they have lost this ability, according to van der Meer.Since a lot is happening in the brain during the first years of life, van der Meer says that it is easier to promote learning and prevent problems when children are very young.last_img read more

Body shaming leads to weight gain in kids

first_imgTeasing and bullying overweight children could act as a catalyst in further increasing their weight by 33 per cent, compared to obese kids who do not suffer body shaming, a study suggests. The findings, published in the journal Pediatric Obesity, appear to contradict the belief that such teasing might motivate youth to change their behaviour and attempt to lose weight. The study involved over 100 youths who were an average of 11.8 years of age when they enrolled, according to Natasha A. Schvey, Assistant Professor at the Uniformed Services University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe participants were either overweight (defined as a body mass index above the 85th percentile) when they began the study or had two parents who were overweight or obese. For the study, they completed a six-item questionnaire on whether they had been teased about their weight. They then participated in annual follow-up visits for the next 15 years. The researchers found that youth experiencing high levels of teasing gained an average of .20 kg per year more than those who did not. The research team theorises that weight-associated stigma may have made youths more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviours, such as binge eating and avoiding exercise. Another possible explanation is that the stress of being teased could stimulate the release of the hormone cortisol, which may lead to weight gain.last_img read more

Its Not About Just the Experience Its the Journey With Analytics

first_imgAugust 31, 2017 Today’s businesses want to create exceptional customer experiences. They mine  big data to get a good sense of direction. Yet while this effort produces plenty of statistics, it doesn’t provide much context.Related: How to Boost Customer Loyalty Using Analytics and Actionable InsightsEnter “journey analytics” and the need for the incredibly powerful platform that’s been developed by ClickFox and its partners, Zoomdata and Cloudera. The platform and accompanying applications help connect the qualitative dots to give you a clearer picture.The picture created gives you strategic information, identifying what stops customers took along the way with their purchase journey, where they changed direction and what the predictive analysis is in terms of what they might do in the future.What is journey analytics?Journey analytics is potentially the next stage in the evolution of analytics science. McKinsey & Company notes that the science of journey analytics “combines big data technology, advanced analytics, and functional expertise to help companies perfect their customer journeys.”A customer journey has many angles. For example, if a consumer is thinking about purchasing a mobile phone, he or she may go to a mobile company’s website, then a store, and subsequently have a phone conversation before returning to the store or the website to make the actual purchase.What’s more, consumers may change their journey or even abandon it completely. Only by looking at the entire journey can a company truly understand how each interaction and data-set within that journey impacted every other.  Related: Tracking Customers Beyond Google AnalyticsHow companies can benefit from journey analyticsMcKinsey & Company noted some specific benefits that come from leveraging this new analytics approach:15 percent reduction in cost-to-serve20 percent growth in customer conversion20 percent reduction in churn20 percent decrease in complaintsBy putting this data from the “journeys” into predictive models, companies can make changes that will positively impact their customer’s entire journey. This approach can also assist all departments within a company to understand how what they do impacts the entire experience.  How ClickFox helps businessesClickFox is delivering a way to truly undertake the digital transformation that so many organizations are still struggling with. The challenge is to cover every possible channel and tactic that a customer may want rather than just hoping the organization picked one that will satisfy the customer.Importantly, there is no one route customers choose to follow each time they purchase a product or service. While they may go to a website, call an agent and then visit a store to buy one time, that doesn’t mean that their next journey for that product will be the same. Therefore, companies need to undergo a complete digital transformation to track all paths.Thanks to the multiple algorithms ClickFox developed, the company can automatically and continually collect data to cover any change or alteration the customer makes. Also, the company can be immediately seen in the big data visualization picture painted by the platform.The algorithms go well beyond just seeing how many people went retail/agent/web — or — web/agent/retail on their path. A company can also see where those potential buyers may have dropped out of the path altogether, and where they went. This enables a company to determine how to make the necessary changes to positively impact the experience their customers have along their purchase journey.Strategically partnering with Zoomdata and Cloudera has helped ClickFox do even more for its customers while also creating mutually beneficial relationships.For example, ClickFox embedded Zoomdata to provide big-data visualization and distribution capabilities without having to build it themselves. Working with so much data meant that ClickFox had to find a way where the data could be understood in a visual way across an organization. Not only did Zoomdata bring that to the partnership, but it also integrated well into the ClickFox ecosystem due to its existing integrations with many of the same data platform and metadata sources.The future of journey analyticsWith journey analytics just starting to develop, there is significant potential for what it will be able to do for analytics and companies. In the near future, ClickFox will be launching its next-generation journey platform, called Fox. This replaces its existing platform and delivers a new user interface and additional tools for the user to understand various types of journeys.Additionally, the Trace journey app can provide all possible paths and combinations of paths for all types of journeys, including purchases, complaints and more. It will offer your company an impact score for its customer journeys as they stand now, and prioritize the paths that will increase or decrease the likelihood of what the company wants to happen for that customer on the journey.From there, the next level will be ecommendations on the top paths and what changes are necessary to create that intended impact.Enhanced customer journeysThe result will be enhanced customer journeys. At the same time, these data connections will show companies where they can make improvements to their cost efficiency across the organization. In the next three to five years, those working in the analytics industry will see the value it can yield for specific segments, particularly health care. Other industries, including financial services, retail, hospitality and manufacturing, can begin to leverage journey analytics to change their own customer journeys for the better. With so much potential for so many industries, niches, journeys and customers, analytics has proved that it can deliver so much to clarify companies’ understanding of their customers.Related: Beyond Web Analytics: 5 Types of Online Data You Should Be TrackingIn this context, entrepreneurs are on their own exploratory journey to a destination full of opportunity. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min readlast_img read more