Badgers add depth to secondary

first_imgA day after addressing the need for a quarterback in his inherited recruiting class with junior college transfer Tanner McEvoy, new Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen reeled in another commitment from a JUCO player to address needs in the secondary.Needing to replace three starting defensive backs from last season’s team with just safety Dezmen Southward returning, Andersen took the first step toward replenishing the depleted positional group by securing a verbal commitment from safety and JUCO All-American Donnell Vercher of Fresno (Calif.) City College.Vercher, a three-star recruit according to, will be the first player from Fresno City College to play at a Big Ten school since wide receiver Arsenio Curry signed with Purdue in 2008.The 6-foot-2 and 195-pound safety had 23 tackles and eight interceptions this past season for the Rams, helping to lead the team to a 8-3 record in 2012 and a tie for first place atop the Northern California Valley conference. In 2011 Vercher recorded three interceptions and 29 tackles.Andersen and his defensive coordinator Dave Aranda recruited Vercher during their time at Utah State. Vercher chose Wisconsin over Fresno State, where he was once a soft verbal-commit, and Syracuse.The commitment adds security to a Badgers recruiting class that is severely lacking at safety. Vercher remains the lone safety commit in the 2013 recruiting class. Wisconsin adds more depth to their secondary with two cornerback recruits in Keelon Brooking, a three-star recruit and the No. 76 cornerback in the nation and Sojourn Shelton, a four-star recruit and the No. 27 cornerback in the nation.Both Brooking and Shelton have already enrolled at Wisconsin for the spring semester.Andersen and the Badgers also continue to target Marcus Ball, the brother of Wisconsin’s offensive lineman Ray Ball and the No. 67 athlete in the nation, according to Ball was initially a solid verbal-commit to the Badgers but wavered after the departure of former head coach Bret Bielema. A starting quarterback and safety for Westerville South High School in Ohio, Ball will decide between Wisconsin and Arizona State on Signing Day.last_img read more

Luxembourg telco Post Luxembourg will launch a new

first_imgLuxembourg telco Post Luxembourg will launch a new TV service in April including 4K TV, catch-up TV and an NDVR service that will be available via the mobile network as well as fixed-line network.Post Luxembourg will launch a 4K set-top from Netgem, the STB N7900, with a range of services delivered from the cloud. It will also release new applications for mobile TV via Android and iOS platforms, again with technology from Netgem.Bob Lamboray, head of IPTV technology at Post Luxembourg, speaking at an event organised by Netgem on the fringes of this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, said that the company wanted to market a device that would capture the imagination of subscribers.“For the 4K launch we will have two live TV channels,” he said, adding that for now, the 4K part of the service “is still a marketing element”.He said that the company had decided to invest in 4K boxes in order to prepare the ground for the wider availability of services.“We decided to launch the box now in order to have enough boxes in the field for when 4K is more widely available. It was the same story with HD. I am convinced there will be 4K channels but not this year. The idea is to have the best available set top because otherwise you will have to exchange boxes again later,” he said.Post currently has over 50,000 IPTV subscribers in a market out of about 200,000 homes in total. Over half of the network is covered by FTTH. Post also has the largest 3G and 4G network in the country. The company offers 236 SD channels and 170 HD channels including premium services such as Sky Germany, B+ and Eleve.Lamboray said Post Luxembourg also a plan to launch an online TV service without the set top box after the box-based launch, which would offer additional flexibility.last_img read more

Extremis Global streaming service Netflix plans to

first_imgExtremisGlobal streaming service Netflix plans to debut its first original short documentary, Extremis, in September.The doc, from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Dan Krauss, follows the harrowing decisions doctors, families and patients face in urgent end-of-life case, and is shot in cinema verité style.Shot in the Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, Netflix claims the film “offers a uniquely intimate look at the intersection of science, faith, and humanity”.“I strive to explore weighty ethical and moral questions through my films,” said Kraus, whose docs The Death of Kevin Carter and Kill Team won critical acclaim. “Doctors today can sustain life in ways once thought impossible, ushering in new and extremely complex questions about what it means for critically ill people to be kept alive.”Netflix has pushed heavily into long-form docs through titles such as Virunga, but this marks its first effort in the short-form factual format.The platform has also revealed release dates for it latest original stand-up programmes. Ali Wong: Baby Cobra premieres Friday, May 6; Bo Burnham: Make Happy debuts June 3; Jim Jefferies: Freedumb on July 1; and Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy: We’ve Been Thinking and Iliza Shlesinger: Confirmed Kills on September 23.last_img read more

New 3D bioprinting technique shows potential for artificial tissue fabrication

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 22 2018University of Colorado Boulder engineers have developed a 3D printing technique that allows for localized control of an object’s firmness, opening up new biomedical avenues that could one day include artificial arteries and organ tissue.The study, which was recently published in the journal Nature Communications, outlines a layer-by-layer printing method that features fine-grain, programmable control over rigidity, allowing researchers to mimic the complex geometry of blood vessels that are highly structured and yet must remain pliable.The findings could one day lead to better, more personalized treatments for those suffering from hypertension and other vascular diseases.”The idea was to add independent mechanical properties to 3D structures that can mimic the body’s natural tissue,” said Xiaobo Yin, an associate professor in CU Boulder’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and the senior author of the study. “This technology allows us to create microstructures that can be customized for disease models.”Hardened blood vessels are associated with cardiovascular disease, but engineering a solution for viable artery and tissue replacement has historically proven challenging.To overcome these hurdles, the researchers found a unique way to take advantage of oxygen’s role in setting the final form of a 3D-printed structure.”Oxygen is usually a bad thing in that it causes incomplete curing,” said Yonghui Ding, a postdoctoral researcher in Mechanical Engineering and the lead author of the study. “Here, we utilize a layer that allows a fixed rate of oxygen permeation.”Related StoriesScientists turn type A blood into universal type O, potentially doubling blood transfusion stocks’Google Maps’ for cancer: Image-based model accurately represents blood traffic inside tumorsBlood based test using AI and nanotechnology devised for chronic fatigue syndromeBy keeping tight control over oxygen migration and its subsequent light exposure, Ding said, the researchers have the freedom to control which areas of an object are solidified to be harder or softer–all while keeping the overall geometry the same.”This is a profound development and an encouraging first step toward our goal of creating structures that function like a healthy cell should function,” Ding said.As a demonstration, the researchers printed three versions of a simple structure: a top beam supported by two rods. The structures were identical in shape, size and materials, but had been printed with three variations in rod rigidity: soft/soft, hard/soft and hard/hard. The harder rods supported the top beam while the softer rods allowed it to fully or partially collapse.The researchers repeated the feat with a small Chinese warrior figure, printing it so that the outer layers remained hard while the interior remained soft, leaving the warrior with a tough exterior and a tender heart, so to speak.The tabletop-sized printer is currently capable of working with biomaterials down to a size of 10 microns, or about one-tenth the width of a human hair. The researchers are optimistic that future studies will help improve the capabilities even further.”The challenge is to create an even finer scale for the chemical reactions,” said Yin. “But we see tremendous opportunity ahead for this technology and the potential for artificial tissue fabrication.”last_img read more

Yamaha motorcycle comes on command at CES event

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. With a wave, Kinji Asamura summoned a riderless motorcycle to his side in the Yamaha booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. Citation: Yamaha motorcycle comes on command at CES event (2018, January 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Yamaha’s ‘Motoroid’ concept electric motorcycle reaches speeds topping 200 kilometers per hour but is blind, relying on pre-programmed routes © 2018 AFP Bike-riding robot turns heads at Tokyo motor event The concept electric motorcycle, called ‘Motoroid,’ then balanced in position, holding its place even when Asamura tried gently to push it over.Nearby, a robot that might seem suited for a futuristic action film was astride a production model Yamaha super-bike that it had ridden at speeds topping 200 kilometers per hour on a test track.”The motor bike is the recent past, and the Motoroid is the future,” Yamaha spokesman John Boreland told AFP as he glanced from one two-wheeled creation to the other.”The object is to see what lessons can be learned to connect machine to human more effectively.”The robot-ridden Yamaha motorcycle, called ‘Motobot,’ is fast but blind, relying on pre-programmed routes, according to Yamaha.Lessons learned so far from the research model include that “human beings react a hell of a lot quicker,” according to Boreland,Flesh-and-blood riders have also proven better at grasping the courter-intuitive notion of counter-steering and leaning through turns, he added.The Motoroid model boasted autonomous features such as balancing on its own, recognizing riders, and being summoned with a wave.Wings on the back of the seat were designed with the help of a psychologist to gently squeeze a rider’s lower back in a sort of reassuring caress at potentially perilous high speeds, Boreland said.”Somewhere along the line, this will all meld together so you’ll be part of the bike and it will figure things out for you,” Boreland said of insights and advances resulting from the concept motorcycles, which are not for sale. Explore further read more

Ehailing firms advise passengers to prepare for new rules

first_img Letters 11 Jul 2019 Real disservice to e-hailing customers Nation 08 Jul 2019 Higher e-hailing fares expected Related News It said the average waiting time for a passenger to get a ride was within six minutes. “Unfortunately, this may change after July 12 as we anticipate a reduction of driver-partners active on the roads. “We advise passengers to pre-plan their travel by making earlier bookings, especially if they have a flight to catch or need to attend an important event,” said a Grab spokesperson.Under changes enforced by the Transport Ministry, e-hailing service vehicles must have a public service vehicle (PSV) licence, passenger insurance, e-hailing sticker and e-hailing vehicle permit (EVP) from the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD).There was much hoo-ha after the PSV application process began in April, with drivers, mainly part-timers, complaining that it was a costly and cumbersome exercise. It was reported that a reduced number of drivers will be on the road when the deadline arrived as many part-time drivers preferred to opt out. There are also many others who are yet to be PSV-ready.Grab, which claimed it has about 200,000 drivers, revealed on Tuesday that only 10% of their active drivers had obtained the PSV licence.“We hope that this imbalance in supply and demand will be transient,” said the spokesperson.MyCar founder and director Mohd Noah Maideen said the company had been blasting mass notifications to their app users since yesterday, alerting them of longer waits and possibly steeper fares.Citing the low number of drivers who were PSV-compliant, he said the firm had no choice but to temporarily suspend other drivers from operating until they completed the due diligence.“From our pool of 30,000 active drivers, about 10,000 are full-timers and roughly 7,000 of them drive exclusively for MyCar.“From this number, only 400 have got their PSV licence, and this is worrying. We have to abide by the law and I have no choice but to block those who are not ready from getting on the road,” he added.MyCar is the second largest e-hailing operator, holding about 15% of industry market share.Mohd Noah urged the authorities to be lenient on enforcement, saying that many drivers were still going through the process to be PSV ready.“Getting the PSV licence is one thing. The drivers will still not be allowed on the road until APAD issues them with the EVP document, which takes time.“Should they get stopped during checks, I hope the authorities will give them a warning instead of booking them,” he said, adding that the grace period should be extended till the end of the year.Mohd Noah said the firm was continuing to get cabbies to join its platform in anticipation of a driver shortage.He said passengers should be ready to see taxis picking them up instead of private cars.Malaysian E-hailing Drivers Association (MeHDA) president Daryl Chong said according to feedback, it took too long for the PSV results to be released and for EVP permits to be issued.“But until everything is in place, they still have to adhere to the law,” he said, adding that e-hailing companies had been instructed to ban their non-compliant drivers. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}center_img Nation 11 Jul 2019 Grab warns of possible increase in fares with new regulations PETALING JAYA: Plan your journeys, make bookings earlier and ride during off-peak hours – this is the advice given to passengers by e-hailing operators with new rules to be enforced today.The operators expect fewer e-hailing drivers on the road from today, and said passengers have been given “notice” in order not to be caught unprepared.Grab Malaysia has despatched announcements to their passengers warning them of longer waiting times, especially during peak hours and rainy days.The company, the biggest e-hailing operator in the country, said its driver-partners served a million ride bookings daily. Related Newslast_img read more

Wee gives further details on RM15mil grant to Kojadi

first_img Nation 2d ago Wee: Kojadi wrote to MACC over RM15mil grant {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Nation 28 Jun 2019 Kojadi will write to MACC over RM15mil grant Related News Related News Nation 11 Jul 2019 Dr Wee: Kojadi has written to MACC over RM15mil grant PETALING JAYA: MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong has further clarified the events surrounding the RM15mil grant given to Koperasi Jayadiri Sdn Bhd (Kojadi) by Yayasan 1MDB.Listing a chronology, he stated that in August 2012 Kojadi had informed the Co-operatives Commission (SKM) of the RM15mil grant to implement a micro-credit scheme for the youth.Later that month, SKM replied Kojadi that it had no issues concerning the grant, he said.”A few days after Pakatan Harapan won the general election (on May 18), the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) issued a letter for Kojadi to pay taxes, including penalties and fines on the RM15mil grant received from Yayasan 1MDB in 2012. The total amount to be paid was RM1,031,606.44. AdChoices广告”The Kojadi board of directors complied with IRB’s instruction and paid off the sum (on June 11),” he said in a Facebook posting on Saturday (July 13).Dr Wee said in December 2018, Kojadi failed to get the RM50mil allocation for Budget 2019, with the reason given that Kojadi and MCA were not separate organisations.”It is true that Kojadi was founded by MCA, but not all in the party is a member of the co-operative.”A person has to contribute to Kojadi and only then they are eligible for membership. Now, the co-operative is rated five stars and has about 60,000 members from different races. How can it only be for MCA members?” he said.He said on Dec 26, 2018, Kojadi chairman Datuk Ng Peng Hay wrote a letter to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief commissioner regarding the grant, asking for advice.”I was informed by Ng that he acted in line with what was agreed with the Kojadi board of directors who took their own initiative to write to Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull,” he added.Dr Wee questioned why Ng had sent a copy of a letter that he wrote to the MACC to Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng as well.”Yayasan 1MDB is under the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry whereas the Co-operative Societies Commission (SKM) is under the Entrepreneur Development Ministry.”What has this got to do with the Finance Ministry?” he asked.Dr Wee said MACC replied to Kojadi’s letter on Jan 30 this year.The MACC, he added, told Kojadi that the 1Malaysia Development Board (1MDB) case was still under investigation, and had said nothing of Yayasan 1MDB.”The letter also stated that the MACC would inform Kojadi if it needed further assistance or cooperation.”So, what is wrong if Kojadi acts according to the rule of law? Fourteen board members have clarified that what was decided in a meeting on June 27, 2019 was to follow up the matter in writing with MACC, not to return the funds to them without referring to lawyers and the leadership,” he said.last_img read more