first_imgThe Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) has said the prices of rice are likely to increase by next year because of the poor rainfall this monsoon and declining stock of the staple food with the government.The government estimate of the production of Kharif rice for 2015-16 has dropped to 90.61 million tonnes from 90.86 million tonnes in 2014-15 and 91.5 million tonnes in 2013-14. However, the industry body said Kharif crop production may not be more than 89 million tonnes.”This is unlikely to be achieved due to severe deficit of rain in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra and Karnataka and the best that could be achieved is 89 million tonnes,” PTI quoted Assocham as saying.Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra and Karnataka are Kharif rice producing states, where the process is highly dependant on the rain water, which was inadequate due to monsoon deficit in these regions.Assocham said total output of rice in India in 2015-16 is expected to be 103 million tonnes, which is less than the annual consumption of 108 million tonnes, reported Mid-Day.It said if the government does not take adequate measures in this regard, people will have to grapple with high prices of the staple food in the coming months.”Prices of rice may shoot up and reach a boiling point in the coming months as the stock of the key staple cereal is depleting fast owing to deficient rain and fall in output,” said Assocham.The stock of rice with the government is reported to have declined from 24.59 million tonnes in 2012 to 13.89 million tonnes this year. The government’s stock of the cereal is used at times of shortage.Although Assocham has warned of price rice in the coming days, officials at the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) have claimed otherwise. “Rice is cheap at present. We do not see any immediate impact on the prices of rice in the coming months, as the market is stable. Even if it increases, the impact would be minimal,” said Grain, Rice and Oilseeds Merchants’ Association (GROMA) secretary Kanji Gala.However, Assocham said the prices are likely to rise despite the stable market at present. Assocham public relations director Manju Negi said the hike could be 10-15%.”Apart from poor rainfall this year, decreasing stock in the past years will also be responsible for the price rise. Though the markets are stable now, in coming months, the scenario will change. The hike in rice prices cannot be predicted as of now. It depends upon the harvest. There can be a hike of 10-15% or even more than that,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgin all seriousness, Gaga is the greatest inspiration in my life. Her and Bradley choosing me for that tiny little scene was an indescribable honor. She makes me want to be better every single day. Her courage and talent and vision are one of a kind. I stan her to my grave.— h (@halsey) February 25, 2019 When you come to the Oscars, you must dress up. Thanks @CSiriano for creating this custom couture masterpiece. @OscarHeymanBros you have outdone yourselves with your iconic jewels. Style by @sammyratelle Grooming by Anna Bernabe. @TheAcademy #AcademyAwards2019 #oscars #oscars2019— Billy Porter (@theebillyporter) February 24, 2019 ACADEMY! AWARD! WINNER! LADY! GAGA!— tyler oakley (@tyleroakley) February 25, 2019 Popular on Variety 3 Men And A Lady ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) February 25, 2019On the red carpet, top five most talked-about Oscars fashion looks on Facebook were: Billy Porter wearing a Christian Siriano tuxedo dress; Jason Momoa’s pink velvet tux and matching scrunchie; Jennifer Lopez’s mirror-mosaic gown; Lady Gaga’s 128-carat Tiffany diamond necklace; and Spike Lee’s custom metallic-gold Jordan 3 sneakers.On Twitter, Gaga garnered the most activity from the red carpet, but she didn’t herself take to social media over Oscars weekend. The most-retweeted celebrity tweet from this year’s Oscars was from Porter, star of FX’s “Pose,” showing off his billowing black dress:center_img On Twitter, the most-tweeted moments were similar: “Green Book” took the No. 1 spot, followed by “Shallow” winning original song, Malek’s win, Gaga-Cooper’s performance, and Olivia Colman snagging the best actress trophy for “The Favourite.”Lady Gaga was the most tweeted-about celebrity of the night, followed by Bradley Cooper, Rami Malek, Alfonso Cuarón and Spike Lee. Gaga’s star shone brightly as ABC’s Oscars broadcast went hostless, after Kevin Hart’s controversial exit.Spike Lee, whose “BlacKkKlansman” won the Oscar for adapted screenplay, generated the most controversy of the night after he angrily tried to leave the auditorium after “Green Book” picked up the best-picture Oscar and delivering an acceptance speech that drew a Monday-morning response on Twitter from Donald Trump.Celebs tweeting huzzahs to Lady Gaga for her Oscars win and performance with Cooper included “Shallow” co-writer Mark Ronson: Lady Gaga struck the biggest chord with Oscars viewers Sunday night, capturing the lion’s share of chatter related to the 91st Academy Awards on social media.Gaga’s first Oscar win — for the song “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born,” which she performed with Bradley Cooper on the ABC telecast — gave her three of the evening’s five top moments on Facebook and made her the most-tweeted-about celeb, according to the companies.Per Facebook, the five most talked-about Oscar moments on Feb. 24 were: “Green Book” winning best picture, followed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s intimate performance of “Shallow.” Next was Rami Malek’s best-actor win for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” followed by Gaga’s acceptance speech for “Shallow” and Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” winning foreign language film. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

first_imgAverage speed cameras are being installed on the A500 between Hanchurch and Wolstanton (Image: (Photo by Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)) It comes as drivers – who will face £100 fines –  are already contending with narrow lanes and an extended 50mph limit during the D-road widening works between Etruria and Porthill. Read MoreWatch as driving instructor’s dash-cam captures TWO taxis jumping red lights in Stoke-on-Trent – in quick succession   Highways England official Stuart Danks said: “The safety of all road users is our priority and while the majority of motorists stick to the 50mph speed limit the introduction of safety cameras along this route will help reduce accidents. “We thank motorists for their patience while work to install the cameras takes place. Any road closures will be overnight when we know the roads are quieter. Where possible, we will work on one carriageway at a time or with lane closures to minimise disruption while ensuring the safety of our workers.” Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailSpeed cameras are to be installed along a five-mile stretch of the busy A500. Work starts today to install the average speed cameras at 12 locations along the 50mph stretch between the junction 15 M6 roundabout at Hanchurch and Wolstanton. The first phase focuses on the Hanchurch roundabout with every camera expected to be in place by December 20. The programme of work – which also includes bridge repairs and carriageway resurfacing – will lead to lane closures and some night-time full closures. Average speed cameras are being installed on this stretch of the A500 between Sideway and Hanford Latest figures show 3,263 drivers were caught speeding on the A500 between Etruria and Hanford in the 12 months to the end of August. The stretch between Hanford and Hanchurch is not routinely monitored because there are no bridges across the carriageway. Driving instructors and cabbies have welcomed the introduction of average speed cameras if they help reduce accidents. In 2013, the then North Staffordshire coroner Ian Smith called for them to be installed on the A500 after Staffordshire Police reported there had been 28 fatal accidents on the road over a 10-year period. There were 231 accidents on the A500 between 2014 and 2016, including nine fatal and 16 serious crashes. poll loadingShould average speed cameras be installed on the A500?1000+ VOTES SO FARYesNo Driving instructor Les Brigham, of Milton, said: “People need to recognise that speed cameras and extra road markings encourage a reduction of speed. They are often installed reactively. “One of the sayings in driver education is ‘the more paint the more danger’. The traffic markings and road signs tell a story of previous incidents. Wetley Rocks is a good example, lots of paint and lots of speed cameras tells us there had been far too many incidents in the Wetley Rocks area. Read MoreDon’t warn other drivers about police speed traps, you could get slapped with a fine   “Average speed cameras on the A500 should be a good way to keep drivers safe by encouraging motorists to stay within the legal speed limit – and safer – for longer distances.” Stoke-on-Trent Private Hire Association chairman Sharaz Yaqub said: “Safety is paramount and if these speed cameras achieve that and reduce the number of casualties, then I’m all for it.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Police search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes center_img Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collision Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –  Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –  For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram.last_img read more

first_imgBloomberg Media Group has named Adam Freeman as the first managing director for its EMEA operation.Freeman will be responsible for leading Bloomberg’s multi-platform media operation – web, mobile, television, digital video, print magazines and live events – across the EMEA region.According to Bloomberg the appointment reflects its strategy of expanding its global media footprint beyond television to multiple media platforms across European, Middle Eastern and African markets.Freeman, who will be based in London, was executive director of Guardian News and Media until last year.“With bureaus in 72 countries, Bloomberg’s global presence is unrivalled in the consumer media industry. Adam’s appointment is a statement of our ambition to develop the world’s leading next-generation global business media company,” said Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith.“We will be investing across every platform – web, mobile, TV, digital video, print, live events – with a powerful focus on new digital channels and audiences. Adam has a clear track record of leading digital transformations and successfully building the types of teams and cultures required for media innovation. He is going to take our operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to the next level.”last_img read more

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 7 2018Most people living with dementia also have at least one other health condition, and health services need to adapt to optimize their health and quality of life, a new study concludes.In a study led by the University of Exeter, most people with dementia had one or more additional chronic health condition – or comorbidity- with hypertension (high blood pressure) being the most common. Diabetes, depression, tissue diseases such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease and heart problems were also common.People with more health conditions rated their quality of life less positively than people with fewer health conditions. This was particularly so for people with five or more health conditions.The findings, published in Age and Ageing, arise from research on Improving the experience of Dementia and Enhancing Active Life (IDEAL) cohort. Funded by the National Institute for Health Research and the Economic and Social Research Council, it consisted of 1,547 people diagnosed with dementia who provided information on the number and type of health conditions. Participants also provided ratings of their quality of life, both in relation to dementia and to overall health.Related StoriesA program of therapy and coping strategies works long-term for family dementia carersWhy women who work are less likely to develop dementiaCaregiver depression linked to increased emergency department visits for patients with dementiaProfessor Linda Clare, from the University of Exeter, is Principal Investigator on the IDEAL cohort studies. She said: “People with dementia living with additional health conditions are at greater risk of experiencing pain, mobility problems, anxiety and depression, and report poor quality of life. While multiple health condition are also common in older people without dementia, a diagnosis of dementia can mean that other health conditions don’t always get the attention they deserve.”With 800,000 people in the UK currently living with dementia, this study highlights the need for better care planning and support to deal with multiple conditions in a more integrated way. This will optimize quality of life for both people with dementia and their carers, and help people live independently for longer.”The researchers found that 74 per cent of people with dementia in the study had one or more additional health conditions, while 22 per cent had at least three additional conditions.Alzheimer’s Society supports IDEAL through £2 million in funding for a Centre of Excellence in Dementia Care at Exeter. and the Society will continue to support the project until at least 2022. Dr James Pickett, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s Society said: “This adds solid research evidence to what people with dementia tell us about how other health conditions complicate their care, and the negative impact to their lives that can result from health services not taking a holistic approach.”Dementia research isn’t all about a cure; Alzheimer’s Society is also investing in IDEAL and other vital care studies through our Centers of Excellence because we owe it to the 850,000 people in the UK currently living with dementia so that they can live better.”last_img read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 27 2019Arthritis is not just an ailment of old age–it can affect children too, causing lifelong pain and disability in its most severe forms. Fortunately, some kids grow out of it. Knowing which patients will develop milder forms of disease could spare them unnecessary treatment and potential medication side effects but currently doctors have no way of predicting disease course or severity.That could now change thanks to a machine learning tool developed by Quaid Morris, a professor of computer science at the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research at the University of Toronto, Dr. Rae Yeung, Professor of Paediatrics, Immunology and Medical Science at the University of Toronto, and their recently-graduated, co-supervised student Simon Eng.Morris is also faculty in the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence and is an inaugural AI Chair by the Canadian Institute for Advancement of Research. Yeung is also the inaugural Hak-Ming and Deborah Chiu Chair in Paediatric Translational Research at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).Writing in the journal PLOS Medicine, the researchers describe a computational approach based on machine learning, a form of artificial intelligence in which the computer learns to recognize recurrent patterns from a sea of data. The algorithm was able to classify patients into seven distinct groups according to the patterns of swollen or painful joints in the body. Moreover, it also accurately predicted which children will go into remission faster and which ones will develop a more severe form of disease.An estimated 300,000 children are suffering from arthritis in the US alone. While its triggers still remain unclear, the disease occurs when the immune system mistakes the body’s own cells for foreign invaders, attacking the lining of the joints to cause swelling, pain and possibly long-lasting damage. There is no cure and the treatment consists of progressively more aggressive and costly medications, starting with anti-inflammatory pain relief drugs, such as ibuprofen, to stronger drugs including methotrexate (a chemotherapy agent), steroids, and biological agents (such as anti-TNF and anti-IL-1) that switch off parts of the immune system.”The final stage of treatment is very effective in some children, but also very expensive, and it’s not clear what the long-term effects are,” says Morris. “When you are inhibiting the function of the immune system, this type of treatment can be associated with potential side-effects including increased risk of infection and others””Knowing which children will benefit from which treatment at which time is really the cornerstone of personalized medicine and the question doctors and families want answered when children are first diagnosed,” says Yeung who is also a Paediatric Rheumatologist and Senior Scientist at SickKids.Related StoriesResearch team receives federal grant to study obesity in children with spina bifidaDaily intake for phosphates in infants, children can exceed health guidance valuesNew network for children and youth with special health care needs seeks to improve systems of careAs a first step, the researchers set out to subtype the children who developed arthritis but had not been treated with medications yet. They analysed clinical data from 640 children, collected between 2005 and 2010 as part of the pan-Canadian study Research in Arthritis in Canadian Children, Emphasizing Outcomes (ReACCh-OUT). All children received detailed physical examinations as part of their care which included documenting the location of painful (also known as active) joints in the body.The data revealed seven major patterns of joint activity: joints in the pelvic area, fingers, wrists, toes, knees, ankles and an indistinct pattern. And while the majority of children fell into a single category, about one third of patients had active joints that belonged to more than one group. These patients with non-localized joint involvement generally had worse outcomes and took longer to go into remission than the patients whose active joints fall into a single pattern.Although unique patterns of joint involvement are recognized at the bedside, the current patient classification for childhood arthritis only takes into account the overall number of affected joints. It is clear that better descriptions of joint involvement are needed that predict disease course and disease severity. It was striking from the data that children with non-localized joint involvement are different. Physicians had already observed this before as they were treating these children with strong medications but were still not able to control the disease.”Identifying this group of children early will help us target the right treatments early and prevent unnecessary pain and disability from ongoing active disease,” says Yeung.Because of the complexity of the disease, with multiple joints affected and in a way that can change over time, as well as a relatively small number of patients available, the team had to look beyond standard statistical methods to detect patterns of joint pain.”We had to use machine learning just to detect these seven patterns of disease in the first place,” says Morris, whose team modified the technique known as multilayer non-negative matrix factorization. “And then we realized there are some children who do not fall into any of the patterns and they have a very bad version of the disease. Now we understand the disease much better we can group children into these different categories to predict response to treatment, how fast do they go into remission and whether or not we can tell they are in remission and remove therapy.” Source: read more

first_img Provided by University of Western Australia The model could be used by any organisation or government agency for more accurate 3-D facial recognition and could lead to widespread applications, and improving security measures while potentially removing the need for personal passwords.Facial recognition is fast becoming the tool of choice for surveillance, security and IT industries and relies on the ability of computer models to determine whether or not a person is legitimate.Currently, 2-D facial recognition of photographs is widely used and has seemingly surpassed human accuracy levels however it has several shortcomings that the more advanced 3-D model is able to address.Unlike 2-D facial recognition software, 3-D models have the potential to address changes in facial texture, expression, poses and scale, yet the data is difficult to gather.2-D facial data can be obtained simply by searching the internet while 3-D facial data requires physical collection from real subjects thereby limiting its use.The research team from the UWA Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering created the first-of-its-kind model—called FR3DNet—analysing 3.1 million 3-D scans of more than 100,000 people.They trained the model to learn the identities of a large dataset of ‘known’ persons and then match a test face to one of those identities.The 3-D model’s creator, Dr. Syed Zulqarnain Gilani, said the model was a huge step forward in the field of 3-D facial recognition.”With off-the-shelf 3-D cameras becoming cheap and affordable, the future for pure 3-D face recognition does not seem far away,” Dr. Gilani said.”Our research shows that recognition performance on 3-D scans is better and more robust. Your 3-D scan could be in any pose, wearing glasses or a face mask, and laughing or just smiling and the deep model can recognise you in an instant.”We hope that this research will help improve security on devices that use facial recognition to grant access to networks and systems.”The 3-D Facial Recognition model (FR3DNet) is currently available for research purposes. The paper was published in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition. 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. Facial recognition was key in identifying US shooting suspect Citation: New model for large-scale 3-D facial recognition (2018, July 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Explore further Credit: University of Western Australia Researchers from The University of Western Australia have designed a new system capable of carrying out large-scale 3-D facial recognition that could transform the entire biometrics industry.last_img read more

first_imgStudents of Osmania University demand jobs, filling up of teacher’s posts SHARE SHARE EMAIL universities and colleges COMMENTS Published on November 26, 2018 COMMENT Osmania University’s Arts College   –  KVS GIRI employment regional elections Telangana SHARE “We want jobs. Where are the promised jobs Mr Chief Minister K Chandrasekar Rao?” These were slogans students raised when they saw a senior politician/Minister of the ruling Telangana Rastra Samithi (TRS) on the campus of Osmania University.It has been four and a half years since Telangana became a separate State and KCR promised one lakh jobs. We are still hearing about the notifications and the selection process for the teachers’ jobs, grumbled a group of hopefuls.The University, which turned 100 in 2018, went through an agonising, lacklustre centenary and was in a state of Cold War with the Chief Minister, losing out on hosting the prestigious Indian Science Congress and getting a pittance out of the ₹200-crore promised for the development.During 2009-14 the sprawling campus was turned into a fortress by the police, as the highly charged and motivated student community breathed fire into the separate-statehood movement during 2009-14. It was the hub of political activity.But in the last few months, as the KCR government pushed Telangana into an early election, the University seems uncharacteristically subdued. Police posts are visible, but the energy in the student groups appears dissipated and is reflected in isolated groups of protests and demands, mostly reactive as security is making it difficult, complained students.The Deputy Chief Minister Mahmood Ali said the government is serious on providing jobs to students but needs more time. The process is on and opportunities in the private sector are also being explored.The Minister’s comment elicited a sharp response from Madhu Yaski Goud, a Congress leader and one of the national secretaries. The KCR government is not bothered about the students’ future, their sacrifices for the Telangana struggle.. Instead, it is targeting them and is pushing the University into a deeper crisis. Neither has the University received the deserved funding nor the support to grow, especially in the centenary year, he criticised.Political mileageWhile the issue of employment continues to simmer, the TRS has provided a political opportunity to the University leaders during the agitation. Balka Suman, a PhD student of English, became an MP from Pedhapalli in Karimnagar. Two others — Pidamarthi Ravi and G Kishore unsuccessfully contested from Sattupalli in Khammam district and Thungathurthi in Nalgonda.The party has been encouraging youth leaders from the University with roles.It made C Rakesh, Chairman of the Technical Services Corporation and E Anjaneyulu Gowd a member of the BC Commission, in addition to Ravi in the SC Corporation, said Kondal, the TRS youth-wing leader from the University.He said the government made attempts to provide jobs but hurdles and delays have resulted in discontent among the student community. The major employment providers such as the Group 2 services notification landed in litigation while in the case of the DSC it got delayed. A few hundred students got recruited in the police force, where the TRS government did maximum recruitment of over 19,000, he added.For the December 7 elections, the TRS has again given tickets to all the three candidates with Suman shifting from the Parliament to the Assembly. On the other hand, major parties such as Congress and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) have given nothing. The BJP has fielded Kalyan from Devarakonda. Rahul Gandhi, AICC president met student leaders twice — Delhi in 2017 and in August in in Hyderabad.Universities ScenarioThe teaching, research and education in the universities in Telangana, especially in the best and the oldest Osmania University, can be described as pathetic. While at least half a dozen new universities have been created since 2014, the KCR government has not made a single recruitment in the Osmania and Kakatiya Universities, both played a crucial role in the agitation.Against the sanctioned strength of 1,294 permanent teaching staff for the Osmania University, the number has dwindled to just 494 . “The Stategovernment has not made a single recruitment since 2014 and the University is making do with part time/contract-based teachers,” said Satyanarayana Battu, president of the OU Teachers Association..The last recruitment for 170 posts were made in 2013. Similarly, the Kakatiya University, Warangal, with a sanctioned staff of 390 runs on just 140 regular teachers. The University Grants Commission (UGC) norms prescribe that the part-time/contract staff percentage should not exceed 10 per cent, but the government doesn’t seem bothered at all, said the, Association.With neither jobs for graduates nor recruitments to vacant posts happening, it does not require much study to understand which way the quality of higher education, research and skill sets in the youngest State of the nation is heading.last_img read more