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Doubledown Unable to Sell Magazine Assets

first_imgAt an auction held late last week in U.S. bankruptcy court in New York, Doubledown Media, a publisher of magazines aimed at the Wall Street elite that went out of business in February, did not receive any “acceptable” bids for its remaining magazine assets, including subscriber lists.“One bidder made an offer but it was not acceptable to the trustee,” Andrea Fisher, a senior attorney with Squire Sanders & Dempsey—the firm representing Doubledown’s trustee—told FOLIO:. “The trustee will continue to entertain offers for the assets. We’ve received some inquires and the hope is that the assets sell, which will provide a distribution to [Doubledown’s] creditors.”According to the auction notice, the minimum bid for Doubledown’s Dealmaker was $100,000. For Corporate Leader and Trader magazines the lowest acceptable bid was $50,000. The minimum bid for Cigar Report was $25,000. Corporate Air, meanwhile, carried a minimum bid of $55,000. Doubledown previously received an offer from a company called Private Air Media—which is headed by the magazine’s founder Dee Dee Morrison—and Knight Images Inc., for $50,000.The minimum bid for all five titles was $300,000, or the aggregate amount of the highest bids for each property plus $20,000, the notice said.A Once-Rising Publisher Hits BottomCiting “unprecedented times,” Doubledown went out of business in February and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation not long after. “The combination of the media depression, the Wall Street implosion and the credit slowdown were collectively too much for our company—probably any company in our shoes—to overcome,” president Randall Lane wrote in an e-mail to staffers at the time.According to court documents obtained by FOLIO: this spring, more than 350 claims totaling $4 million have been made against Doubledown, including those from a group of ex-employees, investors, three printers, vendors, designers, writers, lawyers and more. Nearly half of Doubledown’s assets include $1,013,520.43 in accounts receivable—money Doubledown has yet to be paid.In terms of the bankruptcy proceedings, the sale hearing has been adjourned until October 6, Fisher said.last_img read more

NEIGHBOR NEWS Whats Making Headlines In Tewksbury

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Ever wonder what’s making news next door in Tewksbury? Bill Gilman, editor of Your Tewksbury Today, has the answer!Below is a collection of top Tewksbury stories, primarily written by Gilman, that were recently published on his popular website.Top Tewksbury Stories (November 17-November 26):Tewksbury Woman Is The Latest Mass. Lottery $1 Million WinnerPHOTO GALLERY: Historic Win For Aylward’s, As Redmen Stuff Wildcats, 43-0Tewksbury High Cheerleaders Cap Fall Season With Strong Showing At StatesTewksbury Youth Lacrosse Association Introduces A New ProgramTewksbury U10-1 Girls Soccer Wins Global Premiere Soccer Tournament Your Tewksbury Today is Tewksbury’s premiere online hyperlocal news source. Follow YTT on Facebook and Twitter.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”last_img read more

T rex was actually bigger than we thought

first_img3:36 This is what would happen if we still had dinosaurs 15 Photos The new conclusions are based on a 66-million-year-old skeleton found in Canada in the early ’90s. Roger Harris/SPL/Getty The undisputed king of the dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex, is even bigger than we once believed.That’s according to new research conducted on “Scotty,” a 66-million-year-old T. rex skeleton first discovered in Canada in 1991. A team of paleontologists at the University of Alberta measured up the skull, hip and limbs of Scotty and suggested that it had a living weight of almost 20,000 pounds (approx. 8,800 kilograms).With that kind of weight, the monstrous ancient lizard would be up there with the largest terrestrial animal currently alive, the African bush elephant, which can weigh up to 26,000 pounds.”This is the rex of rexes,” Scott Persons, lead author of the new study, said in a statement. Tags 5 Sci-Techcenter_img The skeleton was discovered in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan, encased in sandstone. It took 10 years of fine excavation work to extricate the fossil and now scientists have finally been able to stitch together a picture of Scotty as he would have been 66 million years ago.The findings were published in the journal The Anatomical Record on March 21. The research team describes Scotty as “exceptionally large” and “robust”, which in reality means he was an absolute unit.Making Scotty even more unique is the fact that it is the oldest T. rex skeleton discovered and was likely in his early 30s when he died — which is a pretty good run for the theropods because as far as we currently know, they lived to between 20 and 30 years. By studying one of the major leg bones, the research team could determine that Scotty was a mature T. rex.And in his time, he’d seen things — he bore the marks of a fair few scuffles.”Riddled across the skeleton are pathologies — spots where scarred bone records large injuries,” said Persons.Scotty takes the crown for biggest ever ancient lizard from Sue, a wonderfully preserved T. rex skeleton discovered in South Dakota in 1990. Sue’s estimated weight is around 400 kilograms less than that estimated for Scotty, but with around 90 percent of that skeleton recovered, she is still the most extensive T. rex specimen ever found. Share your voice Comments Tyrannosaurus rex has a surprise for you Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Sekiro and difficulty Ignore the gatekeeping anyone can play this gem

first_img Tags 7 Comments Activision I’m currently playing a video game called Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. It’s an action game in which you’re a shinobi trying to rescue your young kidnapped lord from formidable foes. You may have heard that it’s a hard game. I’m probably less than a quarter of the way through, but I’ve already lost track of how many times I’ve died — without exaggeration, the number is probably in the 40 to 50 range. Both in spite of and because of that difficulty, I’m having a great time. It’s an awesome game. Admittedly, I’m a fan of developer From Software. I’ve written in the past about the positive impact that Dark Souls, one of its previous games, had on my life. Overcoming the challenges of that game led me to some important life lessons. Sekiro might be the most difficult game this company has made and it has a reputation for making hard games. This has led to an intense online debate about whether or not Sekiro should have an “easy mode.” In a lot of video games, you can choose if you want to play on easy, medium or hard. Sekiro doesn’t offer that choice. One compelling article on Kotaku argued for the need for accessibility options in Sekiro so gamers with disabilities can play too. I firmly believe Sekiro is a better game without an easy mode, and I don’t say that because I want to belong to an exclusive club of people who can play it. To me, the ideas of difficulty and accessibility should not be conflated. While some gamers with disabilities have already come forth in defense of the game, Sekiro and all video games should have readily available accessibility options so that anyone who wants to can play them. Having accessibility options — perhaps similar to those outlined on Twitter by the creator of Celeste, another difficult game — is not the same as offering an easy mode. Accessibility options should include specific tweaks to gameplay in a specialized menu you can access if you need them — such as tweaking the game’s speed — but should stay out of sight if you don’t need them. An easy mode typically means a choice presented to all players right at the start of the experience that changes many aspects of the balance of the game. A lot of the value of the experience of Sekiro comes from overcoming the challenges and improving at the game. Playing Sekiro can be an incredible experience for anyone with the patience and perseverance to see it through, and in a lot of ways, Sekiro is a better game for gamers that kinda suck.Opening the gatesA big misconception about Sekiro and Dark Souls is they are only for “elite” gamers. That’s not the case at all, and those who argue against an easy mode because they want to use these titles for a kind of artificial gatekeeping, that keeps gaming exclusively for “real gamers,” are missing the whole point.They’re meant to be teaching exercises. They’re meant to provide a feeling of hard-won accomplishment not found in other games. Sekiro is designed for those willing to put in the effort. Period. That’s what makes it beautiful. The difficulty in Sekiro makes you pay attention and take in every detail of the environment. The difficulty is what makes the back-and-forth samurai swordplay so enthralling. You have to know when to attack and when to defend and each decision you make in each split second could lead to victory or defeat.All games should be playable by all gamers, but Sekiro is not walled off for only the elite. It takes humility. You will certainly die, and if you get mad at the game and stop, you won’t get better. If you let your deaths teach you how to improve, you’ll eventually be able to conquer everything the game throws at you. It’s a cool feeling when that happens, and a unique one in gaming, and there should be room in the gaming world for all manner of unique experiences.sekiro-gamescom01Combat in Sekiro is demanding and awesome. Activision Stumbling to victoryAs painful as it is for me to admit this, I’m not a particularly skilled gamer. I enjoy video games, but I tend to struggle my way through them, especially ones that are supposed to be hard. Another recent action game called God of War offers four different difficulty modes. In order from easiest to hardest, they were called “give me a story,” “give me a balanced experience,” “give me a challenge” and “give me God of War.” The game was lauded for letting people choose their own experience without being made to feel guilty if they wanted something easier. That was part of the artistic vision of the designers and there’s nothing wrong with that. God of War is an awesome game. I ended up playing the balanced experience option after trying and failing at the next level up. Even the normal difficulty proved challenging enough to kill me several times, but I never felt stuck. That wasn’t the point of God of War. That difficulty was perfect for me and perfectly described. Sekiro doesn’t have that. It has a narrower focus. God of War is about many things. At the forefront is a story about a father trying to reconnect with his son over the course of a harrowing journey. Sekiro has a story too, but it’s primarily about overcoming the steep challenges presented through patience and perseverance. In a lot of games, you make your character more powerful as you play. You do that in Sekiro too, but you also get significantly better at the game and as a gamer. The game teaches you how to win as long as you’re willing to learn. You’re naturally going to improve at almost any game as you play it, but I’ve never experienced anything similar to the curve of a From Software game.After beating Dark Souls for the first time, I started a new game with a fresh character to try my hand at some of the early bosses again. These bosses had all killed me numerous times on my first playthrough — approaching 10 to 20 times each. On that second playthrough, I killed the first three bosses without getting hit. Again, I’d started fresh, so it wasn’t my character that was more powerful. It was me — I was much more powerful. That’s an amazing feeling. Like Dark Souls before it, Sekiro is incredible in that regard. It’s collaborative art at its most interactive, because it requires your dedication to see it through to the end. Your journey mirrors the protagonist’s more than in any other game I’ve played. As your character faces tough challenges and grows and learns, so do you. Compromising on that vision with an easy mode would lessen that quality. It would take away from its singular artistic focus.Why do we fall? sekiro-1Defeating your enemies in Sekiro after a hard-fought battle feels amazing.  Activision I’m still early in Sekiro. Just last night, a midlevel boss killed me five times, but I eventually beat him. Most enemies in the game are stronger than your character, but that’s OK, because every time you get knocked down, you can get back up and try again. To beat him, I couldn’t worry about the fact that I’m inevitably going to face much more challenging bosses. My job at that moment was to overcome that one task, and trust that this challenge would teach me to face the next one. Like the other From Software games I’ve played, Sekiro teaches a few life lessons about learning through failure and facing the task in front of you. Working through it is a remarkable experience that any gamer with patience and a willingness to learn can have. An easy mode would take away some of the qualities that make this game so wonderful. Not wanting to be frustrated with a video game is understandable, but not every video game needs to appeal to every taste. I sometimes like playing video games to relax as well. That’s not Sekiro, and it’s better for it. It’s unique and demanding and it’s meant for everyone who can appreciate those qualities in a game. Nintendo Labo VR, reviewed: a box of magic tricks 28 Photos The 28 best games on PlayStation 4center_img Video Games Now playing: Watch this: 3:03 Share your voice Originally published on April 14. last_img read more

BSE closes points 10677 up on Feb 19

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 106.77 points up to stand at 20,740.98. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 25.65 points up to stand at6,152.75. Adani Enter and Financial Tech were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.04% and 4.99% along with MCX and Gujarat Mineral with an increase of 4.95% and 3.82 % respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Jindal Steel and Tata Communication with a decrease of 2.79 % and 2.73 % along with Indian Bank and Bank of India with a decrease of 2.29% and 2.09% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 7.06 points at 12,168.14 while the banking sector is up 41.65 points at 12,115.87 and the realty sector is up 5.21 points at 1,212.29. The Indian currency is down 0.32% at Rs 62.16 per dollar.last_img read more

Motorola One Moto G7 make debut in India All you need to

first_imgClose OSAndroid 9.0 Pie Audio1 receiver, 1 bottom-ported speaker, Dolby Audio, 3.5mm headphone jack, 3 microphones, FM Radio Display6.2-inch LTPS LCD full HD+ (2270x1080p) with 19:9 aspect ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Moto DisplayPixel density: 403 ppi (pixels per inch) Model Moto G7 Battery3,000mAh (non-removable)-15W TurboPower- 9 hours of usage in 15 minutes of charge Storage64 GB, expandable up to 512GB RAM4GB Network4G-LTE CameraMain: 12MP with ( F1.8 aperture, 1.25um pixel) + 5 MP depth sensor, LED flash, PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus), Digital zoom (up to 8x), Burst shot, Auto HDR, Timer, High res zoom, Auto smile capture, Cinemagraph, All in focus, Portrait mode, Cutout, Panorama, Manual mode, RAW photo output, Active photos, Spot colour, Best shot, Google Lens™ integration, 2160P/4K (30fps), 1080P(60/30fps), 720P(120/30fps), 4K video, Slow motion video, Timelapse video, Hyperlapse video, Electronic video stabilisation, Youtube LiveFront: 8 MP (1.12um pixel), Screen flash, Auto HDR, Timer, Face beauty, Auto smile capture, Cinemagraph, Portrait mode, Group selfie, Spot colour, 1080P(30fps), 720P(30fps), Slow motion video, Timelapsecenter_img Processor1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 octa-core CPU with Adreno 506 GPU ColoursCeramic Black/ Clear White Dimensions157.0 x 75.3 x 8mm Add-onsDual nano-SIM, Face unlock, fingerprint sensor, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (dual-band: 2.4GHz + 5GHz), 3D glass back, Water repellent design with P2i nano coating, USB-C port (for charging, data transfer), USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, GPS, NFC (Near Field Communication) –in select markets, GPS, GLONASS, A-GPS PriceAround Rs 15,000 Mobile phone manufacturing factories increased from 2 to 120 after coming to power: RS Prasad After teasing for several days, Motorola finally launched the Moto G7, but to everyone’s surprise, it has also announced the company’s generic Android One series phone Motorola One on March 25 evening.The new Moto G7 sports a 6.2-inch full HD+ screen on the front and on the back, it flaunts glossy shell on the back with 3D glass cover.Inside, the Motorola phone comes packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor with Android Pie OS, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage and a 3,000mAh battery, which is more than enough to keep the phone running for a whole under mixed usage. It also boasts 15W Turbo Charge features, wherein 15 minutes of charging will offer you 9 hours of talk time. Motorola Moto G7 is available in all leading retail stores and Flipkart in IndiaMotorola India Press KitAs far as the photography hardware is concerned, Moto G7 comes with the 12MP+5MP dual camera on the back and an equally impressive 8MP front snapper.Also, it offers two layers of security with fingerprint sensor in addition to face-unlock and if both activated, it will be twice as protective, mobile will be.On the other hand, Motorola One is a generic version of the popular Motorola One Power, which was first announced in the second half of 2018.Motorola One features 5.99-inch Max Vision HD+ screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core CPU, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage and a 3,000mAh battery with 15W Turbo Charge capability. It also houses a 13MP+2MP dual camera on the back and an 8MP selfie shooter on the front. Motorola One is also available on all leading retail stores and on Flipkart.Motorola India Press KitA notable aspect of the Motorola One is that runs pure Android Pie OS and is guaranteed to get two years of software support and an additional year of Google security patch.Moto G7 will be available at all leading mobile stores and on Flipkart in clear white and ceramic black variants for Rs 16,999Whereas the Motorola One is also available on all authorised mobile stores and on Flipkart in clear white and ceramic black variants for Rs 13,999As part of the launch offers, both the Motorola smartphones come with Rs. 2200 cash back offer via Reliance Jio. Consumers can redeem the amount with Rs 198 and Rs 299 4G data recharge tariff plans.Key specifications of Moto G7:Model Model Moto G7Moto G7Model DisplayMoto G76.2-inch LTPS LCD full HD+ (2270x1080p) with 19:9 aspect ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Moto DisplayPixel density: 403 ppi (pixels per inch)Model OSMoto G7Android 9.0 PieModel ProcessorMoto G71.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 octa-core CPU with Adreno 506 GPUModel RAMMoto G74GBModel StorageMoto G764 GB, expandable up to 512GBModel CameraMoto G7Main: 12MP with ( F1.8 aperture, 1.25um pixel) + 5 MP depth sensor, LED flash, PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus), Digital zoom (up to 8x), Burst shot, Auto HDR, Timer, High res zoom, Auto smile capture, Cinemagraph, All in focus, Portrait mode, Cutout, Panorama, Manual mode, RAW photo output, Active photos, Spot colour, Best shot, Google Lens™ integration, 2160P/4K (30fps), 1080P(60/30fps), 720P(120/30fps), 4K video, Slow motion video, Timelapse video, Hyperlapse video, Electronic video stabilisation, Youtube LiveFront: 8 MP (1.12um pixel), Screen flash, Auto HDR, Timer, Face beauty, Auto smile capture, Cinemagraph, Portrait mode, Group selfie, Spot colour, 1080P(30fps), 720P(30fps), Slow motion video, TimelapseModel AudioMoto G71 receiver, 1 bottom-ported speaker, Dolby Audio, 3.5mm headphone jack, 3 microphones, FM RadioModel BatteryMoto G73,000mAh (non-removable)-15W TurboPower- 9 hours of usage in 15 minutes of chargeModel NetworkMoto G74G-LTEModel Add-onsMoto G7Dual nano-SIM, Face unlock, fingerprint sensor, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (dual-band: 2.4GHz + 5GHz), 3D glass back, Water repellent design with P2i nano coating, USB-C port (for charging, data transfer), USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, GPS, NFC (Near Field Communication) –in select markets, GPS, GLONASS, A-GPSModel DimensionsMoto G7157.0 x 75.3 x 8mmModel WeightMoto G7172gModel ColoursMoto G7Ceramic Black/ Clear WhiteModel PriceMoto G7Around Rs 15,000 Weight172glast_img read more

Morning Brief Cyrus Mistrys removal from Tata Sons sparks speculation BCCI holds

first_imgHere are a few stories from the International Business Times India to start your day with.1. Tata Sons removes Cyrus Mistry, appoints Ratan Tata as interim chief; speculations rife over his removalIn a development that has taken many in India Inc. by surprise, Tata Sons said on Monday that chairman Cyrus Mistry has been replaced by doyen Ratan Tata as the interim head of the holding company. The sudden decision to remove 48-year-old Mistry was attributed to his approach to non-profitable businesses of the Tata Group, which grossed combined revenues of $103.51 billion in 2015-16. Read more…2. Samajwadi Party rift: ‘Why will I form a new party?,’ Akhilesh Yadav breaks down at SP meet Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav broke down on Monday morning at a Samajwadi Paty (SP) meeting in Lucknow, saying that he had no intentions of forming a new party despite his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav’s claims. Read more…3. US Presidential elections 2016: Clinton’s close aide directed $675,000 for wife of FBI deputy director who probed email scandalAs the US elections come close, skeletons are coming out of the closets of both the candidates. While Republican candidate Donald Trump is being haunted by accusations of sexual assault on multiple women, Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton’s email scandal seems to be catching-up with her as well. Read more…4. BCCI holds off on IPL tender processThe IPL tender process has been put off by the BCCI owing to the orders imposed by the Lodha Committee and the Supreme Court. The tendering was scheduled for Tuesday, but with all the new rules that have now been imposed, the Indian cricket board, already on the backfoot, have been left with little choice but to hand over the tender process duties to the Lodha panel. Read more…5. Bengaluru water tanker driver G Balakrishna wins Mr Asia titleIndia’s G Balakrishna has won the coveted Mr Asia 2016 title at the 5th Phil-Asia International Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships that took place earlier this month in the Philippines. The 25-year-old, who hails from Bengaluru, dedicated his win to Indian Army soldiers. Read more…last_img read more

We are hopeful of 125 GST rate on gold Abaran Jewellers CEO

first_imgPeople busy buying jewellery on “Akshaya Tritiya” in Nagpur, on April 28, 2017.IANSOn June 3, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council will finalise the tax rate on gold, among four or five items that were left uncovered in the previous GST Council meeting on May 18-19. The jewellery industry is hopeful of a lower rate on gold even as it braces up for a higher rate. In an interview with International Business Times India edition, Pratap Kamath, CEO of Abaran Jewellers and founder-member of the All India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation (AIGJF) shares his views on the subject and the likely impact on the Rs 3 lakh crore trade. Edited excerpts:International Business Times (IBT): What would be the GST rate on gold?Pratap Kamath (PK): We have been requesting for 1.25 percent but the feeler that we are getting is that the government is looking at 4 percent.IBT: Did any delegation from AIGJF meet ministers or officials in this regard?PK: Yes, we had many meetings and we have one more scheduled…our (AIGJF) chairman Nitin Khandelwal will be meeting finance minister Arun Jaitley either on May 29 or 30. A meeting with the under-secretary in the finance ministry has also been scheduled.IBT: To make a case for 1.25 percent GST on gold?PK: Yes, that’s right.IBT: How hopeful are you?PK: We are very positive…the fact that the GST Council has kept a decision on gold pending till now is an indication…see at 1.25 percent, compliance will be high, which is what the government wants. If they fix the rate at 4 or 5 percent, compliance will be very low. As it is, the import duty on gold is very high, at 10 percent.IBT: How would gold prices trend post finalisation of GST rate?PK: I don’t think much… it would be in the range of 2 to 4 percent, up or down, depending on the rate.IBT: How do you think demand for physical gold has been impacted due to gold bond schemes?PK: It’s not significant but yes, of late, it is picking up.IBT: How do you foresee the initial days of post GST era for the trade?PK: There will be some disruption for the next few months as traders come to terms with compliance and other issues.IBT: How was the quarter (January-March 2017) gone by and the next two months?PK: Very bad for us…on an average, it was down 30 to 40 percent, YoY and even now, it has not picked up much. Demonetisation severely affected our business. There was a general sense of fear among buyers but we are hopeful that things would improve in the next few months.IBT: What’s your view on the Modi government’s performance in three years?PK: We are in a nascent stage…most decisions that have been taken are drastic…and of course, with all the good intentions. But the results will be felt only in the long term. Abaran Jewellers store in Bengaluru.YouTubelast_img read more

Hope Hicks new White House communications chief

first_imgTwenty-eight-year-old Donald Trump aide Hope Hicks has been named White House communication’s director, formally taking on one of the most powerful roles in Washington.Hicks—who had been acting director since the spectacular departure of Anthony Scaramucci—confirmed her appointment via email on Tuesday.The former model and PR operative is known around the West Wing for her close relationship with the Trump family and as a keen defender of Trump’s image.She previously advised Ivanka Trump and was spokesperson for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, her first job in politics.Since the beginning of the administration she had a floating role, a trusted advisor to the president who was able to channel Trump’s thinking on issues related to the press.Her appointment brings her more tightly into the formal White House communications structure.Although less visible than press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House communications director is responsible for shaping the administration’s message.last_img read more

OC Moazzem to be produced in Cyber Crimes Tribunal today

first_imgMoazzem Hossain, former officer-in-charge of Feni’s Sonagazi police station. File photoFormer officer-in-charge of Sonagazi police station Moazzem Hossain, arrested on Sunday following an arrest warrant issued by a Dhaka court, will be produced before Dhaka Cyber Crimes Tribunal on Monday afternoon.Earlier, he was taken to Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) court on Monday morning.Deputy commissioner (Ramna Division) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Maruf Hossain Sorder said Shahabagh police handed over Moazzem to Sonagazi police.Police arrested Moazzem Hossain on Sunday from the High Court area in a case filed over circulating a video clip on social media on Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s statement at the police station.On 27 May, a Dhaka court issued an arrest warrant against Moazzem Hossain in the case. But he could not be traced after the issuance of warrant for his arrest.Allegations brought against Moazzem after Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s murder were found to be authentic by the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI).Supreme Court lawyer Syeddul HaqueSumon filed the case against Moazzem under the Digital Security Act on 15 May.The former OC was accused of illegally interrogating madrasa student Nusrat and recording the episode on his phone. The video was later circulated on the social media.Moazzem summoned Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa’s principal Sirajud Doula and Nusrat to the police station after the latter accused her teacher of sexually harassing her.The OC interrogated Nusrat in the absence of her lawyer or any other woman. She was crying but the OC paid no heed and kept questioning her using inappropriate language.Nusrat’s mother had filed a case with Sonagazi police over her daughter’s sexual harassment. On 6 April, the girl was set on fire at an exam centre in Sonagaziupazila, by people loyal to SirajUd Doula. She died on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.Moazzem was withdrawn the same day and suspended a month later on charge of negligence.last_img read more

Understanding how slow predators catch faster prey could improve drone tactics

first_img Journal information: New Journal of Physics (Phys.org)—Since a gazelle can run faster than a lion, how do lions ever catch gazelles? A new model of predator-prey interaction shows how groups of predators use collective chasing strategies, such as cornering and circling, to pursue and capture faster prey. Without this tactical collaboration, the predators would have no chance of catching these prey. Simulations of predators (blue dots) chasing a faster prey (red dot). Credit: Janosov et al. Published in New Journal of Physics. © 2017 Phys.org Modelling explains how hunters team up to catch faster prey Explore further In their model, the researchers also observed emergent behavior, which is behavior that appears only in groups. In particular, groups of predators often begin to encircle their prey, and this behavior arises directly from the chasing rules. In nature, it’s common for prey to sometimes run in a zigzag pattern to confuse the predator, and to eventually run directly away from the predator in a straight line. The researchers also observed these strategies in their model, and found that zigzagging is especially advantageous when the predators have a long delay in responding.In the future, the researchers expect that additional interesting results can be obtained by modifying the model, such as investigating situations with multiple fast prey and equipping predators and prey with machine learning algorithms. “Our major goal in this research was to gain a deeper understanding of the collective behavior of animals, to extend our knowledge on fundamental questions on animal behavior,” Janosov said. “However, given the fact that our research group is developing collective motion algorithms for our flock of quadrocopters, there are plenty of potential applications we could propose. For example, a group of tactical drones using smart encircling strategies could become even lifesaving in the case of terrorist attacks, when the goal is to capture terrorist flying vehicles, or chasing criminals in narrow, highly populated urban areas. “Besides these, our results could have potential applications even in the entertainment industry in developing field games, possibly combined with virtual reality tools, or by the streaming of popular sport events, especially those that are widely spread in space—for example, bike or car races.” The results are not only relevant for understanding wildlife, but also have potential applications for drone-flying strategies and in the entertainment industry.The researchers, Milán Janosov, Csaba Virágh, Gábor Vásárhelyi, and Tamás Vicsek at the MTA-ELTE Statistical and Biological Physics Research Group, Hungary, have published their paper on their new model of collective chasing strategies in a recent issue of the New Journal of Physics.”After many previous efforts, we managed to give a simple, yet surprisingly life-like explanation of how predator animals can form successful hunting packs, and by that drastically enhance their chances of being successful on a hunt,” Janosov told Phys.org. “This is particularly interesting because we managed to model these exceptionally complex systems—the hunting groups of large carnivores—in a simulation resembling realistic features of animal pursuits, such as encircling, optimal group size, and finite space, only by using a set of compact rules formulated as force-like interactions in physics.”Although there are other models that describe predator-prey interactions, the new model is different because of the large number of factors it accounts for, such as the prey’s panic threshold, the predator’s ability to predict the prey’s future position, and the interaction between multiple predators, within closed boundaries with realistic measures. All of these parameters contribute to making a more realistic model that accurately describes behaviors observed in nature by groups of predators such as lions, wolves, and coyotes.By running simulations and measuring the effectiveness of different combinations of parameter values, the researchers determined the optimal combinations that resulted in the most successful group chasing strategies. Among their results, they found that just one or two predators can never catch a faster prey, and that groups of three or more succeed only with certain collaborative strategies. More information: Milán Janosov et al. “Group chasing tactics: how to catch a faster prey.” New Journal of Physics. DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/aa69e7 Play Credit: Video abstract, New Journal of Physics. DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/aa69e7 The model revealed that three predators forms an optimal group when chasing in two dimensions (such as on land) in a confined space. In three dimensions (such as in the air or under water), chasing becomes more challenging, and groups of five are optimal. These group sizes are comparable to those observed in nature. Somewhat surprisingly, the researchers also found that an odd number of chasers does better than an even number, which is due to geometrical reasons: with an even number, it’s more likely that a gap remains between predators that allows the prey to escape. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: Understanding how slow predators catch faster prey could improve drone tactics (2017, May 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-predators-faster-prey-drone-tactics.html This document is subject to copyright. 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Facebooks On This Day Brings Back Your Memories From Years Back

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook’s experimented with ways to surface old Memories since 2010. But after seeingTimehop hit 6 million daily users on mobile, Facebook is officially launching a competing nostalgia feature called “On This Day.” It shows users their Facebook posts from the current date in past years, like photos from exactly one year ago, or status updates from four years ago.Rolling out globally over the next few days, On This Day will be accessible fromhttps://www.facebook.com/onthisday, Facebook’s bookmarks menu, search, News Feed stories, or opt-in notifications on iOS, Android, mobile web and desktop. – Advertisement – While Timehop can dredge up memories from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, Flickr, Dropbox, iPhoto or your camera roll, On This Day just sifts through Facebook. The social giant’s product manager on the feature, Jonathan Gheller, refused to cite Timehop by name, claiming the feature was inspired because “we see behaviors from our community and we try to build on top of them.”But on my third attempt, when asked if he thought On This Day and Timehop’s features were similar, he said “Yeah, we look at what people do at Facebook. I don’t spend too much time looking at what other people are doing or not doing. I think that you just focus on doing things people want, and doing them as best you can.”Timehop CEO Jonathan Wegener didn’t seem too worried. After hearing about On This Day, he told me “My general feeling is that this is awesome validation that we’re doing something worth doing. One of our investors put it really nicely that if Facebook isn’t playing in your space, you’re probably not doing something worth doing.” He says the move confirms “Timehop is important and old [stuff] is important.”Facebook tells me it has no plans to monetize the feature directly. Still, getting people to tune in to On This Day and reshare posts they find drives engagement and lock-in with Facebook’s News Feed, where people see ads. The company likely hopes that many of its 890 million daily users have never tried or even heard of Timehop, but will enjoy revisiting their old Facebook memories.However, Wegener says “Our mission is broader than just ‘replay your Facebook content.’ It’s to collect your digital history from everywhere.” He concluded “I’m not particularly scared of this feature. I think it’s a really nice nod to what we’re doing.”Starting today and rolling out to everyone worldwide over the next week or so will be a bookmark in the Facebook web sidebar and the mobile site and apps’ navigation menu. Clicking it, the direct link, or Facebook searching “On This Day” will open a feed of status updates, photos and posts you’ve been tagged in from exactly one, two or several years ago. Only you will be able to see these resurfaced posts unless you choose to reshare them with friends.From your On This Day page, you’ll also be able to subscribe to a (typically) daily notification reminding you to check out that date’s nostalgia feed. Gheller gives the example of On This Day showing him photos of his 1.5-year-old child when she was just an infant a year ago, and status updates tagged with him by his pregnant wife two years ago. He says Facebook has “been playing with this idea for a couple of years,” referring back to Memories. It refined this incarnation of the product recently with lots of internal dogfooding and some external testing internationally.After seeing the backlash people had to its Year In Review feature that sometimes surfaced painful memories of ex-lovers and deceased friends, Facebook built special rules into the On This Day algorithm to protect people’s feelings. If it knows you listed someone as your romantic partner, then removed them, it won’t show you posts including them. It will also avoid displaying memories of friends who’ve passed away.Even as I insisted the product looks and acts just like Timehop, Gheller explained why it’s important. “What we realized is that consuming memories from the past and resharing them rewires our relationships…it really reconnects me in a profound and beautiful way.”Via: Techcrunchlast_img read more

Seeing is beadlieving

first_imgAddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/07/0728_CHAIN-1-web.jpgDNA linkers serve as bridges between colloidal beads in a new experiment by Rice University scientists to study the physics of “bead-spring” polymer chains. They found the chains can be tuned for varying degrees of stiffness or flexibility. (Credit: Biswal Lab/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/07/0728_CHAIN-2-web.jpgChains of iron-rich polystyrene beads linked by nanoscale strands of DNA were created at Rice University to study the properties of “bead-spring” polymer chains. (Credit: Biswal Lab/Rice University) ShareEditor’s note: Links to images for download appear at the end of this release.Mike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduSeeing is bead-lievingRice University scientists create model ‘bead-spring’ chains with tunable properties HOUSTON – (July 28, 2014) – Rice University researchers are using magnetic beads and DNA “springs” to create chains of varying flexibility that can be used as microscale models for polymer macromolecules.The experiment is visual proof that “bead-spring” polymers, introduced as theory in the 1950s, can be made as stiff or as flexible as required and should be of interest to materials scientists who study the basic physics of polymers.The work led by Rice chemical and biomolecular engineer Sibani Lisa Biswal and graduate student Julie Byrom was published this month in the American Chemical Society journal Langmuir.The researchers found the best way to study the theory was to assemble chains of micron-sized colloidal beads with nanoscale DNA springs of various lengths.“Polymers are classically described as beads connected with springs,” Biswal said. “A lot of polymer physicists have come up with scaling laws and intuitive polymer properties based on this very simple concept. But there are very few bead-spring model systems that you can actually visualize. That’s why this work came about.”Microscopic solids suspended in a liquid like the fat particles in milk or pigment particles in paint are examples of a colloidal system. Biswal said there has been great interest in creating colloidal molecules, and the Rice experiment is a step in that direction.To make complex colloidal macromolecules, the researchers started with commercially available, iron-rich polystyrene beads coated with a protein, streptavidin. The beads are charged to repel each other but can connect together with springy DNA fragments. The chains formed when the researchers exposed the beads to a magnetic field.“We use the field to control particle positioning, let the DNA link the beads together and turn the field off,” Biswal said, explaining how the chains self-assemble. “This is a nice system for polymers, because it’s large enough to visualize individual beads and positioning, but it’s small enough that thermal (Brownian) forces still dictate the chain’s motion.”As expected, when they made chains with short (about 500 base pairs) DNA bridges, the macromolecule remained stiff. Longer linkers (up to 8,000 base pairs) appeared to coil up between the beads, allowing for movement in the chain. Surprisingly, when the researchers reapplied the magnetic field to stretch the long links, they once again became rigid.“Our vision of what’s happening is that DNA allows some wiggle room between particles and gives the chain elasticity,” Biswal said. “But if the particles are pulled far enough apart, you stress the bridge quite a bit and reduce the freedom it has to move.”Being able to engineer such a wide range of flexibilities allows for more complex materials that can be actuated with magnetic fields, Biswal said.“This research is interesting because until now, people haven’t been able to make flexible chains like this,” Byrom said. “We want to be able to explain what’s happening across a broad range of polymers, but if you can only make rigid chains, it sort of limits what you can talk about.”Now that they can create polymer chains with predictable behavior, the researchers plan to study how the chains react to shifting magnetic fields over time, as well as how the chains behave in fluid flows.The paper’s co-authors are Rice alum Patric Han and undergraduate Michael Savory. The National Science Foundation supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/la5009939View the researchers’ movies of colloidal chains at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/suppl/10.1021/la5009939Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Biswal Lab: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~biswalab/Biswal_Research_Group/Welcome.htmlGeorge R. Brown School of Engineering: http://engr.rice.eduImages for download:center_img If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line.  Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/07/0728_CHAIN-3-web.jpgGraduate student Julie Byrom, left, and chemical and biomolecular engineer Sibani Lisa Biswal led a Rice University project to build models for polymer macromolecules using magnets and DNA “springs” that can be tuned for flexibility. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here.last_img read more