Vinesh Phogat ties the knot with wrestler Somvir Rathee

first_imgVinesh Phogat tied the knot with national level wrestler Somvir Rathee in Haryana on Thursday. Vinesh got engaged to Rathee in August after she returned from a successful campaign at the Asian Games in Jakarta.Interestingly, the engagement took place upon her return from Jakarta at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. The rings were exchanged outside the arrival gates of the airport.The couple on Thursday took an additional vow “beti bachao, beti padhao, beti khilao (save daughters, teach daughters and to let them play)” during the wedding ceremony in Vinesh’s hometown Charkhi Dadri.The couple has been in a relationship for the past 7-8 years.Vinesh had won India a gold medal at the Asian Games when she beat Yuki Irie of Japan in the final of the women’s wrestling.She also became the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold medal at the Asian Games.Earlier this year, Vinesh had won the gold medal in women’s 50kg freestyle wrestling at 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.The gold also enabled Vinesh to achieve another feat as she became the only woman wrestler to win two medals in back-to-back Asian Games.Vinesh had earlier won a bronze medal in the 48kg category at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.Vinesh also won back-to-back gold medals in 2014 Glasgow and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games this year.Somvir is a two-time national champion.last_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid closing on deal for Malaga prospect Chechu

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid closing on deal for Malaga prospect Chechuby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are closing on a deal for Malaga prospect Chechu.Marca says Malaga defender Jose Martinez Lopez, known as Chechu, is on Real’s radar.The centre-back has been capped three times with the Under-17 national team and has drawn the attention of La Fabrica for his power and physical attributes.His height of 187 centimetres means that he dominates in the air in both areas.Chechu has been capped at U17 level by Spain. last_img read more

9 months agoAllardyce withdraws from Huddersfield manager vacancy

first_imgAllardyce withdraws from Huddersfield manager vacancyby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town will not appoint Sam Allardyce as their new manager.The Terriers parted ways with David Wagner on Monday by mutual consent.The German leaves with the club currently bottom of the table and eight points from safety. Reports had suggested that Allardyce was in the running for the role, given his history with saving clubs from relegation.But the former England boss has distanced himself from those links.He told talkSPORT: “As much as I like Huddersfield, it’s very difficult job indeed. For me, and I know the fans won’t want to hear this, it’s got to be about planning for relegation and then planning to get back into the Premier League.”For me, at this stage of my life if they made an approach I would chat with them, but I think it’s very unlikely, Alan.”They’ve only scored 12 goals in 22 matches, and while I’ve managed to pull teams out of the bottom end, at Sunderland I had Jermain Defoe and at Crystal Palace I had Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke.”Huddersfield’s trouble is not their performances, it’s a lack of goals and we all know what it means when you have a goalscorer.”It’s a very difficult task.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Oklahoma Now No. 1 In Both College Basketball Polls

first_imgCollege basketball polls.oklahoma no 1 in both college basketball pollsThe Oklahoma Sooners, sporting a 15-1 record after knocking off both Oklahoma State and West Virginia last week, are your new No. 1-ranked college basketball team. OU made the jump Monday in both the AP Poll and the Coaches’ Poll, replacing Kansas, which lost to the aforementioned Mountaineers. The Jayhawks dropped to No. 3 in both polls – with North Carolina coming in at No. 2. There was a major shakeup in both polls this week, considering the fact that 16 of the top 25 teams in the land (per the AP Poll) lost games.In 1 week, 16 of the AP Top 25 teams have lost a game. Welcome to College Basketball. pic.twitter.com/l47tBWc02e— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) January 17, 2016Here are the AP Poll rankings. You can see more over at the Associated Press.1. Oklahoma2. North Carolina 3. Kansas4. Villanova5. Xavier6. West Virginia7. Maryland8. SMU9. Iowa10. Texas A&M11. Michigan State12. Arizona13. Virginia13. Baylor15. Miami (FL)16. Providence17. Louisville18. Butler19. Iowa State20. Duke21. USC22. Purdue23. Kentucky24. South Carolina25. Indiana …and here are the Coaches’ Poll rankings, released by USA Today.1. Oklahoma2. North Carolina 3. Kansas4. Villanova5. Maryland6. Xavier7. West Virginia8. Texas A&M9. Iowa10. Michigan State11. Arizona12. Duke13. Virginia14. Miami (FL)15. Baylor16. Louisville17. Providence18. South Carolina19. Kentucky20. Pittsburgh21. Iowa State22. Purdue23. Indiana24. Butler25. USCOklahoma begins its reign at No. 1 with a tough game on the road against No. 19 Iowa State tonight.last_img read more

Agriculture Minister Calls on Jamaicans to Invest More in Idle Lands

first_img Speaking at the St. Mary Agricultural Show at Gray’s Inn Sports complex, Annotto Bay, St. Mary, on Monday (April 2), Mr. Shaw said more investments from Jamaicans are needed in the agricultural sector, “so that we can ensure food security and decrease our importation to satisfy the demands of our local market”. New Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has reiterated calls for Jamaicans to invest more in farming on idle lands across the island. New Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has reiterated calls for Jamaicans to invest more in farming on idle lands across the island.Speaking at the St. Mary Agricultural Show at Gray’s Inn Sports complex, Annotto Bay, St. Mary, on Monday (April 2), Mr. Shaw said more investments from Jamaicans are needed in the agricultural sector, “so that we can ensure food security and decrease our importation to satisfy the demands of our local market”.“In Jamaica, we are too blessed with so many acres of idle lands. We have got to put them into production,” the Minister emphasised.“I am tired to see idle lands [of which] a lot was in sugar, and all over the world, sugar is a declining business, but even in sugar, we can rationalise our sugar lands and make them produce more efficiently while we make other lands available for use,” he added.The Minister pointed out that numerous hectares of idle lands already have irrigation, which investors will not have to worry about before planting.“Plenty of the idle lands are between St. Catherine and Clarendon. There are 18,000 hectares that are idle, and 70 per cent already has irrigation,” he noted.Mr. Shaw also called on more Jamaicans to set up small gardens in their back yards, as is done in other developed and developing nations.“Last week, I went to a conference in Argentina in a place called Mendoza, and when I was flying across the South American continent (Colombia, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina), all I could see is production. Everywhere, something was being produced, whether grapes or corn…Where you don’t see crops growing, you see cattle. When I fly over Jamaica, I am tired to see idle lands,” he said.The Minister pointed out that countries such as Guatemala, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic export a lot of fresh vegetables and processed foods to the United States, and Jamaica needs to do more of this.Mr. Shaw said since he has been working in the capacity of Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, he has been impressed by the interest, involvement and initiatives of youth in agriculture.“I’ve seen so much initiative and enterprise. I’ve seen so many young entrepreneurs who are committed to doing something and devising new products from our locally produced material, and this is how we are going to move in Jamaica, from poverty to prosperity,” he said.The St. Mary Agricultural Show was being held for the 32nd year, under the theme ‘Climate Smart Agriculture, the Key to Food Security’.Annually, the event is hosted to bring farmers from the parish of St. Mary, neighbouring parishes and other stakeholders together, where ideas for innovation are shared, along with the introduction of new technology, which they can incorporate in their practice. “I am tired to see idle lands [of which] a lot was in sugar, and all over the world, sugar is a declining business, but even in sugar, we can rationalise our sugar lands and make them produce more efficiently while we make other lands available for use,” he added. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Canada defends human rights record at United Nations review

first_imgTodd Lamirande APTN NewsJustice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould defended Canada’s human rights record at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva Friday.Much of the three-hour session revolved around Indigenous peoples in Canada.Dozens of countries weighed in with their recommendations on what to do better.tlamirande@aptn.ca@ToddLamirandelast_img

Mourinho pleased with Sanchez Pereiras return for Man Utd

first_imgManchester United boss Jose Mourinho was pleased with what he saw from the returning duo of Alexis Sanchez and Andreas Pereira in their goalless draw with the San Jose Earthquakes on SundayDue to visa issues, Sanchez was unavailable for United’s first pre-season friendly in their 1-1 draw against Club America in Pheonix on Friday but made a return to the starting line-up on Sunday as Mourinho fielded a makeshift side for their second game of their pre-season tour of America.And Sanchez did not disappoint with the Chilean acting as United’s main goal threat against San Jose at Santa Clara.Although Sanchez was unable to inspire United to victory in what was otherwise a dull 0-0 draw.“Good for Alexis,” Mourinho told the club website.“The first time he plays after some individual sessions. He needed this and he made a good effort, a good physical effort, which is important for him in this moment.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Meanwhile, the game also saw the return of Pereira following his two years away on loan at both Granada and Valencia in Spain.The 22-year-old was tidy in possession and usually attempted to play the ball forwards as United tried to find the back of the net.“Andreas is playing okay,” said Mourinho.“In the first match, he was okay and today too. I think he has to play even more simply than what he’s doing but he has the personality to want the ball and to organise. I’m happy.”United will next face AC Milan in their first game of the International Champions Cup on Thursday.last_img read more

Bale is the chosen one to take Ronaldos spot at Real

first_imgAfter Cristiano Ronaldo left Juventus, Lopetegui’s general plan revolves around Gareth Bale’s capacity to step up and become Real Madrid’s leader.It’s been a little over a week after Cristiano Ronaldo made the shocking move to Juventus after nine seasons in Real Madrid, he seemed to have left a void that will be hard to fill but the club’s management already has a contingency plan in motion.According to Diario AS, the team came back to training sessions in Valdebebas this Monday with their new manager Julen Lopetegui already taking charge, his plan is to give Gareth Bale all the responsibility Ronaldo had as the top player and already told him about the plans for the season.This past Champions League final, we saw how the Welshman hinted at a possible exit as he had just scored that incredible match-winning bicycle kick goal against Liverpool after coming in from the bench in the second half. However, Bale obviously had a change of heart after both Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo left the club during the summer and thus cleared the way for him to finally fulfill his desire of becoming Real Madrid’s star.Also, Florentino Perez’s failure to sign Neymar or Mbappe this summer automatically gives Bale that leading role he craved for so long, now it’s up to him to step up and deliver as well as he had done in the final stage of last season. The only reason that the club would doubt his rise to the top would be the constant injuries he’s suffered throughout his time at Real Madrid, but Gareth Bale seems to have fully recovered from that and is ready to take on the biggest challenge of his career.?‍♂️ Preparados, listos… @GarethBale11@alvaroodriozola@vini11Oficial#RMCity | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/cYMJv8in4rFranck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) July 23, 2018last_img read more

Koke reveals Morata will be welcomed at Atletico

first_imgAtletico Madrid midfielder Koke has revealed Alvaro Morata will be welcomed at the club following rumors of the player’s uncertain future at Chelsea.Morata has struggled to impress since joining the Blues in the summer of 2017, has been linked with loan moves to Sevilla, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.Speaking about the prospect of Morata joining Los Colcheneros, Koke said, according to Marca:“Morata is a great player, I’ve always said it, I’ve played with him since he was little in Atlético’s youth academy and then, due to circumstances, he has played in different teams, yes it’s true that you hear that rumor, he’s not our player, it’s Chelsea and we have to respect Chelsea, right now we are the players here and do not have to think about those who are out.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Speaking about Atletico’s next game against Levante, Koke said:“We had a very difficult start in Seville, in Girona we played a great game but we could not win … it’s hard for us to beat Girona, but at the moment I see the team is performing well, we are growing after the Christmas break.”“I see the team plugged in and we have to pick up maximum points on Sunday by winning at home with our fans.”last_img read more

Rodale Shuts Down Its Content Marketing Group

first_img The decision to dissolve the group comes a month after it was announced that company president Scott Schulman would be stepping down and that Maria Rodale was returning to a more active role running the company. Rodale Grow, the custom content agency at Rodale, was shut down last week, sources tell Folio:. The decision is surprising given the resources publishers in general have put behind their marketing services divisions. It’s unclear whether Rodale plans to relaunch some kind of marketing services division or shift the business to the brand level, but there doesn’t appear to be any formal plans going forward.  The remaining active clients, including Johns Hopkins, Sodexo and Whole Foods, were notified that same week that they’d need to take their business to a new firm.  The source says Rodale Grow’s business had been going in the wrong direction for at least a couple years and that new business development had all but dried up, although there were plans being put into place to turn that around. center_img A spokesperson provided this statement: “As we continue to transform from publisher to healthy living company, we made a strategic decision to focus on our core business and new areas of growth.” At the Content Council’s Pearl Awards this month, Rodale Grow took home three awards: a gold, two silvers and a bronze. Initial word of the shutdown was passed to group executives on Monday, November 9. By the following Wednesday, at least six staffers from the business and marketing side of the operation were let go, according to sources. Although one source says there were likely more cuts, but couldn’t say exactly how many due to the overlapping nature of responsibilities on the content and creative side. last_img read more

Power Rangers exclusive ComicCon 2019 bundle stars Red Ranger Jason

first_img Toys and Tabletop Games TV and Movies 2:43 Top 5 things you didn’t know about the Power Rangers Hasbro’s Lightning Collection debuted last August featuring photorealistic depictions of the characters similar to the toymaker’s Star Wars: The Black Series line. At Toy Fair 2019, this line expanded to include characters like Mighty Morphin villain Lord Zedd and Rangers from the Dino Charge and S.P.D. series. Has it been awhile since you’ve checked in on the Power Rangers? We have article explaining every single Power Rangers TV show ever, just in case you’re wondering what the show’s been up to for the last two decades. Comic-Con 2018: All things DC, from Aquaman to Wonder Woman Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Share your voice Enlarge ImageOriginal Power Ranger Jason stars in this Lightning Collection bundle featuring both his Red Ranger and Gold Ranger looks. Hasbro Jason Lee Scott fans, your Mighty Morphin Power Rangers bundle featuring both of the character’s Ranger suits is coming to San Diego Comic-Con 2019.The Power Rangers Lightning Collection two-pack will feature 6-inch depictions of Jason as both the original Red Ranger from 1993 and the Gold Ranger from 1996’s Power Rangers Zeo. The figures will be exclusive to July’s San Diego Comic-Con event, costing $50 (about £39, AU$72) and will be available on the Hasbro Pulse website after the convention.e5918-sdcc-2-pack-lo-resThe set includes nearly all of the Mighty Morphin Power Ranger weapons as accessories, as well as the Golden Power Staff. Hasbro Both versions of Jason, played on the show by actor Austin St. John, will have swappable heads for both helmet and non-helmet looks, along with a set of accessories that include the Power Axe, Power Bow, Power Blades, Power Lance and Power Sword. These can all come together to make a Power Blaster.This version of the Red Ranger will also include the shield that’s most famously known as being part of Green Ranger Tommy Oliver’s costume. The two shared the shield during the Power Rangers season 1 episode titled Gung Ho. The line featuring Jason comes amid rumors that St. John could be making his first return to the Power Rangers TV show since a guest appearance in 2002’s Forever Red episode of Power Rangers Wild Force. According to That Hashtag Show, the actor may return for a team-up episode in Power Rangers Beast Morphers, which is currently airing on Nickelodeon. 0 Tags 22 Photos Comic-Conlast_img read more

Holy Quran also forbids embezzling fund of orphans

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a rally in Rajshahi on Thursday. Photo: Focus BanglaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday termed her Awami League’s logo “boat” as the symbol of Bangladesh’s independence and development, seeking peoples support for it in the next local body and national elections.”The boat of Prophet Nuh (SM) had saved people from disaster and (our election symbol) boat awarded us the independence and led the nation towards development,” she told a mammoth public rally at this north western divisional city.The premier urged the people to vote for “boat” in the upcoming local government and general elections to keep up the current trend of development and spirit of independence describing her call as “my ardent appeal to you all”.Rajshahi district and city unit of Awami League staged the rally at the city’s Madrasa Maidan with city AL president AHM Khairuzzaman Liton in the chair while the party’s presidium member and health minister Mohammad Nasim, joint general secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Dipu Moni and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, among others, spoke.Sheikh Hasina, who also heads the Awami League, said all these elections would be held with party symbols and “I seek your votes also to let people live in peace and happiness”.”We want to build a hunger and poverty free, prosperous Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” she added.Sheikh Hasina blasted the opposition outside parliament BNP for waging movement to defend their party chief, calling it a campaign for “a thief” convicted of emblazing orphans money.”This movement is for a thief (Khaleda). It is also forbidden in the Holy Quran to embezzle fund of the orphans . . . so she is now paying the price and suffering the punishment,” she said.The premier also wondered about the location of the orphanage and number of orphans there for whom the fund was raised and said “Khaleda along with her family members and her party men grasp the money meant for the orphans”.She said Khaleda Zia brought funds from abroad to set up the orphanage long 27 years back but never set it up and rather plundered that fund.”That fund did not go to the orphans . . . so the Anti Corruption Commission filed the case and she (Khaleda) was eventually punished in that case,” the premier said.Sheikh Hasina said, looting and plundering, however, symbolised BNP’s character as Bangladesh became champions for five consecutive times during their tenure in power while her incumbent government managed to repatriate the money siphoned out by the ex-premier’s sons from abroad.The prime minister said despite their frantic efforts the past caretaker government failed to find any irregularity in the operations of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust.The trust was set up to assist the students, injured of the 21 August grenade attack and the distressed AL leaders and workers.The premier said whenever Awami League was elected to power the country witnessed massive development benefitting its people while darkness and destruction featured the past BNP rule as their motto was to plunder everything.”If anyone fails to overcome the greed to embezzle orphans money, how he or she could offer something to people,” she said.The premier said Ziaur Rahman died in 1981 leaving nothing but a broken suitcase and a torn ‘genji’ but in few subsequent years the Zia family amassed cash and property worth hundreds of crores of taka and at a certain stage started to siphoning off the money abroad.Sheikh Hasina alleged that they had procured sets of marine vessels giving those names like Coko 1 and Coko 2, set up Dandy Dyeing Industry, took bank loans of Tk 9 billion not refunded ever.”Simultaneously they (BNP) were resorted to looting, corruption, terrorism, militancy and even created ‘Bangla Bhai’ and thus snatched away the peoples’ peace,” she said.The premier said no mayor could do what Awami League’s Khairuzzaman Liton did for the development of the old divisional city of Rajshahi though her government also provided sufficient fund to the BNP-supported mayor this time to continue the development campaign.”We didn’t stop development here, but they (BNP mayor and councilors) failed . . . they failed because their minds are always filled with the mindset of looting,” she said.Sheikh Hasina added: “If their leader embezzles the orphans’ fund what the followers will deliver, please judge this.”The premier urged people to recall how the unbridled corruption, looting, terrorism, militancy shook the country and particularly Rajshahi region during the BNP tenure.”This region was turned into a den of terrorists, militants and ‘Bangla Bhai’,” she said adding that simultaneously entire country witnessed serial bombings at 500 points in 2005 alone as BNP “played ducks and drakes with the peoples fate”.The premier also reminded the rally the violent street campaign spearheaded by BNP and its crucial ally Jamaat to upset the 5 January elections and in subsequent years claiming hundreds of lives through arson and bomb attacks.Taking a swipe over the BNP claims that Ziaur Rahman reintroduced multiparty democracy in the country; Sheikh Hasina said Zia’s multiparty democracy featured leaders who were war criminals and killers of father of the nation.”He had made them prime ministers, ministers and advisers while curfews were enforced every night in his (Zia’s) tenure . . . then, how come he established democracy,” the premier said.The premier announced that a medical university would be set up in Rajshahi while works were underway to set up an ICT Park for the people of the region.She highlighted various achievements and successes of her government in various socio-economic fields over the last nine years.”Some 20 million students across the country are now getting stipends, some 35,42,90,162 textbooks are being distributed free of cost students on the first day of the year, some 1 million Bangladeshi workers went abroad over the last one year while the country has already entered into 4G world,” she said.Moreover, the premier said, Bangladesh’s power generation capacity now rose to 16,000 MW while by 2021, every household of the country would get electricity.last_img read more

Housewife beaten dead for dowry

first_imgA housewife was beaten to death allegedly by her in-laws for dowry in Sharhsa upazila in Jashore on Friday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Sima Khatun, 20, wife of Jahangir Alam of Ghiba village in the upzaila.Deceased’s father alleged that Jahangir had been torturing his wife demanding money since their marriage.The victim’s father said he gave Jahangir Tk 100,000 a year ago.Recently Jahangir demanded Tk 30,000 more and was putting pressure on her for it, the father added.Earlier on Friday night, Jahangir and his family members strangulated Sima when she denied giving the money and hanged the body from a bamboo ceiling of the house.The victim’s husband denied the allegation saying that his wife committed suicide.Second officer of Benapole port police station Habibur Rahman said the body was sent for autopsy.The reason behind her death will be known after the post-mortem, he added.last_img read more

Mechanical engineer creates robot Venus Flytrap

first_imgFinal configuration of the robotic VFT with embedded trigger hairs and sensing signal integrated with a solid-state relay on board and a dynamic voltage signal generator to actuate the robotic VFT. Image: Bioinspir. Biomim. 6 046004. doi:10.1088/1748-3182/6/4/046004 At first glance, the creation of the robot might not seem like much more than a fun little project for an engineer who likes to tinker. On closer inspection however, it becomes clear that the robot Venus Flytrap is actually a demonstration of a new kind of technology that may lead to advances in medical applications. A refined application, for example, could perhaps one day lead to human muscle replacements or help with sensory applications. One example might be restoring facial expressions to people who lose the ability due to a stroke.Also, because Shahinpoor’s robot Flytrap has demonstrated an ability to catch flies it’s possible that such technology could also one day be used as a means for allowing robots to feed themselves, thus alleviating the need for a power supply. More information: Biomimetic robotic Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula Ellis) made with ionic polymer metal composites, Mohsen Shahinpoor, 2011 Bioinspir. Biomim. 6 046004. doi:10.1088/1748-3182/6/4/046004AbstractThe work described in this paper is a novel design of a robotic Venus flytrap (VFT) (Dionaea muscipula Ellis) by means of ionic polymeric metal composite (IPMC) artificial muscles as distributed nanosensors and nanoactuators. Rapid muscular movements in carnivorous plants, such as VFT, which are triggered by antenna-like sensors (trigger hair), present a golden key to study distributed biomolecular motors. Carnivorous plants, such as VFT, possess built-in intelligence (trigger hairs), as a strategy to capture prey, that can be turned on in a controlled manner. In the case of the VFT, the prey that is lured by the sweet nectar in the VFT pair of jaw-like lobes has to flip and move the trigger hairs, which are colorless, bristle-like and pointed. The dynamically moved trigger hairs then electro-elastically send an electric signal to the internal ions in the lobe to migrate outwardly for the jaw-like lobes to close rapidly to capture the prey. The manner in which the VFT lobes bend inward to capture the prey shows a remarkable similarity with typical IPMCs bending in an electric field. Furthermore, the mechano-electrical sensing characteristics of IPMCs also show a remarkable resemblance to mechano-electrical trigger hairs on the lobes of the VFT. The reader is referred to a number of papers in connection with sensing and actuation of IPMCs in particular. Thus, one can integrate IPMC lobes with a common electrode in the middle of one end of the lobes to act like a spine and use IPMC bristles as trigger finger to sense the intrusion of a fly or insect to send a sensing signal to a solid state relay which then triggers the actuation circuit of the IPMC lobes to rapidly bend toward each other and close. The two lobes, which form the trap, are attached to the midrib common electrode which is conveniently termed the spine. The upper surface of each lobe is dished, and spaced along the free margins of the lobes with some 15–20 prong-like teeth. These are tough and pointed, and are inclined at an inward angle so that when the trap is sprung shut they will interlock. We have been experimenting with the VFT closing of its jaw-like lobes that close in about 0.3 s and have gained a lot of knowledge to report on the ionic and electrical mechanisms involved in the operation of such intelligent distributed biomolecular motors.via Discovery To make the robot, Shahinpoor fashioned two “leaves” out of the material he’d created to mimic the mouth-like appearance of the Flytrap. He then created a spine from a roll of copper. Then to copy the tiny hairs on the Flytrap that function as the sensors, he added very small strips of the IMPC material. The rest of the robot was constructed as a normal relay and voltage generation system.The new material in the robot works in two ways. First, because of the unique properties of the IPMC material, simply touching it causes a very small voltage to be generated. The second is the muscle type flexing or bending, exhibited by the material when given a charge. With the robot, the small strips serve as sensors, that when touched, relay a tiny charge to the voltage generator which sends a little bit bigger charge to the “leaves” causing them to bend inwardly towards one another, or in viewing it, as a mouth closing on its prey.The material Shahinpoor invented bends when given a charge due to the redistribution of ions. The trap snaps shut: Researchers isolate the substance that causes venus flytraps to close Side view design of the robotic VFT in open (a) and closed (b) configurations. Image: Bioinspir. Biomim. 6 046004. doi:10.1088/1748-3182/6/4/046004 (PhysOrg.com) — Mohsen Shahinpoor, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maine has created a robot version of the infamous bug eating Venus Flytrap, using a material he invented himself several years ago. Named ionic polymeric metal composite (IPMC), it’s a nanomaterial that can be used to mimic muscle function. Shahinpoor describes in his paper published in Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, how he used this material to recreate the sensing and closing abilities of the Venus Flytrap. Citation: Mechanical engineer creates robot Venus Flytrap (2011, October 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-mechanical-robot-venus-flytrap.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com 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. Explore furtherlast_img read more

August 16 2017After our last look at the installa

first_imgAugust 16, 2017After our last look at the installation of plumbing underneath the concrete, more piping is installed through the metal framing that will hide behind the future dry wall. Here, Valentina and Shannon prepare a water hookup for the future fridgerator.(photos by Sue Kirsch and text by Shannon Mackenzie)Ron Chandler solders the recirculating pump which allows for constant and immediate access to warm water from the water heater.Once the wall plumbing is finalized, the insulation is installed. This gray insulation is made from recycled jeans, and is safer to use than fiberglass BATT insulation.Here Joel, Fernanda, and Erik begin the installation of drywall over the insulation and metal frame.A very time consuming process, properly installing the drywall has taken a large portion of labor in the last several months. Kendra, Fernanda, and Arthur continue applying pre-mixed joint compound, covering seams and screws. The construction crew is currently working to put the final touches on all the drywall.last_img read more

Rep LaFave votes to make state government more accountable

first_img19Mar Rep. LaFave votes to make state government more accountable Categories: LaFave News,News Plan extends open record requirements to governor, LegislatureState Rep. Beau LaFave today voted to approve a bipartisan plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan.LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said the House unanimously approved the multi-bill proposal, which he co-sponsored.“Citizens have a right to know what their government is doing,” LaFave said. “With these common-sense reforms, the public will be able to hold the Legislature and the governor accountable.”Michigan is one of just two states that still exempts its governor and the Legislature from open records laws. The bipartisan solution approved today would end these exemptions and increase transparency in state government.The proposal will subject the governor and lieutenant governor to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and hold state representatives and senators to the same high standard by creating the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA).While LORA mirrors FOIA in many ways, there are exemptions for constituent inquiries to ensure that personal information is protected and kept private. Other types of communications – including those lawmakers have with state departments and lobbyists – would not be exempt.House Bills 4007-13 and 4015-16 now advance to the Senate for consideration.last_img read more

John de Mol has consolidated his media assets inc

first_imgJohn de Mol has consolidated his media assets, including his Dutch commercial channels, under a new business called Talpa Network.John de MolThe company will comprise SBS6, Net5, Veronica and SBS9, online services Juke and Kijk, Sky Radio and Radio 10, and a new acquisition: e-commerce business Emesa.Endemol co-founder de Mol has also said there will be a increased investment in new programming, with overseas programme owners encouraged to test their shows on his services, in exchange for equity stakes in the formats.He cited Big Brother and The Voice, both of which he is credited for, as examples of how the model works.De Mol has tested various formats on SBS6 to varying degrees of success. He bought full control of the free TV network and its suite of sister channels from Finnish company Sanoma in April.In a speech yesterday, de Mol criticised the Dutch government for failing to protect local media interests and allowing overseas players such as Facebook and Google to dominate the advertising market.According to various local news outlets, he said: “The cabinet is watching passively while foreign media giants eat the Dutch cheese from our bread.”Earlier this month, the media production and distribution business de Mol founded after leaving Endemol, Talpa Media, announced it had terminated a four-year agreement with Talent International for rights to produce The Voice in China.“Consequently, all rights that were granted to Talent, including any right for Talent to produce The Voice of China, have immediately and fully reverted back to Talpa Media,” thecompany said in a statement earlier this month. “We have taken appropriate steps to ensure that there is no financial impact.”The pair had struck a co-development and production deal that gave Talent (also known asZhejiang Tangde) production rights for seasons 5-8 of The Voice of China in January 2016.That agreement came after Talpa ended a production agreement with Star Media, which had produced the first seasons of The Voice in China, and began legal proceedings over broadcast and ownership rights to season five.De Mol sold Talpa Media to UK broadcaster in 2015.last_img read more