No new car, but Apple is definitely working on autonomous vehicle OS

first_imgFor Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Related Posts Tags:#Apple#Autonomous vehicle#driverless cars#Internet of Things#IoT#Self-Driving#WWDC17 Tim Cook recently opened up on one of Apple’s most highly anticipated projects: autonomous cars. For the first time, during an interview with Bloomberg Television, Tim Cook revealed that Apple has been working on autonomous systems. This includes the type of autonomous technology powering self-driving cars and other autonomous vehicles.This doesn’t necessarily mean that Apple is anywhere close to announcing a product. Furthermore, working on autonomy systems does not mean there will be Apple branded cars rolling down the highway in the foreseeable future, either. The word “systems” is very important.See also: Apple receives permit to test self-driving cars in CaliforniaApple could realistically license its autonomous system to existing manufacturers like Ford, Kia, GM, and others that they could use to add the technology to their vehicles. Apple already does something similar with its CarPlay system, adding Siri and making available additional app functionality from the driver’s iPhone.Hardware, software…or both?Then again, Apple has long been known for creating closed, all-inclusive systems that include hardware and software in one package. An actual Apple-branded vehicle designed from the ground up by Apple’s team is not totally out of the question, but reports nearly a year ago indicated that Apple was focusing more on software than hardware.Apple has been rumored to be working on this technology for quite some time. In April, it received a permit to test self-driving vehicles in California. The vehicle Apple was using to test its technology? A Lexus RX450h SUV. This puts Apple in good company, as both Alphabet’s Waymo and Zoox are using the same model in their road tests.It’s hard to say exactly when Apple will have something worth announcing to the public. Autonomous vehicles are hard, and companies like Google (now Waymo) have been working on them for nearly a decade.In the Bloomberg interview, Tim Cook referred to autonomous systems as “the mother of all AI projects,” saying it’s “probably one of the most difficult AI projects to work on.”center_img Ryan Matthew Pierson Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

Punjab govt. has failed to check stray cattle menace: Akali Dal

first_imgAmid the increasing stray cattle menace in the State, the Shiromani Akali Dal has hit out at the Congress government, accusing it of failing to address the issue. SAD leader and former Minister Bikram Majithia on Saturday said the State government had failed to find a solution to stray animals, which are not just destroying crops but have also been the cause of several deaths in the State.‘Cow cess’“The government collects ‘cow cess’ and other taxes in the name of taking care of stray animals, but the problem continues to grow. All concrete steps taken by the previous SAD-BJP government to create and maintain gaushalas and cattle pounds have been withdrawn by this government,” he alleged.Mr. Majithia said that incidents of deaths due to stray animals were on the rise in the State in the last few months. ‘Farmers affected’ “Farmers are also at the receiving end with their fields being laid to waste across the State. Towns and cities are facing an acute crisis with the cattle roaming free and spoiling green belts, besides causing traffic hazards on the State highways,” he said.Asking the Congress government to wake up from its slumber, the Akali leader demanded development of stray cattle pounds, free power to gaushalas on the pattern of the previous SAD-BJP government and judicious use of ‘cow cess’ to tackle the problem.last_img read more

CWG: ED questions Kalmadi and two others in Tihar

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate on Friday questioned jailed former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi and two others in connection with the money laundering case registered by it in conduct of the sporting event last year.A preliminary statement of Kalmadi was recorded by the officials of the ED at Tihar prisons in Delhi under the provisions of the Prevention of the Money Laundering Act (PMLA).Statements of two other officials, OC Joint Director General (Sport) A S V Prasad and Deputy Director General (Procurement) Surjit Lal have also been recorded in Tihar, ED sources said.Friday’s questioning, however, was a brief one and further recording of statement will take place later. The ED has registered about five different cases of money laundering in the conduct of the Games that were organised here last year.According to sources, Kalmadi was asked for some basic information on Friday and a detailed statement of investments and transactions in both his personal and OC Chairman capacities will take place soon.The CBI, in its charge sheet against Kalmadi had described him as the “main accused” in a corruption case relating to irregularities in awarding the Time Scoring Results (TSR) contract to a Swiss firm.”Kalmadi is the main accused as he was the person with all supreme powers. He had the supreme over riding powers in the Organising Committee of the CWG, 2010,” the CBI charge sheet had said.Kalmadi and the two other officials were arrested by the CBI on April 25.- With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

Film Study: Texas Tech’s Offense Is More Than Just The Deep Ball

first_imgThe Oklahoma State secondary will have its hands full when the Cowboys take on the Red Raiders this Saturday. Texas Tech Quarterback Pat Mahomes II leads the nation’s No. 1 passing offense, and the junior is currently averaging 490 yards a game.The Red Raider offense is a downfield passing attack, but it doesn’t just consist of deep bombs and vertical routes.Yes, a typical Texas Tech game includes chunk plays like this.werAnd this.deepBut their offense as a whole isn’t driven by such plays. Rather, TTU accumulates most of their passing yardage on quick throws that get the ball into the hands of their talented receivers.Tech does have a quick passing game, but most of their short passes come on run-pass options like this one.tripsflatNotice how the receiver runs a quick flat route as opposed to a bubble route. The flat route is quicker and it gets more immediate yardage. The cornerbacks on the blocking receivers have to respect them as vertical threats and therefore do not jam them at the line, allowing the receivers to properly set up their blocks.sfadHere’s another example, this time with a crossbuck run play and out-go combination to the twins side. The receiver is left uncovered, and in a pass-happy offense filled with RPOs, this is practically giving free yardage to the Red Raiders.Not all route attachments stretch the defense horizontally; many of their RPOs feature quick-hitting routes downfield. Take this play, for example, that combines an inside zone with a slot skinny slant.slantTexas Tech uses these plays at least a handful on every drive. This is important because of how the OSU defense is structured. If you’ve watched the OSU defense closely this season, you might have noticed that they frequently align in their base nickel set with one or two receivers (depending on the formation) uncovered.ex1Leaving slot receivers uncovered, in many cases, is (as mentioned before) practically giving away free yardage. Even if the linebackers in the box have zone responsibilities in that area, they still have run-first responsibility, and because they have to respect the run threat of the RPO, will often not be able to get to the slot receivers in time if they are thrown to.If that’s what defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer & Co. decide to do to stop the deep ball, so be it. But they still have to be wary of the potential danger of the short pass.How will the OSU defense fare against the Red Raiders? Leave your predictions below in the comments! While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Sharks win fifth NTL Men’s Open title

first_imgDrumayne Dayberg-Muir has starred for the SQBD Sharks in their grand final win over the Sydney Scorpions in the Men’s Open final at the 2009 X-Blades National Touch League in Port Macquarie.Muir had a hand in almost all of the Sharks tries as he guided them to their 5th NTL title in this division, with the final score being 10 touchdowns to 8. He was deservedly named Player of the Final, while Sharks were also named the Champion Permit of this year’s NTL.The Sharks were on the scoreboard after just 3 minutes, through Damian Moar, after the Scorpions dropped the ball 5 metres out from the Sharks line.Jonothan Palau leveled the score for the Scorpions in the fifth minute and an Adam Fahim touchdown, off a great Troy Malcolm long ball, giving them the lead for the first time in the game. Aaron Swan hit back for the Sharks, from another Dayberg-Muir pass, to level the score. Two more quick tries to the Sharks at the midway mark of the first half, to Kristopher McMurdy and Troy Skinner, gave the Sharks a 4-2 lead.In the 12th minute, Palau scored his second try for the Scorpions, which included some great acrobatics in the touchdown scoring process, to bring the Scorpions to within one touchdown of the Sharks.In the 13th minute, James Harrington scored next for the Sharks out on the wing, and Ryan Pollock crossed soon after, after another great pass from Dayberg-Muir. The Scorpions had two disallowed tries in the last five minutes of the first half, which cost them dearly.  Ryan Shibashaki scored, through some great team work, to take the lead out four touchdowns.Nathan Wong and Troy Malcolm both scored for the Scorpions in the last three minutes of the first half, to bring the score to 7-5 at half time.The Sharks started the second half of the match with some good defence, and they soon turned this hard work in points, with McMurdy scoring his second touchdown off a scoot from dummy half from Dayberg-Muir .Scorpions’ Drew Davies got sent to the sin bin in the 6th minute, and Leon Skinner from the Sharks capitalised on this, scoring in the next set of six.Scorpions then scored three consecutive tries, to Sam Brisby, Harry Berryman and Davies, to get within one touchdown of the Sharks.Pollock made sure that the Sharks would take out the title with his second touchdown in the 17th minute, set up yet again by Dayberg-Muir, to take the final 10-8.last_img read more

Message isn’t working? Here’s a three-point diagnosis.

first_imgIf your messaging isn’t getting through or your marketing campaign isn’t making a difference, it is probably for one (or all) of these three reasons. 1. Falsely assuming that information results in action. It’s tempting to assume that if people have information, they will act on it. But sadly, information doesn’t equal action. We know it’s healthy to exercise every day – but that doesn’t mean we’re going to do it. Inertia is a strong force. Good causes are forever in conflict with the status quo and business as usual. We can’t just lay out information. We need to create a compelling reason for taking action that beats doing nothing. In marketing terms, we need to improve our reward and lower our price.2. Forgetting that we’re not the audience. The messages that appeal to us aren’t the ones that necessarily resonate with others. Every assumption should be suspect until we understand our audiences’ mindsets. When we assume our audience thinks the way we do, we are at odds with the principles of marketing. We must think like the people we want to reach if we want to succeed.3. Treating marketing as an afterthought. Marketing and communications are often tacked on to a good causes’s efforts at the last minute. In treating marketing as an afterthought, we deprive ourselves of the great benefits that marketing can bring to all our work. A marketing mindset throughout every dimension of our cause can help us design more effective projects, better meet the needs of people we want to help, win us more resources and support, and motivate people to act.last_img read more

5 Tips for Getting Started with Nonprofit Video

first_imgNot sure how to include music in your videos without getting into copyright issues? Check out Music Bakery for royalty-free music. With a good story as the foundation for your video, your organization can use YouTube to spread your message and raise money online. Here are some tips for nonprofits venturing into the world of online video:No video camera? No problem. Videos created with still images, audio, and text can be just as powerful as moving images. Programs like Animoto can help you create a powerful video with no need to shoot footage. For a great example of video storytelling without moving images, check out Epic Change’s video featuring a thank you letter from a student in Tanzania. Don’t forget: Tell a story! Give people a reason to watch your video and suggest a clear, simple action they can take to respond to what they just watched.For more on the telling compelling story, check out our on-demand nonprofit storytelling webinar. Is your video missing a call to action? YouTube offers a way for nonprofits to add an overlay message to their video with a clear message.center_img If your organization is struggling to develop video content, consider sharing short pieces (think 30 seconds) with simple storylines and clear call to actions before going all out and creating a 7-minute, year-end campaign video. charity: water uses a call to action overlay that pops up at the end of their YouTube videos.last_img read more

Happy Be Your Donor Day!

first_imgBefore Thanksgiving, before #GivingTuesday, and before December 31, there’s one critical day that you need to pay attention to as a nonprofit marketer or fundraiser.And that day is today: Be Your Donor Day!Yay!Of course, every day can and should be Be Your Donor Day, but today is the day we decree that you set aside some time today to look at your nonprofit’s marketing materials, fundraising experience, and online presence through the eyes of a donor.Ready to get this party started?Put on your donor hat and run through your organization’s website:Find (and test) your nonprofit’s contact information or contact formCall your phone numbers and test your phone tree (if applicable) and see if you reach a real person or hit a dead endMake sure you can locate your donation page and easily click to make a donationSubscribe to your email newsletter and find out what happens nextNext, hit your donation page and get ready to give:How many fields do you need to fill out to complete your gift? How long does it take?Is it easy to make a recurring gift?What happens once you submit your donation? Are you prompted to share and learn more?Do you immediately get a receipt? How long does it take to get a thank you for your donation?Now, whip out your smartphone and repeat all of the above—how does everything look and work?Apply this same treatment to any donor-facing asset, online or off.Be sure to run through these steps yourself, and then ask a few other staff members (or volunteers) do the same. Bonus points if you ask someone completely removed from your organization to help you celebrate Be Your Donor Day by bringing a totally objective and fresh eye to putting your processes to the test. You might be amazed at what you discover!For more Be Your Donor Day goodness, grab the checklist and then take the pledge to be your donor to get a copy of our three-in-one donor experience guide. Share your Be Your Donor Day celebration with us on Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #BeYourDonor.Want to take Be Your Donor Day one step further? Some of my favorite experts share how you can apply this donor-centric view to your communications approach:In your thank-you communications, mention when your donor will hear from you next. If you are putting them on a newsletter list, say so! If you plan to send invitations to events in the near future, say so! You want to build an expectation of ongoing communications and that this is the start of a beautiful long-term relationship. – Kivi Leroux Miller, Nonprofit Marketing GuideDon’t just guess at what your donor wants or thinks…ask her! Send a survey, pick up the phone, pose a question over small talk at your next event. Not sure what to ask? Start simple and explore why they give to you, who else they support, and how you can help them get more involved. – Farra Trompeter, Big DuckI tell people all the time to put themselves in their donor’s shoes and think about what’s interesting to the donor. Fundraisers have to stop talking about their organization, their programs, and their need to fund their budget, and instead talk about what donors care about: impact, outcomes, and how lives are being changed. Here’s an article that shows you how to do that in an appeal. — Sandy Rees, Get Fully FundedMake a gift to an organization that your donors also like to give to. Not only will this give a donor’s perspective, but it will also remind you of what it’s like to be a donor. – Vanessa Chase, The Storytelling Non-ProfitSuccessful appeals are NOT about how wonderful your organization is. Successful appeals ARE about how wonderful the donor is. Communications are a mirror held up to donors. They see themselves in what you say. — Tom Ahern, Ahern Donor CommunicationsCheck your communications. Read them aloud. Is it something you would read if you weren’t being paid to do so? When is the last time you read a communication like this where you weren’t writing it? Are you relying on a gimmick like underlining and PS or are you relying on good storytelling? – Lynne Wester, The Donor Relations GuruMy tip is to get to know your donors and prospects, inside and out, and surround yourself at your desk with personas who represent each type or segment. Here’s a how-to checklist for persona creation. There’s nothing like a face-to-face to get you focused, real and targeted. With your people staring you down, you just can’t miss! — Nancy Schwartz, Getting Attentionlast_img read more

Experts Discuss Recommendations for Addressing Obstetric Fistula and Uterine Prolapse

first_imgPosted on October 18, 2012March 31, 2017By: Payal Chandiramani, The Wilson CenterClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Obstetric fistula is “not just a medical issue, but a human issue,” said Dr. Luc de Bernis, senior maternal health advisor at UNFPA, during a September 27 panel discussion at the Wilson Center. Obstetric fistula, a hole in the birth canal that can develop between the vagina and the bladder and/or rectum during prolonged labor without proper medical intervention, is preventable and treatable but continues to affect more than two million women worldwide, mostly in developing countries where women lack access to cesarean services. Women stricken with it face severe pain and suffering, social stigmatization, and usually give birth to a stillborn child.Root Causes and EffectsFor Gillian Slinger, a nurse, midwife, and coordinator of UNFPA’s Campaign to End Fistula, the fact that there are 50,000 to 100,000 new cases of fistula every year is a sad reminder of the inequalities that exist between developing and developed countries.Although the women and girls affected by obstetric fistula may not die, the impact on their quality of life is awful, said Slinger. Many become social outcasts because of the “constant and humiliating” incontinence that often accompanies fistula, and in many traditional societies, the inability to give birth also unfortunately alienates these women from their husbands. In addition, fistula can also lead to other health issues, Slinger said, such as kidney disease, severe dehydration, and paralysis through a condition known as foot drop in which nerves in the limbs are damaged by prolonged labor.Childbirth for these women literally breaks their bodies, leaving them completely helpless. “In a world of unequals, the most unequal of unequals are the women and girls with obstetric fistula,” Slinger said.While UNFPA’s Campaign to End Fistula focuses on prevention, treatment, and reintegration into society, the Fistula Foundation’s primary function is to provide surgeries. Kate Grant, executive director of the foundation, stressed that the incidence of obstetric fistula is “a symptom of a system that either doesn’t exist or failed for women when they needed it most.” Malnourishment causes stunted pelvis growth in young girls, she said, which in turn increases the likelihood of obstetric fistula when they give birth later in life. The foundation was working exclusively in Ethiopia but is now funding projects in 19 countries.Synergizing Care or Splitting Resources?Dr. Lauri Romanzi, clinical associate professor at the New York University Langone Medical Center, suggested including uterine prolapse in the discussion with fistula. Romanzi sees patients that have experienced both, since fistula can often lead to prolapse. While there are several key differences between the two conditions, namely that obstetric fistula can be eradicated and uterine prolapse cannot, both produce comparable symptoms and require a related set of surgical skills.Celia Pett, a midwife and medical associate for fistula care at EngenderHealth, said there is a strong case to be made for integrating resources and advocacy efforts for obstetric fistula and uterine prolapse and believes it could be more cost-effective and sustainable in the long-run. But, she is skeptical about the short-term feasibility of such an approach, especially in already fragile health systems. Based on her experience in Nepal, where uterine prolapse is exceptionally high, she said practitioners found it difficult to translate the rhetoric of integration into reality.Pett said she is also concerned about competition between the two for limited resources and attention, and the demand for services outweighing the supply of medical practitioners who can actually deliver treatment.However, she remains optimistic about the role that midwives – “the specialists in childbirth” – can play to prevent and treat obstetric fistula and uterine prolapse in developing nations, where they are often the health professionals best placed to ensure continuing care for women’s health.Dealing with Challenges and Engendering SolutionsDespite the fact that obstetric fistulas are preventable, there are a great many challenges to their complete eradication.One is building infrastructure. Fistula is a traumatic injury which requires considerable medical expertise and facilities. Training surgeons from the countries in which fistula persists (mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia) is the best solution for building up human capacity, said Grant. Investing in Western surgeons who would effectively be “medical tourists,” she says, is not the way to go. De Bernis echoed this sentiment by saying that the only way to solve the problem in a sustainable way is to train people to deal with the issues in their own communities instead of giving them temporary aid or assistance.Following along these lines, Romanzi spoke about an exciting development at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana, that she sees as the future for training in fistula and pelvic floor disorders in developing and middle-income nations. Without any external funding or assistance, Korle Bu recently launched a residency-level urogynecology program, based on the model of the American Urogynecologic Society and British Society of Urogynaecology’s fellowship programs. The International Urogynecological Association has since become involved, but only after being invited to participate by Korle Bu and after the program had already started. It is a three-year training program and that is exactly what is needed to learn the full range of skills, said Romanzi.Funding, however, is also an issue. It is difficult to raise money to address maternal morbidities in general, said Pett, since many resources are devoted to maternal mortality instead. There is usually a backlog of women who require treatment but are unable to receive it because of a lack of financial and human resources, said de Bernis. In places where the medical infrastructure is poor and funding lacking, Pett suggested focusing on strengthening midwives and nursing in the short term.The UNFPA’s strengthening midwifery program has done a lot to add fistula prevention strategies to midwife training, she said. In Nepal, for example, UNFPA has created specific modules on fistula and prolapse prevention for its midwifery training program. Similarly, EngenderHealth has collaborated with the East, Central, and Southern Africa Health Community to create a nursing curriculum that focuses on prevention, treatment, and care for fistula and prolapse.In addition to training and infrastructure building efforts, Slinger said that continued advocacy and awareness-raising is critical to helping to end fistula. A key strategy that works for mobilizing communities and raising awareness is working with grassroots community networks as well as using women and girls who have suffered from fistula to deliver the message of prevention.De Bernis agreed, stressing that ending obstetric fistula must be a global campaign undertaken through joint collaboration by small and big NGOs, governments, and others. When UNFPA began its Campaign to End Fistula in 2003, “it was very clear for all that piecemeal efforts will never achieve anything seriously,” he said. The diversity of the speakers on the panel showcased this type of coordinated effort and augurs well for continued collaboration around women’s health issues in the future.Event Resources:Photo GalleryVideoSources: Campaign to End Fistula, EngenderHealth, Fistula Foundation, USAID, UNFPA.Photo Credit: Sean Peoples/Wilson Center.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Jacaranda Health Staff Connect Nutrition and Maternal Health Through Human-centered Design Course

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on August 30, 2013June 12, 2017By: Grace Lesser, Knowledge Manager, Jacaranda HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post originally appeared on the cross-posted from the Jacaranda Health blog. To learn more about Jacaranda’s work, visit their website. Human-centered design (HCD) has been part of Jacaranda’s approach to providing high-quality, affordable maternal health care since our inception. In the past year and a half we have consistently used design sessions to understand healthseeking behaviors and develop our model. During one of our HCD sessions, two participants role-played the typical interaction between a clinician and a patient, demonstrating a “good” and a “bad” nurse. The group then put themselves in the shoes of a patient to envision how they would like to be treated. During another exercise, Jacaranda staff generated strategies for increasing male involvement in maternity care. They talked to men on the street, in barbershops, and in bars to develop a deeper understanding of male views on maternity and how we can provide more inclusive services.We have always been driven by the pursuit of understanding those we serve, and hold the core belief that our clients hold the knowledge about how to best design an effective service delivery system.Most recently, Jacaranda’s engagement in HCD went even deeper. Two groups of clinical staff enrolled in a self-led, +Acumen/Ideo.org supported HCD for Social Innovation course, and for the past five weeks met on a weekly basis to look at ‘barriers to good nutrition’. The groups had readings and discussion sessions each week, where they used the principles of human centered design to consider the topic from the perspective of our clients. The discussion sessions had a rotating leader, and outside of class participants talked to players at every stage of the healthy eating chain: Farmers, pregnant women at our maternity hospital, community members, those responsible for food procurement and financial accounting. They distilled the information they had collected in brainstorm sessions with post-it notes, and came up with ideas and solutions – no matter how crazy or farfetched – to address the problem of poor nutrition. The ultimate goal was to create a tangible prototype that could be tested with Jacaranda maternity clients and ultimately improve healthy eating and nutrition.By the end of the HCD course, an interesting phenomenon occurred. Although both groups were looking at the same exact same target population – Jacaranda clients – each created their prototype based on a different premise. The first group determined that clients may not have basic knowledge about healthy eating do’s and don’ts, so began with education. They created a set of patient education materials, one to be published in a local newspaper and the other to be posted in the Jacaranda waiting room. In contrast, the second group assumed that pregnant women know what to eat; they just often do not have  adequate resources. They created a burlap sack kitchen garden growing four sets of iron-rich greens that pregnant women can re-create in their home.This coming week, the groups will present their prototype and get feedback from the target communities. Next, they will reunite in the final session of the course to share their learnings with the rest of the team. In our own backyard, the HCD course has already affected the Jacaranda kitchen, as our cooks (also participants in the course!) have taken a deeper look at the nutrition we provide to clients. Clinical staff were so invigorated by their engagement in the course that they’ve expressed interest in participating in another online HCD course, with a new topic, in the next few months.Share this:last_img read more