Intensity pervades Urban Meyers first preseason practice with Ohio State football

If the tenor set by Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer on the first day of preseason practice is any indication about what the coming season holds, the 2012 campaign will be an intense one. Meyer led veteran OSU players in an early-morning workout at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center that included stretching, running and drill work, according to an OSU release. Freshmen and upperclassmen walk-on players took part in their first fall practice under Meyer at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Meyer, who was hired Nov. 29, begins preparations for his first season with OSU after stints at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida. Meyer was not made available following his first-ever preseason practice at OSU, but sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby confirmed the arrival of a new era in OSU football from players’ perspectives when he said the morning session was more intense than what the team had experienced under former head coaches Jim Tressel and current OSU defensive coordinator Luke Fickell. “You can tell just by practice. It was totally different than coach Tressel,” Roby said. “Just the whole intensity of practice – It’s more urgent, more intensity. Not more competitive, but (coaches) stress the competitiveness so that brings out more.” Roby, who also called the Friday practice high-paced and crisp, said it was Meyer’s newly assembled coaching staff “being on you more” that brought the intense showing from players. Sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller, appearing less camera-shy and open to discussion with the media, said that his teammates came together during the summer. Miller, who rushed for 715 yard and seven touchdown while passing for 1,159 yards and 13 touchdowns during his freshman campaign, also credited the coaching staff for changes in his physique. “I feel a lot (different). My body’s changing, my attitude,” he said. “I had a talk with the coaches about, like, ‘how can I be a better leader?” In keeping with the theme of intensity, Miller also said he had some words of encouragement for his teammates before the early-morning practice. “Let’s go man,” Miller said. “We’re not here to lounge around.” New Season, New Numbers  Three players, including Roby, are wearing new numbers this fall.  Roby, who sported the No. 25 jersey last year, is wearing No. 1 for the 2012 season.  Additionally, senior linebacker Ross Oltorik is wearing the No. 20 jersey and freshman defensive lineman Se’von Pittman will sport the No. 95 jersey.  OSU begins its 2012 season Sept. 1 against Miami (Ohio) at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff, set for 29 days from Friday, is scheduled for noon.  Patrick Maks contributed to this story. read more

Football Cornerback Denzel Ward named a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award

Junior corner back Denzel Ward (12) tackles Taivon Jacobs of Maryland during the Ohio State game on Oct. 7 at Ohio Stadium. Ward was ejected immediately after for targeting. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOhio State cornerback Denzel Ward’s strong start to the season has put his name among the semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, an award bestowed upon the nation’s best defensive back.The junior has stood out in the conference as he is tied for second in the Big Ten with 10 passes defended. He also has nine pass break-ups and an interception. Ward is one of three defensive backs in the Big Ten on the list of 13 semifinalists, which was released Monday. The other two are both members of the team Ohio State will play this weekend as Penn State safety Marcus Allen and cornerback Grant Haley were both named to the list. The two played a prominent role in the Nittany Lions’ victory last season against Ohio State. Allen blocked a kick which Haley subsequently returned 60 yards for the game-winning touchdown. It was the first time in Penn State history a blocked kick had been returned for a touchdown.The trio of defensive backs will square off at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more

City Councilman Chris Ward announces new program to help homeless

first_img KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego City Councilman Chris Ward announced the launch today of a program to help homeless residents in North Park and City Heights gain access to housing and medical services.The city developed the one-year pilot program with North Park Main Street Executive Director Angela Landsberg. The City Heights Business Association, City Heights Community Development Corporation,  Councilwoman Georgette Gomez, the office of former county Supervisor Ron Roberts and Price Philanthropies all contributed funding and resources to the project’s development.An oversight committee comprised of local stakeholders will manage the program, according to Ward’s office. USC will also study the program and compose a report at its conclusion, detailing the number of homeless residents who made connections to housing, medical and job training services.“Mid-city’s new outreach coordinator is the result of a broad coalition, dedicated to moving unsheltered San Diegans into permanent housing and connecting them with an array of support services,” Ward said. “This program is hopefully the first in a region-wide shift toward a refocus on productive, coordinated, and proactive outreach methods that meets unshelteredpeople where they are.”The city of San Diego’s homeless population officially totaled 4,912 during last year’s point-in-time homeless count, representing 57 percent of the county’s total population of homeless residents. Many of those residents resided in Ward’s City Council district, which includes North Park, City Heights, Balboa Park and downtown.“Each of us, government leaders, community agencies, and business associations have provided funding to make this project possible,” said City Heights CDC Executive Director Laura Ann Fernea. “It’s only when we all work together that workable, realistic solutions can be found.” KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 7, 2019 City Councilman Chris Ward announces new program to help homeless February 7, 2019 Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

IDGs Amplify Integrating Social Media into Advertising

first_imgIn March 2009, IDG Communications launched its Amplify service, a social media marketing services group. The concept is akin to a custom publishing operation, but strictly focuses on helping marketers navigate and leverage the social Web. After about 15 months in, we caught up with Matt Yorke, IDG’s president of strategic marketing services, who gave an update on how the service is going.What kinds of campaigns is Amplify creating for its marketing partners?On the marketing side we’ve been doing this now for about 15 months and early on we had a lot of clients asking us about social media and asking for help. The first simple thing we did was build an ad unit, bringing the social Web into the unit, or sharing the ad unit within the social graph. We sold millions and millions of dollars with those types of units and it made us realize that there is another more complex part of the puzzle, which is social media services. We can help clients understand what the social Web is, how consumers talk about brands and from that, build a map to help clients design objectives around social media. What are the KPIs? And then around that, build a social media strategy.How has this aspect crept into your proposals in general? Are these standalone proposals or part of broader services?Pretty much every single proposal that leaves this office related to a marketing initiative has a great big chunk of social in it. It could be tactical where we build a campaign that brings the social Web into the ad unit or we broadcast the ad unit to the client’s social graph. Or it could be more strategic where we’re building Facebook or Twitter pages. We’ve worked with IBM, HP, Sprint, Microsoft, Dell and some smaller clients in the gaming space.What do these ad units look like? How do they work?It’s a standard banner or leaderboard, there are several different versions. But typically you’d see an ad and maybe there’s a video in the ad and then above the video there’s a count that shows how many PCWorld readers watched that video that day. It shows how many users engaged with the ad and makes it feel more personal. There’s an embedded share link and it can be embedded in a Facebook stream, which registers as impressions too.A similar unit has a running stream of people commenting about a brand or market. If you click on that link it drops you into that particular blog or article. It’s contextually relevant. Here’s more content around the ad unit from the long tail of the Web and here’s more users just like you who are commenting on it. We trust each other more than we trust the advertiser, it just means more.How are publishers uniquely positioned to offer these services?It’s about understanding how people engage with content, and that’s a publisher’s actual job. We used to build these very detailed qualification criteria for customers to get our publications, which brought us very close to the customer. Over time it became a battle of circulation and weren’t as close. Then the Web arrived and we didn’t know you at all. The social Web allows us to go back in time and get to know them better. We have a direct relationship with users again.last_img read more

New OLETs emit light more efficiently than equivalent OLEDs

first_imgThe new OLET, which is 10 times more efficient than any other reported OLET, has a trilayer structure. Electrons from the green layer and holes from the blue layer move to the middle red layer, where excitons are formed and light is emitted. Image copyright: Nature Publishing Group. (PhysOrg.com) — Already, organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) are becoming commercialized for light display applications due to their advantages such as low fabrication costs and large-area emission. But OLEDs also have intrinsic efficiency limitations due to their structure, which might limit their future development in terms of brightness. Now, a team of researchers has found that another organic semiconductor-based device, the organic light-emitting transistor (OLET), can dramatically increase the efficiency of OLEDs since OLETs have the structure of a transistor rather than a diode. In their recent study, the researchers have created OLETs that are 10 times more efficient than any previously reported OLET, as well as more than twice as efficient as an optimized OLED made with the same materials. More information: Raffaella Capelli, et al. “Organic light-emitting transistors with an efficiency that outperforms the equivalent light-emitting diodes.” Nature Materials. Doi:10.1038/NMAT2751 The researchers, Raffaella Capelli, et al., from the Institute for Nanostructured Materials (ISMN) in Bologna, Italy, and the Polyera Corporation in Skokie, Illinois, USA, have published their results in a recent issue of Nature Materials.As the researchers explain, OLED technology is by far the most developed of the two organic semiconductor-based devices. But the biggest drawback to using OLEDs for light display applications is that they intrinsically suffer from photon loss and exciton quenching. Both effects are a direct result of the structure of OLEDs: The close spatial proximity of the electrical contacts and the light-generation region causes some emitted photons to be absorbed, resulting in photon loss. Similarly, the largest quenching effect in OLEDs, called exciton-charge quenching, reduces the number of excitons, and occurs due to a spatial overlap of excitons and charges. Because OLETs have a transistor-based structure, researchers have recently been looking for ways to suppress these deleterious effects inherent in the OLED architecture. So far, they have only managed to prevent one type of quenching called exciton-metal quenching, which was done by moving the light-emitting area further away from the electrodes. However, the other effects still remained, so that the best OLETs only achieved an efficiency of no more than 0.6%.In the new study, the researchers designed an OLET that could avoid photon losses and the two types of quenching. In demonstrations, the new OLETs achieved efficiencies of 5%. In comparison, equivalent OLEDs had efficiencies of just 0.01%, while optimized OLEDs with the same emitting layer as the OLETs achieved efficiencies of 2.2%, with the difference being due to their diode structure. (Although 2.2% is the highest reported efficiency for OLEDs based on fluorescent emitters, researchers have recently reported OLEDs based on phosphorescent emitting material with an efficiency on the order of 20%.) Citation: New OLETs emit light more efficiently than equivalent OLEDs (2010, May 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-05-olets-emit-efficiently-equivalent-oleds.html Explore furthercenter_img Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. The researchers call their novel device a tri-layer field-effect OLET due to its three organic semiconducting layers: a top 15-nm-thick p-channel layer that transports holes, a 40-nm-thick middle layer that emits light (the “exciton formation zone”), and a bottom 7-nm-thick n-channel layer that transports electrons. In this set-up, electrons and holes move from their respective layers to the middle layer, where excitons are formed and light is emitted. The three semiconductor layers are positioned on a three-layer substrate of glass, indium tin oxide, and PMMA, and two gold electrodes on top complete the design.The trilayer architecture offers several advantages. For one, the light-formation and light-emitting regions are located far enough away from the electrodes so that photon losses at the electrodes and exciton-metal quenching are prevented. Also, the light-emitting region is physically separated from the charge flows, which prevents exciton-charge quenching. For these reasons, the researchers describe the tri-layer OLET as a “contactless OLED,” where these deleterious effects are intrinsically prevented. In addition to these improvements, the researchers predict that the efficiency of the new OLET should be able to be increased even further with further adjustments, such as decreasing the operating voltage and carefully tuning every part of the structure.“Despite the necessary technical improvements, we believe that our tri-layer OLETs represent a viable route to increase even further the device efficiency,” Capelli, a researcher at ISMN, told PhysOrg.com.Overall, the scientists hope that the OLET represents a route toward developing practical organic light-emitting devices with unprecedented efficiency. The device could offer the potential for many applications, such as intense nanoscale light sources and optoelectronic systems.“The OLET is a new light emission concept, providing planar light sources that can be easily integrated in substrates of different natures (silicon, glass, plastic, paper, etc.) using standard microelectronic techniques,” said Michele Muccini, a researcher at ISMN. “Our devices provide planar micrometer-size light sources that might enable organic photonic applications like integrated on-chip bio-sensing and high resolution display technology with embedded electronics. Moreover, a long term perspective for OLETs could be related to the realization of an electrically pumped organic laser.” Liquid-OLED Offers More Light-Emitting Possibilities 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. 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Sudhir Garg stresses on marketing efficiency to keep up with ongoing competition

first_imgKolkata: Addressing a large gathering of MSME entrepreneurs and members of BNCCI, Sudhir Garg, CMD, NSIC stressed on the marketing efficiency, technological adoption and quality awareness to stick to competition. He explained that in India there is only one technology incubation and testing centre per 3 lakh MSMEs but in Western world such incubation centre exists per 33,000 MSME units.The Central government has sanctioned Rs 6,000 crore for implementing 20 new technology centres and five active facilitation centres (in various segments like pump, mechanical etc). To improve marketing capability, he advised to adopt lean manufacturing, design development and consequent waste reduction. He lamented that thousands of projects are being designed in Regional testing centres and institution of repute like CSIR but it hardly becomes beneficial for industry. To adopt proper marketing strategy finance is equally important, he maintained. Mentioning a cordial relation with NSIC over the years, Satyam Roychowdhury, president, BNCCI, said the Chamber organised several rounds of Buyer Seller Meets and Vendor Development Programmes. He lauded different schemes including National SC/ST hub for the promotion of SC/ST entrepreneurs.last_img read more

Notion of age being criteria for contesting elections should change

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress candidates Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan believe that the very perspective that one needs to be reasonably old to fight the elections should change.”When a person is at a young age he/she can stand beside a common man in crisis in an effective manner. Once you attain old age, some sort of disease may affect you in some way or the other and you cannot rush to a person in crisis. Didi (Mamata Banerjee) has brought Paribartan in the state (ending the 34 year rule of Left Front) and her thought of fielding young candidates for the election might have been triggered by this perspective change,” Mimi said at a recent interview to a private Bengali television channel, with Nusrat endorsing her views. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseChakraborty will be contesting in the Jadavpur seat, while Jahan will contest from the Basirhat seat. “People of today’s young generation are well aware of politics and have their own views. Didi has surely done her calculations and has thought that both of us will be able to fulfill her expectations. Didi believes in unity in diversity and so her list of candidates has people from different fraternities,” Nusrat said. Chakraborty, who hails from Jalpaiguri, has grown up seeing her uncles who are in active politics. “I have the experience of carrying political flag seated as pillion rider on motorcycles and with Didi fielding me as a candidate I will try my best to live up to her expectations,” she added. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWhen questioned about trolling on social media, Nusrat said that gossips and scandals have been a part and parcel of their life and they are accustomed to the same. Reacting to a poser on campaigning in the terrible heat, both of them sounded confident. “While shooting for films we have to often wear heavy dresses. Now while campaigning we can wear cotton dresses of our choice. We have previous experience of campaigns in places like Purulia, Bankura and Birbhum during summer,” Mimi said. Taking the cue from Mimi, Nusrat said that the love of people when they go for campaigning provides them with extra energy. Both the actors believe that balancing their film career with politics will not be a problem. “There are so many people from the film fraternity who are into active politics and are striking such a fine balance,” Mimi said. Both of them have already started holding party meetings with senior leaders to come out with a comprehensive strategy of campaigning and addressing the voters.last_img read more

The NYT VR campaign recently won a Mobile Lions aw

first_imgThe NYT VR campaign recently won a Mobile Lions awardThe New York Times Company is moving into virtual and augmented reality with the acquisition of Brooklyn-based design agency, Fake Love.The all-cash deal, which was announced on Friday, will see the NYT expand its T Brand marketing services agency, growing its experiential marketing, virtual reality and augmented reality capabilities.“We’ve worked with Fake Love on projects in the past and have been very impressed with their experiential and creative skills,” said Sebastian Tomich, senior vice president, advertising and innovation, at the New York Times.“We’re now very excited to pair their capabilities with our ad products on The Times, with T Brand Studio, as we expand into producing campaigns off of The Times and into the fast-growing worlds of VR and AR.”Fake Love founders Layne Braunstein and Josh Horowitz, said in a statement: “In conjunction with T Brand Studio we will be able to bring our progressive take on advertising, content connections and brand experience to more people in a broader, more diverse way.”The deal marks the NYT’s second marketing acquisition in the past six months, following its March buyout of influencer social media marketing agency HelloSociety.Last year, the NYT and Google distributed more than 1.3 million Google Cardboard viewers to Times subscribers to bring them VR content, an initiative that in June won the Grand Prix in the Mobile Lions awards, in the “app as part of a campaign” category.last_img read more

Young women receiving health and beauty info from social media ignore risks

first_img Source:https://www.psu.edu/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 4 2018Young women who receive health and beauty information from their friends and through social media may be more likely to ignore the risks of indoor tanning, according to a team of researchers.In a study, researchers found a link between women who received health and beauty information from friends and beliefs that indoor tanning made them look and feel better. They also said that young women who relied on social media for health and beauty information also tended to reject the immediate risks of indoor tanning.According to Jessica Myrick, associate professor of communications, Penn State, most young women are aware of the risks of indoor tanning, but tan anyway. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has warned that exposure to UV radiation — whether from the sun or from artificial sources, such as the sunlamps used in tanning beds — increases the risk of developing skin cancer.”We are really trying to find out why young women engage in this behavior when most are well-aware and knowledgeable about the link between indoor tanning and skin cancer, yet they persist,” said Myrick. “We wanted to see if media use — particularly how young women use media to get information about beauty and how they talk to their friends and family about beauty and health — might influence those beliefs about the risks of indoor tanning.”The researchers, who report their findings in the current issue of the Journal of American College Health, said that when young women turned to their friends for health and beauty advice they were more likely to feel tanning made them look and feel better and, therefore, they were more likely to tan indoors.When they went to their family for that information, however, the women were less likely to indoor tan. Family members may undermine the belief that tanning would make the women feel good, a strong pull for indoor tanning, added Myrick, who worked with Seth M. Noar, professor of journalism, University of North Carolina; Jennah Sontag, postdoctoral fellow in public health, Center for Tobacco Studies, Rutgers and Dannielle Kelley, cancer prevention fellow, National Cancer Institute.”For a lot of people, if you think that indoor tanning will improve your mood — that it’s a good way to lift your spirits and feel better — then you’re more likely to tan indoors,” said Myrick. “If they received information about health and beauty from their family, they were less likely to think that tanning is a good way to improve their mood and so, when you decrease that link between tanning and mood benefits, then you’re less likely to tan.”Related StoriesResearchers identify potential drug target for multiple cancer typesHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerYoung women who received health and beauty information from news sites, rather than through social media outlets, were more likely to understand that tanning could negatively affect their appearance and understood the immediate risks of indoor tanning.Myrick suggests that the difference between social media and news sites as sources of health and beauty information may be related to how that information is filtered in those channels. News sites may offer more critical coverage of indoor tanning risks and be less susceptible to industry manipulation compared to the less editorially stringent social media outlets.According to the researchers, knowing how messages on indoor tanning are reaching young women may help shape skin cancer prevention efforts. Skin cancer prevention organizations may want to insert stories about indoor tanning’s link to skin cancer in young women into national media and amplify these messages using social media, they added. Young women should also be educated about skin cancer risks to help them both resist pressure from their peers to tan and to help spread more helpful information to their own peers.The researchers recruited 568 sorority members at a southeastern American university to complete an online survey about indoor tanning and health and beauty information sources. About 210 participants — or 37 percent — had tanned indoors. Of those 210 participants, 134 — or 64 percent — had tanned in the past year. In addition to tanning experience, the survey also asked participants about where they received health and beauty information — the news media, social media, friends and family — and how they assessed the possible negative and positive outcomes of indoor tanning.​last_img read more

Preacher skips jail pending appeal over remarks

first_imgI’m free: Wan Ji leaving the Shah Alam court after his stay of execution. Related News SHAH ALAM: Preacher Wan Ji Wan Hussin received a temporary reprieve from his one-year jail sentence when the High Court here granted a stay of execution.Wan Ji had been convicted of making remarks that were found to be seditious against the Sultan of Selangor.High Court judge Justice Abdul Halim Aman granted the stay after hearing the appeal from Wan Ji’s counsel Mohd Radzlan Jalaludin and Ariff Azami Hussein.He also ordered the 37-year-old to surrender his passport to the court if it was renewed. The Sessions Court initially sentenced Wan Ji to nine months in jail in April 2018, but this was extended to one year by the Shah Alam High Court on Tuesday when it denied his appeal against his conviction and sentence.He filed an appeal the same day but spent the two following days at the Kajang prison until his case was heard yesterday where Justice Ab­­dul Halim granted the stay, pending the disposal of his appeal to the Court of Appeal.Wan Ji cited 18 reasons in the appeal to support his plea against the one-year jail term.One of the main reasons cited was that he was the sole breadwinner and had a family to care for. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more