TOUCH FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP WITH KOS SPORTS X-BLADES

first_imgKos Sports X-Blades have provided marketing material to TFA and this will be distributed to all affiliates in the near future to enable all members to access the full range of Kos Sports X-Blades products available. Touch Football Australia (TFA) announced a three-year partnership with Kos Sports X-Blades at the National Youth Camp over the weekend that will create exciting mutual opportunities and benefits for both the sport of Touch Football and the highly respected Sporting Goods giant.TFA National Men’s Open Coach Tony Trad, and Kos Sports X-Blades sponsored player, World Cup champion Garry Sonda, were on hand to help usher in the new arrangement.  TFA will benefit at affiliate, State, and National level, with incentives for National Players, individual States, Staff, and Referees that will involve various provision of products over the terms of the three-year corroboration.TFA will also broker the opportunity for affiliates to sell Kos Sports X-Blades products as a viable revenue stream.X-Blades originated in 1989 and Kos Sports in 1992. The company was originally established as a football boot manufacturer but has since branched into sportswear and hard goods in the mainstream sports market.Kos Sports X-Blades is the current license holder for the West Tigers Apparel and Boots (NRL), Netball Queensland, NSW, WA, and Tasmania Shoe supplier, Official Footwear supplier to the NSWRL, and Touch New Zealand.Kos Sports X-Blades also has an impressive log of super star players from across the various football codes on its books.Stephen Larkham (ACT Brumbies, ARU) Brett Hodgson (West-Tigers, NRL) and Adam Campbell (Freemantle, AFL) are a few of the high profile players to wear the Kos Sports X-Blades brand proudly.Prominent Australian Men’s Open Touch Football World Cup heroes Garry Sonda, Ben Robinson, Chris and Ash Farrow, Phil Gyemore, Matt Curran, Peter Stoddart, Joel Willoughby, and Scott Mitchell are amongst X-Blades stable of sponsored stars.X-Blades also boast four of Australia’s World Champion Women’s Open Touch Football Team on their books, including National Captain Sharyn Williams, Shelley Matcham, Teena Mc Ilveen, and Kylie Hilder.The exciting new arrangement between Touch Football Australia and Kos Sports X-Blades also involves the launch of a new Touch Football line called the “Genius” range. The “Genius” range, available in October, provides lightweight mid-sole boots that fit well with comfort, support, flexibility, and durability for the Touch Football enthusiast of all levels of ability and experience.From park Touch Football to the Elite level, Kos Sports X-Blades has the shoe to suit all standards and competitive interests.In the terms of the partnership, Kos Sports X-Blades have acquired naming rights to the National Touch League Open and Seniors Tournament, as well as the National 18 Years Tournament, two of Touch Football Australia’s showcase events on the National calendar.Bill Spyros, from Kos Sports X-Blades is delighted with the arrangement with Touch Football Australia.“This long term partnership further compliments a remarkable heritage with Touch Football in Australia, from an Australian company that specifically designs and develops high technology shoes for the sport. We see this long term partnership as a perfect fit to support not only the consistent growth of Touch Football, but also allow X-Blades to become introduced to a whole new generation of players.” Mr. Spyros said.last_img read more

Union Min doubts vote count in Bareilly seeks probe

first_imgNew Delhi: A key minister in the Narendra Modi government has filed a complaint with the returning officer in his Bareilly Lok Sabha constituency, seeking a probe into an alleged error in counting of votes during the recent Lok Sabha polls. The complaint by Santosh Gangwar, an eight-time MP and now Labour and Employment Minister, says that a particular booth in the Kali Bari locality did not vote in his favour, despite being a traditional Bharatiya Janata Party pocket. His complaint has now gone viral over social media in the UP. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Gangwar, who has won from Bareilly in all elections since 1989 except in 2009, filed his complaint on August 14 with District Magistrate Virendra Kumar Singh, the returning officer in the general elections. In his complaint letter, the Minister said that in booth number 290 (Shishu Bal Sadan) located in Kali Bari, the BJP got only 5 votes while Congress 29 and Samajwadi Party 583. Claiming that there seems to be a “chook” (error) during counting, he requested a probe into the matter. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Gangwar’s aide Ramesh Chand Jain, who now looks after his constituency and had been Minister’s additional Private Secretary earlier, told IANS that a letter in this connection has been written to the returning officer. “The booth has always been a BJP pocket, but the numbers of votes in our favour present a different picture,” said Jain, who is perceived to be Gangwar’s closest aide in Bareilly. On the other hand BJP’s principal opponent in UP, the Samajwadi Party raked up the issue to raise questions on the credibility of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM). After an unexpected drubbing at the hands of BJP in the recent Lok Sabha polls, the SP and its allies had raised doubts over EVMs. “Gangwarji is a very honest and senior leader of the BJP. His complaint should be taken seriously. The SP requests Election Commission that all forthcoming polls in UP should revert to ballot boxes as EVMs credibility is being repeatedly questioned,” said SP national spokesperson I.P. Singh. Insiders in the BJP, however, said that Gangwar’s complaint is not actually targeted at the counting procedure but his alleged rival Rajesh Agarwal, another prominent local leader of the BJP who is now Cabinet Minister in the state’s Yogi Adityanath government. Sources said that both Agarwal and Gangwar are not on good terms and the party leadership is also aware of this rivalry. While Gangwar swept Bareilly, polling over 5.65 lakh votes, he failed to muster support in Kali Bari area where Agarwal resides. IANS tried to reach Agarwal for his comments but could not contact him. The District Magistrate office in Bareilly confirmed that complaint has been received and a probe is on.last_img read more

Butterfly Ball Raises £15 Million For Charity

first_imgHRH Princess Beatrice, Rod Stewart and Sir Bruce Forsyth were among the guests at a glamorous charity ball in London last Thursday which raised over £1,500,000 for national charity, Caudwell Children.The charity, which provides practical and emotional support for disabled children and their families, hosted the Diamond Butterfly Ball at Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park and over 600 guests enjoyed a glamorous evening of entertainment and fundraising, which culminated in an exclusive performance by singer, Gary Barlow.The evening’s auction, which was hosted by best-selling author, Jeffrey Archer, raised an amazing £1,500,000 for the charity founded by the entrepreneur and philanthropist, John Caudwell.Proceeds from the event will be used to transform the lives of disabled children living in the UK. Since 2000 the charity has provided over £20million worth of support and helped thousands of families from right across the country.Other celebrity guests included Peter Andre, Amy Childs, Marcus Wareing, Anthony Head and Sinitta. The evening was hosted by Jonathan Wilkes.Ahead of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, this year also saw a number of world-class athletes attend, including Mark Foster, Lee Pearson CBE, Derek Redmond and Jamie Baulch.Charity Chief Executive, Trudi Beswick, said: “We are delighted at the overwhelming support we received from all of our guests here this evening. In the current economic climate this money is more important than ever and will help us touch the lives of thousands of children. I can’t thank everyone who donated tonight enough.”For more information about Caudwell Children, visit www.caudwellchildren.com.last_img read more

The Backup QB Who Gets Paid A Lot To Never Play

Quarterback Chase Daniel is guaranteed to make at least $7 million over the next two years playing football for the Chicago Bears. But Daniel is unlike most of the NFL signal callers who lock in that type of money: There’s a very good chance he won’t actually be playing football.Teams usually deal with the backup quarterback position in one of two ways: Invest in young talent to push the incumbent starter to a higher level of play — and potentially usurp the starter down the road — or hire a veteran with a dad bod to effectively be another coach with a clipboard, providing mentorship and game-management advice. Daniel is certainly the latter. And yet, after a season in which a backup quarterback hoisted the Lombardi Trophy and another brought his team to the NFC Championship Game, the position is unquestionably important.It also might be the best gig in the NFL. The backup QB is the player who sees the least amount of time on the field — and has an infinitesimal chance of injury — while still cashing a hefty paycheck. In nine seasons as a professional, Daniel has started two games and attempted 78 passes. To put that in perspective, Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger attempted 66 passes in a single game last season.But what the 31-year-old Daniel lacks in experience, he makes up for in income. Perhaps no player in the history of the sport has monetized the position of backup quarterback to the degree the Missouri graduate has. This offseason, Chicago signed Daniel to back up its franchise quarterback of the future, Mitch Trubisky. If Daniel plays a significant amount this year, something has gone very wrong for the Bears. But the team still rewarded him with a two-year, $10 million deal with $7 million guaranteed. Only 18 quarterbacks currently have a higher percentage of guaranteed money, and that list is largely made up of marquee players, like Matt Ryan and Kirk Cousins, and novice quarterbacks who were taken early in the NFL draft — players whose contracts are locked in by the rookie wage scale.1Daniel trails just 35 quarterbacks in terms of total guaranteed money.Daniel has generated $24.3 million over his career. That equates to $311,594 per pass thrown or $261,337 per yard ran. Daniel is No. 72 on the all-time earnings list among quarterbacks. Should he receive all $10 million of his deal, his career earnings would stretch to $34.3 million; only 51 quarterbacks have ever netted that much over a career.2Clearly, resources have changed. The 2018 NFL salary cap reached $177.2 million, a 412 percent increase from the $34.6 million it was set at in 1994, the year the cap was introduced. Contracts signed even five years ago hardly compare with the ones signed this offseason. There’s a reason that Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly earned less total money than Joey Harrington.Consider that, among the top 100 quarterbacks all time in career earnings, the average gunslinger started 93 games, threw for 21,817 yards and amassed 134 touchdowns through the air. Daniel’s figures scarcely compare. In his first four seasons carrying a clipboard in New Orleans, Daniel attempted just nine passes. Then came two productive seasons in Kansas City in 2013 and 2014 in which he started a game each. But over the past three seasons, Daniel has heaved precisely three passes. By comparison, Johnny Hekker has attempted three times as many passes over that stretch. Johnny Hekker, by the way, is a punter.All this isn’t to say that Daniel can’t sling the ball around. When he was a Heisman Trophy finalist at the University of Missouri, Daniel threw for at least 400 yards four separate times. But since he made it to the NFL, he has as many interceptions as he does touchdowns.3One of each.We can use Approximate Value4Pro-Football-Reference.com’s method of approximating a player’s value in any given season. to evaluate a player’s on-field impact more comprehensively. Offensive standouts like Aaron Rodgers, Todd Gurley II and Antonio Brown might produce a single-season AV of 15. League-average offensive players might produce a single-season AV of around 5. Daniel has produced a career AV of 2. The last time Daniel brought measurable on-field value to his team was 2014, when he played for the Chiefs. In fact, the only quarterback since the 1970 merger who accumulated less approximate value over the first eight years in which he accumulated any statistics was Doug Pederson, now the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.5Daniel played for Pederson in 2016. In the same time frame, only 24 players across all positions accumulated less approximate value than Daniel over their first eight years in the league.To get a better understanding of suitable player compensation, we can divide a player’s career earnings by his AV to roughly distill how much the player was paid to perform. Daniel has earned $12,152,158.50 per AV point. No other active player ranked in the top 250 in career earnings has netted more than $3.4 million per AV point, with the average player on the list earning less than $900,000 per AV point.A sizeable portion of this has to do with opportunity. Daniel has barely seen the field in the past three seasons, appearing in only four total games. It’s no wonder he hasn’t been getting the reps, though. Upon entering the league, Daniel served as a backup to Drew Brees from 2009 to 2012, Alex Smith from 2013 to 2015, Carson Wentz in 2016 and Brees again last season. Playing second fiddle (or, in some cases, third) to an all-time great, an above-average talent and a recent MVP candidate is nothing to sneer at. And given that understanding, it’s perhaps unsurprising that Daniel has thrown fewer passes over his first eight NFL seasons than any quarterback in league history.The average NFL career is short — about 3.3 years. That’s what happens when you play a sport where each play feels like a car crash. Quarterbacks fare longer, with an average career span of 4.4 years. Daniel has more than doubled that. It can’t hurt that he’s only been sacked seven times in his career; no quarterback has been dropped less over his first full eight seasons. For comparison, at this point in his career, Steve Young had already been tackled behind the line of scrimmage 146 times. As Daniel told The Athletic, “I don’t have any mileage on my body.”Despite hardly playing, Daniel is a success story in many respects. Only 21 undrafted quarterbacks since the 1970 merger saw in-game action in at least nine seasons. Daniel will likely be the 22nd. And while his career has been a far cry from the Warren Moons and Tony Romos of the world, he at least has a Super Bowl ring.Right now, even Daniel’s own teammates don’t always recognize him (for real). One injury could change that and thrust Daniel into a role of utmost importance. This would be the opportunity that has eluded him his entire career — even if his bank account suggests otherwise. read more

Ohio State baseball looking for revenge Big Ten title in 2016 season

OSU then-sophomore outfielder Ronnie Dawson signs autographs before a game on April 12 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State baseball team hasn’t won its conference or made the NCAA tournament since 2009. That six-year postseason drought, however, could be put to an end this season, as the Buckeyes are returning 20 letter winners, including 10 seniors and six starters, in a lineup that projects to be among the best hitting teams in the Big Ten.OSU’s quest for the postseason is set to commence this season with four games at the Dodgertown Classic in Vero Beach, Florida.Sixth-year coach Greg Beals said he is excited about his team’s potential, making it clear that he expects the Scarlet and Gray to compete for the conference championship. “I think you approach every season with a championship mindset, and if you ask any guy in that locker room and anyone on that coaching staff, that’s our mission: to play for a Big Ten championship,” he said. “The expectation is to play up to our ability and be as consistent as we can on a daily basis. I believe with the talent on this club, the experience on this ballclub, if we’re able to play at a high level consistently, then the winning and losing will take care of itself.”Counting on the outfieldBeals said the Buckeyes have the experience needed to bring the Big Ten championship back to Columbus. A key reason, the coach said, will be the strength of OSU’s outfield.The unit will be anchored by a pair of juniors: center fielder Troy Montgomery and left fielder Ronnie Dawson.“They are experienced, high-quality players with big, big futures ahead of them,” Beals said. “I’m looking for them to have big seasons.” Montgomery will be the Buckeyes’ leadoff hitter after batting .317, with a team-high 54 runs scored in 55 games last season. Beals said Montgomery has blistering speed, as evidenced by his 35 stolen bases last season which led the Big Ten and tied a program record.Dawson, a career .307 hitter, should provide the power for the Buckeyes. He will bat third in the lineup after clubbing seven home runs and 15 doubles last season. Beals said Dawson had an outstanding offseason, which included earning all-star honors in the Cape Cod Baseball League over the summer.The Grove City, Ohio, native said he believes the team is fully prepared to start the season on a good note to build momentum early on.“We’re one unit this year, and last year we had a bitter taste in our mouths,” Dawson said. “As a team I think we’re ready. We’re excited to get out there to show people what we’re capable of. It’s going to be a big year for the Bucks.”Leadership across the boardBeals said the team’s captains, senior second baseman Nick Sergakis and junior catcher Jalen Washington, will provide the team with the leadership needed to propel the Buckeyes through the 57-game slate. Washington said the team is hungry, while Sergakis said the team will be looking for revenge on some of the teams that took it to OSU at the end of last season.“We have a high expectation, of course,” Sergakis said. “As far as last year goes, it didn’t end up the way we wanted and we want to try and correct it. We’re looking for payback this year.”Sergakis leads an experienced infield defense that in total has started 388 games for the Scarlet and Gray. Washington is in his first year as the everyday catcher and his development, along with the pitching staff’s, is going to be an important factor for OSU’s overall success.Starting out strongHeading into this season, the pitching staff will be looking to fill the void from some key departures, as it lost Travis Lakins, Ryan Riga and Trace Dempsey to graduation or the MLB draft. But fortunately for OSU, the team is returning two key pieces to the rotation in junior left-handed pitcher Tanner Tully and redshirt sophomore righty Adam Niemeyer. Tully said he is fired up and ready to take the mound as OSU’s opening-day starter.“We all worked hard this summer going our separate ways, and we’re coming back as a unit,” Tully said. “We pushed each other harder than we have before, (we) definitely (had) a good fall, and we’re ready to go.”Last season, Tully went 4-4, compiling a 4.32 ERA while striking out 44 batters. His counterpart, Niemeyer, a right-handed pitcher from Minster, Ohio, compiled a 2.16 ERA in 12 appearances last season, with a 2-0 record over four starts for the Buckeyes. Beals said Niemeyer will be the typical Saturday night pitcher and will be looked at as a guy who OSU can count on for big innings this season.“Adam’s a great competitor,” Beals said. “He’s another guy that’s got good feel for pitching the baseball, he throws a lot of strikes. I’m excited for Adam to be a regular in the rotation, he’s certainly ready for that. I’m confident he’s going to have a really good season for us.”The third and fourth spots in the rotation are set be rounded out by senior John Havird and freshman Ryan Feltner. “Havird has been throwing the ball really well,” Beals said. “He’s not a flamethrower, he’s a lefty and he’s a command guy. He’s got great movement on his fastball, plus changeup and breaking ball. And Ryan Feltner is a very highly skilled, highly touted freshman who was in the draft out of high school. I’m looking forward to seeing his first collegiate start this weekend.”Dodgertown ClassicOSU is scheduled to open versus Toledo on Friday, before playing a doubleheader against Niagara and Pittsburgh on Saturday. The Buckeyes are slated to close the season-opening series again with Toledo on Sunday. Beals said the full weekend of baseball will give him a good look into the true makeup of his team.“Obviously, we want to get started fast, but with the high expectations that this ballclub has, we’ve got to be careful that we’re not pushing too hard too soon and that we trust ourselves and just go out and play the game,” he said. read more

Baseball Ohio State hopes to rebound in home opener

Ohio State then-junior infielder Kobie Foppe (2) connects with a pitch in the third inning of the game against Ohio University in April 10. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State baseball team will aim to end its five-game skid at home this weekend. The Buckeyes (7-9) will host Lipscomb (9-6) in a three-game series beginning their nine-game homestand on Friday. The Bisons come into the series on a hot streak. They have won five straight games, outscoring opponents 41-14 over that span. Ohio State, on the other hand, has not recorded a win in more than a week of play. The Buckeyes have been outscored 42-25 over their past five games. Lipscomb has a team batting average of .297, which ranks the Bisons inside the top 50 in the nation. The offense has been fueled by a trio of players. Redshirt sophomore designated hitter and catcher Chris Bashlor has a .434 batting average and 16 RBIs. Sophomore center fielder Maddux Houghton and senior third baseman Zeke Dodson are both batting above .360. Lipscomb’s offense is averaging 7.07 runs a game also adding 25 stolen bases on 29 attempts. Redshirt senior left fielder Tevin Symonette leads the team with 7 steals. Symonette is also batting .269 on the year. The Lipscomb pitching staff is made up of two solid starters, who are a combined 4-0.Senior starting pitcher Chris Kachmar has a 2.74 ERA and three wins in his four starts. Freshman starting pitcher Scott Elgin boasts a 3.65 ERA in four appearances for the Bisons. The Bisons hold a 4.67 ERA, while walking an average of six batters a game. Extra base runners will provide Ohio State’s offense an opportunity to put up larger numbers and improve upon its average of 5.31 runs a game. Senior left fielder Brady Cherry has provided a bright spot for the inconsistent Buckeyes. Cherry is hitting .344 to go along with a team-high 13 RBIs and four home runs. The pitching staff will also look to regain its rhythm, after allowing five or more runs in each of their past six contests. Ohio State will begin its series against Lipscomb at 5:05 p.m. Friday at Bill Davis Stadium. This will be followed up with a 3:05 p.m. Saturday game and a 1:05 p.m. Sunday finale. read more

Real Madrid drop their first points in San Mames

first_imgFirst points dropped by Real Madrid without Ronaldo, they were close to losing at San Mames against Athletic but Isco scored the equalizer for a point.This Saturday was the first day in which Real Madrid suffered the first moment in which they know they are less better without Cristiano Ronaldo, who would’ve scored in San Mames against Athletic without question today. After so much hype directed at the key players like Gareth Bale or Karim Benzema, they weren’t able to deliver a good performance in a very complicated stadium where they almost lost the match if it wasn’t for Isco’s equalizer during the second half. Although the Welsh winger did provide the assist for the Spaniard during the second half, he wasn’t able to produce more moments of brilliance as he was doing at the start of the season and he crashed hard against a very compact Athletic defense. But the biggest player of this match as it usually is in these types of scenarios was the crowd in San Mames, they proved that they are amongst the toughest in all of European football and they became a real problem for the Real Madrid players in every single ball they touched. There is no doubt that the spirit of the old Cathedral lives on in the new one, they are the ones who made the biggest difference against Real Madrid.Unai Simón, un futuro muy presente. #MovistarPartidazo pic.twitter.com/kxHqiiVlJk— La Casa del Fútbol en Movistar+ (@casadelfutbol) September 15, 2018But on the local side, the Basque team had an ace under their sleeve and we finally realized why they let Kepa go that easily. Young goalkeeper Unai Simon was Athletic’s unsung hero during the match by piling up the saves against all of Real Madrid’s forwards who got frustrated against this kid’s brilliant interventions, the match could’ve easily ended with Los Blancos’ victory by more than four goals if it hadn’t been for Unai. Past the half hour of the game, Susaeta combined with De Marcos and he sent a pass to the heart of the box where both Muniain and Williams were waiting to bury the ball in. Iñaki failed his strike at first but Iker was able to score the goal and make San Mames explode with cheers because they were already ahead in the scoreline. Real Madrid kept trying to penetrate Athletic’s defense during the rest of the match but they had a really hard time getting past Unai Simon, they were finally able to get an equalizer during the second half after Gareth Bale found Isco’s header that the young Athletic Club goalkeeper wasn’t able to reach in time. But Simon’s performance wasn’t stained by this goal, he was truly the man of the match against Real Madrid.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.⚖ Points shared at San Mamés. #RMLiga pic.twitter.com/lraMI4aSaQ— Real Madrid C.F. ???? (@realmadriden) September 15, 2018It’s hard to understand why Julen Lopetegui still hasn’t put his trust on some of the new arrivals like Mariano, the new Real Madrid number ‘7’ is the type of player who can solve complicated situations like the one they had today at San Mames. This draw marks the first points that Los Blancos drop during the season and watching the development of the full match, it’s clear by now that the squad will struggle without a player like Cristiano Ronaldo who was there exactly for days like this Saturday. The next month will be really difficult for Real Madrid as they now have to start the Champions League next week against AS Roma, and then one week later they will have another dangerous trip to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium where they will face Sevilla FC in one of the most exciting fixtures of September. Julen Lopetegui needs to start trusting his new field players a little bit more, otherwise, he will keep dropping points like he did today and that can be very harmful to a club like Real Madrid this early in the season.What did you think about the match, who was your favorite player from either squad at San Mames? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

First 5 Ballon dOr nominees announced

first_imgSergio Aguero and Gareth Bale are among the first names selected for this year’s men’s Ballon d’Or awardBale is joined by fellow Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema in the shortlist, while Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker is also among the first five names.Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani made the cut after playing a starring role for both club and country last season.French magazine France Football will announce a shortlist of 30 names for this year’s Ballon d’Or award throughout the day.Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-GermainKylian Mbappe could return to PSG training next week Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Paris Saint-Germain confirmed that Kylian Mbappe could make a return to training to next week as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.The Ballon d’Or is a prestigious individual award that was first presented to Sir Stanley Matthews in 1956 and has since been awarded to the best player of the year ever since.Five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have dominated the prize for the past decade, although Luka Modric is considered the strong favourite for this year’s Ballon d’Or after claiming the FIFA and UEFA Player of the Year awards.But, as France Football releases the names in alphabetical order, there will be no spot for PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon or Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.last_img read more

Industry Notes Dallas Cowboys Magazine Says Farewell

first_img Revenue jumped by more than 60 percent year-over-year in 2016, according to the memo, which goes on to describe the brand’s ambitious goals for 2017, including hiring more journalists and sales and marketing staffers to its outposts in Africa, Asia, and Europe, and adding more designers and developers to the brand’s New York headquarters. 1105 Media’s Virginia-based public sector group, which publishes titles like FCW, GCN, and Defense Systems, among others, launched today the latest addition to its brand portfolio: Government Cloud Insider, a digital-only brand covering cloud computing initiatives at the federal, state, and local government levels. Quartz — Atlantic Media’s digital-only offshoot, which has attracted an impressive lineup of both journalists and top-tier sponsors in its four-and-a-half-year existence — has achieved profitability, editor Kevin Delaney and president and publisher Jay Lauf revealed last week. The final issue of Dallas Cowboys Star Magazine was released this week, with a retro-inspired cover featuring Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy White, who appeared on the very first issue of the magazine — then known as Dallas Cowboys Weekly — in 1975. The full-time role is based in AMG’s Boston office. 10+ years of experience preferred. See the full program and register here. “We cover cloud in all our publications, but we wanted to offer one source for the reader to find focused coverage about how cloud is changing the government IT ecosystem,” said Anne Armstrong, co-president and chief content officer of the company’s public sector media group.  “Government Cloud Insider will provide case studies, news analysis and technical tips to help executives understand the issues and make informed choices.” Join us at the National Press Club! A can’t-miss event for anyone in the association media world, the program features speakers from several of the largest and most influential associations and non-profits in the country, including AARP, SHRM, the NAACP, and ASAE. The magazine — which chronicled each Cowboys season in weekly issues from August to January, plus monthly offseason supplements — once reached a high of over 100,000 subscribers, according to the team, but more recent circulation data is elusive. Quartz reaches profitability. The secret to Quartz’s success, according to Delaney and Lauf, is a continued focus on the user experience. The brand has bet on advertisers’ willingness to pay premium rates to deliver their messages to an audience rich in both influence and spending power, and that bet appears to be paying off.center_img The final issue is a retrospective, with articles on the magazine’s founder as well as its longtime editor, plus tributes from the various Dallas-area reporters who contributed to the magazine over the years and helped usher in the national prominence that “America’s Team” enjoys today. The non-profit Appalachian Mountain Group, one of America’s oldest outdoor groups and conservation advocates, seeks a chief marketing officer, responsible for the 100,000-member organization’s marketing, communication, and media strategies. See this listing and more at careers.foliomag.com. 1105 Media aims for the clouds. The end of an era in the Lone Star State. The “the first and only publication dedicated exclusively to cloud in government,” according to 1105, Government Cloud Insider’s founding sponsors include tech firms Gigamon and Tintri, as well as Amazon Web Services. The team’s publications department will continue publishing special issues centered around training camp previews, the NFL Draft, and the Cowboys’ cheerleaders, according to a notice published on its website. It’s not too late to register for the Folio: Association Media Summit, next week at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “Creating a quality digital publication that is sustainable over time is central to Quartz’s founding mission,” wrote Delaney and Lauf in a memo to staffers. “We’ve all kept our heads down and executed against that approach — and today, amid industry hand-wringing about advertising and business models, we are among the rare digital media startups to have achieved profitability.” From the job board…last_img read more

With Viral Mania Youtuber Rohitash Jadhav stepping stone to success

first_imgTraditional means are gone, in today’s world what people demand is not the newspapers, they want Facebook stories. They don’t need huge articles, they need small blogs which can give them a complete detail of all around the world in a few words. Time, this is what keeps running and this is how everyday things keep change and this is how there is a changing world which needs to reach out by many. In this era of such demands, Rohitash Jadhav jumped and took an opportunity which people kept ignoring even after being aware of the same. He brought in a new means of presenting people with ideas and facts. The means were same but the change was made in contents, which instead of unnecessary details, presented people with what they demanded. It was not an easy task with critics, own family becoming a hurdle between the success but Rohitash did it and created a sensation by reaching out to millions within his few uploads. Apart from this, his socially driven mind has no brakes. He became a part of wherever he found a space for itself and among one such was “Narayani Namah”, conducted to show the women empowerment and to motivate women. There he was called upon to be a part as that of an influencer who didn’t give a chance where the people present therein got negative. His words were enough to create a name among all. All these efforts and all this hard work, it took a lot but it was recognized by the current CM of Madhya Pradesh Mr Kamal Nath, who rewarded Rohitash and was happy to hear about his plans.It is said when luck turns, it keeps none untouched and none without the results but herein the case of Rohitash, he kept changing his luck to work according to him. His efforts brought him close to the start of his Youtube channel as Viral Mania which soon became a part of contents received from celebrities. All the hard work was paying off and he made the contents reach out to millions. soon seeing the success entered the Political leaders and the e-commerce portals who needed the help of Rohitash and his brand name “Viral Mania”. Well, the Politicians reached the public through the campaigns and e-commerce portals received a handling hand through Rohitash. All those MPs and MLAs reached out to enough crowd and made them received the consciousness of the campaigns being done every day to help out the public at large.Both the Youtube channel and Facebook page by the name of Viral Mania brought in a trend and presented people with small and informative facts which were needed. All the entertainment presented took a great turn and all this together led themselves to the heart of people. Whether it was the public or the politicians and the celebrities, everyone drew their piece of pie and enjoyed the same until they were presented with another. A Youtuber, a Marketer and an Influencer who created a change in peoples life got the titles of same which was one great add up to his ongoing journey of success.The motivator he was called, who was lacking behind by no means to help and support, all the sections of the society and created a name for oneself and Viral Mania. He who hacked the Virality as Youtuber and by the truthful facts on Facebook built his team who made their success in large and worked together to be a part of the new upcoming trend of the season, Viral Mania.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

ACC sacks its one official suspends another

first_imgLogo of Anti Corruption Commission. File photoThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Monday sacked one of its officials and suspended another on charges of showing negligence in duty, misconduct and misuse of power.”The Commission sacked assistant director SM Shamim Iqbal and suspended another assistant director Beer Kanta Roy on Monday for their negligence in duty, misbehavior and misuse of power,” ACC spokesperson and deputy director (public relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee told BSS.Misusing his power, Shamim Iqbal did not submit a charge-sheet in a graft case even in a year while working in Khulna zila office. Iqbal was sacked after the allegation was proved against him. He will not get any benefit of retirement due to the sack order, said an official release.Beer Kanta Roy was suspended on Monday  for his negligence in an investigation into a loan scam .ACC director general (admin) Munir Chowdhury said the national anti-graft agency has taken action against the ACC officials so that ACC staff could dare to engage them in such misdeeds. “If necessary, tougher action will be taken in the days to come,” he added.last_img read more

Venezuelas Guaido seeks Brazil support

first_imgVenezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido speaks during an interview with Reuters in Caracas, Venezuela on 31 January 2019. Photo: ReutersVenezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido arrived early Thursday in Brazil for talks aimed at securing more support from president Jair Bolsonaro, press reports said.Guaido, recognised as interim president by some 50 countries, traveled to the capital Brasilia from Colombia, where he has stayed since Friday despite a travel ban imposed by the regime of Venezuela’s socialist leader Nicolas Maduro.There are fears he might be arrested upon his return to Venezuela.Guaido arrived in Brasilia around 0440 GMT, the news website G1 reported.Bolsonaro “will host Guaido in a personal visit, although Guaido will be officially welcomed by the minister for foreign affairs,” Ernesto Araujo, said the Brazilian presidency’s spokesman Otavio Rego Barros.He said the meeting with Bolsonaro would take place at 2:00pm (1700 GMT) at the president’s official workplace, Planalto Palace.A statement from Guaido’s envoy to Brazil, Maria Teresa Belandria, said he would also meet “a number of representatives of the diplomatic delegations in Brasilia (that) have recognized him as Venezuela’s legitimate interim president.”Brazil and Colombia are Guaido allies that have been stockpiling humanitarian aid the National Assembly speaker wants to bring into Venezuela.He failed to do so over the weekend, as a military blockade ordered by Maduro held firm.Guaido had not yet decided if he will visit the border area with Venezuela where four people were killed in weekend clashes with Maduro’s security services, a source in his camp said.He met US vice president Mike Pence at a Lima Group meeting with regional allies in Bogota on Monday, after which he said he would return home this week, despite having received threats.”A prisoner is no use to anyone. Neither is a president in exile,” Guaido told NTN24 television channel on Tuesday.”My role and my duty is to be in Caracas, despite the risks and regardless of what that implies.”Maduro told US channel ABC News that Guaido would have to face justice when he returns as he flouted a ban on foreign travel.Guaido has dismissed Maduro’s authority as illegitimate over his controversial re-election in May polls that were boycotted by the opposition because many of its leaders were prevented from standing.Venezuela has been struck by a humanitarian crisis that has left millions in poverty amid chronic shortages of basic necessities such as food and medication.last_img read more

Republican Fears About Holding The Senate Start To Sink In

first_img Share Renee Klahr/NPRRepublicans currently have a 51-49 majority in the Senate, with two independents caucusing with Democrats. With Vice President Pence as the tie-breaker in the Senate, Democrats need to flip a net of two seats in 2018 to win back the majority.Democrats are going into the 2018 elections with the wind at their backs, which could even be enough to flip a Senate map heavily stacked for Republicans come November.In conversations with several top GOP strategists, nearly all conceded that the overwhelming Democratic enthusiasm they’re facing this November is incredibly worrisome. Most still think it’s a better than even chance that they do keep the Senate — albeit narrowly — but it’s no longer out of the realm of possibility that the upper chamber could change hands, especially given the volatility of the GOP’s two-seat majority.“Generally speaking, close races aren’t won by the party with the wind in their face. That’s not the way it works,” said one top GOP Senate race veteran. “If we lose 40 to 50 seats in the House, you can’t pick up three to four Senate seats.”“If we hold the Senate, I think it will be close. It will be closer than it should be when the cycle started,” said another longtime Republican Senate operative. “There’s no question it’s far more in play than it was a year ago.”Moreover, lackluster fundraising as of late from GOP challengers and stronger-than-expected hauls from Democratic incumbents has further stoked worry among Republicans.Many Republicans are already beginning to make the argument in some surprisingly volatile states like Tennessee that the Senate majority is on the line — hoping to woo voters to the polls by hammering home the implication that something as important as another Supreme Court vacancy could be left in the hands of Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.Still, Senate Leadership Fund President and CEO Steven Law, who runs the superPAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, recently noted that the last time the House flipped in 2010, Democrats lost the House and still managed to hold on to their Senate majority because those statewide races were more insulated from national trends.“The political train in the Senate is a lot more favorable for Republicans than it is in all these House districts that were carried by Hillary Clinton … I think we’ve got a lot more terrain to play with that makes the task of defending the Senate majority, I wouldn’t say easy, but a task that we think we can undertake and win,” Law said last month on MSNBC’s Meet the Press Daily.However, one reason Republicans were unable to flip some of those Senate seats was because of problematic nominees from their own party, and as the Senate primaries begin in earnest, they’re hoping to avoid disasters.Overall though, Republican fortunes in keeping the Senate aren’t as good as they should be, especially given the near-perfect map they were gifted this cycle. Democrats are defending 26 seats — 10 of which are in states that President Trump carried — while Republicans have nine seats on the ballot, and only one (Nevada) in a state that Hillary Clinton carried.Most Republicans believe Sens. Joe Donnelly in Indiana and Claire McCaskill in Missouri are their best chances to win seats currently held by Democrats. In recent weeks, one of the best bits of news for Republicans was when Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced that he would challenge Sen. Bill Nelson. The billionaire Scott can give freely to his own campaign, forcing Democrats to perhaps divert resources from other contests.In the next tier are Democratic incumbents in states President Trump won by more than 20 points — North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp, West Virginia’s Joe Manchin and Montana’s Jon Tester. But even Republicans admit all three have strong political identities distinct from the national Democratic Party and that they won’t be as easy to knock off as once thought.In addition, once-competitive states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania have slipped from being realistic opportunities, according to multiple GOP sources, both in part because Republicans have struggled to attract strong candidates. Some Republicans still mention Wisconsin as a possible sleeper race, where Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin is running for re-election.Meanwhile, Republicans are at risk of losing as many as three of their own seats. The most endangered is Sen. Dean Heller’s seat in Nevada, a state won twice by Barack Obama and by Hillary Clinton in 2016. The contest to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake in Arizona worries many Republicans because a late unsettled primary contest could weaken the party’s nominee in a state that’s changing rapidly. And what should be a safe seat in Tennessee is becoming anything but a sure thing, rocketing up the list of GOP concerns.All in all, everything has to go right for Democrats to flip the two seats they need to win control of the Senate, including hanging on to most of their own endangered incumbents. But Republicans are growing increasingly pessimistic about their chances come November — and as many privately note, the environment is probably going to get worse for them before it gets better.Hoosier and Mountaineer brawlsContests on Tuesday will determine GOP nominees in two critical contests. West Virginia is the biggest test yet as to whether Republicans could forgo a winnable opportunity due to primary squabbles. A nasty three-way race there pits Rep. Evan Jenkins (the establishment favorite), Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (who argues he’s the true conservative candidate in the race) and coal CEO and Don Blankenship (who’s the most Trump-like figure) against each other.Blankenship is giving Republicans the most heartburn with a racially charged campaign that’s focused as much on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as it is on Sen. Joe Manchin. The former CEO of Massey Energy was convicted in 2015 on a misdemeanor count of conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards after a 2010 explosion killed 29 miners. He served a year in prison and is still on probation, but has painted himself as the scapegoat of federal prosecutions run amok. If Blankenship wins the nomination, Republicans fear their chances of winning would evaporate.The GOP nomination is also up for grabs in Indiana in another bitter three-way race, this time between Reps. Todd Rokita and Luke Messer and businessman Mike Braun. Braun, who’s funding his own campaign, has styled himself the outsider in the contest, and in a memorable ad even carried around cardboard cutouts of both Rokita and Messer — who dressed similarly for an early debate — to underscore the similarities of the two congressmen.Republicans say they’d be happy with any nominee against Donnelly, who benefited in 2012 from a gaffe-prone GOP nominee. However, in both Indiana and West Virginia, Democrats are ready to repurpose the same attacks the Republicans have been using against each other for their fall campaigns.“Republicans are airing all this dirty laundry for us, and they’ve been doing it pretty rampantly,” said one Democratic operative involved in several Senate races this cycle.Can Republicans overcome Democratic incumbents’ independent brands? Donnelly and McCaskill are regarded as the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents as of now. In Missouri, McCaskill is likely to face state Attorney General Josh Hawley, who has been thrust in the unwelcome position of investigating Gov. Eric Greitens, a fellow Republican, in an increasingly messy sex and campaign finance scandal that could lead to Greitens’ impeachment.While Republicans got a break in North Dakota earlier this year when GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer decided eventually to run for Senate, Heitkamp has made overtures to the Trump White House and still seen as an independent figure in the state. Veterans of past Senate campaigns caution she won’t be as easy as some think to knock off.The same is true for Tester in neighboring Montana, who recently raised multiple allegations of wrongdoing against Ronny Jackson, Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, which ultimately sank his nomination. Trump has fired back against Tester repeatedly over those actions and some Republicans think the Jackson issue could hurt Tester at home. But in a state where nearly 1 in 10 residents are veterans, Tester is betting that the episode won’t have an impact on his race this fall.Republicans find themselves on defenseThe two most vulnerable seats for Republicans are in the Southwest. In Nevada, the White House maneuvered to head off a primary challenge against Dean Heller in Nevada, the most endangered GOP incumbent in the country. But in anticipation of a primary, Heller, who was once critical of Trump, also embraced Trump in a way that could have a lasting impact on his race against likely Democratic nominee, Rep. Jacky Rosen, come this fall. But Republicans counter that Trump’s numbers in Nevada, which he lost to Clinton by 2 points, have rebounded.In neighboring Arizona, Republicans are defending the open seat of retiring Sen. Jeff Flake. There’s a three-way late August primary there, between establishment favorite Rep. Martha McSally, conservative Kelli Ward and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a prominent birther who Trump controversially pardoned after he was convicted of criminal contempt for defying a judge’s order to stop detaining immigrants without legal status.McSally turned in a strong fundraising haul, even besting likely Democratic nominee, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema. Republicans believe that McSally, a former Air Force fighter pilot, has just the profile needed to hold this seat and she’s widely favored to win the primary. But the question is whether conservatives will launch an all-out assault that will damage her in the general election. And like Heller, McSally has had to embrace Trump after refusing to endorse him in 2016.National Republicans think this race will be lost if anyone other than McSally wins, and question what Trump — who’s been complimentary of Ward and is downright chummy with Arpaio — will do. Vice President Pence’s remarks last week in favor of Arpaio when he visited the border certainly didn’t help the primary situation, either.Volunteer majority maker? Tennessee has emerged as the biggest wildcard that could make or break the Senate majority for both parties. Democrats scored a major coup by convincing former Gov. Phil Bredesen to enter the race after frequent Trump critic and GOP Sen. Bob Corker announced he wouldn’t run for re-election.In recent weeks, Corker has made glowing remarks about Bredesen, whom he worked closely with when the Democrat was governor and Corker was the mayor of Chattanooga, while not even mentioning the name of the Republican, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, other than to note she would be the GOP nominee and he had donated to her campaign.Early polls show Bredesen with a lead, but Republicans argue that he has statewide name recognition, which Blackburn does not and that the race will tighten over time. Republicans are also left hoping that their voters will come out if they know their vote means the difference between a Democratic or a Republican-controlled Senate. Still, this contest has more than a few national strategists worried.Tennessee is more likely to flip than is Texas, despite Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s strong fundraising over GOP Sen. Ted Cruz. The only other wildcard could be the special election in Mississippi to replace Sen. Thad Cochran, who resigned last month due to failing health. There’s some conservative skepticism about newly appointed Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, a former Democrat.Conservative state Sen. Chris McDaniel — who nearly ousted Cochran in a nasty 2012 primary — switched to this race and is challenging Hyde-Smith in an all-party open primary on Nov. 6. If no candidate gets 50 percent on Election Day, the race will go to a Nov. 27 runoff. Meanwhile, former U.S. Agriculture Secretary and ex-congressman Mike Espy is the Democrats’ best-known candidate.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Different Regard Classic Styles For the Modern Gentleman

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore EditorBusiness Name: Different RegardWhat: A men’s clothing and accessories boutique (that also sells some women’s garments) located in the historic Mt. Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore. The current location opened in 2011.Owners: Steven White and Dominick DavisAddress: 825 N. Charles StreetHours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.Phone: 410.225.3777Steven White is co-owner of Different Regard, a men’s clothing boutique in Mt. Vernon. (Photo by Sean Yoes)From the website: “Since inception, DifferentRegard has aimed to provide the modern gentleman a classic style with a modern edge. We are a Maryland made clothing brand that designs luxurious well-tailored garments created in-house for those who have an uncompromising vision of style and quality. We design for the professional, personal, and social lifestyle. We believe your clothing helps promotes your lifestyle growth. We create not just fashion-forward clothing, but a lifestyle and attitude.”last_img read more

Cardinals Win Silver and Set American Record at World Championships

first_imgStory Links The University of Louisville Cardinals made a splash that included a podium appearance and an American record on the opening day of the FINA World Championships in Gwangzu, Korea.  In the women’s 400M Freestyle Relay, Team USA with Mallory Comerford and Kelsi Worrell Dahlia,  won a silver medal with a time of in 3:31.02. Comerford put up 52.98 lead-off split, touching just behind Australia. Team USA teammate Abbey Weitzeil put up a 52.66 on the second leg to take the lead, passing Sweden’s Michelle Coleman (53.88) and Australia’s Brianna Throssell (53.34). Kelsi Dahlia split 53.46 for the Americans, handing off to Simone Manuel who produced a 51.92 to pull ahead of Canadian anchor Maggie MacNeil (53.18) for silver. In the 50m Fly, UofL redshirt freshman Haridi Sameh took the lead in heat 7 in a time of 23.54 to rank 15th to qualified for semi-finals, then finished 16th in the semi-finals with a time of 23.68.center_img In the 100M-fly, Kelsi Dahlia won her first heat to qualify for semi-finals,  In the semi-finals, Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom put up an initial split of  26.12, finishing in 56.29. Canadian Maggie MacNeil finished with a 56.52, while Kelsi Dahlia touched third to finish in  57.06, good for 7th overall. In the 400 M free, Louisville’s distance specialist Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador finished 7th in his heat  in a time of 3:55.06 to touched 7th in heat 3 for a final ranking of 31st. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Snap Taps 21st Century Foxs Julie Henderson as Communications Chief

first_imgFox PR veteran Julie Henderson has been named chief communications officer of Snap, parent company of social-messaging and media app Snapchat.Henderson, who is currently EVP and chief communications officer for 21st Century Fox, will report to Snap CEO Evan Spiegel. Henderson is set to start at Snap immediately after the completion of the sale of certain 21st Century Fox assets to the Walt Disney Company, a deal expected to close in the first half of 2019.“New Fox,” the entity remaining after 21CF sells 20th Century Fox and other pieces of its media biz to Disney, has recruited President Trump’s former communications director Hope Hicks as head of corporate communications.Henderson will assume the responsibilities of Mary Ritti, Snap’s VP of communications, who joined the company in 2013 and announced her decision to leave the company over the summer. Popular on Variety “Julie will be an outstanding addition to our team,” Spiegel said in a statement. “She brings incredible experience, talent, and integrity, as well as the respect of the tech, media and finance communities. We are excited to have Julie play a key leadership role in the next chapter of the Snap story.”Henderson commented, “The Snap team’s deep connection with its global community and their passion for creating innovative products made this an irresistible opportunity. As the company enters its next phase of development, its creativity and vision set the stage to grow Snap’s business and impact. I’m excited to work with Evan and my new colleagues to further their vision and belief in the power of visual communications.”Henderson was appointed chief communications officer of News Corp in 2012, before the company split its media business off as 21st Century Fox. Prior to that, she was News Corp’s senior VP of communications and corporate strategy, where she helped develop companywide marketing and distribution strategies. She first joined News Corp in 2006 as senior VP of corporate communications for Fox Interactive Media and Myspace. Before that, Henderson was an SVP at public-relations firm MPRM from 1994-2006.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Scientists uncover universal features of first passage under restart

first_img Japan court gives go-ahead for restart of two nuke reactors 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. Sample applications of first passage under restart: (Top) During a search and rescue mission, a team of searchers might need to temporarily stop searching, return to base, and start again. (Middle) A computer algorithm performing a random search may start down the wrong path, but programmed restart could give it a second chance. (Bottom) A molecule prepared in an excited state may decay to a low-energy state without forming a desired product, but the molecule could be excited again by a laser pulse. This time, a different chemical reaction could occur in which the desired product is formed. Credit: Pal et al. ©2017 American Physical Society While first passage under restart has been used to describe a wide variety of processes, part of the problem with this variety is that currently there is no general, unifying approach that could be applied regardless of the particular details of the process or restart mechanism.By developing a general framework for first passage processes under restart, Pal and Reuveni have addressed this problem. Using this framework, they then identified an optimal strategy, called sharp restart, that outperforms all possible restart strategies in terms of attaining the shortest average first passage time. As the researchers explain, sharp restart is very simple in essence: simply stop the process and start it anew after some fixed amount of time, with the exact amount of time depending on the problem. The results have a wide variety of potential applications.”In foraging theory, one studies the movement of animals searching for food, mates and shelter in the wild, and it’s quite fascinating to see how animals try to optimize their foraging activities,” Pal said. “First passage under restart can then be used as an idealized description for some of these activities. One possible, yet unexplored, direction in which this could be taken is the study of prehistoric migration patterns of human groups searching for new and more accommodating territories. “Another application is in the development of more efficient search strategies that may aid in finding lost objects, or help construct rescue operations for crashed airplanes or lost submarines. Search processes also naturally appear in the context of biochemical reactions when one molecule searches for a reactive target site, and first passage under restart could also be used to describe enzymatic reactions.”Currently, one drawback of the sharp restart strategy is that it may be hard to implement using molecules due to the high energetic cost. In the future, the researchers plan to further analyze this problem to come up with nearly optimal restart strategies that perform almost as well but consume less energy. These strategies could become especially important in living cells or in man-made molecular devices.”Restart is routinely used to expedite the completion of randomized computer algorithms, but its importance in physical, chemical, and biological processes is just starting to be realized,” Pal said. “We intend to explore restart in these contexts and are particularly interested to find out if biological systems have found a way to also take advantage of restart and the benefits it can offer.” © 2017 Phys.org Journal information: Physical Review Letters (Phys.org)—Discovering the ways in which many seemingly diverse phenomena are related is one of the overarching goals of scientific inquiry, since universality often allows an insight in one area to be extended to many other areas. Citation: Scientists uncover universal features of ‘first passage under restart’ (2017, February 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-scientists-uncover-universal-features-passage.html Working along these lines, researchers in a new study have developed a general framework for the “first passage under restart” model, which describes a wide range of statistical phenomena in physics, chemistry, biology, finance, and other fields. By identifying an optimal strategy and showing that it cannot be outperformed by any other strategy, the researchers have taken steps toward improving the performance of many diverse processes with a wide range of applications, such as efficient computer coding, biochemical reactions in cells, and wildlife foraging.The researchers, Arnab Pal at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Shlomi Reuveni at Harvard Medical School, have published a paper on their development of a general theoretical framework for first passage under restart in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”We have developed a theoretical framework for first passage under restart,” Pal told Phys.org. “The framework is extremely general and offers applications to a wide and diverse class of problems in computer science, computational physics, biophysics, non-equilibrium statistical physics, and more.”First passage under restart is a variation of the “first passage time” framework, which was originally developed in the context of non-equilibrium systems and used, for instance, to study the time it takes for a particle with random motion to reach a certain location. More generally, the first passage time is the time taken for any random variable to reach a certain threshold value. It is especially useful for accounting for the inherently probabilistic nature of statistical processes, such as neuron firing, fluorescence quenching, or stock market activity.More recently, researchers have investigated what happens when a process is stopped and started again from its initial starting point. Studies have shown that restart can have advantages for certain problems that “get off to a bad start”—for example, a search algorithm that randomly scans for a solution to a problem, but starts off searching along a path that goes in the wrong direction. Restart could then help rescue a futile search by starting it anew. More generally, restart could help in a situation when it is unclear if the process will end quickly or only after a long period of time. Explore further More information: Arnab Pal and Shlomi Reuveni. “First Passage under Restart.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.030603last_img read more