first_imgShivpal, who is the younger brother of Mulayam, hadShivpal, who is the younger brother of Mulayam, had yesterday reached Delhi to meet the party chief at his official residence.An indication that the crisis in the SP lingered on came when Shivpal told Mulayam that despite following his orders, he was being painted as a villain.Later talking to reporters, Shivpal had rejected suggestions that there were differences within the party and the Yadav clan.”Neither am I angry nor is Netaji (Mulayam). We all are happy…there are no differences,” he had said.Mulayam is likely to reach Lucknow tomorrow morning.Asked about another report of national parliamentary board meeting of the party, Ramgopal said that there is not need for it.”When has it been called? I am the secretary of parliamentary board and I call the meet. It is called when there is an issue of removing anyone or deciding tickets of Rajya Sabha, Vidhan Parishad…there is nothing like that,” he said. PTI ABN RTlast_img read more

Prime your brain to percolate brilliant ideas at ESC Silicon Valley

first_img Continue Reading Previous The end of the smartphone era: What will be the technology battlegrounds of the next decade?Next RTOS Revealed Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry center_img Where does the time go? I can’t believe that just two weeks tomorrow as I pen these words, I’ll be setting off to the airport to fly out to attend the Embedded System Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley, December 6-8, 2016.As always, I will be enjoying ESC on many levels. In addition to speaking myself (and I must admit that I do enjoy holding forth to a captive audience), I’m very much looking forward to meeting up my friends and colleagues.In some cases, these are people I’ve only even known via the Internet. For example, I’ve been chums with Sree Harsha Angara for a couple of years now. Sree is an applications engineer at Cypress Semiconductor, and he’s written several articles for EETimes.com about hobby projects he’s implemented using PSoCs (see Building a Mandolin-to-MIDI bridge with a PSoC and PSoC 4 Emulation of a MSGEQ7 Audio Spectrum Analyzer). Until recently, Sree was based in India, but now he’s working in Silicon Valley and he’s planning on attending ESC, so we’re going to meet up and swap a few “engineering war stories from the trenches.”And, of course, I’ll be meeting up with old friends like Duane Benson. In addition to attending sessions of mutual interest and generally hanging out, Duane and I will be hammering out some techno-weenie details regarding the Bodacious Brain project because I’ve roped him in to helping out.Speaking of sessions of mutual interest, Duane will be joining me to hear The Keys to Innovation: Priming your brain to percolate brilliant ideas keynote presentation, which is to be given by physicist, engineer, and author, Ransom Stephens.(Source: Ransome Stephens) As a particle physicist, Ransom worked on experiments at SLAC, Fermilab, CERN, and Cornell, discovered a new type of matter, and worked on the team that discovered the Top quark. I don’t know about you, but I’d be more than happy to start my own resume this way LOL.Ransom’s new book — The Left Brain Speaks, The Right Brain Laughs — is an irreverent look at the neuroscience of innovation in technology, art, and science. In Ransom’s keynote, he will be examining the neural processes that percolate insights into consciousness — the physics of lateral thought, the power of perspective, the value of novelty, and how your brain selects and rejects ideas before you’re even aware of them. Methods for fine-tuning the balance of stress and confidence, concentration and distraction that prime our brains to innovate our way to solutions of the challenges that we each face, as well as those that we face together, will also be discussed, as will the neuroaesthetics of what makes products and discoveries good, bad, and valuable.Ransom has given thousands of speeches across the US, Europe, and Asia, and has developed a reputation for making complex topics accessible and funny. I, for one, cannot wait to hear this presentation. Like all the ESC keynotes, this is a free session that will be open to all attendees, but you must register to attend. Hopefully I’ll see you there (I’ll be the outrageously cool techno-dweeb in the Hawaiian shirt).last_img read more

Drama and joy of Frost and Gemmell help raise Cheltenham from gloom

first_imgCheltenham Festival Paul Townend repays Al Boum Photo’s owners in gold for mistake As a result the overall fatality rate – 0.6% – was down by more than a half compared to 2018 (1.34%), the lowest rate since 2015. On the face of it, fate was at least moderately kind to the 2019 Festival. But since the horses killed on Friday were running in two of the races with the biggest audiences of the week, while Sir Erec was one of the shortest-priced favourites of the week, their deaths seem to make a deeper impression.Yet the fact remains that for every horse that suffers a fatal injury at Cheltenham there are about 150 more that simply go out and do what they were bred, raised and trained to do. Without racing, these thoroughbreds would not exist in the first place and an all-time record crowd of 266,779 would not have found its way to the West Country over the course of the week.It was the second Festival in a row with a record attendance, which suggests that for all the gloom and uneasy defensiveness that followed last year’s meeting, the Festival’s popularity with the sporting public continues to rise.All four days had a record crowd under the current format and few can have left disappointed. Altior was an impressive and popular winner in Wednesday’s Champion Chase and the remarkable Tiger Roll even more so in the Cross Country later the same day, while Willie Mullins’s long-overdue first success in the Gold Cup was a fine way to close the week on Friday.But above all there were 45 thrilling minutes on Thursday afternoon when the Festival behaved itself and followed the script, delivering on the buildup with two of the most memorable victories of recent years.First there was Bryony Frost and her winning ride from the front on Frodon in the Ryanair Chase. Making much or all the running to win at Cheltenham requires split-second judgment of pace, an intuitive connection with your horse and immense self-confidence too. No one is ever gifted a soft lead at the Festival and Frost also had to contend with a 66-1 outsider harrying her at the head of affairs for much of the way. Share on Twitter Was this helpful? For a few minutes on Tuesday evening at Cheltenham the chance of heading home three days later riding even a gentle wave of positivity seemed to be receding by the second. The screens were up on the landing side of three of the fences after the National Hunt Chase as fallers were attended to by vets while, out in the Atlantic, Storm Gareth seemed poised to wipe out the second day altogether.There were, of course, downs as well as ups over the course of the next three days. The death of Sir Erec in the Triumph Hurdle was the most difficult blow to absorb, not least because of the connection he made with racegoers and television viewers alike as he waited patiently to be re-plated before setting off on the race that would be his last. Invitation Only was then killed in a fall in the Gold Cup, the third and last fatal injury of the week from a total of 497 runners, the highest number of starters at a Festival since 2009 and 50 more than went to post in 2018, when there were twice as many fatalities. Since you’re here… Support The Guardian It was a ride that any of the great Festival jockeys of the last 30 years would have been proud to call their own and the roar from the stands as Frodon responded to his jockey and fought his way back into the lead after the last was the most stirring and heartfelt of the week.Racing, where men and women can compete on equal terms, is unique among the major spectator sports in creating a moment like this and in Frost it also has a natural communicator. She was able to put the experience and emotions into words for ITV’s viewers within seconds of the finish: “He grabbed me by the hands and said: “Don’t you dare give up”.” Read more Pinterest Frost was the first female rider to win a Grade One race at the Festival over jumps but she did not have sole ownership of the achievement for long. A day later Rachael Blackmore matched it on the 50-1 shot Minella Indo in the Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle, her second winner of the meeting. Only Nico de Boinville, who took the prize for the week’s leading rider, had more.Minella Indo was also the fourth winner of the meeting for a female rider – Lizzie Kelly, in the Plate, has the other – equalling the record total at last year’s meeting. The strike rate of female riders at this year’s meeting – four wins from 46 starts, or 8.7% – was better than the 5.3% (24 from 452) of their male counterparts.No sooner had Frost left the podium than Andrew Gemmell, rightly the focus of many dozens of pre‑Festival features, was stepping up to receive the owner’s prize after Paisley Park’s hugely popular win in the Stayers’ Hurdle. Blind since birth, Gemmell has never seen a racehorse and fell in love with racing by listening to radio commentaries in the 60s and, as a small-scale owner with the immense good fortune to buy a Festival‑class horse for relatively minor money, he is also an example of a species that had seemed on the verge of extinction.Gemmell’s win does not, of course, hint at a new, more egalitarian age in jumping. Money does not work like that, and the colours of Michael O’Leary and JP McManus will be as ubiquitous as always at Cheltenham 2020. But very few, if any, former trade union officials have walked into the Festival winner’s enclosure over the course of the last 90 years and none with the sheer, unbridled joy of Gemmell on Thursday.Cheltenham spends heavily to publicise its biggest meeting but moments and memories like these are beyond price and the ones that will endure. “Is the Festival’s future on the line?” was a headline on one newspaper feature last week. The answer, as so often when a headline ends with a question mark, is undoubtedly a resounding “no”. Two fatalities on Gold Cup day dampen spirits at Cheltenham Festival Carlisle 2.15 Hill Sixteen 2.45 The Last Day 3.20 Dorking Cock (nap) 3.50 Jepeck (nb) 4.25 Cyrano Star 5.00 Road To Riches Ffos Las Abandoned (waterlogging) Facebook Share on LinkedIn Read more Twitter Cheltenham Festival 2019 Share on Messenger Harry Cobden and Topofthegame win the RSA Chase on day two. 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