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News story: New funding to drive improvements in immersive content creation

first_imgFind out more about the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Competition information advertising and marketing architecture crafts design, including products, graphics and fashion film, TV, video, radio and photography computer games and services publishing museums, galleries and libraries music, performance and visual arts A new £8 million funding competition will enable virtual, augmented and mixed reality experiences – also known as immersive content – to be created faster and more efficiently by UK content creators.The competition is part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund’s audience of the future programme. Up to £33 million is available to develop new products and services that exploit immersive technologies.Funding is provided by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK. Find out more about the audience of the future programme. develop tools, products or services for creating and delivering immersive content demonstrate innovation in software, hardware or development methodology Find out more about the competition and apply. We are looking to fund projects within 9 creative industries: the competition is open and the deadline for applications is midday on 28 November 2018 projects should be business-led and include at least one SME. They should have at least one participant who is a content creator projects led by a single SME can last up to 12 months and have total costs of £100,000 to £250,000 collaborative projects can last up to 18 months and have total costs of £250,000 to £1 million businesses could attract up to 70% of their eligible project costs all project work must be carried out in the UK and the results exploited here Exploiting commercial opportunitiesIn this competition, we are looking to fund innovation projects that explore and exploit commercial opportunities within the creative industries.Projects should support immersive content to be created faster, more efficiently, or in ways that significantly improve on the technology that’s available today.They can either: Improving the current ‘state of the art’Over the next 20 years, it is expected that immersive technologies will fundamentally change the way we experience products and services – including art, shops and classrooms.For the UK to become a world-leading developer of immersive experiences, we need to support content creators to produce immersive content that goes above and beyond the current ‘state of the art’.Doing so will create better experiences for audiences while unlocking growth for creative businesses, increasing exports and creating new, high-quality jobs. Potential applicants should consider attending a briefing event to find out more about the competition and how to make a quality application. Briefing events are on: 8 October 2018 in Belfast 9 October 2018 in Edinburgh 15 October 2018 in Cardiff 16 October 2018 in Manchester 18 October 2018 in London or via an online webinar 8 November 2018 in Newcastlelast_img read more

Lawn Thatch

first_imgThatch is a layer of living and dead roots, crowns and lower shoots that often develops in lawns. It can weaken and even destroy a lawn if not prevented or removed. Cut grass regularly at the recommended height to maintain vigor and to avoid shock. No more than one-third of the leaf tissue should be removed with each mowing. Remove excessive clippings, especially during periods of rapid growth. Clippings may be left to decompose if mowing occurs at regular intervals. Remove clippings that accumulate on the surface. Nutrients are recycled to turf as clippings that filter into the turf canopy decompose.Collect and remove clippings once a thatch layer begins developing to avoid further buildup. Irrigate every seven days, or as needed in dry periods, to encourage deep rooting. Power rake as needed to keep thatch below a half-inch thick. For fescue, early fall is preferred; for summer grasses, like zoysiagrass and bermudagrass, rake mid-summer. Once thatch starts to form, conditions develop that may favor even more thatch. Top-dress every one or two years with one-fourth of an inch of weed-free manure or soil. Use a material that is similar in texture to the existing soil in order to encourage decay of thatch. Aerate the soil to lessen soil compaction and improve penetration of water, oxygen and fertilizer. (Aeration is the process of mechanically poking thousands of holes in the soil.) Power aerators that remove soil cores 2- to 3-inches deep are very effective and can be rented from hardware or tool rental stores. Leave soil cores on the surface to dry and crumble before mowing. Mow the dried soil cores to redistribute the soil microbes that decompose soil and thatch and aid in reducing thatch. Thatch development may go unnoticed in early stages. Lawns with a thick thatch layer may appear healthy in the spring and then suddenly die in large patches during summer heat and drought. As thatch builds up, the roots of new grass plants grow within the thatch layer rather than in the soil. When the lawn is exposed to hot, dry summer weather, the plants are unable to survive. Fertilize moderately and regularly to maintain vigor without excessive growth. Excessive growth as well as conditions unfavorable to the microorganisms responsible for the decomposition of decaying plant parts aid in thatch development. Rapid and excessive growth is likely to produce heavy thatch because plant material is being produced more rapidly than it can be decomposed. Zoysia grass and bermudagrass lawns usually develop thatch layers rapidly. They seldom die suddenly because these warm-season grasses are more tolerant of heat and drought. Avoid nonselective use of pesticides that hurt earthworms. Earthworms naturally reduce thatch as they collect it from the surface and mix it deeper into the soil. University of Georgia Extension recommends following these good cultural practices, starting when the lawn is new, to prevent or retard thatch from forming. Thatch buildup varies from lawn to lawn. Some lawns never develop a thatch layer, while others become thatch-bound within a few years of being established. The best lawn grasses are those that constantly reproduce new plants in order to renew the lawn. As old plants age and die, they decompose into fine, textured humus that becomes a part of the surface soil. Severe thatch usually leads to thin, diseased turf. Very thick layers of thatch may cause uneven surfaces that are difficult to mow. Thatch may develop over several years before noticeable damage occurs. Grass clippings from mowing do not contribute to thatch. However, once a thatch layer has developed, clippings further speed its formation. Accumulated thatch harbors disease-causing fungi and insects. It also prolongs high humidity, which favors disease, causes shallow root development and slows movement of air, water and nutrients into the soil. These factors contribute to the early death of grass plants. For more information on caring for lawns in Georgia, go to www.GeorgiaTurf.com.last_img read more

Dolphins Prompt Robert Moses Shark Scare

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Islanders will be headed to Robert Moses State Park, among other LI beaches, now that summer has arrived.The sea creatures that forced beachgoers out of the water at Robert Moses State Park Monday were actually two dolphins, according to a New York State Parks department official.The beach originally reported a possible shark sighting around 10:50 a.m. at Field 3, which forced lifeguards to pull swimmers out of the water, George Gorman, Long Island regional director of New York State Parks, told the Press.About two hours later, a Suffolk County police helicopter spotted a pair of dolphins near the water tower and officials reopened the beach around 1:15 p.m., Gorman said.Lifeguards took extra safety measures, Gorman noted, because they could not identify the sea creatures at first glance. Lifeguards at Field 3 immediately pulled swimmers out of the water and notified their colleagues at Fields 2 and 5.“It was a little bit of a concern, obviously,” Gorman added.Dolphin sightings off of Robert Moses are not rare. Gorman also noted that they have been seeing “more sea life than ever before.”News of a possible shark sighting spread quickly on social media sites like Twitter, where some users predictably referenced recently passed Shark Week, and Sharknado, a Syfy movie that has developed a peculiar cult following.The scare followed two shark sightings in about a week to the west in Atlantic Beach late last month.last_img read more

6 steps to transform your company culture

first_imgCompany culture can’t be rigid and unadaptable, or the company will fail. An outstanding company culture requires outstanding leadership, and changing the company culture requires leaders who recognize the real need for change, and who aren’t afraid of it. Outstanding leadership demonstrates maturity: conviction, diligence, focus, optimism, and the ability to handle uncertainty.Leaders are able and willing to make positive changes to corporate culture to evolve with the times.Immature leadership, by contrast, does not bode well for strong corporate culture. Lack of leadership skills, illegal or unethical behavior, or character flaws are common to immature or ineffective leaders. Character and honor are between difficult to impossible to recover once compromised, and the executive leader falls from grace from a particularly dangerous height.Assuming your company has strong, mature leadership, transforming your company’s culture takes six critical steps. continue reading » 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

What ‘Master of None’ Has Taught Me

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York They say this is the Golden Age of television but despite the deluge of quality programming waiting to be devoured like a digital buffet, I’ve been hard-pressed to find a show that’s actually relatable.As much as I wish, I won’t be reborn as a Stark, nor will I ever be a true detective, whatever that means.But thanks to Aziz Ansari, there appears to be a show that thousands of children of immigrants can identify with, even if they are from different ethnic groups.Last Friday, Ansari debuted his genius comedy on Netflix in a new series called Master of None, in which he explores different societal and cultural issues with each passing episode (I didn’t finish the 10-episode season yet because I want to enjoy it at a decent pace).Ansari’s character Dev is speaking for a lot of young people—and even adults—who are proud of their families’ hard work and dedication but have never truly inquired about what life was like in the Old Country, whether it’s India, China, or anywhere else.The one scene that did it for me was when Dev’s father, played by his real-life dad, had a question about modern technology. A whiny Dev couldn’t help his dad, he said, because he was meeting up with a friend to see the latest X-Men film. Dev’s popz nodded his head, but he struggled to hide his disappointment.While walking down a New York City street with his friend Brian, it dawned on Dev that he knew absolutely nothing about his parents’ past, and earnestly set up a dinner date with his parents, Brian, and his father, so both immigrant families could talk about how they arrived in America.I’ve yet to have that dinner with my father, who came from Pakistan. When? I don’t know—I’d have to ask him.The scene at the Chinese restaurant is both heartwarming and funny. The conversation begins as you’d think it would, with Brian’s father being uncomfortable about sharing his story.When Dev asked his parents what they did for fun, his father looked perturbed. He said “fun” is a new concept, one that Dev’s generation and those yet to come are blessed to enjoy. His father didn’t bemoan the fact that he didn’t enjoy the comforts of life—seeing movies, grabbing drinks with friends. For him—and his wife—that was life.I’m sure if I ask my father about “fun” times in Pakistan, he’d react the same way. Fun? C’mon.We all take for granted the opportunities we now enjoy. It’s not that we’re callous or insensitive; it’s that we’ve grown accustomed to feeling like we have it all, even though we don’t. It’s because of our parents that we get to spend time with friends instead of working in a sweltering factory making zippers, like Dev’s dad did growing up in India.Thanks to Ansari, maybe immigrant children will soon sit down with their parents, ask these same questions, and learn the all-important tales of their ancestors.While Masters of None has drawn widespread acclaim, it’s not the acting or the comedy that impresses me. It’s that I see myself in Dev.Unfortunately, I’m not as funny.Photo credit: Master of None/Netflixlast_img read more

Raul Sanllehi and Edu ‘shock’ long-standing Arsenal staff

first_imgEmery is under increasing pressure after overseeing a poor run of form (Picture: Getty)Sanllehi and technical director Edu have rung the changes since taking up their positions, removing a number of key personnel who served under Wenger.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSteve Morrow is the latest high-profile casualty, with the head of recruitment axed in a massive shake-up of the academy, while chief scout Steve Rowley was similarly shown the door two years ago.The majority of Wenger’s old backroom have now left, while others – like former assistant manager Steve Bould – have been demoted.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalLong-serving members are ‘shocked by what’s happening to the club’, with the wholesale changes eroding the ‘DNA’ Wenger had spent so long establishing.Morrow’s exit has not gone down well, with the former Gunner deemed to be a huge loss and someone who had the potential to rise up through the ranks. Very few coaches from Wenger’s time at the club remain at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)The jury is still out on Arsenal’s hierarchy, but there is a feeling that they should share some of the blame for Arsenal’s struggles – not Emery alone.Nevertheless, the Spanish coach is believed to have only a few games left to turn things around and cannot afford any slip ups against Southampton, Norwich, Brighton or West Ham despite Arsenal wanting to hold out and reassess his position in the summer.MORE: Lucas Torreira could leave Arsenal in January as Napoli set for key talks with Raul SanllehiMORE: Arsenal lining up January move for £43m-rated Pau Torres to solve defensive woesMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Comment Advertisement The club has changed dramatically behind the scenes since Wenger left (Picture: Getty)Some long-serving Arsenal staff members are reportedly shocked by the number of changes that have taken place since Arsene Wenger’s departure, with the club almost unrecognisable.The Gunners currently sit in sixth place in the Premier League table, with the pressure heating up on Unai Emery after a run of four games without a league win coupled with sub-par performances throughout the season.Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi has publically backed Emery, and The Mirror report that a number of people behind the scenes feel the club’s issues extend far beyond the manager.center_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 17 Nov 2019 3:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.9kShares Advertisement Arsene Wenger’s old staff ‘shocked’ by Raul Sanllehi and Edu’s Arsenal changeslast_img read more

USACE Increases Funding for Oregon Dredging Projects

first_imgOregon Representative Peter DeFazio has secured an additional $11.7 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for projects in Oregon’s Fourth Congressional District as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 work plan for the Corps’ Civil Works program.“Our ports and harbors along the Oregon coast are critical lifelines for coastal communities, and support jobs throughout the state,” said Rep. DeFazio. “I am grateful the Corps listened to our requests and increased funding for dredging and maintenance at Oregon ports. The fact is, we still need more funding for jetty work in Coos Bay, but the funding being provided is a step in the right direction and I will continue pushing to ensure the needs of coastal communities in my district are met.”The new resources announced earlier this week will allow the Corps to conduct routine and necessary maintenance dredging at five ports in southwestern Oregon.Dredging keeps open the ports of call that serve Oregon fishing and ocean tourism industries that contribute hundreds of millions of dollars annually to the state’s economy. The Oregon Employment Department reports that commercial fishing directly employs nearly 500 people in Lane, Coos and Curry counties.On December 23, 2019, DeFazio, along with Senator Ron Wyden and Senator Jeff Merkley, sent a letter to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works urging an increase in funding for Oregon ports.“Oregon’s ports are the lynchpin for economic activity in many of the state’s rural areas. These ports are hubs for international trade, recreations, and commercial fishing, and contribute to the local, regional, and national economies,” the Members wrote.Additional funding was awarded to the following projects:Chetco River: $274,000 – Funds will be used for dredging activities;Coos Bay: $8,000,000 – Funds will be used for dredging activities;Coquille River: $706,000 – Funds will be used for dredging activities;Rogue River at Gold Beach: $247,000 – Funds will be used for dredging activities;Siuslaw River: $2,449,000 – Funds will be used for dredging and environmental activities.last_img read more

Ind. Attorney General Hits Local Driving School With Lawsuit

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Attorney General’s Office has filed a lawsuit claiming the KC Driving School failed to provide driver education services after collecting payment.The newly filed lawsuit follows local and state investigations into the school’s Aurora and Milan branches.According to consumer complaints, several parents of students paid for driving instruction that either was not provided, or rendered without receiving the required certification to present to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). Payments to the company ranged from $300-475 per student.“More than two dozen families filed complaints with my office against KC Driving School for taking up-front payments and not delivering services,” Zoeller said. “After investigating the company with help from the Aurora Police Department, it became clear that the company had no intention of continuing to offer licensed driver education or of repaying its customers.”State investigators say the school advertised to customers that it was licensed by the BMV to operate a driver training school. Customers paid up-front costs for services which included classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel training.As part of the contract, customers were allegedly told that if students passed the Driver’s Skills Test administered by KC Driving School, the behind-the-wheel driving test would be waived by the BMV upon applying for an Operator’s License.KC Driving School’s license with the state expired on June 30, and the company was no longer able to provide the benefits it claimed to have offered.According to the attorney general’s office, the company declined to renew its certification with the BMV and abruptly ceased business operations, leaving customers without services or refunds.“Throughout July, the company continued to falsely represent to consumers that it was working with the BMV to obtain a license and that services would be rendered despite the fact that its license to provide driver training education had expired,” the office claimed in a news release.last_img read more

Van Gaal plots future in England

first_imgHolland coach Louis van Gaal has reaffirmed his interest in working in the Premier League next season – but will not restrict his options to Tottenham. Van Gaal, in Brazil for a FIFA workshop for World Cup managers, told the Daily Mail: “I am mostly interested in England because I have been a coach in Spain, Germany, in the Netherlands so I think England is the next step in my career. “It could be another club [other than Spurs], it depends on the vacancies because Spurs were already [in touch] with me. “I prefer to be focused on this World Cup and now there’s another coach [Sherwood] so as coach, you cannot say ‘I go to that club or that club’, it depends on circumstances.” Van Gaal is expecting big things from Manchester United striker Robin van Persie this summer and feels international duty suits him better than his role at Old Trafford. “I think he should be great in the tournament because he loves to play in the Dutch squad,” he said. “The football from Man United now is, for him, maybe difficult but then he wishes to show his technique. Technique [levels] in the Dutch team [are] higher.” The 62-year-old was heavily linked with the White Hart Lane post, which eventually went to Tim Sherwood, after the departure of Andre Villas-Boas earlier this season. The former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach is out of contract with the Oranje after this summer’s World Cup and is keen to add a Premier League job to his impressive CV. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Need to understand all information before making decision: Barty on US Open

first_imgSYDNEY, June 5: World number one Ashleigh Barty has said that while she is happy that there is talk of the return of the sport amid the coronavirus pandemic, she would be reluctant to go for the upcoming tournaments based in USA until she understands all of the information surrounding them.”It’s exciting that tennis is being talked about again and things are moving in the right direction for us to start competing,” she told the Sydney Morning Herald. “But I’d need to understand all of the information and advice from the WTA and the USTA before making a decision on the US events.”The USTA is mulling shifting the Cincinnati Open to New York. This would let them host the US Open right after the tournament, thus maintaining a secure biosphere for the players.Players have, however, voiced concerns over being able to participate in either due to travel restrictions that may be in place at the time it is being held which is between August and September. Men’s defending champion Rafael Nadal said that he would refuse to travel to New York if he had to do so today whereas Australian Open men’s doubles winner Rajeev Ram said that the US Open should be be held if even one qualified player is unable to make it.All professional tennis activities currently remained suspended till July 31 amid the COVID-19 pandemic which has claimed more than 3.8 lakh lives so far across the world. IANSAlso watch: Evening Bulletin | 5th June, 2020last_img read more