Wilmington Little League To Hold Parent Night Out With Rock N Roll

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Little League is pleased to announce its first annual Parent Night Out Event on Saturday, May 17, 2019, from 7:30pm to 11:30pm, at the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks Lodge (777 South Street).This fundraising event will include Rock ‘N Roll Bingo with DJ Dave Glinner, raffle baskets from our teams and a 50/50 raffle. Outside food may be brought into the facility, but not beverages. There will be a cash bar.Tickets cost $20 per person and can be purchased online HERE. If you are looking to sit with a group of friends and would like to reserve a table (up to 10 people), email Jaret Balter (wllprez@outlook.com).(NOTE: The above announcement is from Wilmington Little League.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Little League To Hold Rock ‘N Roll Bingo Fundraiser On May 17In “Sports”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, May 17, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”Wilmington Youth Soccer To Hold Parents Night Out & Cornhole Tournament On June 7In “Sports”last_img read more

LIC earns Rs 11000 crore profit in FY16 on equity investments

first_imgLife Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India earned Rs. 11,000 crore profit in financial year 2015-2016 from stock market investments. The information was revealed by a senior official of the state-run life insurer Thursday, PTI reported.”We saw some profit booking opportunities during the fiscal and have made a profit of Rs. 11,000 crore through our equity investments in the recently concluded FY16,” Pravin Kutumbe, LIC executive director for investment operations, said at a press conference in Mumbai. LIC, also India’s largest domestic institutional investor (DII), deployed Rs. 65,000 crore in the stock markets during the year, more than its target of Rs. 60,000 crore, he added. Kutumbe told reporters that the banking sector, burdened by bad loans and consequently low profit, offered a good investment opportunity. The gains need to be seen in the context of benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty falling about nine percent in financial year 2015-2016.Read: Sensex, Nifty slump 9% in FY16, but post biggest monthly gains in 4 years LIC often comes to the rescue of the government when stake sale in public sector undertakings (PSUs) evokes a lukewarm response. In the past six years, about 37 percent of stake sale proceedings have come from LIC, according to a BusinessLine report.The daily said that between 2011-2012 and 2015-2016, LIC bought shares worth at least Rs. 36,866 crore, constituting about 37 percent of the Rs. 97,620 crore the Indian government raised through disinvestment.The statistics prompted an analyst to say that this was the not the best way of divesting public sector assets. “This is not the best route for disinvestment. Sale of shares can be done to LIC through a private deal also, why does the government have to do a public offer,” said Prithvi Haldea, founder and chairman of Prime Database, the BusinessLine reported.Besides participating in the disinvestment process, LIC also directly acquires stakes in state-run enterprises.Read:  Indian Overseas Bank to issue 8.6 crore shares to LICLIC now owns 14.37% stake in IDBI Bank after new preferential issuelast_img read more

Showcasing vehicles

first_imgAn annual rally of vintage automobiles, including motorised beauties with royal histories, organised by a private heritage trust may soon be scaled up with government backing to promote India as a preferred motoring tourism destination. This vintage car rally may ride on ‘Incredible India’ next year.“India had one of the largest numbers of these cars thanks to the maharajas and their love for automobiles. Events like these vintage rallies are a great opportunity to also promote India as a preferred motoring tourism destination, which is yet untapped,” said Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, Tourism Ministry. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“So, we are considering lending our logo and ‘Incredible India’ brand to this event, since through these platforms we seek to bring all like-minded stakeholders under one roof, which would eventually help in promoting tourism and conservation of such vintage automobiles,” says Billa.Madan Mohan, founder of the rally, which began in 2011, says, “125 hand-picked cars” from home and abroad will be the primary attraction of the rally, during which these beauties will be paraded from the Red Fort to the Buddha F1 Racing Circuit. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMohan who is also the Chairman and Managing Trustee of the 21 Gun Salute Heritage and Cultural Trust that helms the rally says cars both classic and royal —dating from period 1925 to 1950s besides 50 vintage motorbikes would be the cynosure of all eyes.“Another attraction would be a controlled speed racing on the Buddha Circuit. Two special Porsche cars, factory prototypes of 1950s vintage, brought from abroad, will race on it with full speed,” he says. “And, this year we have truly gone international, with cars coming to participate from countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka, the UK, the US, France, Germany, China, besides royal beauties that once adorned the stables of Maharajas in India,” adds Mohan. “Our idea of seeking support of the Tourism Ministry is also to promote India as a motoring tourism destination, which attracts huge number of tourists in some of the other countries,” he says.According to Billa, besides logo support, “the trust has also asked for some fund, we are looking into that as well. Though, we are yet to make it official, but we are also asking other states to come and participate in the rally next year.” The two-day vintage car rally is also set to feature a day-long cultural programme on February 6, showcasing the cultural heritage on the country in the various dance forms, from Bihu of Assam to Bharatnatyam of Tamil Nadu.“These Maharajas, besides being lovers of cars were also great patrons of arts and music, and therefore, it is only fitting to display the two heritage of the country together in a grand celebration,” says Billa. Some automobile beauties lined up to participate in the event include rare models like Bugatti Royale (France), Hispano-Suiza, Mercedes Benz, two Duesenberg from the US (one of which is owned by American comedian Jay Leno), all from the 1930s. A royal car that once belonged to the Dumraon Raj of Bihar, but now owned by proprietor of ‘Bombay Samachar’ Hormusji Cama, would also be part of the grand event.“This year, the focus is on quality of the cars and not numbers and we will present some of the rarest beauties, I can assure that,” says Mohan who commands an impressive fleet of over 250 cars, rare motorbikes, old phaetons, locomotives and even steam-driven road-rollers.“The tourism ministry believes in our vision and, if not millions but at least a few thousands or a lakh of tourists, we can think of attracting through this endeavour,” says Mohan.last_img read more

Realtime motion planning for robots made faster and efficient with RapidPlan processor

first_imgYesterday, Realtime Robotics announced in a guest post in the IEEE spectrum that they have developed a new processor called ‘RapidPlan’ which tackles the bottleneck faced in a robot’s motion planning. Motion planning determines how to move a robot, or autonomous vehicle, from its current position to a desired goal configuration. Although the concept sounds simple, it is far from the same. Not only does the robot have to reach the goal state, but it also has to avoid any obstacles while doing so. According to a study, this process of collision detection- determining which edges in the roadmap (i.e., motions) cannot be used because they will result in a collision-  consumed 99 percent of a motion planner’s computing time. Traditionally, motion planning has been implemented in software running on high-performance commodity hardware. The software implementation, however, causes a multiple second delay, making it impossible to deploy robots in dynamic environments or environments with humans. Such robots can only be used in controlled environments with just a few degrees of freedom. The post suggests that motion planning can be sped up using more hardware resources and software optimizations. However, the vast computational resources of GPUs and sophisticated software maximize performance and consume a large amount of power. They cannot compute more than a few plans per second. Changes in a robot’s task or scenario often require re-tuning the software. How does RapidPlan work? A robot moving from one configuration to another configuration sweeps a volume in 3D space. Collision detection determines if that swept volume collides with any obstacle (or with the robot itself). The surfaces of the swept volume and the obstacles are represented with meshes of polygons. Collision detection comprises of computations to determine whether these polygons intersect. The challenge is titime-consumings each test to determine if two polygons intersect involves cross products, dot products, division, and other computations, and there can be millions of polygons intersection tests to perform. RapidPlan overcomes the above mentioned bottleneck and achieves general-purpose, real-time motion planning, to achieve sub-millisecond motion plans. These processors convert the computational geometry task into a much faster lookup task. At the design time itself, the processors can precompute data that records what part of 3D space these motions collide with, for a large number of motions between configurations. This precomputation— which is offline and based on simulating the motions to determine their swept volumes— is loaded onto the processor to be accessed at runtime. At runtime, the processor receives sensory input that describes what part of the robot’s environment is occupied with obstacles. The processor then uses its precomputed data to eliminate the motions that would collide with these obstacles. Realtime Robotics RapidPlan processor This processor, was developed as part of a research project at Duke University, where researchers found a way to speed up motion planning by three orders of magnitude using one-twentieth the power. Their processor checks for all potential collisions across the robot’s entire range of motion with unprecedented efficiency. RapidPlan, is retargetable, updatable on-the-fly, and has the capacity for tens of millions of edges. Inheriting many of the design principles of the original processor at Duke, the processor has a reconfigurable and more scalable design for the hardware for computing whether a roadmap edge’s motion collides with an obstacle. It has the capacity for extremely large roadmaps and can partition that capacity into several smaller roadmaps in order to switch between them at runtime with negligible delay. Additional roadmaps can also be transferred from off-processor memory on-the-fly allowing the user to, for example, have different roadmaps that correspond to different states of the end effector or for different task types. Robots with fast reaction times can operate safely in an environment with humans. A robot that can plan quickly can be deployed in relatively unstructured factories and adjust to imprecise object locations and orientations. Industries like logistics, manufacturing, health care, agriculture, domestic assistants and the autonomous vehicle industry can benefit from this processor. You can head over to IEEE Spectrum for more insights on this news. Read Next MIPS open sourced under ‘MIPS Open Program’, makes the semiconductor space and SoC, ones to watch for in 2019 Arm releases free Cortex-M processor cores for FPGAs, includes measures to combat FOSSi threat Microsoft Azure reportedly chooses Xilinx chips over Intel Altera for AI co-processors, says Bloomberg reportlast_img read more

Keybases new proof system is now available for all Mastodon servers

first_imgLast week, Mastodon 2.8, a self-hosted social media service, was shipped with Keybase’s brand new proof system. Yesterday, the team behind Keybase announced that this new proof system is now available for all Mastodon servers. With this update, any community will be able to cryptographically connect their profiles to Keybase. Keybase is a free security app for groups, communities, families, and friends using which you can affirm your identity across the web. At its core, Keybase is a key directory that maps social media identities to encryption keys. Users can also have an encrypted chat with Keybase’s end-to-end chat service called Keybase Chat. With Keybase, users can prove a “link” between online identities such as Twitter or Reddit account and their encryption keys. So, instead of relying on a system like OAuth, identities are proven by posting a signed statement on the account a user wants to prove ownership of. For instance, a user just needs to enter their Twitter handle in the Keybase app following which a signed tweet is generated and is sent to Twitter. Once the tweet is posted, the user returns to the Keybase app. This mechanism makes identity proofs publicly verifiable instead of having to trust that the service is truthful. Though this method is quick and easy, it does have some limitations. Keybase app automatically generates the verification tweet, which users are expected to post. However, the user can edit these tweets. The Keybase team has now updated the proof system, which solves this problem. When a user claims on Keybase that they are a user on a site, they are redirected to that particular site. The verification is then completed in just two steps: Source: Keybase The site will then show the following row, signaling that the user is verified: Source: Keybase To read the full announcement, visit Keybase’s official website. Read Next Mastodon 2.7, a decentralized alternative to social media silos, is now out! Mastodon 2.5 released with UI, administration, and deployment changes 5 ways to reduce App deployment timelast_img read more