As of today, the “Lika Quality” label proudly bears 98 products

first_imgSo far, a total of 98 products have been approved for the use of Lika Quality Znaka in the following categories: milk and dairy products, cream, honey, jam, brandy, tea, juice, meat and meat products, vegetables, fruits and fruit products, bakery products , souvenirs and handicrafts.“When you see products with the Lika Quality brand on the shelves, be sure that they are high-quality groceries and souvenirs, locally produced, with a foothold in the production tradition. In addition to branding the gastro-destination, the Lika Quality Label will enable a significant presence of local products on the market. The next step in branding the destination is the certification of the restaurant with the Lika Quality Mark. Those restaurants that offer dishes prepared by Lika Quality groceries will be able to apply for the Public Invitation. ” They point out from the Lika LAG and add that in this way local producers and caterers, ie tourists, will be connected, who will soon be able to enjoy local certified groceries when visiting the destination.Related news: CROATIA HAS 19 REGISTERED PROTECTED PRODUCTS AT EU LEVEL, AND ANOTHER 10 ARE IN THE REGISTRATION PROCESS&lt;/p&gt;<br />
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&lt;p&gt; Lag Lika and Cluster Lika Destination is implementing a five-year project of the regional quality system “Lika Quality” which aims to brand the destination of Lika and the sub-Velebit coast (Lika Destination) as a globally recognizable and environmentally friendly destination with a developed system of self-sustainable economies.All with a clear vision of branding Lika as a unique tourist destination with an excellent indigenous and ecological gastronomic offer.The Quality Character logo is proudly worn by a group of 15 manufacturers  (Tomaić commerce doo, Medical, Eko Gacka, OPG Štajdohar Josip, OPG Turkalj Petar, OPG Shop Dragan, OPG Čačić Alenka, OPG Vlainić Ivan, OPG Hećimović Nikolina, OPG Rukavina Juraj, OPG Pezelj Anita, OPG Rončević Ivana, OPG Furlan Darko, Gačanka Otočac and Vegium doo), and today they were joined by more 22 manufacturers: Obrt „Golac“, OPG Bronzović Marinko, OPG Bogdanić Helena, OPG Priher Ivica, Agrovelebit doo, OPG Šimunić Berislav, Ženska akcija Saborsko, OPG Rast Milan, Lička štrudla Briks jdoo, Klaonica Cesarica, OPG Mašić Mićo, OPG Čubrić Brigita, Internacionalni ceramics center Atelje Janja Gora, OPG Balenović Nikola, OPG Miškulin Nikola, Poljo Lika doo, Pro Milk doo, OPG Ćubelić Ivica, Obrt „Plitvička štrudla“, OPG Keča Perica, OPG Pavičić Marijan and OPG Sabljak Ljubica.last_img read more

GOC Elections: Ben Nunoo Mensah elected new President

first_imgIncumbent Professor Francis Dodoo has been defeated in the race for president of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC).The President of the Ghana Weightlifting Association, Ben Nunoo Mensah, has been voted president beating Dodoo with five more votes.Dodoo was seeking to extend his mandate but the highly fancied Nunoo Mensah claimed the victory after the elections were held at the Alisa Hotel in Accra on Thursday.Mensah polled 33 votes of the total count to unseat Dodoo(28), who has been in office for five years.The elections was decided by delegates comprising two delegations each from the 23 Olympic sports federations, 15 from the non-Olympic sport and federations affiliated to the GOC, with two representatives of the Athletes Commission.The 1st vice president role went to Paul Atchoe of the Ghana Vollewball Federation (GVF) as he defeated incumbent Deborah Cubagee with Michael Nunoo and Evans Yeboah winning 2nd and 3rd Vice respectively.  President of the Hockey Association, Richard Akpokavie retained his position as secretary general. Frederick Lartey Otu beat Christopher Essilfie for treasure while Theophilus Wilson Edzie of swimming Association pick up deputy treasure.last_img read more

Ex-Cal star Gonzalez makes Hall of Fame, Flores and Lynch do not

first_imgTony Gonzalez, a former two-sport athlete from Cal who reinvented the position of tight end in the NFL, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday in his first-year of eligibility.Gonzalez, who played 17 seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons, is the NFL’s all-time receiving leader among tight ends with 1,325 receptions, trailing only Jerry Rice (1,549) overall.Other selections included safety Ed Reed and cornerback Champ Bailey, also first-ballot selections, as …last_img

Let’s Get [Thankful for the] Physical

first_img(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Wonders of the human body continue to pour forth from scientific research, providing more reasons to give thanks.Cartilage sensor:  Football players should give thanks that their cartilage can sense forceful injury.  “We live with the same cartilage—the tissue that connects our joints—for a lifetime,” Medical Xpress says.  “And since we can’t readily make new cartilage cells, we had better figure out how to keep what we have healthy.”  Researchers at Duke were pleasantly surprised.  “The most exciting thing about this study was that it shows that cells in your cartilage, which people don’t think of as a typical sensory cell, have multiple sensory systems,” one said. Another commented, “These cells are very complex in their ability to sense their mechanical environment.”  Physical activity is actually good for cartilage, the article says.  Use it or lose it.Fallopian one-way tube:  How do female fallopian tubes know which direction to send the egg?  Scientists know that cilia beat inside the walls of the tube, creating a unidirectional flow.  But how do those cells arrange in the right direction to begin with?  When the tissues grow in the embryo, there is no preferred direction, Japanese researchers found, according to Medical Xpress.  Over time, a preferred orientation arises, thanks to a protein named Celsr1.  The process amazed one of the researchers:The research fellow Dongbo Shi, the first author of this article, said: “It was a hard job for me to line up the cellist’s chairs on stage in the right direction before a classic concert, even though there are less than ten chairs. It is very surprising that our organs consist of millions of cells and these cells are aligned accurately and efficiently. I hope to uncover the intriguing mechanisms of how cells are properly lined up”.Bone self-repair:  Babies can do a trick adults would like to learn: how to self-repair their bones.  Nature says, “Infant bone fractures heal without any medical intervention, thanks to muscle contractions and tissue growth that together move the bone fragments back into place.”Tick off the old clock:  “Human existence is basically circadian,” a piece on PhysOrg begins. “Most of us wake in the morning, sleep in the evening, and eat in between. Body temperature, metabolism, and hormone levels all fluctuate throughout the day, and it is increasingly clear that disruption of those cycles can lead to metabolic disease.” But how does our circadian clock work?  Research at the University of Pennsylvania shows a new role for proteins called enhancers. Along with corresponding transcription factors, the enhancers allow different cycles to switch on and off independently of other cycles, so that you don’t fall asleep which eating a Thanksgiving meal.Why skin color?  It can be a racy subject, but Ann Gibbons wants to shed light on why human skin varies from light to dark.  In Science Magazine, she explores various hypotheses, mainly those of anthropologist Nina Jablonski, who thinks skin faces a tradeoff between UV protection and Vitamin D absorption.  “Although skin color is a poor way to classify humans, Jablonski says it does have real implications for health.”  Trying to place the adaptive tradeoff in an evolutionary context, though, is fraught with emotion and storytelling, as Jablonski learned in 2000:In that paper, Jablonski proposed an evolutionary scenario for dark skin: Like chimpanzees, our ancient ancestors in Africa originally had fair skin covered with hair. When they lost body hair in order to keep cool through sweating, perhaps about 1.5 million years ago, their naked skin became darker to protect it from folate-destroying UV light.This idea is still controversial. “It’s a valid theory and it’s intriguing, but it’s obscure to the folate community,” says Robert Berry, a pediatric epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. “There’s virtually no evidence to prove it or disprove it.” …Jablonksi is spreading an evolutionary perspective that many still haven’t quite absorbed, says Harvard University immunologist Barry Bloom. “The message that people still don’t understand that just knocks your socks off is that we were all born white on the planet and then we all became black,” he says. Then “some of us got to Europe where being black wasn’t a great advantage, and we became white again.”Maybe it’s best to leave the evolution out of it and just recognize that people have the genetic ability to adapt to the amount of sunlight they normally live in.  Obviously, dark- and light-skinned people are doing fine in all kinds of environments.  They also have the wisdom to wear clothes, make sunscreen, and take Vitamin D supplements.  Too much speculating could foment old fights about racial geopolitics.A little help from our friends:  What’s your first emotional reaction to the words “bacteria” and “virus”?  Actually, our lives probably depend more on these passengers than we like to think.  Science Magazine says that the body’s bacteria may keep our brains healthy.  Even more surprising, in another piece by Science Magazine‘s writer Elisabeth Pennisi, “viruses help keep our gut healthy.”  How many knew that the gut biota we have become accustomed to treating with respect includes viruses?  Noroviruses, for instance, have a bad rap for causing diarrhea on cruise ships.  Experiments on mice, though, show that infected mice were better able to recover from disease and antibiotics.  It will be “hugely controversial” to consider noroviruses as beneficial (New Scientist recommends still washing your hands), but your digestion of a Thanksgiving meal might just depend on all your tiny helpers.A gene for long life?  Medical Xpress tells about a “favorable variant” in the CETP gene that confers on its carriers a higher probability of living past 90 or even 100, partly by raising the level of good cholesterol (HDL).  The carriers not only live longer; they live healthier, too.  Can you get this “longevity gene”?  No, but some day you may be able to buy a longevity pill.  “Drug companies have already begun working on CETP inhibitors, with the hope of mimicking the process by which the gene raises HDL.”Designed selection:  Try to design a hoop that can let basketballs in but keep ping pong balls out.  That’s what the nuclear pore complex does, researchers at University College London found.  Science Daily says that because of this ability, the filter keeps “unwelcome visitors” from invading the cell nucleus.  How does it work?  The pore has strands outside that look like spaghetti.  The strands trap unwanted small invaders.  “Larger molecules, like messenger RNA, can only pass when accompanied by chaperone molecules. These chaperones, called nuclear transport receptors, have the property of lubricating the strands and relaxing the barrier, letting the larger molecules through.”  How fast does this work?  Oh, a leisurely several thousand times per second.Make like a bat:  Philosopher Thomas Nagel famously asked, “What is it like to be a bat?” (see ENV).  Well, ask a blind person.  Science Magazine says that people have the ability to learn to echolocate a bit like a bat, using “batlike sonar.”  This should be a fun experiment for the kids at home.  Maybe they should wear a helmet, like Daniel Kish, a blind boy who uses echolocation to ride his bike.  Emily Underwood says that “the entire body, neck, and head are key to ‘seeing’ with sound—an insight that could assist blind people learning the skill.”  The skill is much more highly developed in bats and dolphins, of course.Smell that turkey aroma:  At Thanksgiving, think about what PNAS says: “The mammalian olfactory system is capable of detecting and discriminating a vast and diverse array of small organic molecules or odorants. Complex blends of these chemicals are finally perceived as a unified odor object—for example, a rose contains dozens of active compounds.”  The sense of smell is so complex, it is one of the final senses to submit to detailed understanding.  One thing we know; the smell of Mom’s cooking can create pleasant memories that last a lifetime.There are more wonders going on inside us than we can imagine.  The more the detail, the more incredible to think they are the result of blind, unguided natural processes.  We hope you will be thankful for your equipment this season, and treat it with care.last_img read more

NDP will determine SA’s direction: Zuma

first_img19 February 2013 The National Development Plan (NDP) is a crucial policy-making tool that will help South Africa develop and determine the direction the country takes, President Jacob Zuma said on SABC’s Sunday Live broadcast on the weekend. The NDP is a a blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in South Africa by 2030. It seeks to do this by drawing on the energies of the the country’s people, growing an inclusive economy, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society. In his 2013 State of the Nation Address last week, Zuma said the NDP had set the ambitious target of creating 11-million jobs by 2030, which will require teamwork to get the economy growing at a rate of more than 5% a year. “There are sectors that we have identified that will create these 11-million jobs by 2030,” Zuma said on Sunday. “These include infrastructure and the tourism sector, among others. These sectors have already created jobs and employed people.” On the issue of land, Zuma said the government was committed to resolving issues around this. This would be done within the ambit of the country’s Constitution. He added that while progress had been slow, compensation for land would be equitable. The matter needed to be looked at “differently”, he said. On the issue of education, Zuma said education had be treated as an essential service. However this definition should not be seen as denying teachers the right to embark on strike action. “We are talking about the importance of education,” he said, adding that education was a key element to the country moving forward and developing. For non-performing municipalities, the government was following up on the non-submission of financial reports. On the issue of councillors who received tenders, Zuma said that some had already been fired, and the government was looking at how it could review the tender system. On the matter of the abuse of women and children, Zuma said that a national response was necessary, adding that the government cannot fight this scourge alone. “We need to work together as a nation, government cannot do it alone. We need to have specialised courts that will be ready to deal with such situations and convict perpetrators speedily.” On talks of a possible Cabinet reshuffle, the President said: “I haven’t said anything on it, I haven’t said whether it will happen or if it will not happen. I have not spoken to anyone about this. I don’t know where people are getting this.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Magic Johnson on abrupt resignation as Lakers chief: ‘I want to go back to having fun’

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “Somebody is going to have to tell my boss, because I know she’s going to be sick,” Johnson said. “But I knew I couldn’t face her face-to-face and tell her.”Buss didn’t attend the Lakers’ season finale, although Johnson waited by the executive parking area at Staples Center in hopes of seeing her. Buss tweeted her reaction at halftime.“Earvin, I loved working side by side with you,” Buss wrote. “You’ve brought us a long way. We will continue the journey. We love you.”Clearly blindsided by Johnson’s announcement, the Lakers also issued a team statement at halftime.“There is no greater Los Angeles Laker than Earvin Johnson,” it said. “We are deeply grateful to Magic for all that he has done for our franchise as a player, an ambassador and an executive. We thank him for his work these past two years as our President of Basketball Operations and wish him, (wife) Cookie, (children) Andre, EJ and Elisa all the best with their next steps. He will always be not only a Lakers icon, but our family. As we begin the process of moving forward, we will work in a measured and methodical fashion to make the right moves for the future of our organization.”ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Magic Johnson wipes his eyes as he speaks to reporters prior to an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. Johnson abruptly quit as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of the franchise just over two years ago. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Magic Johnson abruptly quit as the Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of this tempestuous franchise just over two years ago.Johnson didn’t tell owner Jeanie Buss or general manager Rob Pelinka about his shocking decision before he announced it in front of reporters about 90 minutes before the final game of the Lakers’ sixth consecutive losing season. Los Angeles was 37-44 heading into its game against Portland, missing the playoffs yet again despite the offseason addition of LeBron James.ADVERTISEMENT Johnson’s desire for his old life wasn’t the only reason for his departure. He also said he is tired of being investigated or fined by the NBA for tampering when he comments on basketball on Twitter or even speaks to another organization’s player.Johnson, a longtime broadcaster and respected basketball figure before moving into the front office, has been investigated four times for tampering after everything from a joking comment about Paul George on Jimmy Kimmel’s talk show to his response to an email sent to him by Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons.“I thought about Dwyane Wade retiring (Wednesday), and I can’t even tweet that out or be there,” Johnson said. “Serena Williams called me a week ago and said, ‘Will you mentor me and be on my advisory board?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I’m going to do that.’ So when Ben Simmons called and we went through the proper channels and they made me look like the bad guy out of that situation, but I didn’t do anything wrong … I was thinking about all those times, all those guys who want me to mentor them or be a part of their lives, and I can’t even do that. I had more fun on the other side.”Johnson, who will turn 60 in August, has many thriving business interests along with ownership stakes in the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles FC.Johnson’s sudden decision ends another chapter in the remarkable life of the star point guard from Lansing, Michigan, who won an NCAA championship at Michigan State before claiming five NBA titles and three league MVP awards during his 12-year playing career as the leader of the Showtime Lakers.Johnson retired in 1991 after he tested positive for HIV, but later returned briefly to the Lakers as a player and a coach. Johnson says his current health is ideal, and he insists no health concerns were part of his decision to quit the job that seemed to be his ultimate destiny.Johnson was hired along with Pelinka when Buss dismissed her brother, Jim, and GM Mitch Kupchak just 26 months ago. The Buss children’s father, Jerry, had long envisioned Johnson in a powerful role in the Lakers’ front office, and Jeanie put Magic in charge of shaking up her storied franchise in the midst of its lengthy decline.Immediately after taking the job, Johnson stated his plan to land at least two free-agent superstars to return the Lakers to immediate title contention. That plan rankled feelings around the league and got him in trouble when he publicly acknowledged the Lakers’ interest in George, which led to an investigation that eventually stuck the Lakers with a $500,000 fine for Pelinka making improper contact with George’s agent.Johnson made several personnel moves to clear salary cap space for his ultimate goal, notably trading guard D’Angelo Russell to Brooklyn largely to rid the Lakers of Timofey Mozgov’s onerous contract in 2017.Johnson also criticized Russell for his maturity and playing style on the way out the door, but Russell has blossomed into an All-Star leader for the playoff-bound Nets. Some of Johnson’s other moves have worked out much better, including the Lakers’ drafting of Lonzo Ball, the acquisition of Kyle Kuzma and the bargain signing of center JaVale McGee. And though James was in charge of his decision to join the Lakers last summer, LeBron credited Magic with closing the deal in a meeting before he agreed to a four-year contract.But after James strained his groin at Christmas and subsequently sat out for the longest injury absence of his 16-year NBA career, the Lakers were unable to compile enough midseason wins to stay in playoff contention. The Lakers slumped before the trade deadline when Johnson aggressively pursued disgruntled New Orleans superstar Anthony Davis in a trade that would have required the Lakers to give up much of their talented young core.James was shut down for the season late last month, and he watched the Lakers’ season finale in street clothes on the bench.The Lakers have missed the postseason in each of their three springs since Johnson and Pelinka took over, and Magic didn’t stick around long enough to see whether his plan would yield another free-agent star this summer — when the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant should be in play — or next, when Davis should be available.The Lakers are finishing this season with their best record in six years, but they were eliminated from playoff contention back on March 22. They had never missed the playoffs in more than two consecutive seasons before this six-year drought.Johnson remained publicly supportive of Walton, but Magic also was widely thought to agree with Walton’s detractors who aren’t impressed by the former Lakers forward’s offensive game planning and rotations. Johnson’s decision to step down likely means the Lakers won’t make a decision on Walton’s future until a new front office is in place.Johnson and Pelinka, Kobe Bryant’s former agent, didn’t know each other before they were paired by Buss, but Johnson said he worked well with Pelinka. Johnson also pointedly refused to say whether Pelinka should remain as the Lakers’ general manager, saying the decision rested solely with Buss, whom he repeatedly called “my sister.”“She doesn’t know I’m standing here,” Johnson said. “Because I knew I would be crying like a baby in front of her.” Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “I want to go back to having fun,” Johnson said before fighting off tears. “I want to go back to being who I was before taking on this job. We’re halfway there with LeBron coming (last summer). I think this summer, with that other star coming in, whoever is going to bring him in, I think this team is really going to be in position to contend for a championship with the growth of the young players.”Johnson didn’t directly tie his decision to the future of Luke Walton, but the third-year coach was widely expected to be fired by Johnson. Without using names, Johnson repeatedly mentioned Buss’ affinity for Walton, who was in place before Johnson got the job in February 2017, and Johnson’s desire not to cause upheaval between the owner and her chosen coach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“(On Wednesday) I would have to affect somebody’s livelihood and their life,” Johnson said. “And I thought about it and I said, ‘That’s not fun for me. That’s not who I am.’ And then I don’t want to put her in the middle of us, even though she said, ‘Hey, you can do what you want to do.’ I know she has great love for him and great love for me.”Johnson and Buss had a three-hour meeting Monday about the direction of the 16-time NBA champion Lakers, who haven’t made the postseason since 2013. Magic claimed he didn’t finalize his decision until Tuesday morning. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Magic Johnson steps down as Los Angeles Lakers president DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

India to be formidable part of APAC growth strategy: Covestro

first_imgMumbai, Sep 7 (PTI) Covestro AG, which was formerly a part of Bayer Material Science, sees India as a formidable part of its APAC (Asia Pacific countries) growth strategy, a senior company official said.The German polymer major Covestro officially separated from the Bayer Group last year and has successfully established itself in the international capital market with a big stock market flotation.”Covestro strongly believes in the APAC (Asia Pacific countries) region; especially India which has been witnessing a double-digit growth. India comprises roughly 20 per cent of our APAC revenues and it will be a formidable part of the Covestro growth strategy in the region,” Covestros Chief Financial Officer Frank Lutz told reporters here.Though China accounts for over 50 per cent market share in APAC (Asia Pacific countries), the future growth will come from other countries, especially India, he said.Covestro is looking at India as a growth driver in coming years and expects robust rise in demand for its polymers.”India is a growing market and holds lot of promise. The three key industry verticals driving the growth for polymers and polycarbonates in India are automotive followed by IT and electronics and home furnishing. Automotive industry contributes approximately 25 per cent of our revenues in the country,” Covestro India Managing Director Ajay Durrani said.This one year of being an independent entity has helped Covestro evolve as a global manufacturer, he said.Covestro supplies polymers especially polyurethanes and polycarbonates and other specialty chemicals to key industries around the world, such as the automotive, construction, electronics, furniture, sporting goods and textiles industries.advertisementAs part of major expansion plans, Covestro India had commissioned a second line for production of thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) in Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu last year, thereby increasing the capacity of the site to 6,000 metric tonnes from its current capacity of 2,500 metric tonnes.Durrani said, “The investment in Cuddalore is a testament to the confidence that the company has in the country. Bayer MaterialScience is now even better positioned to meet the strong global and local demand for TPU.”Over the past 12 months, Covestro AG has completed a complex transformation process.Lutz, said the first year for Covestro as an independent entity has been busy with the materials manufacturer clocking a strong net year-on-year income growth of 51 per cent.”The continued dynamic core volume growth stood at 7.7 per cent year-on-year. EBIDTA has also significantly improved by over 18 per cent and all debts taken from the parent company – Bayer have been repaid in full,” he said.Covestro has 30 production sites around the globe and employed approximately 15,700 people (full-time equivalents) as of the end of the second quarter of 2016. PTI AP DK MKJ RDSlast_img read more

Western Posts Picked to House Armys Newest Security Assistance Brigades

first_imgThe Army will station new security force assistance brigades (SFABs) at Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Carson, Colo., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., bringing to five the number of SFABs with identified home stations. The units slated for Fort Hood and Fort Carson, the Army’s 3rd and 4th SFABs, are scheduled to begin standing up later this year, reports Army Times. The 1st SFAB is stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., and the 2nd SFAB at Fort Bragg, N.C. The Army also plans to stand up a sixth and final SFAB assigned to the National Guard.The decision to station the SFABs — specialized units whose core mission is to conduct advise-and-assist operations with allied and partner nations — at these three posts was based on strategic considerations including projected time to activate and train an SFAB, presence of senior grade personnel to man the unit, and required facility costs, according to a press release. The Army is also establishing a command element within Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, with the intent to conduct training and readiness oversight of the SFABs.Photo by Patrick Albright Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

MIT groups shape display steps to new realm in interaction future w

first_img TED SpaceTop presenter is redefining hands-on computing (w/ video) Citation: MIT group’s shape display steps to new realm in interaction future (w/ Video) (2013, November 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-mit-group-realm-interaction-future.html Their paper, “inFORM: Dynamic Physical Affordances and Constraints through Shape and Object Actuation,” by Sean Follmer, Daniel Leithinger, Alex Olwal, Akimitsu Hogge and Hiroshi Ishii of the MIT Media Lab, explains the system in detail. They wrote that the system is a shape display that enables “dynamic affordances, constraints and actuation of passive objects. Shape displays allow for more general purpose shape change than many other actuated or shapechanging interfaces, and thus are ideal research platforms.”Shape displays still remain limited in scale and cost, they said, but “this work is an exploration of the interaction capabilities and is meant to inspire further research in this area. Our belief is that shape-changing interfaces will become increasingly available in the future, and this work tries to push towards creating a vocabulary and design space for more general-purpose interaction for shape displays, including rendering of both content and UI elements.”A key comment that indicates the role of inFORM within their overall research efforts is what they say on their inFORM web page: “InFORM is a step toward our vision of Radical Atoms.”The Tangible Media Group explain how they view graphical user interfaces, tangible user interfaces, and Radical Atoms: “A graphical user interface only lets us see information and interact with it indirectly, as if we were looking through the surface of the water to interact with the forms below.” A tangible user interface, meanwhile, is “like an iceberg: there is a portion of the digital that emerges beyond the surface of the water—into the physical realm—so that we may interact directly with it.” Radical Atoms describes the group’s “vision for the future of interaction, in which all digital information has physical manifestation so that we can interact directly with it—as if the iceberg had risen from the depths to reveal its sunken mass.” (Phys.org) —The Tangible Media Group at MIT Media Lab have been working on a shape-shifting surface called inFORM where, as their video indicates, users interact with digital matter in interesting ways that go far beyond boxed-in interactions with a traditional computer. Outside MIT, observers have described their system not only as a shape display but as a shape-shifting surface; The team at MIT that is behind inFORM explain it as a “Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it, for example moving objects on the table’s surface. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance.” Explore further More information: tangible.media.mit.edu/project/inform/tangible.media.mit.edu/vision/ © 2013 Phys.org They are now exploring application areas for the inFORM shape display. How could it be used in real-life scenarios? The team sees one potential in geospatial data, such as maps, GIS, terrain models and architectural models. “Urban planners and architects can view 3-D designs physically and better understand, share and discuss their designs.” They would also like to explore surgical simulations. 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.last_img read more