Sponsorships for the dinner are $15 which includes one dinner ticket. The Leatherbury Law Office has 20 complimentary tickets for children 12 and under. For more information, contact Doug Leatherbury at 812.883.2291. The Washington County Democrats will host the annual Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner will be Saturday, May 13 at 6p at the Salem Senior Citizens Center. The keynote speaker is Hon. Terry Goodin, Indiana State Representative who is a leading contender to run for Indiana Gov. in 2020. Tickets for adults are $10 or $5 for 12 and under and may be purchased from any precinct committee member or at the door.
How can we grow enough food to feed a skyrocketing population, while still leaving some room for nature? To find out, researchers ran hundreds of food production simulations under different conditions—like organic versus high-yield farming, and plant-based versus meat-based diets. They recorded whether each combination of strategies was “feasible”—whether enough food could be produced to feed the estimated 2050 world population without expanding the area of farmland people already use. Diet was the biggest determinant of success, the team reports today in Nature Communications. Of the scenarios that included everyone in the world eating a diet consisting entirely of plants, 100% were feasible. But because of the amount of land it takes to raise animals for meat—about twice as much as for crops—only 15% of the scenarios with typical meat-heavy Western diets were feasible. No other factor had that large of an effect, not even switching to farming practices like extra fertilizer use to make land more productive. The study does have lots of assumptions built in, like totally free trade between countries, which would mean that food can always get to where it’s needed. Plus, the research can’t say anything about the political and cultural challenges involved with getting people to change their diet. But it does show that, in theory, it’s possible to keep feeding the world without cutting down more forests for new farmland. read more
Starting January 1, 2019, the Government will be imposing a ban on the importation, manufacture, distribution and use of specific categories of plastic packaging materials. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, who made the disclosure at a press conference at Jamaica House on Monday (September 17), said the restriction has become necessary due to the fact that “Jamaica is literally inundated with all types of plastic”. Starting January 1, 2019, the Government will be imposing a ban on the importation, manufacture, distribution and use of specific categories of plastic packaging materials.These include single-use plastic carrier/shopping bags; expanded polystyrene foam, commonly referred to as styrofoam; and plastic drinking straws.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, who made the disclosure at a press conference at Jamaica House on Monday (September 17), said the restriction has become necessary due to the fact that “Jamaica is literally inundated with all types of plastic”.These items, he said, are improperly disposed of and are causing increasingly harmful effects to human as well as animal life.Mr. Vaz explained that the restriction on single-use bags applies to carriers with dimensions at and below 24 inches by 24 inches (24”x24”), and includes bags commonly referred to locally as ‘scandal bags’ and ‘T-shirt bags’, which are used primarily in the retail and wholesale trade.He noted that the ban will not apply to bags used to maintain public health or food-safety standards, such as those utilised to package raw meats; flour; sugar; rice and baked goods, such as bread.“With regard to single-use shopping bags made of polyethylene, commonly branded by retailers, the manufacturers and importers of such products must apply to the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) for limited exemptions. These applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis for continued manufacture and importation, allowable not later than January 1, 2021,” he informed.“Consumers are encouraged to utilise reusable carrier bags, particularly those produced by local enterprises,” he said.Mr. Vaz said the Government will work with the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) and the Ex-Im Bank to look at assisting local bag-making companies to reconfigure and/or retool in order to manufacture more environmentally safe products.As it relates to the ban on polystyrene, he said that this applies to importation of the product for use as food and beverage containers.“The local manufacture and distribution of polystyrene foam for use as finished goods in the food and beverage industry will be banned as at January 1, 2020,” he said.He indicated that the use of polystyrene for the packaging of food items such as raw meats will be exempt, and producers who utilise such packaging must apply to NEPA for limited exemptions.“The industry is encouraged to manufacture/distribute paper-based and other environmentally friendly alternatives for the domestic market,” Mr. Vaz said.Meanwhile, the Minister said the importation of plastic straws attached to lunch juice boxes and drink pouches will be banned as at January 1, 2021. He said there will be no restriction on wax-lined paper straws or other non-plastic straws.Mr. Vaz said it is recognised that drinking straws made from alternative materials such as paper or bamboo are not always suitable for the medical sector and persons with disabilities, and exemptions will be examined in consultation with key stakeholders.He noted that the guidelines for application for exemptions will be developed by NEPA in consultation with the relevant public-sector agencies.“These guidelines will be posted on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) and NEPA websites as well as circulated to the affected private-sector stakeholders,” he indicated.Mr. Vaz informed that the Government has been examining the problem caused by the improper management of single-use plastics at the macro-level for some time now, noting that the matter was brought to the fore by a motion on the subject moved by Government Senator Matthew Samuda in the Upper House.Consequently, a multisectoral working group was establishment by the Cabinet, which was chaired by Dr. Paris Lyew-Ayee Jr. and involved industry players.“Since that time, a lot of work has been done, not only by the working group but also by the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (JMEA), the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) and the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) on this issue. The Government has been having positive discussions with key stakeholders, including the JMEA, to arrive at a consensus on the measures to be implemented,” he said. These include single-use plastic carrier/shopping bags; expanded polystyrene foam, commonly referred to as styrofoam; and plastic drinking straws. Story Highlights read more
WILMINGTON, MA — Watch a short PSA below on the Wilmington Educational Foundation’s Joanne Benton Memorial WEF Walk on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. WEF President Leslee Quick and Vice President Jen Mason explain this popular fundraiser for students in Grades PreK to 5.—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/4/2/5/2/8/a/42528ab7-5980-47c4-a00c-ed0382c223f91539704751.889%2B44487450.933%40castus4-wilmington%2B15397052471539705218637452.vod.720p.181016%20WEF%20Joanne%20Benton%20Walk%20PSA.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/4/2/5/2/8/a/42528ab7-5980-47c4-a00c-ed0382c223f91539704751.889%2B44487450.933%40castus4-wilmington%2B15397052471539705218637452.vod.720p.181016%20WEF%20Joanne%20Benton%20Walk%20PSA.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Below is an announcement from the Wilmington Educational Foundation:WEF’s Walk Fundraiser has become one of their largest annual fundraising events to date. They recently renamed the event in honor of the late Joanne Benton (see flyer for more info). The walk reinforces the Wilmington Public School’s belief in physical activity, healthy eating, nutrition and physical education for all students’ academic success.Students are encouraged to ask family and friends to sponsor them in this walk. They are invited to wear Halloween costumes, favorite sports team shirts, or orange and black attire for the walk. Each school will conduct the walk on Wednesday, October 31st.The fitness walk rain date will be Friday November 2, 2018.Last year, WEF was able to fund approximately $25K which encompassed Educational Exploration, Curriculum, Technology and Miscellaneous grant funding opportunities. We also support and fund the annual STEM Fair held at the Middle School.A flyer has gone home for grade Prek-5th. On the reverse side of the form is the sponsor sheet each student shall use and return with funds prior to the Walk on Monday, October 30th. You can also make an online donation HERE.Our WMS and WHS families also received a flyer and are encouraged to participate and help our fundraising efforts!Thank you for your continued support. Without it we would not be able to give back to our schools!For more information, please visit the Wilmington Educational Foundation’s site or email firstname.lastname@example.org.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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Educational Foundation’s Joanne Benton WEF Walk Returns This HalloweenIn “Education”Wilmington Educational Foundation’s Joanne Benton WEF Walk Set For October 31In “Community”Wilmington Educational Foundation’s Joanne Benton WEF Walk Raises $10,000In “Education” read more
Explore further Citation: Ping-pong robots debut in China (w/ video) (2011, October 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-ping-pong-robots-debut-china-video.html Robots Playing Shuffleboard (w/ video) © 2011 PhysOrg.com Topio was a Terminator-looking robot with a chiseled torso and formidable size. Its processors and artificial neural network were able to analyze the ball’s path. There was elsewhere a show of flying quadrocopters whacking the ball back to a human player at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology’s Flying Machine Arena in Zurich.Last week’s debut of the robots in China was impressive nonetheless. The Zhejiang University robots served, returned balls, and scored with the aid of their technology. Each robot has motorized joints that provide backhand and forehand capabilities and a number of arm movements. Each robot is 1.6 meters tall and weighs 55 kg.Xiong Rong, the director of the university’s Robotics Laboratory, said the 30-joint robots took them four years to develop. More information: via Xinhuanet (PhysOrg.com) — Last week some oohs and ahhs were in order as two ping-pong playing robots made their debut at Zhejiang University in China. The two robots played against each other and with humans. True, this was not the first time the world witnessed robots playing table tennis. There was Topio, a robot made by Vietnamese robotics firm, TOSY. Setting out to create robots who can play a game like ping-pong is challenging enough; the game requires especially fast response times and fast reflexes. The Chinese team responded to the challenge. They gave the robots eye-mounted cameras that capture 120 images per second. The images are transferred to the robots’ processors and they respond, calculating the ball’s position, speed, angle, landing position and path. Overall, the university team responsible for the robots is being credited as having come up with an identification and positioning system of enough merit to compete with human players. If intuition is an edge for human players, the robots use mechanical precision to contend. According to reports, their ability to predict the ball’s landing position is quite accurate, with a margin of error of 2.5 cm. Still, reports say that more advanced ping-pong players with special skills can beat the robots, even with the robots’ accuracy and fast speed. The robots cannot perform complicated ping-pong techniques such as slicing and curving. The robot program of Zhejiang University is part of a high-tech development plan, designed by the Ministry of Science and Technology, to stimulate the development of advanced technology in biotechnology, information technology and automation. The two robots are described as an exercise to demonstrate the range of possibilities of robotic technologies. The university also aims to develop robots that can do housework. 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. read more
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