2019 Remembered: REVEALED: Laois’s Top 10 Hottest Red Heads of 2019

first_img WhatsApp WhatsApp By LaoisToday Reporter – 23rd December 2019 Pinterest Facebook Facebook Home We Are Laois Hottest Men 2019 Remembered: REVEALED: Laois’s Top 10 Hottest Red Heads of 2019 We Are LaoisHottest Men Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News TAGS2019 Remembered Electric Picnic For those who made it – congratulations!And for those who didn’t, well, there is always next year!Stay tuned for the rest of the week where we will reveal the Top Ten in the remaining four categories before naming the overall Top 10 Hottest Laois Men for 2019.10 – Eoghan KehoeEoghan KeoghEoghan was nominated for this spot on the list, and with these Instagram worthy bikini shots, it’s easy to see why.Stellar goalkeeping skills, luscious red hair and a man who knows how to work the angles. The Mountmellick man gets a nod of approval and spot at number 10 on our list.9 – Bernard O’SheaBernard O’SheaHow could we complied a list of Laois’s hottest red heads and not include Mr O’Shea in on the action?The famous comedian managed to make our Top 10 last year and announced his reaction to the ninth place spot on his then Breakfast Show on 2FM with Keith Walsh and Jennifer Zamparelli.Hilarious, modest, and a man who knows how to dance… kind of. All worthy components of a spot on this list.8 – Brian GlynnBrian GlynnWhen we opened nominations for this segment, we lost count at the amount of times this orange-bombshell was sent in to us.Brian Glynn, or ‘Gingey’, as he is affectionately known as, is not only good looking, but he is also a qualified physiotherapist. Brains and beauty – what a combination. Oh and he is also very good at football.7 – Colm Murphy2019 has proved to be an extremely fruitful year for Murphy. He broke onto the Laois senior football team this year, and has now made it into the Hottest Men’s list for the very first time.This Portarlington man has proved to be a scoring force on the pitch, and this list might even help him to be on off of it.6 – Nathan CarpenterNathan Carpenter could be described as ‘strawberry blonde’ but that makes him a red-head in our book.A former footballer with The Heath, soccer is Carpenter’s main sport and after stints with Portlaoise AFC, he is now at home with Towerhill Rovers where he was one of their leading scorers.5 – Scott LawlessScott Lawless is another man who could fall into the ‘strawberry blonde’ category but as we’ve stated before, that qualifies him here.The ‘Otter’ as he is known, comes highly recommended with a flood of nominations arriving for him to make the list from all over the place.4 – James KellyJames Kelly, rightIs there a man with redder hair in all of Laois than James Kelly?The St Joseph’s clubman was nominated on more than ten occasions and his stock will have risen further following his fine display for his team in their win over Blalyroan-Abbey at the weekend.3 – Chris Booth Chris BoothInto the top three we go and the second Portarlington red-head to make this list is Chris Booth.The Colaiste Iosagain teacher was described by those who nominated him as ‘one of the few red-heads on the planet with the ability to tan in the sun’. What a phenomenon this man is!2 – Evan O’CarrollEvan O’Carroll and Danny O’Reilly celebrate Laois win over WestmeathO’Carroll can now hold his head up high and say for definite certainty that he is the best looking red head on the Laois football team – finishing ahead of county team-mates Colm Murphy and James Kelly.Forget the accuracy in front of the posts, or steering UCD to Sigerson Cup glory last year, this will be the accolade the Crettyard man will bring up most for the rest of the year (or lifetime).1 – Sean Mangan Sean Mangan2016 marked the year when Sean Mangan impressed the nation with his charm on First Dates Ireland.Three years later, the 26 year old continues to impress with his style. Extremely frank and candid, the Kilcavan man is a breathe of fresh air on social media.Besides, what’s hotter than a man on the junior football team of the year?!SEE ALSO – Check out more from the 2019 Remembered Series Twitter Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Pinterest Out of our brand new categories, this was certainly the most hotly contested of them with nominations and suggestions flooding in on all social media platforms for the last week.Our judging panel had a really hard job narrowing it down to just 10 but they feel they have got it just right.Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments. Twitter Laois’s Hottest Red Heads 2019 We thought it was time to bring attention to the hottest red heads the county has to offer. You’re welcome!Brought to you in association with The Laser Suite, PortarlingtonAnd here we have it – our first list!After hundreds and hundreds of nominations and days of deliberations, our judging panel bring you the list of the ten hottest red heads in Laois. 2019 Remembered: REVEALED: Laois’s Top 10 Hottest Red Heads of 2019 Previous article2019 Remembered: 22 players who really impressed at the Laois Divisional Football CompetitionNext articleHere is the 2019 LaoisToday Intermediate football Team of the Year LaoisToday Reporter Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

Late Football Legend Leaves $1.2 Billion to Improve the Community

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSome might consider two NFL Super Bowl championships and a Pro Football Hall of Fame induction to be a great legacy.Add to it a billion dollar donation for the community to spend over the next 20 years and you’ve got a philanthropic sports masterpiece.In July, the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation, named for the Buffalo Bills football team’s founder and owner, announced that residents of upstate New York and southeastern Michigan will benefit from a billion-dollar project to fund community growth, childhood development and healthy lifestyles. Built by Quarterback Tim Tebow, Children’s Hospital in Asia Opens He founded the Bills in Buffalo, New York, as part of the American Football League in 1959, and owned the team until he passed away early in 2014.The Bills won the league championship twice and played in four Super Bowls after the AFL merged with the National Football League. Wilson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.(READ more from NFL.com) – Photo: runneralan2004, CCShare This Story With Your Team:AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Over the next two decades, the Foundation will spend $1.2 billion on improvement projects, with $60 million allocated specifically for grants to nonprofits.“Ralph saw firsthand the impact of his generosity in his lifetime,” his wife, Mary Wilson, said. “Always thinking of others even in his own legacy, his hope with this trust was that the Foundation’s work may make a direct impact in the lifetimes of those who knew him best.”Wilson grew up and lived in Michigan, but had close ties to his team’s fans in western New York and created his foundation to benefit people in both regions.Stranger Changes Child’s Life Posting This Photo of The “Sidewalk Scholar”last_img read more

Viewing violent news on social media can cause trauma

first_imgViewing violent news events via social media can cause people to experience symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).This is one of the findings by Dr Pam Ramsden from the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Bradford that will be presented today, Thursday 7 May 2015, at the Annual Conference of the British Psychology Society being held in Liverpool.Dr Ramsden explained: “The negative effects of exposure to other people’s suffering have long been recognised in roles such as professional healthcare workers. Various studies have documented the negative psychological reactions following indirect exposure to traumatised people called vicarious traumatisation.” Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Pinterest Emailcenter_img “Social media has enabled violent stories and graphic images to be watched by the public in unedited horrific detail. Watching these events and feeling the anguish of those directly experiencing them may impact on our daily lives. In this study we wanted to see if people would experience longer lasting effects such as stress and anxiety, and in some cases post-traumatic stress disorders from viewing these images.”Some 189 participants (participant’s mean age was 37 years old with an almost even gender split) completed clinical assessments for PTSD, a personality questionnaire, a vicarious trauma assessment and a questionnaire concerning different violent news events on social media or the internet. These included the 9/11 Twin Tower attacks, school shootings and suicide bombings.Analysis indicated that 22 per cent of participants were significantly affected by the media events. These individuals scored high on clinical measures of PTSD even though none had previous trauma, were not present at the traumatic events and had only watched them via social media. Those who reported viewing the events more often were most affected.Dr Ramsden said: “It is quite worrying that nearly a quarter of those who viewed the images scored high on clinical measures of PTSD. There was also an increased risk for those with outgoing, extroverted personalities. With increased access to social media and the internet via tablets and smartphones, we need to ensure that people are aware of the risks of viewing these images and that appropriate support is available for those who need it.” Share LinkedInlast_img read more

Hogan named player of the month

first_imgAds by Revcontent Trending Articles Local Area Millionaire Reveals How to Get Rich with Bitcoin, Without Buying Bitcoin x This Bizarre Photo Caused Mayhem, Try Not to Gasp when You See Why x Easy Way to Generate Extra Income x Last Nights Episode Left Viewers Speechless! x £190 Investment To A Second Salary Every Month! x Pole Vaulter Allison Stokke is Finally Talking About the Photo Changing Her Life x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Brentford striker Scott Hogan has been named the Championship’s player of the month for September.Hogan scored six goals in five matches, including a hat-trick against Preston. He has netted seven goals this season and 14 in 2016.AdChoices广告Tammy Abraham, who has scored 11 goals for Bristol City since joining them on loan from Chelsea, was on the shortlist for the award, as was Norwich’s Wembley-born midfielder Jacob Murphy.“I am delighted that Scott has won this award,” said Brentford boss Dean Smith.“He has fully deserved it on his performances this month. To score six goals in a month is a fantastic achievement and I am really pleased for Scott.”Abraham, the division’s top scorer this season, was recently named the PFA fans’ player of the month for the Championship.last_img read more

Who will grab Laureus honour? Verdict on Monday

first_img FOLLOW US Koushik Narayanan WATCH US LIVE Golfer Tiger Woods, champion marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton are the top contenders to grab the  Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award on Monday. Woods’ is in the running for his career-redeeming first major title in 11 years, while Kipchoge’s incredible sub-two-hour marathon run and Hamilton’s sixth F1 world title also put them in contention for the prestigious award.The Verti Music hall is being decked up for the ceremony, to be held metres away from the famous East Side Gallery full of murals on the remnant of the Berlin Wall, which separated the East Berlin from the West between 1961 and 1989. The ceremony will now be hosted by Hugh Grant, the Golden Globe-winning actor, though the organisers had earlier announced that the host will be Sharon Stone. The Laureus World Sports Awards is the pinnacle of sport, honouring the world’s greatest achievers and recognising sport’s ability to change lives for the better.  COMMENT Kipchoge, became the first athlete to run a marathon in under two hours. The 34-year-old recorded 1hr 59mins 40secs, in Vienna, although the time is not recognised as an official world record because it was not in open competition and he used a team of pacemakers.       Woods, who has grabbed the 2019 comeback of the year award, won his 15th Major Championship at the Masters in April. It was his first Major title since the US Open-winning effort in 2008. The American golfing legend has spent 10 tumultuous years since the infidelity scandal. Hamilton is also among the six nominees in the list, which also has tennis great Rafael Nadal, Lionel Messi and Marc Marquez.The British F1 ace won his sixth World Championship title in 2019 to be second in the all-time list, one behind the inspirational German Michael Schumacher. Hamilton won 11 of the 21 Grand Prix during the 2019 calendar, taking his tally to 84 career race victories, seven behind Schumacher. Messi scored his 600th career goal for Barcelona. With 36 goals in 2018-19, he was the top scorer in La Liga for the sixth time. In November he passed 40 goals in a year for the 11th time.The 26-year-old Marquez, one of the most successful motor cycle racers of all time, won his sixth World MotoGP title in 2019. After being nominated four times before, it remains to be seen if Jamaican great Shally-Ann Fraser-Pryce gets lucky this year. She was nominated for World Sports woman of the year in 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2016 but could not win it. After winning her fourth world 100m title at the Doha Worlds, she will be a strong candidate this time.She is competing with two-time winner American Simone Biles, the most decorated gymnast, who has five world gold medals.  Also competing is American footballer Megan Rapinoe, who at the age of 34 is the oldest to score a goal in a World Cup final. She won the golden ball and the golden boot in USA’s title-winning triumph last year. Japanese tennis sensation Naomi Osaka has been struggling of late and was even recently benched during the Fed Cup by her team but her Australian Open winning performance in 2019 made her the first woman to win consecutive Grand Slam titles since Serena Williams in 2015.American track and field athlete Allyson Felix is also in the race after winning two gold at the Doha Worlds. She has won 13 world titles so far. Considered the greatest woman skier ever, Mikaela Shiffrin won her third straight World Cup in 2019.   There are four other categories: World Team of the year, World breakthrough of the year, the comeback of the year, sportsperson of the year with a disability and the action sportsperson of the year.  Written Bycenter_img LIVE TV First Published: 16th February, 2020 17:25 IST “As a true sports fan, I am excited to play my part on Monday evening as the greatest athletes of past and present unite in Berlin to celebrate everything we love about sport,” said Grant. SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 16th February, 2020 17:25 IST Who Will Grab Laureus Honour? Verdict On Monday Golfer Tiger Woods, champion marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton are the top contenders to grab the  Laureus World Sportsmanlast_img read more

Angels top Orioles, 5-1, to close productive homestand

first_imgANAHEIM >> The Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles, 5-1, on Wednesday afternoon. The announced crowd of 36,202 at Angel Stadium was treated to a big C.J. Cron home run, two hits by Mike Trout, a dashing debut by outfielder Cesar Puello and the best of Troy Scribner’s four major league games.Add up the individual contributions, and the Angels could fly to Seattle on a high note. They won six of nine games on the homestand, ultimately jumping both the Orioles and the Minnesota Twins in the ever-changing American League wild card standings.At 57-58, the Angels are two games behind the Seattle Mariners (59-56) for the second wild-card spot. The Kansas City Royals (57-55) and Tampa Bay Rays (58-56) still lie ahead of them. That could change quickly, with the Angels and Mariners beginning a four-game series Thursday.Scribner (2-0) allowed only two hits and one run over five innings. He kept Baltimore off-balance with a curveball, changeup and cut fastball – more than enough to complement a fastball that topped out at 90 mph. Scribner hit Orioles right fielder Joey Rickard in the helmet with an 88-mph fastball with his 67th and final pitch. Rickard left the game and former Angels outfielder Craig Gentry replaced him as a pinch runner. Angels reliever Yusmeiro Petit then retired Adam Jones and Manny Machado.The next batter, Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop, is a notoriously hard swinger. One clause in baseball’s official rulebook – an exception to Rule 6.03(a)(4) – seems tailored just for him.“If a batter strikes at a ball and misses and swings so hard he carries the bat all the way around,” the rule reads, “and in the umpire’s judgment, unintentionally hits the catcher or the ball in back of him on the backswing, it shall be called a strike only (not interference). The ball will be dead, however, and no runner shall advance on the play.”Gentry took off running on a 2-and-1 count. Schoop swung and missed at a pitch from Petit so violently that his bat whacked catcher Juan Graterol’s back on the follow-through. Graterol abbreviated his throw. Plate umpire Ramon De Jesus quickly judged it an act of unintentional interference and Gentry went back to first base.“If the hitter leaned over the plate and got in Juan’s way and affected the throw, he could’ve been called out,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Backswing interference is not something that happens routinely, but it happens enough that it’s something you look for to see if a guy is stealing if the hitter did clip your catcher. You want to make sure it’s called because the runner has to go back.”Schoop smoked the next pitch to center field, a single. Gentry was running on the pitch and attempted to score from first base. Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons caught the relay throw from center fielder Ben Revere and threw a strike to home plate, in plenty of time to retire Gentry. The inning was over, a run prevented.If Schoop’s swing hadn’t interfered with Graterol – or if De Jesus judged the play differently – Gentry could easily have scored from second base on the hit, tying the game. Instead, the stage was set for Cron’s 436-foot home run off Orioles starter Kevin Gausman (8-8), who allowed four runs in 5⅓ innings.Puello, a 26-year-old journeyman making his major league debut, got the start in left field. He did all his damage in the fourth inning. His RBI single scored Kaleb Cowart to give the Angels a 2-1 lead.Simmons drove in the Angels’ first run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning.Welington Castillo’s solo home run against Scribner, which nailed a fan sitting in the first row of bleacher seats in right field, gave Baltimore its only run of the game in the third inning.The Angels got an insurance run in the eighth inning when Orioles closer Zach Britton walked Cameron Maybin to load the bases, then walked Cowart to force in a run. The four-run lead removed the save situation, so Blake Parker pitched a scoreless ninth inning while Bud Norris remained in the Angels’ bullpen.Petit didn’t allow a run in the sixth or seventh inning. Keynan Middleton pitched a scoreless eighth. The Angels’ bullpen, having pitched eight innings over the past three days, heads to Seattle relatively unchained.For that, they can thank a 26-year-old who had barely cracked the Triple-A level this time last year. Scribner was able to make his longest major league start by pitching an efficient five innings, facing every Orioles hitter twice. His next major league appearance might be days or weeks away, but at least he made this one count.“So much of our roster is sensitive to where our bullpen is,” Scioscia said. “Sometimes we’ve had to have eight men down there. That’s an offshoot of our starters not getting routinely to a certain point in the game to help keep some guys where they need to be. Right now our bullpen’s OK.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “My fastball is usually my consistent pitch; that one was working well,” Scribner said. “The changeup was a little better, getting the hump out of it, not getting underneath it at all. The cutter was good today too, I was throwing it for a strike. Sometimes I have a tendency to yank that pitch away.“I don’t know if the stuff was any better than it usually is, but I figured out how to use it a little better and it worked out.”The Angels optioned Scribner to Triple-A Salt Lake after the game, giving them the option of calling up an eighth relief pitcher for the Seattle series. Left-hander Jose Alvarez was optioned to Salt Lake before Wednesday’s game to make room for Puello, who went 1 for 4 with an RBI and two steals in his major league debut.Cron and Kole Calhoun each had three of the Angels’ 10 hits. Cron’s two-run home run in the sixth inning was his seventh of the season, and it broke open a tense 2-1 game.In the top of the sixth inning, momentum was still delicate when a seldom-invoked clause in the rule book helped get the Angels out of a big jam.last_img read more

InSTEDD: Enabling Collaboration in Third World Countries

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts At ETech today members of the InSTEDD team spoke about how they have been building SMS and mapping applications, in the Mekong Delta in the jungles of South East Asia. InSTEDD (Innovative Support to Emergencies Diseases and Disasters) was organized in 2006-2007 and aims to harness technology to help with early warning, prevention and response to disasters and public health threats. Some of the issues InSTEDD came across in the Mekong Delta were figuring out multilingual issues, human interaction design for 140 characters, ad-hoc team creation, and data integration of disconnected systems. After the jump is a summary of their presentation at ETech.CEO Dr. Eric Rasmussen spoke about how InSTEDD has a focus on collaboration, using both technical and sociological means. Everything they do is free and open source. Eduardo Jezierski, Vice President of Engineering, spoke about how information flow is important – you need good sensor and human networks to detect things early. The people in villages need more data, however currently they don’t get this. It’s not necessarily a technical problem, but economic and sociological problems. For example 3G may cover the area, but inhabitants can’t afford it. Another issue is that mobile phones don’t necessarily support the different languages spoken by people, or different people speak different languages and so collaborating is difficult. Another issue is that it actually costs about the same amount to send an SMS message as it takes to buy a handful of rice, so obviously priorities come into play.InSTEDD has built a product called InSTEDD Geochat, which is a service combining SMS, Twitter and email. However it is SMS-only interaction for users, as most don’t have browsers. Driving the system is a “semi-structured” API with an extensible pipeline. However the idea of this system is that the participants don’t need to be concerned with all the technology behind it, they can just interact with the system using SMS. Interoperability is an issue, but this is being addressed with an InSTEDD service called Mesh4x. It syncs data from diverse applications, sources and devices. It works via HTTP, files and SMS. It supports open standards, such as FeedSync – an open protocol that describes data formats and algorithms used to version information in a mesh. Interestingly this is a Semantic Web application, with RDF as the default data representation. The next challenge is using this data for collective action. “Today it takes a lot of coordination to get two organizations working together”, said Jezierski. So they have been working on a system called Evolve – described as an RSS Reader for groups by Jezierski. It aims to provide collaborative decision support around streams of information. The service tries to sift through data and identify emerging health-related events. It also has an automatic feature extraction, for data classification and tagging. There is a human input and review module that “allows users to comment, tag, and semantically rank the elements (positive, neutral, or negative).” The overall theme is that it is a mix of machine and human intelligence – the machine can recommend a course of action, but people trigger the actions.Jezierski has worked in the commercial sector before and he noted that “doing stuff to help people in Cambodia is way harder than running the London Stock Exchange”. He said for example that for Twitter to reach wide adoption in these places, much work needs to be done to enable it. In particular he thinks a “better shared language” for technologies is needed for third world work – much in the same way that web 2.0 evolved a specific language in the tech world (tagging, user-generated content, etc).The InSTEDD Innovation Lab is another project. It’s a “socio-technical” lab in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and mixes InSTEDD’s own team with various other organizations, to work on technologies that help society.Overall it’s clear that InSTEDD is doing some great work to bring collaborative software and systems into countries that need it the most – for disaster prevention and recovery, healthcare, and other essential needs. richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#conferences#ETech 2009#Real World#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

For Droid Eyes Only

first_imgThe edge decodes an incoming camera stream into an i-Frame sequenceThese i-Frames run through a simple object detector to identify ROIsA bounding box tracker computes the ROI paths through the videoThe CANVAS encoder compresses the motion vectors and ROIs and streams to the CloudAt the cloud, CANVAS decodes the stream into i-Frame imagesThe decoded images run through an object classifier and an object track is produced from bitstream motion vectorsThe cloud feeds the classification results back to the edge to inform the object trackerThe cloud classifier outputs the object class and trackWe ran this codec against a set of pedestrian videos on an Intel® CoreTM i7-6770HQ processor using Intel® Quick Sync Video for video decode and the Intel® Movidius™ Myriad™ X VPU and Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ Toolkit for object detection and classification. Compared with a baseline RCNN object detector on a high fidelity video sequence, we were able to see several orders of magnitude improvement in bitrate and computational complexity with only minor impact to detection accuracy. Further details will be published soon. In some cases, like videos with fast moving objects, we actually saw accuracy increases.ConclusionThese are early results but we’re very encouraged. We believe that an analytics optimized codec can lead to improved application performance at the expense of human viewability. We continue research in this area while we explore whether there is an industry need for such a technology. We’re interested in connecting with industry and academic technical leaders who have ideas in compression aware analytics and analytics aware compression. Please reach out to Dr. Omesh Tickoo if you’d like to collaborate.ReferencesCheck out other blogs from my visual cloud series:Overcoming Visual Analysis Paralysis — Scanner, Spark, VDMS, Pandas and Apache Arrow (Oct 2019)Sharing the Video Edge — Mainstream and FilterForward (Apr 2019)Feeling a Little Edgy –OpenRTIST (Mar 2019)The Loneliness of the Expert — Eureka (Mar 2019)Visual Data: Pack Rat to Explorer — VDMS (Feb 2019)Scaling the Big Video Data Mountain — Scanner (Jan 2019) These days, you can get a 65” 4K Ultra High Definition, High Dynamic Range smart TV at your local superstore for under $1000 and stream vast libraries of premium movies and TV shows to it for under $20/month. Video compression technologies like H.264 and H.265 have been key to realizing this extraordinary result. Since the dawn of video compression, the primary codec design goals have been maximizing viewer perceived quality while minimizing bandwidth, storage and coding costs, and delays. Starting with the CCITT H.120 standard in 1984 up to and including the still developing ITU-T/MPEG Versatile Video Coding standard, perceptual quality and compression rates have steadily improved while staying within the practical and economic limits of network and computing capabilities.However, a projected 95% of video or image content will never be seen by human eyes. A substantial amount of video produced by surveillance and traffic cameras, robots, drones, autonomous vehicles and other sources is often discarded or archived without a single person watching. Instead, these videos are inputs to computer vision and video analytics applications. Some existing codecs components (e.g., motion estimation) have value for video analytics but computing and network resources devoted to maintaining vibrant colors and clear pictures on large screens are wasted when only a robot is watching.At Intel Labs, we started asking two questions:Can you use any of the capabilities intrinsic in current video codecs to improve video analytics results? — i.e., “Compression Aware Analytics”What if you created a video codec that was designed from first principles for video analytics? – i.e., “Analytics Aware Compression”From these two questions arose the “Co-Adaptive Networking and Visual Analysis Systems” or CANVAS project led by Intel Labs’ Omesh Tickoo and Srinivasa Somayazulu. We showed some early CANVAS results at the 2019 Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference (CVPR) in June.The Right Tool for a Different JobIn my previous blog, “Sharing the Video Edge”, I described our work on smart city video analytics at the Intel Science and Technology Center for Visual Cloud Systems (ISTC-VCS) at Carnegie Mellon University. There, we’ve built out an urban testbed to demonstrate camera to edge to cloud distributed video analytics use cases. In those use cases, the processing workflow looks something like the figure below.In these applications, computer vision cameras typically stream an H.264 encoded video to an edge node and cloud based application that performs a pipeline of operations to produce some set of analytics results. In the above, the application is responsible for:Detecting and recognizing license plate numbers in the field of viewProducing a track of the license plate through the field of viewRe-encoding a snippet video of the license plate moving through the videoTo accomplish this, the edge node first decodes the video into a sequence of individual frame images.  Those images are fed into a neural network that detects objects and sends re-encoded videos segments containing the objects to the cloud. The cloud decodes the arriving video and runs a plate recognizer and tracker to produce its results.This approach is common and expedient because it leverages the many years spent creating high quality, efficient and standardized video codecs. However, as the number of cameras and volume of data from each camera increases, the network and computing infrastructure can be overwhelmed. The CANVAS team believes that, when the task is constrained to analytics, there are better ways to do it.Let’s go a little deeper on the two approaches: compression aware analytics and analytics aware compression.Empowering Tomorrow’s Droids with Today’s CodecsIn CANVAS, the Compression Aware Analytics project exploits the information already contained in the encoded camera stream to remove unnecessary processing in the subsequent stages. For example, the decode stage can be eliminated by training a plate recognizer to use the encoded bitstream directly. The object tracker can use the recognizer outputs and the motion vectors in the encoded bitstream to produce the plate tracks. Motion vectors needn’t be recomputed. The video snippet can be extracted from the encoded video using the track timestamps and, if necessary, further compressed for transmission to the data center.Designing the Perfect Droid CodecThe other CANVAS project, Analytics Aware Compression, believes it is possible to improve compression rates and analytics performance by designing a codec that optimizes for elements of the camera stream that are important for analytics. In general, analytics applications don’t require high perceptual quality. They need high resolution images of objects of interest and good object tracking through the field of view. Analytics aware compression adapts the encoder to emphasize high quality encoding of important frame regions (e.g., license plates) while de-emphasizing the quality or even dropping the background. For example, at right, the detected pedestrian regions can be compressed at a high resolution while, say, the grass can be transmitted at much lower resolution.  Similarly, Analytics Aware Compression can reduce framerates or frame quality when there is little movement between frames. This same technique is used in current video codecs but an analytics aware codec can take this to a new extreme.Toward a CANVAS CodecTo validate our ideas, we ran an initial CANVAS experiment combining compression aware object tracking with analytics aware region of interest (ROI) compression in a pedestrian detection application. Our goal was to see if CANVAS techniques could appreciably reduce transmission and computation resource requirements while retaining object classification accuracy. Our approach is shown in the figure below. In a typical edge-to-cloud environment, we created a new “edge analytics encoder” that identified objects in a camera feed, encoded those ROIs as high fidelity i-frames and combined them with the original motion vectors to create an analytics-optimized H.264 stream. Background information and p-frames were not transmitted. At the cloud, our decoder extracted and reconstructed a sequence of ROI frames. These were run through a FastRCNN object classifier to find the pedestrians.The basic flow of a video through the systems is:last_img read more

Sport Australia Welcomes Major Boost in Sport Funding

first_imgSport Australia Chair John Wylie has welcomed the Australian Government’s $385.4million package for sport and physical activity announced in last night’s Federal Budget, declaring it as one of the biggest funding injections for sport in years.The Federal Budget delivered more than $158 million of new investment directly to Sport Australia and the AIS, helping to fund community participation initiatives through to additional support for Australia’s high performance athletes. An additional $54.1 million will be invested in high performance sport for athlete pathways and wellbeing, while school and community infrastructure programs will be expanded.“This funding creates incredible opportunity for sport, from children learning to play and be active through to talented athletes representing and inspiring the nation,” Wylie said. “It is one of the biggest funding injections in Australian sport in years.”Wylie said the extension of the national Sporting Schools program was an important feature of participation funding. Sporting Schools, which has reached 85 per cent of schools in its first four years, received a further $40million in funding to extend the program until the end of 2020.“Sporting Schools can be a vital catalyst for improving the health of young Australians.” Wylie said. “We want to give every Australian child the opportunity to grow up happier and healthier through a connection with Sporting Schools.“Since its launch in 2015, more than 7,100 schools have been funded by the Sporting Schools program and there have been almost 4.8million attendances in Sporting Schools activities.“Sport and physical activity is vital to the overall development of children, including their mental wellbeing. The beauty of Sporting Schools is that it’s free, so the opportunity is there for every school child, no matter their location, background, ability or socio-economic status.“Creating healthier habits in our children will take time, but it’s unquestionably worth the effort because we know active kids are far more likely to become active adults. One positive connection with Sporting Schools could help make a lifetime of difference.”Sport Australia’s AusPlay research shows 81 per cent of Australian children are not meeting recommended physical guidelines. To combat this, Sporting Schools partners with 33 national sports to provide free and fun sporting opportunities for children before, during and after school.Sport Australia CEO Kate Palmer says: “We welcome the Australian Government’s investment and confidence that Sporting Schools can help drive behavioural change in our children, enabling them to reap the enormous benefits sport and physical activity can provide.”Another key investment in last night’s Federal Budget was an extra $42.5 million for the Move It AUS Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program. The program was launched this financial year and has already provided more than $60million for more than 450 projects around the country to upgrade community sporting facilities.“In delivering on the national sport plan, Sport 2030, Sport Australia’s vision is for Australia to become the world’s most active sporting nation and access to active spaces is critical to get more Australians moving,” Palmer says.“Building better sporting facilities is about building stronger, healthier communities by promoting physical activity, social connection, civic pride and economic vitality.”Media contact: Chris Wilson 0407 135 280 or [email protected]last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Jokes About The Positives Of Global Warming, For The Recruiting Benefits

first_imgMichigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh and starting quarterback Wilton Speight #3 watch the video replay during the first quarter of the game.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 16: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh and starting quarterback Wilton Speight #3 watch the video replay during the first quarter of the game against the Air Force Falcons at Michigan Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Update: Here’s video of Harbaugh’s joke, from Big Ten Network.“We got global warming now, Tom, so that’s really helped recruiting.” – @CoachJim4UM, to @Patriots QB Tom Brady https://t.co/YSJQWFhQMz— Michigan On BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) February 3, 2016Earlier: Global warming is not usually a considered a good thing, but don’t tell that to Jim Harbaugh. For Michigan’s head coach, anything that makes Ann Arbor a bit more attractive to recruits is a positive. He explained on Michigan’s “Signing Of The Stars” event.Jim Harbaugh a proponent of climate change. “We’ve got global warming now. That helps with recruiting.”— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) February 3, 2016He’s obviously joking, we think. We haven’t heard Ric Flair, Jim Leyland, or Migos’ opinions on the matter yet, but they’re on hand for the event, if we really want to get into the science on this one.last_img read more