Watkins keeps eye on prize, earns start at linebacker

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoThe past year has been a tough one for LaMarr Watkins. After paying his dues for two seasons as a backup linebacker, spot starter and special-teams contributor, Watkins stood poised to become Wisconsin’s starting will linebacker last year.Unfortunately, things didn’t go according to plan for the Mt. Laurel, N.J., native. After bruising his back making a play in fall camp, Watkins endured a freak injury when he dropped a weight on his foot, breaking one of his toes in several places.“It just got the point last year where I was like, ‘I don’t even know what’s going on,’” Watkins said. “It’s just the worst luck I’ve ever had. I’ve never really been hurt [or] missed time during the season for an injury. So, to do that, hurt my back and then break my toe, it was just one thing on top of the other. It was frustrating, very frustrating.”But Watkins has rebounded, and what a rebound it has been. Opening spring camp just fighting for playing time, the senior made the most out of his chance to practice with the first team after an injury sidelined starter Dontez Sanders for the entire camp.Watkins continued his assault on a starting job this fall and made enough of an impression on the UW coaching staff to earn a spot as the starting sam linebacker to open the season.“He’s our starting sam linebacker right now,” defensive coordinator Bret Bielema said. “In the spring, when Tez was out, he did some good things, and when Tez came out in the fall, [LaMarr] really played well again, so what we decided to do is get him out on the field at the sam position. He played it early on in his career and he’s looked pretty good at it to this point so far.”The new-look linebacking corps now includes Watkins playing sam, Sanders playing will, and Mark Zalewski, last year’s starter at sam, moving over to the mike position. For the time being, sophomore Andy Crooks, who ended last season as the starting mike linebacker, is the odd man out.For now, Watkins is happy with his return to the starting lineup, though he knows he must earn the right to keep the role. But with the trials and tribulations he endured last season, don’t expect Watkins to relinquish his starting role without a fight.“The goal was always to come back and start,” Watkins said.“Last year, I think I just kind of closed myself up, and I just tried to keep focused on next year. I’ve always got next year. I just tried to stay positive for next year and everything is working out, so I’m pretty happy.”Team selects four captainsHead coach Barry Alvarez announced this year’s team captains last Friday after a vote by the players earlier that afternoon.The senior duo of center Donovan Raiola and fullback Matt Bernstein were chosen as the offensive captains, while senior cornerback Brett Bell and junior linebacker Mark Zalewski will represent the defense.Raiola, a consensus honorable-mention all-Big Ten selection last year, received attention earlier this summer when he was named to the Rimington Trophy (nation’s most outstanding center) and Lombardi Award (nation’s top lineman) watch lists.Bernstein is widely considered one of the county’s top fullbacks and was chosen as the No. 2 fullback in the nation by “Street and Smith.”A 12-game starter last year, Bell shared the team lead in interceptions (3) and pass breakups (10) with Jim Leonhard. The junior was also an all-Big Ten honorable-mention selection by the coaches.In his first season as a starter last year, Zalewski was a pleasant surprise, recording 11.5 tackles for loss and finishing fifth on the team with 55 tackles en route to an all-Big Ten honorable-mention selection by the media.Players were allowed to vote for one person, offense selecting offensive captains and defense selecting defensive captains, but also had to place their own names on the ballot.“It makes them put a little thought into it because they have ownership in that vote,” Alvarez said. “Tell me who you’re going to vote for, and let me see you put some thought into it.”Making the gradeAlvarez also revealed that six former walk-ons will be scholarship athletes this fall.Senior tight end Joel Nellis, sophomore cornerback Ben Strickland, junior safety Zach Hampton and sophomore long-snapper Steve Johnson all earned scholarships for the fall.Two other athletes — redshirt freshman Bill Rentmeester and redshirt sophomore Casey Hogan — had their scholarship promises fulfilled when they were added as scholarship athletes. During the recruiting process, Rentmeester was promised a scholarship after his first year, while Hogan was promised one after his second.last_img read more

No decision until FUFA talks with Micho’s agent

first_imgIt is Our Game, It is Our Country.RELATED VIDEORELATED STORY ALL SMILES: Micho (2nd right) after meeting FUFA officials. Micho’s agent now comes into play.No decision until  FUFA talks with Micho’s agentKampala, Uganda| THE INDEPENDENT |  Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has held talks with the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) over his salary arrears. The two parties agreed, according to a statement, that FUFA talks to Micho’s agent Ivic Stankovic.to resolve any issues between them.Micho was silent five hours after the meeting ended,  then he tweeted: “48hours expired I couldn’t come out with final outcome as promised due to human wish that unfortunate situation is sorted in civilised way.”He reportedly flew to Addis Ababa hours later to join his family as the issue is being resolved.****STATEMENT FROM FUFAFUFA and the Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic have on Monday 24th July, 2017 held a meeting at FUFA House in Mengo in relation to the ongoing speculations about the status and future of the coach.The meeting between the two parties held constructive discussions in which;The past achievements, current and future of the Ugandan football were at the forefront during the discussionsThe parties have agreed that FUFA CEO Edgar Watson talks to the agent of the Uganda Cranes Coach Micho over the matters.FUFA and Micho will release a statement after the FUFA CEO has held discussions with the coach’s agent.‘The meeting that also discussed the technical aspects of the just concluded 2018 CHAN qualifier match played between Uganda Cranes and South Sudan was attended by FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo 1st Vice President Justus Mugisha, 2nd Vice President Darius Mugoye and FUFA CEO Edgar Watson’ said FUFA Communications Manager Ahmed HusseinFollowing this statement, FUFA requests the public to disregard any speculations about this matter. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

FULL TIME: Uganda Cranes 1 Cape Verde 0

first_imgGroup L –  before today’s match Anxious coach Sebastien Desabre as forward Miya runs on the line vs Lesotho in Kampala. FILE PHOTO @officialfufaUganda ?? 1 Cape Verde ?? 0Starting Line up18 Onyango4 Juuko8 Aucho12 Iguma14 Wadada15 Walusimbi16 Wasswa17 Miya20 Muleme22 Kaddu23 WaiswaKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Cranes will make it to their second consecutive Africa Cup of Nations finals with a point against Caper Verde today.Only heavy consecutive defeats by Cape Verde in their penultimate match and Tanzania, in the group final game, can stop Uganda Cranes from making it to Cameroon. Lesotho host Tanzania in a must-win game for the visitors, if they are to stay in the run for second place in the group.The best chance of the game came early in the game through Farouk Miya, who shot timidly, when the ball fell on his feet one on one with the keeper.Miya’s the man who ensured Uganda returned to the Nations Cup after nearly four decades the last time round. He scored a brace as Cranes out-muscled Lesotho Likuena (The Crocodiles) 2-0 at the Setsoto stadium in Maseru Stadium in their last qualifier last month. Standings Uganda 4 3 1 0 6 0 10Tanzania 4 1 2 1 3 4 5C. Verde 4 1 1 2 4 4 4Lesotho 4 0 2 2 2 7 2Note: group winners and runners-up qualify for finals except for Group B, where 2019 Cup of Nations hosts Cameroon and the highest placed of the other three teams reach the finalsShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

With heavy hearts, Allderdice Dragons win second straight City League title, three days after Squirrel Hill shooting

first_img ERYK KANE BURGESS, WESTINGHOUSE TIMOTHY WHITFIELD, right, of Allderdice, breaks away from a Westinghouse defender. RASHAWN HARVEY, ALLDERDICE DALEN DUGGER, ALLDERDICE THE ALLDERDICE DRAGONS celebrate their second consecutive City League football championship, Oct. 30, at Cupples Stadium, defeating Westinghouse, 18-8. (Photos by Courier photographer Will McBride)The City League football championship scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, at Cupples Stadium was postponed because of the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill.The game, featuring Allderdice and Westinghouse, was rescheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m.“We gave the team off on Saturday and we got together on Sunday and had a meal and had a long conversation about the things that happened and tried to put it in perspective because as adults our coaches have a broader perspective than the kids do,” said Allderdice coach Jerry Haslett.  “We had a couple team meals together and we tried to just bring everybody together because it was a serious, serious tragedy.” DALEN DUGGER of Allderdice, left, attempts to elude Willie Knight of Westinghouse. ALLDERDICE COACHJERRY HASLETT The defending City League champion Dragons got off to a slow start and only had a 6-0 halftime lead over the Bulldogs of Westinghouse. Rashawn Harvey’s 34-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dalen Dugger in the second quarter were the only points in the first half for ‘Dice. “Offensively we really didn’t change too much but defensively we lined up in some different formations and things that they never saw before and I think it confused them,” said Haslett. “Our kids really played hard and by lining up in a different defense than we played all year and it worked.”Westinghouse took the opening kickoff of the second half and drove the football all the way down to the Allderdice 5, but on fourth-and-3, they were stopped short of the first down.That seemed to spark the Dragons as they scored the next 12 points to pull away.First came a methodical 96-yard drive that ended with a Rashaun Caldwell 23-yard touchdown run.Dugger’s early fourth quarter run put the Dragons up 18-0.Westinghouse was led by sophomore quarterback Cameron “Super Cam” Jones, who ran for 155 yards on 27 carries. Jones’ 5-yard touchdown run and a Mike Massey 2-point conversion cut the lead to 18-8.The game ended with the 18-8 score and Allderdice was able to celebrate back-to-back championships.“This game was very important to us because of the community in Squirrel Hill and hopefully our victory will help in the healing process a little bit,” said Haslett.  “However, when I coached at Oliver we won a City League championship and the one thing I figured out as a coach is how important a kicker can be and our kicker got hurt, outside of football, last week. Because we lost our kicker we were 0-for-3 on extra points.”Westinghouse High School has struggled mightily in City League football for nearly two decades and has not won a championship since 1996.Bulldogs football player, Khalil Andrews Logan, was shot and killed in September and the football team dedicated the season to him.“I give a lot of credit to coach Monte Robinson and his staff for guiding the Bulldogs to the championship game,” said Luther Dupree, host of Steel City Sports World. “Allderdice just had too much size and Dalen Dugger, 6-feet-6 and winner of the Jeron Grayson Player of the Game trophy, was too much.” Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img read more

Cops: Steelers Antonio Brown pulled over for going 100 mph

first_imgThe Steelers say in a statement they are aware of the situation and won’t have further comment at this time.Brown and the Steelers have a game against the Panthers Thursday night at Heinz Field.The Panthers have won three straight games while Pittsburgh has ripped off four wins in a row to take control of the AFC North.___Information from: WPXI-TV, http://www.wpxi.com Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) celebrates after his 27-yard score against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken) PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police say Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was stopped for speeding over 100 mph in his Porsche, just hours before the team’s game against the Carolina Panthers.Ross Township police tell WPXI-TV that an officer was searching for a bank robbery suspect Thursday when a black Porsche sped by.The officer pulled the car over and the driver was identified as Brown.He was cited for reckless driving.last_img read more

Newcastle v QPR line-ups: Rangers changes, new signings on bench, Magpies star out

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesNew signings Sean Goss and Luke Freeman are among the QPR substitutes at St James’ Park, where Jamie Mackie, Ryan Manning, Conor Washington and former Newcastle man James Perch are restored to the starting line-up.Rangers are without Grant Hall – replaced by Perch in midfield – and Idrissa Sylla, who both picked up injuries at the weekend, but Jordan Cousins is back in the squad after a thigh problem and is on the bench.Deadline-day signings Matt Smith and Ravel Morrison will be eligible to play in Saturday’s game against Blackburn.Newcastle are without the Championship’s top scorer, Dwight Gayle, who has a hamstring problem.Newcastle: Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Shalvey, Hayden, Gouffran, Perez, Murphy.Subs: Sels, Hanley, Gamez, Lazaar, Ameobi, Diame, Mitrovic. QPR: Smithies, Furlong, Onuoha, Lynch, Bidwell, Wszolek, Perch, Luongo, Manning, Mackie, Washington.Subs: Ingram, Freeman, Cousins, Goss, Doughty, Petrasso, LuaLua.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Take action and help each other

first_imgParticipants distributed 100 000 litres of water to the community of Borolelo, who are experiencing a severe drought.During Human Rights Month this year, two of the country’s rights are being challenged: the right to access to water and our equality.These very challenges were addressed at Brand South Africa’s Human Rights Month open dialogue in Swartruggens, North West province. Held on Saturday, 12 March, discussions looked at the culture of human rights in South Africa. The underlying theme among all speakers was to take action and help fellow citizens.Discussions took place before participants distributed 100 000 litres of water to the community of Borolelo, who are experiencing a severe drought. Operation Hydrate’s Yaseen Theba said all South Africans should stop criticising each other, the environment and the government for challenges we faced. Instead, we needed to take action to curb these problems.Social advocate Yusuf Abramjee emphasized the need to help each other: “This is exactly what the Play Your Part initiative is about – active citizenry, South Africans using their skills, time and resources to help each other. As citizens we need to see what we can do to tackle some of South Africa’s issues.”Operation Hydrate’s Yaseen Theba said all South Africans should stop criticising each other, the environment and the government for challenges we faced. Instead, we needed to take action to curb these problems.RIDDING SOUTH AFRICA OF RACISMWith President Jacob Zuma declaring 21 March a national day against racism, the issue of racism was brought to the fore in Swartruggens. Speakers stressed the need to unite and build the country.Those who were at the dialogue took the pledge of the Anti-Racism Network South Africa (Arnsa) to eradicate racism. Arnsa is an initiative of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and 80 other organisations. It is leading many of the events taking place during Anti-Racism Week, which runs from 14 to 21 March, ending on Human Rights Day.Project director of Civics Academy, Lerato Motaung, said society needed to build a country the youth would be proud to inherit. “To do so, we need to change the narrative. At present there is a focus on problems and problem-solving. This needs to shift to a discourse of building.”While discussing the Constitution, Tshegofatso Ramokopeloa, the supervising attorney at North West University’s Community Law Centre, said South Africans needed to practice ubuntu within themselves. “Negativity starts and ends with us, as individuals… We need to use our skills, talents, time and resources to help each other – being selfish takes us away from democracy.”last_img read more

Building a Better Low-Cost Rental

first_imgMaking the Case for Prefab Zero-Energy Homes With NZE as an Option, a Modular Series Launches in MainePassivhaus Building the Modular WayNext Generation Mobile HomesNet-Zero Modular Homes Head for Peaks Island, MaineThese Superinsulated Homes Were Delivered By TruckPassive House Building in the Digital Age No push to certifyAn obvious question is whether certification from either PHIUS or Germany’s Passivhaus Institut would make any difference on the company’s balance sheet. Morosko doesn’t think so.“Why did I not certify it? I’m a Certified Passive House Consultant,” he said. “I drank the Kool-Aid. I’ve lived it for more than a decade now. Shame on me. The realistic part of it is (a) it didn’t quite meet the metric and I couldn’t convince myself to put more R-value and more cost into it, and (b) my appraisal is not going to be any higher if that place uses $300 a month in utilities or $80.”Nor would Passive House certification necessarily help him rent the house.Certified or not, the house should be comfortable and easy to heat and cool. But the story of the tenants who went from a falling-down manufactured home to a plain-Jane superinsulated one has an odd ending.The older couple loved the place at first, Morosko said. But Morosko’s decision to make bedrooms a little bigger than those in a typical manufactured home, thereby reducing space in the main living area, proved to be a deal-breaker.“The tenants I had in the trailer for the last eight years were all psyched to get their new one,” he said. “They even camped for three weeks while we swapped them out. They moved in. They loved it. They loved the fact there was no heat stratification. It was warm all the time. But they couldn’t get their furniture situated. It is as simple as that, and I beat my head against the wall. They moved out. They moved out because the woman could not get her furniture situated. It was a completely different layout than the trailer they had.”Three other potential renters are looking at the property. “We will have it rented within the next week or two,” he said. Adding it up: Best business move?This property is rented with utilities included, and that could turn out to be a good deal for tenants. For example, the old manufactured home rented for $500 a month, with tenants picking up the cost of hot water, heat, and electricity for another $200 or so, depending on the season. Once moved into the new house, tenants will pay a flat $725 a month for everything, a predictable monthly expense for a much more comfortable dwelling.The rent was enough to cover the owners’ costs. But as purely a profit-and-loss question, building the modular may not have been their best move.“Did I succeed? From a landlord-economic-rental standpoint, it was stupid,” Morosko said. “My personal drive is I hate the thought of trailers. They’re a complete energy waste. A landlord loves them because they’re cheap, they rent for almost what you’d be able to rent a house out for, and they cost the tenant. They uncomfortable, and they leak and fail all over the place.”He also recognizes he’s invested $80,000 in 850 square feet when he could have spent $15,000 on a new manufactured home and rented it for practically the same amount of money. Whether he and his brother recoup that money over time because the house is worth more than a conventional manufactured house remains to be seen.But in general, Morosko isn’t especially upbeat about the prospects for high-performance modular housing.“I have visited four modular factories that have tried to make a go of it, building some kind of net-zero or Passive House modular, and I have not seen any of them wildly succeed,” he said. “Selling a Passive House modular has not been a succeeding business model — yet.“Why?” he continued. “Energy costs in the United States are still way too low, and there’s no incentive, and unfortunately I feel there’s going to be even less over the next four to eight years. “ Jason Morosko is the lead engineer for UltimateAir, a manufacturer of whole-house ventilation equipment, and the only Certified Passive House Consultant in Athens, Ohio. Morosko built a Passive House duplex for his own family a few years ago, regularly consults with builders, and rarely skips the annual conferences of the Passive House Institute U.S.In short, the 39-year-old Morosko is completely invested in high-performance building, even when it comes to the handful of rental properties he owns with his brother Jeremy, 43, in the not-so-highfalutin southeast corner of Ohio.The two of them late last year completed their first superinsulated modular, what they’re calling a “Modular Passive House,” for well under $100 a square foot. They hope the modest building can become an example of what can be done on a shoestring budget for families who want comfortable, energy-efficient accommodations but can’t afford steep rents.“From a business standpoint for rental units, the math is terrible,” he said in a recent telephone interview. “But, on the flip side I hate seeing a poor family living so uncomfortably in a terrible single-wide mobile home.” Taking over a family-owned businessAthens is a city of 24,000 close to the West Virginia border, an area Morosko describes as “economically deprived” where paychecks often fall below national averages. The Morosko brothers, both of whom work as engineers, got into the rental business through their parents. Although not by any means wealthy, the elder Moroskos had over time accumulated 10 or so rental properties.When their parents wanted to retire, their sons bought them out, providing the nest egg their parents had never been able to set aside. The rentals included a mix of properties, but it was the manufactured housing that Jason Morosko especially loathed.“With my history of Passive House and building science and the building industry, oh my gosh, I despise a mobile home for everything it stands for,” he said. “It’s a damned piece of Swiss cheese you’re trying to heat and cool.”The brothers, doing business as Sustainable Path, owned one mobile home that was ready to fall apart. They originally planned to renovate it, but then decided to replace it with a more efficient, better insulated building of roughly the same size, about 850 square feet.Their first step was to visit a local modular home manufacturer to buy a standard 13-6 by 70-foot steel frame on wheels. The seven-axle trailer had been used to deliver modular homes. Once a crane lifted the modular unit off the frame and placed it on a permanent foundation, Morosko said, the trailer was no longer needed. The modular builder had 30 spent trailers lying around and was happy to sell one of them.Soon afterward, Sustainable Path started work on the first, and so far only, of its modulars. Morosko described the building as a wood-framed structure whose 2×6 exterior walls were insulated with cellulose in the stud cavities and an additional 4 inches of polyiso rigid foam on the exterior. The 2×10 shed roof, as well as the floor, were insulated with a mix of polyiso and cellulose. In all, the specs sound something like a “Pretty Good” house and a lot more attractive than a built-to-code house: R-40 in the walls, R-50 in the roof, and something like R-40 in the floor. Windows are triple-paned, and the all-electric house came whole-house ventilation system using an UltimateAir ERV.A blower door test for airtightness has not been done. Good, but not Passive House and not upscaleIt took a crew of one or two carpenters about seven months to build the house in a local parking lot. When it was finished, the Moroskos swapped it for the dilapidated mobile home, with the tenants temporarily storing their belongings in a container on the site. What the tenants got was a snug, two-bedroom, two-bath house that is heated and cooled with a single 9,000 Btu/h ductless minisplit head even in sub-freezing weather.The Sustainable Path website claims that power bills will average $65 a month.What the new tenants didn’t get was much in the way of expensive interior or exterior finishes. Exterior walls are clad in sheet steel. Interior walls are 1/4-inch thick lauan mahogany plywood, the seams between sheets covered with strapping. Flooring is vinyl plank. The house still sits on its original steel frame, and although the wheels and axles have been removed it is the steel frame that supports the building, not the concrete block skirting that has been built to disguise it.That last detail has been something of an issue, not only with Morosko’s insurance company but with county assessors. Buildings permanently attached to trailers are defined as manufactured housing; those trucked to the site on a trailer but then placed on a conventional foundation are modulars. The distinction, Morosko said, has made financing and the appraisal “a little hairy.”Morosko convinced insurers the building is a house, not manufactured housing, but his fate with appraisers is still up in the air. Their decision could have long-term consequences for the project.“A mobile home depreciates in value,” Morosko said. “A piece of real estate appreciates.” RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

How Logistics Leaders Can Use AI Right Now

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#AI#artificial intellgence#business operations#logistics#operations Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture We may not have robots like C-3PO from “Star Wars” or Rosie from “The Jetsons,” but there’s no denying that the machines we do have are getting smarter. But are business leaders taking advantage of their capabilities? It’s easy to imagine adopting AI in some indefinite future, but the technology already has the capacity to improve your ROI — provided you actually implement it.While AI is making waves across industries, the logistics space stands to benefit more than most. According to a report from DHL and IBM, “the network-based nature of [logistics] provides a natural framework for implementing and scaling AI.” It’s no surprise, then, that companies are already experimenting with AI implementation, achieving small wins that help set the stage for much bigger ones.Small wins are key because they help test theories, establish best practices, and achieve buy-in from key stakeholders. You don’t need to aim for complete disruption on the first try. But if you put off AI solutions until a later date, you’ll risk falling behind your forward-thinking competitors.Historically, innovation is adopted in the consumer sector before trickling into commercial enterprises. AI has reached this tipping point, and the next few years will reveal its true value. Incorporating it into your own logistics might not happen overnight, but the timely implementation of AI will allow you to reap benefits such as improved efficiency and cost savings. Curious how you can use AI today to improve your logistics? Look first to the following areas:1. Improving demand forecastingWhile we’re not quite at a place where a walking and talking robot can scan your warehouse and tell you what inventory is running low, machine learning already has effective demand-forecasting capabilities.In fact, Ali Raza, founder and CEO of ThroughPut Inc., says companies are currently using this technology to great effect: “Some of the largest brands in the world, like Amazon, have acquired robotics firms like Kiva Systems and automated a great deal of their warehouse management, while growing jobs, increasing efficiency and faster delivery times with fewer shipping errors.” Alibaba even built a state-of-the-art warehouse that uses robots to transport items, making the facility China’s “largest automated warehouse,” according to CNBC.Better demand forecasting is obviously good for business: It optimizes production schedules, reduces the amount of capital tied up in inventory, and ensures that you can deliver what customers want when they want it. To reap these benefits, use AI to automate demand forecasting in your warehouses.2. Assisting with administrative dutiesWhile you may not have a robotic accountant yet, you can have a powerful system for the detection of financial anomalies. Using machine learning, Ernst & Young is able to detect fraud with an astounding 97 percent accuracy, according to the joint DHL-IBM report. To do this, EY has machine learning classify invoices from international parties then pinpoint red flags for a human expert to review. This logic and use of machine learning can be applied to myriad business processes.Up to this point, business software has been focused on digitizing organizations and doing away with paper forms. As AI is able to automate many of these tasks entirely, it will also be able to help us get better at the jobs humans perform that can’t be automated.Gordon Ritter, a founder of Emergence Capital Partners, envisions technology helping humans improve their workflows in real time with what he dubs “the coaching cloud.” With AI, that doesn’t have to mean a single approach. Instead, algorithms can analyze the strengths and weaknesses of individual workers and offer tailored advice.3. Meeting physical demandsWhile robots might someday be driving your delivery vehicles or stocking your shelves, that technology isn’t widespread just yet. However, AI can already meet other vital physical needs. Intelligent robotic sorting, for example, is a process by which letters and packages are scanned and sorted through a system of conveyors, ensuring that the right shipments are automatically sent to the right places.Other applications abound. ZenRobotics, for instance, uses an advanced AI-powered algorithm to scan conveyor belts of mixed recyclable items. By analyzing labels as well as materials, the tool can pick out similar items and sort them at a rate of 4,000 per hour.With the right application, AI can perform similar logistical tasks for your organization, whether it involves sorting items or packing shipments. Don’t discount the physical tasks AI can help perform to boost your warehouse efficiency.When discussing AI, it’s hard not to look to the future. There is vast untapped potential, and the technology will undoubtedly transform how companies do business in ways that are as yet impossible to predict. But there’s much that AI can do for businesses right now. Smart leaders will recognize the capabilities AI already brings to the table and decide how best to capitalize on them in their own organizations. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who …last_img read more

10 Things You Need to Know About HEVC (H.265)

first_imgHEVC is the secret to 4K streaming success.So it seems like 4k is here to stay….but how in the world is your computer supposed to playback (or edit) 4k footage? The answer is HEVC.HEVC is a new codec that has been growing in popularity since it’s recent unveil. It has proven to be faster and much more efficient than H.264 and in a few years there’s a good chance we’re all going to be using it. Here are a few things you need to know about HEVC:High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) is a video compression format that succeeds H.264 and AVC HD.HEVC is also known as H.265.It can support 4k resolutions up to 8192 x 4320.Netflix will begin using HEVC to stream 4k content later this year.Amazon is shooting it’s original programming in HEVC 4k (a) for online streaming.Broadcast companies won’t be able to stream HEVC 4K content for a several years.File sizes are about 50% smaller using H.265 than using H.264.Recent studies say (b) HEVC is visually superior than H264.A download speed of 15Mbps is recommended to stream HEVC 4K content (c).You can try encoding in HVEC today by downloading the free DivX encoding software. Photo credit: SlowMotionCameras For more info check out these HEVC resources:a. Toms Guide: HEVC Explained b. Evaluation of HEVC Video Compressionc. Daily Tech: Netflix to Stream via HEVClast_img read more