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Worlds smallest fossil monkey found in Amazon

first_imgWashington: Scientists have uncovered remains of the smallest fossil monkey — no heavier than a hamster — ever found in Peru’s Amazon jungle. A team led by Duke University in the US and the National University of Piura in Peru found an 18-million-year-old fossilised tooth belonging to a new species of tiny monkey. The specimen is important because it helps bridge a 15-million-year gap in the fossil record for New World monkeys, according to research published in the Journal of Human Evolution. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe new fossil was unearthed from an exposed river bank along the R o Alto Madre de Dios in southeastern Peru. The researchers dug up chunks of sandstone and gravel, put them in bags, and hauled them away to be soaked in water and then strained through sieves to filter out the fossilised teeth, jaws, and bone fragments buried within. The team searched through some 2,000 pounds of sediment containing hundreds of fossils of rodents, bats and other animals before they spotted the lone monkey tooth. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Primate fossils are as rare as hen’s teeth,” said Richard Kay, a professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke. A single upper molar, the specimen was just “double the size of the head of a pin” and “could fall through a window screen,” Kay said. Paleontologists can tell a lot from monkey teeth, particularly molars. Based on the tooth’s relative size and shape, the researchers think the animal likely dined on energy-rich fruits and insects, and weighed in at less than half a pound — only slightly heavier than a baseball. Some of South America’s larger monkeys, such as howlers and muriquis, can grow to 50 times that heft. “It’s by far the smallest fossil monkey that’s ever been found worldwide,” Kay said. The team dubbed the animal Parvimico materdei, or “tiny monkey from the Mother of God River.”last_img read more

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Lake St Martin residents demand to go home

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s been nearly two years but thousands of First Nation flood evacuees are still waiting to go home and people are asking one question of the Manitoba government – what are they prepared to do?Lake St. Martin residents were evacuated to Winnipeg and Chief Adrian Sinclair says the flood that destroyed their community was manmade.“Those are the issues we’re here to address with the premier, the manmade flooding they caused to surrounding communities to save Winnipeg and southern Manitoba by flooding the surrounding First Nations reserves. That is why we’re here today. To get our voices heard,” said Sinclair.Many people came to the Manitoba legislature to press the provincial government to get moving on promises, the get people back home.“People are still displaced and we want awareness on the issue. People are forgotten. People are stressed and depressed and want to go home. They don’t want to live in the city anymore,” said Lake St. Martin resident Myrle Ballard.But Premier Greg Selinger said his government is doing all it can and he’s already offered temporary housing or a hotels until permanent solutions can be found.“It’s a choice people make. If they want to be in temporary housing on a site or if they want to be elsewhere that’s their choice as well. We’re making sure that people are safe and taken care of and children are getting their education wherever they’re located,” said Selinger.That falls flat according to opposition parties.“The premier owes the people of Lake St. Martin…an apology for the fact they were flooded last year, artificialy, in order to save other people,” said Liberal leader Jon Gerrard.As APTN National News reporter Melissa Ridgen reports the people are faced with only one option – wait until they get to go home.last_img read more

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Volunteers needed for English Conversation Partners program

International Student Services is recruiting Brock student volunteers to help English as a Second Language (ESL) students learn the English language purely through making friends and having conversations. The English Conversation Partners Program is a chance to build friendships and exchange cultural knowledge.Volunteers who speak English as their first language will be matched with ESL students, with pairs meeting one hour per week to converse. Students will earn volunteer hours and co-curricular credit through the Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum by participating.To register as a volunteer, please click here.

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Football Dwayne Haskins to enter the 2019 NFL Draft

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) walks up to the field prior to the the start of the Ohio State-Penn State game on Sept. 29. Ohio State won 27-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorIn his first season as a starter for Ohio State, redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins cemented his legacy as one of the best quarterbacks the program has ever had.And after just one season as starter, Haskins’ time as a Buckeye is officially finished.On Monday, Haskins announced on Twitter he would forgo his final two seasons of eligibility to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.In the days before the Rose Bowl, then-offensive coordinator Ryan Day said he did believe Haskins was ready to make that jump to the professional level.“You reflect on the whole season, where it’s at, how far he’s come. I do think that he has a chance to be really successful in the NFL,” Day said. “When you look at what he’s done this season, it’s been very, very impressive.”In 14 games as a starter, Haskins threw for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns, both Big Ten records for a single season.The redshirt sophomore broke the single-game passing yards record for Ohio State, throwing for 470 yards against Purdue, then topping his own record with 499 against Northwestern.The record-breaking numbers were enough for Haskins to get invited as a Heisman Trophy finalist, where he ultimately finished third.In his final game for Ohio State, the Rose Bowl matchup against Washington, Haskins completed 25-of-37 passes for 251 yards and three touchdownsHaskins said on Dec. 29 he has “to make a decision faster,” after being asked if he was tired of everyone asking. It took the redshirt sophomore quarterback six days following the Rose Bowl to ultimately make his decision.“Just excited to be in the position to make a decision,” Haskins said. “A lot of people dream about playing in the NFL and people don’t really get to achieve that, so I’m one of the few people that get to, so I’m just taking it all in.”As Haskins now prepares for the NFL as what many believe is the top quarterback on the board, Ohio State has redshirt freshman Tate Martell, freshman Matthew Baldwin and junior Chris Chugunov as the remaining quarterbacks on the roster.The Buckeyes gained freshman quarterback Justin Fields, a former five-star prospect, who announced he would be transferring from Georgia following this season.Martell, who would have been the projected starter this season before Fields’ transfer, said on Dec. 30 he is not worried about a quarterback who is not yet on the roster.“Why would I leave for someone who hasn’t put a single second into this program?” Martell said. “To just run away from somebody who hasn’t put a single second into workouts, anything like that and doesn’t know what the program is all about, there’s not a chance.”Haskins leaves Ohio State with a 13-1 career starting record, and 5,396 total passing yards and 54 total passing touchdowns. read more

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Paul Galvin has retired from intercounty GAA

first_imgKERRY STAR PAUL Galvin is retiring from GAA, it was confirmed tonight.Manager Eamon Fitzmaurice broke the news at a press conference following his team’s defeat to Dublin in the National Football League this evening, while Galvin confirmed the news on Twitter.A statement from Galvin on this news is expected shortly.The 34-year-old won four All-Ireland senior football medals with Kerry in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009He also won seven Munster senior football medals with Kerry and three National League honours.On a personal level, Galvin’s performances were rewarded with Allstars in 2004, 2006 and 2009. He was also crowned Footballer of the Year in 2009.More to followAs it happened: Dublin v Kerry, Allianz Division 1 football league>As it happened: Kilkenny v Dublin, Walsh Cup senior hurling final>last_img read more

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Kindle Fire looks even better after Lenovo IdeaPad A1 bumped to 229

first_imgLadies and gentlemen, the price of Android tablets is officially in a state of rapid flux. Earlier this summer, it looked like the Archos G9 tablets were going to shake things up at their $299 and $369 price tags. Later on, Lenovo one-upped Archos with a big-name Android tablet at just $199.Amazon, of course, gave them all a stiff straightarm to the chest when it unveiled the sexy, dual-core Kindle Fire at $199. That put other tablets on high alert — and given the rapid pace of Kindle Fire presale orders, the alarm bells are getting louder. The Kindle Fire is now the one to beat when it comes to low-priced Android tablets, and Lenovo has just done it a big favor.How? By raising the price of the IdeaPad A1 to $229 on its web store. Technically, the A1 is presently priced at an even more ridiculous $349 with a $120 discount pre-applied. Any way you slice it, the price bump makes it look like Lenovo is saying one of two things. It’s either “we’re going to make a few bucks off early adopters and folks who live outside the U.S.” or “Amazon’s got our number with the Kindle Fire, so we might as well make an extra $30 off people who decide to buy our tablet anyway.”Any number of things could provide legitimate reasons for a price bump — like component shortages or increased shipping or marketing costs. But a competitor’s tablet tearing things up at the same price the A1 was supposed to sell for when it was announced, the mark up seems like a really bad idea.If other manufacturers (like Pandigital) follow Lenovo’s lead and decide not to compete with the Kindle Fire based on price, they’re going to have a hard time selling tablets in the U.S. But hey, there are lots of people who live outside the U.S. and can’t order the Kindle Fire — at least for now.via Liliputinglast_img read more

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Leaders agree bulk of new cuts

first_imgGreece’s three coalition leaders agreed on Thursday on how the country is going to make about 10 of the 11.5 billion euros in cuts that the country’s international creditors, known as the troika, are demanding over the next two years. They have arranged to meet again on Monday to decide where the rest of the savings will come from.The new savings touch upon a number of sensitive political areas such as reductions in pensions, benefits, healthcare spending and possibly further cuts to civil servants’ salaries. The possibility of extending the retirement age from 65 to 67 is also being examined. This would save more than 1 billion euros per year.Kathimerini understands that the three leaders — Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, PASOK’s Evangelos Venizelos and Democratic Left’s Fotis Kouvelis — have reservations about where the 1.5 billion euros of savings will come from.Among these are reductions to “special salaries” in the civil service, which are mostly paid to security forces. Samaras is reluctant to cut these wages, which would save just over 200 million euros per year. Sources said Venizelos was keener to avoid large cuts to pensions.“Everyone wants to contribute to achieving the fiscal targets,” said government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou. “Everyone in this negotiation is seeking alternatives so that this can be achieved with social justice and without worsening the recession,” he added.Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras briefed the troika representatives on the cost-cutting measures and, according to sources, suggested that some of them could apply from this year in a bid to front-load the program. He did not hand over details of the cuts as they have not been finalized. Stournaras also discussed with Greece’s lenders the details of the structural reforms the government plans to implement. Sources said that the troika said no more fiscal measures beyond those agreed would be needed this year.Speculation about Greece’s membership of the euro continued on Thursday. Bavaria’s Finance Minister Markus Soeder became the latest German politician to suggest that Greece should leave the eurozone, saying, “It can’t or doesn’t want to make it.”“It only makes sense to smooth its way out of the euro, otherwise it is just like a money pit,” he told Deutschlandradio on Thursday.Venizelos hit back at the continuing speculation. “If there are some who believe Greece must be sacrificed in order to save the eurozone, they are wrong,” he said, adding that it “would be suicide” for the single currency. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Capital controls to be further loosened

first_imgTwo years after implementation, the measure of capital controls is to be further loosened, according to an announcement of the Greek Ministry of Finance. This latest loosening is in regards to funds repatriated in the country from abroad. According to the official announcement on the government gazette, half of any capital imported into Greece after 1 September 2017 will be subject to capital controls, compared to earlier transfers of capital which are subject to stricter capital controls. The harsh measure, which has all but crippled the country’s economy, was taken in late June 2015 to prevent a “bank run” after the announcement of the referendum to accept or reject the bailout program offered by Greece’s creditors. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

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Chelsea fan charged for homophobic abuse

first_imgA Chelsea supporter, George Bradley has been charged for homophobic slurs during Sunday’s match with Brighton at the Amex Stadium.The incident occurred just one week after Raheem Sterling was allegedly racially abused at Stamford Bridge by a number of Chelsea fans who were later banned by the club.Before the Brighton game, there were reports of Chelsea fans chanting anti-semitic slurs in Hungary during Chelsea’s Europa League away game against Vidi.George Bradley will appear at Brighton Magistrates Court on January 3 to answer to the charges.“The vast majority of Chelsea fans supported their team with passion and pride and were a credit to their club,” a statement from Sussex Police read.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“One individual was ejected from the away section after club stewards dealt with an isolated incident of alleged homophobia.“The individual was subsequently arrested and charged and his details have been passed to Chelsea FC, so they can take the appropriate action.“He was charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior to cause harassment, alarm or distress and bailed to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on January 3, with conditions not to attend any Chelsea Football Club match, home or away.”last_img read more

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Dyche frustrated by Arsenal diving

first_imgBurnley manager Sean Dyche has lamented Arsenal’s diving during their 3-1 loss at the Emirates on Saturday.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang completed his brace in the 48th minute before Ashley Barnes reduced the deficit to give Burnley hopes.But substitute Alex Iwobi made it 3-1, but Dyche was left frustrated and has accused Arsenal of “diving”.“No one wants to see diving in the game,” he told Sky Sports. “There was one with (Granit) Xhaka later in the game and I know he dives as he looks at the ref within a millisecond of going down in the box. I do not want to see that and I do not think anyone else wants to see that.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Ashley Barnes comes out of a tackle and their lad clearly elbows him, but our lad comes out with a booking, which is nearly impossible.“There were two dives in the game and no one got a booking. One of them was already on a booking, so that’s a red card.“I’m alarmed by the amount of diving lately, three last week and two this week. No one [the authorities] wants to touch it.“Our player got two hands in the back today and we are now 60 games without a penalty. They are big moments, important moments.”last_img read more

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Of Panic Perez and Print

first_imgArticles like this are giving my boss, the publisher of amuch smaller b2b house, all the motivation he needs to tighten the reins on ourstaff here. Great and timely news, but I’m afraid of the impact it will have onour small, highly profitable company.Kerry Smith—our CEO—on “Is it Time forB-to-B Publishers to Panic?”:Everyone I’ve spoken with in b-to-b management has theirantennae up and tuned for what the coming months may bring. Prudence inmanaging costs in the face of the uncertain moves by our customers is what weshould all be thinking about right now. However, this is also the time to rampup investment in new products and new initiatives. We should also resist thetemptation to cut costs at the expense of the long term viability of ourproducts.More panic talk:No one seems to address the most pertinent fact when itcomes to what’s impacting B2B publishing—the pressure on content. Statedbluntly, the original articles (almost always written by freelancers these daysfor many B2B magazines) around which some ads could be sandwiched worked outpretty well economically for print. Pay a freelancer $1500 bucks or something,sell $18,000 worth of ads around it. That just doesn’t work on the Web.Another:YES, content is king… So why do so many of us continue to give it away? Per-fumed again. Most perfume is made with synthetic andtoxic chemicals. The pages of the 2008 VF issue were laced with this toxic respiratorygoo. I’d looked forward to reading this issue, however as soon as I opened it Iknew it had to go immediately to the radioactive bin.On Henry Donahue’s “WhyNo One’s Gonna Buy Your Blog” post:I have a blog about Florida swampland for sale.On “MagazineAd Revenue, Pages Decline”: Anyone heard of a little thing called the Internet?Jack-tards! You people are dinosaurs. Ah, yes, the Internet. The user comments on FOLIOMag.com have been ramping uplately. Some funny, some informative, someclearly originating from redirectedPerez Hilton readers. Here are some recent favorites …On Penton Media’s salary freeze (“PentonMedia Announces Hiring, Salary Freeze, Company-Wide Revenue Reforecasting”):center_img On Vogue’s controversialLebron-Gisele cover:While I do see the “King Kong” resemblance, all Ithought of upon seeing that cover was how ridiculously awkward Gisele Bundchenlooks. She looks like she’s falling … yet happy about it?On VanityFair’s “Green Issue waste”:Condé Nast just doesn’t get it. Can you imagine therationale on a sales call—CN Salesperson: “We have a star-studded ‘Green’issue coming up, editorial adjacent special ad ops …” Client: “Great, you’reprinting on recycled stock, yes?” CN Salesperson: “Ha-ma-na, Ha-ma-na (JackieGleason did it best!).” With brains like this in the business masquerading asmedia industry avatars, is it a wonder publishing is tanking?last_img read more

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Keith Urbans Coming Home Features Julia Michaels Merle Haggard Riff Refresh

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jan 28, 2018 – 8:14 pm Watch: Julia Michaels 2018 GRAMMYs Red Carpet Twitter Email The GRAMMY winner released his latest country pop anthem, a collaboration with one of pop’s craftiest songstresses with a riff plucked from country music historyPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 21, 2018 – 3:58 pm Keith Urban has released a moving and memorable lyric video for his anthem “Coming Home,” featuring singer/songwriter Julia Michaels.Rolling Stone explains how the riff in “Coming Home” is modified from Merle Haggard’s famous lick in “Mama Tried,” with Urban giving Haggard credit. While there’s room for discussion of how pop production is blending new with old, and acoustic with electronic, Urban’s modified version of the riff takes on a life of its own, sustaining the theme of the song and its upbeat expectations.Those who enjoyed her GRAMMY nominated hit “Issues” or who’ve been fans of her songwriting for artists such as Fifth Harmony, Selena Gomez, or Demi Lovato know that Julia Michaels is a creative force to be reckoned with. Her strength in verse and harmony, coming in toward the end of Urban’s latest, is warm and riveting at the same time. Urban’s New “Coming Home”: A Riff Apart keith-urbans-coming-home-features-julia-michaels-merle-haggard-riff-refresh Keith Urban’s “Coming Home” Features Julia Michaels, Merle Haggard Riff Refresh News Facebook Speaking to GRAMMY Museum Executive Director and “Required Listening” podcast host Scott Goldman at SXSW on March 16, Urban credited his affinity for collaborations as having made a big contribution to his artistic development. He also spoke about his upcoming album Graffiti U and summer tour. So in addition to the joys of “Coming Home,” Urban’s fans have a lot to look forward to.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

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Urban Latin Music Dominated 2018 According To Streaming Services

first_img Facebook 2018 Was A Huge Year For Urban Latin Music urban-latin-music-dominated-2018-according-streaming-services Twitter Email News Urban Latin Music Dominated 2018, According To Streaming Services YouTube, Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music have revealed their 2018 top music lists, all of which prominently featured Urban Latin artists, showing the genre’s increasing growthJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Dec 6, 2018 – 2:32 pm You’ve heard it a thousand times: Latin urban music is reaching greater audiences in the United States and outside the Spanish-speaking world. In 2018 alone, the genre known as the “Latino Gang,” GRAMMY nominee Cardi B, Latin GRAMMY winner J Balvin and Latin GRAMMY nominee Bad Bunny dominated streams and charts with “I Like It.”This year’s Latin GRAMMY Best New Artist Karol G and Latin GRAMMY nominees Ozuna and Nicky Jam also made waves with hip-hop and dembow inspired hits heard everywhere.To further cement Latin urban’s reign, streaming services YouTube, Pandora, Apple Music and Spotify have all released data that continue to show how the internet is helping the genre carve out a place in the U.S and global music market.On the global scale, YouTube has released its top most-viewed videos of 2018, with eight of its top 10 being Spanish-language songs. Taking first place is the remix version of Casper Magico, Nio Garcia and Darell’s reggaeton breakup song “Te Bote,” which also features rap verses by Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny and Ozuna with 1.45 billion views year-to-date, according to Variety.Meanwhile, Nicky Jam’s “X” featuring J Balvin, another reggaeton-infused, hip-shaking track, trails behind “Te Bote” with 1.40 billion views.This year the list features two more Spanish-language artists than last year. In 2017, six Spanish language songs made the top list with Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” in the No.1 spot.Music-streaming giant Spotify’s most globally streamed artist is Drake, but Colombian reggaeton artist J Balvin follows close behind at No. 4. Other artists on the global list’s top 10 include Ozuna and Bad Bunny at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively. Cardi B, who has had a few collaborations with Latin urban artists like Bad Bunny, J Balvin and Ozuna, is the No. 3 most streamed female artist of the year.Arguably, Spotify’s playlist game, with a recently launched strategy to make global music bigger, makes them the leader in that lane too. Urban Latin music makes an appearance on their top most-followed playlist of the year as the Baila Reggaeton is No. 4.While not as popular as in other lists, Cardi B, J Balvin and Bad Bunny popped up in Apple Music’s top lists, too. “I like It” is No. 6 on the Global 100 list and No. 10. The song was chosen by staff as Song Of The Year. READ: Ozuna Is Making Reggaeton Hits That Are Getting Global AttentionPandora, currently only in the U.S., published a list featuring the top Latin music streams and urban Latin music dominates. “I Like It” holds the No. 1 spot, followed by Nicky Jam and J Balvin’s “X,” and Ozuna’s La Modelo featuring Cardi B at No. 3. “Te Bote.”The growth in urban Latin music presence on digital charts, thanks in large part to streaming, is estimated to continue growing, but we’ll have to wait for 2019 to see how that will look like.Rosalía, Other Latin Music Artists Seeing Boom In Europe ShowsRead morelast_img read more

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Former AFROcom Developer Becomes Illumes Digital Strategy Director

first_imgWhen the AFRO ventured onto the Internet with its own website in 1994, it was the critical support of one of its employees, Seth McMillan, which played an integral role in that process. His position as an assistant to the AFRO executive team was actually his first job, but he discovered a talent and propensity for the digital world that has propelled him into an unexpected career – developing websites for large and start-up companies such as Webvisions, Lockheed Martin and Corvis. After only a year with Illume Communications, founded in 2003 by James Evans, McMillan is now their director of digital strategy. Known as the “webmaster” in the digital field, McMillan attributes his success to a few core principles: – Determination and patience, – keeping the right people close to him, – moving on the right opportunities at the right time and – being willing to take risks. McMillan spoke to the AFRO exclusively about his career current and future.AFRO: Describe Illume and its client base.McMillan: Illume Communications is a full-service, award-winning, brand and communications firm. We specialize in research-based creative strategies. Illume’s core competencies are developing compelling and effective messaging strategies. Illume starts this process by delving into the needs of our clients and digging even deeper into the mindsets of their target audiences. We finish the process by delivering thought-provoking communication devices in the language of the target audience. AFRO: Biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome?McMillan: Myself AFRO: Smartest move?McMillan: My career path thus far has been rewarding, including my latest to Illume which I believe is amongst the smartest. I’m at a point in my career where the environment and current positioning lends itself to some of the most exciting opportunities ahead. This would not have been possible however, without my former partnership and experience with Marriner Marketing Communications. AFRO: Who have been your mentors?McMillan: I’ve been fortunate to enjoy the company of some wonderfully brilliant people early in my career who’ve all played a pivotal role in directly or indirectly motivating me upward. To name a few… – My mother who instilled in me, from the time I was six, that I can do whatever I set   out to do; as long as I was committed. – Jake Oliver, publisher and CEO of the AFRO– Rev. Frances Draper – former president of the AFRO– Ellis Marsalis – IT professional and consultant AFRO: What lies ahead for you?McMillan: Entrepreneurship is in my blood. I’ve enjoyed its savor and it continues to be my ultimate goal. I’m also a huge believer in giving back in some fashion so, I committed myself to helping others in such a way that their lives can too have clearer purpose and hope. AFRO: Advice to the aspiring?McMillan: Opportunity is always there waiting to be recognized and observed by you. Act upon it with vigor and purpose. Be patient with yourself as you encounter the obstacles and challenges that are inevitably designed to generate lessons in life for later reflection.At the end of the day, if I can do it, you can too!last_img read more

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Bungie launches Bungie Aerospace project to boost indie game developers

first_imgBungie is fresh out of a 10-year exclusive agreement with Microsoft, and to celebrate, the company is launching Bungie Aerospace, a partnership where Bungie will work with independent game companies to kickstart their projects and support their game releases.Even though most gamers know Bungie because of the Halo series of games, it wasn’t too long ago that Bungie was an independent game company writing award-winning first person shooters for the Macintosh. Marathon was actually the game that inspired Microsoft to invest a large stake into Bungie, and in many ways the story, themes, and universe in Marathon heavily influenced Halo and its universe.Bungie is looking to pay it forward now that they have a name and success under them, and wants to reach out to independent game developers and help them built, market, and sell mobile and social games.The experience will be a two-way street for Bungie, who has little experience in the mobile or social gaming space. Bungie will work with indie houses to learn more about mobile gaming and social web-based gaming, while the smaller companies can leverage Bungie’s resources, talent, and marketing weight to get their games on the radar of players and game journalists.Bungie says the “Bungie Aerospace” metaphor is appropriate, because mobile and social gaming has the same kind of fire under it right now as the space race did during the cold war. Bungie also said to Geekwire that they’re looking to use some of the internal “rocket fuel” they’ve been developing for the past 20 years to help independent gamers get noticed.None of that is to say that Bungie is aiming its sights lower than it used to. At E3 earlier this month, the company took the wraps off of the next Halo game, a title that will kick off a new trilogy. Bungie is also working with Activision on a new, secretive game franchise which hasn’t been announced. For being a newly-independent firm, the company has a lot on its plate.via Geekwirelast_img read more

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For Sale Baby Shoes Never Worn – Hemingway and the Saddest SixWord

first_img“For sale, Baby shoes, Never Worn.” The legends surrounding Ernest Hemingway can be as interesting as the plots of his novels. The author was famous for his personal life, but some of “Papa’s” adventures verge into apocrypha.The above “story” is so short that it could fit into a title yet it resonates with depth and tragedy. This particular quote, supposedly originating in the 1920s, served as confirmation of Hemingway’s extraordinary talent and wit. It has also influenced numerous attempts to create a story in the six words frame, so-called flash or sudden fiction, giving only a glimpse of a story but in that glimpse delivering so much more.This particular story was believed to be written on a napkin in Luchow’s restaurant in Manhattan, while another version of the story claims that it was composed in the Algonquin Hotel, where a circle of New York intellectuals (known as the Algonquin Round Table) enjoyed discussions–and drinking–during lunch time. This is only the first of the discrepancies that surround this legend, for no one can say with certainty where it happened, or when, and witnesses are elusive.Ernest HemingwayAllegedly, the story was a result of a $10 bet among Hemingway and several writers at a lunch spiced with wordplay. Hemingway asked each of his colleagues to place a $10 wager, and in return, he would match it. His task was to create this shortest of stories. The only problem is, Hemingway probably never wrote it.Or if he did, the story wasn’t entirely his invention. Similar “ads” have been recorded as early as 1906. According to the Quote Investigator, an earlier version of this minimal sentence was “For Sale, Baby Carriage, Never Used,” published in a newspaper section called Terse Tales of the Town.Whether this was a bad joke or someone’s sad memory, we will never know. There are also two other versions written years before the supposed Hemingway bet was placed. One of them was an essay by William R. Kane, about a certain “wife who has lost her baby.” It was published in 1917, by the title “Little Shoes, Never Worn.”The “carriage” version was repeated in 1921, appearing in a column written by Roy K. Moulton, which held an ad attributed to an anonymous real-life character simply called Jerry:There was an ad in the Brooklyn “Home Talk” which read, “Baby carriage for sale, never used.” Would that make a wonderful plot for the movies?A six-word “novel” regarding a pair of baby shoes is considered an extreme example of flash fiction. Author: JD Hancock CC BY 2.0Let’s just assume that Ernest Hemingway was aware of these earlier versions and decided to cheat his way into winning a bet. After all, he very well acquainted with the world of reporters, journalists, and feuilleton writers. He could have known about the six-word punchline long before and could have used his wit to collect the wager and establish himself winner among potential rivals.But, truth be told, there is no evidence that such a bet actually ever took place, nor that Hemingway ever used this intelligent quote to soften the hearts of sardonic writers.Hemingway in uniform in Milan, 1918. He drove ambulances for two months until wounded.The story can be traced to a book published in 1991, titled Get Published! Get Produced! A Literary Agent’s Tips on How to Sell Your Writing. The book was written by a literary agent, Peter Miller, who mentions the anecdote about the bet placed in Luchow’s, as he heard it from an older newspaper account:Apparently, Ernest Hemingway was lunching at Luchow’s with a number of writers and claimed that he could write a short story that was only six words long. Of course, the other writers balked. Hemingway told each of them to put ten dollars in the middle of the table; if he was wrong, he said, he’d match it. If he was right, he would keep the entire pot. He quickly wrote six words down on a napkin and passed it around; Papa won the bet. The words were “FOR SALE, BABY SHOES, NEVER WORN.” A beginning, a middle and an end!There have been several more accounts over the years that attributed the quote to Hemingway, including an article by Arthur C. Clarke in a 1998 Reader’s Digest essay. Miller mentioned it again in a 2006 book, cementing it as Hemingway’s brainchild.Read another story from us: After his father committed suicide, Ernest Hemingway wrote: “I’ll probably go the same way”It was not until 2012 that a true academic investigation took place in order to solve the mystery of the never worn shoes. The Journal of Popular Culture published an article written by Frederick A. Wright that examined the origins of this story and debunked it as false.Many were probably disappointed to hear that the Nobel Prize-winning author wasn’t the man behind the heart-breaking story that he allegedly claimed was his best work. Nevertheless, the truth reveals something else―this false authorship only helped the story reach and inspire numerous people. These six words found their way into readers’ lives, and in the end, it doesn’t matter who wrote them. What matters is the impact it left on the way we perceive literature, as a compression of feelings that communicate directly with the human soul.last_img read more

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Meet Dash and Dot Robot Toys That Teach Kids How to Code

first_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. December 23, 2014center_img 3 min read What’s harder: shopping for the holidays or teaching your kids the basics of computer programming? A startup called Wonder Workshop is aiming to make both a little easier.Based in San Mateo, Calif., Wonder Workshop builds robots that help teach children age 5 and up how to code. Initially named Play-i, the company was founded in 2012 by CEO Vikas Gupta, CTO Saurabh Gupta and Mikal Greaves, VP of product.The inquisitive robots the company has built — Dash and Dot – are blue and orange, one-eyed, round and chatty. They can sense objects around them (to prevent bumping into walls) and respond to light and sound.Wonder WorkshopRelated: This Is What Robots Will Be Doing in 2025The robots were designed to be “emotionally engaging,” and inspire kids’ creativity.  “The way that the head and eye move independent of the body, that drives engagement,” says Gupta. “We also wanted it to be something kids could imagine as anything — we didn’t want it to be something they were already familiar with like a four-legged animal or two-legged human — so it has three legs…and one eye.”Wonder Workshop has developed four different apps to use with Dash and Dot that aim to teach programming and coding lessons through music, mazes, paths and puzzles. Users on the older side can even try their hand at making their own iOS and Android applications for the robots through Wonder Workshop’s open API. Related: This Robotic Butler Could Make Your Next Hotel Stay…InterestingWonder WorkshopThe duo – which, together, carry a $259 price tag — connect to Apple and Android devices via Bluetooth and can be charged by a computer.Wonder Workshop raised $1 million in seed funding prior to launching a crowdfunding campaign in October 2013. The campaign quickly gained an enthusiastic following, generating $250,000 in four days, and ultimately netting $1.4 million. Wonder Workshop has gone on to raise an additional $8 million in Series A funding, according to Crunchbase.Gupta says he was inspired to create the robots from watching his young daughter at play, and ultimately, he says he could see them utilized not just at home, but in the classroom as well.Related: People Prefer Robot Bosses, Study Shows“We are working with schools to make it available and accessible for a classroom, and building specific applications that would work well in that setting,” he says.And there seems to be a need. Last year, only 44 percent of high-school graduates were prepared for college-level math and 36 percent were prepared for university-level science courses, according to the National Math and Science Initiative. To that end, Wonder Workshop promises to appeal to curious kids and parents who want to inspire an enthusiasm for coding and programming in their kids early.  Related: Meet Plantoid, the Robot That Grows Like the Roots of a Plant last_img read more

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Recap Nine mile queues and severe delays on M6 due to overrunning

first_imgDad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collision There have been severe delays on the M6 motorway in Cheshire this morning after an overnight closure for roadworks overran. The Northbound carriageway was closed until around 7.30am due to the over-running white lining works from J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich /  Holmes  Chapel) to J19 A556 (Knutsford) Roadworks were scheduled to be completed by 6am. according to traffic data company Inrix. A Highways England spokesman said:  “M6 northbound between J18 and J19 Is now open, overnight roadworks have been removed sufficiently that traffic can use, workers are removing the final part of the closure. “Delays of at least an hour on the approach, with around 9 miles of queues.“ Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Police search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes   Congestion was reported as far back as junction 16. Other roadworks operated by Highways England overnight – including on the A50 Westbound between Uttoxeter and Blythe Bridge and on the M6 southbound between junction 11 and junction 10 have finished as planned. Read More’He battled until the very end’ – Grieving family’s heartache as ‘inspirational’ dad-of-four loses cancer fight at age of 47 (Image: Inrix) Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive  or message us on  our Facebook page  . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive  08:10End of live feedThis is the end of our live feed. Residual delays are reported to continue.07:57Breakdown reported within residual delaysOne lane blocked and queueing traffic due to broken down lorry on M6 Northbound from J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) to J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe). In the roadworks area.Lane two (of three) is blocked, breakdown has occurred within the residual delays of the earlier over-running roadworks between J18 and J19. 07:35Nine miles of queuesA Highways England spokesman said:M6 northbound between J18 and J19 Is now open, overnight roadworks have been removed sufficiently that traffic can use, workers are removing the final part of the closure. Delays of at least an hour on the approach, with around 9 miles of queues. “07:2875 minute delays reported75 minute delays reported on M6.07:19All lanes now openInrix now reports all lanes have reopened07:11One lane has now reopenedInrix now reports one lane has reopened.07:07Cheshire East ask motorists to consider alternative routes due to ongoing delaysA Cheshire East Council spokesman said:Slow northbound from J17 at Sandbach – please consider using alternate routes and drive with care.” 07:06Closure now being liftedA Highways England spokesman said;Closure of the M6 northbound between J18 and J19 is in the process of being removed. J18 northbound entry slip will reopen, followed by the main carriageway. “06:49Work ongoingA Highways England spokesman said: “Overnight closure of the M6 northbound between J18 and J19 remains in place, work to complete the white lining has overran. We are working to get this done as quickly and safely as possible, so that the road can be reopened.”06:44Delays of around 50 minutesWe’re getting reports of delays of around 50 minutes06:44Delays back to junction 16Traffic England is now reporting issues back towards junction 16.06:2530 minute delays against expected trafficTraffic England is now reporting 30 minute delays against expected traffic, with delays now reported back past junction 17.06:23Delay causing congestion – police confirmA North West Motorway Police spokesman said:Overnight roadworks on the M6 NB J18-J19 remain in place. Highways England are making to assist contractors remove the closure. It is causing some delays at the moment.”last_img read more

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first_img Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Cardio-oncology | July 29, 2019 Statins Reduce Stroke, Cardiovascular Risk in Cancer Patients Following Radiation Cancer patients taking cholesterol-lowering statin medication following radiation therapy of the chest, neck or head… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more January 23, 2009 – Next Wed., Jan. 28, a group of radiation oncology providers, manufacturers and patient groups will host an educational forum focused on one of the least understood cancer treatments: radiation. The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), 21st Century Oncology, American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO), US Oncology, Vantage Oncology and Varian Medical Systems will co-host the forum. This inaugural Capitol Hill forum will feature Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) discussing her experience as a breast cancer patient treated with radiation and Rep. Parker Griffith (D-AL), the first radiation oncologist elected to Congress. In addition, Rep. Myrick’s radiation oncologist will explain how and why radiation treatment destroys tumor cells.The event will include an expert from the American Cancer Society highlighting the benefits radiation treatment provides to cancer patients. A National Cancer Institute official will also demonstrate how investments in cancer research and cutting edge technology are increasing the efficacy of radiation treatment, while minimizing side effects.The forum will take place in room HC-8 of the U.S. Capitol from Noon – 1:30 p.m. ET. For more information: www.usoncology.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more last_img read more

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ON Semiconductor Introduces New CCD Image Sensor

first_img Technology | Radiation Dose Management | April 04, 2019 Omega Medical Imaging Launches AI-enabled FluoroShield for Radiation Reduction The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Omega Medical Imaging 510(k) clearance to offer their artificial… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more Related Content March 6, 2017 — ON Semiconductor announced the release of a new CCD image sensor that enables video imaging under reduced X-ray dosage conditions for digital radiography.The KAF-09001 image sensor provides the same imaging performance as the KAF-09000 used today for digital radiography image capture, but incorporates an improved output architecture that supports a high-sensitivity video mode, facilitating patient positioning while minimizing overall X-ray exposure. With a resolution of 9 megapixels, the KAF-09001 shares the same high-sensitivity, low-noise 12 micron (µm) pixels as the existing KAF-09000. The quad-output design incorporated into the new device supports readout speeds up to 20 MHz, providing a 10x increase in full resolution frame rate and up to 10 frames per second (fps) video preview when the device is operated with 3 x 3 binning.The KAF-09001 is available in both standard and engineering grades in a RoHS-compliant CERDIP-60 package with an integrated CuW cooling plate. The device is available with monochrome spectral sensitivity in both sealed and taped glass configurations.For more information: www.onsemi.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more center_img Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | March 06, 2017 ON Semiconductor Introduces New CCD Image Sensor New high-sensitivity sensor provides video preview with low-dosage imaging 360 Photos | Angiography | May 17, 2019 360 View Inside a Cath/EP Lab at Baylor Heart Hospital This is a view inside one of the 11 cath labs at … read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | March 04, 2019 Aidoc Announces CE Mark for AI-based Pulmonary Embolism Workflow Tool Artificial intelligence (AI) radiology solution provider Aidoc announced the commercial release of its CE-marked… read morelast_img read more

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