Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ San Miguel never scored again after that Fajardo slam after Ginebra ended the game on a 9-0 run.“I don’t know until when I’ll carry the blame but we have to regroup, get some rest, and prepare for our next game,” said Fajardo. “It’s hard but we’ve been in this situation before so I think we can do it all over again.”“We just have to give it our all, give our best, and we have to go all out.”ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Fajardo, who was 3-of-4 from the line before he clanked his charities, took the blame for the Beermen’s disappointing 87-83 loss.“It’s just frustrating, I missed those free throws,” said Fajardo in Filipino on Sunday as his team finds itself on the brink of yielding the Commissioner’s Cup title. “Because of those misses, if I just got it to go the story might have been different.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I missed, that was on me. If I had made those free throws we could’ve won I could’ve changed the story. We lost, that’s on me.”Overall, Fajardo still had a spectacular game, going 10-of-12 from the field for 23 points including a poster dunk in transition against Scottie Thompson that gave the Beermen an 83-78 lead. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA stacked trophy case won’t protect someone from late-game jitters, even if that cabinet included four PBA MVP trophies and seven Best Player of the Conference awards both of which are most in league history.With San Miguel up, 83-82, against Barangay Ginebra, June Mar Fajardo stepped up to the charity stripe with 56.6 seconds left in Game 5 and missed.ADVERTISEMENT Kings of the clutch LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
A general view of competitors swimming in the Boulder Reservoir during the IRONMAN Boulder on June 10, 2018 in Boulder, Colorado. Donald Miralle/Getty Images for IRONMAN/AFPBOULDER, Colo. — An athlete died a day after he was pulled from the water during the Boulder Ironman 70.3 triathlon in Colorado. It was the third death in four years of Ironman competitions in Boulder.A witness, physician Donald Cain from Wisconsin, told the Daily Camera in Boulder that a man was pulled from the water on Saturday, and Ironman officials say the athlete died Sunday. The Boulder County coroner identified the man as 50-year-old Scott Michaelis, of Wichita, Kansas.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep PLAY LIST 01:05SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View comments Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Chris Paul donates $2.5M to Wake Forest basketball program In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew A 70.3 triathlon, or half Ironman, involves swimming 1.2 miles (1.9 kilometers), biking 56 miles (90 kilometers) and running 13.1 miles (21 kilometers).Thirty-four-year-old Michelle Walters, of McCook, Nebraska, died after being struck by a vehicle during the 2016 race, and 40-year-old Brian Godlove of Fairfax, Virginia, died three days after a 2015 race from dehydration and muscle tissue breakdown.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’
A city businessman is now counting his losses after a fire razed the upper flat of his four-storey premises on Robb Street, Georgetown on Friday morning.According to A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander, Clifton Hicken, the fire started just around 09:00h on Robb Street, between Camp and Alexander Streets.He noted that the area was immediately cordoned off so as to allow the Guyana Fire Service the necessary space to extinguish the fire.Fire Fighters trying to contain the blaze in the upper flat of the burning buildingSpeaking with Guyana Times, the owner of a nearby business, Jab Rahaman, related that three men were using a welding machine on the upper flat of the four-storey building at the time when the fire started. This newspaper was told that the generator which was being used to power the machine suffered a short circuit and burst into flames.However, Rahaman stated that instead of extinguishing the fire, the three men who were reportedly working, ran away from the scene.“When the smoke start come through the ceiling then everybody get to understand is a fire, then I get a call and I came down,” he said, while noting that upon arrival, he immediately turned off the power in his business.Up to Friday afternoon, the three men who were allegedly present when the fire began have not yet been identified. Also present at the scene was Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan. There were no reported injuries.An investigation has been launched.
“A black couldn’t get elected by sheer force of black votes,” Winn said. “But a black could get elected if he had the support of the community.” Over the hill, blacks have had an ironic advantage in L.A. politics, said Tom Hogen-Esch, director of policy studies for the California State University, Northridge, Center for Southern California Studies. “Segregation,” he said. Racial covenants that limited blacks to buying homes in specific neighborhoods essentially created African-American districts. And for the past 44 years, blacks have represented without interruption City Council districts 8, 9 and 10 – each containing large parts of historically black L.A. But this was never true in the Valley. Though most real estate agents would only sell Pacoima homes to blacks moving to the suburbs after World War II, the population was never large enough to dominate an electoral district. The closest an African-American from the Valley has come to representing the community was when LeRoy Chase missed qualifying for the 1993 general election for District 7 by 646 votes. “I wasn’t disappointed at all,” said Chase, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of San Fernando Valley. “When I ran for office, I told people I couldn’t lose. They didn’t believe me. But if I won, I would have had a different job. … If I didn’t win, I was still a winner because of the P.R. that was generated for the Boys & Girls Club.” By that time, blacks had begun fleeing the Valley in search of more affordable lives in the Antelope Valley, the Inland Empire and out of state. The exodus accelerated citywide as the ’90s wore on. Accounting for 14 percent of L.A. residents in 1990, according to census data, the African-American population fell to 9.9 percent two years ago. Meanwhile, historically black neighborhoods became predominantly Latino. (The 2000 U.S. Census found Pacoima, once predominantly black, was 83 percent Latino.) And yet African-American political power has sustained. In addition to holding three council seats since 1963, blacks have traditionally filled three L.A. congressional seats, two in the state Senate, four to six in the Assembly and one on the school board. And 14 years ago, Yvonne B. Burke was elected to join the five-member county Board of Supervisors. “People have been prophesying the decline of black power now for the last 20 years and it just hasn’t happened,” said Fernando J. Guerra, director of Loyola Marymount University’s Center for the Study of Los Angeles. “Mostly, because reapportionment has created viable districts, black voters come out to vote and black candidates have been good crossover candidates.” In 1973, when Tom Bradley was elected L.A.’s first black mayor, it wasn’t just because he got the black vote, but also the Jewish vote and the Westside liberal vote. “And it wasn’t just the vote,” said Raphael J. Sonenshein, author of “Politics in Black and White: Race and Power in Los Angeles.” “That was just the beginning of it. It was the whole notion of coalition, and that became symbolic for his ability to win citywide.” But after Bradley left office in 1993, after the Rodney King riots and increasing accusations of black anti-Semitism nationwide, the groups parted ways. Now, blacks and Jews are competing for a rapport with Latinos, said Sonenshein, a political science professor at California State University, Fullerton. “But the big question is: Can (blacks) form partnerships with Latinos?” Hogen-Esch said. “There is a tremendous amount of tension in these neighborhoods undergoing transition. All you need to do is look at the kids in these schools in South Los Angeles where the kids are rioting. It is an indication of social tension, as is the rioting in the prisons.” Black politicians who recently have demonstrated the ability to rise quickly have been successful at bridging the communities. Like Assembly Majority Leader Karen Bass. In 1990, Bass founded the Community Coalition in South L.A., a grass-roots organization with a broad mission to fight poverty, racism and joblessness. Not just for blacks but all living in the area. Supported by blacks, Latinos and Jews, she entered politics in 2005 to represent the 47th Assembly District, which runs from Leimert Park to Koreatown to Westwood. “I have no problem focusing on African-American issues,” Bass said. “But focusing on African-American issues does not mean that is the only thing operating in my brain.” With Assemblyman Richard Alarc n running for the Northeast Valley’s City Council District 7, his 39th Assembly seat could be the next opportunity for a black Valley politician. A competitive candidate, political analysts said, would be a coalition builder a la Bradley and Bass, campaign on community issues and have broad appeal. Race, black Valley leaders said, should neither help nor hurt. “The Valley is bigger than the color line now,” said Mel Wilson, a black businessman who ran for Valley mayor during the 2002 secession effort. “And I don’t think it would be difficult for an African-American to garner enough of the vote if they decided to run for office for any or all of the San Fernando Valley. “From my perspective, the Valley thinks more in line of what is this person’s activities in the community.” email@example.com (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke to a cadre of young Latino politicians at a fundraiser at the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center this month, a black woman approached Robert Winn and asked about African-American political might. “We stand in good stead,” said Winn, a black political consultant. Indeed, more than half of the San Fernando Valley’s 60,000 blacks are registered to vote. And they have the highest voter turnout among minorities, making them a crucial voting bloc. But whether an African-American will ever be elected to represent the Valley – that’s a different question.
The north east BC unemployment rate has surged well past the provincial average and is now within less than half a percentage point of the national average at 6.8 per centThe local area regional rate jumped from 6.1 per cent in June, to 6.4 per cent in July, but province wide StatsCan numbers show 15 thousand people found work in BC last month pushing the provincial jobless figure down three basis points to 5.8 per cent.The north east now sits in the middle of the pack among seven development regions in the province.- Advertisement -It is nearly two per cent higher than the Thompson/Okanagan, which has the low end rate at 4.6, but it is also nearly three per cent lower than Kootenays with the highest jobless rate at 9.1.These numbers also show the north east rate has increased in each of the last five months, and is up more than two per cent from where it was in March, at 4.2The increase comes in spite of what the number crunchers say is a province wide year-over-year employment increase of 23,000.Advertisement
A dozy driver was caught speeding by the same speed camera van THREE times – in less than an hour.The driver passed a speed van three times in an hour.The man, who is now based in London, was driving up and down the Main Street in Falcarragh.But he failed to notice that there was a parked speed van in the area.Solicitor Cormac Hartnett said his client just did not notice the van.Judge Paul Kelly said he must have been distracted if he could not see the van on three occasions.He fined the man for two of the offences and took the third into consideration. DRIVER CAUGHT BY SPEED VAN THREE TIMES – IN AN HOUR! was last modified: July 18th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal. Falcarraghspeed van
(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Sound engineers know how to use gain control to avoid “redlining” or saturating the signal while amplifying weak but important signals. Your nose knows that trick, too.The sense of smell is complex because of the tremendous variety of odorant molecules that must be interpreted. Molecules that trigger signals in the initial neurons trigger a cascade of responses that pass through a chain of olfactory organs and neurons before reaching the brain. Some of these organs “format” the signal for the brain, explained Harvard Professor Venkatesh Murthy in a Harvard press release, “Sniff mechanics,” posted also on Science Daily. Murthy’s team achieved a new level of precision to identify the functions in the olfactory pathway.Reaching that level of precision was critical, Murthy explained, because while the olfactory bulb contains many “principal” neurons that are responsible for sending signals to other the parts of the brain, it is also packed with interneurons, which appear to play a role in formatting olfactory information as it comes into the brain.But the complexity doesn’t stop there. There’s not only formatting, but feedback:“The image of the brain as a linear processor is a convenient one, but almost all brains, and certainly mammalian brains, do not rely on that kind of pure feed-forward system,” Murthy said. “On the contrary, it now appears that the higher regions of the brain, which are responsible for interpreting olfactory information, are communicating with lower parts of the brain on a near-constant basis.”Using advanced techniques, Murthy’s team identified that the interneurons receive messages back from the brain – feedback. This feedback serves as a method of gain control:“If you make a system that is very good at detecting weak signals, it becomes saturated as the signal gets stronger, and eventually it’s impossible to differentiate between strong signals,” Murthy said. “To avoid that problem, brain circuits use a process called gain control. By inhibiting certain neurons, it ensures that you stay within the detection range, so you don’t miss the weak things, but you don’t miss the very strong things either.”The brain can effectively turn down the gain knob on certain neurons, like a sound engineer at a mixing console subduing an input that is too loud, while simultaneously turning up the gain for inputs that are too weak. The brain can say, “I heard you” to one input while switching attention to weaker signals. Other senses use gain control, but “the extent of the olfactory feedback was surprising,” the press release said.There’s also gain control at the receiving end. The olfactory bulb can turn up the gain for weak but important signals:Even more surprising, Murthy said, was evidence that the olfactory bulb’s principal neurons were also receiving feedback signals — albeit weak ones — that appeared to prime them for incoming signals.“These weak connections help the principal neuron get over the top when it’s listening to weak inputs,” Murthy said. “If there’s a weak smell coming in, but it’s not able to drive the principal neuron over the threshold to signal the rest of the brain, but say you’re in an environment where you’re primed to smell that weak smell — we believe this feedback from this higher area of the brain is sort of tickling these principal neurons, so when there’s a weak input you’re able to smell it.Murthy recognized that the sense of smell is very important for many animals. A weak smell may signal danger, but it must not be overpowered by other strong odors in the environment. That’s where gain control is essential, Murthy explained: “We are hypothesizing that this mechanism, where the cortex is talking back to the olfactory bulb and suppressing neurons, through this feedback they may be able to detect that weak signal.”Isn’t it wonderful what the blind, impersonal forces of nature evolved. Without any foresight, millions of mutations brought forth a finely-tuned mechanism, like a mixing console, and a brain to operate it. In the imagination of the evolutionist, all things are possible. Close your eyes and speculate.Something about that mindset has a foul odor. It must be Darwin of the Gaps.Fortunately, in this press release there was no mention of evolution. Hats off to Murthy for sparing us the foul odor and giving us another wonder of the human body that has the sweet smell of intelligent design, even without the sight of those words in print.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Other big companies are also heading in this direction – in particular, Yahoo was an early leader.Example 3: Wolfram Alpha Ever since Wolfram|Alpha‘s much hyped launch in May, we’ve been tracking this innovative product closely. It’s a self-described “computational knowledge engine” and while it’s not quite the Google killer some predicted, it has many potential uses. Wolfram|Alpha has a search engine-like interface, allowing you to type natural language statements into it. But the main part of the product is the computations you can do on data. The product is premised on using and computing data. If Web 2.0 was about creating data (a.k.a. user generated content), then the next generation of the Web is all about using that data.ConclusionWe can see from the above three examples that structured data is rapidly becoming a feature of today’s Web. Companies like Thomson Reuters and Google are enabling data to be structured, and new types of products (like Wolfram|Alpha) will make use of structured data in ways we perhaps can’t imagine right now.ReadWriteWeb’s Top 5 Web Trends of 2009:Structured DataThe Real-Time WebPersonalizationMobile Web & Augmented RealityInternet of Things Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Example 1: OpenCalais Our first example product, OpenCalais, is probably the best current example of Linked Data (which is a type of structured data endorsed by W3C). Thomson Reuters, the international business and financial news giant, launched an API called OpenCalais in Feb ’08. In a nutshell, OpenCalais turns unstructured HTML into semantically marked up data. It orders data into groups such as ‘people,’ ‘places,’ ‘companies’ and more. This way, third party applications and sites can build interesting new things from that data – one of the defining principles of Linked Data. For a full explanation of Linked Data, read Alexander Korth’s technical introduction The Web of Data: Creating Machine-Accessible Information from April 2009. I also explained the background and benefits of Linked Data in a May ’09 post entitled Linked Data is Blooming: Why You Should Care. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Example 2: Google Rich Snippets In May this year, Google added structured data to its core search, in the form of a feature called ‘Rich snippets.’ Essentially this feature extracts and shows useful information from web pages, by way of structured data open standards such as microformats and RDFa. On launch in May, Google invited publishers to mark up their HTML. While it will take a while for this markup to become widespread, the fact that a huge company like Google implemented it shows the increasing importance of structured data on the Web. richard macmanus This week ReadWriteWeb will run a series of posts detailing what we think are the five biggest, most cutting-edge Web trends to come out of 2009. We’ll be posting one trend analysis per day. Then at the end of the week we’ll publish a major update to our standard presentation about web technology trends. The first major Web trend we’re looking at is Structured Data. In prior presentations, this has sometimes been referred to under the umbrella term of ‘Semantic Web’. However the way 2009 has panned out so far, it’s become clear that this trend is much more than the Semantic Web. In this post, we’ll analyze the developments in Structured Data this year and provide you with 3 product examples: OpenCalais, Google, Wolfram Alpha.Editor’s note: This story is part of a series we call Redux, where we’ll re-publish some of our best posts of 2009. As we look back at the year – and ahead to what next year holds – we think these are the stories that deserve a second glance. It’s not just a best-of list, it’s also a collection of posts that examine the fundamental issues that continue to shape the Web. We hope you enjoy reading them again and we look forward to bringing you more Web products and trends analysis in 2010. Happy holidays from Team ReadWriteWeb!Web of Data, Not DocumentsTim Berners-Lee said in February this year that we’re now in a Web of Data, rather than a Web of Documents. The organization that Berners-Lee heads, the W3C, has heavily promoted two key initiatives that are helping to build this Web of Data: the Semantic Web and more recently Linked Data. However over the past few years, we’ve seen that there are many other ways to structure data and enable others to build off it. The best current example is surely Twitter, whose API has historically been responsible for around 90% of Twitter’s activity – via third party apps.The basic principle of the Web of Data is still the same as what Alex Iskold articulated on ReadWriteWeb back in March 2007: “unstructured information will give way to structured information – paving the road to more intelligent computing.” Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Features#NYT#Structured Data#Trends#web
Sanitation experts here on Wednesday laid emphasis on bringing about a sustained behaviour change in the local communities to achieve the target of making the villages, towns and districts Open Defecation Free (ODF) in Rajasthan. The harmful impacts of open defecation on people’s health and children’s nutrition should be brought to their notice, they said.The occasion was the State-level inauguration of “Swachhta Hi Sewa: Swachh Yuva Diwas” on the Rajasthan University campus here. State Rural Development Minister Rajendra Rathore said six districts had so far been declared open defecation free, while 10 more would be given the ODF status by December this year.‘Onus on youth’“Of the 9,851 village panchayats in the State, 6,375 have been declared open defecation free,” Mr. Rathore said. The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan would succeed if the youth adopted it as a movement, he added.UNICEF-Rajasthan chief Isabelle Bardem said that against the access of 27.3% households to sanitary toilets in 2012 in the State, 87% households had sanitary toilets built in their premises till this month. “Stopping open defecation will restore women’s dignity and protect them against harassment and sexual offences,” she said.A massive rally of the university and college students was organised on the campus and the theatre artistes staged a presentation on the community-led total sanitation process. The event was organised jointly by UNICEF and the university’s Centre for Mass Communication.
You’re not imagining that your synthetic gym shorts emit an unholy reek after a hard workout. The stench is real, and there’s a reason for it, a new study in Applied and Environmental Microbiology shows. Scientists asked volunteers to sniff both cotton and polyester T-shirts that healthy people had worn in an intense, hourlong spin class, but not until the sweaty shirts had “incubated” for 28 hours. (Letting the shirts stew gave bacteria time to break the fatty acids found in sweat down to the smaller, airborne molecules that make us stink.) After determining that the polyester shirts did, indeed, smell worse than the cotton ones, the researchers took a microscopic look at the fabric to determine why. They found that the bacteria micrococci—the main culprit in turning sweat rank—grows much better on polyester than on cotton, likely because moisture is not absorbed, but rather stored, between synthetic fibers. The team is now trying to determine precisely why polyester is such a refuge for micrococci. In the meantime, they recommend that gymgoers worried about their offensive BO switch to cotton.