Austrias Parliament Rejects Draft Resolution Hostile to Moroccos Position on Western

Rabat – An Austrian parliament committee rejected a draft resolution which was hostile to Morocco’s position on Western Sahara.During a March 7 Foreign Affairs Committee session at the Austrian parliament, several leftist politicians attempted to pass a draft resolution which was hostile to Morocco’s official stance on the four-decade-long conflict over Western Sahara.The attempt to adopt a pro-separatist resolution was guided by a member of the Austrian Social Democratic Party, Petra Baur. The draft resolution called for the “extension of the mandate of MINURSO to include the monitoring of human rights,” an unidentified diplomatic source told Moroccan news outlet Le360.The resolution, however, received “strong opposition” from other Austrian political parties and was outvoted and was put off forever, added the source. “As soon as the draft resolution was tabled in early March, Moroccan authorities carried out an awareness campaign,” said the Moroccan diplomat.In response to the draft resolution, “the Moroccan ambassador in Austria, Lotfi Bouchaara, met with several members of parliament from different political parties to alert them to the biased and subjective content of this draft resolution,” added the source.According to the same source, “No resolution of the Security Council recommends the extension of MINURSO’s mandate to human rights. On the contrary, UN resolutions welcome the initiatives taken by Morocco in this regard.”Quoting the Moroccan diplomat, Le360 added that “it is legally incorrect to say that all peacekeeping operations have a human rights component. This is inaccurate and unjustified in the cause of MINURSO because the Moroccan national institutions function perfectly as evidenced by the Security Council resolutions.”Morocco has maintained long diplomatic ties with Austria. The bonds linking the two nations began in 1783. “It is a very old friendship that binds the two countries. In recent years, bilateral relations have intensified” between the two sides at different levels, including political-diplomatic, economic and cultural levels,” said the diplomatic source.“We are committed to preserving and strengthening this positive dynamic. We took note of the Parliament’s decision not to adopt this resolution. It is a wise approach,” the Moroccan ambassador said. read more

Three killed in accident Update

The accident had taken place near the second mile post at Randenigala, the police said.Two people died on admission to hospital while the other person succumbed to his injuries later. (Colombo Gazette) Three people including two policemen were killed following an accident in Randenigala this morning.According to the police, a lorry crashed with a three-wheeler injuring three people who were in the vehicle.

Together we can make a difference says General Assembly President previewing work

The annual general debate brought to New York 117 Heads of State and Government, three Vice-Presidents, 56 Ministers, he said, which shows the increasing interest of world leaders in addressing today’s challenges, especially formulating the post-2015 development agenda. “We will build on the success and the momentum of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which end next year, but we must now formulate an ambitious, inclusive and transformative agenda that will benefit the livelihoods of all people,” said Mr. Kutesa. The overarching objective is the eradication of poverty and hungry. Financing that agenda will be key during this session, he said. Another focus for the Assembly will be on transferring technology and capacity-building in developing countries. It is important to find methods of financing, including from the private sector and civil society, “over and above” traditional official development assistance (ODA). He went on to say that peace and security were also discussed at the debate, which ran from 24 to 30 September. Many Heads of State called for a global response to combat terrorist groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Al-Qaida, Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram. In addition, Member States had asked for further cooperation between the UN and regional and subregional organizations to try to optimize synergies, especially in nations emerging from conflict, and towards peacebuilding. Most speakers were “very clear on climate change,” said Mr. Kutesa, adding that it was interesting to see the “growing appetite” to discuss a binding treaty, which would be the focus of a 2015 meeting in Paris of the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). “More than ever, I have seen more people, more Heads of State, more countries talking about the need for legally binding treaty on climate change,” he said. Rule of law and good governance were also discussed.Ebola in West African countries came up as a major concern and appreciation was expressed for the initiative taken by the General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Security Council to establish a UN mission in West Africa that will coordinate support to countries affected. The theme of the 69th session, “Delivering on and implementing a transformative post-2015 development agenda”, underscores the need to focus on ensuring effective implementation. read more

Andy Palmer appointed Aston Martin CEO

It has been announced that Dr Andy Palmer CMG will become Aston Martin’s new Chief Executive Officer.British-born Palmer will join the Gaydon-based luxury and sports car manufacturer from his current position as Chief Planning Officer at Nissan Motor Corporation.Palmer began his career in 1979 as an apprentice for Automotive Products Limited, before joining Austin Rover in 1986. He started work at Nissan in 1991 and moved to Japan 13 years ago. In recent years, he has been named the automotive industry’s most influential executive by Auto Express magazine, and the world’s third most influential Chief Marketing Officer by the CMO influence survey.Aston Martin’s shareholder board said, “We’re delighted that Andy will join us as our new CEO at this important time at Aston Martin. Andy’s wealth of experience on the global automotive stage in marketing and sales, engineering and technology, and luxury and brand management will be instrumental in taking Aston Martin forward through its most significant and ambitious period of investment to date.”In 2013, Andy Palmer gave the keynote speech at SMMT’s International Automotive Summit. He stressed the importance of BRIC countries to manufacturers’ success, and shared his belief that in future years every car will feature electric propulsion of some kind. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Martin Brodeurs Legacy By The Numbers

St. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur, who retired Tuesday, is a sure first-ballot Hall of Famer, having backstopped the New Jersey Devils to three Stanley Cups while setting the all-time record for most goaltending victories. He was also arguably the best puck-handling goaltender ever, inspiring subsequent goalies to leave the crease so often the NHL instituted new rules to curtail the activity. In the mainstream view, Brodeur’s legacy will be that of the consummate winner and innovator.Brodeur’s statistical legacy, however, has always been more complicated. Although he excelled in traditional goaltending categories like wins and goals-against average, his career also coincided with the advent of more sophisticated hockey analysis. For instance, Brodeur led the NHL in wins nine times, and finished in the top five on five other occasions — but suddenly it made less sense to credit the goaltender for the entire quality of his team. Brodeur had the second-lowest goals-against average of his era, but that number needed to be adjusted for the quality of his defenders (he faced the league’s second-lowest rate of shots per minute). And all that fancy puck-handling? Turns out it barely matters, if at all.One of the first analytical hockey blogs I can remember was called “Brodeur Is A Fraud.” Clickbait-y title? Sure. But behind it was a crusade for statistical thinking that mirrored the early efforts of sabermetricians in baseball. Brodeur took on outsize importance to the author (eventually revealed to be a Canadian accountant named Philip Myrland) because he was symbolic, a stand-in for all of the players overrated by traditional numbers. Brodeur was the flashpoint where conventional wisdom abutted hockey’s burgeoning analytics movement.So, with the benefit of further statistical advances, where does Brodeur stand? According to Tom Tango’s wins above replacement (WAR) method, Brodeur rates as the fourth-most valuable goalie since 1983-84, when the league officially began tracking save percentage.A lot of that is attributable to Brodeur’s durability. As Cam Charron wrote, Brodeur wasn’t a whole lot better than average at stopping pucks on a per-shot basis, but he did it for an extremely long time. Brodeur has 59.5 career WAR; a completely average goalie would have posted almost exactly half that — 30.0 WAR (which itself would rank 17th since 1984) — if he’d played as much as Brodeur did. By comparison, a league-average net-minder would have just 28 percent of Patrick Roy’s WAR total, and 23 percent of Dominik Hasek’s, if he matched their playing time.This is not necessarily a knock on Brodeur. Perhaps more advanced metrics don’t view him as favorably as his high win total seems to warrant, but they also recognize the long-term value of consistent quality (he was above-average every season but two between 1993-94 and 2009-10) at a position where excellence is so difficult to maintain. read more

Buckeyes take over No 1 mens basketball ranking

The Ohio State men’s basketball team took over the No. 1 ranking in the latest ESPN/USA Today coaches’ and Associated Press Top 25 polls, released this afternoon. Now the Buckeyes (18-0, 5-0 Big Ten) just hope their reign lasts longer than the OSU football team’s did. Off to their best start since beginning the 1961-62 campaign 22-0, the Buckeyes play seven of their next 10 games against ranked opponents. OSU earned 28 of 31 first-place votes in the coaches poll and 49 of 65 top votes in the AP. The OSU football team held the nation’s No. 1 ranking for one week in mid-October before losing at Wisconsin, 31-18, and falling in the polls. Also today, point guard Aaron Craft earned the nod as Big Ten Freshman Player of the Week. Craft scored a career-high 19 points in the Buckeyes’ 69-66 win over Penn State on Saturday. OSU has swept the award through the first 10 weeks of the season, with forward Jared Sullinger winning eight times and forward Deshaun Thomas once. Sullinger is a National Player of the Year candidate, averaging 17.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, both team highs. read more

Facebook and banks face lawsuit over misleading investors

first_imgFACEBOOK AND A NUMBER of banks will now face a lawsuit accusing the company of misleading investors about its financial health before its initial public offering (IPO) back in May 2012.US District judge Robert Sweet said that investors could pursue claims that Facebook should have disclosed internal projections on how increased mobile usage and product decisions could reduce future revenue, Reuters reports.The lawsuit, filed in June 2012, claims Facebook “selectively” disclosed parts of its revenue outlook to some investors and not all. Those estimates were lower due to expectations of increased mobile use, something that the company had trouble generating revenue from at the time.The claimants are seeking damages resulting from them having sold or holding onto the shares as they fell below the IPO price, bottoming at $17 (€12) during September 2012. Since then, it has grown steadily and is now worth $55.57 (€40) today.More than 40 defendants were sued, including Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, lead underwriter Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase and Co.In court papers, the defendants had argued that Facebook had no obligation to make the requested disclosures, and that the company’s actual results exceeded original projections.In its latest earnings report in October, Facebook generated €1.48 billion in revenue during the third quarter of 2013. Most of its growth came from ad revenue on mobile which made up approximately 49 per cent of its overall ad revenue.The site had 1.19 billion monthly active users and 728 million daily active users as of September 2013.Read: Facebook’s auto-play video ads are arriving this week >Read: Woman accidentally walks off pier while checking Facebook on her phone >last_img read more

Ouch Facebook delivers an epic burn to Princeton University

first_imgP.S. We don’t really think Princeton or the world’s air supply is going anywhere soon. We love Princeton (and air). As data scientists, we wanted to give a fun reminder that not all research is created equal – and some methods of analysis lead to pretty crazy conclusions.Nicely done sir. Nicely done.Read: Is Facebook an ‘infectious disease that will die out’? EARLIER THIS WEEK researchers at Princeton University compared Facebook to an ‘infectious disease that will die out’.Two doctoral candidates in mechanical and aerospace engineering claimed in a (non peer reviewed) paper that the social network is set for a massive fall, and that it will lose 80 per cent of its peak users between 2015 and 2017.Well, Facebook isn’t taking it lying down, and set about doing a little research of its own.Mike Develin, a data scientist at Facebook decided to “find out more about this Princeton University”, sarcastically referring to the “robust methodology featured in the paper” and stating that he would be employing those same methods himself.So, what did he find?“Our research unequivocally demonstrated that Princeton may be in danger of disappearing entirely”“Since 2009 the percentage of ‘Princeton’ papers in [academic] journals has dropped dramatically”“This trend suggests that Princeton will have only half its current enrollment by 2018, and by 2021 it will have no students at all”Develin goes on to say:While we are concerned for Princeton University, we are even more concerned about the fate of the planet — Google Trends for “air” have also been declining steadily, and our projections show that by the year 2060 there will be no air left.last_img read more

Video shows crowd crush outside Copper Face Jacks

first_img Kelly Redmond/YouTube) A VIDEO TAKEN outside Copper Face Jacks nightclub in Dublin shows the extent of the crush among the large crowd outside the club last night.The video, uploaded by a YouTube user called Kelly Redmond, shows the scene outside the Harcourt Street nightclub where seven people were injured as an estimated 1,500 queued outside.The popular nightclub was running an event called Messy Monday which was aimed at over-18s. The nightclub is usually an over-21s venue.Dublin Fire Brigade, ambulances and gardaí all attended the scene at the junction of Harcourt Street and Camden Place, a small lane adjacent to the street.Four people had to be hospitalised for treatment after what witnesses described as a stampede outside the nightclub.In a statement on its website, Copper Face Jacks said it was “working closely with all relevant authorities to establish the cause of this incident”.“The safety and well being of our patrons is paramount at all times, and at present our major concern is for the people who were caught up in the incident and particularly those who were injured,” the statement says.Earlier: Seven people injured in crush outside Copper Face Jacks on Harcourt Street >last_img read more

Two charged in Scott Street shooting

first_img Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 3, 2017 – Nassau – The shocking Scott street shooting of last week Thursday night saw some closure through the courts this week; but it was a child who was carted off to Fox Hill Prison, for the alleged shooting which left a one year old baby girl fighting for her life at hospital.Reports say after kissing his mother good bye, the teenager was handed over to the Prison. Twenty-two year old Standford Pinder of Flint Street and that 16 year old boy are the males police arrested for the Bain Town rampage where one man was killed.Leonard Sweeting, 32 years old was murdered when bullets were riddled off at a group of people standing outside a residence on Scott Street around 7:30pm on February 23rd. The duo, now in the hands of the Corrections Department, was also charged with the attempted murders of Robert Munroe and Philip Rolle and the one year old girl.There may be a case within this case, as attorneys for the boy charged in the homicide – Ashton McQuay and Racquel Huyler – allege that their client was abused by Police while in their custody. Justice Joyanne Ferguson-Pratt ordered immediate medical care for both suspects who were said to be visibly bruised.#MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Di Francesco gives his verdict on Dzeko and Rossi

first_imgEusebio Di Francesco recently revealed Edin Dzeko needs to step up his game and predicted Daniele De Rossi will easily fit in as a Coach.Di Francesco gave his verdict in the recent press conference ahead of their game against SPAL.“We have a very complicated game ahead of us and we mustn’t underestimate SPAL,” he said at a Press conference according to Football Italia.“Lazzari, for example, dribbles more than anyone in this League. They must be treated with caution, but we must play with consistency.“Schick has a little problem, which we’ll assess today. If it doesn’t recover fully, Dzeko will play again.What is wrong with Sampdoria? Taimoor Khan – September 3, 2019 Things just aren’t going the way Sampdoria had planned with the club now having conceded 7 goals in the opening two games of the…“Edin has great power, he just lacks a bit of consistency. I won’t say he disappears from games, but maybe he makes himself less available to his teammates.“That’s all he’s lacking. As for everything else, he’s doing a great job. I hope to have De Rossi and Kolarov back for CSKA.“Pastore will be called up and Luca Pellegrini will play on the left. Perotti injuries? They can create a psychological malaise, but we want him back in his best condition so they stop.“I’m sorry to see it happen because Diego really lives football with love. We’re here to help him.“De Rossi? He’s already a collaborator of mine, he’s very good and I think he’ll become a Coach easily.”last_img read more

Black Panther roars with two Grammy Award wins

first_imgThe film’s chart-topping soundtrack, Black Panther: The Album, was nominated for album of the year, and the single All the Stars, by Kendrick Lamar and SZA, was nominated for record of the year, song of the year and best song written for visual media.The soundtrack was produced by Lamar and includes performances by Lamar, Travis Scott, The Weeknd, 2 Chainz and more.Composer Ludwig Göransson was chatting with Variety when he received the news that he’d won the best score soundtrack for visual media award. 9:15 Tags 32 Photos “(Director) Ryan Coogler, what can I say?” Göransson said. “He’s been one of the most incredible artists I’ve ever worked with, and being a part of this phenomena, one of the most important, unique films of all time is so special.”Göransson didn’t get to accept that award onstage, as it wasn’t presented during the televised ceremony, but he did get to make a speech during the show. He helped accept the song of the year award for Childish Gambino’s This Is America, which he co-produced. Gambino did not attend. Post a comment 0 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Congrats Best Rap Performance winner (TIE) – “King’s Dead” @kendricklamar, @jayrock, @1future & @jamesblake AND “Bubblin” @AndersonPaak #GRAMMYs— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) February 10, 2019center_img How Marvel made ‘Black Panther’ look so amazing Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit Black Panther Marvel Here’s how to watch the Grammys at 5 p.m. PT Sunday. TV and Movies You’ll hear the sounds of Wakanda forever. Black Panther won two Grammy Awards Sunday night, one for best rap performance and one for best score soundtrack for visual media.The best rap performance award was actually a tie. The Black Panther song King’s Dead, by Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake, shared the award with Bubblin, by Anderson Paak. King’s Dead was also up for best rap song, but that award went to Drake’s God’s Plan. Watch #BlackPanther composer @ludwiggoransson find out he won a Grammy #Grammys— Variety (@Variety) February 10, 2019 Black Panther is up for six Oscars at the Academy Awards on Feb. 24, including best picture and best original music score. And maybe it’s a good sign that it didn’t claim a certain award Sunday night. According to Billboard, no film whose soundtrack has won album of the year has gone on to win best picture.First published Feb. 11 at 3:05 p.m. PTUpdate, 9 p.m.: Adds best rap performance win.last_img read more

Karimnagar Homage paid to Sushma Swaraj

first_imgKarimnagar: The district unit leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) paid rich tribute to former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who died due to cardiac arrest on Tuesday night, in Karimnagar on Wednesday.Speaking on the occasion, party district unit president Basa Satyanarayana said the sudden demise of Sushma Swaraj is a great loss to the BJP. Starting her career as an advocate, she became MLA when she was just 25 years and then elected as MP for seven times and strived hard for the development of the nation as a Union Minister. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us With her good speaking skills, Sushma attracted many parliamentarians and played a key role in the formation of separate Statehood of Telangana, that is why the people of Telangana will call her as Chinnamma with gratitude, they said. She actively participated in politics and became as an example for others. She has become a role model for many young women, who wish to enter into politics. Party leaders Bethi Mahendar Reddy, D Srinivas, Shivaramaiah, B Anitha, Hari Kumar Goud, G Swapna, Ramana Reddy, Ravi, Ganesh, Rajesh, Vijay, Prasad, Naresh, Mondaiah Goud, Ramesh, Sagar, Sai Krishna, Mallesham, Sanjith Singh, Balu and Mohan were present along with others.last_img read more

Houston Playwright Draws from White House Experience For New Stage Work

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Emily Schulze BinettiPeter Roussel talks with SHSU actors as they rehearse their roles as the ravenous White House press in “Ruffled Flourishes” debuting at Sam Houston State University August 27 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.Onstage in an empty theater on the campus of Sam Houston State University, a few students are rehearsing for a play that makes its premiere in late August. It’s called Ruffled Flourishes and centers around the character of Sox St. Louis, deputy press secretary to the U. S. president.But this is not a play about politics.“I didn’t want to make a political story and it’s not a political story,” says Peter Roussel, the play’s author. “It’s about the news media that covers the White House and the White House spokesman.”The Houston native knows a thing or two about the subject, having spent much of his professional career in the White House as deputy press secretary under President Ronald Reagan. He was also a staff assistant to President Gerald Ford in the 1970s. Additionally, he served as press secretary to President George H. W. Bush when Bush served as U.S. Congressman and U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations.“I used to look at that White House briefing room every day and say, ‘This is a little theater. There are 49 seats in here,’” he says. “And it’s a theater both of substance and of humor.”Roussel doesn’t call the play autobiographical in the sense that he didn’t write the main character’s story to mirror his own. But most of the plot is based on real (or nearly real) experiences .“The main character says at one point, ‘There are some days when my colleagues in the White House will say, ‘Don’t tell the press anything today,’” Roussel explains. “And then I’ll go down to the briefing room and what’s the first thing I hear in there, from all the reporters? ‘Tell us everything today.’”As one could imagine, Roussel collected a lot of stories about those experiences. So when he invited playwright Horton Foote to a White House dinner one evening, Foote gave him some advice.“He said, ‘Pete, you should write about this.’ And that’s all I needed to hear. I never forgot him saying that,” Roussel says.When he did finally get around to writing about it several years ago, it was in the form of a novel. His play adaptation was more recent and the timing was perfect.“When I first approached the people — or spoke with the people at Sam Houston about it, they immediately said, ‘Well, what better time to do it, when public interest in the White House is high during a presidential year?’”Back at rehearsal, director Penny Hasekoester has stepped onstage with script in hand to give some pointers to cast members Joe Serpa Daniels and Carolina Reyes. Hasekoester says the university’s theater department has performed student and faculty-written works in the past, but not quite on this scale.“We’re in an election year and this has a lot to do obviously with the White House,” she says. “So I think it’s really energized them.”Being able to work alongside Roussel in workshops earlier this summer is what attracted Adolfo Becerra to auditioning.“Being that it was an original piece and that it was going to be workshopped – that we were going to be working with the playwright – was very interesting to me because I’ve never done that,” Becerra says.So where does the title Ruffled Flourishes come from? It has to do with two very recognizable pieces of music often played when the president enters a venue. Many assume the whole tune is Hail to the Chief, but the opening trumpet fanfare is actually called Ruffles and Flourishes.“I said, ‘Why not Ruffled Flourishes, because that’s what this book is about?’” Rousell says. “In the White House, like in anybody’s job, somedays everything gets about ten degrees off and you have to spend the rest of the day trying to move it back the other way. So that’s where the title comes from.”Ruffled Flourishes premieres Saturday, August 27th in two performances at Sam Houston State University’s University Theatre Center. 00:00 /03:50 Sharelast_img read more

Conan OBrien on Podcasting and Why LateNight TV Rivalries Are Over

first_img“Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend” is an irresistible mixture of philosophical discussions about art and life and pure zaniness. It’s a program from the late-night host turned podcasting ringmaster that defies easy characterization, and a show that manages to move seamlessly from moments of hilarity to unexpected instances of confession. In one episode, Jeff Goldblum makes purring noises and discusses pinkie rings. In another, Stephen Colbert movingly talks about the deaths of his father and brothers in a plane crash. O’Brien, the host of TBS’ “Conan,” spoke with Variety about why he enjoys exploring the world of audio after nearly a quarter century on television, and the big names he’d like to befriend in future seasons of the show.Did you have trouble booking guests?I was doing an event with Will Ferrell at the Greek Theatre, and I knew our booker had reached out to him about doing the podcast. I showed up, and he came out of his dressing room and grabbed me by both shoulders and said, ‘I’m not doing your f—ing podcast.’ I didn’t realize at that moment that he was kidding. He had intended all along to do the podcast — but there was a second there where I thought this is going to be everybody’s reaction. Very quickly people started hearing the podcast, and we started having people book themselves. As a lifelong believer in achievement through pain and some amount of suffering — it all goes back to a Catholic childhood — this season has been infuriating because it has undone everything I’ve ever believed.What do celebrities like about doing the show? It’s a chance for them to come in and have this intimate conversation. I remember Lisa Kudrow said to me, “Wait, no hair. No makeup. I’m there.” People can roll in on the way to pick up their kids or right after they’ve had a colonoscopy. That’s the secret: Interview them about two hours after their colonoscopy, when the twilight drugs are wearing off and they’ve been told they’re polyp-free.You ask your guests a lot of questions about what drives them to achieve at a high level. Why does that interest you?None of us really knows ourselves. Part of my obsession is I’ve always wanted to know what’s my deal? What’s my problem? If you could get in a time machineand go back and look at me when I was 10 years old, you’d see a pretty intense kid. Why? Some of these people were really hard on themselves when they were kids, and they’re really hard on themselves now, except now they have Emmys and Oscars and Grammys. That’s remarkable, and maybe it will be helpful to people listening.You interviewed two competitors, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert. Late-night television used to be a battleground. Have things mellowed?It’s totally different. When I came into it in 1993, it was like a national sport. Who’s up? Who’s down? Leno vs. Letterman: a clash of the titans.It’s changed so much. There are so many more people doing it now. If we were still battling it out to the death, I don’t think I’d be doing a podcast. There’s more of an opportunity now to experiment, and there’s less distraction about the whole late-night madness. I have the advantage of being, improbably, the old hand now. I’m Robert Shaw in “Jaws.” I’m the crusty old sea salt who’s seen it all. I’m about to be bitten in half, but damn it, Quint has a podcast. Related Do you have any dream interviews?We haven’t scratched the surface. John Mulaney is someone that I really admire. Martin Scorsese would be someone I’m dying to talk to in this format. Jack White would be fascinating.You’re podcasting. You’re doing a travel show. You recently did a comedy tour. Would you be content to just host a late-night show now?I still enjoy it, but when you’ve been in this business a long time, you start to realize that familiarity breeds contempt, and you’ve got to keep challenging yourself. The podcast is a good example of that. It’s really fun — and that’s fresh blood for an old vampire.Read Variety’s cover story about how Conan O’Brien and other top hosts are driving the podcast revolution Popular on Variety center_img Why Conan O’Brien Moved Beyond Late-Night TV 14 Podcasts You Should Be Listening to ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Rumor Next Xbox will be cheaper smaller than the Xbox 360

first_imgMicrosoft’s next gaming console will be cheaper and smaller than the Xbox 360, according to a blogger with a solid track record.MSNerd starts their description of the console, code-named “loop” as “a heady mix of rumors, tips and speculation.” Feel free to dismiss that as playful self-effacement: MSNerd is connected to Microsoft and pretty much called it on the Courier project’s death over a year ago.Anyway, the console is supposed to be powered by an ARM device, designed by Microsoft with two chip partners, and follow the same architecture as the Zune HD did: one “main core” with “multiple dedicated assistive cores” for individual systems including graphics, AI, physics, networking, audio, encryption, and Kinect and other peripherals. On the software side, the new system is to be built on a version of Windows 9, which tells us the system is still a ways off.The smaller size and lower price are meant to drive Kinect adoption, which hints that the body-motion interface may be a central part of the product. I have some thoughts on why below.Lastly, the new device is said to demonstrate how Windows Phone “could possibly implement Win9’s dev platform,” which may suggest that the Xbox Live integration we currently see in Windows Phone could get much tighter and possibly inspire iOS-style rollouts with one download for many devices.via MSNerdBlake’s OpinionTo me, the biggest clue to the validity of this rumor is the presence of Windows 9. Bear in mind, the supremacy of the Windows platform within Microsoft ultimately explained why the Courier died, despite its painstakingly detailed development. What’s more, the Xbox is already in the process of getting closer to Windows.We’ve been told that the new Xbox will be cheaper, but by how much? Will the top-end version launch at $250 instead of $400? Or will there just be one version? Personally, I’d love to see a very aggressive price – say, $99 – to go head-to-head with a future App Store-enabled Apple TV. Cupertino’s device could play Angry Birds, no doubt, but Redmond’s box would play real-deal, honest-to-goodness games. If we were lucky to see that kind of competition, gamers would win for the lower barrier to entry, and MS would be betting big that an app business would offset the system’s production costs.I also wonder if we’re seeing a big play at the future MS/Apple/Google competition here. Consider that Kinect is a completely different kind of interface, one that no other device maker has really touched yet. That’s very different from the mobile arena, where Microsoft has to constantly work around Apple and Google’s patent libraries, resulting in different (or sometimes just worse) phone interfaces. Patent-wise, Kinect is a big blue ocean where Microsoft can swim all by itself.last_img read more

Colin Alex Smith is an upgrade over Kirk Cousins for Washington

first_imgMany Washington fans were scratching their heads last night when news broke that the Redskins had agreed to a deal – in principle – to acquire Alex Smith from the Chiefs in exchange for a 3rd rounder and corner Kyle Fuller. The transaction was also significant because it essentially announced that the Washington will be moving on from starter Kirk Cousins, after two seasons playing under the franchise tag.The move was confusing to many because Cousins and Smith are perceived as two sides of the same coin. Above average, slightly better than game managers who can’t win it all. Colin disagrees, and said that Washington fans shouldn’t hang their heads over the move. In his opinion, Smith is actually an upgrade over Cousins.Colin sees Smith – the NFL passing rating leader – as a less turnover prone version of Cousins, who also understands his limitations and is significantly more mobile. Cousins still seems intent on gaining the respect as an elite quarterback, which he’s not, and being paid like one. Smith will be playing under a more team friendly deal, and should flourish under the same Jay Gruden offense in which Cousins put up huge numbers.Someone will pay Cousins a ransom, but Colin thinks Washington made a smart move to pass. Smith is better, and cheaper. Advertisement Watch him explain:Alex Smith is an upgrade at quarterback for the Washington Redskins— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 31, 2018last_img read more

VIDEO UCFs Shaquem Griffin used a prosthetic hand to put up 20

first_imgCentral Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin was given a late invite to the NFL Scouting Combine, but continued overcoming the odds and inspiring anyone with a beating heart that loves football with his performance in Indy.As many already know, Griffin is missing his left hand – which was amputated at age 4 – but still managed to put up 20 reps at 225 pounds in the bench press using a prosthetic left hand attached to the bar.Griffin is projected as a Day 3 draft pick, but don’t bet against him making an NFL roster. Everyone is going to be pulling for him on draft night.last_img read more

Parental Absence Affects Brain Development in Children

first_img Image courtesy of Imago Systems Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School 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 News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | December 01, 2015 Parental Absence Affects Brain Development in Children MRI revealed larger gray matter volumes in the emotional circuits of the brain in children left in the care of relatives for more than six months Related Content News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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Results of the study were presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).Throughout the world, due to political upheaval, economic necessity or other reasons, parents sometimes are compelled to travel away from home for months or years at a time, leaving their children behind.In China, large numbers of workers are migrating away from their children in pursuit of better jobs. Researchers wanted to study how this migration has affected the millions of children who have been left in the care of relatives for a period of more than six months without direct parental care from their biological parents.”We wanted to study the brain structure in these left-behind children,” said study author Yuan Xiao, Ph.D. candidate at the Huaxi MR Research Center and the Department of Radiology at West China Hospital of Sichuan University in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. “Previous studies support the hypothesis that parental care can directly affect brain development in offspring. However, most prior work is with rather severe social deprivation, such as orphans. We looked at children who were left behind with relatives when the parents left to seek employment far from home.”For the study — led by Prof. Su Lui and conducted at the Second Affiliated Hospital & Yuying Children’s Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University — magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams from 38 left-behind girls and boys (ages 7 to 13) were compared to MRI exams from a control group of 30 girls and boys (ages 7 to 14) living with their parents. The researchers then compared the gray matter volume between the two groups and measured the intelligence quotient (IQ) of each participant to assess cognitive function.The researchers found larger gray matter volumes in multiple brain regions, especially in emotional brain circuitry, in the left-behind children compared to children living with their parents. The mean value of IQ scores in left-behind children was not significantly different from that of controls, but the gray matter volume in a brain region associated with memory encoding and retrieval was negatively correlated with IQ score.Since larger gray matter volume may reflect insufficient pruning and maturity of the brain, the negative correlation between the gray matter volume and IQ scores suggests that growing without parental care may delay brain development.”Our study provides the first empirical evidence showing that the lack of direct parental care alters the trajectory of brain development in left-behind children,” Xiao said. “Public health efforts are needed to provide additional intellectual and emotional support to children left behind by parents.”Co-authors on the study are Lili Yang, M.D.; Zhihan Yan, M.D.; Yuchuan Fu, M.D.; Meimei Du, M.D.; and Su Lui, M.D.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Google Announces Guessjs Data Driven User Experience is here

first_imgThis year Google I/O was filled with a lot of new announcements which have created a buzz in the tech world. One of them is the launch of Guess.js, a toolkit for building data driven user experiences. This project was initially conceived to improve the the user-perceived page load performance by using predictive analytics. The project then was merged with a similar unnamed project by Google which aimed at exploring data-driven approach for predictive pre-fetching of web pages. The combined product was named as Guess.js and the alpha version was released during Google I/O 2018. Primary features of Guess.js: It can be applied to different types of sites like single-page applications, framework-based static sites, static content sites, and enterprise sites. It works well with single page applications which are running Angular and React ecosystems with their default configurations. The fundamental principle behind Guess.js is to implement data analytics to improve user experience and aid in the design of better data driven UX and UI. Guess.js has a plugin for the popular build tool webpack. Together with Webpack, Guess.js is trying to implement a machine learning driven web bundling approach which has the potential to revolutionize the UX design industry. For framework based static sites, Guess.js plugin can be used in tandem with the static site generators. This plugin helps in evaluating the probability of the user clicking on certain links and based on that it loads the required amount of data. This intuitive approach helps the users get their desired content and also helps to reduce overhead dependency of the websites. Static content sites – will let people using WordPress, Ghost, and many other platforms to leverage the smart pre-fetching of Guess.js The overall approach and promise of Guess.js is revolutionary not just in the way it makes the apps and sites perform faster, but the overall way of automating the page loading procedure and the introduction of the data driven approach has opened up a completely new avenue for UX designers. Read Next Google updates biometric authentication for Android P, introduces BiometricPrompt API AutoAugment: Google’s research initiative to improve deep learning performance Google Flutter moves out of beta with release preview 1last_img read more