Warriors beat Pistons to finish unbeaten trip

first_imgGolden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston (34) smiles as he congratulates forward Kevin Durant (35) after the team’s 102-98 win over the Detroit Pistons in an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)DETROIT — It wasn’t a perfect road trip for Golden State — not with Stephen Curry going down with an ankle injury — but the Warriors made it through with an unblemished record.Kevin Durant scored 13 of his 36 points in the third quarter, and the Warriors beat the Detroit Pistons 102-98 on Friday night to finish 6-0 on the trip. They’ve played the past two games without Curry, who is recovering from a sprained right ankle .ADVERTISEMENT “Just a great finish to just an amazing trip,” coach Steve Kerr said. “The last two games without Steph, obviously, tonight against a team that’s given us some problems and beat us a few weeks ago — so thrilled with the effort and now we get to go home and we’re all very happy about that.”Detroit had a chance to tie it in the final seconds, but Reggie Jackson’s wild drive to the basket did not lead to a good shot, and Klay Thompson made two free throws with 5.3 seconds left for the final margin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“He drove the ball hard, and they had a lot of guys going to the ball,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We had a couple guys open outside, but it is easier to see that on tape than it does when you are out there in the paint.”Golden State went 1 for 12 from 3-point range in the first half but took control by outscoring Detroit 31-17 in the third quarter. 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Detroit led 50-46 at halftime.Golden State led 77-67 after Quinn Cook made a 3-pointer at the buzzer at the end of the third quarter. After Detroit cut the deficit to two in the fourth, Durant missed badly on an open 3-pointer, then fell to the ground well after releasing the shot. A foul was called on Detroit’s Anthony Tolliver, and with the crowd booing, Durant made all three free throws for an 87-82 lead.“I’m not looking to get fined, so I can’t comment on that,” Pistons center Andre Drummond said.A 3-pointer by Thompson made it 94-85. The Pistons scored the next four points and had the ball when Durant blocked Tolliver’s perimeter shot and then dunked on a breakaway at the other end.A 3-pointer by Bradley made it 100-98 with 22.7 seconds left, and Shaun Livingston missed two free throws for the Warriors, but Jackson wasn’t able to tie it.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments IMPRESSIVE MARKNo NBA team has had a perfect trip of more than six games. Golden State became the first to go 6-0 on a trip since the Lakers in 2009, according to information the Warriors provided from the Elias Sports Bureau.“I think our focus level was the main thing throughout this whole trip, especially with so much that went on,” Durant said. “Just proud of the effort that we all gave, from the coaches all the way down to the players.”DEFENDING THE RIMThe Warriors had 15 blocked shots, and Van Gundy said his team was at least partly responsible for that.“You get five or six blocked, that’s just great defense,” he said. “You get 16 blocked against Milwaukee, 15 blocked tonight, that’s bad decision making. It’s not that anybody is trying to make bad decisions, but we’ve just got to make better decisions.”TIP-INSWarriors: Golden State was also without C Zaza Pachulia (left shoulder soreness). … Draymond Green returned after missing a game with right shoulder soreness. He had 13 assists and six blocks. … The Warriors’ streak of 10 games making at least 10 3-pointers came to an end. They finished 7 of 26.Pistons: Drummond had eight points and 17 rebounds.UP NEXTcenter_img LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Warriors: Host Portland on Monday night.Pistons: Host Boston on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more

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Punk set for UFC 225 in wake of fight of his life in court

first_imgCarpio 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 “I definitely do feel that way,” Punk said. “I’m pretty sure I’d feel there would be a lot riding on a fight no matter what number fight it was or if I was coming off a win or loss. But I don’t think anything is guaranteed in life or the UFC. Different people get cut for different reason. But I feel that pressure, for sure.”He felt heavier adversity this week in a Chicago courtroom. Punk (0-1) returns to the cage Saturday at UFC 225 at the United Center just days after a jury cleared him in a defamation lawsuit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWWE doctor Christopher Amann had sued Punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, over comments that he made in a podcast in 2014 in which he criticized WWE doctors for failing to diagnose a lump that was a staph infection. Fellow wrestler Colt Cabana hosted the podcast and also was cleared. Punk was cleared of defamation and invasion of privacy.Punk and his wife, former WWE sta A.J. Lee, took the stand during a grueling six-day trial that was both emotionally draining and a severe interruption of his training schedule. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Punk, whose 434 days with the WWE championship was the longest reign since Hulk Hogan in the 1980s, had grown deflated on the road, unhappy with the grind and injuries that continued to pile up when he walked out.“I was crying out for help. I wasn’t finding it,” he said. “I really needed to focus on me. Some people want to say it’s dramatic, but I watched friends in wrestling turn to drugs and alcohol and eventually die because they can’t get the help that they need. I had to force myself to do it and step back. I’m not the one to generally ask for help. So when I finally was doing it, that should have alarmed a lot of people. But it didn’t. I was just one of the cattle.”He hopes the baggage from his previous life is over and Saturday night in his home city is a new page in solidifying his UFC future.“It’s a step forward in the future, toward all the stuff I wanted to get away from,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ “Personally and professionally, the preparation for this fight has been tough,” Punk told The Associated Press. “It’s just mostly because there’s been a lot of stuff going on. Balancing everything has been more difficult this time around.”Punk quit WWE in January 2014 after a miserable final two years and soon made the stunning move to UFC . He was enough of a marquee attraction that he landed a spot on the UFC 203 card in September 2016.It was a night to forget.Punk tapped out just 2:14 into the first round after he was pummeled and choked by Mickey Gall. Punk was on his back less than 10 seconds into the fight. Pinned up against the octagon’s cage, he was unable to get out from under Gall, who landed numerous blows to both sides of Punk’s head.Punk, who works with Duke Roufus and other top trainers at the Roufusport Martial Arts Academy in Milwaukee, refused to let the dominant defeat crush his spirit. Fellow UFC fighter Gerald Meerschaert tried to keep Punk’s chin up with a bit of gallows humor.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 file photo, CM Punk stands in his corner before a welterweight bout at UFC 203 in Cleveland. CM Punk won the fight of his life this week when he was cleared by a jury of defamation and invasion of privacy in a lawsuit brought by a wrestling doctor. But he still has a big one ahead when he fights at UFC 225 in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Dermer, File)CM Punk just won the fight of a lifetime.But the fight of his career? The 39-year-old former WWE champion knows that 19 months after he whiffed on the only punch he threw in a lopsided defeat in his UFC debut , it’s win-or-else in his second bout if he wants to fight again for the promotion.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Iverson won’t coach in BIG3 this season Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? “He looks at me and goes, ‘It sucks doesn’t it? But hey, listen, I lost my first three fights,’” Punk said with a laugh. “It was like, well, all right. I don’t know what that feels like. I just lost my first one. It helps put it in perspective.”Punk called UFC President Dana White and apologized for a performance that was mocked on WWE TV .“I talked to him day after and was just like, ‘If you cut me, you cut me. I get it. Just know that I’m going to fight somewhere else,’” he said. “That was neither a threat or anything. I was just like, hey I get it. Whatever your decision is, it’s cool with me.”White called Punk “a good dude” in a January interview with the AP and said the fighter — who finally testified under oath that CM stood for Chick Magnet — would get a second shot. Punk got the call to fight Mike Jackson (0-1) who lost his only career fight — to Gall.“We both fought the same guy, we both lost to the same guy in the first round,” Punk said. “It makes sense in that aspect. We match up closer in age, closer in skill.”Robert Whittaker defends the middleweight title in a rematch against Yoel Romero in the main event and Holly Holm, who handed Ronda Rousey her first loss, fights Megan Anderson on the main card.“The intensity level was definitely dialed up,” Punk said. “I think Duke was pushing me a lot harder this time. Not that he didn’t the first time around. But as you progress, you’re unlocking doors.”Punk had more than his second bout to contend with leading up to UFC 225. He unloaded the details of his acrimonious departure from WWE on Cabana’s “Art of Wrestling” podcast and said, among a list of complaints, the company pressured him to return to the ring following surgeries, said Amann misdiagnosed a staph infection in his back, and concussion symptoms had been ignored.Amann filed suit in February 2015 and the matter dragged until this week. Punk was brought to tears on the stand as he described the physical and personal breakdowns he suffered as he wrestled his final match in the 2014 Royal Rumble.“I didn’t think I would get as emotional as I did, but having to watch myself get a concussion, then listen to people on both sides and hear their versions of stories were all consistent,” he said. “‘Oh yeah, we all knew he had a concussion.’ I just had to sit there frustrated. Why didn’t you do something? Why didn’t you help me?” Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape triallast_img read more

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“Both sides have to display maturity” – Jagdeo

first_imgThe parliamentary Opposition were conciliatory following the Government’s shocked defeat, when the No-confidence Motion was passed in the National Assembly on Friday evening.In an interview on the sidelines, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo called for maturity. He also noted that the discussion for a presidential candidate will begin next week Thursday.According to Jagdeo, Friday’s events mean the process will be brought forward.“I don’t want to speak much about it at this point in time. We have to deal with this situation. It’s unprecedented in our country and both sides have to display maturity in addressing it. This is a feature of our Constitution.”“It was there since Forbes Burnham was President. It was used today in a democratic setting and the House voted in a particular way. So we have to respect our Constitution and the democratic process,” Jagdeo said.Asked about Persaud’s vote, Jagdeo noted that the PPP was hopeful one or two persons would use a conscience vote. In fact, Jagdeo expressed some surprise at Persaud’s vote.“I myself was a bit surprised about the way that he voted,” he said. “But he (Persaud) comes from the sugar belt. And I suspect that coming from the sugar belt and living in that community, he saw the hardship.”In an interview with Guyana Times afterwards, however, former Attorney General and Opposition frontbencher, Anil Nandlall also called for mature politics to prevail. He cited various no-confidence votes that were taken in the world, including in England.“We now have one here in Guyana for the first time since our independence. It is sincerely hoped that political leaders on both sides of the divide will now behave in the requisite maturity to take the country to the next stage, which is guide it over the next three months to a General and Regional Elections.”“We have to deal with the people out there. People may be hurt. People are enthusiastic. You have different types of emotions emanating from different people. Us, as leaders, must take the mantle of leadership and guide our country over this delicate process to ensure our Constitution is observed.”According to Nandlall, the motion followed the Constitution of Guyana and as a lawful vote, must be respected. He noted that by allowing the motion to run its course, Guyana’s democracy has been improved and the maturity of Parliament displayed.“We have just witnessed history,” Nandlall said. “We have just witnessed an unprecedented event, a feature of our Constitution being activated. That is what democracy and constitutional freedom is about.”Nandlall also stressed that Persaud exercised his right as a parliamentarian and as such, his vote must be respected. The MP expressed the hope that Persaud would be protected following his vote.“He has a right to vote in accordance with his conscience and policies and political beliefs. That is a fundamental right guaranteed to him by the Constitution. All of us have the freedom to support a party of our choice and express support in whichever forum.Persaud has chosen to exercise that right. And whether we like it or not is immaterial. What we must understand is that we must accept that. He is a citizen. And we hope that no danger will befall him and that he will be protected by the law abiding citizens and the security forces.”The next steps are spelt out in the constitution of Guyana. Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause seven goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”last_img read more

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Starting Line-Ups: FSJ Flyers vs Dawson Creek Canucks

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Council issue information on recycling Christmas trees

first_imgWith the festive season over for another year, Donegal County Council have put together information on where to recycle your Christmas trees.The County Council have also made an interactive map to allow you to see which recycling centres are nearest to you.Source: http://donegal.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=1afa2806f8c841d483928382a9999dc3  The Council ask that trees are not left outside council premises after the specified times. Trees left at sites not listed above will be considered illegal dumping. Council Chip YardsOpen: Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 4.00pm, Friday 9.00am – 3.00pmCarndonagh Recycling CentreMonday, Wednesday, Saturday 8.30am – 4.30pm Dungloe & Laghey Recycling CentresThursday 10.30am – 5pm, Friday 8.30am – 2.30pm, Saturday 8.30am – 2.30pm.Letterkenny Recycling CentreTuesday & Wednesday 10.30am – 2pm, Thursday 10.30am – 7pm, Friday 8.30am – 5pm, Saturday 8.30am – 2pmMilford Recycling CentreWednesday 10.30am – 7pm, Friday 8.30am – 5pm, Saturday 8.30am – 2pmStranorlar Recycling CentreTuesday 8.30am – 5pm, Thursday 10.30am – 7pm, Saturday 8.30am – 2pm. All information sourced from Donegal County Council.Council issue information on recycling Christmas trees was last modified: January 14th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Christmas TreeDonegal County Councilrecyclelast_img read more

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Warriors announce promotions within the front office

first_imgOAKLAND – Warriors announced various promotions with their coaching staff, front office and training staff.The team promoted Bruce Fraser (assistant coach)and Chris DeMarco to (assistant coach, director of player development). They also announced the hiring of former Warrior Mike Dunleavy, and Steve Kerr’s son, Nick, as an assistant video coordinator.Fraser, best known for helping guide Stephen Curry’s rise during Kerr’s tenure, will now be apart of the coaching staff.“Bruce has done a …last_img

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Proteins Can Tie Knots

first_imgYour job today is to invent a chain that can tie itself in a knot.  The chain can contain little magnets and electrical parts, but when you let go of the ends, a knot will spontaneously form.  This means that one end must form a loop and the other end must thread the loop.  Give up?  Maybe you should learn how cells do it.    There are certain chains of amino acids coming out of the ribosome translation machine that will tie a perfect trefoil knot (picture) every time.  This knot becomes embedded deep within the overall structure of the protein.  A trio of women scientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine tried to figure this out.  Writing in PNAS,1 they only made small progress.  All they could say was that the knot tying seems to occur early on, when the chain is loose.  The tightening of the knot and the rest of the folding occurs slowly thereafter.  They mutated certain amino acids to watch what happened but that’s about all they could figure out at this point.    The protein they studied, YibK, is one of the simplest knot-tying proteins.  They mentioned others with even bigger tricks:The alpha/beta-knot methyltransferases (MTases) are a family of homodimeric proteins that exhibit an unusual trefoil knot deep within in their native structure.  Such knots are particularly impressive because they are defined by the path of the polypeptide backbone alone and therefore require that a considerable segment of protein chain (at least 40 residues) has threaded through a loop.  The question of how such complex topologies arise during protein folding is an intriguing one, and is of growing importance with the increasing number and complexity of knotted structures observed.  In addition to trefoil knots, a highly intricate figure-of-eight knot and a knotted structure with 5 projected crossings have been observed.  Consequently, when contemplating how a given polypeptide chain might fold, the possibility that it might knot must also be considered; if a global solution to the protein-folding problem is to be found, the puzzle of how such knotted structures form must be solved.Evolutionary theory played no role in their investigation.1.  Anna L. Mallam, Elizabeth R. Morris, and Sophie E. Jackson, “Exploring knotting mechanisms in protein folding,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, published online before print November 17, 2008, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0806697105.A protein that can tie a figure-of-eight knot (picture) blindfolded with no hands: amazing.  The Darwinians can’t even do that eyes-open with their baloney.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Dawn of a Young Ceres

first_img(Visited 48 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The largest asteroid has a problem: she’s too young to get a date.New scientific papers are out on the Dawn mission to asteroid Ceres, named for the goddess of grain (cereal, get it?). We left off July 6 with five puzzles the planetary science team were dealing with. Now, more detail is available in a special section in Science Magazine, Sept 2. Here’s what you need to know. First, from the popular media: watch for the “surprise” factor —New studies provide unexpected insights into dwarf planet Ceres (PhysOrg): “Given the conditions on Ceres, water ice should be removed from the surface within tens of years; consequently, only a relatively recent exposure or formation of water would explain Dawn’s findings.”Ice Volcanoes and More: Dwarf Planet Ceres Continues to Surprise (Space.com): “Ahuna Mons appears to be quite young, the researchers said. Analyses of crater counts suggest that the mountain formed in the last 200 million years or so” (which would be about 1/22 the assumed age of 4.56 billion years).Ceres’ geological activity, ice revealed in new research (Science Daily): “Dawn has revealed that Ceres is a diverse world that clearly had geological activity in its recent past,” the principal investigator says.Ceres: The tiny world where volcanoes erupt ice (PhysOrg): “Ahuna is truly unique, being the only mountain of its kind on Ceres,” says David Williams of Arizona State. “It shows nothing to indicate a tectonic formation, so that led us to consider cryovolcanism as a method for its origin.”Ceres’ Geological Activity, Ice Revealed in New Research (Astrobiology Magazine): Ahura Mons “is the only known example of a cryovolcano that potentially formed from a salty mud mix, and that formed in the geologically recent past,” said Ottaviano Ruesch of Goddard Space Flight Center.Ice not a major factor of dwarf planet Ceres’ surface features (PhysOrg): “Evidence of cryomagmatism is found in the floor-fractured craters, while Ahuna Mons and other domical features have been shown to be cryovolcanic in nature. These surface features suggest that Ceres has been geologically active at some point in its past, perhaps even its recent past.”Ceres asteroid may have an ‘ice volcano’ and other signs of water, NASA mission reveals  (Monica Grady on The Conversation):The data provides a global geological map of the asteroid showing that its entire surface appears to be covered in phyllosilicates, an important group of clay minerals. Two specific clays are identified: one that is magnesium-rich, the second an ammonium-rich species. There seems to be little or no pattern to the distribution of the two minerals – they are both almost everywhere.This ubiquity is what is important. The minerals could not have been formed in a local event, such as an impact into an ice-filled crater. They must have been produced by planet-wide alteration, presumably implying there must have been volumes of water. It is clear that enormous quantities of liquid water are not present on Ceres now. But the signal of water-ice has been detected in at least one crater.Cryovolcanism is the currently preferred model for this surface alteration, she says, so it’s not just at Ahura Mons. Grady also points out an uneven distribution of craters, recently exposed water ice, and evidence of three types of mineral flows. These are all indicative of recent events.Here’s a quick rundown on the papers in Science Magazine’s Sept 2 cover story on the Dawn mission.Dawn arrives at Ceres: Exploration of a small, volatile-rich world (Russell et al): “Exposed ice on Ceres at such mid-latitudes should become undetectable within hundreds of years, implying that Oxo has an active or recently exposed surface.”Detection of local H2O exposed at the surface of Ceres (Combe et al): “Oxo crater appears to be geologically very young (~1 million to 10 million years); it has sharp rims and its floor is almost devoid of impacts, suggesting a recent exposure of surface H2O…. Other high-albedo units and young craters observed across Ceres may be preferential locations for searching for H2O-rich materials.”Cryovolcanism on Ceres (Ruesch et al): “Both ages indicate that Ahuna Mons formed in the geologically recent past. Downslope lineations occur on young steep slopes of bodies where the regolith is immature. On asteroid Vesta, where the regolith develops at a lower rate than on Ceres, downslope lineations are erased on surfaces older than 200 to 400 million years. Thus, these features on the flanks of Ahuna Mons are consistent with the young age inferred from crater size-frequency distributions.”Distribution of phyllosilicates on the surface of Ceres (Ammannito et al): “The widespread presence of these two types of minerals is a strong indication of a global and extensive aqueous alteration—i.e., the presence of water at some point in Ceres’ geological history.”The geomorphology of Ceres (Buczkowski et al): “Before Dawn’s arrival, it was expected that most craters on Ceres would be relaxed, but instead there is a large inventory of craters with sharp walls and deep floors.”Cratering on Ceres: Implications for its crust and evolution (Hiesinger et al): “Craters are heterogeneously distributed across the surface, indicating crustal heterogeneities and a complex geologic evolution of Ceres’ crust and upper mantle, an interpretation supported by FC and VIR color data. Dating the smooth deposits around Kerwan, one of the largest and most relaxed craters on Ceres, revealed young retention ages of 550 and 720 My, indicating that at least some geologic activity took place in the recent history of Ceres.”We congratulate the excellent engineering that has brought these superb images and data to Earth. But once again, a solar system body has surprised scientists with its youth. In almost every case of first visits to a new planet, moon, asteroid or comet, observations did not match predictions. The assumption of billions of years clashes with reality of young features and unexpected youth. Even when they derive ages of tens or hundreds of millions of years, we must remember that those are but tiny fractions of the assumed age (e.g., 100 million years is 1/45th the assumed age). Ponder that; what was going on for the previous 44/45ths of the time, only to change so recently? It doesn’t make sense. When you continue to see surprised looks on the faces of secular scientists, you should ask whether their assumptions are misleading them.Congratulations also to NASA/JPL for the successful launch Sept. 8 of OSIRIS-REx, a mission to bring samples from an asteroid named Bennu back to Earth in 2023 (see Space.com). That will be a long wait because of the looping trajectory around the sun, but a historic first if all goes well. Best of luck.last_img read more

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New App Reveals How Smart, Rich & Frugal Your Neighbors Are

first_imgTags:#Location#mobile#web When the app opens it pinpoints the user’s location and shows key demographic data about that area. According to the application, within a mile of my house are just over 15,000 people, with an average age of 35 and an average income of over $100,000. The app also tells me what percent have a college education, are homeless, are home owners, and how much is spent on retail shopping in my area. Using the comparison tool, I can see that people in my area make well over the national average income, and they spend their money more too. The tool also allows me to compare my neighborhood to any other location within the U.S. by either dropping a pin on the map or searching for an address.If you have lots of addresses in your contacts (which oddly I do not), the application can also randomly compare any location to that of your friends and family with a shake of the phone. Using the “Smart Map” feature, you can provide search criteria, such as population, income and media age ranges. The app will then color code results as you search for them or drop pins on the map.While this free application is fun for an everyday user like myself, it is actually aimed at people who already make use of the BAO on the Web. This includes realtors, who can get instant demographic data about neighborhoods in which they are trying to sell a house. Anyone looking to understand more about their neighborhood or any other neighborhood would certainly benefit from having some basic BAO functionality on their iOS device. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces chris cameron What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Last week we told you about a new iPhone application from the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) that brought its popular ArcGIS software to iOS devices. The app leveraged the organization’s massive collection of mapping data – as well as that of other groups – to bring unique maps to the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. This week the geographic information systems (GIS) software makers are bringing another popular utility – the Business Analyst Online (BAO) – to these same devices.BAO is mainly a Web-based tool that provides localized demographic data, including income levels, ages, neighborhood styles and other data. Users of the service have been able to map and chart various sets of data using the tool, and now with this latest application, they can do some of that on their handheld devices. Below is a video demonstrating the basic functions of the app. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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50% quota demanded in Bihar Assembly

first_imgOn International women’s Day, women legislators of Bihar, cutting across party lines, on Wednesday demanded 50 % reservation for women in State legislatures and in Parliament as well.In the 243-member State Assembly, there are only 27 women legislators.As soon as the House convened on Wednesday, the women legislators from all parties rose from their seat and demanded 50% reservation in Parliament and State legislatures of the country.Move appreciatedWhile appreciating their move, Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhury said such a legislation can only be brought in Parliament. State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shravan Kumar, too, welcomed the demand but said “this could only be done through legislation in Parliament.”“Considering the fact that women form nearly half of the country’s population we should be given half representation in State legislatures and Parliament,” said Ranju Geeta, ruling party JD(U) MLA from Bajpatti. She lauded Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for making a provision of 50% reservation for women in State panchayat and local bodies.RJD MLA from Patepur Assembly Prema Chaudhury and JD(U) MLA from Khagaria Poonam Yadav said “women need what is due for them for long and, like local bodies poll in Bihar, we should also get 50% reservation in State legislatures and Parliament as well.”Male members of the Assembly smiled when the women MLAs were making their demand.last_img read more

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