Taroudant – Dakhla in the southern region of Morocco is one of country’s most attractive tourist destinations. The peninsula, which stretches into the Atlantic Ocean, offers ideal conditions for surfers and beach lovers.With water at 25 ° throughout the year, Dakhla is a must destination and a haven for any surfer and water sports enthusiasts.Surfing is one of the challenging sports that demand skills and physical efforts. However, for beginners, there are some places in the world that turns this demanding sport into a very enjoyable experience.The Moroccan city of Dakhla is an example of these places for the bountiful advantageous factors it afford, such as warm water, soft waves, easy access, and loads of expert help.With nearly 3,500 miles of diverse beautiful coastline, last October Morocco was ranked third five best places to learn to surf in the world.
Photo by louisvilleky.com.Teddy Bridgewater, the junior Louisville quarterback who is consensus No. 1 pick in next year’s NFL Draft should he decide to forgo his senior season, said he remains divided on what to do.Bridgewater said he will decide “hopefully three-to-four days after” Louisville’s Russell Athletic Bowl against Miami on Dec. 28 in Orlando.“Whenever I feel comfortable after discussing it with my mom, my family and my coaches,” the 21-year-old said. “It’s not a hard decision at all. I know I control my future and my own destiny.”He said he would return for his final year to play “in a new conference (the ACC) against better talent and being able to play another year with guys I’ve had great relationships with at Louisville.”Going to the NFL would allow him to “finally say I reached my ultimate goal and it would change my mom’s life (financially),” he said. “I can make an impact on my environment, where I grew up in Miami, showing there’s no restrictions what you can reach. That someone from the same neighborhood can make it out.”Bridgewater added that whatever NFL team has the first pick for next year’s draft will not impact his decision. He added that whenever he leaves college for the NFL, he wants to be able to say, “I was able to leave college a better person than when I came to college.”
The RSPB has told worried birdwatchers to call the police to report nature crimes after a council delayed the removal of netting over the nests of migrating sand martins, which had flown thousands of miles to nest and lay eggs.Wildlife activists reported seeing a kestrel become entangled in the wide holes of the netting covering over a kilometre of the cliff at Bacton beach, north Norfolk.The netting was put in place to deter birds from nesting as part of an anti-erosion scheme to protect a local gas terminal.Locals say that winds caused parts of the material to fall down overnight, meaning some sand martins managed to get to their nests. The RSPB said that if reports are accurate, this means the council and contractors could be committing a wildlife crime, as disturbing a live nest is illegal under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act.A spokesperson for the local RSPB said: “All wild birds whilst they are nesting are protected by the countryside act so if they are being disturbed that is an offence and we would recommend the witness calls the police.”If contractors are aware of birds being caught and are not taking action, that is a crime. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “If anyone sees a crime in action then call 999. And a crime would be birds getting trapped or caught in the netting.” North Norfolk District Council promised on Tuesday that the netting would be removed within 24 hours – but delayed this to 48 hours by Wednesday morning, angering animal experts.Prof Ben Garrod from the University of East Anglia said this delay could “absolutely” cause the birds to become injured or die.He said: “This is why it’s such a horrible thing because councils and companies are putting these nests up before they start nesting so it doesn’t cause a nest disturbance on a technicality.”Each little sand martin can lay 4-5 eggs a season, they are only here for a few weeks and every day that this is delayed reduces the chance they will lay”We have the privilege of this little animal coming to visit our shores and we have put netting up and turned our back on them.”Juli Kett-Brodie, a local animal enthusiast who has been on the beach to watch the birds said she saw a kestrel become entangled in the nets. Kestrels are a threatened species and have amber protection in the UK. She said: “We saw a kestrel yesterday trying to land, and the third time he tried to land he got caught up, we started running towards him and he managed to get free and fly away.”There is a massive risk of this large netting that other animals can get caught in.”We have seals all along the coast and had a really high tide yesterday. We were on a peaceful protest march last night and we found a whole load of netting on the beach.”I’m fed up with the wildlife in Norfolk being trampled over for financial gain.”North Norfolk District Council said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon that it is working “at pace” to resolve the issue. Sand martins nest in the sandy cliffs at Bacton – unless they are prevented from doing so by nettingCredit:Jason Bye
In the developed world, men have higher rates of obesity than women, while the opposite is true in developing countries.The greatest gain in overweight and obesity occurred globally between 1992 and 2002, mainly among people aged between 20 and 40.Especially high rates of overweight and obesity have already been reached in Tonga and a number of other Pacific countries where levels of obesity in men and women exceed 50%. It is also the case in Kuwait, Libya and Qatar that most people were obese.In developed countries, the rate of increase in adult obesity has started to slow down in the past 8 years and there is some evidence that those more recent birth cohorts are gaining weight more slowly than previous ones.“Unlike other major global health risks, such as tobacco and childhood nutrition, obesity is not decreasing worldwide,” said Professor Emmanuela Gakidou lead researcher at the University of Washington.Our findings show that increases in the prevalence of obesity have been substantial, widespread, and have arisen over a short time. However, there is some evidence of a plateau in adult obesity rates that provides some hope that the epidemic might have peaked in some developed countries.The importance of the addressing the issues was highlighted by the research which showed that 3.4 million deaths were caused by obesity in 2010.The Lancet article in full can be accessed here.Read: Half-ton Mexican man, once the world’s heaviest, dies aged 48 >Read: More shops need to stop selling sweets and chocolates at checkouts – Reilly > OBESITY AND OVERWEIGHT rates in Ireland are among the highest in Western Europe according to a new global study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.The figures for Irish men over 20-years of age show that 66 per cent are above their recommend weight while 51 per cent of women of the same age are.In the case of men, only six countries out of 22 in Western Europe fare worse while five countries have higher rates in the case of women.Comparisons with other European countries of overweight and obese young people under-20 were also along similar lines, but slightly better.In Ireland, obesity rates are as follows; 6.9 per cent for boys under-20 and 7.2 per cent for girls under in 20. Among Irish adults over 20, the rates for men and women are at about 23 per cent.For the purposes of the research, obesity was calculated at a proportion of body-mass index above 30 kg/m² while being overweight was measured at above 25 kg/m².The worldwide research has been published by the Lancet medical journal and found that the number of obese and overweight people worldwide has increased from 857 million in 1980 to 2.1 billion in 2013.This varied greatly across the world with more than half of the world’s 671 million obese individuals living in just ten countries.In high-income countries, some of the highest increases in adult obesity prevalence have been in the USA where roughly a third of the adult population are obese, Australia where 28 per cent of men and 30 per cent of women are obese, and the UK where around a quarter of the adult population are obese.On balance however, obeseity rates are higher in developing countires, approaching 40 per cent in some places with 62 per cent of the world’s obese people live in developing countries.Worldwide, the proportion of men who were overweight increased from 28·8 per cent in 1980 to 36·9 per cent in 2013, and the proportion of women who were overweight increased from 29·8 per cent to 38·0 per cent.The research also makes specific reference to childhood obesity which has increased by 33 per cent in the past 33 years.Some of the other key findings include:
Star Trek fans know that apparently in the future space propulsion is produced through the combination of matter and antimatter. The problem with antimatter though is that it’s scarce and most scientists agree the only way to produce it on Earth is through artificial means. At least, that was the belief until scientists using NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope discovered a previously unknown phenomenon that occurs above thunderstorm clouds.It turns out that in addition to producing rain and lightning, thunderstorm clouds also produce antimatter. The discovery is the first time antimatter has been found to be created naturally on Earth. Antimatter particles are created within a terrestrial gamma-ray flash (TGF) which is produced inside thunderstorms in association with lightning. These TGFs occur around 500 times a day, but the vast majority go undetected. Gamma rays contain a high amount of energy and occur when particles of antimatter strike normal matter. TGFs with energies of 511,000 electron volts have been detected by Fermi.The Fermi spacecraft was originally designed to detect high-energy events in space. Scientists have now found that the spacecraft can be a valuable in detecting high-energy events occurring on Earth as well. Most of the TGFs detected by Fermi were the result of it being immediately above a thunderstorm, though in four other cases the storms were relatively far away. Those distant storms were detected as a result of TGFs producing high-speed electrons and positrons, an electron’s antimatter counterpart, which rode Earth’s magnetic field to strike the spacecraft.Read more at NASA.
Research scientists at MIT look to be on the brink of solving two big problems with one tiny bacteria. They’ve taken the soil bacteria called Ralstonia eutropha and bioengineered it to use carbon as a food source and produce a gasoline substitute as waste. The ultimate goal being to get the bacteria to feed on CO2 and produce fuel in the process.The unmodified version of Ralstonia eutropha feeds on organic compounds or hydrogen and grows in the process. But when it gets stressed through a lack of certain nutrients in its diet it decides to store food for later instead. That food is stored as a polymer.What the scientists at MIT did was to modify the bacteria so that instead of storing food as a polymer, it produces isobutanol. Isobutanol can be used as a substitute for gasoline making the usefulness of this bacteria very clear.However, the research team aren’t finished yet. Its food source is carbon-based and work is currently underway to get it on to a diet of carbon dioxide. By doing so, Raistonia eutropha could one day eat our carbon emissions and output new fuel for us to use.The isobutanol produced is easy to filter off as the bacteria stores it in the liquid surrounding of its body rather than internally. With that being the case, having large vats of Ralstonia eutropha producing a steady stream of fuel is highly viable. It’s also possible the bacteria could be adapted to use some of our other waste products as a food source, for example, agricultural waste.As the whole system relies on this single bacteria it can be setup just about anywhere there’s access to a food source and a fuel storage system. That means it won’t take up valuable farming land like ethanol production does, making it a much more viable and eco-friendly long term solution if the MIT team can perfect Ralstonia eutropha’s eating habits.Read more at MIT
Short URL By AFP Thursday 28 Mar 2019, 2:49 PM Mar 28th 2019, 2:49 PM 24 Comments 13,113 Views Huawei is the leading manufacturer of 5G technology. Share1 Tweet Email2 British authorities join US in raising suspicion about Chinese tech firm Huawei Its tech could pose “new risks” for the UK’s telecommunications, a new report has stated. Overall, the oversight board can only provide limited assurance that all risks to UK national security from Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s critical networks can be sufficiently mitigated long-term.HCSEC was formed in 2010 to mitigate perceived risks arising from the involvement of Huawei in critical national infrastructure.The government-led board includes officials from Britain’s GCHQ cybersecurity agency as well as a senior Huawei executive and representatives from the UK telecommunications sector.The report “details some concerns about Huawei’s software engineering capabilities”, the Huawei spokesman added.“We understand these concerns and take them very seriously.“The issues identified… provide vital input for the ongoing transformation of our software engineering capabilities,” he told AFP.The spokesman also noted that Huawei’s board of directors had last year launched a company-wide €1.8 billion transformation plan to enhance those capabilities.“The mechanism of collaboration between Huawei and the UK government continues to work properly — the identification of the issues in the OB report is an indication of the HCSEC model working properly,” he insisted.EU plan for safe 5GToday’s report was published two days after the European Commission presented its plan to ensure the secure introduction of 5G telecoms networks.The Commission has not yet urged European countries to follow the example of the US, Australia or Japan in banning or restricting deals with the firm.However, it will now take steps to determine the extent of the risk and encourage EU members to share information.The plan calls for member states to report back on any security threats to their national network infrastructure by 30 June.After that, the European Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) will be given to 1 October to produce a report evaluating the risks at a European level.Then member states will debate what if any measures to take, with a decision before the end of the year.Huawei stands accused by the United States of posing a security risk to western networks, because of its alleged ties to Chinese intelligence.Nevertheless, some European countries are in negotiations with Huawei to deploy its advanced technology to power the faster wireless networks of the future.© – AFP 2019 https://jrnl.ie/4565302 Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images Huawei is the leading manufacturer of 5G technology. Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images THE UK HAS identified “significant” issues in Huawei’s engineering processes that pose “new risks” for the nation’s telecommunications, a government report has found amid lingering global suspicion over the Chinese technology giant.“Further significant technical issues have been identified in Huawei’s engineering processes, leading to new risks in the UK telecommunications networks,” read annual findings from the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) oversight board.Huawei is the leading manufacturer of equipment for next-generation 5G mobile networks with almost instantaneous data transfer that will become the nervous system of Europe’s economy, in strategic sectors like energy, transport, banking and health care.However, some Western nations have barred it amid fears Beijing could gain access to sensitive communications and critical infrastructure.A Huawei spokesman said it was taking the British concerns “very seriously” and they would be used as part of its “ongoing” process to improve its capabilities.HCSEC stressed that in the report that it “does not believe that the defects identified are a result of Chinese state interference”.‘Limited assurance’ over risksThe board added however that “no material progress has been made by Huawei in the remediation of the issues reported last year”.And it concluded: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
A facebook group developed to help Greeks migrate to Australia has had an overwhelming response from people seeking support. The group, called Greek Australian Support Network, was developed by eight Victorians only two weeks ago and already has 1069 members (at time of print). The group’s intent is to offer support, assistance and advice to all migrating Greeks. It provides a forum for people to advertise jobs, offer grass roots assistance like blankets, furniture for new arrivals, and accommodation. Peter Kalliakoudis, one of the administrators of the group said Greek Australian Support Network is a “community based facebook group so all we can give is advice to our members and it’s something we are just trying to support fellow Greeks going through hardships”. “All we tried to build here was a network between people looking for help we are just trying to be the medium form between coming and people’s support for fellow Greeks,” says Mr Kalliakoudis. The group’s origin’s began after a facebook discussion on Peter’s homepage discussing the current crisis in the Hellenic Republic. “When we saw the footage of Athens burning like that, it really struck us at the heart, and seeing it we knew we had to do something about it,” says Mr Kalliakoudis. The eight people involved in the discussion are now the administrators of the group and they include: Anna Stergiouconstantakis; George Tsitsis; Sossa Gonzales; Pytheas Massalias; Antony Margetis; Petros Kosmopoulos; Stella Avgerinakis; as well as Mr Kalliakoudis. All administrators are from Melbourne. Administrator Ms Stergiouconstantakis told Neos Kosmos that she has not only been overwhelmed by the response, but also overwhelmed by the support shown on the forum. “It got to the stage where every couple of seconds we were getting requests to join the group,” says Ms Stergiouconstantakis. Ms Stergiouconstantakis said the network has already been very successful in helping Greeks immigrate, and says “it shows the true philanthropic character of the Hellenes, the word comes from us and it shows on our wall”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
French former midfielder Makelele, opened up about his experience when he first arrived at Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea after being rejected by Real Madrid.In modern football, there are very few defensive midfielders like Claude Makelele, the Real Madrid and Chelsea former footballer who mesmerized Jose Mourinho enough to make him the most important player in that position at the Blues.It was right after Florentino Perez had decided that the Frenchman didn’t have enough swagger to be a part of his Galacticos at Real Madrid and the Portuguese manager saw the unique opportunity to bring one of the best players in the world on that position.Chelsea would transform into one of the best clubs in the world with Makelele as one of their most vital components, as he was one of the main responsible for this dramatic overnight transformation.With Arsenal and Manchester United fighting for supremacy, Roman Abramovic’s decision to buy the Blues changed the Premier League’s landscape almost instantly and Claude was there during the whole process.But the former player who is now a manager for top-flight Belgian side KAS Eupen, a squad which Makelele rescued from relegation last season and is now playing top-tier football thanks to him.EXCLUSIVE: Claude Makelele says players were insecure before Jose Mourinho arrived and turned them into winner | @mcgrathmike https://t.co/IcORmDkmD8— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) October 19, 2018The man’s experience at Chelsea and Real Madrid, was the main source of inspiration he got to become a manager.With Los Blancos, the Frenchman learned from mythical boss Vicente del Bosque with whom he won the UEFA Champions League in 2002.After leaving for Chelsea, he then encountered Jose Mourinho and his experience in England was even more rewarding because he was essentially coming to a club that wasn’t considered among the best at the time.Claude’s tale of how all the Chelsea players needed to work on their self-confidence reveal how much work Jose Mourinho did with them when he first arrived.Also, when he started playing against his teammates from Arsenal, Makelele didn’t think the Blues could reach that level but the manager made sure he changed his mind faster than he could’ve imagined.There have been several accounts of how great of a manager Jose Mourinho has been in the past, but this one that Claude Makelele made during an interview with The Sun is way more revealing than most of the ones we have encountered during these past two weeks.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.Claude Makelele: Jose Mourinho turned Chelsea into winners https://t.co/yuaf7rUFWY pic.twitter.com/sgW9dkQ6l1— breakingnews nigeria (@breakingnewsnig) October 19, 2018“When I first arrived at Chelsea, I saw something that shocked me. There were big teams, Manchester United and Arsenal, and all the time we would play them and I’d hear, ‘F***ing hell, it’s going to be difficult’,” said Makelele during the interview.“What? We can’t beat Arsenal? My team-mates were insecure and that shocked me, I had come from Real Madrid where I won everything.”“I understood my team-mates — Arsenal won with Thierry Henry scoring and with Patrick Vieira. But they were my friends and I played with them for the national team and I wouldn’t be afraid.”“When I saw this, I wanted to change it with my team-mates and say ‘No, this is possible’. We did change the mentality and, after, we beat them all the time and were fighting for the Premier League.”“I learned a lot with Mourinho about being a competitor, about being focused on details and the consequences of your management.”“He made me understand football in a different way. Football is not just happiness. He makes you understand about society, partnerships, fans, media, every detail.”“And that is more important than ever in football. You need to be in control of this.”Jose Mourinho turned Chelsea into winners – Claude Makelele https://t.co/WJELOsVXAK pic.twitter.com/TOEdVepzUE— Futball Select (@futballselect) October 19, 2018How big of a chance does Jose Mourinho have to rescue back the season at Manchester United? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Related Items:anti-violence, peace concert, regatta villAGE, romain virgo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Sept 2015 – Youth Week events continue across the country and tonight, in South Caicos there is a ‘Peace Concert’ at the Regatta Village. In Providenciales on Thursday there is a Youth Forum on ‘Anti Violence’ at the Gus Lightbourne Gym at 6:30pm. There will be a Youth Fair in North Caicos on Friday at the Community Center, while in Grand Turk on the holiday a horse race will take place, it is being held in honor of slain young man, Kevino Smith. The major event is set for Providenciales, where there is a youth march, rally, fair and concert – all for free – at the Gus Lightbourne Sports Complex. The march begins at the FirstCaribbean bank parking lot at 9am and the Peace Concert is later featuring Romain Virgo out of Jamaica. Recommended for you Anti-Violence workshops for Boys started Youth Department spearheading anti-violence workshop for Boys Youth to March in anti-violence parades to celebrate Youth Day
KEY LARGO, FLA. (WSVN) – Firefighters worked to put out a sailboat fire in Key Largo.The 80-foot boat caught fire and was burned through, Thursday morning.No one was injured due to the fire, but the vessel was destroyed.Officials are investigating what caused the fire.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Getty Images [Representational Image]A man was set on fire by Uttar Pradesh Police in Kanpur by pouring petrol over his private parts. The station house officer (SHO) Sudhir Pawar was suspended following the incident.According to reports, Monu and Sonu were taken into custody in connection with a murder case on Monday. It was over probe after police found a body at Bithoor railway station in Kanpur on March 29.It is alleged that the police thrashed the accused men and then poured petrol over Monu’s private parts. They gave him electric shocks due to which his clothes caught fire. The youth was later shifted to a hospital.In his statement, the victim said, “while questioning the police beat us up first and then poured petrol on my private part. I was on fire. I couldn’t remember what happened next”, reports India Today.But the police have denied this version of the story. According to them, the victim had carried a matchbox with him inside the station and set himself on fire.”The police had brought two people for questioning in a murder case. One of them had a matchbox in his pocket, which was not confiscated due to negligence by those in charge of frisking him. At night, he asked to use the washroom and then burned his jeans,” said Anant Dev Singh, SSP, Kanpur City, reports ANI.An investigation has been initiated over the incident and the case has been handed over to the Circle Officer in Kalyanpur (CO).
Kareena Kapoor KhanKareena Kapoor Khan fan page InstagramAfter rumours of Salman Khan charging a humongous Rs 31 crore per weekend, the fee Kareena Kapoor Khan is charging for Dance India Dance season 7 will probably give you a heart attack.Kareena Kapoor has been managing her personal life and professional life like a pro! From enjoying her vacation with family in London, to travelling back-and-forth for working as the judge of the dance reality show every weekend, Kareena is truly on a roll! There were rumours of the diva being paid the highest amount for any female celebrity on small-screen. And if a TOI report is to be believed, the diva is getting paid a whopping Rs 3 crore per episode.Recently, in an interview with The Indian Express, Kareena had spoken candidly, “You need to put a lot of hard work, especially on television. So definitely, the pay package has to be a good amount. And when a male judge can get it, why not a female judge? Also, it’s the first time that a mainstream actress has forayed into TV and a dance reality show at this point in her career. So, I think I have got what I completely deserve for the hours I will put in.”In Kareena Kapoor’s absence, sister Karisma had taken up the role of the judge for a weekend. Malaika Arora is also rumoured to have taken Kareena’s place for an episode.As per reports, Salman Khan would be taking home a massive Rs 31 crore per weekend (two episodes) for the 13th season of Bigg Boss. Though it’s not a confirmed report but receiving this amount would mean that the actor would get somewhere around Rs 403 crore for the entire duration of the show which will have 13 weekends.
Share Texas TribuneE-voting MachineHey, Texplainer: I’m hearing reports of voting machines changing the selections of some straight-ticket voters. What gives?Voters from around the state have reported a curious thing happening at the polls this week: They meant to vote straight-ticket but when they reviewed their final list of selected candidates, someone from an opposing party was picked instead.Some people wondered if there was malfeasance. Others blamed malfunctioning voting machines. And both Democrats and Republicans have tried to warn voters in their respective parties.🚨 ALERT: We have received multiple reports from voters who voted straight-ticket, then saw on a later screen that their votes were changed to that of the opposite party. You must check your ballot before casting to ensure it’s correct, and you can ask a poll worker for help.— Texas Civil Rights Project (@TXCivilRights) October 25, 2018 But according to the Texas Secretary of State’s Office, the voting machines are not at fault. Rather, the problems reported are the result of “voters hitting a button or using the selection wheel before the screen is finished rendering,” which de-selects the pre-filled candidate selection.“The issue is occurring primarily with the U.S. Senate race selections, because it is at the top of the ballot,” said Sam Taylor, a spokesman for the secretary of state.On Saturday, that office said that it has only been notified of fewer than 20 related issues.“In each case, these voters were able to properly review and cast a ballot that accurately reflected the choices they made,” the office said in a statement.The problem is happening with Hart eSlate voting machines, which are used in 82 of Texas’ 254 counties. Around 7.2 million registered voters live in those counties, which account for 46 percent of registered voters in the entire state. And three of the five counties with the most registered voters, Harris, Tarrant and Travis, use them.In a statement Friday, Hart eSlate said it “simply records the voter’s inputs. It does not, and cannot, ‘flip’ or ‘switch’ votes.” A spokesman also said that their voting devices comply with the state’s Election Code and have been used “reliably across Texas” since 2002.“Most importantly, the eSlate displays all voter choices on a ballot summary page, once the voter has made all selections,” the statement said. “This gives the voter the opportunity to verify that they have marked the intended choices before casting the ballot. If the voter has mismarked a choice or has changed their mind, they have the option of returning to any contest that needs to be changed.”So, what should you do if you’re in one of those 82 counties? Easy. Double-check all your votes before submitting your ballot.According to the secretary of state’s office, Hart eSlate voting machines have an “enter” button and a selection wheel to help voters select their choice candidate. The office advises voters to use one button at a time and to not hit the “enter” button or use the selection wheel until the page is fully rendered.“If Texans are having issues, they should ask a poll worker for assistance immediately, and do not cast their ballot before carefully reviewing the summary screen at the end to ensure all their selections are listed correctly,” Taylor told The Texas Tribune in an emailed statement.The secretary of state’s office has no legal authority to force any vendors to make upgrades if their voting systems are otherwise in compliance with federal and state law. Counties are also responsible for purchasing their own voting equipment. Hart eSlate’s systems were certified in 2009, according to The Associated Press.It’s worth noting, however, that straight-ticket voting won’t be around for much longer. Last year, Gov. Greg. Abbott signed a bill into law that will eliminate the “one punch” voting option from Texas ballots starting in 2020.Early voting ends of Nov. 2. Election Day is on Nov. 6.The bottom line: Voting machines aren’t malfunctioning. The secretary of state’s office is advising Texans to check their ballots and to double-check all votes cast before submitting their final ballot.Chris Essig contributed to this report.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune
6 min read February 18, 2009 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Austrian Michael Breidenbruecker had the same idea in his head for nearly 10 years: Create a software application that provided a personal soundtrack to your mood, movement and speech. His app would be reactive, using pre-programmed electronic music that would change according to sensory input.The problem for the 37-year-old was that available hardware wasn’t up-to-speed. The traditional desktop, laptop or mobile phone didn’t provide the sensory interface required. Then the iPhone came along.”When I saw the iPhone, I knew this was the perfect device,” says Breidenbruecker, who co-founded the music site Last.fm. “Its processors can do everything we need it to do. It has sensory input. And the thing that makes the iPhone really, really attractive for music apps is simply the fact it is a music device–people use it to listen to music.”Indeed, while many iPhone software startups focus on making a quick buck through simple games and novel gimmicks (iBeer turns the gadget into a virtual mug o’ brew), many savvy programmers are focusing on the burgeoning world of iPhone music programs and have only scratched the touch screen of possibilities. The iPhone’s tactile interface, motion-sensing accelerometer, wireless capabilities and built-in iPod music functions make it an ideal device for new legions of pocket producers and music fans alike.Musicians ranging from Brian Eno to DJ Deadmau5 have created and endorsed iPhone music apps. Though it’s not clear how many of the Apple iPhone App Store’s 20,000-plus programs focus on music, it is true that, even in this recessed economy, this new mobile platform is making instant moguls of savvy developers. The technology, startup costs and workforces involved are not as daunting as they would be if you were launching full-service software.”I think it’s such a great business model that Apple has set up for us creators,” says Jeff Muncy, creative director of Psyclops LLC, a Los Angeles-based app developer. “I don’t want to say it was completely smooth, but it wasn’t too hard. You just need to be creative and be unique. There are so many ‘me-too’ apps out there.”Breidenbruecker’s RjDj app, perhaps more than any other, exploits the iPhone’s musical capabilities. The $2.99 “album” version (there’s also a free “single” variant that’s rudimentary) lets iPhone users chose a musical “scene,” which then mutates as you speak into a connected, microphone-equipped headset. The music can also react to your movement, as it reacts to the handset’s bearing-sensing accelerometer. RjDj’s often-ambient electronic sounds are calm in conditions of silence and stillness but grow more cacophonous as volume and action ensue. Users can record the program’s reactions.”We’re pushing the boundaries of the hardware and the platform,” Breidenbruecker says, “using sound input and output and real-time signal processing.”He says his company, Reality Jockey, consists mainly of himself, one programmer and five supporting employees, and that it has yet to make a profit. But at 150,000 downloads and counting, Breidenbruecker thinks the app is well on its way to becoming an artistic and commercial success.And it could lead the way toward a new paradigm for music consumption, where fans download an ever-changing app rather than static songs, he says. Music stars could be programmers, not singers, rappers and rockers. In fact, RjDj is open to developers who want to create their own musical scenes to add to the album version. The only hurdle–one that Breidenbruecker hopes will be addressed by Apple–is that new music added to the program can’t be sold and downloaded individually. Software music production suites such as Reason usually come with standard instruments built in, but if you want a specific hip-hop drum kit, for example, you have to purchase an add-on disc. Add-ons for iPhone apps, on the contrary, don’t come packaged individually. For now, RjDj comes bundled with its music.”What we want to be is a platform for artists to produce reactive music,” Breidenbruecker says. “In order to do that right now we don’t have many options with Apple because they don’t support itemized downloads.”Still, developers are flocking to the App Store to peddle their music wares. Product developer Joy Kovaleski paired up with TV producer Muncy to get in on the action. Their product, Psyclops, launched this month and encourages children ages 8 to 14 to pair custom music tracks with animated dance moves of their choosing.”What we saw as we looked at our market was [TV’s] Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew and So You Think You Can Dance,” Kovaleski says. “We felt our unique combination of music and dance that could be turned into a creative video was something that wasn’t being done.”Gaming apps seem to be the biggest sellers at the App Store, so Psyclops is a wise blend of music and game-like aspects. And the resulting music videos can be e-mailed to friends in a whirlwind of viral marketing that benefits the makers of the $1.99 program. The company’s founders hope to expand the app so that it includes a karaoke-like sing-along function, a personal photo feature and mass e-mail-blast capabilities.Like other iPhone app entrepreneurs, Muncy and Kovaleski kicked things off with zero full-time employees and have so far contracted for services such as programming and marketing. Angel investors helped them get off the ground. “We hope to sell millions,” Kovaleski says.Of course, there’s one more model when it comes to making an iPhone music app: Free. Eric Redlinger, researcher-in-residence at Brooklyn Polytechnic University’s Integrated Digital Media Institute, used the school’s resources to develop Mrmr, an app that allows electronic musicians to control digital gear wirelessly with their iPhones. It can be used, for example to control a DJ’s set via Ableton Live software, or it can even be the remote control for a live VJ. It also allows collaboration with more than one iPhone user during a performance.”It’s not been my calling to make 99-cent apps,” Redlinger, 35, says. “I’m much more interested in building a platform that people will use.”Because Mrmr is open-source, programmers can join in its evolution and add useful features by contributing to its code. It’s free at the App Store, so anyone with an iPhone or iPod Touch can benefit from the work of others. And so can Redlinger, as it turns out.”Of course I’m the world’s expert on this technology,” he says, “being the author of it.”This allows him some entrepreneurial leverage. Companies that want to use Mrmr for custom jobs–say to control an in-house multimedia presentation–would need to hire Redlinger or someone like him. And having the app all over the world as a free download only helps advertise his services.”What I’m able to do is make specific Mrmr builds for specific purposes,” he says. “You need to pay the rent.” Enroll Now for Free
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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. The multi-year… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems July 29, 2019 — Cancer patients taking cholesterol-lowering statin medication following radiation therapy of the chest, neck or head had significantly reduced risk of suffering a stroke, and possibly other cardiovascular complications, according to new research. The research appeared in Journal of the American Heart Association.This is the first large study to explore whether statins reduce cardiovascular complications in patients who have radiation therapy for chest, head or neck cancer.More than half of cancer patients are treated with radiation therapy, which uses high doses of radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. While radiation treatment has become more precise and long-term survival rates have improved, the radiation can affect nearby healthy cells and cause side effects many years later.Radiation therapy side effects include scarring or thickening of arteries, and over time that can lead to blockages that cause heart attack and stroke. In fact, the authors point out that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of illness and death among cancer survivors.The newly published study looked at whether statin medication, which reduces the formation of plaques that block blood vessels, might lower the risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease after radiation therapy to the chest, neck or head. The researchers found that the use of statins was associated with a 32 percent reduction in stroke.There was also a strong trend toward reduction in overall cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and stroke, and death due to those cardiovascular events. The authors said, however, that the 15 percent reduction they found was not statistically significant due to the high-risk population of patients in the study.“Statins decrease cholesterol levels and have anti-inflammatory properties. Multiple studies have revealed the beneficial effects of statin therapy on reducing the risks of vascular disease in a variety of populations,” said study author Negar Mousavi, M.D., M.H.Sc., at McGill University Health Center in Montreal, Canada. “Statins are protective in patients with heart disease, previous strokes and with high cholesterol levels.”For the study, the researchers studied data from 5,718 heart attack and stroke patients over age 65 (with a mean age of 75) at McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, Canada, who had undergone radiation therapy for chest, head or neck cancer from 2000 to 2011. The majority — 4,166 patients — were taking statins. Most of the people in the study had underlying cardiovascular disease.“Our study demonstrated that statin therapy could be favorable even with the competing risks of cancer and cancer-related mortality in patients who received radiation therapy,” said Mousavi who added, “No other agent is recommended with enough evidence to reduce the risk of vascular events among cancer patients receiving radiation to the head, neck or chest.”However, the authors point out that there is a need for prospective studies to explore the role of statins after radiation therapy in wider populations and to establish definitive guidelines on the management of radiation-induced vascular disease.Co-authors are Jacinthe Boulet, M.D.; Jessica Pena, M.D.; Edward A. Hulten, M.D.; Tomas G. Neilan, M.D.; Alice Dragomir, M.D.; Carolyn Freeman, M.D.; Christine Lambert, M.D.; Tarek Hijal, M.D.; Lyne Nadeau, M.D.; and James M. Brophy, M.D. Author disclosures are on the manuscript.For more information: www.ahajournals.org/journal/jaha Related Content Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications 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 | 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 | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 | Cardio-oncology | July 29, 2019 Statins Reduce Stroke, Cardiovascular Risk in Cancer Patients Following Radiation Cancer patients who took statin medication had a 32 percent reduction in stroke following radiation therapy to the chest, head or neck News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more Reference1. Boulet J., Peña J., Hulten E.A., et al. Statin Use and Risk of Vascular Events Among Cancer Patients After Radiotherapy to the Thorax, Head, and Neck. Journal of the American Heart Association, June 19, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1161/JAHA.117.005996 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more
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1 Comments Share How does one get the job of Microsoft Surface® holder for the NFL?— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) August 4, 2017 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling But I think that the most likely reason of all,May have been that his heart was two sizes too small. pic.twitter.com/RCNp30qHlz— nick (@nick_pants) August 4, 2017 I mean, try and tell me this guy wasn’t hired just because he has a nice beard. https://t.co/mkydhIQnK4— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) August 4, 2017Anyway, these monitors seem like a bad idea.They’re only going to lead to more mocking of NFL officials and more opportunities for people to see things go wrong. “TV holder guy for NFL referee” was not on the list of careers at career day back in high school…— Stubbs Zanelli (@Stubbs_SBN) August 4, 2017 Gonna be hard to figure out this call, ref. pic.twitter.com/QLxsCFO5g5— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) August 4, 2017 Must be nice. pic.twitter.com/DqKAjcwryr— Cloutfie (@KofieYeboah) August 4, 2017 Nobody likes an NFL official.They’re easy to complain about, only get attention when they screw up and take us away from enjoying the well-played game of football. And now, the league’s new replay-review system is certainly ripe for mistakes to attract further anger from fans.Instead of going under the hood to work in their own space, NFL refs will now watch replay tablets that, at least in the Thursday Hall of Fame game, will be visible to TV cameras. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “What’s your new job, Phil?” “Oh I replaced the pole that holds the camera for referee reviews” #HOFGame— Kaytee Rae (@KSchulzy) August 4, 2017 👀 pic.twitter.com/TGzRaqBb7r— SB Nation (@SBNation) August 4, 2017Replay reviews will still occur in New York with the in-game officials lending their input, but allowing a national audience to see the angles (are they the right angles?) of the replay reviews doesn’t seem like a good idea.Also, what’s up with this poor fellow with a beard?What’s his job description other than, “Hold this TV still so the referee can see clearly and not screw up the call”? Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Stat of the Game: Carolina totally controlled the clock in the second half, notching 12 first downs and holding the ball for 20:13 in the third and fourth quarters.He Said It: “I don’t think we gave them much to cheer for in the second half, so definitely can’t blame them for that. Definitely want them to stick with us … They haven’t had a lot to cheer about recently, but I can promise them that we’re doing everything we can and working as hard as we can to change that. We’re going to do it as soon as we possibly can.” — Shanahan, following the 49ers’ eighth straight loss at home, breaking a dubious record that has stood for 54 years. What’s Next for the 49ers: A trip to Seattle to take on the Seahawks Sunday afternoon.Award WinnersOffensive Player of the Week: Jared Goff, LA Rams – The former No. 1 pick had, by far, his best day as a pro.Defensive Player of the Week: Trumaine Johnson, LA Rams – In addition to his pick-six, which set the tone for the Rams, the veteran corner had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery to go along with two tackles.Special Teams Player of the Week: Greg Zuerlein, LA Rams – “Greg the Leg” had three field goals, including a 50-yarder and all nine of his kickoffs were touchbacks. 100469 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling There’s something you haven’t seen in a while.The Los Angeles Rams are in first place atop the NFC West. Sure, it’s only Week 1, but the Rams were the only team in the division that handled its business, and that business was was tearing apart the Indianapolis Colts.The other three teams in the division? Yeah, not so much. The Cardinals, Seahawks and 49ers bumbled their way through season-opening losses. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires He Said It: “How you doing? Go right ahead. Oh, injuries — OK, sorry about that. First time, I’m getting used to this.” — Sean McVay, in his first postgame press conference as an NFL head coach.What’s Next for the Rams: Los Angeles will host McVay’s former team, the Washington Redskins, Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum. McVay spent three years there as the team’s offensive coordinator.Green Bay Packers 17… Seattle Seahawks 9It wasn’t exactly an offensive barn-burner. In fact, Blair Walsh’s 33-yard field goal as time expired in the first half gave the Seahawks a 3-0 lead and prevented the first scoreless first half in the NFL since 2012.That may have been the highlight for Seattle as the Seahawks were outscored 17-6 in the second half and couldn’t reach the end zone against a stout Packers defense. Green Bay harassed Russell Wilson, sacking him three times and holding him to 158 yards passing. The biggest play in the game came in the third quarter when Mike Daniels strip-sacked Wilson and Kyler Fackrell recovered for Green Bay at the Seattle 6-yard line. Ty Montgomery punched it in on the next snap, and the Packers grabbed their first lead, which they held the rest of the way. Standings Each week, we’ll run down what happened in the NFC West in How the West Was Won.Detroit Lions 35… Arizona Cardinals 23Well, that was ugly. The Cardinals used early Lions mistakes to build a 10-0 lead, then were outscored 35-13 the rest of the way in a discouraging loss at Ford Field. Most of the issues came on the offensive end. Arizona couldn’t run the ball, mustering only 45 yards on 18 carries, but they weren’t exactly adept in the passing game either. Carson Palmer looked uncomfortable all day and threw three picks, including one that was returned for a touchdown by Miles Killebrew with four minutes left in the game. Meanwhile, Detroit’s Matthew Stafford spent the second half looking like he’s worth the massive $135 million contract he signed in the preseason. Stafford shook off an early pick-six of his own to throw four touchdown passes including two in the fourth quarter to rookie Kenny Golladay as Detroit snapped a 7-game losing streak to the Cardinals.Stat of the Game: Palmer’s 53.2 QB rating his fifth-worst as a member of the Cardinals (including the postseason). It was also the fifth time he’s thrown three or more interceptions since joining Arizona in 2013. 0 Comments Share 010323 Top Stories Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff calls a play during an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 010917 He Said It: “Obviously not the start we were looking for. You’re not going beat anybody turning the ball over that many times.” — Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians. Arizona had four turnovers on the day and fell to 3-6 under Arians when coughing the ball up four times or more.What’s Next for the Cardinals?: Arizona travels to Indianapolis and looks to get healthy against the Colts Sunday morning at Lucas Oil Stadium.Los Angeles Rams 46… Indianapolis Colts 9No Andrew Luck? No chance.The Rams defense, playing without All-Pro Aaron Donald, forced three Indianapolis turnovers — including two interception returns for touchdowns — while sacking Scott Tolzien four times in an easy 37-point blowout in L.A.Trumaine Johnson returned a pick 39 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter while fellow corner LaMarcus Joyner victimized Tolzien, who was making just his fourth career NFL start, on a 29-yard return in the third quarter.Los Angeles quarterback Jared Goff had his best day as a pro, completing 21-of-29 throws for 306 yards and a touchdown giving the league’s youngest head coach, Sean McVay, his first victory.Stat of the Game: Goff, who went 0-7 as a rookie starter last year, threw for 300+ yards for the first time and his completion percentage (72.4%) was also a career-best. TeamWinsLossesTiesPoints ForPoints Against 0102335 Stat of the Game: Seattle was dreadful on third down, converting only 3-of-12 opportunities.He Said It: “I classify it as a day to continue to keep growing. On paper, we look amazing. But that means nothing. So for us it’s to continue to keep chopping away, continue to keep getting better as a team and as an individual and if we do that, the sky’s the limit for this squad.” — Seattle defensive end Cliff Avril to the Seattle TimesWhat’s Next for the Seahawks: The Seahawks open the home portion of their schedule at CenturyLink Field against the 49ers Sunday.Carolina Panthers 23… San Francisco 49ers 349ers head coach Kyle Shanahan arrived in San Francisco wearing the label of ‘offensive genius’ based on his stellar work with Matt Ryan and the NFC-champion Atlanta Falcons last season.Even geniuses need tools to work with.Shanahan’s offense, with journeyman quarterback Brian Hoyer at the controls, managed a field goal and 217 yards of total offense against the Carolina Panthers in a 23-3 loss at Levi’s Stadium.Carolina used two Cam Newton touchdown passes and three field goals from Graham Gano to build a 23-0 lead late in the third quarter. Only Robbie Gould’s 44-yard field goal with eight seconds left in the third would move the scoreboard for San Francisco, who committed two turnovers, allowed Hoyer to be sacked four times and went a woeful 2-for-11 on third-down chances.