Jane Goodall Calls For Release Of Surviving Primates From German Lab

first_imgInternationally renowned ethologist, Dr Jane Goodall, DBE Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace – has joined animal protection groups in Germany, the UK and France (Ärzte-gegen-Tierversuche e.V. , Cruelty Free International and One Voice) in welcoming an end to the controversial neuroscience experiments on monkeys at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (MPI) in Tübingen, and is calling for the surviving monkeys to be released to a sanctuary.In recent years, MPI has found itself at the centre of media and public controversy following a long running campaign by Ärzte-gegen-Tierversuche e.V. In 2014, MPI was the subject of harrowing undercover video footage that revealed the immense suffering of primates, who were forced to take part in neuroscience experiments using severe water deprivation and physical and psychological coercion.Two years later, in 2016, MPI announced that it would end using primates in these controversial experiments. Despite an initial move by MPI to try to place some of the surviving monkeys into a sanctuary, no information on the actual fate and whereabouts of the surviving animals has been made public. It is feared that MPI has sent at least ten monkeys to other laboratories in Europe to continue to be used in experiments.Dr Jane Goodall, who in December gave an inspiring lecture in Tübingen organized by Ärzte gegen Tierversuche during which she spoke out passionately against the use of primates in invasive and cruel experiments, has stated: “I welcome the news that the disturbing monkey experiments taking place at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, in Tübingen, Germany will no longer take place. However, I am saddened to learn that the monkeys have not been released to a sanctuary but rather sent to other laboratories presumably to be used in further experiments. I join Cruelty Free International, Ärzte gegen Tierversuche and One Voice in calling for information on their whereabouts to be publicly released and I urge the Max Planck Institute to arrange for the immediate transfer of these monkeys to a sanctuary. These poor individuals have suffered enough and deserve to live out the rest of their lives free from the deprivation and confinement of the laboratory.”One Voice, Ärzte-gegen-Tierversuche e.V. and Cruelty Free International have submitted a request to Mr. Klaus Tappeser, President of the administrative district of Tübingen, requesting information on the current whereabouts and fate of any of primates who were held by MPI in November 2016 be released.last_img read more

The Alzheimers Association Welcomes Bill Gates to the Trenches to Dig Deep

first_imgThis week, Bill Gates announced his commitment to the Alzheimer’s cause. The Alzheimer’s Association welcomes him and applauds his efforts to seek an end to Alzheimer’s, which he details in the piece titled Why I’m Digging Deep into Alzheimer’s.”As he notes, more people are living longer than ever before and discoveries in science mean that less people die young from heart disease, cancer and infectious disease, allowing for longer lives. However, along with increased age comes a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s, a disease that is not normal aging and is ultimately fatal.Gates acknowledges that in addition to the staggering economic costs, emotional costs also run very high for families affected by this devastating disease. Sharing personal insight into his own family experience is brave and advances the public conversation about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.Those who have experienced this disease firsthand, like Gates, know the enormous impact it has on individuals and families creating, as he says, a ripple effect that is unmatched by other health conditions. Data reported annually in the Alzheimer’s Association Fact and Figures report illustrate the impact: More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and they are cared for by over 15 million family caregivers. In addition, dementia creates a staggering financial burden. Those who have dementia spend five times more annually on out-of-pocket health expenses than those who don’t have Alzheimer’s, and the disease accounts for direct American health care costs of $259 billion in 2017, with projected growth to $1.1 trillion in 2050.Gates has invested a great deal of time to better understand the full scope of the disease and how he can play a significant role in accelerating progress. The Alzheimer’s Association commends Bill Gates for digging in and joining the cause.In his letter, Gates describes how he will address this issue using a multidimensional approach. This is crucial. We are learning how the brain changes throughout life and are beginning to identify those abnormal changes early, even before symptoms occur. We also know that given the complexity of the brain, that multiple approaches to combating Alzheimer’s, including lifestyle and drug interventions, are necessary to slow and ultimately stop the disease. This will require more public and private funding, more clinical trial participants and more data sharing to push progress forward faster.The Alzheimer’s Association believes strongly in addressing Alzheimer’s through a multidimensional approach, so we’re leading initiatives, convening and collaborating through scientific projects including:1 Data sharing through through the Global Alzheimer’s Association Interactive Network (GAAIN) 2 Clinical trials examining the impact of lifestyle interventions through the U.S. Study to Protect Brain Health Through Lifestyle Intervention to Reduce Risk (U.S. POINTER) and 3 Large-scale early detection efforts such as the World Wide Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (WW-ADNI) and Imaging Dementia — Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS) study.While these are just a few examples of the Association’s efforts to accelerate progress, the Alzheimer’s cause still needs much more. To that end, the Association is leading the way to increase the nation’s federal commitment to Alzheimer’s disease research. As a result, in the last five years, Alzheimer’s research funding at the National Institutes of Health has nearly tripled — and yet, this amount is still not sufficient to create the progress needed to achieve the bipartisan, federal commitment to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s by 2025.Nonetheless, thanks to all of the contributions of all of the dedicated people working to defeat Alzheimer’s, the Alzheimer’s Association is confident that together we will succeed. Having Bill Gates declare his dedication to making an impact on accelerating progress is great for the cause.last_img read more

Seoul confirms controversial academic as N Korea point man

first_imgSeoul: South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday confirmed the appointment of a pro-engagement academic as his new point man on Pyongyang, despite controversy over his outspoken support for cooperation with the nuclear-armed North. The confirmation of Kim Yeon-chul as the new unification minister comes days before Moon flies to Washington for a summit with President Donald Trump as he seeks to rekindle dialogue between the US and North Korea after a failed summit in Hanoi in February. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe dovish South Korean president brokered the talks process between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which led to their first landmark summit in Singapore last June. But at times security allies Seoul and Washington have appeared to diverge on their approach to Pyongyang, with Moon, a longstanding advocate of engagement with the North, regularly pushing inter-Korean cooperation projects. Moon faced a heavy backlash last month after tapping Kim Yeon-chul, chief of the state-run Korea Institute of National Unification, to head the unification ministry which handles inter-Korean affairs. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsKim, also a vocal supporter of dialogue with Pyongyang and Moon’s longtime confidante, has a record of challenging generally held views on highly emotive issues involving the North. In a 2010 newspaper column, Kim wrote that the shooting dead of a South Korean tourist by a northern guard at the North’s Mount Kumgang resort was a “rite of passage” that Seoul had to undergo in the early stages of cross-border cooperation. All South Korean tours to the North were suspended following the 2008 killing. Kim is also a vocal critic of sanctions against Pyongyang. Shortly after Seoul’s 2016 closure of the Kaesong Industrial Complex, where Southern firms used to be staffed by Northern workers, he told an interviewer that “sanctions and pressure was a failed approach”. Moon has been pushing for the resumption of both projects, but doing so would fall foul of the current sanctions system. In spite of the collapse of the Hanoi summit, Moon said last month that Seoul would consult with the US on ways to resume South Korean tours to Mount Kumgang and restart operations at the joint factory park. Moon is able to override opposition parties’ strong objections to Kim’s appointment as cabinet ministers do not require parliamentary approval.last_img read more

Brock moves to provide fairtrade coffee and tea on campus

Brock Dining Services is serving up an ethical blend for students, staff and guests at the University. It recently moved to make fair-trade coffee and tea its default serving in the school’s new Guernsey Market and catering department.The switch is the result of campus-wide action by Brock faculty, students, staff and suppliers, which has been ongoing since 2004.“The decision to go fair-trade at Brock was driven by two key factors,” said Iain Glass, managing director, Food Services. “The choice not only reflects local and global changes in ethical purchasing and trading practices, but it also helps us reduce our carbon footprint by buying local from a fair-trade roaster here in Niagara.”Senate approved Brock’s Ethical Purchasing Policy in 2006. The document, which was prepared by the University’s Fair Trade/Ethical Purchasing Committee, was designed to set guidelines for ethical purchasing of products and services by the University.“This move was in line with many similar decisions taken locally and globally by organizations of all shapes and sizes,” said Richard Mitchell, co-chair of Brock’s Fair Trade/Ethical Purchasing Committee and an associate professor of Child and Youth Studies.In the policy there was a distinction made between coffee and clothing. All clothing sold on campus had to be sourced appropriately, but the scope for coffee and tea was different. The policy stated that there would be an “option” available for fair-trade coffee. However, the default would still remain non-fair-trade coffee.When the new Guernsey Market recently opened, it began to sell fair-trade coffee as its default coffee. This change was in line with the Market’s mission to source its products from local suppliers whenever possible. And the move to go completely fair-trade across campus just progressed from there.“This is important because first-world people have an obligation to people in the third-world to develop consumption habits and spending patterns that are beneficial to those individuals doing the work in third-world countries,” said June Corman, co-chair of Brock’s Fair Trade/Ethical Purchasing Committee and Sociology professor.“Our committee had a big vision when we started, but we’re taking baby steps. Every year we try to take one modest step towards getting closer to the bigger vision.”Fair-trade facts at Brock: The cost is of the average cup of fair-trade coffee is six cents higher Guernsey Market sells about 450 to 700 cups of coffee per weekRelated link:What is Fair Trade? read more

Consequences of poverty cost Niagara 138 billion a year policy brief

A Niagara Community Observatory report has found that poverty costs $1.36 billion a year. Everyone knows that living in poverty hurts the people directly affected. But a new economic analysis shows that the consequences of poverty are hurting everyone in Niagara – to the tune of $1.38 billion each year in lost productivity, disproportionate health care expenses, and other direct and indirect costs.“Are the Consequences of Poverty Holding Niagara Back?” is a new policy brief prepared by the Niagara Community Observatory in collaboration with the Niagara Research and Planning Council and the Niagara Workforce Planning Board. The policy brief forms the basis for an investment strategy to boost Niagara’s economy, by reducing the cost of the consequences of poverty.“By looking at poverty in Niagara through a new lens – one of creating an investment model to help reduce the costs of the consequences of poverty – we could boost our local economy substantially,” says David Siegel, director of the Niagara Community Observatory at Brock University.The $1.38 billion-a-year price tag takes into account three types of costs:* transfers, or $439 million of direct funding for social support programs such as Employment Insurance or Ontario Works;* private costs, estimated to be $662 million borne by people living in poverty mainly in lost productivity; and* social costs of $277.7 million for society to pay for services, such as health care.The report further illustrates social cost. Inadequate nutrition, the unaffordability of prescriptions and dental care, and high stress levels that many people living in poverty experience have led to the poorest 20 per cent of the population using a disproportionately higher proportion of health-care services compared to people in higher income brackets.The report notes that with the $277.7 million currently being spent on the social costs of poverty, Niagara could construct a hospital every two years, build 1,200 new houses or buy 648 public transit buses, build 17 new retirement homes or employ 5,000 people per year (with a yearly salary of $55,000).“The roots of the consequences of poverty are multi-faceted and complex,” says the policy brief. “Thus, the investment strategy that we undertake in Niagara will require acknowledgement that it, too, will be multi-faceted and complex. It will require Niagara-wide cooperation, leadership, and innovation to achieve our collective return on investment.”The policy brief was launched on Sept. 26. It forms the basis for Niagara-wide economic and community service partners to create an innovative investment strategy to both reduce the consequences of poverty, and build a stronger future for Niagara.Read the policy brief online. read more

7th Heaven Little House and MT USA 8 extreme Sunday telly memories

first_imgTumblr 3. MoonlightingBruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd graced TV screens on a Sunday night for a while in the eighties. The pair played private detectives who fancied the pants of each other and launched Willis’ career.Wikimedia Commons YouTube/MajorMaxie4. Murphy’s Micro Quiz-MThis Sunday evening eighties staple featured Mike Murphy quizzing families from around the country, kids playing computer games like Pacman and Q-Bert, and the chance to win a Ford Sierra or Orion at the end.Other prizes included a Cross pen and a vacuum cleaner. Ah, the eighties. YouTube/Jenny O’Connell2. Little House on the PrairieSunday mornings just aren’t the same without the antics of Laura, Mary, Ma, Pa and the hateful Nellie Olsen, and little Carrie rolling down the hill in the opening credits. WHILE THE MEMORIES of Where in the World and Glenroe are still enough to send anyone into a cold sweat of unfinished homework fear, we’re about to delve even deeper into the Sunday television memories.Mass-going was punctuated by Little House on the Prairie, 7th Heaven kicked off the evening, and Murphy’s Micro Quiz-M pitted families against each other.We’ve dipped into the archives to take a look at some of the shows that graced our screens during the Sundays of the eighties and nineties….1. MT USABefore The Beatbox and 2TV there was MT USA, presented by Vincent Hanley on a Sunday afternoon. YouTube/Evolverman 5. ERER might seem like it isn’t old enough to be getting all misty-eyed and nostalgic about, but the show – starring a much younger George Clooney – first aired in 1994, almost 20 years ago.Sunday nights after the news turned into an hour of tense hospital drama, which probably did nothing to assuage the work/homework fears of the following day. 6. Life Goes OnLife Goes On focused on the Thatcher family – Becca, Libby, Drew, Paige and Corky.Chad Lowe also starred as Becca’s HIV positive boyfriend, and the opening credits featured the family dog begging to be fed.It ran from 1989 to 1993 and while it moved around a bit on the RTÉ schedule, it spent some time in a Sunday evening slot.YouTube/My80Show7. 7th HeavenNumber 7 is, fittingly, 7th Heaven. Starring Jessica Biel and teaching us at least moral lesson every week, it was a fixture of early Sunday evening telly for several years.Pssst, remember Ruthie Camden from the show? The cute little one with the curly hair? She’s just done a photoshoot in her knickers for Maxim.8. Wonder YearsWhile the Wonder Years is best remembered for airing midweek on Irish television, it did also have a stint on Sundays – perhaps on one of the British TV stations (if you were lucky enough to be bestowed with such treasures).How many young fellas fell for Winnie Cooper’s wiley charms?VIDEO: The Simpsons take on Breaking Bad>11 duets we can’t believe happened>last_img read more

Congress OKs border security bill Trump says hell declare national emergency

first_imgWASHINGTON — Congress lopsidedly approved a border security compromise Thursday that would avert a second painful government shutdown, but a new confrontation was ignited — this time over President Donald Trump’s plan to bypass lawmakers and declare a national emergency to siphon billions from other federal coffers for his wall on the Mexican boundary.Money in the bill for border barriers, about $1.4 billion, is far below the $5.7 billion Trump insisted he needed to build a wall along the Mexican boundary and would finance just a quarter of the 200-plus miles he wanted. The White House said he’d sign the legislation but act on his own to get the rest, a move that prompted immediate condemnation from Democrats and threats of lawsuits from states and others who might lose federal money or said Trump was abusing his authority.The uproar over what Trump would do next cast an uncertain shadow over what had been a rare display of bipartisanship in Congress to address the grinding battle between the White House and lawmakers over border security.The Senate passed the legislation 83-16, with both parties solidly on board. The House followed with a 300-128 tally, with Trump’s signature planned Friday.Both margins were above the two-thirds majorities needed to override presidential vetoes, though one wasn’t expected and lawmakers sometime back a president of the same party in such battles.last_img read more

Week In Review 917921

first_imgMonday 9/17Audio PlayerMonday-0921.mp3VmMonday-0921.mp300:00RPdSalmon Forum Highlights Habitat Protection, Test Of The Emergency Alerting Systems Postponed, HEA Anticipates Another Rate Increase, No Injuries Reported In Small Plane Crash Off Funny River Road Friday 9/21Audio PlayerFriday-0921.mp3VmFriday-0921.mp300:00RPdGovernor Opposes Confirmation Of Brett Kavanaugh, Navarre Takes Leave Of Absence To Campaign For Walker, August Employment Down 0.6 Percent From Last Year, City Of Kenai Moves Forward With Plans For Dog Park Tuesday 9/18Audio Player0922.mp3Vm0922.mp300:00RPdDolly Varden & Swanson Landing Campground Temporarily Closed, 2018 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby Winner Announced, Refuge Wood Cutting Permit Areas Open, Mayor Proclaims ‘Clem Tillion Day’ On The Kenai Peninsula Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week.center_img Thursday 9/20Audio PlayerThursday-0920.mp3VmThursday-0920.mp300:00RPdPermits Available For Cook Inlet Tanner Crab Fishery, Delta Increased Checked Bag Fee To $30, KNWR Opening Ceremony For Marsh Lake Trail, Borough Landfills Once A Week Closure Starts Next Month, 20-Year-Old Arrested In Drunk Driving Incident Wednesday 9/19Audio PlayerWednesday-0923.mp3VmWednesday-0923.mp300:00RPdBP Released Economic Impact Report For Alaska, Time For Right-Of-Way Winter Preparation, DEC Finds Bacteria Levels Below State Standard On Kenai River Beaches, Advisory: Skilak Glacier Dammed Lake Is Releasinglast_img read more

15 ISIS terrorists set off for Lakshadweep from Sri Lanka security beefed

first_imgSecurity beefed up on the coast of Kerala. TwitterSecurity has been beefed up on the coast of Kerala after a high alert has been sounded in the state following intelligence reports claiming that boats allegedly carrying terrorists had set off from Sri Lanka.According to the intelligence sources, the coastal police stations and coastal district police chiefs have been alerted especially in Thrissur district of boats carrying 15 Islamic State terrorists had left Sri Lanka in a white boat to the Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands.Following the alert, coastal areas are under a strict security blanket. Patrolling has been strengthened in the sea and across Thrissur. Ward level coastal vigilance committees till Chavakad coastal region in the district and fishermen have been directed to stay alert, reports Mathrubhumi.Additional Director-General of Police, Coastal Security, Tomin Thachankery alerted that the terror group had initiated their journey. He also directed the state police chiefs of 72 police stations to stay extremely alert over any incidents and to increase the security at the Kerala coastline against any intrusion of unknown boats.According to PTI reports, the sources said that such alerts are usual practice but this time the intelligence has provided a piece of specific information about the number of terrorists. The coastal police department said that they have been on alert after the intelligence input came from Sri Lanka on May 23.The Sri Lankan coastal police have been on high alert since the Easter Sunday bombings on April 21 in the island nation. They have alerted the fishermen and boat owners to stay cautious on the sea fearing of potential terrorist infiltration in the state.This intel comes after an IS operative was arrested from Kerala by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) doubting their involvement in the serial blasts in Sri Lanka, that was claimed by the IS terror organisation. It is believed that many people from the state has connections with the terror outfits.last_img read more

Louisville Opens ACC Play Against Syracuse Friday

first_imgMelton sets single game stolen base record – stands among career leaders in stolen bases.Sidney Melton recently set a school record with four stolen bases in the 8-0 win over Morehead State on March 12. The senior infielder leads the team with 10 stolen bases on the season, and now has 43 in her career, placing her at No. 6 on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs three more to move into a tie for fourth with Candi Hicks (2004-07) and Kristin Austin (2009-12). MOREHEAD STATE RECAPThe University of Louisville softball team swept Morehead State in a doubleheader, defeating the Eagles 8-0 in game one and 21-1 in the nightcap Tuesday evening at Ulmer Stadium.• Freshman Rebecca Chung went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and junior Celene Funke went 4-for 8 with two triples, a home run and a double, scored three runs and collected four RBIs to help pace the Cardinals offensively in the twin bill.Louisville 8 – Morehead State 0 (6 innings)Senior Sidney Melton set a school record with four stolen bases and went 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs while Funke had a triple and connected on her first career home run and drove in two to lead the Cardinals at the plate. Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby (6-1) got the win after giving up one hit and striking out seven, sophomore Danielle Watson allowed one hit and struck out three to help Louisville to its third shutout in the last four games.Louisville 21 – Morehead State 1 (5 innings)Junior Caitlin Ferguson tied a school record with four runs while Chung, Wolfe and freshman Charley Butler collected three RBIs apiece as Louisville tallied a season-high 21 runs – falling one short of tying a school record.• In the nightcap, the Cards used five hits, including freshman Charley Butler’s three-run homer to take a 7-0 lead in the first inning. Funke started the offense with her second triple of the day and scored on Melton’s groundout. Hensley singled and Ferguson walked to set up Chung’s RBI single. An error allowed Ferguson to score. An RBI hit by sophomore Kyra Snyder and Butler’s second home run of the season brought the score to 7-0.* Hensley got the win, allowing one unearned run on three hits and striking out four in 3.0 innings of relief. Watson held the Eagles scoreless and fanned three in 2.0 innings. CARDINAL QUICK HITS• Louisville enters the weekend with a 17-7 overall record, most recently sweeping Morehead State 8-0 and 21-1 in a doubleheader on Tuesday.• Louisville has won 11 of its last 12 games and carries a 6-0 mark at Ulmer Stadium this season.• In the history of the program, the Cards are 14-5 in conference openers (4-2 C-USA, 6-2 Big East, 1-0 AAC, 3-1 ACC).• UofL is 36-16 in league series openers (11-6 C-USA, 15-5 Big East, 2-1 AAC, 8-4 ACC).•Louisville is led at the plate by junior Celene Funke who is hitting .393 with 23 runs and six triples. She is currently on an eight-game hitting streak. • Sidney Melton leads the team with 10 stolen bases and recently set a school record with four stolen bases in the 8-0 win over Morehead State on Tuesday.•Melton has reached base via a hit or walk in the last nine games.• Senior Megan Hensley has driven in a team-high 20 RBIs. She also leads the pitching staff with a 1.55 ERA.• Hensley and freshman Taylor Roby have six wins apiece in the circle.• Sophomore Danielle Watson (5-5) leads the pitching staff with 60 strikeouts in 58.1 innings and a .188 opponent batting average. • Hensley and senior Sidney Melton were selected to the 2019 Preseason All-ACC Team.• The 2019 campaign marks Louisville’s 20th season as a program and first under new head coach Holly Aprile’s tutelage.• The Cardinals were picked to finish third in the Atlantic Division and fifth overall as voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches. Funke – a triple forceJunior Celene Funke has already ripped six triples on the season and leads the ACC in that category. The centerfielder has eight in her career and is tied for seventh on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs one more to move into a tie for sixth with Keola Calderon (2000-03).• She recently connected on her first career home run – a solo shot in the 8-0 win over Morehead State on March 12. HITTING FOR AVERAGELouisville’s starting lineup features five players who are batting over .300 on the season. Celene Funke leads the way with a .393 average while Rebecca Chung follows at .375. Megan Hensley is hitting .351, Taylor Roby (.325) and Sidney Melton (.304) round out the list. 2019 PRESEASON ACC COACHES POLL1) Florida State (121 points, 11 first-place votes)2) Notre Dame (102 points)3) North Carolina (95 points)4) Pitt (88 points)5) Louisville (75 points)6) Duke (69 points)7) Georgia Tech (55 points)8) Syracuse (51 points)9) Boston College (47 points)10) Virginia Tech (41 points, 1 first-place vote)11) NC State (29 points)12) Virginia (19 points)Atlantic Division                Coastal Division1) Florida State                   1) North Carolina2) Notre Dame                    2) Pitt3) Louisville                          3) Duke4) Syracuse                           4) Georgia Tech5) Boston College               5) Virginia Tech6) NC State                           6) Virginia ACC Network Extra Watch Link Game 3 Cards against the fieldSyracuseSeries Record: UL leads 22-10Last Meeting: May 9, 2018 – UL won 2-1 in the first round of the ACC Championship. The teams split the regular season series at Syracuse with the Cards winning game one 3-2 on April 13, and the Cards taking game two on April 14. The final game of the series was cancelled due to weather.• Louisville built an early 2-0 lead and held on to beat Syracuse 2-1 in the first game of the 2018 Softball Championship at Georgia Tech’s Mewborn Field.• Megan Hensley scattered two hits and struck out five to earn the complete game win. Freshman Maddy Newman had a hit, a stolen base and a run while Jenna Jordan had an RBI double and Kyra Snyder connected on an RBI single to lead the Cardinals at the plate.• AnnaMarie Gatti took the loss, allowing two earned runs on four hits and striking out two in 3.0 innings. Syracuse falls to 30-20 on the season.Scouting the Orange: Syracuse enters its ACC opener with an 8-14 overall record following a 13-0 loss to No. 15/18 Kentucky on Wednesday. Prior to that, the Orange went 3-2 at the Colorado State Classic, picking up wins over Wagner (15-3 and 7-3) and Dayton 7-6 and falling to Colorado State 8-6 and 8-0.• Syracuse is led by Neli Casares-Maher, who is batting .333 with 13 runs. Bryce Holmgren follows with a .315 batting average and 13 runs. Toni Martin has a team-best three home runs and 15 RBIs.• Sophie Dandola (4-4) carries a 3.38 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 58.0 innings while Alexa Romero (4-3) has a 3.69 ERA with 44 Ks in 36.0 innings. The teams are slated to play game two on Saturday at 1 p.m. and will conclude the series Sunday at 12 p.m. at Ulmer Stadium. All three games will be shown live on ACC Network Extra with Don Russell calling play-by-play and Suzanne Bush providing color analysis. melton earns acc postgraduate scholarshipSidney Melton was among 52 recipients of the 2019 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship Award announced on Thursday by the Atlantic Coast Conference.• The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker postgraduate scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Each recipient will receive $6,000 toward his or her graduate education. Those honored have performed with distinction in both the classroom and their respective sport, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.•The student-athletes will be honored at the annual Cone Health ACC Postgraduate Scholarship Luncheon presented by ESPN on April 10. The luncheon will be hosted by the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club at the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel Imperial Ballroom in Greensboro, N.C.er stroke average.• A three-year starter, Melton was a 2018 All-ACC first team honoree after leading the Cardinals with a career-best 45 runs and finishing second on the team with 15 stolen bases. She was also a 2016 all-ACC tournament selection. The redshirt-senior infielder currently leads the team with 10 runs and stands ninth on Louisville’s career list for runs (121) and stolen bases (36). Her success extends to the classroom as a three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar Athlete and All-ACC Academic Team member while majoring in health and human performance and exercise science with minors in sport administration and psychology. The Aprile Era2019 marks the first season under new head coach Holly Aprile following the retirement of Sandy Pearsall, who began the program in 2000. Aprile becomes only the second head coach in Louisville softball history.• Prior to her arrival at Louisville, Aprile, 2018 ACC Coach of the Year spent 10 seasons (2009-18) as Pittsburgh’s head coach and five years (2004-08) as an assistant. In 2018, she earned ACC Coach of the Year honors after leading the Panthers to the 2018 ACC Coastal Division title and a runner-up finish in the conference tournament. Story Links Louisville vs Syracuse Game Notes Weekend InformationMarch 15-17, 2019:  Louisville vs. Syracuse (ACC series)Location: Louisville, Ky.Venue: Ulmer StadiumTime: Friday, 3 p.m. | Saturday, 1 p.m. | Sunday, 12 p.m.Admission: FreeTelevision: ACC Network Extra – Don Russell (play-by-play); Suzanne Bush (analyst)Live Scoring: GoCards.comTwitter Updates: @UofLSoftball home sweet homeLouisville has compiled a 6-0 record at Ulmer Stadium this season after going undefeated in its home-opening Cardinal Classic and following with a doubleheader sweep of Morehead State. Louisville celebrates 20th SeasonThe 2019 campaign marks the University of Louisville softball program’s 20th season. Leading up to this season, UofL has compiled a 718-371 (.659) record with six conference championships, 13 NCAA regional appearances and four regional finals.center_img stingy pitchingThe Cardinals stand second among ACC schools with a 1.85 team ERA and 161 strikeouts and are tied with NC State with nine shutouts on the season.• Megan Hensley (6-1) leads Louisville’s starting rotation with a 1.55 ERA, placing her sixth among conference leaders. Taylor Roby (6-1)follows at 1.59 and stands seventh.• Danielle Watson (5-5) is holding opponents to a .188 average and is tied for second in the ACC.  She leads the Cardinals and stands ninth in the ACC with 60 strikeouts while Hensley rounds out the top 10 conference leaders with 57. The University of Louisville softball team will open ACC play this weekend when Syracuse visits Ulmer Stadium for a three-game series starting Friday at 3 p.m. The teams will meet in game two on Saturday at 1 p.m. and will wrap up the series on Sunday at 12 p.m. Admission is free. Hensley record WatchMegan Hensley has entered Louisville’s top career list in several categories.• Tied for first for grand slams with four, along with Lacy Wood (2003-06).• Fifth with nine career saves and needs one more to tie for fourth with Tori Collins (2009-12).• Sixth in career RBI (149) needs eight more to move into a tie for fifth with Maryssa Becker (2014-17).• Seventh in career appearances (105). Tori Collins (2009-12) stands sixth at 142.• Seventh in career games started in the circle (74). Carlisa Connell (2011-14) is sixth with 98.• Seventh in career innings pitched (485.2). Caralisa Connell is sixth with 608.0.• Seventh in career wins (47). Jessica Rak (2000-03) stands in sixth place with 65 victories.• Eighth in career home runs with 28 – needs one more to move into a tie for seventh with Alicja Wolny (2010-13).• Eighth in career strikeouts (338), Aja Sherman (2002-05) is seventh with 463.• Ninth in career complete games (31). Needs one more to move into a tie for eighth with Tara McClure (2000-01). ACC Network Extra Watch Link Game 1 Cards on the airAt the start of the 2019 season, the Cardinals will have 25 games televised nationally including one contest on ESPNU. The television slate feature all of the Cardinals’ 19 home games.• All 12 ACC institutions sponsoring softball will be featured multiple times throughout the season, with more than 220 games streaming on ACC Network Extra, Watch ESPN and the ESPN App.  ESPN’s broadcast schedule will include more than 650 college softball games.• The Cardinals will appear on ESPN’s ACC Monday on 6 for the third game of its ACC matchup against 2018 national champion and preseason ACC favorite Florida State. Print Friendly Version melton on a scoring runMelton recently increased her career run tally to 130 stands eighth on Louisville’s all-time list in that category. She needs one more to tie for seventh with Chelsea Bemis (2008-11).• Last year, the speedy infielder led the team with 45 runs and moved into a five-way tie for ninth place among the all-time single season leaders. Up NextThe Cardinals will continue ACC play next weekend when they travel to South Bend, Ind. for a three-game series against Notre Dame. Louisville picked to finish fourth in ACCThe Cardinals were picked to finish fifth overall and third in the Atlantic Division. In the team preseason poll, reigning national champion Florida State was unanimously selected to win its sixth-straight ACC regular season title. Notre Dame, North Carolina and Pitt respectively filled out the top five ahead of the Cardinals, who are coming off of a 33-20 campaign and a 10-12 mark in conference play.• In the Atlantic Division preseason standings, Louisville was picked to finish third behind Florida State and Notre Dame. Syracuse, Boston College and NC State round out the division. THE WINS OF MARCHLouisville has posted a 10-1 record in the month of March with its only loss coming at the hands of No. 19/20 Auburn on the road. During that span, the Cardinals have outscored opponents 84-12 while batting .33 as a team and posted six shutouts with a 0.81 team ERA. Young CardsWhile the Cardinals have solid veteran leadership in the lineup some underclassmen are having an immediate impact early in their careers.• Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby carries a .325 batting average and leads the pitching staff with two saves and is tied for the team lead with six wins in the circle.• Freshman catcher Rebecca Chung leads the team three home runs and stands second with 19 RBIs and a .375 batting average. She also carries a team-best .625 slugging percentage and .484 on-base percentage.• Freshman Charley Butler has started 22 games in left field and has two home runs.• Freshman Cassady Greenwood is batting .357 on the season and has played in 14 games with two starts.• Sophomores Maddy Newman and Kyra Snyder have started every game at second base and first base respectively while fellow sophomore Riley Schindler has started 16 games in right field.• Sophomore Danielle Watson leads the team in the circle with 60 strikeouts in 58.1 innings and a .188 opponent batting average. Live Scoring The road aheadThe Cardinals are embarking on a tough 2019 schedule which includes a total of 17 games against teams that qualified for the 2018 NCAA Tournament – including national champion Florida State. UofL will also face six opponents ranked among the top 25 and six receiving votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA polls.• Louisville’s ranked opponents include No. 3/5 Florida State, No. 5/6 Tennessee, No. 15/19 Indiana, No. 18/15 Kentucky, No. 16/20 Auburn, No. 24/25, and No. 25/RV Virginia Tech. Northwestern. Notre Dame, North Carolina and Cal State Fullerton are also receiving votes in the coaches’ polls. ACC Network Extra Watch Link Game 2 DUAL THREATFor the fourth straight season, Megan Hensley leads the Cards both in the circle and at the plate. The senior carries a team-best 1.55 ERA and leads Louisville with 20 RBIs and is tied for first with three home runs. She stands among UofL’s top 10 in several pitching and hitting categories.last_img read more

Lele Pons Signs With Universal Music Groups 1022 pm Label

first_imgDigital superstar, actor and singer Lele Pons has signed an exclusive global recording agreement with Universal Music Group’s 10:22 pm.In announcing the deal, the music company said UMG and 10:22 pm will work with Shots Studios, which also represents Pons as a production and management company, to develop her music recording career.On Friday, Aug. 17, UMG will release Pons’ first single under the new partnership, “Celoso” (“Jealousy”), with what the company said will be “extensive planned support” from all major streaming platforms. The release of “Celoso” follows on the success of Pons’ first-ever music release “Dicen,” a duet released earlier this summer with Transcend.ent/Universal Music Latino artist Matt Hunter.“Music has always meant so much to me and this opportunity can help me push myself to take the next step as an artist,” Pons said in a statement. “I feel great about joining the Universal Music family because they understand what I want to do musically and creatively.” ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img In just three months, “Dicen” surpassed 100 million views on YouTube, achieved platinum certification through the RIAA’s Latin Program, and also hit Spotify’s Top 3 Latin music playlists. She also has collaborated in videos with such artists as Justin Bieber, Marshmello, Camila Cabello, J Balvin, Anitta and Zedd.“Lele is the modern definition of a triple threat,” Celine Joshua, who founded and oversees 10:22 pm, said in a statement. “She is a global entertainer who attracts tens of millions of viewers through digital screens. For anyone who has followed Lele’s career, music and dance are at the core of her storytelling and I’m honored to work alongside [Shots Studios co-founders] John and Sam Shahidi to expand her already passionate fanbase through music, premium content and consumer products.”Joshua joined UMG this past February after executive posts at Sony’s Epic Records and Disney.The 22-year-old Pons, a Latin-Italian native of Venezuela who moved to Miami as a young child, is one of the world’s biggest Latina digital entertainers across multiple platforms. She has over 26 million followers on Instagram — and she ranked as the most-viewed Instagram Stories producer in 2017 — and has more than 10 million subscribers on YouTube, with videos on her channel garnering over 110 million monthly views.“Lele is a Swiss Army knife of entertainment,” said Sam Shahidi. “She is an amazing actor, director, writer, dancer, singer. All of us at Shots Studios are excited about the partnership with Celine Joshua, 10:22 pm, and the entire UMG family on making music the next chapter of Lele’s career.”Added John Shahidi, “The teams at UMG and 10:22 pm have been great to work with. They understand Lele’s vision of music and content, so it’s become a great fit and another great way to take her career to another level.”Pons is repped by WME and managed by John Shahidi.In May, Pons was announced as the new host of Televisa’s “La Voz México,” the Mexican version of “The Voice” singing competition. Most recently, Pons appeared on Fox’s 2018 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday (Aug. 12), where she and co-host Nick Cannon joined “Dance Moms” star JoJo Siwa for a dance routine on the giant bed frame that Bebe Rexha used to perform “I’m a Mess.”last_img read more

New Unusual Semiconductor is a SwitchHitter

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. New record: 3-D-printed optical-electronic integration Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — A research group in Germany has discovered a semiconducting material that can switch its semiconducting properties — turning from one type of semiconductor to another — via a simple change in temperature. This intriguing behavior may make the material useful in efforts to create better performing integrated circuits, which form the backbone of almost all electronic devices.center_img Semiconductors are essential to integrated circuits, and any significant advances in semiconductor materials could mean big changes for the future of electronic technologies. For example, this new finding may further developments in data-storage technology. At a more fundamental level, the material could change how semiconductor chips are designed.”This new material may be able to help simplify chip production in the future,” the study’s corresponding researcher, chemist Tom Nilges of the University of Muenster, in Germany, said to PhysOrg.com. “Instead of using two materials to build transistors for integrated circuits, there is now a reasonable chance that this job could be performed by a single material.”The material is a compound containing silver, tellurium, and bromine, abbreviated Ag10Te4Br3. At three distinct temperatures—290 degrees Kelvin (K), 317 K, and 390 K (62, 111, and 242 degrees Fahrenheit, respectively)—the material changes from a p-type semiconductor (excess positively charged “holes,” or electron absences) to an n-type (excess negative carriers), and back to a p-type. These changes are reversible.Silver-based semiconducting compounds tend to have many interesting electrical properties, mainly because they can conduct both electrons and silver ions exceptionally well. This makes them useful in a variety of electronics applications. For example, they are being eyed as good candidates for a certain type of memory device.Another possible application for these materials is in the relatively cheap production of electricity without the simultaneous emission of planet-warming greenhouse gases. Ag10Te4Br3 may be particularly suited to this, as it has interesting thermal properties. For example, over the temperature range 355 K – 410 K, the material displays a strong and broad endothermic response, meaning it absorbs a large amount of heat from its surroundings.In addition, it does not rapidly adjust its temperature in relation to its surroundings — it has a very low “thermal diffusivity” — and displays a huge thermopower drop, meaning the voltage across the material changes rapidly in response to changing temperature. Such a large thermopower change has not before been observed.The ability of Ag10Te4Br3 to switch from p-type to n-type and back again is the result of several complex structural changes it undergoes in response to the changing temperature. In combination, these changes allow the material’s electrical properties to morph so dramatically. Some of the tellurium ions form mobile chains; the silver ions coordinate to those chains. There is also a shift in the concentration of charge carriers—electrons and holes—which is connected with the chain-forming tendency of tellurium.Future research into Ag10Te4Br3 may focus on its potential to allow fine-tuning of its physical properties, beyond the changes caused by temperature alone.Citation: Nilges et al. Nature Materials 8, 101-108 (2009); advance online publication, (doi:10.1038/nmat2358)Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: New, Unusual Semiconductor is a Switch-Hitter (2009, January 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-01-unusual-semiconductor-switch-hitter.htmllast_img read more

New hydrogel bandage for burns less painful to remove

first_img More information: Marlena D. Konieczynska et al. On-Demand Dissolution of a Dendritic Hydrogel-based Dressing for Second-Degree Burn Wounds through Thiol-Thioester Exchange Reaction, Angewandte Chemie International Edition (2016). DOI: 10.1002/anie.201604827AbstractAn adhesive yet easily removable burn wound dressing represents a breakthrough in second-degree burn wound care. Current second-degree burn wound dressings absorb wound exudate, reduce bacterial infections, and maintain a moist environment for healing, but are surgically or mechanically debrided from the wound, causing additional trauma to the newly formed tissues. We have developed an on-demand dissolvable dendritic thioester hydrogel burn dressing for second-degree burn care. The hydrogel is composed of a lysine-based dendron and a PEG-based crosslinker, which are synthesized in high yields. The hydrogel burn dressing covers the wound and acts as a barrier to bacterial infection in an in vivo second-degree burn wound model. A unique feature of the hydrogel is its capability to be dissolved on-demand, via a thiol–thioester exchange reaction, allowing for a facile burn dressing removal. Citation: New hydrogel bandage for burns less painful to remove (2016, July 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-hydrogel-bandage-painful.html Explore further Everyone knows that it hurts when your skin is burned, but few people ever have to undergo the excruciatingly painful experience of having bandages replaced after a serious burn—a process called debridement because it involves cutting healthy skin around the burn site—and worse, it must be done over and over while the skin heals. Doctors and patients agree that bandage removal is almost as painful as the initial burn and because of that, researchers have sought a better method. Scientists have searched in vain for a replacement treatment for many years, but now it appears that a breakthrough has finally been made. The team in Boston has created a hydrogel that not only seals burn wounds to prevent entry of bacteria, but can be easily removed by applying an aqueous solution of cysteine methyl ester.A hydrogel, as its name implies, is a gel that has water as its liquid component. To make one that could be used as a burn bandage, the team combined a polyethylene glycol cross-linker with a lysine-based dendron at the burn site—the two materials then reacted to form a clear hydrogel with adherence properties, and which was also flexible—a must for a bandage that needs to conform to the skin. They report that the hydrogel is also able to remove excess fluid from the wound and maintains a highly humid environment that is conducive to healing.Thus far, the researchers have only tested their hydrogel on rats with skin burns—such tests so far have proven to be successful, they report—the gel has remained in place and protected the wound and has proven to be easily removable. More tests will have to be done, of course, to ensure that the gel is safe for humans, but the team is optimistic—they hope to launch clinical trials within the next two years. Journal information: Angewandte Chemie International Edition This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Infection-fighting bandages for serious burns , Angewandte Chemie Credit: (c) Angewandte Chemie International Edition (2016). DOI: 10.1002/anie.201604827 © 2016 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A combined team of researchers from Boston University and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, also in Boston, has published a paper in the journal Angewandte Chemie describing a new type of hydrogel they have developed for use as a bandage for burn patients—one that can be removed by applying another liquid rather than by cutting, as is done with conventional bandages.last_img read more

7 Ways VR Is Changing How We Work

first_imgJuly 7, 2018 Virtual reality is a technology we mostly associate with video games, an accessory that makes a digital world tangible. But it’s more than just a hobby — it’s a device that’s changing the working world, too.Related: 6 Tips for Doing International BusinessThat’s because virtual reality has multiple uses for companies large and small, jobs tech-related and old-fashioned. Soon, it’ll probably be part of your daily grind, too. Here are seven ways it’s revolutionizing the modern workplace.1. It’s creating jobsFor starters, the popularity of virtual reality is a boon to employment as a whole. Not only are more and more people becoming developers, but, with the improvement and proliferation of the technology, there are even more job openings in the VR sector.You don’t have to be a computer science pro to become involved with virtual reality, either. Everyone from marketing specialists to lawyers to business developers will undoubtedly be involved as the technology becomes more common at work and in homes.2. It’s revolutionizing collaborationSure, you can consult with far-flung co-workers via email, instant message or even through video chat — but have you tried conducting a meeting with VR? The possibilities are truly endless in this regard.Rather than shuttling employees from site to site — more on that later — you can show them a new construction project and its progress through VR. Or, you could use the technology to have designers from all over the world brainstorming, drawing and revising their creations in ways they never could before. Even a face-to-face conversation is more immediate, real and personal with VR.3. It’s updating trainingSome jobs require very intensive training before staffers are ready to complete the task at hand. In the past, this put employers in a tough position — how can you prepare someone for a challenging role without the liability of having a newbie at the helm? VR is already changing that.Related: How to Create a Strong First Impression as a LeaderVirtual reality has revolutionized things as specific as ship captaining and navigation. Now, training can take place through VR, giving users full access to radios, autopilot, tracking and other controls they’d need to get a ship from point A to point B. And this practice gives firsthand experience that’s informative enough to put practitioners behind the wheel sooner, rather than later.4. It’s bringing virtual employees into the officeWe already touched on the fact that VR is changing collaboration — namely, that it brings together employees from across the world to take projects from planning to reality. But this technology will affect remote employees, too, whose jobs usually isolate them from the rest of the team.Now, they can come to the office regularly for meetings, status updates or feedback sessions. For a company with offices around the world, VR will make every conversation that much more personal. And, if you like who you’re working with, you’ll be happier and a better employee in turn, so VR could improve workplace performance as it hones communication.5. It’s improving employee healthSitting at a desk all day can be detrimental to a person’s health — research has linked everything from slower metabolism to spinal injuries to depression to a sedentary lifestyle. But VR could be the answer to this problem.For starters, VR allows staffers to get up and move around while remaining productive. They can collaborate with and speak to their colleagues while sneaking in a bit of exercise they wouldn’t be able to get otherwise. Or, companies can someday use the technology to make workplace tasks easier on the body by making some controls virtual. These implementations are just the beginning when it comes to bettering a workforce’s health.6. It’s transforming the face of marketingIt’s a specific niche, but VR is having a particular effect on the marketing world. Now, those within the industry have to consider the technology and how they can use it to improve the promotion of their product or service. It’s a powerful tool, too, since it’s so immersive and gives potential buyers even more of an experience than traditional marketing methods.Not every marketing firm has made this avenue a priority, though, and that could be a big mistake. If this happens to be your industry, start familiarizing yourself with the types of VR available to consumers and brainstorm how you could use it to your great advantage.Related: How to Bounce Back After a Business Venture Goes Awry7. It’s reducing business travelThe only ones who will be unhappy about this one are the airlines that routinely fly businesspeople from one office to another. VR makes it possible for employees to slip on a headset or a pair of goggles and attend in-person meetings without setting foot on an airplane. The face-to-face collaboration will be the same — the only difference is that it doesn’t take any travel to make it happen. Jetlag, hotel fees and expense reports will become obsolete, too.Go virtualThe internet completely revolutionized the way we work and play, but that was only the beginning. Virtual reality is on its way to revamp the way we collaborate, communicate and cut down on unneeded business expenses — in other words, you don’t want to miss out. So, think of ways you can make VR part of your company’s day-to-day tasks and implement them right away. The time to go virtual is now. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 5 min read This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

5 questions for Costa Rican pop rock band Los Waldners

first_imgHow is music a tool for communication and expression?DO: We don’t seek to change someone’s opinion with our music. We try to make it true to what we really think.LC: There’s nothing nicer, I’d say, than when someone tells you that your music makes them feel good. That they’re not alone. That it’s ok to not be the strongest mae (guy) or strongest woman. You can be vulnerable.We see ourselves as agents of change in that sense, legitimizing and giving words to sensibility, honesty, vulnerability through our songs and what we try to express.DO: It’s not about giving answers in the songs. It’s better that it generate a question within you. Related posts:5 questions for Costa Rican actor Leynar Gómez 5 questions for Italian interaction designer Massimo Banzi 5 questions for US painter Suzahn King 5 questions for a Salvadoran street artist in Costa Rica It’s 2010. Luis Carballo and Daniel Ortuño meet each other through mutual friends: within the span of their first conversation, they begin discussing the creation of their own musical project.Fast-forward to 2018, and they’ve created their own band: Los Waldners, whose current lineup includes Carballo (vocals and guitar), Ortuño (guitar), Gustavo Quirós (bass) and Diego Zeledón (drums). The name of the band is inspired by Swedish table tennis champion Jan Ove Waldner, beginning as a joke among the members and reflective of the joking, happy personality of the band, which has performed around the country as well as in Peru, Colombia and Mexico.In 2014 the band released its first album, Eclipse Total del Corazón (Total Eclipse of the Heart), and their second in 2016, Malas Decisiones (Bad Decisions). This month they released their new single, No Me Visto Para Vos (I Don’t Dress For You). The band members say all their songs and albums reflect the values of the band.“It’s not only about going to a rehearsal and playing your part. There’s a lot of interaction and commitment,” Carballo told The Tico Times. “That’s why I think that until today we’ve lasted a long time together, changing certain members, but it in general there’s always been a closeness with the principles in the way of seeing the world.”On a sunny, warm morning at Franco Coffee Shop in Barrio Escalante, San José, The Tico Times sat down with Carballo and Ortuño to speak about Los Waldners’ strong musical message of love and respect at a difficult moment in Costa Rican history. Excerpts follow.How has the group evolved since its creation?DO: There are certain influences that brought us together when we started, which is the first thing where you coincide: musical tastes. We could say that there’s a very marked pop influence… based on that, we expanded it. As you begin trusting the members of the band, you start revealing more personal tastes that you reserve for yourself.We noticed at some point that we all like pop in a very wide sense. Not only as guitar underground bands with limited editions, but also things that appear on the radio and TV or music that we listened to when we were younger. There’s a lot of Latin American influence. I think that is more noticeable on the last album.LC: The band has changed a lot. Even how we compose has changed. At the beginning you’re getting to know the people, how they compose, what they do, what they can contribute and what their strengths are.We’ve learned and change a lot. I feel that today we compose better. We write more structured lyrics. We get along better with each other… It’s about having a healthy band that allows us to change, make decisions and respect each other’s directions. From left to right: Luis Carballo (vocals and guitar), Diego Zeledón (drums), Daniel Ortuño (guitar), and Gustavo Quirós (bass). Courtesy of Los WaldnersWhat’s your process like for creating a song?DO: We do operate within a framework. We’re a rock pop guitar band, so it’s not like one day someone will come with a drum machines and be like: ‘Hey, check out this new song I made.’LC: Who knows? Maybe the [drum machine] can be there.LC: The important thing, as Dani said, is trust. If I come in with an idea, maybe I have been working on that idea for a long time and Dani is like: ‘No. It doesn’t work,’ and maybe Tavo doesn’t like it.It’s not about being arrogant and saying no to others’ ideas… You work it out, and trust the other person and want him to do things better.Listen to Los Waldners’ album Eclipse Total del Corazón (Total Eclipse of the Heart):<a href=”http://loswaldners.bandcamp.com/album/eclipse-total-del-coraz-n”>Eclipse Total Del Corazón by Los Waldners</a>What stories do you like to tell through music?LC: When I speak about something I try to focus on what I feel from an experience or what someone felt in an experience, because I think that’s what you identify with. It’s not about going out with someone, but with what you feel when you go out with someone… Applying that to what we are currently going through [in Costa Rica], we sometimes forget that. We focus on actions and not on the importance that they have for people or their feelings.Listen to Los Waldners’ album Malas Decisiones (Bad Decisions):<a href=”http://loswaldners.bandcamp.com/album/malas-decisiones”>Malas Decisiones by Los Waldners</a>Are the current political and social divisions in Costa Rica driving you to make new songs focused on the kind of empathy you’re describing?LC: We’ve always written about these things. What happens is that now we’re driven into telling them with more strength. It makes us shout them and not say them on a low level because we think it’s important for them to be listened to.It’s very easy to point and shout at someone, but it’s difficult to try to identify with that person and feel what that person is feeling. It’s this feeling of distance from others when you speak to someone you don’t know.When we narrate these stories of feeling, it’s one way or another saying: OK, get to know me. Get to know people who feel like we do and understand that I’m like you in many things. The current moment is very strange and particular.Watch Los Wadners’ video for Periodistas (Journalists): Costa Rican Happy Hour #4: ‘No me visto para vos’ “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at kstanley@ticotimes.net. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Blueberry Systems DocMagic Integrate to Streamline Originations

first_img October 30, 2012 456 Views in Origination, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News DocMagic Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-10-30 Tory Barringer Blueberry Systems, DocMagic Integrate to Streamline Originationscenter_img Share “”Blueberry Systems, LLC””:http://www.blueberrysystems.com/, and “”DocMagic””:https://www.docmagic.com/ are joining forces to offer a more comprehensive, efficient document preparation system through Blueberry’s Relay loan origination software (LOS).[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]With the integration of the two products, lending institutions can now maintain origination and regulatory guidelines without ever leaving Relay. In addition, Relay users have access to DocMagic’s eSignature and eDelivery capabilities, streamlining the document process even further.””DocMagic has always been committed to providing superior technology and a level of customer service that far exceeds the expectations of today’s standards,”” said Steve Ribultan, director of business development for DocMagic. “”By seamlessly integrating our system with Blueberry Solutions’ cutting-edge loan origination software, we continue to deliver on that promise.””””Expanding our capabilities with DocMagic provides our clients a completely seamless experience,”” said Dominick Marchetti, EVP of Blueberry Systems. “”This integration eliminates the time wasted to re-enter data and the subsequent data entry errors that inevitably occur, providing our clients more options within our best-in-class system to ensure that disclosures and documents are accurate and compliant.””last_img read more

by David Friend The Canadian Press Posted Aug

first_img by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 1, 2018 3:10 am PDT Last Updated Aug 1, 2018 at 4:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Shawn Mendes eclipses Drake, leading with eight nominations at iHeartRadio MMVAs Shawn Mendes performs at Wango Tango at Banc of California Stadium on Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. Mendes is giving fellow Canadian artist Drake some stiff competition at the iHeartRadio MMVAs. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) center_img TORONTO – Shawn Mendes is giving fellow Canadian artist Drake some stiff competition at the iHeartRadio MMVAs.The 19-year-old pop singer from Pickering, Ont., is the frontrunner this year with eight nominations — racking up one more nod than the Toronto rapper.Both performers will face-off in some categories at the televised awards show on Aug. 26.Mendes and Drake are in the running for artist of the year, where they’re competing with the likes of Camilla Cabello, Cardi B, Ed Sheeran and Post Malone.Other major nominees this year include Alessia Cara with five nominations while Sheeran and electronic dance producer Marshmello have four nods each. Singer Halsey has three nominations.The MMVAs will be hosted by Internet-famed rapper Awkwafina, who appears in “Ocean’s 8” and the upcoming big-screen adaptation of the book “Crazy Rich Asians.”A number of changes were introduced by organizers of the MMVAs this year, including a decision to revamp the event into a late-August shindig after it spent over a decade marking the start the summer season.The shift gave them a prime opportunity to plunge into the perennial debate over which popular track should be crowned the song of the summer.They’ve introduced the new category with a stacked list that will be instantly recognizable to Top 40 radio listeners, including Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line’s “Meant to Be,” Cardi B’s “I Like It,” and “Body,” a song produced by London, Ont.-raised production duo Loud Luxury.Other nominees in the song of the summer category include Marshmello and Anne-Marie’s “Friends,” Zedd and Maren Morris’ “The Middle” and Drake’s “Nice for What,” a choice that may baffle his fans since the song “In My Feelings” exploded in popularity over the summer driven by viral dance challenge that’s spread on social media.The MMVAs, which will air on Much and CTV and stream through various Bell Media platforms, are set to feature performances by Mendes, Cara, Halsey and Meghan Trainor.— Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more

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