‘Tyne-Wear derby defeat could spell doom for Newcastle’ – Freddy Shepherd

first_imgNewcastle’s upcoming derby clash with Sunderland is a must-win game for the Magpies’ Premier League survival hopes, former chairman Freddy Shepherd has told talkSPORT.The Tyneside outfit slipped to a 1-0 defeat against table-topping Leicester on Monday in Rafael Benitez’s first outing as manager, a result which leaves them still one point from safety in 19th place.The Magpies showed feint signs of life against Foxes after just three days with Benitez at the helm, and following the Leicester game the new boss was confident his side have enough to avoid the drop.Shepherd shares the Spaniard’s optimism ahead of Sunday’s massive Tyne-Wear clash at St James’ Park, though he admits defeat to the Black Cats may spell doom for the side.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Shepherd said: “At home we’ve got a great chance to beat Sunderland, I honestly believe that.“It looks pretty dismal for Newcastle at the moment, but we’ll come through. I think Sunderland is the biggest game of the season for us, without a doubt.Asked if he believed the cub’s foreign players know what the Tyne-Wear derby means to Newcastle, he replied: “No. Simple, no. but they will do at the weekend.“This is a huge game for both clubs, and if we lose against Sunderland I think we’re in real trouble.“At the moment we’ve got an escape route, and we’ll start to go along that with a win in the Sunderland game. But if don’t win in Newcastle we’ve got real problems.”last_img read more

Travel Alert: Black ice causes havoc on Donegal roads this morning

first_imgA number of cars have gone off Donegal roads this morning with black ice reported across the county, including on some main roads.Gardaí are dealing with a number of minor incidents across the county.Motorists are advised to drive with extreme care. Some of the worst affected areas are reported around Letterkenny, Kilmacrennan and South Donegal. Donegal County Council has mobilised gritters to treat main routes. However, drivers should assume that no road is ice-free.“Road surface temperatures are a few degrees below forecast this morning,” said the council roads department. “Black ice and slippy roads widespread across the county. Gritters are being mobilised. Drive with extreme care.”Travel Alert: Black ice causes havoc on Donegal roads this morning was last modified: November 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hippo to Whale: Missing Chain

first_img(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Despite claims to the contrary,2 whale and hippo evolution are poorly understood.  That’s the gist of a paper in PNAS this week1 that tries to connect the dots between hippopotami (artiodactyls) and whales (cetaceans) and other groups of mammals.  There’s lots of missing dots: The origin of late Neogene Hippopotamidae (Artiodactyla) involves one of the most serious conflicts between comparative anatomy and molecular biology: is Artiodactyla paraphyletic? [i.e., unrelated, but similar by “convergent evolution”].  Molecular comparisons indicate that Cetacea should be the modern sister group of hippos.  This finding implies the existence of a fossil lineage linking cetaceans (first known in the early Eocene) to hippos (first known in the middle Miocene).  The relationships of hippos within Artiodactyla are challenging, and the immediate affinities of Hippopotamidae have been studied by biologists for almost two centuries without resolution. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Their paper proposes a phylogenetic tree based on morphology; it rejects hippo relationship to pigs, and puts them as a sister group to whales, but puzzles remain: for example, “the position of Ruminantia [cows] is a central question, still to be solved.”  Clearly, they need more fossils: “Further progress in this debate is likely to come from morphological studies of paleontological data, whether known or still to be discovered” (emphasis added). 1Boisserie et al., “The position of Hippopotamidae within Cetartiodactyla,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0409518102, published online before print January 26, 2005.2See, for example, 11/21/2003 and 11/18/2003 headlines.  National Geographic News, reporting on this paper, calls whales and hippos “close cousins,” which is an odd statement, considering they conclude, “There is a 40 million-year gap between fossils of early cetaceans and early hippos.”And you thought the animators on PBS and the Discovery Channel had whale and hippo evolution all figured out.  From what missing links did hippos get their antibiotic sunscreen sweat? (see 05/25/2004 entry).last_img read more

Google’s Summer of Code Helps Government Transparency

first_imgIn its fifth year, Google’s Summer of Code continues to usher advanced education students into the open source environment. For a three-month period, 150 open source projects benefit from the work of 1000 students and 2000 mentors. Some of the organizations involved include Creative Commons, Drupal and the Sunlight Foundation. The Sunlight Foundation’s government-related efforts are particularly good projects. In the Fifty States Project, volunteers work to collect data from all 50 state legislative pages. Participants work to develop scrapers and parsers in order to standardize government data. For the Summer of Code, student Rebecca Shapiro led the effort to parse data from the Connecticut General Assembly and Legislation and Michael Stephens worked on the State of California. Similar to the work already completed on Open Congress, the Fifty State project gives citizens open access to the latest state policy changes and legislation. The official State Legislation project page is available here. Another Sunlight Foundation project is Get Represented. In a nutshell, Get Represented uses the GetSatisfaction model of public corporate discourse and applies it to Congress. Student Kyle Powers worked on this project for the Summer of Code in order to create a public feedback mechanism for government decision-making. Members of Congress have their own GetRepresented page and voters can comment, vote up articles and have public conversations with their representatives. While the final product is not yet available to the public, you can check for updates on the Sunlight Labs blog.To view more Summer of Code projects visit the Google Open Source Programs page. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#Contests#crowdsourcing#NYT#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market dana oshirolast_img read more

Flash-based AR Gets High-Quality Markerless Upgrade

first_imgchris cameron 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#Augmented Reality#web Flash is much more accessible to both consumers and developers, meaning support from a major vendor like Total Immersion could encourage many more brands to use augmented reality. The company has a large network of partner developers that use the D’Fusion software to create hundreds of AR apps each year, and now the massive population of Flash developers can join in on the fun.The company has a demo of a Web-based AR app built using Flash (see video above), and it runs very smoothly – exceptionally smooth, in fact. The demo invites users to print out a flier of a lunar landscape and hold it infront of their webcam, triggering the appearance of a robotic rover complete with animations and sound. I don’t have a printer, but the application was still able to recognize and track my movements very well even though I used a reflective laptop screen to display the flier. The company also has fascinating aspirations for the future of Web-based augmented reality – including its use from within mobile Web browsers. As the number of smartphones with front-facing cameras and Flash support increases, developers should be able to launch AR products on the Web that can also be viewed on mobile devices. Total Immersion North American product marketing and presales manager Jason Smith agreed during a phone discussion today that this is an area the company is looking into with anticipation. Smith says they need to investigate the hardware capabilities of the the current handsets, because the quality of the experience would hinges significantly on the ability to access the graphics processor on the device. He added that he doesn’t see this happening with Flash Lite, but possibly with full versions of Flash coming to Android devices soon. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts One of the turning points in the evolution of augmented reality (AR) was the porting of the ARToolKit – an open?source software library for building AR experiences – to the widely accessible Adobe Flash platform. The toolkit allowed Flash developers to easily create computer vision AR applications and opened the door to a flood of AR development. These days, brands looking to use AR to market their products have looked to AR vendors for solutions, and now one of the largest – Total Immersion – is now also offering Flash support within its proprietary AR development software. D’Fusion, the company’s suite of AR development software, has previously been available to develop desktop, Web-based, mobile and public kiosk-based AR applications. With the release of D’Fusion for Adobe Flash, users of the software will now be able to build AR applications for the Web that can run without installing extra plugins beyond Flash. While Flash-based AR is nothing new, even to other vendors like seac02 and metaio, added support from Total Immersion is significant because it provides large brands with additional robust and secure Flash offerings in the AR market. Earlier solutions, like the FLARToolkit, required the use of very basic markers, such as quick response (QR) codes, for tracking. D’Fusion for Adobe Flash includes Total Immersion’s markerless tracking technology which allows 3D objects to be superimposed on images, not just blocky black and white triggers.The company’s expansion to the Flash platform is also a big step forward for AR standards – an effort CEO Bruno Uzzan is strongly behind. I spoke with North American GM Greg Davis today about how Flash support fits in with the company’s vision for AR standards. One of the keys to standardizing the AR industry is creating solutions that are at a high level of quality. Davis says Total Immersion has been working with both its European R&D lab and Adobe on its Flash solution for well over a year in order to bring a stable and flexible product to its development partners. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Traditional Media Abandon Tunisia to Twitter, YouTube

first_imgThe shortcomings of the so-called mainstream media have become something of a stale trope. Traditional media does some things well, other things poorly, vice-versa for blogging and other social media. But the neglect of the situation in Tunisia by the media in general, and American media in particular, is beyond the pale. Since a young Tunisian, Mohamed Bouazizi, set himself on fire on December 17 to protest conditions in his North African country, and the country went up in flames, most Western, and all American media, has been unearthly silent. Untitled from Slim Amamou on Vimeo.#sidibouzidOnly yesterday a survey of the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe and Miami Herald showed absolutely no front-page coverage of Tunisia. Meanwhile, the social web has lit up with the topic. Led by, but not restricted to, Arab and Muslim bloggers, the oppression of young people, workers and others by the Tunisian government, the protests it has led to, the rolling out of the military, and the approximately 50 deaths, have been covered extensively on Twitter and on other social media. Instead, those interested have turned to Twitter accounts like that of @wedaddy, a Mauritanian in Boston and journalist @monaeltahawy. Brian Whit’s Al-Bab blog provides a daily digest of news from Tunisia.On Twitter, the coverage has been hashtagged #sidibouzid, for the city Bouazizi killed himself in and where the protests started. Additional tags have included #jasminrevolution and, for the hacktivist actions against the government’s websites by Anonymous some are using #optunisia. Another important source for news on Tunisia is YouTube and other video sharing sites. (Here’s a collection of 134 videos on the events in Tunisia.) The violence against protesters has been extravagant and bloody and witnesses have not been shy about posting the results of the government crackdown. SlimThe topic of the Tunisian crackdown has become important in French media, in part thanks to Fabrice Epelboin, the editor of our sister-publication, ReadWriteWeb France. His open letter to the French Foreign Minister got a lot of attention, including a story by Public Radio International’s Clark Boyd on The World radio show (an “exception that proves the rule” for American media coverage). Among those arrested during the crackdown is our own Slim Amamou. Slim is a popular Tunisian blogger and proponent of free speech. He’s also de la familia, having contributed articles to ReadWriteWeb France and helped me with perspective on both technology and North African life. Slim is just the kind of man a sane government would want on the outside, engaging in conversation devoted to improving his home. Instead, he remains locked up. The day before he was arrested he too was interviewed by Boyd on The World.As a vacation destination for Europeans, coverage of Tunisia has gained some traction there. However, given the horrendous shooting of Rep. Giffords and others at her rally in Arizona by a lunatic, it may have been inevitable that American coverage would start slow and stay slow. This morning the New York Times published a short story on the army being called in, and since then stories on Tunisia have begun to trickle into the U.S. news stream. This nascent coverage notwithstanding, the media here still seems to be treating it as a something of a sideshowIt remains most likely that the first and best coverage of breaking news on this awful situation is going to continue to come from the social web. curt hopkins Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Tags:#Government#international#politics#twitter#user-generated content#web#YouTube Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

Canadian ambassador to France says Macrons election great news for Canada

first_imgMONTREAL – Emmanuel Macron’s election as French president was the best news Canada could have hoped for, particularly regarding free trade, Canada’s ambassador to France said Thursday.Macron was the candidate who most strongly supported the recently signed European Union-Canada free-trade deal, said Lawrence Cannon, a former federal and Quebec cabinet minister.“The election of (Macron) means the economic foundations of the Canada-France relationship will not be questioned and will be no doubt be strengthened,” he said in a speech to the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations.Despite the final result, France’s election was nevertheless worrisome due to the rising popularity of the far right, he said.“Never, in France, has the extreme right done so well,” he said about support for Marine Le Pen, who finished with 34 per cent of the vote in the presidential runoff on May 7.“Eleven million French people voted for a program of xenophobia, protectionism and opposition to European construction.”Cannon said the results reflect a country that is “disoriented” and “in search of itself.”The ambassador also discussed the historic tension between France and Canada regarding the question of Quebec sovereignty.France has historically always had a close relationship with Quebec, with some French governments supporting the province’s independence movement.Cannon, however, said the conflict is a thing of the past.He told reporters after his speech he had detected “little appetite” among the French or among Quebecers regarding “distant speculations about the future of the Canadian federation.”Note to readers: This is a corrected version. The previous story stated in the headline that Cannon was an ex-ambassadorlast_img read more

Rep Glenn House Energy Policy Committee to discuss MPSC case Tuesday

center_img WHEN:Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 9 a.m. WHAT: WHO: WHY:Committee hearing to discuss the Michigan Public Service Commission’s local clearing requirement case. Categories: Glenn News,News 11Sep Rep. Glenn, House Energy Policy Committee to discuss MPSC case Tuesdaylast_img