Human remains found in Dublin Mountains

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING after human skeletal remains were found in Dublin.The find was made by a member of the public walking on Kilakee Mountain in Rathfarnham at around 7.30pm last night.The scene is preserved for a technical examination and the Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis is expected to attend the scene later today.The services of a forensic anthropologist have also been requested, Gardaí said.No further information is available pending the completion of a post-mortem examination.Read: Bentleys, grenades and drugs in the post — details of Garda ‘Operation Majesty’ revealedRead: Wife and children of Dublin-based doctor killed in Leicester house firelast_img read more

Farmers association urges caution as busy farms signal rise in accidents

first_imgTHE IRISH CATTLE and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) has urged farmers to be cautious as the recent spell of good weather as well as calving and lambing have combined to make farms more busy.Last year 21 people died of farm-related injuries. The most common fatalities related to vehicles or equipment falling on or crushing victims, though several people were also attacked by livestock.With 139,829 active farms in Ireland, the ICSA said it is estimated that around 500,000 people are exposed to health and safety risks while carrying out farm-related activities.ICSA Connaught/Ulster vice president and spokesman on farm safety, John Flynn, told TheJournal.ie that the association is urging farmers to “take stock and prioritise farm safety at this busy time of year”.“The main injuries would be with machinery, tractors, vehicles and quads and as the older farmers are aging, their mobility is affected, their eyesight and they balance,” he said.“The average age now for a farmer in Ireland is 57 plus, so as part of our action plan we’re encouraging farmers to take part on some of the training modules out there.”Flynn said that farming organisations have a number of training opportunities available but that older farmers tend to feel that they don’t need it.“You’ll find the younger farmers will go to them a lot and what we’re saying is that this would be a very progressive step and a major education.”As the workload in the spring increases, this can lead to fatigue and errors that would otherwise have been avoided.In addition, farmers need to be extra careful around cows after calving. Since Ireland joined the European Union, new breeds have been introduced that develop very quickly but they are also high strung and can be dangerous.“It is not always easy when there is a newborn calf that needs feeding and perhaps we should be looking at rural development funds to provide support for the installation of better calving and handling facilities on farm,” Flynn said.Flynn said the best way for farmers to protect themselves from injuries was to take part in training or to at least watch some health and safety DVDs.last_img read more

Socrates Now at South Oakleigh College

first_imgAfter great performances in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle and Brisbane, Socrates Now, the production by Elliniko Theatro of New York, is coming back to Melbourne for an exclusive performance at the South Oakleigh Secondary College.Supported by the Victorian Association for Philosophy in Schools (VAPS), the performance at the South Oakleigh College is aimed at students who have chosen Philosophy at Year 12, as Plato’s Apology is one of the prescribed texts. Students from other schools are also invited to attend the show. An eighty-minute delivery of Plato’s The Apology, the Socrates Now performance is followed by discussion on how Socrates’ message and eternal truths might be applied today. Known as the godfather of philosophy, students will have the opportunity to sit in on the trial for his life. Socrates, portrayed by Emmy award-winner Yannis Simonides, stands up to his accusers with the courage of his then-revolutionary ideals. Students will have the unique chance to ponder his arguments about ethics and justice, and to discuss the verdict with the actor after the performance.The New York play, that has seen over 300 performances in more than 15 countries, is currently on its Australian and New Zealand tour. The performance will be held at the South Oakleigh Secondary College, Bakers Road, Oakleigh South, on Monday 31 March, from 10.30 am until 12.30 pm. Cost: $15 per student. For bookings and more information, contact dimitra@theatro.com.au or call 0450 486 358 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Maladies cardiovasculaires le café serait bon pour le coeur

first_imgMaladies cardiovasculaires : le café serait bon pour le coeurAmateurs d’Arabica, réjouissez-vous !  Selon une récente étude menée en Allemagne, boire 4 tasses de café par jour pourrait avoir des effets bénéfiques sur la santé. Mieux encore, la caféine jouerait même un rôle protecteur et réparateur auprès du muscle cardiaque. Cette nouvelle découverte conforte les résultats d’expériences précédentes ayant déjà démontré d’autres bénéfices de cette boisson sur notre santé.   Terminée la culpabilité devant la machine à café lorsqu’on s’apprête à glisser une pièce pour boire son 3è kawa de la journée ! Enfin, on va pouvoir répondre aux regards désapprobateurs que « c’est bon pour la santé », cette petite phrase magique qui semble souvent calmer les esprits les plus retors ! En effet, dans un rapport paru le 21 juin dernier dans la revue scientifique PLOS Biology, des chercheurs ont révélé que la consommation de caféine facilitait la circulation d’une protéine régulatrice dans les mithochondries  aidant ainsi à prévenir les dommages cardiovasculaires et cellulaires. Un excellente nouvelle pour les Français qui sont 7 sur 10 à boire au moins une tasse à café par jour. Des souris et des hommes … et du café !Dirigée par Judith Haendeler et Joachim Altschmied de la faculté de médecine de l’Université Heinrich-Heine et du IUF-Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine à Düsseldorf, en Allemagne, l’étude s’est focalisée sur les réactions de plusieurs groupes de souris. Pendant 10 jours, un groupe de rongeurs a reçu quotidiennement  l’équivalent de 4 tasses de café avant qu’on leur provoque une crise cardiaque. Les chercheurs ont alors constaté que les cellules des souris qui avaient reçu la dose de caféine avaient bien mieux réparé les dommages causés par l’attaque cardiaque que celles qui n’avaient pas « bu » de café. Une protéine appelée 27Les scientifiques ont donc conclu que la caféine boostait la circulation de la protéine p27 dans les mitochondries, ces organites qui produisent de l’énergie pour nos cellules. En augmentant la présence de cette protéine dans les mitochondries, on accroit la production d’énergie qui permet ainsi la réparation des cellules cardiaques endommagées après une attaque.  Il s’agit d’une découverte déterminante concernant le rôle de la caféine. D’autant  plus capitale que les humains et d’autres espèces animales possèdent cette p27, qu’on trouve normalement dans le noyau des cellules.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?« Avec ce que l’on vient de découvrir, on peut désormais considérer comme dépassées les mises en garde des médecins sur la consommation de café auprès des personnes souffrant de problèmes cardiaques », s’enthousiasme le généticien moléculaire dans un article de Science News.Des propos que tient tout de même à modérer sa collègue Judith Haendeler qui rappelle que seule une augmentation de sa consommation de café ne suffit pas et qu’il faut évidemment respecter un régime alimentaire équilibré et pratiquer régulièrement une activité physique pour maintenir son cœur en bonne santé. Et de préciser « qu’un abus de café ou de thé vert serait contre-productif. Trop de p27 dans les mitochondries pourrait les détruire et causer de graves soucis de santé ». La juste mesure… Toujours et encore. En attendant, « un café et l’addition SVP ! »Le 28 juin 2018 à 17:04 • Marina Marcoutlast_img read more

Get Rich Quick in Payday 2 on Nintendo Switch

first_img In a world full of huge games-as-service shooters like Overwatch, Rainbow Six Siege, Fortnite, Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, and others, the enduring audience for the Payday series has always somewhat baffled me. And yet even five years after the release of Payday 2 the developers at Overkill Software continue to support it with substantial new updates like new missions and John Wick DLC.Now, they’ve even gone ahead brought the game to the Nintendo Switch, bolstering the console/handheld hybrid’s burgeoning library of hardcore hits. And I think I get the appeal now. Payday 2 is totally a kind of B game we don’t see that often anymore in this indie/AAA split gaming landscape. That means it has significant flaws (several of which the Switch itself exacerbates) but it also means that this game about robbing banks is refreshingly low-stakes.Once I wrapped my head around Payday 2’s progression system it really clicked for me why bringing it to Switch sounded appealing. There’s no lengthy, story-driven, overarching campaign to complete or elaborate Destiny-style raids to slog through online with friends. In other words, there’s no pressure to play more than what you want to. Just hop onto Crime.net and take on a job, some of which you can bang out in minutes if you’re good enough. It’s great for portable play, rob a bank or two on your way to work. And even a short play session feels valuable because it earns you offshore bank account money and experience to unlock new perks and gear for your character.As for the missions themselves, they feature some pretty fascinating ideas in order to shift standard first-person shooter gameplay tropes from Saving Private Ryan to Heat. Most missions start quiet with casing as you attempt to avoid detection and get a mental map of the limited environments. Sometimes you can even pull off a whole job in stealth, zipping up incapacitated guards in body bags and answering their phones before anyone notices. The gear you choose to bring with you can also influence (or even dictate in some frustrating cases) your approach. Jamming camera signals is a very different tactic than blowing up a door with C4.However, more often than not you’ll have to get loud, put on your Dark Knight clown mask, and start shooting cops while threatening civilians and stealing loot. Payday 2 creates most of its Left 4 Dead-style tension by challenging players to keep surviving as more and more complications get thrown at them. Most crucial actions you perform, from drilling into vaults to driving through barricades, require some amount of waiting. During that time, you’ll also be fending off hordes of cops, healing yourself and your allies during downtime, and getting ready for the next wave while trying to finish the job itself.Most missions follow this same template, which again makes Payday 2 better suited to addictive short portable play sessions than tiring marathon ones. But there are some attempts to mix things up in the margins. Some missions take place over multiple days. I spent the first day of “Goat Simulator” rounding up valuable goats throughout the city in places like burning buildings or hot dog stands. The second day was all about fending off police and gangsters while calling in a pilot to fly the caged goats away. That also demonstrates Payday 2’s goofy, almost Hitman sense of humor that turns many heists into dark comedies. I smashed up a mall while dubstep Christmas carols played.But Payday 2 can only cover up its cracks for so long. This is especially true if you play solo. AI teammates are good for fighting back and helping you up. But you’ll have to do all the tasks that require any real mental energy, and I suspect this drags out missions longer than they’re supposed to, as compared to when four humans split the tasks amongst themselves. You can play online with other people, and I had a pretty good time doing so. But because of Nintendo’s barely existent voice chat support more difficult versions of missions become almost impossible to coordinate.Payday 2 is also just kind of an ugly game. We all know the Switch isn’t the most powerful piece of hardware, but even on a top of the line gaming PC Payday 2 looks old and rough. So obviously weaker specs don’t do it any favors visually or in terms of performance. The different masks you buy for different characters, including the red/blue neon LED mask for Switch-exclusive new character Joy, add some personality. But that’s really the only pleasant thing here to look at.Still, I enjoy that Payday 2 is now on Nintendo Switch, as inexplicable as it is. Hopefully it gets regular updates to bring its content up to date with the other versions. As for me and my life of crime, I thought I was out. But now, after writing this, I feel myself being pulled back in.Buy it now!Buy Nintendo labo Variety Kit.Buy Nintendo Labo Robot Kit.Nintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball FormSNES Games Officially Come to Nintendo Switch Stay on targetlast_img read more

Marvel Auctions Off Cancelled Netflix Show Props

first_imgStay on target Now that Jessica Jones has aired its third and final season, the Netflix streaming TV offshoot of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is truly over. It’s time to get excited for the Disney+ Marvel shows instead, even if we don’t think they’ll have nearly as much sex. Oh well.Fortunately, Marvel isn’t leaving fans of Daredevil, Luke Cage, and the rest of The Defenders high and dry. The contract with Netflix prevents them for using the characters elsewhere for at least a few years. So instead they are giving the street-level superheroes directly to you by auctioning off costumes and other props from the cancelled shows.Marvel is partnering with Prop Store to sell off swag from the Netflix shows. And there are a couple different ways to get in on the action. Download a PDF copy of the catalog to see what you even want or order a physical version. You can start bidding online for items now or register for either absentee bidding or the chance to bid live over your phone during the auction itself on August 12 and 13. We can’t wait to hear some motor-mouthed Texan count down and sell off Kingpin’s huge white suit.So what exactly are your bidding on? Props include Daredevil’s complete costume starting at $30,000, the tank where Luke Cage was experimented on for $12,000, and Iron Fist’s martial arts robes for a hilarious $3,000. If you want anything from The Punisher’s show though that’s, uh, a separate auction.For more on Marvel here’s what we hope they show at the San Diego Comic Con next month and read our hands-on impressions of the upcoming Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 for Nintendo Switch. Sony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man SplitMarvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000 last_img read more

Exhibit to tell tales of Hawaiian transplants

first_img“Why would you want to leave paradise?”That’s what went through the mind of artist Amy Kapuanani Antonio-Claussen as she considered the people who left Hawaii — where she spent much of her childhood — for jobs in the Pacific Northwest in the 1800s.Many of the Kanakas, as they were called, wound up working for the Hudson’s Bay Company at Fort Vancouver. And that’s where Antonio-Claussen will introduce her exhibit — Na Kanaka — this afternoon.The 2 p.m. presentation at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. in Vancouver, is free. The exhibit will be on view until January 2019.The exhibit focuses on the little-known stories of the native Hawaiians who worked in the Pacific Northwest fur trade from 1811 to the 1860s.The Portland artist’s exhibit will explore some of the reasons those Hawaiians sought their fortunes in the Pacific Northwest. Their path was the American and European ships that came to Hawaii to restock food and water, to make repairs and to recruit seamen.“Hawaiians have always been seafarers. They’re at home in the water,” Antonio-Claussen said.Other Kanakas were hired out by their king as contract workers.While hundreds of Hawaiians lived in and around Fort Vancouver as laborers and servants, “There is not a lot of archaeological representation,” Antonio-Claussen said.last_img read more

Judge says progress is evident in reuniting immigrant families

first_img Updated: 5:45 PM Sasha Foo, Sasha Foo Judge says progress is evident in reuniting immigrant families July 20, 2018center_img Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Trending FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — In less than a week,  the federal government must meet a judge’s deadline to try to reunite 2,551 children with their parents.In a hearing on Friday afternoon, the second one this week, U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw reviewed the latest figures submitted by the government, as it attempts to comply with a July 26 deadline.450 families out of the more than 2,500 have been reunified, so far.As of Friday morning, 954 have received the green light for reunification.In the latest hearing, the judge offered some praise, and said it appears the process to reunite children with their parents is working.Earlier this week, the judge imposed a temporary halt to deporting the newly reunited families, at the request of the  American Civil Liberties Union.The ACLU had asked the judge for a seven day period between the time a family is reunited and the time a parent is deported, giving parents the time to talk to their child and decide if the child will remain in the United States to seek asylum.More than 700 parents are in that group. In arguing for a seven day period before a parent is deported, ACLU Attorney Lee Gelernt said “These parents may only have a matter of days to make the momentous decision whether to leave their child behind in the United States.”The next status hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, just two days before the final deadline of July 26. Posted: July 20, 2018last_img read more

ASA Announces Soybean Marketing and Production College

first_imgASA has created a new Soybean Marketing and Production College program to educate producers on how to capitalize on the growing trends and new technologies in agriculture to maximize on-farm profitability. The event takes place in Minneapolis, July 29-30. Growers do not have to be ASA members to participate.Matt Roberts”Global sustainability requirements, meeting world soybean demand, weed management and herbicide resistance issues, new precision ag technologies – these issues are all impacting the profitability of soybean growers,” said ASA President Danny Murphy. “ASA’s Soybean Marketing and Production College will give growers hands-on training in these areas, with breakout sessions and presentations from industry experts, in addition to a session on succession planning.”In the opening general session, Ohio State University’s Dr. Matt Roberts will review the current supply and demand situation for grains and oilseeds globally, what that means for prices, and how growers can best take advantage of these trends in their own marketing decisions.John PhippsAt the closing general session, U.S. Farm Report host John Phipps will share strategies to prosper from an unpredictable future in agriculture by understanding which risks are worth worrying about.Registration is open now through July 9. Click here to get more information and register.The Soybean Marketing and Production College is sponsored by: AGCO, Bayer CropScience, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, Kansas Soybean Commission, Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, New York Soybean Board and the Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board.last_img read more

NASA and USAF killed astronauts to cover up fake moon landings says

first_imgNeil Armstrong descending off the landerProject Apollo ArchiveConspiracy theorists have long been alleging that NASA, the United States space agency has faked the moon landing to proclaim their space dominance during the Cold War. In the course of time, these conspiracy theorists have also figured out several anomalies from NASA’s moon landing photo, and they claim that the space agency is involved in the coverup.Adding heat to their claims, the family of NASA’s former astronaut Virgil Grissom has claimed that the United States space agency might have been behind the sinister activities. It should be noted that Virgil Grissom, along with his fellow astronauts Ed White and Roger B. Chaffee died on January 27, 1967, during a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission. Many people, after the death of Grissom, had revealed that the NASA astronaut was a whistleblower who wished to reveal that the space agency had no plans to actually land on the moon.”I think it was intentionally sabotaged by someone, it’s been a question in my mind. What was found in the accident investigation and how was that handled, was the CIA involved or whoever. It was done intentionally,” said Scott, son of Grissom, Daily Star reports.Grissom’s widow Betty had also urged NASA to give a clear answer over the demise of her husband. “I feel like it is up to NASA to come forward and give us a direct answer to what really happened,” she said.Shockingly, Thomas Baron, quality control and safety inspector for North American Aviation (NAA) who compiled a report outlining issues with parts, equipment and procedures at NASA before the tragic incident was also killed in a car crash. It should be noted that Baron was killed just six days after he leaked the Apollo tragedy findings to the media.”I believe that Thomas Baron was murdered because he had the truth to tell about the Apollo project,” said Bill Kaysing, a moon-hoax investigator.A few months back, popular conspiracy theorist Graham McHardy known by his YouTube channel’s name ‘Streetcap1’ had died mysteriously, and many people claimed that his death was manipulated by USAF and NASA. Before his death, McHardy had spotted several anomalies in NASA lunar photos, and it made many believe that NASA is covering up sinister secrets associated with Apollo missions.Despite all these popular conspiracy theories, there are no visible pieces of foul play evidence in any of the above-mentioned incidents.last_img read more

Cabinet approves new telecom policy aiming 100 billion investment 4 million jobs

first_imgUnion Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha (Right) with Railways Minister Sadananda Gowda before presenting the Rail Budget 2014-15 in New Delhi on 8 July, 2014.PIBThe Cabinet on Wednesday approved the new telecom policy, now named as ‘National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP) 2018’ that aims to attract $100 billion investment and create 40 lakh jobs in the sector by 2022.Communication systems have been evolving at a rapid pace globally, especially in areas like 5G, Internet of Things and Machine to Machine Communication, said Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha.He added that it was felt that a “consumer-centric and application-driven policy” be brought in. Some of the objectives of the NDCP 2018 include providing broadband access to all, creating 40 lakh new jobs, and increasing India’s ranking in the global ICT Index to 50th spot.”We also expect GDP contribution of the telecom sector, which has been around six per cent, to grow to 8 per cent… and expect USD 100 billion investment to come in,” he said.The vision, Sinha said, is to have robust communication infrastructure which is “ubiquitous, resilient secure, and affordable”.The draft policy, which was in public domain for consultation, focused on increasing high-speed broadband penetration, with use of modern technologies like 5G and optical fibres across the country at affordable rates.last_img read more

Study results suggest people are less cooperative in unequal societies when wealth

first_img Explore further Journal information: Nature (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Yale University has conducted an online virtual experiment designed to better understand behavior patterns among people in a society as it relates to wealth inequality. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes their study and results and offer suggestions on how it may relate to the real world. Credit: A. Reese and A. Ro © 2015 Phys.org Do people treat each other differently or cooperate differently with other people if they know that the other person is more or less well off than they are? Anecdotal evidence would suggest that this is likely the case, but proving it is difficult. To learn more, the researchers asked for help from 1,460 online participants–volunteers who agreed to take part in a virtual society game. The idea was that participants could cooperate with others by giving them virtual cash, making things better for everyone. But unbeknownst to the players, several factors were controlled by the researchers, such as how much virtual cash each player started with, allowing for unequal distribution. Also during some games, players were able to see how much cash everyone had, while in other games, they only knew how much they had, making it impossible to compare themselves with others. In any case, game players were told that at the completion of the game, they would be able to redeem their virtual cash for real world money.In studying the results, the researchers found that players that had more money than others, and knew it, tended to be less cooperative—hoarding their money for a big payoff when the game ended. Such players often also benefited from donations given by other players more willing to cooperate by giving to everyone. On the other hand, when players had more virtual money than others, but did not know it, they tended to be just as generous as those that had less money. Thus, the researchers concluded, it was the knowledge of having more wealth that caused those with more money to be more stingy.How the game relates to real life is of course, a matter of conjecture—the researchers suggest that because game players knew they were going to get real money as a payoff at that end, it meant they behaved in a real way, but at the same time acknowledge that when setting up such an experiment there is going to be trade-offs. In this case, that meant taking education level, race and other such factors out of the equation, allowing for measuring only cooperation degree when known inequality existed.center_img More information: Inequality and visibility of wealth in experimental social networks, Nature (2015) DOI: 10.1038/nature15392AbstractHumans prefer relatively equal distributions of resources, yet societies have varying degrees of economic inequality6. To investigate some of the possible determinants and consequences of inequality, here we perform experiments involving a networked public goods game in which subjects interact and gain or lose wealth. Subjects (n = 1,462) were randomly assigned to have higher or lower initial endowments, and were embedded within social networks with three levels of economic inequality (Gini coefficient = 0.0, 0.2, and 0.4). In addition, we manipulated the visibility of the wealth of network neighbours. We show that wealth visibility facilitates the downstream consequences of initial inequality—in initially more unequal situations, wealth visibility leads to greater inequality than when wealth is invisible. This result reflects a heterogeneous response to visibility in richer versus poorer subjects. We also find that making wealth visible has adverse welfare consequences, yielding lower levels of overall cooperation, inter-connectedness, and wealth. High initial levels of economic inequality alone, however, have relatively few deleterious welfare effects.Press release Gamers who buy advantages are respected less by other players Citation: Study results suggest people are less cooperative in unequal societies when wealth inequality is evident (2015, September 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-results-people-cooperative-unequal-societies.html 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.last_img read more

How to Determine Your IT Needs

first_img This story appears in the July 2013 issue of . Subscribe » August 15, 2013 3 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Q: How do business owners and tech pros differ when reviewing IT needs?Seldom do these two factions sing from the same hymn sheet. Business owners want to know what their IT professional is going to do to keep things running smoothly within the parameters of a tight budget. They reason that until the business starts bringing in money, every penny used to achieve that goal is precious, so costs must be contained and understood.To tech pros, saving a few dollars on a technology or process that is unreliable or will need to be revisited a few months later is a waste of time and money. IT pros are concerned about management: What happens when something breaks? How do I track it down and fix it? What about backups and key data? How do I offer 24/7 support and still manage to sleep at night?Francis Sullivan is co-founder and CTO of Austin-based Spiceworks, a suite of free management applications and an online community of IT professionals. He says functionality is another tech concern that is tied to costs. And when it comes to IT implementation, functionality is changing big-time. We asked him to explain.When you talk about “functionality,”do you mean cloud services?That’s part of it. I also mean mobile. The IT professional is thinking about scale at a level much higher than a company would be able to afford if it tried to build its own solution. For instance, today’s business owners fully expect to be able to conduct work both at their desks and while on the move. Smartphones–and more recently tablets–are providing businesses with mobile access to key functions from home, at the office and on the road. All that happens through the cloud. According to our latest “State of SMB IT” report, we found that for small and midsize businesses, 53 percent support tablets on their networks, making them almost as popular as smartphones, which are supported by 59 percent of SMBs. And IT pros have to figure out how to make all that work together.How big a deal is security to making everything work?When it comes to security, business owners want things to be secure at a macro level, but they may not actually know what this means. They don’t know how much goes into making a company’s systems safe. Just saying you want things to be secure isn’t that helpful to IT pros. From their perspective, security concerns are a major nightmare that keeps them up at night. They have to know how to keep your intellectual property secure; track who has access to key passwords; make all the latest updates to computers to fend off known viruses; know what to do if a laptop is stolen or an iPhone is lost; and manage who has access to the data in all those fancy cloud services.It’s important for business owners to understand that a shiny new app or cloud service is never perfect, no matter how much money or efficiencies it promises. Roping in your IT pro to help make a decision on whether to move to a new system can save many headaches later. Register Now »last_img read more

Taskplay media controls for the Windows Taskbar

first_imgTaskplay: media controls for the Windows Taskbar by Martin Brinkmann on May 15, 2017 in Software – 9 commentsTaskplay is a free open source program for Microsoft Windows devices that enables you to control media playback from the Windows Taskbar.Windows users have one, and often several, options when it comes to controlling media playback on their devices.All media players ship with controls that let you pause, stop or skip media, and most support hotkeys as well. Some players support global hotkeys, and others media keys on the computer keyboard.If you happen to dislike all of those options, and prefer an option to control playback from the Windows Taskbar, then Taskplay may be the right program for you.Taskplay reviewThe first question that you may have may be about the why. Why would someone want to control media playback from the taskbar?Apart from personal preference, the main thing that Taskplay offers is consistency. The media playback controls are always in the same location, and not shown somewhere in the program window of the media player.This requires however that Taskplay’s media icons support the media player. A quick test on a Windows PC showed that most music players are supported while most video players are not.AIMP, Foobar, Groove, and MediaMonkey worked fine, and so did Windows Media Player. The popular video players VLC Media Player and SMPlayer on the other hand could not be controlled using Taskplay’s media icons in the taskbar.The program works as you’d expect it to. A click on the play button toggles between pause and play, and the back and forward buttons do exactly what they are supposed to do.Since the media controls are displayed in the system tray area, this gives you quick access to the volume controls as well.Taskplay ships with a single setting right now only. It is not enabled by default, and will start the player with Windows when enabled. May be an option if you make use of it regularly on your system.The major downside right now is support for media players, and a minor one is that you cannot control the media buttons using global hotkeys. This would be quite the hand feature for programs who don’t support global hotkeys.Media Control AlternativesPlenty of third-party programs exist that add media playback controls to Windows. We have reviewed the following in the past:Media Keyboard to add support for hotkeys to players that don’t support media keyboard keys.Media Player Hotkeys to set up your own media player shortcuts.SKeys, which can map media functions among other things to keys.WMP Keys which adds global hotkeys to Windows Media PlayerClosing WordsTaskplay is an easy to use program that adds another media playback control option to Windows. Most Windows users may not have a use for it, but some may think it interesting enough to give it a try.Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 3 votes Software Name TaskplayOperating System WindowsSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page https://github.com/evilpro/Taskplay Advertisementlast_img read more

President Alvardo expected to attend Popes mass in Panama

first_imgRelated posts:Victims speak on allegations of abuse within Catholic Church in Costa Rica Pope Francis invited to address US Congress El Salvador’s beatified Romero symbol of new Catholic Church Pope and Russian Orthodox leader to hold historic encounter in Cuba At least seven nations’ leaders are scheduled to attend the last mass that Pope Francis will give at the World Youth Day, to be held this month in Panama, said Panamanian deputy foreign minister, Luis Miguel Hincapié.He indicated that Presidents Jimmy Morales (Guatemala), Juan Orlando Hernandez (Honduras), Salvador Sanchez Ceren (El Salvador), Carlos Alvarado (Costa Rica), Iván Duque (Colombia) and Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (Portugal), as well as the host, Juan Carlos Varela, will attend the final mass on Jan. 27.“We wanted to invite the presidents of Central America because the World Youth Day (WYD) is a day for all Central America that is taking place in Panama,” Hincapié told reporters.Pope Francis will visit Panama from Jan. 23-27 to participate in WYD, a massive Catholic event that gathers tens of thousands of pilgrims from around the world.The final mass will be held outside the Panamanian capital, where a gigantic platform is erected so that, along almost three kilometers, attendees can follow the Pope’s procession.“We do not see that there will be bilateral meetings because the presidents are invited to the final mass,” said Hincapié.“We think that they will arrive on Saturday night or Sunday and leave on Sunday,” he added.Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineIn 1774, Pierre Jaquet-Droz (1721-1790), his son Henri-Louis Jaquet-Droz (1752-1791) and their fellow clockmaker Jean-Frédéric Leschot (1746-1824) presented three humanoid automata known as The Writer, The Musician and The Draughtsman, for the first time at their workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Visitors traveled great distances to admire it. Already renowned in Europe for the quality and complexity of their horological creations, the Jaquet-Droz father and son team took advantage of this success to get a firm foothold on the international market. The automata presented in 1774 were instrumental to this expansion, serving as a very effective vehicle for communication and marketing.Astute businessmen, Pierre and Henri-Louis Jaquet-Droz traveled through Europe with their automata, holding demonstrations at many courts of Europe from 1774 on. They made their way to the court of Louis XVI in Paris, Brussels and the Netherlands. In 1775, in London, one of the most important centers of clockmaking in the 18th century, Henri-Louis Jaquet-Droz met clock merchants specialized in trade with China including the famous James Cox, who handled the sale of goods through the intermediary of his son in Canton, and the Duvals. Henri-Louis Jaquet-Droz installed and managed a workshop whose output was intended mainly for China.With respect to the period 1781-1810, there is reason to think that two-thirds of the 650 items sold (mentioned in documents) were shipped to China. Catalogues enumerated the characteristics of the watches, snuff boxes, vials and temples, always sold in pairs. They described the material, the mechanism (sometimes) and the decoration (always), indicating whether a particular object featured enamelling, precious stones, singing birds or musical airs. In Geneva, Jean-Frédéric Leschot played a key role from 1784 onward. He perfected, assembled, packed, shipped and ensured the delivery of pieces to London where they were handed over to the merchants that would ship them to Canton.The Writer was the first Jaquet-Droz automaton. Its creator Pierre Jaquet-Droz began work on it in 1768, pursuing his research in the field of picturesque mechanisms and the artificial duplication of life and motion. About 70 cm tall, the automaton took the form of a little boy sitting on a stool, writing with a goose-quill pen on a mahogany table. This mechanism with more than 4’000 components was no doubt the most complex of the three humanoid automata. Programmable, the device was exceptional in that it could write any 40-character text on three lines. With his right hand, The Writer dipped his pen into an inkwell, with his eyes and head following the movement, then shook his pen and wrote his text, one letter at a time, on a piece of paper that shifted in position.Pierre Jaquet-Droz, Henri-Louis Jaquet-Droz and Jean-Frédéric Leschot never made the journey to China. However, their reputation, based on the superior quality of their goods, became well established in that country.On December 8, Montres Jaquet Droz SA was proud to present The Writer, which had made the long journey to Beijing for the first time. Thanks to the support of Montres Jaquet Droz SA and the loan of the masterpiece by Le Musée d’art et d’histoire de Neuchâtel, a new chapter has been added to the story of the clockmakers from La Chaux-de-Fonds, a handsome tribute to three remarkable men. Caroline Junier, Curator of Le Musée d’art et d’histoire de Neuchâtel, and Thierry Amstutz, master watchmaker, also made the trip from Switzerland and helped make this rare event possible. The Whampoa Club, a perfect place for the juxtaposition of tradition and technology, was the venue chosen for a unique demonstration witnessed by fortunate watch connoisseurs and aficionados: before their wondering eyes, The Writer penned the words “Jaquet Droz en Chine” (Jaquet Droz in China). The lucky few were then shown antique pieces that have been carefully preserved by Jaquet Droz, as well as several models from the current collection.The idea of an exhibition germinated from the presence of the historic automata constructed by Pierre and Henri-Louis Jaquet-Droz in the collections of the Musée d’art et d’histoire de Neuchâtel and the latter’s desire to gain more scientific knowledge about these creative geniuses and the world of clockwork automata.The Musée d’art et d’histoire de Neuchâtel, the Musée international d’horlogerie de La Chaux-de-Fonds and the Musée d’horlogerie du Locle-Château des Monts came together to present an exhibition on three outstanding masters of 18th-century clockmaking: Pierre Jaquet-Droz, his son Henri-Louis and their colleague Jean-Frédéric Leschot.To highlight the Jaquet-Droz and Leschot genius, as well as their quest for answers – something that connects them to today’s world – the three museums decided to share their expertise and collections in order to mount an exhibition enriched by many exceptional pieces on loan from private and public collections. 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